For just 3 minutes on October 30th, Wellesley Energy and Environmental Defense (WEED) organized a campus-wide blackout to bring “light” to energy issues! Working with staff and students across campus, they raided dorms and academic buildings leading up to the blackout to shut off as many lights possible. They even brought a film crew along to document the experience.

Job Opportunity: Communications Manager and liaison for the Coastal Resources Center, URI
Application Deadline: February 9, 2013

Serve as the communications manager and liaison for the Coastal Resources Center (CRC). Responsibilities include keeping key CRC stakeholders, including but not limited to the public, donors, coastal and marine policy-makers and practitioners, press agencies, and other key audiences updated on CRC projects and initiatives. Write and/or edit copy for the CRC website and other “corporate” documents including the Center’s Prospectus and other marketing and outreach materials; author and/or edit program success stories, publications, news editorials, newsletters; and edit program proposals and program technical reports as needed. Coordinate with other CRC staff tasked with providing communications services for their program/projects. Also serve as a mentor and communications liaison with program communications specialists in CRC program field offices in developing countries. Some international travel, limited to 4 weeks per year, required.

Application info on the URI human resources site at

Buck Island Reef National Monument (BIRNM), located on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, is seeking applicants for the position of Sea Turtle Research Assistant (RA) to conduct sea turtle research and monitoring. This will be the 26th year of the Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Program (BISTRP), a long-term monitoring, research and conservation project supported by the National Park Service (NPS), Buck Island Reef National Monument. BIRNM is a nesting beach for hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), green (Chelonia mydas), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles.

RAs must be available from 15 July through 4 October 2013 (applicants must state availability in their cover letter) and are expected to stay the length of the project. This is a highly competitive project that is physically and mentally intense, aimed at individuals who want to make ecology/resource management their career. RAs must work equally effectively as a team and alone.

The primary function of the RAs will be to assist NPS staff in conducting the BISTRP. RAs will provide assistance to the NPS staff in the collection and processing of field data. Buck Island’s nesting beaches will be monitored 7 days/week sundown to sunup, by a joint team of NPS staff and RAs. Access to the island is by boat only, where there are minimal facilities. All nesting turtles will be encountered; biometric data will be collected on turtles, physical data will be collected on nest locations, and animals will be tagged (inconel and PIT).  Nests will be excavated to determine hatch success. Imperiled nests will be relocated as part of continuing research to determine optimal relocation conditions. In addition to BISTRP objectives, interns will provide assistance to NPS staff and collaborators in the deployment of acoustic and satellite tags and aid in the collection of tissue and blood samples as part of directed research to assess sea turtle health. RAs may also participate in snorkel surveys for foraging sea turtles and/or assist in sea turtle stranding response incidents.

Each RA will be scheduled for up to 5 nights on the beach, or 4 nights and 1 day of lab/office work (data entry and sample processing), on a dynamic schedule. RAs will be responsible for field equipment care and maintenance. RAs are also responsible for weekly daytime monitoring of beaches at The Buccaneer Hotel, their residence, recording activities using GPS. RAs will also conduct outreach to hotel guests and will write a report at seasons end summarizing turtle nesting activities at The Buccaneer Hotel.

RAs will receive two meals/day and lodging from The Buccaneer Hotel at no cost to the RAs. A small weekly stipend will be allotted to each RA ($100), and travel costs will be covered by the NPS. RAs need to seriously consider their finances before applying to these openings; it will not be possible to work locally while conducting RA duties.

Qualifications Required – Must:
– Communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing
– Have biology training/background
– Collect data and maintain records precisely according to standardized protocol
– Enter and analyze data (written and computer database format)

– Be in excellent physical shape
– Be able to persevere under stressful conditions
– Work outdoors, day and night in isolated conditions, and in adverse weather.
– Walk in the sand up to 10 kilometers/night; climb rocks; stoop, kneel and stand on soft substrate and in cramped conditions.
– Have a strong work ethic
– Be able to work all night and on weekends
– Be able to lift and move heavy objects
– Operate communications equipment properly (cell phone, hand-held VHS radio, marine radio)
– Be able to swim; crew a boat in open water conditions
– Have a valid US driver’s license

To apply, send a cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the project, a resume summarizing your experience, and contact information for three references to the email address below. Email is preferred, but postal mail/fax is accepted. Deadline for application: 3 March 2013, no applicants will be considered after this date.  If selected for interview you will be contacted by March 25th, please do not make follow up inquiries.

Buck Island Reef National Monument
BISTRP C/o Clayton Pollock
2100 Church Street, #100
Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands 00820=09

Email: Clayton_Pollock@nps.gov
Telephone: 340.773.1460 x 236
Fax: 340.719.1790

Blue Water Baltimore (BWB) seeks a full-time Urban Forestry Manager to fill a critical role in our community greening program. This is a great opportunity to work with a dynamic and effective environmental nonprofit in the region.  This position will lead implementation of our Urban Forestry Program throughout our watersheds. BWB currently plants about 2,000 trees per season with volunteers and staff.

See below for the full job description. Position closes softly on 2/1 and is open until filled


Yale University’s Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce the availability of a Sustainability Fellow position for the 2013 spring semester. The Sustainability Fellow position is designed to provide hands-on experience for a recent college graduate with an interest in campus sustainability. The selected candidate will be offered a unique opportunity to work in an innovative, internationally recognized campus sustainability program with hands on, project based tasks. This position will be jointly based in the Office of Sustainability and the Facilities Department, and will support the initiatives of various campus departments working on collaborative projects.

In the Fall of 2010, Yale University released its Sustainability Strategic Plan, which contains a set of ambitious, yet achievable sustainability goals.  In support of this, the Office of Sustainability has a range of projects – some on-going, some in the pipeline – to engage all members of the university community in helping to reach those goals.  The Yale Sustainability Fellow will support the execution of this plan through two major projects:

1.      Overseeing the preparations for and implementation of Celebrate Sustainability, a week-long series of events in mid-April
2.      Managing Spring Salvage, Yale’s annual program to capture re-usable goods from students moving out of residential colleges

Other projects may be assigned by the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Facilities on an as-needed basis.

This position is open to college graduates who have been out of school for two years or less. It is open to Yale and non-Yale candidates.

Candidates must demonstrate solid research skills, a strong grasp of sustainability terms and concepts, the ability to work independently, exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to communicate his/her own ideas and proven leadership experience. Some projects will require supervising current students, so experience with managing student employees is a strongly preferred.

This position is paid and will provide the ambitious candidate with the opportunity to develop skills which will enable him/her to be an effective sustainability leader.

Date of Fellowship: February – June, 2013
Hours per week: 40
Hourly wage: $20

Please send resume and letter of interest to sustainability@yale.edu or call 203.436.3571.

Hillslope hydrology component of the Hubbard Brook REU: We are seeking applicants for an REU position at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire.  The program is a multidisciplinary project where students participate in a research project and also engage in outreach projects designed to help develop skills in communicating ecosystem information to broad audiences. The program runs from May 29 through August 7, 2013 and all students are expected to be in attendance on the start date. Students receive a $5000 stipend for the 10-week program, as well as free housing. Food costs are paid by the participants and run approximately $42/week. Students live at Hubbard Brook Research Foundation’s Pleasant View Farm adjacent to the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.

The overall objective of the hillslope hydrology project is to document varying flowpaths that water takes through soils in its journey through hillslopes on its way to streams. An REU student will work closely with a team with graduate students installing and operating tensiometers and pore water samplers, and collecting and characterizing soil samples. The approach of this project follows the emerging discipline of hydropedology, with implications for understanding water quality regulation and spatial patterns in forest habitats. (Mentors: Dr. Scott Bailey, US Forest Service and Dr. Kevin McGuire, Virginia Tech)

More information on the program and application information can found at http://www.hubbardbrookreu.org, Also see: http://hydro.vwrrc.vt.edu

Two field technicians are needed to study restoration ecology of native bees. The objective of this research is to determine the affect of restorations on native bees, honey bees and other agriculturally important insects. The majority of this position will be fieldwork and will take place throughout New Jersey. There will also be some lab work involving data processing and entering. Our lab is located at Rutgers University Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (See http://winfreelab.rutgers.edu/people)

Required Qualifications: Ecology fieldwork; valid drivers license; desire to work long hours in hot, humid conditions.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in entomology and/or botany collection and identification; Personal Vehicle (mileage reimbursements will be provided).

Dates: 1 position will start in early May and run through mid-September with the second position being slightly shorter (Mid-May to Mid or End of August).
Salary: $10-13/hr

To Apply and For Questions: Send a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three references to: Dan Cariveau (cariveau@rci.rutgers.edu). Please place Bee Field Tech in the subject line. Review of applications will begin February 22nd and will remain open until filled