Laura Goldin
Raab 347

"Open Door Always"

EarthNotes: Sep 5, 2011


This Issue: 

Announcing our talented and enthusiastic UDRs for the coming year: Hannah Saltman and Becca Carden! Environmental Studies is also now on Facebook! Check it out for updated events and information about majoring or minoring.

 Upcoming events and Fall Internships and Jobs!

*"A Sense of Wonder": Mon, Sept 12, 7PM, Shapiro Theater

*ESA Emerging Issues Conference Series - Call for Abstracts

*Internship and Job Corner:Waltham Recycling & Energy & Much More!

"A Sense of Wonder": Monday, September 12th at 7:00 PM, Shapiro Campus Center Theater FREE

Don't Miss This!

The entire campus is invited to this remarkable, moving one-woman play about Rachel Carson, a primary inspiration for the modern environmental movement whose messages ring true today. Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee, the play has been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment. Hosted by the Environmental Health and Justice JBS, Environmental Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Women's Studies Research Center, Ethics Center, Student Affairs, Office of the Arts, SEA, Natural Living Club and made possible by the generous sponsorship of The Fine Fund, The Sagan Foundation and An Anonymous Donor.  For more info about the show itself, click here. Flyer and posters coming soon


Ecological Society of America’s 2nd Emerging Issues Conference

Developing Ecologically-Based Conservation Targets Under Global Change

Eligibility: Undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs (at time of conference)

Benefits: Up to 20 awards, each up to $1000 reimbursed for travel expenses

Application deadline: Thursday, September 29, 2011

ESA’s Governing Board announces the Conference, “Developing Ecologically-Based Conservation Targets under Global Change,” to be held February 27 – March 1 2012 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

The Conference Committee is soliciting submissions of poster abstracts by eligible students and post-docs that relate to the conference theme. Abstracts that break new ground in understanding or managing the impacts of global change on conservation are especially encouraged. Authors may approach the topic through ecology, policy, or education applied to any geographic region, habitat, or species. We are especially interested in integrative approaches that recognize the importance of interdisciplinarity and those bridging traditional divides between natural and social scientists. Abstracts will be reviewed in Octoboer and authors will be notified of their acceptance status of November 3, 2011. For more info see, click here.

How to submit an abstract:

Go to If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Riem, Science Program Coordinator at the ESA, at

*** Internship and Job Corner ****

We have a long list of outstanding internships available for the right students for academic credit with the ENVS89a course (offered every semester and summer.) Please contact me if you are interested and to register for the course: . For a snapshot of the many opportunities available and information about the internship course, see the ENVS website.

Appropriate positions can meet internship requirements for HSSP, IGS and others programs.

Waltham Recycling & Energy Internship: Excellent Local Opportunity
The Waltham Recycling Department has openings for one -two interns for fall or spring 2011-2012. The interns will assist the Recycling Coordinator with the operations in a small Department, which manages programs in Recycling, Hazardous Product Management, Composting, and Energy Efficiency, including a community outreach program for free home energy audits.  The intern will select one or more projects for the semester, based on interests and the needs of the Department.  
Other duties:  Manage phones & respond to requests for information, distribute recycling bins
Useful skills: communication skills for public education, community outreach, research, journalism, grant writing 
Must be able to function in small office, work independently, and/or work collaboratively with others.
For internship credit only, no pay. A minimum commitment of 10 hours hours per week is required but 15 is preferred. This is an excellent chance to learn about the workings of a small but critical municipal government function, please contact me if you are interested.

YMCA After-School Program Positions: Openings may sill be available.

The YMCA is looking for students to work as group leaders in its Out of School Time Program located at the Fitzgerald, Northeast, Stanley and Whittemore elementary schools in Waltham.  This is a great opportunity to gain experience working with children in grades K-5 in a public school setting.  It is ideal for students that are active and enjoy being creative and working with children.

Job Duties: 

-Assist with planning, implementing and supervising games and activities with children. Activities include arts and crafts, active/sports, literacy, math, science, cultural awareness, music and enrichment.

-Assist children with homework and/or provide academic tutoring

- Supervise and interact with children during free activity and game time

- Set up /clean up of daily snack, activity materials and program space

The program runs Monday-Friday from 2:30-6:00PM and you would need to be available to work at least two-three days per week.  Applicants with experience working with children in camp or after school program settings are preferred but not necessary. 

Pay Range: $9.00-$11.00 per hour

Contact: Prof Goldin  and 
Rebecca Bleeker, Senior Program Director @ the Waltham YMCA,


Climate Action Internship

From Climate Action: "Are you passionate about climate change? Do you lead a low carbon life or want to learn how? Are you in awe of China's economic development yet frightened by her increased consumption? Is "Be the change you want to see in the world" your personal mantra?

Climate Action helps to fund clean energy projects around the world through the sale of carbon credits to companies and to individuals. We spend a lot of time thinking about how to make today's world a better place using clean and green technology and have our eye on new technologies that will have game-changing impacts on tomorrow's world. We are building and growing a community of low carbon, like-minded individuals using social media.

The company is led by successful entrepreneurs in the clean tech and internet spaces in China. You can learn more about Climate Action by connecting with us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

We are looking for people who may have one or a combination of the following traits:

* passionate about climate change and wants to do something to make an impact
* background in environmental studies
* proven experience in social media marketing
* background in journalism and/or writing/editing experience

He or she would need to convince a climate change skeptic that investments in clean technology are making a difference. It would be helpful if the candidate has native level written English skills to make intelligent contributions to other online discussions in the green space."

Please contact Steven Chiu for more information at


Zoo New England Winter Interns
Zoo New England is the non-profit corporation that operates Franklin Park and Stone Zoos. These two historic zoos, located in Boston, are gems and long-time pillars in the local communities. The education department is looking for program and animal care interns at both zoos. Please see the attached descriptions for more information.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay:
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a non-profit public interest harbor advocacy organization, has great internships to offer in the Policy field. 

Save the Harbor/Save the Bays mission is to restore and protect the harbor and the bay, and to reconnect Bostonians from every neighborhood, regional residents and visitors alike, so that we can all enjoy the benefits of the enormous public and private investment in our revitalized harbor and waterfront.  Click here, and contact me if you wish to receive academic credit

New England Farmers Union Education Foundation Internship
The NEFU seeks an intern to assist with its "Buy Local" Carbon Crediting program. To apply, send letter and resume to and contact me if you are interested in academic credit. 

New England Aquarium Program Educator
The New England Aquarium is hiring part-time Program Educators. The Program Educator will join a team of up to 30 other Program Educators that work within the Education Department to present a variety of aquatic-themed educational programs in an outreach format, on-site in our Ocean Center, and in the Aquarium exhibits to children of various ages, the general public, and Aquarium members. Programming aims to increase an understanding of aquatic life and environments, strengthen scientific concepts and skills, and provide leadership for the preservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources. Programming formats generally vary between classroom style teaching (up to 30 participants), auditorium style (on a stage in front of up to 150 people), open house style (drop-in activities at 1 or 2 tables), and exhibit interpretation. Some programs will include live animals. For more information, click here.


Second Nature Job
Second Nature has recently launched the next phase of its capacity building efforts to advance the institutional capacity of minority-serving and under-served colleges and universities to commit to sustainability and climate neutrality. The Education for Sustainability (EfS) Innovation Program, the second phase of the capacity building initiative, promotes innovation and leadership among the under-resourced higher education institutions. Second Nature seeks the services of a Program Associate for a 6-month contract. Under the leadership of the President and the Vice President, and reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Development, the Program Associate will actively work towards Second Nature’s mission to advance sustainability in higher education across the United States with a special focus on the EfS Innovation Program. For the full job description, please click here. This is a full-time temporary position that requires a 6-month commitment, pay commensurate with experience, no benefits. This position requires a working presence at Second Nature office in downtown Boston, with some telecommuting and occasional travel. This posting is available immediately and will remain open until September 16, 2011. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Candidates are invited to apply at:

Penn State Education Program Associate 2 (Student Programs)
Job Number: 34636
Date Announced: 
Work Unit: Office Of Physical Plant
Department: Campus Sustainability Office
Level/Classification: 02 - Exempt
The Pennsylvania State University is a global leader in sustainability and the Campus Sustainability Office is the central unit leading and supporting operational sustainability programs, practices and policies. As we work with partners in Residence Life, Housing and Food Services, and in the various academic colleges to scale up programs engaging students in the conservation of resources, we are looking for a highly self-motivated, knowledgeable person with a passion for sustainability and proven successful experience working with students. Typical duties will include coordinating the Student Eco-Rep Program including program development, team-building, training, and assessment; making presentations to classes, student groups and other groups and tabling at events; working with faculty, students and operations experts to develop effective facilities-relevant class projects; and managing multiple communications channels to build a student sustainability community using social media, mobile devices, the Web, e-mail, video, and events (such as energy challenges). Typically requires a Bachelors degree or higher plus two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Successful candidate will have basic knowledge of programmatic assessment and experience collecting, interpreting and using data for programmatic decision-making and program improvement. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. The successful candidate must thrive in a fast-paced work environment and enjoy juggling multiple priorities. Must have experience leading interactive group processes, facilitating small and large group work, and developing engaging, effective educational programs with and for students. The successful candidate will enjoy and have proven experience working with diverse audiences including international students. An ability to equally manage relationships, budgets, deadlines is essential. To apply, please visit the following site.

A.J. Lewis Center Facilities Manager & COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of A.J. Lewis Center Facilities Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month Administrative and Professional Staff position reporting to the Director of Environmental Studies. We seek applicants with a combination of strong technical and interpersonal skills who are interested in enhancing the environmental performance and educational value of a facility recently named the most important green building in the last 30 years by Architect magazine.  A detailed description of the position and application process is posted here.


The Office of Sustainability at UC Berkeley is now hiring an Energy Management Communications Specialist.  The Energy Management Communications Specialist will help implement the marketing plan and coordinate communications for the Energy Management project and will report to the Director of Sustainability. The position will be responsible for maintenance and growth of the project website, staffing marketing and outreach events, analyzing identified audiences and the success of outreach efforts, coordinating social media efforts, and other marketing support activities. The Communications Specialist will also work closely with the Energy Management project teams, the Energy Office staff, and the Sustainability Manager.  This is a 24 month contract position.  The position is now posted on the Berkeley Job Website (requisition #12850).


Hardy Girls Healthy Women is hiring an Americorps Member to serve as a full-time Program Coordinator and join our team of changemakers. Download the full job description and application instructions here.
Hardy Girls Healthy Women is recruiting an AmeriCorps member to serve as the organization's Programs Coordinator beginning October 7, 2011.  The Programs Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the Adventure Girls and Powered by Girl programs, performing general program outreach tasks, managing program volunteers, and other duties as required.
Application Deadline is September 15th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply today!

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, click here. Many of the internships are ideal for academic credit with the fall, spring or summer ENVS 89a course. Just discuss with me first:

Green Communities Intern - Conduct GHG Emissions Inventories 
Sierra Business Council 
Truckee, CA (Western Sierra Nevadas, CA) 

Media Specialist Associate 
The Island Institute 
Rockland, ME 

Waste Prevention Specialist - Berkshire Region 
Center for EcoTechnology 
Pittsfield, MA 

Program Coordinator 
Center for Whole Communities 
Waitsfield, VT 

Campaign Representative, Beyond Coal Campaign in North Carolina 
Sierra Club 
Charlotte, NC (Statewide) 

Tin Mountain Conservation Center 
Albany, NH (White Mountain region) 

Marine Science Educator 
The Marine Science Consortium 
Wallops Island, VA 

Fall Grassroots Organizing & Advocacy Internships 
Food and Water Watch 
Chicago, IL (CA, DC, NJ, IA, more)

Program Director 
Outward Bound Atlanta 
Atlanta, GA (North Carolina too)‚  

Outreach and Education Manager 
Center for EcoTechnology 
Pittsfield, MA 

Energy Analyst 
Center for EcoTechnology 
Pittsfield, MA 

Environmental Educator 
Tanglewood 4H Camp and Learning Center 
Lincolnville, ME 

College Program Coordinator 
Marine Science Consortium 
Wallops Island, VA 

NCC Mule Deer Habitat Restoration Volunteer 
Great Basin Institute 
Reno, NV 

(And of 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