On Campus Event: **ES End of the Year Gathering**- Monday May 6 5:30-7:00, in the Lantern

Please join faculty and staff for the Environmental Studies
End of the Year Dinner Bash
Monday May 6th at 5:30 PM in the Roux Center! 

Dinner will be provided by Bowdoin Dining and live music by Finn Woodruff!
Bring an instrument and your enthusiasm for an enviro jam. 

Please fill out the form from Eleanor Paasche, or email Rosie (rarmstro@bowdoin.edu) to let us know if you will be able to make it and if you have any food allergies/preferences
that
we should be aware of.

.There will be vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options!

 

Off campus Tour: Field trip to Solar Farm, Friday May 3

 Field Trip to Solar Farm, May 3rd.

If you’re curious about what it means on the ground for Bowdoin to be carbon neutral, then hop on the bus and come on a field trip to the site in Farmington where the largest solar array in Maine is under construction! We’ll meet with representatives from the energy company, tour the site, and learn how a local dairy farmer is keeping the fields in operation while helping to grow alternative energy in Maine. 

RSVP and more information here.​ Contact Juliette Min, Maynor Loaisiga, or Bethany Taylor with questions.

Off Campus Event: “Strengthening Maine Communities Through Environmental Education”, March 14-15, Belfast, Maine

Good afternoon!

The Maine Environmental Education Association is hosting is annual statewide conference “Strengthening Maine Communities Through Environmental Education” at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, in Belfast, Maine on March 14-15, 2019.

The research symposium is March 14th and is cohosted with the Maine Math and Science Alliance.  The full Conference is March 15th, is cohosted with Unity College.

The conference will bring together 150+ leaders, educators, and students from throughout Maine and New England to share innovative environmental education strategies, and strengthen teaching, public communication, and leadership skills – all in serving to enhance the relationships among Maine’s people, communities and environment.

Registration is open now!

Conference participants will have the opportunity to choose from over 25 workshops, participate in a nature-based makers space, environmental education resource share, learn about preliminary results from the statewide Census for Community-based Environmental Learning, explore exhibits, network and students can gain support on job and internship applications. Teachers can earn contact hours for attending this conference and scholarships are available.  To learn more about the conference and to register visit www.meeassociation.org.

Please let your students know about this opportunity. There are scholarships available, so if cost is a barrier for your students, please have them reach out. Thank you!

Sincerely,
Alex Brasili
Alexandria Brasili (Bowdoin Alum)
Research Associate
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
(207) 230-4617 • 219 Capitol Street, Suite 3, Augusta, ME 04330

Unpaid Internship: 2019 Summer Internship @ Phil’s Farm, Eliot Maine, Applications Due by March 8

2019 Summer Internship at Phil’s Farm
Want to work on an organic farm in Maine? Learn about organic agriculture, entrepreneurship and how to run a small business from a 2013 Bowdoin grad on his farm in Eliot, ME. Apply for the summer internship at Phil’s Farm- a 2 acre, no-till, no-spray farm that grows organic vegetables, herbs and flowers. Applications are due March 8th

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.

Hours, Dates & Schedule: 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.

Responsibilities

 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

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. If you are a college student, please reach out to your school to see if summer internship funding is available. For non-college students, there may be educational grants and funding available for unpaid internships. I’m happy to help you find such funding to the best of my ability. As with all jobs of a farm, you are 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.

Announcement: Island Institute Employers Info Session, 2/14, Lancaster Lounge @ 7PM

Island Institute Employer Information Session
Thursday, Feb 14, 7:00 PM
Lancaster Lounge

The Island Institute works alongside Maine’s island and coastal leaders to catalyze community sustainability in the state’s 120 island and coastal communities and share what works among these diverse communities and beyond.

Internship Opportunity (2 year): Island Fellows Program

The Island Institute was founded in 1983 by Peter Ralston and Philip Conkling. Throughout its history, the organization has addressed a variety of needs in Maine’s island and coastal communities and now focuses on supporting them through three strategic priority areas:

Today, under the leadership of president Rob Snyder, the Island Institute’s work remains rooted in Maine, but has expanded through partnerships with similar communities off the coast of the Carolinas, Alaska, Maryland, and elsewhere. With more than 150,000 year-round islanders in the United States, there is no shortage of interest in the Institute’s work or partners for its programming.

Our Mission

The Island Institute works to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities, and exchanges ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere.

Our Vision

We envision that Maine’s year-round island communities will thrive and lead as examples of sustainability.

Announcement: marine science career development in South Africa (course)

Marine science career development opportunity in South Africa
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Are you graduating this year and looking to further your marine science skills? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to study marine biodiversity in South Africa this summer? Cape RADD facilitates a 4 week field course for individuals or groups who want to learn more about the marine environment, conservation and research through hands on field experience and diver development. The Cape RADD course includes training in multiple data collection and field operation techniques, theoretical workshops on analysis techniques and tools like R, GIS, and Coral Point Count. Come spend a month abroad, scuba diving and freediving in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
As a Cape RADD student you will enroll in a fascinating and rewarding program that will put you under the water for a hands on experience and valuable contribution to the marine research projects taking place just outside Cape Town. Check us out on Facebook or Instagram to follow our story and see what our students are up to!

This program is ideal for students, graduates, divers, conservationists or just those with an interest in marine biology looking to gain extra knowledge and field experience in the marine sciences, to develop new skills and show some real life experience on their CV.
Visit http://www.caperadd.com or email info@caperadd.com for more details.

Dylan Irion (Cand.Sci.Nat.)
Course Director
Cape Research and Diver Development
www.caperadd.com
+27723531503

Announcement: Hear from EcoMaine about Recycling (Monday 1/14 in Freeport)

Informative session about Recycling. Guest Speaker: Kevin Roche from Ecomaine
refreshments provided

When: Monday, January 14th, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Where: Freeport Community Services, 53 Depot Street.
Mr. Roche will talk about the new changes that are coming to Ecomaine’s recycling program in 2019. He will also answer your questions about the “What’s What” of Recycling.
Sponsored by Freeport’s Sustainability Advisory Board.(01/08)

Opportunities in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Opportunities in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Alaska Coastal Summer Institute (summer 2019)

ACSI is built around four core experiences (each about a week in duration) hosted by local research agencies and community-organizations in the Kachemak Bay area.  These core experiences provide a fun, fascinating, and highly effective way to learn how scientific knowledge is being built and used in Kachemak Bay. Students will also attain job-related skills in research design, data collection, analysis, and scientific communication. Plus, students can grow their professional network and become familiar with a number of the research agencies working in Kachemak Bay, exploring different career options and build connections with organizations that offer seasonal internships, as well as research/graduate school positions! Each core experience determined by the partner agencies offers students insight into their most interesting and important research, community-based monitoring, and science communication work.  The cost is approximately $3000, but some scholarship assistance may be available. For more information, go to https://www.akcoastalstudies.org/education-programs/alaska-coastal-summer-institute.html

Field Studies for Student Groups at Peterson Bay (spring, summer, fall)

CACS crafts unique Alaska Coastal Ecology educational programs for middle school, high school, and college student groups from around the state, country, and even world.  If you are interested in bringing a group of students to our remote Peterson Bay Field Station in spring, summer, or fall, please get in touch.  Using evidence-based teaching methods and immersing students in the amazingly diverse and complex human-ecological systems of the Kachemak Bay region, these field study trips can be just a couple days long as part of a longer trip throughout Alaska, or you can focus your time in Kachemak Bay, spending over a week at the Field Station.  Check out https://www.akcoastalstudies.org/education-programs/summer-youth-programs/for-groups.html or this brochure for more information.

Environmental Education Jobs and Internships (spring & summer 2019) with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Do you enjoy getting people excited about our natural world?  As an Environmental Educator, Naturalist, or Intern with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, you’ll have the opportunity to share your energy and enthusiasm by leading educational programs for children, school groups, and visitors to Alaska.  As a non-profit environmental education and stewardship organization, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ mission is to foster responsible interaction with our natural surroundings and to generate knowledge of the unique ecosystems of Kachemak Bay. Our seasonal staff are employed at the Wynn Nature Center (a 140-acre boreal forest preserve) the semi-remote Peterson Bay Field Station (coastal ecosystems) and the Yurt on the Spit.  Responsibilities vary by position. Check out our website for more information: https://www.akcoastalstudies.org/about-us/jobs-volunteers.html

Semester by the Bay (fall 2019, and new this year, spring 2020)

Each fall, the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, located in Homer, Alaska, offers students from around the country the opportunity for an academic hands-on learning experience studying biological sciences with easy access to cold-water marine habitats and an Alaskan theme. The semester has been designed to meet the needs of students majoring in the natural sciences in a creative and adventurous way.

Kachemak Bay is one of the richest marine estuaries in the world. Charismatic species such as sea otters, killer and humpback whales, bald eagles, puffins, jellies, halibut, and salmon utilize the waters and coastal environments of Kachemak Bay. Students are immersed with these and other species, such as beluga whales, during hands-on labs, field trips conducted throughout the semester here in Kachemak Bay and the surrounding waters of Cook Inlet, and during undergraduate internship opportunities conducted with our community partners. Check out http://semesterbythebay.org/

Teen Eco-Adventure Camp (Late July 2019)

For ages 12-15, this 10 day outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship camp explores the changing environment and how this connects to a most basic and delicious part of our lives – food!  Activities include backcountry & yurt camping, hiking along forests, beaches, alpine, and at the foot of a glacier, berry picking and preserving, learning about salmon fishing, tidepooling, understanding ethnobotany and local edible plant uses, and having fun in the kitchen making a range of homemade foods. Throughout all this, participants learn about how different changes to the forest, beach, and marine ecosystems affect the food we eat and how our food choices affect the environment and communities around us. Contact katieg@akcoastalstudies.org or 907-235-1974 for more details.