Off Campus event: Gulf of Maine Research Institute Science Cafe Bridging the Gap: How We Connect Scientists, Fishermen, and Resource Managers, May 30

Bridging the Gap: How We Connect Scientists, Fishermen, and Resource Managers, GMRI Science Cafe
Tuesday, May 30 5:30-7:00 PM
350 Commercial St, Portland, ME

The focus of the evening will be GMRI’s work convening scientists, fishermen, and resource managers through our Marine Resource Education Program (MREP). Chris and Alexa will share why this work is important and what techniques they use to build understanding among these various stakeholders.

Our Science Cafes feature a short presentation and time for questions and conversation. We refer to them as “jargon-free zones” and invite anyone to participate. You won’t need a Ph.D. to contribute to the conversation!

Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Free parking available in the adjacent lot. This is a free event with limited space. Please fill out the form to reserve your seat:http://www.gmri.org/events/calendar/bridging-gap-how-we-connect-scientists-fishermen-and-resource-managers .

Questions? Contact Rachel Katyl at rkatyl@gmri.org or 207-228-1699.

Off Campus Event: Patriot’s Day- How the Storn of the Decade Changed our Coast, June 1 7PM

Patriot’s Day: How the Storm of the Decade Changed Our Coast

Thursday, June 1 7PM
Gulf of Maine Research Institute
350 Commercial St., Portland, ME

Join us for the fourth session of our Spring 2017 Joan M. Kelly Sea State Lecture Series, “Motion of the Ocean.”

Throughout the series, our speakers will reflect on the many ways water moves — predictably and unpredictably — and how communities respond. Our exploration continues with Senior Meteorologist/Marine Program Manager of the National Weather Service, John Cannon. Join us on June 1 to hear his talk, “Patriot’s Day: How the Storm of the Decade Changed Our Coast.”

Intense, slow moving Nor’easters can lead to coastal flooding along vulnerable communities and estuaries in Maine and New Hampshire. Recently, empirical studies in this region have also suggested that the combined, synergistic effects of storm tides and large waves created by these storms can lead to enhanced erosion and damage through wave battering. The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine has partnered with the Wells National Estuarine Reserve, Maine Geological Survey, Maine Sea Grant and other federal agencies with the goal of building a conceptual model for forecasters and other scientists to improve their prediction of erosion and inundation processes in our region. This presentation will review coastal flooding and the environmental conditions that lead to both extratropical storm surge and building of high energy waves along our coastline. Since we are at the 10th anniversary of the devastating 2007 Patriot’s Day Storm, this event will be highlighted to show the severe coastal impacts that occurred in Maine.

John Cannon is the marine program manager at the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. He focuses on both research and operational partnerships for improved customer service of our commerce, military and public sectors. Having lived in a residence on the shoreline in Southern Maine, John has a deep appreciation and understanding of storm processes occurring in the coastal waters, surf zone and along eroding beaches.

This is a free event open to the public. Register early; seating is limited. To register, please fill out the form below.
http://www.gmri.org/events/calendar/our-changing-coastline-greater-portland-prepares-sea-level-rise

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free parking is available.

Questions? Contact Rachel Katyl at rkatyl@gmri.org or 207-228-1699.

Off Campus Event: Our Changing Coastline- Greater Portland Prepares for Sea Level Rise, June 8 7PM

Our Changing Coastline: Greater Portland Prepares for Sea Level Rise
June 8 7PM
Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St., Portland, ME

Join us for the fifth and final session of our Spring 2017 Joan M. Kelly Sea State Lecture Series, “Motion of the Ocean.”

Throughout the series, our speakers will reflect on the many ways water moves — predictably and unpredictably — and how communities respond. Our exploration ends with GMRI Education Program Manager, Gayle Bowness. Join us in June to hear her talk, “Our Changing Coastline: Greater Portland Prepares for Sea Level Rise.”

This is a free event open to the public. Register early; seating is limited. To register, please fill out the form below.
http://www.gmri.org/events/calendar/our-changing-coastline-greater-portland-prepares-sea-level-rise

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free parking is available.

Questions? Contact Rachel Katyl at rkatyl@gmri.org or 207-228-1699.

Off Campus Event: Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) Sat. June 17

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA
Saturday, June 17, 2017

This free event features participatory workshops on sustainable living skills. Come dressed for the weather, roll up your sleeves, and dig in!

Workshops to explore …
Gardening skills, Foraging for Food and Natural Medicine, Upcyling, Cooking techniques from Vegan dishes to Popcorn Balls, Fiber Arts from Sheep to Shawl, Scything, and much more!

Admission and parking are FREE
and all workshops are led by volunteers.

Materials have been donated and you can take home
many of your workshop creations. There is nothing to buy … but there are some things you can bring to contribute to the fun!

Please bring a dish to share at our Potluck Picnic Lunch

or ingredients for the Stone Soup we’ll be making on site!

You can also bring plants* to share at our Plant Swap!

All the opportunities to give and take help us move toward a gift economy! Like to mow with scythes? Or want to learn? The day begins at 7 a.m. with team mowing of the Amphitheater. Tea & Crumpets welcome participants at 9am; hourly workshops begin at 9:30am and run until 4:30 p.m. with the noon hour off for a Potluck Picnic Lunch.

* You can share annual or perennial flowers and herbs, veggie seedling, rooted shrubs or cuttings, even extra tools! We do ask that you label your plants and please no invasive species. The plant swap is an all-day learning and sharing opportunity! We share duplicate plants from the MOFGA gardens and hope you will bring us other varieties to expand the onsite collection. Anyone can take plants home! We also gratefully accept monetary donations with which we purchase new plant varieties.

To volunteer contact Anna Libby 207-568-4142 or alibby@mofga.org.

Off Campus Event: Maine Summer Adventure Race, Sat. June 24

Maine Summer Adventure Race
Saturday, June 24 9AM-4:PM
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, ME

Midcoast Conservancy and Strong Arm Racing are joining forces again to host the 2nd Maine Summer Adventure Race on June 24th, 2017 at Hidden Valley Nature Center.

This year, like our inaugural year, the race will be at the Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, Maine. For the premier race, we’ve upped the time cutoff to 10 hours to give racers more time explore all the beautiful places this year’s course will visit. The race will be point-to-point (no circles!) involving trail running (or hiking) and off-trail orienteering through pristine forests, biking on Maine’s bucolic roads (and an optional mountain biking leg), and a sea kayaking route specially designed by our local partner Tidal Transit Kayaks. New for this year, the 10-hour race will be a USARA regional qualifier, with the top four finishing teams qualifying for the USARA National Championship in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania.

For beginners and families, our 3-hour race – also on Saturday, June 24 – will combine hiking, canoeing and Amazing Race-style challenges. Racers can do as much or as little of the course as they choose and special prizes will be given for the top family team, the best team name and the best costumes.

Just like last year, we’ll be throwing a big party for all racers and their guests, featuring as much local fare as we can get our hands on  – including beer from Oxbow Brewing, just down the road in Newcastle, Maine.

Both races are being designed by the members of Strong Machine Adventure Racing and all proceeds from the race benefit the Midcoast Conservancy.

– See more at: https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/maine-summer-adventure-race-71517/#sthash.D4HZU6nH.dpuf

Off Campus Event: Protection of Climate Corridors, Supporting a Diversity of Plants and Wildlife in a Changing Climate (June 29, 2017)

Protection of Climate Corridors: Supporting a Diversity of Plants and Wildlife in a Changing Climate

June 29, 2017, 9:30am – 4:00pm

Location: Mather Auditorium, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells

Presenter: Abigail Weinberg, Director of Research, Open Space Institute; Maria Whitehead, PhD, Land Project Manager, Open Space Institute; and David Patrick, PhD, Director of Conservation, TNC NH Chapter

Cost: FREE

Plants and animals are shifting their distributions in response to climate change to find suitable microclimates. These shifts require time – generations – and space; yet climate is changing faster than at any time in recorded history, and the landscape is fragmented by roads, dams, development, and other barriers to movement. How do we ensure that Northern New England will continue to support a diversity of plants and animals?

Presented jointly by Land Trust Alliance, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, New Hampshire Extension, New Hampshire Land Trust Coalition, Open Space Institute, and The Nature Conservancy, this workshop is dedicated to understanding not only the sites – or forest cores – that will sustain species in place, but the critical connections between cores that will be necessary for sustaining populations.

The workshop will examine how populations move across the region, where critical connectors are located across the Northern New England landscape, and how they connect to the north and southern parts of the landscape. In addition, attendees will walk away from the workshop with the following information and tools:

  • A refresher on climate resilient sites and identification of resilient characteristics
  • An understanding of the underlying concepts critical to species migration
  • Experience using new datasets to assess cores and corridor options in your service area
  • Knowledge of ongoing initiatives focused on connectivity
  • Case studies detailing the opportunities and challenges to protecting species migration routes

To register:

Contact Donna Bissett by email or phone at 207-729-7366.

This workshop is the first of a two part series on climate change resilience for land trusts and is free and open to land trusts and organizations working closely with land trust organizations to permanently protect land in Northern New England States including Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The second workshop in this series, Climate Change Communications, will be held Thursday December 7, 2017 at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center in Greenland NH. For more information, contact Amanda Stone.

Internship Opportunities: Deadlines approaching

See ebear fpor details on any of these posirions

Science Intern Summer (11043)
Patten Free Library, Bath, ME

Paid science intern position Mid May though Mid September
33 Summer st, Bath, ME (Apply by May 17)

Patten Free Library’s Searching Science program serves elementary aged kids. The summer intern will coordinate programs, lead family science walks and help with other science education efforts. See ebear (11043) for more information. or contact Bethany Walsh: bwalsh@bowdoin.edu

Farm to School Summer Camp Educator (10720)
Americorps- Reno Nevada (Apply by June 1, 2017)
Urban Roots is dedicated to growing healthy minds, bodies and communities through education and direct service. From planting and harvesting to preparing what we grow Urban Roots follows food from seed-to-table, empowering students of all ages. Urban Roots has its own teaching farm where homeschool classes, summer camps, teacher workshops … see ebear(10720)  for more details, or contact Bethany Walsh: bwalsh@bowdoin.edu

Organic Farm Crew (9482)
Green Spark Farm – Cape Elizabeth, Maine (Apply by June 1, 2017)
Green Spark Farm produces vegetables year-round, and cut flowers, garden seedlings, and herbs in season in coastal Cape Elizabeth, Maine. We grow rare and uniquely flavorful and colorful produce. We employ between five and eight employees on the farm from April to November, and one person year-round. We produce beautiful vegetables for the Great.. see ebear 9482

Outreach Intern (10168)
Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program – York, Maine

This internship program is work/learning experience for students interested in environmental education, natural resource protection, stewardship, and parks & recreation management. We hope that our internship can serve as an exciting introduction for students pursuing conservation career opportunities. See ebear for more details

Quantitative Data Analyst Intern (Alumni Referral) (8772)
CareDash (formerly NuFit Media) – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Candidates are encouraged to connect with alumni and current employees Thomas Keefe ’15 thom.keefe@gmail.com, Peter Tracy ’15 peter.tracy0@gmail.com, Charlotte Alimanestianu ’16 calimanestianu@gmail.com

Job: Conservation Easement Stewardship Manager (Apply by 5/19)

Conservation Easement Stewardship Manager

Summary Description: New England Forestry Foundation is seeking applications for a full-time Easement Stewardship Manager. The Easement Stewardship Manager will be responsible for overseeing NEFF’s portfolio of 145 conservation easements across New England.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee the annual monitoring process for NEFF’s portfolio of 145 conservation easements. The Easement Stewardship Manager will coordinate with NEFF’s full-time Stewardship Associate to conduct annual site visits, complete annual monitoring reports, update files and recordkeeping, and communicate with easement landowners.
  • Coordinate easement enforcement action, if appropriate, with NEFF’s Director of Forest Stewardship, Stewardship Associate, Executive Director, and NEFF legal counsel.
  • Evaluate and respond to landowner requests associated with reserved rights in conservation easements.
  • Manage existing easement monitoring contracts with outside entities to monitor NEFF’s landscape-scale conservation easements.
  • Manage conservation easement database, records, and GIS files.
  • Implement practices and develop new ideas to help achieve NEFF’s easement landowner-relations goals.
  • Execute NEFF’s easement stewardship policies and procedures. If appropriate, prepare updates to internal policies to conform to current Land Trust Alliance Standards & Practices.
  • Coordinate NEFF’s involvement in Terrafirma, the Land Trust Alliance’s insurance program for conservation easement defense.
  • Assist Land Protection staff with mapping and other needs associated with active land conservation projects (such as preparing Baseline Documentation Reports for new easements).
  • Assist other departments with forest stewardship, communication, public outreach, mapping, and development support as necessary.

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Biology, Environmental Science or related fields
  • Previous experience with non-profit land trusts, conservation easement stewardship, and legal concepts of conservation easement defense
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office suite and ArcGIS software
  • Past experience in graphic design and/or map-making (cartography)
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Exceptional organizational abilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with individuals and organizations with a wide range of philosophies
  • Ability to work productively and take initiative with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to travel throughout New England, sometimes overnight and on weekends
  • Understanding and appreciation of New England Forestry Foundation’s unique niche among conservation organizations; documented dedication to the organization’s mission preferred
  • Interest in natural resources, forestry and land conservation with knowledge of New England’s landscape

Compensation and Other Information

Salary is commensurate with experience. NEFF offers a competitive benefits package, including 401(K), health/dental coverage, paid vacation, short & long term disability, AD&D, and life insurance.

NEFF employees are driven by our shared mission to conserve New England’s forests. We believe in the importance of what we do, and we work hard to achieve our goals. Our workplace culture is informal, friendly, and collaborative. Our office is located in the historic Prouty family home in Littleton, MA, and you will regularly see NEFF employees out enjoying Prouty Woods, whether on lunch breaks or during walking meetings. It is not out of the ordinary to start the day early with a walk on the trails, or to end the day paddling a canoe on Long Lake.

New England Forestry Foundation is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

To apply please send a letter of interest, resume, and references to Carson Hauck, NEFF’s Stewardship Associate, at chauck@newenglandforestry.org. Please include in the subject line: “Easement Stewardship Manager”. No phone calls please.

See the website for more information: http://newenglandforestry.org/about/careers/
The application deadline is Friday May 19th, 2017.

The position has a desired start date of Wednesday July 5th, 2017.

Job: Maine Farmland Trust Development Associate (Apply by May 19)

Maine Farmland Trust

Development Associate (full time)

Job Description

Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) seeks a Development Associate to support and further our fundraising and development work. The successful candidate will

1) identify and track funding opportunities;
2) coordinate grant-writing activities;
3) track grant reporting deadlines and coordinate report completion; and
4) assist with other donor outreach and fundraising activities, as needed.

The position could be located in MFT’s Portland or Belfast office. More information about the position can be found here: http://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/job-opportunities/.

Maine Farmland Trust

Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is a highly-respected nonprofit organization that protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances the future of farming.

To Apply

Applicants with prior experience in fundraising and development are encouraged to submit an application package consisting of a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples, collated as a single PDF by May 19, 2017.

Email: rachel@mainefarmlandtrust.org

Or mail:

Maine Farmland Trust
ATTN: Rachel Taker
97 Main Street
Belfast, ME 04915

If you have any questions, contact Rachel at 338-6575 or rachel@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Cam Campus Event: ES Lunch ‘Innovations in Maine’s Food System’, Thursday, May 4 11:30-1:00

ES Lunch: Innovations in Maine’s Food System
Thursday, May 4 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
North Private Dining Room, Moulton Union

Join Linzee Weld, Slow Money Maine, Lucretia Woodruff, Milkweed Farm, and Anne Hayden, Adjunct professor at Bowdoin, and Program Manager of Sustainable Economies at Manomet for Conservation Sciences for a conversation about Maine’s Food System. Get your lunch and meet us in North Private Dining room. Faculty, staff and student without board are welcome to sign in at the Checker’s station.