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EarthNotes: Sep 20, 2011

This Issue

* Massachusetts Green Career Conference


* Arava Institute Spring 2012

* Internship and Job Corner!

 

Massachusetts Green Career Conference
From the Green Career Conference: "The third annual Massachusetts Green Career Conference brings together stakeholders from government, education, business and career networks.  Join us to learn from leading experts about current and prospective careers, network with workforce development professionals and companies that are hiring, and go home with knowledge and resources on green careers and training! There will be 50 + speakers and even more exhibitors, including government experts, businesses that are hiring, workforce development professionals, and college program representatives. "
Special Features:  
* Networking from 7am to 3:30pm
* Lunch roundtable discussions with peers and experts
* FREE coaching from career experts at the conference
* FREE raffle for six excellent books about green careers
* Lunch will be served
Registration: Registration after September 1st is $75.  Group and student discounts $40-$55 are available.  The conference fee covers speaker sessions, exhibitors, roundtable discussions, coaching, lunch and free book raffle.  Previous conferences sold out in advance so early registration is recommended. To register, please visit: http://GreenCareer.EventBrite.com. For more information, please see www.MassGreenCareers.com 

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies Now Accepting Applications for Study Abroad Spring 2012
From ARAVA: "The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies on Kibbutz Ketura is the environmental studies program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region's environmental challenges. Our program brings Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, North American, and other International students together, in coexistence and in academic study, using passion for the environment as the connecting thread and the common goal. Our program, which offers both undergraduate and graduate levels of study, incorporates peace-building, environmental leadership and community building skills while living on a desert kibbutz, and gives students an opportunity to learn and understand the many faces of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

 We are currently working on recruitment for Spring 2012 (Feb.22, 2012-June 24, 2012 ) and beyond.  Students from North America come to the Institute as a study abroad opportunity in the middle of undergraduate work, or for post- graduate studies. All classes are taught in English, with a very low student to faculty ratio. The Institute is accredited by Ben Gurion-University.  

 To see more about the type of projects that the Arava Institute is involved with, click here.

 For more information go to www.arava.org and click on Academic, or contact Brenda Hausler at info@arava.org.

 Rabbi Michael M. Cohen is a founding faculty member of the Institute in charge of North American student recruitment and divides his time between Vermont and the Institute. He can be reached at aravakolot@yahoo.com or (802) 362-2432.

*** 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.) Just contact me if you are interested and to register for the course:  goldin@brandeis.edu . 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. 

Gender and Justice Investigative Journalist Intern – On Campus Job!
The Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis is seeking a new intern for the Fall 2011 semester to focus on Gender and Justice Investigative Journalism. The precise nature of the projects will shift with deadlines, interests, and current events; student research partners should be flexible and willing to work where needed. The internship may be focused on one of the following: LGBT issues, Representation of Women in the Media, Corruption in Adoption, Violence against Women, Human Trafficking and modern-day slavery. The intern will work closely with a Scholar who is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. The application deadline is rolling so potential applicants are strongly advised to submit now. For more information and to apply, click here. 

Public Interest Network Activist Workshop Intern
From PIN: "Are you involved on campus? Are you serious about social change? Do you want to learn more about how to develop and train the next leaders of social change movements – with issues ranging from the environment, to consumer concerns, to social justice, to equality? Public Interest Network Training Center is seeking interns who will be working to plan and organize (and possibly attend some of) our activist workshops around the country. We will also be partnering with other organizations, strengthening social networks, and raising social awareness about important issues.
Qualifications: We are looking for people who are passionate about social change, have a desire to strengthen and augment the social change movement, and have demonstrated leadership experience. We are looking for interns who are hardworking, ready to take responsibility for their projects, and can work in a fast paced environment.
Benefits: The internships are unpaid, but interns are given the opportunity to audit portions of our Activist Workshops as well as our classroom trainings in August, which feature training from top environmental leaders in organizing, advocacy, and leadership skills. Interns also have the opportunity to work in a variety of topic areas that match their interests." For more information on the position and how to apply, click here.

 Park Lodge Hotel Group Sales & Social Media Intern
Frokm the Park Lodge: "The Park Lodge Hotel Group is a collection of hotels in Waltham that offer easy access to the beautiful and historical greater Boston area, while maintaining affordable pricing. They are seeking a Sales & Social Media intern to report to their Director of Sales & Marketing. Please see the attachment below for more details."

 Undergraduate Environmental Fellowships from the EPA   

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals from undergraduate bachelor level students in environmental fields of study for the Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships Program. Areas of interest include:  Natural and Life Sciences; Environmental Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs; Engineering; Social Sciences; Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences; and Mathematics and Computer Science.  $1.956 million expected to be available, up to 40 awards anticipated.  Individual awards NTE $48.9K.  Responses due 12/12/11. For more info, contact Georgette Boddie at boddie.georgette@epa.gov or go to to the website.

Fall 2012 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding, and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 40 new fellowships by July 30, 2012. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year.
Deadline: The deadline for the receipt of applications is December 12, 2011 4:00 PM ET for receipt of paper applications, and December 12, 2011 at 11:59:19 PM ET for submittal of electronic applications to Grants.gov
Payment: The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per academic year of support and $9,500 of support for a three-month summer internship. For more information, please visit the following link.

Fall 2012 EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 80 new fellowships by July 31, 012. Master’s level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of five years.
Deadline: The deadline is November 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM ET for receipt of paper applications, and November 8, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM ET for submittal of electronic applications via Grants.gov
 Payment: The fellowship program provides up to $42,000 per year of support per fellowship. For more information, please click here.

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace FellowshipThe Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a competitive national program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with one of twenty-seven participating public-interest organizations focusing on international security issues. Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, education, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Fellows have written articles, blogs, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds and reports, organized talks and conferences, and been interviewed as experts by the media. The fellowship lasts six to nine months and provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. The Scoville Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money to students. For more information about applying and answers to FAQ about eligibility, please see: http://www.scoville.org/

REEP Community Organizer Job
Alumni should make sure to check out this opening at REEP: Roxbury Environment Empowerment Project. REEP is a youth-run empowerment campaign in Boston that promotes environmental justice in three areas of city life: transit, air quality, and food. Please see the attached below for details about this full-time job.


Assistant Director of Tenant Based Rental Assistance
The Boston Housing Authority is seeking a college alumnus to fill its position for an Assistant Director of Tenant Based Rental Assistance. This position will manage the administration, operations, and finances of the Leased Housing Division’s HCVP rental assistant program. Please see this link, and the attachment for more information.

Waltham Fields Community Farm Education & Volunteer Coordinator
WFCF is a non-profit farm in Waltham that promotes local agriculture and food access through farming operations and educational programs, using practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. It is searching for a full-time Education and Volunteer Coordinator to begin in 2012.

 

Qualifications:
* Superior organizational skills 
* Minimum Bachelor's degree and 3 years experience in education programming 
* Masters Degree in related field preferred 
* Considerable experience in sustainable agriculture 
* Strong administrative skill set including good written and verbal communication skills, computer literacy with MS Office software, recordkeeping and reporting competency. 
* Ability to work well with the public and represent the Farm in a professional manner 
* Ability to work efficiently and effectively without close supervision 
* Supervision experience necessary for overseeing the work of program
staff, interns, and volunteers. 
* Commitment to collaboration and problem solving 
* A desire to work with children and adults in farm related activities
* A commitment to the mission of Waltham Fields Community Farm 
* Ability to effectively present information in both one-on-one and group situations to program participants, volunteers, colleagues, public officials, WFCF community members & the public 
* Experience with event coordination 
* Willingness to learn new skills, adapt to situations, work towards shared goals 
* Web editing (html code) a plus 
* First aid certification a plus (we will pay for certification course if not already certified) For more information, click here.

Zero Waste Coordinator at American University
Do you want to advance sustainability at a leading university in the nation’s capital? Are you experienced in creating and implementing waste reduction and diversion programs? Do you look at trash bins and see material resources waiting for new uses?

 If you answered yes to the above, then you might be the person who will take American University to our goal of sending zero waste to landfill. Don’t be trashy, go zero waste today! Details are online here: https://jobs.american.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=1478.

Joint Research/Communications Fellow at the Sustainable Endowment Institute
Sustainable Endowments Institute, special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, located in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) seeks highly motivated and reliable individuals for a part-time Joint Research and Communication Fellowship this fall. The fellowship positions will last the fall semester or full academic year, dependent on applicant interest and/or availability, starting in September 19th, 2011. Flexible scheduling arrangements can be considered in certain circumstances. The SEI is a nonprofit organization engaged in research and education to advance sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our website before applying: www.GreenReportCard.org and www.endowmentinstitute.org.

 

Responsibilities:

* Conducting weekly communications with a network of colleges and university administrators and students

* Coordinating information and working with our Research Fellows and Institute staff on current and new research

* Conducting web research on sustainability programs

* Reviewing, verifying, and updating previously gathered material

* Data analysis and entry

* Developing innovative outreach strategies to connect with new constituencies

* Providing media relations support related to the launch of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, SEI’s newest initiative to help colleges and universities invest a combined total of one billion dollars in their own self-managed green revolving funds to support on-campus sustainability and energy-efficiency projects

 

Qualifications:

* Demonstrated experience with advancing sustainability on campus or in communities

* Strong oral and written communication

* Ability to navigate the internet and conduct comprehensive and targeted research

* Proficiency in Word and Excel

* Ability to succinctly summarize data

* Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail

* Work experience with college and university administrators on campus-oriented projects

* Flexible and cooperative work ethic

* Experience in designing and administering surveys, or coursework in survey methodology

* Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team

 

Compensation: competitive compensation commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For the best chance of being offered a position, applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Application Instructions: Candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample as Microsoft Word or PDF file attachments. Send to Mark Orlowski, Executive Director at the following email: jobsendowmentinstitute.org.

Please address the following questions withing the body of your cover letter:

* How did you hear about the fall SEI joint research and communications fellow opportunity?

* Why are you interested in working for the Sustainable Endowments Institute?

* What experiences—work-related or otherwise—have you had on the topic of environmental sustainability in higher education?

* What set of skills or experiences have you had working with college and university administrators and/or other student leaders on campus?

* Do you have any experience in succinctly summarizing and explaining large amounts of data?

* What are you hoping to gain from a position at SEI?

 
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: http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/ .
Many of the internships are ideal for academic credit with the fall, spring or summer ENVS 89a course. Just discuss with me first: goldin@brandeis.edu

Conservation Director
Highstead
Redding, CT (Regional and National Travel)

Youth Program Coordinator
The Welcome Project
Somerville, MA

Director of Institutional Advancement
The Land Institute
Salina, KS

Campaign Representative for Indiana, Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club
Indianapolis, IN

Sustainability & Wilderness Leadership Apprentice
Hawk Circle Wilderness Education
Cherry Valley, NY

(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: www.brandeis.edu/hiatt /Hiatt Nacelink: and https://brandeisu-csm.symplicity.com/students‚  Location: Usdan Student Center")


Take care all,

Laura Goldin