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Apr 20 18

City Compost Position

by Scarlet R. Bliss
I am excited that the need has come again for City Compost to expand the team. We are now servicing over 1300 homes in and around the Boston area. Please share with anyone you feel may be interested.
Job Summary
City Compost is seeking an individual looking for part time hours, increasing to full as the business grows, who has a passion for healthy living, environmental justice, sustainability, and access to fresh food to help provide service for a fast growing composting service.
City Compost provides composting services for homes, organizations, and events throughout Massachusetts.While there are many benefits to composting in general, there are specific benefits when it comes to composting with City Compost:
  • The average home reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more 250lbs worth of CO2 a year.
  • With optional compost back, individuals can save $100s on growing fresh produce right at home.
  • 100% of organic material City Compost services goes to the soil to grow more fresh food. Never to landscape applications, golf courses, highway systems or as pig slop.
  • 100% of organic material is processed independently, never mixed in at facilities with large industrial streams, to produce top quality compost.
Responsibilities:
  • Completion of Assigned Routes
  • Quality Control and Record Keeping
  • Understanding and Sharing What We Do, How, and Why

Requirements:

  • Valid Drivers License and Personal Vehicle
  • Smart Phone, Tablet, or Computer with Internet Access
  • Ability to Work and Drive in Variable Weather Conditions
  • Ability to Lift and Carry 25-50 lbs
  • Ability to Work with Little to No Direct Supervision.
  • Punctual and Detail Oriented
  • A Passion for Sustainable Living
  • A Desire to Positively Impact the Local Food System
Please email resume and cover letter explaining why you want to work for City Compost.
Compensation: $150.00 to $300.00 /day
Thank you,

Adam Jankauskas
Composting Services
Apr 20 18

Research Assistant

by Scarlet R. Bliss

A research assistant position is available with the Musacchi Group of Fruit Tree Physiology and Orchard
Management at Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee,
Washington. The research assistant will contribute primarily to investigations in the pollination
performance and disease susceptibility of crab apple pollinators towards the reduction of quarantine
problems for apple export markets. The assistant will also have the opportunity to contribute as-needed
to projects regarding the field management, fruit quality, and consumer preference of apple and pear.
Further details about the lab and ongoing projects can be found at: http://www.musacchi-
orchardmanagement.com/index.php

The incumbent will perform a wide range of duties including laboratory (DNA/RNA extractions, microscopy,
pollen germination and viability assays, fruit quality analysis), field, and greenhouse work. Other
required activities include data entry and preparation of graphics and reports. Must demonstrate
proficiency in essential computer software (MS Word, Excel and Power Point) and the ability to learn new
software. The incumbent must be able to locate and purchase supplies, maintain instruments, schedule and
execute activities independently, and demonstrate flexibility in working on different projects, learning
new procedures, and developing protocols as required. The incumbent will supervise the activities of
hourly workers, and work with other technical staff and scientists to achieve project goals. A Bachelor’s
degree plus two years of experience in a relevant research field is preferred. Applications must be
received by May 13, 2018 to be considered. For full description of position and application instructions
visit: www.wsujobs.com and search for position number 127200.

WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.

Apr 16 18

Salt Fieldwork | Bernhardt and Wright Labs

by Grace L. Schumaker

The Bernhardt and Wright Labs at Duke University are seeking a current undergrad or recent college
graduate for a full-time technician position. Successful applicant will work closely with our graduate
students and research technicians doing field and laboratory work this summer.

We are conducting a large scale field experiment in a coastal wetland (eastern North Carolina) to
determine the effects of salt additions on vegetation and carbon cycling. Applicants must be
comfortable spending long days outside and willing to endure potentially strenuous
field conditions. Once a month we will spend 3-5 days (and nights) at our field site (2.5 hours east of
Raleigh/Durham) with accommodation provided. The remainder of the month is spent in the lab
facility or greenhouses at Duke analyzing soil, water, and plant samples. The project is very wide in
scope and there is opportunity for gaining experience in a variety of biogeochemistry and plant
ecology research techniques.

Preference will be giving to applicants who can start the first week of May and stay on at least 10
weeks. Previous experience not required, but we strongly prefer candidates with undergraduate
course work in ecology, biology, environmental science, geology, chemistry or similar, and
demonstrated comfort working outdoors.

To apply, please send a 1-page cover letter and 1-page CV that includes contact information for two
references to emily.ury@duke.edu by April 10th. In your cover letter, please include your earliest
available start date and any other relevant constraints on your work availability.

Please direct any questions to emily.ury@duke.edu. For more information on our
research visit our website: http://bernhardtlab.weebly.com.

Apr 16 18

Arctic Research | US Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry

by Grace L. Schumaker

Arctic Research Opportunity

Research Field Assistants, Vegetation Surveys, Toolik Lake, Alaska

With the US Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry

The International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) is looking for
3-4 field assistants to conduct vegetation surveys at long term
permanent plots at the University of Alaska Toolik Field Station on
Alaska’s North Slope. The work is part of the Arctic Observing Networks
collaborative research project: Sustaining and amplifying the ITEX AON
through automation and increased interdisciplinarity of observations.

This sampling effort is part of a long term monitoring effort that began
in 1989. The work will add to a valuable data set of plant responses to
both experimental manipulation of growing season temperatures as well as
ambient climate change over the last 25+ years. The work involves
identifying and recording plant, bryophyte and lichen species within
small 1-m grids at a set of four permanent plots located at the Toolik
Lake Field Station. Field Assistants will be expected to work outdoors
at least six days a week under conditions that may be cool, rainy, hot,
and with insects such as mosquitoes. Expertise in the arctic flora,
including vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens preferred.
Opportunities for work on analyses of the data and participation in
research publications are available. The field crews will work in pairs
with an experienced crew leader leading the sampling effort. The
positions will be contracted with the US Forest Service and will report
to the Director of the Caribbean Climate Hub, International Institute of
Tropical Forestry in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The field work will be July 2 through August 4, 2018. Accepted
applicants will report to Fairbanks Alaska with transportation arranged
to the Toolik Field Station. Meals, lodging and a stipend will be
provided.

This is an opportunity to have an adventurous time while gaining
valuable research experience in the Arctic!

If you are interested in this position and want to receive more
information, please call William Gould, Research Ecologist, at (787)
764-7790 or E-mail at wgould@fs.fed.us.

Apr 13 18

Sustainability Manager, Sodexo

by Scarlet R. Bliss
Sodexo is seeking a dynamic Sustainability Manager to oversee the strategic planning, execution and measurement of the UVM Dining sustainability initiatives.Apply here.
Sustainability Manager (Listed as Food Service Manager 3)
The Sustainability Manager supervises the sustainability intern, works with the Real Food Challenge working group and provides training, access and oversight of the Real Food Challenge calculator interns. Participates in Academic partnerships including, service learning classes, class projects and in University of Vermont dining partnerships such as participation in educational cooking classes with local foods, Educational dinners, and in the Vermont First Advisory Group. Presents and develops materials at various internal and external organizations. Champions University of Vermont Dining efforts and works with marketing coordinator to ensure students are receiving effective messaging on waste sorting, reusable containers, and local food sourcing. Works with the campus farm and local community farms on yearly projections. 

Position Summary
Provides supervision for multi-functional food service areas at an account/unit to ensure client satisfaction and retention for the Company. Contributes to account revenue and operating profit through the implementation of Sodexo programs while executing against Standard Operating Procedures. 

Key Duties 
  • Maintains and develops client relationships and customer satisfaction for multi-functional food service areas to ensure account retention and positive public relations
  • Establishes and maintains a safe work environment
  • Supervises day-to-day work activities by delegating authority, assigning and prioritizing activities and monitoring operating standards
  • Utilizes Sodexo resources and programs to ensure operating standards and regulatory requirements are met and employees have the necessary equipment and inventory
  • Manages by providing positive and constructive feedback to employees in order to reward, coach, correct and motivate in order drive a high-level of employee engagement
Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.
– – – – – – – – – –
Alison Nihart
Assistant to the Food Systems Initiative
University of Vermont
802.656.3831
Twitter & Facebook: @UVMFoodFeed
Apr 13 18

Computational Research Technician: Near-term Ecological Forecasting Initiative

by Scarlet R. Bliss

Are you finishing a Master’s or Bachelor’s and possess computational skills?

Are you looking to do something meaningful and challenging with your talents?

The Near-term Ecological Forecasting Initiative (NEFI) is looking to hire a technician to contribute to the development and automation of cutting-edge, societally-useful nature forecasts.


Tasks:

  • Building on work being done in the PEcAn project, collaborate with a Boston University computer science graduate student to develop a generalized, containerized (Docker/Singularity) workflow for automating ecological forecasts
  • Work with NEFI graduate students to apply this workflow to existing near-term forecasts: Ticks, tick-borne disease, and small mammal hosts; Harmful algal blooms and lake productivity; Soil microbiome; and Plant phenology.
  • Build on work being done by PEcAn postdocs, who are developing a carbon cycle hindcast product, to develop a prototype near-term forecast for land surface carbon, water, and energy fluxes that would run through the NEFI workflow.
  • Work with programmers on the Brown Dog project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on improving automated data ingest into this workflow.

 

Qualifications:

Applicants should have solid programming experience, familiarity with R, and the ability to work well both in teams and individually. Familiarity with container technologies (e.g. Docker, Singularity), Github, data management, and/or statistics is beneficial but not required; the ability to learn quickly and independently is essential. A degree or previous job experience in informatics, data science, computer science, statistics, or ecology/environmental science is preferred. Contract for 1 year with possibility of renewal contingent on performance and availability of funds. Position is located at Boston University. Preferred start summer 2018.

 

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Michael Dietze (dietze at bu.edu), preferably by April 25.

 

Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Apr 13 18

Sustainability Coordinator

by Scarlet R. Bliss
Job Description
Sustainability Coordinator – The Sustainability Coordinator is the face of sustainability practice for a mid-sized private school in Denver, Colorado. The school is Montessori accredited and serves toddlers through middle school with a commitment to raise stewards of the environment. As the Sustainability Coordinator you will work broadly to make the school a sustainable place through education and special projects.
Responsibilities
  • Plan and deliver sustainability themed lessons to each classroom, typically 30 minutes long with groups of about 10 students
  • Implement and maintain sustainability initiatives across campus, past projects have included installing a small hoop house, caring for chickens, installing rain barrels, building gardens, planting a wildflower meadow
  • Support teaching staff as an aftercare teacher, caring for elementary aged students in our extended day program from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Work with teachers on special projects as needed
  • Maintain a supply of planting and gardening supplies
  • Advise teachers and administration on sustainability efforts as needed
  • Drive the environmental ethos of the school through leading by example
Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated background in a related field – education, gardening/farming, or environmental science
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize deadlines, and collaborate in a fast-paced environment
  • Patience when working with children and the willingness to connect with them
  • Strong work ethic and collaborative spirit
  • Ability to live 50lbs on a regular basis
Desired Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science
  • Experience designing and conducting scientific research
  • 1-2 years in childcare or education
  • Experience raising plants from seed
  • Experience with drip irrigation
  • Experience in composting
  • Previous experience working with animals
Contact
Apr 13 18

JOB: Research Assistant in Rocky Mountain Insect Ecology (3 month position)

by Scarlet R. Bliss

Job Description:  The USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains
Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT is seeking an enthusiastic and
hard-working individual to serve as a biological science aide.  Our research
focuses on grassland insect and rangeland ecology; specifically how
interactions between grasshoppers and Mormon crickets affect Mormon cricket
and grasshopper diets, insect immunity to pathogens, and grassland health.
Work may include sampling grasshoppers, Mormon crickets, and other rangeland
insects in large scale experiments, sampling rangeland plants, setting up
and conducting manipulative experiments in the field and lab.  Most field
work will be conducted in subalpine meadows at 9000 feet elevation in the
Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming. A willingness to drive on overnight
travel to sites in Wyoming will be required.

Salary: $11.68 – 12.74 per hour (GS-2 – GS-3) dependent on experience and
education.  Dorm-style, shared housing is available on location for ~$150
per month, including utilities, internet and basic cable TV.

Dates: Starting June 10th and continuing through the middle of September.

Qualifications: The candidate must be a US citizen.  Additionally, the
candidate should be physically fit, able to walk rapidly over rangeland, and
comfortable spending long hours outside at high elevation. The candidate
will need a driver’s license.  Willingness to work long days, and some
weekends when necessary is also a must.  Undergraduate course work in
ecology, entomology, range or environmental sciences, and previous field
work experience is preferred, but not required.

Application process: Please send cover letter, resume, and names and contact
information of two references (electronically) to David Branson
(dave.branson@ars.usda.gov).  Be sure to include available start and end
dates. In your cover letter and please describe any experience or coursework
you have in relevant areas such as field ecology, entomology, or plant
identification In your cover letter or resume.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled. For more information on the grasshopper research program
visit: http://bit.ly/2v1SHRb or http://bit.ly/2D5bppW or contact us directly.

Apr 9 18

Environmental/Communications Intern | Food Link INC

by Grace L. Schumaker

Food Link INC

www.foodlinkma.org

Environmental Internship

Description:

We are looking for a part-time environmental intern to join our small staff. This position will be critical to aiding the important work we are doing to provide nutritious food to our partners, educate the public about food waste, and recruit more volunteers to help rescue food. This is an unpaid internship that requires 100 hours of time.

About Food Link

Food Link is an Arlington-based food rescue non profit that uses the power of volunteers to collect fresh food from food retailers and distribute it to local agencies serving residents in need. We partner with 20 local grocery and prepared food stores to bring high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread and prepared foods to 30 social service agencies including after school programs, programs for at-risk youth, low income housing facilities, homeless shelters, food pantries, and senior centers.  

Duties

  • Become familiar with food rescue volunteer shifts and be able to fill in when necessary
  • Spearhead our year-end survey in cooperation with our partners and food recipients
  • Design the “tool box” of Food Links model to help other communities start a similar food rescue program
  • Audit our organization to see what our carbon footprint and offset are
  • Work would occur in Arlington, MA

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Qualifications

  • Interest in food rescue programs, anti hunger programs, food systems, environmental sustainability or community building
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with Google Drive
  • Preferred, but not required, familiarity with the Arlington community

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Benefits

  • Gain hands-on experience in operations for a small non profit
  • Learn about food rescue work
  • Receive internship credit

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to Kelsey Juntwait, Outreach Coordinator (781-819-4225), at info@foodlinkma.org

Food Link INC

www.foodlinkma.org

Communications Internship

We are looking for a part-time communication intern to join our small staff. This position will be critical to communicating with the community about the important work we are doing to provide nutritious food to our partners, educate the public about food waste, and recruit more volunteers to help rescue food. This is an unpaid internship that requires 100 hours of time.

About Food Link

Food Link is an Arlington-based food rescue non profit that uses the power of volunteers to collect fresh food from food retailers and distribute it to local agencies serving residents in need. We partner with 20 local grocery and prepared food stores to bring high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread and prepared foods to 30 social service agencies including after school programs, programs for at-risk youth, low income housing facilities, homeless shelters, food pantries, and senior centers.  

Duties

  • Manage social media platforms
    • Facebook using Buffer (3 posts per week)
    • Blog using Wix (1 post per week)
    • E-newsletter using MailChimp (1 or 2 newsletters per month)
  • Write press releases
  • Attend and photograph outreach and fundraising events
  • Observe and photograph some operations
  • Organize and manage marketing and communication materials
  • Become familiar with food rescue volunteer shifts and be able to fill in when necessary
  • Work would occur in Arlington, MA

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Qualifications

  • Interest in social media, outreach, communications
  • Interest in food rescue programs, anti hunger programs, food systems, environmental sustainability or community building
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong social media and design skills
  • Preferred, but not required, familiarity with the Arlington community

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Benefits

  • Gain hands-on experience in communications for a small non profit
  • Learn about food rescue work
  • Receive internship credit

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to Kelsey Juntwait, Outreach Coordinator (781-819-4225), at info@foodlinkma.org

Apr 9 18

Fall 2018 Course Listings (click link below)

by Grace L. Schumaker

Fall 2018 course listings