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Month: February 2013 (page 4 of 9)

Sustainability/Social Responsibility Internship (Bolivia)

June 17 – July 18, 2013

Company Overview
AHA Bolivia is a fair trade, ethical manufacturing company in Bolivia working with over 300 artisans to hand craft knitwear, handbags, baby clothes, toys, and more.

Mission: AHA Bolivia believes garment and accessories manufacturing can be done ethically. We work with designers, retailers and wholesalers to create designer pieces in natural fibers and recyclable materials. We respect and utilize handmade manufacturing techniques that have taken
generations to perfect. We value our workers and artisans and treat them with dignity and fairness. We are proud members of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Program Description
This combined internship, learning workshop, and cultural experience program is designed to introduce students to socially responsible business practices, international business, and environmental respectfulness in business. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how
business works in a developing nation, and how it relates to export markets such as the US and Canada. Participants will engage in hands on learning and will produce a measurable intern project by the end of the program.

 

Learn more.

Environment America Info Session

From Danielle Falzon: Environment America is hiring fellows into our offices nationwide to make a difference in environmental issues. We are looking to hire recent college graduates who have the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to fight for our environmental values across the country. As an Environment America fellow, recent grads get a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism ­ working alongside senior staff to plan and run grassroots campaigns, lobby lawmakers, set up and speak at news conferences, organize town hall meetings, identify new members, raise money, recruit and manage staff and much more. I¹m a fellow, and when I was a senior I was looking for a job that would allow me to make a real difference in the environmental issues that I cared about and this is definitely the job to do that. And after two years, fellows are ready to take on an even bigger leadership role in environmental advocacy.

 

Danielle will be hosting an info session in the Career Center (Dowling 745B) on Tuesday 2/19 at 6pm. The info session will go for about 30 minutes.

 

Tufts Environmental Alumni Career Panel and Networking

Tufts Environmental Alumni (TEA) invites alumni and students to attend an Environmental Career Panel and Networking Night. Students: Gain perspective on the environmental sector and network with professionals in the field. Alumni: Connect with fellow Jumbos working in the environmental field and meet the next generation of environmental professionals! This evening event is sponsored by Tufts Environmental Alumni, the Tufts University Alumni Association, and Tufts Career Services.

Monday, February 25th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Dowling Hall Room 745, Tufts Medford Campus

Carbon Project Manager – Face the Future (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Application period for this vacancy closes February 22, 2013.

Face the Future is founded in 1990 with the objective to mitigate reduce climate change by reforestation and forest conservation projects. She is one of the global pioneers in the area of forest carbon projects.

The Carbon Project Manager will be responsible for the carbon aspect of specific projects (mostly in developing countries). The Project Manager works acts as the primary contact for both the management as field staff of the project partners. The following activities will be assigned to the Carbon Project Manager:

  • Coordination (both on policy as planning level) of validation and verification of the projects
  • Additional development within existing projects (social activities, expansion, new validation standards, etc.)
  • Development of monitoring and baseline methodologies
  • Development of carbon models of the projects
  • Managing project budgets
  • Maintain contacts with NGO’s, governments, partners and other stakeholders
  • Providing consultancy services on all of the above items

The candidate meets the following profile:

  • Finalized education (tropical) forestry or similar education (at least M.Sc)
  • Multiple years of experience in international carbon or forestry projects
  • Knowledge and experience in carbon validation (CDM/voluntary) and monitoring of forest biomass
  • Experience in working on organizing and overseeing public stakeholder consultations at village/community level in developing countries
  • Fluency in written and spoken English with Spanish and/or French language skills

For additional information and to apply, please click here.

Conservation Finance Research and GIS Associate – The Trust for Public Land (Boston, MA)

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

The Conservation Finance Research Associate will conduct or assist in research, writing, technical analysis, and presentations of reports and data management for a national team of conservation finance experts.  This person will be responsible for the following primary tasks: 1) research for the Conservation Almanac, a comprehensive database of public land conservation activities, programs and policies on a state-by-state basis; 2) research for the National Conservation Easement Database, a comprehensive database to track conservation easements in the United States; 3) GIS support for both the Conservation Almanac and National Conservation Easement Database projects; and 4) research and written reports for the Conservation Finance Program.  These reports will evaluate the potential of state and local governments to design public funding programs for land conservation.

Essential Functions 

  • Research and summarize information on state land conservation activities for the Conservation Almanac
  • Contact government agencies to assemble acquisition data, including GIS shape files on local, state and federal land conservation programs nationwide, as well as developing a list of contacts in those states.
  • Overall support for TPL’s Conservation Almanac and NCED team in these database building efforts by collecting, creating, managing and serving out GIS data for protected lands in the United States.
  • Functions include supporting the Conservation Finance team with viewing of GIS data, responding to questions about the data and the creation of maps and other presentation products.
  •  Work with GIS analysts to build the spatial components of the  Conservation Almanac and National Conservation Easement Database databases
  • Identify and collect information from stakeholders through email and phone contacts; gathering data and qualitative information from existing materials (e.g. journal articles, government reports, legal statutes).  Also to manage project relationships and project documentation.

Other Responsibilities 

  • Assists in the development of GIS program standards, systems and protocol for workflow, system design, implementation, management and quality control standards.
  • Assist with the creation of presentation materials such as but not limited to PowerPoint presentations and report statistics and maps.
  • Convey complex, technical project components to non-technical/non-GIS staff and partners

 Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis on environmental policy/natural resources and use of GIS technology such as Geography, Urban Planning, Ecology, Engineering, GIS, Landscape Architecture, Remote Sensing or a directly related field.
  • Two years of hands-on professional experience working with geographical or land information systems to input and present data, including project management experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of ESRI software ArcGIS 10.0 including: ArcView, ArcInfo, Model Builder, Geoprocessing tools, MAPLEX, Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, Geodatabase and file-based database design and management.

Salary and Benefits: This position is expected to be offered in the range of $18-20/hr. Benefits are offered.

How to Apply:

Please apply online. For more information, please click here.

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