Upcoming ES Events:"This I Believe" essays on ES Environmental Thinking Blog; Last newsletter for academic year
Around Campus: All Campus Student Awards Ceremony
Beyond Campus: How to Eliminate Chemicals from our Diet workshop at Barrel's
In the News: Neurons in Bird Brains Encode Earth's Magnetic Field, Giving Pigeons Reliable GPS; Flooding Spreads Invasive Species
Scholarships, fellowships, graduate opportunities: SUMMER INSTITUTE ON SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY (SISE) - UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Jobs and Internships: MA Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s summer intern; OCEAN PROGRAM INTERNSHIP CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION (BOSTON); 12 Rivers Collaborative Coordinator (Maine); Land Information System Assistant, MA Audubon Society; Conservation Easement Steward (NH); Conservation Intern (NM); Triple Chick Farm on Mount Desert Island/Acadia seeking summer workers (ME)
Upcoming ES Events
ES Blog Posts
Students in Susan Mackenzie’s ES 198 Darwin to Dillard: Nature Writing Through Time course recently completed “This I Believe Essays”. For this assignment, first year students were asked to create a personal statement of the central values that rule their actions regarding nature. The essays were written in the style of “This I Believe” a format created in 1954 by Edward R. Murrow in response to the hysteria over McCarthyism. Said Murrow, “Never has the need for personal philosophies of this kind been so urgent.” The statements are 500 words or less and conversational in tone. The following two essays were selected for the ES Blog. http://media.colby.edu/esexperts/
Final newsletter for Spring Semester 2012
Best wishes to all the graduating ES majors and minors. To the rest of you the newsletter will be back on line the first week of fall semester.
Students, faculty, and staff will come together at the 4th annual awards ceremony to recognize and celebrate students' academic and co-curricular achievement. A reception for students, faculty, and staff, in Pulver Pavilion, will follow.
Colby Student Awards Program
Tuesday, May 1, 4 p.m., Lorimer Chapel
Taking Baby Steps Toward A Healthier, BPA-Free Future
A free workshop at Barrels Community Market Thursday, May 3rd, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
In the News
Neurons in Bird Brains Encode Earth's Magnetic Field, Giving Pigeons Reliable GPS
Flooding Spreads Invasive Species
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Graduate School Opportunities
SUMMER INSTITUTE ON SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY (SISE) - UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is an intense interdisciplinary program for graduate and senior-level undergraduate students. From August 9-17, participants from diverse academic backgrounds will be immersed in a broad spectrum of sustainability and energy related topics: policy, economics, health, science, engineering, environment, urban planning, business, and entrepreneurship. The theme of the SISE2012 program will be Election 2012: Energy, Economics and Environment. Using the presidential election as the point of departure for a critical analysis of national energy and sustainability issues, students will be enveloped in discussions about national challenges such as energy security, economic recovery and growth, US competitiveness, and climate change. Students will divide into teams to propose innovative solutions that rely on combinations of technology, policy and entrepreneurship. The positions of the two political parties are likely to be quite distinct and the public debate lively, providing ample inspiration and engagement for the SISE 2012 program. Following its treatment of US energy needs and perspectives, SISE will turn to world energy, addressing the energy relationships between the US and other regions and nations. Admission to the Summer Institute is highly competitive with only eighty open seats. Students from across Chicago and the country are invited to apply. Prospective students are asked to submit an application and resume for consideration. Applications and resumes are now being accepted. For fullest consideration, apply by June 1, 2012. Applicants will be alerted to their acceptance in early June. Apply Online Here. Interested persons direct any questions or concerns to the Program Coordinator, Thomas Lipsmeyer.
Jobs and Internships
MA Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Data Services Department seeks a summer intern
The MA Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Data Services Department seeks a summer intern to assist with the collection and analysis of MAPC’s “Most Wanted Datasets.” This initiative seeks to develop a more complete picture of the region’s existing conditions and likely future by compiling previously unavailable information and making it available to a wide variety of end users. Current activities are focused on data related to zoning districts, wastewater service areas, real estate development projects, and affordable housing developments. Once compiled, these datasets will be used for regional and local planning and will be made available to the public through MAPC’s online data viewer and web mapper, www.metrobostondatacommon.org. This is an opportunity to work as part of an innovative and highly collaborative team focused on using data and technology to support informed decision-making. Only candidates currently enrolled in an academic program will be considered for this position.
OCEAN PROGRAM INTERNSHIP - CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION (CLF), BOSTON
12 Rivers Collaborative Coordinator (Maine)
For position details, click here.
Term: One-year, part-time, temporary position Location: Serving 12 Rivers service area in Midcoast ME Background: The Twelve Rivers Collaborative is an emerging effort among 10 local land trusts to increase the amount of forested lands protected in midcoast Maine and provide multiple benefits to the citizens of this region, including clean water, wildlife habitat, economic opportunities, and recreation. Reporting: The Coordinator will report to Maureen S. Hoffman, Executive Director Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, in Newcastle, ME, and Chair of the Collaborative. Summary of Position: The 12 Rivers Collaborative Coordinator will play an essential role in coordinating the efforts of the 10 partner land trusts to move forward the work of the Collaborative. The Coordinator will schedule and support all 12 Rivers meetings, including the Steering Committee and four subcommittees and will maintain a view of the overall progress of the Project. The Coordinator will provide research, produce written materials, write grants and provide other varied support as requested by the Committees. The Coordinator will also act as the point of contact for the Project. Desired Qualifications: -Strong verbal and written communication skills -Ability to work effectively as part of a team and without close supervision -Strong organizational ability and attention to detail -Experience with complex project administration and coordination -A minimum of a college degree and demonstrated experience in either natural resources or land conservation -Knowledge of Maine land conservation organizations and programs -Familiarity with natural resource conservation planning, strategic land conservation planning or forestry -Experience with outreach and public relations -Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with diverse partners -Computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Office -Familiarity with the Midcoast region Duties: Support the 12 Rivers Collaborative to ensure success in moving forward the Collaborative’s goal of increased land protection in Midcoast ME, including: • Maintain oversight of overall Project progress and individual subcommittee progress and ensure that Committees are working effectively in overlapping projects. Help advance overall program goals through this oversight function • Research various project related issues and produce information as requested by Committees • Schedule and coordinate all 12 Rivers Steering and subcommittee meetings, including production of agendas and minutes • Manage Committee workplans • Search for grant sources and produce grant proposals as requested • Identify avenues to “market” the program (related to outreach and public relations) Compensation: Pay commensurate with experience. Contact: Send resume and cover letter by May 15, 2012 via email to email@example.com. No phone calls please.
Land Information System Assistant, Massachusetts Audubon Society
Massachusetts Audubon Society seeks to fill a two-year, full-time position for Land Information System (LIS) Assistant at its headquarters in Lincoln, Mass. The LIS Assistant has three responsibilities: (1) populating Mass Audubon’s Land Information System (a web-based geo-indexed system for sharing documents and boundary data among staff) through office research, field work, and database entry; (2) gathering field data and writing baseline documentation reports for our Conservation Restriction stewardship program; and (3) assisting the organization in preparations for Land Trust Accreditation. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in conservation or related field; passion for land protection and nature conservation; proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, ArcMap, and GPS; able to work independently with minimum of supervision; great attention to detail; valid driver’s license; comfortable both at desk and in field. Send inquiries, cover letter and resume to Charlie Wyman, Senior Land Protection Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. (posted 4/18)
Conservation Easement Steward, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
The Conservation Easement Steward helps the Society fulfill its perpetual easement stewardship responsibilities on over 700 conservation easements and deed restrictions by working directly with private owners of easement protected lands and other Forest Society staff to ensure compliance with easement terms, cultivation of supportive cooperative relationship with land owners, and resolution of potential compliance issues. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in appropriate field and 1 to 2 years’ experience in land conservation or natural resources field. Functional knowledge of GIS mapping is essential.This is a part-time permanent position that will require a 20-24 work week, and some flexibility in schedule can be accommodated. View full job description and application details. No phone calls please. (posted 4/19)
Conservation Intern, New Mexico Land Conservancy
Triple Chick Farm in Bar Harbor is taking applications for summer employees.
Learn about conservation real estate, land and easement monitoring and stewardship, and non-profit operations and management through hands-on experience interning with a statewide land trust. The New Mexico Land Conservancy seeks a qualified and motivated individual for a 3-4 month internship this summer (2012). Please email letter of interest, current resume, brief writing sample, samples of GIS-related work, and three references to email@example.com or mail to:
New Mexico Land Conservancy
Attention: Conservation Internship Recruitment
P.O. Box 6759
Santa Fe, NM 87502-6759
Email complete application to:
The position will be filled by May 21, 2012 and will have a start date to be agreed upon between NMLC and the final candidate, but no later than June 11, 2012. Please note - no phone calls will be taken regarding this internship announcement. Candidates will be notified regarding the status of their applications. View the full position description. (posted 4/6)
Applicants must be 18 or older, and have their own transportation and housing. Starting rate is $10.00 per hour for a 40 hour week. Weekend work may be required. Contact Cindy or Steve at 207-288-2888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org