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Date: February 24, 2012 (page 2 of 2)

Organics Planning Assistant, Dept of Public Works (Cambridge, MA)

Reporting to the Director of Recycling, the organics planning assistant’s duties and responsibilities include:

identify and evaluate existing and planned organics processing facilities within the City of Cambridge’s proximity requirements; determine what organic materials each facility above accepts and how (food scraps only, yard waste, mixed or separate), facility capacity and tipping fees; analyze operational issues, economics and GHG emissions of various collection options; itemize costs for all collection options and other issues related to each collection option, such as collection method, union contract, additional fuel/maintenance, vehicles or retrofits needed, existing contracts, expansion of yard waste collection to year-round services, etc.; determine cost per ton for the composting options and compare to the cost per ton that the City pays for MSW disposal; evaluate and develop recommendations for size/type of curbside and kitchen containers, and compostable liner bags to be used for single family homes and multi-family buildings; collect and review educational materials from model programs in CA, WA, MN, CO, Canada and Europe and document the most useful information for the proposed pilot; identify a neighborhood within one collection route that would be appropriate for the pilot, such as collection efficiency, density, diversity of building types, volume and yard waste generated’ consider options and determine eligibility for households in the target area; develop criteria for making the decision to implement the pilot, Phase 2; summarize and present findings from the above research in a report at the end of Phase 1.

To Apply: Submit 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Review of resumes will begin 2/29.

Summer Intership, Neponset River Watershed Association (Canton, MA)

The Neponset River Watershed Association seeks a Summer Intern to assist with the water quality monitoring program; the Purple loosestrife biological control program; public outreach activities; and other potential projects. The Intern will work with both the Environmental Scientist and the Restoration Manager/Outreach Director, and potentially with other staff. Ideally, the Internship begins in May and ends in August, with the potential to include April and/or September (negotiable). Minimum 10 week duration. The Internship is unpaid. For a complete description visit: http://neponset.org/Internship.2012.htm.

Applications due March 9.

Questions? Contact Carly Rocklen at rocklen@neponset.org or 781-575-0343 x303.

Apr 13: EBC 8th Annual Environmental, Energy & Engineering Career Day

Friday, 4/13 @ 11AM-3PM

Lenox Hotel, 61 Exeter Street, Boston, MA 02116

The Environmental Business Council’s Annual Environmental, Energy & Engineering Career Day is a great opportunity for environmental professionals, recent graduates and students to learn about career opportunities in New England. The Career Fair features regional leaders in environmental and energy engineering, consulting and law and policy, as well as government agencies and non-profits.

For a list of showcased employers and registration information, visit the EBC website!

Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute Summer Program (Hampshire College)

I am thrilled to announce the inaugural Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College, a six week summer academic program designed for undergraduate students interested in sustainable agriculture and food studies. Please forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested in applying!

Overview: From June 4 to July 13, 2012, students, faculty, staff, and alumni will come together as a living and learning community at Hampshire College. Students will gain hands-on work experience with the guidance of the Hampshire College Farm Center staff, learn through inquiry-based projects mentored by faculty with a range of expertise, and acquire ownership of knowledge through independent research projects. The institute will follow food from its origin in the soil, through plant cultivation and animal management, address issues in public health and politics, and end up in the kitchen, breaking bread and assessing the character of the food we produce and eat. There will be numerous opportunities for community building through roundtable dinner discussions with local farmers and food producers, a weekly film series, and field trips to local farms emphasizing environmental and community sustainability.

Tuition for the six week program is $3,400, including communal lunch costs (students are responsible for breakfast and dinners as well as all weekend meals). Lodging is an additional $800 for students who wish to reside on campus. 
Hampshire recommends 8 academic credits for completion of the 6-week program. Students are encouraged to check with their home institutions for credit equivalent.

Online Application Deadline: March 1, 2012

For more detailed information about the Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute, please visit the website: summer.hampshire.edu.
If you have any questions, please contact ffs@hampshire.edu.

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