Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Weekly Announcements 5/4

Dear Environmental Studies Students,

Please find this week’s announcements from the Environmental Studies Program below. Please be sure to stop by the Senior Seminar Poster Symposium to congratulate our graduating seniors tomorrow (there will also be free food)!

BC Events and Announcements
1.       Environmental Studies Senior Seminar Poster Symposium

Non-BC Conferences and Events
1.       Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference
2.       Food, Farm, and Sustainability Summer Institute at Hampshire College

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.        Internships at Big Island Farm in Hawaii
2.        Summer Research in Costa Rica
3.        Environmental Job Openings
4.        Mass Department of Energy Resources Summer Internships
5.        Staff Scientist or Engineer – Neponset River Watershed Association
6.        Internships with New England Environmental, Inc.
7.        Courses in Belize
8.        Green Job and Internship Opening List
9.        Job Opportunities with Mass and US PIRG
10.     Internship with Environment America
11.     BC Career Center Updates


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213

Learn, play, build skills and be inspired...

August 12-14, 2016 * Amherst, Massachusetts
Workshops * Exhibitors * Children & Teen Conferences * Music * Dance

Join 1200 people for a three-day celebration of the organic movement. Here learning is a community action - with amazing farmers, presenters, seminars, workshops, food and fun. 

Immerse yourself in a community of like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond. 

Young people can also build their organic vision for the future at our children and teens conferences.

This year's keynoters have a passion for solutions!

Leah Penniman, food justice activist and farmer at Soul Fire Farm.

Andre Leu, international organic agronomist and President of IFOAM - Organics International

We're offering five intensive seminars before the conference begins, featuring...
  • Digestive Wellness: A Gut Feeling
  • High Tunnels: From Three Seasons to Four
  • The Nourishing Homestead
  • The Art and Science of Grazing
  • Regenerative Agriculture and Soil Carbon

and 200 workshops, including...
  • Landscaping to Support Pollinators & Other Beneficial Insects
  • Commercial Organic Seedling Production
  • Small Batch Vegetable Fermentation and Recipe Development
  • Financial Planning & Management for Diversified Farms
  • Cover Crops For The Small Vegetable Farm
  • Finding, Assessing, and Securing Farmland
  • Pastured Poultry Production Methods
  • Urban Agriculture Composting
  • Farm to School: Getting Kids Excited about Eating Vegetables!
  • Creative Ways to Make the Most of Your Urban and Suburban Garden
  • Plus workshops for youth in our Children and Teens Conferences!
We are finalizing workshop selections. A full list will be available soon. 

Scholarships, work exchange and discounts
We want as many as possible to be able to attend, regardless of income! Work exchange and scholarship opportunities are available, as are discounts for groups of five or more and multiple children from the same family.

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)

Big Island Farms
2016 Fall Internship is soon approaching...


Big Island Farms, BITE, and World Sacred Gardens Would like to announce experiential internship opportunities available on our organic permaculture farm.  
We are currently accepting interns for our FALL 2016 and beyond!

Big Island Farms is located on the tropical Hamakua coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, five miles from the breathtaking Waipio Valley and historic Honokaa Town.  The strong local context lends BI Farms a culturally and biologically rich environment.  Students will work in a structured work environment while be giving the opportunity to lead self-directed projects within their internship focus (listed below) facilitated by our staff and supported by research, design, and documented for presentation at the end of the semester. 

Become an active participant in a conscious learning environment and express your passion through the BIF Internship Program.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2016, and Spring 2017!
Applications for Fall will be filling soon

Ecological Design
Farm to Table Culinary Arts
Organic Agriculture + Tropical Horticulture
Outdoor Recreation and Adventure
Permaculture Design

Our internship’s vision is to inspire and motivate individuals to be proactive in their education through self discovery and experiential learning; developing skills of critical and holistic thinking, self-sufficiency and community building, while simultaneously learning to be stewards of the land and innovative leaders for the future.

Copyright © Big Island Farms

To reach us via email please use the address below:

or by mail:
Big Island Farms. c/o KAF LLC,  PO 1048. Honokaa, HI 96727

Big Island Farms is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kawaiikalia Akua Farms LLC.

I would like to share with you and your students a unique and awesome opportunity to learn Permaculture Design in the jungle of Caribbean Costa Rica!

This July 3 - 16, Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies is offering a 2 week, 75 hour, internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate Course.

The course covers ecological design methods and techniques, water and alternative energy systems, earth works, natural building strategies, soil science and many other regenerative practices as well as community living and development and deep earth connection.

This course can be used as an independent study or as internship credits through many universities, students just need to be proactive and self motived. Our student body is very diverse, coming from around the world, the ages range from 16 - 65 and the course is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Punta Mona Center is a 20 year old, beach front, off-the-grid, organic permaculture farm, eduction and retreat center on the Southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica in the heart of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge in primary and secondary rainforest.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this amazing Summer program and I hope very much you share this with your students and other interested faculty.

Check out TEDx Talk on Building Intentional Communities and The Pursuit of Sustainable Dreams: Permaculture & Quality of Life by Punta Mona Founder and Director Stephen Brooks

Thank you so much for your time and attention.
Sarah Wu
CoDirector & Onsite Manager
Punta Mona Center
For Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies

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 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.

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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:
Thursday, April 28 | 4:30–6:00 p.m. | Maloney 365
Come learn about the Boston University School of Public Health from an admissions officer and hear from BC seniors about applying to and selecting Master of Public Health (MPH) programs around the country. Coffee and afternoon snacks will be provided. 

Steve Pemberton Talk (open to all faculty and students)
Thursday, May 4 | 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Walsh Function Room
Come hear BC alum Steve Pemberton '89, H '15, share his professional advice and words of wisdom about careers. Steve is currently a best-selling author and the Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice President for Walgreens. He has an inspiring story of overcoming adversity to achieve his success.

This summer:
We’re open for student appointments!
Drop-ins and scheduled appointments are available throughout the summer and include phone/skype appointments, which should be scheduled in advance, for students who do not live locally. Visit to view hours.

Jobs & Internships
This is just a sampling of many opportunities available.  Visit EagleLink to see more. Be sure to check EagleLink regularly as more opportunities are posted all the time!
  • White & Case LLP, Legal Assistant. Deadline: May 1
  • BIGfish Communications, Summer PR Intern. Deadline: May 1
  • Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, Summer Communications Intern. Deadline: May 1
  • City of Cambridge, MA, Economic Development Intern. Deadline: May 5
  • Reach Out and Read, Grants Intern. Deadline: May 9
  • Alkermes, Sales Analyst. Deadline: 5/14
  • Venture for America, Community Growth Associate. Deadline: May 20