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General News · 14th September 2014
Leah (Friends of Cortes)
FOCI is looking to hire someone on a short-term contract to coordinate an exciting myco-remediation project which will address the issue of wastewater run-off reaching Hague and Gunflint Lakes. The project will involve installing myco-filtration berms below effluent sources (animal pastures or septic systems). These berms are created by filling a trench with alder/fir wood chips and inoculated substrate. Then the mycelium uptakes the nitrates, phosphates, and e. coli before it reaches the water. According to research by Paul Stamets, this model has proven to be extremely effective at reducing the impact of run-off reaching waterways. We have received a generous donation of Garden Giant mycelium from Stamets and are ready to begin the first stages of implementing this remediation project.

The project coordinator will:
* meet with Paul (and/or his colleagues) on Cortes to discuss details on implementing the project and measuring results
* work with FOCI director to acquire woodchips and prepare the chips for inoculation
* carry out the chip soaking process (soak chips for two weeks)
* carry out the inoculation process (approx. one day of work)
* communicate with land owners and do site assessments
* map the location/size of the berm at each site
* figure out quantities of chips needed for each location
* create a priority list of installation sites based on materials available for this phase of the project
* help organize work-bees, tools, and equipment for the site installations in March
* identify and carry out methods for measuring project results
* keep records of the process with photos and written documentation
* work closely with the FOCI director and provide regular updates on project status

Position Requirements:
* able to carry out physical work (ie. trench digging!)
* able to lead a small team to complete a project
* strong organizational skills and ability to keep track of all project details
* able to communicate well and work with land-owners to design/install the myco-filter at each site
* able to keep records and create a project report (with support from FOCI director if needed)
* access to a truck would also be beneficial but is not required
* regular access to a phone and/or internet is preferable for this position
Note: a background in scientific research and data collection is a bonus (but not required)

This position will involve approximately 15-18 days of work from October - March (with busier times in October/November and February/March).

Wage: $2,300

Start Date: Project will begin upon hiring

To apply for the position, please send us your resume and a short cover letter describing your relevant experience and why you would be a good candidate for the position. We would like to start this project as soon as possible so please send us your application as soon as you can! Feel free to contact Leah if you have any questions about the position.

Email your application to:
Subject: Myco-Remediation Coordinator

Application Deadline: September 22nd, 2014