In this Issue:
- Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days
- We’re Hiring! SNEC Executive Director
- Member Spotlight – Renee Bouldin
- Upcoming Events
- Job Opportunities
1. Erosion & Sediment Control Fall Field Days
The Southern New England Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society is hosting our 2021 Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days as a hybrid event on Wednesday October 6th & Thursday October 7th.
This event will combine virtual presentations and hands-on, outdoors demonstrations. These days are training for professionals working in soils, erosion control, water quality, public works, engineering, roads, planning, resource protection and consulting. For registered attendees who attend both sessions, 6.5 hours of continuing education credits are available. There is an option to attend 100% virtually (see the event schedule below for details). Thank you to team EJ Prescott for helping us host this event!
Wednesday October 6th: Virtual presentations (10am-1pm) Virtual speaker presentations on case studies and research involving erosion and sediment control via Zoom. There will be time for Q&A and discussion following each presentation. The session will be recorded and available for viewing following the event. Attendees not present at the live talks will be able to receive credit by passing a quiz after viewing the recording.
Thursday October 7th: In-person demonstrations (virtual option available) (10am-2pm) In-person demonstrations of the latest tools available regarding erosion and sediment control. This portion of the event will be hosted outdoors at the Tolland Agricultural Center in Vernon, CT. Masks are required and a boxed lunch will be provided. For those attendees who chose not to attend in person, demonstration recordings will be available following the event. Professional development credits will be given to those who pass a quiz after viewing the recordings.
2. SNEC is Hiring!
SNEC is hiring an Executive Director –
take advantage of this excellent opportunity to work with a great team of conservation professionals!
Know of someone who might want to apply?
Send them the job description below!
3. September 2021 Member Spotlight – Renee Bouldin
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Name: Renee Bouldin
Occupation: Outgoing SNEC Executive Director
Number of years in SNEC: 2 years
Alma Mater: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Hometown: West Springfield, MA
How did you first get involved in the Chapter? I joined when I was hired as the Executive Director in October 2019. This was a great career move and I’ve been able to grow and expand my role and involvement in the Chapter over the past 2 years.
Why are you stepping down? I was offered a position with the SWCS national office as a Chapter and Community Builder. I’m excited for this opportunity to use my knowledge and experience as a Chapter leader and assist other Chapters across the US.
What led you to this place in your career? I studied Natural Resources Conservation at UMass and was involved in several research projects throughout my undergraduate career. My favorite part of research was presenting my findings at conferences and events and having those collaborative interactions with other conservation professionals. My academic advisor was Timothy Randhir, SNEC’s President. I happened to run into him after graduating and he suggested I apply for the Executive Director position – the rest is history!
Who has been the most influential person in your career? My college roommate always inspired me to pursue excellence and not to settle in life. Watching her career path made me want to reach for more, too.
What’s something about you that most people don’t know? I was in drama club in high school and have always wanted to do community theater!
What advice would you give to someone just starting a career in conservation? Find your niche. There are so many opportunities in this field – research, communication, event planning, publication, teaching, site planning, and more – try them all and see what you like best!
4. Upcoming Events
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
2021 Virtual Fall Conference
October 19, 20, 21, and 23
Registration is now open! There are 7 units of Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners.
They are also offering 20 brand new workshops.
The Discovery of Sound in the Sea
2021 Underwater Acoustics Webinar Series
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Dr. Darlene Ketten will provide an overview of marine mammal hearing and causes of hearing loss
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Dr. Michael Bellman will provide an overview of underwater sound mitigation and abatement
Both webinars will begin at 12pm ET.
5. Job Opportunities
Agriculture and Soil Health Resource Technician
The Northwest Conservation District (NWCD) is an environmental non-profit organization serving 34 municipalities in Northwest Connecticut since 1953.
NWCD is seeking a qualified person to conduct outreach to the farming community in cooperation with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Experience in sailing desired but not necessary, as is experience running a sailing or summer camp program. These positions could be combined for a highly qualified applicant.