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May 28 15

Nature Advocate/Research Associate

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Job Description
– Are you passionate about protecting the natural environment?
– Do you love writing about nature and working with people?
– Do you enjoy inspiring others?
– Are you self-motivated and willing to challenge conventional wisdom?

If your answer to these questions is an enthusiastic yes, then please keep
reading.

Position Description
A job at the California Chaparral Institute, a research/educational/advocacy
non-profit, is unlike any other you will ever have. You’ll be challenged as
well as inspired. You’ll apply what you have learned in college and learn
more. You’ll have the opportunity to change lives and shift public policy.
Working closely with the Institute’s director, you will be advocating for
and writing about California’s most characteristic, extensive ecosystem, the
chaparral. You will be responsible for co-designing, coordinating, and
expanding an innovative naturalist training program, monitoring public
projects that threaten native shrubland habitats, co-authoring influential
comment letters to government agencies, assisting in field research, and
inspiring others to love nature as much as you do. You will be responsible
for managing tasks across multiple projects simultaneously. Most
importantly, your creativity will be allowed to expand in ways that
challenge convention and yourself.

This is a full-time position for at least one year, located in Escondido,
California.

Do the following activities inspire you?
– Collaborating to produce a program
– Writing
– California native plants
– Botanizing, bird watching, watching a colony of harvester ants go about
their business
– Teaching
– Fighting for a cause
– Photography
– Video production/editing
– Hiking

Are we looking for YOU? Yes, if you…
– Have strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
– Can work for extended periods of time in a basement office with four
windows and a door that’s open with it’s warm out.
– Are willing to crawl under and through the chaparral.
– Have competent writing and public speaking skills (with the desire to
become excellent).
– Can present a compelling personality on film.
– Are willing to travel and attend conferences/workshops throughout the state.
– Enjoy research.
– Have competent (or willing to learn) video editing/photography skills.

Education and Experience
– A Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies or Life Sciences, or in need
of a break after 2 or 3 of years of full-time university-level study in the
same.

Benefits
– Competitive salary for a environmental, non-profit organization (enough
for an apartment, food, gas, and weekend escapes)
– Retirement savings account
– Casual, environmental-advocate dress
– Meeting senior leaders in environmental/science fields

To Apply
Become familiar with our work by visiting our website at
www.californiachaparral.org.
Submit:
1) a sincere answer (500 words or less) to the following prompt: Why is
nature important?
2) resume with photo

Send your materials via email to:
naturalist@californiachaparral.org
or if you prefer mail:
The California Chaparral Institute
PO Box 545
Escondido, CA 92033

May 28 15

Internship at The Medford Office of Energy & Environment

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Medford Office of Energy & Environment is looking for 2 or more unpaid interns for the summer.  Some years we have the funding to pay interns, but this year we were less successful than usual in securing funding. We are hopeful that some area college-age students would be interested in this resume-building opportunity.

It is expected that an intern would work a minimum of 10 hours a week, during our office hours, in order to provide consistency. We are able to be designated as a work-study location and thereby employ students who have federal work study funding that they can use this summer.

Position 1:
A motivated individual is needed to help organize the City’s 6th annual Harvest Your Energy Festival. This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2015. The Energy Festival Coordinator will work with the Office’s Director to contact exhibitors, organize volunteers, maintain financial records and perform the tasks necessary to coordinate the festival. The coordinator works out of Medford’s Office of Energy & Environment and will help with general office tasks including fielding resident requests, as needed.

Position 2:
Work with the Medford Bicycle Advisory Commission to develop a Bicycle Infrastructure Master Plan. The Commission has been in existence for two years, and recently held a public workshop to provide direction for the Master Plan. The intern would be expected to take the lead in converting the raw material from the workshop into a draft master plan, including:
1. Review prior work done in the City related to bicycle infrastructure, including the raw material from the workshop
2. Develop an outline of a master plan document, working with Commission members
3. Perform field work to verify existing conditions, including photographs and measurements
4. Develop draft recommendations based on meetings with Commission members, supplemented by independent research with respect to standards and common practices elsewhere.
5. Prepare a draft master plan document, including text and graphics, and respond to comments by the Commissioners.
Other potential tasks, if time allowed, would include developing a marketing and communications plan to bring about behavior change in regard to: cyclist behavior and compliance with rules of the road, pedestrian safety, and driver awareness of cyclists and pedestrians.
Students interested in either position should send a cover letter and resume to Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy and Environment, City of Medford at ahunt@medford.org.

Apr 28 15

Internship: Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute – O Grove, Spain

by Kris Pieper

The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) is pleased to announce that they are currently accepting internship applications for late Summer and fall term 2015 (a minimum of 60 days of participation between August and November) for our research project along the North-western coast of the Iberian Pensinsula (Galician waters, Spain).  An internship period with the BDRI offers an excellent opportunity for qualified and motivated individuals to obtain field and laboratory training in marine mammals research methodology and analysis under the mentorship of experienced bottlenose dolphin researchers. Undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, etc.) can also be supported.  Interns can expect to gain a solid foundation in cetaceans behavioral ecology and sociobiology with a focus on dolphins ethology, habitat use and communication. BDRI offers interns the chance to work through the many steps of research. Your participation means that you will not only be observing the studied animals at sea, but you will also be collecting different types of scientific data, using various research methods, and helping on board the research vessel in general. When back in the lab, you will participate in the transcription of the collected data, with the database work, you will use various software, perform photo-identification analysis, use of GIS and more. Moreover, interns will also receive cross-training in different areas related with the strandings (Response, Rescue, Necropsy and data collection). As an internship, you will be encouraged to work hard and gain an insight of what it is actually like to work as a marine mammal researcher. An academic background in biology, veterinary or natural science, coupled with motivation, willingness to work hard and interest in marine mammals research make the most qualified individuals. Our center understands the importance of giving the participant the responsibilities and experience needed in order to give an insight and reflect the reality of a job within the field of marine mammal science. The BDRI is a private and self-funded center, hence, there is no compensation for the internship positions. There is an internships fee that includes the accommodation in an apartment, tuition and other expenses derived of your participation (housing, use of equipment, field trips by car, use of research vessel). Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research center (O Grove, Galicia, Spain). Internship start and end dates are flexible but the position requires a minimum of 8 weeks continuous commitment sometime between August through to November. The intern is required to complete a project and present a 10 minute presentation at the end of their internship. If the intern intends to receive academic credit, he/she will be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions. There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Apply early! Positions are open until filled (maximum 8 vacancies). Prior field research experience is recommended but not required. Please find more information and download the application form at:

Send the application form, resume, recommendation letters, and cover letter
by email to the email: info@thebdri.comFor more information about BDRI’s
research and conservation work, please visit our new website www.thebdri.com
or our Facebook page.

Apr 28 15

Internship: Medford Bicycle Advisory Commission – City of Medford Office of Energy and Environment

by Kris Pieper

The Office of Energy and Environment in Medford has an opening for a summer intern position to assist the Medford Bicycle Advisory Commission develop a Bicycle Infrastructure Master Plan.  The Commission has been in existence for two years, and recently held a public workshop to provide direction for the Master Plan.  The intern would be expected to take the lead in converting the raw material from the workshop into a draft master plan, including:

  • Review prior work done in the City related to bicycle infrastructure, including the raw material from the workshop
  • Develop an outline of a master plan document, working with Commission members
  • Perform field work to verify existing conditions, including photographs and measurements
  • Develop draft recommendations based on meetings with Commission members, supplemented by independent research with respect to standards and common practices elsewhere.
  • Prepare a draft master plan document, including  text and graphics, and respond to comments by the Commissioners.

Other potential tasks, if time allowed, would include developing a marketing and communications plan to bring about behavior change in regard to: cyclist behavior and compliance with rules of the road, pedestrian safety, and driver awareness of cyclists and pedestrians.

Responsibilities also include administrative office tasks in the City of Medford Office of Energy & Environment.  Summer interns expected to work a minimum of 20 hours a week, during City Hall’s open business hours (Mon, Tues, Thurs 8:30-4:30, Wed 8:30-7:30, Fri 8:30-12:30).

Possibility to continue on other projects in the Fall semester and could start part-time immediately. Position is unpaid during the summer with the potential to stay on as work-study during the school year. A good candidate is a self-starter who can work independently, use common sense and take initiative, and who has good writing skills. Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy and Environment, City of Medford at ahunt@medford.org.

Apr 21 15

Summer Volunteer Intern: EPA Boston Office

by Kris Pieper

EPA Summer Intern Volunteer

 

If you care about the environment and like to work with people to protect it, this is an opportunity for you. During the summer of 2015, New England Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) anticipates a vacancy for a self-motivated, volunteer graduate or undergraduate student. With the EPA regional office in downtown Boston, you will assist in investigating and writing permit requirements for EPA to use in regulating the discharge of pollution to streams, lakes, and marine waters under the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The NPDES program is one of the most direct and effective tools the United States uses to reduce water pollution and protect aquatic habitats. As a Student Trainee Volunteer assigned to the Water Permits Branch, you will serve as a hands-on assistant to the managers, engineers, scientists, environmental protection specialists, and other professional, administrative, and technical staff in the Water Permits Branch. Tasks will support the development and justification of permit provisions that regulate the discharge of pollutants in stormwater, industrial wastewater and treated municipal sewage in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Specific tasks may be tailored to your particular experience, skills, and interest.

 

The ideal candidate should be graduate or undergraduate student studying engineering, a physical science, or a related field.   Being familiar with the engineering, science, or law of waste water pollution problems and solutions is a plus. The candidate should have the ability to work on teams; the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; and the resourcefulness to find and use relevant documents, information, and guidance. EPA New England values a diverse work force.

 

For background on EPA and the NPDES program, you can look at the explanations and links on the following web page: http://www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/index.html

 

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter by mail or E-mail to:

 

David M. Webster, Chief

Water Permits Branch

US EPA Region 1

5 Post Office Square- OEP06-01

Boston, MA 02109-3912

 

webster.david@epa.gov

Apr 21 15

Yale Environment 360 Video Contest – Now Accepting Entries (Cash Prizes!)

by Kris Pieper
The second annual Yale Environment 360 Video Contest is now accepting entries. The contest honors the best environmental videos. Entries must be videos that focus on an environmental issue or theme, have not been widely viewed online, and are a maximum of 15 minutes in length. Videos that are funded by an organization or company and are primarily about that organization or company are not eligible.
The first-place winner will receive $2,000, and two runners-up will each receive $500. The winning entries will be posted on Yale Environment 360, and winners must agree that their video will not be re-posted on other websites for a 60-day period.
The contest judges will be Yale Environment 360 editor Roger Cohn, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and e360 contributor Elizabeth Kolbert, and documentary filmmaker Thomas Lennon. Videos should be uploaded on the contest entry form, and entries must include a valid contact email address. Send any questions to e360@yale.edu. The deadline for entries is June 15, 2015.
Apr 14 15

Research Assistant: Butterflies and Ecology – Tufts University

by Kris Pieper

The Crone Lab in Tufts University’s Department of Biology is hiring a field assistant to coordinate field research with butterflies. This position is based at Tufts University (Somerville/Medford campus). The position is full time from early June through August.  There is an option to continue part-time (10-20 hours/week) during the academic year, dependent on summer performance.

The successful candidate must have excellent organizational skills, willingness to work long days outside in all kinds of weather, an appropriate level of physical fitness for field work (e.g., ability to carry ~ 40 lbs and to run in tall grass over uneven ground), and a clean driving record and two years of driving experience.

Preference may be given to candidates who have experience doing field research, and interest in theoretical ecology.  Continued employment during the academic year will require aptitude for and interest in computer work (statistics and programming).

Pay is $15-20/hour, depending on experience.  The position is open until filled.  Review of applications will start on April 15.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV (or resume) and names of 3 references to elizabeth.crone@tufts.edu.

Elizabeth Crone

Department of Biology
Tufts University
163 Packard Ave
Medford MA 02155

Apr 14 15

Paid Internship – The New York Botanical Garden

by Kris Pieper

The Cullman Systematics Program at The New York Botanical Garden seeks applicants for one summer paid internship. The Cullman Program includes scientists that use morphological and DNA based approaches to better understand evolution in green algae and land plants. The intern will be responsible for specimen curation, DNA extraction, and data entry in bioinformatic databases.

A B.S./B.A. in Phycology, Plant Biology, Aquatic Biology or Ecology is preferred. Knowledge of green algae, herbarium curation, microscopy and molecular laboratory techniques is ideal.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with a start date in late May. Housing will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Send CV and cover letter to:

Robin Sleith
The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, New York 10458
rsleith@nybg.org

Apr 14 15

Full-Time Job: Environmental Engineer – Verina Consulting Group

by Kris Pieper

VERINA – Environmental Engineer Scientist Position

Apr 14 15

Invasive Cordgrass Treatment Monitor – San Francisco (Graduating students)

by Kris Pieper

Spartina Treatment Monitor

Job Description

Olofson Environmental, Inc. (OEI) is an environmental consulting firm located in Oakland, California. OEI manages the San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project (ISP), a coordinated project of the California State Coastal Conservancy and additional partners. ISP is looking for Spartina Treatment Monitor interns, who will assist in field monitoring of non-native Spartina (cordgrass) treatment activities. Interns will be trained in the identification of native and invasive Spartina species and their hybrids. Interns will be trained in the use of ArcPad software on Trimble GPS units to relocate invasive Spartina patches previously mapped by ISP biologists and to record treatment of these patches. Interns will also be trained in the use of desktop-based ArcPad and/or ArcGIS to edit field-collected data.

Work will begin June 22 and will continue through mid to late November. Position averages 30 to 35 hours/week. Hours will vary during the field season depending on tides, weather, and treatment schedule; some weeks may have little to no work and other weeks may require >40 hours. Work may start as early as 5 a.m. and end as late as 9 p.m. depending on tides and weather conditions.

Qualifications

Successful candidates should hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in ecology, biology, conservation, botany, or a related field.

The position requires close collaboration with treatment crews and ISP staff in the field and in the office. The successful candidate will be required to work daily with different treatment crews at a variety of sites around the Bay, have the ability to work well independently and in a field team setting, and to follow project-specific field protocols and data entry/editing procedures.

Requirements include a basic understanding of and some familiarity with plant identification, GPS, and computer-based mapping. The applicant should possess strong map-reading skills and either a familiarity with the San Francisco Bay area or an ability to quickly learn to orient themselves to the site locations and driving conditions.

Must be detail-oriented and able to perform work accurately and efficiently. Must be able to learn to identify characteristics of hybrid Spartina plants and apply this knowledge independently in the field following approximately two weeks of training. Must be able to learn how to use a Trimble GPS unit to collect data independently following approximately one week of training.

Physical Demands

Successful candidates must be willing and able to spend long periods of time in potentially adverse field conditions. The position can spend up to 8+ hours a day walking outside in mud and soft substrate, in fully exposed sun, and carrying heavy equipment. Must be able to lift at least 20 pounds. Must be willing to conduct field surveys during and directly adjacent to application of imazapyr herbicide (trade name: Habitat or Polaris) [more information on this herbicide is available at www.spartina.org.]

Must be available to work up to 5 full (8-10 hour) days a week, with the understanding that work availability will vary based on schedule and weather conditions. Must be flexible and adaptable to changes in schedules and hours, often with very little advance notice.

Must have access to a car and be able to travel to the office and to field sites around the San Francisco Bay (Mileage is reimbursed; driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance are required). Carpooling is strongly encouraged and is essential to managing our budget and carbon footprint, so every effort will be made to include the interns in those efficiencies. Candidates must be comfortable being on and around boats, as a majority of the remote field sites are accessed via water craft.

Employees must provide their own standard field gear, including suitable clothing, rubber knee boots, and hip waders. ISP will provide technical gear, such as data collecting units, range finders, and compasses.

Work areas are in sensitive marshes that may be inhabited by threatened or endangered species. Must demonstrate ability to follow protocols and show sensitivity to the habitat after one week of training. Previous work with sensitive species a plus.

Hours & Pay Rate

Paid training and field work will begin June 22 and continue through mid to late November. Hours are variable from 0 to 60 hours/week depending on project needs, but are expected to average 30 to 35 hours/week. Pay rate is $14-$17/hour based on experience, with overtime paid at time-and-a-half. Candidates will have access to all mandated federal, state, and local benefits.

Application & Important Dates

To apply, mail or email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references by Monday, May 4 to:

Spartina Intern Application
San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project
1830 Embarcadero Cove Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94606

Email:  jobinfo@spartina.org Specify ‘Spartina Treatment Monitor Intern Application’ in the email subject line and address the cover letter to Stephanie Chen.

Incomplete or shoddy applications will not be accepted.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to jobinfo@spartina.org. Interviews will be scheduled as qualified applications are received; applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.