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Nov 8, 2011

 This Issue

 * Speaker Timothy Smith: Tomorrow-- Nov 9

* “The Last Mountain” - Nov 16

* Green Corps 2012-2013 Field School for Environmental Organizing
* Take Your ENVS Professor to Lunch

* Internship and Job Corner!

Speaker Timothy Smith on Campus Tomorrow


Q: Finance is good for money making, and not much else right?
A: WRONG. Socially Responsible Investors have been using the power of finance to make real differences in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) related issues for years, while still achieving returns that are often higher than the market.
Think that this might be too good to be true? Come listen to Timothy Smith, Senior VP and Director of ESG Shareholder Engagement at Walden Asset Management, this Wednesday November 9th at 6:30pm in the Alumni Common Room, and find our what exactly these sorts of investors have been doing. Light refreshments will be provided.

Special Screening of Film “The Last Mountain”


SEA will be screening “The Last Mountain” – a documentary about mountain-top removal in West Virginia – next Wednesday night (11/16/11) at 6:30 PM in the SCC Atrium. The movie is about 1.5 hours long and is followed by a special Q&A session via skype with director Bill Haney and possibly Bobby Kennedy, Jr. Don’t forget to stop by!  Co-sponsored by the Environmental Health and Justice JBS and Environmental Studies.

Green Corps 2012-2013 Field School for Environmental Organizing

From GreenCorps: "Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems—global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others—with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read below or visit our web site: www.greencorps.org

In your year with Green Corps:

You’ll get great training with some of the most experienced organizers in the field: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people such as Adam Ruben, political director of MoveOn.org, andBill McKibben, author and organizer of the “350.org” rallies for climate action.
You’ll get amazing experience working on environmental issues across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, SierraClub, Greenpeace, Food and Water Watch and Environment America in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and dozens of other places in between.
You’ll have a real impact on some of the biggest environmental problems we’re facing today: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling, that led to new laws that support clean, renewable energy, that convincedmajor corporations to stop dumping in our oceans and much, much more.

You’ll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.
And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.

In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2012-2013. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over thelong haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit http://www.greencorps.org/apply to submit your application to join the 2012-2013 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing.

Green Corps’ year-long program begins in August 2012 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.For more information, visit http://www.greencorps.org or contact Aaron Myran, Green Corps Field Recruitment Director, at aaron@greencorps.org or 617-747-4302."

Take Your ENVS Professor to Lunch!


This is a wonderful opportunity to talk to your professor on a personal, informal level. The Student Union will provide $20 vouchers to have lunch with a professor anywhere on campus for two weeks from November 7 – 17. To participate, please fill out this survey: http://goo.gol/Wkxp1
Each Undergraduate student is entitled to one lunch voucher while supplies last. You MUST fill out this survey (http://goo.gl/Wkxp1) to officially sign-up for the program. Once you have filled out this survey, you will be processed into our database and you can pick up your voucher in the Student Union Office (SCC, 3rd Floor) at the times specified in the survey. Once all vouchers have been claimed, this survey will shut down.
A few things to kept in mind:
1. If you are planning to take your professor to the Faculty club please make a reservation!
2. The balance of coupon cannot be used for gratuity
3. You will not get cash back for the difference of the coupon
4. The balance of charges over $20 can be paid by cash, credit, points, Dining Dollars or WhoCash

 Not sure how to ask a Professor to lunch? Here is an example email:
Dear Professor Kirkland,
My name is Herbie Rosen. I am in your Cooking class and I really like it. The Student Union Government is running a program called, “Take Your Professor to Lunch,” November 7-17. I know you are very busy, but would you be available [Specific Day/anytime] during that time frame to eat lunch on campus with me? I would enjoy the opportunity to chat with you outside the classroom. Please let me know what works best for you. Thank you!
Sincerely, Herbie (YOUR NAME)


*** 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 at
http://www.brandeis.edu/programs/environmental/internship/index.html
Appropriate positions can meet internship requirements for HSSP, IGS and others programs.

Better Future Project 2012 Summer Internships
Priority Deadline: November 30th
Learn by doing. Live your values. Lead by example. This summer, join the movement for a better future.
Climate Summer (New England)
Program Dates: June 13th – August 18th
-Learn community organizing!
-Become a strong leader!
-Spend your summer on a bike, traveling across New England!
-Learn from and connect with community leaders!
-Inspire others to take action to live their values more deeply!
-Highlight what communities are doing to move beyond fossil fules through the press, blogging, and our new Digital Movement Map!
Ride for the Future (Gulf Coast)
Program Dates: May 22nd – July 30th
-Learn community organizing!
-Become a strong leader!
-Spend your summer on a bike, traveling across Louisiana and Texas!
-Inspire others to take action to live their values more deeply!
-Highlight what communities are dong to move beyond fossil fuels through the press, blogging, and our new Digital Movement Map!
-Bike to Exxon Mobil’s headquarters to ask them to join the movement for a better future!
Applications for both programs are available at http://www.climatesummer.net/get-involved/apply/
FMI: see climatesummer.net and/or rideforthefuture.org
Riders may apply for both programs, or only apply for one program. The programs are open to all young adults ages 18 – 25. You do not need to be attending/have attended college to apply. Older applicants who are currently full-time students will be considered. We encourage you to apply early, as the program will be filled as soon as we admit a sufficient number of diverse and qualified applicants. Food and housing are provided to all participants, and limited funds are available to help those who require further financial assistance in order to ride.

Sustainability Coordinator at Franklin Pierce University

Franklin Pierce University seeks a Sustainability Coordinator at its Rindge campus to work with faculty, students, staff and senior administration to develop and coordinate University programs in sustainability education, resource and energy conservation/efficiency, recycling, and related activities. The successful candidate will also teach up to two sustainability-related courses/semester and will plan and promote activities for the Sustainability Center. This position requires initiative, creativity, and ability to work with diverse constituencies on and off campus. Master’s degree in resources management, environmental science, or closely related discipline required. Successful college-level teaching and experience implementing sustainability initiatives on an institution-wide basis preferred. This is a permanent, 10-month full-time position.

Applicants should send letter of application, CV/resume, and names and contact information of three references, and college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) to: Human Resources – Sustainability Coordinator Search, Franklin Pierce University, 40 University Dr., Rindge, NH 03461, or electronically to: jobs@franklinpierce.edu.

Review of applications begins Oct. 21

Students Uniting Against Poverty: Millennium Campus Network Internships


The Millennium Campus Network (MCN), a non-profit network of university student organizations working to end extreme poverty and achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, is accepting applications from qualified undergraduate or graduate students to intern at its national headquarters in Boston.
Positions include:

-One Director of Development  to research new sources of institutional funding, contact potential new donors, maintain relationships with existing donors, and assist in applying for grants.
-One Blog Editor & Social Media Director, who will be responsible for managing the MCN’s Twitter Feed, Facebook wall, and blog, and for generating content for all three on a regular basis.
-One Director of Conference Speaker Coordination, one Director of Conference Media, one Director of Conference Operations to assist the MCN’s Director of Events & Conferences in planning the 2012 Millennium Campus Conference (MCC 2012), an annual gathering of 1,000 students and leading advocates, experts, and professionals in the field of international development.
-Two Creative Directors to focus on generating creative photo and video content by editing raw footage into compelling short videos, designing the visual components of the MCN’s 2011 Annual report, drafting unique and visually engaging templates for official MCN documents, and other media-related projects.
-One Director of Finance to organize the MCN’s financial records and reports, manage the MCN’s accounts, ensure that all taxes are paid, and to submit all filings to the appropriate state and federal entities.
All MCN interns receive personal training; broad experience in leadership, networking, and team management; a deeper understanding of the inner workings of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; and a letter of reference for satisfactory performance, by the end of their internship. All MCN internships are otherwise unpaid. Full listings can be found here.
Read the internship description(s) carefully, and when you are ready to apply, email your cover letter, resume, and work samples (if applicable) to JGeller@mcnpartners.org no later than Friday, November 11.

 

Silent Spring Institute: Environmental Health Research and Communications Research Assistant or Staff Scientists, Communications Specialist
Silent Spring Institute, a non-profit institute studying the environment and women’s health, with a focus on breast cancer, seeks a new addition for our research and public communications programs. The position involves substantial responsibility for NIEHS-funded research on how people respond to reports on their own environmental exposure data. Other responsibilities include communicating scientific work to the public and building relationships with advocacy organizations.
We are a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in exposure science, toxicology, epidemiology, and communications. Our staff of about 10 works with collaborating investigators at Brown, Harvard, UC Berkely and elsewhere. Two recent studies, published in Environmental Health Perspectives and covered widely in the news media, illustrate our work:

-Food packaging is a major source of exposure to BPA and phthalates

-Early life chemical exposures that affect breast development, lactation, and cancer susceptibility
We seek applicants with outstanding academic and communications skills and interests in environmental health science. Journalists with science background are encouraged to apply.

 Responsibilities:
This position requires versatility in support of the Institute’s research and public communications. It reports to the executive director and affords a bird’s-eye-view of community engaged research, and breast cancer and environment issues. Examples of activities:

-Working with the principle investigator, manage NIEHS-funded study of how people respond to communications about personal exposure to pollutants.

-Coordinate a multi-institution research team with Silent Spring, Brown, Harvard, and UC Berkeley

-Schedule and conduct interviews with study participants, researchers, and ethics officials

-Code and analyze interview data using systematic qualitative methods

-Help design an interactive digital reporting system

-Opportunities to author peer-reviewed articles

-Write press releases, fact sheets, e-alerts, web content, Facebook and Twitter posts, reports, proposals, and newsletter articles. Develop relationships with reporters

-Support proposal preparation for federal and foundation grants

-Help research team keep apprised of news and policy developments and activist campaigns

-Some travel. Some evening and weekend responsibilities at public events
Additional requirements: Applicants with a bachelors or graduate-level degree will be considered. Excellent academic record; social science, environmental science, and communications coursework an asset. Technology and social-media savvy a plus. Relevant work experience preferred. High energy, creativity, attention to accuracy, ability to work independently with a multidisciplinary team. Commitment to careful and impartial research in a context of partnership between scientists and the public. For more information, visit our web site at www.silentspring.org. To apply, send cover letter describing your interests and experience related to this job, resume, writing sample, and copy of academic trascript (photocopy is fine) to Diana Czwakiel, Administrative Manager, Silent Spring Institute, 29 Crafts Street, Newton, MA 02458, or email careers@silentspring.org 

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition: LEAD Intern

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) / Silent Spring Institute (SSI) LEAD intern will assist with oversight of other interns and projects for each of the organizations. Publicizing and preparing for the annual Against the Tide fundraising event will be the main task involving MBCC. Engaging in additional projects and supporting the two organizations will also be part of the internship. This position involves frequent communication with Cheryl Osimo, MBCC/SSI Event and Outreach Coordinator. Responsibilities include contacting media outlets throughout Massachusetts with press releases and feature news stories covering the Against the Tide events.
Tasks can be completed from school or home, as Internet and telephone will be the primary communication tools needed for assignments. Thus, the flexibility of the position is substantial, with minimal travel except for on-site assistance required the day before and day of the 2012 Against the Tide Swim/Walk/Run/Kayak events held on June 23rd at DCR's Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, MA, and on August 18th at DCR's Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA. It may be necessary to attend other events that are not yet on our calendar. Interested students must commit to one of the three (unpaid) intern opportunities: 1. January 2012 - August 2012, February 2012 - August 2012, or 3. May 2012 - September 2012. In order to be considered for the position, please send an email to Cheryl Osimo at cherylosimo@comcast.net expressing which opportunity you are interested in along with a cover letter, resume, and schedule an appointment to have an initial phone interview to discuss the opportunities available. While the position is unpaid, any institutions offer students credit or stipends to cover expenses.
Job Responsibilities May Include:
- Assisting Cheryl Osimo with oversight of other interns.
- Interviewing Against the Tide event participants. This responsibility requires phone and/or email contact with those who have been touched by breast cancer. Phone interviews are critical for obtaining information used in press releases and media coverage. In some instances it will be necessary to interview participants in person.
- Preparing press releases for newspaper, radio, and television coverage, as appropriate, and emailing and/or faxing to media outlets. This includes follow-up calls and providing additional information when necessary.
- Initiating contact with local community businesses, health facilities, and individuals to encourage community sponsorship and individual and team participation.
- Posting event materials including posters and mailers in various locations. This responsibility includes targeting high traffic locations that will increase event participation.
- Assisting with preparation the day before and the day of an event. This may include inflating buoys, marking the walk trail, contacting event vendors, and various other duties.
-Promoting various events via social media outlets: Facebook, Blog, Twitter and LinkedIn.
- Assisting with programs not yet on our calendar.
This position requires access to a computer and telephone. Critical skills include ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks, excellent communication skills,  concise and clear writing abilities, and proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel document preparation. Organizational skills are necessary to manage a high volume of emails, documents, event information, and contacts. The position also necessitates an ability to conduct interviews with compassion, sensitivity, and tact.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Osimo, MBCC/SSI Event and Outreach Coordinator, at 508-246-3047 or cherylosimo@comcast.net. The Coalition is located at 1419 Hancock Street, Suite 202, Quincy, MA 02169. Check out www.mbcc.org.

 Undergraduate Summer EPA Fellowship


The Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Student Fellowship (GROUSF) Program was founded in 1982, and operates under EPA’s Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Research (NCER). Students who meet the criteria for the program apply in the fall semester of their sophomore year for support of their junior and senior years of college. After extensive review of applications, Fellowships are awarded to a select group of students—40 for the 2011-2013 Fellowship period. GRO Fellows are required to complete a 10- to 12- week internship at an EPA facility in the summer between their junior and senior years in the program. This is a great program!

 Many opportunities are available in EPA facilities throughout the USA. Several projects seek fellows to work out of the Atlantic Ecology Division (Narragansett, RI). Additional information and application (open now for a limited time) available at: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2012/2012_gro_undergrad.html 

 
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


Farm Based Education Residency
Shelburne Farms
Shelburne, VT

Chair in Environmental Journalism
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

AmeriCorps Internship
Teton Science Schools
Jackson, WY (Grand Teton National Park)

Farm Programs Manager
Wallace Centers of Iowa
Greenfield, IA

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

27 Environmental AmeriCorps Positions in the Sierra Nevada Region
Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership
Sierra Nevada Region, CA

Marketing and Communications Intern
EnvironMentors
Washington, DC

Head Farmer
Chewonki Foundation
Wiscasset, ME

Executive Director
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Hancock, NH

Community Energy Associate
Island Institute
Rockland, ME

Greenhouse Manager
Gardner Museum
Boston, MA

Natural Science Education Specialist
Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield, MA

Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Studies, Various Positions
Naropa University
Boulder, CO

(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