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Ecologist II – Volunteer Coordinator – Invasive Management Area Program (IMA)

The IMA Program is now accepting applications for the Ecologist II – Volunteer Coordinator position, which is a part-time position with the Fairfax County Park Authority. Below is the full  job ad flyer pdf and also the info copied.

Invasive Management Area Program Volunteer Coordinator (002) (PDF)

Position Title: Ecologist II
Location: Natural Resource Branch, 12055 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA. 22035
Hours: Part-time work with a flexible schedule during the work week but may require occasional evenings and weekends.
Salary: Starting at $34.88 per hour.
The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to assist with invasive plant management, habitat restoration and education & outreach. This position will join the
Natural Resource Management and Protection (NRMP) Branch of the Fairfax County Park Authority. Our staff is responsible for the management, protection, and stewardship of natural resources on approximately 24,000 acres of parkland in Fairfax County, VA. This is a limited term exempt position that will be scheduled to work 1560 hours per year.

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Stewardship Coordinator (Urban Forestry)

The City of Fairfax is hiring a Volunteer Coordinator to work under our Urban Forester to help implement their Sprout Grant. 

To apply and for full information go here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fairfaxva/jobs/4495533/stewardship-coordinator-urban-forestry?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs#details-info 

Stewardship Coordinator (Urban Forestry)

Salary $63,589.00 – $82,576.00 Annually

Location  VA 22030, VA

Job Type Full Time

Job Number 24-39

Department Community Development & Planning

Division Planning & Design Review

Opening Date 05/08/2024

Closing Date Continuous

Description

Under direct supervision of the Urban Forester, this position serves as the lead in developing and implementing education and outreach programming related to urban and community forestry. Leads community-volunteer programming related to tree planting, invasive vegetation management, and other environmental stewardship activities. Initiatives focus on equity and community resilience by strategically engaging disadvantaged communities and diverse stakeholders most vulnerable to environmental issues. Programs aim to support flooding and stormwater management, urban heat mitigation, and environmental sustainability goals. Work requires collaboration, creativity, inclusivity, and is solution oriented.

The position is funded until March 2027 or when funds run out, with possibility for renewal/extension.

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GARDEN WORKER NEEDED

GARDEN WORKER NEEDED for McLean home garden. $25/hour for 5 hours weekly from June- October. Work will include: weeding, perennial plant care, mulching, etc.  Hours are flexible. Applicants must have knowledge of best practices and be able to identify weeds and invasives.  Applicants must provide transportation and basic garden tools.  Contact Gretchen Stark at gretchenrstark@gmail.com to arrange a FT interview.

Horticulturist Job at The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Horticulturist

The Horticulturist is responsible for performing skilled gardening and landscape work and is involved with the operation of the greenhouse/propagation.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Botanical Gardens Manager and/or the Horticulture Specialist, with moderate latitude for independent judgment and action.   Annual performance goals will be set for the Horticulturist.

Hiring Salary Range:  $46,707.71 – $51,250.33

Full information is located here: https://www.novaparks.com/employment?p=job/oz4ttfwj&__jvst=Employee&__jvsd=sQJBJhwF&__jvsc=email&mid=nwe0otx7&nl=1  

Part time student gardener needed immediately Approximately 20 hours per week. Hours and schedule are flexible.

A NOVA Horticulture Student recently completed their HRT 297 cooperative education hours with Florence, so she is looking for someone new. If you are interested, contact her directly. See below:

We seek an enthusiastic student who likes plants and working outdoors.

If you are interested in learning about plants, eco friendly sustainable gardening, and want to learn through hands-on experience from an experienced gardener, then  please reach out at this email or phone listed below.

The gardening work is in Fairfax, VA. Gardens are extensive, varied and interesting landscaping. Plants include perennial beds, shrub & tree beds, specimen trees, fruit trees and some native woods.  All aspects of plant management are covered including propagation. You must have your own transportation.

Student will learn plant identification, plant nutrition, disease identification and control, pruning and trimming, dividing perennials, planting new plants, weeding. Also there’s some grounds maintenance such as leaf removal and moss control. As much as possible we practice sustainable methods.

Pay is commensurate with experience and competitive to the industry. Let’s discuss.

Please reach out and thank you!

Florence Katrivanos

kat3cats@gmail.com

703-615-7092

Loudoun County Master Gardeners Association New Scholarship for NOVA Horticulture Students

LCMGA Horticulture Scholarship

The Loudoun County Master Gardeners Association scholarship annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to encourage students to focus on horticulture-related studies in college. This includes horticulture, landscape design, environmental science related to agriculture, plant sciences or soil sciences.

Applicants must be a resident of Northern Virginia who are currently attending NOVA Loudoun Campus, priority may be given to Loudoun County residents.

Applicants shall complete an application form highlighting why this scholarship is sought, their academic and extra-curricular accomplishments, evidence of current employment or volunteer work for the community, and career plans.

Both Full time and part time students may apply.

In addition, applicants shall provide:

  • A transcript showing a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or equivalent.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • A one- or two-page personal essay describing you educational and career goals in the field of horticulture or related industries. This can include any current work experience in the field or other related information about how this scholarship will impact your goals along with any accomplishments you feel we should consider.

The Application form is attached: NOVA Scholarship Application LCMGA  see instructions for the application process at the end of the form.

NOVA Scholarship Application LCMGA

https://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/

Loudoun County Master Gardeners

Spring 2024 NOVA Horticulture Plant Sale! 4/16 and 4/18 10am-5pm

NOVA’s Horticulture Club and Program is excited to announce the return of its annual plant sale to the Loudoun Campus Greenhouse greenhouse! This year, we’re selling new varieties of annuals, bedding plants, and indoor plants that we’ve never before carried! This includes more options for shade and greater color diversity. There are 11+ different types of plants to choose from including Alternanthera, Angelonia, Bacopa, Bidens, Coleus, Fuchsia, Geranium (many types), Impatiens, Lobelia, Portulaca, and Scaveola with over 40 cultivars available. Our full plant list is here: NOVA Horticulture 2024 Plant Sale Inventory / Cultivar List. Each 5.5” student-grown plant will be $10 and we can accept payment by cash or check and now (on campus only): Debit or Credit Card. The greenhouse will be open on Tuesday and ThursdayApril 16th and 18th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. If you’re unable to come out to the Loudoun Campus greenhouse, the Horticulture Club will also be participating in this year’s Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival: https://www.leesburgva.gov/departments/parks-recreation/events/flower-garden-festival. You can find our booth at the intersection of Kings St. and Market St. in downtown Leesburg, as well as a weekend full of fun and flowers!

If you have any questions, please call or email Program Head Anders Vidstrand at avidstrand@nvcc.edu and at 703-450-2614

Trip to Winterthur Museum and Gardens with NOVA Interior Design Program

Hello Horticulture Program Students! The interior design program has invited you to join them on a bus trip to Winterthur in Delaware! The trip is sponsored /paid for by Student Life! Details are below:

You are invited to take a bus trip with us to lovely Winterthur Museum, Delaware, the home of Henry Francis Dupont. He was a collector of all things American and Americana and filled his giant mansion with both furniture and decorative arts as well as the architecture of the interiors from the early colonial era to the industrial revolution (and they are starting to collect beyond that as well). The gardens are also extensive and will hopefully be seeing spring flowers by mid-March. This is a great trip that our program often goes on and we are doubly lucky this time around because the cost is being absorbed by Loudoun Student Life. You will need some money for lunch, but right now, that is all.

Here is a link to the Winterthur web site: https://www.winterthur.org/ browse to find out more about the museum and gardens.

See the attached flyer with itinerary and QR code for RSVP (required):Winterthur Field Trip Flyer There are only 14 spaces left on the bus, so sign up early making sure to use your student email address.

Basic Info:

Date: Friday March 15 (this is the week of spring break, so no classes to get in the way)

Time: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm (pending traffic)

RSVP: see attached flyer, you will need to scan the QR code. Sign up only if you intend on going, we want to give everyone an opportunity and dropping out late prevents someone else from enjoying the trip.

No additional guests unless they are current NOVA students (ie you can’t bring your parents, sister or friends, sorry it’s a NOVA policy).

Questions: contact Professor Abby Lenon, alenon@nvcc.edu with questions.

Appalachian Conservation Corps Open Positions

From Laura Boaggio, Appalachian Conservation Corps:

I am reaching out to share upcoming internship opportunities for folks right out of high school or college with an interest in Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, Ecology or other similar fields.

Appalachian Conservation Corps is currently recruiting for over 20 internships at National Parks and Battlefields in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. You can check them out on our Individual Placement page under Open Positions (Individual Placements | Appalachian Conservation Corps (appalachiancc.org)). These are paid AmeriCorps internships, with a Segal Education Award upon completion, which can be applied to federal loans or for further education. Our internships range in size from 3-month, summer positions ​– ideal for current students – to year-long positions – ideal for upcoming graduates and alumni.

I’ve highlighted some positions below that might be of interest to your students, alumni or connections:

  • Resource Management and Maintenance IP at Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick, MD– Work with park staff on maintenance and natural resources field projects.
  • Buffers Assessment IP with Appalachian Conservation Corps in Mount Crawford, VA– Help ACC Watershed Corps assess sites and develop plans for riparian forest buffers.
  • Summer Resource Management and Maintenance IP at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD– Help NPS staff complete a wide variety of field projects.

We are prioritizing candidates commutable to the project site, except for positions with available park housing. Please share with any students or alumni that might be interested and feel free to pass along this email or my contact information. Thank you!

Laura Boaggio

(she/her/hers)

Individual Placement Member Coordinator

Appalachian Conservation Corps

Cell: 540-209-6105

lboaggio@conservationlegacy.org

www.appalachiancc.org

Mount Vernon Gardens and Landscapes Part-time Position Summer 2024

Mount Vernon Gardens and Landscapes Part-time Position Summer 2024

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Horticulture Department has openings for paid summer positions that may have the potential of fulfilling an internship requirement for undergraduates in horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, agriculture, botany, or a related field. These positions offer the chance to gain practical, hands-on horticultural experience at a renowned historic site. Students are expected to be dependable and highly motivated, and will have the opportunity to work alongside the gardeners in all areas of the Mount Vernon Estate, including the historic gardens and grounds, the museum, Fred W. Smith Memorial Library landscapes, as well as in the surrounding woods, managing invasive plants. Exposure to adverse weather conditions such as heat and humidity is to be expected, as well as periods of strenuous physical activity. Schedule is a 40-hour week, 6:30am-3:00pm, including one weekend day. Applicants are expected to behave and communicate in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within the Horticulture department and throughout the Estate, with co-workers, management, and volunteers.

Expected duties include, but are not limited to, assisting gardeners with:

  • Planting, seed sowing, watering, and staking annuals, vegetables, and perennials.
  • Weeding and mulching.
  • Pruning grapes and ornamental vines, shrubs, and fruit trees.
  • Dead-heading and seed collecting of perennials and annuals.
  • Harvesting produce.
  • Invasives control in woods.

Ability to use hand tools and operate mowers, string trimmers, and blowers are a plus.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by March 28th, 2024 to: Leslie Bird, Curator of Historic Gardens and Landscapes at lbird@mountvernon.org