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Oct 22 21

Fair Farms Program Coordinator

by Maya J. Sze

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has an immediate opening for a highly capable and motivated individual to serve as Program Coordinator for a new initiative focused on Fair Farms, understood as including fair prices to farmers, fairness in trade with farmers, as well as fair working conditions for everyone who works producing the food. The successful candidate will join a team of bright and passionate individuals who are committed to furthering sustainable agriculture, family-scale farming, and the local food economy. Please consider applying if you have relevant experience in farmer education, sustainable agriculture, and/or fair trade.

For information about the position, check out the word document posted above.

Oct 22 21

Become a Mentor with the Nutrition Equity Scholars Program

by Maya J. Sze

Website: https://sites.tufts.edu/nesp/

We are currently designing a 4 year program (9th-12th)  set to launch this coming fall related to academics and Nutrition with the following 6 aspects

(1) support students academically

(2) provide students with 1-2 mentors from a talented pool of undergraduates, graduates, and alumni 

(3) provide internship and college application support

(4) explore careers in health careers related to nutrition and physical activity 

(5) provide students with opportunities to meet and work with Faculty at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition

(6) connect students with local nutrition programs to develop real-world skills and experience related to their specific interests

Your time would be highly valued, and if you would like to become a mentor, please fill out the volunteer form below.

https://tufts.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NBS8s6QSJcGNgi

Oct 21 21

Various Climate Positions – apply by Nov 1

by Maya J. Sze

Hey Friends, Colleagues, and Partners,

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is hiring four exciting positions to implement key resilience priorities funded through the historic $15 Billion 2021 Climate Budget! These positions will lead important work through the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP) at OPR. The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is also hiring two positions for the Climate Change Research Program (CCR) to join the interagency Fifth Assessment team. More information and additional open positions can be found on the OPR careers page: Employment Opportunities – Office of Planning and Research (ca.gov). The deadline to apply for the following positions is November 4, 2021.

5th Assessment Program Manager – Final Filing Date:  November 4, 2021.

The Assessment Program Manager will serve as lead staff for the Fifth California Climate Change Assessment and manage a dynamic and matrixed implementation team. This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership and innovative creativity to ensure the Fifth Assessment is a global model in actionable, partnership-based climate science. We are looking for a candidate with a track record of successful program management, a deep understanding of climate science, a collaborative team and staff management approach, and a commitment to advancing equity in climate science and adaptation policy and practice. This is a senior position on the ICARP team; the position is a limited term appointment through June 2026, with potential for continuation pending funding. Interested applicants can apply through CalHR by November 4.

5th Assessment Tribal Research Manager – Final Filing Date:  November 4, 2021.

The Tribal Research Manager will serve as lead staff to advance tribal climate research as an integral component of the Fifth California Climate Change Assessment (Fifth Assessment), with the unique opportunity to work on an interagency research-to-policy process. This position will be instrumental in creating the first-of-its-kind Tribal Climate Research Program as part of a Climate Change Assessment, as well as manage clear processes to ensure tribal knowledge is integrated into every part of the Fifth Assessment. We are looking for a candidate with a track record of successful program management, proven expertise, relationships, and demonstrated success working with and/or for Tribes, and a commitment to advancing equity in climate adaptation policy and practice. This is a senior position on the ICARP team; the position is a limited term appointment through June 2026, with potential for continuation pending funding. Interested applicants can apply through CalHR by November 4.

ICARP Adaptation Planning Grant Program Manager – Final Filing Date:  November 4, 2021. 

The ICARP Adaptation Planning Grant Program Manager will lead and manage the development, implementation, and administration of a new adaptation planning grant program. This is an exciting opportunity to build a new adaptation planning grant program that will help fill local, regional, and tribal planning funding needs, provide communities the resources to identify climate resilience priorities, and support the development of a pipeline of climate adaptation projects across the state. We are looking for a candidate with a track record of successful program management, a collaborative team and staff management approach, expertise in planning, and a commitment to advancing equity in climate adaptation policy and practice. This is a senior position on the ICARP team; the position is a limited term appointment through June 30, 2023 based on current budget for the program, with anticipated continuation pending future budget allocations. Interested applicants can apply through CalHR by November 4.

ICARP Regional Resilience Grants Program Manager – Final Filing Date:  November 4, 2021. 

The ICARP Regional Resilience Grant Program Manager will lead and manage the development, implementation, and administration of a new and exciting regional resilience program through the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP). This is a unique opportunity to build a new program that provides the first-of-its-kind statewide funding to accelerate regional-scale adaptation and resilience action. We are looking for a candidate with a track record of successful program management, a collaborative team and staff management approach, a proven track record of regional-scale coordination and implementation efforts in California, a deep understanding of regional governance structures, and a commitment to advancing equity in climate adaptation policy and practice. This is a senior position on the ICARP team; the position is a limited term appointment through June 30, 2024 based on current budget for the program, with anticipated continuation pending future budget allocations. Interested applicants can apply through CalHR by November 4.

CCRP Research Engagement Specialist

Serve as part of an multi-agency team to develop the Fifth California Climate Change Assessment. The research engagement specialist will be instrumental in guiding and facilitating an engagement strategy and communications plan for the program focusing on partnering with external stakeholders to integrate community, NGO, tribal, local government, private sector, and others’ priorities to support innovative research processes that deliver actionable scientific information into the design of Assessment research products. Interested applicants can apply through CalHR by November 4.

CCRP Research Analyst

Serve as part of an multi-agency team to develop the California Fifth Climate Change Assessment. Under general supervision, the Research Analyst will support the Assessment team in developing the program’s engagement strategies, and implementing outreach efforts, resulting in innovative research processes that deliver actionable scientific information, and advance equitable research processes.  Interested applicants can apply through CalHR by November 4.

About the Fifth California Climate Change Assessment – Senate Bill 1320  (Stern, 2020 – PRC, 71340-43) requires the state to implement sustained California Climate Change Assessments. The Fifth Assessment will invest in applied research to advance science-based climate policy, equipping public agencies and private, non-profit, and community-based entities in California with the information they need to identify climate-related risks and equitably and cost-effectively implement adaptation and resilience policy and practice. The Fifth Assessment will integrate meaningful engagement and outreach throughout the entire five-year timeline, as well as advance a first-of-its-kind integration of Tribal knowledge and science into Assessment process and products.

Best,

Nikki Caravelli (she/her)

Assistant Planner, Climate Resilience

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

916.445.9016

CivicSpark Class 16-17’

Oct 21 21

Master’s Assistantships: Plant-herbivore Interactions – Apply by Jan 1

by Maya J. Sze

The Preisser Lab at the University of Rhode Island, as part of a collaborative NSF-funded research project with Colin Orians (Tufts University) and John Orrock (University of Wisconsin), is seeking two students for M.S. work in plant-herbivore ecology beginning in fall 2022. Full funding (including two summers) will be provided as a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Applicants should be independent, highly motivated, and possess research and/or field experience. The project addresses plant-herbivore interactions in sugar maple by exploring how herbivore cues alter the growth, chemistry and susceptibility of sugar maple seedlings and saplings. Specifically, we are interested in how plant responses to herbivore cues change as a function of plant age and whether these cues trigger defensive responses in seedlings that may help older plants survive subsequent attack. Opportunities also exist to develop related predator-prey and plant-herbivore projects. Detailed information about my lab is available at https://web.uri.edu/preisserlab/.

Prospective students should contact me (preisser@uri.edu) and provide a short description of research interests and accomplishments, a CV (including GPA; the Graduate School requires a 3.0 GPA for admission) and contact information for three references. I will contact suitable candidates to discuss potential graduate projects and to set up interviews. Formal review of applications will begin January 1, 2022, but interested students should contact me ASAP.

Oct 21 21

Food Works Associate

by Maya J. Sze

Food Works Group (FWG) is a woman-owned, DC-based food systems consultancy that helps regional food organizations and businesses be more impactful and sustainable. We are seeking 1-2 new associates to join our small but mighty and growing team. We welcome applicants with a broad range of areas of expertise, as we work with a broad range of clients, from individual farms to food system networks and from small nonprofits to large public-private partnerships. FWG focuses on systems-level and infrastructure issues, and we advise clients on business planning and development, as well as project feasibility, need, best practices, and evaluation. Please see our website for more examples of our recent work.

This is an hourly, 1099 position that will be part-time to start. Full position description is attached.

To apply, please send your resume, personalized cover letter including why you are excited about this work, and a work sample/writing sample to careers@foodworksgroup.com.


Natalie Vandenburgh

Associate |  Food Works Group

651-894-4966  | natalie@foodworksgroup.com

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Oct 21 21

Master’s Student Positions: Native Plant Initiative

by Maya J. Sze

Two Master’s Student Positions Available with the Native Plant Initiative at South Dakota State University.

– One MS student position is available to participate in a BLM-funded project examining storage, stratification, and germination requirements for native plants used in restoration.

– One MS student position is available to participate in a USDA-funded project examining monarch preference and establishment protocols for native milkweed species.

Candidates may start in Jan. 2022 (although earlier dates are possible).  Laboratory and Field work will occur at South Dakota State University main campus in Brookings, SD.  The Native Plant Initiative stives to create a lab culture that promotes community, inclusivity, diversity, equity, mental well-being, and work-life balance.

Required qualifications: a BS/BA is Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources or related field by December 2021 and enthusiasm for native plants and/or restoration ecology.

The Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University combines Range, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology within the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. The graduate program strongly emphasizes conservation and wise-use of natural resources. SDState is the Land Grant University for the state and has approximately 13,000 students. SDState is located in Brookings, SD approximately one hour north of Sioux Falls and four hours east of the Twin Cities, and offers a friendly, small, college-town atmosphere.

To apply, send a single PDF with (1) CV; (2) a letter describing how you meet the required qualifications, your research interests, and your ultimate dream career goals; (3) unofficial transcripts; and (4) contact information for three professional references to Lora Perkins (lora.perkins@sdstate.edu).  Formal application to the university only needs to be made after selection of the successful candidate. Application deadline is 1 November 2021.

Oct 21 21

Graduate Assistantship in food systems at University of New Hampshire

by Maya J. Sze

Dear colleagues, 

I’m recruiting a highly motivated graduate student to join my food systems lab at UNH for a fully funded graduate training opportunity. The student will play an important role in assisting with lab research projects to 1) advance the development of values-based food aggregation and marketing models that reduce barriers for farmers and consumers and prioritize resilience, environmental sustainability, food justice, and racial and LGBTQ+ equity, and 2) identify and address logistical, policy, and identity-based barriers and opportunities for wider public engagement with local and regional food systems. The ideal candidate for the position will thrive in a collaborative setting that brings together researchers from diverse fields, extension educators, nonprofit partners, farmers, and other food systems stakeholders. 

I would appreciate if you can share the attached information with students who may be interested.  

Thanks, 

Analena
Analena B. Bruce, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Food Systems
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
424 Kendall Hall | 129 Main Street, Durham NH 03824
(603) 862-1144 | Analena.Bruce@unh.edu
Analenabruce.com
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Oct 21 21

Lab Technician

by Maya J. Sze

Hello all,

Florida International University, Institute of Environment, is looking for a lab technician with chemistry background to work in a NELAC certified Nutrient Analysis Core Facility.

The job duties of this position will include but not limit to:

  • Use advanced analytical instrument to perform nutrient analysis in environmental samples (mostly water samples) following laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Perform basic instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Follow the laboratory quality assurance (QA) plan and NELAC requirements, and keep good record and documentation.
  • Environmental samples preparation, reagent preparation, glassware cleaning and routine laboratory supports.
  • Data management and formatting

Preferred knowledge: 

  • Minimal: Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Environmental Sciences or related areas. Some analytical instrument experience from undergraduate classes. Basic computer skills, especially Excel. Good communication skills. Patient and detailed with record keeping.
  • Preferred: Master degree in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Sciences or related areas. 0-2 years of analytical instrument experience or related lab experience. Basic knowledge of QA/QC and NELAC requirement is a plus.

Job is temporary with a potential to be full time benefited university staff.

Please apply through FIU Career website, search for the job ID: 523907 – https://hr.fiu.edu/careers/.

Thank you,

Candice Allouch, MSc, MA
Director, Communications and Strategic Partnerships

Institute of Environment, an FIU Preeminent Program

Florida International University
MMC: 11200 SW 8th Street, OE-148, Miami, FL 33199

BBC: 3000 NE 151st Street, AC1-216, North Miami, FL 33181

P: 305-919-4121 | E: callouch@fiu.edu

Oct 21 21

UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program – Apply by Feb 1

by Maya J. Sze

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

We are looking for your help finding emerging conservation leaders!

Applications for the University of California Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.edu) are available today through February 1st.  We would like to enlist your help reaching prospective Scholars using the attached materials, social media posts, websites, and invitations to webinars.  Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife, and water.  
 
Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program focused on the summers between academic years.  Each summer Scholars receive a $4,400 stipend and funding to cover travel, room, and board.  
 
During the first summer (June 8 – August 2, 2022), Scholars participate in an eight-week, immersive field course on conservation practice, leadership, and ecological research while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors through California.*  During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations, labs, and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years, we work with ‘home mentors’ at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support.  We mentor Scholars well past program completion as alumni, and they join a nationwide alumni network for peer support and professional networking.

We serve all students who can study in the United States without a visa (including citizens, nationals, residents, refugees, DACA, undocumented, and more) and plan to finish a four-year degree with a graduation date AFTER December 2023.  We highly encourage applicants from groups underrepresented in environmental conservation to apply. Visit our FAQ for more questions about eligibility and criteria.

I hope you will share our program information with faculty, advisors, freshmen, sophomores, eligible juniors, and others in your professional and community networks.  We would be happy to visit groups virtually to talk more about the program.  We are planning three informational webinars on November 15December 11, and January 19.  Applications are now available and will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, February 1, 2022. 

Please incorporate the attached flyer, slides, and short video into talks and presentations, or print and distribute it.  For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email us at scholars@ucsc.edu.  

Kind regards,

Prof. Erika Zavaleta, Faculty Director
Abraham Borker, Ph.D., Program Director

Additional Resources:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mR4hXa-OcENxy5OOMfRy9Es9-tfsRrgE/view

Oct 15 21

Science or Extension Communications Position

by Maya J. Sze

SESYNC Univ Maryland’s Science or Extension Communications Position
Available Immediately, Work Remotely

For best consideration apply by October 15, 2021; Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Description: The University of Maryland’s National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is seeking a full-time person communications associate to assist the Center’s communications team in developing a collection of resources for socio-environmental researchers. This person will play an active role in transforming SESYNC’s learning and research material into web-based resources that include explanatory documents, such as tutorials, guides, and lessons; graphics; and more. Using their writing, editing, and multimedia skills, this person will help to review, package, and update content including videos as needed, working closely with SESYNC staff and researchers throughout the process. This person will also engage in organizing, tagging, and managing content on the SESYNC website. The communications associate may be asked to contribute to other communications-related tasks, such as conducting interviews, writing news stories, and posting to social media, as needed.

Required Qualifications:
– Excellent writing and editing skills with acute attention to detail
– Degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Environmental Science, or other related field
– One year of communications experience or strong desire for communications training
– Familiarity with desktop publishing/graphic design
– Ability to carefully proofread and correct materials, follow style guidelines, and format materials to ensure consistency
– Ability to work independently but also work seamlessly with a team  
– Experience with MySQL databases

Desired Qualifications:
– Advanced degree (e.g., M.S. or PhD in environmental field)
– Three or more years experience
– Experience in content management systems or other forms of web publishing
– Experience working with Drupal and MySQL databases

Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is grant-funded and available for one year with high potential for extension. This is a full-time position with the option to work remotely. Full benefits provided.  This position does not provide sponsorship for visas.

Applicants should submit resume, cover letter, and two writing samples as a single pdf to agallagher@sesync.org. The pdf file name should be labeled with the applicant’s last name.  If you have questions prior to applying, email: mpalmer@umd.edu