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Job Opportunity: Instructor – Emerald Cove Outdoor Science (ECOS) Institute

Emerald Cove Outdoor Science (ECOS) Institute Logo

ECOS (Emerald Cove Outdoor Science) Institute
Address: Green Valley Lake, CA
Website: Emerald Cove Outdoor Science

Playing the essential dual role of Naturalist and Counselor, ECOS Instructors will lead students on hikes through Yellow Pine Forest and Oak Woodland, guiding them through a science curriculum based in geology, wildlife biology, forest ecology and astronomy. Instructors will also will serve as the primary support for a cabin of 10-15 students and lead team-building activities, facilitate songs and games and resolve conflict. Positions run from early October through early June, with Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks.

Job Duration:

How to Apply:
Apply online at http://ecosinstitute.com/employment/staff-application/ (link is external), or call 949-298-3267 for more information.

See the full job posting at: http://ecosinstitute.com/employment/job-description/

Paid Internship Opportunity: Outdoor Education Intern – Windy Peak Outdoor Lab/Jefferson County Outdoor Lab Schools (Application Deadline: 04/20/16)

Outdoor Lab LogoOutdoor Education Intern
Deadline to Apply: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 5:00pm
Organization: Windy Peak Outdoor Lab
Dates: August 11th, 2016- December 16, 2016. Full semester internship in line with Jeffco district calendar.

Organizational Overview: Jefferson County Outdoor Lab Schools give 6th grade students the unique opportunity to explore subjects such as sustainability, earth science, life science, water systems, archery, and astronomy. Experientially, students are engaged in problem solving, team building, decision-making and social interaction. Jefferson County operates the program from two sites; Windy Peak is located just south of Bailey, Colorado and Mount Evans is located west of Evergreen, Colorado.

Position Overview: The Leadership Intern will instruct trail classes in one or more subjects: Sustainability/Greenhouse, Biosphere, Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Navigation, Archery, Low Ropes Initiatives, History, and Astronomy, to sixth grade students. They will co-teach with classroom teachers and serve as an instructional mentor for high school leaders as well as high school and college interns.The Leadership Advisor will work directly with the Program Director and Program Assistant to develop and run the weekly program. Opportunity to engage in organizational and leadership planning.

Essential Job Functions:
Mentor high school and college interns in leadership and outdoor education methodology
Work closely with the Program Director in developing programs and curriculum
Instruction of Jefferson County 6th grade outdoor education classes
Anticipate, organize, and prioritize upcoming tasks in a proactive manner
Manage projects to develop program and site stewardship
Solve problems as they arise
Excellent work ethic
Internally accountable and motivated
Work with colleagues and the general public in a professional and friendly manner
Solid communication, leadership skills, creativity, adaptability, and flexibility in managing a variety of situations.
Supervise and mentor interns and high school leaders during bunkhouse times
Interact with students with a high level of energy and enthusiasm at all times
Interact with people of diverse backgrounds and different levels of experience
Work closely as a part of a team
Willingness to live as part of a close community
Role model a high level of integrity and positivity

Desired Job Functions:
Experience in curriculum and instruction
Outdoor/leadership experience
Experience in greenhouses and sustainability

For more information, see https://naaee.org/eepro/jobs/outdoor-education-intern

Job Opportunity: Environmental Educator – Children’s Maritime Foundation

Children's Maritime Foundation LogoEnvironmental Educator & Deckhand
Children’s Maritime Foundation, aboard the American Pride
Long Beach, California
Website: http://www.AmericanPride.org

Full time, year round
Position starts: January 20-30
Compensation: room, board, and monthly salary dependent on knowledge, skills and experience

Ideal Qualifications:
Degree in Marine Biology, Environmental Education or related field
Experience or desire to work in outdoor education setting
Experience or desire to lead adventure based trips
First Aid/CPR
Lifeguard Certification

The American Pride is a historic 130’ three masted schooner, she was built in 1941 and is currently located in Long Beach, CA. Owned and operated by the Children’s Maritime Foundation, a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to enrich the minds and transform the lives of California youth through immersion in a maritime learning environment. We provide shipboard learning experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom, while offering hands on, action oriented activities that stress leadership, teamwork, communication and good sportsmanship. We strive to promote interest and education in the value and worthiness of our national maritime heritage and historic sailing ships, as well as education, awareness and preservation of the earth’s oceans and welfare of all marine life.

The position includes many aspects that vary depending on the season and current programming but will definitely include: Living, playing and working aboard a tallship, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming, playing games, hanging out on the beach, occasionally dressing up as a sailor, and ship maintenance. As part of our programming, which may last between three hours and five days, you may teach about fish and squid anatomy, touch tank critters, tide pools, knots, maritime history, sharks, water quality, ship construction, oceanography, stars, geology, island flora and fauna, and kelp forests just to name a few. We do not expect our applicants to have all these skills just the desire to build upon their knowledge and experience.

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Winter 2016 Online Courses

Please remind students about online courses for winter quarter.

Students can take some of the most popular online credit classes as part of their normal tuition load and pay an online fee of $120 per class. These select online courses are offered in a group-start format, which means students can interact with their classmates and complete the course during the quarter. Below is a copy of the email that will be sent to students before registration begins:

Register for Winter 2016 online courses

Register now for winter quarter online classes. Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of the University of Washington’s online courses. As a UW matriculated student, this autumn you can take some of the most popular online credit classes as part of your normal tuition load and pay an additional online fee of $120 per class. These select online courses are offered in a group-start format, which means you can interact with your classmates and complete the course during the quarter. Online courses help meet graduation requirements and allow you access to the university when you need it. Check out the winter quarter 2016 time schedule. Simply register as you would for any other class using MyUWOnline courses are housed at the UW Seattle campus. UW Bothell and UW Tacoma students should check with advising staff at their home campuses before enrolling in classes they expect to count towards their degree program. These courses do not count as residence credit; consult with your adviser if you have any questions.

The following courses feature the $120 fee and the group-start format. Please note courses marked with an asterisk which have a different fee:

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Upcoming Astronomy Events

Origins: Life and the Universe
November 7, 2 pm, Benaroya Hall

Celestial objects have inspired countless masterpieces, from Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night to Emily Dickinson’s poems about the moon. Now eight Northwest composers have created symphonic works that celebrate the wonders of the Universe, for a concert benefiting the Astrobiology Program and Astronomy Department at the University of Washington.

Origins: Life and the Universe, a multi-media concert at Benaroya Hall on November 7, will feature eight new compositions accompanied by spectacular imagery from space, projected on a giant screen. Grammy Award-winner David Sabee will conduct the Northwest Sinfonia in this world-premiere event.

For more information, see https://artsci.washington.edu/news/2015-09/universe-music-and-images

Star Formation & Nebulae as Cosmic Science & Song
October 1, 6 pm, Museum of Flight

Bruce Balick, UW professor emeritus of astronomy, discusses the origin and development of nebulae and star-nurseries. Composer Nan Avant’s piece “Bijoux” showcases some of the more spectacular nebulae ever discovered. Lecture and museum admission free for First Thursday Astronomy Day.

Origin of the Universe and Everything in It
October 17, 2 pm, Museum of Flight

Matt McQuinn, UW assistant professor of astronomy, looks at how the Universe was formed and how small fluctuations on the cosmic microwave background grow into galaxies with stars and planets. Composer Glenna Burmer discusses her musical and visual interpretation of the 13.8-billion-year history of the Universe. Free with museum admission.

Origin and Evolution of Oceans: Understanding Planetary Life Support Systems
October 20, 7 pm, Pacific Science Center

John Delaney, UW professor of oceanography, explores the hydrothermal activity that may have produced life on primordial Earth. Composer Barry Dowsett discusses his composition, “The Evolution of Carbon and Stardust.”  $5. Free to PSC members, UW students & alumni with ID, and Seattle Astronomical Society members.

Pre-Major in Astronomy Program

Please let incoming UW students who are interested in math and science know that the Astronomy Department still has some spots left in our Pre-MAP (Pre-Major in Astronomy Program).  I have attached a flyer.

We are looking for:

  • Incoming UW students
  • Members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences (women, first-generation and low-income college students, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders)
  • Strong interest in math and science

Pre-MAP students take the Pre-MAP Seminar, ASTRO 192:

Pre-MAP students meet in a small seminar twice a week to learn computing
techniques and work on research projects. They also get to practice science
writing and creating presentations. And there is time for reviewing exams,
finding out about scholarships, and pizza parties!

Guided by the seminar leader, Pre-MAP students select a research project and
work on it in small groups. One group of recent Pre-MAP students searched for
supernovae (huge stellar explosions) in new data taken by the state-of-the-art
Sloan Digital Sky Survey. To learn about future research opportunities, check
out our Projects Page

Lab Tours
We set up tours of different science labs around the UW campus to give you a taste  of the multitude of scientific research going on around the school. Many of these  labs are actively looking for undergraduate researchers like you!

Field Trips
We take annual field trips! These trips are for free for current Pre-MAP participants and students who are alumni of the program.

Interested students should complete the form on this page, or contact me directly for more information: http://www.astro.washington.edu/users/premap/join.php

Pre-MAP Flyer

Funding Opportunity: Uni­ver­si­ties Space Research Asso­ci­a­tion (USRA) Schol­ar­ship Awards (Deadline: 07/31/15)

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) LogoAppli­ca­tions for the 2015 Uni­ver­si­ties Space Research Asso­ci­a­tion (USRA) Schol­ar­ship Awards are now being accepted!

Infor­ma­tion and the online appli­ca­tion form are avail­able at http://www.usra.edu/about/outreach/scholarship

Appli­ca­tions accepted up until July 31, 2015.

These are awards given to under­grad­u­ate stu­dents who have demon­strated a career inter­est in sci­ence or engi­neer­ing with an empha­sis on space research or space sci­ence edu­ca­tion. Three Schol­ar­ship Awards have been estab­lished to honor indi­vid­u­als who have made spe­cific con­tri­bu­tions to sci­ence and the US Space Pro­gram.  A fourth Schol­ar­ship Award, recently re-named in mem­ory of USRA Pres­i­dent Fred­er­ick A. Taran­tino, broadly sup­ports under­grad­u­ate sci­ence and engi­neer­ing edu­ca­tion. Stu­dents will be matched to the schol­ar­ship award most appro­pri­ate for their area of study.

Up to four Schol­ar­ship Awards are avail­able in amounts of $2000 annu­ally.  Awards are made to under­grad­u­ate stu­dents who will be juniors or seniors in the Fall.  Awards are for one year only, but recip­i­ents may re-apply for a sec­ond year.  All schol­ar­ship awards will be paid directly to the recipients.