Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekly Announcements 4/10

Dear Environmental Studies Minors,

Please find the this week’s announcements below.

The Environmental Studies program now has a Facebook page.  Like it today at  We promise not to flood your newsfeed with updates will but keep you informed about both the most important ESP events and relevant local, national, and global environmental news stories.

On Campus Forums and Presentations
1.       Sleep Out for Solidarity with Climate Refugees – 4 /11
2.       BCEEAN Event at Arts Fest – 4/26
3.       Senior Seminar Poster Symposium
4.       Sustainability Fair at BC
5.       Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College

Summer Research and Internship Opportunities
1.       Virginia Barrier Islands REU
2.       Additional Resources for Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Off-Campus Lectures, Forums, and Exhibitions
1.       MIT Climate CoLab Student Research Contest
2.       Sila: A World Premiere, Central Square Theater
3.       Screening: Growing Cities – 4/25
4.       Sustainable Energy Conference Scholarships

Graduate and Professional School Opportunities
1.       Geomorphic Research on the Colorado River
2.       MA in Environmental Resource Policy at GWU
3.       Professional Development Certificate in Campus Sustainability at University of Vermont

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.       Summer Job with Boston Natural Areas Network
2.       Adirondack Park Jobs: Watershed Stewardship Program
3.       Center For Ecological Living and Learning International Programs
4.       Job Opportunities with Mass PIRG
5.       Internship with Environment America


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Spring 2014 Office Hours: Monday 10:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday 11:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday 1:00-5:00pm, and Thursday 12:00-5:00pm

Save the Date for BC’s Sustainability Fair on Thursday, April 30 from 11am to 2pm on the Stokes Lawn.

Students are invited to present their GIS mapping work as part of a campus-wide celebration of geospatial research at Boston College. Prizes will be awarded to the top student entries which will be displayed in the O’Neill Library lobby on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014.  See full details at:

NSF REU listings

Ecology REUs and other summer research opportunities

Biology REUs

At MIT’s Climate CoLab you can work with people from all over the world to develop ideas for what we can do about climate change, right now.

If you submit one of the winning ideas, you’ll be able to present it before government officials, business executives, NGO leaders and scientists who can help move proposals toward implementation, as well as share it at an MIT conference, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded.

Even if you don’t have new ideas yourself, you can help improve other people’s ideas and support the ones you find most promising.

Current contests address low-carbon energy, building efficiency, adaptation, geoengineering, shifting public attitudes and behaviors, and over a dozen other topics.  Entries are due July 20, 2014. 

Can crowdsourcing save the planet?  Join the crowd and find out at 

Sila: A world premiere, Central Square theater

Energypath is the region's largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy in the leaders of today and tomorrow. 
To assist you, the Sustainable Energy Fund is proud to provide full scholarships to students and educators on a first come, first serve basis to attend Energypath 2014 at Albright College June 15th through June 20th.
To register and learn more about Energypath 2014 call 610-264-4440, visit Energypath 2014 Scholarships.
Register now! Time and space are limited.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

PhD or MS Research Assistantship in “Shedding new light on sandbar dynamics in Grand Canyon using emerging SFM photogrammetry techniques"

Funding is available at either the MS or PhD level for a student to explore the application of 'structure from motion' techniques to studying alluvial sandbars. The research objective is to better understand the highly localized nature of sandbar responses to hydrologic regime. This requires a rapid technique for accurately surveying subaerial sandbars to complement long-term data sets. The student would be based at Utah State University in the Department of Watershed Sciences in the Ecogeomorphology and Topographic Analysis Lab ( Dr. Joe Wheaton would act as the primary supervisor, but the student would work closely with USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring Research Center staff – specifically Dr. Paul Grams and Dr. Daniel Buscombe ( -- and a large group of academic and government researchers working in Grand Canyon and throughout the Colorado River Basin.

The ideal candidate should have, or is keen to develop, skills in GIS and/or a high-level programming language such as Matlab/Python/IDL; an interest in image processing/photogrammetry; a background in geomorphology/geology/geography/engineering or related discipline. Strong writing and communication skills are essential. The project will involve extended field work in the Grand Canyon, so field experience is a must.  Interested prospective students should send an email of interest, with CV, cover letter, example of writing, a cartographic example (i.e. figures or maps), and any questions to, and

PhD or MS Research Assistantship in Investigating Bed Form Dynamics and Bed Load Transport on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon
PhD or MS assistantship is currently available at the University of Wyoming in coordination with the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center.  The project will focus on an investigation of sand transport in the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with particular emphasis on bed form dynamics and bed load. The ideal candidate will have broad interests in the application of sediment transport theory to field observations and the desire to develop skills in quantitative analysis and modeling.  A Passion for field work is a must.  Degree opportunities at UWyo include the department of Geology & Geophysics and the Water Resources / Environmental Science and Engineering program.  Contact Brandon McElroy ( or Paul Grams ( for more information.

Dear Students,

As you consider graduate school opportunities, you may want to look at the MA Program in Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) at George Washington University.

The ENRP program has a number of distinctive features -- militantly interdisciplinary, a pragmatic focus on problem-solving, and a DC location --  that make it unique.  The program prepares students to enter environmental policy careers in government agencies, non-profit organizations, environmental advocacy groups, think tanks, and the corporate sector.

If you are interested, feel free to check us out at  And if you have any specific questions, please let me know.

Ideally, applications for Fall 2014 should be submitted by early April.


Peter Linquiti
Visiting Professor of Public Policy & Public Administration
Director, Environmental Resource Policy Program
George Washington University

A five-day, intensive summer program for Professional Development. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Dates: Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27, 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily

Positions:        Full time (approximately 30) and part time (few) positions available.
                        Full-time (40 hours) - work all weekends plus 3 days per week (5 days per week total);                             
                        Part time position works weekends, plus one weekday morning.
                        Supervisory positions (2)                                
Background & Mission of the Program
The Watershed Stewardship Program (WSP) at Paul Smith's College is a community‑based program designed primarily to educate the public about aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues pertaining to specific watersheds. Stewards interact with visitors at boat ramps and perform watercraft inspections intended to prevent the transport of AIS. The WSP also fulfils research and service functions. Visit this link for our annual report: 

Steward locations: Lake Placid/Saranac Lake/Tupper Lake area, Chateaugay Lake, Cranberry Lake, Long Lake, Raquette Lake, Fulton Chain of Lakes, Stillwater Reservoir, Saratoga Lake and other lakes.  Most stewards should be located within commuting distance of Paul Smith’s College, Saratoga Lake, Tupper Lake, or Raquette Lake.  Housing is not provided by WSP. 

Term of appointment: May 19 – August 24, 2014 (14 weeks); 1 additional week until Labor Day required, depending on employee’s fall semester school schedule (15 weeks total)

Base pay: $13.50/hour                               

Duties & Responsibilities:
·         Public education and natural/cultural history interpretation.
·         Perform watercraft inspections; remove AIS, operation of boat wash station (where present).
·         Data collection: boat launch use patterns, AIS removal.
·         Service projects (one day per week): invasive species mapping and control, loon monitoring, trail maintenance, write newsletter, update social media, environmental education with all ages and presentations.
·         Report writing. 

General Qualifications:
·         Completed or pursuing a degree in natural resources, biology, environmental studies, science, or a related field.
·         Capable of performing duties independently and proactively.
·         Strong verbal communication, writing, and environmental interpretation skills.
·         Ability to work in rainy weather, both on and off the water.
·         Must possess and provide proof of medical coverage effective during the period of this appointment. 
·         Individual vehicle needed for commuting to duty stations. 

Specialty Skills Preferred
·         Experience operating and navigating small watercraft.
·         Writing, desktop publishing, public speaking/education proficiency.
·         Capacity to carry and maneuver up to 50 pounds and perform other strenuous activities.
·         Experience, training, and/or NYS certification in herbicide use 

To Apply:
Applicants may submit a letter of intent, resume and contact information for three professional references.   
Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and should be sent in Word format to:   
Mailing address: Director of Human Resources, Paul Smith’s College, PO Box 265, Paul Smiths, NY  12970. 
Faxed to:  (518) 327-6161. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Interviews with selected candidates will be conducted either in-person, via telephone, or computer conferencing. 
Paul Smith’s College values diversity in the College community and seeks to assure equal opportunity through its continued Affirmative Action program.

Dear Students, 
Are you interested in having an adventure of a lifetime while learning how to live sustainably? The planet needs stewards to get us back on track to a sustainable future. And you (yes, you) are it. Think of this as an anything is possible, opportunity to learn how one life, your life, can make a BIG difference in the world.

If you are interested in celebrating what is right in the world and being a part of real life solutions to the problems we face, join us for an unforgettable study abroad experience and the adventure of a lifetime while learning how to live sustainably.

Go beyond traditional study abroad programs. Be a part of local and global solutions to environmental, social, and economic problems. Experience some of the world’s most inspiring examples of community sustainability from organizations like Heifer International, Sustainable Harvest International, and others. Learn experientially and through service learning opportunities that integrate classroom knowledge with real-world applications.

The world has great need of people who not only understand what sustainability is all about, but who are committed to making a difference in the world. The world has a great need of people like you.

Head on over to for more information, or take a look at this video to hear how CELL Alums define sustainability.

Have questions? Drop us a line at

We have space available in our three-week Maymester programs in Iceland and Central America, in our Fall 2014 programs in East Africa, and Iceland and in our Spring 2015 programs in East AfricaIceland, and Central America.  

Drop us an e-mail or contact us by phone for more information ( or tel.(207) 230-4025.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Dave and CELL Team
Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL)

60 Blueberry Hill Road 
Hope, Maine 04847
Tel. 207-230-4025; E-mail:; Web: 

Looking for a job that makes a difference? U.S.PIRG is hiring college seniors to work as Campus Organizers on college campuses across the country. On issue after issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting public policy to serve their own ends. U.S. PIRG takes action by documenting the problems, finding practical solutions, informing the public and making the case for change directly to decision-makers. We work on fighting climate change, restoring democracy, and protecting public health. Apply online or email for more details.

Since 1989, the Antioch Education Abroad Brazilian Ecosystems: The Protection and Management of Biodiversity program has engaged students through in-depth field studies across a variety of biomes in Brazil. This is a Fall Semester program, with a new Summer Term option (see schedule here). All students explore the flora, fauna, and ecological characteristics of the Amazon Rainforest, Atlantic Coastal Forest, and coastal marine systems, and how environmental factors contribute to species and habitat diversity. Students enrolled in the full semester program continue their studies in Brazil to include advanced studies of the impact of human activities on biodiversity and ecosystem function, a Portuguese language intensive, and an Independent Field Internship.

Unique program features:

1. Program is led by Antioch University professor Suzanne Kolb, PhD, who is assisted by Brazilian professors, research scientists, and activists, who provide local expertise on current environmental issues facing each region.

2. Fall semester students engage in a month-long field internship, working with a Brazilian scientist or NGO for individualized hands-on experience in their field of interest.

3. Students explore multiple ecosystems, allowing them to compare the ecological characteristics of each, and providing a broader understanding of ecology in Brazil.

Curriculum: The Fall Semester program offers 4 courses for 16 semester credits - Introduction to Brazilian Ecosystems; Ecology and Protective Management of  Biodiversity in Brazil; Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced PortugueseField Internship. Summer Term students enroll in Introduction to Brazilian Ecosystems for 4 semester credits. Click here to view detailed course descriptions. If you would like to review syllabi for the process of approving this program, please contact us.

Environment America interns will spend their fall semester making a big difference on critical environment issues and learning a ton, while getting the experience they need to launch a career in the environmental movement after graduation.

Read more about our internship program here. Interested candidates can complete an online application here.

Monique Sullivan
Recruitment Director
Environment America
(202) 461-2448

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