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Sep 15 14

Science Media Symposium and Awards to be held at the WGBH studios September 17-19th.

by Sara Gomez Garcia

In the interests of including more faculty and students, we are offering registration for the event at a 50% discount to those enrolled or actively teaching in your department. More than 175 delegates from around the world – science media producers, scientists and science journalists – will join us for this bi-annual event.

The Science Media Symposium features three days of engaging panels and discussions with prominent thought leaders and science media producers as well as screenings of some of the best science media productions – from dome theater films to short form media for the internet. WGBH has partnered with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to bring the symposium and awards to Boston for the first time in what we hope will be an ongoing opportunity to showcase the best in science media.

The range of sessions is exciting – from revelations in brain science with MIT’s Ed Boyden and Brain Gate Two’s Leigh Hochberg to discussions about the science of science communication with Yale’s Dan Kahan, journalist, Carl Zimmer, and Harvard’s Naomi Oreskes – there are 10 substantive sessions in all. Our opening keynote, next Wednesday, September 17 at 11 am will feature the Senior Executive Producer of NOVA, Paula Apsell, in conversation with the director of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, Kirk Johnson, HHMI’s Sean Carroll and Lisa Randall of Harvard on the critically important state of science literacy in the country.

We take great pleasure in making the symposium available to the broader academic community and hope you can join us. To register or find more information about the symposium, the gala dinner, and awards ceremony (to be held at the New England Aquarium) click here: http://www.jhfestival.org/programming.html

Be sure to use promo code “boston50” to apply your discount.

Sep 15 14

Spring Undergraduate Wildlife Internship at Brookhaven National Laboratory

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) is a 16 week internship
from Mid-January to the beginning of May.  Students will assist with
ongoing research on a 200 acre solar facility and at Brookhaven National
Laboratory in Upton, NY.  We are looking for highly motivated students who
can work independently to complete a variety of research activities.  A
weekly stipend is provided and free dormitory style housing is available
for students who live more than 50 miles from the Laboratory.

Applicant should be an undergraduate student pursuing or have recently
(within one year) obtained a degree in wildlife/ biology/ natural
resources.  Must be willing to work non-traditional hours and work alone.
Familiarity with the flora and fauna on Long Island or the Northeast will
be helpful.  Familiarity with GPS and GIS is beneficial.  Wildlife handling
experience is preferred.

Possible research activities include:

Small mammal trapping

Radio telemetry on box turtles

Herp surveys

Owl surveys

Wildland fire fuel inventory

Applications must be filled out online with the Department of Energy – SULI
program (https://www3.orau.gov/suli/Account/Login). No applications will be
accepted through e-mail.  Applicants must be a sophomore or higher with a
minimum GPA of 3.00.  Two references are required.  Students who graduated
in or after May 2014 may still apply. Full eligibility requirements are
available on the SULI website.  When filling out the application, select
Brookhaven National Laboratory and biology or environmental science as the
research area.

Once the application is completed online, please e-mail higbie@bnl.gov.
For further information, full requirements and a link to the application,
see the following website:  http://science.energy.gov/wdts/.  If you have
any questions, please contact Jennifer Higbie at higbie@bnl.gov.

Application deadline is October 7, 2014.  Please see webpage for deadline
information.  http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/key-dates/

Sep 15 14

Research Internships in Plant Ecology, Archbold Biological Station, Florida

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Beginning February – April 2015 (applications due 3 October 2014)
Ideal for Students with Undergraduate Degrees Contemplating Graduate School

Includes independent research project. Provides Stipend, Room, and Board.

Internships at Archbold Biological Station in south-central Florida in the Plant Ecology Program. Interns will work in the plant ecology laboratory of Dr. Eric Menges, which emphasizes conservation biology, plant demography, restoration ecology, fire ecology, landscape ecology, and fire management. We study many species of endemic vascular plants in endangered Florida scrub and related communities. Active fire management provides outstanding opportunities for short-term comparative studies in fire ecology. Our long-term (as long as 26-year) datasets on dozens of scrub plants gives context to short-term, focused, field projects. A large-scale experimental restoration provides a useful context for restoration ecology projects.  Additional information can be found at the Archbold website:  http://www.archbold-station.org/ or the plant ecology program website:

http://www.archbold-station.org/html/research/plant/plant.html

Interns receive room, breakfasts and lunches, a meal allowance, and a weekly stipend of $100. They work 20 hours per week as research assistants and the remainder on an independent research project. Internships generally run for 6-12 months but are flexible in their starting dates and durations. Internships offer an opportunity for experience in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice and experimental design to oral and written presentations.

Archbold Biological Station is active in research, conservation, and education. Our facilities include a 5000 ha preserve, an outstanding regional library and a GIS lab running ArcINFO. We have a staff of about 50 with many visiting scientists, an active seminar program, and a relaxed biological station atmosphere.

To apply for an internship in the plant ecology lab, please provide the following: a cover letter stating research interests, a resume or CV, and a summary of grades. Arrange for two letters of recommendation  to be sent to us via email. Materials should be sent by OCTOBER 3, 2014.  Please EMAIL all application material to:

Eric Menges
emenges@archbold-station.org

Sep 15 14

Research interns are needed for project in Trinidad

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator, experimental study ecology and evolution in Trinidad. The research is led by Professor David Reznick at the University of California, Riverside.  We seek to integrate multiple biological fields for the study of the interactions between ecological and evolutionary processes in Trinidadian streams. Duties of the position include assisting in monthly censuses of fish populations (guppies) in montane streams. The monthly censuses include long hours of laboratory time.  Qualifications: We seek interns who are entertaining the possibility of pursing graduate studies in some area of ecology and evolution and who wish to gain some field research experience before entering graduate school.  Research will take place in semi-remote areas of Trinidad sometimes under bad weather conditions. Applicants must be able to live and work well with others. Research will also involve carrying heavy packs over slippery and steep terrain. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to meet the demands of field research under these conditions. Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle is desirable but not required. Applicants with first-aid/first responder training, skills in automobile maintenance, and construction skills are highly desirable. Please address these skills when applying.
Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad, with possibility of extension. Starting dates are flexible, starting as early as November 2014. We will cover  travel expenses and living expenses.
Applicants should send cover letter, CV and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick (gupy @ ucr.edu). At least two of the references should be academics.

Sep 8 14

2015 NOAA Student Scholarships

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The NOAA Office of Education is now accepting applications for the 2015 class of undergraduate scholars.  Complete applications must be submitted by January 30, 2015.

Over 100 students are selected each year to participate in the Ernest F. Hollings and Educational Partnership Program (EPP) scholarship programs.  These generous scholarships include support for two years of study in the junior and senior year and summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country.

Please help us recruit high quality applicants by sharing this information with professional networks who may know of talented students interested in applying.  Eligibility requirements include:
US Citizen
3.0 GPA (Hollings) or 3.2 GPA (EPP)
Majoring in NOAA mission disciplines, including but not limited to: atmospheric science, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer science, education, engineering, environmental science, geodesy, geography, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physical science, photogrammetry, physics, etc.
Enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution (EPP only)

For information on these program and how to apply, please visit our web sites:
Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/scholarships/hollings.html
Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship: http://www.epp.noaa.gov/ssp_undergrad_page.html
For additional questions, please contact the Scholarship Program Managers at:
studentscholarshipprograms@noaa.gov and EPP.USP@noaa.gov

Sep 8 14

MIT Energy Initiative Education Office Internship

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Background: The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) links science, innovation, and policy to meet the energy challenges of the 21st century and transform the world’s energy systems. We provide a critical link in the energy innovation chain – the pairing of MIT’s world-class research teams with the best in industry that will be responsible for moving the products of this collaboration into the energy marketplace (see http://mitei.mit.edu/about for specific MIT research focus areas).

 

In addition to our research portfolio, MITEI has a strong education program. MITEI’s Education Office manages the multi-disciplinary Energy Studies Minor; sponsors in-depth Undergraduate Research Opportunities; coordinates graduate fellowships and student networking opportunities; and sponsors forums and events involving MIT’s diverse energy community throughout the year.

 

We are looking for an undergraduate student intern who is interested in working with MITEI’s education office to help run existing programming, and assist with expanding our educational offerings to the MIT community.

 

Job Description:

The intern will perform complex and diverse duties in support of the MITEI Education Office, including administrative support for daily and periodic activities and special events; assistance with event staffing; assistance with the development of the MITEI education database improvements; assistance with undergraduate and graduate level curriculum and extracurricular activities, and other duties as required. The schedule is 10 hours per week (M-F) and flexible, but coordinated with existing staff. Additional hours available during peak periods and special events. Periodic early morning and evening work.

 

Skills/Experience:

Proactive approach to projects, problem solving, and planning; initiative, flexibility, openness to change; superior organizational skills; ability to anticipate needs and prioritize effectively; good judgment, discretion, and diplomacy; ability to own and follow through on tasks independently and collaboratively as part of a team; excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills; ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of people; proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and the ability to quickly learn new software. Knowledge of Filmmaker Pro/Relational Databases and InDesign/Photoshop a plus.

Sep 8 14

SEEKING PAID PR INTERN FOR FILM PREMIERE

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Film Production company seeks to hire a Public Relations / Marketing intern in the Boston area to assist with multiple publicity tasks in preparation for the World Premiere of the film Love Thy Nature – Narrated by Liam Neeson – on Sept. 28th

The ideal candidate:
-has great communication skills (written and verbal)
-is an experienced social media user
-is dependable & a fast learner
-is kind and a great team player

The job includes:
-Spreading the word about the film premiere (thru social media, email, phone, etc.)
-Researching
-Running errands
-Assisting at the premiere on Sept 28th (MUST be available that evening).

Rate offered: in the range of $12 to $15 per hour (depending on qualifications).
Schedule: Approx 15 hours per week (more on week of Premiere)
When: Starting ASAP

For a flavor of the film, see the 2-min trailer here: www.lovethynature.com

Interested candidates should send a resume to Elaine with a paragraph explaining why they are interested and what makes them be the right fit. Her email address is elaine@lovethynature.com

Sep 2 14

Interns with Environment Massachusetts

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Internships that Make a Difference

If you care about the environment and want to make a difference, apply to be an Environment Massachusetts intern today.

What do interns with Environment Massachusetts do? You’ll educate and engage more people on the most critical environmental issues of our time. You’ll get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you’ll help us build the kind of public support it takes to win.

In Massachusetts, we’re building a clean and renewable future powered by the sun:  We could meet all of America’s energy needs by capturing just a sliver of the virtually limitless and pollution-free energy of the sun. And we’re making a lot of progress: In Massachusetts, solar energy has grown more than 100-fold since 2008.

But we’re still getting most of our electricity from dirty sources like coal and gas, and the power of fossil fuel interests threatens to stop solar in its tracks. This fall, we’re ramping up our work to build support for a national goal of getting 10% of our electricity from the sun by 2030 — and in Massachusetts, we’ll push the envelope by mobilizing public support and building a powerful coalition of businesses and elected officials behind ambitious clean energy goals.

Becoming an Environment Massachusetts intern

If you agree that it’s time for Massachusetts to go solar, the best thing you can do to get involved is to apply to be an Environment Massachusetts intern today. We’re looking for students who care deeply about the environment and are ready to make a difference now.

As an intern:
You’ll push for smart solutions to environmental problems, and build the public support it takes to win.
You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
And you’ll make a real difference on critical issues, while developing valuable skills and experience in one of the nation’s leading environmental nonprofits.
And if you’re thinking you might want to make a career out of solving our greatest environmental problems, interning with Environment Massachusetts is one of the best ways to get started. You’ll get the training and experience you need, and we hire our most talented and committed interns to join our staff when they graduate.

Apply today! Visit bit.ly/1eY9pA9 to submit your application. Be sure to choose “Boston, MA” under “Where are you applying to intern?”

Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein: ben@environmentmassachusetts.org, 617-747-4368.

Sep 2 14

Intern – Campaign to Save Antibiotics

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Food and Water Watch Campaign to Save Antibiotics
Job Title: Intern – Campaign to Save Antibiotics
Location: Boston/Cambridge, MA
Term: We are looking for interns and volunteers to begin immediately
Hours: 15-20 hours per week preferred for interns, 5-10 hours per week for volunteers

Campaign Description: Right now, 80% of antibiotics in the US are used on factory farms, just to boost profits and compensate for filthy, crowded living conditions. At the same time, 2 million Americans get antibiotic resistant infections every year because these drugs are losing their effectiveness.

We can create a world where we can count on medicine working, and where our farms are safe and healthy. But right now, antibiotic resistance is such a serious problem that in some cases, there are few or no treatment options. The FDA and Congress have failed to act on the issue, so Food and Water Watch is building a groundswell of public support in cities across the country, asking city councils to pass resolutions calling on our federal legislature to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

Food and Water Watch is working with a coalition of organizations, businesses, and professionals to ensure that antibiotics are saved for medicine, not factory farms. We are looking for bright, talented volunteers and interns to help us on all aspects of this critical campaign.
Job Activities/Scope: Interns and volunteers will provide support to all aspects of the Food and Water Watch antibiotics campaign, including student and community-member recruitment, leadership development, and grassroots visibility tactics. Interns will have the opportunity to work with Food and Water Watch volunteers and staff and on their own college campuses. A sample agenda is attached.

Required Knowledge and Skills:
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work well independently or in a team setting
Ability to converse comfortably on the phone
Strong attention to detail
Experience with grassroots organizing and campaigns is a plus
Good time management and organizational skills
Enthusiasm about protecting public health!

Compensation/Pay: Food and Water Watch internships are unpaid. Participants may be able to gain college credit for their internship.
To apply, please fill out this form with your contact information, and we will be in touch shortly. You can also email sdowdell@fwwlocal.org or call Sammi Dowdell at (703) 403-3576 with any questions.

Aug 19 14

Job for Tufts student: Administrative Assistant for Environmental Studies Program

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Environmental Studies Program is looking for a diligent, reliable and self-starter work-study student to start in mid-September (5-8 hrs a week; $9/hr). The student will work under the supervision of the Environmental Studies Program Administrator. Duties include assisting with basic administrative functions of an office, assist with preparation of promotional material, preparation of publications and/or newsletters, conduct online research, contact alumni and external environmental organizations, do on-campus outreach, assist with event organization, post on social media and other tasks as needed.

S/he must be detail-oriented, have good oral and written communication and organizational skills, ability to multi-task and be able to meet deadlines. Additionally, s/he must be comfortable with technology and be willing and able to learn new software as needed. Proficiency in Word, Excel and Powerpoint required. Experience with graphic design and a general interest in environmental topics are a plus.

The successful applicant must be available on Thursdays between 11:30 to 13:30 to assist with our Lunch & Learn seminar series. This position is open to all students but those in the ENVS Program are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please apply here

The review of applications will start on Sept 2nd