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Sep 2 14

Intern – Campaign to Save Antibiotics

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Food and Water Watch Campaign to Save Antibiotics
Job Title: Intern – Campaign to Save Antibiotics
Location: Boston/Cambridge, MA
Term: We are looking for interns and volunteers to begin immediately
Hours: 15-20 hours per week preferred for interns, 5-10 hours per week for volunteers

Campaign Description: Right now, 80% of antibiotics in the US are used on factory farms, just to boost profits and compensate for filthy, crowded living conditions. At the same time, 2 million Americans get antibiotic resistant infections every year because these drugs are losing their effectiveness.

We can create a world where we can count on medicine working, and where our farms are safe and healthy. But right now, antibiotic resistance is such a serious problem that in some cases, there are few or no treatment options. The FDA and Congress have failed to act on the issue, so Food and Water Watch is building a groundswell of public support in cities across the country, asking city councils to pass resolutions calling on our federal legislature to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

Food and Water Watch is working with a coalition of organizations, businesses, and professionals to ensure that antibiotics are saved for medicine, not factory farms. We are looking for bright, talented volunteers and interns to help us on all aspects of this critical campaign.
Job Activities/Scope: Interns and volunteers will provide support to all aspects of the Food and Water Watch antibiotics campaign, including student and community-member recruitment, leadership development, and grassroots visibility tactics. Interns will have the opportunity to work with Food and Water Watch volunteers and staff and on their own college campuses. A sample agenda is attached.

Required Knowledge and Skills:
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work well independently or in a team setting
Ability to converse comfortably on the phone
Strong attention to detail
Experience with grassroots organizing and campaigns is a plus
Good time management and organizational skills
Enthusiasm about protecting public health!

Compensation/Pay: Food and Water Watch internships are unpaid. Participants may be able to gain college credit for their internship.
To apply, please fill out this form with your contact information, and we will be in touch shortly. You can also email or call Sammi Dowdell at (703) 403-3576 with any questions.

Aug 19 14

Job for Tufts student: Administrative Assistant for Environmental Studies Program

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Environmental Studies Program is looking for a diligent, reliable and self-starter work-study student to start in mid-September (5-8 hrs a week; $9/hr). The student will work under the supervision of the Environmental Studies Program Administrator. Duties include assisting with basic administrative functions of an office, assist with preparation of promotional material, preparation of publications and/or newsletters, conduct online research, contact alumni and external environmental organizations, do on-campus outreach, assist with event organization, post on social media and other tasks as needed.

S/he must be detail-oriented, have good oral and written communication and organizational skills, ability to multi-task and be able to meet deadlines. Additionally, s/he must be comfortable with technology and be willing and able to learn new software as needed. Proficiency in Word, Excel and Powerpoint required. Experience with graphic design and a general interest in environmental topics are a plus.

The successful applicant must be available on Thursdays between 11:30 to 13:30 to assist with our Lunch & Learn seminar series. This position is open to all students but those in the ENVS Program are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please apply here

The review of applications will start on Sept 2nd

Aug 15 14

Community Farms Outreach seeks Fall Field Crew in Lexington!

by Sara Gomez Garcia


Background: Community Farms Outreach d/b/a Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF) promotes local agriculture through growing and distribution practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. We forge relationships between people, their food supply, and the land from which it grows.  We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization engaged in organic vegetable production, educational and food access programming just outside of Boston. New this year, upon entering into an agreement with Lexington Community Farm Coalition, we are also running the farm operation for the new Lexington Community Farm, on land near the Arlington-Lexington border that was recently purchased by the Town of Lexington.

Work Responsibilities and Qualifications: Field Crew members are needed to help us finish out the season with lots of fall harvesting, crop maintenance, and clean up tasks. We seek individuals who are mature, enthusiastic and able to do fast-paced, detail-oriented physical work, who love to be outside, and do not mind getting dirty.  A sense of humor is a definite plus. Applicants should be able to sustain focus through repetitive tasks, work outside in all weather conditions, work both independently as well as in group settings, and have a reliable form of transportation in all weather conditions. Crew members will be trained on proper techniques and approaches to all tasks.  Previous experience is not required but attention to detail and dedication to work are important qualities.

Hours, Compensation and Application Info for Field Crew at Lexington Community Farm: Ideal candidates are available Sept. 2nd through October 31st, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 8am to 4pm, with the possibility of additional hours being available on weekend mornings. One hour for lunch is provided, unpaid.  Compensation includes a pay rate of $10/hr. plus produce from the farm. To apply, please send a resume and brief letter of interest to Dan Roberts, Farm Manager, by email at dan [at] Applications will be accepted until the right candidates are found.

Aug 8 14

Citizen science opportunities in the Boston area

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Earthwatch Institute is pleased to announce upcoming citizen science opportunities right here in the Boston area on August 8, September 6, and October 11. We are working in collaboration with local communities and individual volunteers like you to gather field data on the health and quantity of trees across Cambridge to grasp how these trees are benefiting the city. We believe this hands-on learning opportunity would be an excellent chance for you to become a stakeholder in your local environment and give back to your community. Together we can learn about environmental issues, how to identify tree species, collect data using scientific instruments, and more! This will be a great opportunity to learn what is happening in your neighborhood and meet other people with similar interests. We encourage you to spread the word and bring family or friends of all ages along.

This is a free one-day expedition hosted by a resident Earthwatch scientist. Use the promo code TREES upon registration and the $15 registration fee is entirely waived. We hope you will be able to join us for a beautiful day outside! You can find more information about the Urban Forest Program and sign up by clicking the link.

If you have any questions I am certainly available to answer them via phone, email or a meeting. We would love to have anyone interested participate and deeply appreciate your help with this project. If you want to bring a group of people and the dates above don’t work for the group, we can arrange a specific date and time that would be most convenient for you.

Evan Stonebreaker
Research Associate Intern
Earthwatch Institute

114 Western Ave
Boston, MA 02134


Aug 5 14

Paid Internship at the Offcie of Energy and Environment at Medford City Hall

by Sara Gomez Garcia

The Office of Energy and Environment in Medford has an opening for a paid internship position this fall. They are hoping to hire a Tufts student who is interested in issues surrounding energy and the environment to help with various projects. These include project management of 5 small energy efficiency projects as well as preparing for our annual energy efficiency reporting to the State and Federal government on Medford’s buildings. The intern is needed for 10 hours a week during the Fall semester, but the availability to start in August is a plus. Distribution of the hours can fit your schedule, but must fit within City Hall’s open business hours (Mon, Tues, Thurs 8:30-4:30, Wed 8:30-7:30, Fri 8:30-12:30).
Tasks include oversight of grant paperwork and bills, visiting the work locations, data entry and general office help. Possibility to continue on other projects in the Spring semester. Compensation is $10 per hour. A good candidate is a self-starter who can work independently, use common sense and take initiative. The City of Medford is also a Federal Work-Study site and students eligible for work-study are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates please contact Alicia Hunt at

Jul 1 14

Volunteer needed as a field assistant in behavioral ecology of frogs in Borneo

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Volunteer needed as a field assistant in behavioral ecology of frogs in
Borneo. We are seeking for a highly motivated research assistant to help
with a study in bioacoustics and parental care behavior in frogs in Brunei
Darussalam, Borneo. This is a unique opportunity to work in one of the
biodiversity hotspots in the world and for anybody that is looking for more
experience in field work in the areas of ecology and behavior.


The volunteer field assistant, after an initial training period will assist
collecting behavioral data of the smooth guardian frog of Borneo. Data
collection includes recording vocalizations, video recording, taking
behavioral notes and continuous sampling of transects. In addition, lab
work is required analyzing the recordings of the previous nights. The
assistant is expected to work in harsh conditions. This study requires
hiking in rough/muddy/steep terrain sometimes carrying heavy equipment for
extended periods of time (5 -  6 hours). The forest is full of biting
insects and the occasional leech. The assistant would have to shift his/her
sleeping schedule because most of the work is done at night. A typical
night goes from 7 pm to 2:30 am.

For more information about the project contact

*Living Conditions:*

We will stay at the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre in Brunei
Darussalam. The Centre is surrounded by lowland and ridge Dipterocarp
forest with small areas of riverine and heath forest which have never been
logged. We will be living in a wooden building in shared rooms. There is
bathroom facilities and filtered watered. There is electricity at given
times during the day. Internet access is limited (once every 3 weeks
traveling by boat to the nearest town).


Perfect opportunity for advanced undergraduates or recent graduates in
Biology or related areas. The volunteer must be enthusiastic, well driven
and willing to learn. Have a strong work ethic and good ability to get
along with others in tight living conditions is essential.

*Duration and dates:*

For the upcoming field season we are looking for one or two volunteer
staring in late July/early August 2014. The volunteer field assistants are
expected to stay at least three months, but a stay until mid December is

*This is a complete volunteer position*. The volunteer will have to cover
his/her travel expenses (flight to and from Brunei) as well as
accommodation at the KBFSC. Meals and accommodation is around $45USD/per
day. If the application is successful, students can ask for a letter of
invitation which they can use for funding applications.

If interested, please e-mail your cv, a cover letter stating the reason why
would you like to participate in the project and for how long are you
interested in staying, and a recommendation letter.

Contact information:

Johana Goyes-Vallejos
Ph.D Candidate
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06269-3043 U.S.A
Office: TLS 379

Jun 19 14

Volunteers needed for Jamaica Bay terrapin conservation project

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Once again I am seeking volunteers to help with the diamondback terrapin

(DBT) research and conservation project at Jamaica Bay in June and July

2014. We’ve had a long and cold winter and we have lots of new projects so

this is likely to be a particularly interesting spring.

Volunteer work can be arranged around anyone’s summer schedule. Prospective

volunteers should contact me via email or here on Facebook. Most volunteers

decide to come out one or two days/week, others come out for one longer

stretch of days or weeks. Work mostly involves walking thru known nesting

areas and looking for nesting DBT, then following a standard protocol for

marking nests, capturing DBT, and data collection. We also go in areas where

visitors are not allowed. When you do this, you must be wearing an official

terrapin volunteer t-shirt.


No one under 16 without a parent or guardian along. It is helpful if you

have a pair of binoculars. Volunteers are never more than a 20 minute walk

to the Jamaica Bay Visitor Center, which is air conditioned and has water

and restrooms.


The first step is Scheduling: Please go to the Google home page

( and sign in to the google account (see

the button on the upper right hand corner of the page labeled “sign in”).

The password is Malaclemys2014. After you sign into the account, click on

the set of nine dots in the top right, a drop down menu will pop up with a

Calendar button. When the calendar opens up, you can type an appointment for

any days when you can volunteer. Please include your name and phone number

with each entry, so if I have to cancel for some reason I can reach you. I

need people every day, more or less 7am-7pm. Feel free to sign up for the

same time as other people; I usually need more than one person at a time.


Newbies: On your first day go to the visitor center at Jamaica Bay Wildlife

Center (directions below) and call on the DBT phone (646.415.2074). BTW–I

only have this phone on during the DBT season. One of us will answer and

direct you to wherever the action is, and start training you. Special DBT

Researcher Volunteer T-shirts are available free for those that make a

serious volunteer commitment.


Remember: always schedule your volunteer time on the Google calendar before

coming out, so I know to expect you.


The Visitor Center is on Cross Bay Boulevard just south of the town of

Howard Beach.


You should bring water, a cell phone, binoculars and camera if you have

them, food/snacks, sun block, and a hat. You can wear shorts and sandals are

OK. I supply all note-taking equipment. It’s good to be prepared for rain

since DBT do come out on days when there are showers followed by sun. There

are mosquitoes/no-see-ums especially around dawn/dusk so you might want to

bring your favorite bug repellant.


Communication: I can’t stay on top of phone calls all the time, but I can do

emails and Facebook. If you haven’t already, you can join us at the Facebook

group Jamaica Bay Terrapin Research and Conservation. You can always email

me ( And you can always leave messages on the DBT phone



Dr. Russell Burke

Department of Biology

Hofstra University

Jun 13 14

Positions at Thompson Island for students or recent graduates

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Green Ambassadors Crew Leaders

(June 16th – August 15th)
Crew Leaders
Green Ambassador Crew Leaders have experience in both the essential technical and interpersonal skills needed to assure projects are completed in a safe, efficient, and team-based manner with high-quality results. Crew Leaders will be selected to co-lead a crew of 10 to 12 Crew Members. These students are 15 to 18 years old, come from a diverse array of backgrounds, and travel from urban communities in Boston. Crew Leaders work alongside Youth Jobs participants on service projects throughout the Harbor Islands and in urban Boston neighborhoods. Development and educational activities occur throughout participants’ time in the Youth Jobs program, be that over the course of one summer or up to four years as returning youth staff. These may include manual service projects, gaining skills in cross-cultural communication and group living, and educational/vocational planning. In addition each crew will participate in one to two, overnights on a Harbor Island working with their crew in a field camp setting; camp craft and outdoor leadership skills are a plus. Crew Leaders are responsible for developing these and other activities for Youth Staff with the support of the Program Manager and a Course Director. Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications, or ability to obtain prior to July 8, required.

Discovery Program and Environmental Connections Facilitators
(June 16th – October 31st or June 16th – August 28st)
Discovery Program
Discovery Program Facilitators possess extensive knowledge of experiential programming and group processing skills through the use of games, initiatives, and challenge course elements. Facilitators are responsible for delivering customized programming for a diverse range of ages and populations. These single to multi-day programs focus primarily on character development, leadership, community building and social and environmental responsibility. The majority of these programs utilize the low and high challenge course elements; prior experience with challenge course elements and/or an ACCT Level 1 certification are a plus. Successful candidates may also come to TIOBEC with a variety of other relevant skill sets and backgrounds; student management skills and prior teaching experience are a plus. These positions also help to facilitate our Environmental Connections programs (see description below) in the spring and fall seasons. Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR certifications required.

Jennifer Smithwood-Green, PHR
Director of Human Resources
Thompson Island Outward Bound
P.O. Box 127 | Boston MA | 02127
Phone: 617.830.5151 | Cell: 617.823.8552 | Fax: 617.426.5637
Visit us at or find us on Facebook

Jun 11 14

Internships and Permaculture Certification in Ecuador

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Third Millennium Alliance (TMA) was founded in 2007 with the purchase of 100 acres and the establishment of the Jama-Coaque Reserve (JCR) in the western province of Manabí, Ecuador, between the cities of Jama and Pedernales, and four kilometers inland. Now encompassing over 1,000 acres, the Jama-Coaque Reserve actively protects one of the last remaining fragments of Pacific Equatorial Forest, which is considered to be one of the most threatened tropical forests in the world. Learn more at

Internship Opportunities: Interns are to take on high-impact and dynamic projects; we are a young organization forging our path as we discover it. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done and experience to be gained – for interns and for us. Above all, creativity, innovation, and self-motivation are the fuel of our intern program. Immediately surrounding the house we are designing/growing/building a living laboratory of sustainable resource management (i.e. permaculture), which also serves as our field headquarters for biological scientific research and forest monitoring.

We are offering an optional Permaculture Design Certification course with this internship, to be taught throughout the two-month duration.  There is a difference in price based on whether you choose to take the PDC course; please visit our website for more information:

In addition to work managing the agroforestry production zone and organic vegetable garden, each intern is assigned a personal project, which is akin to a “thesis” of sort, but of a much more practical nature. Generally speaking, there are three categories of personal projects: 1) conservation biology research and 2) permaculture/sustainable food production, and 3) appropriate technology.

The following is a list of some of the projects we’re looking to tackle during the upcoming sessions. Some are new projects and others are ongoing and multi-year projects. Projects with stars next to them are of high interest and priority. When applying please prioritize three projects from the list below in the order of most interest.

Flora & Fauna Research:
•*Ethnobotany* (requires strong Spanish-speaking skills)
•*Camera trap survey of wild felines* (ocelot, jaguarundi)
•*Monkey Troop Demography & Behavioral Study (mantled howler monkeys & critically endangered
Ecuadorian capuchins)
•*Herpetofauna survey* (reptile and amphibian diversity and abundance)
•*Ornithology Survey – (ornithology experience and Spanish-speaking skills)

Permaculture /Food Production:

•Green Building – Learn to use natural, and sustainable building materials. Upcoming projects include building an earthbag (aka super adobe) retaining wall, use cob to plaster walls, another cob layer on the pizza oven, re-floor the the field station with bamboo.

•Production Zone Intensive – Focused on increasing food production, crop zonification & rotation, plant propagation, care/maintenance, integrated pest management and food preservation (ie, canning)

Appropriate Technology:
•*Building a system using human power and producing electricity for the Bamboo House*
•*Connect our solar-power electrical system*
•*Design and build a non-electrical refrigerator*
•Design and build a solar food dehydrator

Late Summer Internship Dates: August 13-October 8, 2014

Late Summer Application Deadline: Sunday, June 17, 2014

To see a complete program description, please visit our “Internship” page on our website at Here you can download the application form and contact details, as well as other media, such as the photos, video, and the program FAQ. NOTE: When applying to the internship, please make sure to specify in your e-mail subject that you are applying for the Late Summer session, and whether you are interested in taking the PDC course.

We look forward to working with you!

Eva Filipczykova
Internship Coordinator
Third Millennium Alliance
Jama, Ecuador

Jun 10 14

Fund for the Public Interest: Student summer jobs

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Earn $4000-$6000 for the summer
Work on real world issues. Gain real world experience with the Fund.

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. We run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America. This summer we will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns.

We’ve helped to pass landmark healthcare reform, a law that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the national hate crime list, and worked to achieve the first ever nationwide standards for mercury pollution from power plants-all while building valuable leadership skills.

Currently, we have paid positions for campaign staff in Cambridge working to protect Cape Cod.

As a member of our staff, you will fund-raise, build membership for our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

For more information and to apply CLICK HERE or call our office at 617-547-0401.