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HRWC staff can’t do everything! We often need to bring in people with specialized skills to help us get projects done right. Please see announcements below for details on project jobs currently available.

The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) is seeking the services of a qualified Agronomist to provide specific services for a multi-year project. The selected agronomist will work under contract with HRWC staff and professionals from several other partner organizations to develop and execute a limited-term program offering “Pay-for-Performance” (PfP) incentive payments to agricultural producers who commit to implementing practices on their farms that result in water quality improvements.

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Project Description

HRWC and its partners are developing a three-year “pay for performance” program targeted at agricultural producers within critical agricultural subwatersheds to fund the establishment of conservation practices that reduce sedimentation and nutrient loading to the Huron River Watershed and downstream to Lake Erie. It is anticipated that these practices will result in the annual removal of 10.5 tons of phosphorus from entering Lake Erie. The unique partnership utilizes Whole System Farm Plans to encourage participation and provides incentives to pay producers based on the amount of phosphorus loss reduced. This project is specifically focusing on the agricultural lands in Washtenaw County and a portion of Livingston County.

Agronomist Responsibilities

  • Assist HRWC staff to identify producers who may be interested in the program
  • Assist HRWC staff in collecting information on area farm lands related to past subsidies, production choices and other relevant factors
  • Work with HRWC to produce a joint marketing plan
  • Develop a market analysis and plan to use in evaluating the local market for alternative crops
  • Participate in and lead discussion at farmer meetings and workshops to promote the program
  • Meet individually with interested producers to determine interest in the PfP Incentives program and develop whole system farm plans that integrate PfP practices and incentives, and other incentives (such as NRCS’s EQIP) opportunities with commodity rotation, pricing and opportunities
  • Work with HRWC and other project partners to develop an farmer survey to collect information on interested producers and practices they are willing to employ
  • Work with producers to complete program applications
  • Work with models on the team and HRWC to set incentive prices and select producers and practices
  • Following selection, work with selected producers and relevant incentive program staff (e.g. HRWC, NRCS, Conservation District) to develop any necessary technical project designs
  • Provide other technical assistance as needed to participating producers and HRWC staff
  • Assist HRWC to monitor practices and evaluate success

Minimum Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will be able to show extensive experience in working with farmers on sustainable agriculture practices and agri-business development.
  • Relevant experience with farming practices common to working farms in Washtenaw County.
  • Training as a professional agronomist and any relevant and current certifications
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Ability to travel frequently throughout Washtenaw County and parts of Livingston County over the next two years to meet with interested farmers
  • Schedule flexibility to begin work on the project in January 2019

Compensation

This position is contractual between the successful candidate and the HRWC at a rate to be established through this bid process. A contract will be established for at least two years, or the duration of the contract. A Professional Service Contract signed by both parties will document the terms of the independent contractor status. Benefits are not provided for independent contractors. HRWC budgeted a maximum of $68,500 for this work.

DEI statement: The HRWC is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the work place, and thus is committed to prohibiting discrimination against volunteers, clients, and applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital status, national origin, physical or mental handicap/disability, social economic class, ethical values and/or political beliefs, parental status, veteran status, arrest record, organization membership, or any other characteristic protected by law.

HRWC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those a contractor may encounter while performing the essential work.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential work.

  • Project work may entail all-weather physical activity, including in-water work, and the use of basic hand and field tools. No farm work is anticipated, but farm field and stream observation will be necessary.
  • Some evening and weekend work required
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license

How to Bid

A complete bid will consist of a resume, c.v. or other qualification materials, past project references, and a cover letter that outlines your specific interest in the work, how you would approach the project, and any other relevant qualifications. The letter should also include your bid of an hourly billing rate (comprehensive of benefits, per diem and other extras) and any other relevant compensation needs. HRWC does not expect a comprehensive proposal, but prefers a concise summary letter. Please send bids to the contact below.


Ric Lawson
Watershed Planner/Project Manager
Huron River Watershed Council
1100 N. Main St., Suite 210
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-5123 ext. 609

Electronic submissions are preferred.

Applications will be accepted until January 8, 2019 or a qualified applicant is identified.

Internships

HRWC loves interns! We specialize in technical (GIS, HR, Water Chemistry) and field experiences. Please see each announcement for details on compensation. We are happy to work with candidates to secure fellowships and scholarships on a case-by-case basis.

Volunteer Position Overview

HRWC’s summer internship program allows undergraduates, recent graduates, and new professionals the opportunity to experience field-based water quality monitoring. Interns will visit multiple numerous field locations, in a number of local tributaries to the Huron River, collecting data about benthic macroinvertebrates, in stream and near stream habitat, and water quality parameters such as flow and conductivity. Interns input data and review data for quality assurance. All HRWC staff, including interns are required to participate in general office upkeep tasks. On occasion, interns may utilize existing abilities to work on office projects such as GIS, Human Relations, Volunteer Management, Development and Membership, Landscape Architecture, etc. Internships run full summer or half summer, 1-4 full days per week.

Responsibilities

  • Consistently utilize proper work methods
  • Safely travel to field sites and conduct field data collection
  • Keep equipment in working order
  • Communicate effectively with supervisors on a per shift basis
  • Assist supervisors on other projects as needed

Qualifications

  • Background or strong interest in water quality monitoring
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting
  • Attention to detail such as data management
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office suite and Google documents and maps

Requirements

  • Available 1-4 days per week, May through mid-August (or first or second half of May through mid-August)
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds
  • Sign and date Field Internship position agreement

Value

  • Wide array of experience in field monitoring and data collection
  • Learning from network of interns and staff on a daily basis
  • Access to network of water quality professionals
  • Contact Jason Frenzel if you are interested.

Volunteer Position OverviewHRWC’s summer internship program allows numerous undergraduates and new professionals experience field-based water quality monitoring. The volunteer Team Leader coordinates day-to-day activities, ensuring high-quality work, positive team morale, and strong communication with staff leads.

Responsibilities

  • Plan daily outings of intern team to field worksites
  • Ensure proper work methods are utilized
  • Coordinate team’s weekly schedule
  • Evaluate team performance in conjunction with supervisor

Qualifications

  • Background in water quality monitoring, ideally with bachelor’s degree in a related field or comparable experience
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Attention to detail such as data management and complex scheduling
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office suite and Google documents and maps
  • Capacity and strong interest in aquatic field monitoring

Requirements

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Available 3-5 days per week, May through August
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Sign and date Team Leader position agreement

Value

  • Supervision of and education to intern team
  • Experience in field data collection
  • Access to network of water quality professionals

Contact Jason Frenzel if you are interested.

Volunteer Positions

Position Overview

The Volunteer Field Assessment Leader will assist project director in organizing field assessments of natural areas throughout the Huron watershed (parts of 7 counties in Southeast Michigan), as part of HRWC’s Bioreserve Project. Duties will include:

  • Contacting property owners to obtain permission for volunteer team to assess their property
  • Organizing over 100 volunteers into teams of 3 – 4 to perform assessments of natural areas throughout the spring and summer.
  • Accompanying teams when needed as a team member and/or “plant ID expert.” Each assessment takes about 3 – 4 hours.
  • Creating packets for volunteer teams including assessment forms, GIS maps, instructions, directions, etc.
  • Creating GIS maps for each assessment showing preliminary ecosystem boundaries and suggested route through site
  • Inputting data into ACCESS database and creating reports on each assessment using an ACCESS macro that incorporates data and GIS maps

Qualifications

Must have the ability to work independently, a car, excellent interpersonal skills (both email and phone), and have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (including ACCESS) and ArcGIS. Ability to identify most woody plants, forbs, and grasses of Michigan would be a great benefit.

Commitment

  • Hours: Part-time (10 hours/week)
  • We are looking for a commitment through the 2015 growing season, with option to return in future years.

Benefits/Value

The associate will have the following opportunities:

  • networking with and access to professionals
  • technical learning in GIS, volunteer management, database management, ecology, plant identification

Contact Kris Olsson if you are interested.

Position Overview

The Associate, a volunteer position with HRWC, will assist project director (Kris Olsson) in running Green Infrastructure visioning workshops in local governments throughout the watershed, and in working with those communities on implementing the GI plan and vision through ordinance and policy development.

Qualifications

Must be able to work independently, have experience and knowledge of local government land use planning, a car, excellent interpersonal skills (both email and phone), and have working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs. The ideal candidate would also have ArcGIS background.

Commitment

  • Ideally, Associate could commit to work with project director in organizing 1-2 workshops a year, which would include recruiting the local government, scheduling meeting or meetings with government representatives leading up to the workshop, scheduling the workshop, publicizing the workshop, and preparing the workshop presentation, background GIS data and maps, and poster map to be used in the workshop to create Green Infrastructure Vision.
  • Post workshop, Associate will create a final Green Infrastructure map and document based on the visioning session at the workshop, and present it to the local government. The Associate will then work with project director to determine next steps in implementing policy changes in that local government to protect and enhance the Green Infrastructure.
  • Time commitment: 10 hours/week. We are looking for a commitment of at least a year.

Benefits/Value

  • The Associate will have the following opportunities:
    • networking with and access to professionals
    • technical learning on various fronts (GIS, Green Infrastructure, land use planning, policies, meeting facilitation), water policy

Contact Kris Olsson if you are interested.

Do you take your camera with you everywhere you go? Are you constantly capturing moments before they slip away? If you don’t mind getting close to people having fun recreating on or along the Huron River or at local venues then this job is right for you. You may be asked to shoot people and locations both in nature and in the five Trail Towns of the Huron River Water Trail (Milford, Dexter, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Flat Rock) or go to specific cultural or HRWC events. Photography skills are required. All applicants must submit a portfolio of 5-10 pictures they have taken. Time commitment: 20 hours May-September, flexible dates/times.

To express your interest, email Pam Labadie with the following:

  • First and last name and cell phone number;
  • Your experience with photography and DSLR equipment;
  • Why you want to help;
  • What river-recreational activities you are involved in
  • AND MOST IMPORTANT a link to an online “portfolio” (Flickr, Tumblr, BlogSpot, etc.) of 5-10 images that demonstrate both technical skill and the ability to shoot events. We would like to see photographs with people, emotions, and action and iconic events/urban locations.

HRWC is looking for a committed volunteer with qualifications and time to help us continue our work in providing field assessments of natural areas as part of our Bioreserve Project.
The Field Assessment Plant Expert would join field assessment teams at least once a week throughout the 2015 field season to perform assessments that each take about 2-4 hours.

HRWC has conducted over 270 field assessments on properties throughout the watershed. So far, HRWC’s Bioreserve Program has helped conservancies and government preservation programs protect over 1000 acres using data provided by the Bioreserve Map and by field assessments.

We are getting ready to begin a partnership with all the conservancies in the watershed in which we provide field assessments to properties they are targeting for arranging for permanent preservation in priority areas along the Huron River corridor.

Contact Kris Olsson if you are interested.

Huron River Watershed Council is committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace. We are committed to prohibiting discrimination against volunteers, clients, and applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental handicap/disability, social economic class, ethical values and/or political beliefs.