The Great Lakes Commission has an immediate opening for a self-starting, highly motivated team player to work on Great Lakes habitat restoration and invasive species projects. The individual will provide staff support on issues such as habitat restoration in Areas of Concern, coordination of invasive species prevention and control activities, and related projects. The incumbent must be an excellent communicator with a background in natural resources or a related field. Experience managing federal grants is preferred. Tasks will include managing grants and contracts with federal agencies and local partners; assisting with communication and outreach through social media, presentations and other outreach tools; planning, coordinating and facilitating project-related meetings; and supporting collaborative partnerships.
The position is a full-time, renewable 12-month appointment. The Great Lakes Commission offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental and optical insurance. The Commission also has an outstanding 401k program.
The Habitat Restoration Program Specialist will assist with the administration of multiple federal grants that are supporting the implementation of habitat restoration projects in the Great Lakes region. This task will include overseeing grants and contracts with local partners; tracking financial and administrative aspects of the grants; tracking progress in achieving regional habitat restoration goals; and assisting with communications and reporting to federal agencies. The program specialist will also support regional projects focused on preventing, managing and controlling aquatic invasive species (AIS).
Specific responsibilities include the following:
The ideal candidate is detail-oriented and organized, excels at communication (both verbal and written), and has a solid natural resources background with knowledge of Great Lakes habitat and invasive species issues. Experience coordinating projects; collaborating with federal, state, local and other partners; administering federal grants; providing committee support; and planning and conducting stakeholder meetings is desired. Familiarity with social media and WordPress websites is a plus. The candidate should also have knowledge of AIS issues, and federal and state habitat restoration programs, policies and funding in the Great Lakes region.
Required qualifications include:
Experience in the following areas is also strongly preferred:
The preferred candidate will possess a master’s degree in natural resources management, biology, ecology, environmental science or policy, or a related field, and at least three years of experience; or a bachelor’s degree and five or more years of equivalent experience.
The majority of work is performed in a general office setting with no unusual environmental factors. The incumbent needs to be able to work in a fast-paced, time-sensitive, sometimes stressful environment, requiring significant time management skills to complete assignments and meet deadlines. Travel will be required periodically.
The requirements for this application include a cover letter, resume, three references, salary history, and desired starting salary. Please note: All of these items must be provided if applicant is to receive consideration.
Please submit your application by mail, e-mail or fax to us at the following address. No phone calls.
Great Lakes Commission
ATTN: Matt Doss, Policy Director
2805 S. Industrial Hwy., Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6791
Fax: (734) 971-9150
The Great Lakes Commission was established in 1955 with a mandate to “promote the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water resources of the Great Lakes basin.” Founded in state law with U.S. federal consent, with membership consisting of the eight Great Lakes states and associate member status for the provinces of Ontario and Québec, the Commission pursues four primary functions: communication and education, information integration and reporting, facilitation and consensus building, and policy coordination and advocacy. Each Member jurisdiction is represented by a delegation consisting of three to five members who are appointees of the respective governor or premier, legislators or senior agency officials. A board of directors, consisting of the chair of each delegation, is the Commission’s executive body. In carrying out its initiatives, the Commission works in close cooperation with many partner organizations, including U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, binational institutions, tribal/First Nation governments and other regional interests. Representatives appointed by partner entities participate extensively in Commission activities through a formal Observer program. The Commission is supported by a professional staff in Ann Arbor, Mich. Learn more at www.glc.org.
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