Thursday, March 17, 2016

Environmental Studies Weekly Announcements 3/17

Dear Environmental Studies Students,

Please find this week’s announcements from the Environmental Studies Program below. 

BC Events and Announcements
1.       NEXT WEEK: Green Careers Night
2.       Several Events Hosted by UGBC Film Screening: Cowspiracy
3.       40 Years of Exploration and Conservation in China and Beyond
4.       ‘An Immense Pile of Filth’: Human Ecology and Communitarian Salvation
5.       Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance
6.       GIS Research Context

Non-BC Conferences and Events
1.       Christiana Figueres at UMass
2.       Student Research Conference on Asia/Environment
3.       Policy Case Competition hosted at NYU
4.       Fully Funded Energy Path Conference

Graduate School, Fellowship, and Outside Academic Opportunities
1.       Master’s in Environmental Science at Villanova
2.       Fully Funded Master’s in Human/Climate Interactions & Forecasting at Memorial University
3.       Middlebury School of the Environment Summer Program

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.        US Geological Survey Job Posting
2.        Environmental Job Openings
3.        Mass Department of Energy Resources Summer Internships
4.        Seasonal Technicians – MA Division of Marine Fisheries
5.        Intern with CivicSolar
6.        Study Abroad in Haiti
7.        Tropical Field Studies of Art and Nature in Puerto Rico
8.        Staff Scientist or Engineer – Neponset River Watershed Association
9.        Internships with New England Environmental, Inc.
10.     Courses in Belize
11.     Season Research Assistant – Wells Research
12.     Job Opportunities in Alaskan National Parks
13.     Interpretation Ambassador, Nation Parks Service
14.     Internship at Grand Canyon National Park
15.     Study in Montana next fall or over the summer
16.     Jobs with Impact
17.     Internships with Environment Massachusetts
18.     Green Job and Internship Opening List
19.     Job Opportunities with Mass and US PIRG
20.     Internship with Environment America
21.     BC Career Center Updates


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The Heights Room

5:30 p.m. – Student Presentations to Employers
6:00 p.m. – Green Career Night

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret: Film Screening - March 28th

The purpose of showing the film is to inform and educate BC students about the meat and dairy industry and its direct correlation to
climate change. Here's a description of the documentary from its website: "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it." We will have popcorn and other (vegan!) snacks at the event. Immediately following a brief introduction of the film, we will screen the film.

The Daniel C. Morrissey ’88 and Chanannait Paisansathan, MD Lecture Series in Asian Studies presents Dr. How Man Wong.
Tuesday, March 29 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Stokes Hall, South, Room S195
Boston College, 59-107 College Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA

This year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity, themed "21st Century Christianity in Africa: Promises, Prospects and Pathologies," features Professor Agbonkhianmenghe Orobator, S.J. (Bator) from Kenya.
Tuesday, March 29 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Gasson Hall, Room 305
Gasson Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

April 20
McGuinn 121
4:00 p.m.

Donald Worster has agreed to give a speech on his new book, “Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance.”  The talk will be about a broad theme -- the shift from the post Columbus sense of new world natural abundance (and economic growth) to the age of seeing a tiny, vulnerable Earth from outer space.  I think this speech will be appealing to many of us at BC and our students both in History and in Environmental Studies.  

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 27th, 2016.
Entry deadline: April 6th, 2016

Lifting the Billions: The Intersection of Climate and Development Policy

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
5:30 - 8 p.m. 
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate  

As Executive Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres was a linchpin in solidifying the Paris Agreement in December 2015. She will reflect on how this universal agreement can be a turning point in global economic, energy, environment, and development policy, and a catalyst for bringing the poor out of poverty worldwide.

This event is free and open to the public.

Reception 5:30 to 6 p.m. followed by the speaking program.
For more information, contact the Sustainable Solutions Lab at
For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit before the event date.

Asia/Environment Student Research Conference, April 14-15.
 Undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research related to Asia and the environment are invited to submit posters and papers for presentation at this second annual conference.
 Today it is impossible to think seriously about the challenges of sustainable development and the environment without understanding the local and global environmental footprint of rapid economic growth in Asia—and the Asian response. At the same time, Asian Studies students increasingly require familiarity with the scientific, cultural, and political dimensions of environmental crises and sustainable development.
 With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Bard College is sponsoring this second annual student research conference, providing a venue for students to present undergraduate, masters and PhD level research at the intersection of these critical issues. The conference seeks to shed critical light on how we all might live sustainably—or not—in a 2050 world with three billion more people, limited resources, a thickening blanket of carbon dioxide heating the planet, and a global economic development process increasingly defined by Asian models and leadership.
 The conference will be held on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley, which is easily accessible by train from New York City. Registration is $30, and housing and meals will be provided for student participants. Meals are included for non-student registrants. 
 To learn more about the conference, please sign up for our mailing list here.
To submit a paper for a panel, or an idea for a poster presentation, please send a one paragraph abstract to Undergraduate students must also include a letter of support from a professor. Proposals will be accepted through March 15, 2016.

Fully funded conference scholarship – energy path

Energypath is the region's largest sustainable energy event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States.
Energypath is a week-long event consists of a three day pre-conference energy camp and a two day conference.  The energy camps are hands-on training in renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar pv, bioenergy, passive house, and micro-hydro. 
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 2016 at Penn State, State College, PA July 25th-29th.
Register now! Time and space are limited.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!
Interested in presenting at Energypath or teaching a Fuel Cell or Energy Storage class?  Please find more information here.

Cultivate a culture of sustainability at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

June 6
July 1, 2016
Now in its fifth summer, the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute combines rigorous classroom instruction and practical experience, utilizing our working farm as a laboratory.
What will students learn?
The Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College is an interdisciplinary academic program focusing on food science and sustainable food systems, centered at the vibrant Hampshire College Farm Center. The Institute follows food from its origin in the soil, through plant cultivation and animal management; addresses issues in public health and politics; and ends up in the kitchen, breaking bread and assessing the character of the food we produce and eat.

Who should apply?
We encourage students from across the globe to join us! The Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute primarily serves undergraduate (and some graduate) students with an interest in food, sustainable agriculture, farming, environmental studies, and/or sustainability studies. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply.

Yeah, but what about transfer credits?
We've got those too! The course structure will mainly consist of work at the farm in the mornings, afternoon classes, field trips (e.g., to other local farms and food processors), some evening speakers, and some weekend trips. We recommend a minimum of four undergraduate credits for the completion of the program.

Ok, I'm interested. What is the application process?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only completed applications are reviewed. Once accepted, you will be billed for the program, and once all fees are paid, your spot is secure!

Important Dates to Remember
April 3: Priority Deadline for all applications
April 11: Tuition Discount Deadline (all payments must be received in order to receive 15% tuition discount)
May 1: Application Deadline (application materials must be submitted)
May 15: Payment Deadline (all payments must be submitted)

The Department of Geography & the Environment at Villanova University has a new Master of Science in Environmental Science with enrollments beginning in  Fall 2016.  Our faculty specialize in ecosystem studies that span the coastal and inland environments, with on-going research projects in the northeast and the around the world.  Our program uniquely offers the opportunity to develop geospatial technical skills that are highly marketable and sought-after by employers.   We have thesis and non-thesis options, that can be completed within two years or part-time by working professionals. For more information, please see our website and contact Dr. Lisa Rodrigues (, Graduate Program Director. 

Three Fully Funded Masters Positions in Human/Climate Interactions & Forecasting

The Applied Climatology Lab with Memorial University’s Dept. of Geography is seeking graduate applicants for multiple MSc and MA positions. Successful candidates will research the intersection of natural and social sciences, while collaborating with partners in industry and government.  Any students with interests in weather, climate, and related impacts on society are encouraged to contact Joel Finnis ( All positions are fully funded, and students can choose from several degree options (see below).

Current graduate opportunities

Improving forecasts of Grand Banks fog (MSc; Geography, Math & Stats, or Env Sci)
Located near the intersection of the cold Labrador Current and warm Gulf Stream, the Grand Banks of Newfoundland experience frequent heavy fog events. These pose a hazard to marine workers and a significant challenge to marine forecasters.  We are seeking an MSc student with interests in weather and marine hazards to test novel approaches to improving fog forecast reliability.  The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to work across academic, industry, and government sectors, collaborating with partners at AMEC Environment and Infrastructure and Environment Canada. Funded through the Marine Environment Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network.   

Forecast attitudes and application in Atlantic Canada (MA; Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, or Env Sci)

Even a perfect weather forecast is only useful if it is i) efficiently communicated and ii) acted upon.  Unfortunately, a range of factors can constrain the effectiveness of forecasts for particular uses and their uptake and application. These might include (among others):  limited understanding of user needs among forecasters, problems with spatial and temporal scale, or lack of capacity to respond to forecasts. The nature and consequences of these factors likely varies between forecast users (i.e. oil and gas companies vs fish harvesters), leading to different requirements for and approaches to forecast data across stakeholder groups.  We are seeking an MA candidate with strong interpersonal skills to examine the constraints on effectiveness of weather forecasting across industry sectors, and help identify strategies for addressing these constraints. Work experience and knowledge of the marine sector would be an asset. Funded through MEOPAR; partners include SafetyNet.

Climate variability perception (MA; Geography, Community Health, or Sociology)

Climate is never constant; from year to year, the state of the climate varies from cool to warm, wet to dry, stormy to sunny.  Although these variations are a prominent aspect of research in the natural sciences, they have largely been ignored in research into social science aspects of climate change (e.g. climate change perception, or attitudes towards climate action).  The result is a limited understanding of how or when to best communicate information on variability/change; this can lead to confusing climate science communication or discussion unusual events (e.g. the ‘polar vortex’ winter of 2013/14).  Our project aims to fill this knowledge gap by assessing ways people discuss variability, and assimilate experienced variability into a broader understanding of climate change.  Two MAs will assist this research, conducting interviews and focus groups in selected research communities. Funded through SSHRC.

Middlebury School of the Environment
June 24th to August 5th, 2016

I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Summer 2016 session of the Middlebury School of the Environment (MSoE).

Please pass this along to any of your undergraduate students who may be interested in a for-credit summer program that combines coursework in environmental studies with leadership and professional skills training.

The Middlebury School of the Environment is a six-week, integrated program, running from June 24 to August 5, 2016, on Middlebury College’s main campus in Vermont.

The program offers nine semester-hour credits, and financial aid is available.

Our session last summer was quite successful, and I’m pleased to say that for this coming summer we will be offering the same mix of formal coursework and leadership training as in previous years.

The curriculum involves two different tracks of study, one on sustainability and understanding place (taught at a more advanced level and intended for students with previous coursework in environmental studies) and one on systems thinking and environmental analysis (taught at a more introductory level).

Each student, regardless of their track of study, also enrolls in one of four electives, depending on their interests: Environmental Video Production; Wicked Environmental Problems; Environmental Pollution; or Religion, Nature, and Justice.

The co-curricular program on leadership training focuses on helping students develop the skills they need as professionals to do something effective with the information they learn in their studies.  For this, the faculty of the MSoE are joined by leading environmental professionals and experts in a number of skills that will enhance each student’s ability to be successful no matter what choose to do with their college education.

Applications for admission and financial are accepted on a rolling basis until enrollment is complete.  It is recommended that interested students submit their applications sooner rather than later.

I’m happy to talk to anyone regarding our program.  Feel free to write to me directly – or have your interested students write to me – with any questions.


Steve Trombulak

Dr. Stephen C. Trombulak
Director, Middlebury School of the Environment
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753 | steve.trombulak (Skype)
802-443-5439 (office) | 802-377-7294 (cell) (home page)

 Organization: U.S. Geological Survey, New England Water Science Center
Job: Hydrologic Technician
Location: Northborough, MA (relocation expenses will not be paid)
Key Requirements: U.S Citizen. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation. Valid state driver’s license and safe driving record.
Duties and Responsibilities
The U.S. Geological Survey, New England Water Science Center is in search of an entry level (recent graduate, 0-2 years’ experience) scientist to join our Surface Water Quality Studies Section. The scientist will provide field and laboratory support for numerous projects.
Duties will include providing support for:
• Preparation of equipment and other supplies for use in the field and laboratory, including readying meters.
• Collection of samples of water, sediment, and other environmental media, as well as taking measurements of stream flow.
• Design and installation of various water monitoring platforms to support data collection.
• Processing, storage, and shipment of samples for analysis.
• Making laboratory determinations of water quality parameters using predetermined methods.
• Performing field site equipment installations and operations and maintenance.
• Processing data collected in the field.

Field work can be extensive at times, and often during harsh weather and environmental conditions. Applicants must be willing to work long hours, early mornings and weekends as needed, as well as be available for overnight trips.
Duties may also include:
• Background research and literature review.
• Collection, analysis, and integration of data from various sources.
• Basic data analyses.
• Preparation of graphical and tabular data summaries for inclusion in reports and presentations.
• Writing and contribution to technical reports.

The candidate must have a strong interest in being an active participant in water quality field operations, including processing samples in the laboratory; and demonstrate ability to perform these functions through past experience with water quality field work. The preferred candidate will have a professional demeanor, be highly motivated, and possess excellent quantitative, problem-solving, and written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational skills are a must, with strong attention to details. The preferred candidate will be able to work on multiple projects concurrently, meet tight deadlines, and work well both independently and as a member of a team. Candidates must have demonstrated experience and knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of limnology, aquatic chemistry, and hydrology. Degree(s) in the aquatic, environmental, ecological, or natural sciences are required.

Although not required, ideal candidates may also have one or more of the following in addition to the requires experience with field and laboratory operations:
• Working knowledge of electronics and be familiar with common construction practices to participate in the design and installation of various water monitoring platforms.
• Strong data management and analysis skills.
• Experience applying statistical and other quantitative techniques to water quality data, including the development of sound findings and conclusions following analysis.
• Training and/or experience with R, or other programming language data analysis software with the ability to quickly learn R.
Experience with Microsoft Excel/Word macros and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming.
• Proficient in the ESRI suite of ArcGIS software and geoprocessing tools.
• An understanding of watershed and water quality models, their limitations, and their applicability.
• An understanding of watershed-based planning and watershed management principles; and demonstrated knowledge of the Federal and State Water Quality Management Programs.

Dismas House Fellowship

Dismas House of Massachusetts, Inc., seeks a qualified Fellow to help coordinate resident and program activities at Dismas Family Farm, a transitional housing program for homeless, former prisoners located in Oakham, MA. Ideal candidates will have a commitment to issues of social justice, experience in non-profit milieu, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Hours may include weekday and weekend evening hours. 

The Dismas House Fellow is presented with the opportunity to live in solidarity with the residents of Dismas House. Duties for the position may include, but are not limited to the following:
·  Help coordinate and participate in all farm and vocational activities at the Dismas Family Farm. 
·  Work closely with the Farm Program Director to assist with case management efforts. Assist residents with assignments, resumes, health benefit applications, and job search efforts.
·  Maintain social media for the farm, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
·  Assist farm staff in planning and overseeing farm-related events, in particular the annual Fall Festival.
·  Assist Executive Director with grant writing responsibilities including researching new funding sources, helping renew existing grants, and eventually writing original funding requests. 
·  Transport residents to doctor appointments, job interviews and NA/AA meetings in the community, and help to plan, coordinate and implement house activities.
·  Assist Dismas staff attorney with the operation of the BAR None Program. Help coordinate with legal clients, and assist legal clients with filling out and filing paperwork. 
·  Perform public speaking and outreach efforts to increase agency visibility, issue awareness and volunteer bases.
·  Coordinate weekly grocery shopping and supply maintenance at the Dismas Family Farm.
·  Work with Executive Director around volunteer coordination and student and international volunteer residency in the program.  Cultivate relationships with volunteers.  Schedule volunteers and coordinate schedule of volunteer cooks.
·  Support, welcome and orient volunteers providing outside services, including, but not limited to, meal provision, education and support groups and special project assistance.
This fellowship runs the course of one calendar year (ideally July 1 – June 30).  The Fellow will receive a $225/week stipend.  Room, board, and health and dental insurance are also included.

Dismas House does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religious conviction or disability. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to 

Open Space Institute, a leader in protecting scenic, natural and historic landscapes and supporting sustainable communities, has openings for: an Outdoors America Campaing Coordinator, Grants Administrator, Cartographic Designer, and Conservation Diversity Fellowship.  See networks:

The Mass Department of Energy Resources has posted its internship positions for the Summer of 2016 on our website at
Or visit our homepage at and click on Mass Clean Energy Internships in the top right hand box. 

DOER has internships in all fields of studies; renewables, alternative transportation (Clean Cities), engineering, communications and more.  If you have any questions, please let me know and thank you for your assistance in passing this along to all interested students and faculty. 

The MA Division of Marine Fisheries will be hiring 4 seasonal technicians to assist with field and lab work, as well as data management for our spring diadromous projects – see the links below. 

UF in Haiti: Behind the Mountains

Summer A: May 9 – June 17

Departments of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and Agricultural Education &


Courses are taught by UF faculty

­­Contacts:         Dr. Benjamin Hebblethwaite,

                        Dr. Paul Monaghan,

                        Ms. Bertrhude Albert,

                        Dr. Andrew Tarter,


UF in Haiti is a 6-week study abroad program that immerses you in the Haitian Creole

language and culture of Haiti while asking you to give back to Haiti through a service

contribution through English instruction. You will learn the basics of Haitian Creole

inside and outside the classroom and Haitian culture and society in an English-language

course led by Dr. Hebblethwaite and Dr. Monaghan. Through this dynamic dual-directed

program with social sciences and humanities emphases, you will discover the welcoming

and proud people and country of Haiti.


Cape Haitian (Kap-Ayisyen or Cape-Haïtien) is Haiti’s second largest city, located on the

northern coast. It is an old Caribbean city that is home to striking buildings, stirring

monuments and historical sites, businesses, and a vibrant cultural scene including music,

theater, sports, cinema, churches, temples, mosques and traditional forms of folk

entertainment. It was the colonial capital before 1752.


Milot, Citadelle Laferrière, Bwa Kayiman, Labadee, Limonade, downtown Cape Haitian,

a farm, a courthouse, a factory.

The ART+BIO Collaborative, a Cambridge, MA non-profit organization, leads "Field Studies of Art+Nature," immersive travel programs that integrate art and science. Our January 2016 program was a great success and had a record number of applicants. We are excited to offer a Spring Break section, which will take place this March. I'm emailing to promote this unique opportunity.  ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico will bring together a unique group of Biologists and Artists to creatively explore the tropical wildlife of the Caribbean.

ISLAND LIFE is a hands-on, immersive, project-based program that integrates biology and art in the field, at various environments in Puerto Rico. The focus of the program is to learn about Puerto Rico's diverse wildlife through artmaking and field biology.  We travel to rainforests, dry forests, beach, coastal, coral reef, mangrove, and mountain environments.  The program involves multiple site-specific projects that integrate creativity, art and biology.

Dates: March 7-12, 2016
Info and Application:

This program is designed for students, artists, scientists, professionals and all people interested in nature, art, and biology. Please click on the link to see photos and for more details, and help spread the word about this unique program to anyone who may be interested. Don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested or have questions. Thank you!

Best wishes,
Stephanie Dowdy-Nava

Co-Founder, ART+BIO Collaborative
Program Director, Field Studies of Art+Nature

The Neponset River Watershed Association is seeking a candidate for the position of Staff Scientist or Engineer. He/she uses a combination of technical and leadership skills to implement projects that address a broad array of watershed issues including water quality monitoring, stormwater, and water conservation. This is a full-time, permanent position, available immediately. View the full description HERE.

NEE will be accepting applications until March 11 for three paid summer internships in our Natural Resource, Ecological Restoration and Landscape Architecture Departments.

The Center for Engaged Learning Abroad delivers two week field courses in environmental science and conservation using the country of Belize as a classroom, during May and June, and over the winter break.  This Caribbean/Central American country provides a rich learning context and is a great place for students studying abroad for the first time.  Please share this email with students or faculty who may have an interest in engaged learning abroad in English-speaking Belize.

Thank you,
Ed Boles, Ph.D.
Faculty Associate

The field courses, briefly described below, give students powerful field methods experiences, exposes them to areas of science they may want to pursue further and they gain a lot of confidence in capabilities.   These courses carry three hours of credit, transferable back to home institutions with prior academic approval.
Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation:  This course, taught by a wildlife veterinarian, introduces students to tropical ecology, local conservation efforts, Belizean wildlife and wildlife research techniques, and zoo and wildlife health issues and medicine.   Students explore the many factors that effect the management, conservation, habitat and health of wild animals; work alongside zookeepers in the world renowned Belize Zoo; participate in surgeries, animal enrichment and health management at the Zoo; and explore rehabilitation and conservation at a variety of wildlife organizations in Belize.
Watershed Conservation, Ecology and Management: This course explores the general structure and ecology of watersheds, the movement of surface and sub-surface waters through the landscape, larger integrated interactions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, overall ecological services provided by watersheds, impact on human activities on watershed structure and function, assessment and monitoring of watersheds, and solutions to human induced impacts while providing students with hands-on experience in field research techniques.
Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation:  This systems-ecology course includes classroom, field and laboratory components in terrestrial riparian, estuarine and marine ecosystems with emphasis on watershed interconnectivity and reef/mangrove/seagrass ecology and conservation.  The Caribbean Sea is explored from Tobacco Caye, a five acre island of sand perched on the reef with mangroves and grassbeds, with mask and snorkel, both day and night.
Health, Belief and Ethnobotany in Belize: This course explores traditional healing, spiritual belief, sustainability, food security and agro-forestry.  Through lectures, discussions, visits to healers/elders, and tours to farms and medicinal plant gardens, students will have the opportunity to experience unique and unforgettable traditions as they have been passed down through generations.  This is a field oriented course with rustic accommodations and local cuisine.   Students will go on jungle hikes in hot and humid conditions with some rain.  Cultural sensitivity, adventurous personality, stamina, desire to learn from other cultures and an open mind are desirable traits for students to succeed in this course.

Job Opening – Seasonal Research Assistant

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time (40 hours per week) seasonal Research Assistant position.  The position will last for five months from approximately March 21, 2016 to August 19, 2016. 

During the first 10 weeks the position will support ongoing monitoring of diadromous fish species in Southern Maine rivers.  Work will primarily include field data collection through the use of trapping, netting, and visual surveys.  The Research Assistant will work with Reserve staff and volunteers to deploy and maintain equipment, collect samples, manage data, and conduct lab analyses.  They will also assist with dissemination of project outcomes through written reports and public outreach. 

During the remaining 12 weeks the position will support several ongoing data collection efforts which will include monitoring of salt-marsh vegetation, surveys of marsh use by wading birds, and ichthyoplankton sampling. The Research Assistant may also have the opportunity to attend periodic trainings and lectures that take place at the Reserve and access other professional development opportunities.

Qualified applicants will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a related field.  Experience with collecting data in the field and following written protocols is highly desired.  Applicants should also be able to work collaboratively as a member of a team and work well independently, and should be organized and detail oriented.  Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

The Research Assistant will be compensated at $10.00 per hour and will be eligible to receive free onsite housing.  The Research Assistant will be granted paid leave on the Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume of work experience, three professional or academic references, and a copy of their college transcript by email to
or by mail to:

attn: Jacob Aman
Wells Reserve
342 Laudhom Farm Road
Wells, Maine 04090

Applications must be received by February 19, 2016 to be considered.

For more information about the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and our work please visit our website at

Ever wanted to use your skills to study and protect some of the world's most interesting and beautiful protected areas? The U.S. National Park Service is now hiring multiple seasonal positions in parks around Alaska for a variety of physical science tasks including glaciology, coastal landform mapping, GIS, freshwater monitoring, geohazards, fluvial geomorphology, and many others. Please share these links of the job descriptions widely with potentially interested U.S. citizens. 

Through research and under the guidance of interpretation park rangers, the candidate presents thematic house and grounds tours of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline. In addition, the candidate orients visitors to the site, makes them feel welcome, and provides informal background on the history and significance of this National Park Service site. The Interpretation Ambassador answers incoming phone calls, responds to general inquiries, provides information and/or directs calls appropriately (a phone directory and a list of who’s who at the site is in your orientation folder.)  Throughout the day, the intern ensures the visitor center looks neat and professional and keeps the site bulletins well-stocked at the desk, and in the outside brochure dispenser.  In addition to welcoming and informing visitors, answering phones, and the door, the intern records and tracks visitor statistics, and does other administrative tasks as assigned.  There might be opportunities for cross-training with other divisions and developing off-site walks of regional Olmsted-design landscapes, depending on the candidate’s skills and interest. 

Skills:  Public speaking skills, good communication skills, ability to research and disseminate information to the public, interest and/or background in history, American studies, art history, architecture, and/or other related discipline.

Time Commitment:   Ideally, the candidate would work 30 hours a week, including at least one weekend day.

Application Procedure: Please submit a current resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references (preferably one work, one academic, and one peer reference) to:
Mark Swartz, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, 99 Warren Street, Brookline, MA 02445;
Our telephone number is 617-566-1689.

Posting to bring attention to a recent vacancy announcement for a Geoscientist in the Parks internship at Grand Canyon National Park.  The intern will help with several fluvial geomorphic projects in the park and will be a key member of the park's physical science team for 3 to 6 months.  Internship details can be found here:

Questions can be directed to:

Ed Schenk
Senior physical scientist
Grand Canyon National Park

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Make Montana your classroom

Northwest Connections field programs are based in the wild and rural Swan Valley, Montana

Get out of the classroom and earn credit studying our wildlife and human communities.


Apply Now for a Tuition Break


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Call Montana home next fall

Spend the Fall Semester in western Montana learning how to read the landscapes, the forests, the watersheds, and the wildlife. Gain tools for community-based conservation from the people working to conserve these resources and the communities they support. Live in a small group on a historic homestead where you grow your own food, unplug, and immerse yourself in wild Montana!

Your classroom: Montana’s wild Crown of the Continent

Earn 16 UPPER-DIVISION CREDITS from August 29 – November 1, 2016!

We offer a $500 early enrollment discount for L&L applications received by February 1, 2016.

Northwest Connections
Integrating Education and Conservation in Montana's Crown of the Continent ecosystem.
P.O. Box 1309 | Swan Valley, MT 59826
406 754 3185

IMAGE CREDITS: Backpacking/Sky Orndoff; Map, Forest/Stephanie Dunn; Garden/Katie Parker; Wetland/Faith Bernstein

Jobs with Impact

Make Your Impact for Our Environment, Our Democracy and Our Future

If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy and other issues that matter to our future, consider a job with Impact.

Impact is a nonprofit that runs action campaigns. We work in states where we can win positive change for our environment, our democracy and our future.
Impact is now accepting applications to join our team in August 2016! Our early application deadline is September 27th. We also have immediate positions available.

If you aren’t looking for a full-time job, you can also make a big difference through an internship with Impact.

You can learn more and apply online.

BecomE an Environment Massachusetts intern

100% Renewable Energy Campaign Internships

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Summer and fall internships available -- apply by Wednesday, March 23

Our reliance on dirty energy like oil, gas, and coal is polluting our communities and changing our climate. From dangerous heat waves and droughts to last winter’s snowstorms, global warming is threatening our health, our safety, and our future. To avoid the worst impacts of global warming, we need to transform the way we power our society — and we need to do it quickly.

That’s why we’re calling on our state’s leaders to repower Massachusetts with 100% clean, renewable energy.

As an intern with Environment Massachusetts, you’ll push for smart solutions to environmental problems and build the public support it takes to win. You’ll make a real difference on critical issues while developing valuable skills and experience in one of the nation’s leading environmental nonprofits.

We’re hiring interns for the summer and the fall semester. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 23, but we encourage interested candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Apply today! Visit to submit your application.

Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein:, 617-747-4368.
If you agree that it’s time for Massachusetts to go solar, the best thing you can do to get involved is to apply to be an Environment Massachusetts intern today. We’re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now.

As an intern:
  • You’ll push for smart solutions to environmental problems, and build the public support it takes to win.
  • You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
  • And you’ll make a real difference on critical issues, while developing valuable skills and experience in one of the nation’s leading environmental nonprofits.
And if you’re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving our greatest environmental problems, interning with Environment Massachusetts is one of the best ways to get started. You’ll get the training and experience you need, and we hire our most talented and committed interns to join our staff when they graduate.

Apply today! Visit to submit your application. Be sure to choose "Boston, MA" under "Where are you applying to intern?"

Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein:, 617-747-4368.

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Some new internships:
Felidae Conservation Fund
San Francisco, CA
Saddle Ridge Farm 
Culpeper, VA 

Washington, DC  
Earth Island Institute
Berkeley, CA 
Arthur Morgan School
Burnsville, NC

Natural Resources Intern
(veterans only can apply)
Deschutes National Forest
Bend, OR

View ALL of the current job and internship listings here.  
Some recent job listings:

Ruffner Mountain Preserve
Birmingham, AL

Organizing Representative
Sierra Club/Beyond Coal
Owensboro, KY or southern IN
Selawik Wildlife Refuge
Kotzebue, AK

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Washington, DC
Student Conservation Association
Houston, TX 
Food and Water Watch   
Southern CA 

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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.

PIRG stands for the Public Interest Research Group. We take on issues where the public needs a champion—someone to stand up to powerful interests when they push the other way. We know that smart policy solutions and real change won’t just happen. You need to organize, advocate and fight for them.

Our fellows don’t just sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the real world—recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing. This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders within PIRG. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value experience organizing, including building campus groups.

Digital Campaigners
Our digital campaigners help us design and win campaigns on some of the most important issues affecting the public today. This position is an exciting way to organize and motivate people online. Our online campaigns reach tens of thousands of people and spread the word about making change. This is a position for professionals who are ready to turn online skills into political action. We’re looking for people with sharp writing skills, savvy strategic ability, and a talent for using social media.

To learn more and apply, visit

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

What do interns with Environment America interns do?  You’ll help us educate and engage more students and citizens on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll help us get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you’ll help us build the kind of public support it takes to win.


We’re working to stop global warming: We took a big step forward last summer when President Obama directed his Environmental Protection Agency to develop standards that would cut carbon pollution from power plants, the nation’s largest contributors to global warming pollution. This historic step won’t be enough to fully solve the problem, but it’ll be an important start. But standing in the way, at every step, is one of the most powerful special interests in the world: the fossil fuel industry. That’s where we come in. We’re working to rally millions of American citizens, along with local elected officials and other powerful voices to back the President’s plan.

We’re making sure we don’t frack our future: Dirty and dangerous fracking could soon put some of America’s most spectacular places at risk. And we know that this especially destructive method of drilling for gas contaminates water and turns forests and rural landscapes into industrial zones – making nearby families sick and contributing significantly to global warming as well. Now, we’re working to offset the outsized influence of the oil and gas industry and keep our remarkable special places protected.

We’re working to protect our rivers, lakes and streams:  To protect our waterways from pollution and destruction we need to crack down on factory farm pollution, sewage and other threats. And we know it won’t be easy because of big opposition from the Farm Bureau, giant agribusiness and others. Now, we’re working to harness grassroots support for clean water and turn it into the political power we need to have a lasting direct impact on our waterways.

Becoming an Environment America intern
If you agree that it’s time to solve these big environmental problems, the best thing you can do to get involved is to apply to be an Environment America intern today.

We’re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now.

As an intern:
  • You’ll learn how to analyze environmental problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win
  • You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
  • And you'll attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about environmental issues and gain organizing skill
  • And if you’re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving big environmental problems like global warming – interning with Environment America is one of the best ways to get started. Not only will you get the training and experience you need, but we hire our most talented and committed interns to join our Fellowship Program when they graduate. 

We’re hiring interns in Boston and 29 states nationwide. Email Madeline Page, Environment America’s Global Warming Outreach Director at with questions or to apply!

Coming up:
Friday, March 18
Will the Peace Corps change your life? Since 1961, Peace Corps Volunteers from Boston College have made a difference in communities around the world. Boston College consistently ranks among the top colleges and universities from which the Peace Corps recruits and trains volunteers.

As we celebrate this milestone, please join U.S. Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy IIIPeace Corps Executive Director Carrie Hassler-Radelet, and many Returning Peace Corps Volunteers to learn more about service opportunities for BC graduates in the Peace Corps. Register here.

Tuesday, March 22
This event connects current Boston College students who have an interest in careers in sustainability with alumni, professionals, and graduate school representatives. Student attendees will have the opportunity to learn about internship, career, and graduate school options. Refreshments will be served.  Register here.

Thursday, March 31
This event connects students with alumni of color from different industries in business. Learn more about different career paths and engage in conversation about diversity in the workplace. Register here. **Refreshments will be served**

Expert in Residence
Ongoing through March
Meet with an employer expert for 20 minutes. Get your resume reviewed, ask how to research employers/career industries, practice your elevator pitch, find out how to best work a career fair, etc. This is your time to get advice from industry experts about career preparation and readiness! Upcoming experts include representatives from:  Accenture (consulting), General Electric, Urban Teachers, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). View organizations on campus in March and reserve your time slot here!

Ongoing opportunities:
Career Chats
Informal group advising sessions led by Career Center staff, Career Chats allow students to engage in discussion around various career-related topics with their peers.  Career Chats will be held several times per week across campus.  Come and go as you are able. See the schedule in EagleLink.

Information Sessions & On Campus Recruiting
This is just a sampling of many opportunities available.  Visit EagleLink to see more.

A sampling of what is to come:

Media, Writing, & Communications Night
Tuesday, April 5
Interested in a career in communication or marketing? Meet with alumni working in a variety of industry areas to learn more about their career paths and get tips for entering the field.

CCCOB Government Careers Information Forum
Wednesday, April 6 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Boston University | 100 Bay State Road, Sixth Floor | Boston, MA
Considering a career in public service? Attend the Government Careers Information Forum and learn about government opportunities in a variety of sectors. You will meet representatives from federal, state, and municipal government organizations. The event includes 20-minute round table discussions and networking opportunities. Register via EagleLink.

Successful Summer
Wednesday, April 13
Still looking for a summer job or internship? Attend the Successful Summer workshop and you will leave with some helpful tips on how to make the most of your summer break. Hear from three students who will share their experiences and advice about how to make the most of your time! Snacks provided!