Laura Goldin, goldin@brandeis.edu

Stay tuned to EARTHNOTES for events, announcements, and opportunities!  For more info see the ENVS website. For credit-bearing internships for fall,summer & spring (you can do these all over the world!) see the Internship Program link. 

Interested? Just contact me to discuss your plans and what you should do goldin@brandeis.edu  We also have a number of excellent local internships not listed below that may be just the right fit for you,from environmental and food justice to municipal recycling and energy management. Just contact me for learn more.

August 8th, 2014

 

EARTHNOTES August 18, 2014

This issue:

*People's Climate March

*Turtle Conservation Fall Internship

*EPA Rainworks Challenge

*Americorps Farm & Food Systems Position

*University/ACUPCC Sustainability Job

*More Internships and Jobs!

People's Climate March, from Iona Feldman: " Hey everyone, I’m writing this email today to invite you to the biggest global warming protest in US history. But actually. It's called the People's Climate March, and here's the deal: On September 21st, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. Click here to get on the bus with dozens of other Brandeis students to make history.There will be buses departing from Cambridge on both mornings of Saturday, Sept. 20th and Sunday, Sept. 21st. Buses will be returning on Sunday evening. When you buy your ticket, please indicate that you’re coming from Brandeis under “school affiliation.” If we buy enough Brandeis marked tickets, Better Future Project (group organizing buses) will send us a bus to pick up from campus. Please email me if you have any questions about the People’s Climate March, or about the Brandeis Divestment Campaign (we’re really looking for more member this semester.) I hope to see you at the march! -Iona Feldman, Brandeis Divestment Campaign, ifeldman@brandeis.edu "

Fall 2014 Blanding’s Turtle Conservation Internship

GrassrootsWildlife Conservation, a small non-profit based in Concord MA, works to conserve rare and endangered species in Massachusetts. One of the species we work with extensively is the Blanding’s turtle. There are only about a thousand Blanding’s turtles left in Massachusetts, and we are looking for an undergraduate intern to help us in monitoring the population at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, MA.

Job Description: We are seeking an intern to help track Blanding’s turtles using radio telemetry, enter data in our online database, and visit local schools that are headstarting turtle hatchlings to monitor their progress. We will train the intern on how to use radio tracking equipment, follow data collection protocols, and analyze data. 

Qualifications/Requirements: Qualified candidates will have an interest in wetland ecology and conservation, and be willing to do field work in any weather condition. Turtle tracking can be arduous fieldwork, requiring hiking though dense brush, mud, swamps, and water. So the ideal candidate will love being outside, be willing to get dirty, and be meticulous about data collection. The intern must be available for a weekly block of at least 4 hours, or even better 6-8 hours (exact day and time flexible, but should remain consistent throughout the semester), with the remaining hours more flexible. The ideal candidate would have their own vehicle (gas and mileage will be reimbursed), but the internship would also be possible if the intern was willing to do a fair bit of biking, even in inclement weather. Our office is 2 miles from the Concord Commuter Rail Station (Fitchburg Line), and many of the schools we work with are within easy biking range. We have a bike that the intern could borrow.

 To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Bryan Windmiller at  bwindmiller@grassrootswildlife.org. To Learn more about our organization, please visit www.grassrootswildlife.org

EPA Launches Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, Registration Begins Sept. 2.  EPA has launched the third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design challenge for college and university students. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support describing a proposed green infrastructure project for a location on their campus. Registration opens Sept. 2 and endsOct. 3. Registrants must submit their entries by Dec. 19. Winning teams will earn a student prize of $1,000-$2,000 to be divided evenly among student team members, and a faculty prize of $2,000-$3,000 to support green infrastructure research or training. More information: www.epa.gov/campusrainworks

ACUPCC Program Associate: Mid-Level

Janna Cohen_Roesenthal ’05, Brandeis’s first pioneering Sustainability Coordinator, recently began work with Second Nature working with the ACUPCC.  She’s  looking for a colleague to join ACUPCC Program team. This is an entry to mid level position for someone with strong experience , such as in a sustainability office alumni or as a Greenhouse Gas account graduate intern.

Job Posting: ACUPCC Program Associate
Download full position description of ACUPCC Program Associate

Second Nature is a Boston-based non-profit organization working to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education through a variety of initiatives including the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a program which supports over 680 institutions in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education and provides a framework for implementing comprehensive plans in pursuit of climate change action and carbon neutrality.

Second Nature seeks the services of a Program Associate to join the ACUPCC Program Team and assist in recruitment, implementation, and outreach related to the ACUPCC network. This position places a strong emphasis on supporting the capacity of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Under-Resourced Institutions (URIs), as well as other colleges and universities, to advance comprehensive sustainability education and climate initiatives on campus. 

For a full job description and applications instructions, please download the link above.  This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. http://www.secondnature.org/who-we-are/employment#ProgramAssociate 

Unique Farm & Food Systems position available through MassLIFT-Americorps: APPLY NOW! The MassLIFT-Americorps program exists to accelerate the pace of land protection across the Commonwealth. This year, a brand new position has been created with Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, with the support of The Kendall Foundation, to focus on the intersection between farm conservation and local food systems. This Regional Conservation Coordinator will work closely with the Farm Conservation Program Manager to enhance farmland protection efforts across the region. Projects may include conducting an inventory of farmland for priority preservation, coordinating a regional food systems planning network, working with local farmers to permanently protect their land, and developing innovative models to promote the transfer of whole farms to the next generation. This 11-month position starts on September 8, 2014. Applicants will be interviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. APPLY NOW: http://www.mountgrace.org/join-masslift  For questions about Mount Grace’s service positions or the state-wide MassLIFT program, contact Sean Pollock, Director of Community Engagement, pollock@mountgrace.org

Program Coordinator, Lucid

LINK: http://luciddesigngroup.com/careers.html#program-coordinator. From Lucid:

“Lucid is an Oakland, California-based company that is revolutionizing buildings with software. We pioneered behavioral efficiency and occupant engagement technology in commercial buildings (Building Dashboard) and the first “operating system” for commercial buildings (BuildingOS). This cloud-based software creates a central information hub for every building system, meter, and connected device and provides intuitive energy management tools. Celebrating its 10th year of operation, Lucid is profitable, VC-backed (Formation 8), and growing rapidly. Our software is used by the world’s leading companies and institutions, including Autodesk, Disney, Genentech, and Google. www.luciddg.com

We are looking for a highly motivated Program Coordinator to join our team. The Program Coordinator will work closely with Lucid’s Director of Product Engagement to envision, plan, and implement marketing and engagement programs, such as Campus Conservation Nationals (www.competetoreduce.org) for colleges and universities. The Program Coordinator must be a multi-talented individual who has a diverse and polished arsenal of skills at his/her disposal, and is excited to jump into a role that involves planning, creating, writing, organizing, and problem-solving, among other responsibilities.

  Strategize & plan - Assist with program strategizing and planning. Participate in weekly planning and strategy calls with program partners.

  Manage - Own responsibility for pieces of each program, from planning through execution and evaluation. For example, you might own software set-up, recruiting emails, website maintenance & content, program registration, or other areas.

  Write - Write and update persuasive, clear, and engaging content for delivery via all sorts of channels, from emails to website to guides to conference session abstracts to press releases. Most of the content you'll write will be aimed either at recruiting prospective participants, or supporting and training enrolled participants. You’ll also do some informal writing responding to emails from program participants.

  Communicate - Speak in program recruiting and training webinars and videos, place check-in calls to program participants, and assist participants in solving problems over the phone.

  Design - You’ll be putting your design sense and sharp eye to work creating concepts for graphics to accompany your emails and presentations, putting together beautiful slide decks for webinars and conferences, laying out emails in our marketing automation system (Pardot), and updating program websites (hosted on Squarespace).

  Problem solve - Be a proactive problem solver on many fronts, from helping participants resolve issues they encounter while using BuildingOS and Building Dashboard, to finding solutions for unexpected software glitches.

  Analyze - Do spot checks of data submitted by organizations/buildings with particularly high/low performance.

  Research - Become and stay fluent in best practices for running energy and water reduction competitions. Read academic research, review websites and social media, converse with participants, and read news articles to identify best practices and novel ideas for energy and water reduction competitions, and then incorporate these into program materials.

Required Qualifications

  BA/BS or equivalent experience

  Dependable, proactive and very organized

  A diligent self-starter that works well with little supervision

  Excellent writing skills (please include a writing sample with your application)

  Excellent verbal communication skills

  Good design sense and basic image editing skills

  Ability to quickly learn new concepts and capacity for self-teaching

  Ability to type with minimum speed of 60 words per minute as measured by 10fastfingers.com

The ideal candidate will have

  2 to 5 years experience in program or project management

  Experience implementing social marketing / behavior change programs

  Experience with Mailchimp, Pardot, Marketo, or similar marketing automation tool

  Experience with Salesforce

  Experience with Apple Keynote

Other qualities we value

  A passion for technology and the environment

  Team player and fun to work alongside

Compensation & Perks

  • Competitive compensation package including excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance and stock options
  • Healthy, productive, world-class work environment
  • Start off with 15 vacation days
  • Easily accessible by BART
    • Company retreats and a fun office environment

How to Apply: To apply, please submit 1) your resume and 2) a short cover letter explaining why you are a perfect fit. Include the job title in the subject of the email and send all materials and/or links to careers@luciddg.com.

Apply now


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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/ .   Many of these are appropriate for ENVS89a academic credit. Just see above and the ENVS website for info on credit for summer internships and contact me. goldin@brandeis.edu

Social Media Coordinator 
Union of Concerned Scientists 
Cambridge, MA 

various internships 
Center for Biological Diversity 
Portland, DC, San Francisco, FL 

Ecology Program Instructor (Seasonal) 
Kestrel Educational Adventures 
Gloucester, MA

Biological Tech/GIS Intern 
Glacial Ridge and Rydell National Wildlife Refuges 
Erskine, MN 

Event & Outreach Coordinator 
Heifer International 
Rutland, MA 

Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Crew Leader 
Great Basin Institute / Nevada Conservation Corps 
Reno/Las Vegas, Nevada 

Nevada Conservation Corps Fall Spring Mountains NRA Restoration Crew Member 
Great Basin Institute / Nevada Conservation Corps 
Las Vegas, NV (Spring Mountains NRA) 

Nevada Conservation Corps Fall Reno-Area Restoration Crew Member 
Great Basin Institute / Nevada Conservation Corps 
Reno, NV 

Nevada Conservation Corps Leadership Advancement Program 
Great Basin Institute / Nevada Conservation Corps 
Las Vegas, NV 

California Trail Interpretive Center AmeriCorps Intern 
The Great Basin Institute 
Elko, NV 

Nevada Conservation Corps AmeriCorps Internship - Restoration and Biology 
The Great Basin Institute 
Moapa Valley, NV 

Environmental Education & Outreach Youth Interns 
The Great Basin Institute 
Boulder City, NV 

Fearless and Fabulous Development & Marketing Director Wanted in Boulder, CO 
Public News Service 
Boulder, CO 

Curator/Educator 
Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum 
Elmira, NY 

Teacher/Naturalist 
Tin Mountain Conservation Center 
Albany, NH (White Mountain Region

And remember, if you don’t see the jobs or internships you want on EARTHNOTES or in your own search, don't forget the Brandeis Hiatt Career Center has access to hundreds of opportunities in the environmental and green fields. Hiatt offers students/alumni daily walk-ins hourselectronic resume reviews, and career counseling appointments for help getting your resume, cover letter, networking pitch, and job search strategy in order. The B.hired recruiting and events system houses thousands of jobs and internships that have been specifically targeted by employers for Brandeis students (log in with your UNET ID and password).  Hiatt also welcome hundreds of employers and alumni to campus each year to share insights about their industries, careers, and current job and internship opportunities. Check out the events tab in B.hired to register for one of these upcoming sessions. Click here to see a list of where Brandeis ENVS alumni are working now.

 

Take Care
Laura Goldin