Category Archives: Urban ecology

Conservation Conversation

Let’s talk about it!

Please mark your calendars for Saturday April 6th, 2019 for the next Conservation Conversation. The Conversation will be a day of speakers, displays and hands-on demonstrations about regional ecology, the environment and sustainability. The intent of the event is to facilitate dialogue about the opportunities and challenges for conservation among local and regional organizations and other stakeholders efforts in our growing community, and work towards collaboration with partners for the best outcomes for the quality of life in our region. The audience is comprised of the general public, representatives of a variety of organizations and agencies, and the faculty, students and staff of Purdue University Fort Wayne. Learn more here, and shoot us an email at erc@pfw.edu to automatically get updates about the day.

Job Opening in Little River Wetlands Project

Little River Wetlands Project

Job Description for Seasonal Property Steward

Minimum Qualifications

 Bachelor degree or enrolled into a program studying environmental science, natural resource management, or related subject preferred;

 Familiarity with Indiana’s natural communities of plants and animals is desirable;

 Experience using outdoor power equipment or ability to learn

 Ability to carry out multiple tasks in an independent and unstructured work setting;

 Ability to lift 50 pounds or more;

 Ability to hike uneven terrain for 1- 3 miles a day with up to 30lbs on back;

 Preferred: Currently certified in CPR and First Aid;

 Preferred: Pesticide Applicators License from Indiana State Chemist.

Job Duties

 Use of herbicide to control invasive plant species using backpack and power sprayers;

 Mechanical removal of invasive species: Mowing, pruning, etc.;

 Use of GPS unit to collect data, other data collection and data management;

 Assist with planting native trees, plants, and seeds;

 Direct volunteers and lead stewardship events, as needed;

 Follow all proper safety procedures;

 Supervised by Director of Preserves and Programs, works on-site with Property Steward;

 Other duties as assigned.

Compensation

 $8 – $10 per hour, no benefits

Parameters of the Seasonal Property Steward

Type: Part time (20 hours/week on average), Professional, Seasonal (April – November)

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30am-2:30pm; flexible to accommodate weather and weekend events

Pay Basis: Hourly

Education requirements: College degree preferred

Working Conditions: Outdoors, uneven terrain, all weather conditions

Travel: Limited

Submit resume by March 24 to: Betsy Yankowiak, Director of Preserves and Programs at b.yankowiak@lrwp.org.

Carmel’s GOP Mayor is a Champion for Green Living

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An aerial view of Carmel, Indiana.

Carmel, Indiana’s six-term mayor, John Brainard, has served as mayor for two decades and has seen the city triple its population, as well as expand its sustainable living opportunities. The mayor has also served on President Obama’s climate task force, one of only four Republican members and one of two GOP mayors on the task force. He has a made a career out building up Carmel, Indiana for a sustainable future.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.alternet.org/environment/meet-gop-mayor-indiana-who-served-obamas-climate-task-force