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Looking for an Adventure this Summer?

Come Study Big Cats in South Africa

Come spend two weeks camping in Kruger National Park, South Africa participating in the Cat Research Project with the environmental education-focused non-profit group Raven Adventures. This trip is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in the field using photo and video identification, learning and utilizing animal tracking techniques and collecting GPS data. The information gathered will be added to an ongoing database and census tracking the big cat populations within the park. In addition, this trip provides a chance to learn about low-impact living and our place in theenvironment as well as a chance to see a lot of cool animals in the wild.

First deposit is due January 1st to reserve your spot.

Trip dates are currently flexible. Anyone can apply. For more information visit www.ravenadventures.com South Africa for University Students.

If interested, please contact Dana Williams ’14 dmwilliams2@wellesley.edu or Colin Garland globalclassroom@crocker.com

 

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During this three-week Wintersession internship, Wellesley students will work for the Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust (VCHT) (http://www.vcht.org/) to help promote and carry out its mission to develop a community actively involved in the protection of the environment. The Island of Vieques is home to one of the most abundant bioluminescent bays in the world as well as a local community actively involved in the preservation and management of its natural and cultural resources. The VCHT operates several educational and research programs that benefit the Vieques community, including programs to educate children and young people about the importance of natural resources.

The intern’s projects may include, but are not limited to, thefollowing:

  • · snorkeling under the guidance of VCHT staff to collect marine specimens
  • · maintaining tanks for marine exhibits
  • · assisting with research projects
  • · leading children in group educational activities
  • · assisting with computer and photography projects
  • · maintaining and updating exhibition space

The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • · An interest in biology, marine life, and the environment (At least one college level biology course required)
  • · Working knowledge of Spanish with a strong emphasis on oral skills
  • · A passion for and ability to connect with the community and work with children as a part of the educational outreach
  • · Ability to swim
  • · Physically able individual as lifting and paddling kayaks will be a routine occurrence

Eligibility: 

All currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have taken a college level Biology course and who are conversational in Spanish are eligible to apply.

Logistics: The intern will live near the VCHT in housing secured by the CWS. The cost of housing and airfare will be supported by the Littleford Internship Fund. The intern will also receive a stipend of $500 to subsidize additional living and travel expenses. The dates of the internship are January 3rd to January 20th, 2012. Interns typically arrive one day before the start of and leave one day afterthe end of the internship.

Application Procedures: Students must upload a one page resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript to MyCWS to schedule number 566. The cover letter should address each of the qualifications described in the job description and should include the name and contact information of a reference (professor or supervisor).

Deadline : 12:00 pm EST on November 15, 2011. Phone interviews will be conducted and the selected intern will be notified at the end of November/early December of her selection. 

For more information, please contact Ted Hufstader at the Centerfor Work and Service.

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The 2011 Williams-Mystic Essay Contest in Honor of Joseph Conrad

Awarding a $500 prize, sponsored by The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport

Deadline: November 14, 2011

Eligibility: Undergraduates of any major in good academic standing at an accredited college or university are eligible. High school seniors may also submit.

Entry Fee: None.

The Essay: Submissions of either fiction or nonfiction should be between 1,000-5,000 words.Submissions may be about any topic and in any genre as long as the ocean or a major body of water is the primary setting or aspect of concern. The essay may be nature writing, environmental or political activism, literary or historic scholarship, or simply good storytelling. (Sorry, no collections of poetry in 2011.) The submitted work must be in English and unpublished at the time of submission, though it maybe under consideration. It may have been submitted for a course.

Submission Format: Paper manuscripts only; no email submissions accepted. Mail to: Williams-Mystic/Joseph Conrad Essay Contest, Williams-Mystic, Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355. Cover letter must include your full name, email, home college/university, year of intended graduation, title of submission, and word count. Your last name only must appear at the header of each page, along with the page number.

Acknowledgment: Williams-Mystic will email each applicant to confirm the essay’s arrival. This prize is competitive; please be patient as to our final decision. Honorable mentions will be recognized.

Guest Judge: Heidi Kunz, Randolph College, Chair of the English Department, Professor of English B.A., College of William and Mary; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

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Position Overview: The Director of Sustainability will be a full-time staff member responsible for developing and implementing The Kiski Sustainability Project, an ambitious initiative focused on promoting conservancy, renewable energy systems, environmental farming, and hands-on learning experiences in the practice of sustainability for students and teachers on our campus and beyond.

Required Education& Qualifications: An undergraduate degree in a related field (master’s degree preferred). Candidates must demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the current issues and future directions of sustainability theories, practices, and programs in education. The successful candidate will have experience implementing best practices of sustainability and will be able to facilitate faculty development activities designed to encourage the integration of sustainability best practices and concepts into the curriculum. The finalist must be able to simultaneously handle multiple projects of varying size and complexity, shifting priorities, and involving a broad spectrum of people. The successful candidate must be able to communicate well orally and in writing.

Work Hours: The position will require some non-standard work hours including nights and weekends.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include health, vision, dental, and life insurance as well as on-campus housing and meals in the school dining hall when classes are in session.

Stephen Brotschul, Associate Headmaster | The Kiski School | 1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681 | www.kiski.org | O: 724.639.8022

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Applications are now being accepted from undergraduates for ecology research fellowships.  For the application and details about the fellowship visit:http://www.esa.org/seeds/research/.  November 1, 2011 is the application deadline

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The Green Register has an intern program for students within the sustainable sector at colleges and universities across America. Students will submit articles about their course of study including: energy, solar, technology, recycling, and other sustainable issues. We are also seeking sustainable tips and practices that can be adopted by homeowners and businesses in an effort to preserve the environment.

The articles that are chosen will appear on The Green Register website, the largest daily online newspaper, serving the local and worldwide green community with the largest resource for products and services on the planet on a variety of green topics. Additionally, The Green Register, in conjunction with The Institute of Sustainability (TIOS) and the Green Energy Council, is publishing our e-magazine Innovations of Green the 4th quarter of 2011 reaching over 2 million readers. Selected articles that are submitted to The Green Register will be published in Innovations of Green.

Faculty members from the sustainability sector may also publish work in The Green Register and Innovations of Green. Our editor and publishing staff will determine which articles get selected. Each article author will receive credit and a link to their email address.

Articles should be a minimum of 1000 words and related photos are requested. For more information, please contact David Long, at The Green Register, concerning your article submissions at  205-453-9837 or dlong@thegreenregister.com.

 

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By locally building wind turbines, WINDAID provide clean and affordable electricity for communities in Peru who have no access to electricity.  They are based in Trujillo, North Peru, and together with volunteers build 2.5 kW wind turbines for small communities that are part of some 7 million people living in Peru with no access to electricity. Volunteers have the opportunity to experience the life and cultures in Peru and get to fully manufacture, assemble and install a wind turbine that is then given to a community or school which needs it most.

Participants do not need any pre-requisite skills or knowledge of wind turbines.  Practical experience with resin composites, carbon fiber, steel structure, electrical systems, aerodynamics, and many other disciplines are involved in the program.

The dates for upcoming projects are:

2011 (5 week program)

7th November – 9th December (limited space)

 

2012 (Please note that there are now 1, 2, and 4 week programs.)

1st Jan – 13th Jan (limited space)

25th Jan – 17th Feb (limited space)

18th Mar – 24th Mar (limited space)

25th Mar – 31st Mar (limited space)

9th Apr – 4th May (open)

21st May – 15th June (limited space)

30th Jul – 24th Aug (limited space)

4th Sep – 28th Sep (open)

8th Oct – 2nd Nov (open)

12th Nov – 7th Dec (open)

Our website is www.windaid.org, or please visit our Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/windaid.org) and take a look at photos of our past projects.

 

 

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