Announcement: RAY Diversity Conservation Fellowship Program, Webinar info session, 12/7 from 3-4

In 2015, the Environmental Leadership Program was invited to co-design and manage the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Conservation Fellowship. The RAY Fellowship was created to address the lack of racial diversity within environmental conservation which is a persistent problem that is becoming increasingly recognized. Recognizing that diversity is a value important to the conservation sector and that we have not always made the progress we strive to make, we seek to work together to help rectify this shortcoming by striving for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation. Not only is it intrinsically incumbent upon our sector to change practices that contribute to the lack of people of color, but addressing this problem will also make our work more relevant, accessible, and successful. To this end, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Conservation Diversity Fellowship focuses on increasing opportunities for people of color to learn about, engage with, and enter the environmental conservation NGO sector. The Fellowships will be designed to support and attract recent college graduates of color with exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who seek to be leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

In July 2019 the RAY Fellowship Program will welcome its 4th Cohort of RAY Conservation Fellows. While marine conservation remains a priority, Year 4 will also mark the Program’s expanded efforts to provide fellowship opportunities in conservation broadly, including land, habitat, freshwater, climate, energy, etc.

Please join us tomorrow for an Informational Webinar to hear from RAY Program participants (Fellows and Staff Members at hosting organizations) and learn about the benefits of participating for internal teams and programs at your organization.

Bring your energy and questions and we’ll see you then!

Webinar Dates & Registration Links:

If you are unable to participate, please feel free to pass along to your colleagues.

Thank you!

Errol

Errol Mazursky
Executive Director
Environmental Leadership Program
P.O. Box 907
Greenbelt, MD 20768-0907
202-422-9193
www.elpnet.org

Summer Internship: Phil’s Farm, Eliot Maine

2019 Summer Internship at Phil’s Farm
Description of farm including location

Phil’s Farm is a 1 acre, no-till farm that produces organic vegetables, herbs and flowers in Eliot, ME. The farm was started by Phil Cuddeback, class of Bowdoin 2013, in the spring of 2018. The food is sold primarily to a 50 member CSA with a pickup location at a brewery in Portsmouth, NH. The CSA allows Phil and his farm crew the opportunity to engage with their customers and in turn helps the customers gain a better appreciation for the food they’re eating. Other markets include a farmers market in York and a couple restaurants.

Phil’s Farm believes in producing affordable food in a way that is good for the environment, the people producing it and the end consumers. As a result, we do not use any pesticides, herbicides or harmful chemicals on the farm. We also strive to minimize the use of gasoline, oil and plastic products and instead use solar power, hand tools and reusable bags or no packaging at all whenever possible.

To learn more, check out www.philsfarmcsa.com and @philsfarm_inmaine on Instagram.

Start date and end date of internship and hours
The internship will take place from June 3rd to August 30th.

The expected hours on the farm are Monday through Friday 6am to 4pm with a quick break for breakfast and an hour for lunch. Attending the CSA pickup on Thursdays from 5-8pm is optional but can be a fun way to interact with the customers.

The crew this year will be myself and one MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners) apprentice. The apprentice will likely be someone who is learning to farm but will be with me from April to October.

Detailed list of the intern duties

Greenhouse planting, watering and potting up – We fill trays with potting mix, plant the seeds, cover with more potting mix and water them in. Each day, all the trays get watered. Certain plants like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers get moved from trays to larger pots to give them more space before being transplanted outside.

Bed preparation – this involves raking leaves off the bed, broadforking to loosen the soil, applying compost and amendments and raking the bed again to create a level surface.

Transplanting – the act of taking seedlings from the greenhouse and planting them in the field.

Harvesting – we use a knife to cut greens or simply our hands to harvest larger products like tomatoes and cucumbers.

Washing and packing – we use both a series of dunk tanks and a spray hose to clean the vegetables. They then get weighed and packed into bins or bags.

Pest and disease management – this can involve physically removing pests like the cabbage worm or protecting drops with a thin fabric sheet called row cover. Disease management can involve pruning and removing infected plants.

Almost all of the tasks will be done together as a team. This allows me to best teach the tasks as well as to work efficiently while having fun.

Expectations

Firstly, I’d like to share the expectations I have for myself. These are:

  • To create a fun, educational and effective work environment
  • To end work at 4pm each day – this give you time to relax, make dinner and do things off the farm in the evenings.
  • To understand that you may be learning a lot of things for the first time and that things may take you longer to do while you’re learning them.
  • To appreciate your hard work and contribution to the farm and business

My expectations for you are to:

  • Work hard
  • Try your best with each activity
  • Be ready to start work on time each day
  • Have fun
  • To learn
  • Be communicative and honest with me with any challenges you’re experiencing directly related to the farm
  • And hopefully, to fall in love with farming.

Skills, abilities and perspective desired in a successful candidate

A successful candidate should feel comfortable and enjoy working with their body. You should also be comfortable working on tasks for a couple hours at a time – sometimes we’ll listen to music, have a conversation or just enjoy the silence in almost a meditative state. You should also enjoy working outside and be willing to work in all kinds of weather conditions.

I would like you to have the understanding and to keep in mind that I am running a business and that this is my second year doing so. This can sometimes be stressful and I may ask that we try to do things faster or skip certain steps in order to get certain tasks finished in a given amount of time. Farming is all about timing and process.

Application requirements

Resume and a brief cover letter.

Housing included?

Housing is not included but I can help you find suitable housing through craigslist and my network of friends in the area.

Compensation

This is an unpaid internship but I encourage you to apply for the Bowdoin Career Planning Funded Internship Grant for up to $5,000. You are also welcome to take home as much food from the farm as you would like.

Contact

Please send you resume and brief cover letter to me at philcuddeback@gmail.com.

Phil’s Farm

(610) 574-6357

585 Goodwin Rd. Eliot, ME 03903

philsfarmcsa.com

@philsfarm_inmaine

Off Campus Workshop: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Chicago- Deadline: 1/28/19

Workshop: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Supporting the Success of All Students

April 10 – 12, 2019

University of Illinois at Chicago

Application Deadline: Friday, January 28, 2019

This workshop will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Earth and environmental sciences. We have the responsibility and the opportunity to make choices in our teaching and in our programs to better attract and support a diverse population of students. To move forward with this work, we will discuss the challenges and barriers students encounter, and explore a range of approaches that can be adopted to broaden participation and foster inclusion at the course and program levels. At the department and program level, we will apply a framework of engagement, capacity, and continuity (Jolly et al., 2004) to program evaluation and design. For the plenary and concurrent workshop sessions, we will draw from our collective experiences, from the science and sociology literature on this topic, from InTeGrate modules, from NAGT’s Traveling Workshop Program, from SAGE 2YC resources, and from recent publications in the Journal of Geoscience Education (e.g. Carabajal et al., 2017; Callahan et al., 2017; Sherman-Morris & McNeal, 2016; Wolfe & Riggs 2017). Workshop participants will leave with specific strategies to implement in their classes, as well as with discussion points to share with their programs.

Workshop Goals

  • Discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion and how they strengthen Earth and environmental sciences
  • Recognize barriers to and opportunities for inclusion
  • Explore strategies and practices that attract students, cultivate their science identities, help them to thrive in college and beyond
  • Apply a framework of engagement, capacity, and continuity to program evaluation and design
  • Develop an action plan with strategies to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion at the course and program levels
  • Enable networking, sharing, and collaboration within the Earth education community to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion

Workshop Cost

There is no fee to attend this workshop, and the project grant covers participant meals and supplies during the workshop. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from the workshop as well as lodging (a hotel room block has been reserved). Travel and lodging details are forthcoming.

A limited number of workshop stipends (not to exceed $500) are available on an application basis to help defray travel expenses in cases of financial need. Stipends are available for airfare only.

 

More Information

The workshop application and additional information are linked from the workshop website: https://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/workshops/twp_support_students/index.html

 

I am one of the leaders for this workshop and would be happy to provide more information or answer questions.  Please feel welcome to share this workshop announcement with faculty at and beyond Bowdoin.  Thanks!

 

Kind regards,

Rachel

 

Rachel Beane, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences

Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science

Bowdoin College

6800 College Station | Brunswick, Maine 04011 USA

+1-207-725-3160

On Campus Event: Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Student Presentations & Holiday Reception, Friday 12/14

You are very welcome to join the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester 2018 for our annual student research presentations and Schiller Coastal Studies Center holiday reception.

When: Friday, December 14, 2018

student presentations 2:00pm – 5:30pm

holiday reception to follow (~6:00pm)

Where: The Schiller Coastal Studies Center Farmhouse, 240 Bayview  Rd, Orrs Island
Interested in catching a ride? Email Rosie: rarmstro@bowdoin.edu

Announcement: Farm Link Montana- free searchable database for opportunities in Montana (December 2018)

The 2019 farm season will be here before you know it! Get your hands dirty learning the ins-and-outs of farming or ranching and get exposure to a variety of local and sustainable food systems amid the rugged, breathtakingly beautiful landscape of Montana!

Farm Link Montana is a free, searchable database of current listings for jobs, internships, and land opportunities in Montana. It features a searchable map of farms and ranches across the state hiring for the upcoming season. Learn about each operation and apply to multiple jobs at once with just one application. Opportunities range from organic veggies, wheat, and pulses to hops, dairy and more!

Now is the time to apply! Hiring for the season is underway so don’t miss out!

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.farmlinkmontana.org/

Dave Renn
Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program Manager
Community Food & Agriculture Coalition
www.farmlinkmontana.org
406-926-1004

 

Announcement: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (App Due: 2/8/19)

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
Deadline to apply: February 8, 2019

Applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.eduat the University of California Santa Cruz are now available. Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years. Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.  We focus our efforts on serving college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with two years of college left at a stage when we can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate.  Students who attend or are transferring to any four-year institution in the US, its territories and Native nations are eligible.  US citizens, permanent residents, DACA and Dreamer students are eligible to apply. International students are not eligible for the program.

During the first year Scholars participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors. During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Scholars receive travel and lodging support and a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.

Applications for the 2019 class of Scholars are available on the website and due February 8, 2019. 

For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings, jacummin@ucsc.edu.

Carolyn Anthon
Managing Director, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences

canthon@aessonline.org | www.aessonline.org | 202.503.4638

On Campus Event: DAWNLAND: Documentary Screening & Discussion, Thursday, No. 29, 7PM Kresge Auditorium

Dawnland: Documentary Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:00 pm
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families.  As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools.  Many children experienced devasting emotional and physical harm by adults who tried to erase their cultural identity.

The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission, the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States, was established in 2012 to investigate what happened to Wabanaki families in Maine’s child welfare system. Dawnland follows the work of the five Native and non-Native commissioners as they travel across the state to gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating stories of Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot children whose cultural identities were nearly erased.

With exclusive access to the groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals how state power continues to be used to break up Wabanaki families, and how the TRC seeks to plot a new direction.

In 2015, Bowdoin College became the official repository of the archival records of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.  Following the screening, Adam Mazo, one of the filmmakers, and Esther Anne, a participant in the film, will be on hand to discuss the making of the film, the work of the TRC, and the ongoing importance of documenting the commission’s process and telling and retelling the stories of the Wabanaki people.

On Campus Event: Truth Healing and Change: A Discussion about why the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission Matter, Thursday, Nov. 29 @ 3PM, Nixon Lounge

Truth, Healing, and Change: A Discussion about Why the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Matters

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Nixon Lounge

Join Dawnland director Adam Mazo and film participant Esther Anne in a discussion about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC), its historic work to uncover the devasting impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities, and ongoing efforts by Maine-Wabanaki REACH to heal and strengthen those communities and to resist the cultural erasure exposed by the TRC.  First Light, a short documentary that introduces the TRC and its work, will be shown, and a selection of archival materials from the TRC Archives, which are housed at Bowdoin College, will be on view.

Alumni Job Opportunity: MarineLab, Florida Keys seasonal marine science instructor (Apply by Dec. 16, 2018)

Looking for a job that gets you out on the ocean? MarineLab is seeking seasonal marine science instructors for our education center in Key Largo, FL. Our waterfront facility provides quick access to the marine ecosystem protected by Everglades National Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Job duties include leading discussions and labs on subtropical marine topics such as seagrass, mangroves, and coral reefs; leading snorkeling field trips via boat to investigate local marine communities; supervising students in the water; and minor maintenance duties associated with upkeep of boats, labs and equipment. Instructors must be team-oriented and flexible; evenings and weekends are required.

Start date is on January 9 and season ends on August 6, 2019. Salary is $300-$350/week and includes housing with wireless internet. Paid training. Opportunity to continue with a fall seasonal position (September – November) is available!

Requirements: Potential instructors MUST like interacting with children and youth from 5th grade through high school, have an enthusiastic, outgoing personality, and have a high tolerance for working outdoors in all kinds of weather. BA/BS in marine science or related life science; Florida Boater Safety certificate; boating experience; teaching experience; and current Lifeguard/FirstAid/CPR certification. To learn more, and to apply, see the website.

Closing date: December 16, 2018.

 

To apply, please complete the application found on http://marinelab.org/Jobs.html and return with your resume to ginette.hughes@marinelab.org.

 

Ginette Hughes

Chief Executive Officer

Marine Resources Development Foundation/MarineLab

305.451.1139