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Sep 26 16

Program/Market Manager — Otsego 2000

by Marissa M. Donohue
Job Announcement: Program/Market Manager
Otsego 2000, an environmental and preservation advocacy non-profit, seeks qualified candidates for the position of program/market manager, effective November 15, 2016.
The program/market manager will be responsible for overall management of the year-round Cooperstown Farmers’ Market as well as working closely with the executive director on Otsego 2000’s ongoing programs, including planning and logistics, communications and outreach, and fundraising. The successful candidate will have strong organizational and communications/writing skills, a keen interest in local, sustainable agriculture and economic development, and the ability to work creatively in a team and individually, with people from all backgrounds. Otsego 2000 offers competitive salary commensurate with experience, vacation and benefits.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to no later than 5 pm on October 5th.
Sep 26 16

Advocacy Internship — Environment Massachusetts

by Marissa M. Donohue
Environment Advocacy Internships
Apply to intern with Environment Massachusetts
Fall, spring, and summer internships available
Deadline to apply for fall internships: Friday, September 30

Environment Massachusetts is a statewide, grassroots environmental organization working to tackle our biggest environmental challenges and fight for a greener future.

Our interns make a big impact on our campaigns, while gaining valuable skills in political advocacy and grassroots organizing.

As an intern, you¹ll work on campaigns like:

Repowering Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy: We can get all of the energy we need from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. But too much of our power still comes from dirty fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. We¹re campaigning for a goal of 100 percent renewable energy for Massachusetts.

Protecting the Charles River: Every summer, pollution in the Charles River leads to toxic cyanobacteria blooms, which turn the water green and make it unsafe for swimming or boating. These blooms release chemicals that are linked to neurological, kidney, and liver damage. We¹re working to reduce pollution in the river and protect the health of nearby communities.

As an intern with Environment Massachusetts, you¹ll work hard and take on real responsibility. Our interns organize press conferences, write op-eds and letters to the editor, build powerful coalitions, meet with state officials, and mobilize grassroots support for our campaigns.

We’re hiring interns for the fall and spring semesters and for the summer. Interns typically work 10-15 hours per week during the academic year and 20-40 hours per week during the summer. The position is unpaid.

The deadline to apply for a fall internship is Friday, September 30.

Apply today:

Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein:, 617-747-4368.

Sep 26 16

Research in Plant Pollination

by Marissa M. Donohue



At least two research positions are open for Fall 2016 and subsequent semesters in the Hopkins lab at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for research projects at the intersection of plant evolution, genetics, and development. These projects will study the mechanisms that Texas wildflowers use to reject unwanted pollen.

The student filling position (1) will assist with an investigation determining key differences distinguishing the development of wanted and unwanted pollen in our system. It involves conducting microscopic observations of female flower parts after receiving different types of pollen. The project will provide experience with plant reproductive development and microscopy techniques.

The student filling position (2) will assist with an investigation on the evolution of incompatibility mechanisms. This project aims to determine if artificial selection for self- compatibility within species increases hybridization between species. The project will involve crossing and phenotyping plants and will provide experience with greenhouse experimentation, quantitative genetics and plant breeding.

The student filling position (3) will assist with an investigation on the genetic basis of incompatibility mechanisms. This project aims to localize the genes responsible for variation in traits associated to flowering and self-incompatibility. The project will involve crossing, genotyping and phenotyping plants and will provide experience with plant breeding, genetics and molecular biology.

Students in all positions will gain valuable research experience collecting and analysing data to answer scientific questions. Positions have flexible hours, but students must be able to be present at least 10 hours per week, in blocks of at least 3 hours. Additionally, given the temporal nature of research on living plants, a minimum of one semester commitment is required.

People with all educational and research experience are welcome to apply. Compensation is dependent on experience and possibilities for course credit may depend on individual university policies. These details will be discussed during formal interviews.

To apply, please send the following information to
· A resume or CV listing courses taken, GPA, research experience, etc.
· A brief (<1 page) statement describing your academic interests and career goals, your past research experience (if any, previous experience not required), and indicating the position(s) in which you are interested and why.

For more information on the Arnold Arboretum: For more information on Hopkins’s lab research:

Sep 26 16

GIS Internship with the City of Cambridge

by Marissa M. Donohue

Job: GIS Intern
City of Cambridge IT Department

Posting Date: 09/21/16
Closing Date: until filled

The City of Cambridge is looking for a part-time GIS Intern. A major theme of this position is the use of 3D within GIS. The ideal candidate will have at least one year’s experience using ESRI ArcGIS, worked with relational databases, and has experience with 3D. Only individuals with proven, hands on GIS experience will be considered. Experience with 3D in GIS applications, CityEngine, SketchUp, Python, or SQL Server a plus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

*         Assist Cambridge GIS staff with the development of 3D data, applications, and visualizations.
*         Maintain, edit, and develop maintenance procedures for citywide geodatabases using ESRI ArcGIS software
*         Work with the City GIS staff to ensure that newly developed databases and map products meet City GIS standards for accuracy, content, and documentation
*         Work with GIS user departments in meeting GIS project, analysis and mapping needs.
*         Work with relational databases including SQL Server and Access
*         Provide user support for ArcGIS questions, projects, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

*         Enrolled in or completed bachelor’s degree program with major course work in GIS, geography, cartography, land sciences, computer science or related subject area
*         Minimum 1-year experience in using ESRI’s ArcGIS software.
*         Experience in data manipulation and analysis using relational databases
*         Operating Systems: Windows

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

*         Excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills
*         Ability to work with other IT staff in integrating databases and technologies.
*         Ability to work with other non-IT staff in determining specific project and department GIS needs
*         Strong organizational skills
*         Knowledge of ArcGIS Pro, CityEngine, SketchUp, Python, or JavaScript a plus

Salary range:
$15.00 per hour.
20 hours per week, possibility of full time hours on a short term basis.

Please provide a cover letter and resume and e-mail to:

Sep 15 16

2016/2017 Internship Opportunities at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has several exciting and challenging internships for smart, articulate, well organized, and enthusiastic undergraduates, recent graduates or graduate students who are interested in making a difference and being a part of one of Boston’s most effective non-profits.


We are currently seeking several motivated, responsible and high-energy interns willing to commit 20 hours a week to assist us in several areas:


Public Policy and the Environment
Help support our public policy work with the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, which we lead and manage for the Legislature, and help with data analysis for our annual Beach Water Quality Report Card.


Communications, Social Media Marketing and Events

Learn how to write and distribute press releases, create content for our newsletter and blog, and market our events and programs on social media including Facebook and Twitter.


Development & Non-Profit Management

Learn how to conduct foundation and corporate fundraising research, take part in event outreach and crowd building, and learn what it takes to lead, manage and fuel a successful non-profit.


Web Design, E-Commerce & Content Development

Sharpen your skills and build your portfolio as you help develop and manage new content for our current website and blog and launch our new e-commerce site.


You can find out more about these positions on our website at


If you would like to be a part of our team and are prepared to commit 20 hours a week to our organization, please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to

Jun 6 16

Habitat restoration and bee tech: Summer Field Technician Needed

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Location: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI and field sites in West Michigan

Job Descriptions: We seek a field and laboratory assistant for a project investigating how habitat enhancements in agro-ecosystems influence native bee populations and pathogen prevalence. This project will require extended stays at an MSU field research station near Lake Michigan during August (housing accommodations are covered). The majority of this position involves field work (80%) but will also include laboratory work (20%). Daily tasks may include: travel to field sites in university vehicle (travel time is paid), plant surveys, netting bees and other insects, visual pollinator observations, preparation of specimens for PCR, data entry, labeling, and curating flower and bee specimens.
Required Qualifications:
-Interest in conservation biology, pollination biology, entomology, field ecology
-Valid U.S. driver’s license
-Ability to work outside for long periods in a variety of weather conditions
-Attention to detail
-Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Desirable skills:
-Plant identification (esp. wildflowers)
-Insect collection
-Experience with Excel, Word, etc.

Job Details:
-Employment Period: Early summer (mid-June) until October 31, 2016, with some flexibility on start and end dates. Continued employment into the fall may be possible depending on funding and performance.
-Full Time: 40 hours/week
-Starting salary: $11/hr

To Apply and For Questions:
Send a resume and contact information for three references to: Knute Gundersen ( Please put ‘Habitat restoration and bee tech’ in the subject line.

Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and will remain open until filled.
For more information about our lab, visit:

Jun 6 16

Student Opportunity for Cuba

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Call for Applications

Furgason Fellowship International Student Workshop

Marine and Coastal Management in the Gulf of Mexico

Havana and Guanahacabibes National Park, Cuba, November 13-20, 2016.

Deadline: June 20, 2016

Fostering science based solutions to meet management needs

As we face the challenges of sustainable growth and biodiversity conservation, the need for solutions that combine the voices of managers, researchers, and local citizens has gained momentum. Scientists and policy makers across the Gulf of Mexico are in a unique position to develop cooperative strategies that can lead the way toward achieving healthy environmental and human communities.

The 3rd Student Workshop in Marine and Coastal Management in the Gulf of Mexico will take place from November 13th to 20th, 2016, in Havana and Maria La Gorda, Cuba, and will be organized by the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi and CIM (Centro de Investigaciones Marinas, Cuba) at the University of Havana, with support from the Furgason International Fellowship.

During the first part of the course, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Gulf of Mexico Health+ Trinational Workshop where they will engage with experts in Marine and Coastal research from Mexico, Cuba, and the U.S. Students will learn about cross disciplinary efforts to develop a common platform to monitor environmental and anthropogenic pressures affecting the health of human and ecological communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Main topics to be discussed will include habitat and critical marine species conservation, fisheries, oceanographic measurement, and new challenges associated with tourism.

At the conclusion of the meeting, students will travel to the Guanahacabibes National Park and UNESCO Biosphere, in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, to explore the potential impacts associated with 1) marine protected areas, 2) marine turtle conservation, 3) marine debris, 4) diving and cruise tourism industry, and 5) environmental impacts.  During this second part of the workshop, participants will get hands on experience on the challenges of managing resources within a multicultural and international environment; meet new peers, practitioners, and researchers; acquire skills in how to best communicate science; participate in thematic discussions and a seminar series; and develop an outreach product.

We invite applications from graduate students in the U.S. (U.S. nationals) who are enrolled as of June 1st in Master or Ph.D. programs with a focus on environmental resource management, environmental sciences, environmental anthropology or social sciences, policy, marine sciences, and coastal management. We are particularly interested in candidates that can demonstrate an interest in solving conservation problems at the interface of policy and science, who are familiar with applied and innovative approaches to dealing with the challenges of managing protected areas and endangered resources, or are interested in developing science based solutions that can contribute to improving community well-being. We are also eager to host students that may see a future in working in conservation and research in the Gulf of Mexico.

To apply for the program, please submit required documents by June 20th 5:00 pm Central Time to this address:

Requirements for application:

1.      Statement of interest (no longer than 800 words): Please address how participation in this program will help advance your professional (academic and career) and personal goals?

2.      Non-official transcripts.

3.      Letter from advisor or main supervisor showing support for applicant.

4.      Provide the name and contact information for 3 references.

5.      Copy of valid U.S. passport with expiration date at least 6 months past November 2016. In addition, applicants are required to have no impediments for international travel or any kind of restrictions that may prevent them from obtaining a visa for visiting Cuba.

Although proficiency of Spanish language is not a precondition to participate, some level of knowledge of this language is desired. Final announcements of selection will be made by mid July 2016.

The fellowship will cover roundtrip transportation from the U.S to Cuba, living expenses, and in-country travel expenses.

Due to international travel restrictions and other circumstances beyond the control of the organizers, the current itinerary may be subject to change.


Victoria C. Ramenzoni, Ph.D.
Environmental Anthropologist
Assistant Research Scientist,
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies,
Texas A&M Corpus Christi, US.


May 4 16

Research Experience for Undergraduates: Climate Change and Freshwater Ecosystems | Portland State University

by Kris Pieper

NSF-Sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates in Aquatic Ecology,
Portland State University

The Strecker Aquatic Ecology Lab at Portland State University in
Portland, OR invites applications for an REU position on an NSF-funded
project on the effects of hydrologic alterations and climate change on
freshwater ecosystem connectivity and ecology on the Columbia Plateau.
The candidate will have numerous opportunities to enhance their career
by working with ecologists and other scientists, including members of
the PI¹s lab (  The REU project
will focus on a unique feature of some aquatic invertebrates, which can
produce resting eggs that undergo prolonged dormancy in the sediment of
waterbodies and hatch under favorable conditions. The project will
examine a research question related to hatching success of zooplankton
resting eggs in different environmental conditions and at different
historical time periods.

A stipend of $5000 is available, in addition to $600 for help with
travel costs to and from Portland.  On-campus housing will be provided
for out of town students.

Applicants must provide the following:
€       online application form (,
including personal information, educational background, volunteer/work
€       contact information for two professors familiar with their
academic performance
€       a ~500 word personal statement describing their experience,
motivation, qualifications, research interests, and career aspirations

Selection Criteria: A background in ecology, biology, environmental
science, or a related field, with a strong interest in aquatic
ecosystems is required.  Previous research experience is not required.
Students from underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to
apply.  Additional selection criteria include:
€       Motivation and enthusiasm to develop research skills and
€       Successful completion of college-level courses relevant to
€       An academic record with consistent progress
€       Ability to participate in the entire 10 week program ­ start
date is negotiable
€       Applications are due by May 17th, with a decision expected by
May 31st

Eligibility: Students graduating in the year of the program are not
eligible. Students must also be United States citizens or permanent
residents. Students must be enrolled in a community college, college or
university and have good academic standing.  If accepted into the REU
program, applicants will be required to provide an unofficial transcript
before arriving.

Please contact Dr. Angela Strecker for more information

May 4 16

Country Managers: Climate Scorecard Project

by Kris Pieper






The Climate Scorecard Project is seeking environmental science, environmental policy  students and environmental activists to serve as Country Managers. The Project engages concerned organizations and individuals in reporting on the extent to which the 25 top greenhouse gas-emitting countries are adhering to and/or strengthening the emission reduction pledges they made to the new UN sponsored 2015 global climate agreement. To learn more about our Project, visit


This is a part-time volunteer position which could grow into a paid position pending project funding. At a minimum successful managers will receive a publication credit and positive job reference.


Should you wish to apply for a Country Manager position, and agree with the following Terms of Reference, please email your concurrence along with a letter of interest and current resume to



Terms of Reference


Each selected Country Manager will have responsibility for developing and managing a stakeholder network in one or more countries. Specific responsibilities include the following:


#1 Engaging organizations and individuals  – representing government, NGOs, businesses, and research institutions – in posting relevant information regarding climate change policies, practices, and actions.


#2 Curating information presented for posting


#3 Determining the extent to which countries are meeting one or more of the following seven results:


  1. Country ratification of the Paris Agreement
  2. Strengthens country greenhouse gas emission reduction pledge made to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement
  3. Implements measures to reach the target of 20% unconditional greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2020
  4. Implements measures to reach the target of 30% unconditional reduction by 2030
  5. Adopts the UN suggested baseline year of 2010 from which to calculate its future emission reductions
  6. Puts in place policies that reach the goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050
  7. Makes all aspects of its process to further reduce emissions transparent and inclusive


Country Managers are asked to make a 6-month commitment to the Project that is renewable by mutual agreement. At the moment the Climate Manager is a volunteer position. The Climate Scorecard Project is in startup mode and also in the process of raising funds to support our work. Should our fundraising efforts be successful we will share up to 20% of donated funds with those working as Country Managers


We are asking each Country Manager to spend a minimum of two hours and a maximum of 5 hours a week on their assignment. The Climate Scorecard Project will provide all Country Managers with online training workshops and materials and regular mentoring and supervision of your work.


The Project reserves the right to terminate its relationship with a Climate Managers due to poor performance or any unforeseen change in the nature of our effort.


The Climate Scorecard Project is a joint undertaking of The Global Citizens Initiative ( and EarthAction (


To learn more about us visit:

May 4 16

Ecology Lab Technician | UC California Riverside

by Kris Pieper

Hiring: a full time research technician based at the University of
California Riverside for a one year appointment starting in June 2016.
Responsibilities include a combination of field and laboratory activities
in support of ongoing projects by postdocs, graduate students, and
undergraduates in the lab.  The position also features some interactions
with citizen scientists and outreach to stakeholders.   The successful
candidate should be highly responsible and organized, self-motivated, and
able to work both independently and as part of a team.  Experience with
some ecological research in field and lab setting is beneficial.  This could be
an excellent position for someone looking for more experience before
pursuing a graduate degree.  To apply (or for inquiries) send Darrel
Jenerette ( a cover letter describing your
interests and background and a current CV/resume as a single pdf.

Darrel Jenerette
Associate Professor
Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California Riverside