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Tanana Chiefs Conference VISTA Natural Resources
The Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is a tribal consortium of the 42 tribes of interior Alaska. Our rural communities, most only accessible by plane or boat, depend on traditional fishing, hunting, and gathering practices to meet their food security and economic needs. These practices are being threatened by regulatory processes, international treaties, commercial and sport hunting and fishing, increased population competing for limited resources, and a lack of information about our resources. To ensure the next generation can continue our traditional practices, TCC is developing a comprehensive method for our tribal communities to gather localized observations to better understand natural resource management issues, including fish and wildlife resources, habitat, water quality, seasonality, wildland fire, hydrology and many integrated factors, appropriate to local/regional needs. This project includes two distinct components. First, TCC is working with tribes and federal and state agencies to develop indicators that reflect indigenous observation and perspective. In addition, we will develop data collection protocols, data analysis methods, and data use policies and agreements for each indicator. Second, TCC is developing a framework to engage local community members in the collection and interpretation of data to monitor these indicators. We will build a framework that is responsive to tribal communities, and that will enhance environmental stewardship, increase job skills for adult and K-12 volunteers, and increase knowledge and understanding of science content and processes as they relate to traditional ecological knowledge. This project will empower our tribal communities by providing a direct mechanism for community members to participate in natural resource management process and policy; providing information back to the communities that they can use to support or challenge policies and adaptive management decisions.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will work to support a natural resources working group, helping them better understand how Indigenous ecological knowledge and local community members can collect and interpret data to monitor environmental indicators. In particular he or she will 1) collect information about working group’s role and community relationships; 2) collect information from tribes about their natural resource management needs; 3) open lines of communication with federal and state natural resource management agencies; and 4) research and compile an inventory list of natural resources indicators and determine the extent to which they can be collected through community-based monitoring.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Housing supplement may be available . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Environment ,  Tribal ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Environment ,  Public Health ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Youth Development ,  Natural Resources . 
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Tanana Chiefs Conference VISTA Natural Resources

Program Start/End Date
08/06/2021  -   08/06/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ALASKA  

Accepting Applications
From  05/13/2021  To  05/13/2023 

Contact John Phillips
121 Oronoco St
Alexandria   VA   22314

Listing ID 104775