Laura Goldin
Raab 347

"Open Door Always"

EarthNotes: Oct. 4, 2009

This Issue

  • Government Careers
  • Our Sustainability Report Card
  • Farmers Market
  • Wood Hole Info Session
  • Energy Job
  • Spring Internships

Brandeis Government Careers Forum and Network Event

Oct. 7, 2009, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

The Hiatt Career Center will host an event to showcase careers in federal, state and local government. The evening will feature a keynote presentation by Kim Ainsworth, executive director of the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board, which will be followed by an open "speed" networking session where students may connect with 25 employers about their agencies. To view Ms. Ainsworth's biography and see a full list of participating government agencies, visit the Government Forum Web site. Register now via Hiatt Nacelink.

To prepare yourself for this event and strengthen your knowledge about careers in government, check out Hiatt's new government Web site and the "How to Work the Government Forum" PowerPoint presentation. Professional dress is required for this event.

Questions? Contact Hiatt Career Center at 781-736-3618 or

Green Report Card: How does Brandeis score?

Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Lown Auditorium

A special event with Mark Orlowsk

Join us to hear Sustainable Endowments Institute's Founder and Director Mark Orlowski speak about how the Institute measures and rates environmental sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices. He also will explain Brandeis' final grade on the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card, which will be released Oct. 7 at The College Sustainability Report Card identifies colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability.

Questions? Contact Susan Paykin.

Brandeis Farmers Market 

Oct. 11, 12 - 3 p.m.

Athletics Parking Lot

Come get your fresh-fix. Many vendors from the surrounding community will be bringing everything from apples, to apple cider, to veggies and maple syrup. This is a great chance to stock up on before the end of the season, and support local farmers. This has been a hard year for farmers, with economic challenges, terrible weather and the huge tomato blight that swept New England. Now it's more important than ever to show farmers that we care about local food and sustainability. So bring your friends, and maybe do a harvest feast in your dorm.

From the NaturaLiving Club: "If you bring an old blank t-shirt (or canvas tote or whatever), we'll provide the paint and stencils to put our NaturaLiving logo on your shirt. Become part of the movement!"

Semester in Environmental Science in Woods Hole, Mass. Information Session

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2-3 p.m.
Shiffman 216

Learn more about the Semester in Environmental Science at Woods Hole. Join Stephanie Oleksyk (SES '06) for pizza and more information on this great off-campus opportunity. Study the fundamentals of ecosystems and biogeochemistry with researchers at one of the world's premier centers for biological research and education, the Marine Biological Laboratory.

An approved study away program for Brandeis, the Semester in Environmental Science (SES) is a full semester of credit taught by faculty who include some of the field's top scientists. The core curriculum examines global environmental problems within the context of local ecosystems. Through a set of well-integrated field and laboratory exercises, students compare the structure and function of ecosystems across the estuaries, ponds, freshwater wetlands, salt marshes and forests of Cape Cod. The final product of the semester is a presentation of the students' independent research projects.

For more information, contact

Energy Job

Job Title: Cambridge Energy Alliance Community Canvasser

The Cambridge Energy Alliance is running a fall canvass program in the City of Cambridge to promote awareness on efficiency programs and services available to Cambridge residents.  Community canvassers will receive basic training in energy efficiency programs and canvassing techniques to offer information and resources to targeted communities in Cambridge. The project aims to reach approximately 3,000 households with door to door canvassing on Oct. 17, 18 and 24 (9- 5 p.m.). 

The Cambridge Energy Alliance is looking to temporarily hire seven community canvassers and one lead canvasser. The community canvassers will track the public's response in order to help connect interested parties to energy efficiency services and products.

The Cambridge Energy Alliance is a city-sponsored organization created to save residents and businesses money, while reducing Cambridge's carbon footprint.

The Alliance is working with homeowners, businesses and institutions across the city to achieve unprecedented levels of energy savings and to expand clean energy sources. To learn more about the Cambridge Energy alliance visit their Web site.  

This is an excellent opportunity to fight climate change by promoting efficiency programs to help residents save money and cut carbon, while earning extra cash. Community canvass hourly pay will be $10 per hour and $11 per hour for the canvass lead. The Cambridge Energy Alliance is looking to hire individuals who are interested in promoting energy efficient solutions to Cambridge residents. Excellent verbal communication skills are a must.  Canvassers will be traveling together in a team to promote efficiency in Cambridge. Skilled riders with bikes strongly preferred.

Interested applicants should submit resumes with letters of interest by Oct. 8 to:

Lilah Glick
Cambridge Energy Alliance
Subject: Fall Canvass-Name

Spring Internships

Don't forget to plan ahead for spring ENVS89a internships. We have a wealth of great opportunities available to fit your interests. Two organizations that have recently made special requests for spring interns include the following. If you are interested in these or others, contact Laura Goldin.

Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA)
CRWA, a non-profit headquartered not far from Brandeis, uses science, advocacy and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed. Interns' responsibilities include water quality and water quantity field work, sample bottle preparation, data compilation and analysis, assistance with mailings, conducting visual surveys, science Internet research and much more. Be part of protecting the Charles!

Urban Adventours
"We are looking for someone part-time, unpaid looking to help push the business forward with fresh ideas. This person would be helping out with GPS mapping, route finding, social media, marketing, outreach and other little ins and outs of the everyday business. They should love cycling, be outgoing, friendly, motivated and enthusiastic. Our shop at 103 Atlantic Ave is also right near both North and South Stations and a collection of T stops.

Orion Online Latest

The following are some of the the latest listings for environmental nonprofit internships and jobs around the country from Orion Grassroots Network. For information on these and the many other listings, visit the Web site
Paid internships: blogging, outreach, Web development, videography and more
Common Good Banks
Ashfield, MA (opportunities nationwide)

Organic Garlic Internship
Norfolk, CT

Recruitment Director
Green Corps
Boston, Mass.

Assistant Organizing Director
Green Corps
Boston, Mass.

Program Manager
Center for Whole Communities
Fayston, VT

If you don't see the job you want in EarthNotes or in your own searching, don't forget the Brandeis Hiatt Career Center.

From Hiatt: There are more than 300 organizations in Hiatt NACElink focused on environment/conservation, energy, NGO/non-profit, agriculture, or government, including 80 with a specific focus on green careers. In addition to the Environmental Studies Program and the annual Green Careers Forum, Hiatt brings many green employers to campus for recruiting, networking and informational purposes. Located in the Usdan Student Center, Hiatt offers daily walk-in hours for students and alumni. Stop by for assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation.