Monthly Newsletter

This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

March 23, 2014


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.  Macalester's Real Food Town Hall - March 27
2.  Green Corps on Campus - March 27
3.  Great Basin Institute
4.  FIELD Internship Program
5.  Earth Corps - Environmental Restoration Field Study
6.  New Leaders Initiative
7.  Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy Workshop
8.  C2C Fellows Workshop - April 25-27, 2014
9.  Great River Greening Volunteer Events
10.  Superior National Forest Temporary Crew Positions
11.  Bard Center for Environmental Policy Scholarships

1.  Macalester’s Real Food Town Hall - March 27

Are you interested in learning more about local food in the Twin Cities? Want to hear from community members about the work they’re doing to create a just, sustainable, and vibrant food system? Interested in contributing to a discussion on Macalester College’s food policy? Come to Macalester’s Real Food Town Hall event on March 27, 2014, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel on Macalester’s campus, and will feature a variety of activities designed to connect the campus community and the local food movement in the Twin Cities. The event will include a panel of community leaders including Centro Campesino, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and local farmers; will include breakout discussions to incorporate community input into Macalester’s food policy, and will culminate in a local food tasting featuring tasty treats from local restaurants like Holy Land and Common Roots. If you have questions, contact kweldon@macalester.edu. They’d love to see you there!

2.  Green Corps on Campus - March 27

Green Corps and Macalester College Present "Organizing for Social and Environmental Change Info Session and Workshop."

Learn to plan and carry out strategic efforts to make social change. This workshop will focus on skills that are highly applicable for all campus, community or political organizing and social justice minded students who want to grow their skills and learn how to run strategic campaigns!

Thursday, March 27, 2014
6-7:30 p.m.
Campus Center 205
RSVP HERE
Questions? Contact lucy@greencorps.org

Green Corps is the nation’s premiere environmental organizer training program, called a “West Point for organizers” by the Utne Reader and likened to the Highlander Folk School by climate activist Bill McKibben, with a track record of producing concrete grassroots victories and high caliber organizers and advocates.  For more information, www.greencorps.org/findoutmore.

3.  Great Basin Institute

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. The Institute advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs.  They partner with governmental agencies to assist with recruitment, funding, and research needs. They are recruiting for many field based seasonal positions. To see a list of openings, check out their website at www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/employment.

4.  FIELD Internship Program

The FIELD internship program is a collaboration between sustainable farms and WSU Jefferson County Extension.  They are located in East Jefferson County near Port Townsend, Washington.  The program provides hands-on learning at a host farm combined with weekly classes taught by a wide range of farmers and community experts.  Openings for full-time internships are still available on SpringRain Farm and Orchard and Finnriver Farm and Cidery. 

SpringRain Farm is a 26 acre certified organic farm that produces eggs, chicken, turkey, lamb, bramble fruits, orchard fruits, honey, asparagus, garlic, and greenhouse crops.  Shared housing and a monthly stipend are provided for their interns, and the preferred length of internship is from April to November.  For more information, see www.springrainfarmandorchard.com or email info@springrainfarm.org

Finnriver is diverse 33 acre organic farm and artisan Cidery in Chimacum. The internship offered focuses on the farming side of the operation. Interns will learn about small-scale production and direct-marketing of berries, vegetables, tree fruit, chickens, ducks and pigs. The farm has a high volume of public visitors through the Cidery tasting room and farm events and they have an active community of neighbors. Shared housing and a monthly stipend are provided. Internships are offered from April through November with a 3-month minimum. For more information, see www.finnriver.com/farm/internships or email farmer@finnriverfarm.com.

5.  Earth Corps - Environmental Restoration Field Study

Environmental Restoration Field Study
Field Studies in Geography (GES 446)
Waldo Canyon Fire Scar - Cheyenne Mountain - Kit Carson Peak, Colorado

Earth Corps is a selective field-based course that offers motivated, environmentally conscious students the opportunity to live and learn in the incredible natural classroom of the Colorado wilderness. The program is designed to integrate key lessons in environmental studies with the completion of multiple critical environmental restoration projects. Run by the Rocky Mountain Field Institute in partnership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Earth Corps attracts exceptional students from across the nation to participate in this unique service learning opportunity.

Earth Corps was created to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to directly address a critical environmental threat while immersed in a backcountry wildland environment. This hands-on program combines environmental education with environmental stewardship through an intensive 6-week field study. For the duration of the program, participants live and work in a backcountry setting, complete long hours of very demanding physical labor at altitudes of 8,000-14,000+ feet, work effectively as a team, exercise the highest level of commitment and perseverance, and make enduring friendships.

Earth Corps 2014 students will complete three environmental restoration projects in the following locations: Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar, Cheyenne Mountain, and Kit Carson Peak. Students will gain field experience in restoration ecology. Students will learn about soil, vegetation, hydrology, land/recreation management, and other key aspects of land restoration. Upon successful completion of the program, each student will receive 4 hours of credit from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (GES 446: Field Studies in Geography).

Program Dates:  June 30 - August 10, 2014

To Apply:  Go to their website at www.rmfi.org

6.  New Leaders Initiative

The New Leaders Initiative has recently received some funding to honor John Goddard, an ambitious adventure seeker and environmental conservation champion who passed in May of 2013.  The Goddard Prize will be awarded several times a year to enterprising young people who are pursuing environmental ideas and projects and who are looking for funding to bring their ideas to the next level. Awards will range between $500-$2500.

The application can be found here.

7.  Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy Workshop

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals interested in the title subjects: sustainability and energy. From August 6-20, 2014, a diverse body of participants will converge on the UIC campus and immerse itself in a broad spectrum of topics in energy and sustainable energy through daily presentations and panel discussions, collaborative research projects and mentoring, site tours of leading energy facilities in Chicago, and networking opportunities with energy and entrepreneurial leaders. The issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs. This experience leaves graduates of the SISE program with a firm foundation for future careers in sustainability and energy, and inspires them to lead the next generation as thoughtful and informed global citizens.

SISE is now accepting applications. Admission into the program is highly competitive. Only 50 participants will be accepted from a pool of national applicants. Applicants accepted into the program can expect to receive receive lodging support for the duration of the 2-week program and some meals on weekdays. Many will receive partial support for travel costs.  Senior-level undergraduates (as of the fall of 2014), graduate students, and professionals working in the fields of sustainability and energy who are living, working, or studying in the United States are eligible to apply.  An online application form, a resume, and three letters of reference are required.  Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2014.  More information is provided on the SISE website.

If you to learn more about the SISE program, visit their website at sise.phy.uic.edu. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Aláan (sise.2014@gmail.com), SISE Program Coordinator.

8.  C2C Fellows Workshop - April 25-27, 2014

C2C Fellows is more than just a workshop: we are a growing national network of young leaders who believe that careers in sustainable business and politics can help them change the world. C2C is excited to bring our workshop to IL in April (details below). Please share this announcement with your students, colleagues, and networks on campus and across the region, and don't hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions. Young leaders are invited to apply today.

C2C Fellows Workshop
Sustainability Leadership for Policy and Business
April 25-27, 2014
Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL

C2C Fellows workshops, sponsored by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy , are for current students and recent graduates who want high-impact careers in sustainable business, politics, and policy. C2C Fellows teaches leadership skills necessary to succeed, such as how to: raise money, tell your story, build your network, pitch your idea, and know what you’re good at.

Click here to apply. Only 60 students from the midwestern US will be accepted into this national leadership network. The cost of the weekend training is $20 for SHMEC members, and $30 for all others.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are due no later than April 11, 2014.

9.  Great River Greening Volunteer Events

Each spring and fall, Great River Greening hosts 6-8 volunteer events on Saturdays throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Projects range from planting trees and shrubs to removing invasive species. No prior experience or equipment required to participate. All you need to do is show up ready to volunteer and restore our natural areas. A light breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided!  Volunteer opportunities at our public restoration events include:

  • Restoration volunteers (Time commitment: 3 hours)
  • Set-up/Registration volunteers (Time commitment: 1 ½ hours)
  • Lunch/Clean-up volunteers (Time commitment: 1 ½ hours)

Great River Greening’s Volunteer Supervisors are the gears of our events. They are the motivators and initiators leading work groups at restoration events. Supervisors provide on-the-job training to work groups consisting of 5-15 restoration volunteers. Work includes, but is not limited to, planting, native seed collection, and invasive species removal.

All volunteer supervisors are required to review our training material and meet with the Volunteer Manager before volunteering at their first event.

Check out their list of volunteer opportunities at www.greatrivergreening.org/volunteer.  If you have any questions, contact  Volunteer Manager, Jen Kader at 651-665-9500 ex 11 or by email.

10.  Superior National Forest Temporary Crew Positions

The Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota is seeking interested individuals to fill ten GS -3 temporary crew positions to work for the Faces of Tomorrow initiative.  The Faces of Tomorrow initiative is an effort to improve the diversity of our applicant pool and in turn our workforce.  For this initiative, the Forest has a goal of hiring two five-person temporary, seasonal work crews to perform a wide variety of field work during the 2014 field season.  Members of the crew will work for the Faces of Tomorrow Lead and will primarily work on a crew of 5 or 6 people.

Seasonal housing will be available and candidates may select from the following locations:

  • Laurentian Ranger District in Aurora, Minnesota
  • Gunflint Ranger District in Grand Marais, Minnesota. 

Apply through usajobs.gov.  Create an account and then search for the job announcement number.  To find the job announcement number, go to USAJOBS home page and in the Keyword: box, type Superior National Forest.  In the Location: type Minnesota.  Scroll through the list to find the Faces of Tomorrow Crew member announcement. The job number will be listed.

The time you can apply for the position in usajobs will be March 17 through at least April 4.

11.  Bard Center for Environmental Policy Scholarships

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy in New York State is pleased to announce the availability of new Henry Luce Foundation Scholarships for students from East Asia (China, Japan or South Korea) to complete a two-year Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy or Climate Science and Policy starting August 2014. 

The LIASE Scholarships (Luce Initiative for Asian Studies and the Environment) provide a full tuition waiver in the first year, and at least 50% of tuition in the second year. Students are responsible for travel costs, and for expenses for room and board. 

LIASE Scholarship students in the CEP program will participate in an annual conference featuring undergraduate and graduate research on Asia and the Environment with students from across the northeastern United States, as well as a conference on Asian Environmental Policy to be held in Seoul Korea during the summer of 2015.

For more information, please contact Molly Williams: mwilliam@bard.edu

   
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