Off Campus Event: Unseen but Everywhere: Plankton and Particles (5/13)

planktonFriends of Merrymeeting Bay Present: Unseen but Everywhere: Plankton and Particles
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 7:00PM
Bowdoinham Town Office Building, Bowdoinham, ME
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Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) completes its 18th annual Winter Speaker Series with:  Unseen but Everywhere: Plankton & Particles featuring Harry Nelson & Heather Anne Wright of Fluid Imaging Technologies on Wednesday, May 13th, 7:00pm at the Bowdoinham Town Office building. The event is free and open to the public.

In the summer of 2014, FOMB took an opportunity to probe the unseen but prolific phytoplankton (plant) and zooplankton (animal) community in Merrymeeting Bay. With cooperation from Fluid Imaging Technologies (FIT) in Scarborough, FOMB utilized FIT’s FlowCAM, the first automated particle analysis instrument using digital imaging, to measure the size and shape of microscopic life in Bay water samples. This final presentation of the 2014-2015 series will be led by Harry Nelson from FIT, discussing how FlowCAM was developed and the numerous industries it serves. Harry and Heather Anne Wright, marine ecologist, will then share images and findings from the Merrymeeting Bay sampling and explain the importance of plankton to the global ecosystem.

Harry Nelson has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing and sales with numerous high-tech firms. After graduating from Colby College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies he went on to receive his M.B.A from University of New Hampshire. For the past nine years, Harry has worked at Fluid Imaging where he is responsible for worldwide sales and product development of FlowCAM.

Heather Anne Wright has a Master of Philosophy in Life & Biomolecular Sciences from The Open University/Statzione Zoologica in Naples, Italy. For over 18 years, Heather has been involved in oceanographic research, phytoplankton identification, biogeochemistry, marine science and educational outreach. She spent last summer as a wildlife management technician on for IF&W on Swan Island. With her background in particle analysis, Wright has recently been hired to provide technical support to FIT customers.

Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc. manufactures industry-leading particle analysis instrumentation based on digital imaging technology. Their flagship product, the FlowCAM, is the first automated particle analysis instrument to use digital imaging for measuring size and shape of microscopic particles in a fluid medium. With applications in oceanographic research, municipal water, biopharmaceutical formulations, chemicals, oil and gas, biofuels and many other markets, Fluid Imaging Technologies is a leader in imaging particle analysis.

The FlowCAM is in use by the U.S. EPA, FDA, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, among hundreds of other organizations in over 40 countries and on every continent.

FOMB hosts their Winter Speaker Series October-May and Summer Outside Series May-September. The Speaker Series presentations are always free and open to the public and supported by Patagonia, Inc. in Freeport. This season’s Outside Series begins with a Shore Clean-up on Saturday May 23rd.

Visit to see full event schedules, become a member, and learn more about how you can help protect beautiful Merrymeeting Bay.

Summer Opportunity: Island Institute Unpaid Internships

Unpaid Summer Internships with the Island Institute
Please check out the Island Institute website for more information

Development Associate: Membership

The Island Institute seeks qualified candidates for the position of Development Associate to support all aspects of the organization’s membership program, including 4,000 member households at the <$1K annual gift level generating $325K per year. Key responsibilities include planning and executing membership campaigns, responding to member inquiries, supporting member events, and performing other administrative duties associated with the membership program.

This position works closely with development and media staff and reports to the Donor Relations Director. It is based out of the Island Institute offices in Rockland, Maine, with the potential to work from Portland up to two days per week.

See the full job description here.

Island Institute Internships

Strategic Planning Summer Internship

The Island Institute’s Development team seeks qualified candidates for an unpaid summer internship position that will help draft a set of measureable, time-limited indicators to start tracking the impact we are having on community needs. As part of our long-range strategic planning process, we are committed to articulating the real-world outcomes that our work is aiming towards, and designing and tracking a set of measurable indicators to assess change.

See the full description of the internship  here. For more information, contact Nancy Carter.

Sea-Level Rise Research Summer Internship

The Island Institute’s marine programs team is working on initiatives in several different areas that impact the sustainability of Maine’s island and remote coastal communities. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for an unpaid summer internship position that will help provide information to our constituents about strategies that communities along both coasts of the U.S. and around the world are developing in response to the anticipated sea-level rise associated with climate change. The starting and ending dates of the internship are flexible according to the intern’s academic schedule.

See the full description of the internship here. For more information, contact Nancy Carter.

Community Energy Data Internship

The Island Institute seeks qualified candidates for an unpaid summer internship position that will help our Community Energy team increase its effectiveness by creating a database of program participants and impacts, developing tools for displaying those impacts, researching opportunities to disseminate our energy-efficiency model and other programs, and collecting data related to the unique energy challenges facing New England island communities.

See the full description of the internship here. For more information, contact Nancy Carter.


On-Island Internships

North Haven Historical Society Internship

The North Haven Historical Society seeks a part-time intern who will be trained as a docent for the museum and help to organize, store, and reposition collections. This will involve photographing and documenting items in the museum. A maximum of 3 hours per week will be spent entering data into the Past Perfect software. The intern must enjoy working with the public, be thoughtful and mature, and be able to work independently. A strong interest or background in history is preferred. Please contact the Historical Society for more information. Phone: (207) 867-4752  Email:

Job Opportunity: Food Sustainability Coordinator (App due 5/29)

Piscataquis Public Health Coalition’s VISTA Food Sustainability Coordinator Position
Position start date: July 11, 2015

About the Employer
The Goodwill VISTA Partnership is a statewide AmeriCorps VISTA program that builds capacity and sustainability of nonprofits to reduce poverty in Maine communities through indirect service. VISTA members build capacity in their placement sites through volunteer management, fundraising, marketing, program design, etc. to increase services to individuals living in poverty. This position is sponsored as a partnership between the Charlotte White Center and Partners in Health in Dover Foxcroft, Maine. The Charlotte White Center (CWC) was established thirty-six years ago. Our mission is to provide quality community health and social services for adults, children and families affected by intellectual or developmental disabilities, behavioral or mental health challenges, domestic violence, acquired brain injuries and physical disabilities. We operate 25 community service programs serving more than 850 individuals and children monthly including award-winning and national best practice model programs. Since 2002, the economic downturn has threatened basic safety net services of housing, shelter, food and quality of living for not only the people served by CWC, but also the many people we employ. For more information: Partners in Health is a program of the Piscataquis Public Health Council. FMI:

Position Description

We seek a Food Sustainability VISTA to: coordinate and distribute Food Bank orders each month; Coordinate volunteers to operate an agency/community garden; Teach or schedule training in meal preparation, cooking, preparing & storing harvest; Research cost and feasibility of CWC store/warehouse of food and supplies purchased by coupons and sales where the residential programs could “shop” and stock up; Research cost and feasibility of opening accounts at wholesalers, i.e. Dennis Paper, other wholesale suppliers, co-ops. i.e. Crown of Maine, Black Bear; Facilitate Community Supported Agriculture participation, shopping at farmers markets, farm stands. Work with the Partners in Health Program in Piscataquis County to Increase access to healthy food for individuals and institutions.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance .
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit

For more information regarding the position, feel free to contact:

Karin Carlson
572 Bangor Rd
Dover Foxcroft   ME   04426

Summer Opportunity: North Haven Island Kid Related Summer Jobs

Waterman’s Community Center 2015 Summer Employment Positions on North Haven Island
Contact Bill Trevaskis at for any questions regarding summer employment.
For in depth job descriptions and applications visit

The following positions are available through the Waterman’s Community Center on North Haven Island in Penobscot Bay. The positions include opportunities working with kids and events programming. The island is known for its beauty and great community atmosphere!


  • House Manager: Event and Program Management
  • School of Fish Pre-K Program: Head Teacher
  • School of Fish Pre-K Program: Assistant Teacher
  • Toddler Pilot Program Teacher
  • Island Explorers Summer Camp Program: Assistant
  • Island Explorers Summer Camp Program: Intern
  • Coffee Shop Intern



Summer Opportunity: Project Assistant, Schoodic Sustainable Fisheries Investment Conference

Schoodic Sustainable Fisheries  Investment Conference Project Assistant
Unpaid summer internship
Start date: May 2015
Location: Washington DC and potentially Maine

Accelerating Investment in Sustainable Fisheries Conference across the Atlantic Seaboard

The Schoodic Institute and Agora Partnerships have an opening for an intern to play an integral role in design and planning the Schoodic Institute’s Sustainable Fisheries Investment Conference, to be held at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park, Maine, October 17-20, 2016.

The conference will bring together key actors to strengthen financing and support for sustainable fisheries in the 21st century: entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, policy makers/experts and academic research centers. An organizing principle of the conference is that these stakeholders must collaborate more strategically and become collectively more sophisticated at identifying, strengthening, and financing early and growth stage investment opportunities in the fisheries industries, critical to the long term economic well being of the fisheries industries as well as the bio-diversity of the Atlantic ocean. Maine has a particular opportunity to benefit from such investments, and the conference will draw together leading practitioners and investors interested supporting the sustainability of Atlantic fisheries and the industries that depend on them throughout the Americas. The goal of the conference is to drive capital more efficiently to companies seeking to innovate fishery value chains at all levels, with a focus on companies operating in Maine and across Latin America.

About Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

Schoodic Institute is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to guiding present and future generations to greater understanding and respect for nature by providing research and learning opportunities through its outstanding Acadia National Park setting, unique coastal Maine facilities, and innovative partnership programs.

About Agora

Agora Partnerships is a social enterprise dedicated to unleashing the potential of early-stage entrepreneurs to create economic, social, and environmental value for their communities. Agora provides entrepreneurs in Latin America with strategy consulting, leadership development, networking, and access to growth capital through its impact investor network.

Agora Partnerships is specifically seeking to create a cohort in its accelerator program of 4 or 5 sustainable fisheries companies operating in Latin America, which will be presented at conference.

The Position

Agora Partnerships seeks an intern to help work on the design of the conference, as well as to get materials together, identify partners, research funding opportunities, and generally work to move this unique gathering forward.  Specific logistics of the opportunity can be flexible, with work performed both out of the Agora Partnerships office at the Impact Hub in Washington, DC, as well as in Maine.

While this is an unpaid opportunity, it presents an incredible chance to work with a wide range of companies, foundations, and investors working in the sustainable fisheries space and to learn about impact investing. The Impact Hub in Washington DC is one of the key centers of social innovation in the city and also provides a strong community of peers.

Key Responsibilities of the Position:

This Project Assistant intern will work directly with Schoodic Institute’s senior leadership as well as Agora Partnerships’ CEO to move the conference forward. Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Identify and familiarize key players and funders in the sustainable fisheries field and establish relationships
  2. Plan and organize the preliminary structure, setting, and rough costs of the conference.
  3. Support the formation and coordination of the Conference Advisory Board
  4. Work closely with Agora fundraising team to create a strategy for the formation of a Sustainable Fisheries Cohort and identify and reach out to potential conference sponsors.


  • Experience managing relationships with clients and stakeholders
  • Comfort with using (or ease learning to use) CRM software (Salesforce)
  • Strong attention to detail, high level of organization
  • Ablity to think creatively about how to increase engagement from professionals in our networks
  • Some experience related to the planning of events or conferences
  • Strong research and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Connection to Maine or Latin America preferred but not required

Additional Characteristics for all Agora Partnerships roles:

  • A sincere dedication to the organizations’ mission to support entrepreneurs committed to sustainable economic development
  • Solid project management skills, including ability to work on and deliver projects independently, proactively and under pressure
  • Comfort working in a small, entrepreneurial and highly dynamic organization
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication ability, including effectively collaborating within and across teams
  • Demonstrated excellence in managerial, oral & written communication
  • Strong relationship-building skills, including humility, patience, tact and authenticity


Summer Undergraduate Opportunities for Minority and Underrepresented Students in Energy, Environment, Oceanography, and Atmospheric Science

These programs are either exclusively for students from minority and underrepresented groups or that explicitly encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Click on any of the following links to a program in order to learn more about the opportunity this summer!

Application deadlines vary from program to program, so be sure to act quickly on interesting programs.


NOAA – NGI Diversity Internship Program

Oakland Institute Intern Scholar Program (policy think tank focused on social, economic and environmental issues)

National Audubon Society Wings Internships

The Nature Conservancy: GLOBE Internships

Smithsonian Minority Awards Program

US Department of Energy: Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program

University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative (data base of opportunities)

Environment / Education

Dauphin Island Sea Lab – State of Alabama Marine Science Institution, Environmental Education Internship in Marine Science

National Park Service / Student Conservation Association– Cultural Resources Diversity Internship

Student Conservation Association: National Parks Service (NPS) Academy

Earth Science / Oceanography / Ecology

Association for Women Geoscientists – Minority Scholarships

Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences (MIMES) Summer Internship Program

National Park Service – Mosaics in Science Internship Program

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Summer Education Program (REU)

Stanford University, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Summer Undergraduate Research in Geosciences & Engineering (SURGE)

US Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy: Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

University of Massachusetts, Boston: Coastal Research in Environmental Science and Technology

University of Montana, Introductory Multicultural Summer Research Experience (environmental biology)

University of Washington, College of the Environment: Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Minority Fellowship

Woods Hole Partnership Education Program


University Consortium for Atmospheric Research, SOARS Program

Maine Space Grant Consortium

University of Washington, College of the Environment: Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)

Other Programs to Consider

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Internship Program

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Center for Science in the Public Interest Internship Program

Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences Summer Internships

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Research Participant Program

Resources for the Future Summer Internship Program

Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship -UC San Diego (earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: Internship Program in Environmental Studies

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Organization of Biological Field Stations

University of California, Santa Cruz (summer research on scientific effects of climate change in terrestrial and marine environments

US Department of Energy: Scholars Program

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Paid and Unpaid Student Internships

Washington DC Internships in Environmental Policy and Agriculture

Job Opportunity: Organic Health Response Executive Director Position

Organic Health Response Executive Director Position
Application Due: June 1
Submit Application Electronically to khines [at] organichealthresponse [dot] org, subject line “Executive Director Application – [Full Name]”
Learn more about Organic Health Response Here

Position DescriptionThe-Green-Island-Pics-9

The Executive Director will serve as the organization’s strategic leader, and reports directly to the Executive Committee (President, and VP’s) of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will lead a global team, develop and implement OHR’s fundraising strategy, steer our programmatic vision, and liaise between the organization and its Board of Directors. Responsibilities include managing a growing yet motivated team, cultivating partnerships and increasing the organization’s profile in Kenya and in the United States, and raising the funding necessary to advance the mission of the organization.

OHR is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic Executive Director committed to our mission of strengthening the health, resilience and voice of the greater Mfangano Island Community. We seek an ED who is interested in growing with our organization as a leader in our future progress. The ideal candidate has an aligned vision with the organization’s mission and experience in international development, operational and program management, and fundraising skills to support the organization’s expanding impact.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director will lead a team of 35 full-time programmatic staff in Kenya and 1 administrative staff member in the US, as well as collaborate with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors in the US. This position will be based approximately 50% in the United States and 50% in Kenya. US location and travel schedule are flexible. However, preference will be given to those in close proximity to OHR’s current base of operations in Minneapolis, MN.

1. Leadership and Strategic Management of Mission (40%)

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors (BoD) to refine and implement OHR’s strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, team, and priorities are aligned with our core mission
  • Core oversight and organizational leadership
  • Understand and promote mission
  • Monitor trends in the field
  • Ensure the quality and effectiveness of programs by monitoring day-to-day delivery
  • Develop future leadership; play active role in developing board leadership
  • Support board, provide direction and encouragement to the board

2. Development (40%)

  • Work with the BoD to identify an annual fundraising strategy to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
  • Proactively seek out and manage relationships with high net-worth individuals, foundations and corporations with assistance from OHR President
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans, supervise the organization of fundraising campaigns and events, and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization
  • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts
  • Build relationships with community stakeholders, funders and other organizations and serve as an advocate to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization

3. Administration/Communication (20%)

  • Direct responsible financial stewardship for the organization
  • Develop and operate human resource systems, accounting systems, and volunteer coordination
  • Further organizational promotion, public relations, and internal reporting systems
    Communicate with stakeholders to inform them of progress markers, successes, and needs
  • Oversee management of the OHR website and social media platforms


University degree required; MBA, MPH, MDP, or other related advanced degrees will be considered with preference

➢ At least 3 or more years of professional experience in the non-profit sector with a focus on international development
➢ Demonstrated leadership with measurable impact
➢ Fundraising and grant writing experience in a non-profit is highly desirable
➢ Extended international field experience, ideally in Kenya/East Africa

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit organizations
  • Proven dedication and interest in community development, community health and well-being, and environmental stewardship
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization
  • Knowledge of human resources, financial and program management
  • Fluency in English; Swahili or Dhuluo proficiency highly desirable

Personal characteristics

The ideal candidate should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:

  • Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency. Our work is implemented in a rural Kenyan community where patience and flexibility is greatly honored.
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.

Start Date: August 1, 2015

The first 6-8 weeks will include a US-based training in Minneapolis, MN, followed by a 3-month on the job-orientation at the Ekialo Kiona Center on Mfangano Island, Kenya. Location and travel schedule are flexible and will be determined thereafter.

Compensation and benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Travel reimbursement to and from Kenya
  • Housing and cell phone while on Mfangano Island, Kenya
  • 3 weeks paid vacation each year

Application Instructions

To apply, please send the following:

1) A cover letter outlining personal desire for this position and unique qualifications
2) A brief development-focused writing sample such as recent grant application or funding proposal.
3) CV/resume with 3 references