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THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF ALABAMA
CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH A “PICNIC FOR THE PLANET”
Birmingham, Ala. – On April 22, 2012,
Earth Day, the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will invite people from
across the state to get outside and celebrate the planet with a free picnic at Railroad Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Alabama
Chapter will also join Conservancy chapters worldwide in an attempt
to set the world record for the most people picnicking in a 24-hour period.
The community is encouraged to
bring a picnic (and blanket) or purchase picnic food at Railroad Park and join
us for the world’s largest picnic celebration. There will be live music
spotlighting local talent, a display of sponsored picnic tables decorated by
local artists and the opportunity to participate in a Guinness world record. Local community leaders Bill and Becky
Smith will chair the event.
In 2011, the global office of The Nature Conservancy held an inaugural Picnic for the Planet which resulted in
thousands of people joining more than 600 picnics in 61 countries on all seven
continents. This year, those who are unable to attend the Picnic at Railroad
Park can sign up to host their own picnic with family and friends like the one
in Birmingham. Anyone who holds a Picnic for the Planet with at least 25 people
can download materials that will allow their picnic to be officially included
in the record-breaking attempt.
Picnic for the Planet for Earth Day 2012 is a celebration of the planet
we live on, the bounty it provides and the people who work to preserve it. As a
fundraiser for the local chapter of The Nature Conservancy, picnic tables will
be available for sponsorship. Local artists in the community will be engaged in
adorning the tables for future display around the city. This event is free and
open to the public, rain or shine.
Contact the Nature Conservancy of Alabama at 205-251-1155 for additional info.
Longleaf Alliance, Inc. (LLA, Inc) is seeking a Vice-President for Operations
to guide the day to day activities of the organization as it moves forward. The mission of the LLA, Inc is the
restoration, management and conservation of longleaf pine ecosystems and their
social, economic, and ecological values as a significant component of the
southeastern forest landscape. This
established mission has been and will continue to be accomplished by working
closely with a wide range of constituents – forest landowners, biologists,
foresters, NGO’s, and public natural resource agencies. We seek a proven and competent supervisor to
interact with both the staff and the President to lead the LLA, Inc. through a
major program-building phase as the organization increases its capacity to
interact with a variety of existing partnerships and to form new partnerships.
Inc seeks an experienced, dynamic and collaborative leader witha minimum of 5 to 8 yearsexperience within the longleaf region in
managing or studying natural resources with familiarity and knowledge specific
to longleaf ecosystems. At a minimum,
the position would require an undergraduate degree in forestry, wildlife
biology, or other related natural resources field and work experience in those
fields. The candidate must have an
excellent personal and professional reputation and credibility in the
conservation community, and have demonstrated the ability to create effective
relationships with board and staff, landowners, donors, state and federal
agencies, NGO’s and other key constituencies.
The position requires strong organizational, supervisory, and
interpersonal skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication
skills. Candidates should have adequate
proficiency in computer skills, including spreadsheets, word processing, database
management and GIS applications.
The Vice President for Operations will
be responsible for: 1) coordinating day to day activities of the staff; 2) assisting with provision of technical
assistance to landowners and land managers; 3) assisting with academies,
workshops, and field days; 4) working with the President to secure funding for
the organization; 5) maintaining and/or developing working relationships with
professional and stakeholder communities; 6) reviewing staff performance and
development; 7) assisting with website development and maintenance, newsletter
production, and technical publications; 8) and working closely with the
Vice-President for Business in budgeting, grant administration, and tracking of
accounts. The position will likely
require some travel, most but not all within the longleaf region. Position will be located at the Solon Dixon
Forestry Education Center near Andalusia in south central Alabama.
be commensurate with experience and includes an appropriate benefits
package. Send resume, cover letter, and
three references to:
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