Thursday, May 3, 2018

Weekly Announcements 5/3

Rights on the Heights Rally
May 3, 5:00 PM
Academic Quad

Join us in calling on Boston College to respect student voices and speak out against injustice on campus!

We will be holding a rally in partnership with other student groups, with students speaking on issues with the University. All are welcome to join and speak!

For more info, see here.

Summer Study Abroad in China—Climate Change & Sustainability: An Environmental Chemistry View
CHEM1101 & EESC1301
May 27 – June 22, 2018

Be immersed in the cultural and economic environments, gain firsthand experience on the benefits and negative impacts of the rapid industrialization in China.

Contact Professor Dunwei Wang ( for more details.

Summer Study Abroad in Parma, Italy—International Food Law
INTL 2253, POLI 1253, LAWS 2253 3.0 credits
May 21 – June 15, 2018
University of Parma

Experience a 4-week banquet in the form of summer study in Parma, Italy -- one of the
few courses in the world devoted to the international law of food, an issue of immense emerging

The course, which will be held in the city considered the European or even the world
capital of food, covers food supply, safety, security, subsidies, trade, and a variety of other
contemporary issues. Field trips include visits to the European Food Safety Authority in Parma
and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, as well as a cooking class at a local
culinary institute.

There are no prerequisites, and no knowledge of Italian is required.

For more information, see flyer and syllabus.

Summer Study Abroad in Parma, Italy—The Art of Physics
PHYS 1400
June 4-30, 2018

Course will cover physics methods, ethos, culture, and history with trips to Florence, Bologna, and Padua.

For more information, contact Professor Andrzej Herczynski (

Domestic-Based Field Study Opportunities
June 19 – June 29, 2018

Two Courses are being offered this summer:
1. Writing Wilderness—White Mountains, NH
Professor Suzanne Matson of the English department will be offering an intensive, 3-credit creative writing workshop, "Writing Wilderness," to be held at the AMC's Highland Center lodge at Crawford Notch this June 20-29. A full description of this domestic study trip is posted on the summer school website. The course is mixed-genre and introductory level, though advanced creative writing students are welcome and will get the feedback they need to improve at the level they're at.  Read, write, be outdoors with a small group of peers this summer and earn three credits!  For more information, contact Prof. Matson at <>.

2. Building Sustainable Communities—Detroit, MI and Boston, MA
Do you want to learn about the strategies that practitioners are using to build sustainable communities? Do you want to see first-hand how urban agriculture and community food systems are transforming cities?

This course will investigate contemporary urban environments through the eyes of urban farmers and community innovators who are building more equitable communities and sustainable relationships with the land.

For more information, see flyer, or

Environmental and Racial Justice Associate with Franciscan Mission Service

This is a unique opportunity with Franciscan Mission Service's (FMS') DC Service Corps: a one-year Environmental and Racial Justice Associate position, working with Catholic Charities.  As outlined in the flyer, the selected individual would live in intentional community while gaining professional skills in environmental advocacy.  FMS provides a stipend, housing, and health insurance (if needed).  

It's a unique opportunity to engage in a Catholic volunteer program while gaining professional experience and advocacy training.  Interested applicants should apply online.  One position is available and will be filled as soon as we find the right fit.

For more information, see flyer

Clean Energy Summer Internships with Mass Department of Energy Resources

MassDOER provides interns with education, training, hands-on experience, supervision, and networking opportunities

Energy Efficiency Intern
The Energy Efficiency Division oversees energy efficiency policy in the Commonwealth, including oversight of the MA Energy Efficiency Advisory Council. The Division is looking for a motivated candidate to assist with analysis of data sets that reflect the performance of various efficiency policies. Previous knowledge with efficiency policy is not required; project will provide an excellent opportunity to become familiar with energy efficiency policy.

Renewables Division Intern
The Renewables Division administrates the Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standards (RPS and APS) for Massachusetts’ electric supply and develops programs to promote the growth of renewable energy. The Division is looking for a motivated candidate to assist with the implementation of these programs and other programs for which the Division is responsible. Previous knowledge of the technologies is not required; project will provide an excellent opportunity to become familiar with renewable energy technologies and policy.

For more information and to apply, see here.

Land and Trails Internship – Allens Pond

The Land and Trails Intern will closely work (May/June-August) with Sanctuary staff and volunteers at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth. The Sanctuary encompasses a barrier beach, a large coastal salt pond, meadows, and forested uplands at a rural location in southeastern Massachusetts. This is a unique opportunity to serve as an ambassador for a large property that provides important habitat for wildlife and recreational/educational opportunities for visitors, while also gaining experience in habitat management, property maintenance, and trail construction.

Responsibilities include learning techniques for and assisting with maintenance of hiking trails, construction of boardwalks and other trail features, water quality sampling, wildlife management, volunteer group supervision, youth crew mentoring, and annual event management. Travel to other sanctuaries in southeastern MA may be expected.  Intern will identify an individual project to be accomplished by the end of their service.  As a member of a team, some office support, custodial, and animal care tasks will be shared. Students seeking an opportunity to develop a project aligned with academic or professional goals are encouraged to apply. 

For more information and to apply, see here.

University Field Course Opportunities with Operation Wallacea

Operation Wallacea (Opwall)  is an organization that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs each year from early June to early August in remote locations across the world. Working alongside a large team of academics and PhD students, these annual surveys have produced 330+ publications in peer reviewed journals.The funding for Opwall programs comes from tuition fees paid by students who then have the opportunity to work with publishing scientists.This approach overcomes issues caused by the short term nature of grant based funding and enables long-term temporal data sets to be gathered in habitats around the world using comparable methods across research sites. More than 250 academics and 70+ PhD students have participated in this program, with resulting data then being used to lever funds for conservation interventions at these sites.

You can find out even more about these opportunities here.

Internship with Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration and Coastal America Foundation

The intern will assist DER staff with a variety of office and field-based tasks that complements the Division's mission to restore and protect rivers, wetlands, and watersheds for the benefit of people and the environment.  The selected intern will gain a broad understanding of aquatic habitat restoration in Massachusetts, hands-on skills with streamflow measurement and monitoring, and opportunities to interact with other state and federal agencies.

For more information please visit the DER website:  or contact Michelle Craddock at or 617-626-1544.

Internship Opportunities with Environment Massachusetts

Environment Massachusetts is a statewide, grassroots environmental organization working to tackle our biggest environmental challenges and fight for a greener future.

Our interns make a big impact on our campaigns, while gaining valuable skills in political advocacy and grassroots organizing.

As an intern, you’ll work on our campaign to repower Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy. We can get all of the energy we need from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. But too much of our power still comes from dirty fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. We’re campaigning for a goal of 100 percent renewable energy for Massachusetts.

You'll work hard and take on real responsibility. Our interns organize press conferences, write op-eds and letters to the editor, build powerful coalitions, meet with state officials, and mobilize grassroots support for our campaigns.

We’re hiring interns for the fall and spring semesters and for the full academic year. Interns typically work 10-15 hours per week during the academic year. The position We’re hiring interns for the summer, the fall semester, and the full academic year. Interns typically work 10-15 hours per week during the academic year and 20 hours per week during the summer. The position is unpaid.

Visit to submit your application.

Summer Field Program—Flathead Lake Bio Station

Our academic session is a rigorous rewarding field ecology experience emphasizing hands-onlearning with real field experience outside under the open sky. Our courses are also great for current students or professionals looking to upgrade their basic training. All courses involve field trips to Flathead Basin sites including Glacier National Park. Direct observation of biota and ecological processes is emphasized and hiking, boating and outdoor field activities are the norm. Most classes involve overnight camping, both front- and back-country.

Students will experience constant photo opportunities while exploring pristine wilderness, crystal-clear mountain lakes, and recreating on area streams and rivers - all benefits of an academic adventure in the Crown of the Continent in Northwest Montana.

For more information and to apply, see here.

2018 Neponset Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship

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.

For more information and to apply, see here.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity—Stanford University: Groundwater Data
Summer 2018

About the research:
Recent droughts in the Central Valley of California have cost the agricultural industry over $1 billion. Increased drought resilience can be achieved through sustainable use of groundwater, which is the main source of water during times of drought. In order to be sustainable, we must effectively model groundwater flow. Modeling groundwater flow requires an understanding of subsurface geology, which, in the Central Valley, is poorly known.

Recent advances in image and text recognition and in machine learning algorithms have made data extraction from large volumes of records feasible. The project we propose is to apply these methods, and develop new ones, to extract geologic data and location information from the millions of available well reports in the Central Valley.

The successful applicant(s) should have a quantitative and computational background—preferably with experience in python, Matlab or R, and some experience with machine learning or signal processing techniques. No prior experience in geology or the Earth sciences is necessary

For more information and to apply, see here.


Earthwatch is an international environmental nonprofit organization that funds field expeditions in more than 50 countries.
Earthwatch expeditions provide individuals with opportunities to participate in hands-on scientific research all over the world. We also partner with schools, businesses, governments, and other philanthropic organizations to enable a broad range of people to learn and change the world through our experiential model.

Staff members at Earthwatch develop, manage, market, and recruit for our varied expeditions, programs, and partnerships. Earthwatch does not employ the scientists or research staff that run the expeditions we support; they generally work for universities or other research institutions.

Earthwatch currently has a number of jobs and internships open. Please see here for more details.


Environment America promotes bold ideas and organizes action to commit our country to 100% renewable energy, keep fossil fuels in the ground, ban bee-killing pesticides, end pollution of our water, and protect and expand our national parks and other public lands. We’re not afraid to think boldly, but we’re well aware that bold thinking is not enough. We work hard to produce the research, public education and citizen action it takes to win real results for our environment right now.

For more information, visit  


Summer 2018 Intern

The Environmental Voter Project is looking for highly-motivated undergraduates to join our selective Winter/Spring 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. 

Please visit here for more details and application instructions

Job Opportunities with Impact

Impact organizers are on the ground to mobilize businesses, faith leaders and citizens to demonstrate the commitment to keeping our promises on climate change, and transitioning a sustainable, renewable energy economy.

Many of our organizers are working with elected leaders in states across the country to meet goals of getting to at least 10 percent solar by 2030. Grassroots efforts like these have helped triple solar nationwide in just the last two years.

For more information and to apply, see here.

Science and Teaching Internship with Common Tides
July 10 – August 5, 2018

The mission of Common Tides is to inspire passion through ocean education and stewardship to bring about positive change. We do this by providing a free marine science program along with sail training to young students that live in underserved communities.  The goal of the program is to provide these children with more education about their oceans so that in the future they can be empowered to fill conservation roles, eco-tourism jobs, and further understand their connection with the ocean. Participants that join us for our trips will be an integral part in teaching all aspects of our program. We will be training our participants in the marine science and sailing curriculum which is aimed at the broad oceanic picture with a focus on the regions we are visiting.

For more information, see flyer.

Fellowships for Masters Students at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

UTRGV is looking for qualified students to be part of our program here at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the School for Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (  As part of a grant we received from the USDA, we are offering 8 fully funded fellowships to outstanding, underrepresented students into our newly developed master’s program in Agricultural, Environmental and Sustainability Sciences.  We will provide two years of funding that covers tuition and a monthly stipend to students interested in advanced sciences related to sustainable agriculture and food systems, and who are interested and qualified to conduct graduate research on one of the projects identified below.  As part of this program, students will be involved in opportunities to develop skills important in agricultural careers through engaged scholarship, and will work closely with faculty and community partners on the various projects.

For more information (including a full list of projects), see here.

Job Opportunities with Risk Management Solutions

RMS has a number of job openings, including Model Analyst:

The Model Specialist team is part of the Models & Data business unit, and is responsible for supporting both RMS clients and colleagues across the globe in their successful usage and understanding of the full suite of RMS catastrophe models and associated data products.

For the full list, see here.

Virginia Tech Undergraduate Summer Program
May 28 – July 27, 2018


Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, enrolled in a degree program leading to baccalaureate or associates degree, and be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in Fall 2018. The program will run from May 28 – July 27, 2018 in Blacksburg, VA on the Virginia Tech campus.

This REEU will catalyze interactions between students from widely varying disciplines by focusing on research questions that require innovative approaches to scientific collaboration and data visualization, as well as communication to and engagement with an array of local stakeholders. Our diverse team of experienced mentors includes environmental scientists, social scientists, engineers, and computer scientist will both guide individual student efforts as well as collectively model successful interdisciplinary collaboration. To promote a unifying context for research: Fellows and mentors will be members of interdisciplinary teams; We will learn from and interact with a range of stakeholders across multiple land use issues; and Activities will be place-based within the Virginia Tech StREAM Lab, with a view towards its relationship with the larger New River basin.

Job Opportunity—Greenovate Boston Outreach Manager

The Greenovate Boston Outreach Manager leads the development and implementation of community engagement strategies to drive climate action in Boston in line with the City’s Climate Action Plan. They will be an important member of the teams behind the City’s top climate initiatives - Carbon Free Boston and Climate Ready Boston - and plays a leading role in the next update to the City’s Climate Action Plan in 2018. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to shape and execute programs that contribute to the progress on Boston’s climate action goals and also make it possible for the community to lead that progress. The right candidate will play an integral role in ensuring that all Bostonians have the tools they need make Boston a greener, healthier city for everyone.

For more information and to apply, see here.

Solar Ambassador Fellowship with RE-volv

Are you a college student passionate about renewable energy? Are you interested in taking action to put up solar in your community? If the opportunity to install a solar energy system on a nonprofit or cooperative near you sounds exciting, then RE-volv wants to help you make it happen.

The Solar Ambassador Program is a fellowship for one academic year that gives college students the opportunity to spearhead a solar project in their community using RE-volv’s innovative solar financing model. We are looking for creative, passionate, and resourceful college students who are eager to spread solar across the country. 

Deadline: Applications for this competitive fellowship will be viewed on a first come first serve basis.

For more information and to apply, see here.