Announcement: New England Food System Innovation Challenge- Registration Open for College Teams for Fall 2018

Hello All

Registration is now open for the College Track of the 2018 New England Food System Innovation Challenge. We changed our name because the issues facing the Maine Food System are the same for New England. As before, we have room for 8 teams with cash awards to the winners. The Challenge will be held at Saint Joseph’s College November 9-11.  All meals will be provided and we will provide over overnight accommodations to teams traveling a distance. Remember, this is an idea stage challenge. On Saturday of the event we will have 15-20 Resource Team members – professionals in food systems, law, finance, technology and business development to help fine tune your idea. Several past teams have gone to prototype and test their idea and three have moved on to launch their enterprises. Attached is a pdf  outlining the Challenge and rules for participating.  In past years we have had teams from Bowdoin, Bates, College of the Atlantic, Harvard, Unity, Colby, UMaine Darling Center, Hampshire and Saint Joseph’s College. Join us in 2018.

View results of the 2017 Challenge at:    http://maineinnovationchallenge.org/wpa/2017-challenge-results/

Registration at:  http://maineinnovationchallenge.org/wpa/college-team-registration/

View our Three-minute video at: https://vimeo.com/252044306

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NEInnovationChallenge

New England Food System Innovation Challenge

November 9-11, 2018, at Saint Joseph’s College

www.NEInnovationChallenge.org
www.twitter.com/ChallengeMaine
www.facebook.com/NEInnovationChallenge

Three-minute video  https://vimeo.com/252044306

Bill Seretta, Convener and Co-Chair   
207.831.1438
bill.seretta@TheSLab.org

Tom Settlemire Co-Chair
207.8416747
tsettle@bowdoin.edu

Undergraduate field research research: amphibians and microbes in the Sierra Nevada, Mountains, CA, Apply by April 7

Undergraduate field research: amphibians and microbes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA. (DEADLINE EXTENDED) This position was posted previously. The application deadline has now been extended to April 7, 2018.

OVERVIEW

An NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) fellowship is open for an undergraduate student to participate in a project studying Sierra Nevada amphibians affected by a chytrid fungal pathogen, and the role of the skin microbiome in disease resistance. The aim of this research is to understand if symbiotic microbes on the skin of frogs explain why some frog populations are able to co-exist with the fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), while other frog populations suffer catastrophic declines. The successful candidate will work closely with a senior researcher to conduct surveys of frog population persistence, pathogen infection status, and symbiotic microbes.  This work entails strenuous long-distance hiking, back-packing, handling of sensitive amphibians, and collection of microbial skin swabs. The incumbent will receive experience and training in field ecology, disease ecology, and microbial ecology.

SUPPORT, DATES, LOCATION

This fellowship includes a stipend of $500/week. Housing is provided at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL). Limited funds for travel are available. Dates of the field work are approximately July 15 through August 30. Exact dates to be determined.

QUALIFICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY

To be considered for this position, you must have have extensive backpacking experience, including backpacking at high elevations (>10,000 feet). Must be able to safely carry a heavy pack long distances over rugged terrain, be comfortable spending days to weeks in the backcountry, working in remote areas often in uncomfortable conditions (e.g., inclement weather, mosquitoes, no access to phone, internet, running water while in the backcountry) and be in excellent physical condition. You must have a strong work ethic and a passion for field research, as well as the sensitivity and attention to detail required for handling fragile amphibians and microbial samples. Must have own backpacking equipment, including broken-in boots, tent, and pack. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in microbial ecology or disease ecology.

You must be an undergraduate student (enrolled in a degree program in biology, ecology, or related field, part-time or full-time, leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree); students graduating in Spring 2018 generally are not eligible.  Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

APPLICATIONS

Applications should include the following: current transcripts (unofficial OK), resume, 3 references (include reference’s name, position, affiliation, and context from which he/she knows you), and a statement of interest specifically describing (1) why you are interested in the position; (2) your qualifications, including field research and experience backpacking at high elevations and in remote areas (be specific about when, where, under what conditions you have experience); (3) your professional goals; (4) specify your dates of availability.

Note, there is no need to provide letters of recommendation, only the contact information for references and context in which they know you.

Where to send applications:

Send all application materials, PREFERABLY AS A SINGLE PDF FILE, to Andrea Jani (jania-at-hawaii.edu). Name the application file with the applicant’s name. For example: Doe_Jane.pdf.

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEVED BY MARCH 23, 2018 APRIL 7, 2018.   Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Summer Job: Assistant Trail Steward with Maine Coast Heritage Trust (Apply by Monday, April 9, 2018)

Assistant Trail Steward  

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) is looking for an Assistant Trail Steward who will work with a leader and another Assistant Steward on many of the Trust’s mainland and island preserves for 12 weeks over the summer months starting in early June.  Work will include trail clearing, trail improvement, boundary marking, painting structures, basic carpentry, and vegetation control. The trail stewards will move frequently, although will occasionally work on the same site for more than one week. Accommodations will vary, depending on location.  There will be cabins at some sites, other sites will require camping.  Days will be long and days off will be clustered.  Some basic gear will be provided.

Send resume and letter of interest by   April 9, 2018 to Peg Adams, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201, Topsham, Maine 04086 or to padams@mcht.org.  For more information go to www.mcht.org and click on “About MCHT” and “Jobs”.

Summer Internship: Toxics Action Center Organizational Internship in Boston

Toxics Action Center Organizational Internship (unpaid, but students can apply for a Bowdoin funded internship)

Organizational interns work closely with the donor relations associate, communications coordinator and development director. They will take part in the foundations of Toxics Action Center’s work, helping with fundraising efforts and planning our annual activist conference. Toxic Action Center’s annual conference brings together residents and environmental organizations from across the state. They help set up and manage New England’s largest gathering of grassroots environmental activists and gain experience planning events, coordinating logistics, and recruitment.

Responsibilities

  • Creatively communicate Toxics Action Center’s work to members with mail and media.
  • Secure donations of food and prizes for events.
  • Assist with managing conference and fundraising event logistics.
  • Recruit activists and members to attend events.
  • Do outreach to publicize events.
  • Work to get Toxics Action Center in the media by helping with press events and writing letters to the editor.
  • Maintain and organize records of donors, member lists, trainings and more.
  • Create action alerts for members to weigh-in with decision makers on important issues.
  • Assist with general administrative tasks.

Skills Required

  • Commitment to environmental issues and social change
  • Strong communication and writings skills
  • Desire to develop event planning and outreach skills
  • Social media aptitude
  • Must learn quickly and work efficiently

To Apply:

Please email your application to Breanne at breanne@toxicsaction.org

Located in Boston or Northampton.

This is an unpaid internship. We often work with students to apply for scholarships or course credit. Minimum 16 hour a week commitment. Rolling deadline, offered each semester.

Off Campus Event: EAT OUR YARDS “Food for Thought to Plant your Plot”

EAT OUR YARDS lecture series, March 2018
Morrell Meeting Room
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine

EAT OUR YARDS
“Food for Thought to Plant Your Plot”

Join us for a series of afternoon and evening lectures meant to help anyone turn their yard into an edible paradise. Beginner gardeners can benefit from talks on savvy vegetable   gardening strategies, while experts at small-scale growing can expand their skills with knowledge of perennials and aquaponics. All can explore gardening beyond traditional crops with the series’ lectures on how novices can grow mushrooms and raise edible insects.

Bring your questions, leave with notes, and grow with us! FMI 725-5242 ext. 228 or honsrud@curtislibrary.com.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Learn more at www.curtislibrary.com/eatouryards

Tuesday, March 6th, 6:30 – 8PM
Part of the EAT OUR YARDS lecture series
Edible Insects: Bill Broadbent, Entosense

What insects could you grow or gather? Insects are a diverse and valuable source of green protein. Entosense will share how they make bugs tasty for humans, and how you can start to diversify your diet. Not sure you want to feed yourselves the ones in your yard? Come learn how to thriftily green your pet’s protein sources. Bring your questions and grow with us.

Wednesday, March 7th, 6:30 – 8 PM
Mushrooms at Home: Mike McNally, local mushroom enthusiast 

If you’ve only ever eaten mushrooms, but are interested in growing them, come to this unique talk. Mike McNally, mushroom enthusiast and member of the Maine Mycological Association, will be speaking about the many types of mushrooms you can grow at home with very little effort, and why you may want to do so. Did you know mushrooms can bolster the immune systems of pollinators, be a human medicinal supplements, and increase your garden yields? We hear they’re also tasty. Learn how logs, spawn, wood chips and coffee grounds may have added value. Bring your questions and grow with us.

Thursday, March 8th, 12 – 1:30 PM
Savvy Gardening: Lynne Holland, Master Gardener Volunteer

Lynne Holland shares how to make the most of your growing space, despite any limitations. Do you have limited time, mobility, budget, or motivation to weed? You can still enjoy fantastic produce. Learn the most effective tricks from an expert with garden wisdom. Bring your questions and grow with us.

Monday, March 12, 12- 1:30 PM
Garden Crafts: Hazel Onsrud – Curtis Memorial Library

Join us as we explore the wealth of garden crafts you can do any time of year while waiting for the ground to soften. Have you always wondered how people make those mosaic benches, hammocks or potato baskets? What about DIY trellises, macramé netting, bird houses? We’ll show you the thrifty tricks and instructions that will allow you to work on your garden year-round.

Tuesday, March 13th, 6:30 – 8PM
Aquaponics at Home: Stan Wakely – Urban Garden Center Topsham

Join Stan Wakely from the Urban Garden Center in Topsham for a fun evening learning how to construct your very own aquaponics set-up. Come away with knowledge on how build a home-scale system that meets your unique needs. Should you choose LEDs, cloth, and coir, or use T5s, pots, and stones? Do you need a lot of space or would a corner of the basement work? There will be plenty of opportunities to have questions like these answered by our local expert.

Wednesday, March 14th, 12 – 1:30 PM
Edible Container Gardens: Joanne Suley – Community Member

Learn how to create productive gardens with little space. Grow your own food in a variety of versatile containers using the right types of plants, the correct pots and targeted supports. Want more than food from your potted space? Learn how some container plants can glow under the moon, create a mood with color, or use height, width, and depth for visual interest.

Tuesday, March 27th, 12 – 1:30 PM
Four-Season Gardening
University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Join us as learn from University of Maine Cooperative Extension how to enjoy our gardens all year round. What do we need to know about hoop houses, indoor growing, rocket stoves and straw bale caves? What kinds of annuals and perennials can we grow now, and how can we expect that list to change over the coming years. Come and ask questions with us.

Thursday, March 29th, 6-8:30
Beekeeping & Pollinators: Cindy Jester—Gardening Green
FAQs with Mike McNally—Sagadahoc Beekeepers Association

Find out why pollinators are failing to thrive. Experienced gardeners and beekeepers will answer your questions on supportive seasonal activities for native pollinators. Learn what you can do to support our pollinators and reap rewards. We’ll also explore basic start-up requirements if you want to begin to keep one of our more popular imported pollinators: the honeybee. Bring your questions and grow with us.

For more information:

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Hazel Onsrud

Adult Services Librarian       hazel@curtislibrary.com
Curtis Memorial Library        (207)  725-5242 x 228
23 Pleasant Street               http://www.curtislibrary.com
Brunswick, ME 04011

Off Campus Event: 2018 Maine Land Conservation Conference, March 22, 2018 Register by 3/15

2018 Maine Land Conservation Conference
Field trips: Wednesday March 21
Main Event: Thursday March 22

This year’s event will invite a bit of disruption, with a focus on strategic topics and challenging the status quo. Attendees will hear from a variety of speakers, some familiar and some unexpected, with lots of opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange.

Our multifaceted learning experience kicks off a year-long learning path to inform and guide Maine land trusts as we prepare for a rapidly changing future.
Register online

Samoset Resort • Rockport, Maine
Wednesday, March 21st
1 – 4 pm, Field Trips
7 – 9 pm, Drop-In Social

Thursday, March 22nd
9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Main Event
4:30 – 6:30 pm, Closing Reception

Cost: Thursday
Main Event – $65;
Closing Reception – $20

Late fee applies and no refunds
after March 15th

Summer Internship opportunities: Biodiversity Research Institute, Portland, ME

Biodiversity Research Institute: Summer Internship for Website content/ production intern (unpaid, but students can apply for a Bowdoin funded internship)

Summary: Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) is a nonprofit wildlife research organization located in Portland whose mission is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers.

BRI’s Communications Department is seeking an intern to help create and upload content to our website. The successful candidate will report to the Communications and Publications Director.

Full-time summer internship.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The website intern will assist the communications director in the development of new pages for the organizations website: www.briloon.org. This includes researching and writing new content, photo editing, uploading content on our site, creating social media posts, tracking traffic to our social media feeds and to our website.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The successful candidate must possess a genuine interest in supporting BRI’s mission and a strong desire to be part of a nonprofit work environment that supports wildlife conservation. Other qualifications include:

  • Strong writing/proofreading skills
  • Strong computer skills (some knowledge of Photoshop a plus)
  • Strong research skills
  • Self-motivated, with a strong work ethic, and can conduct tasks independently
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Works well under tight deadlines

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Please submit a resume and two writing samples to:

Deborah McKew: Deborah.mckew@briloon.org
Subject: Summer Internship for Website

Biodiversity Research Institute: Summer Internship Communications intern (unpaid, but students can apply for a Bowdoin funded internship)

 Summary: Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) is a nonprofit wildlife research organization located in Portland whose mission is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers.

BRI’s Communications Department is seeking an intern to help with the planning of an international loon symposium. The successful candidate will report to the Communications and Publications Director.

Full-time or part-time summer internships.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The communications intern(s) will assist the communications director in the many aspects of event planning. The Symposium information can be found here: www.briloon.org/loons2019

Duties may vary from helping produce promotional materials such as newsletters and flyers, researching and writing content, creating social media posts, tracking traffic to our social media feeds,

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The successful candidate must possess a genuine interest in supporting BRI’s mission and a strong desire to be part of a nonprofit work environment that supports wildlife conservation. Other qualifications include:

  • Strong writing/proofreading skills
  • Strong computer skills (some knowledge of Photoshop a plus)
  • Strong research skills
  • Good people skills
  • Resourceful, self-motivated, with a strong work ethic, and can conduct tasks independently
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Works well under tight deadlines

Please submit a resume and two writing samples to: Deborah McKew: Deborah.mckew@briloon.org
Subject: Communications Internship for Loon Symposium

Symposium info: http://www.briloon.org/loons2019

Summer Fellowship: National Audubon, Seabird Restoration (Deadline extended)

This just in…
The National Audubon Fellowship deadline to apply is now a rolling deadline, until further notice. The fellow in this position works with Audubon’s seabird restoration programs, which operate seven island field stations along the Maine Coast as critical seabird nesting sanctuaries. The fellow works under the direction of the Island Supervisor, participating in all aspects of seabird research, monitoring, and management that take place at the field station.

On Campus Event: Film- ‘SILA and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic’, Wed. Feb 21 7PM, Beam Classroom

Film: “SILA and the Gatekeepers of the Arctic”

February 21, 2018 | 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM | Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

“Sila” is an Inuktitut word encompassing the ideas of weather, balance, and environment. This film provides viewers a sense of that concept. Also, it examines the impact of a warming world on the people, ecology, and landscapes of the region, tapping into perspectives of an Inuit hunter, climatologists, and an Inuit human rights leader and politician.