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October 16, 2006
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** Upcoming ES Program Events: "Watershed Wisdom" -- Wednesday at noon in the Fairchild
** Campus Sustainability: Talk with Bro about Campus Sustainability
** ES Program News: Jan Plan courses
** Beyond Colby: Maine Mountain Conference
** Jobs and Internships: Chewonki, Environment Maine, New England Wild Flower Society,
Marine Resources Workshop,
** Upcoming ES Program Events:
Mike Little, Executive Director Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance
Wednesday, October 18
12:00 in the Fairchild Room in Dana. Join us at 11:30 for lunch with Mike
Mike will discuss BRCA as a Land Trust and a Watershed Protection organization - and how
to they get the word out to their members and the public.
** Campus Sustainability
Lunch with Bro
Sustainability month continues. Bro has agreed to focus on SUSTAINABILITY during his
scheduled lunch in the Fairchild Room in Dana at 11:30 on Thursday, October 19th. Please
join us and bring YOUR ideas for the continuing GREENING of Colby.
Organic Farming Outing
Friday, October 20
The emerging Organic Farming Club is having its first outing. If you are interested in
spending an afternoon learning about organic farming with a wonderful farming family in
Palermo, planting garlic and pressing cider, please contact Kiira Heymann
email@example.com or beth.kopp for more details.
** ES Program News
Jan plan sign ups are underway. Check out these great courses!
113j Women and the Environment The diverse and complex ways in which women and the
natural environment intersect, using the works and voices of prominent women
environmentalists and authors, including Rachel Carson and Terry Tempest Williams. Topics
include how women around the globe participate in environmental issues, how women's
participation has influenced Western science and environmental policy, and how the
physical and chemical environment uniquely impacts women's health. An important theme of
the course is that understanding the experiences, messages, and actions of women is
critical to our approach to environmental issues today. Three credit hours. Gail CARLSON
173j Environmental Law and Indian Tribes: The "Rez" and the "Hood" An examination
of environmental decision-making in the context of the most regulated lands in the United
States--Indian reservations. An overview of Indian law and policy will be followed by a
look at layers of government involved in federal environmental regulation. Will consider
environmental justice issues in the context of a solid waste proposal for a reservation.
Readings include edited judicial opinions that illustrate the historic threads of
national environmental and Indian policies. For the final project students will consider
an environmental issue involving a selected tribe and its neighbors. Three credit hours.
S. Peter SLY
197j Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems Our food and agricultural system is
under ever-increasing scrutiny, with critics identifying social, environmental, health,
and long-term economic challenges posed by the existing industrial model. Explores ideas
of sustainability in the context of food and agriculture, introducing students to
sociological theories and methods to answer questions like: How does the food system
impact the environment? What is the relationship between agriculture and social justice?
What kind of agriculture is most sustainable? Special attention will be paid to the local
food system in Maine and New England. Three credit hours. S. Ann FINAN
197j Introduction to Marine Organisms and Habitats An introduction to the
principles of marine science with a focus on biology. Students will research life
histories and evolutionary aspects of marine organisms. Together we will discuss the
physical properties of the marine environment and take an academic tour of marine
habitats. Three credit hours. N. SISSON
** Beyond Colby
2006 MAINE MOUNTAIN CONFERENCE
Saturday, October 21, 2006
The first Maine Mountain Conference was held in 1972. Its purpose was to provide a venue
for experts to discuss the natural qualities of the mountain region in the state and to
promote conservation. One of the successful outcomes of the Maine Mountain Conference was
to convince the Land Use Regulation Commission of the need for protective zoning for land
above 2,700 feet. As development pressures creep into the mountains it is clear that
attention must once again be focused on the continued importance of Maine's mountain
regions and the need for considerably more protection of the special values they
Please join us on Saturday October 21, 2006 at the Saddleback Lodge in Rangeley for the
2006 Maine Mountain Conference.
- What we've learned about Maine's mountains since 1972
- The conservation imperative for the Maine mountains
Workshops will include:
- Understanding the mountains of Maine
- Community voices of the Maine mountains
- Future visions for the Maine mountains
Enjoy lunch, poster displays and exhibits and meet other participants.
NOTE: The presentations recorded at the 1972 conference are fascinating. You can view
and/or download a scanned .pdf copy using the link below.
Click to view the Conference Brochure and a printable registration form.
For more information: http://www.matlt.org/Conference.asp
** JOBS and INTERNSHIPS:
Girls Program Director
Position Available for Hire -- November 2006
The Chewonki Foundation is a year round non-profit educational institution based on a
400-acre peninsula on the coast in Wiscasset, Maine. With more than 90 years of
exploration and learning behind us, Chewonki is Maines leading institution for
conservation and natural history education. Our Summer Camp, Wilderness Trips, Maine
Coast Semester, and Center for Environmental Education are nationally recognized for the
transformative experiences they provide. We challenge young people and enrich their
lives by providing them with the confidence and the skills to become inspiring leaders
wherever they go.
Description of Position: The Chewonki Foundation is seeking a candidate who can
facilitate the development and growth of new and existing programs for girls, including
coed programs. This position requires an organized, motivated person, who can work both
independently and within Chewonki's organizational structure, remaining available for the
staff and female campers, and contributing to the larger Chewonki community.
Qualifications: Management experience in a non-profit organization which includes
program development and administrative experience; ability to collaborate effectively
with coworkers and experience supervising and training staff; knowledge of womens
issues and adolescent girl development; an interest in Maines ecology and history;
wilderness trip leading experience; fundraising experience; computer proficiency;
positive outlook and attitude. Commensurate work experience and a minimum of a BA or BS
is required, while a Masters degree in Education, Program Administration, Womens
Studies or a related field is preferred. A three-year commitment is strongly preferred.
Responsibilities: Responsibilities will evolve and shift from year-to-year as
programming for girls expands.
Program Management: Canoe Expedition for Maine Girls, Wood Cove for Girls, Explorers for
Girls, Coed Trips
The Program Director will work in collaboration with the Camp Director and Director of
Wilderness Programs to manage and grow Chewonki's existing girls and coed programs, and
assist with the promotion and logistical planning associated with each of these trips.
The Program Director will market program opportunities, including promotional press
releases, newsletter articles, and slideshow presentations, and develop relationships
with girls organizations, school counselors, educators, and youth program coordinators.
In addition, the Program Director will oversee the Canoe Expedition for Maine Girls and
review applications and financial aid requests, conduct interviews, select and train
mentors, supervise trip leaders, set-up riverside meetings with field teachers, and
organize two public events.
Development of New Girls Programs
The Program Director will facilitate the visioning of new Chewonki girls programs and
conduct research on program design choices, viability, and practical steps toward
achieving goals. An advisory committee will support this visioning work and research,
offering counsel and contacts. The Program Director will be responsible for convening
and facilitating committee meetings and ensuring that agreed-upon plans are put into
action. In conjunction with the President, Chewonkis Board of Trustees, and other
administrators, the Program Director will help to oversee the development of the
infrastructure for expanded girls wilderness trip offerings and a residential summer camp
Hiring and Staff Management
The Girls Program Director will assist the Camp Director and the Director of Wilderness
Programs in hiring trip leaders, counselors, and other essential support staff.
The Girls Program Director will work in conjunction with the Camp Director and the
Director of Wilderness Programs to design and implement specialized staff training
focused on developing skills in and knowledge about group facilitation, issues specific
to girls programs and curriculum, and girls development.
In collaboration with Chewonkis Development Office, the Girls Program Director will
research local and national foundations with missions aligned with the objectives of
Chewonkis girls programs and will write grants to cover specific operating costs, help
build the Endowment for Girls Programs and build capacity for new innovative programming
for girls and women. In addition, the Program Director will maintain grant reporting,
individual solicitation, develop and maintain funder relationships, organize annual
fundraising events, orchestrate annual appeals to individual donors, manage fiscal
responsibilities, track expenses, and write and maintain budgets.
The Girls Program Director will establish a comprehensive strategy for recruiting
prospective students in partnership with the Camp Director and the Director of Wilderness
Programs. Chewonki works with organizations such as Summer Search Foundation to recruit
students from a broader demographic for all summer programs. In addition, recruiting
visits to targeted communities will focus attention on finding prospective students from
underserved populations, including Maines Native and immigrant communities. The Program
Director will also be responsible for building relationships with organizations and
leaders within these communities to find ways in which Chewonkis staff and programs can
better serve students from all ethnicities and walks of life.
The Girls Program Director will receive an annual salary of $26,000-$28,000 and a health
benefit package. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Application Procedure: Send cover letter and resume by October 13th to
Garth Altenburg, Camp Director
THE CHEWONKI FOUNDATION
485 CHEWONKI NECK ROAD
WISCASSET, MAINE 04578
Phone: (207) 882-7323
Fax: (207) 882-4074
MARINE RESOURCES POPULATION DYNAMICS WORKSHOP
January 6-12, 2007
Summerland Key, Florida
All expenses paid for the 15 undergraduate students selected to participate.
Sponsored by the National Marine Fisheries Service and Virginia Tech.
If you have a strong quantitative background and a basic understanding of ecology, we
encourage you to apply!
In the past three years, 46 students representing 29 colleges and universities in 14
states have participated in this workshop.
All 46 replied that they would recommend this workshop to others. 87% of the
participants rated the workshop as excellent. 85% of the workshop participants agreed
that they had developed a better sense of what they would like to do for a career because
of the workshop.
For more information and to find application materials, visit our website at:
Jim Berkson, Ph.D.
Unit Leader and Associate Professor
National Marine Fisheries Service RTR Unit at Virginia Tech
A Unit of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center
114 Cheatham Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0321
540 231-5910 (voice) / 540 231-7580 (fax)
firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim.Berkson@noaa.gov
January Internship-Environmental Research-Portland, ME-Environment Maine
Research interns are an important resource for the numerous campaigns and the educational
outreach of Environment Maine. Environmental problems here in Maine may seem complex
before research elucidates the specifics. Research interns find important data, point
out trends in the information, and present the trends to decision-makers and the public
in an accessible way. The position is open to students who want to learn more about a
particular issue, improve their writing and communication skills, and learn more about
the affects of information on policy.
Environment Maine 39 Exchange St. #301 Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 253-1965 Fax: (207) 253-1966
Native Plant Horticulture Intern New England Wild Flower Society
Contact: Rolf Schilling
Description: The Interns will gain hands-on experience identifying and cultivating North
American native plants in a botanical garden setting. As part of this experience, interns
will asssist in all aspects of botanic garden management at Garden in the Woods, to
include: use of proper horticultural practices (such as planting, pruning, weed
management, soil fertility, and irrigation), renovation, construction of new gardens,
inventory and plant record keeping, and public education. This is an opportunity to gain
useful experience working alongside staff caring for gardens and natural areas, planning
and leading projects, writing articles, and managing volunteers. Interns will get a
chance to complete a special project of their interest, participate in educational
activities, network with professionals, and attend field trips. Provides a break into
both horticulture and native plant studies.
Qualifications: Candidates should have some familiarity with horticultural practices and
Location: Framingham, MA
Duration: 6 months
Start Date: March-May 2006 (earlier is better)
Hours: 8am to 5pm
Compensation: $240/week plus free housing within walking distance of Garden in the Woods.
Interns may participate in classes, field trips, and will have access to networking with
Application Procedure: To apply, send resume, cover letter, and a list of three
references. See us at www.newfs.org for further details and background information.
Deadline: February 6, 2007
Wildlife research and community development expedition in Kenya
Your students can gain valuable fieldwork experience as an active member of a Global
Vision International research expedition during their summer vacation or after their
studies. Expedition members are required to join the GVI research team throughout the
year to participate in biodiversity studies in Kenya, near the border of Tanzania. There
is a free careers abroad field work placement and job vacancy service for all former
GVI is particularly interested in recruiting students from the fields of environmental
science, zoology, biology and other related degree courses. College credit is available
with many North American Universities. Please share this information with your students
(and fellow professors).
Volunteer as a member of GVI's research team and experience dolphins, primates and big
game. The expedition looks at the biodiversity of the immediate region around Shimoni
which is on the Kenyan border with mainland Tanzania - a unique opportunity to combine
marine, forest and national park research. The expedition also examines how local
communities affect and utilize the region's natural resources, and aims to help these
communities profit from their resources in a sustainable manner.
Expedition members are needed for periods of 5, 10 and 15 weeks.Projects include: marine
mammal research recording bottlenose dolphins, Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins, Spinner
dolphins and larger cetacean such as Humpback whales; marine mega-fauna research,
including turtles, whalesharks, and manta rays (seasonal,); big game and community
projects in National Parks eg. elephant relocation, rare coral rag forest exploration and
primate surveys including Angolan Black and White monkeys. No experience is necessary as
the GVI training program will provide a baseline and holistic understanding of all
aspects of the area and project work.
*Global Vision International*
Critical conservation and humanitarian projects in over 30 countries rely on GVI for
volunteers, promotion and direct funding. GVI works locally with its partners to promote
sustainable development through environment research, conservation and education. GVI
volunteers benefit from exceptional support, training and an internship program. For more
information about GVI visit www.gviusa.com <http://www.gviusa.com>
North American Regional Manager
www.gviusa.com email@example.com Global Vision
252 Newbury Street,
Boston, MA 02116
Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
4846 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8848
Office: 221 Lunder House