Laura Goldin
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"Open Door Always"

EarthNotes: Feb. 21, 2011

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Upcoming Events

Back Pages Books on Moody Street presents...

Charles Derber discusses Greed to Green: Solving Climate Change and Remaking the Economy

FREE - Back Pages Books (289 Moody Street,Waltham) Thursday, March 3 at 7 PM

From Back Pages Books: "Join us for a discussion with Professor Charles Derber about his powerful new work, "Greed to Green: Solving Climate Change and Remaking the Economy".  Hailed by Bill McKibben as "the right book at the right - and crucial - moment," "Greed to Green" is a fascinating, engaging look at both what needs to be done and what can be done to address the global climate crisis.  Far from apocalyptic, but also rooted in honest evaluations of what has gone wrong, "Greed to Green" is an instant classic, not solely for the problem it addresses, but for the way in which it does so."

This event is free and open to all. 

Questions: E-mail

Graduate Programs

Columbia University's MA Program in Climate and Society (Deadline: April 1)

The final application deadline to apply for Columbia University's MA Program in Climate and Society is April 1. The Climate and Society program is a professional, 12-month program that combines scientific knowledge of climate variability and change with the policy implications of a changing climate. To learn more see: Final Deadline: April 1

**Internship and Job Corner**

We have a long list of outstanding internships available for the right students, and most are eligible for academic credit with the ENVS89a course (offered every semester and summer) Just make sure to arrange with me first: goldin@brandeis.eduFor a preview of kinds of opportunities available and information about the internship course, see the ENVS website at positions can be cross-listed with other programs as well (HSSP, IGS, etc.)
See below for some exciting open positions locally and elsewhere, both for spring and summer

Clean Energy Fellow Position - Due February 18!

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has posted an exciting opportunity to join the agency in a 12-15 month “Clean Energy Fellow” position to support efforts to:

·       -Analyze ongoing clean energy programs funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

·       -Develop case studies that assess the impacts of these programs, and

·       -Communicate results as part of an effort to increase adoption of best practices, strategies, and technologies in order to broaden and extend the impact of the ARRA funding and associated projects.

To view the position description and application details, please go to: The application deadline is February 18, 2011. 

EPA Lead Paint Enforcement - Paid Summer Internships

From EPA: "Lead poisoning is a serious and preventable health threat for children and vulnerable populations.  New England residents are especially at risk because a large amount of the housing is older and may contain lead paint.  We are tackling this issue primarily through our Lead Paint Assistance and Enforcement Program.

This position will provide newly-hired interns with an opportunity to help reduce children’s unnecessary exposure to lead paint.  Interns will also gain invaluable knowledge and experience in researching and evaluating public health and housing data, interviewing and writing reports. Interns will assist with lead inspections to evaluate compliance with the lead laws.   An educational background in physical or natural sciences, engineering or related fields is helpful however, training will be provided."

**See attached document for more detailed description. If you would like to apply contact Prof. Laura Goldin at

Paid Internship at Second Nature (Boston) - Due March 1
From Second Nature: Second Nature is seeking student interns to work on multiple projects involving sustainability in higher education. Graduate students are invited to apply, and very capable seniors and recent graduates will also be considered.  Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Internships require a working presence in the downtown Boston Second Nature office.  Interns are expected to work the equivalent of 10-15 hours/week for one year (which can include more summer time hours and less work during the school year), with flexibility around holidays and each individual’s academic calendar. A stipend of $10-12/hour will be provided. Interns will work closely with other Second Nature staff and report to the Director of Strategic Initiatives.  Activities may include research on campus sustainability initiatives, outreach to campus representatives nationwide, writing and publishing articles for and other Second Nature publications, managing the website content, data entry and database management, travel to conferences and workshops, and supporting the Second Nature staff.  For more information, please see
Candidates are invited to submit their resume and the names/contact information of two faculty members who can act as references to Due March 1, 2011.

Nature Specialist - Waltham YMCA Paid Summer Job

From the Waltham YMCA: "The Waltham YMCA is looking to hire a Nature Specialist for their summer camp!  We are looking for someone to design and implement nature and environmental activities for children ages 3-11 years old at our outdoor summer camp program.  The nature specialist will be responsible for planning multiple activities per day and must possess the ability to create inspirational and engaging activities for children.  Activities will be run for groups consisting of between 20-30 children; the nature specialist will be the leader of the activity but will also have other counselors assisting.  We are looking for applicants that have an abundance of knowledge regarding environmental studies/nature, children activity ideas and experience leading activities for large groups of children.  The Waltham YMCA summer camp runs from June 27th-August 26thfrom 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.  The position pays between $10-$11/hr. "

Contact Professor Goldin at if you wish to apply.

A position description may be found at the following link: 

Oberlin College First Year Experience Director (full time)

From Oberlin: "Oberlin College invites applications for the position of First Year Experience (FYE) Resident Director. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative, live-in position. The FYE Resident Director is housed in Kahn Hall, a first-year student residential facility that opened this past fall semester and is expected to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification. The FYE Resident Director is expected to help implement and develop programs that foster a culture of environmental stewardship among incoming students."

Communications and Outreach Specialist at Tufts' Office of Sustainability (part time)

From Tufts: "The position of Communications and Outreach Specialist will be responsible for the Office of Sustainability’s internal and external messaging and public relations with its many constituencies, with a goal of promoting Tufts’ sustainability efforts to the public and building a culture of environmental sustainability on campus. He/she will create annual reports, brochures, and news articles about sustainability on campus as well as maintain the OOS website including updating current design and content. The Communications and Outreach Specialist will also create social marketing plans and outreach materials including posters, flyers, prompts, emails, and other materials in support of behavior change initiatives. She/he will also help measure, record and communicate Tufts' progress toward its sustainability commitments and regional greenhouse gas goals. In addition, the Communications and Outreach Specialist will have the opportunity to help design and organize outreach events, provide support to Tufts staff “Eco-Ambassadors,” and teach sustainability practices to faculty, staff and students."

For more information and to apply, please go to and search for Job Requisition Number 55533  

Summer Internship at Sudbury Valley Trustees (paid/full-time)

Message from alumna Lindsey Sarquilla: "I just got wind of this pretty exciting paid/full-time summer internship with the Sudbury Valley Trustees, looking for an intern with a Bachelor's Degree to do stewardship management plans for a number of their properties. Maybe for a soon-to-graduate senior looking for summer plans?"

See attached document for description.

US AID Summer Internships - Africa and Washington D.C. - Due March 15
**Note: This internship is eligible for both ENVS89a and internship credit.  

USAID's Africa Bureau expects to have a limited number of Summer 2011 internships available in their overseas missions in sub-Saharan Africa as well as in Washington, D.C.

For More Details See Application Link:

March 15: Closing date for applications (Mid-April: Students will be notified of USAID decisions)

Green Building Summer Internship at Fore Solutions - Due March 1

From Fore Solutions: Fore Solutions, a green building consulting firm in Portland, ME, is seeking a summer 2011 intern to participate in an effort to bring the state of Maine to the forefront of high performance green building and to help Fore Solutions achieve its vision of inspiring and advancing innovations in the building field and in communities. The intern will work as the prime researcher on an inquiry into the possibilities for the most innovative design approaches (i.e., net-zero building, regen erative design, living building challenge, etc.) for reducing fossil fuel emissions, conserving water, reducing waste, increasing occupant productivity and health, and improving quality of life being applied to buildings, campuses, and communities in Maine.

For more information:

Summer Internship with
**See attached flyer for more information.

From OurEarth: "This summer, become an intern in's 2011 Environmental Leadership Program. In addition to leadership training, you will work on a number of diverse environmental projects that will help the organization and website expand and be in a team with students from other colleges. 

For added flexibility, all work is done remotely so you can work from your home, campus, or anywhere else, yet you will still have very frequent contact with the management and other interns via conference calls, email, webinars, and other electronic mediums."

A more detailed program description, the internship application, and further information about the organization is available here:

African Conservation Experience

From ACE:"African Conservation Experience organise volunteering placements at conservation projects in southern Africa for students from all over the world. We are the most experienced organization in our field, having been in operation for over ten years. Students can gain valuable, hands-on experience at a range of projects, including ecology studies, monitoring animal behavior, animal care in rehabilitation centres, dolphin, wale, sea horse population work, game ranger courses, etc.

You can view our latest brochure at the following link:"

Internship Opportunities at Barakat, Inc.
Barakat is currently looking to fill about ten internship positions for the 2011 summer and fall sessions. Barakat is a nonprofit organization "that exists to strengthen the fundamental human right to education in South and Central Asia by providing exemplary basic education, increasing access to higher education and advancing literacy, particularly for women and children. Our office in Cambridge provides support to our programs and staff in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India through fundraising, awareness raising and program development. " Attached is a list of internship descriptions, and more information at, or by emailing

Receive Funding for your Research - Two Opportunities here at Brandeis!

Schiff Fellowship: Due March 7
Undergraduate Research Program: Due March 16

**See attached for more detailed descriptions of both. Schiff Fellows work closely with a Faculty Mentor on a year-long research or pedagogical project; Fellows earn $2000 and their Faculty Mentors receive $500. Current and past Schiff Fellows describe this as an excellent opportunity to pursue independent research in collaboration with a caring and knowledgeable expert in their field. In past years, faculty members have been particularly helpful in identifying excellent candidates for the Schiff Fellowship, and have often approached a student directly with an idea for a project. Applications for academic year 2011-2012 are available in Academic Services (Usdan 130) or by emailing Meredith Monaghan ( The submission deadline is 5pm on Monday, March 7, 2011. This cycle of the Undergradu

ate Research Program competition is for summer 2011 grants. This award is open to students in all disciplines, and funds can be used to pay for research materials, travel to conferences, and other research-related expenses. Students need a recommendation from a faculty mentor, but the role of the faculty member is less hands-on for the URP than for the Schiff Fellowship Program. Applications are available in Academic Services (Usdan 130) or by emailing Meredith Monaghan ( The submission deadline is 5pm on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Orion Grassroots Network - Job Alerts

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:


Education Intern  Linda Loring Nature Foundation  Nantucket, MA 

Farm Educator  Shelburne Farms  Shelburne, VT 

Program Leaders  Summer of Solutions  Oakland, CA 

Case Manager  Tapestry Health  Springfield, MA 

Land Preservation Specialist  The Land Conservancy of New Jersey  Boonton, NJ 

Teacher Naturalist  Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont  TOWNSEND, TN 

Program Coordinator  The Carrot Project  Berkshires area, MA 

Outreach Intern-Forest Health  The Nature Conservancy  Sheffield, MA 

Education Program Specialist  NIU Lorado Taft Field Campus  Oregon, IL 

Counselor at Outdoor Adventure, Peace & Nature Camp  Sierra Friends Camp  Nevada City, CA 

Communications and Outreach Specialist  Tufts Office of Sustainability  Medford, MA 

High School Conservation Crew Leaders  Student Conservation Association  Anchorage, AK 

Public Programs Director  Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture  Pocantico Hills, NY (Westchester) 

Coordinator  Heartwood  Murfreesboro, TN (central/eastern US-telecommute) 

Summer Farm Camp Craft Specialist  Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture  Pocantico Hills, NY (near Metro NYC)  Summer Farm Camp Food and Nutrition Specialist  Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture  Pocantico Hills, NY (nr NYC) 

Summer Farm Camp Livestock Education Specialist  Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture  Pocantico Hills, NY (near Metro NYC)  Summer Farm Camp Instructors & Counselors  Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture  Pocantico Hills, NY (near Metro NYC)  Production Assistant with Quickbooks Experience  Ethix Ventures, Inc.  Milford, MA 

Intern Naturalist  San Joaquin Outdoor School  La Honda, CA 

If you don't see the job you want on EARTHNOTES or in your own searching, don't forget the Brandeis Hiatt Career Center. From Hiatt: "There are over 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. Hiatt offers students/alumni daily walk-ins hours. Stop by for assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation. Web site: /Hiatt Nacelink: and Location: Usdan Student Center.

Take care all, 

Laura Goldin