ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
September 18, 2006
In this issue:
** Upcoming ES Program Events: "Mellon Interns Return and Tell All"
** ES Program: Jim Fleming named AAAS Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship
** Beyond Colby: Natural Resources Council of Maine's Annual Meeting , Bioneers By the Bay
** Grad School opportunities: Animal Behavior opportunity, Columbia U looking for students
** Jobs and Internships: MOTE Marine lab research opportunities, the Ocean Project,
Greenpeace, Angora Farm (NH), more....
** Upcoming ES Program Event:
11:30 Fairchild Room, Dana (Note: we will start promptly at 11:30. Come early with a tray
"Mellon Interns Return and Tell All"
Come hear from our Mellon interns about their dynamic summer experiences. You might get a
great idea for YOUR Jan Plan or summer internship!
Kaitlin Himmelmann '07 MA Environmentally Preferable Products
Sasha Bartels '08 VT Cooperative Fish and Wildlife
Kevin Fritze '07 Department of the Interior
Claire Thompson '08 Maine Organic Farm Growers Association
Elizabeth Rose '07 Save the Bay
** ES Program News:
ES Faculty Advisory Committee member. Professor Jim Fleming has received great news while
on sabbatical .....
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has appointed Jim Fleming (STS) a
Public Policy Scholar in residence for 2006-07, and the American Association for the
Advancement of Science has named him their AAAS Roger Revelle Fellow in Global
My project is "A History of Weather and Climate Control," bringing historical
perspectives to bear on pressing public policy concerns involving natural disaster risk
reduction and technical responses to anthropogenic climate change that involve the
manipulation or attempted "control" of nature.
"The Wilson Center appoints outstanding scholars and practitioners to be in residence as
Public Policy Scholars. These men and women hold residential awards enabling them to work
on issues involving some aspect of public policy that is highly relevant to a program or
activity of the Center."
I am affiliated with the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP): "Climate
change. Population growth. Water scarcity. Degraded ecosystems. Forced migration.
Resource depletion. Pandemic disease. Since 1994, the ECSP has explored the connections
among these major challenges and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign
policy. Through publications, meetings, and events, ECSP promotes dialogue about the
environmental, health, and population dynamics that affect both developing and developed
"The AAAS Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship was established in 1997 in
recognition of Roger R.D. Revelle (1909-1991), who was an internationally respected
scientist and statesman of science. The Revelle Fellow will be affiliated with an
executive branch agency or a non-governmental organization in the Washington, DC policy
community to work on domestic or international environmental issues encompassed under the
umbrella of 'global stewardship.' The focus will be on human interaction with ecosystems,
which includes, but is not limited to, population, sustainable development, food, oceans,
global climate change, and related environmental concerns."
** Beyond Colby: NRCM invites you to see Extraordinary Places and hear from Extraordinary
Saturday, October 14, 2006
University of Maine, Orono
NRCM's Annual Meeting
Join us for a visual presentation of some of Maine's most spectacular places followed by
a panel discussion featuring a few remarkable people whose efforts are helping to keep
* John Banks, Natural Resource Director, Penobscot Indian Nation
Restoring fisheries, wildlife, and spiritual connection to the Penobscot River
* Jim Glavine, Beaver Cove resident
Finding a path forward: a local resident puts aside pretty drawings, big talk,
and his own feelings to help area residents
respond to Plum Creek.
* Bruce Farling, Montana conservationist
What Mainers can learn from Montana's Plum Creek mistakes
Join Us for an Optional Field Trip!
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Orono Bog Boardwalk Field trip leaders Ron Davis, co-founder of the
Orono Bog Boardwalk, and Jeff Wells, renowned conservationist with the Boreal Songbird
Initiative. (In case of inclement weather, enjoy a slideshow on the birds of Maine by
We'll be honoring NRCM's Environmental Award winners:
* Androscoggin River Alliance
* Sally Jacobs, Retired Professor, University of Maine
* Dudley Greeley, Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Southern Maine
We'll also be honoring your top vote for the People's Choice Award!
Follow these links to our website for more information:
Registration form and information
* Directions to the University of Maine, Orono
Please RSVP by October 12th. We invite members to help underwrite lunch, using a sliding
scale of zero to $15 per person.
Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change Early Bird registration ends this Friday!
UMASS Dartmouth, MA | October 20 22, 2006
This conference promises to be an unforgettable weekend of live plenary presentations;
afternoon workshops; an extensive Youth Initiative program; films; music; delicious
seasonal, local and organic food; and exhibitions. Our conference also features a live
satellite downlink of the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA.
Dont miss your chance to register for this conference at the Early Bird rate.
In this issue, we highlight, Ray Anderson. Since the days after his graduation from the
Georgia Institute of Technology as an industrial engineer, Ray has applied his
entrepreneurial spirit to building one of the world's largest interior furnishings
companies. After founding Interface in 1973, Ray and his company revolutionized the
commercial floorcovering industry by producing America's first free-lay carpet tiles.
Now, Ray has embarked on a mission to be the first company that, by its deeds, shows
the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: People,
process, product, place and profits by 2020 and in doing so, to become restorative
through the power of influence. Hes leading a worldwide effort to pioneer the processes
of sustainable development. will be appearing at Bioneers by the Bay on Friday, October
20th. [learn more]
Organized by youth. For youth.
This years Bioneers By the Bay sustainability and social justice conference features a
Youth Initiative that provides you with the space to network with other youth like you,
to be inspired, to get the tools you need to succeed, and to connect with adults who can
provide you with the resources and opportunities. The gathering will have a large Youth
Initiative [ages 15 25+].
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. Come to network and learn from our diverse participants and
facilitators. This is your opportunity to strengthen the work you are already doing or
the perfect opportunity to start. We can make the difference. Learn how.
Connecting via satellite.
The Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change conference features a live satellite
downlink of the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA. Here is a list of the Bioneers
plenary speakers that in addition to our live programming will appear via satellite
during the Bioneers by the Bay event. These satellite plenary sessions will be shown
every afternoon in the main auditorium, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please visit the
Bioneers website at www.bioneers.org for more information about the Bioneers Conference
and our partnership.
Volunteering for change.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. We think Margaret Mead would have loved
Bioneers. Volunteering for this event is a wonderful way to experience the gathering as
well as a tremendous opportunity to help a great cause. We will give you a one-day pass
in exchange for your full-day volunteer shift. If you are interested in volunteering,
please download the volunteer form, fill it out and fax it back to us at 508.748.1976. If
you have any questions about volunteering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
** Grad School opportunities:
Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe looking for Animal Behavior
Good day. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I am
writing to ask if you could please forward my message to Animal Behavior students that
you know have a passion for behavioral ecology and a desire to study abroad. I am seeking
a prospective M.S. student to study the sociality of Octodon degus (a Chilean rodent). I
have NSF funding to support M.S. projects in Chile for two more years. My students also
collaborate with another rodent behavioral ecologist at Catholic University in Chile.
If you think one of your students might be interested, please have him/her email me. But,
please warn them that I am a graduate of Bates College.
Thanks for your time.
Loren Donald Hayes, Ph.D
Department of Biology
223 Garrett Hall
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana 71209
318 342 1798
Columbia University's MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) will be hosting an
information session where interested students can meet with a representative and learn
more about how the program fits into their aspirations as a future environmental leader.
The MPA ESP is a professional 12-month program that combines a hands-on approach for
teaching public policy with innovative thinking about the environment. With a curriculum
that includes more science than any other MPA program in the world, this program gives
students a field level knowledge of environmental science to liaise between policy
makers, scientists, and economists. The integration of natural and social sciences and a
focus on practical skill building prepares students for careers in organizations
including the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Association (NOAA), and CH2M Hill. In the news section of the site students can find
additional information about graduates of the program, their work in the courses and how
this program helped them to prepare for their current positions
Please note the early deadline with fellowship consideration is November 1. The session
will include more information about the application process, deadlines for applying, and
detailed information about the courses. Interested students, who are not able to attend
an information session, can contact me by email at email@example.com or by phone at
Information about the program and the application can be found online at
The online application can be found at
Contact: Columbia Univ. School of Int'l & Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, New
York, NY 10027
** Jobs and Internships: (remember, the timing may not be right for jobs/internships
listed here, but if something intrigues you, contact them about Jan plan opportunities!)
Mote Marine Laboratory's 2007 Research Experiences for Undergraduates [REU] Program.
Each summer, Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a 10-week program focused on providing research
experiences in estuarine science to 8-10
advanced undergraduate students. Students are paired with Mote scientists and develop and
complete an independent research project
related to their mentors research interests. Students gain experience in science
communication by presenting the results of their independent project in a
manuscript-style research paper and orally at a laboratory-wide research symposium.
Students attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science, Students
also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.
The 2007 REU session will focus on major threats to estuaries such as aquatic pollution,
natural toxins, habitat alteration, and coral reef decline. Information about mentors,
research topics, dates, and application procedures are posted on the REU web site
(www.mote.org/reu). Applications are due on February 15, 2007.
Jim Gelsleichter, Ph.D.
Director, Mote REU Program
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 3423
Ocean Conservation Intern
Organization: The Ocean Project
Contact: Bill Mott
Description: The Ocean Project is currently accepting applications for full- and
Based in Providence, RI, The Ocean Project (www.TheOceanProject.org) provides paid and
unpaid internships, depending on level of education and experience.
The Ocean Project is a small yet unprecedented public awareness and communications
initiative. It is a global network of more than 600 aquariums, zoos, science, technology,
and natural history museums, as well as conservation organizations in 55 countries. We
focus on creating a paradigm change in the way zoos, aquariums, and museums and our other
partner organizations approach and conduct education and communications by helping them
more effectively reach their visitors for conservation outcomes. Our newest initiative,
Seas the Day, uses inspirational and informative values-based communications
strategies, tools, and products to enhance ocean awareness among the public; change
attitudes and behaviors for conservation; increase civic involvement in community
conservation activities; and generate regional and national policy-focused action. An
underlying premise in all activities of The Ocean Project is that if we can help people
to think and act with our world ocean in mind, we can help instill a stronger
understanding of the interconnectedness of life and create a true earth ethic. In the
United States and other parts of the world this way of thinking is the exception and a
strong constituency to take action for conservation and our world ocean is still notably
absent. The Seas the Day initiative aims to help dramatically change that situation in
the coming years. We seek bright, energetic, creative, and responsible interns to help us
achieve our vision. Since most of our work is done electronically, we seek technically
experienced people to help effectively reach our broad global network, and the public.
Internship Description (depending on experience and expertise, an internship can comprise
a variety of these tasks):
Further develop online personal awareness, community involvement and civic action center
for the ocean
Develop educational content on aquatic and marine conservation issues (including
fisheries, seafood and human health, climate change, urban runoff, transportation,
coastal development, and other conservation issues directly and indirectly related to
human and ocean health)
Maintain and grow comprehensive database of informal education centers (e.g. aquariums,
museums) as well as local, regional and national conservation groups
Develop new ideas for effective outreach
Identify publications and information related to human dimensions and the environment
(values, attitudes, behaviors, etc.) and summarize findings for distribution to our
Help develop ideas and strategies for earned income strategies, including development of
Conduct mailings to our partners
General administration tasks and other office duties.
Location: Providence, RI
Start Date: Flexible
Compensation: Internships are both paid and unpaid, depending.
Application Procedure: If interested, submit a cover letter, resume, and brief writing
sample (no more than three pages) to the address below (electronic communication
preferred). We accept academic year interns on a rolling basis and generally make
decisions in spring for summer interns.
Send applications to: The Ocean Project Internships, bmott@TheOceanProject.org
Environmental Education Intern
Center for Nature Discovery
Contact: Erynn Simone
Description: Interns will be involved in supporting the Wild Bear After School Program.
Planning and Immplementing hands-on discovery activities for elementary school age
children and ensuring each child has a safe experience. Interns will also be involved in
the preperation and organization of all upcoming community events.
Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age and have passion and experience working with
children. Interns should have an interest in science and/or environmental issues and
ethics. Required avaialbility: 2 to 3 shifts 0r 10-15 hours a week, M-F from 2pm-6pm.
Location: Nederland, Colorado
Duration: Fall semester, ending with Christmas Break
Start Date: ASAP
Compensation: $100.00 per month for commuting expenses. We will also support interns in
all paperwork requirments. This position also offers great networking opportunities.
Green Peace Amsterdam Netherlands
Closing Date: 31 October 2006
Strong knowledge of global environmental issues and motivation to achieve Greenpeace
environmental campaign objectives
Must be fluent in written and spoken English plus must have written and spoken fluency in
at least two of the following languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Mandarin/Cantonese,
German, Arabic, Russian, or Japanese.
Highly developed proficiency in computer use, including database, spreadsheet and word
processing. Proven high skill level of on-line research expertise and content analysis.
Strong comprehension of the interconnected influences that culture, science, politics,
economics, industry, media and social change dynamics play in environmental issues.
Highly developed ability to problem solve, utilising multiple analytical techniques
within a focused results orientation.
Strong analytical skills
Self-confident, focused, pro-active and result oriented
Highly stress resistance
Flexible attitude to constantly shifting work priorities
Self-motivated team player with proactive, "get-the-job-done" mentality
Applications must consist of (all communications in English) a single file (named:
"insert your full name here"-Internship-Research Unit-Greenpeace International) that
includes both your cover letter and c.v. attached to your email and/or contained within
the body of the email. Applications will not be accepted without all of the following
indicated information included in your email:
i) detailed cover letter indicating why your skill-sets/experience make you the strongest
candidate, and your personal motivation for undertaking a Research Unit Internship with
ii) detailed c.v., including academic achievement, work and volunteer experience,
specific fluency for all languages spoken and level of computer expertise (including
whether you have expertise with specific programs and/or computer programming experience);
iii) detailed indication of your grade-point-average upon graduation for each of your
university degrees (original university transcripts not necessary);
iv) indicate nationality (including multiple citizenships) via a scanned copy of the
detail page (photo/name etc) of your passport (s) (also indicate whether you currently
have student and/or work and/or residency permits for the Netherlands);
v) contact details that include, email, telephone/mobile #'s (including country codes)
and best times to contact you.
Please send your cover letter and c.v. (please also include reference contact details)
to: Celia Goudsmit firstname.lastname@example.org and
Angora Agora Farm in New Hampshire seeks an intern to perform duties related to no-till
extended season, vegetables, herbs, green manure, feed, natural landscape gardening,
small fiber production, rabbitry, composting, and vermiculture. Work 4-6 hours per day 5
days per week on site. Compensation: room & board. Work 4-6 hours per day 5 days per week
on site. For an application and more information, visit
<http://www.growfood.org>www.growfood.org and see listing under New Hampshire. Closing
Winter Natrualist (GRNSS)
The Gore Range Natural Science School (GRNSS) in Vail / Eagle County, Colorado seeks an
intern to broaden their experience in the field of interpretation and environmental
education. Naturalists work on a rotating schedule which includes: researching, planning
and presenting interpretive talks and snowshoe walks for Vail Ski Resort and White River
National Forest Holy Cross Ranger District; preparing and teaching winter ecology lessons
for ski school youth; staffing nature/visitor centers; conducting field research;
teaching lessons for an after school program; assisting with special events and
administrative projects; and creating interpretive exhibits. Requirements: BA/BS or
seeking a BA/BS in science, education, or an environmental science-related field; current
Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications; experience guiding or working with a variety
of age groups; ability to work flexible hours, including nights; average to above average
skiing and/or snowboarding skills; knowledge of Rocky Mountain ecology and conservation
issues. Duration: November 29, 2006 - April 15, 2007. Start Date: November 29, 2006.
Hours: Flexible hours, mostly daytime. Compensation: Housing, Ski Pass, $175 week
stipend. Go to website: www.gorerange.org or call: 970-827-9725 for an application. To
apply, send a completed application, cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 references to:
Gore Range Natural Science School, Attn: Ann Stevenson, PO Box 9469; (970) 827-9725 x14;
email: email@example.com. Closing date 9/22/06.
Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program
4846 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8848
Office: 221 Lunder House