Off Campus Events: Climate change in Brunswick: Impact, Action and Adaptations, April 9, 16 & 23rd 6:30 PM, Curtis Memorial Library

Climate Change in Brunswick: Impact, Action, and Adaptations
A community lecture series in celebration of Earth Day
Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Meeting Room: April 9, 16, 23rd: 6:30-8pm

Monday, April 9th, 6:30-8 PM

Climate Change’s Effects in Brunswick

How is Brunswick and the Mid-Coast Maine region going to be affected by climate change? Learn about how the place we call home may look in the short and long-term future. Topics will include ecological, economical, oceanic, and atmospheric changes and challenges.

Presenters Include:

  • Sophie Janeway, Natural Resources Council of Maine: “An Overview of Climate Change in Mid-Coast Maine”
  • Beth Bisson, Maine Sea Grant: “ Ecological Shifts and Challenges”
  • David Carlon, Bowdoin Professor/Director of the Bowdoin Schiller Coastal Studies Center: “Climate Change in the Gulf of Maine: Changes in Fisheries, Marine Biology, and Coasts”

Monday, April 16th, 6:30-8 PM

Resilient Brunswick: Community Environmental Action

How can we address the effects of climate change and thrive in doing so? Hear how local community members successful actions to make Brunswick and Maine more resilient, sustainable, and energy efficient.

Presenters include:

  • Mark Berry, The Nature Conservancy: Forest Program Director: “The Role of Forests in Tackling Climate Change”
  • Marcia Harrington, Brunswick Plastic Bag Ban, “Organizing Community Environmental Action”
  • Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College:“Resilience Building in Brunswick”

Monday, April 23rd, 6:30-8 PM

DIY Adaptations: Home Energy Efficiency

Save money and adapt to climate change from the comfort of your living room! Learn about DIY home weatherization projects and energy efficiency tips that will cut back on heating and energy bills while reducing your carbon footprint.

Presenters include:

  • Steve Ward, Maine Climate Table: “Maine’s Energy Efficiency Legislative History and Future”
  • Nat Blackford, Efficiency Maine: “Energy Efficiency Programs and Incentives”
  • Jen Hatch, Revision Energy: “Solar Energy and Installation”

Off Campus: “Cultivating a Culture of Science”, April 28

“Cultivating a Culture of Science”, 2018 MEEA Conference
April 28 at Colby College

You can learn more about it on our website:MEEA Website We have a great track on Green Leadership that might be really interesting for Bowdoin students and many youth presenters… if you have any students interested in networking and growing their connections in environmental and conservation education and outreach I have scholarships available…please urge them to contact me!  Thank you so much!

 

Summer Fellowship: National Audubon- work on an island in Southern or Midcoast Maine

National Audubon Fellowship

Application Deadline: Monday April 1, 2018.

Click here to apply for a National Audubon Fellowship

Location:
Southern and mid-coast Maine at an island field camp
Housing:
Housing and meals are provided (see details below) and provides a biweekly stipend of $525
For more info:
National Audubon Maine Coast seabird nesting sanctuaries

Position Description: Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program operates seven island field stations along the Maine coast as critical seabird nesting sanctuaries. Research Interns will work under the direction of the Island Supervisor, participating in all aspects of seabird research, monitoring, and management that take place at the field station. The majority of research projects focus on studying the nesting success and foods fed to seabird (tern and alcid) chicks, with most work focusing on terns.  Work includes, but is not limited to: conducting population censuses, monitoring productivity and chick growth; conducting seabird diet studies; banding and resighting birds; removing invasive vegetation; educating island visitors; and assisting with predator management.

Research Interns will live on island (a single island or group of islands) for the duration of the field season.  Interns assigned to inshore islands will have occasional trips to the mainland for logistics and resupplying the field camp, returning to the islands to work and sleep. On offshore islands, food, supplies, and mail are delivered approximately every 2 weeks. Research Interns will remain offshore for approximately eleven weeks. In a seabird colony, the birds are loud, and the terns defend their nests by dive-bombing anyone moving through the colony. Living conditions on the islands are primitive.  A cabin or wall tent serves as the base of field operations, and field team members sleep in their own tents (wooden tent platforms provided). Island field stations have limited electricity (solar panels power research needs), propane stoves, composting toilets, and no running water (rainwater is collected for washing; drinking water is brought from the mainland).  Communications with the mainland are via cell or VOIP phone, depending on location, with VHF radios available as a back-up mode of communication.  There is no Internet access.  Cooking, cleaning, and camp maintenance duties are shared by all island team members. Compensation is $262.50 per week. Food is provided.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in seabird studies including, but not limited to: bird trapping, banding, and resighting; observations from blinds; conducting seabird diet studies; conducting nest censuses; monitoring productivity and growth of chicks; computer data entry; blood or specimen collection; vegetation management; predator monitoring and control;
  • Use binoculars and spotting scopes to aid in the collection of data as specified by the Island Supervisor;
  • Perform 3-hour-long observation stints in small, wooden observation blinds overlooking seabird nests;
  • Accurately and neatly record data on specified data sheets;
  • Enter and proof data in computer databases;
  • Educate occasional island visitors about seabird natural history and work on the island;
  • Protect the seabird colony from human disturbance;
  • Conduct predator management or control as necessary under the direction of the Island Supervisor;
  • Maintain field equipment and facilities as directed by the Island Supervisor;
  • Conduct trail maintenance and invasive plant removal;
  • Assist Island Supervisor with landing of equipment and new personnel on the island;
  • Operate power or row boats under guidance of Island Supervisor. Use of personal flotation devices is mandatory;
  • Maintain and properly care for NAS-issued equipment, including but not limited to: spotting scopes, cameras, GPS, cell phones, radios, and other research equipment;
  • Assist with inventory of all island equipment and closing of the field station at the end of the season;
  • When on the mainland: procure supplies; pack groceries, research supplies, and mail in waterproof island transport bags; clean and fill water jugs for supplying research stations; assist with cleaning and storing equipment at the end of the season; assist mainland-based staff as needed.

Qualifications: Applicants should be an upper level undergraduate working towards a B.S. in biology, conservation biology, or a related field.  Previous field experience, especially with birds, is preferred. Career goals should include a career in conservation biology. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and slippery rocks and able to lift approximately 50 lbs.) and have wilderness camping experience. Must be willing to get dirty while working and living outside (showers are a luxury, not a daily occurrence) and be capable of working long hours outdoors in variable weather conditions.  Must be able to work independently and with others as part of a team, and get along with people of diverse backgrounds.  Adaptability to ever-changing circumstances is a must, as daily schedules are weather dependent.  Must be able to sit in a small blind for three hours and maintain focus on data collection; reading and listening to music while in the blind collecting data are not permitted. A sense of humor, willingness to learn, dedication to wildlife conservation, and interest in seabirds and isolated islands are basic requirements.  Previous experience with bird banding, rowing, and hunting/trapping are helpful, but not necessary.  Must provide own binoculars, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, daypack, and water bottle. General camping equipment such as dishes, pots and pans is provided.

About the Organization: The National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Program (SRP) has its beginnings in 1973 (known then as Project Puffin) with an effort to restore puffins to an historic nesting island, Eastern Egg Rock, in the Gulf of Maine. Through this successful effort, seabird restoration techniques were developed, including the use of decoys, mirrors, and sound recordings to attract birds to the islands. In Maine, Audubon used these techniques to restore terns and alcids to seven historic nesting islands. Today, these islands are staffed during the summer breeding season to study and protect the breeding birds. The restoration techniques developed in Maine are now used to restore seabirds to historic breeding grounds around the world.

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.