Monday, August 1, 2016

July/August Announcements

Dear Environmental Studies Students,

We hope you have been enjoying summer break! Please find this month’s announcements from the Environmental Studies Program below. 

Non-BC Conferences and Events
1.       Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference

Internship and Job Opportunities, Site Visits, Study Abroad Opportunities, and Travel Opportunities
1.        Mass Clean Energy Center Internship
2.        Environmental Voter Project Internships
3.        Two Administrative Jobs at Bard University
4.        Internships at Big Island Farm in Hawaii
5.        Mass Department of Energy Resources Summer Internships
6.        Courses in Belize
7.        Green Job and Internship Opening List
8.        Job Opportunities with Mass and US PIRG
9.        Internship with Environment America
10.     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.

  • Recruit and cultivate volunteers
  • Manage and participate in voter registration and canvassing
  • Track field operations and enter information into databases and dashboards
  • Participate in community events
  • Research and draft memos
  • Draft membership emails, stakeholder memos, and blog posts
  • Attend professional seminars
  • Research public relations opportunities
  • Outreach to college and university groups
  • Support Senior Staff in preparing for important events
  • Candidates must submit a resume and cover letter
  • An interest in environmental issues or politics
  • An outgoing and friendly demeanor
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to represent the Environmental Voter Project in a professional manner at all times
  • Hours (weekly): 12+ hours per week.
  • During Business Hours?: Yes
  • Nights and Weekends?: Occasionally
  • Start Dates: Early September
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 12 weeks

MBA in Sustainability
(1) Program Associate
Primary responsibilities include:
  • Program support, including managing academic calendars and schedules, enrollment, grade submission, and student affairs
  • Event planning, including coordinating space needs and other logistics for classes and events in Manhattan and on the Bard campus
  • Bookkeeping and Accounts Payable
  • Introducing faculty and students to program policies and the software used in the online component of the MBA program
  • Liaising with other offices on the Bard campus
  • Management of student workers
  • Other administrative duties as needed
To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references through at: Applications will be reviewed as received.
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. 
MBA in Sustainability
(2) Graduate Communications & Programming Associate
Responsibilities include public program communication through content generation, website management, social media oversight, database management, production of advertising creative, and representing Bard GPS at marketing events. In addition, the position also provides support for alumni engagement, event planning and programming and student services. Working on select weekends and evenings is required.
The successful applicant will have a bachelor’s degree, a valid driver’s license, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be proficient in Microsoft Office and various social media management platforms. He/she will also be familiar with Adobe Creative Suite and contact database programs and possess an aptitude for learning software programs quickly. The position requires a professional and approachable demeanor, strong organizational and project management skills, and desire to work in an innovative, fast-paced, and flexible environment. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of at least three references through at: For inquiries, please contact Katie Boyle, GPS Assistant Director for Marketing and Enrollment, at, 845-758-7388.
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its diversity.
Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability & Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000 845.758.7067 (t) / 845.758.7636 (f)       &

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.

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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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.

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
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!

We are pleased to announce that the fall 2016 session of MassCEC’s Clean Energy Internship Program is now open for enrollment and employer engagement! Please let your students and recent graduates know that this resource is available to them. Attached is a Student FAQ containing new program information which will help to answer many questions they may have. All majors are welcome to participate.

The link to the electronic student application, along with a copy of the frequently asked questions and other general information on the internship program, can be found here:

While it is ultimately up to employers with who they end up selecting for an internship, students are encouraged to be proactive and reach out to clean energy employers in their area to let them know about the program and that they would like to intern with them for the session. This will greatly improve their chances of being selected for an internship. We have compiled a map of previously participating clean energy employers in our program to assist in their outreach.

Important Fall 2016 Session Dates
August 1st: Open enrollment for students begins
September 1st: Fall session begins
October 1st: Deadline for employers to send signed offer letter submissions to MassCEC
December 15th: Fall session ends

Lastly, we have an ever-growing Jobs Board for clean energy specific part or full-time (non-internship) positions that are looking to be filled. We also have a Resume Board which will allow individuals to submit a resume directly and then be viewed by clean energy employers looking to fill open non-internship positions. Individuals will need to create an account on our website in order to post a resume and this resource is separate from our internship program.

If you have any further questions regarding the program after reviewing the documents hosted on our website, please do not hesitate to contact and someone from our team will respond to you as quickly as possible. Please email if you have any questions about the Jobs or Resume Boards.

The Environmental Voter Project is looking for highly-motivated undergraduates to join our selective Fall Internship Program. Interns will work closely with the Field Director and the CEO to learn about subjects such as field campaigning, nonprofit communications and data analytics. Interns will be expected to devote time to field outreach, senior staff support, event planning, research, and drafting of membership communications, blog posts, and stakeholder presentations. In addition to gaining valuable nonprofit advocacy skills, interns will become talented organizers and political operatives by learning the nuts and bolts of nonprofit work and electoral campaigning from an exciting and innovative organization.  We are seeking responsible, motivated candidates who can commit to 12+ hours per week for this program. This is an unpaid internship in Boston, MA.  
Main Job Responsibilities
Time Commitment
Training Provided.
Interns will receive significant training in all aspects of field work, organizing, voter outreach, issues research, and membership communications.
Please email a resume and cover letter to Peter Polga-Hecimovich at

TWO Employment Opportunities
Bard’s MBA in Sustainability program seeks a Program Associate to join its growing administrative team. The Bard MBA is one of a few business programs globally that fully integrates the study of business and sustainability. Courses in the low-residency program meet in New York City once each month for intensive four-day weekend sessions, complemented by online education. The Program Associate will be based on Bard’s main campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director, the Program Associate will oversee the day-to-day operations of the MBA program.
The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree and a record of related professional work experience. The position requires excellent communication, organizational, and project management skills. Experience with distance education technology is not required.

Bard GPS Bard College’s Graduate Programs in Sustainability (GPS), made up of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability, seeks applicants for a full-time position as Graduate Communications & Programming Associate.

Eban Goodstein
Bard College

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. 

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.

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.
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

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
Be sure to check EagleLink regularly as more opportunities are posted all the time!