Volunteer Opportunity: Kaua’i AmeriCorps

Aloha,

Are you looking for novel and hands-on ways to teach and learn about sustainable development in today’s globalized world? Volunteer Kaua’i is here to connect college programs, groups, and students to authentic and educational volunteer opportunities on the island of Kauai. As a representative of community-based 501(c)(3) org, Malama Kaua’i, and the coordinator of the program, I’m writing to share with you why and how to arrange your educational opportunities on Kaua’i.

Why Kaua’i? Our island is the westernmost county of the U.S., and most remote of the Hawaiian islands, making it an ideal location to learn about the global effects of westernization without requiring a passport. Its unique post-colonial context opens student’s eyes to the past, present and future of globalization and gentrification. Meanwhile, the land-based indigenous Hawaiian culture demonstrates progressive resistance and alternative modes of development. Also known as “The Garden Isle,” and home to complex ecosystems, Kaua’i boasts numerous opportunities to study conservation and sustainability outdoors – not to mention the recreational possibilities.

We collaborate with college programs and groups to develop tailored ‘volunteer vacations.’ that match you’re interests. For example, we hosted an interdisciplinary group of Virginia Tech students and connected them with the resources to build a shed for a garden education at a local Hawaiian immersion school. We arrange internships and host student researches in a variety of fields as well – over the summer we hosted interns from Duke University, University of South Florida, University of Virginia, and more.

For students of the environment, public policy, development, health and more, gaining a perspective beyond one’s own community is integral to a well-rounded education. If you want to integrate beautiful and unique Kaua’i into your academic experience, please do not hesitate to visit our website and/or contact me directly at volunteer@malamakauai.org or (808) 828-0685 x11.

With aloha,

Julia Black

Program Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteer Coordinator

http://volunteerkauai.org

Volunteer Opportunity: Help needed creating window inserts in Brunswick

Help needed with a window insert project in Brunswick
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8-12, and 1-5
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Pleasant St. and Union

WindowDressers Brunswick Community Workshop all week, where we are putting together about 270 insulating window inserts.  We just had a cancellation of a group of 6 volunteers who were to help us put the inserts together this Tuesday.

About 40% of the inserts are going free of charge to Brunswick area folks who struggle to make ends meet, and we’d love to get Bowdoin students involved in future years.

Our Tuesday shifts run 8-12 in the morning and1-5 in the afternoon.  Even if students can only come for part of a shift, they would be most welcome.  Same is true on Thursday and Friday, where we are a bit shorthanded.  And we could use up to 7 people on Thursday evening, perhaps a more convenient time for students.  The workshop is taking place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Pleasant and Union (entrance on the Union St. side).  We teach people their tasks on the spot.  It’s easy and fun!

I don’t know if you might have a way of getting the word out, but if you can, it would be great.  We have to finish all 270 inserts by the end of the day Saturday, when our equipment has to be returned for the next community build of inserts somewhere else.  Please use my cell number below if I can answer any questions you might have.

With best wishes!

Sam Saltonstall
Local Coordinator
207-389-4792 (home)
207-838-9843 (cell)

Internship Opportunity: National Weather Service in Gray Maine (voluntary position, Apply by 2/23/18)

National Weather Service in Gray, Maine seeks students for Summer Internship

Description: The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine seeks motivated students that desire to learn more about the operations in a local weather service office. In this internship, students will learn many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the office, including warning operations and forecast creation. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in office research and outreach.  This will give students the opportunity to determine whether a career  with the National Weather Service may be right for them.

Length of Internship: Averages two to three days per week (~10-20 hours) starting in the second half of May and continuing through early August.  This is an unpaid internship.

Eligibility: At least a half-time student pursuing a degree in meteorology or atmospheric science that has (by this summer) completed their sophomore or junior year.

What we need from you: A cover letter stating your interest in the internship and why we should select you. In addition, please send your resume that includes the coursework you have completed and any related experience. Finally, please include a copy of your most recent transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Deadline: Friday February 23rd, 2018 Check with Bowdoin’s Career Planning office to inquire about Internship Funding.

How you will be chosen: Applicants will be selected based on a combination of coursework, references, resume, cover letter and a potential phone interview.

Please send your information to:  justin.arnott@noaa.gov or Justin Arnott
Science and Operations Officer National Weather Service
P.O. Box 1208 1 Weather Lane
Gray, ME 04039

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: : Processing survey data on energy efficiency and clean energy needs in Maine municipalities (15-20 hours total)

Volunteer Opportunity: Processing survey data on energy efficiency and clean energy needs in Maine municipalities

The Nature Conservancy in Maine is seeking a volunteer for a data-entry project that will help discern how to best take climate action at the local level in Maine. The Conservancy recently conducted a survey of municipal officials about local needs regarding energy efficiency and clean energy, and data from 120 paper surveys need to be entered into an Excel spreadsheet for later analysis and summary. The project will require approximately 12-15 hours to complete and can be spread out over multiple weeks, depending on start date. The volunteer will report to Rob Wood, Policy Associate for the Nature Conservancy in Maine.

This opportunity would be a good fit for someone with attention to detail, a working comfort with Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, and an interest in climate policy and action. The work can be carried out either remotely or at The Nature Conservancy’s office in Fort Andross.

For more information, please email Rob Wood at robert.wood@tnc.org and Richard Joyce (volunteer coordinator) at richard.joyce@tnc.org.

Off Campus Events: Food Recovery Coalition, Maine Gleaning Events (October 9-16, 2017)

Celebrating Maine Gleaning Week
* Gleaning Workgroup: Gleaning Urban Fruit Trees in Portland, Oct. 9-14
*Education Workgroup: Gleaning with Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) at Jordan’s Farm, Oct. 12.
*Policy Workgroup: Gleaning with NRCM Rising at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Oct. 14.
*Events Workgroup: Wasted: The Story of Food Waste Screening, Oct. 16. At Portland Public Library.

​Reserve tickets at www.mainegleaningnetwork.org/wasted

For more information, see the webpage

Member of Maine Gleaning Network
The Food Recovery Coalition (FRC) seeks to identify and implement efficient, systematic, and scalable means of reducing food waste and expanding access to healthy local food. Coalition efforts span networking and collaboration, data collection and dissemination, and educational events and advocacy.

FRC has met regularly since last year’s event and is now contributing staff time and other resources to help organize Maine Gleaning Week events in Cumberland County. For more information or to join the group, contact foodrecoverymaine@gmail.com.

Off Campus Event: Harvest Party (Harvest Rice in Benton Maine- October 7-8, 2017)

The rice is almost ready. Human Power is what drives this operation and it means so much to have help during the harvest. We have topped 40 guests at each work party. Sure we could be using a combine, but we like parties more! We will also be testing out our new rice huller, custom built in Maine.

This warm September is helping the rice maturation catch up from a cool June and we hope to have the best harvest yet! Last year we sold and shared over 1000 pounds of rice seed across the globe, as well as 1500 pounds as food across the state.

The 4th rice party will be a weekend format.

Saturday: Work Party at 11 AM – Work Dinner at 5:30 –
Potluck Party at 7:00 – Bonfire & Music to Follow

Sunday: Work Party Sunday 10 AM – Work Lunch at 3:00 PM

Family, Friends and Pets Welcome.

Location: We’re on Wyman Rd in Benton, ME Directions
Food: The work meals are for those who help out during the day
RSVP: By October 3 to wildfolkfarmers@gmail.com

~Ben and the Wild Folk farm crew

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: Seed Clam Restoration, Sunday 9/24

The Brunswick Marine Resources Committee is undertaking a seed clam relocation project.  It’s going to be held on Sunday, September 24 with folks showing up as early as 8 AM but I think a later start time would be fine.  If we have enough people, we will also be trying to assess population size and potentially remove some of the green crabs from the rocky outcropping where they tend to congregate as the weather gets colder.  The location will be at Thomas Point Beach over by Cook’s Corner.

All volunteers are welcome.  This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in shellfish fishery management.  Feel free to give my name out as a contact and I’ll facilitate transportation if there is enough interest.

Thanks,

Marko Melendy, email: mmelendy@bowdoin.edu
Bowdoin College Science Center

Office 207-725-3517

Cell 207-712-6176

 

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunity: The Maine Conservation Corps

The Maine Conservation Corps is looking for Volunteers!

MCC welcomes volunteers to join our AmeriCorps National Service Members and Teams on projects throughout the state. Individuals and groups are invited to help with projects like trail construction & maintenance, watershed surveys, invasive species removal, and many other conservation efforts.

No prior trail work experience or minimum time commitment is required. Safety equipment is required and any necessary safety equipment and training is provided by MCC. Volunteers receive discounts on name-brand outdoor gear, among other benefits. Everyone is welcome!

Current volunteer opportunities are posted on our webpage!

For more information email MConsCorps.VOC@maine.gov or call (207) 624-6092.

Off Campus Event: Seed Clam Relocation Project (Sunday 9/24 in Brunswick)

The Brunswick Marine Resources Committee is undertaking a seed clam relocation project.  It’s going to be held on Sunday, September 24 with folks showing up as early as 8 AM but I think a later start time would be fine.  If we have enough people, we will also be trying to assess population size and potentially remove some of the green crabs from the rocky outcropping where they tend to congregate as the weather gets colder.  The location will be at Thomas Point Beach over by Cook’s Corner.

All volunteers are welcome.  This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience in shellfish fishery management.  Feel free to give my name out as a contact and I’ll facilitate transportation if there is enough interest.

Thanks,
Marko

Marko Melendy
IBC Administrator
IACUC Administrator
Bowdoin College Science Center
Office 207-725-3517
Cell 207-712-6176

Off Campus Event: Volunteer for the Dempsey Challenge Green Team (Oct 6-9)

Green Team for the Dempsey Center’s Dempsey Challenge
The Green Team of the Dempsey Challenge is looking for folks interested in participating in the Green Team’s initiative early October (Oct 6-9) in Lewiston, ME.

If you would like to learn more about the Dempsey Center, click here: https://www.dempseycenter.org/

During the walk/run/bike portion of the Dempsey Challenge, there is an area in the middle of Lewiston set up with food vendors, a kid’s area, and bands. The Green Team takes care of the compost, trash, and recycling in the areas not tended by the vendors themselves. Essentially, your team would be wheeling bins of compost/trash/returnables from one area of the park to a central location. Patrick Dempsey is there, and there will be food and music. You’re not tied to any one location for long periods of time, but would be responsible for rolling full bins away and replacing with an empty bin on occasion.

This is the link for signing up: https://www.kintera.org/faf/volunteerRegNew/volunteerSelection.asp?ievent=1174113

These are the time slots (they’re roughly 3-hour slots, so your group would not have to commit to an entire day):

Fri., Oct. 6, 1:00 Pm – 4:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 7, 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Sat., Oct. 7, 10:00 AM – 1:30 AM
Sat., Oct. 7, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 8, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sun., Oct. 8, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 8, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 8, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Mon., Oct. 9, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Thank you for your consideration, and if you have any further interest and/or questions, please feel free to respond to this email. Also, if you know of any other groups in the area that may be interested in lending this team a hand, please do send this email along, or provide a contact for me!

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you! :)

Warmest regards,
Taylor

Taylor Burdin | Quality Assurance
L.L. Bean, Inc.® | Brunswick Manufacturing
2nd shift | Ext. 24005