Science Director for the Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory, Year 2
- Leadership Program
To provide funds for a second year for Brett Thelen's position as Science Director for the Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory (AVEO), allowing her to expand and strengthen the work she has done to date in her first year on the job in this new position. AVEO was formed in 2003 to link volunteers with scientists to gather ecological data aimed at improving conservation decision-making and planning in the Ashuelot valley of southwest New Hampshire. Using citizen science monitoring programs, AVEO is creating a community-based environmental monitoring and research network. It works with partner organizations from the NGO, government and educational sectors. Under this proposal, Brett will continue in her role as Science Director, recruiting, training and coordinating volunteers; collaborating with project partners; conducting communications and outreach for AVEO programs; and managing volunteers, interns, students and part-time staff. Her responsibilities for the second year of funding will reflect an increased emphasis on program design, development, and evaluation; more people management (interns and research partner relationships); and community outreach.