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October 9, 2006
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** Upcoming ES Program Events: "Putting 'Organic' in Context and searching For
Sustainability in our Food Systems" -- Wednesday
** Campus Sustainability: Interested in Organic Farming?
** Beyond Colby: Environmental Issues Forum -- meet the candidates for Governor, Bioneers
By the Bay
** Grad School: University of Wisconsin-Madison
** Jobs and Internships: NRCM Jan plan internship and job posting, Toxics Actions Center,
Leave No Trace, Mount Grace Land Trust
** UPCOMING ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM EVENTS:
12:00 in the Fairchild Room in Dana, join us at 11:30 for lunch with Andrew
Andrew Marshall, Education Director MOFGA
"Putting 'Organic' in context and searching for sustainability in our food systems"
Organic agriculture has been experiencing a bit of an identity crisis lately, catalyzed
by its meteoric rise in popularity. What began as a
countercultural socioecological movement has been transformed into a multi-billion dollar
industry with double-digit annual growth. Andrew will explore this phenomenon from an
interdisciplinary perspective -- historical, ecological, and sociological.
Andrew Marshall manages MOFGA's educational programs with the help of a volunteer
education committee. These programs include new farmer recruitment and training
initiatives, including the Apprenticeship and Journey person Programs and the Farm
Training Project, and educational workshops and events like Spring Growth, Small Farm
Field Day, and the Farmer-to-Farmer Conference. Andrew also teaches Sustainable
Agriculture through a partnership with Unity College. He has a background in agroecology
sociology, and is a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies at the University of
California, Santa Cruz.
Andrew was also a participant in the MOFGA Apprenticeship program. He lives on a farm in
Knox, Maine, where he and his family raise organic vegetables and livestock.
(es 401 credit)
** CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY
Interested in Organic Farming?
Kiira Heymann (and others) are trying to get an organized group of students together who
are interested in supporting local,
organic farms and want to be a part of their mission. This is a terrific way to have fun
in the fields, while supporting our local community. If you are interested in spending
some time on the farm to expand your knowledge as well as pitching in for the benefit of
surrounding farms and gardens, talk to Kiira: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Farm Outing!
Celebrate Sustainability Month!! The first outing is coming up on FRIDAY October 20,
leaving Colby at 12:30 for Palermo to work on Martin Spahn and Pam Lombard's organic
vegetable farm. Our project for the day will be planting garlic. Following the fun
getting our hands dirty we will make some yummy organic cider!
Contact Kirra (kheymann) or beth (beth.kopp) for details.
** BEYOND COLBY
On October 12th our states conservation community, including the Conservation Law
Foundation, will host an environmental issues forum featuring the candidates for
Governor. It will be a unique opportunity to hear their vision for protecting Maines
unique natural resources and communities.
What: Environmental debate featuring the candidates for Governor
When: 7 pm on Thursday, October 12, 2006
Where: Eastland Park Hotel in Portland.
Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change (October 20-22, 2006)
This years Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change sustainability and social
justice conference features a Youth Initiative (ages 15-25+) that provides you with the
space to network with youth like you, to be inspired, to get the tools you need to
succeed, and to connect with adults who can provide you with resources and opportunities.
Bioneers by the Bay, sponsored by the Marion institute, will be held from October 20-22,
2006, on the campus of UMASS Dartmouth in Dartmouth, MA.
Scholarships are available for travel and attendance. If you want to come, we will do our
best to help make it happen.
Organized by youth, for youth the Youth Initiative program will provide hands on
workshops on the issues that affect us. The workshops are diverse in topics everything
from preventing and living with HIV/AIDS through music and art to a three-hour, outdoor
program with some of the most inspiring natural leaders in this country.
The Youth Initiative continues simultaneously with the main conference which features an
amazing program and a live satellite downlike of the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael,
For more information, please contact us at:
Bioneers by the Bay
c/o Marion Institute
3 Barnabas Road
Marion, MA 02738
** GRADUATE SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY
NSF-IGERT Opportunities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate funding for students with a global environmental vision
Exceptional students interested in interdisciplinary and international environmental
study are invited to apply for an NSF IGERT PhD Traineeship at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. These traineeships have a generous stipend, tuition waver, and health
benefits. Opportunities are available in two different programs: Certificate in Humans and the Global Environment - the CHANGE IGERT To research problems
of global environmental vulnerability, and solve them by promoting sustainable practices,
researchers must learn how to analyze both qualitative and quantitative data. CHANGE
IGERT fellows will acquire a new interdisciplinary graduate certificate that blends
natural and social sciences at multiple scales from the global to the local. Fellows will
also receive core skills training to foster successful interdisciplinary scholarship via a professional skills track interwoven into the curriculum. For more
information, please visit http://www.sage.wisc.edu/igert/. The application deadline for
this program is January 2, 2007.
Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Southwest China
Meeting the major challenges of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development
requires understanding the interactions of biological, physical, social, and economic
forces. IGERT trainees will address these issues by pursuing a PhD in one of over a dozen
departments and participating in IGERT seminars, workshops, language training, and field
research in the Himalayas of Yunnan, China - a "biodiversity hotspot." For more
information, please visit http:// www.swchina.wisc.edu. The application deadline for this
program is January 15, 2007.
** JOBS and INTERNSHIPS
NRCM January Intern
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is the states leading environmental advocacy
organization. A January Intern will have an opportunity to work with NRCMs advocacy
staff as the Maine State Legislature begins its legislative session. The intern will
perform a range of tasks in support of NRCMs environmental agenda, including producing
written materials in support of environmental legislation, attending legislative
hearings, assisting with media events, and contacting outside organizations to build
support for NRCMs legislative priorities. This internship offers an excellent
opportunity for anyone interested in the legislative process and environmental policy.
This full-time position through the month of January will allow the internship to see how
a sophisticated environmental advocacy organization utilizes a broad range of resources
and strategies to promote legislation aimed at protecting Maines environment. The
intern will be located in NRCMs office in Augusta and will report to NRCMs Advocacy
NRCM Outreach Coordinator Clean Energy and Global Warming Project
* Manage, build, coordinate and maintain Maine Global Warming Action Coalition
comprised of businesses, health groups, academics, churches, and Maine citizens in order
to implement Maines Climate Change Action Plan.
* Build and strengthen coalitions in support of NRCM policies and positions.
* Develop and deliver presentations to targeted audiences, as part of effort to
recruit activists, allies and supporters.
* Serve as outreach and information contact with activists and members, coalition
members, and potential allies.
* Recruit new activists and members through tabling at events, and one-on-one
* Write and implement Action Alerts for our members to help generate communications
and support for our positions.
* Generate draft op-eds, letters-to-the-editor, and other media materials to build or
maintain high profile of major initiatives in the news.
* Conduct independent research and writing to create fact sheets, informational and
organizational materials, outreach and campaign plans, and input for periodic staff
* Provide input and updating to NRCM web pages.
* Oversee distribution of key reports and news to activists, coalitions and the public.
* Track media coverage on energy and global warming issues and communicate with
activists on important issue developments.
Passion for protecting Maines environment extremely important. Candidates should have
proficiency with and excitement for organizing, excellent writing and communications
skills, and a capacity to manage multiple projects/deadlines. Prior experience involving
people in the political process preferred. Outstanding attention to detail and the
ability to work well in a team environment is essential. Strong computer skills required.
Ability to travel and work some weekend days and evenings necessary.
Toxics Action Center accepts internship application throughout the year for these
1) Recycling Intern
Recycling rates across New England have stagnated and state officials are moving to open
up more dangerous trash incinerators and dumps. Work with residents to develop and
implement effective municipal recycling campaigns.
2) Pesticides Intern
From schools to parks, dangerous pesticides that threaten our health and safety are being
sprayed. Work with community activists to help stop pesticide exposure from agricultural
sources, right-of-way spraying, and use by municipalities.
3) Conference Organizer Intern
Work with staff to set up training conferences for local activists in MA, VT, and ME.
This will involve assisting with logistics, recruiting participants and speakers,
organizing workshops, and more.
4) Landfills Intern
Research the status of landfills across New England, including shut-downs of old
landfills, public health issues, and trash transfer stations.
Intern Qualifications, Logistics, and How to Apply:
Positions are available in Boston; Portland, ME; Montpelier, VT; and Amherst MA. Interns
must have a concern for the environment and a desire to educate and organize residents in
their communities. Experience in these areas is preferred, but not required. Volunteer
and course credit are available. Internships are available year-round and applications
are processed on a rolling basis. Hours and dates of work are flexible, but preferably
full time for 10 weeks. To apply, send resume and cover letter to:
Toxics Action Center
44 Winter St., 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone (617) 747-4362
Fax (617) 292-8057
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics offers internships throughout the year,
giving interns an opportunity to work on a variety of different projects and gain
valuable experience in a number of areas, including:
* Education and Training
* Program Development
* Scientific Research
* Membership/Partnership Programs
* Non-profit Management
* Database Management
* Development/Fund Raising
* Grant Writing
* Curriculum Development
* General Outreach
Internships with the Center are a great way for current students or recent graduates to
gain valuable experience in the outdoor recreation and education field. Although the
Center has several paid staff members, there is always a need for assistance in many
areas. The Center seeks interns with a variety of educational and work-related
experience. Many different talents are needed in order for the Center to carry out its
mission to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research
If you are interested in applying for an internship, please follow these steps:
Submit an Internship Application with a letter of interest.
Two references are required, preferably from employers or professors/teachers rather than
family members or friends. Please have your reference use the Intern Reference Form.
Reference Forms are to be sent by your reference directly to the Center for Outdoor
Ethics in a separate envelope. We cannot process your application until we receive these
forms from your references.
Place this completed application form, including your letter of interest in an envelope
and mail it to: The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, P.O. Box 997, Boulder, CO
80306. If you have questions, call 303.442.8222.
Stewardship Coordinator, Mount Grace land trust
Mount Grace is a regional, non-profit land trust that has been working with landowners
across North Central and Western Massachusetts since 1986 to protect forests, farms,
scenic, and historic areas from excessive development. Our goal is to protect
significant natural resources, while helping landowners find a solution that is right for
them philosophically and financially. We believe that human uses, wisely planned, are
often compatible with nature and can play an important role in the landscape. The
results of our efforts demonstrate that conserving land benefits the landowner, the
environment, the economy, and future generations.
The Stewardship Coordinator is responsible for completing or overseeing all stewardship
activities on 3,500 acres of conservation restriction (CR) properties and 1,500 acres of
conservation areas (CA), as well as providing assistance to the Director of Land
Protection (DLP) and Executive Director (ED) on potential CR and CA land protection
projects. The Stewardship Coordinator reports directly to the DLP.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
complete baseline reports and documentation for all new and existing CR properties
conduct annual monitoring visits to all CR properties or oversee volunteers to do such
maintain CR landowner contact by phone, letters and field visits
address potential CR violations, document conditions and resolution in coordination with
maintain and regularly update Conservation Area (CA) and CR database
coordinate and complete Skyfields Arboretum planning and implementation with support from
the Membership Coordinator
coordinate and complete trail and trail easement projects
complete annual filings for CA's, including Chapter 61 forms, property tax bill review
implement forestry/stewardship management plans for CA's
facilitate and/or assist volunteers on grounds maintenance at Skyfields Headquarters with
support from Membership Coordinator
participate in public presentations and landowner workshops on stewardship topics
assist DLP and Land Protection Specialists (LPS) with evaluation of potential CR and CA
land projects, including initial site visits as needed
prepare, for presentation and planning, GIS maps for potential and ongoing CR and CA
respond to public inquiries on land issues
assist in the preparation of public relations material
Administrative & Board Support:
facilitate Stewardship Committee meetings and actions with Support from Membership
provide advice and assistance to Mount Grace staff, Board, and Stewardship Committee on
stewardship issues and projects
General Organizational Support:
assume additional duties as requested by Director of Land Protection
experience and familiarity with GIS and GPS systems
strong commitment to land conservation, forest stewardship, and agriculture
degree(s) and/or experience in a natural resource field, forestry, and/or land use
minimum of 2 years of related professional experience
experience with monitoring Conservation Restrictions
physical ability to locate and traverse remote land parcels
adaptable and effective communication skills
demonstrated ability to negotiate critical issues with multiple parties
strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and self-motivation
successful management of multiple projects; and
an aptitude for creative problem solving
The Stewardship Coordinator is a three-day (24 hours per week) position with a salary
range of $20k-$24k. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Please send a detailed cover letter and resume as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments to
email@example.com. In your cover letter, please tell us where you learned about
this position. Review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.
Mount Grace promotes diversity in programs and staffing; feel free to provide details in
your cover letter about the diverse perspectives and experience you bring. People of
color and individuals from other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to
apply. Mount Grace is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
E-mail is preferred. Those without access to e-mail can mail a cover letter and resume to:
Stewardship Coordinator Search
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
1461 Old Keene Road
Athol, MA 01331
Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
4846 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8848
Office: 221 Lunder House