Laura  Goldin,
"Open Door Always”

October 27, 2013

October 27 2013
Laura  Goldin,

781-736-3075, Rabb 347, "Open Door Always”

Stay tuned to EARTHNOTES for events, announcements, opportunities.  

Interested in internships for academic credit?  

See the ENVS website at the Internship Program link for the info.


This Issue:

*Brandeis-India Science Scholars Program

*Global Energy Essay Contest - Speak at the UN!

*Teach at Splash!

*Lots of Internships, Jobs & More!

Brandeis-India Science Scholars Program Still Open

Applications are still being considered for this spring's Brandeis-India Science Scholars Program until November 8th, there are a few more openings. So there is still time to apply. For more information about the program, including available courses, click hereAdditional funding options are available for this program. 


Interested in speaking at UN Headquarters in New York? The Global Energy Initiative invites students to participate in the Global Energy Contest 2013
Essay topic.  Write a 1200-1500 word letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the topic:
"A Vision for The Decade (2014-2024) of Sustainable Energy for All"
Prizes:  First and Second place winners will receive US$1000 and $500, respectively as well as an invitation to the Global Energy Conference at United Nations from December 11-12, 2013. The First place winner will also have a speaking opportunity during the award presentation ceremony. Airfare, accommodation and travel visa to New York will be covered. The top ten finalists will receive certificates from Global Energy Initiative. The deadline for submission is October 28, 2013. Prize winners will be announced on November 8, 2013.
Pre-register now for the Global Energy Essay Contest 2013
Click here for pre-registration
For more details, visit To join the initiative, click here.

Teach At Splash! 

Is there something you are knowledgeable and passionate about? Apply to teach at SPLASH!  On Saturday November 16th, Brandeis SPLASH! will be inviting high school students from the neighboring towns of Waltham, Watertown, Arlington, and Newton to be taught by Brandeis students such as yourself! The volunteers can teachany topic they are passionate and knowledgeable about. Topics can vary from astrophysics to Quidditch to Zoology - all we ask for are your commitment and a genuine interest. You can either work by yourself or with a small group of friends to design a class to teach on the afternoon of November 16th! We can provide you with resources including $10 worth of supplies for your class, AV equipment, classroom space in the Mandel Quad and Chapel's field. The teacher application for SPLASH! can be found here, and are due noon October 19th: Our club Facebook is located at: We encourage all undergrad, grads, and faculty to apply!

Summer Internship/Job Through Amir
An excellent opportunity recommended by Brandeis ENVS student Jaclyn Kelner: You can be a garden/social justice educator at a summer camp through the organization Amir. She reports "It was an incredible experience that provided good training and support while giving me the opportunity to teach campers about gardening, food justice, environmental awareness and much more. I learned a bunch and was able to teach a whole lot. I was even in charge of the camp's composting program!
Amir Farmers teach hundreds of campers across North America to connect with their environment, their food, and their peers. They build a community garden with campers, and use Amir's Educational curriculum to run impactful social justice and environmental education programming.
The Amir Training Seminar [at the start of the summer] teaches Farmers the nuts and bolts of building a community garden. Throughout the summer, Amir staff helps each Farmer develop lesson plans and garden programming specific to their camp community. Prior gardening experience can prove useful, buut is not a prerequisite. If you are interested, please contact Jaclyn Kellner '16 at
Environment America Internships
Environment America is made up of 29 state affiliated, citizen-based, environmental advocacy groups. From EA: "Right now, we’re working on a campaign urging President Obama to take the lead in cutting global warming pollution. Our associates will work to address issues ranging from protecting the parks and wildlife refuges throughout Maine, to helping New Hampshire reduce its dependency on oil.  You can learn more about the internships here. and see attached listing"

Next Step Living: Community Outreach Paid Internship
For a current student or recent graduate, care of alumnus Carrie Watkins: The goal of the Next Step Living Community Outreach Program is "to enhance utilization of the Mass Save program and drive residents to Next Step Living as a source for home energy solutions, including home energy assessments, weatherization, solar PV and other sustainable home solutions.  I'm happy to talk to anyone about it.
Interested?  Carrie kindly offered to share her own experience in this position and discuss it with you. Just contact me at if you wish her email address.

Toxics Action Center Organizational Internship Program  "At Toxics Action Center, we start from the core belief that everyone has a right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community where government operates responsively and democratically. Our mission is to make these rights a reality by organizing side by side with residents who are facing toxic threats. We train residents in the skills and know-how they need to run effective local campaigns, while also developing long-term leaders to fuel New England’s progressive movements.   Over the last 26 years, Toxics Action Center has organized side by side with residents in more than 700 communities as the 911 of the environmental movement, winning countless victories to protect public health and the environment and sparking broader state and regional policy changes.  Toxics Action Center seeks an intern that will play a key role in support of our program work. Organizational interns work closely with the administrator, event planner and development director. They will take part in the foundations of Toxics Action Center’s work, helping with fundraising efforts, planning our annual activist conference, and administrative duties Responsibilities- Manage Toxics Action Center’s social media, including Facebook, flickr and twitter.- Create action alerts for members to weigh-in with decision makers on important issues.- Play a key role in putting together events such as house party fundraisers and activist conferences.- Maintain and organize records of donors, member lists, news articles, trainings and more.- Recruit supporters out to events, including movie screenings, rallies, press conferences, and public hearings.- Assist with general administrative tasks Skills Required- Commitment to environmental issues and social change- Strong communication and writing skills- Desire to develop event planning and outreach skills- Social media aptitude- Must learn quickly and work efficiently  To Apply Our internships operate on a rolling start and end date and have flexible hours. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to Megan Stokes at"

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: . 

Assistant Farm Manager 
JBG Organic 
Austin, TX

Executive Director 
Wild South 
Asheville, NC 

Local Economy Fellowships 
Oakland, CA (nationwide) 

Executive Director 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont 
Townsend, TN 

Outdoor Classroom Instructor 
Chewonki Foundation 
Wiscasset, ME 

Traveling Natural History Program Intern 
Chewonki Foundation 
Wiscasset, ME 

Food Policy Intern 
Wholesome Wave 
Bridgeport, CT 

Yearlong Apprenticeship 
Merck Forest and Farmland Center 
Rupert, VT 

Executive Director 
The Trumpeter Swan Society 
Plymouth, MN (US or Canada) 

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

Online Community Builder 
Making Contact 
Oakland, CA 

Campus Organizers 
US Public Interest Research Group 
OR, NM, WI, CA, CO, IN, and more 

Resident Assistant 
Coastal Studies for Girls 
Freeport, ME 

Youth Environmental Education Coordinator 
Great Basin Institute 
Reno, NV

Field Science Educator 
NatureBridge in Olympic National Park 
Port Angeles, WA (Olympic National Park) 

Editorial Intern 
Rethinking Schools 
Berkeley, CO 

Program Assistant 
Klamath Riverkeeper 
Orleans, CA 

Communications Manager 
Klamath Riverkeeper 
Orleans, CA (Location flexible, see below)