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http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/13/uncle-sam-wants-you-to-live-and-farm-on-a-national-park/

Monday, Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio released its long-awaited application for 60-year leases to live and farm on federally-protected historic land—no experience necessary.
3 years ago
ROCK ON RICK! I am DEFINITELY getting the book! THANKS!
3 years ago
Here's an awesome job for someone! https://university-montana-hr.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=1153&company_id=16254&version=1&source=ONLINE&jobOwner=992274&aid=1 Curator (Herbarium), Division of Biological Sciences
Tracking Code
1153-254
Job Description
Position Number 016420
Department: Division of Biological Sciences
Closing Date: Applications received by February 3, 2015 will be guaranteed full consideration, and applications received after may be considered. Screening begins 2/4/2015.
Work Schedule: Part-time, 12 months/year, .49 FTE
Minimum Entry Rate: $15.716/hr-$19.645/hr
Union Affiliation: Non-union based on FTE
Probationary Period: Six months minimum
Benefits Include: Pro-rated annual and sick leave; Public Employees Retirement (PERS) optional

The Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana-Missoula delivers high-quality academic programs in the biological sciences. The Division’s mission includes educating students at all levels from the baccalaureate to the doctoral, so that they develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed as professional biologists and as citizens in a rapidly changing world facing problems that include significant biological components; to foster strong research programs that create new knowledge, understanding, and approaches in biology and that enhance the learning environment for students; and to apply biological science to benefit the university, state, region, nation and the world.

This position is expected to curate the plant collections in the UM Herbarium; and directly supervise a variety of assistants, including possibly one or more work-study students, student interns, independent study students, graduate students, and community volunteers. This position is solely responsible for the recruitment, training, and any disciplinary actions.

This position operates a complex job with little supervision and a great deal of independence. This position is responsible for preserving and maintaining the current collection; evaluating donations; and assessing the need for and adding new samples as appropriate. This position is also responsible for assisting faculty members and course instructors in the proper use of the facility; responding to requests for loans and the exchange of specimens according to professional collection practices and UM/DBS policies; and serving ex-officio as a member of the Friends of the UM Herbarium.

This position requires incumbent to develop working knowledge of all local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding transactions involving plant specimens or parts thereof; working knowledge of professional museum practices and standards, both legal and procedural, to keep collections management policies and forms up to date; and ability to accurately identify specimens or parts thereof in order to avoid personal liability for herbarium activities and to insure that the herbarium is acting in a lawful and ethical manner. This position also requires incumbent to develop skills in public fund-raising and outreach, including presentations to and scheduling visits by schools and other interested groups; supervisory skills, including hiring, training and discipline; ability to manage funds and produce regular newsletters.
Required Skills
Knowledge of professional collection practices and theories regarding proper use and access to collections, to be able to supervise all access to and loans of Herbarium materials, assignment of keys, and to update and enforce the visitor use policy for the Herbarium
Knowledge of proper archival storage methods and techniques, including detailed knowledge of specialty cabinets and proper storage and protective materials
Taxonomic knowledge sufficient to evaluate the strengths of the UM Herbarium collection, and any needs for acquisitions for research or teaching purposes
Knowledge of pest control materials and techniques including prevention and the proper use of chemicals
Knowledge of preparation and preservation techniques for plant specimens
Excellent interpersonal skills, both oral and written
Required Experience
Master’s degree in Museum Science or related area with at least one (1) year of experience in Herbarium use and maintenance or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

About the Herbarium
The Herbarium at The University of Montana is an irreplaceable resource for the study of the botany and plant ecology of Montana. It contains over 129,000 plant specimens and has the largest and best representation of the flora of the Northern Rocky Mountains in the world. The Herbarium is particularly well-known for its outstanding collections from the alpine and montane regions of Montana.
The Herbarium is a major repository of botanical specimens for researchers at The University of Montana, Montana Natural Heritage Program, Montana Native Plant Society, U.S. Forest Service, and private consultants. The Herbarium serves as a primary reference and data source in the region for these organizations. It also serves as a vital resource for rare plant conservation studies conducted by private consulting companies and government agencies. It is used by graduate students, professors, consultants and visiting researchers. The curator is an ex-officio member of the Friends of the UM Herbarium, a group of University and community members dedicated to the improvement of the herbarium collections, documentation, and space. Through the loan and exchange programs, specimens are available to herbaria throughout North America. Also, UM students and faculty turn to the Herbarium for undergraduate training and graduate research

HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below. Step 5 "Attachments" in the online application process is where you may upload additional materials. Only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
Letter of Interest – please also address the stated required skills for the position
Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
Names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment
In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request.
As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References. *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing. Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Need additional help? Check out our UM Jobs FAQ website.
Job Location
Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type
Part-Time
3 years ago
Open Houses on Farmland Conservation This Week!

This week, Missoula County will be holding four Open Houses to get feedback on strategies for preserving farmland and they need to hear from you that you care about the future of farming!

Open Houses:

Tuesday, May 27th, 6pm-8pm: Orchard Homes Country Life Club
Wednesday, May 28th, 6pm-8pm: Frenchtown High School Commons
Thursday, May 29th, 10am-2pm: Missoula County Administration Building
Thursday, May 29th, 6pm-8pm: Lubrecht Experimental Forest Conference Center

For more info on what we support and to let us know that you plan on attending, please email annie@missoulacfac.org.

Help us make sure the County knows we care,
we support them in moving forward, and
concerns about the future of farming are not going away!
4 years ago
http://news.umt.edu/2014/05/051614corp.aspx

Contact:
F. Richard Hauer, UM systems ecology professor, UM director of Institute on Ecosystems, 406-243-4848, ric.hauer@umontana.edu ; Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship, 406-243-6670, scott.whittenburg@umontana.edu .

$45 Million: UM Lands Largest Research Award in University History
May. 16, 2014
MISSOULA – The University of Montana has received a $45 million cooperative agreement award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency announced May 16. The five-year research award is the largest in the history of UM.

Under the agreement, UM will help the Corps study and solve environmental and cultural resource problems across the nation. The University also will assist the Corps in implementing land and water ecological restoration, maintenance and training for optimal management of public resources.

F. Richard “Ric” Hauer is UM professor of freshwater science and systems ecology and directs the UM side of the Institute on Ecosystems, a statewide institute of the Montana University System. He will serve as program director and principal investigator of the cooperative agreement.

“Earning this award confirms that UM has become an elite research institution in the arena of ecology and environmental sciences,” Hauer said. “This will take our research enterprise to an even higher and exciting new level. It is a wonderful opportunity for our faculty, graduate students and post-docs.”

The award confirms UM’s ecological and cultural research status, said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship. “When you look at a map of the United States and identify all the lead institutions doing environmental research, there should be a star next to Missoula and the University of Montana.”

During the past two decades, UM has become a world leader in conservation biology, ecology and ecosystem science, Hauer said. Recent publications in Science and Conservation Biology name UM one of five universities in the nation demonstrating the largest growth in high-impact science publications and also ranks in the top 10 among all North American universities in conservation biology and ecology.

“We are, without doubt, competitive with and even surpassing many of the largest and most prestigious universities in the nation in the area of ecological and cultural research,” Hauer said. “Our faculty members are among the best in the nation, indeed the world. I know our researchers demand the highest level of excellence of themselves and each other.”

Hauer has a long-standing relationship with the Corps, assisting the agency with many projects since 1992. He helped the Corps develop the nationwide methodology and protocols for doing ecological assessments of rivers and wetlands. He also has taught classes for agency personnel on stream ecology and large-river ecosystems for the past 18 years.

Hauer said the work envisioned in the cooperative agreement may include topics such as the ecological effects of dams and reservoirs, environmental management problems, endangered species such as paddlefish or sturgeon, invasive species such as spotted knapweed or zebra mussels, water-quality issues, abandoned mine waste, Native American cultural sites, human health in the environment, and environmental policy and law.

“We have outstanding faculty members and state-of-the-art technology here at the University of Montana,” UM President Royce Engstrom said, “and it will be exciting to see how this significant award energizes and transforms our institution.”

Hauer will lead a research management team of 10 faculty members who already oversee a number of UM centers and academic programs. The team is divided into two divisions:

Natural Resources with UM faculty Ragan Callaway, John Kimball, Winsor Lowe Cara Nelson and Maury Valett.
Cultural Resources with UM faculty Kelly Dixon, Andrij Holian, Elizabeth Metcalf, Jakki Mohr and Irma Russell.
“We plan to involve as many of the graduate programs across campus as possible to accomplish this important ecological and cultural research,” Hauer said. “It’s going to be varied, exciting work.”

4 years ago
https://university-montana-hr.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=732&company_id=16254&version=1&source=ONLINE&jobOwner=992276&aid=1

Garden Manager (Program Coordinator I), University Dining Services
Tracking Code
732-254
Job Description
Position Number 102960
Department: University Dining Services
Closing Date: Screening begins July 8, 2013. Applications received after 7/7 may be considered
Work Schedule: Full-time, 12 months/year, 1.0 FTE.
Minimum Entry Rate: $11.331/hr - $11.790/hr
Union Affiliation: MPEA
Probationary Period: Six months minimum
Benefits Include: Insurance package; mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver; professional development/wellness program

University Dining Services enriches The University of Montana campus community by promoting sustainable business practices, providing outstanding cuisine, and delivering exceptional guest service, as we gather for dining, learning, and celebrating.

This position is responsible for all activities related to the implementation of the UDS Garden including but not limited to leading the design and planning of garden production and program activities; coordinating planting, maintenance, and harvesting of garden produce year round; coordinating harvests and delivery of produce to the Dining Services kitchen staff; working in a public environment interacting with students, faculty, staff, guests, and the Missoula community; answering questions and providing tours; planning program activities including workshops, demonstrations, and classes; acting as outreach coordinator by organizing special events, updating social media and web-based marketing tools; working with UDS Marketing for marketing material needs, and acting as a liaison with UM academic departments such as Environmental Studies, Biology, Forestry, and others; demonstrating leadership, goal oriented, and initiative in supervising the Student Garden Assistant and volunteers; and working with interested students and student groups on proposals, projects, or internships and providing general oversight of student projects as they pertain to work within the UDS Garden.

The Garden Manager reports directly to the Farm to College Coordinator and requires a high degree of initiative and independence as the position is often working on their own or in the presence of the Student Garden Assistant and any volunteers or interns. The level of complexity with this position is also high with tasks ranging from physical garden activities from weeding and harvesting, to making strategic plans for program activities including workshops and demonstrations, updating social media sites, recruiting new volunteers, and coordinating with community partners and contractors.

This position requires incumbent to develop expert knowledge of specific organic growing techniques as they pertain to urban environments and the specific site needs of the UDS garden; expert knowledge of the history, details, and needs of the UDS garden program and UDS units; working knowledge of vermicomposting systems, beekeeping, and mushroom cultivation; relationships with area nurseries, farms, agricultural organizations, and UM academic departments; working knowledge of youth gardening curriculum and ability to effectively supervise and teach children between the ages of 7 and 18; knowledge of both garden- and kitchen-related food safety requirements for institutions; knowledge of UM and UDS administration and processes for project approval; ability to install, repair, and problem solve drip and netafim irrigation systems; knowledge of general grounds maintenance needs including fixing fences, gates, and equipment; carpentry and building skills for building and maintaining UDS Garden infrastructure, including season extension infrastructure and vertical gardening structures.
Required Skills
Advanced knowledge and experience in planning and implementing organic raised-bed vegetable gardening techniques for the Montana climate including: plant propagation, seedling care, transplanting, weeding, watering, pruning, harvesting, and fertility management; pest control, observation, and monitoring; season extension
Advanced knowledge and experience with growing and installing Montana native plants
Knowledge of foodservice (high volume) food preparation needs and techniques
Knowledge of and skills for program planning, documentation, organization, analysis, and evaluation
Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
Effective public relation skills
Ability to organize small and large events, workshops, and demonstrations
Ability and desire to work with a diverse population including UDS culinary staff, MSU County Extension, students and student groups, children in K-12 schools, academic faculty, and the UM and Missoula communities
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Proficiency with web and print research techniques
Possess active leadership and supervision skills for Student Garden Assistant and garden volunteers
Knowledge of tool and work site safety and ability to teach to others
Ability to work independently and as part of a large, diverse team
Ability to be student centered and guest focused
Ability to maintain productivity while working in a public environment interacting with students, faculty, staff, guests, and the Missoula community

Physical Requirements
(Qualified candidates must be able to meet minimum requirements and perform the primary functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.)
Exposure to heat or cold (going in and out of freezers and coolers.)
Ability to lift of up to sixty (60) pounds to counter height
Ability to carrying up to sixty (60) pounds.
Work early (before 8:00 am) and late (after 5:00 pm) hours and on weekends
Pushing and pulling motions using pallet jacks, wheeled dollies, hand trucks, and carts.
Ability to use garden and landscaping tools such as shovels, rakes, or hand tools for digging, moving prepping garden beds, and planting.
Required Experience
High school diploma or equivalent and two (2) years experience in production growing including farming, gardening, and/or horticulture.
A valid Montana Driver’s license is required.


HOW TO APPLY
Upload the following materials: *Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
Letter of Interest – please also address the stated required skills for the position
Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
Names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment
In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request.
As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References. *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing. Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).
Job Location
Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type
Full-Time/Regular

5 years ago

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5 years ago
What should I plant on the shady, north side of my hugulkultur bed? The books look AWESOME!
5 years ago
This is not my job, just seems like a good one for a Permie-type:

http://missoula.craigslist.org/gov/3617755948.html
Reply goodjobs@co.missoula.mt.us [?] flag [?] : miscategorized prohibited spam best of Posted: 2013-02-14, 3:26PM MST
WEED EDUCATION ASSISTANT (MISSOULA COUNTY, MISSOULA MONTANA)
POSITION: WEED EDUCATION ASSISTANT

BASE RATE: $13.79 PER HOUR

STATUS: TEMPORARY, FULL-TIME

DEPARTMENT: EXTENSION/WEED

BARGAINING UNIT: NONE

CLOSING DATE: 5:00 P.M. FRIDAY 3/1/2013

Use online application at www.co.missoula.mt.us
Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources

DEFINITION: Assists the Weed Education Coordinator in the preparation, scheduling and presentation of classroom and outdoor field trips for the Missoula County Weed District. Leads groups of high school students in natural resources restoration activities for the Missoula County Weed District.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors degree required. Degrees best suited to this position include education, biology, botany or natural resources. Requires at least two years of experience in teaching or field education. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK: Schedules, prepares supplies and makes arrangements for Leave No Weed presentations and field trips. Prepares materials for Nature Walk Week. Presents Leave No Weeds program to school classes of varying levels. Leads groups of students on outdoor field trips, volunteer workdays and interpretive walks. Maintains a current knowledge of issues including valley bioregional flora and fauna, non native species invasion, and the economic and ecological impacts of weed control. Leads nature walks, discussions and provides information. Leads discussions on integrated management techniques of noxious weeds and the four principles of the Leave No Weeds program. Participates in hands on restoration efforts in the community including: use of mechanical and biological noxious weed controls; seeding and planting; and collecting native seeds and cones. May assist other resource programs with: fence removal; trail maintenance; construction of protective vegetation exclosures and brush barriers. May assist with data collection using GPS units. Delivers noxious weed education programs to community groups or other audiences.

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: Work schedule and location may vary. Some work is performed in the weed office and may include travel to schools and other venues. Works outdoors in various weather conditions; walks over rough or uneven terrain; requires climbing, bending and stooping and occasional lifting and carrying 20-25 lbs. 25-50 lbs

TO APPLY: Submit Missoula County online application by 5:00 p.m. Friday 3/1/2013. These additional documents must be attached to your online application which may require scanning: COVER LETTER AND COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS (UNOFFICIAL ACCEPTED). Missoula County Human Resources Department is located at 199 W Pine, Missoula, MT 59802. Mailing address 200 W Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802. For questions about online application process call 406-258-4462 or 406-258-4874 or email gbrown@co.missoula.mt.us . Applicants may submit a written request for any accommodation needed to participate in the application and selection process. Missoula County will consider any reasonable accommodation. The Missoula County EEOP is on file in the Human Resources Office.

Location: MISSOULA COUNTY, MISSOULA MONTANA
Compensation: $13.79 PER HOUR TEMPORARY
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5 years ago