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Job Opportunity: Science Communication Program Manager – Chesapeake Environmental Communications (CEC) (Application Deadline: 08/12/16)

Chesapeake Environmental Communications LogoScience Communication Program Manager Position Announcement
Chesapeake Environmental Communications (CEC) is looking for a motivated and talented Science Communication Program Manager (SciComm Program Manager) to join our growing
team. CEC specializes in connecting science to decision-making processes. We create broadly
understandable science content, custom tools and visualizations, and strategic project
management and facilitation. Our work focuses on coastal and ocean resource management,
environmental education, and eco & heritage tourism in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

The SciComm Program Manager will assist principal staff in project development, management
and execution. He/she will synthesize, interpret, and communicate scientific information and
prepare reports on findings; work and communicate with a wide range of audiences; and manage multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines. The successful applicant must be a self-motivated, outgoing, and creative thinker, with the ability to
communicate effectively through content and graphic development.

This position offers the opportunity to delve into key issues related to the intersection between
society and marine/coastal resources, including climate change and sea level rise, water quality,
habitat restoration and protection, fisheries management, and more. The SciComm Program
Manager will work with regional experts and leaders to translate science to broad audiences and produce products that provide long-term benefits.

This is a full-time position located within our Richmond, Virginia office. CEC provides the
necessary hardware and software and a competitive benefits plan. Additionally, CEC provides
professional development and networking opportunities.

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Job Opportunity: Managing Editor – Natural Areas Association Natural Areas Journal

Natural Areas Association (NAA) LogoNatural Areas Association
Natural Areas Journal Managing Editor Job Description

Position: Managing Editor
Status: This is an hourly contracted (non-employee) position requiring an average time commitment of 30 hours/month
Reports to: Director of Operations
Location: Managing Editor’s current location
Compensation: Dependent on experience

General Description
The Natural Areas Association (NAA) is seeking a Managing Editor (ME) for the Natural Areas Journal (NAJ). This contracted, part-time position averages 30 hours/month (the hours/week will vary) and will formally begin in mid-late June 2016 (or as soon as filled). The Managing Editor will work from their current location. The current ME and/or production manager will be available to facilitate a smooth transition, and to ensure continuity and the ongoing success of the NAJ.

Natural Areas Journal Background The NAJ is the NAA’s flagship publication. The Journal provides a forum for communication among persons involved in the identification, preservation, protection, and management of natural areas and elements of biological diversity. The NAJ focus is on nature preserves, natural areas, state or national parks, rare and endangered species, land preservation, and practical approaches to natural areas work. The Journal includes peer-reviewed original research articles on applied conservation biology, ecological restoration, natural areas management, ecological assessment and monitoring, invasive and exotic species management, habitat protection, fire ecology, natural areas identification, natural areas programs and conservation ethics.

The Journal is published quarterly and is available in hardcopy and online to NAA members. A sample issue can be viewed online via the NAA website, naturalareas.org (you may contact the NAA for guest online access or to request a sample hardcopy at info@naturalareas.org). More information is available on the NAA website: www.naturalareas.org.

Each issue averages 100-120 pages and generally contains 10-12 articles, plus editorial content and 5 book reviews. The managing editor (a contracted position) is responsible for all tasks involved in the development/production of the Journal that occur after manuscripts have been peer-reviewed and accepted by the editor, up to the time of transmittal to the Production Manager, who is responsible for the design/layout of the issue and sending the print-ready files to the printer, Allen Press.

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Job Opportunity: Education Director – Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC) LogoEducation Director
Organization: Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Address: Portland, OR
Website: Columbia Slough Employment Page

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Classroom Activities: Develop and present hands-on science activities to students.
  • Field Studies: Plan, prepare and lead student field studies, service learning, and restoration activities at sites such as Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, Smith & Bybee Lakes, Big Four Corners, Johnson Lake and Kelley Point Park.  Provide direction and supervision to students, teachers, education interns, and volunteers during field studies, service learning, and restoration activities.
  • Watershed & Community Action Projects:  Organize plantings, service projects, canoe trips, and watershed education events for students and watershed residents
  • Summer Programming: Offer several one day programs and partner with summer camp providers where youth will have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor field experience
  • Professional Development for Teachers: Invite teachers participating in Slough School activities to professional development workshops and training sessions offered by the Council and others
  • Adult Workshops: Work with the Outreach Director to coordinate workshops for community members, including arrangements for speakers, location, and topics

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services and Water Bureau, City of Gresham watershed/stormwater education, Metro, MCDD, Portland Parks and Recreation, and other partners’ staff to provide educational programs and activities.
  • Lead canoe and kayak tours of the Columbia Slough with adults and youth
  • Research, develop and use science education materials and activities
  • Develop written materials such as newsletter articles, reports, and education resources
  • Represent Slough School and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council at public and Council events to promote watershed education
  • Attend and participate in staff and council meetings and events.
  • Collect and organize photos and records of Slough School and other education activities
  • Maintain equipment, including maintenance of canoes and kayaks
  • Responsible for program budget management, fundraising, grant writing, and grant reporting
  • Responsible for organizing and working with the Slough School Advisory Committee.
  • Create measurements for program evaluation to evaluate program effectiveness and meet grant requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

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Job Opportunity: Teacher Naturalist – Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Audubon LogoTeacher Naturalist
Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
Tiburon, California
Website: http://richardsonbay.audubon.org

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Tiburon, CA, is looking for energetic individuals with a passion for teaching young children about the wonders of nature and environmental science.

Summer Audubon Adventures consists of one week of staff training and ten weeklong sessions for children ages 4-9. Within the ten camp weeks are three weeks of Expedition Camp for grades 4-6 and two weeks of On the Fly camp for grades 4-6. Staff also mentor teens in our Audubon Youth Leaders program. Time commitment is 11 weeks:  June 2 – August 15.

Essential Functions:
Lead Summer Teacher Naturalist responsibilities include:

  • Preparing and implementing camp curriculum and coordinating camp projects
  • Preparing materials for camp and clean up materials after use
  • Supervising volunteers, Assistant Summer Teacher Naturalists, and Audubon Youth Leaders
  • Leading camp activities in a safe and engaging manner
  • Developing conservation and restoration activities for camp participants
  • Keeping a log of curriculum and your Teacher Naturalist experience to share at weekly staff meetings
  • Additional duties that contribute to the success of a non-profit

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SPR 2016 Course: Indigenous Sustainability Science – Applying Western and Native Sciences to Restore and Reconnect to the Environment (AIS 475 C)

AIS 475 C: Indigenous Sustainability Science: Applying Western and Native Sciences to Restore and Reconnect to the Environment
Instructor: Clarita Lefthand-Begay
Weds & Fri 3:30 – 5:20 pm
5 credits I&S, NW (email native@uw.edu for NW credit)

This newly offered class will have an interdisciplinary focus on how tribes and tribal partners are managing human-environmental systems, and incorporating indigenous knowledge and western science into their stewardship practices. We will also explore some of the most pressing environmental issues faced by tribes in the Pacific Northwest.

This course will provide several 2-hour seminar style classes where students will examine reading assignments, and participate in discussions. The remaining class meetings will consist of fieldwork to help carry out ecological restoration projects. Students will better understand definitions of sustainability, have a greater appreciation for human connections with ecosystems, be able to identify indigenous stewardship methods, and understand how some tribes are addressing environmental and climate change concerns.

This course is open to grad and undergrad students. Those students who are interested must email the instructor, Clarita Lefthand-Begay, for an add code (clarita@uw.edu). A draft of the schedule is available here: http://claritalb.org/ais475C/. Also, here are some photos from last year’s class: http://claritalb.org/edu/photos/

There are 3 field trips organized in this class. Trip #2 is required, but students can choose between Trip #1 or #3.
Field trip #1: April 21-22: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation​ ​
Field trip #2: April 28-29: Rain gardens ​and phytoremediation ​
101 in Seattle neighborhood (LOCAL)
Field trip #3: May 4-5: Plant Center on the Elwha​ ​

For other details see the attached flyer and the AIS website: https://ais.washington.edu/courses/2016/spring/ais/475/c

AIS 475 SPR 2016 Flyer

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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Funded Research Opportunity: Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Fellowship – The Morton Arboretum (Deadline: 02/29/16)

Morton Arboretum LogoCenter for Tree Science – Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
Website: http://www.mortonarb.org/ctsurf
Category: Botany, Ecology, Restoration

Students in the Center for Tree Science – Undergraduate Research Fellowship (CTS-URF) program spend ten weeks at The Morton Arboretum conducting independent research under the mentorship of our Research Scientists and Research Associates. Students participate in weekly activities, such as seminars, fieldtrips, and social events. At the end of the program, students will be required to prepare a scientific paper and give presentations of their work in a student research symposium at The Morton Arboretum.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a 4-year, undergraduate program in environmental studies. The CTS-URF is generally focused on urban ecology, with topics in tree biology, urban biodiversity, urban forestry, arboriculture, root biology, soil science, forest ecology, plant systematics, pathology, entomology, tree conservation, and restoration ecology.

The 2016 program dates are June 13 through August 19. Successful applicants receive a stipend, an opportunity for housing, and a nominal budget for research. Applications are accepted from January 1 to February 29, 2016. To apply for the CTS-URF program, undergraduate students should submit the following to Christine Carrier at ccarrier@mortonarb.org:
1) A cover letter describing (one page maximum): why you would like to participate in the CTS-URF program, your career goals and explain how participating in this program might help you meet those goals, any prior research you have conducted, and your mentor and/or research area preference.
2) A curriculum vitae or resume.
3) A letter of reference from an instructor or advisor from your academic institution.
4) Official or unofficial transcript from your academic institution.