> ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
> September 17, 2007
> In this issue:
> ** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS: Wednesday night, Environmental Studies Program Evening Colloquia: Janisse Ray, Writer, naturalist and activist
> ** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainable greens in Bobs, Northeast Campus Sustainability Conference -- students can get PAID to attend!
> ** ALSO ON CAMPUS: STS lecture series begins, Peace Corps on campus
> ** BEYOND COLBY: Common Ground Fair: Come to the Fair and see why Downeast Magazine calls Common Ground "Maine's most authentic country fair, uniting, as it does, old-time folkways with progressive ideas about living the good life on a fragile planet.", The Great Turning: Education, Leadership and Activism for a Life Sustaining Civilization, PowerShift 2007
> ** JOBS and INTERNSHIPS: Greenpeace, Farm Apprentice in Portland, Conservation of Southwest Florida, Medomak Valley Land Trust
> ** UPCOMING ES PROGRAM EVENTS:
> Wednesday, September 19
> 7:00 in Olin 1
> Janisse Ray, Writer, naturalist and activist and author of three books of literary nonfiction
> Living as if We Believe in the Future
> Ray is author of three books of literary nonfiction including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast. She has been visiting professor at Coastal Carolina University, scholar-in-residence at Florida Gulf Coast University, and writer-in-residence at Keene State College and Green Mountain College. She was the John and Renee Grisham writer-in-residence 2003-04 at the University of Mississippi. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and in 2007 was awarded an honorary doctorate from Unity College in Maine. She is coming to Colby to deliver a lecture on nature, community, sustainability and the politics of wholeness. As an organizer and activist Ray works to create sustainable communities, local food systems, a stable global climate, intact ecosystems, clean rivers, life-enhancing economies, and participatory democracy.
> If you would like to read a piece from Janisse ahead of time, check out this great article in Orion Magazine:
> ** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY:
> Maine Greens
> This year, Roberts salad bar is going sustainable, featuring locally-grown produce. Enjoy veggies from Maine farms, year 'round. Watch the changes and thank Dining Services for the extra effort getting us eating seasonally and locally.
> Northeast Campus Sustainability Conference 2007 Conference
> Envisioning the Sustainable Campus in 2020: Working Together to Get There
> October 8 & 9, 2007 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine
> Join sustainability professionals from throughout the Northeast at our 4th annual conference. The two day conference will be an engaging mix of plenary sessions, issue forums and workshops. We aim to create a collective vision of a sustainable campus and strategize the pathways to a solution. We will look at the campus as a system and explore how we can reduce our overall environmental footprint. The 5 major themes for this year include: Campus Visioning and Planning; Financing Sustainability; Food Footprint; Power without Pollution; and It's About People.
> **12 days left to register! (Registration deadline September 24th)
> For more on the conference go to our website at: http://bowdoin.edu/conferences/necsc
> Students: We are looking for a few students to work at this event (van driving (we’re taking a field trip up to Chewonki!), help with registration, take notes at conference sessions, and just mill around at the reception and talk with people. It should be a fun job. The 150 conference attendees will mostly be campus sustainability coordinators from throughout the northeast and the eastern Canadian provinces. There are only 5 open positions. If you are interested, please email email@example.com, asap, or talk to Beth firstname.lastname@example.org)
> ** ALSO ON CAMPUS:
> Climate Change and Ocean Engineering
> Friday, Sept. 28, 4:00 p.m.
> Lovejoy 100
> The first speaker in this year's STS series will be Justin Grubich, an oceanographer and policy specialist who is currently a AAAS Fellow in Washington, DC.
> PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION
> You wake to the sound of an alarm clock, and make your way to your work via the local coffee shop. How about at this time next year waking to parrots squabbling, roosters crowing, kids playing, or morning prayers from the mosque? Coffee? Of course, but it could be at your neighbor's, over a fire, or you may have to harvest the coffee beans yourself! To be overseas next spring, summer or fall, apply online as soon as possible - < https://www.peacecorps.gov/apply/now/index.cfm?&&cid=bromaine >.
> Peace Corps Information Table
> Monday, September 17, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Page Commons Room Lobby, Cotter Union
> Peace Corps Information Session
> Monday, September 17, 7:00 p.m., Cotter Union 111 (formerly Lower Spa)
> Questions? Contact Jessi Flynn at 617-565-5552 or email email@example.com.
> ** BEYOND COLBY:
> Common Ground Fair
> MOFGA celebrates its 31st Common Ground Country Fair on September 21, 22 & 23, in Unity, Maine. The Fair allows fairgoers to make connections with a rapidly expanding base of organic farms in the state of Maine. Hundreds of vendors, exhibitors and demonstrators, more than 1,000 volunteers, and roughly 50,000 fairgoers will gather to: share knowledge about sustainable living; eat delicious, organic, Maine-grown food; buy and sell beautiful Maine crafts and useful agricultural products; compete in various activities; dance; sing and have a great time.
> The Great Turning: Education, Leadership and Activism for a Life Sustaining Civilization
> October 17-20, 2007
> Geneva Point Conference Center, Moultonboro, NH
> Sponsored by Audubon Expedition Institute of Lesley University
> The purpose of this conference is to pose critical questions about the challenges and opportunities we face as we work toward a life sustaining civilization, and the different ways we choose to respond to them. The conference will focus on the strategies of environmental activism and environmental education. Participants will engage body, mind and spirit in collaborative dialogue with each other and with the Earth. As we learn from this dialogue we will explore our personal and professional commitments to act on behalf of a just and sustainable future.
> Keynote Speakers: Winona LaDuke, David Abram, Bill McKibben, Jim Rough, and many more.
> For more information visit the conference site at: http://lesley.edu/gsass/audubon/conference_great_turning.html
> The first-ever youth global warming summit is happening November 2 - 5th at the University of Maryland - College Park
> All across the country, tens of thousands of young adults are rising to confront the global warming challenge. Power Shift is designed to build off of the momentum on campuses and catapult the youth global warming movement to the next level. On Nov. 2nd, thousands of youth leaders will converge on the Washington, D.C. area for Power Shift 2007, the largest climate conference ever held.
> Youth leaders from across the country will hear from invited leaders and experts on global warming including invited speakers former Vice President Al Gore, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Carol Browner, former head of the EPA. You will learn new skills, make new connections with other youth leaders, and establish a national voice for their generation that now is the time to address global warming.
> Register now at www.powershift07.org.
> To be a part of this historical event, sign up to be a campus coordinator to recruit your peers to attend.
> For more information or to get involved please contact Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-281-7270 or Colby's on campus organizer, "John P. Campbell" <email@example.com>
> ** SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
> NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships 150 Internship Opportunities Sought for Summer 2008
> NOAA's Office of Education (OEd) is seeking NOAA offices and programs to host Undergraduate Scholarship recipients in the Hollings Scholarship and Educational Partnership Programs.
> Beginning May 27, 2008, scholarship recipients will participate in a 10-week OEd funded internship in NOAA-related research, technological, policy, management and education activities.
> Please take advantage of the added support -- and give students an excellent opportunity to work on a discrete project in the 10-week time period. Forms for use in identifying this project may be requested through StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov
> < mailto:StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov>.
> For more details, please visit the following:
> *Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program: * http://www.oesd.noaa.gov
> *Education Partnership Undergraduate Scholarship Program: http://epp.noaa.gov
> Undergraduate scholars must be U.S. citizens and full-time undergraduate students majoring in NOAA-related disciplines. These include, but are not limited to, the oceanic, environmental and atmospheric sciences; mathematics; engineering; remote sensing; technology; and physical and social sciences, including geography, physics, hydrology and teacher education that supports NOAA's programs and mission.
> firstname.lastname@example.org - A forum for discussing ecology and the environment in anthropology and related social sciences.
> For more information, or to unsubscribe, visit our website at http://www.eanth.org
> ** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS
> Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Conservation Associate/Internship
> Naples, FL
> NAPLES NATURE DISCOVERY CENTER: Care for live exhibits, consisting of over 125 species of wildlife. Assist staff with animal collection at coastal locations. Teach ecological programs to audiences of all ages and provide tours and assist with lecture series, school programs and special events. 6-9 month positions available on a rotating basis.
> WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTER: Assist in care and treatment of injured, sick and orphaned Florida wildlife together with cleaning and maintenance of facility. Position includes rehabilitation, animal rescue, daily feedings and animal handling. 6 month commitment required. Previous experience or skills handling wildlife preferred.
> ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY/NAPLES OFFICE: Assist Policy Department staff in researching environmental issues on a local, regional, state or federal level, tracking environmental issues, and assisting in administrative duties as well as writing research summaries and policy position statements. Position may include opportunities to plan and develop reports, conferences and activities relating to community outreach on policy issues. BS or BA in environmental policy or the natural sciences preferred.
> ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FIELD RESEARCH: Assist the Environmental Science staff in a variety of research projects that may include wetland assessments, water quality monitoring, mangrove research, panther habitat survey, or sea turtle research. Additional duties as assigned are data entry, sample processing, and equipment maintenance. BS or BA in a scientific field required. Willingness to work outdoors in humid conditions and ability to learn field survey techniques. 6 month positions available on a rotating basis.
> ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION/SUMMER DAY CAMP: Teach a variety of lessons in science and ecology both on and off site at an 8-week education intensive summer camp. Assist lead counselors with program development, and delivery to K-8th grade. Serve as a responsible counselor and positive role model. Lead games, crafts and field trips to area wildlife locations such as beaches, swamps and parks. Must have an academic background in science, education or comparable discipline. Teaching experience preferred. Position open May 21 to August 8, 2008. (some flexibility on start date).
> Minimum of senior in college for all applicants, strong commitment to the conservation of biodiversity, environmental quality, and natural resources. Plus other qualifications listed for individual internship.The conservancy is a drug free and smoke free workplace. Non-compliance will result in immediate dismissal.
> Application Procedure:
> call, write or email your request for an application. Send application, cover letter, resume, and transcripts to: Sharon Truluck, Human Resources Director, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1450 Merrihue drive, Naples, fl 34102. Phone: 239-403-4213. Email address: email@example.com. Web site: www.conservancy.org.
> 47th Avenue Farm, Farm Apprentice
> Portland, OR
> Laura Masterson
> Apprentices in the program work long hours and learn
> about all aspects of farm work. We do most of the seeding, transplanting, weeding, thinning, irrigation and harvesting on the farm by hand. This requires physical strength and stamina. You can expect a 50-hour work week including monthly Saturday work parties, and occasional field trips. Education is primarily through hands-on experience, but
> apprentices will also receive several hours of classroom education each month.
> The farm is a fertile learning ground for those who are
> willing to work hard. If you have a sincere interest in
> farming and fit the description above, please fill out our application form and send it to us with your resume and three references.
> The 47th Avenue Farm is a close-knit community of farm workers, CSA members, and volunteers. Apprentices must be willing and able to work hard, take initiative, be reliable and responsible, and follow directions. Everyone on the farm team needs to be highly motivated to work quickly and efficiently by themselves and work well others. A good sense of humor comes in handy too. We prioritize applicants who have already received some basic agricultural training and those who are able to visit the farm. Also on our wish list of skills that the ideal farm apprentice would bring to the job are organizational talent, past supervisory and/or leadership responsibilities, some Spanish language skills, and familiarity with computers.
> mid-Oct '07 to mid-Nov '08
> Start Date:
> $750/mo + CSA share
> Application Procedure:
> Greenpeace Organizing Term Coordinator
> Katie Flynn-Jambeck, firstname.lastname@example.org
> The Greenpeace Student Program was created to train and mobilize a diverse new generation of environmental leaders to win Greenpeace campaigns. The primary programs are the Greenpeace Student Network and the Greenpeace Organizing Term (GOT). The GOT is a semester or summer-long environmental training program filled with training, travel, and action. The GOT prepares the country’s best emerging student activists to mobilize their campuses on Greenpeace campaigns. Students learn through more than 50 training’s, hands-on campaign work, mentorship from staff, teamwork, and by mobilizing students across the country. Coursework includes grassroots organizing, strategic campaign planning, direct action climbing and boating, nonviolence, working with the media, building groups, leadership, and Greenpeace values, history, and current campaigns. The GOT includes a weeklong trip abroad for students to meet international Greenpeace activists.
> Priorities include:
> Training and coaching students in classroom, campaign, and one-on-one settings;
> Working with campaign staff and the student organizing manager to design and manage student campaign work;
> Recruiting trainers;
> Refining and developing specific training’s as well as overall curriculum;
> Managing students and logistics during international trip; and
> Frequent evaluations of the program.
> This position will report to the student-organizing manager. In the absence of the student-organizing manager, the team member will report to the grassroots outreach director.
> EDUCATION: BA/BS Degree preferred or equivalent experience.
> A minimum of two years experience as a grassroots organizer.
> Proven ability to develop grassroots leaders, inspire activists, and build lasting long-term relationships.
> Proven ability to work both independently and in close coordination with a team.
> Prior experience as a trainer or educator.
> Strong skills and experience in key campaigning areas: public speaking, activist training, strategic planning, organizing people around an issue, oral and written communication, and problem solving skills.
> Ability and willingness to travel.
> Proven leadership.
> Commitment to non-violence as a means of affecting change.
> Start Date:
> Jan 2, 2008
> Full Time Compensation: $38,801.82
> Application Procedure: Please send resume, cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample to: Human Resources email@example.com
> Linda Capato
> Recruitment Coordinator
> Greenpeace Organizing Term
> 877-450-3517 ext. 320
> Spend a Semester with Greenpeace http://www.greenpeace.org/got
> Spring and Summer 2008 programs are filling up quickly! Applications are due on October 12th.
> Apply at http://www.greenpeace.org/got
> The semester is offered in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco Greenpeace offices. Contact program staff with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-450-3517 ext. 320. Greenpeace USA Got@wdc.greenpeace.org http://www.greenpeace.org/got
> Medomak Valley Land Trust
> River Outreach Specialist (AmeriCorps Member)
> MVLT seeks a dependable and self-motivated individual to fill the position of River Outreach Specialist (ROS). The ROS will work to raise awareness and knowledge of the Medomak River through educational programs and outreach activities. Specific tasks will include volunteer recruitment and management, event coordination, trail and preserve management, publicity, facilitation of trail coalition meetings, and records management. The ROS will also work with the Alewife Enhancement Project to implement fishway improvements and population sampling, develop anadromous fisheries educational presentations, and organize community meetings to discuss alewife restoration options. Approximately 30% of time will be spent on fieldwork. The ideal candidate will be reliable, detail-oriented, and committed to quality work; have computer, writing and public speaking skills; and be interested in the outdoors and land conservation. This is an 11 to 12 month position. Salary: $11,100, plus health care and child care benefits and a $4,725 education award on completion of service. To apply: send letter of interest and resume to Liz Petruska, Medomak Valley Land Trust, P.O. Box 180, Waldoboro, ME 04572, or be email at email@example.com. A more detailed description of the position can be found at www.medomakvalley.org.
> Beth Kopp
> Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
> Colby College
> 5356 Mayflower Hill Drive
> Waterville, Maine 04901
> Office: 208 Diamond Building