Winter 2018 Study Abroad Tanzania

How would you like to spend Winter 2018 with the elephants and lions?

Are you interested in how these species are being conserved?  Have you ever wondered how the aboriginal people interact with these large mammals?  If you are interested in conservation and African culture, this program is for you!  On a four-week guided safari, you’ll experience the splendor of African animals in their natural environment, and learn firsthand about the real, practical challenges involved in wildlife conservation. You will travel to Tanzania with Dr. Jacob Bowman, a wildlife ecologist specializing in large mammal conservation, ecology, and restoration, who has directed this program eight times.

Once in Tanzania, your safari will take you to the national parks and reserves of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire for wildlife viewing amid the savanna. The parks contain spectacular concentrations of wildlife that are habituated to vehicles, allowing close observation of various aspects of animal behavior including foraging, social interactions within species, and multiple-species interactions. You will also spend time on aboriginal lands adjacent to these national parks where you will learn about community-based conservation for the people practicing it. Our time on aboriginal lands is unique because you will have the opportunity to take foot safaris accompanied by local guides, which will provide you the opportunity to really feel Africa.

On safari, you’ll experience a cross-section of ecosystems in northern Tanzania.  Daily field excursions will be supplemented with nightly campfire discussion about African wildlife conservation.

We have four interest meetings planned in the next month:

02/22/2017         5:00 PM – 6:30 PM           219 Gore Hall
03/06/2017         2:15 PM – 3:00 PM           218 Gore Hall
03/08/2017         1:00 PM – 2:30 PM           256 Townsend Hall
03/09/2017         5:00 PM – 6:30 PM           219 Gore Hall

We will present at brief slide show about the upcoming program and answer questions.  I encourage freshman and sophomores to apply!

I hope to see you at one of the meetings,
Dr. Bowman

Animal Behavior & Conservation Connections: Two Positions Available

Organization: Animal Behavior & Conservation Connections (ABCC)
Location: Near Dover, DE
Position: Internship, Bird Care. Un-paid.
ABCC has summer internship position available from May 26 to August 15, 2016. The position will participate in animal care and husbandry with a focus on a diverse collection of avian species.
The position will fulfill a four day work week. Up to 28 hours per week. The position is based out of our facility near Dover, DE and may be required to participate in offsite events, weekends, holidays and occasional evenings. The intern will have an opportunity to learn foundation to animal care, bird training, free-flight training and public interaction.

The successful intern should possess high motivation for learning and working with birds.
Course work in animal behavior, wildlife education, animal care or related studies preferred.
Preference given to Junior or Senior College students.

Responsibilities and qualities include:
-Honest, motivated and reliable.
-Able and willing to take instructions and implement program as directed.
-Able to work independently or together in a team to achieve goals.
-Be comfortable working with birds.
-Daily care, food prep, feeding and cleaning of bird enclosures.
-Follow husbandry and training protocol as directed.
-Able to work indoors and outdoors.
-Able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
-Be willing and able to travel to offsite programs.
-Have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
-Must be drug and drama free.
-Other duties as assigned.

ABCC is a private organization with a mission to provide connections between animals and people through education and interaction via natural behaviors. As a consequence of the connections, we strive to instill a sense of inspiration and conservation stewardship among visitors with whom we come in contact. We are able to do this by working with our animal partners using voluntary approaches to animal training and communication. Our team include but not limited to falcons, vultures, owls, hawks, macaws, cranes, storks, hornbills and jays to name a few. Our educational free flight programs are featured at schools, State Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Universities and Zoos in the US.

Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and two reference sources to Phung Luu,Director, ABCC at ptluu@msn.com with the subject title “Summer Internship 2016” by 5 PM, April 15th 2016.

Organization: Animal Behavior & Conservation Connections (ABCC)
Location: Near Dover, DE
Position: Part-time Bird Care, Trainer & Educator, 10 hrs-30 hrs/week.
ABCC has a part-time position available April 15, 2016. The position may work up to five days per week. Five hours per day. Average 25 hours per week. The position is based out of our facility near Dover, DE and may be required to participate in offsite events, weekends, holidays and occasional evenings. Flexible schedule and ability to travel is preferred. The position requires hands-on animal care, husbandry, bird training, free-flight training and public interaction/presentation.

The successful candidate will possess a passion for working with birds and be motivated to learn. Experience with animal behavior, wildlife education, animal care or related experiences preferred. Training will be provided. Preference given to graduates or graduating seniors.

Responsibilities and qualities include:
-Honest, motivated and reliable.
-Able and willing to take instructions and implement program as directed.
-Able to work independently or together in a team to achieve goals.
-Be comfortable working with birds.
-Be comfortable interacting and speaking with visitors.
-Be willing to learn and reach competency in handling and training of multiple bird species.
-Daily care, food prep, feeding and cleaning of bird enclosures.
-Follow husbandry and training protocol as directed.
-Able to work indoors and outdoors.
-Able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
-Be willing and able to travel to offsite programs.
-Have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
-Must be drug and drama free.
-Other duties as assigned.

ABCC is a private organization with a mission to provide connections between animals and people through education and interaction via natural behaviors. As a consequence of the connections, we strive to instill a sense of inspiration and conservation stewardship among visitors with whom we come in contact. We are able to do this by working with our animal partners using voluntary approaches to animal training and communication. Our team include but not limited to falcons, vultures, owls, hawks, macaws, cranes, storks, hornbills and jays to name a few. Our educational free flight programs are featured at schools, State Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Universities and Zoos in the US.

Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and three reference sources to Phung Luu, Director, ABCC at ptluu@msn.com with the subject title “Part-time 2016” by 5 PM, April 5th 2016. A short 30 seconds video specifying your interest is a plus. Position available until filled.

Delaware Wild Lands Position Opening

DE Wild Lands

Delaware Wild Lands
Position Title: New Castle County Land Steward and Conservation
Programs Manager (full-time)
Reports to: Executive Director, NCC Programs Manager
Location: Odessa, DE (east of Middletown, DE)

About Delaware Wild Lands, Inc.
Delaware Wild Lands, Inc. is the State of Delaware’s oldest and largest land trust. Since our founding in 1961, Delaware Wild Lands has permanently protected more than 31,000 acres of land, 21,000 acres of which we now own and actively manage for vibrant wetlands and wildlife habitat, clean air and pure water, and healthy farms and forests. We support traditional uses of the landscape, including farming, forestry, and hunting, and are deeply committed to high quality stewardship and management of our lands to ensure their character, biodiversity, and natural beauty and bounty are safeguarded forever.

About the Position
The New Castle County Land Steward and Conservation Programs Manager is a key position at Delaware Wild Lands’ (DWL) and will help ensure DWL’s success in achieving our mission and expanding our conservation and restoration work. The New Castle County Land Steward and Conservation Programs Manager will assist with Delaware Wild Lands’ land conservation, protection, management, and restoration efforts in New Castle County helping to oversee conservation and restoration projects and programs on Delaware Wild Lands’ 5,000 acres of land holdings in New Castle County, Delaware. This position provides an opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated individual to grow with the organization by helping to DWL develop and initiate new restoration programs and a conservation easement program for the organization.

The New Castle County Land Steward and Conservation Programs Manager is also responsible for assisting with existing programs and contracts, inspecting and reviewing properties and programs, maintaining DWL’s New Castle County properties and ensuring general upkeep of properties, maintaining good relations with lessees and neighboring landowners, and assisting with outreach and education programs. As DWL’s “on-the-ground” representative, the New Castle County Land Steward and Conservation Programs Manager will frequently work outside on conservation and restoration projects and interact with the public to address issues and answer questions concerning DWL’s mission, goals, projects, and properties.

The New Castle County Land Steward and Conservation Programs Manager will work out of the organization’s headquarters located in historic Odessa, Delaware and will also assist with conservation and restoration projects and programs on DWL’s landholdings in Kent County and Sussex Counties, as needed.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Restoration and management of DWL’s New Castle County properties
    o Help develop, document, and implement restoration plans and management actions. Monitors projects and programs to ensure goals are met and compliance with relevant contracts is maintained.
    o Coordinates management recommendations and actions with supervisors and partner organizations. Builds relationships with partner organizations to advance DWL’s missionand goals, including Ducks Unlimited, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Delmarva Ornithological Society, hunting and farming lessees, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State of Delaware, New Castle County, and others.
    o Acts as liaison with lessees, answering questions about leases, reviewing lease provisions and ensuring compliance, and addressing problems and/or disputes.
  • Land acquisition and conservation
    o Assists with development of land acquisition priorities by researching potential land acquisition projects including property attributes, key features, and planning and zoning requirements.
    o Prepares documentation for proposed and planned projects, including materials for Board and staff use.
    o Advances the development of a conservation easement program for the organization including the development of conservation easement template and needed policies, procedures, and documentation.
    o Supports work of DWL’s Northern Property Committee.
  • Outreach and education
    o Assists with education and outreach opportunities for landowners, volunteers, the general public, municipalities, and partners. Gives property tours and presents to public about DWL, DWL’s history, and land management ethic and philosophy.
    o Works with volunteers to assist with implementation of property management, habitat restoration, and outreach and education.
  • Other responsibilities
    o Budgeting: Reviews budgets and works with other staff to prepare annual operating and capital budget for New Castle County properties based on current and projected property improvements.
    o Fundraising: Support staff in developing grants for land protection, habitat restoration, and other conservation-related activities.
    DWL staff members operate as a team and the New Castle County Land Steward and Conservation Programs Manager will be expected to perform other duties as assigned.
    Skills/Core Competencies
  • Required:
    o Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and ability to communicate with a variety of audiences and in a variety of settings, including public speaking.
    o Demonstrated strong capability to work independently and without close supervision to implement resource management projects.
    o Success in developing, directing, and managing multiple concurrent projects.
    o Demonstrated knowledge of natural resource issues (related to land management, recreation, agriculture, forestry, etc.).
    o Familiarity with aerial photos, surveys, topographic maps, and ability to find way around properties in the field.
    o Demonstrated competency with MS Office, Word, and Excel.
  • Desirable
    o Knowledge of Delaware’s Piedmont and Coastal Plain history, natural and human communities, ecosystems, geography, natural history, and an understanding of regional resource conservation needs and challenges.
    o Ability to create GIS maps and obtain and use GIS related data.
    o Experience or ability to safely use and maintain tools and equipment, including power and construction tools and agricultural equipment.Required Qualifications
    o Bachelor’s Degree in wildlife conservation and biology, environmental science, biology, ecology, forestry, environmental studies, or a related field.
    o Demonstrated experience and interest in land conservation and management, wildlife biology, or field biology.
    o Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a small team environment to develop strategies, set goals, resolve problems, make decisions, and implement plans that are in the best interest of the organization.
    o Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of landowners, including organizations, individuals, farmers, hunters, outdoor recreationists, birders, state agencies, public officials, and other non-profits.
    o Demonstrated ability and willingness to work outdoors for long hours and in all types of conditions (weather, humidity, bugs).
    o Able to work on a flexible schedule with some night and weekend work and travel throughout the region, sometimes on short notice.
    o Current and valid driver’s license.

This is a full-time position and salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, life, vision and dental insurance, simple IRA plan with employer contribution, and paid time off.
Applications must be submitted no later than end of the day April 29, 2016. Anticipated hire date is June 2016.

Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three references to:
Debbie Turner
Delaware Wild Lands
P.O. Box 505, 315 Main Street
Odessa, DE 19730
info@dewildlands.org
Office: (302) 378-2736

Questions about this position may be directed to Kate Hackett, Executive Director, at 302-378-2736 or khackett@dewildlands.org. To learn more about Delaware Wild Lands visit: facebook.com/delawarewildlands or www.dewildlands.org.
Delaware Wild Lands is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Delaware Wild Lands to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, military status, disability, age, or genetic information.