Friday, May 26, 2017

Summer Announcements 5/26

Dear Environmental Studies Students,

Over the summer, we will be sending out announcements once a month. Please find this month’s Environmental Studies Announcements below.                                  

Off Campus Events
1.       Protected Species/Marine Mammal Observer Certification
2.       Accepting Abstracts for Conference on Sustainable Development

Paid Research Opportunity
1.          Blanding’s Turtle Trapping Technician

Internship, Graduate School, Training, and Job Opportunities
1.          Three Employment Opportunities with the Neponset River Watershed Association
2.          Administrative Coordinator – Tufts Institute of the Environment
2.          Job Opportunities with Mass and US PIRG
3.          Internship with Environment America
4.          BC Career Center Updates


B. Kevin Brown
Graduate Assistant, Environmental Studies
Devlin 213
Summer 2017 Office Hours: Monday 9:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am-1:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm, and Friday 9:00am-12:00pm

Angela Bostwick will be holding a training course in Boston, MA which provides Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on June 10-11.  This class will include a cruise to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, one of the top whale-watching destinations in the world!  This will provide experience in locating and identifying protected species at sea, as well as practice in methods for professional wildlife photography.  This training is approved by the federal agencies Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement to provide Protected Species Observer certification for seismic surveys, and is often accepted in various other industries and regions where mitigation for protected species is needed.  PSOs monitor for marine mammals and sea turtles, and advise on the measures required to reduce impacts to the animals worldwide.
The course examines the regulations for reducing impacts to marine mammals and sea turtles, how to visually locate and identify the animals, and objectively documenting animal behavior.  I am offering this course at a discounted rate of $675 for students/recent graduates, and members of non-profit organizations (normal cost $750).  Lunch is provided each day, along with various identification guides and regulatory documents (yours to keep), advice on applying to PSO positions, and the cruise to the marine sanctuary.  Please find the flyer for the course in the attached file. 

Additional information may be found on the MPSC website at, by contacting me at, or by phone at 832-523-2402.

Thank you,
Angela Bostwick / Founder
Marine Protected Species Consulting

The call for abstracts is now out for the Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), which will take place on 18 & 19 September, 2017, at Columbia University in New York City. Abstract submission and conference registration will take place on the conference website.

The conference is free for students, and an affordable $310 for faculty and professionals. We thought that you, your students, and/or your colleagues might be interested in submitting an abstract or attending. The overarching conference theme is The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development. Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the 27 conference topics, which cover all 17 SDG areas and a number of crosscutting issues, including data, the role of universities in achieving the SDGs, and the arts as a tool to raise awareness of the SDGs. 

A full list of topics and the call for abstracts are available online. We hope you will join us! 

Hi Everyone,
We just got word on a new funding opportunity from the State to do more trapping this season, and need to hire a field intern for now-July. Please forward this opportunity to anyone you know who you think might be interested in this position. Please see "How to Apply" below - do not respond directly to this e-mail. 

Blanding’s Turtle Trapping Technician
Grassroots Wildlife Conservation is seeking a short-term intern to help us trap and monitor two populations of Blanding's turtles in Massachusetts. No prior field work experience is required, though a willingness to get wet and dirty and handle aquatic creatures is a must. The work timing is flexible

Work Location: Borderland State Park, Sharon, MA (70%) and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord, MA (30%) Internship

Job Duties: The Blanding’s Turtle Trapping Technician will be responsible for trapping and marking Blanding’s turtles at two conservation areas in Massachusetts in May-July, 2017. The specific job duties will consist of:
  • Setting hoop traps in wetlands according to established protocols under the direction of our lead field biologist. Specific trap check time is flexible except on initial training days when the technician will meet with GWC staff from 9-5. On subsequent days, technician can check traps early morning or late afternoon as long as traps are checked daily.
  • Keep detailed notes and clear datasheets recording of all trap checks. Submit collected data to Google Drive at the end of each day, including scanned/photographed datasheets.
  • Photograph captured Blanding’s turtles as well as any unknown species and upload to Google Drive.
  • Notify GWC staff in the event that you cannot check traps on a given day so that an alternate trap checker can be found.
Training: The technician can expect the following training, and should feel free to ask for assistance or guidance if anything is unclear.
  • Hoop trap setting procedures and ideal trap placement
  • Trap checking protocols, including how to record data and remove animals from traps
  • Basic turtle identification Intern will be provided with a fish ID booklet for common Massachusetts freshwater fish
  • Turtle processing, including weighing, measuring, and marking
Requirements for Qualified Candidate
  • Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work independently after initial training.
  • Strong communication skills to maintain contact with crew leader and ask for help when necessary. 
  • Have personal vehicle that can transport field equipment (equipment can fit into sedan, but you will need to use a tarp to protect your seats)
  • Available to work on weekends
Dates: 36 days of work starting ASAP. Latest possible start date would be May 30th. Work will likely be 6 days on, 1 day off, 6 days on, 3 days off for a period of 45 days, though exact days off can be negotiated. Must be able to work weekends throughout the trapping period, though not necessarily every weekend.

Compensation: Stipend of $120 per trap check day, inclusive of scouting trip and trap setting day, to be paid bi-weekly. Trap checking is likely to take approximately 6 hours/day for a reasonably efficient technician. GWC will provide the technician with all necessary gear and equipment, including chest waders.

How to Apply: Send cover letter (in body of e-mail, not separate document) and resume to with the subject line "Blanding’s Turtle Trapping Technician". In your cover-letter, please tell us about any field work experience you have, comfort level with being out in swamps alone, and your experiences working independently.

Full Time Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship

Posted May 5, 2017

Position Description

The Neponset River Watershed Association is seeking applications for the Neponset Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship. This is a 13-month full-time position that provides the opportunity for a recent graduate to gain intensive hands-on experience working with a well-respected regional nonprofit.
The Fellowship is intended to provide broad exposure to the full range of science, advocacy and community organizing functions involved in watershed work. The Fellow will work closely with the Association’s Environmental Scientist, Executive Director, Outreach Director and other staff.
The Fellow’s core responsibilities will include day to day supervision of the Association’s volunteer-based water quality monitoring program and a leadership role in organizing spring and fall river-cleanup events. The Fellow will play a supporting role in other projects potentially including our hotspot monitoring program, development and construction of stormwater best management practice retrofits, stream habitat restoration projects, and stormwater and/or water conservation education programs. The Fellow will be exposed to at least one public speaking and grant writing opportunity, and will prepare comments on a development or permitting issue.

Schedule and Compensation

This is a full-time position that runs for 13 months (ideally June 1 to June 30). Compensation includes a salary of $30,000 per year, health insurance and paid time-off benefits. The position requires occasional early morning sampling and evening or weekend events.


The Fellowship is open to applicants who have recently received a bachelors or masters degree in watershed management, environmental science, civil/environmental engineering or a related field and who are interested in a natural resource protection career. This position is focused on recent graduates rather than candidates who already have significant work experience in the field. Applicants should have excellent writing and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Applicants must be comfortable working outdoors, in poor weather, on uneven ground and in a canoe, and must have own transportation, Applications by minority candidates, candidates interested in a career in the nonprofit sector, and residents of the 14 communities in the Neponset Watershed are particularly encouraged.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email. In the cover letter, please describe your interest in the position, relevant academic and/or work experience, and how the Fellowship would fit into your overall career goals. There is no specific application deadline, but we hope to fill the position by early June 2017.
Send applications to Ian Cooke, Executive Director at

Part-Time Advocacy Director

Updated May 5, 2017

Position Description

The Neponset River Watershed Association is seeking qualified candidates for the part-time position of Advocacy Director to help lead the Association’s efforts to protect and restore the natural resources of the Neponset River and its watershed.

Position Background

The Advocacy Director is a key member of the Association’s senior staff team, helping to achieve fishable-swimmable water quality standards, restore more natural instream flows, enhance and restore aquatic and wetland habitats, preserve natural areas and open the river up as a recreational resource for local residents.
Some of the activities the Advocacy Director will assist over the next several years include:
  • Provide technical assistance to watershed municipalities on updating stormwater bylaws, zoning, and other rules to reduce polluted runoff
  • Encourage municipalities to allocate adequate funding for stormwater, water and wastewater infrastructure through mechanisms such as stormwater utility fees
  • Work with public and private land owners during local and state permitting processes to ensure that wetland resources and instream flows are protected, appropriate public access is provided, stormwater pollution is prevented, contaminated sediments are cleaned up, and stream habitats are restored.
  • Represent the Association before legislators and state or federal agencies on policy issues that affect water quality, streamflow, habitat, funding for infrastructure needs, and operating budgets for environmental agencies.
  • Engage with permittees and agencies to ensure that water withdrawal, stormwater, and wastewater permits incorporate effective protections.
  • Support efforts to increase ecosystem and infrastructure resiliency in the face of current and anticipated climate change.
  • Organize community support and partnerships to advance the Association’s agenda.

Position Details

This permanent position is available immediately. It is presently funded for 20 hours per week. It may continue as a long-term, part-time position or there may be an opportunity to expand it into a full-time role in the next 12 to 24 months. The schedule is very flexible but requires regular participation in evening meetings and occasional weekend events. The Advocacy Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Association’s Environmental Scientist, Outreach and Education Director and other staff. Compensation is commensurate with experience.


The successful applicant will have broad experience with environmental law, civil engineering, hydrology, or watershed management, with 3-5 years related work experience at a minimum. They may be rooted in a science, engineering, or policy background, but will be able to bridge all three of these disciplines. They will have worked with at least some of the following permitting programs: the MA Wetlands Protection Act, the Water Management Act, the MA Stormwater Policy, the USEPA MS4 program, the 21e program, and/or Chapter 91. They will have excellent writing skills and be able to write effectively for lay, legal, and technical audiences. They will have strong presentation skills and the ability to cultivate strong working relationships with agency and municipal officials in spite of the potential for differences of opinion. They will have a strong work ethic, and be able to plan projects and work independently in a fast paced environment. They will be motivated by the opportunity to apply their skills and creativity to advance the Association’s mission.

To Apply

To apply, please submit a copy of your resume and a cover letter describing your interest to Ian Cooke, Executive Director, via email to

Internship Opportunities

2017: Summer Water Quality Intern

Updated May 5, 2017

Opportunity Description

The volunteer intern will help with all aspects of the volunteer water quality monitoring program and hot spot monitoring program during the summer of 2017. This includes preparing sampling materials and supplies, field work, data management, sample analysis in the lab, and volunteer coordination.
The intern will also assist with planning and coordination for the 2017 Hyde Park Neponset River Cleanup. Depending on the intern and their level of interest there may be the opportunity to take a leadership role on an independent project in analyzing historic water quality data sets or conducting a literature review.
The Water Quality Intern works in close collaboration with the Association’s Environmental Scientist, Executive Director, and community volunteers; providing the intern with a unique, hands-on, environmental science and community organizing experience.
This is an unpaid internship.


Work will occur at the Neponset River Watershed Association offices (2173 Washington Street Canton, Massachusetts 02021) and in the field throughout the watershed.


Schedule is 2-3 days a week for a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 hours weekly depending on the intern’s availability, interests and other commitments. Help is needed beginning in May and running through October. A minimum commitment of 10 weeks is requested. The schedule is flexible, but must be consistent from week to week. Work occurs primarily during normal business hours, with occasional early morning or evening activities.

Skills and Special Requirements

The volunteer should be an undergraduate or graduate pursuing a degree in environmental science or a related field. Familiarity with environmental sampling and analysis techniques is desirable but not required. Self motivation, reliability and the ability to work independently and follow specific sampling protocols are all critical, as is attention to safety procedures. Basic computer skills are necessary and having your own transportation is required. Interns should be enthusiastic to work in the field on uneven terrain and under adverse weather conditions (i.e. rain).

To Apply

Please send an email describing your interests, and a copy of your resume, to Environmental Scientist, Chris Hirsch,

The Administrative Coordinator is indispensable to the daily operation of Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), serving as the primary point of contact, supporting the TIE senior staff in pursuit of their programmatic goals and initiatives, and maintaining important data and processes. The Administrative Coordinator position would allow TIE to grow within the university and externally.

Essential Functions:

• Performs advanced clerical and secretarial duties on a daily basis where assignments are complex and require high visibility, good judgment or discretionary actions.
• Coordinates institutional budget. Oversees all activities in TIE’s accounts. Assists with budget development. Oversees department spending and resolves problems.
• Works closely with the Budget Officer in the Provost Office and with Tufts Finance Division. Executes financial processing, including check vouchers, reimbursements, PAFs, and business expense transfers.
• Supports TIE programs and staff. Makes travel arrangements, manages calendar and office hours, organizes files, orders office supplies, assisting with and coordinates catering services and event management; • Provides administrative support for Director and Associate Director. Advanced management of complex calendars; Schedules meetings and appointments; as needed, takes and prepares meeting minutes; • Assists in preparation of documents, reports, memos, and letters, and proof reads as necessary. Assists in assembling grant proposals and course syllabi; Collects data, provides statistics and summaries as requested.
• Hires and terminates interns’ employment, trains as well as supervises interns.
• Serves as the primary point of contact and provides information and guidance on policies and procedures for constituents.
• Answers phones and greets visitors, forwards calls and emails to appropriate contacts, prepares and sends mail correspondence.


 Basic Requirements:
  • High school diploma/GED and 5+ years of administrative experience OR a Bachelor's degree and 3+ years of experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite including word processing, editing and graphics functions, spreadsheet and database knowledge.
  • Bookkeeping or basic accounting knowledge.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.   

Primary Location

: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville


: Administrative Support


: Tufts Institute of Environment

Employee Status

: Regular 


: Full-time

Job Posting

: Apr 21, 2017, 4:02:51 PM

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!

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Below is a list of upcoming programs in which your students may be interested. Please share this email with faculty colleagues and students in your department. To view more of our programming, you can also visit Please also keep in mind that our staff is available to visit your classes if you would like for us to give a quick (5-10 min) overview of our services or a longer presentation on a specific topic. 
If you know of students that have questions or need assistance with exploring career options, figuring out summer or post-grad plans, or other career-related matters, please also feel free to refer them to the Career Center for a one-on-one advising appointment. For more information about our appointments versus drop-ins, please visit our website.
Thank you for referring your students to our resources, events, and advising services!

What are your plans for the summer?
by Amber Meyers, Assistant Director BC Career Center

“What are your plans this summer?” is a common question asked of students once the snow (finally) stops falling here in Boston and the spring semester begins to wind down.
By now you may have considered interning at your dream company, taking classes, or studying abroad. Or maybe you’re feeling confused because you’re not quite sure how to best use your summer months? Fear not! The good news is you’re in control of how you spend your time this summer and you can still plan to make the most of it... Read Amber's tips HERE!

Job Shadow Treks 
Join us for a Job Shadow trek with on Friday, April 21st! The following treks are happening:
Celtics | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. |
Novartis | 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. |
Channel 7 News | 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. |
Job Shadow Treks provide an opportunity for students to explore industries in a hands-on environment. Each trek, hosted by BC alumni and friends, will last approximately 2 hours and will provide a unique experience which may include alumni panels, tours, networking sessions, and presentations. Register in EagleLink today!

Unsure of your summer plans? Have a job but want to know how to maximize your summer? We will help you make a game plan for using this time to explore ways to gain new skills through internship/job opportunities, volunteer and job shadow experiences. Attend the Successful Summer workshop!

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES: Career Chats & Workshop

Health Professions Personal Statement Webinar | Wednesday, April 12 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | virtual

The following companies will be visiting campus to conduct expert-in-residence sessions this month. There are some restrictions for who can sign up for each session, based on class year and desired applicant type. To learn more and to register, log in to the workshops section of EagleLink. All appointments occur in the Career Center.
April Expert-in-Residence sessions:
Ipsos (Marketing/Data Analytics) Tuesday, April 18 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. |
Castle Point Partners, LLC (Political Consulting)  Monday, April 24 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. |

Employers host information sessions on campus throughout the academic year. Below is just a sampling of what's coming up.
Cornerstone Research Wednesday, April 19 | 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. | Gasson 205
Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action Thursday, April  | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. |  Fulton Honors Library
EY Thursday, April 20 | 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Walsh Function Room
Deutsche Bank Monday, April 24 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Walsh Function Room

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