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This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

November 13, 2013


Any upcoming events, job opportunities, new internships, or other environmental news received by the ES Department are included in this newsletter. More information on the items listed in This Just In! can be received by contacting the ES Department. This issue of This Just In! and archived issues can be found at:

In This Issue.... 

1.  Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies
2.  Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
3.  Clinton Global Initiative University 2014
4.  Master of Public Administration at Columbia University
5.  PhD Graduate Program at NC State University
6.  Jobs with Conservation Corps of Minnesota
7.  Northwestern University's Conference on Human Rights
8.  Jobs with the U.S. Geological Survey
9.  Internships

1.  Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies

Dates:  December 29, 2013 to January 14, 2014

Highlights:

  • Study, snorkel and SCUBA dive along the Caribbean coast of Mexico.
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research.
  • Earn 3 undergraduate transfer credits during winter break.  An opportunity to apply your classroom and textbook learning while immersed in an incredible Caribbean ecosystem setting!
  • Open to students from all universities and majors.
  • Accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula’s Environmental Studies Program:   EVST 291- Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits.

For all course information visit: www.ecofs.org

2.  Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

Message from Rebecca Shapiro '14, Student at Arava in Spring 2013

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is accepting applications for spring semester 2014. Students from Israel, Jordan, Palestine, the US and other countries come together on a small communal kibbutz in southern Israel to work together under the shared value that Nature Knows No Borders. A typical course schedule may include EcoHealth, Water Resources in the Middle East, The Basics of Organic Food Production, Biodiversity of Sand Dunes, and an independent research project. All students participate in a not-for-credit weekly Peace-building Seminar. The program includes field trips in Israel/West Bank/Jordan related to environmental studies and peace-building.

Please write to me at rshapir1@macalester.edu or come talk to me if you'd like more information about their undergraduate, graduate, or internship programs! My semester at Arava has had a huge impact on my life and the way in which I see the world, especially when it comes to environmental collaboration.  Website: www.arava.org

3.  Clinton Global Initiative University 2014

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2014 will take place at Arizona State University from March 21-23, 2014. Students can apply now to attend CGI U 2014, where student leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs from around the world will gather to turn ideas into action.
 
More than $350,000 in funding will be available to select student attendees through the CGI University Network, which is comprised of 35 schools and is growing every day. If you are interested in having your college or university participate in this network, you can learn more and request additional information here.
 
For the chance to attend CGI U 2014 and become part of a dynamic community of young social innovators, apply now. There is no application fee, and the meeting is free to attend for all accepted students.

4.  Master of Public Administration at Columbia University

The Master of Public Administration on Environmental Science and Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs trains sophisticated public managers and policymakers, who apply innovative, systems-based thinking to environmental issues. The program challenges students to think systemically and act pragmatically. To meet this challenge, they offer a high-quality graduate program in management and policy analysis that emphasizes practical skills and is enriched by ecological and planetary science.  Their approach reflects the system-level thinking that is needed to understand ecological interactions and maintain the health of Earth’s interconnected ecological, institutional, economic, and social systems.

Graduates are creating a new profession of earth systems problem-solvers: individuals who are prepared for leadership positions in local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as in nonprofit organizations and the environmental divisions of private corporations. They are also well suited for designing cost-effective programs and implementing policies. Most importantly, a deep understanding of earth systems informs their work, allowing them to craft the kinds of solutions necessary for our increasingly complex environmental problems.

This twelve-month program, that starts in late May, offers students a unique educational experience at Columbia University's Morningside Campus in New York City.

5.  PhD Graduate Program at NC State University

Genetic Engineering and Society IGERT PhD Graduate Program at NC State University is recruiting 6-7 students to participate in a PhD graduate program. This NSF funded IGERT in Genetic Engineering and Society: The Case of Transgenic Pests is located at North Carolina State University.  This will be IGERT’s third year. Students of the 2012 Cohort have been examining questions linked to the genetic modification of mosquitoes while students of the 2013 Cohort have been delving into issues surrounding invasive rodents. Both cohorts are also extensively examining the scientific, cultural and ethical ramifications their respective topics present.

They are looking for excellent students who are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to their graduate training.  Students may have majored in humanities, mathematics, or a social/natural science, and should be seeking broad and rigorous graduate training across these areas. They welcome students who have a Master’s degree specializing in one of these areas and want strong interdisciplinary training at the doctoral level.

Students who participate in the program will receive a PhD in a home doctoral program and a graduate minor in Genetic Engineering and Society. The minor will include four courses, one of which will be taught in Latin America. In addition to full fellowships ($30,000 per year), funds are available for international internships.

Please visit their website for more details on the program, including a list of participating faculty: http://GeneticEngSoc.ncsu.edu/.  In addition to contacting potential faculty mentors, prospective students are encouraged to email questions to: GES_GPM@ncsu.edu.

6.  Jobs with Conservation Corps of Minnesota

Young adults, ages 18 to 25, are encouraged to apply for one of 160 positions available with Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa. Conservation Corps is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps field crew leader and member positions for the 2014 program year. Positions are available statewide, including northern, central and southern Minnesota, as well as central Iowa. Priority application deadline is Dec. 4.

All projects are completed on public land in cooperation with nonprofit organizations and government agencies, such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These opportunities provide technical field experience and professional certifications for future natural resource careers. Many DNR employees got their start in natural resources with the Conservation Corps (formerly MCC), where they learned a strong work ethic and a first-hand appreciation of the environment.

Corps members receive on-the-job training in natural resource management and put those skills into practice working on habitat restoration projects throughout the Midwest. Typical project work includes exotic species management, prairie and oak-savanna restoration, stream bank stabilization, trail building and maintenance, prescribed burning and wildland fire suppression.
 
Crew members receive a living stipend of $1,210 a month (crew leaders: $1,565 a month), health insurance, student loan forbearance during the service term and a post-service AmeriCorps Education Award that may be used for college expenses or to repay qualified student loans.

A crew member or leader position with the Conservation Corps involves physically challenging, team-oriented work to accomplish habitat restoration and emergency response projects. Projects are usually completed outdoors and about 70 percent involve camping near the project location. Applicants should have an interest in working outdoors in a team setting, giving back to their community and exploring professional development opportunities. 
 
To apply for the field crew program, and to view other AmeriCorps positions with Conservation Corps, visit www.conservationcorps.org/apply or contact Mark van der Linden, recruitment coordinator for more information at mark@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900, ext. 31.

7.  Northwestern University's Conference on Human Rights

Northwestern University's Conference on Human Rights takes place annually, and this year their topic is the Environment and Human Rights.  It will be held over the weekend of January 16-18, 2014 at the Northwestern campus in Evanston, and free lodging and meals will be provided to attending undergraduate students.  It is an exciting event in which intellectuals, government workers, and activists from across the globe convene to discuss their areas of expertise in lectures and lively panels. Click here to apply. The application deadline is November 15, 2013.  Information about past conferences can be found here: http://nuchr.net/.

8.  Jobs with the U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey, Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area, is seeking applicants for two leadership positions in the Land Remote Sensing Program: the Program Coordinator and the Associate Program Coordinator.  These positions provide leadership and management for the science, engineering, and operations aspects of the program.  As you know, the program is known for operating, providing data, and developing information products from the Landsat satellites.  Other land remote sensing responsibilities include areas such as user requirements, UAS, LiDAR, and international data exchanges.

The two positions are being advertised together (one job announcement for both).  Each is advertised in both the Physical Scientist (1301) and Engineer (801) job series, and for both internal (merit promotion, MP) and external candidates (delegated examination, DEU).

USAjobs links and announcement numbers:

9.  Internships

The Macalester Internship Office is now creating a list of environmentally-related internships and sending them to the Environmental Studies office every other week.  The ES Office will forward this list to all Environmental Studies majors and minors, so please look for these in your email.

Other internship opportunities can be found at:  www.macalester.edu/internships/findinganinternship/index.html

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