Fellowship Opportunity: The Horizons Fellowship Summer 2017

The Horizons Fellowship supports 10 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhD candidates in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. We have 4-month semester programs and 3-month summer programs in cities across the U.S. For more information, visit https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/horizonsacademy/Horizons+Success+Stories.pdf

Application Process/Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduated) an undergrad or graduate university program
  • Submission of resume and standardized test scores on www.joinhorizons.com
  • Series of fit and logic interviews
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Job/Internship Opportunity: Child Nutrition Engagement Program Associate, Summer 2017

The Child Nutrition Engagement Program is an AmeriCorps VISTA project sponsored by Hunger Free America and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the PepsiCo Foundation, and the Walmart Foundation. This national project operates two programs, one for a full-year and the other for just the summer, called the Summer Associate program. Both the full-year and Summer Associates work in rural and urban areas across the country as part of a poverty-fighting public-private partnership. These summer associates will be placed across 21 states with 27 community partners, all dedicated to fighting child and adult hunger.

The Hunger Free America Summer Associate Program aims to create more food secure families and support nutritious food choices. Summer Associate members will expand and support the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and raise awareness of and eliminate barriers to SNAP and other food/nutrition-access services.

Position Description:

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) is seeking AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates to do the following:

  1. Conduct outreach in targeted communities of low-income individuals for the Summer Food Service Program.
  2. Assist SFSP sites in serving meals, which may include food preparation and delivery, counting meals, set-up and clean-up, coordinating and/or leading enrichment activities, and other duties necessary for site to operate.
  3. Recruit and train volunteers to assist with SFSP.
  4. Other SFSP and SNAP related duties as assigned

Application Requirements: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To apply for this position, please complete steps 1-3 listed below.

  1. Please go to https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=72162&fromSearch=true and complete the program application.
  2. Click on the following link to complete a Google survey to fill out your preferences for service. http://bit.ly/2npyyg0. Please note: this does NOT guarantee your selection for placement.
  3. Send a cover letter and resume to Mary Turner, Food Security Coalition Coordinator, at mt@mchpp.org and please include “Summer Associate VISTA Application” in the subject.

Job Opportunity: Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program Position Summer 2017

The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) is hiring a summer associate. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation.The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is looking for someone who loves children and wants to help make summer be a stress-free time full of healthy food, friends and fun.

This AmeriCorp VISTA position is for 10 weeks beginning on May 30 and ending on August 7.  The SFSP team will work together to get the word out about the Summer Meals program, design fun activities for the children and supervise meal sites.  Valid Driver’s license and access to a working automobile is required.

For more information and to apply: email Mary Turner at mt@mchpp.org

Job Opportunity: Research Assistant Spring/Summer 2017

Opportunities with The Future of Dams

This non-hydropower dam on lower Montsweag Stream in Maine was removed in November 2010 with the goal of restoring fish passage. Credit: Laura Wildman, Director, New England Regional Office, Princeton Hydro.

The New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST) has launched a stakeholder-engaged, solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research initiative focused on the future of dams. The initiative builds on NEST’s experience in advancing the theory and practice of sustainability science, and is supported in part by a $6 million, 4-year NSF EPSCoR grant. We have assembled an exceptional team of more than 20 faculty from six New England institutions (University of New Hampshire, University of Maine, University of Rhode Island, Keene State College, University of Southern Maine and Rhode Island School of Design) with expertise that spans and integrates the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and design.

Using dams in New England as a model system, this NEST initiative will examine the economic, technological, ecological, social, and political trade-offs associated with different kinds of dam decisions (e.g., increasing power production at existing hydropower dams; installing new power production technology at non-power dams; maintaining existing but non-power dams for recreation or habitat; or removing dams to restore diadromous fisheries or address safety concerns). Our approach to problem solving is strongly dependent upon, and benefits from, the local knowledge and know-how of diverse stakeholders representing government, business and industry, and non-governmental organizations.

Currently Available Opportunities:

Undergraduate Research Assistant

The New England Sustainability Consortium is seeking to hire an undergraduate research assistant for Spring and Summer 2017 to support work on NEST’s Future of Dams project. The selected candidate will assist with ongoing research about communication, collaboration, and media in relation to decision making about dams in Maine. The primary responsibilities are to work with researchers to complete a database of news articles about dams and assist with stakeholder interviews, technical reports, and other outputs

The compensation for this position is $9.70 an hour for 10 hours of work per week through mid-May and 30 to 40 hours per week from mid-May through the end of August. Reimbursement is included for travel within Maine to conduct interviews and attend stakeholder meetings.

For more information or to apply for this position, please contact Tyler Quiring at tyler.quiring@maine.edu; (207) 581-3396 or Bridie McGreavy at bridie.mcgreavy@maine.edu ; (207) 581-1943. To apply, please include a brief letter of interest and a resume.

Off Campus Event: Earth Day Reading April 22nd at 4 PM

On Earth Day (Saturday. April 22) at 4 PM Gulf of Maine Books (134 Maine Street, Brunswick) will host author Brooke Williams, reading from his new book “Open Midnight –Where Ancestors & Wilderness Meet”. Brooke Williams has spent the past 30 years advocating for wilderness. He has published four books and numerous articles. He and his wife, author Terry Tempest Williams, divide their time between Utah and Wyoming. “Open Midnight weaves two parallel stories about the wilderness – that of Brooke Williams’ year alone, ground truthing backcountry maps of southern Utah by road and on foot, with his dog Rio, and the story of his great-great-great-grandfather, who in 1863 came with a group of Mormons from England to cross the ocean with his family, headed for the American West.

Come join us in celebrating Earth Day with Brooke Williams. The event is free, and open to the public. For more information please call Gulf of Maine Bookstore at 729-5083. For our Spring reading schedule, go to http://gulfofmainebooks.blogspot.com

Off Campus Events: Maine Sustainability and Water Conference (3/30)

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions
2017 Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

Thursday, March 30
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine

Keynote Speaker: Conserving Vulnerable Wetlands and Watersheds: A Portfolio Approach
Aram Calhoun, Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology, UMaine

To learn more and to register, see the website:

Job Opportunity: Career Opportunities for Graduating Seniors with Impact

Impact recruits and trains college students to take on pressing social issues outside the classroom, including fighting climate change and helping to alleviate hunger and homelessness. They are hiring full-time campaign organizers to start immediately and next August, as well as interns. Organizers take on challenges like getting our country to 100% renewable energy, banning the use of bee killing pesticides, and ending the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Learn more and apply online.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Summer 2017 Internship: Bird Banding Internship (Deadline to apply 4/3)

Bird Banding Intern, Field Assistant
Migration Monitoring Project, Falmouth, Maine

Summary: Intern needed for bird migration banding station in Falmouth, Maine. Banding experience preferred but not required. Interest in biological field research and bird migration required. Duties begin mid-April and continue through mid-August (dates may be flexible; depending on the candidate, there may also be possibility of extension through the end of October). Visit http://www.briloon.org/about-us/employment-internship-opportunities for more information. Please send a cover letter explaining your specific interests and experiences and a resume to patrick.keenan@briloon.org using the subject line: River Point Intern by April 3. See the webpage for more information.

* This is an unpaid position, Bowdoin Career Planning has grants for unpaid summer internships, but the deadline to apply is Wed. March 29. See the webpage for more details.



Androscoggin River Watershed Conference (5/4)

The 2017 ARWC Conference will be held on May 4th at the Bethel Inn in Bethel, Maine. We have some very interesting speakers and presentation to keep you informed about the Androscoggin watershed and what is new and exciting at the Watershed Council.

Check out the full conference schedule and register to attend. Note our new email address is arwc@androscogginwatershed.org For more information contact Becky Secrest at 207-824-3813 or 207-754-8158 or at the email address listed above.