Internship Opportunity: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Worth Applying for!

Applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.eduat the University of California Santa Cruz are now available, and to ask for your help reaching prospective Scholars.  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.

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. Our Scholars receive 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 or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings,

Internship Opportunity: Natural Resources Council of Maine, School Program Intern (Deadline extended to Nov 30, 2018)

Paid Internship at the Natural Resources Council of Maine- deadline extended to November 30!

School Program Intern, Engaging Maine Middle School Students in Protecting the Nature of Maine

Unfortunately, we have had very little in the number of applicants for this internship. Would you please recirculate? I am going to extend the deadline to November 30.

Here is the link to the posting of paid internship at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. The amount paid is $1500 and it averages to about 5 hours per week.  We are looking for a part-time person with interests/majoring in Communications, Education, and/or Environment Sciences. The internship is between January and June.

Job Description


The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is seeking a School Program Intern to serve as a resource for teachers who have received an Engaging Maine Middle School Students in Protecting the Nature of Maine grant from NRCM. This part-time paid internship will run from mid-January to mid-June.

NRCM has received funding to award up to eight small grants to middle school educators. The purpose of the grants is to raise awareness about the importance of Maine’s environment and to enhance NRCM’s existing work in one of our four project areas: 1) Forests & Wildlife 2) Healthy Waters 3) Climate and Clean Energy, and 4) Sustainable Maine. Grant recipients will design a project for their classroom, school, or club that aligns with NRCM’s mission and one of those focus areas. In addition to creating and implementing the project, the grant recipient will communicate to different audiences about their project.

Job Responsibilities

The highest priority of the School Program Intern will be to serve as a resource for grant recipients. These responsibilities include serving as a primary contact for the teachers/project leaders and supervising the project progress as described in the grant applications. This work will include:

  • maintaining a constant and consistent line of communication with grantees;
  • reviewing progress and providing guidance to teachers as necessary;
  • managing blog posts written by teachers, students, or others involved in the project;
  • assisting with a piece for the NRCM newsletter and/or blog;
  • providing input on a presentation about the project;
  • drafting a press release and helping in other ways to generate media attention for the projects, as requested by NRCM or the teachers;
  • taking photos, or arrange for photos, to be used for media purposes, and obtaining necessary permission forms;
  • playing a key role in social media for the projects; and,
  • work with one or more of the classrooms, in celebration of Earth Day in April, to plan an activity based on clean water, such as picking up trash around the school grounds or creating/hanging posters around the school and/or community about the importance of clean water.


  • Must be enrolled in four-year Bachelor’s Degree program;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work with a range of individuals;
  • Proficient in word processing and related tools (Microsoft);
  • Willingness and ability to travel;
  • Should enjoy working as part of a team, with an interest in public education and advocacy work; and,
  • Commitment to Maine’s environment.

Common NRCM Job Responsibilities

NRCM is committed to a positive work culture where diversity is honored and respected. To this end, all employees are expected to:

  • Maintain positive and productive working relationships with all NRCM staff members and also with NRCM’s members, external partners, policymakers, and the general public. This includes proactive work on understanding and addressing issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; providing and receiving constructive feedback; and a willingness to resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Participate in organizational meetings and activities as requested, such as monthly staff meetings, trainings, and ad hoc planning committees.
  • Complete all administrative work on time, such as time sheets, purchase orders, project reports, and planning documents.
  • Be familiar with and follow organizational protocols and policies.

Physical Requirements of the Job

The School Program Intern position can be done remotely however some work will be required at the NRCM headquarters in Augusta, working at a computer station and performing office duties such as phoning, filing, and copying, and the ability to lift objects up to 10 pounds. NRCM will provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Workplace Environment

NRCM strives to provide a supportive work environment through fair and competitive compensation and benefits, up-to-date equipment and IT support, adequate supervision, and ongoing professional development. The work environment is friendly, fun, cooperative, and very fast-paced. Staff members need to be able to work independently and adapt to changing priorities.

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (blog post is preferable) to Kelsey Grossmann, Receptionist and Administrative Assistant, NRCM, 3 Wade Street, Augusta ME 04330 or via email at Second- and third-year students are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 30, 2018.


Gabrielle Grunkemeyer

Grants Director

Natural Resources Council of Maine
3 Wade Street, Augusta, ME 04330

(207) 430-0124


On Campus Event: Finding the Organism in Computational History of Biology with Erik Peterson, Thursday, October 25 @ 4:25, Druck 16


Erik Peterson, Assistant Professor – History of Science at the University of Alabama presents “Finding the Organism in Computational History of Biology”

Thursday October 25, 2018 at 4:25 in Druck 16

Reception at 4PM at the Druckenmiller Sills Lobby, under the large mural.

How do you see changes in a central concept of a science over time? Traditionally, historians of biology examine the texts of a few “greatest hits”—Darwin, Morgan, Pauling, Crick, Jacob & Monod, and so on—and infer the turning points. But what if we could survey those far from the centers of disciplinary notoriety?

Erik and his team applied computational text mining methods from Digital Humanities and Digital History to over 30,000 journal articles from 12 journals over the early and mid-20th century. Hoping to locate changes in the concept of “organism” over the decades, what the data showed regarding changing discourse in the life sciences, however, was more surprising.

Dr. Peterson has degrees in Biological Anthropology, History, and History and Philosophy of Science. His recent book, The Life Organic: the Theoretical Biology Club and the Roots of Epigenetics (Pittsburgh, 2017), is more exciting than it sounds.

On Campus Event: President’s Summer Research Symposium, Friday, Oct 19 1:45-3:30 in Morrell Gym

President’s Summer Research Symposium
Friday, October 19 1:45-3:30
Morrell Gym

A unique opportunity for students to present their summer research during a poster session. Families, faculty, staff and fellow students are invited to attend this celebration of student research and creativity and engage in conversation with the student presenters about their work.

On Campus Event” Russian Artists in the Arctic: Contemporary Literary and Visual Perspectives

“Russian Artists in the Arctic: Contemporary Literary and Visual Perspectives” with Jane Costlow

Monday, October 22, 2018 | 4:30 PM
Beam Classroom, Kresge Visual Arts Center

Jane T. Costlow, Clark A. Griffith Professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College, will present the second talk in the “Russian Environment: Nature and Culture” fall lecture series. How are contemporary Russian artists and writers representing the country’s far north? This lecture examines the work of photographers, artists, and nonfiction writers addressing arctic landscapes and climate change within the distinctive context of Russia’s cultural and political history. Professor Costlow is a scholar of Russian literature who has published widely on Russian representations of the natural world, focusing on topics from the northern forest to drought and famine. She is currently working on an anthology of translated texts about Russian nature.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Russian and the Environmental Studies Program, with the generous support of a loyal Bowdoin family.


On Campus Event: Conservative Environmentalism: Oxymoron or Viable Alternative, Monday 10/22 @ 7:30, Main Lounge, MU

Conservative Environmentalism: Oxymoron or Viable Alternative?
Monday, October 22 7:30 pm
Main Lounge, Moulton Union

The Bowdoin College Republicans, in partnership with the Eisenhower Forum, present Dan Dagget, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of Beyond the Rangeland Conflict Toward a West That Works (1995), and co-founder of the non-profit EcoResults!, to talk about his personal journey from being an “eco-radical” activist since the 1970s to his present day stance as a self-described “conservative environmentalist.”

Dan Dagget began his activist career protesting strip-coal mines in the 1970s and later became one of the early members of Earth First!. His passion in the environmental movement has led to the Sierra Club naming his as one of the Top 100 grass roots activists in 1992. Dan specializes in land management issues in the American West and over decades of experience, came to believe that approaching environmental issues in the West under conservative principles of free market and responsible ownership of land to farmers and ranchers, was the better solution to current “big government” efforts to nationalize and fence off land in order to “preserve” the environment.

Please join for a thought-provoking lecture on current environmental issues facing the American West and an exploration on the role of conservatives in the environmental movement.

On Campus Event: Bowdoin Public Service Info Sessions (October)

Bowdoin Public Service Initiative Info Sessions
BPS in Washington – Wednesday, October 3 and Monday, October 15: Pickering Room, Hubbard Hall, 7:30pm
BPS Fellowships – Monday, October 1 (Pickering Room, Hubbard Hall) and Wednesday, October 10 (Banister 106): 7:30pm

Drop-In info sessions for both programs: Tuesday, October 23: 12-1:30pm in Mitchell North Dining Room, Thorne
Interested in government or public service? This immersive program could be for you! The BPS in Washington program (open to sophomores only) will explore government and public service work in a week-long D.C. experience during the first week of Spring Break. BPS Fellowships (open to juniors only) provide funding support and housing for a full-time, ten-week summer internship in D.C. Learn more here or contact Sarah Chingos with questions.

On Campus Event: Voice and Power Series, Oct 3 & 18

Voice and Power Series
Anti-Oppression and Language Diversity:A Radical Praxis for Educators
Laura Greenfield
Wed. Oct 3, 4:30
Beam Classrom, VAC

The Power of Black Voices in Online Spaces: Three Lessons for Critical Literacy
Vershawn Ashanti Young
Thursday, October 18, 4:30
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

All the Englishes
Akshya Saxena
Thursday, Nov 1, 4:30
Beam Classroom, VAC

On Campus Event: The Forgotten Season: Winter Climate as an Important Mediator of Foret Response to Climate Change, Thurs. 10/4 @ 4:25

Biology Seminar – Professor Andrew Reinmann, Environmental Sciences Initiative CUNY and Hunter College – The Forgotten Season: Winter Climate as an Important Mediator of Forest Response to Climate Change
Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 4:25 PM
Druck 20

Changes in growing season climate are often the foci of research exploring forest response to climate change. In mid- and high-latitude systems, projected warmer and longer growing seasons are generally expected to stimulate forest growth and rates of carbon sequestration.

However, projected warming during winter is expected to increase winter soil frost severity by reducing the depth and duration of the winter snowpack that has historically insulated soils in seasonally snow-covered systems (e.g., northern New England) from cold winter air temperatures. In contrast to the ecological “benefits” of warming during the growing season, these changes in winter climate can trigger a cascade of adverse impacts on northern forest ecosystems.

Andrew’s talk will focus on his work from several field experiments in New England that collectively demonstrate the potential for projected changes in winter climate to offset forest growth enhancements expected from longer and warmer growing seasons.