Laura Goldin

goldin@brandeis.edu

781-736-3075, Rabb 347

"Oped Door Always"

September 08, 2013

This Issue:

*Brandeis-India Science Scholars Program

*Great Local internships 

*Jobs & More!

Brandeis-India Science Scholars Program – still accepting applications!

In collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, the Office of Study Abroad and the Division of Science, Brandeis is offering an exchange opportunity for students interested in studying biology, chemistry, physics, math, materials, environmental science and computer science beginning in spring 2014.  The undergraduate program offers many courses that will fulfill Brandeis major/minor requirements and a number of elective courses not offered at Brandeis that would complement any science curriculum.

The IISc is a vibrant campus with an active undergraduate student body and is a “living laboratory” for students interested in biology and environmental science.  Students will live on campus with their Indian classmates and along with classes taught in English by Indian faculty, will have the opportunity to collaborate in research projects in one of the many labs on campus.  Bangalore is a growing metropolitan city located in southern India and is known as the Silicon Valley of India, making it a unique destination for students in the sciences.

Following the spring semester program, select students from the IISc will come to Brandeis to participate in summer research projects with Brandeis faculty.  

Applications will be accepted on a space available basis until October 15th!  For more information visit the program website here or contact Amber Thacher in the Office of Study Abroad.

JOB: Salem Sound Coastwatch Educator
Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW), a non-profit coastal watershed protection organization dedicated to preserving and improving the coastal habitats, marine resources and water quality of Salem Sound, its watershed communities and the greater North Shore in Massachusetts, is seeking to expand its educational capacity by hiring an Ocean Literacy Educator. Please see attached job description and application instructions.

Farm EducatorThe Natick Community Organic Farm is looking for a few more educators to join our teaching staff here at the Natick Community Organic Farm.  Now seeking: an experienced, enthusiastic teacher to join our educational staff beginning in fall 2013. This historic farm, in the midst of a suburban landscape, provides a unique opportunity for children of all ages to connect with the abundant knowledge for producing the food that fuels us. Our year round educational programs allow children the opportunity to participate in and observe activities that are part of a working organic farm. This is a part-time position. For more information about the farm visit our website www.natickfarm.org or call 508-907-6019. Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to Krista Feichtinger rtetrault.ncorganic@verizon.net.

Internship: MA Senator Barrett’s office!  Sen. Barret represents the City of Waltham and a number of neighboring towns.  You can be involved! Senator Barrett is the senate Chair of the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities and the Vice Chair of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.  He also has a strong interest in environmental issues, particularly policies that mitigate climate change, and is the senate sponsor of the state’s first-ever carbon tax proposal.  Internships with Senator Barrett’s office will provide first-hand experience with the daily functioning of a legislative office.  See attached file for internship description

Fall Internship: Waltham Energy Efficiency, Recycling, Hazardous Waste Management 

As an intern in the Waltham Recycling Department you can gain insight on the workings of local government, as you help develop and promote environmental protection programs and safe waste management practices in the City. You'll see how local government works with committees, non-profits, state, and federal governments.  Interns will assist with Department operations and programs, conduct research, or write informational news articles for publication in the Waltham News Tribune. The Recycling Department oversees Recycling, Hazardous Waste Management, and Composting Programs.  The Department also serves as the liaison to the Waltham Energy Action Committee (WEAC), a Mayor-appointed Committee of environmental activists who advise the Mayor on issues of climate change particularly related to the reduction of energy use and energy costs in the City.  Among the projects for the fall of 2013 is a Community Outreach Campaign for the promotion of residential solar panels and home energy audits to Waltham residents.  Interns are also invited to attend WEAC evening meetings in order to work directly with the Energy Committee. Interns receive academic credit with ENVS89a.  If you wish to apply, please contact me: goldin@brandeis.edu 

WATCH  Internship: Assistant Gala Planner

Help WATCH Celebrate our 25th Anniversary! WATCH’s mission is to help poor and immigrant residents of Waltham to get access to services and have a say in how things are done in our community. WATCH provides English class for immigrants, helps low income tenants find housing,  educates tenants on their rights so they can organize for better conditions and more affordable housing, and provides free home weatherization through volunteer ‘barnraisings.’  WATCH builds community by providing volunteer opportunities and a place where members can improve their own lives and help make a difference in Waltham.  You can help plan for the big Gala scheduled for Oct. 24th at the Embassy Suites in Waltham. We are selling tickets, getting sponsors, creating an ad book, and coordinating a silent Auction.  All proceeds go to supporting WATCH’s work. Duties:  You will work with the Development Director to help sell tickets, coordinate sponsorships from local businesses, gather materials for and layout the Gala commemorative booklet, and collect auction items.  5-10 hours/week.   This is a great opportunity for students who want experience in the non-profit finance and management as well as project management. Brandeis credit is possible . For more information or to set up a time to meet, please contact Tania Lang Burger, Development Director, at 781-891-6689 ext 206 or Tania@watchcdc.org 

Cambridge Green Streets: This is an exciting middle school pilot project, and a great opportunity for someone interested in the local community, sustainable transportation. 
Project Coordinator(s) Wanted ASAP!

Do you 

  • love to walk, bike, or use public transportation? 
  • want to help middle school kids learn about how to safely do so? 
  • have 6 or so hours/week available to spend in a couple of Cambridge new Upper (middle) Schools?

This is an exciting collaboration between many city departments and others during the 2013-4 school year. See attached descriptions! Read about other volunteer opportunities here. This project can be combined with other great projects, if you would like to spend more hours each week working with Green Streets.

Please see attached Internship. 

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)  Internships: DOER develops and implements policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth's energy supply within the context of creating a cleaner energy future. To that end, DOER strives to:

  • Ensure deployment of all cost-effective energy efficiency
  • Maximize development of clean energy resources
  • Create and implement energy strategies to assure reliable supplies and improve the cost of clean energy relative to fossil-fuel based generation
  • Support Massachusetts' clean energy companies and spur Massachusetts' clean energy employment

DOER is part of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)  The MA DOER Internship Programs seeks to provide interns with exciting opportunities to assist DOER with implementing energy policies in areas such as renewables, energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy markets, and more. The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, law school students, and other individuals who are seeking experience in the energy arena. In conjunction with MA DOER’s talented and professional team, interns are provided with education, training, hands-on experience, supervision, and networking opportunities, utilizing modern technology and information systems during their internships. Internship positions are unpaid [but can be used for Brandeis academic credit when done in conjuntion with ENVS89a] 

Current Postings While all of the MA DOER Divisions and Functions have intern slots available; some have specific projects that they are looking for assistance with for the summer. If the duties are related to a specific project, click on the attached file in the table below and review to see if your field of study and skills would fit that position. If there is no specific file attached; duties will be generally related to the Division/Function mission. Note that specific positions may include additional materials to be submitted with your resume and cover letter.

Positions may be part-time of full time depending on schedules of applicants and the requirements of the position.

MA DOER Divisions Include:
DOER Divisions & Functions Current Postings
Green Communities Editorial Projects pdf format of Editorial Projects
Leading by Example General pdf format of General
Energy Markets General pdf format of General  General pdf format of General
Communications/Marketing General pdf format of General
Engineering General pdf format of General

Depending on the assigned internships, interns might be given opportunities to be involved in statewide conferences, trainings, and/or workshops.

In addition to hands-on experience, the internship program coordinates a comprehensive calendar of events with our parent agency, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, which revolves around brown-bag lunches and may include field trips and recreational activities. Apply to the MA DOER Fall Internship Program

  1. Review available MA Internship postings and select one of which to apply.
  2. Complete DOER Application for Internship docx format of DOER Application for Internship  DOER Application for Internship pdf format of DOER Application for Internship  ).
  3. Unless otherwise specified in the intern description, submit Application Form along with copy of your resume and cover letter via email to doer.energy@state.ma.us under the heading MA DOER Internship Program. 
  4.  If you have any questions concerning the program that are not answered on the website, please send any questions doer.energy@state.ma.us as well. The application process will begin on August 16, 2013 and go until positions are filled.
Job: Alliance to Save Energy seeks Program ASSOCIATE   The Alliance to Save Energy is seeking a full-time Program Associate to assist with implementation of its PowerSave Campus Program.  The Program Associate will work in the Alliance’s Oakland, CA office.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy (www.ase.org) promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. The PowerSave Campus Program is a student-driven energy efficiency and workforce education and training initiative currently serving 16 campuses in California.  The program employs and manages paid student interns to develop and implement projects that promote careers in the sustainability field, generate energy savings on campus, increase awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, and encourage the infusion of sustainability concepts into academic curricula.  Over 75 university students are employed yearly through the PowerSave Campus Program, each trained to emerge as a highly skilled sustainability and energy efficiency professional at the time of graduation.  For more information about the program, please visit: www.ase.org/powersavecampus.Candidates must have exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills, along with experience in project management, team building, public speaking, and meeting facilitation.  In addition, candidates should be self-starters who can juggle multiple tasks with minimum supervision, have a good eye for detail and, at the same time, be capable of seeing the bigger picture. Experience working with campus sustainability initiatives is desirable, and a familiarity with energy efficiency technologies is a definite plus. The Program Associate will work in the Alliance to Save Energy’s field office located in downtown Oakland, CA which houses a small, collegial, and busy team of environmental education professionals.  

Specific Program Associate duties include:

 Campus Lead Duties with Intern Teams (approx. 40%)

·         Manage PowerSave Campus intern teams on 3-4 campuses

·         Ensure interns understand team responsibilities and complete program deliverables in a timely fashion

·         Oversee and advise intern project implementation and evaluation – projects may be technical, educational, and/or workforce-oriented in nature

·         Facilitate partnerships with key administrators, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders on campus

  • Recruit, interview, hire, and train new PowerSave Campus interns
  • Visit campuses approximately once per term, or as needed
  • Conduct weekly conference calls with intern teams
  • Review and edit team monthly newsletters, project proposals, and marketing materials
  • Ensure a positive experience for all interns and serve as mediator for team conflicts

Administrative Responsibilities (approx. 25%)

  • Write and edit narrative monthly reports to program funders
  • Track metrics for intern projects and program as a whole
  • Track program expenses and create expense reports
  • Other tasks as needed

Program Development, Innovation, & Marketing (approx. 10%)

  • Actively identify opportunities to add value to the PowerSave Campus Program
  • Work collaboratively with the Alliance to Save Energy Education Team (in Washington DC, Oakland, and Santa Barbara) to plan and develop new initiatives as needed
  • Research emerging energy policy and technologies as applicable to the program and develop new projects
  • Develop program marketing materials

Special Event/Conference Planning (approx. 25%)

  • Collaborate with Alliance to Save Energy colleagues to plan and implement semiannual program-wide PowerSave Campus conferences
  • Arrange meeting rooms, hotel lodging, transportation and/or catering for event
  • Organize and/or facilitate workshops and training sessions to support intern development

 Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, energy, education, or other applicable field; Master’s degree a plus

·         1-2 years full-time professional experience preferred

·         Campus organizing, sustainability work, budgeting, and/or nonprofit experience a plus

Other preferred skills:

·         Experience working with college-level students

·         Experience in energy-related field, especially energy efficiency

·         Technical knowledge of and/or hands-on experience conducting energy audits

·         Experience setting and monitoring financial budgets

·         Experience with data analysis

·         Knowledge of website design and maintenance

·         Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

·         Familiarity with design software (e.g. Publisher, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)

 Compensation: Commensurate with experience, with excellent benefits.

 Start date: Ideal candidates can start immediately.

 How to Apply:

Please apply via this link, uploading your resume and cover letter in one single pdf when prompted.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through September 25.  Position is open until filled.

Orion Online Latest Listings  The following are just some of the recent listings for environmental nonprofit internships and jobs around the country from Orion Grassroots Network. For details on these positions and the many other listings, go to:http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/ . 

GIS Analyst 
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance 
Salt Lake City, UT 

construction intern 
Denver Urban Gardens 
Denver, CO 

Operations Manager 
Center for EcoTechnology 
Northampton, MA 

Field Instructor 
The Ashokan Center 
Olivebridge, NY 

Data Management Specialist 
Center for EcoTechnology 
Northampton, MA 

Teacher-In-Residence 
Slide Ranch 
Muir Beach, CA 

Farm-Based Education Program Coordinator 
Land's Sake, Inc. 
Weston, MA

Education Associate 
Island Institute 
Rockland, ME 

Environmental Educator 
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies 
Aspen, CO 

Academic Advisor 
Haub School of Environment & Natural Resources - University of Wyoming 
Laramie, WY 

Conservation Biology Educator 
American Museum Of Natural History 
New York, NY 

Admissions Associate - IMMEDIATE OPENING 
Coastal Studies for Girls 
Freeport, ME

Energy Specialist 
Center for EcoTechnology 
Berkshire County, MA 

Customer Service Representative 
Center for EcoTechnology 
Northampton, MA 

News Producer/Reporters 
Public News Service 
SW, NE, Midwest, FL 

sustainable farm apprenticeships 
Maine Organic Farmers 
Maine 

Development Assistant 
Conservation Law Foundation 
Boston, MA 

Ocean Literacy Educator 
Salem Sound Coastwatch 
Salem, MA 
Early Childhood Development Consultant 
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation 
Sheffield, MA 

Manager/Editors 
EcoWatch 
Cleveland, OH 

Director of Operations and Enterprise 
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association 
Milwaukee, WI 

Director of Development and Communications 
EcoLogic Development Fund 
Cambridge, MA (and/or telecommute) 

grassroots organizing apprenticeships 
Sierra Club 
LA, St Louis, Lansing, Austin... 

Nutrition Advocate/Driver 
Berkshire Natural 
Dedham, MA (Route 128 Corridor) 


-Sanctuary Director 
New Jersey Audubon Society 
Cranbury, NJ 

Development Department Clerical Position 
NJ Audubon Society 
Bernardsville, NJ 

Stewardship Department Specialist 
NJ Audubon Society 
Port Murray, NJ 

Youth Program Director 
Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation 
Melrose, MA