March 5, 2012
Lindsey Ketchel, Karen Max Kelly, Trish Rolfe and Andy Moderow recently commented on Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources new mission statement. The new mission puts development interests ahead of Alaskan interests, and removes the focus on Alaska’s future. Read more here.
February 23, 2012
Do you know an individual or organization making a difference for conservation in Alaska? Recognize their passion and contributions by nominating them for a 2012 Conservation Achievement Award. This year ACF will present awards in eight categories, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Get nomination form and guidelines here. Nomination packets are due to ACF by April 9, 2012.
January 30, 2012
The 2013 Pick. Click. Give. application is now available. For local non-profits, this program raises the level of awareness throughout Alaska about the power of individual giving. It also makes it easy for Alaskans to support their favorite charities. Start the application process now.
December 24, 2011
Executive Director, Northern Alaska Environmental Center
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center (NAEC), a nonprofit organization located in Fairbanks, Alaska, seeks an energetic leader and experienced manager with political acumen and broad familiarity with environmental issues. This individual will take a strong organization to the next level of excellence through her/his vision and strategic response to current and emerging issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate a solid and long-standing conservation ethic and an ability to inspire, collaborate with and supervise a staff of seven; fundraise successfully in a variety of contexts; and communicate effectively with donors, members and the media. Excellent oral and written skills are a prerequisite, as is an ability to develop collaborative, solutions-based outcomes within our local community and with state and national conservation partners.
To apply, send resume, cover letter, and complete contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: NAEC ED application_Last name_First name. Please convert all attachments to PDF format. Include in your cover letter your qualifications for this position and a statement (1,000 words max) on the following topic: NAEC’s organizational vision states, “We envision a naturally thriving, biologically and culturally diverse, wildlands-rich, sustainable, inspiring and thoughtfully protected northern Alaska, forever.” This vision leaves considerable room for a strong leader, working with the board and staff, to create effective strategies for addressing opportunities and challenges in northern Alaska. What makes you this leader?
Review of applications will begin Feb 13, 2012 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Manager of External Affairs, WWF Arctic Field Office
WWF has been working in the Arctic for twenty years, and has had a field office in Alaska for over a decade. WWF’s program is focused on Arctic oceans protection, sustainable fisheries, and conserving trans-boundary species and ecosystems in the face of rapid climate change. Effective communications are integral to delivering results in WWF’s conservation efforts. The Manager of External Relations will play a key role in the Alaska team by developing innovative approaches in communications and development.
To apply or to learn more, please click here for the position description.
November 1, 2011
Clarence Alexander received the the second highest civilian honor from President Obama last week. In a ceremony at the White House, Alexander of Fort Yukon, Alaska was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to his community. In his remarks, President Obama praised Alexander for his environmental work protecting the Yukon River Watershed, his involvement on the Council of Athabascan Governments, and his efforts to preserve cultural traditions. Alexander co-founded the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council and was a member of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, both organizations are ACF grantees. Read more about his award now.
October 28, 2011
Are you looking for a professional challenge and at the same time want to help protect Alaska’s environment? You can make a difference for our great state. Visit our job site to find your next career.
October 11, 2011
Locals and indigenous people worry that the proposed Pebble Mine will harm their remote Alaskan community. Read more in National Geographic.
September 22, 2011
Alaska Conservation Foundation today announced the appointment of Ann Rothe, a seasoned nonprofit executive and conservationist, as its new executive director. Rothe has been serving as the interim executive director since former Director Nick Hardigg resigned in June.
“After a national search, the ACF board of trustees voted unanimously and enthusiastically to hire Ann Rothe as ACF’s executive director,” said Chair Nancy Lord. “Ann brings a strong combination of management and development skills, and has a long history with and commitment toAlaskaconservation. We’re delighted to have her leading the organization into the future.”
Ann Rothe, 2011
Rothe joined ACF in 2007 as a senior program officer to focus on oceans, mining and other issues. In recent years, she has served as Deputy Director and led the Bristol Bay Watershed and Fisheries Protection campaign. Previously, she worked as an environmental consultant working on a range of issues from environmental health to education. She has held positions at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, US Department of Interior, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation (whose Alaska office she established), Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council which she helped create shortly after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and Trustees for Alaska, where she served as executive director for ten years. She has resided inAlaskafor more than 30 years.
Rothe assumed her new position on Monday. “I’m excited to be at the helm of the Foundation as we move forward in helping to realize a broader, more influential conservation movement that can affect enduring change,” said Rothe. “For more than 30 years, ACF has had a critical role in helping to raise awareness and funding forAlaska’s conservation issues. ACF working with our partners is well positioned to foster new gains in research, best practices, and public involvement in managingAlaska’s natural resources in the future.”
Founded in 1980 by legendaryAlaskaconservationists Celia Hunter and Denny Wilcher, ACF is a public foundation dedicated to connecting philanthropists toAlaska’s grassroots conservation efforts. In its history, ACF has made more than $33 million of grants to conservation causes inAlaskaand has a $5 million endowment. For more information, visit www.alaskaconservation.org.
September 5, 2011
Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) 2011- 2012 Grassroots Communities Mining Mini-Grant Program
The Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) offers a mini-grants program to support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities.
- Grassroots community-based organizations, and Tribes or Tribal programs in the U.S. and Canada with any budget level may apply. However, if there are more applicants than funds available, priority will be given to organizations with an organizational or mining-specific project budget under $75,000 U.S.; priority will also be given to community-based grassroots groups affected by mining.
- Requests must be project-specific for an immediate need such as legal assistance, organizing and outreach, development of campaign materials, media development, reports, travel, mailings, interns and consultants, etc. to be fulfilled within the next six months on a specific mining campaign. Funds cannot be used for an organization’s general operating funds, staff salaries, rent or telephone bills.
- Priority will be given to projects that build bridges and community across socio-economic and cultural lines.
- Applicants may receive one grant per year. However, this limit does not apply to emergency grants.
- Each grant issued will not exceed $3,000 U.S.
- Funding recipients must submit a brief report detailing how funds were spent within 6 months of having received funding. Recipients will not be eligible for additional funding until the project has been completed and a project report, or an extension request, is received and accepted by WMAN and IEN.
The next application period is October 1, 2011. For an application and more details about the program, click here.
Questions about the program can be directed to Aimee Boulanger, WMAN Network Coordinator at (360) 969-2028, email@example.com or Simone Senogles, Indigenous Environmental Network, (218) 751-4967, firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 9, 2011
Don’t forget. THIS SATURDAY is the Alaska Renewable Energy Fair on the Anchorage Parkstrip. Have fun and learn about all the great things happening in our state. There will be fabulous music, food, crafts, workshops, a beer garden, and (hopefully) sunshine! Download the 2011 Fair schedule (.pdf) or call REAP for more info at 907.929.7770.