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Sep 7 18

Media and Communications Intern | Green Century Funds

by Grace L. Schumaker

Green Century Media Internship Description_2017

Sep 7 18

Manager, Juniper Gardens | Cultivate Kansas City

by Grace L. Schumaker

JGTF Program Mgr Posting 2018

Sep 7 18

National Coordinator | Domestic FairTrade Association (DFTA)

by Grace L. Schumaker

Are you an activist with a successful track record? Are you passionate about fair trade, workers’ rights, and sustainable agriculture? Do you wish to work with cutting-edge organizations like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the Agricultural Justice Project, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Community to Community Development, and National Co+op Grocers to champion social justice in our food system? The Domestic FairTrade Association (DFTA) is recruiting for a National Coordinator.

The DFTA is a consensus-based association of organizations from across the food and agriculture system representing farmers, farmworkers, food workers, marketers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, and non-governmental organizations united by a vision for health, justice, and sustainability. The DFTA is leading the movement for a collaborative approach to building a sustainable agriculture system. The DFTA is looking for a dynamic, passionate, and visionary National Coordinator to lead this organization and the movement. This position reports directly to the board of directors and is responsible for the daily operations, strategic planning, fundraising, internal and external communications, and project implementation for the organization.

The DFTA’s current programs include organizing regional membership meetings, planning for a domestic fair trade promotional week, partnering with researchers on case studies of domestic fair trade, and working in coalition with other members of the HEAL Food Alliance on a new campaign to divest food service companies from harmful practices, and reinvest those dollars into real food.

Specific duties include:

  •      Strategic and financial planning, along with the board of directors, including program development and member outreach
  •      Fundraising and grant writing
  •      Growing the DFTA and the domestic fair trade movement through building synergistic relationships with other organizations and movements, identifying new members, and helping to represent DFTA to the public
  •      Supporting internal communication and the work of board of directors, members, and committees
  •      Maintaining the website and other communication tools
  •      Coordinating the annual meetings of DFTA members

Qualifications:

  •      Experience with organizing and/or movement-building
  •      Relevant knowledge of key issues in sustainable agriculture, food, or trade
  •      Ability to work both independently and in a team
  •      Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  •      Experience with fundraising or growing a membership organization
  •      Commitment to the vision, values, and principles of the DFTA
  •      Spanish language skills desired

Additional information:

  •      Location is flexible
  •      Some travel is required
  •      This is a permanent full-time salaried position with negotiable terms
  •      Persons from historically underrepresented populations, including BIPOC, GLBTQIA, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
  •      Ideal start date is Oct. 15, 2018; position will remain open until filled by the right person

To apply, send resume and letter of interest to: jason@fdorganics.com with the subject line: DFTA National Coordinator Application

Sep 7 18

Distribution Work Share | Waltham Fields Community Farm

by Grace L. Schumaker

Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF)

Distribution Work Share Description 2018

Help us make our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share program and public sales successful by trading one day of work for a bountiful vegetable share and flower share.

Tentatively two Work Share position shifts available:

Thursdays, 1:30 – 7pm, September 6 – October 25

Saturdays, 8:30am – 2pm, September- October 27

Duties: 

  • Greet customers and answer questions as needed
  • Check in CSA shareholders and provide pick-up and pick-your-own information
  • Ability to lift 50lbs. and to do heavy lifting repeatedly throughout each shift as much as needed
  • Help re-stock vegetables and added products as necessary, with an emphasis on aesthetics and presentation
  • Use cash register to check out customers purchasing additional products
  • Put away vegetable bins and crates as necessary during the pickup
  • Help maintain a clean and orderly barn environment
  • Assist with cleanup before and after and recordkeeping at the end of every pickup

Qualifications:

  • Have experience with or interest in organic vegetable production, farm stand sales, and/or seasonal cooking
  • Possess a friendly, outgoing, welcoming personality and a neat, professional appearance
  • Have an ability to cope with fast-paced, unpredictable work environment with periods of high volume and energy
  • Be or become a member of Waltham Fields Community Farm ($35 donation per household)
  • Be available each week during the work share period (occasional absences can be covered by prior arrangement/swapping with other work shares)

Compensation:  A summer vegetable share (100+ varieties!) & a flower share (zinnias, snapdragons, sunflowers & more!) from Waltham Fields Community Farm, to be picked up Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday during distribution hours.

To Apply:  Email Lauren at lauren@communityfarms.org with a brief statement of why you are interested and why you think you would be a good fit for the Distribution Work Share position.

Sep 5 18

Teaching Assistant | Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization

by Grace L. Schumaker
Tufts Technology Services are looking to hire a fall 2018 teaching assistant for the new Environmental Studies course, ENV-170 Environmental Data Analysis and Visualization. It’s a great way to develop data analysis and visualization skills. The position requires 6 hours per week.
 
Duties
Attend class and provide classroom assistance during scheduled class time, hold regular office hours to assist students with their assignments and troubleshoot code issues, assist with general course maintenance and management.
 
Required skills
R competence equivalent with completing an intermediate coding course, including data management with common packages, importing and exporting data, and performing statistical analysis (e.g. multivariate regression models), ability to work patiently and thoughtfully assisting students, good communication skills, and interest in learning and expanding one’s statistical software skills.
 
Day/Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00AM – 10:15AM, Tisch Library, Data Lab, Medford/Somerville
 
How to apply
Please send your resume/CV as an attachment to the email contact above.
 
Course description
Provides skills in data management, study design, statistical analysis, and data visualization that are critical for those working in environmental fields through hands-on experience working with environmental datasets. Environmental data are unique in that they are often spatial in nature, containing multiple variables that interact. These types of data require a careful approach to analysis and visualization. Topics covered include best practices in data access and storage, data analysis and interpretation, and data visualization for relevant stakeholders. Prerequisite: An introductory statistics course.
Sep 5 18

UEP 0293-01: Applied Economics Seminar on Environment and Community Equity

by Grace L. Schumaker

Fall 2018 Seminar Flyer

Apr 27 18

PhD Assistantship | Utah State University

by Grace L. Schumaker

Utah State University: Fully funded PhD Assistantship – Animal space-use
behavior and demography (joint supervision by Dr. Dan MacNulty and Dr.
Tal Avgar).

The successful applicant will advance understanding about the
demographic consequences of space-use behavior in free-living large-
vertebrate systems. Research will focus on the northern Yellowstone elk
population, which migrates annually to summer ranges throughout
Yellowstone National Park. The successful applicant will examine how elk
movement and resource-selection varies with elk density, resource
availability, and predation risk (from wolves, grizzly bears, and
cougars), and how these individual space-use behaviors affect survival
and reproduction. Research will be conducted in collaboration with
agency scientists and will involve cutting-edge analyses of several
long-term datasets as well as field work in Yellowstone. Desired start
date: August 27, 2018. The assistantship includes tuition and fees,
health insurance, travel stipend, and a yearly stipend of $20k for up to
four years. The candidate will be expected to apply for additional
funding such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and S. J. and Jesse
E. Quinney Doctoral Research Fellowship.

Minimum qualifications: MSc in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation
biology, or related field; GRE scores (for both verbal and quantitative)
≥70th percentile and cumulative GPA ≥3.50. Competitive applicants will
have experience collecting, analyzing, presenting, and publishing field
data, working collaboratively with agency and academic scientists, and
strong interests in developing and applying quantitative models of
animal space-use behavior, predator-prey interactions, and demography.
Applicants should email the following materials as a single pdf file
with the subject line “PhD Assistantship” to dan.macnulty@usu.edu AND
avgart@gmail.com: (a) one page cover letter describing relevant
experience, interests, and professional goals, (b) CV, (c) GRE scores,
(d) transcripts (unofficial) from undergraduate and graduate education,
(f) scientific writing sample (an academic paper or report written
primarily by the applicant), and (e) contact information for three
professional references. Consideration of interested applicants begins
immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Utah State University (http://www.usu.edu) is a Research I (Extensive
Doctoral) land-grant institution with a student body of over 24,000, 42
departments, 8 academic colleges, a school of Graduate Studies, and
diverse research programs. The main campus is located in Logan, a
community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City
in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski
resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational
opportunities. The area has a low cost of living and provides a high
quality of life.  For more information on Logan see
http://www.tourcachevalley.com.

Apr 27 18

Summer Camp Assistant Director | Butter Beans Food & Garden

by Grace L. Schumaker

Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp Assistant Director

Headquartered in New York, Butter Beans Inc. provides healthy meals and food
education for bodies and minds through our tasty, nutritious Food Service
program for school meals, Food & Garden Summer Camp, and After-School Cooking
Classes. We aim to improve the health and welfare of children today by
empowering youth with the skills and knowledge of seasonal, sustainable foods.

Butter Beans is seeking a dynamic, engaging, and enthusiastic Assistant Camp
Director for our 2018 Food & Garden Summer Camp. During the summer, campers
ages 5-11 will explore a seed-to-table journey in food through gardening,
field trips, tastings, cooking, and mindful eating.

Responsibilities:
Lead a wide range of lessons in healthy cooking, gardening, sustainable food
systems, composting, nutrition, and more.
Lead team of counselors to create a unique, hands-on learning experience.
Foster a safe, fun, and nurturing environment for campers.
Ensure that campers are prepared and ready for the day’s activities.
Attend and oversee all field trips and activities, making sure campers are
accounted for at all times.
Organize games and activities for students during down time or travel.
Help with pick up/drop off of campers and assist with early + after care.
Conduct daily inspections of the camp facility to ensure safety & cleanliness.
Other responsibilities, as needed.

Qualifications:
Possess a love for working with children, with 1-2 years of demonstrated
teaching experience.
Passionate and knowledgeable about healthy eating, cooking, food, farming, and
community wellness.
Superb communication and classroom management skills.
Highly organized, responsible, dependable, flexible, patient and detail-
oriented.
Team player and problem solver with strong work ethic, high energy, and good
sense of humor.
Desire to create positive change in our food systems and community health by
inspiring youth to become responsible eaters and future change makers.
CPR/First Aid Certification preferred.

Time commitment + Location: 35-40 hours per week July 2 – August 10, 2018 in
our Brooklyn and Manhattan Camp locations.    Camp operates between the hours
of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday at both Brooklyn and Manhattan
locations.  The Assistant Camp Director is expected to attend a paid Staff
Orientation and Training in June  with opportunities to work on camp
programming in the coming months prior to camp and a post-camp evaluation. The
Assistant Director may have opportunity to grow with other facets of the
Butter Beans food education program.

To apply:  Please send a resume, cover letter, and three work references,
expressing your experience working with youth and interest in food and
gardening education to camp@butterbeanskitchen.com

http://butterbeanskitchen.com/summer-camp

Apr 27 18

Funded Graduate Student Position in Plant Ecology

by Grace L. Schumaker

Funded Graduate Student Position in Plant Ecology

The Dovciak lab (http://www.esf.edu/efb/dovciak/) at the State University of
New York (SUNY ESF) is looking for a highly motivated graduate student (PhD
or MS) for a funded position to study vegetation dynamics of Long Island
Pine Barrens of New York State. The student is expected to study forest
plant communities and examine patterns of regeneration, recruitment, and
mortality for pitch pine and oaks on vegetation plots surveyed in 2005/2006.
The data and protocols from this survey are available for use. The position
will include (1) resurvey of the vegetation plots, (2) quantification of
changes in forest community and tree populations, and (3) building
statistical models to relate tree population processes to environmental
conditions (including canopy cover, understory vegetation, and soil
properties).

The position starts on August 20, 2018, but a later start (January 2019) may
be considered. The position is based at SUNY ESF in Syracuse
(http://www.esf.edu/) and field work is based at Brookhaven National
Laboratory on Long Island. Collaborative partners include the Central Pine
Barrens Commission and the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation. The position will be supported by research (2 years) and
teaching assistantships (1-3 years) that cover a stipend, tuition, and
health benefits.

Additional collaborative research opportunities exist in our lab within an
NSF-funded project examining ecotone dynamics between deciduous and conifer
forests of northeastern United States.

Desired qualifications:
– MS or BS in plant or forest ecology, botany, or a related field
– GPA >3.5 and GRE scores >70% (lower may be acceptable with relevant
research experience)
– Basic vascular plant identification skills and familiarity with ecosystems
of the northeastern United States
– Excellent time management, interpersonal, and team/collaborative skills
– Ability to work long hours in potentially adverse field conditions over a
period of 2-3 months
– Interest in organizing and managing large data sets (e.g., in Excel or Access)
– Ability to use, or willingness to learn, advanced statistical methods and
packages (e.g., R)
– Driver’s license and an own car

To apply, send (1) cover letter summarizing your interests, educational
goals (MS, PhD), and qualifications, (2) CV, including GPA and GRE, (3)
transcripts (unofficial OK at this stage), and (4) contacts for three
references to Martin Dovciak (mdovciak@esf.edu), ideally as a single pdf
file. Please use “Plant Ecology Research Assistantship” in email subject
line. Earlier inquiries are welcome. The review of the applications will
start on May 15 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
Selected candidates will be asked to submit a full application (with
official transcripts, reference letters, and GRE reports) to SUNY ESF
(http://www.esf.edu/graduate/admission.htm) as soon as possible.

Info on Syracuse academic community/environment is here:
http://www.esf.edu/efb/dovciak/Syracuse.htm

Info on Long Island Central Pine Barrens is here:
https://pb.state.ny.us/central-pine-barrens/overview/

Apr 27 18

Youth Program Instructor | Newton Community Farm

by Grace L. Schumaker

About Newton Community Farm: Newton Community Farm, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and modeling sustainable agriculture and environmental practices, is seeking teachers for our summer programs for children aged 5 – 14. All of our summer programs combine farm work with other hands-on activities to explore where our food comes from, the work that is involved in growing food, and how our food choices can affect our health, the health of the community, and the health of our environment. The Position: The lead teacher is responsible for the daily delivery of the curriculum, including leading activities in the learning garden and field, facilitating: discussion groups, project work and craft activities, and creating and maintaining a safe, inclusive learning environment for all participants. The successful candidate will contribute to the continued development of the curriculum and should be creative and imaginative. The successful candidate will have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; collaborating and coordinating with other farm staff as well as high school interns and will demonstrate strong communication skills. This position requires experience working with children and a passion for teaching youth on the importance of local food systems, sustainable agriculture and environmental practices. A sense of humor, strong organizational skills, and an ability to be flexible, quick thinking and adaptive are vital. We offer both half and full days and are week to week across age groups, beginning June 18th and ending August 24th. Please see Kids at the Farm: Summer 2018 for our full program descriptions. How to Apply: Newton Community Farm is an equal opportunity employer. To express your interest in this position please submit a covering letter and current resume to: Reva Haselkorn, Director of Education at education@newtoncommunityfarm.org, with the subject line Summer 2018: Youth Programs Instructor.