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Date: March 15, 2012

The Best Internship on Earth, Sierra Club (San Francisco, CA)

Sierra Club Accepting Applications for The Best Internship on Earth

An exceptional opportunity blending job experience with adventure, young adults vie to participate in meaningful outdoor experiences with Sierra Club’s youth outings programs around the country

(SAN FRANCISCO) – Internships and real-world experience continue to be a valued component in the competitive job market.  For the third year, the Sierra Club, the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, is making it possible for college students and recent grads to experience the real world by way of the Best Internship on Earth.

The Best Internship on Earth is an annual summer program uniting young adults with a passion for the environment with community outreach programs that focus on outdoor experiences.  The young adult selected as the 2012 Outdoor Youth Ambassador will travel around the country with Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors programs, and document these experiences for the Sierra Club and The North Face.

Past itineraries have included marching in the Puerto Rican Day Parade, attending First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside event on the White House Great Lawn, backpacking in Southern California in the San Jacinto Mountains with Inner City Outings, attending a family event sponsored by Military Families and Veterans Initiative, and surveying ancient artifacts on an archeological dig during a service trip in Utah.

The more time young people spend in nature, the stronger their commitment to protect the environment; a 2011 poll from the Nature Conservancy shows that 66% of youth report having a personal experience in nature that made them appreciate it more.  When not rafting down the American River or participating at the Outdoor National Youth Summit, the Outdoor Youth Ambassador will work with Sierra Club Productions in San Francisco, CA to review, cut and edit video blogs, chronicling their journey and promoting an appreciation of nature through outdoor education and adventure.

The ideal candidate is passionate about the environment and being outside; open to new experiences; a skilled storyteller; experienced with video software and production; and highly engaged with their online community.  To apply, students and recent graduates over the age of 18 must submit a video clip (60-90 seconds) showcasing their love for the outdoors and why they want to intern with the Sierra Club.  In addition to a stipend and all-expenses paid travel, the winning intern also receives $2,000 worth of merchandise provided by The North Face, a hallmark brand for outdoor gear, apparel and footwear.

To submit an application for the Best Internship on Earth, please visit http://www.sierrasclub.org/bestinternship.

Mar 31: The Future of Food and Nutrition Student Research Conference, Friedman School, Tufts University



The Future of Food and Nutrition: A Multidisciplinary Research Conference
March 31st, 2012 in Boston, MA

The Future of Food and Nutrition Student Research Conference, held annually for the past five years, is a unique venues for graduate students across disciplines from around the country to submit and present original research relating to the food system and/or nutrition science.

Last year, over 200 graduate students came together to hear students from 28 universities present research from fields as diverse as anthropology and nutritional epidemiology.  As a presenter or attendee, you will gain valuable professional experience presenting and discussing novel, multidisciplinary research. You will also network with your colleagues – future leaders in the field. Relevant research includes projects conducted as part of thesis work, internships, capstone papers or directed studies.

This year’s theme is 7 Billion Strong: Approaches to Feeding the World. Check out the promotional poster!
Early Bird Registration: $25 until March 16, 5pm
($35 after March 16)

Expert panel featuring:
Sivan Yosef (IFPRI)
Thomas Forster (The New School)
Michael K. Doane (Monsanto)

To learn more about this great opportunity or to REGISTER, see the conference’s website here. Early Bird Registration ends tomorrow. Don’t miss the chance to register at a lower price!

Mar 31: The Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Environmental Science Learning and Action Center, also known as “e” inc., is proud to be the official Boston host of The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival — the largest environmental film festival in the United States. Created eight years ago by a small group of riverkeepers in California, The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is designed to inspire by showing actions and ideas from around the globe on a wide array of environmental issues.

“e” inc. presents The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
an all-day event of film, foods, and festivities.
March 31, 2012

Atlantic Wharf’s Waterfront Square
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

Click here to RSVP and invite more friends to our event through Facebook.

For more information about “e” inc. and The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, see the website here.

Youth Conservation Corps Staff Positions, BNAN (Boston area)

Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) is seeking applicants for summer positions with our Youth Conservation Corps:  1 Field Manager, 3 Crew Supervisors, and 1 Urban Agriculture and Crew Supervisor.  BNAN is a non-profit organization working to preserve, expand and improve urban open space in Boston: Community Gardens, Greenways and Urban Wilds.

Program Description:
Youth Conservation Corps employs teens as stewards of the natural environment in their own neighborhoods working cooperatively to complete conservation projects while earning much-needed income. BNAN is looking for committed, energetic adults with a passion for the outdoors to work with teens for what will be YCC’s 18th summer this year. These are paid positions.

Youth Conservation Corps Staff Positions:
• Field Manager/Coordinator (1 opening)
• Crew Supervisor
(4 openings)

Crew Locations:
• Neponset Greenway – Pope John Paul II Park, Dorchester
• Neponset Greenway – Mattapan Square
• East Boston Greenway – East Boston
• Stony Brook Reservation* – Hyde Park

Field Manager/Coordinator: The Field Manager/Coordinator is responsible for organizing all logistics pertaining to the four YCC crews’ work plans, i.e.: work sites, projects, supplies, personnel support and payroll, as well as managing the environmental education components. The Field Manager/Coordinator directly oversees the four YCC crew supervisors and will assist and support them with any issues that arise, allotting equal time to all crews. Prior to the start of the program, the Field Manager’s time is devoted to logistics planning, pulling together educational materials and planning staff training while time following program completion is utilized to gather feedback for the program’s season-end report. This position works closely with BNAN’s Program Manager.

Crew Supervisor: Supervisors will be responsible for leading a team of 10-12 urban youth, ages 15-17 at one of the above 4 locations. Supervisor will be accountable for the physical work, wellbeing, behavior and safety of the crewmembers. Daily tasks include coordinating the crew’s approach to work projects, teaching and following best practices, delivering formal and informal environmental education lessons, and facilitating teambuilding activities. Working with BNAN staff and on-site project partners, the Supervisor is responsible for high quality project outcome and learning experience of the youth.

For a more detailed profile of all the positions, click here.

To apply:

Send a detailed cover letter and resume to Candice Cook, Program Manager candice@bostonnatural.org.
Please include your first and last name in the title of your file attachments.
Learn more at www.bostonnatural.org • 617-542-7696 • Application Deadline: March 31, 2012

Garden Education Assistant, Groundwork Somerville

Want to gain experience in schoolyard gardens programming?  Assist Groundwork Somerville as their Garden Educators lead after school clubs in each elementary school garden through their Schoolyard Gardens Program in Somerville.  This spring’s theme will be Garden Arts!  (We are interested in hearing from potential volunteers even if you are unable to commit through June 8th.)

Garden Education Assistant

March 26th-June 8th (10 weeks),
Hours 2+ hours/week, unpaid/volunteer

Garden Education Assistants will assist in nature/gardens programming in Groundwork Somerville’s after-school “Garden Arts” clubs this spring.  You’ll help run activities involving the arts, gardening, and nature with groups of 8-12 students, grades K-5.  All programs operate during after-school hours (2:30-5:30pm) on the same schedule each week, so you need to be able to commit to one day (1-2 hours) per week for the full 10 weeks of the program. Experience working with youth ages 5-12 and comfort being outside and dirty required! Additional leadership opportunities are available for experienced volunteers.  Please email cover letter (can just be the body of an email), resume, and weekly availability to Lee at ladwyer@groundworksomerville.org.

Monday: TWO slots: 2:30-4:15, Argenziano School and Brown School
Tuesday: 3:30-5:30, Brown School
Wednesday: 2:30-4:15, Healey School
Thursday: TWO slots: 2:30-4:15, East Somerville School (at Edgerly Center), West Somerville School
Friday: 2:30-4:15, Kennedy School

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