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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.

Jun 9 14

Harvard Forest Research Assistant

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Landscape Ecology Research Assistant
(Computer Assistant I)

Harvard Forest is seeking a research assistant to work in Jonathan
Thompson’s Forest Landscape Ecology Lab. Projects involve spatial and
tabular data management in R; GIS analysis; statistical analysis in R;
literature searches; map making; creation of scientific graphs and figures.

Basic Qualifications: Skill with a range of software applications relevant
to landscape ecology.

Additional Qualifications: Ability to work independently; highly organized.

Additional Information: All formal written offers will be made by HU
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Human Resources. Harvard University is an
equal opportunity employer.
Preference to candidates with experience working within the R statistical
computing environment, particularly with spatial data; Experience with
ESRI GIS software, particularly for spatial analysis and spatial data
workflow using python; Experience working with large datasets,
particularly large raster datasets; Experience with spatial simulation
models, particularly LANDIS-II; Experience working with forest inventory
data, particularly the USFS FIA database; Background in forest ecology,
landscape ecology, geography, and/or forestry.

The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate from a bachelor or masters
program who wants to gain experience working in a landscape ecology lab
before continuing on to further study. This position should not be seen as
a long-term career track position, but instead should be seen as an
opportunity for an ambitious budding landscape ecologist to gain
experience and potentially co-author a manuscript before moving on to a
PhD program.

Compensation: Anticipated starting salary in mid- to upper-30s depending
upon experience. One year term position. Position comes with excellent
health benefits through Harvard University. Extension of term dependent
upon funding.

Start Date: July 2014 (Position open till filled)
To apply: Please send initial inquiries regarding this position to
Jonathan Thompson All official applications,
which must include a cover letter and resume including names and contact
information for 3 references, must be submitted to: then search for Req. 32812BR.

About the Harvard Forest: The Forest, a department of Harvard University
with 40 year-round staff, is located 30 min from Amherst, 45 min from
Worcester. Scientists, students, and collaborators at the Forest explore
topics ranging from conservation and environmental change to land-use
history and the ways in which physical, biological and human systems
interact to change our earth.

U.S.A. 01366


Jun 9 14

Volunteer Opportunities in Peruvian Amazon

by Sara Gomez Garcia

About our Volunteer Program:
Our 3 Peruvian field stations offer a wide range of volunteer
opportunities that make it possible for almost any individual to make
a positive contribution to conservation. With three broad project
categories to choose from, flexible work schedules, and tasks tailored
to volunteers of all levels of skill and experience, we trust that you
will find an opportunity that’s right for you.

Volunteer opportunities at our Peruvian field stations are available
in the following main areas: biological monitoring and research,
sustainable agriculture, and community outreach and education. In
order to maximize the value and impact of the volunteer experience, we
currently require a minimum month commitment in order to participate.

Volunteers at all 3 stations pay $35/day (covers food + lodging) for
any stay lasting between 1 and 2 months, or $30/day for stays lasting
2 months or longer. Volunteers are required to work 6 hour days at
least 5 days a week and must be:

-Over 18 years of age
-In good physical condition
-Able to commit to at least one month on site
-Able to speak basic Spanish
-Experienced in foreign travel

Biological monitoring volunteer:
The Biological Monitoring and Research volunteer opportunity
encompasses a wide variety of projects designed to support the
station’s Science Program. Volunteers in this area will carry a full
schedule (~30 hours/week) consisting of one or more of the following

-Monitoring and inventorying of biodiversity (mammals, birds,
reptiles, amphibians, etc.), especially in response to climate change
and other human impacts

-Forest composition and phenology surveys

-Research into species’ functions, distributions, and population dynamics

-Research into habitat health and restoration

-Collection and preservation of biological specimens

-Recording geographic data using GPS technology

-Development of educational materials and interpretive guides

-Collection of climatological and water quality data

-Research into natural forest nutrient cycles (especially carbon and
soil nutrients) and the factors that drive them

-Research into native wildlife conservation and management

-Data entry and database management

Sustainable agriculture volunteer:
The Sustainable Agriculture and Technologies volunteer opportunity
encompasses a wide variety of projects designed to make the station
more sustainable. Volunteers in this area will carry a full schedule
(~30 hours/week) consisting of one or more of the following

-Habitat restoration

-Gardening and landscaping

-Replanting of wild fruiting, medicinal, and ornamental plants

-Development of interpretive materials for station visitors

-Research about and attraction of native pollinators (could include beekeeping)

-Ethnobotanical research and experimentation (medicinal plants)

-Waste management and composting

-Design, testing, and implementation of sustainable and low-impact technologies
and practices for rural communities

-Carpentry and general station repair and maintenance

Community outreach volunteer:
The Community Outreach and Education volunteer opportunity encompasses
a wide variety of projects designed to support the station’s Science
Program. Volunteers in this area will carry a full schedule (~30
hours/week) consisting of one or more of the following activities:

-Development, maintenance, and updating of station’s educational and
interpretive resources (scientific curriculum, libraries, interpretive
trails and center, field guides, etc.)

-Assisting with environmental education activities and training
workshops for local community members and schoolchildren

-Teaching English to Peruvian staff

-Providing an orientation for visiting students, researchers, and volunteers

-Research and support for local sustainable livelihood, land use, and
human-environment interaction projects

Independent project:
Volunteers committing 3 months or more to our volunteer program are
invited to propose their own independent project for implementation.
Requirements for these projects are as follows:

-The project must fall within the scope of at least one of the three
main project areas (biological research, sustainable agriculture, or
community outreach and education)

-The project must be viable and completed within the term of
volunteer’s term at the station

-The project must be cost effective (funds for tools or equipment may
be provided by ACCA if they are required or useful items for the
station and visiting researchers)

-No wildlife (including insects) may be collected without necessary permits

-The project must be approved by the station’s Volunteer Coordinator

-The volunteer must produce a final report summarizing the results or
outcomes of their project (these results may be published on the ACA
or ACCA webpages)

Resident artist:
The successful candidate will create artwork—paintings, photographs,
writing, drawings, or other art—that helps document and publicize work
at the ACCA research stations. Learn about and see the work of past
resident artists »

Contact info:
For more information about this opportunity, please write to Patrick
Campbell at Please specify in the
subject line both the description (e.g., biological monitoring,
sustainable agriculture, etc.) and location (e.g., Los Amigos,
Wayqecha, Villa Carmen) of the program you wish to apply to.

Jun 3 14

Undergraduate research assistant for project on environmental impacts of conventional and alternative beef production.

by Sara Gomez Garcia

An undergraduate Research Assistant (RA) is needed to collaborate on a Ph.D. dissertation project that is examining the environmental impacts of conventional and alternative beef production. The study applies a nutrition lens to life cycle assessment (LCA) of environmental impacts to better understand which systems can provide healthier, more sustainable meat. The RA will conduct a literature review on meat composition, collect primary data via email and telephone, and will learn about cattle systems and the basics of LCA.


  • 133 hours (minimum commitment of 10-12 hours per week)
  • Work will be conducted independently. Weekly or bi-weekly check ins with the PI (in person or via Skype) will be required.
  • Start date mid-June/early July
  • Stipend $2000 through the Tufts Institute of the Environment



  • Coursework in environmental science, biology, nutrition, animal science, or engineering
  • Strong communication skills – oral (telephone and in-person) and electronic communications – are essential
  • Willingness to call industry professionals via telephone
  • Experience with Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail


  • Passion for sustainable food and agriculture
  • Familiarity with life cycle assessment or environmental impact assessment

To apply contact Nicole Tichenor