ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 23, 2009
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** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS: Speaker Hannah Pingree — Lunchtime Colloquia, Wednesday
** ALSO ON CAMPUS: School for Field Studies — on campus Wednesday (postponed from Monday)
** BEYOND CAMPUS: Professor Nyhus to speak the Waterville Library: Restoring China’s Wild Tigers, CO-OP downtown!, The NEW Leadership Summer Institute
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY: Recyclemania is underway, Colby is in third in the NESCAC division!
** JOBS & INTERNSHIPS: Slow Food USA, NPS in Colorado and Montana, Summer Field Studies hiring Program Leaders!, and more
** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS:
Importance of Pursuing Policy Change a the State and Local Level: A Case Study of Maine’s Efforts to Ban Certain Toxins
Maine, Speaker of the House, Hannah Pingree
Noon, in the Fairchild Room in Dana. Join us at 11:30 for lunch with Speaker Pingree.
Representative Hannah Pingree is the 99th Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. This is Speaker Pingree’s fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives and her first as Speaker of the House. Rep. Pingree previously served as the House Majority Leader during the 123rd Legislature and was the House Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee during the 122nd Legislature. In her first term she was a member of the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee.
Prior to serving in the Maine Legislature, she was a fundraiser for the U.S. Senate campaign of Chellie Pingree, her mother. She also worked for two years in New York City as the political director and “Election 2000” producer for iVillage.com, the largest political internet site for women. In addition to serving in the Legislature, professionally, Hannah runs a capital campaign to build a new public school facility on North Haven.
In 2008, she successfully introduced and passed a new law that will eliminate dangerous toxic chemicals from household products that children are exposed to. In previous years, she sponsored new laws that banned other dangerous chemicals from Maine households, boosted rural broadband internet access, and ensured reliable records for electronic voting machines.
Hannah is an honors graduate of North Haven Community School, Brown University and was a 1998-99 Fellow for Leadership in Public Affairs for the Coro Foundation in New York City. In the Legislature she represents 11 islands and coastal towns. She grew up on the island of North Haven.
** ALSO ON CAMPUS:
School for Field Studies
Academic Liaison, Nicole Anderson on campus Wednesday, February 25
11 am – 2 pm in Pulver Pavilion
4 pm talk in Diamond 223
SFS Environmental Field Studies Abroad
5 Summer and Semester Programs in Costa Rica, Australia, Turks and Caicos, Kenya, and Baja Mexico each with a different research theme: Sustainable Development Studies, Tropical Rainforest Studies. Marine Ecology, Wildlife Management Studies, and Coastal Ecology/Marine Mammals.
The School for Field Studies envisions a world where people participate in the responsible, sustainable stewardship of our environment and share a commitment to actions that promote the well-being of the natural world and human communities.
With almost three decades of environmental work behind us, The School for Field Studies is known today as a leader in field-based international education. SFS alumni, now more than 13,000 strong, are making valuable contributions in a multitude of professions throughout the world. The mission of SFS is to deepen students' understanding of the relationships among environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic development. Committed to community reciprocity and guided by the principles of sustainable development, SFS employs a dynamic academic and research model that:
-Educates students about the complexity of local development and conservation issues through field-based teaching, scientific research and training;
-Creates a rich mosaic of research questions centered on supporting functional ecosystems while balancing the needs of human communities;
-Empowers local communities and decision makers to address their sustainable development challenges through applied research that informs local decision making; and
-Contributes to the scientific community through the dissemination of research, including peer-reviewed publications and professional meeting.
The School for Field Studies
10 Federal Street Suite 24
Salem, MA 01970
Mobile: 303 810 8137
SFS: 800 989 4418
** BEYOND CAMPUS:
Restoring China’s Wild Tigers: How Colby is Using GIS to Save an Endangered Species
Professor Philip Nyhus
Tuesday, February 24
6:30 pm, Waterville Public Library
How are Colby College students, an international research team, and the government of China working together to save the wild South China tiger?
Professor Philip Nyhus of Colby’s Environmental Studies Program will discuss the troubled state of the world’s tigers and describe this exciting project to identify and preserve habitat and reintroduce the critically endangered South China tiger to its historic range in Asia. Philip Nyhus is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College and co-editor of Tigers of the World: The Biology, Politics and Conservation of Panthera tigris.
Barrels Community Market
Great opportunity for students to get involved with the new Co-op downtown, Barrels Community Market. The first informational meeting will take place Monday, 2/23 at 6:30 PM in Miller 014.
More information below
Waterville Main Street is overseeing the development of a community market in Downtown Waterville. This market, called ‘Barrels’, will be a Non-profit retail marketplace located in downtown Waterville that showcases local goods and events and incorporates a great variety of volunteers from the community. Half of the first floor will be devoted to selling fresh locally and organically grown produce, meats, grains, dairy products, and baked goods. The other half will offer locally produced tools, crafts, home goods, kids things, textiles, pottery, and many other enticing products. The downstairs area will be defined as a community event space that hosts lectures, demonstrations, music, classes, and related performances.
The major goals include supporting local farmers and craftspeople, providing affordable goods to the greater Waterville community, revitalizing downtown through an emphasis on local productivity, and offering opportunities for community involvement and education to all those interested. On the educational side, we will partner with local schools, both K-12 and college/university, to incorporate their curricula, internships, work study programs, and student/faculty volunteer activities into the management and operation of the market.
We are currently moving into our new location at 74 Main Street, and we plan to open June 21st. Between now and then we have a ton of research and renovation tasks that need to be accomplished. The Barrels Market development team is working closely with a Colby team to recruit Colby student and faculty volunteers to help us get the market off the ground. At our kick-off meeting at 6:30 on the 23rd we will be recruiting people to sign up for one of the four following groups:
Survey potential consumers, distribute flyers and information, help build area partnerships
- Public Relations and Marketing
Help build shelves and display cases, renovate walls, arrange the space, general carpentry tasks
Help sort, arrange, and display the products, interface with suppliers, perform odd jobs, help track down essential equipment and goods we need to renovate (salvaged lumber and materials, storage and display equipment, live plants, etc.)
The NEW Leadership Summer Institute
It's no secret that women are still underrepresented in legislatures - both nationally and at the state level.
Happily, there's now another way to learn campaign and leadership skills and put women in the pipeline to power. It's the NEW Leadership Summer Institute
<http://mcspolicycenter.umaine.edu/?q=NEWleadership> offered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
The program will be held at the University of Maine in Orono from June 11-16, 2009. Join Maine Women's Lobby Executive Director Sarah Standiford and dozens of other Maine women leaders for a week of hands-on training and mentoring. The program is FREE for undergraduate women enrolled in any Maine college or university and to Maine residents enrolled in out-of-state schools. Please forward this e-mail on to anyone who might be interested!
Visit Maine NEW Leadership
<http://mcspolicycenter.umaine.edu/?q=NEWleadership> for more information and for application materials.
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILTITY
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.
The results from weeks 1-4:
Per Capita Classic - Competition Division
In this competition schools are competing to see which can collect the largest amount of acceptable recyclables per person.
Rank School Name Cumulative Recyclables Pounds/Person
1 Connecticut College 12.13
2 Tufts University 7.91
3 Colby College 6.84
4 Amherst College 6.50
5 Middlebury College 5.69
6 Bowdoin College 5.41
7 Trinity College 5.30
** JOBS and INTERNSHIPS
Summer Jobs for the NPS in Colorado and Montana
*******DEADLINE IN 2 WEEKS: MARCH 6, 2009**************>
The National Park Service Rocky Mountain Inventory & Monitoring Network is
looking for 2-3 field biological technicians to help out with vegetation,
soil, and stream monitoring in 6 Colorado and Montana National Parks this summer. Only current undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. The
job will be based out of Fort Collins,CO but most of the summer will be spent traveling and working outdoors. The students will also be part of a mentoring program at Rocky Mountain NP. This is an awesome opportunity to
spend some time in the national parks and gain federal job experience!We prefer students with some botanical training and experience in plant or stream ecology. Salary is based on experience and education (GS 4 or GS-5 level,$14.12 - $15.80/hr). In addition to salary, technicians will be>compensated for travel (~$20/day).
Please see our website and click on "Seasonal Jobs" for more information about the job and application procedure:
Applicants should submit electronic copies of their resume, one or two
reference letters (letters may be sent directly), current transcripts and
proof of enrollment to Donna Shorrock at email@example.com by March 6, 2009.
Please email or call Donna at 970-225-3583 if you have any questions.
Summer Field Studies hiring Program Leaders!
Summer Field Studies is seeking fun, caring, and knowledgeable staff to work with great groups of kids and fantastic peers. If you care deeply
about young people and their experiences in the outdoors, have a sense of humor, are excited to develop curriculum, and would love to spend
your summer exploring Bar Harbor and Acadia National park, you will want to join us!
More information about Summer Field Studies can be found on the website: http://coa.edu/html/summerfieldstudies.htm
Summer Field Studies for Children (SFS) is designed to offer young people the opportunity to explore and understand the ecology of Mount
Desert Island and nearby areas. Through an interdisciplinary, hands-on and minds-on approach to learning, students gain an understanding of the role played by humans and other organisms in their environments. Participants work in small groups of 9-12 with two adult leaders in a caring, fun and safe environment.
● Designing, preparing, and teaching environmental and outdoor
education activities in collaboration with Assistant Program Leaders.
● Supervising, evaluating, and working closely with Assistant Program
● Creating the safest possible environment for all student
● Upholding SFS program standards.
● Contributing to program support including equipment inventory and
maintenance, coordinating with other program leaders, developing SFS
curriculum materials, evaluating program success, and performing similar
duties at discretion of director.
The successful candidate will:
● Possess a B.A./B.S. or equivalent experience, preferably with an
emphasis in environmental education, early childhood education, life
sciences, or related field.
● Have extensive experience working with children.
● Possess knowledge of ecology and natural history, preferably of
● Demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and leadership.
● Have current first aid, CPR, and water safety certifications or
willingness to acquire prior to start of program.
● Be skilled in canoeing. (for grades 7-9)
● Be able to drive a twelve-passenger van.
Program Leader: $3,100 - $3,700 for season (~9 weeks)
Staff training: June 18 - June 26
Program sessions: June 29 - August 20
Closure/wrap-up: August 21
Most sessions meet for nine days (Monday through Friday of the first
week and Monday through Thursday of the second week) from 9-3. The
second Friday is a work day for meeting, planning, and staff
development. Planning and staff meetings are also scheduled before and
after the participants' day.
Low-cost housing is available in a 5-bedroom, refurbished farmhouse
located 7 miles outside of town or staff may find their own housing in
Submit application (can be found on website), cover letter, resume, and
contact information for 3 references.
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Official deadline: April 1,
Jean Marie Roth
Summer Field Studies Coordinator
Dorr Museum of Natural History
College of the Atlantic
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Center for Whole Communities
Outreach Coordinator <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=1d5c52b76441cf77>
Silver Spring, MD (Washington, DC area)
Policy Team Intern <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=1bf09e9e6d34f36d>
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
Apprentice & Mentor Positions <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=e7fcbb4ce3285548>
Rite of Passage Journeys
Summer Naturalist Intern <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=155d28bef0af6f5a>
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Action Campaigning Manager <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=83fa15946405c4e1>
Executive Assistant <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=0b689776f6c6cdc0>
Tulare County Citizens for Responsible Growth
Visalia, CA (county-wide)
Water and Climate Change Policy Internship <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=40310c7c6f4582a3>
Sierra Nevada Alliance
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Chief Operating Officer <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=2509f700e1234d1a>
Portland, OR (Downtown)
Blueberry Cove Camp Director <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=f2701e0bb939f0d9>
University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Tanglewood 4-H Camp
Tenants Harbor, ME (Lincolnville, Maine)
Office/Finance Manager and program support <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=6dcadd1282b83dda>
Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council
Lincoln City, OR
Program Director <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=e8346e00da42e280>
Community Organizing Intern <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=3d46e82d2ba6f96d>
Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County
Eureka, CA (Northern California)
Spring Internship <http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/r.php?id=b1e249adead9b760>
Slow Food USA