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Date: July 17, 2012

Sustainability Fellow (Skidmore College)

The office of Sustainable Skidmore at Skidmore College seeks two full-time Sustainability Fellows. Each position is a two year appointment, funded through the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. The Fellows report to the Sustainability Coordinator and work closely with one another, the Coordinator for the Environmental Studies Program, managers within Facilities Services, Skidmore’s Campus Sustainability Committee, the student Sustainability Rep Program, the North Woods Stewards, the Environmental Action Club, and other constituencies on and off campus.
The Sustainability Fellow for Communication and Outreach will assist in managing communication internally and externally for the Sustainable Skidmore office. He/She will create and implement programs related to sustainability for students and employees, aid in sustainability assessment, build alumni connections, and manage the Sustainability Rep Program. The Fellow will have an excellent opportunity to make an impact both on the ongoing operations of the College, and, through communication and outreach activities, on the development of future leaders.


The Sustainability Fellow for Projects will assist in recruiting and managing student staff in the North Woods Stewards Program, the Skidmore Student Conservation Corps, composting, and other areas. He/she will create and carry out various educational events and programs related to sustainability, assist in planning related to land use management, and aid in sustainability assessment which includes collecting data for a greenhouse gas inventory and climate action plan. The Fellow will have an excellent opportunity to make an impact both on the ongoing operations of the College, and, through educational and planning activities, on the development of future leaders.


Qualifications: BA or BS, strong written and verbal skills, a creative approach to problem-solving, and comfort in working with students, faculty, and staff from across the College. The successful candidate should have skills in organizing and compiling information across a broad range of topics.

Experience with digital communication, online tools, and with designing and facilitating training programs, educational programs, and general event-planning in areas related to sustainability is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in sustainability programs in higher education, state or corporate sustainability offices, or nonprofit organizations, and to those candidates who have experience coordinating and facilitating meetings and programs with students. Candidates interested in the Sustainability Fellow for Projects should have experience with hands-on tasks such as composting and trail maintenance.


Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


To learn more about and apply for this position please visit us online.

Watershed Management Assistant (Cambridge, MA)

Application deadline: August 3, 2012

The Watershed Management Division of the Cambridge Water Department is seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual for the position of Watershed Management Assistant. The Watershed Management Assistant will support the Watershed Protection Supervisor in reservoir, tributary, and construction site monitoring and aid the Watershed staff with office and field activities. This position provides on-the-job training, opportunities for independent research, and experiences in natural resources management, field data collection and analysis, and watershed protection.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Assist Watershed Protection Supervisor with water quality monitoring;

• Conduct in-stream flow measurements;

• Manage water quality monitoring databases and assist with Annual Source Water Quality Report;

• Maintain and calibrate field equipment;

• Conduct construction site and dam inspections, as well as haz-mat spill response equipment inventories;

• Review site plans and draft comment letters

• Create GIS maps and develop/edit spatial data;

• Update Watershed Division website;

• Create posters, presentations, brochures, and other outreach materials for Watershed projects;

• Perform other duties as they arise.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Minimum requirements:

Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in one or more of the following areas: biology, hydrology, ecology, environmental sciences, or related natural sciences field. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office programs, ArcGIS. Strong Excel and Access skills a plus. Candidate must have the ability to work in field conditions on a daily basis, regardless of weather. Strong writing and verbal communication skills and attention to detail a must. Must have a valid driver’s license. Experience with water quality monitoring equipment, GIS/GPS, environmental sampling, water resources management desirable. Boating experience a plus.

Physical demands:

The Watershed Management Assistant will lead and assist in field sampling, so must be able to carry up to 25 lbs over rugged terrain, walk distances in wooded areas, and bend. Both office setting and field work will be required.

Rate: $34,723 yearly salary, health insurance, 13 paid holidays

One year position, 40hrs/week

Please send a cover letter and resume to David Kaplan at dkaplan@cambridgema.gov<

mailto:dkaplan@cambridgema.gov> or to the Cambridge Water Department, Attn: David Kaplan, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02138

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