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.

Announcement/ Opportunity: 21 Day Racial Equity Building Challenge: A New England Food Vision

Transforming New England’s Food System Together
SIGN UP FOR THE 2018 21-Day RACIAL EQUITY CHALLENGE!

Food Solutions New England is committed to addressing racism in our food system. We believe that we cannot talk about food security, and economic prosperity in our region without facing the realities of discrimination and social inequity:

Learn more: http://www.foodsolutionsne.org/get-involved/21-day-racial-equity-habit-building-challenge

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”.

6 month position: Maine Geological Survey Coastal Maine Geology Intern, Application due April 13, 2018

Maine Geological Survey Coastal Maine Geology Intern 2018 (6 Month Position)

Expected Intern Contributions:
The 2018 Intern will aid the Marine Geology Division of the Maine Geological Survey in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry with field and office efforts. The Intern will partake in the following efforts: 1) the Maine Beach Monitoring Program (MBMAP) and State of Maine Beach Profiling Program (SMBPP); 2) field work in support of tidal and nearshore mapping programs along Maine beaches; 3) living shoreline project efforts; and 4) support of other MGS project efforts. The prospective Intern must be in a physical condition to spend several days per week in the field, mostly along Maine beaches, dunes, bluffs, and salt marsh areas. Field work will be concentrated in York, Cumberland, and Sagadahoc Counties (but may include other coastal counties). The prospective intern must be capable of walking several miles and spending long periods of time in the field carrying survey equipment, driving an MGS truck, and learning how to operate field equipment, including Real Time Kinematic GPS (RTK GPS) and the MGS Nearshore Survey System (NSS). The intern may be conducting field work alone at times, but will often be working with MGS’ Marine Geologists. The Intern will also process and analyze field data, including Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data, using a variety of different software. The Intern will also aid MGS with a variety of data-development related efforts in support of ongoing resiliency efforts, including several different NOAA-funded projects.
Experience and Knowledge Gained:
The prospective Intern will gain experience and knowledge regarding MGS programs and work efforts, learn various coastal geologic field mapping, survey data processing and analysis techniques, and will become proficient in using a variety of different field equipment and software for field and office efforts, including:

• In-depth knowledge of Maine’s beaches, their natural geology and anthropogenic features;
• Surveying techniques using a network Real Time Kinematic Global Position System (RTKGPS) and data processing
• Water-based survey techniques using the Nearshore Survey System (NSS), a PWC-based survey platform
• Displaying and analyzing GPS, beach profile, and other survey data within ArcGIS
• LiDAR data processing, analysis, and interpretation
• Knowledge of tidal elevation data and analysis using NOAA VDATUM software
• Working as part of a large, multi-agency project team
• Data analysis and presentation using Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, etc.
Minimum Requirements:
The prospective Intern will have the following minimum requirements:
.-  Completed college with a major in geology, GIS, or closely related earth-sciences discipline
– Experience using ArcGIS software
– A valid driver’s license free of violations

Duration and Compensation:
We expect an extended, maximum 24-week (6 month) internship with somewhat flexible start (late May to early June start, typically) and end dates. The intern will receive, based on qualifications, a range of $12-$13/hour for a 40-hour week. Any field or work-related expenses will be reimbursed by the Maine Geological Survey. Please note that there are no relocation expenses, health insurance, vacation, or state retirement benefits associated with this position.
Application:
A cover letter describing relevant experience, a resume, and contact information for at least one reference, and your available start and end dates must be submitted by 5 pm on April 13, 2018. Digital application materials are preferred and encouraged. We will notify the prospective intern by April 20, 2018.

Peter A. Slovinsky, Marine Geologist Maine Geological Survey
93 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0098
peter.a.slovinsky@maine.gov

Note that this is a six month position as opposed to our standard three month summer internship, so applicants should be finishing up school this semester and have the flexibility to work into the fall, or have already completed school.

 

Applications are due by COB April 13, and we will notify the prospective intern on April 20.

 

As always, thank you for sending wonderful applicants our way!

 

Cheers,

Peter

 

Peter Slovinsky, Marine Geologist

Maine Geological Survey

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

93 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333

(207) 287-7173 office

(207) 441-1965 cell

Job: Maine Green Power Outreach Associate (3degrees)

ABOUT US
3Degrees is a certified B Corporation with the mission to connect people with cleaner energy on a massive scale — in part by providing renewable energy opportunities to residential and commercial utility customers.

ABOUT YOU
We are looking for outgoing, passionate and enthusiastic outreach associates to drive our community education and activation efforts through person-to-person tactics like [door to door canvassing, and event tabling]. You will be a stellar verbal communicator with infectious enthusiasm who shares our vision for a sustainable world.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Increase awareness and participation in the Maine Green Power program by approaching customers, delivering pitches, and discussing program benefits
  • Meet minimum enrollment rate
  • Perform community outreach through door-to-door canvassing in local neighborhoods and at events and storefronts
  • Set up events displays, tents, banners, and booths
  • Complete administrative duties following each shift
  • Adhere to robust customer service and safety standards
  • Meet with the regional outreach coordinator and attend team meetings/trainings

WHAT WE’LL NEED FROM YOU

  • Sales, event staffing, and/or canvassing experience preferred, but not required
  • Comfort approaching and talking to people
  • Ability to work 10-20 hours per week including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to carry up to 50 pounds and walk/stand up to five hours at a time in unpredictable weather conditions with reasonable accommodation
  • Access to reliable transportation, computer, personal email account, and cell phone required
  • Special consideration given to multilingual candidates

WHAT YOU’LL GET
When you work for us, there’s plenty in it for you:

  • Starting at an expected $16.45 per hour, including $12.70 base wage + an estimated $3.75 in commissions
  • Rapid promotions awarded for stellar performance; top earners make $22.00 per hour or more
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching program after six months of employment
  • Paid volunteer hours
  • Paid sick leave
  • A role in a mission-driven B-Corp that is committed to a triple bottom line ethic and fostering work-life balance and professional development for its staff

COME WORK FOR US
3Degrees is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

Apply here: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?clientkey=828AE153633C61AAEB7E5B5B54AB4860&jpt=&job=9668

 

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: Solar Energy for ME (Wed. March 14, 7:00 pm)

Solar Energy for ME
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00pm
Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

Join Natural Resources Council of Maine Climate and Clean Energy Director Dylan Voorhees and Maine State Representative Seth Berry March 14 at Solar Energy for ME, the sixth presentation of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s 21st annual winter speaker series. Central Maine Power (CMP) and the Maine Public Utility Commission (PUC) have been all over the news in recent months, not only for unexplained widespread over-billing but for pushing, in times of almost universally accepted climate change caused largely from fossil fuel use, an extremely regressive solar energy policy championed by Governor LePage.

Last year, the legislature voted to continue incentives for installing photovoltaic panels to produce solar electricity. The bill passed and was vetoed by the Governor. Though an override vote looked likely, at the last minute under the influence of CMP and national utility lobbyists, it failed in the House by three votes. Lately, the PUC has pushed up the start date for their regressive policy from that they previously announced. Voorhees and Berry will share with the audience, trials and tribulations of making clean energy policy in a hostile political environment and their hopes for the future.

 Dylan Voorhees received his B.A. from Columbia University and a master of public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he concentrated in environmental and energy policy. He has worked on wind power for the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, and on sustainable land use for the Vermont Forum on Sprawl. Previously he taught 8th grade.

 Rep. Seth Berry is House Chair of the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, where he works to improve Mainers’ access to affordable clean energy and high-speed internet.  He is also Vice President for Business Development of Kennebec River Biosciences, a Maine-owned, for-profit lab working to improve the health and sustainability of aquatic farms and fisheries worldwide.

All Speaker Series events are free, open to the public and supported by Patagonia, Inc. in Freeport. The April 11 presentation, Rewilding the East features John Davis, long distance conservation athlete and co-founder of Wildlands Network. This event takes place in the Morrell Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

Visit www.fomb.org to see speaker biographies, full event schedules, become a member, and learn more about how you can help protect beautiful Merrymeeting Bay.

For more information contact FOMB at 207-666-3372 or edfomb@comcast.net.

Off Campus Event: Beyond the Bow: A Fisheries Needs Assessment of Harpswell, Thursday March 15, 6:30 pm

Beyond the Bow: A Fisheries needs assessment of Harpswell
Thursday, March 15 6:30 pm
Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 837 Cundy’s Harbor Rd, Harpswell

The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association invites Harpswell residents and interested parties to a presentation and discussion of “Beyond the Bow: A fisheries needs assessment of Harpswell”. Held at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall on Thursday, March 15th at 6:30 PM, project coordinator, Kendra Jo Grindle, will discuss the results of the comprehensive fishing community needs assessment the Fishermen’s Association undertook this past year.

“This project is something that we have never tried before.” Said Ben Martens, Executive Director of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. “We wanted to go to the fishing community and have a real conversation about what their needs are, and I am very excited to finally be able to share the outcome of this process.”

With over 200 hours of interviews with roughly 80 individuals, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has cultivated an in-depth look into the various facets of Harpswell’s beloved fishing community through an interview-based assessment. The assessment focused on identifying the concerns, hopes, and needs as determined by those within the Harpswell fishing community. After collecting and analyzing interviews and data, a final presentation and report have been produced for the community utilize to strengthen their resilient fishing community.

Beyond the Bow: A fisheries needs assessment of Harpswell was funded, in part, by the Holbrook Community Foundation.

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