Daily Archives: March 16, 2012

April 19: “Yert” Film Screening

When: Thursday, April 19th at 7:00pm

Where: Olin 11

Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road—traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage—to explore every state in America in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises.

Click here for more information on the film. Here’s the trailer:

Sponsored by CMS and the Environmental Studies Program.

April 12: “Vanishing of the Bees” Film Screening

When: Thursday, April 12th at 7:00pm

Where: Tisch 316

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the relationship between mankind and mother earth.

Click here for more information on the film.

Sponsored by CMS and the Environmental Studies Program.


April 4: “Defending Eden” Film Screening

When: Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00pm

Where: Tisch 304

Join the producer of Prehensile Productions, as we screen the trailer and other clips from the in-production film, Defending Eden. She will talk about the linked issues of filmmaking, environmental impact and preservation of indigenous cultures. They welcome student feedback on the directions the film should take during its development. Sponsored by CMS, ENVS, and the Department of Anthropology.

Click here for more information on the film.


March 29: Natural Gas: Risks and Opportunities

When: Thursday, March 29, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Where: Cabot 206, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

CIERP’S Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program presents

Natural Gas: Risks and Opportunities

Shale gas, hydraulic fracturing, and other facts

with Susan Tierney, Managing Principal at Analysis Group,

and Member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board’s Shale Gas Committee

View the event flyer here

Open to the public. Convened by the Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.

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Dr. Susan Tierney is Managing Principal at Analysis Group, a firm providing economic, financial, and business strategy consulting services. She is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries, and has consulted across sectors on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and energy facility projects.  A former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, Massachusetts Environmental Secretary, and a state public utility commissioner, she is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s energy project and the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. She has also been appointed to the National Petroleum Council and a director of the Clean Air Task Force, and she is a co-lead author of the energy chapter of the upcoming National Climate Assessment. Dr. Tierney has a Ph.D. and M.A. in regional planning and public policy from Cornell University, and a B.A. from Scripps College.


Box Turtle Surveyor, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (Westborough, MA)

To aid its conservation efforts, the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) in Westborough, Massachusetts, is looking for intensive seasonal assistance in conducting Box Turtle surveys in 2012. The Eastern Box Turtle is listed as a Species of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

With special funding for this project, the surveyor will: help plan, coordinate and conduct field surveys, track turtles, collect, compile, and enter data, and assist in the preparation a final report.

Preferred qualifications include: undergraduate degree in biology, wildlife, conservation biology, or related field; familiarity and field experience with turtles, particularly box turtles, and the rare flora and fauna of Massachusetts; experience with Natural Heritage methodology; experience with computers, including ArcGIS and Excel; experience with GPS technology; ability to interpret topographic maps and aerial photographs; ability to work both collaboratively and independently; good communication skills; accuracy and attention to detail; and the ability to work under strenuous field conditions.

The services of the Box Turtle surveyor will be retained through the Natural Heritage Program’s contractual relationship with the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Two full time opportunities are available. One will run from May 7 to July 13 and a second from May 14 to June 29.

To apply individuals (or other vendors) should send a cover letter and resume to: Karen Dolan, Finance & Projects Administrator, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581 or email: karen.dolan@state.ma.us. Application deadline is March 14, 2012.

The majority of the survey sites are in the southeastern region (including Cape Cod) of Massachusetts and to a lesser extent the Connecticut River Valley. The surveyor must be willing to work in both regions and have their own transportation. No housing is available.

More information about the Natural Heritage Program can be found at www.nhesp.org. For more information about the Box Turtle work contact Lori Erb at: lori.erb@state.ma.us.

April 27: WSSS Interdisciplinary Water Symposium

When: Friday, April 27, 2012, from 9:15am to 5:00pm
Where: Tufts University Medford Campus, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155

We are pleased to announce the 3rd annual student-organized WSSS Interdisciplinary Water Symposium!

The theme for this year’s symposium is The Glass Half Full: Valuing Water in the 21st Century. Students, academics, and professionals in the greater Boston area and across the nation from the public, private, and non-governmental sectors will join us to explore the various complex and interlinking factors of valuing water throughout developed and developing nations.This year the WSSS Symposium is organized by the Tufts University Water: Systems, Science, and Society program in collaboration with the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Please join us for a day of interesting panels, lively conversation, and networking with prominent water experts across the nation.

For Tufts and UMass students, admission to the 3rd Annual Water Symposium on Friday, April 27th is now FREE.  This includes food throughout the day and a networking reception at the end.

In order to sign up for free, please choose “Complimentary” on this form.

All the details on the website: http://www.tufts.edu/water/symposium/

Land Management Intern, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust (Lincoln, MA)

The LINCOLN LAND CONSERVATION TRUST (LLCT) is pleased to announce the availability of two Land Management internships for motivated individuals. While hours are flexible, the positions require 30-40 hours per week and a vehicle.

The land management interns carry the primary responsibility for maintaining the trails and land management activities on approximately 2,000 acres of protected open space, including management of almost 80 miles of trails. The program works closely with Town of Lincoln Conservation Department staff to ensure all conservation lands are taken care of. This position requires medium to hard physical labor in all types of weather and conditions.

Anticipated compensation is $11.00; 12.50 per hour, depending upon experience and skills. Formal training is less important than initiative, organization, and enthusiasm for independent outdoor work. Light carpentry and plant identification skills a plus.

11 weeks. Flexible time period starting no later than June 1st . 32 hours per week with the occasional opportunity to work up to 40hrs.

Serious inquiries should be addressed to LLCT Anna Wilkins, Outreach Coordinator at llct@lincolnconservation.org, or to PO Box 6022, Lincoln Center, Massachusetts 01773. Include a current resume and references. Position open until filled.

Food Warrior Interns, Real Time Farms (Boston, Chicago, Denver, Providence, D.C.)

Real Time Farms, an online crowd-sourced food guide, is currently hiring interns for the Summer 2012 Food Warrior internship program, which will run from May 21st through August 20th. We are hiring Food Warriors in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Providence and Washington DC. Highly qualified applicants in other cities may be considered, as well.

The goal of Real Time Farms is to collectively document the entire food system, so whether eating in, or dining out, you can trace your food back to the farm it came from and feel good about the food you eat. Our Food Warrior Program is integral to this social mission. Food Warriors work to bring the stories of their local food producers and artisans to life, through photos, video, stories, and growing practices. In so doing, you will be connecting everyday consumers to the information they need to make informed decisions about what they eat. You will learn about food photography, food blogging, and documentary film, and have a chance to apply your new skills while directly interacting with local producers: taking photos, recording and editing video, collecting information on growing practices and personal stories, and contributing to the Real Time Farms blog. Exemplary work may be considered for inclusion in Slow Food USA’s blog.

Food Warriors will work approximately 15-20 hours each week and will be responsible for uploading all the information, photos, and video compiled to the Real Time Farms website. The internship is unpaid, but students may earn academic credit for completing the internship. I am willing to work with individuals to adjust program expectations to better meet academic requirements. Interns are able to adjust the internship around their own schedules, but should be available for one 1-hour virtual group meeting each Monday. Internet access and a camera are essential. Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and passion for food transparency are a must. Writing, videography, and photography experience are a plus.

How to Apply: Email lindsayp@realtimefarms.com with “Food Warrior Application” and your city in the subject line. Please attach a copy of your resume and answers to the following questions: 1) Why do you care about food transparency? 2) What else will you be doing with your time this summer and how will you fit the internship in to your schedule? 3) Sample blog post on a related topic (be creative!) with sample photos (taken by you) OR sample short video (filmed/edited by you.

Please inform me of any previous experience with interviewing, blogging, journalism, photography, videography, or work within the food system. Also, please let me know if you have access to a car (Not necessarily required, but we need to make sure at least one intern in each area has a car to travel to farms.)

Applications are due April 2nd and will be considered on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the greater your chances of acceptance to the program.

Stewardship assistant summer intern, Sudbury Valley Trustees (Sudbury, MA)

Assist with stewardship projects at Sudbury Valley Trustees. The SA will assist with various stewardship activities including monitoring properties and conservation easements, and preparing current conditions reports. The SA will assist with property maintenance, including mowing trails. The Stewardship Assistant (SA) will be responsible for implementing a field monitoring program of deer impacts. The LSA will have the opportunity to be involved in the collaborative stewardship efforts of the West Suburban Conservation Council, a regional conservation collaboration. Work with volunteers on various stewardship tasks. Temporary, full time, 35 hrs/week.
To see a full-length internship position, see link below:

Land Steward intern summer2012.doc

Please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to (email submission preferred): nhallen@svtweb.org

Research Fellow, Sustainable Endowments Institute (Cambridge, MA)

Sustainable Endowments Institute, special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Location: Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, seeks highly motivated and reliable individuals for a full-time Research Fellowship  this summer. The fellowship positions will be 10-12 week fellowships starting on June 4, 2012. Flexible scheduling arrangements can be considered in certain circumstances.

The Sustainable Endowments Institute is a nonprofit organization engaged in research and education to advance sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices. Founded in 2005, the Institute is a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Located in Harvard Square, Cambridge, our office is easily accessible by public transportation. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our project websites before applying: GreenBillion.org and www.GreenReportCard.org.

The Research Fellow’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
·  Conducting weekly communications with a network of college and university administrators and students
·  Coordinating information and working with other Research Fellows and Institute staff on current and new research
·  Conducting web research on sustainability programs
·  Reviewing, verifying, and updating previously gathered material
·  Data analysis and entry
·  Developing innovative outreach strategies to connect with new constituencies
·  Assisting with communications outreach for the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, SEI’s new initiative to encourage colleges to invest a combined total of one billion dollars into self-managed green revolving funds to support on-campus sustainability and energy-efficiency projects
·  The internship will culminate in a final white paper on a specific topic related to green revolving funds, including: food and dining projects, student-led initiatives, water efficiency, lighting efficiency, and endowment investment-related issues

·  Demonstrated experience with advancing sustainability on campus or in communities
·  Strong oral and written communication
·  Ability to strategically navigate the internet and conduct comprehensive and targeted research
·  Proficiency in Word, Excel and Google Docs
·  Ability to succinctly summarize data
·  Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail
·  Work experience with college and university administrators on campus-oriented projects
·  Flexible and cooperative work ethic
·  Experience designing and administering surveys, or coursework in survey methodology
·  Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team
·  Strong background related to one of the following: food and dining projects, student-led initiatives, water efficiency, lighting efficiency, or endowment investment-related issues

Competitive compensation commensurate with experience.

Application deadline:
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For the best chance of being offered a Fellowship position, applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Application instructions:
Candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample as Microsoft Word or PDF file attachments. Send to Mark Orlowski, Executive Director at the following email: jobs(at)endowmentinstitute.org.

Please address the following questions within the body of your cover letter:
·  How did you hear about the fall SEI joint research and communications fellow opportunity?
·  Why are you interested in working for the Sustainable Endowments Institute?
·  What experiences—work-related or otherwise—have you had on the topic of environmental sustainability in higher education?
·  What set of skills or experiences have you had working with college and university administrators and /or other student leaders on campus?
·  Do you have any experience in succinctly summarizing and explaining large amounts of data?
·  What are you hoping to gain from a position at SEI?

Want to know more? Check out the website.