Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Weekly Announcements 4/29

Dear Environmental Studies Minors,

Please find the this week’s announcements below.  Be sure to stop by Higgins Atrium this evening for the Senior Seminary Poster Symposium and the Sustainability Fair tomorrow in Carney Dining Room.

The Environmental Studies program now has a Facebook page.  Like it today at https://www.facebook.com/bcenvstudy.  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.       Senior Seminar Poster Symposium TONIGHT
2.       Sustainability Fair at BC TOMORROW

Summer Research Opportunity
1.       Hampshire College Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute

Off-Campus Lectures, Forums, and Exhibitions
1.       MIT Climate CoLab Student Research Contest
2.       Exploring Cambridge’s Urban Forest
3.       Sila: A World Premiere, Central Square Theater

Graduate and Professional School Opportunities
1.       PhD Assistantship in Human Health and the Environment at the University of Vermont
2.       Professional Development Certificate in Campus Sustainability at University of Vermont

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.       Oberlin College Sustainable Energy Technology Research Fellow
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 Wednesday, April 30 from 11am to 2pm In Carney Dining Room on the 3rd floor of McElroy.

Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute

June 2-July 11, 2014
The Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College is an interdisciplinary academic program focusing on food production and sustainable agriculture, centered at the vibrant Hampshire College Farm Center.
Over a 6-week period, students will gain hands-on work experience with the guidance of the Farm Center staff, learn through inquiry-based projects mentored by faculty with a range of expertise, and acquire ownership of knowledge through independent research projects.
The institute will follow food from its origin in the soil, through plant cultivation and animal management; address issues in public health and politics; and end up in the kitchen, breaking bread and assessing the character of the food we produce and eat.

Summary of Key Topics include:

  • Agroecology; Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Soil Health and Sustainability
  • Pest Management
  • Food Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Safety
  • Animals in Agroecosystems

Course Credits

Hampshire College recommends the equivalent of 8 academic credits for the completion of this program.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply before the priority application deadline of April 14, 2014. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Questions? Email ffs@hampshire.edu or call 413.559.6843.

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 www.climatecolab.org/?utm_source=contact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=contest 

Sila: A world premiere, Central Square theater

Dr. Christine Vatovec of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont is seeking a qualified candidate who is committed to pursuing a Ph.D. degree, gaining pedagogical skills as a teaching assistant, and engaging in high-quality environmental health social science research. Specifically, the research addresses:

•             The socio-ecological consequences of medical care, and 
•             Human-health benefits of nature contact.

Potential candidates for the assistantship must meet admission standards and be fully accepted to the University of Vermont’s  Natural Resources doctoral program. Candidates must have positive recommendations from previous positions. Prior qualitative research experience is preferred. Strong organizational, project management and communication skills are desirable. Please see attached full position description or visit https://sites.google.com/site/christinevatovec/research-team.

For further information, contact Dr. Christine Vatovec (cvatovec@uvm.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately.

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

The hire will play a central role in the development and management of hardware, software and data associated with “Environmental Dashboard,” a novel technological system that provides community residents, faculty, students and facilities personnel with real-time feedback on energy, water, and other environmental conditions in residential and commercial buildings and through whole communities.  We seek candidates with college or masters degree (or equivalent in experience) with deep knowledge of computer systems and excellent organizational skills who is excited by the opportunity to develop and manage novel technology designed to motivate and empower citizens to take better care of the environment.  Review of applicants will begin immediately until the position is filled, ideally for a June start date. More information on the project can be found at:www.oberlindashboard.org.   Applicants should review and respond to the complete position description posted at: http://new.oberlin.edu/home/jobs/jobs_detail.dot?id=60c5d71e-d4a5-48d4-b5d2-b426037bba56

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: http://www.adkinvasives.com/Aquatic/Resources/documents/WSPProgramSummary2013.pdf 

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: employment@paulsmiths.edu   
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 http://www.cellonline.org/programs/study-abroad-program/ for more information, or take a look at this video to hear how CELL Alums define sustainability.

Have questions? Drop us a line at info@cellonline.org

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 (dave@cellonline.org 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: info@cellonline.org; Web: www.cellonline.org 

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 atwww.uspirg.org/jobs or email wellington@masspirgstudents.org 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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