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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

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:


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

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 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

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

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.


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]

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: 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 Interviews will be scheduled as qualified applications are received; applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.

Apr 14 15

Variety of Internships: USDA and Rural Development – Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (Native American Students)

by Kris Pieper

Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council
Native American Student Internship Program

Investing in the Future 2015

The Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC) is advertising summer internship positions, headquartered in various USDA Agency offices in Wisconsin and surrounding States, for Native American students pursuing degrees in Natural Resources, Biological Sciences, Arboricultural, Horticultural, Agroforestry, Agriculture, Engineering, or Agricultural Business.  Rural Development (RD) will also accept applicants pursuing Business Administration, Finance, Economics, or Management degrees. Training and work experiences will occur at USDA project sites and/or at nearby Tribal Nations project sites.  Interns will be paid $12.50 an hour. Currently each intern position consists of 400 hours over a 10 week period.

WTCAC has Internship positions available at the following locations. Only one application is necessary to apply for any, or all, of the identified internship positions. Subsidized or free housing is possible at some locations.

-Ashland – USDA Forest Service, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center – 2 positions

– Lakewood ­ USDA Forest Service –  3 positions for Pollinator Project

– Laona ­ USDA Forest Service – 1 Engineering position

– Madison ­ Intertribal Agricultural Council -1 position

– Park Falls ­ USDA Forest Service  – 1 Engineering position

– St. Paul, Minnesota- USDA Risk Management Agency ­ 1 position

– Ottawa National Forest (UP Michigan)  – 1 position Bat Project

– Watersmeet, MI ­ USDA Forest Service – 1 position in Recreation

– Watersmeet, MI ­ USDA Forest Service – 1 position at Visitor Center

– Rhinelander – USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services – 1 position

– Wisconsin Tribal Land‹USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service –  5 positions

Position Information

– First day of work will be June 4th with an anticipated end date of August 8th

– June 4th is Student Orientation at the USDA Service Center Office in Medford, Wisconsin.

– Each position will be employed 10 weeks totaling 400 hours @$12.50/hour.

– Federal holidays will be paid but there is not any paid annual leave or sick leave.

– Student may work with Supervisor to schedule family vacations and other needed time off, and extend work period beyond August 8th to complete the 400 hours.

– All students will attend the Eagle River Forestry Camp. WTCAC will cover all travel expenses and tuition.

Enrolled Tribal members get priority for the internship positions. If a position cannot be filled with an enrolled member, then it will be filled with other Tribal applicants.

Application Information

Application package should include:

– Resume

– Photocopy of a valid Driver’s License.

– Copy of latest transcript (photocopy of an official transcript is acceptable)

– Letter of Interest describing why you want this position, future career goals, etc.

– Indicate in Letter of Interest which position/positions you are applying for. May apply for multiple positions with only one application. List them in priority order.

– Application deadline is April 30, 2015

– Interviews will be the first two weeks of May.

– Mail application package to:

Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council

Alan Johnson, Executive Director

7118 County Road V

Gillett, Wisconsin  54124


– Email application package

– Questions may be directed to Alan Johnson at 920-618-1402 or at the above email.

– Internship information will also be posted on the WTCAC website;

Apr 14 15

Research Assistant: Tropical Forest Ecology – Ecuador

by Kris Pieper

How can 1100 tree species coexist in 25 hectares of tropical forest? The successful applicant will assist with ongoing research in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon that seeks to address this question using plant functional traits and spatial pattern analyses. The research will involve sampling trees for functional traits within a highly-diverse tree plot and the taking of measurements in a laboratory at the nearby field station. The station is large and modern, with AC, showers and WiFi.

The research will take place from early June through late July and possibly into August. Airfare and station fees covering food and lodging will be paid for, but salary is not provided.

Enthusiasm for research and a curiosity about ecology, the ability to hike/be on your feet for several hours in humid conditions amid insects and across steep terrain.

Send your name, degree level (undergraduate, recently graduated), and a brief description of why you are interested in this position to Ian McFadden:

Apr 14 15

Internship: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – Washington DC

by Kris Pieper

IUCN Washington DC Office

Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Reporting to: Grants Coordinator, Washington DC Office

Expected start date: May 15, 2015

Type of contract: Fixed-term (3 month commitment)

·Open to a recent university graduate or graduate student

·Summer (3-month commitment requested)

·Part and Full-Time (approximately 20-40 hours/week)

·Salary: Stipend

The Grants Management and Development Intern will work in the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office, and provide support to both the Grants Coordinator and Development and Partnerships Officer.  He/she will gain experience in grants management and analysis, research, fundraising, donor stewardship, and will help to coordinate project deliverables for IUCN and partner organizations. This position will require professional interaction with a wide variety of conservation professionals around the world. It is a unique opportunity to learn the mechanics of a 501c3 charitable organization and an internationally renowned public international organization.

Grants Management Responsibilities

1. File Organization: Learn how to organize, arrange, and track  a diverse assemblage of funding sources and projects through electronic and paper grant file systems.

2. Deliverable Coordination: Maintain a calendar of grant deadlines and the specifics requirements of deliverables along with contact information for programme staff. And interact with programme staff regarding the submission of project deliverables.

3. Proposal and Grant Evaluation Learn how to prepare and review grant agreements and project deliverables with internal and external donors and colleagues, including revision and editing of technical reports for a wide field of national and international environmental/ecological projects.

4. Working with a Board of Directors. Learn the administrative and technical support required for arranging bi-annual board meetings

Fundraising Responsibilities

1. Outreach: Support IUCN’s fundraising and outreach efforts, and attend events and meetings on behalf of IUCN, as needed.

2. Research: Conduct prospect research and write (or edit) summary papers on corporations, foundations, and individuals, using internet, print and electronic sources, as well as in-house files and documents.

3. Database Management and Analysis: Access and update funder database as needed. Provide analysis of current donors lists.   Assist in helping to input data into a new ERP data system.

4. Communications/Social Media: Research and engage in new social media tools for fundraising.

5. Program Support:  Review and edit grant proposals.  The intern will have the opportunity to learn about IUCN programs housed in the IUCN office, and may have the ability to work substantively on specific projects.

Reporting Arrangement and Work Planning

Under the overall supervision of the Grants Coordinator and Development and Partnerships Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for drawing out a work plan and schedule over the course of the internship. This will require regular review of the workload and priority setting. S/he will also need to keep the concerned managers informed about the work schedule on a weekly basis. At the conclusion of the internship, the successful candidate will have gained important insight into the mechanics of international nature conservation and will produce a product that furthers his or her career goals.


·Knowledge of key concepts, issues, and recent developments in international nature conservation.

·Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills.

·Fundraising experience, database management, writing, public speaking and outreach experience, and/or graphic design experience, are a plus.

·Fluid knowledge of file sharing software (Dropbox) and Microsoft Office Word and Excel.

·Attention to detail, punctuality, and well-rounded critical thinking and problem-solving skills


Please submit a cover letter and resume including professional references to by May 1, 2015

About IUCN

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN¹s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.