Job: Farmers Market Associate Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives (Boston, Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2015))

Farmers Market Associate (Alumni Referral) Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives (Application Deadline: January 12, 2015) Open to Seniors only

Employer Profile Description

Interested students are encouraged to connect with Pete Murphy ’12- peter.murphy@boston.gov

This project will create the infrastructure needed to expand the Bounty Buck Program, diminish the administrative burden, and expand the capacity of our office to provide fresh food to constituents in need. Bounty Bucks are a double value coupon program for SNAP clients at Boston Farmers Markets. The program both enables snap recipients to access fresh fruits and vegetables, and enables the stabilization of farmers markets in neighborhoods that would not otherwise be able to support a farmers market. 87% of SNAP users participating in Bounty Bucks said it was key to their ability to access fresh, healthy food.

This AmeriCorps VISTA will plan an implement a roll out of Boston Bounty Buck Digitization and refinement effort. He/She will also lead the strategic planning process for Bounty Bucks, identifying opportunities to expand the program, and leveraging interests and expertise of the strategic planning group to meet the goals outlined. Finally, he/she will work with the Office of Food Initiatives, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Partnerships in Community Health Grant Committee, and the bostonCANshare campaign to identify sources for long-term funding sustainability for Bounty Bucks, long term and past the life of the grant.

Please apply here
Location
City: Boston
State/Province: Massachusetts
Country: United States
Opportunity Source: Alumni/Parent Referral, Bowdoin Partner Employer

Important Dates:
Posted on Dec. 18, 2014
Applications accepted until January 12, 2015

Screening Criteria Class Level: Senior

Summer Internship: Research Experience for Undergraduates: Feb 15 deadline

A Research Experience for Undergraduates: Basic and Environmental Soil Science Training (BESST), at NC State University, Summer 2015

Soils play a fundamental role in many global processes. The need to understand the flow of elements, energy, and water through soils is immense. This provides amazing opportunities for research by scientists from a wide range of backgrounds.

  • The Soil Science Department at NC State University will host a 10-week sumBESST REU Flyer smallmer research program (5/26-8/1) for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Students will work with mentors to develop exciting individualized research projects on topics ranging from microbial curse tracking to wetland hydrology.
  • Additional activities include a week-long Sea to Mountain field camp, a visit to the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory, and a workshop at the EPA Risk Management Laboratory.
  • Students receive a $5K stipend; housing; travel and meal allowances; and travel support for participation in a post-summer national scientific conference to present their research.
  • Applications are due February 15 and are available at reu.soil.ncsu.eduSupport provided by NSF Award 1358938

Off Campus Event: Maine Sustainability and Water Conference (Abstracts Due 1/23)

Maine Sustainability and Water Conference
Submit your abstract for consideration as an undergraduate researcher!
Deadline for oral abstract submission: Friday, January 23, 2015

The 2015 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine. The Call for Abstracts for the conference is now open. Complete details are available on the conference website.

The submission deadline for oral abstracts is Friday, January 23, 2015. Oral abstracts must fit within the guidelines for one of the proposed sessions listed below.

The submission deadline for poster abstracts is Monday, March 9, 2015. The juried poster competition includes three judging categories: graduate, undergraduate and high-school. Non-student posters based on appropriate research findings are also accepted for display.

Concurrent sessions will focus on sustainability and water resources issues in Maine and the New England region. Proposed sessions for 2015 include:

  • Ocean Acidification – What is it, what have we learned, what are the critical knowledge gaps, and what can we do about it?
  • Safe Beaches and Shellfish Beds
  • Climate Change Impacts and Decision Making
  • Connectivity
  • Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Developing Water Supplies in Challenging Environments: Case Studies and Innovative Solutions
  • Citizen Science in New England: Exploring Innovations in Collaborative Resource Management, Education, and Research
  • Expanding Our Reach – Engaging Audiences in Sustainability Science
  • Sebago Lake – A Trillion Gallons of Challenge
  • Sustainable Engagement with the Food System
  • Sustainability of Maine’s Working Forest in the Face of a Changing Climate: Varying Perspectives and Solutions
  • Maine’s Energy Future
  • Models and Practices for Municipal Water Resource Management
  • Ecosystem Services
  • The State of Maine’s Lakes in Uncertain Times
  • Rivers: Streamflow Quantity and Quality

Session descriptions, exhibitor information, and registration details are available on the conference website.

Holiday Gathering at the Coastal Studies Center Friday, Dec. 16 6PM

Students and faculty are warmly invited to a holiday gathering at the Coastal Studies Center this Friday, Dec.Nick at the marine lab 19 beginning at 6:00 pm. Join classmates, faculty, staff and friends for food, warm drinks, a fire in the fireplace, and see the newly renovated marine lab, and classroom space at the farmhouse. Families welcome.

A van will be departing from the polar bear at 5:30- to catch a ride, (or RSVP) e-mail Rosie @ rarmstro@bowdoin.edu)

An R.S.V.P. is helpful (to ensure we have enough food)- but not necessary.

Scholarship Opportunity: Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship in Trails and Greenways (Deadline 12/19)

Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship in Trails and Greenways
Deadline to Apply: December 19
More information and application link found here

Hulet Hornbeck, a lifelong trail advocate whose legacy inspired American Trails’ Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program, would have celebrated a 95th Birthday on October 14th. The 2015 scheader-youth-2015holarship program will bring 20 young adults to the 2015 International Trails Symposium on scholarship. Read about youth scholars selected for the 2013 program…

Details of the Application Process

  • Scholarship candidates should be youth with an interest in conservation and/or outdoor recreation and are interested in pursuing more learning, and possibly career paths, in natural resource management.
  • 15-20 scholarship recipients, ages 19-25, will be selected.
  • Scholarship recipients will contribute a nominal amount ($50-100) to participate in the program. The average value including conference and special workshop fees, field day expenses (for scholarship recipients and mentor), travel, meals, lodging, and coordination is estimated at $2,500 per recipient. The decision to have participants contribute is based upon 2013 scholarship feedback on willingness to pay and to encourage personal investment in the program.
  • Up to five needs-based full scholarships will be granted to encourage a diverse scholarship team.

Benefits of sponsorship include:

  • Logo link recognition on the American Trails 2015 International Trails Symposium webpage
  • Recognition onsite at the International Trails Symposium
  • Promotion for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship program, including logo links :
    – Scholarship application
    – Mentor application
    – Promotional alerts sent out via email from American Trails
    – Monthly American Trails e-Newsletters
    – Issues of the American Trails Magazine in print and digital format (pre and post Symposium)
  • Potential for exceptional, high-quality future employees!

 

Graduate Student Fellowships and Undergrad Scholarship: Maine Sea Grant NOAA Fellowships (app due 1/30)

Maine Sea Grant NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships
Applications due January 30, 2015
Contact Beth Bisson at beth.bisson@maine.edu with questions

As always, Maine Sea Grant will be accepting applications for three NOAA graduate student fellowships in January and February 2015. These are 1) the Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, 2) the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship, and 3) the NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics. The NOAA Hollings Scholarship Program for undergraduate students is also accepting applications through January 30, 2015.

These are all wonderful opportunities for Maine students interested in marine and coastal science and policy. The opportunities are:

Internship Opportunity: Impact Internships on Environment, Democracy, and Future

Impact Summer and Spring 2015 Internships on Global Warming, Clean Water, Voter Rights and Campaign Funding Controversiesimpact-strategy

Impact runs action campaigns on issues that matter, like global warming, clean water and big money’s influence over our democracy, and they’re hiring spring and summer 2015 interns.

As an intern with Impact, you’ll make a difference on issues like global warming, clean water and big money in politics. You’ll work side by side with organizers and learn valuable skills by helping us get these issues into the media, build coalitions, and organize events.

Apply today at weareimpact.org/internship-apply.html

And if you’re graduating this year: you can also apply to be an Impact Campaign Organizer – a full-time, two-year commitment that’s all about winning concrete, lasting change in our country. You can read more at weareimpact.org.

Research Experience For Undergraduates: Harvard Forest Research Program (Deadline 2/6)

Harvard University Harvard Forest REU Program
Application Deadline: Friday February 6th, 2015
Apply Online at: http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/

Harvard Forest offers an exciting program for up to 35 undergraduate students from institutions across the country to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research for 11 weeks during the summer.

Program Description

Each student will participate in an ongoing study with senior researchers from Harvard University, the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Lab, University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and other institutions. Responsibilities generally include field and laboratory studies, computer modeling, data analysis, and scientific writing. In addition, students attend weekly research seminars given by nationally known scientists, workshops on research and ecological ethics, and career and graduate school panels. Students will develop their research results and present their findings at a student research symposium

Research Projects
Harvard Forest research focuses on
the dynamics of forest ecosystems and their response to natural and human disturbances. While some summer projects involve a single mentor and student, there are several interdisciplinary group projects. These consist of 2 or more students working collaboratively with 2 or 3 mentors as a single team. Project areas include population and community ecology, paleoecology, landuse history, conservation management, statistics and modeling, biogeochemistry, and ecophysiology. Project areas include but are not limited to:

  • Invasive Plants, Pests & Pathogens
  • Conservation Management and Biodiversity
  • Plant Biology, Population and Community Ecology
  • Watershed and Aquatic Ecology
  • Atmosphere-Biosphere Exchanges
  • Forest Ecosystem Response to Global Change
  • Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics
  • Reading and Conserving the New England Landscape

Compensation
Students are paid a stipend approximately $5,500 for the 11‑week session which runs from mid May through early August. Excellent onsite housing and a full meal plan are included as part of the program. Assistance with travel costs to and from Harvard Forest is also provided.

Who Should Apply?
We seek a diverse group of students from a variety of undergraduate programs across the country. Students should have a demonstrated interest in ecology but are not required to have previous field/ lab experience and there is no minimum GPA required. We accept students from all class years and majors, and are particularly interested in recruiting students from community colleges and small teaching schools, as well as larger research institutions.

 

Fellowship Opportunity: The Hubbard Fellowship with the Nature Conservancy

Nature Conservancy Year Long Fellowship: The Hubbard Fellowship
Application Due January 9 2015The Hubbard Fellowship is designed for recent college graduates, and bridges the gap between school and career by providing comprehensive experience working for a conservation organization.  The Hubbard Fellow will participate in a wide range of conservation activities, including prairie restoration, invasive species control, prescribed fire, fence building and repair, data collection and entry, conservation planning, grant writing, leading tours, giving presentations to various groups, budget creation, and more.  The Fellow will also travel to multiple Conservancy sites, attend conservation-related meetings and conferences, and shadow Conservancy and partner staff in various capacities.  In addition, the Fellow will plan and conduct an independent project catered to the Fellow’s individual interests and career objectives.  The Fellow will need to work closely with Conservancy staff, cooperating scientists, volunteers, and graduate students.  This twelve month (full-time) position will require irregular hours and will include extensive outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions.  The Hubbard Fellow is supervised by the Program Director, and may oversee the activities of short-term staff and volunteers.  This position is located at the Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, in a rural part of central Nebraska at Wood River, NE, and will run from June 2015 through May 2016.  Housing is provided on a Conservancy Preserve.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The Hubbard Fellow participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management at the Platte River Prairies and other Conservancy sites.  This may include one or more of the following functions:

  • Invasive species control, including herbicide application
  • Livestock management
  • Prescribed burning
  • Construction, repair, and maintenance of fences and other preserve infrastructure
  • Operates and maintains tools and equipment

In addition, the Fellow also

  • Harvests, cleans, and plants local-ecotype prairie seed for restoration projects.
  • Conducts tours of Conservancy properties, including sandhill crane viewing tours.
  • Gives presentations to various groups about The Nature Conservancy’s work.
  • Proposes and completes an independent project on a topic mutually acceptable to the Conservancy and the Fellow.
  • Assists with outreach on TNC’s work by helping to design and implement social media and web-based strategies.
  • Assists with research and monitoring data collection, entry, and analysis.
  • Assists with land management and restoration planning.
  • Tracks and records management and restoration activities using GPS and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Assists with other duties related to finance, philanthropy, and marketing.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize the Conservancy.
  • Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments.
  • Coordinates multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing timeframes.
  • Resolves routine issues independently, consulting with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of complex and unusual problems.
  • Cultivates and develops creative ideas to improve conservation strategies.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in biology, natural resources management, environmental studies, or related field, with graduation date of June 2015 or earlier.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in natural systems.
  • Experience with ecological land management principles.
  • Experience performing physical work.
  • Qualified as or able to meet qualifications for Prescribed Fire Crew Member (http://www.tncfiremanual.org/RXCM.htm).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1 – 2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Demonstrated leadership capability through college or extracurricular activities.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.  Ability to recognize plant and animal species as required to complete preserve management activities.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
  • Safe use of maintenance tools; including lawn mowers, power tools and construction tools.

AUTO SAFETY POLICY

This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program.  Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.”  Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.  Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT

The Hubbard Fellow may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions:

  • require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain
  • present frequent possibility of injury
  • require long hours in isolated settings
SALARY INFORMATION
Annual salary is $18,750.  All travel required for this position if paid by The Nature Conservancy.  Excellent benefits, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance is available, plus housing is provided on a Conservancy Preserve.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to position number 42660, submit resume, one letter of recommendation and cover letter as one document.Cover letter should be no more than 800 words, and should express why you’re interested in the Fellowship, your qualifications, and how the Fellowship would help  with your future career. When applying for this position, please specify the degree-level that you will possess by June 2015. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 9, 2015.Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

Any questions related to this specific position may be directed to chelzer@tnc.org. Applicants should refer to http://prairieecologist.com/hubbard-fellowship/ for more information on the program.”

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

Summer Opportunity: REU in Ethiopia Ecological, Cultural, and Economic Role of Church Forests

Call for Applications: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ethiopia
Application deadline: January 30, 2015.

We are now accepting applications for a NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby College and South Gondar, Ethiopia. This REU will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct path-breaking interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of church forests. Church forests are patches of Afromontane forest surrounding Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Preserved for centuries by church leaders and communities as religious sanctuaries, church forests are, in many parts of Ethiopia, the only indigenous forests left.

Under the eight-week summer REU program students will receive training at Colby College in social survey research, ecological field methods, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and written and oral communication. They will then travel to South Gondar, Ethiopia to conduct hands-on fieldwork with mentors from Colby College, the California Academy of Sciences, and local academic and government institutions.

Completed applications including 2 letters of recommendation are due by January 30th. The 2015 Summer REU Site programs will run from June 29th – August 19th (approximate). All participants must be enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the program (seniors graduating in Spring 2015 are not eligible)

Details about the project and application instructions can be found at: http://www.colby.edu/reu-in-ethiopia/