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Each year, WSU Jefferson County trains new Master Gardeners to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.
Trainees will be using an online course provided by WSU, which they do mostly on their own time. WSU will supplement this training with classroom time, field trips, and various group activities.
Classes will take place on Thursdays, February 18 through May 5, 2016, 9 am-3 pm, at the Tri-Area Community Center, in Chimacum.
The cost for the Master Gardener Training Course is $250, of which $70 goes to WSU for the online training course.
For more information or to sign up, please email Jefferson County WSU Master Gardeners at email@example.com or call 360 379-5610 ext, 210.
David Batker of Earth Economics presents their analysis of Clallam County ecosystems.
The Quarterly meeting of the Strait Environmental Recovery Network (ERN) met on Friday in Port Angeles. The ERN is chartered by the Puget Sound Partnership to get organizations together to prioritize work on recovery projects along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This month, we had David Batker, chief economist and Executive Director, of Earth Economics report on their work done for Clallam County. EE created a report called “Policy Implications of the Economic Benefits of Feeder Bluffs and 12 other Ecosystems” as part of the SMP. Sound boring? Think again…
EE has formed some new models to help understand the economic benefits of these ecosystems and their recovery. This is really revolutionary analysis. Constantly, opposition to environmental programs rail about how fixing the environment is “too expensive” and “costs jobs”. This analysis turns that on it’s head. It makes it very hard to argue that it isn’t the *right thing* to fix the environment, from a purely economic perspective.
EE has done work around the world, and this is really ground breaking stuff. You can find more about them at http://www.eartheconomics.org.
The entire talk can be downloaded or listened to at:
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is seeking an energetic, experienced professional for our full-time paid Volunteer Coordinator position to inspire and manage a corps of 175+ volunteers in serving our mission to Inspire Conservation of the Salish Sea. The position is responsible for volunteer recruitment, training, placement, retention and recognition and will participate in strategic planning including developing a plan to expand the volunteer program. It’s also responsible for administrative oversight of the PTMSC AmeriCorps program and for supervision of volunteer gift shop staff. Email cover letter and resume in PDF format firstname.lastname@example.org. Job description can be found here. Please submit applications by November 18 at 5pm.
Job Title: Restoration Grants Coordinator
Department: Natural Resources
Reports To: Habitat Program Manager
Type: Full Time
Position Opens: 2-22-12 Position Closes: 3-7-12
This position is responsible for managing the diverse array of grants that support the Tribe’s watershed restoration program. Job duties include: (1) grant proposal writing; (2) grant management, including budget oversight, project management and reporting; (3) preparation of permit applications and working with permitting agencies to secure permits, and (4) preparing and overseeing contracts. This position will work in partnership with the Department’s Watershed Restoration Coordinators to ensure successful and timely implementation of restoration projects.
MAJOR TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
See job description link below.
For the full job description, including education and experience requirements, please visit http://nooksackindiantribe.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Restoration-Grant-Coordinator1.pdf.
To apply: Obtain an employment application at http://nooksackindiantribe.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Application-for-Employment.pdf. Mail application, and resume to 5016 Deming Road, Deming, WA 98244 or fax to 360-592- 2125. Application materials must be received in Human Resources no later than 5:00 pm on the closing date to be considered for this position.
Ecology and Commerce today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects that will protect or restore freshwater ecosystems in the watersheds of Puget Sound. The RFP and related documents are available at: www.ecy.wa.gov/puget_sound/grants_fed.html.
They will provide a maximum of $5.4 million to fund projects under two tracks:
· Protecting and Restoring Watersheds and
· Managing Land Use.
Both tracks are based in using a watershed approach. The first track is intended to focus on directly managing ecosystem processes, whereas the second track focuses more on managing development patterns within a watershed context.
For the first track, eligible applicants include state, local and tribal governments, special purpose districts, public institutions and non-profit organizations. The second track is limited to local and tribal governments and special purpose districts. The geographic extent of this RFP includes only those watersheds that drain to Puget Sound.
Two-step Proposal Process
They anticipate there will be a strong interest in these funds and want to encourage all interested applicants to submit their proposals. Their first step will be initially requesting pre-proposals to determine the range of potential proposals, and to simplify the application and evaluation processes. They will evaluate the pre-proposals to determine which will be invited to submit final proposal applications. Pre-proposals are due September 19, 2011. Applicants should use the pre-proposal form available at the website shown above.
Encourage Collaborative Proposals
They want to encourage regional collaboration and groups working in partnership on proposals. They are especially interested in soliciting applications from groups implementing local agendas with the Puget Sound Partnership as well as other regional consortia in the greater Puget Sound basin.
Sign-up on PSP Website to Receive Other NEP Grant Information
Sign up to receive e-mails about this and other funding opportunities under the National Estuary Program grants at www.psp.wa.gov/EPA_funding_FY10.php.