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Mar 7 17

Intern – City of Medford, Office of Energy & Environment

by Marissa M. Donohue

Energy & Environment Committee Intern – City of Medford, Office of Energy & Environment


The City of Medford is looking for an intern to support the Energy & Environment Committee. The Committee works in conjunction with the Medford Office of Energy and the Environment to support the City’s goals of energy independence and environmental stewardship. Members provide additional technical and consulting expertise to the City and organize energy and environmental related projects, events and programs to benefit the residents of Medford. The Committee is comprised of Medford residents who bring a variety of expertise to the city, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency, clean energy, community outreach and education.


Interested applicants must be able to attend the Committee’s monthly meetings, on the first Monday of each month from 6-8PM. The intern would take minutes at the meeting and help identify tasks that they could take on to support the work of the committee.  This might include helping to schedule subcommittee meetings using tools such as Doodle, updating documents and websites needed by the committee, researching information to support the committee’s programs and serving as a central hub for collecting documents and information.  The position may also support the Go Green Medford Coalition and other sustainability organizations.


The qualified applicant will be a self-starter, able to work independently and able to work in an interrupt-driven environment. The intern will work out of Medford’s Office of Energy & Environment and may provide additional help to the Office as time and workload permits. The position is expected to be a minimum of 8 hours a week, and at least some of the hours would be during official City Hall hours to allow coordination with the Office and other interns. Strong preference will be given to someone who can start in the spring and continue in the fall, with the potential for part-time or full-time summer employment.


Compensation of $11/hour is available for this position, through the City of Medford or Tufts Federal Work-Study. Located in Medford’s City Hall in Medford Square, we are a 15-20 minute walk or bus ride from Tufts campus or a 5 minute bike-ride. The Office is open Mon, Tue & Thurs 8:30-4:30, Wed 8:30-7:30pm and Fri 8:30-12:30.


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

Feb 28 17

Tisch College RESEARCH GRANTS – Proposals due March 15th, 2017

by Marissa M. Donohue

Request for Proposals (Student Research Grants)

Tisch College Community Research Center at Tufts

The Tisch College Community Research Center at Tufts (TCRC) is a collaborative of Tufts researchers and community representatives from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford. This RFP solicits requests for micro-grants to support community-engaged student research. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. We hope that students who apply will also consider joining our list of students involved with community engaged research.

(For more information on our previously funded pilot projects, see:

Application Guidelines and Requirements:
1. Projects must have a community partner.
2. Projects must be primarily research.
3. Proposals could address urgent or overlooked issues identified by community groups and/or issues related to

Tufts host communities (Somerville, Boston Chinatown, Medford, Grafton)

Grant Specifications:

  1. Funding available: micro-grants of $100-300 for each application, which must be spent for research expenses

    and not used as compensation for research team members.

  2. Funding must be spent by June 1, 2017.
  3. A final report on the project must be submitted by June 30, 2017.
  4. The report needs to include research process and community involvement in the research.

1. Applications should specify whether they will involve human subjects. All projects involving human subjects

as research participants will have to be submitted for approval or exemption to the Tufts Institutional Review Boards. Projects requiring human subjects approved protocols should anticipate the time that will be needed for approval as well as training of research team members, including community partners. Details are available here:

Submission process:

DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 15, 5:00 PM

Applicants can, in advance of the deadline for submission, seek help with finding a community partner from TCRC.

Applications should consist of no more than 1 page (Times New Roman 12-point type, 1 inch margins) of narrative, not including references. The structure of the narrative is discretionary.
Signed letters, on letterhead, from all partners indicating that they have agreed to participate in the proposal must be included.

Final applications should be submitted as an email attachment (in a single PDF document) to For more information contact Doug Brugge, Director of TCRC, via email at Phone calls or meetings to discuss this RFP can be scheduled.

NOTE: The funded application(s) will be eligible for technical assistance from the director and steering committee of TCRC during the implementation of the research should they seek it.

Feb 28 17

Summer Research Technician – Block Island

by Marissa M. Donohue

The role of birds and rodents in Lyme disease ecology
Dept of E3B, Columbia
May 15 to August 29, 2017

Description: A paid opportunity is available to participate in research
related to the role of birds and
rodents in the ecology of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases The
intern will gain knowledge
and field experience while working on a long-term project studying the
dynamics of infection in birds
and mice on Block Island, RI. Responsibilities and learning opportunities
include: bird mist netting,
conducting bird point count surveys, small mammal trapping, collecting
ticks from animals and the

Requirements: Ability to identify common northeastern birds by sight and
sound and previous
experience doing bird point count surveys are required. Candidates must
have completed, or be in the
process of completing, a Bachelor¹s degree in a biological science; must
possess a valid driver¹s
license; and be able to hike outdoors while carrying equipment.

Logistics: The position will be based on Block Island, RI. Housing and
transportation will be provided.

Project PI: Maria Diuk-Wasser. If interested please send a resume, cover
letter, and the names and
emails of two references to

Feb 28 17

Clean Energy Internships – Vermont Law School

by Marissa M. Donohue
Two New Undergraduate Clean Energy Advocacy Internships
Given the increasing importance of training the next generation of clean energy advocates and leaders we have decided to offer 2 new undergraduate internship opportunities this summer at Vermont Law School¹s Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE).  The internships would be open to students who have at least completed the sophomore year as well as this spring¹s recent graduates.  The internship will be for 30 hours a week (with a reduced schedule during the 2 week period in class and with the 4th of July week and Friday¹s off if desired) and extend from May 30th to August 4th.  Interns will be able to take one of the two week Summer Energy Courses for free and will each receive a $1,000 stipend (likely to be taxable).  Interns will be invited to participate in the weekly seminar of our energy clinic which is working on exciting community energy projects across New England with a particular focus on climate justice issues.  Through our work and weekly seminars the interns will be able to interact with multiple practitioners in the clean energy field, participate in field trips and will work with the IEE faculty on a sustainability project during the internship.
Applications are due April 1, 2017 and require 1)  a cover letter expressing interest in a clean energy advocacy career and the internship, 2) one letter of recommendation from AESS faculty, and 3) an unofficial copy of undergraduate transcripts.  Applications, including faculty recommendations, should be sent to Jennifer Thomas at   It is our goal to make internship offers around April 17th and our decisions will be heavily weighted by the AESS faculty recommendations.  We will also send copies of the IEE¹s forthcoming book (Praeger, April 2017), ³The Electric Battery:  Charging Forward to a Low Carbon Future² which U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders endorses as “a key to achieving our sustainable energy revolution” to at least 5 applicants whose cover letters and applications we find inspiring.  For students accepted we will provide access to resources for summer housing opportunities in the area.   If there are questions your students can check out the resources below or email me at
Information on the Institute for Energy and the Environment can be found at 
Information on the work of our Energy Clinic can be found at
Feb 21 17

Policy Associate Position – Frontier Group

by Marissa M. Donohue

Frontier Group uses the power of ideas and information to achieve a cleaner environment and a fairer and more democratic society. We are issue experts, writers and analysts who recognize that having the facts on your side is important but isn’t enough to change the world – it also takes effective communication, organizing and advocacy to get real results.

We produce timely, high-quality research reports on the nation’s pressing challenges: environmental protection, sustainable energy, good government and more. We help shape effective public policy strategies that address those problems. And we work to make sure the public and decision-makers hear our message through the media.

To maximize our impact, we partner with groups in The Public Interest Network – the nation’s premier network of public interest organizations – and other organizations to insert our research and ideas into public policy debates at the local, state and federal levels.

We’re hiring Policy Associates to do policy research and analysis, plus get hands-on experience in public interest advocacy and organizing.

As a policy associate, you will:

•     Write compelling reports on social problems and solutions, using a variety of methodologies including literature reviews and data analysis.

•     Help advocates in the field craft a message that will change minds, spur action and generate media attention.

•     Write op-eds, blog entries and journal articles that insert our findings into the public debate.

•     Participate in trainings, presentations and panels.

•     Learn the skills of canvassing and managing a fundraising operation, and run a canvass office for a partner organization during the summer months.

•     Learn recruiting skills and participate in recruiting new Frontier Group staff

Candidates should have:

     Excellent writing skills

     An orientation to problem-solving

     The ability to thrive under deadlines

     The ability to think critically and present persuasive arguments.

     A track record of academic success and proven leadership ability.

     Familiarity with quantitative analysis is a plus; as is experience in debate, public speaking, journalism, political campaigning, fundraising, and/or grassroots political organizing.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will total approximately $26,000. Frontier Group offers a competitive benefits package.


Denver, CO, Boston, MA, and Santa Barbara, CA

To Apply

Go to to submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample. In your cover letter, please be sure to mention where you saw our job advertised and what location you are interested in.

Frontier Group is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

Feb 21 17

REU: Food Web and Climate Change

by Marissa M. Donohue
NSF REU Position available for food web and climate change study
Dates: June through August/September 
Student Benefits: Hands-on research experience, development of a diverse set of field survey skills, understanding of how to set up and conduct a research project, and $2000/month stipend and on-site housing. 
Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument, California (60 miles east of San Luis Obispo)

Position Description: Undergraduate students will gain research training and experience by participating in a long-term food web study in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The Carrizo is the largest remnant of the San Joaquin grassland ecosystem and contains many endangered plants and animals. Interns will work on a team of 3-5 people and will conduct a variety of surveys, focusing especially on mark-recapture of endangered kangaroo rats. Visual line transects for reptiles, pitfall trapping for invertebrates, and spotlight surveys for predators and lagomorphs may also be conducted, and team members will help with vegetation sampling. The study also incorporates precipitation treatments to investigate climate change impacts on this ecosystem and its inhabitants. Students will develop an independent research project that dovetails with the project goals. The student will receive primary mentorship from project PI Dr. Laura Prugh (School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington;
Who should apply:  Students in their sophomore or junior years of college, with strong credentials and majoring in ecology, biology, conservation, or related discipline are encouraged to apply. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled as an undergraduate student. Students who have received their bachelor’s degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are not eligible to participate. A strong interest in natural history, conservation, and/or management and a high level of responsibility, organization, and motivation are required. PIT tagging experience, small mammal trapping experience, and familiarity with the plants and animals of California are also desirable. Must be flexible and live and work well with others in an isolated setting. Applicants must be able to maintain work quality and a positive attitude during challenging field conditions. Applicants must be in good physical condition and experienced with or able to tolerate hot and cold field conditions. Must be able to work long hours and be comfortable working at night. Prefer applicants with experience and strong interest in grassland or desert species. 

Work schedule: Approx. 40 hrs per week, variable throughout season

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, unofficial copy of your transcripts, and contact information for 2-3 references as a single Word or PDF attachment to Rachel Endicott at Please apply by March 3th, 2017.
Feb 21 17


by Marissa M. Donohue
Location: South Wellfleet, MA
Mass Audubon is seeking to fill a joint seasonal horseshoe crab and coastal waterbird field research assistant position based at the 800 acre Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod.  The horseshoe crab research involves working on horseshoe crab spawning surveys, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service button tagging, and acoustic telemetry.  The coastal waterbird research includes monitoring, management, and protection of coastal birds through the Mass Audubon Coastal Waterbird Program.
– Assist with visual horseshoe crab spawning surveys and USFWS mark-recapture tag studies
– Assist with an acoustic telemetry project on Wellfleet Harbor¹s horseshoe crab population
– Collect biological data on nesting, foraging, and migrating species of coastal waterbirds
– Assist in compilation of data for state plover, tern, and oystercatcher census forms
– Enter, analyze, map, and summarize abundance, demographic, productivity, and behavioral data collected through the aforementioned projects
– Educate and guide public and youth groups through presentations, programs, and field work
– Working toward or have received a Bachelor’s Degree in wildlife biology or management, ecology, zoology, environmental science, or a related field
– Previous field experience and interest in coastal ecology and wildlife management
– Experience in behavioral data collection, band-reading, wildlife tracking, and coastal wildlife management issues
– Strong interpersonal skills and motivated work ethic
– Willingness to work irregular hours including weekends, holidays, and nights
– Willingness to work outdoors in the sun or adverse weather conditions often for long hours on beaches, tidal flats, salt marshes, and boats
– Applicants must be in good physical condition with the ability to lift and carry up to 40 pounds across sandy and muddy terrain
– Applicants must have a valid driver¹s license with a reliable vehicle to access field sites
– Desirable qualifications include boating and GIS experience
– Position is based in South Wellfleet, Massachusetts with field sites covering Truro to Chatham
– Position is full time from April through June with the possibility of extension through August
– Pay is $11.50-$12.50/hour depending on experience and field travel reimbursement is provided
– Dorm housing may be available for $30-35/week from April through June with the possibility of extension through August
– Applicant must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI, and driver’s)
To Apply:
Send a cover letter (please include dates of availability and if you have local housing available), resume or CV, and contact info for three references in one PDF document to Michael Long at with “Horseshoe Crab & Coastal Waterbird Field Research Assistant” in the subject line by March 10, 2017.
Feb 14 17

Summer 2017 REU at the Pymatuning Lab of Ecology

by Marissa M. Donohue

The Richards-Zawacki lab at the University of Pittsburgh invites
undergraduate applicants for a 10-week summer research experience at the
Pymatuning Lab of Ecology in northwestern Pennsylvania
( This position is part
of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for
(REU) program. Ongoing work in the Richards-Zawacki lab aims to clarify the
relationship between climate and the dynamics of chytridiomycosis, a fungal
disease that threatens amphibian populations on several continents. The
successful applicant will work collaboratively with other members of the
Richards-Zawacki lab to survey local amphibians for Batrachochytrium fungi,
the pathogens that cause chytridiomycosis, and also design and carry out a
study to investigate the role of pond community characteristics on the
seasonal dynamics of these infections. Room and board at the Pymatuning Lab
of Ecology will be provided, along with transportation and a stipend of

To apply, please send a one page personal statement (about your scientific
interests and how this REU will support your professional goals), your
resume or cv, unofficial transcripts, and the names of two professional
references (including title, address, phone number and email address) to
Dr.Cori Richards-Zawacki (  Applications are due March
3, 2017.

Please direct any questions you may have about the program to Dr.
Richards-Zawacki (

Feb 7 17

Food and Philanthropy internship in Boston

by Marissa M. Donohue

The Henry P. Kendall Foundation and the Boston Public Market are currently
hiring for an intern position for Summer 2017. It is a paid, 12 week
internship (late may-mid august).

Accepting applications from current college sophomores and juniors.

Please email resume, cover letter, and writing sample to by March 1, 2017

More information about the opportunity below:

Duration: mid-May to mid-August 2017
Hours per week: 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday

This unique internship program will take place at both the Henry P. Kendall
Foundation and Boston Public Market Association in downtown Boston. The
of the program is to expose the intern to the field of philanthropy and New
England food systems work as well as provide an in-depth experience with an
emerging nonprofit organization in Boston.

The Henry P. Kendall Foundation is a small family foundation based in
MA. The Foundation uses its grants budget and additional capacity-building
support to help create a resilient and healthy food system in New England
increases the production and consumption of local, sustainably produced

The nonprofit Boston Public Market Association¹s mission is to operate a
round market providing fresh, healthy food to consumers of all income
nourish our community, and educate the public about food sources,
and preparation. The Market is home to over 40 vendors and offers new
opportunities to a wide range of local farmers, fishers, and food
entrepreneurs. It is the only locally sourced, year-round, indoor market in
the country.
The intern will spend 2-3 days at the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and the
of the work week at the Boston Public Market Association. Some travel will
required to attend meetings and conferences, but a car is not required. The
intern will have a supervisor and access to office space at both

The Henry P. Kendall Foundation portion of the program will consist of an
internship-long project with additional programmatic and administrative
€       Grantee Profiles Project ­ Write three profiles of current Kendall
Foundation grantees on the Foundation¹s website to raise additional
for the organizations. This project involves interviewing key staff members
from grantee organizations and coordinating with multiple project partners.
€       Programmatic Support ­ Prepare materials for Kendall Foundation board
meetings, update website content, attend conferences and assist with other
tasks as they arise.
€       Administrative Support ­ Process expenses and mail, filing etc.

The Boston Public Market Association portion of the program will consist of
market support and programmatic projects:
€       Public Market Support ­ Work with staff on promotional events,
community outreach and programming development for community events and
activities at BPM
€       Market Vendor Coordination ­ Assist the BPM vendor operations team
with vendor relations, support, and communication.
€       Farmers Market Support ­ Assist the farmers market manager at the
Dewey Square farmers market a few hours a week.  Duties also include
coordination and facilitating marketing and social media opportunities for
farmers market vendors.
€       Other Projects ­ The BPM is a dynamic, evolving organization entering
only its second full year of operation. Unique ideas and perspectives on
to help the Market further strengthen its impact are always welcome and
creative collaborations are encouraged.

€       Must currently be enrolled as a sophomore or junior in an
undergraduate program
€       Interest in food systems and the nonprofit sector
€       Strong research and communications skills, particularly interviewing
and writing
€       Highly organized and able to keep track of multiple projects
€       Basic computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office
€       Must be a self-starter

Office Locations

Henry P. Kendall Foundation
176 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02110

Boston Public Market Association
12 Marshall Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

This is a paid internship and reimbursement of a MBTA pass will be

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample (creative
interview or profile sample) by email to Kalila Booker-Cassano, Program
Assistant at the Kendall Foundation, at by March
1, 2017.

Feb 7 17

Research position with West Virginia University

by Marissa M. Donohue

An undergraduate research assistant position is available in the
Quantitative Forest Management laboratory in the Division of Forestry
and Natural Resources at West Virginia University.

The undergraduate research assistant will assist a master¹s student with
completing field work for a forest restoration project. The field work
will be conducted in the mixed conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada in
Northern California, with majority of time spent in the Eldorado
National Forest. The main objective of the project is to evaluate post
fire restoration efforts made after the 2004 Power Fire. This project
will help identify successful restoration techniques to reestablish
open, old growth conditions in the Sierra Nevada.

Field Work responsibilities will include collecting forest inventory
data, soil samples, vegetation surveys, basic ecophysiological data, and
micro-environmental variables. A variety of equipment will be used
including, basic field work items (clinometer, d-tape, etc.) and
potentially more advanced machines (ceptometer, gas exchange analyzer,
etc.). Experience with more advanced equipment is appreciated, but not

This position will be for about a 3-month period during the summer from
May 2017 to August 2017. Work will average 40 hrs/week. The salary
offered will depend on prior experience. Travel to California, along
with housing and a small food stipend will be provided.

Qualifications: All junior or senior students currently enrolled in an
academic program related to forestry, biology, ecology, environmental
sciences, or similarly related natural resource fields are encouraged to
apply. Applicants should be highly self-motivated and possess a strong
work ethic. A background or strong interest in conducting field-based
research is desirable. A cumulative GPA greater than 3.0 in
undergraduate coursework is preferable. Candidates must be willing and
able to travel long distances, camp outdoors on occasion, do physically
demanding work, and work in hot or otherwise uncomfortable conditions.
Applicants must possess a valid driver¹s license.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of two
references. Applications will be considered immediately and continue
until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please submit
material by February 24, 2017. For additional information or to submit
application material, please contact Iris Allen (