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October 30, 2006
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** UPCOMING ES EVENTS: ES Lunchtime Colloquium:"The Heritage of Maine's Coastal
Communities", Off Campus Studies Panel
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY: 3-Mile Loop Clean Up -- A Success
** ALSO ON CAMPUS: Energy Symposium
** BEYOND COLBY: Stopping the Toxic Legacy: What Babies and Whales are Telling Us about
** GRAD PROGRAMS: Madascascar, Iowa State, Montana
** Jobs and Internships: Green Corps, the Climate Campaign, Greenpeace Organizer, The
Pfeiffer Center Internship
** Upcoming ES Program Event:
Wednesday, November 1
12:00 in the Fairchild Room in Dana. Join us at 11:30 for lunch with Jen
Jen Litteral, Marine Programs Director, Island Institute
"The Heritage of Maine's Coastal Communities"
The state of fisheries and working waterfront access in Maine over the past 100 years and
how we deal with change.
(ES 401 credit)
OFF CAMPUS STUDY PANEL
Thursday November 2 at 4:30 in Olin 1
Professor David Firmage will host a forum to discuss the steps to finding an Off Campus
Study Program. He will be joined by ES seniors who have returned with tales and photos
of their experiences.
** ALSO ON CAMPUS:
Energy Symposium: All Meetings in Roberts Union, Whitney Room
Thursday, November 9
Session I: Fossil Fuels 1:30 pm - 3:00
Elizabeth Wilson, affiliation: "A Global Look at Energy Resources: Challenges from
Fossil Fuels to Renewables"
Leonard Reich, Colby College, "US Energy Consumption and Peak Oil: History, Policy,
Moderator: Paul Josephson
Session II: Nuclear Power: 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Steve Kerekes, Nuclear Energy Institute, "US Nuclear Energy Futures"
Paul Josephson, Colby College, "Costs and Benefits of Nuclear Power"
Moderator: Matthew Wald, New York TIMES
Reception, Whitney Room, Roberts Union 5:00 to 5:30
Dinner, Whitney Room, Roberts Union 5:30 to 7:00 (by reservation)
Session III: Keynote Address: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Olin 01
Matthew Wald, "Energy Policy: How to Recognize What Policy You've Got"
Friday, November 10
Session IV: Implications: Debating the Future 9:30 - 11:30
Mick Wormersley, Unity College, "Can the Market Solve Energy Problems?"
Beth Nagusky, Director of Energy Independence, Office of the Governor, State of Maine,
"The State Government and Energy Futures"
Contact: Professors Paul Josephson or Lenny Reich
** BEYOND COLBY
Stopping the Toxic Legacy: What Babies and Whales are Telling Us about Chemical Pollution
Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Hannaford Auditorium, USM Campus
Please Join us for this special event with world-renowned whale researcher Roger Payne
and internationally recognized ecologist, author, and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber
Free and open to the public, details online:
Dr. Payne and Dr. Steingraber will make the connections between our environment and our
health, and what we can do to protect both.
Dr. Steingraber is an expert on the environmental links to cancer, learning
disabilities, and reproductive health. She is a widely acclaimed author of several
books, including Living Downstream , and bridges the gap between scientists and
activists. She is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New
Dr. Payne, is a widely published whale behaviorist, known for his co-discovery that
humpback whales sing songs. He will share findings from his recent research into toxic
contamination of whales from environmental pollution and the implications for the ocean
ecosystem upon which we all depend.
Please join us for this special presentation, followed by your questions and discussion.
Please contact Ryan at (800) 287-2345 x243, email email@example.com or on the web:
** GRAD PROGRAMS
Graduate Research Assistantship - urban stream ecology
Graduate Research Assistantship. A research assistantship is available immediately at
the Iowa State University Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management for an
M.S. or Ph.D. candidate interested in an urban natural resource project aimed at
integrating social and biophysical research related to urban stream water quality.
Research associated with this appointment will be conducted in conjunction with design
and implementation of urban storm water best management practices in and near Ames, IA.
A background in biology, ecology, hydrology, or urban natural resources together with
experience in or the desire to interact with interested local residents is preferred.
A graduate research stipend will be provided along with tuition remission (50% for M.S.
or 100% for Ph.D. candidates) and a University-sponsored health insurance plan. For
additional information or to discuss this opportunity, please contact Dr. Jan Thompson at
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com. Applicants must contact Dr. Thompson prior
to being considered for admission to the Department.
Departmental application requirements are provided at
http://www.nrem.iastate.edu/students/prospecgrad.htm>http://www.nrem.iastate.edu/students/prospecgrad.htm. To submit an application, visit the Iowa State University website and use the on-line Graduate College application process. Students whose first language is not English must have completed the TOFEL exam at the time of
M.S. Assistantship Available on Multiple Predator-Multiple Prey Interactions in Madagascar
A M.S. student is sought to join a collaborative effort to study the impacts of predation
from multiple, distinct predators on the population dynamics and social structure of the
lemur community in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Results from this project will
not only provide insight into the influence of predation by raptors and fossa on lemur
social organization and demography, but also experimentally test for the presence of
non-additive multiple predator effects in several lemur species across a continuum of
forest types, from degraded to pristine rain forest.
Duties: Complete study design in consultation with major professor (Karpanty), collect
behavioral and ecological data to test hypotheses and fit models, collaborate with 2
Malagasy M.S. students from the University of Antananarivo, supervise 2 local Malagasy
research technicians, coordinate with local residents in Madagascar and an international
team of researchers at the project site, write reports and publish research results in
refereed journal with advisor. Fieldwork involves long days and nights under strenuous,
isolated conditions. This is an excellent project for someone wishing to make a research
contribution to basic science and, simultaneously, to the conservation of several
critically endangered and threatened species.
Qualifications: B.S. in Wildlife Science, Conservation Biology, Zoology, or closely
allied field, with excellent grades, test scores, and
references. Previous field experience in remote conditions required. Coursework in
statistics, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Demonstrated writing skills and
commitment to scientific publication. French or Malagasy speaking skills are desired,
and if absent, applicant will be required to enroll in French studies. Ability to
interact with diverse stakeholders and solve problems independently. Most successful
applicants to our program have a GPA > 3.5 and GRE scores > 1200.
Start date: Negotiable as January or August 2007. Applications accepted until position
To Apply: Email C.V., GRE scores (or expected date of completion), names and contact
information for 3 references, and a 1 page letter of application. Arrange for formal
transcripts to be mailed to the address below. A formal application to the graduate
school at VT must be made before acceptance. Send information and questions to: Sarah
Karpanty, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, 150 Cheatham Hall, Blacksburg,
VA 24061-0321. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Study Wildlands in Montana!
We are currently accepting applications for the University of Montana Wilderness and
Civilization program; applications are due April 1, 2007 for the 2007-2008 academic year
(early admissions applications are due Feb. 15). If you have students interested in
wilderness and wildlands studies please make them aware of this opportunity. This
interdisciplinary two-semester program is designed to complement any major and offers
students a minor in Wilderness Studies. In this program, students combine classroom
learning from across campus with regular field trips throughout Montana to learn how the
ecology, politics, history and culture of a place interact and shape conservation
efforts. A brief description of the program follows and a full description including
course syllabi can be found at www.forestry.umt.edu/wc. A FAQ sheet about the program is
also attached here. Out-of-state students may participate through the National Students
Exchange and other programs. If students have further questions about the program please
refer them to the Wilderness Institute, email@example.com, 243.5361, or Main Hall 303.
Thanks for sharing this information with students!
The Wilderness and Civilization Program
Offering students a Wilderness Studies Minor
The Wilderness and Civilization program is interdisciplinary two-semester program at the
University of Montana designed to complement any major. In this program, students combine
classroom learning from across campus with regular field trips throughout Montana to
learn how the ecology, politics, history and culture of a place interact and shape
conservation efforts. The program combines classroom and field learning, small class
size, and internship experience for an in-depth exploration of wildland issues and
human/land interactions. The program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors of any
Wilderness and Civilization Program courses typically include:
Literature and the Environment English 371L
Issues in Wilderness Ecology Forestry 271N
Dream Solutions Art 295
Montana Wilderness Policy and Politics
Wildlands Community Project (Internship)
Ecological Perspectives in Native American Traditions
Native American Studies 303E
Wilderness & Civilization I & II
Wilderness and Civilization Field Studies I & II
Integrated with the above curriculum are a series of long and short field experiences.
The program begins with a 10-day wilderness trip in the Bob Marshall and ends with a
10-day float down the Missouri River. Shorter field trips include Yellowstone National
Park, the Yaak Valley, the Flathead Reservation and more. These trips complement
classroom teaching by exploring local ecology and a variety of local environmental and
land management issues.
For more information visit www.forestry.umt.edu/wc or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS
Hello! My name is Ashley Schaeffer, and I am currently working with Green Corps, the
non-profit Field School for Environmental Organizing. I am part of the Class of 2007,
and we are currently looking for graduating seniors to fill open positions!
Green Corps is a unique program that offers 25 full-time, paid positions to recent
college graduates with our Environmental Leadership Training Program. The program is
designed to train the next generation of environmental leaders and participants in the
program receive in-depth training and experience with leading environmental groups. Im
currently in the training program working in Sacramento, CA on a campaign to get the
nations largest pesticide lawn-care industry, TruGreen ChemLawn, to phase out the toxic
chemicals they are using.
Green Corps has an Early Application Deadline of October 27th, but we decided to extend
this deadline until November 2nd next Thursday! There will be interviews held on
campus the following week, so you have just a few more days to apply!!
This is an amazing opportunity, and I hope take a moment to check out this program.
Green Corps Organizer
Green Corps 2007-2008 Environmental Leadership Program
Green Corps: our full-time, paid Environmental Leadership Training Program gives you a
year of in-depth training and experience with leading environmental groups like the
Sierra Club, and League of Conservation Voters and Greenpeace.
Organization. Green Corps is the non-profit Field School for Environmental Organizing,
founded by leading environmentalists in 1992 to identify and train environmental leaders.
Our year-long program includes intensive classroom training, hands-on experience running
urgent environmental and public health campaigns, and placement in permanent leadership
positions with leading environmental and social change groups.
Training. Our intensive classroom training features workshops such as Global Warming
Strategy, Corporate Accountability Campaigns, Community Organizing Against Toxic Threats
and Effective Media: Messaging and Framing. Workshops are lead by the nation's top
environmental and social change leaders, such as Adam Ruben, Political Director of
MoveOn.org, Bob Bingaman, National Field Director of Sierra Club, and Ross Gelbspan,
climate change expert and author of The Heat is On and Boiling Point. Our field training
puts you on the front lines of today's most urgent environmental campaigns.
Locations & Dates: Our campaigns take place nationwide. The program begins in August
2007, with the Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and concludes with graduation
in August 2008.
Responsibilities. Plan and implement a series of critical environmental campaigns with
groups like Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club and Greenpeace. You will secure media
coverage, recruit and manage volunteers/interns, train new leaders, and mobilize
Career Development. Our graduates are in high demand and quickly find jobs working on
issues they care about. Upon completion of the training program, Green Corps will connect
you to organizations that are seeking full-time professional staff. Green Corps'
graduates hold leadership positions with MoveOn.org, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Global
Exchange, Rainforest Action Network, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the
Earth, ForestEthics, and many other environmental and progressive groups.
Qualifications. We will invite 25 recent college graduates to join Green Corps in
2007-2008. We are looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, have
demonstrated leadership experience, and want to work for change over the long haul.
Salary & Benefits. Salary of $23,750. Optional group health care coverage, paid sick days
and holidays, two weeks paid vacation, and a student loan repayment program for
Application Process. To apply for Green Corps' 2007-2008 Environmental Leadership
Training Program, fill out our online application. Regional deadlines, campus interview
dates, and online application are at www.greencorps.org.
Contact. Jesse Littlewood, Recruitment Director, at email@example.com, or 617-426-8506.
Clean Air-Cool Planet - Municipal Climate Intern, Portland, ME
Where: Portland, ME
Organization: City of Portland
Description: Assist city with:
Greenhouse gas inventory
Project development and implementation
Outreach and education to neighboring organizations, schools, and businesses.
Qualifications: Undergraduate or Graduate students, excellent written and verbal
communication skills. Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel necessary.
Terms: Part-time; Any semester (Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter Break); Unpaid or college
If interested: E-mail resume and cover letter to Amelia Ravin, Community Program
Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 259 2011.
Please include the internship title with your resume and cover letter and in the subject
line of your email.
The Pfeiffer Center Internship
Location: Chestnut Ridge, New York
Contact: Gunther Hauk -- E-mail: email@example.com
Internship Description: The Pfeiffer Center is part of a community of institutions
dedicated to fostering a healing impulse in society and based on the work of Rudolf
Steiner. This community, located on approximately 200 acres in Chestnut Ridge, New York
about 25 miles north of New York city, includes the Threefold Educational Foundation,
Green Meadow Waldorf School, Sunbridge College, Eurythmy Spring Valley, The Fellowship
Community, Duryea Farm, and the Hungry Hollow Natural Foods Market and dates from 1926.
Internship at the Center provides a unique opportunity to experience the active
educational and artistic life of this community. The Pfeiffer Center was founded in 1996
to develop and promote a healthy approach to caring for the land through biodynamic
agriculture and is co-sponsored by the Threefold Educational Foundation and Sunbridge
College. The Center garden is at the heart of everything we do. Started in September
1996, this oasis of mixed vegetables, flowers and herbs began to show the benefits of
biodynamic treatment in its first year of operation. Raising up to 40 different
vegetables with their varying growth cycles and needs exposes students to a range of
experience and research opportunities. Perennials and annuals sustain a wide spectrum of
insect and bird life. Dye plants, fruit trees, berries and a small apiary round out the
Qualifications: Internship is intended for students in agriculture and environmental
sciences and related fields that want to broaden and deepen their understanding of
organic sustainable agriculture and the Biodynamic approach. Some gardening experience
and familiarity with biodynamics is helpful but not necessary. The main qualification is
a willingness to work and openness to new ideas.
Duration: Internships normally last a year and start in the early spring. Different
starting dates are available subject to availability and agreement of the Director.
Hours: 40 to 50 hours in a 5 & 1/2 day week.
Stipend: The Pfeiffer Center will cooperate with colleges and universities offering
credit for internship programs or work on special projects. It is the responsibility of
the student to secure credit for the internship. Qualified interns are provided with a
dormitory room in Holder House, a 40-room student dormitory on the campus.
No stipend is provided. Some part-time work on campus is available to qualified students.
A limited number of Summer Internships are available under different conditions.
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)
VYCC is a national leader in the fields of conservation, youth development, and outdoor
leadership. Our mission is to teach individuals to take personal responsibility for all
of their actions. Our various crews contain four main elements: small teams of young
people, excellent adult leaders, high priority conservation projects, and experiential
Typical activities: manage parks, restore streams, and build trails.
For more information: www.vycc.org or 1-800-639-8922 --posted 2/02/05
Forest Campaigner Greenpeace Canada
Greenpeace Canada is seeking an experienced campaigner to fill a vacant position in its
campaign department. The position will be based out of Greenpeace's Toronto office,
focused for the foreseeable future on issues related to Canada's Boreal forest.
Candidates with strong qualifications, residing in other areas such as Montreal, will be
The focus of the Boreal forest campaign is to increase permanent protection of the Boreal
forest and to shift destructive forestry towards more sustainable logging practices. This
will be accomplished, in part, through shifting the marketplace towards the purchase of
ancient forest-friendly pulp, paper and lumber and lobbying provincial and federal
Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years' campaign experience, and a proven record on
developing and implementing successful campaign strategies. As a Greenpeace campaigner,
you will be required to represent Greenpeace at meetings with senior industry and
government officials, to act as a spokesperson to the media and at public events, to
organize community-based activists and to research and analyze a wide range of materials
related to forest bio-diversity and forestry practices. A successful candidate will have
excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, have strong negotiation skills,
be able to work both as part of a team as well as independently, be extremely
well-organized, be able to demonstrate good judgement and leadership, and understand and
support Greenpeace's campaign style including engaging in peaceful civil disobedience.
Position Location: Toronto or negotiable based on qualifications.
Start salary rate: $ 41,207 per year, competitive vacation and benefits package.
Closing date for applications: November 13, 2006
Experience, including post-secondary education, related to forest conservation and
forestry issues is a strong asset. You will work with colleagues in Canada and around the
world and you must be able to travel, including internationally. The ability to work
weekends and evenings is sometimes required. Bilingualism (French / English) is a very
strong asset for this position.
TO APPLY - SEND RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO:
Attn: Wendy Wright, Human Resources Coordinator
250 Dundas Street West, Suite 605
Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2Z5
or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenpeace provides excellent benefits, a great work environment and endeavors to
maintain a diverse workplace. We thank all applicants, but only those invited for
interviews will be contacted.
Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
4846 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8848
Office: 221 Lunder House