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Citizen Scientist Positions Available!

FODC is looking for volunteers to become Citizen Scientists. We will train and equip you to monitor local streams for potential pollutants related to the extraction of natural gas in the area and to submit this data to a central, online database. These data are very important to indicate baseline stream conditions in order to accurately document pollution sources. Citizen Scientist volunteers will learn how to calibrate monitoring equipment and receive their own kit to monitor a specific stream location every other week on their own time. They will learn how to recognize potential pollution sources using stream water chemistry measurements and visual assessments of the stream and surrounding area, along with who to call to report these issues. Citizen Scientist volunteers also will be trained in entering their data online.

A Citizen Scientist training will be held on Sunday, April 20 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the FODC office in Sabraton. For more information about the training and to RSVP, please call the office at 304-292-3970.

Details Published: 05 February 2014 Friends of Deckers Creek Seeks Executive Director Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) is a small, but extremely effective non-profit watershed group located in Morgantown, West Virginia with a mission to improve the natural qualities of, increase public concern for, and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek watershed. We are searching for an Executive Director who will be responsible for the day to day management of the organization. The Executive Director manages environmental data collection and reporting, community outreach campaigns, environmental education initiatives, communicates with state and federal regulatory agencies and numerous organization partners, and serves as a mentor to the FODC Youth Advisory Board. The Executive Director supervises and mentors staff including a Water Remediation Director, Education Coordinator, and Americorps VISTA worker and volunteers. The incumbent will manage grant writing, budgeting, and fundraising. The Executive Director is responsible for FODC’s communications including membership development, outreach, education, and media relations. The Executive Director oversees and contributes to the seasonal newsletter and website, writes donation appeals, and organizes yearly fundraising events. The Executive Director works with the FODC board to develop positions on key environmental issues and assists with long-term planning and board development. Qualifications: A degree or experience in natural resources, environmental science, watershed management, environmental policy or, A degree or experience in communication studies, non-profit management, public relations, business management, advertising, or similar field with a passion for the environment; Strong fundraising, grant writing, budgeting, and project management skills required; Superior leadership, team building, and management skills a must. Previous nonprofit leadership experience is a plus; Excellent organization skills; the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects is essential; Superior written communication skills; Experience with public speaking including oral presentations, facilitating meetings, and speaking with the press preferred; Budgeting and financial management using computerized financial systems is a plus (Quickbooks and others); Solid computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. GIS program, Microsoft Access, and Adobe Creative Suite skills is a plus; Willingness to work a flexible schedule that includes some travel, evening and weekend duties; Estimated start date April 14 (flexible) Starting salary at mid $30K+ commensurate with education and experience. Contribution to health insurance and other benefits are included. Application Deadline is Friday February 7, 2014. All applications will be acknowledged. Please send your resume, cover letter, and provide three references via email to: \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Friends of Deckers Creek \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Details Written by Jen Osha Buysse Published: 15 January 2014 Youth Advisory Board inspiring the next generation FODC's Youth Advisory Board has been mentoring students at the Morgantown Learning Academy on all kinds of water quality issues. Working in the outdoors and along West Run, our YAB'ers are providing the MLA youth the tools needed to become the next generation of environmental stewards. YAB also has been hard at work delivering recycling bins to schools in Morgantown and demonstrating the importance of not only recycling but also reducing consumption and waste Visit the YAB News page here for additional details. To join our award-winning Youth Advisory Board or to get more information, contact Education Coordinator Jen- Osha Buysse at \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Details Written by FODC Published: 05 July 2013 FODC has many opportunities to volunteer this winter and spring! Please see list below and contact Volunteer Coordinator Hannah Spencer at \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to get involved. Training/assistance is provided for all jobs. If you don’t see anything that interests you but you still want to help, let us know your special skills, talents, interests and we’ll find a way to put those to work! Indoor Work These jobs can be done at any time so can fit into anyone’s schedule. Macroinvertebrate Sorter: Sort through samples of creek insects collected last year for our Clean Creek Program and separate the insects from other debris (leaves, dirt, etc) that inevitably make it into the samples. Prepare insects to be identified by macroinvertebrate experts. Data Entry: Enter water quality data collected by our Citizen Scientist monitors into online database. (2-3 hours required) Graphic Designer: FODC is updating our general organization and Youth Advisory Board brochures and could use the artistic skills of a graphic designer to assist. Spring Meltdown pre-planning: Assist with soliciting businesses for live/silent auction donations, event promotion. Outdoor Work These often have specific dates and times. Outdoor Learning Park: We always have need for volunteers to assist with invasive species removal, maintaining walking trails and general upkeep. Make it Shine West Virginia: Between April 1 – 14, FODC will participate in this statewide litter cleanup event. Litter cleanup at various locations in the watershed. Clean Creek Program Quarterly Water Quality Monitoring: See dates and times on calendar. Hannah will provide more specific details once you’ve signed up or if you have any questions. Details Written by FODC Published: 05 July 2013 Page 1 of 3 123 Login User Name Password Remember Me Log in {source}