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May 3 21

Environmental Science Teacher Job Opportunity – Apply by May 10

by Ivara J. Roth

Environmental Science Teacher – Applications due May 10
The Mountain School is currently seeking an environmental teacher to join our school in rural Vermont. Each semester, forty-five students come from all over the U.S. for one semester to take academic classes on our 400-acre campus (making the teaching experience feel somewhere between teaching high school and college). Class sizes are small (usually no more than ten per section) and the teaching load is 2-3 classes per semester. Competitive salary and benefits. B.A. (with teaching experience), M.A., and Ph.D. degree holders are all encouraged to apply. Job posting attached.


Full disclosure: It’s a super white place in a super white state, but our BIPOC faculty, families, and alum are out here recruiting for some more community to help transform the culture. If you have specific questions for current BIPOC faculty about working at the school or alt-ac teaching tracks for PhD grads, please contact Karim Wissa.
https://www.mountainschool.org

With gratitude,
Adra


Adra Raine, PhD
Lead English Teacher
The Mountain School of Milton Academy
adra.raine@mountainschool.org

May 3 21

Worcester Massachusetts – REC Commonwealth Corps Youth Volunteer Engagement Specialist

by Ivara J. Roth

Commonwealth Corps Service Internship Position Description  Regional Environmental Council Inc. 


Commonwealth Corps Youth Volunteer Engagement Specialist 
The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages, backgrounds, and identities in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical needs, and increase volunteerism. Through hands-on experience, Commonwealth Corps members gain professional skills and valuable knowledge while positively impacting diverse communities in our state. The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and members to find success throughout the program year. The 3 Commonwealth Corps members with The Regional Environmental Council will serve 10.5 months in a half time capacity. They will join a diverse corps of members across Massachusetts who share a common desire to discover their passion and build their network in the service to their communities and the Commonwealth. The Regional Environmental Council, Inc. (REC) is a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental and food justice organization with a 45-year history working for environmental sustainability and social justice in Central Massachusetts. REC is seeking one half-time Commonwealth Corp members to support youth volunteer engagement and community education in our YouthGROW Farm. Through their service, the Youth Volunteer Engagement Specialist will increase healthy food production and community awareness at the YouthGROW Farm. In addition, they will collaborate with other members to leverage 100+ volunteers that will be engaged in hands on garden support and maintenance and inner-city food production for food insecure neighborhoods. 


 What You’ll Do: Essential Responsibilities: • Complete a minimum of 750 hours of service, serving through June 26, 2022. • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and Regional Environmental Council including a new member orientation on August 16 & 17, 2021. • Participate in a minimum of or 30 minutes of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually). • Recruit high school and college age youth to participate in open community volunteer hours at the YouthGROW Farm. • Provide direct support at the YouthGROW Farm serving alongside youth leaders in the program and Farm Manager. • Mentor and support youth participants in the YouthGROW program to complete programmatic volunteer requirements, including leading youth internship teams. • Develop and coordinate structured volunteer opportunities for youth to support winter growing at the YouthGROW farm • Coordinate volunteer welcome and tracking at weekly youth farm hours. Marginal Responsibilities: • Collaborate with other Commonwealth Corps members to support greenhouse operations to grow $5,000+ seedlings for the community and school gardens network • Collaborate with other Corps members to plan spring community events, including a city-wide Earth Day Clean Up, engaging over 1,000 volunteers and our Annual Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale. • Support non-volunteer-based youth development programming including monthly retreats. • Support produce delivery and sale in low-income communities via the REC Mobile Market program. 
 

Who You Are: You must be: • A Massachusetts resident (see guidelines here) with legal authorization to work in the United States • 18 years of age at minimum, however we typically have members ranging from 18 – 70+ years old • Excited to give back to your community and help others • Interested in developing your skills and gaining new professional experience and knowledge • Able to balance service internship commitments with personal commitments in a sustainable way • Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized and reliable • Able to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines • Able to travel independently to sites via personal or public transportation • Comfortable with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, shared folders/files (Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Apps) • A strong communicator, both in written and verbal formats It would also be great if you: • Speak a language other than English — multi-lingual candidates encouraged to apply • Are familiar/experienced with the Worcester community, particularly the Bell Hill and Main South neighborhoods • Have previous experience in collaborative environments or volunteering with people of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds • Have experience growing food • Have experience with youth 


What You’ll Get: • Stipend of or $450 semi-monthly while in service, up to or $9,450, minus taxes and withholdings; • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more; • Completion award of up to or $1,500 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings; • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA) • Additional training and other professional development opportunities; • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities; • Limited travel reimbursement from the Regional Environmental Council for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to REC’s policies; • A subsidized local food stipend through REC Mobile Market paired with SNAP application support and training on the Healthy Incentives Program; • The opportunity for at least 5 days of planned absences (may include holidays); • and Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps. Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits. 


Term of Service: • Position Start Date: August 16, 2021 • Position End Date: June 25, 2022 • Service commitment will average 18-20 hours per week with a minimum of two full service days (9-5) and approximately two evenings per month and up to two weekends per month during the months of September, October, April, and May, with advance notice. Service schedule/days will be agreed upon at the start of the service term and any changes or additions, including night or weekend hours, will be made with advanced notice. 


How to Apply: • To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by May 30th or earlier to Stacie Brimmage at Stacie@recworcester.org Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check. The Regional Environmental Council will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. The Regional Environmental Council welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

May 3 21

Hiring a research field technician/seed collector – Boise, Idaho

by Ivara J. Roth

Hello! We are anticipating hiring a research field technician/seed collector to help a graduate student collect their data for five weeks.

Dates: June 15th-July 16th 2021 (five weeks, start and end date not flexible)

Salary: $15/hour and $20 per diem for camping grocery expenses

Location: Boise, Idaho

Position description: The field technician will be employed at the University of Nevada, Reno, and help the graduate student collect seeds and data from 12 species from public lands. The field sites are located in rural areas in western Idaho and eastern Oregon (mostly Owyhee and Malheur counties) and may require up to 8 hours of driving on paved and unpaved roads. The crew will camp at field sites, possibly every week, for 1-4 nights at undeveloped campsites using Leave No Trace Principles. You will need to supply your own camping gear (tent, sleeping pad, and a sleeping bag), field clothes, and a comfortable medium sized backpack, and we will provide seed collection and cooking equipment. We provide a $20 per diem for grocery expenses for every day spent in the field during camping trips. There is no per diem for workdays that do not involve camping. The typical work week will be 40 hours with 10-hour days Monday through Thursday. You will learn how to identify common species in the Northern Great Basin Desert, learn about research project design, gain career experience in seed collection and data collection, and get to work outdoors in beautiful natural areas.

Required qualifications:

-The technician must be 18 years old or older
-Driver’s license and ability to drive up to 8 hours a day on paved and unpaved roads
-Willingness to work and camp outside under various environmental conditions (hot, inclement weather, rain, cold nights)
-Willingness to camp in undeveloped sites (no bathrooms or running water) using Leave No Trace Principles for 1-4 nights per week
-Basic botanical knowledge and ability to tell a target species apart from look-alike species, or demonstrated observational skills

Preferred qualifications:

-Knowledge of the flora of the northern Great Basin Desert
-Experience driving four-wheel-drive vehicles on undeveloped roads
-Experience camping in undeveloped areas and knowledge of Leave No Trace principles
-Trained in Wilderness First Aid

To apply: please email your resume to lcshriver@gmail.com

Thank you and happy spring!

May 3 21

Naturalist/Educator

by Ivara J. Roth

Hiring: Naturalist/Educator

At: Alfred B. DelBello Muscoot Farm, Katonah NY 10536

A Westchester County interpretive farm with 50+ livestock located in Somers, New York, is seeking an enthusiastic educators and naturalists to assist with our nature centers’ summer Nature Camps, which operate from June through August to students entering grades Pre-K through nine.

Responsibilities
Duties include but are not limited to: environmental and natural/human history education for children and may include public interaction and education.

Qualifications
Applicants should possess a love of nature, a willingness to work outdoors, and the ability to communicate effectively. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven history of environmental education or research, though all applications are welcome.

Pre-K group leader and assistant applicants are preferred to have a teaching certificate and experience working with children between the ages of three and five years old.

Requirements
Background Check and Pre-Employment Drug Testing required.

Hours/Salary
The position of Naturalist/Educator is an hourly position. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Salary is commensurate with experience.  

Contact/Send Resume: Brenda Bates, Farm Manager, Alfred B. DelBello Muscoot Farm

51 Route 100, Katonah, NY 10536 | 914-864-7284 | bfb1@westchestergov.com


Westchester County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Justin Seelaus, Senior Maintenance Mechanic II (Farmer)

Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation

Alfred B. DelBello Muscoot Farm Park

51 Route 100, Katonah, NY, 10536

Cell: (267)-614-7068

Office: (914)-864-7288

Justin Seelaus, Senior Maintenance Mechanic II (Farmer)

Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation

Alfred B. DelBello Muscoot Farm Park

51 Route 100, Katonah, NY, 10536

Cell: (267)-614-7068

Office: (914)-864-7288

May 3 21

Director of Program Management & Vendor Opportunities

by Ivara J. Roth

Job description: Director of Program Management and Vendor Opportunities

The Boston Public Market Association (“BPMA”) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to operate the Boston Public Market, the 28,000 square foot permanent food and artisanal year-round market in downtown Boston.  That mission includes programs and activities that enrich the Market’s work to support New England farmers and food producers, educate the public about the value of local and fresh, healthy food for consumers of all income levels and to build a community around food.  The Director of Programming and Vendor Opportunities, reporting to the CEO, plays a key role in the Boston Public Market Association’s mission.

The Position and Responsibilities:

The Director of Programming and Vendor Opportunities responsibilities are diverse, and includes:  recruiting and collaborating with small food and artisanal businesses to consider their role in the market, developing programs and events, fostering different partnerships and relationships that serve to fulfill the Market’s mission.  This position is tasked with identifying, developing and growing strategic collaborations and partnerships with small food and artisanal businesses, community groups and other partners, and creating new programs and events for the Market, our vendors and our visitors. 

  • Building relationships with and managing recruitment of small New England businesses to connect them to the Boston Public Market’s retail sales opportunities including permanent retail stalls in the Market, pop-up retail spaces and spaces at our outdoor Farmers Markets.
  • Developing, planning and executing a calendar of seasonal events and festivals that highlight our vendor’s products and provide free entertainment and educational opportunities for our customers and broader community.  These festivals include our Agricultural Festival, Oyster Festival and Fiber Festival.
  • Designing and running external programming efforts in conjunction with local partners and coordinating participation in external events such as festivals and educational series.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Marketing, planning and executing the Market’s annual fundraising event, the Harvest Party, negotiating and managing vendor contracts and coordinating most aspects of the event, in collaboration with the entire BPMA team
  • Running the Market’s Private Event Rentals program, including marketing the space, developing proposals for potential clients, executing contracts and overseeing all aspects of logistics and operations, including arranging catering from the Market and management of any outside vendors
  • Developing educational content and training volunteers/interns to execute the Market’s free year-round Field Trip and Tour programs, where thousands of students and other interested parties learn about our vendors and the importance of local food and supporting small businesses
  • Encouraging vendors to conduct demonstrations, classes and tastings in our Demonstration Station and Connections Corner, providing them with an additional revenue stream and further educating our community about their businesses and offerings.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent program design and management skills; ability to work on multiple projects with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to engage with a variety of constituents and stakeholders
  • Agile, flexible, and mission-driven individual committed to public impact work. 
  • Some familiarity with issues related to local food, food systems, food or other markets entrepreneurship, health and wellness education
  • Team-oriented and collaborative
  • Demonstrates ability to work with deadlines in a fast paced work environment and handles all situations calmly.
  • Highly organized team player with experience planning and managing events
  • Strong verbal/written communication skills and attention to detail.

The Boston Public Market provides equal opportunity for all persons seeking employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic as established by law. To learn more about the Boston Public Market, visit our website at bostonpublicmarket.org

Interested applicants should send a Cover Letter and Resume to Cheryl Cronin at ccronin@bostonpublicmarket.org by May 15th.

Apr 26 21

Admissions Fellow 2021-22

by Ivara J. Roth
Apr 26 21

UMRBA Summer 2021 Intern

by Ivara J. Roth

Position announcement:  Water Resources Policy Intern at the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association

The Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA), a regional interstate organization, provides a forum for discussion and collective action on regional water resource issues.  UMRBA is hiring for a Water Resources Policy Intern for summer 2021.  The Intern for the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA) will assist in researching policy and management issues, communicating the five states’ policy positions, and developing opportunities and means for interagency collaboration and coordination.  In addition, the Intern would assist in developing the Association’s external communications – e.g., new website development.  Applicants should have an interest in river-related issues, water resources, ecology, environmental science/management, and public policy.

Applications will be accepted until May 5, 2021.

Applicants will be asked to submit:

1.)  A cover letter describing relevant experience, interests, and suitability for the position

2.)  A resume

3.)  Contact information for two professional references

Please see the attached position announcement for additional details.  Application materials and questions should be directed to Andrew Stephenson at astephenson@umrba.org.

Search timeline is as follows:

Review of applications to begin:  May 6, 2021

Interviews to begin no earlier than:  May 12, 2021

Tentative start date:  June 7, 2021

Thanks,

Andrew

Andrew Stephenson

Policy & Programs Director | Upper Mississippi River Basin Association

7831 E. Bush Lake Rd., Suite 302, Bloomington, MN 55439

651-224-2880 (main office) |952-208-1169 (direct)

Find us online at www.umrba.org or Facebook

Apr 26 21

Summer Crew Leader Positions at Wave Hill

by Ivara J. Roth
Apr 26 21

Southwest Boston Green Team – Summer Intern

by Ivara J. Roth
Apr 26 21

Remote – Summer internship, National Farmers Union

by Ivara J. Roth

National Farmers Union (NFU) is seeking interns to assist with projects in government relations, communications, and/or organizational operations during the summer months of 2021. The start and end times for this internship are flexible. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, this internship will be online only

This internship can provide first-hand experience in monitoring legislative and regulatory activity in the federal government, creating written or visual content for publications, developing social media content, planning educational and advocacy events, or supporting the organization’s 200,000 members. In addition to learning directly from our national staff and leaders, NFU provides interns with the flexibility to tailor their internship to their interests and create projects that will benefit them professionally. Interns will report to the Vice President of Advocacy who may delegate project-specific supervision to other staff as appropriate.

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates should be enrolled in a degree program and possess a high level of organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks or projects at once, creative and critical thinking skills, the confidence to work independently without much supervision, and experience in timely research and information gathering. A background in production agriculture, agriculture policy, and current political and environmental issues facing rural communities is a plus. Additional qualifications include:

• Strong verbal and written communication skills

• Dedication to customer service when interacting with members via telephone or email

• Proficiency in Microsoft programs, photo editing tools, and videoconferencing platforms

Additional Benefits:

NFU offers a monthly stipend for our interns and, if public health conditions improve, may provide travel expenses to attend in-person Farmers Union events.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment@nfudc.org with the subject line “Summer Intern.”

About NFU:

NFU advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 American farm families and their communities. Our organization envisions a world in which farm families and their communities are respected, valued, and enjoy economic prosperity and social justice. We are looking to grow our team with bright and ambitious individuals who are just as committed to improving the farm and food system as we are.