The Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument are hiring

If you haven’t seen it already, the Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument are hiring an “Administrator” staff position. The application deadline is April 11, 2011. Please see the job description below, including the person to submit your information to.

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Restore a native grassland and an historic trail this weekend

There are two great volunteer opportunities this week in National Conservation Lands here in Arizona. If you have some time, please consider getting involved. Check out the Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona to register.

Las Cienegas NCA Road Closure and Restoration Weekend

Feb 19 – Feb 21

Experience a lush desert grassland just an hour southeast of Tucson in Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. We will be out there closing and re-habilitating roads identified by the BLM in the Resource Management Plan for closure.

Work will include using hand tools to break up and re-vegetate the road surface. There are a variety of tasks available from light planting work to heavy lifting and shoveling. Sky Island Alliance will provide the training and materials needed to do the field work. You will need to bring everything you need for 2 days/nights of car camping. Everyone is responsible for his or her own meals and you are welcome to use our stove set up and/or grill. Don’t forget the basics such as food, water, rain gear, tent and a sleeping bag. Another option is just come out to help for one day (Saturday). Please send a response email for further information. Schedule: Friday -meet in camp in the pm, somebody from SIA will be there by 5pm Saturday -work all day, campfire at night Sunday -work through the afternoon and then head home by 2 or 3 pm.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Minimum Age: None
Age Group: All Ages
Max Group Size: 1
Volunteers Needed: 20
Contact Person: Sarah Williams 520-624-7080 x23

Historic Anza Trail Restoration in Sonoran Desert National Monument

Feb 20, 2010

Anza Trail Coalition, Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona Wilderness Coalition and the Sierra Club are sponsoring this event to have volunteers restore a portion of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail that was damaged by off-road vehicle use within Sonoran Desert National Monument.

Volunteers will restore areas damaged by off-road vehicle use. The restoration work will include digging, scraping, and raking to breakup compacted soils and obliterate vehicle tracks. The work requires the use of basic hand tools designed for trail maintenance—Pulaski, McCleod, steel-tined rake, and shovel. Work difficulty ranges from easy to challenging. There will be some native plant relocation activities. Volunteers are advised to wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for working outdoors. Please bring work gloves and a water bottle or canteen. There will be campsites available for those to choose to camp. A volunteer information sheet and map are available.

Difficulty Rating: Moderately Easy
Minimum Age: None
Age Group: All Ages
Max Group Size: 10
Volunteers Needed: 50
Contact Person: Thomas Hulen (602) 619-9717

Roundup of our Bayou roadtrip

I belatedly realized that I hadn’t posted a summary of our Bayou roadtrip yet. Well, here it is. We drove 4,106 miles through 5 states in 11 days to see 11 parks, plus spend New Years Eve in the French Quarter of New Orleans. In doing so, we finished off the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arizona in our national park quest. I hope to get the photos posted in the next couple of weeks or so.

All in all, it was a great trip. I’m glad that I won’t have to drive through Texas again (we did it last winter for our Texas roadtrip and the summer before that for our post-wedding trip through the South) – and that was enough. It was interesting to see another part of the country (you’re up next New England!), though I am yearning for some large, wilderness parks.

  • Most surprising unit: Vicksburg National Military Park
  • Most disappointing unit: Chalmette Battlefield (or New Orleans Jazz NHP)
  • Unforgettable memory: New Years Eve in the French Quarter
  • Forgettable memory: having a dead car battery on Christmas Eve at a New Mexico rest area
  • Best food: Oceana, just off Bourbon Street. We ate there consecutive nights.
  • Worst food: Chuy’s restaurant in Van Horn, Texas.
  • If we would have had more time: we would done walking history tour of New Orleans
  • Best part of the trip: spending it with Kim

National Park Service units we visited (9 new, 2 repeat visits):

  • Big Thicket National Preserve (TX)
  • Cane River Creole National Historic Park (LA)
  • Poverty Point National Monument (LA)
  • Natchez Trace Parkway (MS)
  • Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (MS)
  • Vicksburg National Military Park (MS)
  • Natchez National Historic Park (MS)
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park (LA)
  • Jean Lafitte National Historic Park (LA)
  • Jean Lafitte National Preserve (LA)
  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site (AZ)

Blog posts on

  • An inauspicious start
  • Christmas driving, Riverwalk, and the Negotiator
  • The plantations of the Cane River Lake
  • Poverty Point and Vicksburg
  • Driving the Natchez Trace and touring an antebellum mansion
  • Ringing in the New Year in NOLA

Blog posts here on

Some final random thoughts:

  • Natchez Trace Parkway is full of really cool stuff and it’s a nice drive too. I definitely recommend some time along it.
  • Jean Lafitte National Historic Park & Preserve is one of the more diverse units in the system. It contains several cultural centers, a prime French Quarter visitor center, the Chalmette Battlefield and the Barataria Preserve. Not bad for a relatively obscure park.
  • Vicksburg National Military Park could do with a more reasonably priced auto tour drive – or at least allow visitors to borrow it for the tour (Lyndon Johnson National Historic Park did this well).

Arizona nonprofit job listings

In this very tough funding climate, quite a few nonprofit professionals have found themselves looking for employment. It’s not the easiest time to find work in the nonprofit sector, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t job vacancies out there. Believe it or not, some nonprofits are hiring here in Arizona.

I attended a recent meeting of the budding Phoenix Nonprofit Professionals Network and met Karen Ramsey of Lead for Good. About half of the attendees were looking for jobs and Karen graciously shared a list of nonprofit job listings that she had collected. I passed it along to a friend, who in turn found it very useful.

So I thought it would be helpful to post an edited version of that list. If you have suggestions for additional links, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it them to the post. This list is focused on nonprofit jobs in Arizona (mostly Phoenix), but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t include sites like Monster, CareerBuilder, Craigslist, or even social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter in your job search. Of course, reaching out to your own personal network is probably the first step.

Here’s the list:

Please comment with any feedback on these sites, suggestions for sites to add, or if you found a job through any of the listings. Good luck!