ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 16, 2009
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS: Jonathan Milne — lunchtime lecture Wednesday!, Tuesday’s event is cancelled
** ALSO ON CAMPUS: Working for Community Change, EnviroCo meeting —tonight
** BEYOND CAMPUS: Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World Maine Voices Panel/Slideshow, SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology, Education, Diversity, and Sustainability Field Trip
** GRAD PROGRAMS: Montclair State University, Louisiana State University, Rutgers University, Sam Houston State University
** JOBS & INTERNSHIPS: AASHE, Roots and Shoots, Unilever National Park Congressional Internship Program In Partnership with SCA, Endangered Species Coalition
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS:
Tuesday’s lecture, from Joel Tickner, ‘89 is cancelled.
BAXTER PARK - From the Inside looking out
Jonathan Milne, Director of Outdoor Education and Safety
Wednesday, February 18
Noon, Fairchild Room, Dana
(ES 402 credit)
Jonathan studied forestry and park management at the University of Maine and quickly transitioned into a seasonal position with the Department of Interior in Oregon. Following this experience he wandered back to the great state of Maine and enjoyed 10 years in the north end of Baxter State Park as a field ranger. He greatly enjoyed trapping and releasing problem bears, natural history interpretation and search and rescue operations. He has also enjoyed the roles of natural resource specialist with a consulting firm focusing on natural resource inventories, rare plant surveys and wetland assessments.
** ALSO ON CAMPUS:
Attention all activists and community change advocates!
Growsmart, Maine will be on campus for the first session of the Working for Community Change skills series.
How to frame community issues and seek community input
Wednesday, February 18 6:00 p.m. in the Fairchild Room of Dana - come at 5:30 and get dinner through the line.
All are invited to attend - students attending 7 or 10 session will earn a certificate of participation for their portfolios.
Enviro-Co is having its first meeting of the semester!
9 PM, Monday (every Monday)
** BEYOND CAMPUS:
Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World
Wildlife Photography Exhibit
Maine Voices Panel/Slideshow
Sunday, February 15, 2009
(Snow date: February 22)
First Parish Church
425 Congress Street
Climate change has emerged as one of the most pressing challenges facing Maine and the world today. Scientists predict that global warming will become a leading cause of species extinction over the next several decades. What Maine species are at risk? Why should we care? What is Maine doing to take action?
Slideshow and Panel Presentations (1:30-3 PM)
• Anne D. (Andy) Burt — Environmental Justice Consultant, Maine Council of Churches
• Andy Whitman — Director, Natural Capital Initiative Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
• Jym St. Pierre— Nature photographer & Maine Director of RESTORE: The North Woods
• Tara Thornton — Maine Coordinator, Endangered Species Coalition
Field Trip Opportunity for Undergraduates
The Ecological Society of America’s SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability) program is pleased to announce
the upcoming Spring 2009 Field Trip. Student Field Trips meet the SEEDS
mission by providing exciting opportunities for underrepresented
undergraduate students to explore their interest in ecology. Field trips
allow students to spend four to seven days at an ecologically significant
site, such as a field station, research laboratory, or national park,
learning about the science of ecology, exploring career options, and
seeing the practical applications of ecology.
The 2009 SEEDS Spring Field Trip will take place from June 7-13 at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) in Crested Butte, Colorado. This field trip provides a unique opportunity for students to learn from, and perhaps contribute to, scientific research programs taking place at
the research station.
For more information about SEEDS field trips and to apply for the Spring
2009 field trip, please visit us online at
http://www.esa.org/seeds/fieldtrips/. All applications for this field
trip must be received by midnight on March 1, 2009.
Please contact Erin Vinson at email@example.com or 202-833-8773 with any questions.
** GRAD PROGRAMS
PhD Assistantships Available to Study Environmental Management
PhD Assistantships Available to Study Environmental Management at Montclair State University
The PhD program in Environmental Management has several 4-year Graduate
Assistantships available, starting Fall 2009. The transdisciplinary PhD
program, the only of its kind in New Jersey and one of the very few in the
United States prepares students in both Environmental Science and
Policy/Regulations. Research areas include (but not limited to):
Environmental Quality and Remediation, Earth Systems Science, Ecology,
Spatial Analysis/Remote Sensing, Sustainable Development and Environmental
Assessment. Students with backgrounds in Natural and Physical Sciences,
Environmental Engineering, Public /Business Administration/Policy,
Political Science, etc. are encouraged to apply. Application deadline:
March 15. Further information available at:
http://csam.montclair.edu/environ or contact Ms. Patti Flatley
Graduate Research Assistantship, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, LA. USA
The Coastal Plants Breeding Program is accepting applications for one Ph.D.
graduate research assistantship at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
he Coastal Plants Breeding Program is the only breeding program in the
nation testing and improving native plants for coastal restoration projects
using traditional and molecular plant breeding methods.
This assistantship will compensate a Ph.D. student for investigating various
aspects of sea oats (Uniola paniculata L.) seed production and performance
of sea oats plants produced from seeds. Sea oats is a native plant species
that is extremely valuable for reducing erosion throughout the Gulf and
This assistantship is available in August 2009 and includes a generous
12-month stipend, tuition waiver, and low-cost health insurance. Interested
individuals who have a M.S. in ecology, biology, plant science or a related
field should send applications to Carrie Knott (firstname.lastname@example.org) by
March 15, 2009. Applicants with a B.S. and a demonstrated record of
exceptional academic and research experience will also be considered. The
successful applicant must maintain a MINIMUM 3.5 GPA to retain the
assistantship. Applications should include copies of transcripts, GRE
scores, TOEFL scores (if applicable), and a C.V.
For more detailed information please contact:
Louisiana State University
School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences
104 M.B. Sturgis Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
MS Opportunity in Urban Ecology, Rutgers University
MS Opportunity in Urban Ecology, Rutgers University.Graduate Research Assistantship available to study the effects of urban wetlands on mosquito communities and their relation to the epidemiology of West Nile Virus infection in humans. The proje studies mosquito communities in urban backyards as a function of distance from urban wetlands. Applicants must be ble to start on August 1, 2009. Applicants should have an excellent academic record in any field of biology or ecology. For details, Prof. Michael Sukhdeo, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resource Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. email@example.com)
REU at Sam Houston State University
The Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University is currently accepting applications from qualified undergraduate students interested in participating in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation. Our REU program focuses on biological research centered around field experiences. This summer (May 26-Aug. 1), we will be accepting 8 undergraduates in the program for a fun and rewarding experience in conducting an independent research project at our 247-acre field station (Center for Biological Field Studies, CBFS), Sam Houston State University. There are several project mentors available and their research programs can be reviewed at http://www.shsu.edu/reu with information needed to apply to the program. We respectfully request that you pass this information on to your students.
Diane L.H. Neudorf
Associate Professor of Biology and REU Program Director
Sam Houston State University
** JOBS & INTERNSHIPS:
Endangered Species Research Intern <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=a18a3ba27223b2bb>
Endangered Species Coalition
Washington, DC (Or virtual opportunity)
Executive Assistant Intern <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=312476edd7ad65c4>
Endangered Species Coalition
Washington, DC (Or virtual opportunity)
Endangered Species Coalition Member Manager <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=acc65e32930bd274>
Endangered Species Coalition
Oakland, CA (Or virtual opportunity)
Unilever National Park Congressional Internship Program In Partnership with SCA
Each year, six student leaders are selected to participate in the Unilever National Park Congressional Internship program, gaining valuable real-world experience through summer immersion in one of the National Parks and a complementary spring or fall internship in a Congressional office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Unilever, a Proud Partner of America's National Parks, wants you
to experience the National Parks first-hand by participating in this
exciting, one-of-a-kind internship program.
National Park Internship
You will spend the summer in a National Park, living and working alongside National Park Service professionals and learning about the SCA’s unique role in preserving our National Parks. You will gain a unique understanding of how public policy affects day-to-day park operations and infrastructure. As an intern, you may participate in visitor education, resource management, historic preservation, and other special assignments.
As a Congressional intern, you will be placed in a Democratic or Republican congressional office where you will observe how the legislative process affects our National Parks, and how decisions about resource management and environmental sustainability are made at the federal level.
Program Dates: June 2009 - December 2009
Number of Positions Available: 4
· Current undergraduate with some professional experience (applicants are considered eligible up to one year after receipt of B.A. or B.S.)
· Strong GPA (above 3.0)
· Interest in resource management, conservation issues and the public policy process
· Willingness to work in a Republican or Democratic Congressional office
· Detailed resume
· Directed writing sample (e-mail contact below for prompts)
· College transcripts
· Two recommendations
· Availability for all interviews, orientation and the full internship program
A living stipend of $400 weekly in Washington, D.C., and $150 weekly in the National Park
· Intern housing is provided throughout the program. You will live near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and in a designated National Park.
· 24-hour accident and injury insurance, and medical insurance option
· Eligible for an Americorps Education Award for internship service
Career and alumni services during and after the internship
To apply, send resume and cover letter to:
National Director for Conservation Interns
The Student Conservation Association
P.O. Box 550
Charlestown, NH 03603
Phone: 603.543.1700 x123
Celebrating 50 years of Students Conserving America
AASHE is looking for an intern who will help with membership management and general administrative work. Candidates should be extremely detail-oriented and capable of meeting deadlines and deliverables without a great deal of supervision. The intern will work on such tasks as:
* Communicating with campuses and businesses about membership issues
* Processing and tracking memberships and sending renewal notices.
* Compiling and analyzing membership data
* Office management and general support for AASHE programs
The intern will report to both the Membership Coordinator and Business Manager.
Desired Skills and Qualifications
We are seeking candidates who have experience using Access as well as Excel spreadsheets and are adept at a variety of tasks. Good organizational skills and attention to detail are important. It is not necessary tha
Our central office is in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.
Compensation and Duration
$10-13/hour, depending on experience. The position can start immediately and will extend through the end of summer.
Please email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no application deadline for this internship. We will take applications until the position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications on February 25, 2009.
AASHE is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and to achieving an inclusive, diverse workplace that values every individual. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social responsibility, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.
The China branch of Roots and Shoots (Jane Goodall Institute) may be looking for a summer intern. I don’t have further details, but see PhilBrown < email@example.com> if you are interested.