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Outreach and Communications Specialist — Dover, DE

Organization: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Job Title: Outreach and Communications Specialist

Location: Dover, DE

Hours and Compensation: $38,700-44,093/yr + Benefits

Application Deadline: Dec. 19, 2012

Position Dates: February 11, 2013 through January 31, 2015 (extension contingent on funding)

Posted On: Dec. 7, 2012

Description

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, in cooperation with the Kent Conservation District, are seeking an Outreach and Communications Specialist for the Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Program, housed within The Watershed Assessment Section of the Division of Watershed Stewardship. This person will be part of a small team charged with using wetland research to improve the protection, restoration and management of wetlands through contact with landowners, decision makers, and resource managers. Projects will involve State, Federal and non-profit coordination. The outreach and communications specialist will interact with varied audiences to share wetland results and the importance of wetland functions and ecosystem services. The successful candidate will perform outreach through the Delaware Wetlands website, social media, presentations, educational materials, scientific documents and organized events. We are seeking an enthusiastic and innovative biologist/educator with wetland experience to join our team.

The incumbent will be an employee of the Kent Conservation District assigned to the Delaware Division of Watershed Stewardship and will be housed by DNREC. This is a grant-funded, full-time, limited-term position that may be extended depending on performance and available funding.

Responsibilities

1.Assist with development and dissemination of wetland research to promote wetland stewardship, protection and restoration. (30%)

2.Coordinate with team members to develop outreach products to communicate scientific wetland monitoring and assessment results. (10%)

3.Maintain the Delaware Wetlands website for the State of Delaware and maintain Delaware Wetlands social media. (10%)

4.Contribute to wetland research and wetland program development projects. (10%)

5.Organize the biennial Delaware Wetlands Conference in 2014. (10%)

6.Participate seasonally with field crews on wetland site visits to collect data on wetland flora, fauna, soils, hydrology, surrounding land use and disturbance (10%).

7.Compile and present research findings and related messages at conferences, scientific meetings, private presentations, as well as for press releases and news articles (15%).

8.Help to track and report on federal grant tasks progress and maintain grant budgets (5%).

Qualifications

1.A minimum of a B.S. in ecology, conservation or field biology, natural resources, or wildlife management with 3 years of experience in communication or education or a B.S. in communications with 3 years of experience in an environmental setting.

2.Experience communicating environmental concepts with various audiences.

3.Strong written, oral and graphic communication skills.

4.Excellent organizational skills and experience with project management.

5.Knowledge of wetland ecology, science and management.

6.Experience using ArcMap GIS software.

7.Familiarity with web design and composition.

8.Demonstrated ability to create outreach materials using Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop Elements and/or Corel.

9.Ability to work independently or as a team to collaborate with State and Federal agencies, academia, conservation partners and private landowners.

10.Valid driver’s license and willingness and ability to travel throughout the state, occasional out-of-state and overnight trips, and work longer days particularly during the summer field season.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter expressing your interest, how you meet each qualification, and a copy of your resume to: Watershed Assessment Section, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, 820 Silver Lake Blvd., Ste 220, Dover, DE 19904, Attn: Alison Rogerson or via email to: alison.rogerson@state.de.us or via fax to: 302-739-6140 by midnight Wednesday December 19, 2012. Interviews are required and will be scheduled following the application deadline.

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