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Mar 24 14

UVM’s Catamount Farm Summer Experience

by Sarah Neville

The University of Vermont’s Summer University is offering a unique, hands-on experience at our Catamount Educational Farm, where students can earn between 3-13 credits in the course of 12 weeks.  At the core of the Catamount Farm Summer Experience is a 4 credit Sustainable Farm Practicum where students will learn principles and practices of sustainable, diversified vegetable production through a combination of lectures, hands-on fieldwork at UVM’s Catamount Farm, and visits to local vegetable farms. In conjunction with the Sustainable Farm Practicum students have the opportunity to take up to 3 additional courses.  Further details including registration information can found by visiting the following site: http://www.uvm.edu/~summer/catamount-farm/

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Mar 24 14

Summer Internship at Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

by Sarah Neville

Contact jschnierlein@Maritimeaquarium.org if you are interested in this opportunity.

This summer, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will be having an exhibit featuring several species of lorikeets and lorrys, around 50 birds total in a wire mesh enclosure that is 27 ft. by 72 feet and about 15 feet high.  They are looking for students who would like to be interns that would help care for the birds as well as interact with the public and educate them about their behavior and natural history.  It is an excellent opportunity to have hands-on experience with tropical birds, and an opportunity to observe first hand, interspecific and intraspecific behavior.  The public has access to the birds, participate in hand feeding  the birds, and the birds are can land on or take off from visitors at will.

Last year they had 11 species:  black capped lorry, blue streaked lorry, ornate lorry, scale breasted lorikeet, Weber’s lorikeet, Edward’s lorikeet, Forsten’s lorikeet, Rosenberg’s lorikeet, red collar lorikeet, green-naped lorikeet, Swainson’s lorikeet.  The same is expected this year. All are from a captive breeding farm in Naples, Florida.

The intern would be expected to put in a minimum of 3 days per week for 6 weeks, and work in the exhibit approximately 5 hours per day (except when pouring rain).  There would not be housing, transportation, or a stipend provided.  The birds arrive around May 19 and the stay until just after Labor day.

Mar 12 14

U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division Law and Policy Section

by Sarah Neville

Intern Position Available

U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Law and Policy Section

The Law and Policy Section (LPS) advises and assists the Assistant Attorney General on legal and policy issues. Working with the Office of Legislative Affairs, LPS coordinates the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s legislative program. LPS also represents the Department of Justice on interagency groups of a variety of issues that relate to the mission of the Division. LPS also litigates amicus cases and undertakes other specially assigned litigation projects at the trial and appellate levels. Other duties include monitoring citizen suits; responding to citizen mail, congressional, and FOIA requests; and serving as the Division’s ethics officers. LPS attorneys also coordinate the Division’s activities on international environmental matters and environmental justice matters.

Duties of the unpaid undergraduate intern position include: attending congressional hearings and reporting on environmental legislation; researching legal and policy issues; and providing support for the section’s amicus litigation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, pass a mandatory background check, and be willing to commit for about 30 hours per week. Applicants should be either enrolled as undergraduates during the internship, or planning on returning to their school in the time period following the conclusion of the internship.

Applications must be received no later than 11:59pm on March 27, 2014. The internship will run roughly from mid-May to mid-August 2014 (dates flexible). Please specify in your cover letter what dates and what hours you are available.

To apply, please email, fax, or mail a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and 3-5 page writing sample (may be an excerpt from a longer paper on any topic) to:

Samina M. Bharmal
Environment and Natural Resources Division / LPS
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-7415
Fax: (202) 514-4231
Email: samina.bharmal@usdoj.gov

Email is preferred. Please note that we will not consider any applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline.

Mar 10 14

Oxford Princeton Programme Future Energy Business Leaders of the 21st Century Scholarship

by Sarah Neville

The Oxford Princeton Programme had extended the deadline for Future Energy Business Leaders of the 21st Century Scholarship to March 31, 2014.  The recently launched student initiative invites all students considering a career in energy (traditional energy careers—engineering/science to energy law to commodities trading/analysis, etc.) with an opportunity to compete for an opportunity to participate in a 2-3 day professional energy training course in Houston, Texas.  The course which will be taught by a practicing energy expert will be attended by professionals currently engaged in the industry, also presents a strong networking opportunity.  

What is The Oxford Princeton Programme’s Future Energy Business Leaders of the 21st Century Scholarship?

The Oxford Princeton Programme Scholarship was established to provide two students looking to pursue careers in the energy business with the opportunity to participate in an industry-specific 2-3 day training course geared towards practicing professionals and delivered by highly regarded, practicing industry experts. Travel and accommodations will be arranged and covered by The Oxford Princeton Programme. In addition to the two main scholarship winners, The Oxford Princeton Programme will also award five runners up with 10 free web-based training courses (value USD$1,950).

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate or post-graduate students in good academic standing with residency in the United States or the Canadian provinces who are currently enrolled in an accredited college/university/graduate studies program.

What are the requirements or qualifications needed to apply?

  • Fully completed application form
  • Applicant must demonstrate interest in pursuing a career in the energy business
  • Applicant must complete two 500 word essay questions:
    • What is the greatest energy challenge facing North America?
    • Describe your personal interest in the energy industry and why you are an ideal candidate for the scholarship.

Where can I find scholarship applications?

Scholarship applications can be submitted on The Oxford Princeton Programme web site: http://www.oxfordprinceton.com/scholarship

What is the deadline for submission?

Deadline for submitting applications is March 31, 2014.

When will the scholarships be awarded?

The scholarship winners will be announced on The Oxford Princeton Programme web site on April 18, 2014. Scholarship recipients will also be directly contacted by The Oxford Princeton Programme.

About The Oxford Princeton Programme

The Oxford Princeton Programme provides the most effective and flexible approach to educating professionals worldwide on the business and trading of energy. With customizable programmes for on-site team training, more than 200 public courses in 23 energy hubs globally, and the most extensive library of web-based courses available 24/7 on http://princetonlive.com, The Oxford Princeton Programme is responsible for training a literal who’s who in oil, gas, power and much more. Courses are taught by renowned experts offering dynamic and interactive instruction. With more focus, experience, and depth of industry knowledge, The Oxford Princeton Programme provides today’s professionals with the tools and know-how for optimal performance. For more information, log onto http://oxfordprinceton.com.

Mar 7 14

Paid Undergraduate Summer Research Internship at University of Northern Iowa

by Sarah Neville
Paid Undergraduate Summer Research Internship
Are you interested in hands-on Hyperspectral Imaging (HI) experience and learning how to work with interdisciplinary teams?
The GeoTREE Center (www.geotree.uni.edu) and the Geography Department (http://www.uni.edu/csbs/geography/) at the University of Northern Iowa once again host a NSF-funded REU program to introduce young scientists to a highly interdisciplinary research environment with fundamental and applied research in hyperspectral imaging (HI). HI is widely used in various disciplines such as Earth Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Forestry, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geographic Information Science (GISc), and more. If you interested, application and more information is available online at http://www.geotree.uni.edu/reu/.  The application deadline is March 28, 2014.
Summer Stipend: $4,000 for eight weeks (May 19-July 11, 2014). In addition, the program will cover the cost of housing, a meal plan, lab supplies, and up to $750 for follow up activities.
Contact: Dr. Bingqing Liang (bingqing.liang@uni.edu), or Dr. Andrey Petrov (andrey.petrov@uni.edu).
Mar 3 14

Summer Forestry/Stewardship Technician

by Sarah Neville

Summer Forestry/Stewardship Technician: Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Reservation Stewardship Department

Founded in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (The Forest Society) is one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most successful state-based land conservation and forestry organizations. A full-time staff of 40 administers programs in land protection, conservation education, environmental advocacy, and sustainable forest resource management. Reservation Stewardship staff currently oversees the management of 174 properties totaling over 52,000 acres, located in 105 NH communities.

The Forest Society is currently seeking two full-time, temporary, 12-week summer stewardship technicians to perform the following tasks: (for a full position description visit http://forestsociety.org)

Job Responsibilities (may include some to all of the following):

  • Work alone, with forester or other intern to perform annual boundary line maintenance (60 miles).
  • Engage in everyday stewardship activities, which could include trail work, recreation management, property maintenance, or other needs identified by Forest Society Reservation Stewardship staff.
  • Assist staff with running volunteer workdays and trainings such as Monadnock Trails Week.
  • Work on other forestry and recreation projects as directed.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ability to work long hours in rough conditions including heat, rain, and rugged terrain
  • Ability to use hand tools to perform physically demanding tasks
  • Ability to work alone and navigate with map and compass and GPS in sometimes remote locations
  • Ability to use a chainsaw and other power tools and equipment (helpful but not required)
  • Experience in natural resources field data collection and familiarity with forestry field tools (clinometer, Biltmore stick, d-tape)
  • Ability to use ESRI ArcGIS 9/10 software (helpful), Microsoft Excel, Access, and Word
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, vehicular insurance, and ability to travel throughout New Hampshire
  • Outdoor skills and savvy
  • Ability to do an occasional overnight or weekend

Benefits:

  • Hourly Wages
  • Workers Compensation Insurance
  • Mileage reimbursement @ the current federal mileage rate for use of a personal vehicle.

Application process:

Please email a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references, no later than April 05, 2013 to Rita Carroll, Reservation Stewardship Program Coordinator, Society for the Protection of NH Forests, at rcarroll@forestsociety.orgNo phone calls, please.

For more information about the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, go to http://forestsociety.org.

Feb 20 14

Market Strategies Program Manager – NEEP (for young alums)

by Sarah Neville

MARKET STRATEGIES PROGRAM MANAGER

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (“NEEP”) is seeking a Market Strategies Program Manager to manage NEEP’s regional projects to accelerate the adoption of highly efficient emerging technologies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.  A member of NEEP’s Market Strategies Team, this full-time position manages NEEP’s Emerging Technologies initiatives and its new Commercial Advanced Lighting Controls (CALC) project as well as supports the development of regional initiatives.  This position reports to the Director of Energy Efficiency Strategies and interfaces with NEEP’s sponsors, partners, state and federal agencies, and the energy efficiency industry.

About NEEP:

Founded in 1996, NEEP is a regional nonprofit that promotes the efficient use of energy in homes, buildings and industry in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. NEEP advances cutting-edge products and practices through coordinated, whole-building efficiency programs and policies. Saving energy creates a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and a more reliable and affordable energy system. For more information visit www.neep.org.

Overall Responsibilities:

The Market Strategies Program Manager furthers NEEP’s mission via research, development and management of recommended regional strategies to accelerate the market adoption of both residential sector and commercial sector emerging technologies; management of processes, relationships and events with NEEP sponsors, state agencies, trade allies and other stakeholders to inform strategy development and implementation across the region; research to track and highlight relevant best practice programs to achieve market adoption goals in New England, New York, and the Mid-Atlantic region; communications and outreach to build understanding of and support for consistent and broad regional strategy implementation and evaluation; and strategic coordination with relevant national, federal and other regional efforts. The Market Strategies Manager reports to the Director of Energy Efficiency Strategies and is a member of the Market Strategies team which includes Associates or Interns and other Program Managers.  This position involves some travel to effectively serve the region and coordinate with related national efforts.

Strategy Planning, Research and Development:

  • Planning:  Assist preparation of annual program plans and budgets, and inform proposal development to guide and secure resources for NEEP activities.
  • Strategy Development:  Facilitate development of regional strategies with annual updates to achieve major energy savings from the accelerated market adoption of high efficiency products in the residential and commercial sectors (e.g., lighting, appliances, business and consumer electronics, HVAC, water heating).
  • Research, Analysis and Tracking:  Conduct market research and analysis to support strategy development and preparation of annual updates; track relevant programs, technologies, policies and market developments

Facilitation, Coordination and Management:

  • Partnership Groups:  Facilitate and coordinate the activities of Working Groups and Leadership Advisory Committees for one or more projects to inform and support regional strategy development and implementation – recruit, orient and actively engage participants; plan and execute meetings; develop, reports, presentations and relevant follow up to maintain constructive and valued relationships with NEEP sponsors, trade allies and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Market Activities:  Track market developments; build and maintain working relationships with leading trade allies; provide information to facilitate development and implementation of cooperative promotional activities between market actors and efficiency program administrators.
  • Strategic Coordination:  Coordinate project activities with the ENERGY STAR Program and related national and regional efforts including participation in selected conferences and workshops (e.g., ACEEE, CEE, TopTen USA, AESP).
  • Internal Coordination:  Coordinate project activities and materials with other NEEP projects to advance energy efficiency (e.g., building energy codes, appliance efficiency standards, Regional Evaluation, Measurement and public policy outreach) and actively participate in and contribute to NEEP staff meetings and activities to advance NEEP’s mission.

Communications:

  • Reporting:  Prepare quarterly and annual progress reports and provide information as needed for internal and external communications.
  • Presentations & Publications:  Facilitate and assist preparation of presentations and reports and speak publicly to increase the visibility and understanding of strategies, activities and results.
  • Media:  Manage NEEP high efficiency products web-based resource center updates; prepare regular blog and newsletter contributions; and assist preparation of news releases.
  • Workshops and Webinars:  Plan and hold in-person and web-based events to support strategy development and implementation across the region.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years of experience in energy efficiency program planning, delivery and/or evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing complex projects involving multiple participants and perspectives
  • Expertise in energy efficiency products, programs, market analysis and structures
  • Experience and skills in project and budget management and reporting
  • Bachelor (or higher) degree in business, marketing, or energy/environmental studies.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills including proficient use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software, along with a knowledge of current and emerging social media

Application Process:

To apply please email a resume, along with a cover letter stating where you saw this posting and outlining your interest, to Bob McTighe at: bmctighe@neep.orgNo phone calls please.

NEEP is committed to an organizational culture of inclusion, diversity and equity.  We are committed to a policy of non‑discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, and physical or mental disability.  We apply this policy to assure non‑discriminatory practices in recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits and all other activities.  It also supports our capacity to achieve our mission to accelerate energy efficiency with broad participation across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

Feb 20 14

Science and Technology Fellowship + new JumboJobs listings

by Sarah Neville

Science & Technology Policy Fellowship:

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy recently posted a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. You can see the listing here in Jumbo Jobs: https://www.myinterfase.com/tufts/job_view.aspx?token=qT3aYA8XxLmsj6ke4KMTnw%3d%3d

New JumboJobs listings for Environmental Studies students:

Project Administrator- Innovation and Industry Support Division, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Quantitative Analyst Intern, Genscape (global provider of energy information for the commodity and financial markets)

Energy Communications and Marketing Intern, PowerOptions (Mass. energy buying consortium )

Energy Policy Analyst, PowerOptions

Energy Analyst, PowerOptions

Science & Impacts Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Environmental Scientist, Mystic River Watershed Association

Renewable Energy Engineering Summer Internship, New England Hydropower

Various Positions,  Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Environmental Scientist or Engineer, Neponset River Watershed Association

Outreach & Marketing Manager, Massachusetts Watershed Coalition

World Ocean Council Intern, World Ocean Council

Energy Analyst Intern, Retroficiency

Home Energy Advisor, Next Step Living

Consultant, Energy Efficiency Policy & Analysis, Navigant Consulting Inc. (Seniors only)

Science Communications/Data Visualization Internship, and Water Quality Monitoring Internship, Mystic River Watershed Association

Marketing Intern, and Online Program Coordinator (Spanish Speaker), Earthwatch Institute

Feb 19 14

Assistant Canvass Director Job

by Sarah Neville

About Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.:

Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. is a consulting firm that runs face-to-face engagement campaigns on behalf of progressive nonprofit, political, and humanitarian organizations such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Oxfam, the Sierra Club, and the national Democratic Party. Our core expertise is launching national small donor fundraising and membership recruitment drives using site-based and door-to-door canvassing. We also run voter registration drives, voter mobilization campaigns, and grassroots lobbying efforts.

Grassroots Campaigns maintains a network of field offices in 20 cities around the U.S., with plans to expand further. The work done by our teams on the ground advances our partners’ ability to create change on issues like LGBT equality, fighting hate groups, lifting people out of poverty, and curbing climate change.

Assistant Canvass Director Job:

Assistant Canvass Directors will help manage a GCI field office. A typical office will have annual goals of contacting 65,000 citizens, identifying 10,000 members, and raising $365,000 for our partner organizations. The Assistant Canvass Director is responsible for working with the Canvass Director to develop and implement a strategy to meet or exceed the targets set by the particular campaign. Assistant Canvass Directors will have bottom line responsibility over particular realms of office management, such as planning and executing recruitment drives or developing and implementing the training plan.

Sample job duties:

  • Recruitment: Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community. Develop and execute a visibility strategy to generate candidates. Interview prospective staff and make hiring
  • Staff Management: Work with Canvass Director to supervise a team of 15-50 canvassers. Conduct individual and group meetings to set goals and provide ongoing feedback and evaluation. Identify, promote, and train leaders. Set and enforce expectations for performance and conduct. Cultivate a welcoming, professional, and motivating atmosphere.
  • Canvassing and Training: Work with Canvass Director to develop and execute a strategy to maximize overall fundraising results. Teach canvassing/fundraising skills to canvassers. Canvass in the field three to four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field, give feedback to crew leaders, and demonstrate strong fundraising techniques and results. Ensure all canvassers are representing our partners well in the field.
  • Administration: Track income and expenses. Manage the budget for your office. Process staff payroll. Maintain records for future organizing efforts.
  • Organizational Development: Identify and evaluate candidates for management positions. Develop local knowledge and contacts in your area to help identify future campaign opportunities.

Qualifications: Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change are essential. Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and experience handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for additional leadership positions.

Training: Newly hired directors will receive training in existing offices along with periodic classroom trainings. Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff.

Expectations: Minimum commitment through August 31, 2015. Campaign hours can run 60-80 hours per week, including work on weekends.

Salary/benefits: Annual target salary for Canvass Directors begins at $24,000, plus health. Paid training, vacation and sick days are included; student loan assistance is available. Salaries and benefits may vary by location.

Timing and location: Positions are available in cities nationwide. Currently hiring in MA, NY, PA, OH, IL, NM, NV, MO, NC, CO, CA, WA, OR, TX, AZ, FL, and Washington, D.C. In order to make the largest impact possible, some directors will have a chance to organize in a city and then expand the progressive movement by opening new projects in other states.

Contact: If interested please contact Toney Thompson at tthompson@grassrootscampaigns.com or tthompson.gci@gmail.com with your resume.

Feb 19 14

Toxics Action Center’s Local Environmental Action Seeking Volunteers

by Sarah Neville

Toxics Action Center’s Local Environmental Action is a day of learning, networking, and being inspired. It’s a chance to meet with hundreds of other activists from around New England to learn new skills and get motivated. This year will cover a wide range of topics, including energy, fracking, toxics in products, and more. The keynote speaker will be coal activist from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Teri Blanton. The event will take place on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Northeastern University.

Check out a full list of topics and all the details for the event here at localenvironmentalaction.org.

They are currently seeking volunteers to help at the conference. For some light lifting (set up, registration, prepping the lunch tables) you get free entry to the event. (A $20-40 value.) If you’re interested in volunteering, you can sign up here.