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New IRVM Program Manager Named

Announcing the Tallgrass Prairie Center's new Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Program Manager, Dr. Kristine Nemec.

Kristine Nemec is an ecologist with expertise in the ecosystem services provided by native plant communities. She has over seven years of experience with the US Army Corps of Engineers coordinating with and leading teams of engineers, landscape architects, economists, hydrologists, and biologists to design and implement tallgrass prairie, wetland, and riparian forest restoration plans for federal, tribal, state, and county clients in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Most recently she was a postdoctoral research associate with the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service in Brookings, South Dakota where she studied the response of beneficial insects such as pollinators and predatory invertebrates to flowering biofuel oilseed crops. Kristine received a B.S. in Environmental Studies (1999) and an M.A. in Biology (2003) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2012).

Kristine brings a set of important skills to IRVM, including a passion for communicating conservation science, and experience organizing and leading events. Kristine says,

“I get  the greatest satisfaction from seeing projects implemented on the ground, and look forward to working closely with county engineers, roadside managers and Living Roadway Trust Fund to support existing IRVM programs and expand the benefits of IRVM state-wide.” 

Help us to welcome Kristine to the Tallgrass Prairie Center team.  

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New Position Opening: Working Group Coordinator

For full details and all application materials, see jobs.uni.edu. 

WORKING GROUP Coordinator, Full time, Temporary Position, starting January 2015Salary: $36,000 to commensurate.  Full consideration date is January 13, 2015.

Primary Functions: Recruit land owners and agricultural service providers to form a working group around the topic of on-farm prairie restoration for conservation purposes.  Assist in planning and logistics for workshops and field days.  Develop a working understanding of prairie restoration and management  especially in the context of private lands and agricultural production systems and conservation programs. Maintain regular communications with partner organizations; participate in common activities of the Center; assist Director and staff to prepare grant reports and maintain records.

Required Qualifications and Experience: BA.  Excellent written and oral communication skills. At least two years of experience managing a project; educational experience may be considered. Coursework or experience in agriculture, restoration ecology,  natural resource conservation or related field; basic understanding of field crop production and the challenges of soil and water conservation.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience: Masters degree in natural resource conservation, ecosystem management, sustainable agriculture or related field;   experience in communication, outreach and events-planning related to agriculture or soil and water conservation. Experience in public speaking to both technical and general public audiences.

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