Laura Goldin
Bassine 201

"Open Door Always"

EarthNotes: Dec. 12, 2010

This Issue:

*Environmental Health & Justice JBS
*Internship and Job Corner: Spring Academic Internships Still Available

Environmental Health and Justice JBS: Fall 2011

4 Courses - 16 credits - no prerequisites

Applications due March 15, rolling admissions.

Laura Goldin and Dr. James Stewart, Harvard School of Public Health & others.

An opportunity to immerse yourself in an integrated, multi-disciplinary environmental

justice program while directly engaging in the community.  Delve deeply

into the law, policy, social impacts and science of current environmental health

issues challenging individuals and families today-- particularly in low income communities

disproportionately burdened by toxic exposure and lack of access to safe housing,

healthy food and  open space. Gain knowledge and skills in fair housing and toxics law,

negotiation and advocacy, client interviewing and counseling, environment field

monitoring and assessment and more, as we work directly with low-income,

multi-ethnic communities in tackling pressing issues and developing solutions.

You will be able to help prevent evictions and reduce childhood lead exposure,

develop organic gardens with at-risk youth, help combat indoor air pollution,

create healthy meal programs with homeless women and children and much more --

all as you learn.  For more info see, click here

For questions or to discuss details please feel free to contact JBS program administrator Alyssa Grinberg at

or me  


*** Internship and Job Corner ****
We have a long list of outstanding internships available for the right students and for academic credit with the ENVS89a course (offered every semester and summer) Just make sure to arrange with me first: . For a preview of kinds of opportunities  available and information about the internship course, see the ENVS website, click here

Appropriate positions can be cross-listed for other majors and programs such as HSSP and IGS.
We currently have  open positions at the:
Waltham Recycling and Energy Department,Watlahm Energy Action Committee,Thoreau Institute/Walden Woods,The Food Project, Waltham Fields Community Farm, Urban Adventours and more for the right students. Some of these and others are described further below:


Waltham Energy Action Intern: Spring or Summer

Help Waltham Promote Climate Action in Waltham by working with the city, the energy utility, the schools and others
to promote energy conservation and others measures toward reducing climate impact.
See attached internship description and contact me know if you wish to pursue. 

Museum of Science Internships
The Museum's spring internship opportunities are now posted up on the museum's website, click here,
or you can visit and click on "internships". The site is updated daily and the museum is still accepting applications.
There are some appropriate positions for students interested in Museum Administration  & fund raising as well as environmental studies and science, such as the 
Spring & Summer Washburn Climb Philanthropy Intern, Spring Lectures & Special Programs Production & Marketing Internship, Spring Special Events Advancement Intern. As always, there also are several science education positions. Attached is a zip file of all our the individual position descriptions.

The Food Project seeks highly dependable and responsible individuals for 1-2 internship positions for
the Spring (April-June) to lead volunteer groups in educational activities and in fieldwork on its 30-
acre farm in Lincoln, MA. This internship is a great opportunity for individuals to explore interest
in sustainable agriculture and act on their commitment to improving the food system by educating
others about it. See attached for more info and contact me if you are interested. The timing doesn't quite fit
the usual semester schedule, but works well for a student interested in an extended spring-summer internship.
I'd be happy to work with you to make this work academically if possible.

Gardening through Refugee Organizations Project
The Institute for Community Health (ICH) is working in partnership with the Mutual Assistance Association (MAA) Coalition to evaluate the Gardening through Refugee Organizations (GRO) project. The GRO project creates opportunities for refugee populations to produce culturally appropriate foods according to their own tastes and habits. ICH will use qualitative methods, including interviews with participants and community stakeholders that capture what they believe is significant with regard to health in their communities and their experiences, perspectives and concerns about the GRO project, in order to assess the effectiveness and sustainability of GRO.
Opportunities for the Intern:
§Obtain experience with qualitative interviewing techniques
§Work with diverse populations
§Learn/practice qualitative data collection and analysis skills including interviewing through interpreters.
§Community interaction and experience with Community-Based Participatory Research
Intern Responsibilities:
§Conduct background research on stakeholder organizations
§As part of a team, participate in evaluation discussions and preparation of final products, including
reports and presentations
§Depending upon experience, will assist with or conduct qualitative interviews with program
participants and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
§Transcribe and analyze qualitative interviews
Preferred Skills:
§Self-motivated, independent work style
§Organized and detail-oriented
§Note-taking experience
§Experience with Microsoft Powerpoint and Publisher a bonus
§Qualitative interviewing experience a bonus
This unpaid internship is for 8 hours per week. Internship begins in January 2011 with a flexible end date.

Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a non-profit organization that provides sustainability education resources to K-12 classrooms, youth groups and families nationwide. GEF believes that what is healthy for the environment is healthy for kids, empowering youth to learn and adopt lifelong habits of environmental stewardship. See 2 internships descriptions attached.

EPA Job Opportunity: Time Sensitive!The US Environmental Protection Agency has an exciting opportunity for an entry level Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-028-09 position, located in the Office of Site Remediation & Restoration, Emergency Planning & Response Branch in Boston, MA. This opportunity is part of the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP), and the selected candidate will participate in a two-year trial program.  This position has growth potential, and at the end of the two year period, successful candidates may be eligible for conversion to permanent status.  Below is a link to the posting on USAJobs for the position which  describes the pay, duties, and application process.  Applications will be accepted December 3, 2010 through December 17, 2010.  In order to receive consideration, applicants must apply and submit all required documents on-line at USAJobs. 
Link (copy and paste into browser), click here

New England Climate Summer "is a summer program in which college students travel exclusively by bicycle throughout a state in New England, staying in eight different towns for a week each, while they build the climate movement as they go. It is an incredible opportunity to improve community organizing skills and make a real difference by connecting the student climate movement to communities. For more information and the application, please check out the website:, or email Tali Smookler at, who participated in the program last year."
Energy Fellow Opportunity for Recent Graduates

Energy Fellow at Meredith College

This one-year fellowship, supported by American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds, is open to a recent college graduate to support Meredith College’s emerging energy management program. The fellow will work 40 hours per week; professional development opportunities available. The Fellow will complete tasks across the Meredith College campus for different departments and areas, with work coordinated through the campus Sustainability Coordinator. Work will be performed in office, academic, and campus residential settings. Full posting here:

For further information please contact Laura Fieselman, Sustainability Coordinator, Meredith College, Senior Fellow, Environmental Leadership Program


Orion Online Latest Listings:
The following are just some of the latest listings for environmental nonprofit internships and jobs around the country from Orion Grassroots Network. For information on these positions and the many other listings, go to: .
Many of the internships are ideal for academic credit with the fall, spring or summer ENVS89a course. Just discuss with me first:

Executive Director
Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust
New Milford, CT

Assistant Grower
Waltham Fields Community Farm
Waltham, MA

Mineralogy Internship
Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA

Wildlife Rehabilitation Internships
Eastham, MA

Backpack Instructor
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
Townsend, TN (Great Smoky Mts Nat Park)

Citizen Science Educator
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
Townsend, TN (Great Smoky Mts Nat Park)

Summer Teacher/Naturalist
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
Townsend, TN (Great Smoky Mts Nat Park)

Environmental Education Summer Intern
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
Townsend, TN (Great Smoky Mts Nat Park)

Executive Director
Nevada Wilderness Project
Reno, NV

Health Counselors/Medical Assistants
Tapestry Health
Amherst, MA

Summer Naturalist Intern
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Homer, AK

Spring Environmental Educator
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Homer, AK

Director of Development
Center for Whole Communities
Fayston, VT

Design/Build Intern
Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Waitsfield, VT (Mad River Valley, Warren)

Semester Program Lead Build Instructor
Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Waitsfield, VT (Mad River Valley, Warren)

Semester Program Lead Faculty
Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Waitsfield, VT (Mad River Valley, Warren)

Science Museum Exhibit Developer
Amaze Design
Boston, MA

Traveling Semester Intern
Synergia Learning Ventures
Nevada City, CA

Take care all,

Laura Goldin