Laura  Goldin,

781-736-3075, Rabb 347

"Open Door Always” 

October 29, 2012

We have plenty to experience, learn and explore this year, so stay tuned to EARTHNOTES for events, announcements, and opportunities! And meet the fabulous Environmental Studies UDRs, Liza Ansher and Rachel Usnik

For more on courses, 2 JBS programs and Internship program, check out the Environmental Studies ENVS website: 

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This Issue:

* New First-Year Spring Seminar: Visions of the Environment!

* Michael Sandel "Justice, Money & Markets" Talk - Wed 5pm

* Volunteer Vacations Sustainable Agriculture Trip 

* Green Corps Field School Environmental Organizing Jobs


* And Lots More in the Internship, Job & Fellowship & Corner for Students,Alumni & Friends

New! Spring 2013 First-Year "Just Books" seminar

"Visions of the American Environment: Images to Action", FYS43B

Laura Goldin

 In this course we'll explore how we shape our relationship with the natural world through the lens of standout books, films and works of art, all on the basis of a strong underlying social justice theme,.  This is an experiential learning (EL) and community-engaged learning course, with plenty of field trips and hands-on exploration.  Students also have the option of participating in the 2-credit practicum "Housing for Good: Safe, Environmentally Healthy and Just", which includes fair and safe housing and discrimination law training and practice at the Brandeis/WATCH Housing Advocacy Clinic.  The course is an elective for ENVS, AMST and SJSP.  To register, go to

Volunteer Vacations Sustainable Agriculture 
From Volunteer Vacations: "Spring into action! Volunteer Vacations invites you to apply for our Alternative Spring Break! Come to our info session to learn about our two trips - in Philadelphia and Baltimore. This year our trip to Philly will focus on literacy while the Baltimore trip will concentrate on sustainable agriculture. The trips will be held during February break!
Monday October 29 & Thursday November 1 @ 6pm Rm 314 SCC
Find it on Facebook: 
Email Gwen Teutsch, Libby Jones, Emma Balmuth-Loris -  if you have any questions!"

**Job, Fellowship and Internship Corner** 

The following are just some of the recent listings for environmental nonprofit internships and jobs around the country. Many of the internships may also be available for academic credit with the fall, spring or summer ENVS 89a course. Just discuss with me

Green Corps The Field School for Environmental Organizing
From the organization, "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, factory farming and many others ‹ with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we¹ll help you find a career with one of the nation¹s leading environmental and social change groups. For more information, read below or visit our web site: or contact Aaron Myran, Recruitment Director, at"


From the organization, "Two positions are available. Development Special Projects Coordinator: work closely with the Development Team to execute an array of major gift strategies targeting footwear companies and industry leaders. Play an integral role in the planning of Annual Gala in NYC, a new event in Las Vegas, employee giving programs and other projects. Marketing Special Projects Coordinator: Work closely with the Communications Team to build a network of women leaders in the footwear industry (WIFI) or young leaders (Young Professionals for Two Ten); build communications programs with footwear companies, project lead a new national community service day for Two Ten Day on Feb. 10.  Independence, excellent writing skills, poise, superior people-person skills, dynamic, multi-tasker, open to challenges, ready for action. Compensation: Offered, Flexible, to be arranged with intern. Contact information:   Mr. Neal Newman, President, Phone: (781) 736-1522 Email:  1466 Main Street, Waltham, MA, 02451.


From the organization, "Kalu Yala is a sustainable community that will be built in the mountains about 45 minutes outside Panama City, Panama. Internships take place in 3 venues: creating the town's foundation in the Kalu Yala Valley; creating relationships in the neighboring town of San Miguel; and working on business logistics in Panama City. Since Summer 2010, Kalu Yala has had interns from 38 states, 12 countries and 80 colleges. Programs include: Business Development and Entrepreneurship in Panama City, Community Outreach in the rural town of San Miguel, Digital Development in Panama City, Education in San Miguel, Living Systems (Agriculture, Animal Science, and Biology) in the Kalu Yala valley, Outdoor Recreation in the Kalu Yala valley. Upcoming semester dates: Spring Internship Dates: January 14th- April 12th, Summer Internship Dates: May 20th- August 2nd (Early Admission Deadline: February 4th). Students can apply online by filling in the application form here or email for more information."


From the organization, "The World Resources Institute ( ) Institutions and Governance Program is seeking a research intern with demonstrated experience in climate change, finance, sustainable energy and development issues to contribute to research and engagement for the International Financial Flows and the Environment project (IFFE). The Research Intern will support IFFE's work on climate finance. A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent research and writing skills in English and the ability to work effectively in teams. Salary is commensurate with academic and professional qualifications and experience. Visit: for more information."


From the organization, "The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region MetropolitanArea Planning Organization has openings for two interns in its GIS group. These are paid positions.  The interns will be responsible for:  Editing, updating, and performing some QA/QC on attribute data for very large GIS vector data sets, based on data collected in the field, conflating two very large GIS vector data sets, based on well-defined criteria for different classes of records in the data sets.  Required skills: At least 6 months experience using ESRI's ArcGIS tools (ArcMap andArcCatalog), particularly using the editor. Knowledge of and/or experience withArcSDE is a plus, as is knowledge of and/or experience working with linear referencing systems.  Hours: 37.5 hours per week, during regular business hours (M-F, 9-5).  If you are interested in this position, please forward via e-mail a resume and cover letter to:  Benjamin Krepp, Manager of GIS and IT Central Transportation Planning Staff, Suite 2150, 10 Park Plaza, Boston MA 02115 E-mail:  For organization website, click here."



From the organization, "The Boston Cyclists Union is currently seeking interns to support its various advocacy projects in the City of Boston. Positions are available for the fall (to begin right away) and spring (to begin in January/February). Candidates should be able to spend at least one full work day at our offices in Roxbury. Positions are: Urban Planning Intern, Outreach Intern, Union Rider Intern, Graphic Design Intern, Qualifications for all interns: Commitment to the Union mission, enthusiasm about working for a young but rapidly growing organization, organized and self-motivated, ability to work without direct supervision, Sense of humor, Residence within the greater Boston area. For more information, visit: Please send applications to with a resume and statement of purpose. The email should include the internship for which you are applying, your availability (hours per week), your academic and career goals, the skills and experience you possess and their relevancy to the internship you are applying for. Positions are unpaid." 





From the organization, "A postdoctoral research project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water (OW) in Washington, DC. The fellow will be involved with EPA researchers in designing a classification system for ecosystem goods and services to meet policy design and analysis needs. EPA team activities may include defining, grouping and valuing ecosystem goods and services; designing integrated data, modeling, and accounting systems; and evaluating policy design and analysis requirements. Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in economics or a related field within five years of the desired starting date, or have complete all degree requirements prior to the start date. The appointment will initially be for one year and may be extended for up to three additional years depending upon availability of funding. The annual stipend will range from $62,500 to $80,000 depending on educational level.


To apply and to find out more visit: "


From the organization, "Groundwork Somerville is seeking a full time Program Coordinator for our Green Team and Urban Agriculture Programs in Somerville, MA. The Green Team is a year-round job corps and training program that employs 8-10 high school youth during the school year, and 10-18 youth during the summer who learn about and work on issues of environmental stewardship and advocacy within their community. Current and past projects and issues have included building, planting and maintaining the South Street Farm, Somerville's first urban farm; maintenance of eight organic gardens at elementary schools around Somerville; transportation advocacy campaigns; entrepreneurial opportunities; and food security issues. The Green Team's focus at this time is the Urban Agriculture Initiative and food justice issues in Somerville. Full job description is here."

Lead Now Fellowships 

(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")