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Short Course: Coral Reef Ecology (Bermuda)

Spring Break Short Course
Wednesday, March 18 – Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bermuda is a world leader in marine conservation and the perfect place to experience the wonder of coral reefs.

Let Columbia University’s Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) be your guides to the world of corals through lectures, labs, and fieldwork.

Join fellow students in Bermuda this March where you’ll participate in snorkel tours and trips to Whalebone Bay and Nonsuch Island.

Topics Covered:
- biology of corals
- ecology of coral communities
- anthropogenic factors that impact coral reefs
- coral reef restoration and sustainability

Course Syllabus (PDF) and Course Schedule (PDF)

Accommodations are provided by BIOS, an internationally renowned nonprofit marine research and educational institution in St. George’s, Bermuda.

Cost: $1,550* ($800 tuition + $750 room and board)
* flights are not included.

Anyone may apply.  Limited space is available.

Interested in learning more?  Contact:
Desmond Beirne, Program Manager
E-mail:  djb2104@columbia.edu
Phone:  212-854-0149


Coral Reef Ecology: Bermuda is part of the Earth Institute Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability.

Conservation Vision Program Coordinator (San Francisco, CA)

Position Summary

We are seeking a full time Program Coordinator for our Conservation Vision Program. Through this program, The Trust for Public Land helps agencies and communities define open space and recreation priorities, identify lands to be protected, and plan networks of parks and other conserved lands that meet public need. The position is responsible for supporting the Director of Planning, based in San Francisco with research, writing and a variety of other Conservation Vision programmatic activities.

Essential Functions

  • Supports Conservation Vision program in research and writing on the following types of programs and initiatives: park, trail and open space planning; park and park system evaluations; green infrastructure; ecosystem services; and land and water connections.
  • Conducts research and writes reports related to communities with whom we are working. Besides doing internet research, this often includes collecting information via telephone interviews.
  • Manages community survey and park evaluation projects.
  • Supports teams in completing project work plans, including scheduling calls, site visits, and internet-based meetings.
  • Oversees the maintenance of databases and other information retrieval systems to help track program work. This includes conducting an annual evaluation of TPL’s 50+ completed conservation planning projects.
  • Assists in developing outreach materials, including factsheets, presentations, exhibit materials, and reports.
  • Assists in preparing grant proposals and reports; assists in meeting reporting deadlines.
  • Perform other relevant duties, including some administrative tasks, as necessary.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 4 years related work experience or graduate degree in related field with some related professional work experience.
  • Course work in environmental studies/science, statistics, urban planning, public policy, or economics.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong academic research and analytic skills. Experience summarizing data, policy papers and research.
  • Experience conducting evaluations, preferably park evaluations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficient with software tools for surveying, data analysis, and report design, such as Survey Monkey, Excel, R, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated commitment to parks, open space and land preservation.
  • Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and problem solve.
  • Available for regular travel.
How to Apply:

Please apply online.

GIS Conservation/Information Manager, The Nature Conservancy (Albany, NY)

The GIS/Conservation Information Manager supports the projects of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in New York to further conservation work on the land and in the water. S/He oversees GIS and other database programs, provides technical expertise to Conservancy staff and coordinates spatial and database activities between internal teams and external partners. This position will work on projects across New York State, with an emphasis on the work of organizational priorities at the statewide, North American and Global levels.

Read more here.

Program Manager, Experience Int’l (Everson, WA)

A challenging, rewarding, full-time salaried position is available with Experience International, a non-profit educational organization based in Everson, Washington. In addition to other programs, EI is designated by the US State Department as a J-1 Exchange Visitor-Trainee Program and brings qualified foreign nationals to the United States for up to 18 months of practical training & work-experience in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and natural resource management and conservation. Please email cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and references to Director at: ei@expint.org. Learn more.

Conservation Program Associate, The Helmsley Charitable Trust (NYC)

The Program Associate will work closely with the other members of the Conservation Program team to develop and manage a grants program of $15 million+ annually. The Program Associate will help manage all administrative components of the grantmaking process, especially tasks associated with managing grant lifecycles; tracking program budget and periodically reconciling it with parallel systems; ensuring accurate payment and accounting of grants; helping to plan and execute complex program-related meetings and travel; and maintaining positive and proactive communication with grantees The position is based at the Trust’s main office in New York City. Send résumé (in Word or PDF format), salary history, cover letter, and a one-page writing sample to jobs@helmsleytrust.org 

The writing sample must be an actual document you prepared in a professional context. Include “Conservation Program Associate” in the subject line. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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