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Apr 16 18

Salt Fieldwork | Bernhardt and Wright Labs

by Grace L. Schumaker

The Bernhardt and Wright Labs at Duke University are seeking a current undergrad or recent college
graduate for a full-time technician position. Successful applicant will work closely with our graduate
students and research technicians doing field and laboratory work this summer.

We are conducting a large scale field experiment in a coastal wetland (eastern North Carolina) to
determine the effects of salt additions on vegetation and carbon cycling. Applicants must be
comfortable spending long days outside and willing to endure potentially strenuous
field conditions. Once a month we will spend 3-5 days (and nights) at our field site (2.5 hours east of
Raleigh/Durham) with accommodation provided. The remainder of the month is spent in the lab
facility or greenhouses at Duke analyzing soil, water, and plant samples. The project is very wide in
scope and there is opportunity for gaining experience in a variety of biogeochemistry and plant
ecology research techniques.

Preference will be giving to applicants who can start the first week of May and stay on at least 10
weeks. Previous experience not required, but we strongly prefer candidates with undergraduate
course work in ecology, biology, environmental science, geology, chemistry or similar, and
demonstrated comfort working outdoors.

To apply, please send a 1-page cover letter and 1-page CV that includes contact information for two
references to emily.ury@duke.edu by April 10th. In your cover letter, please include your earliest
available start date and any other relevant constraints on your work availability.

Please direct any questions to emily.ury@duke.edu. For more information on our
research visit our website: http://bernhardtlab.weebly.com.

Apr 16 18

Arctic Research | US Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry

by Grace L. Schumaker

Arctic Research Opportunity

Research Field Assistants, Vegetation Surveys, Toolik Lake, Alaska

With the US Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry

The International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) is looking for
3-4 field assistants to conduct vegetation surveys at long term
permanent plots at the University of Alaska Toolik Field Station on
Alaska’s North Slope. The work is part of the Arctic Observing Networks
collaborative research project: Sustaining and amplifying the ITEX AON
through automation and increased interdisciplinarity of observations.

This sampling effort is part of a long term monitoring effort that began
in 1989. The work will add to a valuable data set of plant responses to
both experimental manipulation of growing season temperatures as well as
ambient climate change over the last 25+ years. The work involves
identifying and recording plant, bryophyte and lichen species within
small 1-m grids at a set of four permanent plots located at the Toolik
Lake Field Station. Field Assistants will be expected to work outdoors
at least six days a week under conditions that may be cool, rainy, hot,
and with insects such as mosquitoes. Expertise in the arctic flora,
including vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens preferred.
Opportunities for work on analyses of the data and participation in
research publications are available. The field crews will work in pairs
with an experienced crew leader leading the sampling effort. The
positions will be contracted with the US Forest Service and will report
to the Director of the Caribbean Climate Hub, International Institute of
Tropical Forestry in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The field work will be July 2 through August 4, 2018. Accepted
applicants will report to Fairbanks Alaska with transportation arranged
to the Toolik Field Station. Meals, lodging and a stipend will be
provided.

This is an opportunity to have an adventurous time while gaining
valuable research experience in the Arctic!

If you are interested in this position and want to receive more
information, please call William Gould, Research Ecologist, at (787)
764-7790 or E-mail at wgould@fs.fed.us.

Apr 13 18

Sustainability Manager, Sodexo

by Scarlet R. Bliss
Sodexo is seeking a dynamic Sustainability Manager to oversee the strategic planning, execution and measurement of the UVM Dining sustainability initiatives.Apply here.
Sustainability Manager (Listed as Food Service Manager 3)
The Sustainability Manager supervises the sustainability intern, works with the Real Food Challenge working group and provides training, access and oversight of the Real Food Challenge calculator interns. Participates in Academic partnerships including, service learning classes, class projects and in University of Vermont dining partnerships such as participation in educational cooking classes with local foods, Educational dinners, and in the Vermont First Advisory Group. Presents and develops materials at various internal and external organizations. Champions University of Vermont Dining efforts and works with marketing coordinator to ensure students are receiving effective messaging on waste sorting, reusable containers, and local food sourcing. Works with the campus farm and local community farms on yearly projections. 

Position Summary
Provides supervision for multi-functional food service areas at an account/unit to ensure client satisfaction and retention for the Company. Contributes to account revenue and operating profit through the implementation of Sodexo programs while executing against Standard Operating Procedures. 

Key Duties 
  • Maintains and develops client relationships and customer satisfaction for multi-functional food service areas to ensure account retention and positive public relations
  • Establishes and maintains a safe work environment
  • Supervises day-to-day work activities by delegating authority, assigning and prioritizing activities and monitoring operating standards
  • Utilizes Sodexo resources and programs to ensure operating standards and regulatory requirements are met and employees have the necessary equipment and inventory
  • Manages by providing positive and constructive feedback to employees in order to reward, coach, correct and motivate in order drive a high-level of employee engagement
Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.
– – – – – – – – – –
Alison Nihart
Assistant to the Food Systems Initiative
University of Vermont
802.656.3831
Twitter & Facebook: @UVMFoodFeed
Apr 13 18

Computational Research Technician: Near-term Ecological Forecasting Initiative

by Scarlet R. Bliss

Are you finishing a Master’s or Bachelor’s and possess computational skills?

Are you looking to do something meaningful and challenging with your talents?

The Near-term Ecological Forecasting Initiative (NEFI) is looking to hire a technician to contribute to the development and automation of cutting-edge, societally-useful nature forecasts.


Tasks:

  • Building on work being done in the PEcAn project, collaborate with a Boston University computer science graduate student to develop a generalized, containerized (Docker/Singularity) workflow for automating ecological forecasts
  • Work with NEFI graduate students to apply this workflow to existing near-term forecasts: Ticks, tick-borne disease, and small mammal hosts; Harmful algal blooms and lake productivity; Soil microbiome; and Plant phenology.
  • Build on work being done by PEcAn postdocs, who are developing a carbon cycle hindcast product, to develop a prototype near-term forecast for land surface carbon, water, and energy fluxes that would run through the NEFI workflow.
  • Work with programmers on the Brown Dog project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on improving automated data ingest into this workflow.

 

Qualifications:

Applicants should have solid programming experience, familiarity with R, and the ability to work well both in teams and individually. Familiarity with container technologies (e.g. Docker, Singularity), Github, data management, and/or statistics is beneficial but not required; the ability to learn quickly and independently is essential. A degree or previous job experience in informatics, data science, computer science, statistics, or ecology/environmental science is preferred. Contract for 1 year with possibility of renewal contingent on performance and availability of funds. Position is located at Boston University. Preferred start summer 2018.

 

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Michael Dietze (dietze at bu.edu), preferably by April 25.

 

Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Apr 13 18

Sustainability Coordinator

by Scarlet R. Bliss
Job Description
Sustainability Coordinator – The Sustainability Coordinator is the face of sustainability practice for a mid-sized private school in Denver, Colorado. The school is Montessori accredited and serves toddlers through middle school with a commitment to raise stewards of the environment. As the Sustainability Coordinator you will work broadly to make the school a sustainable place through education and special projects.
Responsibilities
  • Plan and deliver sustainability themed lessons to each classroom, typically 30 minutes long with groups of about 10 students
  • Implement and maintain sustainability initiatives across campus, past projects have included installing a small hoop house, caring for chickens, installing rain barrels, building gardens, planting a wildflower meadow
  • Support teaching staff as an aftercare teacher, caring for elementary aged students in our extended day program from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Work with teachers on special projects as needed
  • Maintain a supply of planting and gardening supplies
  • Advise teachers and administration on sustainability efforts as needed
  • Drive the environmental ethos of the school through leading by example
Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated background in a related field – education, gardening/farming, or environmental science
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize deadlines, and collaborate in a fast-paced environment
  • Patience when working with children and the willingness to connect with them
  • Strong work ethic and collaborative spirit
  • Ability to live 50lbs on a regular basis
Desired Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science
  • Experience designing and conducting scientific research
  • 1-2 years in childcare or education
  • Experience raising plants from seed
  • Experience with drip irrigation
  • Experience in composting
  • Previous experience working with animals
Contact
Apr 13 18

JOB: Research Assistant in Rocky Mountain Insect Ecology (3 month position)

by Scarlet R. Bliss

Job Description:  The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains
Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and
hard-working individual to serve as a biological science aide.  Our research
focuses on grassland insect and rangeland ecology; specifically how
interactions between grasshoppers and Mormon crickets affect Mormon cricket
and grasshopper diets, insect immunity to pathogens, and grassland health.
Work may include sampling grasshoppers, Mormon crickets, and other rangeland
insects in large scale experiments, sampling rangeland plants, setting up
and conducting manipulative experiments in the field and lab.  Most field
work will be conducted in subalpine meadows at 9000 feet elevation in the
Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming. A willingness to drive on overnight
travel to sites in Wyoming will be required.

Salary: $11.68 – 12.74 per hour (GS-2 – GS-3) dependent on experience and
education.  Dorm-style, shared housing is available on location for ~$150
per month, including utilities, internet and basic cable TV.

Dates: Starting June 10th and continuing through the middle of September.

Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen.  Additionally, the
candidate should be physically fit, able to walk rapidly over rangeland, and
comfortable spending long hours outside at high elevation. The candidate
will need a driver’s license.  Willingness to work long days, and some
weekends when necessary is also a must.  Undergraduate course work in
ecology, entomology, range or environmental sciences, and previous field
work experience is preferred, but not required.

Application process: Please send cover letter, resume, and names and contact
information of two references (electronically) to David Branson
(dave.branson@ars.usda.gov).  Be sure to include available start and end
dates. In your cover letter and please describe any experience or coursework
you have in relevant areas such as field ecology, entomology, or plant
identification In your cover letter or resume.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled. For more information on the grasshopper research program
visit: http://bit.ly/2v1SHRb or http://bit.ly/2D5bppW or contact us directly.

Apr 9 18

Environmental/Communications Intern | Food Link INC

by Grace L. Schumaker

Food Link INC

www.foodlinkma.org

Environmental Internship

Description:

We are looking for a part-time environmental intern to join our small staff. This position will be critical to aiding the important work we are doing to provide nutritious food to our partners, educate the public about food waste, and recruit more volunteers to help rescue food. This is an unpaid internship that requires 100 hours of time.

About Food Link

Food Link is an Arlington-based food rescue non profit that uses the power of volunteers to collect fresh food from food retailers and distribute it to local agencies serving residents in need. We partner with 20 local grocery and prepared food stores to bring high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread and prepared foods to 30 social service agencies including after school programs, programs for at-risk youth, low income housing facilities, homeless shelters, food pantries, and senior centers.  

Duties

  • Become familiar with food rescue volunteer shifts and be able to fill in when necessary
  • Spearhead our year-end survey in cooperation with our partners and food recipients
  • Design the “tool box” of Food Links model to help other communities start a similar food rescue program
  • Audit our organization to see what our carbon footprint and offset are
  • Work would occur in Arlington, MA

​​

Qualifications

  • Interest in food rescue programs, anti hunger programs, food systems, environmental sustainability or community building
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with Google Drive
  • Preferred, but not required, familiarity with the Arlington community

​​

Benefits

  • Gain hands-on experience in operations for a small non profit
  • Learn about food rescue work
  • Receive internship credit

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to Kelsey Juntwait, Outreach Coordinator (781-819-4225), at info@foodlinkma.org

Food Link INC

www.foodlinkma.org

Communications Internship

We are looking for a part-time communication intern to join our small staff. This position will be critical to communicating with the community about the important work we are doing to provide nutritious food to our partners, educate the public about food waste, and recruit more volunteers to help rescue food. This is an unpaid internship that requires 100 hours of time.

About Food Link

Food Link is an Arlington-based food rescue non profit that uses the power of volunteers to collect fresh food from food retailers and distribute it to local agencies serving residents in need. We partner with 20 local grocery and prepared food stores to bring high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread and prepared foods to 30 social service agencies including after school programs, programs for at-risk youth, low income housing facilities, homeless shelters, food pantries, and senior centers.  

Duties

  • Manage social media platforms
    • Facebook using Buffer (3 posts per week)
    • Blog using Wix (1 post per week)
    • E-newsletter using MailChimp (1 or 2 newsletters per month)
  • Write press releases
  • Attend and photograph outreach and fundraising events
  • Observe and photograph some operations
  • Organize and manage marketing and communication materials
  • Become familiar with food rescue volunteer shifts and be able to fill in when necessary
  • Work would occur in Arlington, MA

​​

Qualifications

  • Interest in social media, outreach, communications
  • Interest in food rescue programs, anti hunger programs, food systems, environmental sustainability or community building
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong social media and design skills
  • Preferred, but not required, familiarity with the Arlington community

​​

Benefits

  • Gain hands-on experience in communications for a small non profit
  • Learn about food rescue work
  • Receive internship credit

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to Kelsey Juntwait, Outreach Coordinator (781-819-4225), at info@foodlinkma.org

Apr 9 18

Fall 2018 Course Listings (click link below)

by Grace L. Schumaker

Fall 2018 course listings

Apr 9 18

Organic Ag and Sustainable Food Systems Intern

by Grace L. Schumaker
Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel and development project located on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. Our mission is to revitalize, regenerate and restore a vibrant and diverse ecosystem and simultaneously foster sustainable economic opportunities in our surrounding community. 

We are seeking a dedicated intern to help support organic farming and garden-related projects, both in the community and on our farm. The Playa Viva project is a growing and evolving business in which interns serve as ambassadors in the community for Playa Viva’s work, bringing skills and knowledge to both our neighboring communities and to our staff. As such, individuals best suited for this role are “people persons” who want to help be part of a movement to promote sustainability in the area and help Playa Viva achieve its goals. This is an opportunity to live and be a part of a rural community development project via a sustainable tourism operation.
 

Duties may include but are not limited to:

 

  • Planting, harvesting, weeding, mulching, tending to chickens, etc.;
  • Support the implementation and maintenance of community garden projects;
  • Participate in the weekly Saturday farmers’ market in Zihuatanejo (Eco Tianguis Sanka);
  • Conduct small presentations on organic farming and environmental stewardship in local schools (preschool, elementary, and high school);
  • Support training/capacity building of staff and relevant actors in the community;
  • Support farm management and organization;
  • Support the link between farm and kitchen;
  • Strengthen Playa Viva’s and the Eco Tianguis’ relationship with small-scale local producers;

 

Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of and practical experience in vegetable production, tree nurseries, and/or integrated agricultural systems;
  • BS/BA in Agronomy, Horticulture, Sustainable Food Systems (or a related field) and/or equivalent experience working in related fields;
  • Passion and interest in sustainable agriculture, nutrition and community development;
  • Willingness to work in a team environment as well as be a dedicated, proactive self-starter;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to exercise sensitivity among cultural differences;
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new knowledge, skills and attitudes;
  • Strong resiliency skills (i.e. some life experience showing ability to achieve in difficult circumstances).
  • Willingness and ability to perform physical labor and work in a tropical remote environment;
  • B2 or ILR 3 minimum level of fluency in Spanish;
  • Fluency in English (for integration with hotel guests);
  • 3 month minimum commitment.
Benefits
  • 100USD monthly living stipend;
  • 2 meals per day Monday – Friday (during working hours);
  • 1 meal on Saturdays (purchased at Saturday market);
  • Shared accommodation at Casa Blanca (shared house in town with other international volunteers);
  • Transportation to and from PV Hotel;
  • Improving language and other new skills;
  • Making new and lasting friendships;
  • Becoming acquainted with another country, its people, and its culture; and
  • Making a contribution to Mexico’s rural community development.
How to Apply

If interested in applying, please send your resume and a 1-page cover letter (roughly 600 words) to volunteer@playaviva.com and npwolf@gmail.com expressing your interest in and qualifications for the role by APRIL 15TH 2018. Please include in your cover letter or in your email when you are available to start the position and for how long you are available (ideal start date is mid-May 2018). You can address the letter to Ms. Melissa Luna and Mr. Nick Wolf. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Letters can be written in English or Spanish. Interviews will be conducted in 50/50 English/Spanish to gauge fluency. For more info, you can see the full advert here

Apr 6 18

Research Coordinator- CSU Food Systems Initiative

by Scarlet R. Bliss
We are very excited to announce that Colorado State University’s inter-disciplinary Food Systems Initiative is hiring a Research Coordinator. Supported through several new grants, this is an exciting opportunity to coordinate a large research, Extension and outreach program. The selected individual will be responsible for overall project management, as well as developing and implementing a communications and outreach strategy for internal and external partners. This is a great opportunity to become an integral part of high profile, innovative, and integrated food system initiatives throughout the state of Colorado (including national linkages). 
 
Min. reqs.: B.A./B.S. + 1 yr. project management or related exp. Must have excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills. You must apply by 4/20/2018 for full consideration. The job description and more information about how to apply is posted at: http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/54960. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.
 
To learn more about on-going food systems activities at CSU, please visit: http://foodsystems.colostate.edu/