The Western Shore Watershed Management Plan StoryMap is now live. The StoryMap provides residents and stakeholders the ability to engage in watershed planning by learning about the landscape, the community, and the plan to protect our watershed. Viewers are encouraged to participate by clicking on, Tell Us What You Think, at the top of the page and answering a short series of questions. For more information, visit the Western Shore Watershed page.
Mobile, Alabama, USA
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit http://www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Conservation Practitioner IV develops, manages and advances coastal and marine conservation projects, plans and methods for small to medium scale geographic areas. The position will be part of the Coastal Team in Alabama which implements watershed and coastal restoration projects to reduce shoreline erosion and improve the condition of coastal habitats and estuaries in Mobile Bay and along the coast. The Coastal Program also supports broad partnerships by providing planning support, advancing large grants, and developing new analysis tools to ensure that projects benefit the environment, economy, and local communities.
The Conservation Practitioner IV (CPIV) provides technical leadership and support to a business unit and plans and directs coastal and marine restoration projects, including permitting and contracting, monitoring activities, and land stewardship activities. The CPIV addresses critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among conservation community, and supplies conservation planning teams with site or landscape level information relevant to the planning process. The CPIV develops and implements conservation strategies and employs a full range of protection tools to acquire varying degrees of legal interest in land and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities. The CPIV coordinates community support, coordinates multiple projects, sets deadlines, and manages completion. As part of this team, the CPIV will assist with grant writing, management, and reporting; participate in all aspects of data collection and fieldwork; coordinate with local, state, federal, and private partners; and engage local communities and private landowners in coastal restoration actions. CPIV is expected to work with the Philanthropy and External Affairs teams to provide expertise to donors and elected officials when necessary to advance conservation goals.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
Executes and manages projects and monitoring tasks in a timely manner.
Supervises technical, administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.
Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience or Master’s degree and 1-2 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience managing staff or volunteers.
Experience working in a team atmosphere with multiple stakeholders on multi-component collaborative projects.
Relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
Must have valid driver's license and good driving record, as well as AL Boat Operations Endorsement.
Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience working on restoration projects that require Federal and State regulations and permitting.
Experience managing engineers and contractors to carry out specific project tasks in a timely manner.
Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition.
Knowledge of ecological resource management principles.
Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, coastal restoration, and natural resource conservation.
Familiarity with ArcGIS application and GPS equipment and software.
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers. Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.
HOW TO APPLY
Patsy Stallworth loves her rain barrels.
“I didn’t understand it at first, but after my husband explained it to me, I like it.”
Stallworth has two 55-gallon rain barrels installed at her home in the Mobile suburb of Prichard, catching up to 110 gallons of rainwater for her to use to water her flowers, wash her cars and wash the dirt off the house.
“I was amazed at how it worked,” Stallworth said. “When it rains it fills up really quickly. This is a new adventure for me.”
Rain barrels helping alleviate flooding issues in Prichard from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.
The rain barrels were installed at Stallworth’s home, free-of-charge, thanks to a stormwater mitigation program organized by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. Christian Miller, Watershed Management Coordinator for the Mobile Bay NEP, said the rain barrels are a big help in reducing flooding in Prichard, which is part of the Three Mile Creek Watershed.
“We’ve had a lot of issues with residential street flooding and some issues with sanitary sewer runovers, so some of the ways to combat this are to put in these rain-catchment devices,” Miller said. “These two 55-gallon drums aren’t going to solve all of our problems, but as we get more of these out it will hopefully help to reduce these localized issues with residential flooding.”
An inch of rain falling on a typical 1,000-square-foot roof yields more than 600 gallons of water which, in urban areas like Prichard, ends up washing down streets and other hard surfaces, picking up and carrying pollutants into waterways. Miller said increased rainwater harvesting will help reduce impacts associated with residential stormwater runoff.
“The residents have been the biggest champions,” Miller said. “Once we get them in and see what utility they have, they go around and tell their neighbors, the neighbors come to see them and we get phone calls at the office. People really like them and want to have them installed at their house.”
Miller said dozens of rain barrels have been installed in Prichard thanks to donations of materials and labor, including 98 barrels at 46 homes installed by volunteers from Alabama Power Service Organization.
“We’ve got a really good partnership with several different entities,” Miller said. “Greif Packaging and Soterra LLC have donated the barrels and Alabama Power has been really helpful providing supplies and labor to help install. With those folks and Mobile Bay NEP, we’ve really had a good combined effort to put all of these rain barrels out around the community.”
To learn more about the rain barrel program, visit mobilebaynep.com or call the Mobile Bay NEP at 251-431-6409.
(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)
On July 11, 2019, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a bill to broaden the state’s definition of litter and increase fines and enforcement capabilities. This state-wide legislation is supported by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) Government Networks Committee. MBNEP recently collaborated with partners to implement comprehensive litter mitigation strategies recommended in the Three Mile Creek coastal watershed management plan.
The Mobile Bay NEP is currently working on a multi-phase litter abatement project in the watershed. This project includes (1) deploying and maintaining 10 “Litter Gitter” small stream litter collection devices; (2) developing litter profiles at each site using the EPA’s Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol (ETAP); (3) conducting single pass tactical cleanups of shoreline throughout the watershed; (4) developing a web-based publicly available litter collection/ETAP reporting system; and (5) creating an alternative packaging program in the Three Mile Creek Watershed. To date, the Three Mile Creek Trash-Free Waters project has removed 7,963 lbs (5,085 cubic feet) of litter, exceeding the overall project goal of 4,800 lbs. Of the waste collected, 1,475 lbs (1,274 cubic feet) of the material has been recycled. —Romell Nandi, Nandi.Romell@epa.gov
The Coca-Cola Company, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the City of Atlanta, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Groundwork Atlanta, Park Pride, and EPA Region 4 have partnered to install six innovative trash-trap systems along Proctor Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River on Atlanta’s Westside. On September 19, 2019, partners held a kickoff event for the Coca-Cola World Without Waste Campaign in Atlanta and Proctor Creek showcasing the Bandalong Trash Trap and installation of the Litter Gitter, both litter capture technologies. Coca-Cola provided a grant to NRPA to support the installation of five Litter Gitters and one Bandalong Litter Trap with a goal of collecting and reducing 80% of downstream litter in the creek.
The Litter Gitter is a smallstream litter collection device used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff using floating booms that guide trash to a large wire-mesh collection container. The Bandalong Litter Trap is an industrial strength litter trap that uses the current to guide debris into the trap. Educational signage at the park will inform visitors about the litter catchment systems and provide education on how to reduce litter by recycling and disposing of trash in receptacles. For more information, contact Cynthia Y. Edwards, PE, at email@example.com.
By Guy Busby
DAPHNE – Don Bates pointed to a bucket of moldy plastic and Styrofoam sitting on the bridge over D’Olive Creek. The trash was collected during a test of a small-stream litter collection device in D’Olive Creek. “That was with no rain,” he said. “When it rains, these things will have a lot more than that.” The device, known as a “Litter Gitter,” is now deployed in the creek upstream from the Gator Alley boardwalk and will be used to intercept floating litter from storm water runoff. Bates, the owner of Osprey Initiative, which developed the Litter Gitter, said 10 of the devices are now in place in Three-Mile Creek and three in Dog River in Mobile County. Another trap is being used in Foley. He said initial tests indicate a 95-percent success rate in preventing the downstream loss of floating litter.
By Everett Johnson
Last month I reported on an organization that is doing an amazing work in Aransas County, helping restore the communities of Fulton and Rockport as they get back on their feet after a bad actor named Harvey drew a bullseye on the two coastal communities. The group is Keep Aransas County Beautiful (KACB) and their post-Harvey mission and accomplishments continue to be highly-commendable. Click here to read more
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New Orleans, LA 70130
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) is seeking public comment on the Council’s proposal to amend its FPL in order to approve implementation funding for the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP), specifically for restoration of a portion of Twelve Mile Creek, Alabama. In 2015, the Council approved $358,000 in planning funds for this stream restoration project sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At that time, the Council budgeted $1,742,000 for potential implementation of the project. The Council is now proposing to approve this implementation funding to restore approximately 1,800 linear feet of stream, including vegetated banks. The project design scope was originally to restore 1,300 linear feet of stream. The design was subsequently enhanced and permitted to allow restoration of 1,800 linear feet of stream. Before voting on approving funding, the Council will open this FPL amendment for a seven-day public comment period beginning on Monday, July 29, 2019 and concluding at 11:59 pm on August 5, 2019. You may submit those comments using one of the two methods below:
By Email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Email submission of comments ensures timely receipt and enables the Council to make them available to the public. All comments received, including names, email addresses, attachments and other supporting materials, will be part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. You should only submit information that you wish to make publicly available.
By U.S. Mail:
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
Attn: MBNEP Amendment Comments
500 Poydras Street, Suite 1117
New Orleans, LA 70130
The Council’s Standard Operating Procedures require a minimum of seven days of public notice prior to a Council vote. The Council believes that a seven-day comment period is appropriate in this case, given the scope of the project and the associated permit documentation. You may request an extension of this comment period if you need more time to review and consider this matter. To request an extension, please contact Keala J. Hughes at (504) 717-7235 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Pursuant to the RESTORE Act, the Council is responsible for administering portions of Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement funds for the purpose of restoring the environment and economy of the Gulf coast. The Council administers two funding programs, one of which is the “Council-Selected Restoration Component” or “Bucket 2.” Under Bucket 2, the Council votes to approve Gulf ecosystem restoration projects and programs proposed by the Council members. Bucket 2 projects and programs approved for funding by the Council are included in what is called a “Funded Priorities List” or “FPL.”
The Twelve Mile Creek project was included in the Council’s Initial FPL in 2015, under the name “Mobile Bay National Estuary Program.” As noted above, in 2015 the Council approved planning funds for this project and identified it for potential implementation in the future. When the Council approves funding for a project or program in an FPL, the activity is included in “Category 1” of the FPL. When the Council identifies a project or program as a potential future priority but has not yet approved funding for it, the activity is included in “Category 2.” Thus, the previously-approved planning component of Twelve Mile Creek is in Category 1; the Twelve Mile Creek implementation component is currently in Category 2.
A Council vote is needed to approve funding for a Category 2 project and move it to Category 1. Prior to approving implementation funds for a Category 2 project and moving it to Category 1, the Council must comply with all applicable environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). On May 13, 2019, the Corps of Engineers issued a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for the Twelve Mile Creek project. To comply with NEPA, the Council is proposing to adopt the Corps of Engineers NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project. The Corps of Engineers permit documentation for this project also addresses other applicable environmental laws.
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