Science Program Assistant
This position is offered to CRCL through the Louisiana Delta Service Corps AmeriCorps program.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to drive bold, science-based action to rebuild Coastal Louisiana through advocacy, restoration and outreach. CRCL unites business leaders, scientists, landowners, national and local conservation groups, government agencies, hunters, anglers and a broad spectrum of concerned citizens to advance restoration for the benefit of people and nature.
Program Mission and/or Goals:
The Science Program advances CRCL’s goal to drive science based restoration in coastal Louisiana. This program has various avenues for achieving this including playing an active role in the Mississippi River Delta Coalition (MRD (a large non-profit consisting of Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, Audubon, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and CRCL)) and starting a program to monitor the effectiveness of all State coastal restoration projects in Louisiana.
Many restoration projects have already been constructed, however there is a lack of revisiting these older projects to track the effectiveness they may have on reducing land loss. There will soon be a significant sum of money to be used on coastal restoration in Louisiana and it is imperative to track the success and failure of previous projects to best use the funds. The Science Program is also working with the United Houma Nation to propose and implement a restoration project near one of their communities.
Member Position Summary:
The Science Program Assistant will play an active role in expanding the capabilities of the Science Program. The program is beginning to expand into larger, discreet projects which help to push the science of restoration ecology forward. The Science Assistant will play an important role in conducting research within the Science Program including using GIS to monitor the effectiveness of Louisiana coastal restoration projects, train fishermen to participate in a volunteer monitoring project, and work with the United Houma Nation to plan a restoration project near their community. The Science Assistant will also have the opportunity to work within the MRD on the Science and Projects committees, gaining insight on how science informs the policy and vice versa of restoration.
Necessary Training or Training Plan to be implemented prior to Member Placement:
The Science Program Assistant will work directly with the Science Director, Giovanna McClenachan, to learn all the necessary skills to complete the research required. This will include training in GIS, water quality field monitoring techniques, and other specific skills. The Program Assistant will also shadow the Science Director in interactions with the MRD, eventually taking a more active role as they feel comfortable.
In the short term, the member will work to help get pilot programs of monitoring the effectiveness of restoration and volunteer fisheries monitoring underway. In the long term, the member will analyze coastal restoration and, with the help of the Science Director, be able to make recommendations on types of restoration projects that are the most successful and why.
Essential Functions of Position:
- Conduct GIS analysis for land changes
- Prepare a written document that summarizes restoration project success
- Attend meetings and conference calls with the MRD
- Help to conduct fieldwork to monitor CRCL restoration projects, including plantings and oyster reefs
- Assist in work with United Houma Nation to coordinate the partner restoration project and the volunteer fishery monitoring program
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- A background in Environmental Science or Ecology, with a preference for a focus in coastal ecology.
- Basic knowledge of GIS and proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Ability to effectively communicate with a large range of stakeholders in written and oral form.
Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:
- Undergraduate degree in Environmental Science/Ecology
- At least one GIS class (experience can substitute for classwork)
How to Apply:
Deadline June 30, 2017.
No phone calls to the CRCL office please.
AmeriCorps is a national program that places over 75,000 members a year in intensive service programs that allow them to play a positive role in their communities. The Louisiana Delta Service Corps places 40 AmeriCorps members in public schools, non-profits, and community organizations to provide direct service and build capacity in those organizations. Members work to create positive change throughout the delta by serving in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.