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It began with a
bang on June 11 as heavy equipment began crunching away at the Great Works Dam,
one of the river's massive concrete impediments that have stifled natural flow
for almost two centuries. Amid the din of demolition, a tribal elder from the
Penobscot Indian Nation stood by and quietly fanned the smoke of sage, tobacco
and sweet grass with an eagle's wing. A subtle ceremony to bless the river as
it found its way toward freedom, at long last.
Tribal chief Kirk
Francis told the Portland Press Herald, “Today
signifies the most important conservation project in our 10,000-year history on
this great river that … has provided for our very existence.”
The project involves
the removal of the two lowermost dams on the Penobscot River, and the decommissioning
of a third dam where a fish bypass will be constructed. Once completed, the
project will have restored nearly 1000 miles of habitat for endangered
Atlantic salmon, sturgeon, river herring, eels, smelt, and several other
species of sea-run fish in Maine.
Atlantic salmon illustration by Timothy Knepp / USFWS
Fish passage will
be improved at the four remaining dams, and energy increased at others, allowing
significant ecological benefits to be realized without compromising energy
According to The
Penobscot River Restoration Trust, this is "one of the largest, most
creative river restoration projects in our nation's history."
Amen to that,
(If you like
this, check out footage of the Condit Dam Removal
Project that finally set my husband's beloved White Salmon River free last
As a former field biologist who has worked her way around
the country, I know where to "go for the goods" when it comes to employment
opportunities, and I'd love to help you land a job you love. I'll round up
new announcements each week, and I'll post 5 findings here every Wednesday.
Whether you're a newbie technician or a seasoned
professional, you're likely to find a lead worth following.
Basic Requirements: College degree at
an accredited university in biology/wildlife. Master's degree preferred. Hands-on
experience/training with seabird handling and rehabilitation, with application
of Endangered Species Act if possible. Previous experience managing a wildlife
program. A banding resume including at least 100 seabirds or waterbirds. Experience
in report writing particularly for federal and state agencies. Experience
working with native Hawaii avifauna preferred.
Location: Current River and Peck Ranch
Conservation Areas, Missouri
Basic Requirements: B.S. in ecology,
conservation biology, environmental science, natural resource management, fish
and wildlife biology, or a related field. Preference will be given to
applicants who have completed college coursework in vertebrate biology,
herpetology, and mammalogy, and have field experience in amphibian, reptile and
small mammal trapping.
Basic Requirements: Bachelors degree (BS) in Biology or related field.
Graduate Degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) preferred. 4+ years minimum experience with
of salmonid biology/ecology and west coast fishery management issues.Knowledge of data collection, interpretation, reduction,
analysis, and presentation; working knowledge of CEQA, NEPA, and ESA desirable.
Basic Requirements: Basic outdoor
wilderness experience (e.g. field work, strenuous hiking, and/or backpacking).
Navigating with a GPS, compass and map in rough terrain. Adaptability to
rigorous/unexpected field conditions; willingness to use chainsaws and operate
snowmobiles. Willingness to live in close quarters with others. A positive attitude
and a strong work ethic.
Duration: SUMMER 2012 (June 27-Sept.
17), FALL 2012 (Sept. 15-Dec. 21), WINTER 2013 (Jan. 3-March 16) **Ideal
applicants will be available for 2+ seasons**
Basic Requirements: Professional and
scientific work in providing guidance to managers at multiple levels in the
proper use and interpretation of results from biological research, analysis and
investigation. This includes the collection and interpretation of
biological and habitat data and the development of methods and techniques to
analyze information using spatial analysis techniques and GIS computer