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Job Opportunity: Outreach Coordinator – Conservation Northwest

Conversation Northwest LogoOutreach Coordinator
Seattle WA

Conservation Northwest, http://www.conservationnw.org, has a 26‐year track record of success protecting, connecting and restoring wildlands and ancient forest across the Pacific Northwest. We champion the recovery of our region’s most iconic wildlife including wolves, wolverines, fisher, lynx, mountain caribou and grizzly bears.

Through tenacious yet pragmatic advocacy, on-the-ground science and diverse collaborations, we aim to connect the big landscapes, protect the most vulnerable wildlife, and conserve our natural heritage for future generations. We’re keeping the Northwest wild because clean air and water, pristine forests, mountains, and other wildlands, resilient and connected natural ecosystems—it all adds up to a better quality of life in our region.

Job Description
Conservation Northwest is looking for an organized, motivated, locally well-connected, and outgoing person to join our 18-person staff to advance wildlife and habitat conservation in northeast Washington. The Outreach Coordinator will focus on broadening support and awareness, and foster problem-solving and dialogue among civic leaders and organizations, tribal representatives, elected and agency officials, and other members of the public. Must be able to work independently, and maintain tight coordination and communication with the Conservation Northwest staff in Twisp, Bellingham, and Seattle. Team leadership and management skills will be beneficial.

Manage outreach operations supporting conservation program objectives;
Maintain contacts with public officials, tribal representatives, and the press;
Represent Conservation Northwest on the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, and other forums;
Build relationships and maintain communications at local levels to enhance public awareness and support;
Develop materials (fact sheets, website content, articles, alerts, talking points);
Organize and manage events, hikes, fundraisers, and other activities;
Mobilize supporters in northeast Washington as needed;
Supervise and manage interns and volunteers.

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SUM 2016 Classes from Environmental Studies

ENVIR 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies
5 credits – Hybrid class w/ Yen-Chu Weng – Counts for I&S/NW and Env. Studies Core  – Open to all majors. Great intro for Freshmen and Sophomores who are exploring environmental majors.
The hybrid class model includes online lectures so students can listen at any time, and in-person weekly quiz sections.

Learn about complex environmental issues in a local and global context. Practice environmental communication and critical thinking skills through peer engagement, iterative writing, a team project and public poster presentation.

ENVIR 239: Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts
3/5 credits – Dr. Kristi Straus – Counts for I&S/NW – No pre-reqs – Open to all majors.

Present frameworks of sustainability via exploration of key pillars of sustainability, the history of sustainability movements, and sustainability in action. Examine personal and global aspects of sustainability through issues such as smart growth, green business and energy, ecotourism, and international policy.

ENVIR 495 A: Agro-Ecosystyems of Northern Cascadia: From the backyard to the back forty
5 credits – Elizabeth Wheat – A-term – Counts for Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – No pre-reqs – Open to all majors.

Become familiar with the varied agricultural ecosystems in the PNW and design and practice implementing agro-ecosystem ideals on the student farm at UW.

ENVIR 495 B: The Nature Essay
5 credits – Ned Schaumberg – Full-term – Counts for Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – No pre-reqs  – Open to all majors.
Explore the genre of the nature essay through reading, analysis and engagement with the natural world. Produce inspiring nature essays in a workshop style class and learn how writing can galvanize environmental movements. This course would be a great complement to ENVIR 495 C.

ENVIR 495 C: Landscape Change in the Pacific NorthWest
5 credits – Tim Billo – A-term – Counts for Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences – Required field trip  – Open to all majors.
Examine the cause and consequences of wilderness loss and landscape change in the Pacific Northwest, through a challenging 9-day wilderness expedition in the Olympic Peninsula.

ENVIR 495 D: Trash: Environmental & Social Justice Impacts of Waste 
3 credits – Frederica Helmiere – B-Term – Counts for Env. Studies Perspectives & Experiences  – Open to all majors.

Learn more about American waste production and disposal. Explore trans-boundary dumping and the environmental, economic and ethical costs of waste in this country.

Job Opportunity: Lakeside Classroom Field Teacher/Experiential Educator – Bryant Pond 4H Camp and Learning Center/University of Maine Systems

University of Maine LogoLakeside Classroom Field Teacher-Experiential Educator-Maine
Bryant Pond 4H Camp and Learning Center: University of Maine Systems
Location: Bryant Pond, Maine
Website: http://umaine.edu/bryantpond/

Live in Maine and join a team of energetic outdoor professionals looking to share their love of the outdoors and sciences to people of all ages and backgrounds.  We are looking for dedicated educators who truly enjoy passing on the treasures of the natural world and the importance of community in our human existence.

Lakeside Classroom Field Teacher-Job Details
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center is seeking qualified, high-energy individuals to work in our Lakeside Classroom.  The mission of the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond is to educate and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds toward social, economic, and environmental sustainability and conservation through affordable, experiential learning. Our campus is nestled on the shores of Lake Christopher in Bryant Pond, Maine with 160 acres of forest and mountain trails leading to remote campsites, streams, ponds, wetlands, and a mountain summit.

Candidates will be considered for any combination of the three seasons; spring, summer or fall.  A seven-month Field Teacher would work during the summer at Bryant Pond as a counselor in the summer camp program leading ecology, survival, arts, hunter safety or adventure programming.  In the spring and fall, a seven-month Field Teacher would support the Lakeside Classroom residential school program.  This program focuses on teaching environmental education and teambuilding to students, kindergarten through college. We reach over 3,000 school children in our year-round Lakeside Classroom programs in 2015.  We also work with over 900 youth in our open enrollment summer camp. The seven-month positions run mid April-early November, with limited opportunity for winter extensions in afterschool and expeditionary roles.

The primary responsibility of Field Teachers is to provide students with high quality programming in ecology, teambuilding, challenge course, climbing wall, and outdoor skills.  Group management and group building skills are an important part of this position, and make up to 70% of what we do.

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SPR 2016 Course: One Health – Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment (ENV H 439/539)

ENV H 439/539 – One Health: Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment

What is One Health?
Emerging infectious diseases such as Zika, Ebola, West Nile Virus, and avian/swine influenza have focused attention on infectious diseases that cross between animals and human beings; many of these diseases are manifestations of important environmental changes related to land use, climate change, intensification of food production, and other factors. Therefore, preventing such diseases must involve creating and maintaining healthy environments. Other environmental health risks that may be shared by human beings and animals include toxicants, allergens, and psychosocial issues. Working to improve such environments is a complex process that involves both professionals and communities.

In ENV H 439/539, students will explore the One Health concept, through a case based approach. Topics include emerging zoonotic infectious diseases transmitted between humans and animals, animals as sentinels of environmental hazards, the human-animal bond, and the comparison of spontaneous diseases between human and animals. Includes two optional field trips.

Prerequisites – BIOL 180 or equivalent. Interested students who have not completed BIOL 180 should contact Trina Sterry tsterry@uw.edu

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Job Opportunity: Part-Time Environmental Educator – Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center

Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center LogoPart-Time Environmental Educator
Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
Chesterfield, New Jersey
Website: http://www.fernbrookeducation.org

Host Organization: Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center was formed in 2001 as a non–profit organization to educate children through year–round programs for campers, homeschooled children, public and private schools, scout groups, and more. Our mission is to provide hands–on educational experiences for all young people by exploring the complex interconnectedness of our natural world. Our purpose is to educate children about food, agriculture, and the environment. We believe people should make meaningful connections with our natural world in order to become responsible stewards of local and global sustainability.

Description: We are seeking a highly self-motivated, creative, organized, detail-oriented individual who is interested in teaching our weekly homeschool classes for children ages 6-11. Through interactive, fun activities and outdoor explorations our homeschool program helps students learn about a variety of science topics. This position is approximately 15 hours a week starting March 23, 2016. Hours are generally Mondays 9:30am-1:30pm (lesson planning), Wednesdays 12pm-4:30pm (class) and Thursdays 8:30am-4:30pm (lass). Classes are weekly through May 19,2016. Additional hours may be available throughout the Spring and continued employment is a possibility. Responsibilities include assisting with lesson planning (topics provided), set-up/clean-up of classes, and teaching three 2-hour classes per week.

Qualifications: Academic background in biology, ecology, education, environmental studies, or related field; previous experience working with children, preferably in an outdoor setting; strong interest and enthusiasm for the outdoors and sharing nature and the environment with others; and good communication skills with children and adults.

Location: Chesterfield, NJ (approx. 10 miles from Trenton)
Duration: 8 weeks or more
Start Date: March 23, 2016
Hours: part-time 15 hours per week
Compensation: $12.50 per hour
Application Procedure: Please send resume and cover letter Jenna Collins, Director of Homeschool Program, PO Box 228 Bordentown, NJ 08505.
Email address: Jenna@fernbrookfarms.com
Website: www.fernbrookeducation.org

Study Abroad Opportunity: AUT 2016 Costa Rica Exploration Seminar

Looking for a field experience in the tropics? Join us on our annual Exploration Seminar to Costa Rica this September!

We travel for nearly a month from highlands to coast and you get 5 UW credits!

Apply via the UW’s Study Abroad Program (we’re listed as an Autumn Quarter Exploration Seminar) BEFORE FEB 26!!  

A brief description of our adventure is below, but please don’t hesitate to contact Professor John Marzluff (corvid@uw.edu) or Teaching Assistant Robert Tournay (tournay@uw.edu) if you have any questions.

Come experience the breath-taking natural beauty and rich cultural history of Costa Rica. You will explore a range of tropical ecosystems: from the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, to the lush humid rainforests of the Osa Peninsula, and up into the mighty oak trees of the Savegre cloud forest at Cierra de la Muerte.  Proud of their reputation for protecting and preserving their incredible biodiversity, our experienced Tico guides and naturalists will share their deep love for their country’s natural heritage and show you places most foreigners never get to venture.  Feel what it’s like to be a research scientist and conservationist working in the field. Go on night hikes to collect and protect endangered turtle eggs, screen videos of camera traps tracking the wild cats, search the forests for troops of monkeys, and help repair and restore damaged forests through restoration activities. Immerse yourself in the local culture in rural villages at Mastatal and the highland coffee region of Santa Elena. Staying with local families, you will gain first-hand knowledge of sustainable agriculture and coffee production, make (and taste) chocolate straight from the cacao trees, hike to waterfalls for an afternoon swim, and participate in service learning activities giving back to the communities. No Spanish? No hay problema, beginning and advanced speakers alike can build their skills with daily lessons from a Spanish teacher.

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Study Abroad Opportunity: From Andes to Amazon – Biodiversity, Conservation, and Sustainability in Peru

Program on the Environment LogoFrom Andes to Amazon: Biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability in Peru

See the attached flyer.  The application period for this September course is open NOW and closes March 4.

More information is also at the following website:  http://faculty.washington.edu/timbillo/

Information sessions are coming up , Friday January 15, 12-1pm (MGH 206) and Wednesday February 17, 3-4 pm (POE Commons, Wallace Hall First floor).

Peru Study Abroad 2016 Flyer