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Nov 29 22

Assistant Research Technician – Apply by December 9

by Ben

Assistant Research Technician (Lab Assistant 1)

Full time – Seasonal

$18.91 per hour, plus benefits

Application deadline: December 9, 2022

Start date: January 9, 2023

End date: March 24, 2023

To Apply: Send a cover letter, CV or resume, and three references (including name, organization, phone, email, and relationship to you) to Shane Dewees at sdewees@ucsb.edu. Please combine all application materials into one document for submission. Thank you for your interest!

Job Description:

The technician’s primary function will be conducting ecological research and restoration in the Los Padres National Forest as part of a team of two crew members and a crew leader. The crew member will be responsible for conducting field site preparation, restoration planting, and post-planting monitoring related to a vegetation restoration project. Field work will be planting across a 6-acre field site and then periodic survival and growth measurements. If there is no rain in a given month, field work will also include watering. Time-permitting the crew member will also help measure plant traits on seedlings in the UCSB Biological greenhouse. The crew member will assist the crew leader in ensuring that equipment and data are managed properly. Data entry and summarization will be required. The duty station will be in Goleta, CA. Field methods, equipment, and safety training will be provided. Housing will not be provided. A university vehicle can be provided, but crew members are responsible for their own transportation to and from the duty station (Goleta, CA).

Duties:

 Field Restoration work: Prepare the field site for outplanting (weed, stake down weed cloth, and label planting locations), plant the restoration species across a 6-acre field site, monitor the planted seedlings for survival and growth, and water planted seedlings if there is a month with no rain (80%)

 Data and equipment oversight: Upload and/or file collected data and photos on a daily or weekly basis; carefully check for missing data or data collection errors before leaving field sites; inventory field equipment on a regular basis and conduct maintenance as necessary; ensure all provided field equipment is accounted for; conduct data entry at an office location, likely using Microsoft Excel or Access. Basic data summarization. (10%)

 Measure plant traits: Measure an assortment of plant traits on seedlings in the UCSB Biological Greenhouse (5%).

 Logistics and Travel: Assist the crew leader as necessary in coordinating logistics of field travel (5%).

Minimum qualifications:

 Bachelor’s Degree including upper division college level coursework or equivalent experience in ecology, forestry, range science, or related natural science field

 Experience with plant restoration

 Experience collecting and properly handling quality data

 Experience with ecological data sets

 Willingness to complete repetitive research tasks

 Motivated to work in strenuous field conditions

 Proficiency using MS Word and Excel

 Proficiency using Google Sheets and Drive applications

 Valid driver’s license

 Ability to work long days in the field 7-8 hours

Preferred qualifications:

 Strong familiarity with California native and non-native flora

 Experience manipulating, entering, and organizing complex ecological datasets

 Experience maintaining plants in a greenhouse or equivalent horticultural practices

 CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified

 Experience operating a vehicle on rough roads

Physical Demands:

 Applicant must be in good physical condition being able to:

 Hike through rugged terrain

 Carry heavy field equipment

 Work in extremely hot/dry as well as cold/wet conditions

 Kneel, bend over, sit, and stand for several hours

Pandemic Statement

The University of California is vigilantly monitoring and acting in accordance with all applicable public health directives related to COVID-19. As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals* under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

For more information, please visit:

● UC Santa Barbara COVID-19 Information: https://www.ucsb.edu/COVID-19-information

● UC SARS-CoV-2 (COVID -19) Vaccination Program

Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19

Nov 29 22

Western Forest Initiative Crew Member – Apply by February 10

by Ben

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Western Forest Initiative (WFI) seeks 4 field crew members to join our team of graduate students and scientists. These positions involve examining old growth forests for growth, mortality and recruitment, mapping down woody debris, measuring fuels, and surveying seedlings and herbaceous plants. Work begins in the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot (Yosemite National Park, California), continues to Wind River Forest Dynamics Plot (Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington), and finishes in the Utah Forest Dynamics Plot (Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah). Two lab trucks will carry gear and any technicians who do not have or do not want to bring a personal vehicle.

DURATION:

Mid May through Mid August 2023. The work schedule is four, ten hour days per week.

PAY:

$16.50 per hour.

We provide campground and field station accommodations (camping at Yosemite and Cedar Breaks, field station in Wind River), and we provide work food and all group cooking gear.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of western flora, tree pathogens, and forest insects is helpful, as is solid experience with outdoor living. Candidates may have experience taking vegetation data, working safely in challenging environments, and following complex protocols. Work will involve moving through sometimes rough terrain and carrying up to 20 lbs of additional gear. Must have a valid drivers license (no recent DUI or reckless driving).

TO APPLY:

Please assemble the following into a single PDF file and send to soren.struckman@usu.edu with the subject line “WFI 2023 Job Application”

1) one page cover letter describing your reasons for applying and specific dates of availability including any planned mid summer absences, or a statement that you plan none. Your stated first available day should be the day you can be in Yosemite National Park.

2) one or two page resume.

3) unofficial transcripts.

4) names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references.

*applications will be reviewed as they are received, but no later than 10 February 2023.

For additional information, please visit http://yfdp.org, http://wfdp.org, http://ufdp.org or contact Jim Lutz (james.lutz@usu.edu) and Soren Struckman (soren.struckman@usu.edu)

Oct 24 22

Resilient Sisterhood Project: Environmental Justice and Reproductive Health Manager

by Ben

Overview

RSP’s mission is to empower women and young adults of African descent who are disproportionately  affected by diseases of the reproductive system. To articulate its vision, RSP mobilizes women to  address deeply rooted racism and internalized racism, sexism, environmental/food injustice, and other  social determinants of health that perpetuate silence and inaction surrounding these diseases. 

About this position:

This 30 hour per week position will expand RSP’s work on Black women’s reproductive health and the  intersections with environmental justice. The Manager works in partnership with RSP staff to design  programs, collect data, engage with the community, conduct outreach, represents the organization at key  meetings and community events. This new position is ideal for an initiative-taking individual who is a  self-starter and requires minimal supervision. This position reports to the Executive Director and the  Director of Programs.  

Community Building, Collaboration, and Programming

• Serve as an organizational liaison to program participants, partners, and colleagues.

• Actively participate in coalitions and partnerships with academic institutions, research institutions, and organizations engaged in environmental justice work.

• Develop and host workshops, webinars, trainings and community meetings on reproductive health and environmental justice.

• Conduct outreach to student groups on college campuses to bring attention to the reproductive health inequities and burdens Black women and girls face in conjunction with exposure to environmental toxins.

• Support community partners developing legislation limiting environmental toxins in cosmetics and other environmental health issues.

Communications, Social Engagement, and Outreach

• Communicate RSP’s programmatic aims and objectives regarding the intersection of reproductive health and environmental toxins to participants, colleagues, and the public.

• Create and distribute educational materials regarding the impact of environmental toxins on reproductive health.

• Share RSP’s environmental justice messaging across traditional and social media platforms.

• Increase the number of social media influencers who are sharing information on RSP’s work.

• Create video content regarding consumer products containing endocrine-disrupting chemicals that  are marketed to Black women and girls.

Community-Based Research and Knowledge Building

• Conduct community-based research within communities of color on environmental toxins and reproductive health using surveys, focus groups and other forms of data collection in collaboration  with health and science research institutions.

• Create materials for distribution to the public on RSP’s environmental justice work.

• Stay updated on issues related to environmental justice, reproductive health, and chemicals of  concern.

Qualifications

• Commitment to RSP’s mission, including a deep understanding of reproductive justice.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health or Environmental Science.

• Two years’ experience coordinating programs and providing educational workshops, presentations, and training.

• Two years’ experience conducting community-based research within communities of color.

• Two years’ experience conducting both quantitative and qualitative research.

• Exceptional writing, editing, oral and proofreading skills.

• Proficient with social media tools and Microsoft office programs including Word, Excel and  PowerPoint, knowledge of Canva a plus.

• Desire to work as part of a team in a culturally diverse organization, including building relationships  across lines based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability.

• Demonstrated understanding of, and ability to communicate about, complex, or controversial issues, with accountability and deference to those most impacted by those issues.

• Ability to deliver quality products on tight deadlines.

• Available to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as required 

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to Fiona Almeida, falmeida@rsphealth.org, with the subject line  “Environmental Justice and Reproductive Health Manager.” In your cover letter please specifically address why  you are interested in this position, what you find compelling about our work, and why your skills are a match. No phone calls please. Position open until filled

Sep 12 22

Research and Development Intern – The Lexicon of Sustainability (Apply by September 15)

by Ben

The Lexicon of Sustainability seeks up to five well-organized and self-directed persons to join our team as a Research and Development Interns.

The ideal candidates will have education in the following areas:
– people and program management
– training in diversity equity and inclusion (DEI)
– familiarity with food system and sustainability terms and topics
– knowledge of professional email protocols and business writing

Compensation: Compensation for people enrolled in an undergraduate program is awarded via class credit. A $3k cash stipend will be granted to three candidates with relevant experience, expertise, or a graduate degree in food systems or a food studies program.

Benefits: N/A for this part-time, short-term position.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@thelexicon.org. The role will remain open until September 15, 2022.

Responsibilities:
– Weekly organization and participation in writing documents for The Lexicon’s activator program
– Maintaining assets and workbooks
– Participation in social media and website content
– Conducting research

Term:
This remote, part-time engagement runs from September 20, 2022-January 20, 2022. Work expectations between 10-20 hours per week.

About the Lexicon of Sustainability:

The Lexicon of Sustainability is a US-based NGO that leads international
storytelling initiatives and builds interactive tools that raise awareness and
present solutions for food and climate systems architecture.

The Lexicon of Sustainability is committed to building a culturally diverse,
skill-based team and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous,
and People of Color regardless of certifications or university degrees.

Sep 11 22

Project Coordinator – The Lexicon of Sustainability (Apply by September 15)

by Ben

The ideal candidate will have education in the following areas:
– people and program management
– training in diversity equity and inclusion (DEI)
– knowledge of food system and sustainability terms and topics
– knowledge of professional email protocols and business writing

Compensation: The rate for this position starts at $25 per hour for 15-25 hours per week. Payment is detailed in the contract agreement that will be shared among interviewees.

Benefits: N/A for this part-time, six-month position.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@thelexicon.org. Applications will remain open until September 15, 2022.

Responsibilities
– The Project Coordinator is tasked with representing and supporting the team on video calls.
– Contribute to a solution-focused culture. It is the Coordinator’s shared responsibility with the entire team to elevate constraints/root causes, barriers, and bottlenecks and to foster a safe and respectful work environment.
– Work fluidly in Google Suite systems (docs, calendar, and meet) to ensure teams consistently surface concerns or improvement opportunities and enact mitigating strategies to resolve issues timely and effectively.
– Meet regularly with the team leader and weekly with the Director to support the work and escalate any issues.
– Work with team leader and Director to develop and monitor share outs and dashboards to meet performance goals.
– Ensure partnerships with key stakeholders are constructive and collaborative.
– Create a community-focused culture that permeates throughout the sprint.
– Drive efficiency and engagement throughout all value streams.
– Actively engage in continuous review of efficiency metrics to identify and scope optimization opportunities and evaluate the effectiveness of implemented projects.
– Develop and manage strategic partnerships, team building, and a sense of urgency and community to ensure that all members meet objectives.

Term
This remote, six-month, part-time engagement runs from September 20, 2022 – March 20, 2023.

About the Lexicon of Sustainability

The Lexicon of Sustainability is a US-based NGO that leads international storytelling initiatives and builds interactive tools that raise awareness and present solutions for the food system.

The Lexicon of Sustainability is committed to building a culturally diverse, skill-based team and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color regardless of certifications or university degrees.

May 2 22

Retail Assistant – Siena Farms

by Ben

We are seeking hardworking, high-energy, positive individuals who are motivated by a career interest in food and sustainable agriculture to join our team. Siena Farms Retail Assistants will be core team members of the year-round retail staff for our 50-acre vegetable farm. Retail Assistants will work closely with the managers and other members of the Siena Farms team to help professionally operate and grow retail sales at Siena Farms South End (106 Waltham St., Boston) and Siena Farms @ Boston Public Market.

Retail Assistants, like all of our employees, will be held to high standards for organization, communication, positive attitude, respect and kindness for coworkers, work quality, and professional work ethic and schedule. A background in retail sales or customer service is required, as well as experience with, or a passion for, farming and/or cooking.

The retail assistant position is a full-time or part-time position. Hours average 30-40 hours per week, spread over 4 or 5 shifts per week. Weekend availability is required. Compensation includes hourly wage and farm veggies.

Responsibilities

  • Greet customers and provide friendly and informed customer service
  • Maintain a high level of product knowledge and be able to recommend products based on customer needs and desires
  • Perform daily retail sales using point-of-sale system
  • Follow all opening and end-of-day systems and protocols
  • Help maintain product display, product pricing and labeling
  • Maintain accurate invoices for chefs and other wholesale customers
  • CSA promotion and sales to members and potential members visiting our retail sites
  • Training of Siena Farms apprentices and farm crew into some or all of these
    daily retail activities
  • Uphold a clean, safe, organized, and beautiful working environment for
    customers and co-workers

To apply, please email a letter of interest and resumé to jobs@sienafarms.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apr 29 22

Tufts Food Research Assistant – Professor Tim Griffin

by Ben

The Sustainability Council at Tufts, led by Executive Vice President Michael Howard, is formulating vision and strategy focused on effective, impactful goals and strategies leading to a sustainable university that serves current and future students and employees equally while supporting the health and wellbeing of all of humanity and our home planet. This includes the role of Tufts University in global leadership, education, civic engagement, and operations. One of the focal areas is FOOD and its impacts on resource use and many other outcomes – nutrition, health, equity, and others. In order to chart the progress by Tufts on the variety of sustainability outcomes, we need to know where we are now – in other words, what is the baseline for food at Tufts? We are establishing a team of students (both graduate and undergraduate) that can initiate the data collection, analysis and interpretation in this realm. This team would work with Tufts Dining staff, research faculty, and food supply chain actors to collect baseline data. This could include (as examples): the collective environmental impact of food served at Tufts, engagement with local to regional food producers and suppliers, and the linkages that food at Tufts has with campus and off-campus stakeholders, businesses, and customers.

This assessment requires not only perspective of the food system and its many impacts, but collectively requires expertise in topics like Life Cycle Assessment, diets and nutrition, consumer behavior around food choices, and the role of food in university communities.

There is the opportunity for two to four (2-4) students to work on this project during Summer 2022. These will be paid internships. If you are interested, send a short statement of interest that also describes your qualification, along with a current resume, to Tim Griffin (Division Chair of Agriculture Food and Environment at the Friedman School) – timothy.griffin@tufts.edu – you can also apply via Handshake if you have an account (https://tufts.joinhandshake.com/emp/jobs/6403456).

Title: Research Assistant
Start-end dates: May 15 – Aug 31
Hours/week: 10-30 (part to full time) – 2 to 4 students as a team
Salary: $15 -25/hr depending on experience and qualifications
Job location: Boston/Medford area – some remote and opportunities for site visits
Any restrictions/preferences on what year they are in school and/or what they are studying: Undergraduate and graduate students at Tufts

Apr 25 22

Teaching Assistant – Tufts Climate Resilience Institute

by Ben

This 2-week pre-college program summer program will take an interdisciplinary approach to climate resilience with an emphasis on environmental justice. The program will run from July 11th to 22nd and TAs will also put in a couple days of prep earlier in the summer. TA duties: attending and facilitating the in-person course, leading small group discussions daily, and overseeing and assisting student groups in their capstone Story Map projects. Preference for applicants with Story Map experience and an interest in climate resilience. Stipend: $1250

Submit your application to Gabriela.garcia@tufts.edu

Apr 18 22

Program Coordinator – Harvest Home

by Ben
Apr 18 22

Project Vesta Research Assistant

by Ben