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Program Assistant

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.

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: 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.

On Campus Event: ‘Some Men Passed here’ A documentary film about Climate Change in Morocco, Thursday May 4

Some Men Passed Here
A Documentary to Create Change
Thursday, May 4 7:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, room 20

Water is life and without water, there is no life. The Sahara dessert surrounds the small agrarian town of Jorf, Morocco, so water resources are precious and valuable. LIfe in Munkara, a neighborhood of Jorf, began with access to water, continues because of access to water through handmade qanats (Arabic for channel), but its future is now at risk as water resources and the health of the oasis are threatened.

Members of Smile Association recognized growing threats to their oasis town that nobody was willing to openly address, so they became determined to bring the conversation to light. Together, members of the youth, the President of the Association (Mohamed Danouni), and Evyn Dickinson (Bowdoin Professor Patsy Dickinson’s son) filmed a documentary that recorded local history and some of the issues facing their community in order to start the conversation and eventually create changes.

Evyn Dickinson was a Peace Corps volunteer in Jorf, Morocco from 2015-2017. He worked closely with a local association, Smile Association for Women, Children and Human Development, from its conception.

The primary purpose of this documentary is to begin local conversations about the future of the oasis and water use in Jorf, Morocco. However, it was also created with the intention of international use to learn about life in Morocco and the worldwide impact of climate change: no area is unaffected.
Contact Evyn Dickinson for more information: evyndickinson@gmail.com

Film Runtime: 74 minutes
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

On Campus Event: Reporting from the Mongolian glacier that holds the secret to climate change, Friday May 5 12-1:30

Reporting from the Mongolian glacier that holds the secret to climate change
A conversation over lunch with environmental journalist Kevin Stark

Friday, May May 5, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
ES Common Room, Adams Hall

Bring your lunch and meet environmental journalist Kevin Stark to find out what we can learn about climate change from a Mongolian glacier.

Kevin Stark is a journalist with Chicago’s Data Reporting Lab. His focus is environment, science, energy and climate change.  Stark traveled with researchers to the Altai mountains of Western Mongolia and wrote about how climate scientists were dating the demise of last major Ice Age and finding a precise age for Mongolian petroglyphs. He reported on a crisis in Indiana where 1,100 people were living in a toxic public housing complex built on top of a defunct lead smelter. He has produced a data visualization of how sea level rise would hit some of the Bay Area’s hottest new development projects from the Warrior’s arena to Facebook HQ. He broke the story of how an building industry lawsuit convinced the California Supreme court that developers need not consider the effects of climate change on new real estate projects. He’s a current fellow with Northwestern University’s Social Justice News Nexus, and an alumnus of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting.  His work has appeared in Pacific Standard Magazine, the Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Reader, the San Francisco Public Press, Earth Island Journal, and other places.

ES will provide gelato and cookies