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Apr 9 22

University of Arkansas Summer Technician

by Ben

We seek a motivated individual to assist with ecology and conservation biology research projects in Arkansas and Missouri. The first project goal is to determine occurrence estimates for a suite of native crayfish species using kick seine surveys in the Spring River Drainage, AR/MO. The second project goal is to determine relative density estimates of the federally endangered Yellowcheek Darter (Nothonotus moorei), as well as other co-occurring darter species, using snorkel surveys in the Little Red River, AR. The selected individual will gain field experience with freshwater fish and crayfish identification, kick seine technique, snorkel surveying, and abiotic stream monitoring. The individual will also be involved in data organization and analysis.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

One full time technician position is available. Start date is May 1st (flexible) and end date is July 31, 2022 (flexible) with the possibility to extend into October. The technician will be paid an hourly rate of $11.00 for up to 40 hours per week.

DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates must be 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license. The technician will perform duties including field sampling, maintenance and operation of field equipment, data collection, computer input, and analysis and writing (dependent on ability). Preference will be given to candidates with a BS in ecology, conservation biology, fisheries or a related field. Applicants should have a willingness and ability to perform field work, good note taking skills, and a positive attitude. This position will require individuals to work outside for long hours in a group environment. Candidates must work well in a team setting and be okay with getting dirty/wet and actively being in river environments (i.e., swimming/wading).

HOW TO APPLY:

Send a cover letter and CV/resume with names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to kmfindle@uark.edu and lbayer@uark.edu.

For more information e-mail kmfindle@uark.edu and lbayer@uark.edu, or visit http://danmag.wixsite.com/business-services.

Apr 9 22

Oregon State Dendroecology REU

by Ben

We are seeking applicants for two NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions in summer 2022 to examine the impacts of wildfire and drought on tree survival, tree growth, and streamflow at the H.J. Andrews (HJA) Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in the lush Oregon Western Cascades.

Background: Wildfires burned through more than a million acres of forests of the Pacific Northwest in 2020, bringing new urgency to understanding the impacts of wildfire on water resources. It is well known that fire effects on trees impact hydrological dynamics (e.g., streamflow) by altering evapotranspiration and runoff. Less understood, however, are the mediating effects of pre-fire forest conditions such as management history, radial growth patterns, and fine-scale microclimate on tree mortality. Similarly, how is watershed hydrology, in general, affected by first- (<1 yr. postfire) vs. second- (>4–5 yr postfire) order fire effects on trees, and at what temporal scales streamflow impacts are highest (e.g., sub-weekly vs. sub-daily) in temperate mesic forests.   
Near the HJA-LTER site, the Holiday Farm Fire burned >700 km2 of forest, including watersheds with old-growth forest and managed (i.e. a plantation) stands. To our knowledge, this is the first time that wildfires have affected paired managed and unmanaged watersheds with existing long-term records that can be used to quantify the effects of fire. This provides us with a unique opportunity to learn about these processes and to inform management and conservation efforts!
The opportunity logistics: The Field station has research camping sites restricted for use for researchers with kitchen areas and portable bathrooms. The station has wireless internet (see http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/) near headquarters.  The students will be based in Corvallis or Portland and travel in 7 5-day campaigns. The remaining 3 weeks, the REU will work in the lab learning about tree ring sample processing techniques.

The setting:  The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams. The 10-week program will fit students on either the quarter or semester systems.

Position:  The REU students will conduct supervised and guided research. The REU will work closely with the PIs of the project, Drs. Holz (PSU) and Segura (OSU), and graduate students working on related topics. Each REU will receive a $5,500 stipend and up to $2,500 to offset travel, housing, and supplies expenses. As this is considered an educational program rather than employment, Oregon State University (OSU) does not provide Workers Compensation insurance coverage nor medical insurance.

Position Requirements: Applicants should have a valid driver’s license, and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain, and be comfortable spending long days, on their feet, in the field, occasionally in inclement weather. Previous field experience is a plus and a general understanding of forest ecology, biology, and/or silviculture is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2022. Further, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged.

To apply: Please send a brief cover letter indicating your interest, experience and professional goals after graduation, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and email address of at least two references to: Catalina Segura (Catalina.segura@oregonstate.edu) and Andrés Holz (andres.holz@pdx.edu). Review of applications will start immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Apr 5 22

Friedman Workshop on Water Resources, Hydrogeomorphology, and Plant Ecology

by Ben
Apr 5 22

ENVS Course List Fall 2022

by Lian Lucansky
List of Special Course Listings, Core Classes, and courses for different ENVS classes. Please contact lian.lucansky@tufts.edu for the document copy if you are not able to read it.
Apr 1 22

Communications and Marketing Specialist – MOSES

by Ben

MOSES is hiring a Communications and Marketing Specialist–come work with us! We’re a small but mighty team and we’re looking for someone to help communicate the mission, vision, and impact of our work. This position is remote and will be open until filled. Read on for more details and click here to see the full job posting (also attached).

About the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES): MOSES is a farmer-led nonprofit organization that emerged out of the Midwest Organic Farming Conference, an event we’ve been putting on annually for over 30 years. The conference is known as the first and the largest organic farming conference in the United States. Throughout the year, MOSES also supports a community of 20,000 small and mid-scale organic and sustainable farmers across the upper Midwest, providing free and affordable, farmer-led and -informed educational events, programs, and print and digital resources. 

MOSES joins in solidarity with all of the farmers, partner organizations, and community members who are working toward equity and racial justice and is committed to building a diverse staff. We strongly encourage applications from those typically underrepresented in farming and agriculture, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, and women.

Job Summary: The Communications and Marketing Specialist develops and implements communications and marketing materials that consistently articulate and advance MOSES’ mission and goals. This position is responsible for digital communications, managing web presence, event marketing and public relations, and overseeing print and digital publications. This person works closely with staff as the communications partner on all projects, events, and strategic initiatives, including MOSES’ annual Organic Farming Conference. A self-directed and independent work style with the ability to work collaboratively in a seasonally fast-paced work environment is critical.

Apr 1 22

Penn State Ecological Research Assistant

by Ben

Seeking part-time (20-30 hours/week) field assistant to aid in ecological data collection and observations in sundial lupine populations (Lupinus perennis). This position is for the summer of 2022, from May to July.

This study will assess blue lupine populations and their associated insect pollinators in Pennsylvania. The effects of prescribed fire and deer browsing on lupine fitness, pollination and habitats will be investigated through field measurement and observation. Population genetic differentiation will be assessed in the lab.

Location: This position is based in State College, PA.

Pay: $15.00/hour

Specific Duties: Duties will include (but are not limited to) inventorying plant species composition; measuring environmental factors such as canopy cover, soils and leaf litter; operating field cameras for deer and pollinator observation; observing pollinator visitation and collecting bee specimens; processing, recording, and entering data on paper and in Excel. Lab experience with DNA extractions and PCR would be ideal but is not required.

If interested, please send a cover letter (single page) and resume to Isabella Petitta (irp5068@psu.edu). Please contact me with any questions!

Apr 1 22

USDA Agricultural Research Internship

by Ben

Opportunity to work in a cutting-edge research lab that merges precision technologies with sustainable agricultural practices. We are a large multi-disciplinary team that is developing climate smart solutions in field crop production systems with a focus on cover crops, soil health, and weed management. Be a part of the USDA-ARS Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory in Beltsville, MD!

Interns will work with large scale field experiments and encounter agricultural equipment and various sensor technologies. You will have the opportunity to learn about agroecosystems in the Mid-Atlantic region and gain professional research skills such as plant and soil sampling, processing, and analysis; plant identification; data management; and testing new remote sensing, computer vision, and IoT technologies.

Paid and unpaid internships are available, based on the applicant’s experience with lab and/or field research. Full or part time positions available. Applicants may be eligible for college credit. Internships are in-person at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, MD. Undergraduates at all class levels are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Please send your resume, unofficial transcripts, and summer availability to Ethan Sweep at edsweep@ncsu.edu and Gwen Bagley at gabagley@ncsu.edu. 

Apr 1 22

Ecosystem Management Intern – Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

by Ben

Apr 1 22

Just Urban Transitions Internship – Apply by April 8th

by Ben

Here’s an opportunity for students to gain community-oriented research skills and hands-on experience with urban agriculture while working for pandemic resilience, food security, and climate justice this summer at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center in Albany, New York. This program is being offered as an AmeriCorps VISTA program through Siena College.

The program runs from June 6th through July 29th and pays a $2055 living stipend.  Upon completion, there is a $1311.11 educational award (or $245.00 cash award). This is a full-time (35 hours a week) volunteer fellowship position. Room and board is not provided. Accepted Fellows will be responsible for locating their own summer housing. For more information, please email: sk@radixcenter.org

Just Urban Transitions – Critical Engagement at the Intersection of Food, Climate, Ecology, Health, Race, and Equity

The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center is an urban ecological literacy and just sustainabilities advocacy non-profit in the South End of Albany, New York (www.radixcenter.org).  We strive for social justice, equity, and ecological regeneration by educating and empowering local community members with the resources, tools, skills, and knowledge for doing this work.  We maintain a one-acre urban farm with demonstrations of gardens, composting, microlivestock, rainwater harvesting, renewable energy, beekeeping, and more, and strive to have these systems replicated in a decentralized network throughout the city. More broadly, we support and advocate for environmental justice causes in the region. 

This AmeriCorps project focuses on building community resilience and justice in the South End by increasing local food security and mutual support networks amidst the ongoing challenges of systemic racism, inequality, climate chaos, and the ongoing pandemic. On the direct service end, program participants will be engaged primarily in the maintenance of summer gardens and in surplus food redistribution/composting, street tree watering, and river remediation. Additional responsibilities include staffing local farmers’ markets and supporting our general operations. Generally, we meet Monday through Thursday including Thursday evenings. Morning hours will be completed on multiple gardening sites and afternoon hours will vary between research, collective writing tasks, youth mentorship, facilitating group discussions, field trips, literature reviews, leading community presentations, conducting and transcribing interviews, and organizing open houses. 

On the research side of the program, we apply a social justice analysis to urban ecology. Fellows will conduct ongoing participant observations, informal interviews, document daily fieldnotes, and submit weekly analytic memos. IRB: Human Subject Research CITI training and PAR consent forms must be completed at least two weeks prior to the start date of the program, with the goal of collectively submitting a final project write-up to an academic journal for publication. 

Using a sociological framework, we explore the emergent concept of “urban ecosystem justice.” With it, we ask questions of how social issues of class and race, access, equity, and fairness apply to both the biophysical dimensions of urban ecosystems such as soils, watersheds, biodiversity, waste cycles and climate as well as to issues of social sustainability and resource equity.  In doing so, we will examine whether it is possible to meet the material needs of city residents while simultaneously regenerating urban socio-ecological health. Further questions include whether urban ecosystem benefits can be distributed equally amongst a populace without further aggravating “green gentrification”, “disaster capitalism”, or “urban ecological securitization.”  The program will synthesize the social critiques of urban political ecology and environmental justice with the concepts of adaptive governance, urban commons, just sustainabilities, and resilience science.

AmeriCorps fellows will additionally engage in aspects of the Radix summer EcoJustice Associate summer youth employment program including facilitating a four-week urban agriculture/environmental justice-themed program for high school-aged Albany youth, taking on teaching roles in the ecojustice youth curriculum, and engaging in physical gardening activities. Using YPAR (youth participatory action research) method fellows will engage youth in documenting ecological conditions in Albany’s South End culminating in the creation and presentation of visual, recorded, and written information to benefit the local community and create positive social change.

It is essential that applicants have a commitment to principles of racial justice, gender equity, and be experienced working in diverse communities.  Furthermore, applicants should be comfortable working outdoors in hot summer weather conditions with plants, soils, compost, and animals. The ideal applicant will be capable of working both in groups and individually.  We strongly encourage BIPOC candidates, people identifying as LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and people with working-class backgrounds to apply.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest to Scott Kellogg at sk@radixcenter.org by April 8th

Mar 29 22

Important – Changes to Track II: Sustainability, Policy, and Equity

by Ben

The Environmental Studies Program recently reviewed and updated this track to update offerings that had become out of date or are no longer in line with the content of the track. Students who have taken the impacted courses on or before Spring 2022 can still use them to fulfill their track requirements. Here’s an overview of the changes.

Intro-level classes:

Removed:

CH 1 Introduction to Community Health

CHEM 8 Environmental Chemistry

Added:

SOC114 Environmental Sociology

Methods/Research classes:

Removed:

ME011 Thermodynamics Applied to Sustainable Energy

ENV 199 Senior Honors Thesis

Under Electives:

Removed:

ANTH 138 The Anthropocene and the End of Nature 

ANTH 30 Food, Nutrition, and Culture 

CEE 039 Hazardous Materials Management 

CEE 057 Public Health 

CEE 138 Hazardous Waste Treatment Technology 

CEE 167 Environmental Toxicology 

CEE 173 Health Effects and Risk Assessment

CEE 251 Biology, Water, and Health 

CH 106 Health, Ethics and Policy 

CH 188-09 Health, Equity, and the Built Environment 

EC 30 Environmental Economics 

NUTR 221 Global Food Business 

NUTR 224 Community Food Planning and Programs 

NUTR 233 Agricultural Science and Politics I 

PS 188 Gender Issues in the World 

SOC 135 Social Movements 

SOC 188-04 Consumers and Consumerism

SOC 94 People, Place, and Environment

Added:

ANTH28: Anthropology of Capitalism

CH196: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Global Health