Summer Fellowship/ Crew Member position: Nature Conservancy- freshwater conservation (Apply by Feb 8, 2019)

Summer field crew Fellow and crew member needed to work on freshwater conservation, and stream barriers this summer with The Nature Conservancy

My name is Hadley Couraud, I work for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on freshwater conservation and stream barriers. TNC is hiring a field crew for this upcoming summer that will work with me performing stream barrier assessments in various parts of Maine. One of the objectives of these positions is to create career opportunities for folks who come from backgrounds that don’t easily lend themselves to conservation careers. We would love to reach students at Bowdoin, and any other interested persons you may know (only the Jed Wright Fellow specifically needs to be a current student). Would you mind sharing our job postings within your network? We encourage everyone to share them anywhere! Please feel free to share my name and email should anyone have questions.

Applications must be received by February 8, 2019. All applicants must apply online via careers.nature.org — direct links to postings below:

The Jed Wright Fellow for River Health (Job ID 47216, apply at https://bit.ly/2F4S6T4) The Jed Wright Fellow position is meant to provide opportunities for college students to explore and develop their interests in river and aquatic restoration. One of the objectives of this position is to create career opportunities for folks who come from backgrounds that don’t easily lend themselves to conservation careers. We are really hoping to attract candidates who have life experience such as racial or ethnic minority, urban upbringing, or economically disadvantaged. We desire Fellows who can bring a perspective to our work that is different from what is represented by much of our staff. Student should be between their junior year in college to studying in graduate school with an environmental/conservation academic focus. The Fellow will work closely with our staff, other crew members, and conservation partners to gain on-the-job experience and skills directly applicable to river and aquatic restoration in Maine. The Fellow will survey and monitor road crossings for fish passage in suburban, rural and remote areas of Maine. Tasks may include conducting surveys at and around culverts, coordinating survey sites, field work logistics, site data entry and quality control, photo file management, operating total station survey equipment, tablets and GPS field equipment to and measure physical metrics at survey sites, all in a variety of field conditions. This position will require extensive travel time, overnights, and work in remote locations. This is preferably a 15-week full time seasonal position beginning June 3, 2019; however, we have some flexibility on start dates and can consider a Fellow that needs a slightly shorter assignment.

The Stream Barrier Assessment Crew Member (Job ID 47217, apply at https://bit.ly/2R3ZjZV) will work closely with other crew members and conservation partners to survey and monitor road crossings for fish passage in suburban, rural and remote areas of Maine. Tasks include conducting surveys at and around culverts, coordinating survey sites, field work logistics, site data entry and quality control, photo file management, operating total station survey equipment, tablets, and GPS field equipment to measure physical metrics at survey sites. The work will be performed in a variety of field conditions. This position will require extensive travel time, overnights, and work in remote locations. This is preferably a 15-week full time seasonal position beginning June 3, 2019; however, we have some flexibility on start dates and can consider crew members that need slightly shorter assignments.

Thank you and Happy New Year,

Hadley Couraud
Assessment Crew Lead
hadley.couraud@tnc.org
527-582-8415
The Nature Conservancy
14 Maine St, Suite 401, Brunswick, ME 04011
nature.org/maine

 

Internship: Ocean Education Internship,National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC (apply by 2/1/19)

Ocean Education Internship

Join the Ocean Education Team at the National Museum of Natural History to help in the design, implementation and evaluation of public programs and volunteer support efforts focused on the museum’s Sant Ocean Hall themes. The Ocean Education Team is a dynamic group whose mission is to connect visitors to ocean science and scientists through the Sant Ocean Hall exhibit and Q?rius Education Center; volunteer facilitated objects and carts; scientist-led Expert is In programs; live feeds with research vessels; and marine and climate themed events. Two selected interns will gain experience in a wide range of informal education strategies. Details can be found at the website

Application Deadline: Monday, Feb 1, 2019
This is a 30 hour/week for 6 weeks PAID internship
Location: National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

Summer 2019 Internship: Field Ecology Intern, Maine Natural Areas Program (Apply by 2/15/19)

Maine Natural Areas Program
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Field Ecology Intern

The Maine Natural Areas Program seeks summer interns to assist with the identification, monitoring, and assessment of natural communities and rare plants in various locations throughout Maine. Fieldwork includes collection of ecological data (e.g., vegetation composition, soils, forest structure), identification of plants, and use of hand-held GPS units. Some office work is required, including creating GIS maps, data entry and analysis, and landowner contact.  Individuals must be able to work outdoors for long periods of time under a wide variety of conditions, including long hikes across rugged terrain. The position requires a strong interest in plant ecology, forestry, or wetland ecology, and unmitigated enthusiasm.

Familiarity with New England’s vegetation or related field experience is strongly preferred, along with experience using ArcGIS. Position is 40 hours/week from approximately May 2019 to September 2019 and pays $13.00/hour.  Some overnight travel is required.

Preference will be given to applications received by Friday February 15th, 2019.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: Kristen Puryear

Maine Natural Areas Program 93 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0093
Kristen.Puryear@maine.gov (electronic applications preferred)
For more information on MNAP: www.maine.gov/dacf/mnap/

Summer 2019 Internships & 6 month position: Maine Coast Heritage Trust (Apply by 2/21/19)

Assistant Trail Stewards  

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) is looking for two Assistant Trail Stewards who will work with a leader 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   February 21, 2019 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 Us” and “Jobs”.

Summer Assistant Steward– MDI Area
6 month position

Maine Coast Heritage trust (MCHT) is looking for a stewardship assistant to work with MCHT stewardship staff based in our Mount Desert Island office. The position is from late April to October (start and end dates are flexible). Applicants must be self-motivated individuals able to work independently, and as part of a team. The work will include a variety of different stewardship tasks, with an emphasis on helping the regional steward based at the MDI office with ongoing work on the Blue Hill Peninsula and surrounding islands. Work will include preserve monitoring and maintenance, trail work, boundary marking, conservation easement monitoring, and miscellaneous carpentry work on kiosks, barn infrastructure and other small structures. Send a cover letter indicating which position you are applying for, resume and references by February 21, 2019 to:  Peg Adams at:  padams@mcht.org OR Maine Coast Heritage Trust, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201,Topsham, ME   04086. For more information go to www.mcht.org and click on “About Us” and “Jobs”.

Summer Assistant Steward– Southern Maine
3 month position

Maine Coast Heritage trust (MCHT) is looking for a stewardship assistant to work with MCHT stewardship staff based in our Topsham office. The position is from early June to early September (start and end dates are flexible). Applicants must be self-motivated, able to work independently or as part of a team, and willing to work irregular hours (including occasional weekends). The work will include a variety of stewardship tasks, with an emphasis on helping the regional stewards based out of the Topsham office manage MCHT island and mainland preserves.  Applicants should also be familiar with coastal navigation and boat handling, and willing to travel throughout the Kittery to Belfast area.  Send a cover letter indicating which position you are applying for, resume and references by February 21, 2019 to:  Peg Adams at:  padams@mcht.org OR Maine Coast Heritage Trust, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201,Topsham, ME   04086. For more information go to www.mcht.org and click on “About Us” and “Jobs”.

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.

Summer Internship: Phil’s Farm, Eliot Maine

2019 Summer Internship at Phil’s Farm
Description of farm including location

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.

Start date and end date of internship and hours
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.

Detailed list of the intern duties

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 evenings.
  • 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 them.
  • 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 farming.

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 included?

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 but I encourage you to apply for the Bowdoin Career Planning Funded Internship Grant for up to $5,000. You are also 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.

Phil’s Farm

(610) 574-6357

585 Goodwin Rd. Eliot, ME 03903

philsfarmcsa.com

@philsfarm_inmaine

Announcement: Farm Link Montana- free searchable database for opportunities in Montana (December 2018)

The 2019 farm season will be here before you know it! Get your hands dirty learning the ins-and-outs of farming or ranching and get exposure to a variety of local and sustainable food systems amid the rugged, breathtakingly beautiful landscape of Montana!

Farm Link Montana is a free, searchable database of current listings for jobs, internships, and land opportunities in Montana. It features a searchable map of farms and ranches across the state hiring for the upcoming season. Learn about each operation and apply to multiple jobs at once with just one application. Opportunities range from organic veggies, wheat, and pulses to hops, dairy and more!

Now is the time to apply! Hiring for the season is underway so don’t miss out!

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.farmlinkmontana.org/

Dave Renn
Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program Manager
Community Food & Agriculture Coalition
www.farmlinkmontana.org
406-926-1004

 

Internship & Study Away Opportunities in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Some opportunities shared by Bowdoin alum Aspen Gavenus ’99:
Opportunities in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

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

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.  You will also attain job-related skills in research design, data collection, analysis, and scientific communication. Plus, you can grow your 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

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/ or see the attached flyer.

Shantzbird Scholarship for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival (spring 2019)

The Shantz Brothers Foundation just announced they will be sending another student to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer, Alaska. Aplications for the 2019 trip, which takes place May 9-12, are now being accepted.  The application deadline is December 31, 2018. Please click here for the Scholarship Application

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

One of the best parts of my job is to put together 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 the attached brochure for more information.

Please pass this information on to anyone who you think might be interested, and get in touch if you have questions!

Thanks!

Aspen

Katie ‘Aspen’ Gavenus ’99
Program Director
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
email:katieg@akcoastalstudies.org

708 Smokey Bay Way
Homer, AK 99603
(907) 235-1974

Alumni Jobs: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has two open positions in support of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

The positions are:

-National External Affairs Coordinator

-Junior Front End Web Developer

Both positions will work in support of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries HQ office in Silver Spring MD.  See the full listing on their website here.

https://marinesanctuary.org/career/

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 conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings, jacummin@ucsc.edu.