Upcoming ES Events: Environment as a Bridge to Peace in the Middle East; Undergraduate research symposium
Around Campus: Earth Week events
Beyond Campus: Art opening- Common Street Gallery; MCHT Land Trust Conference- full scholarships available for students; NRCM Earth Day event on solar panels; Maine Wildlife Conservation film festival
In the News: Kenyan Dam Fighter to Receive Goldman Prize; Some worm's waste is area businessman's gold
Scholarships, fellowships, graduate opportunities: EPA fellowship
Jobs and Internships: Assistant ecologist (ME); Communications Coordinator Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (DC); Land protection coordinator (MI); Coastal Mountains Land Trust internship (ME); Communications Specialist Trout Unlimited (Front Range); Oberlin Research Fellow (OH); Fisheries Program Coordinator (ME)
Upcoming ES Events
The Environment as a Bridge to Peace in the Middle East
Rabbi Michael Cohen
Tuesday, April 24, 7pm, Olin 1
For more information
Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium
Come hear this years ES honors students present the results of their thesis research! It is a great opportunity to support your peers and also see what opportunities lie ahead for you.
Stay tuned for more details!
Earth Week Festivities
Events coming up as part of the Earth Week celebration include: Campus Consciousness Tour, a trash audit, tours of Colby's biomass plant, local foods cooking event, a natural history walk, garden and work party, removal of invasive species from the arboretum, Camp Out for the Climate, Earth fair and maybe even a tree planting. Stay tuned for details.
Art opening at Common Street Gallery- Downtown Waterville
Please Join us on Thursday April 26th from 5-7pm for the opening reception of Colby on Common - a collective exhibition of artwork by Colby College students, faculty and staff. There will be live music from Colby student musicians, deliciously catered food from Barrels Community Market and a cash bar provided by Silver Street Tavern.
Maine Land Conservation Conference- Full scholarships available for students (Great networking opportunity!- President of MCHT is a Colby ES alum) Maine Coast Heritage Trust is again hosting the Maine Land Conservation Conference on Saturday, April 28th in Topsham. This conference is attended by over 400 people interested in land conservation, and includes over 30 workshops and presentations. A generous donor has offered to pay for the registration (which includes lunch) of students from any Maine college or university, and we hope that you can spread the word about the Conference and this offer. Complete information about the conference can be found here: http://www.mltn.org/meetings/conservation-conference.php To register, contact Donna Bissett at email@example.com, who will provide the students with a code to receive free registration.
NRCM Solar Panel Event
Ever think about “Going Solar” and no longer paying CMP every month for pesky, polluting kilowatt-hours? Join in the celebration and learn some things too, as the Natural Resources Council of Maine unveils its new solar-powered, electricity-producing “photovoltaic” array. This free public event will take place on Friday April 20, 2012 from 12:30-1:30 in Augusta at NRCM’s offices on 3 Wade Street. We’ll provide some tasty desserts and beverages, and present a talk by ReVision Energy about how solar energy can work for you. Register online at http://supporters.nrcm.org/site/Calendar?id=101041&view=Detail or contact Leisa at 430-0111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maine Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
Maine WCFF takes place at Reel Pizza Cinerama in Bar Harbor the weekend of May 18-21. Over 30 conservation, natural history and wildlife documentary films will be screened. Nearly are the films are have never before been screened in the state of Maine and some are world premiers. The mission of the Maine Wildlife Conservation Film Festival is to educate, enlighten, entertain and inspire the people so they can become aware and understands that we must protect the world's wildlife and natural habitat. We help do this through the use of documentary film, television, and social media. The protection of species and habitat are critical not only to the survival of humanity, but our responsibility to ensure future generations can appreciate and enjoy our planet's natural treasures. The Maine Wildlife Conservation Film Festival is the premier venue in New England for the wildlife filmmaker to present their documentary work to a global audience. This film festival is an annual event and attracts representatives of the international conservation & wildlife organizations, and members of the film, media, television and scientific community. Some of the conservation organizations participating include: Trust For Wildlife, Conservation International. Pew Environment Group, local and state organizations. There is no other film festival like this in the state of Maine or in New England. The Maine Wildlife Conservation Film Festival is part of a network of other film festivals; the parent organization is Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals (WCFF). Some of the films to be screened: The Last Elephants in Thailand, Migratory Birds and Shade Grown Coffee, Cotton-Tops Koala Hospital In The Eye of The Whale White Shark Café Meet the Sloths (world premier) Home for Hawksbill For additional information visit: www.MaineWCFF.com
In the News
Kenyan Dam Fighter to Receive Goldman Prize
Some worms' waste is area businessman's gold
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Graduate School Opportunities
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP - ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA), ARLINGTON, VA
Successful candidates will have an interdisciplinary background or interest in a wide variety of natural/environmental sciences, including aquatic ecosystems, urban systems and planning, water resources, land use change, climate change, etc.; strong analytic capabilities, particularly in spatial analysis of large datasets within a GIS environment; strong interest in applying GIS tools to a variety of global change assessments; interest in GIS scripting and tool development, for example using Python; excellent communication skills including cartography. The work is highly interdisciplinary and interactive with applicability to EPA and other agency programs. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with excellent skills in geography, urban planning, environmental science, natural resources, or related fields. For details on the ORISE fellowship, see: http://orise.orau.gov/epa/description.aspx?JobId=1200
Jobs and Internships
Communications Coordinator Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Assistant Ecologist for the Maine Natural Areas Program
The Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP), a division of the Department of Conservation, has a Biologist I vacancy in Augusta. The MNAP staff conducts ongoing statewide inventories and monitoring efforts to document the location, condition and status of Maine’s rare plant species, exemplary natural communities, and ecosystems of statewide ecological significance. The program maintains a comprehensive data management system consisting of computer, map and manual files used primarily for planning and conservation efforts. MNAP is part of the national network of natural heritage programs and serves a wide variety of users including federal, state and local agencies, consultants, environmental groups, non-government organizations, private landowners, and the public. Brief Job Description: The Assistant Ecologist assists with field-based inventory and research projects related to priority species, natural communities, and sites for conservation and development planning. The Assistant Ecologist is also responsible for assisting with data management, maintaining and developing GIS layers, producing maps, working with remote imagery, responding to information requests, and assisting with the flow of data into and out of the Natural Heritage data management system. This position may include considerable seasonal overnight travel. Qualifications: In order to qualify, you must have a Bachelors Degree in botany, ecology, forestry or a related field and two (2) years of progressively responsible work and/or management experience. Equivalent experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. Preference will be given to applicants with skills in plant identification and GIS. Application Process: A completed State of Maine Direct Hire Application, resume and a cover letter addressing the qualifications and responsibilities of this position must be received by 5:00 p.m., April 30, 2012. Please mail to: Carmen Welch, Natural Resources Service Center, 155 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04330-0155, fax #207-287-2216. Direct Hire Application forms can be obtained by accessing the State’s website at http://www.maine.gov/bhr/state_jobs/how_to/direct.htm or by calling 287-2214.
The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is seeking a Communications Coordinator to implement their communications strategy. The CSF is one of the most respected and trusted organizations in the political arena promoting, protecting, and advancing the rights of hunters and anglers, and is the leader in providing access and a voice for sportsmen with elected officials, natural resource management agencies, non-governmental conservation organizations (NGOs), and sportsmen-allied industry groups across the nation. Weekly responsibilities of the Communications Coordinator will include writing and placing press releases, providing media outreach to both mainstream and outdoor media, and managing content of the CSF website and social media outlets. This position is also responsible for building a database and cultivating relationships with media, supporting the outreach team with professional branding, editing the weekly and bi-weekly newsletters and coordinating interview opportunities. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required and knowledge of the legislative process are recommended. This position requires a resourceful, self-motivating and creative thinker, who will work closely and collaborate with fellow staff members. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Produce and distribute newsletters on a weekly and bi-weekly basis; • Write and distribute timely and topical press releases (2-3 releases per week on average); o Coordinate with Federal and State policy teams to develop and distribute • Write media advisories and legislative issue updates; • Maintain and perform all updates for the CSF website; o Make timely and regular updates to the website to maintain the goal of the site being a “one-stop-shop” for all hunting and angling policy information. o Work with the development team and policy team to maintain current information • Maintain and coordinate social media sites (Facebook, Twitter etc.); • Work with graphic designers and other creative service resources to create marketing materials that are on message and adhere to the graphic standards of CSF. PRIMARY REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Communications or related field; • Ability to manage web content management system, Constant Contact, and social media accounts; • Ability to work independently and with both the policy and outreach teams; • Excellent proof reading, editing, and written and oral communication skills; and • Interest and support of hunting, fishing, and professional wildlife management issues. ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SKILLS: • Photography skills and knowledge of photo shop or other photo editing programs • Familiarity with website design • Able to manage internal IT and Blackberry issues LOCATION: Washington, DC SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications, generous benefits package including health, dental, life, and 401k. TO APPLY: Email cover letter, résumé, writing sample, and three references to Kelli Wagner at email@example.com by May 9th, 2012.
LAND PROTECTION COORDINATOR - LEGACY LAND CONSERVANCY, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Coastal Mountains Land Trust Beech Hill Preserve Intern
Small nonprofit land conservancy seeks Land Protection Coordinator to implement farmland protection program in Washtenaw County and land conservation grant in the River Raisin watershed. For details, see: http://legacylandconservancy.org/employment/
Coastal Mountains Land Trust is seeking an intern to assist with the operation of the Beech Hill Preserve which is a multi-faceted conservation stewardship project. The primary focus of the position will be to support the organic blueberry farm and the completion of the annual blueberry harvest. The position runs 40 hours/week from Mid June – mid August. The Land Trust will provide $2,700 in compensation for the 9 week internship. Housing may be available for an intern who is not from the area. Though not guaranteed, the Land Trust will make every effort to find a suitable housing arrangement for qualified candidates. However, the housing is off-site of both the Preserve and the office. The intern will need to travel between Beech Hill Preserve and the office during the work day. Therefore, s/he must provide reliable transportation with a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. TO APPLY: For a more complete job description of the position see our website, www.coastalmountains.org. Send a resume, cover letter including how you think this internship will help you realize your career goals, and 3 references to Coastal Mountains Land Trust 101 Mt. Battie St., Camden ME 04843, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications Specialist Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited (TU), North America's leading coldwater fisheries conservation organization, works to protect, restore and reconnect critical trout and salmon habitat throughout the West. In the West, intact fish and game habitat translates directly into quality hunting and fish. Trout Unlimited's Sportsmen's Conservation Project (SCP) works to protect some of the best intact landscapes for future generations of hunters and anglers. We are seeking a Communications Specialist to assist with TU's Sportsmen's Conservation Project, a program with approximately 25 staff members located throughout the West. Educating, organizing and mobilizing fellow anglers and hunters is the primary strategy employed to achieve conservation goals. The Communications Specialist will also assist the organization's Communications Team, which develops and executes TU's national communications strategy and ensures consistency across programs. The Communications Specialist will report to the SCP Communications Director. Primary responsibilities include: * Create and maintain campaign websites and social media outlets. * Explore and cultivate new social media outlets. * Design campaign press materials such as logos, brochures, reports, web pages and posters. * Assist in developing and implementing media and communication plans for both place-based and policy conservation initiatives. * Monitor and catalogue press efforts. Qualifications: * A four-year college degree. * Experience with web design (especially Wordpress), and social media. * Experience with print design. * A creative personality and the ability to work with a team to create eye-catching campaigns. * Excellent verbal, writing and editing skills. * Strong work ethic with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. * Understanding of public lands management in the West is a plus. * Understanding of fishing and hunting in the West, and the ability to relate to sportsmen/women who both hunt and fish. * Passion for protecting fish and wildlife habitat and angling and hunting opportunities. * Strong team ethic. * Willingness to travel throughout the West and occasionally to Washington D.C. The position is located in the Front Range; however, other locations will be considered. Competitive benefits and pay provided. TU is an equal opportunity employer. Application Process: Send cover letter, resume and portfolio by April 30, 2012, to the following address or email: Katie Becker, 274 Diversion Dam Road, Kinnear, Wyoming 82516 or email@example.com
Sustainable Technology Research Fellow
Oberlin College invites applications for the position of Sustainable Technology Research Fellow. The successful candidate will assist in the development and management of a novel technological system of building and bioregional “dashboards” and other devices that provide city and college residents with environmentally and socially contextualized real-time feedback on electricity and water flows through college, residential and commercial buildings and through the City of Oberlin. We seek a recent college graduate (or equivalent experience) with advanced computer skills and experiences and excellent organizational skills who is excited by the opportunity to develop and manage novel technology designed to motivate and empower citizens to take better care of the environment. Applications will be reviewed starting 5/1 and applicants will be considered until the position is filled (6/1 limit). Graduating seniors and recent graduates with appropriate skills are encouraged to apply. A full description and instructions for application are posted at: new.oberlin.edu/home/jobs/jobs_detail.dot?id=3872517
Fisheries Program Coordinator Maine Coast Fisherman's Association
The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA) is an industry-based non-profit that supports and advocates for Maine’s community-based fishermen. For more than 300 years, Maine’s fishing industry has been the foundation of our cultural and economic identity but is currently in jeopardy of disappearing forever. Preserving the fishing communities along Maine’s coast and holding onto our way of life require strong fishing businesses, healthy fish stocks and a strong voice advocating on behalf of community based fisherman. MCFA works with decision-making bodies at the State, regional and federal level to create policies to rebuild the Gulf of Maine’s marine life, to keep local fishermen on the water, and to ensure that fishing is a part of the culture of Maine for generations to come. Position: The Fisheries Program Coordinator will support the Executive Director and the activities of the MCFA. This will involve working on several different programs, including: groundfish; shrimp; forage fish; business planning; sustainable fisheries research; and outreach. Responsibilities: Provide administrative support for the day-to-day operations of the MCFA. Track rules, regulations, and amendments as they move through the New England Fisheries Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Draft a wide range of documents including, but not limited to: comments on proposed rules; press releases; position papers, project evaluations, talking points for meetings; meeting agendas; and presentations about MCFA. Help develop and implement sustainable fisheries research projects. Represent MCFA at meetings and events in a professional manner. Maintain records of the MCFA’s activities on assigned projects. Qualifications: The successful candidate should have: A degree in marine science, marine policy, environmental studies, or a related field. Relevant work experience is also acceptable. Demonstrated experience and interest in fisheries policy is a plus. An interest in fisheries issues and able to work with fishermen and others to achieve common goals. Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills. The ability to work collaboratively as well as independently. The ability to multi-task. Dedication to building and maintaining relationships with the members of the MCFA and partner organizations. An excellent work ethic and time management skills. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, and accessing web-based information. Website development and a plus. A flexible personality with a good sense of humor. The Coordinator position may require significant travel at non-standard work hours to remote locations along Maine’s coast, and may also involve travel to coastal communities in other states. The Fisheries Program Coordinator will be a full-time position based in the mid-coast region of Maine with competitive compensation for an entry level position. Please submit a letter of application including a résumé, a writing sample, and three professional references to: Ben Martens, Executive Director, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association Ben@midcoastfishermen.org No Phone Calls Please.