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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.

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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

May 23 14

ENVS Executive Committee Student Representatives

by Sara Gomez Garcia


Each year, we recruit two student representatives for the Environmental Studies Executive Committee for the upcoming academic year.

The following criteria for candidacy apply:

  1. Students must be either a senior or a junior in the academic year in which they will sit on the committee;
  2. Students must be available to meet once per month (usually during the 3rd or 4th week of the semester; specific schedule to be determined at the beginning of the academic year);
  3. One student must be in a science track and one student in one of the social science tracks of the ENVS major;
  4. Students must be willing to participate in the meetings as active members, providing student feedback that will represent fellow students in the major; and
  5. Students must understand that some meetings that pertain to student’s personal information or awards are considered confidential and therefore students cannot be present during specific times.

If you are interested in being a student representative for 2014-15, please send ENVS a brief essay (300 words max.) explaining why you think you would make a good candidate to represent your fellow students and submit it to environmentalstudies ( The position will remain open until filled.

May 21 14

Student Activities Coordinator, MIT Energy Initiative-Education Office

by Sara Gomez Garcia

STUDENT ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR, MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)-Education Office, to be responsible for the timely planning and implementation of activities and programs to sustain and expand opportunities for students in energy at MIT.  Primary activities include strategic planning and organization of events engaging undergraduate and graduate students throughout the academic year; managing Freshman Pre-Orientation Program (FPOP); coordinating MITEI’s participation in campus-wide activities such as Independent Activities Period (IAP), the Energy Club Conference, Campus Preview Weekend (CPW), Earth Day, and orientation; and potentially assisting with energy-related internships. Will also assist with continuous improvement for student networking and engagement on energy and related environmental challenges, increase awareness of energy education opportunities among prospective and current students, maintain and strengthen relationships with student groups, support lasting relationships with MITEI alumni, foster student leadership and engagement through collaboration with key MIT units, and provide content for and assist with the design of informational materials and news items (social media/web/print).

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  a bachelor’s degree; excellent interpersonal skills for interacting with a diverse group of faculty, staff, industry representatives, and students; strong written and oral communication skills; project management experience; demonstrated interest in energy and related environmental topics; and proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  Seek resourceful, detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills who pays strict attention to detail and presentation.  Must be able to operate independently but enjoy working as part of a small, energetic team.  Proficiency with FileMaker Pro and Prezi strongly desired.  Familiarity with MIT culture and/or experience working in higher education a plus, as is familiarity with design software.

Some evening/weekend hours will be required.

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May 15 14

Administrative Assistant – NESCAUM

by Sarah Neville

NESCAUM is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic person to join our support staff as an administrative assistant. NESCAUM is a nonprofit association of the state air pollution control agencies in the six New England states, New York and New Jersey. The organization provides technical and policy assistance to its member agencies on air pollution and climate change issues of regional concern in the Northeast and represents the states in regional, national and international forums. NESCAUM has a staff of approximately twenty with expertise in science, technology, and policy.

The position requires strong communication, research and computer skills. Applicants must be detailed oriented, organized, and flexible. Applicants should also have strong people skills and a sense of humor. The selected candidate will be a creative self-starter, capable of working both independently and as part of a team. The position requires close interaction with staff and management from NESCAUM and the participating states. Occasional travel is required.

This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $15/hour. The position includes a very generous benefits package. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of environmental issues, especially those related to air quality and climate change. The NESCAUM office is located near South Station in Boston and is easily accessible via public transportation. Please e-mail a resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in this position to The deadline for submission is May 31, 1014.

May 1 14

The Fund for the Public Interest

by Sarah Neville

Earn $3000-$5000 for the summer working on real world issues and gaining 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. We require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills.

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 Matt Wellington at 617-547-0401.

May 1 14

Clean Energy Elementary Education Program – Tisch Active Citizenship Summer Fellowship

by Sarah Neville

A PAID fellowship has opened with the Tisch Active Citizenship Summer. Fellows are expected to work full time for 10 weeks and participate in a weekly Fellows meeting and will receive a stipend of $3,500 for the summer.  Contact Danica Fisher at or 617-627-4845 with your application as soon as possible.

Position description:

The Tisch Fellow will work with the Director to identify educational tools and outreach opportunities to educate Medford school children about clean energy including renewable energy, energy efficiency and recycling. The goal is to develop one or more short presentations and activities that can be given to classes and assemblies in the Medford schools, throughout the school year.   The intern will meet with current Medford elementary teachers to understand the educational level of the targeted age group and what level of language is appropriate to educating children of that age. The Medford Energy Committee is forming an education subcommittee to look at ways to educate students in Medford about energy and the environment. The intern would likely work closely with this committee as well, preparing materials that they can also use through the year.  Subsequently, the intern will work with the staff of the Office of Energy and Environment to determine the nature of the presentation, such as a hands-on 1 hour session, or an interactive 20 minute presentation. The intern would identify short videos, books and graphics to use appropriate to the age groups. The intern will work with staff from E&E to learn about Medford’s initiatives and the impact of clean energy on health and on the planet. The intern will develop presentations over the course of the summer.   Arrangements can be made for the intern to preview or test out presentation ideas at local summer camps, such as the Medford Schools Columbus Summer Fun Camp, the Boys and Girls Club Camp and others.   At the end of the program the student will have created a package of information that may include posterboards, a script, an overhead presentation, follow up activities and a parental information sheet, all of which can and will be used by others to further the clean energy educational goals of the City of Medford.

Application Process:

The application has two components:  an online form with essential contact and student status information; and materials you will send via email to a specified address.  PLEASE submit a unique cover letter, resume and recommendation tailored specifically for the placement to which you apply. For more information, download the documents below.

Download complete information (.doc):

ACS Mass 2014 Application – Final

City of Medford – Energy Education 2014

Apr 10 14

Research Internship in Food Systems

by Sarah Neville

Click here for the application for Undergraduate RA Internship in Food Systems Early Summer 2014.

Paid Undergraduate Research Internship in Food Systems (Local/Regional Meat)
Tufts University
Early Summer 2014

Job Description: The undergraduate research assistant will work closely with Agriculture, Food & Environment doctoral student (Jamie Picardy) in collecting primary data from customers of specialty markets in Metro-Boston.   He/she will administer a survey to estimate demand for local meat products and assess consumers’ preferences on animal management practices.  The student will enter/process survey data into a common format.

Student Qualities: Reliable, outgoing, friendly and patient with customers. Has access to personal vehicle to drive to suburban grocery stores. Can work at various times: mornings, afternoons, evenings and a few weekend shifts. Interested in sustainable agriculture and meat production. Basic experience using Excel (tables).

Training: The undergraduate research assistant will receive training regarding issues that surround conventional and alternative meat production. This training will provide a basic foundation to answer questions that may arise from the customer participants.


  • April 2014: Position advertised
  • May 2014: Interviewing and training
  • June 2014: In-store data collection and processing
  • July 2014: In-store data collection and processing


Hourly at $13/hour, part-time, with more work hours during 3 weeks of in-store data collection.

Estimated total time of 150 hours.

To Apply:

Please complete application and submit application and resume to Jamie Picardy by April 30th, 2014 via email (

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Picardy at (215) 360-5885 or Thank you.

Apr 4 14

Environmental Projects – Field Sciences Internships

by Sarah Neville

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) is looking for summer college interns to work on several exciting and important environmental projects on the South Shore. The internships will benefit students by giving them valuable, marketable skills, and the interns will provide important contributions to our work by collecting data on some of our top-priority projects. The internships are currently unpaid positions although travel will be reimbursed.

Interns will be able to work on projects as diverse as researching the feasibility of increasing the mussel population in the North and South Rivers; monitoring horseshoe crabs in Duxbury Bay; assessing and managing invasive species; and analyzing salt marsh vegetation change using data collected in 2000-01.

Qualified candidates will be entering or in college and have an interest in learning about the environmental sciences, interns must have access to own transportation, and be willing to work independently once trained. Students studying in the environmental science or policy fields are preferred. The commitment of time is approximately 20 hours per week, June through August. Specific start and stop dates are flexible. Work is weather and tide dependent so applicants must have flexibility to schedule work around nature!

More information about the intern projects is on the following pages and at

Application Deadline: May 9, 2014.

Submit a resume and cover letter to:

Contact Samantha Woods if you have questions.

Samantha Woods
Executive Director
North and South Rivers Watershed Association
PO Box 43, Norwell MA 02061

Field Science Intern Projects

Several of these projects can be combined into single projects or expanded, depending on availability and skills. Some can also have multiple people working together. At the moment these are all unpaid internships, but may turn into paid internships if money becomes available. All interns will be asked to provide a report summarizing their work to the NSRWA.

Mussel Restoration in North and South Rivers

The NSRWA is looking to conduct research to investigate the feasibility of increasing the mussel population in the North and South Rivers. Would include setting out tiles to collect mussel spat, moving the spat to culture bags, and evaluating mussel growth and survival from docks. The intern will provide support to smaller field projects such as Horseshoe Crab Monitoring in Duxbury Bay and invasive species management. The intern will provide support to smaller field projects such as Horseshoe Crab Monitoring in Duxbury Bay and invasive species management.

Time Requirement: Summer time commitment ~20 hours/week average,

Required: Must have own vehicle and be willing to work independently. Must be willing to work in wet and potentially slippery locations.

Helpful: Experience with GIS mapping, basic knowledge of intertidal ecology and shellfish life history, and ability to use a kayak.

Skills Gained: Primary literature review, experimental design, identification of marine invertebrates, public interaction.

Third Herring Brook Impoundment Survey

The intern would assist NSRWA staff in assessing vegetation in the former Mill Pond impoundment on the Third Herring Brook in Hanover/Norwell. This effort would include conducting field surveys of vegetation within and abutting the ponds and assisting with surveys of purple loosestrife. The project would include setting up initial survey transects and quadrats and identifying species present in the impoundment. Our goal is to document current conditions within these impoundments. The intern will provide support to smaller field projects such as Horseshoe Crab Monitoring in Duxbury Bay and invasive species management.

Time Requirement: 20 hours/month for surveys, preferably May-September but June-August ok; additional time for data entry and analysis (10-20 hours total).

Required: Transportation to field site; ability to collect data; willingness to spend time in potentially uncomfortable environment (wet, muddy, harsh vegetation)

Helpful: Freshwater wetland botany; experimental design.

Skills gained: Freshwater wetland botany; field data collection.

River Fragmentation Project/Culvert Assessments

This work includes adding to our already substantial culvert database through field surveying of additional culverts and data collection using a datasheet from University of Massachusetts. Work also includes data entry into state and our own databases. The intern will provide support to smaller field projects such as Horseshoe Crab Monitoring in Duxbury Bay and invasive species management.

Time Requirement: Flexible, up to 20 hrs/week, anytime throughout the year

Required: Must have own vehicle; ability to collect data; willingness to spend time in potentially uncomfortable environments (breaking trail through forest/shrubs, wet or damp riverine areas).

Helpful: Experience with GIS, ability to use Excel.

Skills Gained: Understanding of river continuity issues, field study, data organization.

Salt Marsh Vegetation Change

This work entails repeating salt marsh vegetation transects first conducted in 2000 and 2001 to assess change over the past 10+ years. The intern will provide support to smaller field projects such as Horseshoe Crab Monitoring in Duxbury Bay and invasive species management.

Time requirement: Flexible, up to 20 hrs/week throughout the summer.

Required: Must have own vehicle; ability to collect data; willingness to spend time in potentially uncomfortable environments.

Helpful: Previous salt marsh vegetation identification experience, ability to use Excel, basic statistics.

Skills gained: Salt marsh ecology, field data collection.