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Sep 21 20

Biological Science Information Specialist

by Ivara J. Roth

EMPLOYMENT OUTREACH NOTICE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FOREST SERVICE
NORTHERN RESEARCH STATION

The Northern Research Station plans to advertise the following 13-month TERM position renewable up to 4 years.  Please circulate this outreach notice to as many potential candidates as possible; we are seeking a diverse pool of qualified applicants.   Anticipated start date is December 2020.

Biological Science Information Specialist
GS-0401-11
 (TERM appointment)
Rhinelander, Wisconsin

The successful candidate will be a member of an interdisciplinary team of geneticists, forest and wildlife ecologists, landscape ecologists, and spatial modelers that develop and deliver scientific knowledge and tools that integrate ecological changes and resource management across scales and disturbance gradients with sustaining forests, restoring landscapes, and conserving natural resources.  Starting annual salary is $64,000 plus health, life, and retirement investment benefits.

ABOUT THIS POSITION
The incumbent will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary research-management team conducting novel research on developing large-scale climate adaptive silvicultural strategies to save at-risk boreal wildlife species, specifically improving moose habitat in the near-term while also planning for future forest conditions in a changing climate. The incumbent will be responsible for manipulating and analyzing geospatial data to support research associated with spatially detailed ecological landscape models, specifically LANDIS-II, including coding, calibrating, aligning, regulating and substantiating models.  The successful candidate will have opportunities to contribute to the development, testing and improvement of new model capabilities within LANDIS-II for use in the moose habitat study and other model applications.

We are looking for candidates with (1) Knowledge of geospatial technology as related to simulation modeling; (2) Knowledge of various programming and scripting languages such as C#, Python, R, Windows API, including modular design, programming best practices, testing, debugging, version control and maintenance; (3) Knowledge of general concepts, practices, and methods of the biological sciences sufficient to interpret, evaluate, and identify forest ecosystems.

To express interest in this position, please send an email to   deahn.donnerwright@usda.gov by October 9th.  All interested persons will be sent a link to the positions once it is advertised on www.USAJOBS.gov.


ABOUT THE NORTHERN RESEARCH STATION

The Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, serves a 20-state region composed of the Northeast and Midwest.  Headquartered in Madison WI, the Station improves people’s lives and sustains natural resources through research and development.  The Northern Research Station has more than 400 employees, including 134 scientists, at 24 field locations and 22 Experimental Forests.  The Station develops practical solutions while advancing fundamental science. Guiding the Station’s research are the science themes of Forest Disturbance Processes, Sustaining Forests, Providing Clean Air and Water, Urban Natural Resource Stewardship, and Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment. Interested candidates can discover more about the Northern Research Station at  www.nrs.fs.fed.us/

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY

Rhinelander, WI (Home of the Hodag; pop. 7,798) is in the heart of Wisconsin’s northwoods and lake country. The city is surrounded by national, state, and county parks and forests that provide multiple recreational opportunities year-round such as boating, fishing, camping, mountain-biking, and hiking activities in the summer months to snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice-fishing in the winter months (www.travelwisconsin.com/northeast).  Rhinelander is surrounded by 232 lakes within 15 minutes of downtown and is known as the “Ice Fishing Capital of the World”.  

With the surrounding townships and nearby towns of Eagle River and Minocqua, the greater Rhinelander area has a population of over 40,000, and residents commute among these three towns for employment opportunities, shopping, and medical facilities (Ascension St. Mary’s Clinic and Hospital, Aspirus Clinic).  The City of Wausau (population ~50,000) is an hour away and where many residents go for specialized health care, major shopping centers, employment opportunities, and higher educational opportunities.  

The Nicolet Area Technical College is located just south of Rhinelander.  The college offers associate degrees, certificates, apprenticeship programs, and continuing education courses as well as a University Transfer Liberal Arts program.  It is one of only three state technical colleges offering both occupational training and university-level liberal arts education. For dual career families, it offers faculty and staff opportunities.  Just west of Rhinelander is the Oneida County Airport serviced by Delta has several flights arriving and departing each day to connections out of Minneapolis airport. The larger Central Wisconsin airport is just south of Wausau and is serviced by three major airlines. Rhinelander’s median house value in 2016 was $90,126, rent was $770, and resident age was 40.  

Additional information about Rhinelander and neighboring cities can be found at:
www.rhinelanderchamber.com

www.ExploreRhinelander.com
www.townofminocqua.org

www.eagleriver.org
www.ci.wausau.wi.us

Sep 7 20

NASA DEVELOP Program

by Ivara J. Roth

DEVELOP is a 10-week paid research opportunities with the NASA DEVELOP National Program, open to current students and recent college graduates as well as transitioning career professionals.

NASA DEVELOP projects focus on helping local and international communities address their environmental concerns while utilizing NASA’s Earth observing fleet of satellites. NASA DEVELOP operates at eleven locations across the country at NASA Centers and other regional locations. Our current fall term is planned to be fully remote. This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists, partner organizations, and science advisors to learn about the use of NASA Earth science data for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns.

Responsibilities will include: a literature review, data processing and analysis, and producing deliverables, such as a technical report, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, is not required for acceptance. This is a multi-disciplinary opportunity for all those interested in Earth science and we encourage those in the social sciences, general science, engineering, computer science, etc. to apply.

Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 20 – 29 hours per week during the spring term. The position is paid on an hourly basis that is determined by education level.

Details about this opportunity and how to apply can be found online at https://develop.larc.nasa.gov/. The spring 2021 position application window is now open online until October 9th, with the term starting January 25th and lasting through April 2nd. Summer and fall opportunities are also available.

Sep 7 20

PhD in Environmental Studies UC Santa Cruz

by Ivara J. Roth

Dr. Kai Zhu is recruiting 1-2 PhD student(s) starting in Fall 2021 in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Zhu Lab works on research questions at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and ecosystem processes, using quantitative approaches such as remote sensing, species distribution models, and Bayesian statistical methods. Current research projects include (1) phenological responses to climate change and human activity in the Northern Hemisphere; (2) the biogeography of soil fungi in North America; and (3) wildfire propagation and forest regrowth in California. The Zhu Lab also collaborates with other research groups, such as the Peay Lab at Stanford University (https://mykophile.com) through a collaborative NSF grant (https://news.ucsc.edu/2019/09/zhu-nsf.html). More information is available at https://zhulab.ucsc.edu/.

Students are encouraged to develop their own projects, which is an essential part of their advancement as independent and creative researchers. Dr. Zhu expects students to have previous research experience and a strong background in ecology and environmental science, as well as math, statistics, and programming. However, in the Zhu Lab students will learn new methods and tools by attending classes, workshops, and working on projects, so the most important quality is the willingness to learn.

The PhD program in Environmental Studies is explicitly interdisciplinary, with expectations to engage in both natural and social sciences coursework and research. The department guarantees five years of support for graduate students. Through working with faculty advisors, graduate students in Environmental Studies have been very successful in obtaining external funding. UC Santa Cruz ranks among the top universities (https://news.ucsc.edu/2019/07/cwur-rankings.html) in terms of research influence (https://news.ucsc.edu/2017/09/times-higher-ed.html) and research quality (https://news.ucsc.edu/2019/06/rankings.html) worldwide, and it is within a half-hour drive of the Silicon Valley. Located on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz has numerous year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation (sailing, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, etc.). For information about program requirements, funding, and admissions, please consult the graduate program coordinator Amy Profitt (envsgpc at ucsc dot edu), the department website (https://envs.ucsc.edu/graduate/prospective-grads/index.html), and the Graduate School website (https://www.gradadmissions.ucsc.edu).

Interested students should contact Dr. Kai Zhu (kai dot zhu at ucsc dot edu) as early as possible and no later than the application deadline in December 2020 with the following information: (1) research experience, ideas, and questions; (2) motivations to pursue a PhD and long-term career goals; (3) why interested in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC; and (4) current CV, academic transcript, and TOEFL score (if applicable).

May 1 20

Seasonal Field Botanist (southeastern Pennsylvania)

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

A seasonal field botanist is needed to assist in vegetation monitoring at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center, in Annville, Pennsylvania, which is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, about 100 miles (two hours drive) northwest of Philadelphia.  The seasonal field botanist will work on an existing collaboration between the Sewall Lab in the Biology Department at Temple University (http://sites.temple.edu/bjsewall/) and Fort Indiantown Gap, part of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (http://ftig.png.pa.gov/about).  Fort Indiantown Gap is the most important training site for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.  It is also one of the region’s most ecologically important areas, containing numerous species of rare and threatened plants and wildlife as well as rare and threatened grassland habitats. 

The position will assist with monitoring field sites for the Sustainable Range Program. Project tasks include identifying plant species, measuring woody vegetation in grasslands, mapping invasive species, documenting disturbance, collecting vegetation and environmental data, and taking digital photographs as part of a long-term ecological monitoring program.  Other tasks include relocating permanent plots, establishing new plots, and collecting vegetation data using Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.  Additional tasks could include evaluation of the trail network onsite, stream monitoring, and assistance with a variety of wildlife research efforts.  Modifications to the work expectations may be made, as needed to respond to circumstances and government and installation guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Incumbents will be employed by Temple University but the work will be based at Fort Indiantown Gap. 

Eligibility requires either graduation from or current enrollment in a program leading to a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, or related field, as well as basic computer skills, the ability to operate a vehicle, and a valid driver’s license.  A knowledge of plant taxonomy and an ability to operate a four-wheel-drive vehicle are strongly preferred. Previous vegetation sampling experience and taxonomic identification skills for Pennsylvania plant species are preferred. Candidates should be in good physical condition, willing to work long hours outdoors in all types of weather and habitat conditions, and able to work cooperatively with military, civilian, and academic partners in a team environment. Salary is $15.00/hour, commensurate with experience and qualifications, for 40 hrs/week. Employment will be seasonal, from June through August 2020. The work site is not adjacent to a downtown area or public transportation, so use of a personal vehicle to commute to the site is desirable.

To apply, submit a cover letter describing interest in the position and relevant experience, a resume, and contact information for 3 references to both James Meenan (c-jmeenan@pa.gov) and Dr. Brent Sewall (bjsewall@temple.edu).  Include “˜Seasonal Field Botanist position” in the subject line.  Position will remain open until filled.

May 1 20

Climate Justice Research Assistant (volunteer position)

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Climate change is an all-hands-on-deck challenge. The Maine Climate Table (www.maineclimatetable.org) is a network of nonprofits, businesses, and individuals in Maine dedicated to growing widespread participation in climate action across political, cultural, and economic divides.  Viewpoint diversity is an asset, not a liability, when it comes to solving a problem as large and long-term as climate change.  We need a bigger force.  Not a divided citizenry. 

The Maine Climate Table is seeking a summer intern interested specifically in climate justice.  In particular, the intern will compile existing peer-reviewed and gray literature on this topic.  We seek to develop a categorization framework for methods that engage those who are, or could be, disenfranchised by climate change (for example, lobster fishermen in Maine).  The intern will also conduct an inventory of climate justice and environmental justice funders in the U.S. using tools such as Foundations On-Line.  This research will be particularly useful for students interested in careers focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or climate justice. This is an unpaid position. 

CONTACT: John M. Hagan, Ph.D. (jhagan@maineclimatetable.org)

May 1 20

YouthGROW (Youth Growing Organics in Worcester) Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Volunteer Specialist – Groups

by Hazel J. Ostrowski

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical community needs, and increase volunteerism. By taking on a year of service, you can positively impact your community while gaining skills and experience.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and service members to find success throughout the program year. The three Commonwealth Corps members with Regional Environmental Council Inc. (REC) will serve 10.5 months in a half-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

The Regional Environmental Council, Inc. (REC) is a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental and food justice organization with a 45-year history working for environmental sustainability and social justice in Central Massachusetts is seeking one half-time Commonwealth Corps member to support volunteer group engagement and community education in our YouthGROW Farm. Through their service, the Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist will increase healthy food production and community awareness at the YouthGROW Farm. In addition, they will collaborate with other members to leverage 100+ volunteers that will be engaged in hands on garden support and maintenance and inner-city food production for food insecure neighborhoods.

Responsibilities:

Essential

  • Complete a minimum of 750 hours of service, serving through June 26, 2021.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6total, post orientation) and REC including a new member orientation on August 17 & 18, 2020.
  • Participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of MSA-approved professional development-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Recruit volunteers to support the YouthGROW Farm through direct outreach, partner development, and relationship building.
  • Plan and coordinate group service-learning days on the YouthGROW Farm.
  • Develop educational components to complement group service-learning days.
  • Improve existing volunteer appreciation and communication to facilitate sustained engagement.
  • Provide direct support at the YouthGROW Farm serving alongside youth leaders in the program and Farm Manager.
  • Plan and coordinate group service-learning days on the YouthGROW Farm.
  • Collaborate with other Corps members to plan spring community events, including a city-wide Earth DayClean Up, engaging over 1,000 volunteers and our Annual Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale.Marginal
  • Support greenhouse operations to grow 5,000+ seedlings for community and school garden network.
  • Support produce delivery and sale in low income communities via the REC Mobile Market program.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
  • Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized and reliable
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Ability to travel independently to sites via personal or public transportation
  • Comfort with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, shared folders/files (Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Apps)
  • Strong people and communication skills, both written and verbal Preferred
  • Familiarity/experience with the Worcester community, particularly the Bell Hill and Main South neighborhoods
  • Previous experience collaboratively working or volunteering with people of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgroundsMember Benefits:
  • Stipend of $400 every other week while in service, up to $8,400, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
  • Completion award of up to $1,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)
  • Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to REC’s policies;
  • The opportunity for at least 5 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  • Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corpsservice internship program.Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.Term of Service:
  • Position Start Date: August 17, 2020
  • Position End Date: June 26, 2021
  • Service commitment will average 18-20 hours per week with minimum of two full days (9-5) and approximately two evenings per month and up to two weekends per month during the months of September, April, and May, with advance notice. Service schedule/days will be agreed upon at the start of the service term and any changes or additions, including night or weekend hours, will be made with advance notice.

Application Instructions:

• Submit a cover letter and resume to Stacie Brimmage at Stacie@recworcester.org. Applications will be accepted on rolling basis, with preference given to candidates who apply by May 31, 2020.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check.

Regional Environmental Council will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Regional Environmental Council welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

May 1 20

YouthGROW (Youth Growing Organics in Worcester) Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist – Youth

by Hazel J. Ostrowski

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical community needs, and increase volunteerism. By taking on a year of service, you can positively impact your community while gaining skills and experience.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and service members to find success throughout the program year. The three Commonwealth Corps members with Regional Environmental Council Inc. will serve 10.5 months in a half-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

The Regional Environmental Council, Inc. (REC) is a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental and food justice organization with a 45-year history working for environmental sustainability and social justice in Central Massachusetts. REC is seeking one half-time Commonwealth Corps members to support youth volunteer engagement and community education in our YouthGROW Farm. Through their service, the Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist will increase healthy food production and community awareness at the YouthGROW Farm. In addition, they will collaborate with other members to leverage 100+ volunteers that will be engaged in hands on garden support and maintenance and inner-city food production for food insecure neighborhoods.

Responsibilities:

Essential

  • Complete a minimum of 750 hours of service, serving through June 26, 2021.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6total, post orientation) and REC including a new member orientation on August 17 & 18, 2020.
  • Participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of MSA-approved professional development-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Recruit high school and college age youth to participate in open community volunteer hours at the YouthGROW Farm.
  • Provide direct support at the YouthGROW Farm serving alongside youth leaders in the program and Farm Manager.
  • Mentor and support youth participants in the YouthGROW program to complete programmatic volunteer requirements, including leading youth internship teams.
  • Develop new partnerships with local school service-learning programs.
  • Create a college volunteer outreach guide.
  • Collaborate with other Corps members to plan spring community events, including a city-wide Earth Day Clean Up, engaging over 1,000 volunteers and our Annual Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale.Marginal
  • Support non-volunteer-based youth development programming including monthly retreats.
  • Support produce delivery and sale in low income communities via the REC Mobile Market program.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
  • Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized and reliable
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Ability to travel independently to sites via personal or public transportation
  • Comfort with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, shared folders/files (Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Apps)
  • Strong people and communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Preferred:
  • Familiarity/experience with the Worcester community, particularly the Bell Hill and Main South neighborhoods
  • Previous experience collaboratively working or volunteering with people of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgroundsMember Benefits:
  • Stipend of $400 every other week while in service, up to $8,400, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
  • Completion award of up to $1,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)
  • Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to REC’s policies;
  • The opportunity for at least 5 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  • Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corpsservice internship program.Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.Term of Service:
  • Position Start Date: August 17, 2020
  • Position End Date: June 26, 2021
  • Service commitment will average 18-20 hours per week with minimum of two full days (9-5) and approximately two evenings per month and up to two weekends per month during the months of September, April, and May, with advance notice. Service schedule/days will be agreed upon at the start of the service term and any changes or additions, including night or weekend hours, will be made with advance notice.

Application Instructions:

• Submit a cover letter and resume to Stacie Brimmage at Stacie@recworcester.org. Applications will be accepted on rolling basis, with preference given to candidates who apply by May 31, 2020.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check.

Regional Environmental Council will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Regional Environmental Council welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

May 1 20

UGROW (Urban Garden Resources of Worcester) Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist – Community Garden

by Hazel J. Ostrowski

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical community needs, and increase volunteerism. By taking on a year of service, you can positively impact your community while gaining skills and experience.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and service members to find success throughout the program year. The three Commonwealth Corps members with Regional Environmental Council Inc. (REC) will serve 10.5 months in a half-time capacity. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.

REC is a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental and food justice organization with a 45-year history working for environmental sustainability and social justice in Central Massachusetts. REC is seeking one half-time Commonwealth Corps member to support volunteer engagement and community education in our community and school gardens. Through their service, the Commonwealth Corps Volunteer Engagement Specialist will increase the sustainability of school and community gardens in Worcester as a source of healthy food. In addition, they will collaborate with other members to leverage 100+ volunteers that will be engaged in hands on garden support and maintenance and inner-city food production for food insecure neighborhoods.

Responsibilities:

Essential

  • Complete a minimum of 750 hours of service, serving through June 26, 2021.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6total, post orientation) and REC including a new member orientation on August 17 & 18, 2020.
  • Participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of MSA-approved professional development-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Recruit volunteers to support the community and school gardens network through direct outreach, partner development, and relationship building.

• Activities will include attending fairs at local colleges and tabling events within the community, participating in neighborhood meetings, and meeting with staff at partner organizations such as the United Way, who can leverage wider volunteer networks.• Improve on and create systems to support volunteer community garden coordinators to effectively lead their community garden sites.• These tools could include guidelines on how to develop garden group agreements, processes for allocating garden space, and outreach material for existing resources such as the Tool Lending Library. We expect the member will develop these tools in response to and in collaboration with our community garden coordinators.

  • Deliver garden and nutrition education through community and in-classroom workshops.
  • Collaborate with other Corps members to plan spring community events, including a city-wide Earth DayClean Up, engaging over 1,000 volunteers and our Annual Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale.Marginal
  • Support greenhouse operations to grow 5,000+ seedlings for community and school garden network.
  • Support produce delivery and sale in low income communities via the REC Mobile Market program.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Massachusetts residency and legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
  • Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized and reliable
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record in order to operate REC pickup truck to transport tools and soil for volunteer garden events.
  • Comfort with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, shared folders/files (Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Apps)
  • Strong people and communication skills, both written and verbal Preferred
  • Familiarity/experience with the Worcester community, particularly the Bell Hill and Main South neighborhoods
  • Previous experience collaboratively working or volunteering with people of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgroundsMember Benefits:
  • Stipend of $400 every other week while in service, up to $8,400, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
  • Completion award of up to $1,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA)
  • Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to REC’s policies;
  • The opportunity for at least 5 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  • Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corpsservice internship program.Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.Term of Service:
  • Position Start Date: August 17, 2020
  • Position End Date: June 26, 2021
  • Service commitment will average 18-20 hours per week with minimum of two full days (9-5) and approximately two evenings per month and up to two weekends per month during the months of September, April, and May, with advance notice. Service schedule/days will be agreed upon at the start of the service term and any changes or additions, including night or weekend hours, will be made with advance notice.

Application Instructions:

• Submit a cover letter and resume to Pat Barnosky at ugrow@recworcester.org.

Applications will be accepted on rolling basis, with preference given to candidates who apply by May 30, 2020.

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check.

Regional Environmental Council will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Regional Environmental Council welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

May 1 20

Seeking Cantonese native speaker to translate materials

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Tufts and SMFA students in the Food as Sculpture since 1960 course (VMS/ENVS) created placemats and videos to share tips on how to keep healthy eating habits during the pandemic. Their work was inspired by food-based art projects that incorporate a range of ingredients. The students collaborated with scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center to provide advice tailored to elderly residents in Boston’s Chinatown— a community that is particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus.  In order to allow the Cantonese-speaking public to make the most out of viewing the placemats and videos, we are looking for one or more bilingual students who can:

  • Translate the contents of the placemats;
  • Lay out the translation into the placemats, while ensuring the integrity of the existing design in Power Point or Keynote.
  • Record a voiceover translation, for ten 3-minute videos, from English to Cantonese (or possibly Mandarin).

 The course is co-sponsored by and in collaboration with Tisch College. We can offer 15$/hour, with an expected time commitment of 10 hrs. If you are interested, respond to silvia.bottinelli@tufts.edu by May 9th. The position will remain open until filled.

May 1 20

Volunteer needed at local farm in North Reading, MA

by Marilene Rivas-Chavez

Volunteer needed at local farm in North Reading, MA.

Jackson Farm with Cooperative for Human Services

**Part time – flexible hours**

Do you enjoy planting seeds in the spring and nurturing them for transplanting into the garden? Do you appreciate being outside while having some chickens and a few other farm animals around? If so, then join a local non-profit that supports adults with disabilities. Our organic farm has been operating for about 7 years providing supplemental vegetables and herbs for the folks we serve. Here you will help with seeding, field preparation, planting, staking, watering, pruning, cultivation, weeding, harvesting and cleaning of vegetables. And, at the end of the day, you will have access to enjoy the organic harvest that we cultivate.

To apply, you will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old 
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Be able to lift up to 30lbs
  • Be literate in English (read/write)
  • Have a valid MA driver’s license and reliable transportation

If interested, please email hrdept@cooperativeforhs.org