Monthly Archives: May 2013

Organics Program Assistant, City of Cambridge, Public Works Department

This position is part of a MassDEP grant. During the summer of 2012, the City conducted a feasibility study regarding a possible pilot program for curbside food scraps collection from residents for composting. The study included analysis of potential compost facilities within reasonable proximity to the City and acceptable material requirements; and collection costs and tip fees at potential facilities. Based on this analysis and after consulting with City and MassDEP staff, the City Manager has approved the implementation of a one year pilot program for the collection of food scraps from residents, to begin no later than April 2014. The report is online at www.cambridgema.gov/recycle. Under the close supervision of the Director of Recycling, the organics program assistant’s duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following tasks related to the MassDEP grant:

  • Evaluate specific needs and best practices for eligibe households. Develop and recruit participants, provide educational materials, schedule info sessions, and answer questions.
  • Develop, design and produce educational content for materials and website (letter to eligible households, flyer promoting opportunity to participate in pilot, postcard to participants, and stickers for kitchen/curbside containers.
  • Order, handle delivery and distribute curbside/kitchen containers and compostable bags door to door, including at info sessions.
  • Ensure ongoing education during pilot of best practices. Develop, implement, and analyze household surveys to get feedback from participants. Conduct field observations of curbside collection and collect participation data.
  • Summarize and help present findings in a Phase 2 and final report including survey responses, pilot results, best practices and lessons learned.
  • Based on the results of the pilot, determine whether to recommend expansion of the residential curbside food scraps collection program City-wide, to continue it for targeted neighborhoods, or to discontinue it. Describe the rational for the decision and incorporate in final report.

Minimum Requirements:  Undergraduate coursework in environmental, communications, planning or other degree granting program that relates to this scope of work.  Must have experience working in an office environment and have excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills. Knowledgeable in analyzing economic and operational issues.  Strong written skills, quick learner, excellent organization skills, and highly motivated.  Must possess a positive and professional attitude, and provide diligent follow-up and attention to detail. Fluency in Microsoft Office.

Rate/Hours of Employment:  $17 per hour; 15 hours per week, 96 weeks. Position will begin in September 2013 through June 2015.

Application Procedure:  Interested applicants should submit a 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 begins May 28, 2013.   For a complete job description, please visit our website at www.cambridgema.gov and click on Jobs. We are an AA/EEO employer.

Web Content Manager: Union of Concerned Scientists (Cambridge, MA)

Do you think science should be a force for positive change instead of a political football? Are you a web-savvy wordsmith who wants to make a difference? Here’s an opportunity to use your skills to help create a healthy environment and a safer world. Come to work for the Union of Concerned Scientists (or tell your friends to)! We’ve got an exciting position as a web writer in our communications department in Cambridge, MA. We’re looking for a: Web Content Manager  (temporary 16 month position with benefits) to plan, write, and implement engaging web content for a general audience for the UCS website. We work on global warming, clean energy, clean vehicles, food & agriculture, global security, nuclear power, and scientific integrity.This position is on-site in our Cambridge, MA office.

Learn more.

Bay State Bike Week

Bay State Bike Week, “an annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation” in Massachusetts, is taking place from Saturday, May 11 through Sunday, May 19.  With the weather finally warming up, this is the perfect time to get those bikes out and start riding, whether it’s to and from work or for pleasure!

There are lots of ways to celebrate at Tufts, including:

Visit baystatebikeweek.org and masscommuterchallenge.org for more information.

Web and Communications Outreach Coordinator – Environmental Grantmakers Association (New York, NY)

The Web and Communications Outreach Coordinator is an online organizer for EGA; streamlining communications across organization, using technology to implement new strategic approaches to engaging EGA membership with the organization’s new website, programs and communications. This Coordinator also provides ample administrative support while organizing the membership virtually and at events.

Duties:
Communications (40 percent)

  • Assist with communications plan creation and implementation
  • Manage EGA website (consistently updating all content, blogging and recruiting guest bloggers, maintaining member database, keeping information fresh and relevant, like member highlights, photos, videos, tweets), working with Knowledge and Program Manager and web designer as needed
  • Keep website up-to-date with event information and resources (planning workbooks, speaker information, agendas, event blogging, recordings)
  • Manage EGA listserve

Member Services: Events and Webinars (30 percent)

  • Assist Member Services Manager with all concurrent session and keynote speaker logistics for events
  • Assist with prospective member outreach and other projects as needed
  • Provide logistical support for all EGA webinars
  • Lead 3 – 4 relevant webinars per year

General and Administrative (30 percent)

  • Provide basic office administrative support (filtering mail, phone calls, responding to member queries, maintaining orderly office space, shipping and mailings as needed, ordering supplies, etc.)
  • Assist bookkeeper and Executive Director with managing organizational expenses
  • Lead on paperless office and implementing Liquid Planner for staff and project management
  • Assist Executive Director with building and uploading board books, record and distribute meeting minutes, and with general scheduling, expense reports, and other administrative tasks
  • Travel and attend networking events as needed

Qualifications:

Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years relevant experience in the following areas:

  • grassroots organizing, philanthropy, or program outreach/support;
  • producing high quality and engaging content for online and print materials;
  • environmental communications; experience with managing online advocacy or engagement tools, and data systems;
  • experience and enthusiasm for working with people and committee processes related to event planning and logistics coordination;
  • enjoy engaging with a wide range of people in person at events, as well as focusing on small group work and individual areas of responsibility;
  • creative, self-starting, super organized, highly detail-orientated individual with the ability to find innovative uses of tools and technology to implement effective and efficient engagement strategies;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • basic design and image formatting skills, knowledge of HTML, and best practices for publishing engaging web content.

Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines, work well independently and as a team are essential.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Fellowship on Women in Wildlife Protection (Kingsville, TX)

Deadline: May 30, 2013
GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP/ASSISTANTSHIP to begin the fall 2013 semester that would lead to a Master of Science from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville Texas. The student chosen for this program will be required to complete course work and a thesis at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, as well as an assistantship in the Conservation Education Program at the Welder Wildlife Foundation located on the Welder Wildlife Refuge near Sinton, Texas.  The student’s thesis research will focus on investigating historical and current roles of women in the wildlife profession, and the challenges women have faced in their careers. Fellowship stipend is $14,000/yr plus $900 insurance stipend.

The assistantship will be broken into 2 segments and completion of the graduate fellowship/ assistantship program will take approximately 3 years.  The student will be on a Welder Wildlife Foundation Fellowship while at the university and on salary while at the Welder Foundation.  Housing will be provided while working at the Welder Foundation.


As an assistant in the Welder Foundation’s Conservation Education Program, the graduate student will help plan and conduct on-site and outreach education and training programs for public school and university students, and will assist the Education Program Coordinator with programs for adults and teachers. The graduate student will also assist with workshops, field days, symposia, public tours, preparation of educational materials, and maintenance of museum displays and biological collections.


Applicants must have a B.S. or B.A. degree in a biology-related field (e.g., Wildlife Biology, Ecosystem Science, Natural Resource Management, Zoology, etc.), and minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and combined GRE score of 1100 (300 on GRE new scale). A strong background in wildlife or range ecology, conservation, and management is important.  Ideal candidates would have excellent written and interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and sincere interest in education and working with people.


To apply, please send the following materials via email attachment to Dr. Selma Glasscock, 
sglasscock@welderwildlife.org: (1) Cover letter explaining career goals, academic interests, and preferred sub-disciplines of study, highlighting relevant experience, (2) a resume, (3) names/addresses/email for three references, and (4) GPA and GRE scores (unofficial ok).


To apply or for further information please contact:

Dr. Selma Glasscock, Assistant Director        
sglasscock@welderwildlife.org

(361) 593-3715

                                       

 
Dr. April Ann Torres Conkey, Assistant Professor
April.Conkey@tamuk.edu

Welder Wildlife Foundation                                                    
Department of Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Sciences
P.O. Box 1400                                                                                    
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Sinton, TX  78387                                                                             
 MSC 228

361-364-2643                                                                                     
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202


www.welderwildlife.org    

Sustainability Planning Internship (Cambridge, MA)

The Cambridge Community Development Department is seeking candidates for the 2013-2014 Sustainability Internship.   Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter to:
 
Contact:  John Bolduc, Environmental Planner
Address:  Community Development Department, 344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone:     (617) 349-4628
Fax:            (617) 349-4633
Email:       jbolduc@cambridgema.gov
 
Agency Description
The Environmental and Transportation Planning Division is responsible for improving the city’s quality of life by working to protect and improve the city’s environment and create a more sustainable community through initiatives on transportation, energy, and climate change.
 
The divisions’ sustainability planning activities cover transportation planning and implementation, with an emphasis on bicycle, pedestrian, and transit modes; energy efficiency and renewable energy planning and implementation; climate protection and preparedness planning and implementation.
 
Intern Responsibilities
The Sustainability Intern will assist the Environmental and Transportation Planning Division staff primarily on climate protection and preparedness projects, including local energy planning.  This will involve implementation of programs and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with activities in the community and municipal operations.  The intern may also be called upon to assist on other environmental projects such as the review of major development projects, responses to public inquiries, and investigation and remediation of site contamination.  This is a chance to work on a wide range of municipal sustainability initiatives.
 
Desired Skills and Interests
Ability to use various computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.  Knowledge and interest in the technical and policy basis of climate change, energy, air quality, and sustainability.   Interest in community process and participation is also desired.
 
WORK-STUDY ELIGIBLE STUDENTS ARE PREFERRED, BUT NON-WORK STUDY STUDENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED.
 
Starting Date:  06-01-13
Ending Date:  05/31/14 unless extended by Department
Hours:  37.5  hours per week, not including holidays summer; 10hours/week during the school year.  Hours are flexible, however.  A summer-only internship is not available.
Compensation: $14.51/hour

Sustainability Coordinator, Butler University (Indianapolis)

Deadline: June 1, 2013

The Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) at Butler University invites applications for Butler’s first Sustainability Coordinator. We seek applicants who share our passion for creative solutions to issues related to campus sustainability, urban ecology, and sustainable cities. Butler University is a recent signatory of the American Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and is looking to build upon this signing to develop innovative and robust sustainability programming for Butler’s campus, viewing the campus as a living laboratory for these programs. Butler’s Sustainability Coordinator will develop and oversee sustainability programming for faculty, staff and students of Butler University and promote Butler’s campus sustainability to local, regional and national audiences. This position reports to the director of the Center for Urban Ecology and will work closely with Butler’s existing Sustainability Council, students, faculty and staff to help develop and execute the University’s sustainability program.

Learn more/apply.

Ruby on Rails Developer (Cambridge, MA)

Deadline: June 28, 2013

Ruby on Rails Developer, Sustainable Endowments Institute

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge, which helps colleges and universities invest in energy efficiency and resource efficiency projects on campus,has been creating a web tool called the Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS) over the past year and now has a working beta version of the tool. You can read more about GRITS here and see a video demo. The purpose of GRITS is to help colleges and other institutions manage and track their energy, financial, and carbon savings from energy efficiency projects. We are looking to add a developer that is skilled in Ruby on  Rails to work with the existing beta version to build out a final platform that can be used by early September.

Learn more/apply.

Coordinator, Recycling and Solid Waste (University of Maryland)

The Coordinator, University Recycling is responsible for the overall management and development of the recycling and waste management program at the College Park campus. In coordination with other campus agencies, the incumbent will evaluate existing waste recycling related policies, practices and procedures and implement programmatic and operational changes designed specifically to increase campus participation and achieve the campus’ established program objectives and sustainability initiatives. The position will oversee the operation of the campus’ recycling center, recycling group, and solid waste group.

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