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Job Opportunity: Education Specialist I/II – Alaska SeaLife Center (Application Deadline: 08/26/16)

Job Opportunity: Outreach Coordinator – US Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Legacy’s Environmental Stewards Program (Application Deadline: 08/05/16)

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service LogoPOSITION OPENING: OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Application deadline: August 5, 2016

Position Summary
This is a full-time, paid, one-year placement through Conservation Legacy’s Environmental Stewards program with the potential for term extension up to another full year. The ideal candidate would have a bachelor’s degree in communications, media arts, writing, or a related area of study and an interest in environmental conservation. Applicants with a degree in biological sciences or a related field and significant outreach experience will also be considered. This is not an internship, but an opportunity for someone who is prepared to take initiative and who is eager to learn about and develop communication strategies to increase public awareness of Federal conservation efforts in New York State.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, media arts, marketing, writing, or a related area of study;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Enjoys working independently;
  • Competency in developing content for a variety of social media outlets;
  • Communicates well with people of a variety of backgrounds; and
  • Brings energy and creativity to whatever they do

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Job Opportunity: Communications Officer – Environment America

Environment America LogoCommunications Officer

Overview
Environment America seeks a Communications Officer to build the organization’s brand in the public and among opinion leaders, spearhead its national media outreach strategy, write and edit media materials, and build relationships with reporters and bloggers.

About Environment America
Environment America is an advocacy group that tackles tough environmental problems – from fracking and the climate crisis to protecting our prized natural landscapes ensuring clean water to drink for all Americans.

Through grassroots campaigns, research reports, news conferences, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, and more, we’re mobilizing public support for the environment, promoting sensible solutions, and winning tangible results.

The changes Environment America has championed and won in Washington, D.C., and more than 25 states are reducing global warming pollution, creating more solar and wind power, sparing our parks and forests from fracking, keeping beaches, rivers and streams clean, and protecting our wildlife and wild places.

We have offices in 20+ states, with members in all 50 giving us a strong and broad base of grassroots support and action and a track record of local and state victories, all of which have set the stage for even bigger accomplishments on the national level.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute strategic communication plans to support campaigns to get the nation to commit to 100 percent clean, renewable energy; to ensure clean water; to take the next steps in the fight against global warming; to protect our special landscapes and more.
  • Organize, promote and participate in news conferences, telepressers, media breakfasts, and similar, and write associated opinion media, press releases and statements.
  • Write edit and pitch rapid-response press releases, statements and social media content on a wide variety of issues and campaigns as needed.
  • Develop and deepen relationships with reporters, bloggers, and opinion writers through face to face meetings, phone calls, and written correspondence. Respond to media inquiries. Maintain a up-to-date database of top national reporters.
  • Work with program directors to write and post regular blogs on Huffington post, Medium, Environment America’s website, and other media.
  • Track media coverage and reach into key outlets, and adapt strategies to grow and improve coverage results over time
  • Coordinate with digital campaigners to guide creation of compelling online content, including photos, videos and infographics.
  • Develop a twitter following of at least 500 and follow and interact with 300+ national reporters.

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Events: Summer Genomics Salon

We invite all of you to participate in a summer genomics “salon” to discuss social issues in genomics. The goal is to provide an informal forum for discussing subjects of general intellectual interest related to genomics and, more broadly, modern biology. The general idea comes from the Stanford AI salon, which gets students and faculty together every other week to discuss high-level issues related to artificial intelligence.

We would love to see you there! So far, we’ve set the following schedule for the first part of the summer, and we’ll add sessions in August and September based on interest and feedback. The format of each session will be a short, framing statement by the organizer following by free-form discussion. We’ll provide some snacks and drinks, and feel free to bring some of your own. We hope this will be light, fun, and interesting for everyone involved!

Thursday, June 23, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Public understanding of science
Katherine Xue (Genome Sciences) and Molly Gasperini (Genome Sciences)

Everyone agrees that science communication is important, but no one seems to agree how it should be done. Science communication–particularly science writing–is subject to criticism from multiple directions: for hype, for oversimplification, for inaccuracy, for uncritically taking scientists at their word. This session will explore the complications and contradictions of communicating science to the public. What do these criticisms suggest about how science communication is and should be done? What is it, really, that the public should know about science?

Thursday, July 14, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Medicine and identity
Jolie Carlisle (Genome Sciences) and Hugh Haddox (MCB)

Growing interest in personalized medicine has generated initiatives that aim to develop medicines for demographic groups based on characteristics like race and gender. This session will examine the complex ways in which medical science shapes ideas about identity at the level of both social groups (for instance, race and gender) and individuals (for instance, personality characteristics and mental health). How does science draw on and reinforce social concepts of identity? What are the implications for policy design?

Thursday, August 4, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Bioscience as change agent: rhetorics of restraint and inevitability in response to advances in genetic technologies
Leah Ceccarelli (Professor of Communication)

Last year, a group of scientists and bioethicists published an editorial in Science calling for a moratorium on the use of CRISPR-Cas9 for germline genome modification, drawing comparisons to the 1975 Asilomar letter calling for voluntary deferral of certain kinds of recombinant DNA research. This session will compare the rhetoric of these two influential statements. How does the language and framing of these two letters portray bioscience and its capacity for change? What do they suggest about our collective ability to shape the course of technological change?

SUM 2016 Environmental Studies Courses

Program on the Environment LogoENVIR 239: Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts

3/5 credits – Dr. Kristi Straus – Full-term – Counts for I&S/NW – No pre-reqs.
  • 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.
  • Take inspiration from No Impact Man and participate in your own experimental lifestyle activities to examine your sustainability footprint.

ENVIR 495 B: The Nature Essay – NEW COURSE

5 credits – Ned Schaumberg – Full-term – No pre-reqs.
  • Explore the genre of the nature essay through reading, analysis and engagement with the natural world.
  • Examine famous and impactful texts by Rachel Carson, Barry Lopez and Henry David Thoreau; pick apart the texts, see what makes them work, and then create your own compelling nature writing!
  • Produce inspiring nature essays in a workshop style class and learn how writing can galvanize environmental movements.

ENVIR 495 D: Trash: Environmental & Social Justice Impacts of Waste – NEW COURSE

3 credits – Frederica Helmiere – B-Term – Required field trip.
  • Learn more about American waste production and disposal; where does it go? Who does it impact?
  • Explore trans-boundary dumping and the environmental, economic and ethical costs of waste in this country.
  • Examine the history and current state of American waste through an eco-justice lens.

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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.

Paid Internship Opportunity: Naturalist Intern – Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park

Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park LogoNaturalist Intern
Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park
Location:
North Palm Beach, Florida
Website: http://www.macarthurbeach.org/

A Naturalist Internship will provide the opportunity to gain invaluable, professional development and real-world experiences at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park (MBSP).

MBSP, Palm Beach County’s only state park, is situated on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon.  The Park is made up of 438 acres of pristine coastal land and contains four different communities or habitats including seven species of plants and twenty-two species of animals on the endangered or threatened list.  MacArthur Beach is truly an “Island in Time.”

The Naturalist Intern will gain experience in:

– Implementing Natural Science Education Programs to 1st -12th grade students
– Curriculum writing and development
– Public speaking and Leadership
– Volunteer engagement
– Animal care (educational exhibit fish, sea turtles, reptiles)

The Naturalist Intern will develop an extensive knowledge of:
– Local flora/fauna
– The ecosystems of MBSP
– Florida Park Service

State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and MBSP regulations, procedures and policies will be followed and enforced.

Summary of Essential Position Functions:

  • Reports to the Director of Education (DOE) for all duties assigned
  • Facilitates hands-on Natural Science Education Programs
  • Assists with Park Junior Friends group
  • Assists with Park Speaker Series
  • Daily office work
  • Assists in the development of publications, brochures, news releases and registration materials
  • Other duties as needed

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