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.

Off Campus Event: Participate with the Maine Student Water Challenge (deadline to register: Friday, 10/12)

Participate with the Maine Student Water Challenge
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 12

The Student Water Challenge will award $100 stipends to 40 higher education students in ME, organized in 2-4 person campus teams, to participate in a challenge aimed at solving a water-related problem. Teams will be required to participate in a kick-off training webinar and submit their Action Plans by November 26. Students are encouraged to attend the final Student Water Challenge Polooza on December 1. Travel reimbursements are available. This initiative is sponsored by Maine EPSCoR in partnership with Maine Campus Compact. For more info & to register, see the webpage: mainecampuscompact.org

Contact Kayla LaVoice from Maine Campus Compact with questions: kayla@mainecompact.org

School program intern: Engaging Maine Middle School Students in Protecting the Nature of Maine (partime paid internship- apply by 11/2)

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

Natural Resources Council of Maine
Overview: 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.

Qualifications

  • 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 kgrossmann@nrcm.org.  Second- and third-year students are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 2, 2018.

Alumni Opportunity: Paid Farming Internship at Aldemere Farm, in Rockport, ME

Paid Farming Apprenticeships in Rockport, Maine

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is offering two paid apprenticeships at Aldermere Farm, in Rockpost, Maine for individuals pursuing careers in agriculture ($1,000 monthly stipend. The lessons they learn go beyond the logistics of farm operations. During their time at the farm apprentices engage with the community through educational agricultural programs, which teach about the local food system—food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management – through the lens of environmental conservation and community well-being. Each apprenticeship will include a monthly stipend, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision. The duration of an apprenticeship may last from 6 months up to 2 years depending on an apprentice’s needs.

An apprentice can choose to specialize in general farm operations or cattle management. Both will gain experience managing all facets of a 136-acre property and beef farm operation, including pasture, field and woodlot management; building and equipment upkeep; the logistics of hay and baleage production and rotational grazing; and developing annual plans to manage a herd’s health, reproduction, and nutrition. Apprentices also help lead ag programs for youth, like the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club and the Farm Hands after-school program. Previous experience farming and educating youth and/or adults are preferred.

More information about Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Aldermere Farm is available online at aldermere.org. For more information about the apprenticeships and to apply, contact the Aldermere Farm office at jalbury@mcht.org or 207-236-2739.

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.