FOG’s Fall Plant Sale

September is a great time to add colour and fill spaces in your garden with plants propagated by the Friends of MUN Botanical Garden (FOG).  FOG’s Fall Plant Sale offers gardeners a “ready-to-plant” selection of perennials, ferns, evergreens, flowering shrubs, heathers, heaths, rhododendrons and trees.  Our highlight this season is a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind yellow, pink, white and red berried Himalayan dogberries.
All are welcome to attend the plant sale on Saturday Sept 9th, 10am to noon.  The sale will take place in the outdoor nursery area directly opposite MUN Botanical Garden’s main gates on Mt Scio Road St. John’s, and will be go ahead rain or shine!

Job Opportunity: Environmental Interpreter

Environmental Education Commission is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic environmental interpreter to help teach their school programs at the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre.

The job will usually be two days per week (including overnight midweek) from mid September until late November 2017 and will include teaching and supervision of school children (and much more) in a wilderness setting. The ideal person will have previously taught groups of children, have extensive outdoor experience, be a role model of environmentally responsibility, be a storyteller, a good team worker and have the ability to be adaptable as the need arises. Knowledge of Newfoundland ecology, flora and fauna is an asset. New and substitute teachers are encouraged to apply, as are those with experience as environmental interpreters. Current first-aid certificate and a police record check with vulnerable sector check are essential.

Pay will be about $15 an hour with, usually, 24 hours paid work per week. Meals will be provided. Own transport to the Centre is required, but carpooling may be possible.
Send applications to helenspencer@nlesd.ca by Thursday September 7, 2017, please include contact information for 3 references.

Johnson GEOCENTRE

Year: Founded 2002
Status: Incorporated Not for Profit and Registered Charity

The Johnson GEO CENTRE is a geological interpretation centre located on Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is a not-for-profit organization, and a registered charity.  The GEO CENTRE’s mission is to educate and inform the public on the importance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s geology, and to foster curiosity in science and the world around them.

Open since 2002, the GEO CENTRE houses exhibit galleries related to our planet and our provincial geology, oil and gas exploration, natural resources, space exploration, and the Titanic disaster. Features also include an educational area for children aged 7 and under, periodic hosting of travelling exhibits, a gift shop, and a seasonal café. The building offers interpretation through public presentations, and hands-on curriculum-based programming for school groups.

Geographical Scope of Mission: International

Region in which this organization has an ongoing, strong presence:
Avalon, NE Avalon

Mailing & Street Address:
175 Signal Hill Road
St. John’s, NL
A1A 1B2

Telephone Numbers:     709-737-7880 & 709-737-7888
Fax Number:                    709-737-7885
Email:                                 info@geocentre.ca
Website:                             https://www.geocentre.ca/
Other URLS:                       Facebook

Benefits of Brown Bats & Building Bat Homes

(The following was scripted by Humber Natural History Society)

Bats are often misunderstood creatures. While many people are afraid of bats they are not only interesting but can be an actual benefit to your back yard. Come learn more about these fascinating little creatures and take our batty true or false challenge.

Our talk will focus on the little brown bat and the efforts in our province to study and protect them. We will learn why to put up a bat house and how to build one.
Includes some batty games and crafts! A nutrition break will be provided.

Join us August 3 from 1:30-4:30 at the Corner Brook Museum at 2 West Street.
Age range for this event is 5 and up.

Pre-registration is required. A $5 registration fee applies.
To register phone 1-709-634-2518 or e-mail info@cornerbrookmuseum.ca

JOB POSTING – Manuels River Marketing Manager

(The following was scripted by and for Manuels River)

We are HIRING! Looking for a full-time, permanent Marketing Manager here at Manuels River – are you or someone you know interested? Check out our job posting:

JOB POSTING – Marketing Manager

Job Type: Full-time, permanent
Start Date: Mid-August, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, August 7 at 12 noon
Contact Name: Jillian Whittle, Executive Assistant
Contact Phone: (709) 834-2099 ext. 201
Contact email: jillian.whittle@manuelsriver.com

Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre is a not-for-profit science and nature centre which features a world class trilobite fossil site and collection, and features the geological, biological and human history of Manuels River. The Centre is operated by the Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, a registered Canadian charity committed to the preservation and interpretation of the natural, cultural and geological history of the river through the development of education, recreation, and conservation opportunities. If you are a dynamic individual who enjoys interacting with the public and learning through fun, then Manuels River has opportunities that are right for you.

Hours of Work: 35 hours per week
Salary: $16.50 per hour
Application Requirements: Cover Letter, Resume, three references, and RNC Certificate of Conduct (COC) no more than 30 days old. If time constraints necessitate, the COC can be submitted following interviews.
Who can apply: Applicants legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with provincial legislation

Job Description
The Marketing Manager reports to the Executive Director and receives guidance in terms of organizational direction and marketing and communication strategy from the Marketing and Communications Committee of the Board of Directors. The Manager is the lead for all marketing and communications, overseeing the membership program, and assisting with fundraising strategies and programs.
Primary duties and responsibilities include:
• Implementation and monitoring of a recently developed Marketing Plan for the organization
• Overall marketing, advertising, promotion and public relations for the Centre aligning with the organization’s Marketing Plan and Strategic Plan
• Working with staff to create, develop or enhance existing programs based on market research
• Creating or overseeing the creation of press releases, advertisements, promotional materials, and newsletters
• Creating or coordinating the creation of electronic and/or printed graphic materials
• Updating or coordinating the updating of the website and other digital properties including social media
• Managing and driving brand management to ensure all materials, services, and signage conform to the established brand identity
• Conducting market research and competitive analysis and research
• Tracking marketing initiatives, key performance indicators and producing regular reports for the Executive Director and the Marketing and Communications Committee
• Leading the development of the membership program, including supervision of the program’s database, monthly newsletter and other outreach
• Assisting the Executive Director and Board of Directors in developing and coordinating a major donor program
Qualifications
• Must be a recent graduate (within the past 24 months) of a recognized post-secondary Business program
• Must be currently unemployed
• Effective oral and written communication skills
• Experience in web design, digital strategy, digital asset maintenance, and social media is a definite asset
• Computer skills, including office productivity software; graphic design and desktop publishing experience a definite asset
• Must be well organized, able to handle multiple projects and priorities, and have a natural orientation to detail
• Ability to work independently or as part of a team

To Apply:
Mail or email resume with cover letter, 3 references and RNC COC to:
Marketing Manager Position – Manuels River
7 Conception Bay Highway, CBS, NL, A1W 3A2
info@manuelsriver.com

Applications must be received by Monday, August 7, 2017 at 12 noon.
We thank all who apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Provincial garden destinations, including MUN Botanical Garden, launch Garden NL Network

(The following is press release authored by the newly minted Garden NL Network.)
A group of garden destinations from across Newfoundland and Labrador has launched the province’s first network for garden-related tourism destinations, with the goal of raising the profile of gardens and garden experiences in the province.

Garden NL includes a dozen members, representing a myriad of garden experiences aimed at both residents and tourists alike. The partnership is expected to benefit all members, as they connect to address challenges, collaborate on opportunities, and, ultimately, increase visitors across the board.

The network has been formed as part of a national initiative for the Canadian Garden Council supporting local and regional networks of people who have an affiliation or interest in gardening. As one of the 10 national lead gardens, MUN Botanical Garden is well aware of both the wonderful plants and gardens this province has to offer, and the unique conditions of our tourism industry.

“We are thrilled to come together as a network to share and promote our beautiful gardens and by working collaboratively we hope to spread the word – there are a host of beautiful gardens to discover – each beautiful and unique that tell the special stories of our province,” Kim Shipp, Director, MUN Botanical Garden.

To celebrate the launch of the Network, Garden NL is inviting all members of the public to enter for a chance to win a package from Garden NL member, the Doctor’s House Inn and Spa. To enter, please visit: https://event-wizard.com/gardensnl/0/register/ . The contest ends on August 1st.

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For more information, please contact:

Kim Shipp, Director
MUN Botanical Garden
Phone: 864-3326 (or 330-3751)
Email: kshipp@mun.ca

ECT Birdwatching Hike with CPAWS-NL

Join CPAWS-NL for a walk along the East Coast Trail near St. John’s to view nesting seabirds. The hike will take place on Thursday July 20 at 2:00pm.

Meet at the Freshwater Bay trail parking lot on Blackhead Road just east of Shea Heights at 1:45. From there we will walk to Peggy’s Leg to view nesting seabirds. Total distance of hike (round trip) will be about 9km and should take 3-4 hours. Difficulty is moderate. Be sure to bring appropriate footwear and sufficient food and water.

For more information CPAWS-NL can be contacted at (709) 726-5800 or nlcoordinator@cpaws.org

Join the Blue Dot Movement as an organization!

The Blue Dot Movement is a movement for Environmental Rights in Canada initiated by the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice in 2014. This nation-wide grassroots movement has led to over 140 municipalities making declarations for their citizens Right to a Healthy Environment, including Mount Pearl and St. John’s. Right now, a team of 40 volunteer ambassadors across the country are working with their local MPs to persuade them to support a Federal Environmental Bill of Rights, and the ultimate goal is to change the Charter to include this fundamental Human Right to clean air and water, safe food, and a stable climate.

Canada’s patchwork of environmental laws is simply not working to protect the people and places we love. Meanwhile, international examples demonstrate that countries with laws recognizing the right to a healthy environment perform better environmentally and economically than those that do not have them.

So what can you do?

1. Visit bluedot.ca to sign the pledge and learn more, and like Newfoundland Blue Dot Movement on Facebook.

2. Have your organization sign a declaration of support for environmental rights. This is a simple but fantastic way to help us keep growing a large base of support. Please email Alex Hayward at amhayward@mun.ca if interested!

Charlie Horwood Memorial Lady Slipper Walk

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10am-12pm

NatureNL has an annual short fieldtrip on Mount Scio to view the pink lady slipper orchids. Initially this walk was led by Charlie Horwood, a long-time natural historian and a founding member of NatureNL. Since his death, we have continued the traditional outing as the Charlie Horwood Memorial Lady Slipper Walk. While the re-growth and development of trails in the area have markedly reduced their numbers, we typically see several hundred blooms in the 75 minute easy walk. Due to the late spring we have scheduled the outing a week later than it traditionally would have been.

We will meet at the MUN Vivarium Parking Lot, off Mount Scio Road, opposite and a bit east of the MUN Botanical Garden entrance. Park in the paved lot off that roadway, on the right very near Mount Scio Road.

For more details, contact Allan Stein, or visit us at naturenl.ca.
Leader: Allan Stein | arstein@mun.ca | (709)895-2056