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November 14, 2006
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** UPCOMING ES EVENTS: ES Lunchtime Colloquium:The Bread and the Roses: Justice and
Nature in Environmentalism
** ES PROGRAM NEWS: Mellon Funds Available for Jan Plan
** GRAD/RESEARCH PROGRAMS: Michigan State University, Arizona State, Aston Unviersity
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS: Maine DEP, Biodiesel Intern, Society of Wetland Scientist
Fellowship, Urban Ecology Institute
** UPCOMING ES EVENTS: ES Evening Colloquium:"Sustainable Solutions: Entrepreneurship and
The Bread and the Roses: Justice and Nature in Environmentalism
Piers J. Hale, Science, Technology & Society Program, Colby College.
(ES 401 credit)
In the 1970s and 80s environmentalists on both sides of the Atlantic argued with some
urgency the necessity of changing how we in the west have traditionally viewed nature.
Valuing nature solely as a resource for our ever-increasing production and consumption
was the root of our environmental crisis. The answer, many suggested, was a change in
consciousness. Humans needed to recognise the interdependence of life and the inherent
value of natural entities, and acknowledge that our Promethean domination of nature was
not only immoral but unsustainable. Such was the urgency of this crisis that issues of
social justice were deemed largely secondary, and the grey Cold War ideologies that
had defined the extremes of global politics for a generation were contrasted with the new
Green politics of the future.
** ES PROGRAM NEWS: Mellon Funds Available for Jan Plan
Mellon Funds available
The Environmental Studies Program is very lucky to have received money from the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation that can be used to provide stipends to students who want to undertake
environmentally-related internships in the summer and over Jan Plan. If you are
interested in applying for a Mellon internship and you meet the following criteria,
please consider applying:
Criteria for Environmental Internship Stipend
* Preference for ES majors, ES minors/concentrations
* Current seniors eligible for January only
* Internship should be related to environmental science or policy coursework
* Preference for students interning in humanitarian, not-for-profit, and governmental
* Applicants must be in good academic standing and be able to demonstrate financial
* Summer internships require a minimum of 350 hours, cannot exceed 40 hours a week and
must comply with Federal wage and hour laws
* Applications should include the following:
* A written proposal describing the organization sponsoring the internship, the
internship responsibilities, and the relationship of the internship to environmental
science or policy coursework and to your future career goals;
* A letter of recommendation from a Colby faculty member;
* A current resume;
* A budget proposal listing projected income (including wages, stipends, family
contribution, gifts and other) and projected expenses (including transportation, housing,
utilities, food, and other); and
* A letter or other communication from the sponsoring organization confirming the
* Submit full application materials (electronic and hardcopy please) to Beth Kopp, box
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30
** GRAD/RESEARCH PROGRAMS: Dr. Shawn Riley and Dr. Meredith Gore, in the Department of
Fisheries and Wildlife ttp://www.fw.msu.edu> at Michigan State University, are seeking a
highly-qualified M.S. student to begin graduate studies in
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2007. Assistantship support is available through a combination of research
assistantships and fellowship opportunities. Thesis research will be developed to
address risk communication and management needs of wildlife stakeholders and advance
theory in the area of human dimensions of wildlife conservation and management. Project
will likely focus on understanding perceived wildlife-related risk and evaluating
communication programs designed to reduce perceived risks associated with human-wildlife
conflicts. Current and past research has focused on describing stakeholder perceived
impacts from white-tailed deer,understanding wildlife stakeholder acceptance capacity
for non-venomous snakes and rattlesnakes, understanding perceived risk associated with
human-black bear conflict, and describing the wildlife disease management system through
group model building. Interested candidates should review the Riley Lab web site for
more information about the type of work conducted in this program
<http://www.fw.msu.edu/people/riley>. The successful applicant will have emonstrated:
(1) scholarly and academic achievement through previous course work; (2) appropriate
work and/or experience in a natural resources field; (3) a commitment to advancing
theory and working on problem-directed research; (4) high motivation for a career in
wildlife conservation and management; and (5) positive past performance demonstrated
through strong, supportive recommendation letters. Inquiries about this opportunity may
be directed to Dr. Riley at _ firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>_ or Dr. Gore at
Meredith L. Gore, PhD
Michigan State University
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
13 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
Evolutionary and Community Ecology Course in the Amazon Rain Forest
Summer session with Arizona State University
Arizona State University is offering a 7-unit summer course in the Amazon Rain Forest on
May31rd-June22nd, 2006. The course will focus on Evolutionary and Community Ecology,
entirely in the field at Estacion Jatun Sacha in Amazonian Ecuador. Taxonomic specialties
focused in the course include, but are not limited to, reptiles, amphibians, primates,
and plants. Part of the course will focus on lectures, discussions, and group field
activities, and the last part will be devoted towards independent student research
projects. There will also be free-time activities such as a tour of the Ecuadorian
Capital, Quito, as well as whitewater rafting. A compete description of the course and
directions on applying are found at: www.ReptileResearch.org. Applications from
out-of-state students and sometimes non-Biology students are also accepted, based on
Paul Hamilton, M.A., Ph.D.
Director, Reptile Research
www.ReptileResearch.org -- Volunteering and Education
www.BiodiversityPhotography.org -- Nature Photography
phone: (520) 260-9280
fax: (815) 717-749
PO Box 1348
Tucson, AZ 85702-1348, USA
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Full-Time PhD Studentship
The Integration of Biodiversity Throughout the Lifecycle of a Development Project'
Environmental Systems and Safety Management Research Group
Applications are invited for a full-time industrial CASE PhD studentship, ideally to
begin in January 2007, which will be supervised at the University in close collaboration
with Middlemarch Environmental Ltd. The student stipend for 2007 will be £12,300 plus a
contribution from the industrial partner.
Developers invariably have an impact on biodiversity through their activities in creating
infrastructure within the landscape. Despite this there is no guidance relating to the
continuity between ecological planning, on site construction, and the management
necessary for successful long term biodiversity enhancement and maintenance.
The aim of the research project is therefore, to develop a methodology defining the
continuity of the process necessary to ensure that biodiversity is successfully maximised
throughout the life of a development project. The research will employ a case study
approach, engaging with organisations involved in the development process to gain an
understanding of current good practice. The outcome will be synthesised into a practical
tool for ensuring the long term success of the biodiversity enhancement associated with a
Applicants should possess an upper second or first class honours degree in an appropriate
discipline (e.g., geography, environmental science, planning etc), or an equivalent
qualification. Experience of planning or development processes, together with a good
understanding of biodiversity issues, would be preferable. Applicants should fulfil the
eligibility criteria for EPSRC funding through UK nationality and/or residency status
losing date for applications is Friday 10th November 2006.
For project, Research Group and industrial partner details see
How to Apply:
Application forms, reference forms and details of the entry requirements are available
Alternatively, for a hard copy of the form please Email.
The completed form should be submitted to:
Dr Peter Hedges,
School of Engineering and Applied Science,
Birmingham B4 7ET
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS:
DEP: Early Notice: Lakes Environmental Summer Positions
The Maine DEP and the Volunteer Monitoring Program will have openings for between one and
three summer project positions-internships for dealing with lakes-related projects in
2007. The exact scope of work will be detailed early in 2007. We will endeavor to
accommodate the interests and abilities of the interns, but we anticipate that each
intern will help with a wide range of operations both in the field (lake monitoring,
environmental surveys, etc) and volunteer training and communications (workshop
preparation, one-one one contacts with volunteers and on site re-training, etc.)
The primary feature of the internship will be to exposure to a variety of NGO and state
government programs, working directly with professionals in the field, with an emphasis
on lake monitoring. More detail will be forthcoming.
We would like your help in recruiting individuals who may be interested in this
opportunity. Could you let me know what the best avenue is for me to get the word out to
ME DEP Lake Assessment Section
SHS 17, Augusta, ME 04333
(207)287-7798 (fax -7191)
Organization: Atlas Arckology
Contact: Laura Cavin
Description: The Atlas Biodiesel Share (ABS) is a segment of Atlas Arckology, which is a
non-profit organization that facilitates sustainable living through various endeavors.
ABS is designed to advance real world efforts to promote sustainability and address a
number of issues that surround localized and small-scale biodiesel production. The
biodiesel program is growing and needs dedicated and motivated interns who are excited to
be engaged in hands on learning experience.
Biodiesel production: collection of grease throughout the area, processing veggie oil
into biodiesel, design and construct a veggie oil shed, advancing wash and methanol
recovery systems, industrial soap making, advance composting of residual veggie oil.
Education/presentations: assisting with getting information to the community, developing
educational programs, and investigating possible partnerships with other local businesses
Written work: a grant writer is needed to find funding sources for this non-profit
program, organizational research, and potential research projects.
Qualifications: No experience necessary! Only a desire to learn and expand renewable
Location: Montrose, CO
Start Date: open until filled
Hours: part time
Compensation: Stipend available, contact for information.
SWS Minority Undergraduate Travel Fellowships
The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) announces the availability of undergraduate
student fellowships for travel to attend the annual SWS meeting June 10-15, 2007 in
Sacramento, California. SWS is committed to increasing diversity in its membership and is
offering full travel fellowships and mentoring at the meeting for undergraduate students
from underrepresented groups. SWS was awarded an Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental
Biology (UMEB) grant from the National Science Foundation to support this effort.
Undergraduate student participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United
States or its possessions. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a
degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associates degree.
Students who are transferring from one institution to another and are enrolled at neither
institution during the intervening summer may participate. Preference will be given to
applicants interested in a career in any aspect of wetland science or policy and willing
to present results of undergraduate research at the poster session of the Annual Meeting.
Application materials and additional information are available from Dr. Frank P. Day, Old
Dominion University (firstname.lastname@example.org). Application deadline is November 15, 2006.
Urban Ecology Institute AmeriCorps*VISTA
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (MA)
The Urban Ecology Institute promotes the stewardship of healthy urban ecosystems by
improving science and civic education for middle and high school youth and by working
with urban neighborhoods to protect and restore critical natural resources.
We are seeking a volunteer coordinator (1 opening) for a one year term of service through
the AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) Program.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage and expand a volunteer corps that serves our Sustainable Cities, Education
Program, and Neighborhood Wellness initiatives.
Organize and lead training sessions
Recruit and interview potential volunteers
Organize volunteer "appreciation" events
Manage volunteer communication
Manage volunteer database
Develop UEI community connection tools (e.g. E-Newsletter)
Assess current volunteer program and implement necessary expansions/improvements
Work with UEI staff to identify volunteer roles and organize participation schedules
Skills and Qualifications
We are looking for a hard-working, dedicated, self-starter who desires a rewarding and
challenging experience in environmental education and community organizing. Only
applicants dedicated to a year of public service through AmeriCorps*VISTA, the domestic
Peace Corps, should apply. You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent
resident alien of the United States.
Required: experience managing people; experience as a volunteer; excellent writing and
communication skills; attention to detail; ability to handle multiple tasks and
prioritize; well organized; commitment to serving people in low-income communities;
interest in leadership development; ability to work with diverse groups of people;
ability to work independently as well as part of a team; ability to work in fast paced,
but friendly environment; basic Microsoft Office computer skills. A positive attitude and
sense of humor are a must.
Desirable: bilingual, community organizing or community development experience,
familiarity with Boston's local environment and school systems, experience in (or
interest in learning) graphic design.
** Please visit our website at www.urbaneco.org for more details regarding our
organization, job duties and qualifications. **
January 23, 2007. Positions are full-time and one year long with the possibility of
re-enrollment for a second year.
AmeriCorps*VISTA will provide a relocation and living allowance. Members that complete a
year of service may choose either a $4725 education award or a $1200 stipend. For more
information on the AmeriCorps*VISTA program please visit www.americorps.org.
Applications will not be accepted after December 1, 2006.
Early applicants will be given top consideration. All applicants must submit an
AmeriCorps*VISTA application which can be found at https://recruit.cns.gov.
Applicants are also asked to send a cover letter, résumé, and 3-4 page writing sample
Urban Ecology Institute
355 Higgins Hall
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill MA 02467
Electronic mail: email@example.com
Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
4846 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8848
Office: 221 Lunder House