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Sep 29 17

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy: Media Coordinator

by Marissa M. Donohue
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Media Coordinator, Full-Time
Job Description
For over 30 years, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has been committed to advancing policy solutions‹locally and globally‹to some of the world¹s most complex problems in order to promote resilient food, farm and trade systems. We are proud to be part of a thriving community of analysts, farmers, organizers and activists who fight tirelessly to make public policy more fair and just‹from our headquarters in Minnesota to Washington D.C., and around the world. 
We seek a full-time Media Coordinator to increase the reach and visibility of IATP¹s work in the media, to policy makers, and among the partners and constituencies we work with. This position will be integral to building the overall communications capacity and strategy for the organization.
The successful candidate will have a background working in public relations, marketing, or social justice advocacy. Experience with International Non-Governmental Organizations is a plus. The candidate will also bring enthusiasm and creative thinking to this newly created position. The Media Coordinator is supervised by the Director of Development & Communications. This is an exempt position. 
The highly-preferred location for this position is IATP¹s main office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A remote location may be considered for extraordinary candidates.
            i.      Responsible for distributing IATP¹s public facing materials, including: 
          ii.      Work with Communications staff to maintain and monitor IATP¹s digital presence including:
        iii.      Monitor digital analytics:
        iv.      Assist Communications & Development Director in creation of IATP organizational
messaging and editing of press releases & other organizational materials.
          v.      Assist Communications Manager & Creative Director in creation of IATP¹s communication
products, i.e. print materials, mass emails, podcasts, video, website, etc. 
        vi.      Provide input to program staff on public relations opportunities of current work. 
       vii.      Contribute to the Development & Communications team in planning and strategy. 
Essential Qualifications:
  1. Intense curiosity and willingness to learn quickly about IATP issues. 
  2. A fearless approach to outreach and promotion. Comfort with cold calling and emailing reporters and others.
  3. Demonstrated success in working with the media and/or communications.
  4. Excellent writing, editing and speaking skills. An ability to turn a complex issue into a simple message. 
  5. Basic knowledge of website content management and social media.
  6. Proficiency in Microsoft Office systems, and understanding of databases.
  7. At least 1 year of professional experience in a relevant field.
  8. Bachelor¹s degree or equivalent combination of education, experience, and an outstanding cover letter. 
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. A degree in international relations, communications, or another relevant field.
  2. Three years of work in media or public relations fields.
  3. Existing knowledge of international trade and/or agriculture policy.
  4. Proficiency in Drupal.
  5. Experience generating reports on media performance. 
  6. An overwhelming abundance of creativity.
APPLICATION:  Send resume, cover letter and 3 samples of your work that to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled, high priority given to applications received prior to October 20, 2017.
IATP is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals to apply for this position and all positions at IATP.
Sep 29 17

Biological Technician Job

by Marissa M. Donohue

Job Description ­ Biological Technician and Admin Coordinator

FOCUS:  Field, lab and office support for science and operations

LOCATION:  West Sacramento, CA

STATUS: Full Time, Permanent

Overview:  Cramer Fish Sciences (CFS) is a fisheries consulting firm that
conducts research and monitoring throughout the Pacific Northwest and
California. Our mission is to rigorously apply the scientific method to
afford our clients innovative, scientifically robust solutions to address a
variety of fisheries and environmental challenges.  The CFS team achieves
this through effective and unbiased data collection, insightful analysis
and interpretation, and clear communications and publication of results in
scientific journals. The Biological Technician provides critical support
for the organization by assisting science staff with fisheries field and
lab work as well as coordination and administrative functions in the
office. This includes field data collection (fish, habitat, water quality
sampling), literature reviews, data entry, summary and analysis, and
equipment procurement, meeting coordination, vehicle maintenance and other
office activities to promote efficiency and organization.  The split of
these two key functions (field/lab work and office coordination) will vary
throughout a 30 ­ 40-hour workweek.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
€       Support staff; coordinate travel, coordinate meetings,
research/obtaining technical documents, answer phone calls as a member of
operator phone queue, documentation filing, purchase supplies, coordinate
permitting, support entry and review of time and expenses as needed
€       Documentation support through formatting, transcribing, inputting,
editing, retrieving, copying and creation
€       Maintain schedules and correspondence
€       Perform hands on work which may include water sample collection,
fish trapping and tagging, visual estimation techniques (e.g., snorkeling,
redd surveys), collecting data on the physical environment (e.g., water
quality, channel bathymetry) and taking measurements of individual
€       Perform habitat assessments including surveys of stream habitat
condition, measurements of streamside vegetation conditions, and water
quality monitoring
€       Conduct data collection, entry, and organization and basic analysis
of fisheries and aquatic habitat related data
€       Prepare and organize the upkeep of all equipment and supplies
needed for field work
€       Assist Lead Biologists on various tasks including: collecting data,
literature reviews, performing statistical analyses and problem solving for
various projects, studies and other assignments
€       Perform other duties as assigned

Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (required):
€       Project Management Skills:  Assist Biologists on several projects
and serve as support for all preparation of needed materials, data
collection and necessary equipment in order to successfully complete the
€       Team Leadership Skills:  Within a team and Employee Stock Ownership
Plan (ESOP) culture, sets personal high performance and quality standards
to contribute to team success.  Views all members of the team as critical
and important and treats team members with respect and professionalism.
€       Office Management:  Able to manage and coordinate administrative
processes; comfortable in communicating with employees, partners and
€       General Administrative Support: Ability to manage office calendars,
correspondence, office organization and general support for Staff on
facility and other matters

Personal Attributes
€       Strong attention to detail
€       Strong organization and coordination skills; ability to meet
deadlines and ability to multi-task
€       Ability to work collaboratively with others to resolve problems
€       Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to express
and exchange ideas
€       Knowledge of fisheries, forestry or wildlife studies
€       Safety conscious in all aspects of field and office work
€       Ability to work independently or as part of a team with strong
organization and coordination skills
€       Approaches work from a high-energy, efficient standpoint
€       Ability to handle multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines
€       Ability to accurately interpret and follow established guidelines
and procedures
€       Ability to produce accurate, timely and quality work products and
be accountable for meeting objectives
€       Strong customer service ethic
€       Positive energy as evidenced in an optimistic outlook, a sense of
humor and a disposition to encourage

Desired Experience
€       Experience conducting field work and operating boats other
equipment utilized in field surveys and studies; demonstrated skills in
coordinating logistics and administrative functions for field operations;
environmental science experience including, stream ecology, forestry,
fisheries, or related field; familiarity with IT and ability to learn new
skills independently

Education/Minimum Qualifications:
€       Bachelor¹s degree in Fisheries, Forestry, Biology or similar field
€       Basic level proficiency with MS Office Suite
€       Entry-level skills in data entry into databases, developing graphs
and basic data analysis

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
€       Must be comfortable working in the aquatic environment including
working from a boat platform, wading in rivers and streams
€       Must be able to work effectively in inclement weather in remote
€       Ability to lift 50 pounds and carry cross-country, down steep
slopes and over rough terrain
€       Possible long periods of computerized data entry in an office
€       Working irregular hours in various kinds of weather and potentially
rugged terrain on occasion in order to meet project deadlines
€       Travel field work may require extended travel to remote areas for
2-5 days at a time

Compensation and Benefits:
Competitive base salary based on qualifications
Health and retirement benefits
CFS is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company

Closing Date:  until filled.
Location:  West Sacramento, CA
How to apply: Please send cover letter and resume to:

Sep 15 17

Wildlife Ecologist Position

by Marissa M. Donohue

We are looking for an energetic, career-minded wildlife ecologist/
biologist to join us on a full-time basis in our San Rafael office.  The
work that this position entails is varied and may include special-status
species surveys, habitat evaluation and mapping, environmental
compliance (CEQA, permitting), mitigation and conservation
banking/planning, and restoration planning.  Experience in these areas
is preferred, but not required.

We are particularly looking for someone with Northern and Southern
California experience, regulatory permitting experience, and experience
conducting surveys listed wildlife species.  Applicants with federal
recovery permits for any listed species in California will be preferred.
Periodic travel is a requirement of the position.

Required Qualifications:
€       Bachelor¹s degree or higher in biology with an emphasis in
wildlife studies
€       Sound technical knowledge
€       Ability to work both independently and with a small team
€       Demonstrable technical writing ability
€       Excellent communication skills are essential

Desired Qualifications:
€       Education and experience in California wildlife taxonomy and
€       Habitat evaluation and monitoring
€       Environmental impact analysis
€       Permit preparation
€       Regulatory compliance
€       Construction monitoring
€       Mitigation analysis

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package and a positive,
progressive work environment. Our employment package includes medical,
dental, and 401K with generous match.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should respond by e-mailing your employment
application (found on our website), cover letter, resume, transcripts,
and three references to and reference ³Wildlife
Biologist.²Please also reference where you heard about the position.
WRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Close date for submission of
application materials is September 22, 2017.  Please, no calls.

About WRA
WRA, Inc. is an environmental consulting firm based in San Rafael,
California, with offices in the Bay Area and Denver, Colorado.  For over
30 years, WRA has provided outstanding ecological and design expertise
to develop successful solutions for our clients.  We employ experts in
the fields of plant, wildlife, and wetland ecology, GIS, CEQA/NEPA,
mitigation banking, and landscape architecture. More information about
WRA and our areas of expertise can be found at

Sep 15 17

Job with MA Food System Collaborative

by Marissa M. Donohue
Position: Outreach and Engagement Coordinator
Reports to: Director
Hours: 30 weekly
Term: 1 year, with potential for continuation depending upon funding availability.
Wage: $25/hour
Location: Remote, in Massachusetts
Start date: October 1, 2017
About the MA Food System Collaborative
The MA Food System Collaborative was established in 2016 to promote, monitor, and facilitate implementation of the MA Local Food Action Plan. The Plan is a comprehensive set of recommendations toward a sustainable, equitable food system for the Commonwealth. The Collaborative works to encourage progress toward the goals of the Plan through education, networking, and advocacy. Learn more about the Collaborative at
Position description:
The Outreach and Engagement Coordinator will work with the Director to engage community organizations around the state in efforts toward the goals of the Plan, will document progress being made by public and private stakeholders, and will provide communications and logistics support where needed.
Job functions
Community engagement
  • Identify and build relationships with community organizations and other stakeholders (CDCs, local food policy councils, business associations) throughout Massachusetts.
  • Engage organizations in activities and actions related to the Collaborative¹s projects.
  • Educate organizations about the food system and the MA Local Food Action Plan.
  • With Director, develop strategies and related written and online materials as needed for this engagement. 
  • Identify and research examples of organizations, individuals, projects, and programs working toward the goals of the Plan.
  • Document progress being made toward the goals of the Plan through compelling narratives for newsletter, social media and other publications.
  • Work with director on developing written and online materials for specific campaign strategies and for general outreach.  
  • Assist in organizing and coordinating regional and statewide meetings and events.
  • Attend regular project and governance meetings, in person and on the phone.
  • Other duties, as needed.
  • At least two years of work experience in policy, advocacy, or organizing setting.
  • Ability to write clearly, concisely, and quickly.
  • Experience working in diverse communities.
  • Flexible schedule (occasional evening meetings may be required).
  • Ability to travel throughout state, as needed.
  • Interest in food, agriculture, and systemic change.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and social media platforms.
  • Experience in/comfort with CMS systems a plus.
  • Publication design experience a plus.
  • Photography experience a plus.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples, to by September 22, 2017.
Sep 15 17

Tropical Research interns – Fall 2017

by Marissa M. Donohue
Call for Interns
Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE)
The Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE) is looking for two full time interns to assist in field and laboratory work, under the supervision of the Project Manager. TRACE is the first field warming experiment to be successfully conducted in a tropical forest to study the effects of climate change on tropical forests, particularly effects on carbon and nutrient cycling. Interns will be afforded the opportunity to meet and interact with a wide variety of scientists from different fields and will be trained in numerous scientific techniques. Tasks will include but are not limited to: maintenance and operation of experimental and scientific equipment, collection and processing of samples (soil, litterfall, water, roots, among others), and data entry. Interns will be expected to work in challenging field conditions (e.g., warm, humid climate with high rainfall; steep and muddy areas) and will occasionally be asked to work for extended hours. For more information about the project, visit
Review of applications will begin in September 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. Positions may begin as early as September 15, 2017. We request Interns commit to aminimum of three months, with flexible start and end dates.
Stipend: $575 per month to cover food and general living expenses. Contract is with non-governmental organization Ciudadanos del Karso.
Accommodation: Free housing in Sabana Field Research Station in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Housing includes full kitchen and laundry.
Transportation: Interns will be required to apply for a federal license with the USDA Forest Service. This will permit the use of the station vehicles for work purposes. We will provide transportation to and from the airport if needed.
Note: We are unable to provide funding for travel or medical insurance at this time.
Requirements: We are looking for college graduates with a Natural Sciences background. Previous field and/or laboratory experience is preferable, but not required. Applicants should have a positive attitude and be able to work both independently and on a team setting. They must also be able to conduct physically demanding work under climatically challenging conditions. While not required, applicants with a basic knowledge of Spanish are preferred. We are currently only considering US citizens and permanent US residents.
To apply: Send email to with the following:
1.      Full resume or CV
2.      Letter of interest explaining your professional interests, why you are interested in our project and your relevant experience.
3.      Name and contact information for two references.
Sep 11 17

Paid Internships at City of Medford Office of Energy & Environment

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The City of Medford Office of Energy & Environment has several internship positions available throughout the school year. We can offer both paid internships and Federal Work Study positions. The office is responsible for overseeing and implementing environmentally sound programs in the City of Medford. In cooperation with other departments and organizations, the E&E office works on many things including climate change protection, wetlands protection, open space conservation, improving municipal wide energy efficiency, and storm water outreach. The Office is also spearheading the climate change resiliency and adaptation planning for the City of Medford.

General office help is needed year-round and involves helping residents, updating the website, researching information needed by the Director and collecting energy use data from municipal sources and keeping it updated in state and federal systems. Site visits to environmental projects throughout the city occur spontaneously throughout the year. Additionally, the office organizes Medford’s annual Harvest Your Energy Festival each fall, and help is needed throughout the year to organize and run it.

The Office of E&E is a growing department in Medford and the center of environmental and clean energy development in the City. Located in Medford’s City Hall, the Office is in Medford Square, right off of I-93 and on many MBTA bus routes. The Office is open Mon, Tue & Thurs 8:30-4:30, Wed 8:30-7:30pm and Fri 8:30-12:30. The position requires at least 8 hours a week during the school year.

Interested applicants should email a copy of their resume, and letter of interest to Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy & Environment, at

Job Requirements:

The ideal candidate will be organized, a self-starter, able to work independently and to think critically. Ability to work in an interrupt-driven environment a must. Attention to detail and good customer service skills are important in this office.

Sep 10 17

Outreach Coordinator – Food Link

by Marissa M. Donohue
Administrative Assistant / Outreach Coordinator ­ New Position!


We seek an individual who is energized and enthusiastic about Food Link¹s mission. You must be able to work independently, take direction from others, prioritize tasks and solve problems.  This is a new position and important to Food Link¹s next stage of growth. It is an amazing opportunity to work for a hands-on, do what it takes, professional and passionate non-profit.


This position is 40 hours per week including some weekends and nights. Work is performed in Arlington and remotely. This position reports to Food Link¹s Board President. 


About Food Link


Food Link ( is an Arlington-based food rescue non-profit that uses the power of volunteers to collect fresh nutritious food from food retailers and distribute it to local agencies serving residents in need. We serve 30 social service agencies including afterschool programs, programs for at-risk youth, low income housing facilities, homeless shelters, food pantries and senior centers. 




In this position, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:


Administrative:  Provide the full range of administrative and organizational support to the Executive Director and the Board, including schedules, calendar, correspondence, presentations, minutes, and reports.  


Development and Marketing:  Using the Little Green Light database, enter donations, prepare acknowledgements, coordinate mailings, prepare and run reports, and keep records up to date.  Help prepare and mail donation solicitations and marketing materials. Provide administrative and on-site support for events.  


Outreach and Communications:  Schedule volunteers for activities other than regular food collection and delivery. Coordinate and participate in outreach activities. Maintain our social media presence (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), and provide website assistance. Manage monthly newsletter process and contribute to articles. Coordinate the preparation and production of outreach materials, working with designers and printers.


Operations:  Manage sorting of dated food, schedule pantry cleanings, compile partner surveys, and learn to be a back-up lead volunteer.




  • Self-starter, motivated and energetic, with effective organization and time management skills.
  • Excellent customer and interactive skills ­ both within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to perform and complete multiple tasks, working alone and as part of a team.
  • Detail-oriented, flexible, innovative, and good-humored, with a ³do whatever it takes² attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of MS Office and Google Drive; appropriately computer savvy with social media and databases.
  • 1-3 years¹ administrative and non-profit experience preferred.


Candidates must have a valid driver¹s license, clean driving record, reliable access to a reliable vehicle, and be able to lift 40 pounds repeatedly.


We look forward to hearing from qualified candidates who are excited about our mission! Send, as one document (attachment), your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations (this information is required for consideration) to: Submit applications by October 1.
Sep 1 17

ERG Solid Waste Specialist

by Marissa M. Donohue

Solid Waste Specialist

Posted: August 30, 2017

Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG, has an immediate opening for a full-time, junior-level solid waste specialist. This exciting position involves supporting federal and state environmental agencies with researching solid waste policy issues, including those that pertain to municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and hazardous waste. The position is in ERG’s Boston office, and will start as early as October 15, 2017.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • One or more years of experience in municipal solid waste or relevant field of study or practice.
  • Experience researching waste management issues and initiatives, such as recycling, waste reduction, composting, lifecycle analysis, and organic waste (e.g., food waste diversion).
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental science, environmental policy, or related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and analytical skills.

Additional qualifications that are desired, but not required, include familiarity with biogas recovery from municipal solid waste or wastewater and international experience in any relevant scientific field of study or practice.

To be considered for this position, please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Applicants are encouraged to respond no later than September 13, 2017. Qualified candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to submit transcripts and references. Any inquiries about this position should be sent to the email address listed above.

Sep 1 17

EPN Coordinator Position

by Marissa M. Donohue
Coordinator, Environmental Protection Network
The Environmental Protection Network (EPN) is a newly formed group of volunteers with considerable experience in federal and state environmental protection, who have come together to protect the institutions of environmental protection under attack by the Trump Administration.
 EPN is seeking a Washington, DC-based Coordinator to support that effort.  EPN is organized into a 501c3 Board, an Executive Directorate and various subject-matter Committees or Teams drawing on contributions from a wider national network of volunteers.  The Coordinator is a part-time position (20 hours/week initially, and possibly up to 4 days/week depending on needs and funds available) to provide critical administrative and management skills as EPN solidifies its operations and identifies opportunities.  Candidate must be flexible and willing to discharge a wide range of responsibilities at the immediate direction of EPN¹s 3-person Executive Directorate.
Responsibilities could expand if additional funding is obtained. Major Areas of Responsibility€Administrative and management support for the EPN Board, Executive Directorate and Committees/Teams€Support to EPN fundraising consultant€Support outreach efforts of EPN communications and social media team€Assist with a range of EPN organizational and other activities including strategic planning, work plan development and documentation as required.
Primary Objectives:
 €Support a new organization to  meet its objectives
€Meet the needs of a wide-spread community and an evolving agenda
€Emphasize quality, continuous improvement,and high performance.
 Specific Responsibilities
 €Assist in organizing teleconferences and providing summary minutes
€Assist Fundraising consultant in preparing proposals and disseminating as appropriate
€Ensure compliance to established norms and regulatory and governmental concerns
€Interact with/report regularly to the Executive Directorate and/or Board as appropriate on activities and progress
€Assist with strategic planning, work plan development and other organizational tasks
 €Manage contacts for expert assistance, assist with website and social media.
Job Requirements
€Broad knowledge of environmental organizations
€Experience with federal government/institutions of environmental protection
€Experience in office management and how not-for-profit organizations work
€Social media, organization/management, IT skills and related skills
€Willingness to work at home
Respond by September 8 to
Sep 1 17

U.S. PIRG Antibiotic Internship

by Marissa M. Donohue
U.S. PIRG is hiring interns to work on one very big problem: stopping the overuse of antibiotics on industrial farms. This is the perfect position for someone interested in the food system, environmental science, public health, and/or political campaign experience.
Lifesaving antibiotics are too important to waste, but that’s exactly what is happening due to the overuse of these drugs. Industrial farms routinely administer antibiotics to livestock even when the animals are not sick, creating a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, aka superbugs. It’s the crutch of the industrial farming system, and it’s putting our health at risk. By 2050, it is predicted that we will have more deaths from antibiotic resistant infections than from cancer.
You will work on our campaign to urge McDonald’s to commit to time-bound commitments to stop selling beef and pork raised with the routine use of antibiotics. You will be in charge of organizing events, helping in our lobbying efforts, recruiting doctors to our Health Professionals Action Network, and will run your own petition campaign. This internship will provide you with great public health and political campaign experience.
We’re looking for students who care about solving the problems that America faces. As an intern with U.S. PIRG, you’ll help us educate and engage people on the important issues we’re working on. Whether it’s by getting our issues into the media, helping to grow our coalitions or organizing events, you’ll be helping us build the public support it takes to win.
If you agree that America has more problems than we should tolerate, but also understand that there are plenty of solutions to these problems that we should be putting to use, then you should apply for an internship with U.S. PIRG.
We’re looking for students who care deeply about solving these issues and are ready to make a difference now.
Interns will exercise independent judgment and discretion in the following areas and take on other projects as assigned:


  • Organize a petitioning event to gather hundreds of photo petitions/signatures to build our efforts to stop the overuse of antibiotics on farms.
  • Design and curate content for social media
  • Research political strategies and information about antibiotic resistance and public health to strengthen our campaign
  • Help to organize a panel event with the field’s top speakers, medical professionals, and food producer
  • You’ll learn how to analyze problems ranging from public health to consumer protection, to transportation — all while pushing for smart solutions and building the public support it takes to win.
  • You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
  • You’ll attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about our issues and gain organizing skills.




  • You have an opinion about political issues, want to make a difference, and are excited about calling out special interests standing in the way.
  • You understand that a strict blue vs. red perspective doesn’t capture the essence of many political battles. You want to push solutions that have broad appeal.
  • You sweat the details.
  • You have strong writing skills.
  • You have great organizational and time management skills.
  • You are the type of person that takes initiative and is excited about being creative with campaign strategy


Compensation & Benefits:
This is an unpaid position.
Boston, MA
To Apply:
Email Shelby Luce (RECENT TUFTS ALUM!) with your resume and cover letter at 
U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.