Archive for October, 2012

The Sustainability Coordinator will provide support to the Facilities Management Department by coordinating the department’s efforts to develop, maintain and enhance environmental stewardship. Position will work closely with Facilities Management personnel to collect, comprehend and analyze technical data and generate reports. Will serve as the outreach public point of contact and perform advocacy for the department. Position will also provide support for the university’s Geographic Information System, stormwater management and energy management programs. Full details here: https://joblink.jmu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1349797359890


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The Projects Coordinator of Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) will develop and coordinate projects, workshops, events and partnerships that use the campus as a living laboratory to provide students hands-on learning about sustainability. The Projects Coordinator will supervise six to ten student interns each semester, oversee Dickinson’s Biodiesel Shop, update and improve Dickinson’s greenhouse gas inventory, coordinate reporting about Dickinson’s sustainability efforts to external organizations, and assist with other activities that advance Dickinson’s sustainability goals. A major emphasis of the position is to create experience-based learning opportunities about renewable energy, energy conservation, conservation of other resources, and sustainable communities. The Projects Coordinator will interact with staff from all divisions of the College and will be the primary liaison between CSE, the Office of Facilities Management and student organizations. The Projects Coordinator will perform these responsibilities with a high degree of independence and minimal supervision and will report to the Director of CSE. This is an entry-level position that will pay a competitive salary for an individual with one or two years of relevant experience.  


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Under the direction of the Sustainability Manager, collects data and performs statistical analysis of sustainability indicators for current programs to determine their effectiveness and progress toward stated objectives.  


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The University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) offers two Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs for the summer of 2013

Hands on field work, Paid tuition and housing, 6 credits/summer, and get paid $2,500/summer!!

Applications due November 2nd!

Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year

UNDERC-East:  (May 20 – 96 July 26) Spend the summer studying northwoods ecology and conducting your own research in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where UNDERC encompasses more than 7500 acres with abundant wildlife (including wolves, black bear, deer) and includes lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests that have been protected for nearly a century.

UNDERC-West:  (June 8 – 96 August 16): Spend the summer studying the ecology of an intermountain valley in Montana, learn how Native Americans lived and how this created their environmental awareness, and conduct your own research. Explore more than a million acres on the Flathead Reservation with abundant wildlife (including bison, elk, mountain lion, and grizzly bear) and includes grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes.

(Pre-requisite – UNDERC-East).

These programs promote understanding of field environmental biology and how field research is conducted through 9 – 10 weeks in the wild.  Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year at a 4-year college or university. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose.  Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences.

Additional information and applications are available online (http://underc.nd.edu) or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director (mcramer@nd.edu) or Dr. Page Klug, UNDERC-West Assistant Director (pklug@nd.edu).  Application deadline is Friday, November 2, 2012 and notification of acceptance will be provided by Friday, December 7, 2012.
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Page Klug
Assistant Director
University of Notre Environmental Research Center-West
089 Galvin Life Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-2612

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The Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation is a joint program between Northwestern University (NU) and the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). Both MS and PhD degrees are offered. The program offers a unique opportunity to study ecology, evolution, and environmental issues at the interface of basic and applied plant science. Students apply to the program through Northwestern University and take their courses at both NU and CBG, with faculty from both institutions. The state-of-the-art Plant Conservation and Science Center at CBG is a tremendous resource for students, and the Chicago region provides a stimulating environment for research in conservation and sustainability.

Faculty research areas include:

Climate change
Conservation genetics
Crop evolution and diversity
Invasion biology
Paleobotany, paleoecology, and paleoclimate
Plant-animal interactions
Plant demography and reproductive ecology
Plant and fungal systematics and evolution
Restoration ecology
Soil ecology and fungal diversity

To learn more, contact program director Nyree Zerega
(nzerega@chicagobotanic.org) or visit:


Application deadlines:
PhD: December 31, 2012
MS: February 15, 2013

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Job opportunity
Title:   Remote sensing analyst
Full-time research fellow at Boston University

I am seeking a motivated, disciplined problem-solver who wants to apply his or her talents to better understand and characterize Earth’s changing landscapes.   The position involves a challenging but rewarding mix of computational, statistical, and environmental components, all centered around the use of time-series satellite imagery to understand land surface processes.  Join me as I transition my lab to the Department of Earth and Environment, one of the premier interdisciplinary geospatial departments in the country, and help set the foundation for research that can make a difference.

The initial work is part of a larger project to better understand how and why forest carbon stocks change, a question critical in research areas as diverse as climate change, habitat use, and environmental policy.  To monitor forest carbon stocks, we implement state-of-the-art image processing techniques over large areas, distilling huge volumes of satellite imagery, field-measured plot data, lidar-measurements, and human interpretation into straightforward maps and summaries that capture the stories of landscape change. In conjunction with collaborators at Oregon State University, the University of Washington, and Montana State University, we are applying these methods to map and characterize all forest disturbance and regrowth processes between 1990 and 2010 in forested areas of Washington, Oregon, and California.

The successful applicant will  be fundamental to this process and to the lab.  He or she will learn and implement: state-of-the-art satellite image processing approaches,  image interpretation and accuracy assessment of maps, management of large databases of imagery and plots, and spatial and statistical analyses of maps of change and of land cover type.

This position will also perform fundamental processing and analysis for a suite of other research projects on related themes in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, northern Wisconsin and on the east coast.  Depending on success of the applicant in this position and on continued external funding, this position will likely continue beyond the first two years envisioned here.

Requirements (Documented through coursework, experience, and/or letters of reference):

Education:  Masters degree (or Bachelors degree with strong other skills and background) in a geographical, computational, statistical, mathematical, ecological, or environmental sciences field.

Knowledge: Experience in statistical and spatial analysis of large datasets, facility implementing and interpreting multivariate statistics, ability to debug and write scripts and code to conduct analysis beyond standard “canned” software tools.

Skills & Qualities: creative problem-solving nature, strong work ethic, good written and oral communication skills both within a project and with the outside world, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and work efficiently with little supervision, desire to learn unfamiliar concepts in the project, and — last but not least — a good natured attitude.

Preferred qualifications:
Preference given to candidates with direct experience: manipulating satellite optical imagery through pre-processing and processing stages; programming in IDL, Python, and R; working with ENVI and ESRI products; processing Landsat imagery, particularly in a time-series mode;  interpreting aerial photographs in forests.  Other preferred qualifications include knowledge of forest ecology and forest disturbance processes, direct experience working with Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots, and interest in data mining and machine learning.

Pay: $45-50k/yr, plus health benefits.  Assuming success of the candidate, funding is available for two years.

How to apply: Please send the following materials to Robert Kennedy in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University.

1.  Cover letter describing your interest in the job, along with your contact information (phone and email).
2.  Resume (1-3 pages).  Include — at a minimum — job experience or coursework.
3.  Contact information (email and phone) of two professional references.
4.  Optional:   Transcripts, letters from references.

Evaluation will begin October 12th.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Antioch University New England’s
Department of Environmental Studies
Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation presents
The 8th Annual Symposium

Ecotourism: Can tourism, biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development be merged?

November 3, 2012

8:30am-5:00 pm

Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

This one day symposium brings together conservation practitioners, researchers, graduate students, professors, and community members to explore the intricate social, economic and environmental dynamics of ecotourism that may be unknown to the average, even “responsible” traveler. Ecotourism, as defined by its proponents, aims to promote both environmental conservation and the stability and resilience of the surrounding communities. Despite these good intentions, closer examination reveals that ecotourism, in many cases, has contributed to social and environmental degradation. Rapid economic growth inspired by ecotourism brings forth power dynamics, often resulting in the alienation of local communities in the conservation of their own lands, as well as increased visitation rates to fragile environments. Critically needed capacity building, policies, education, and appropriate infrastructure for such growth to enable local participation and stability are often ignored. We can learn from successful ecotourism enterprises that have been able to merge community development and sustainable growth with conservation. With a combination of speakers, posters and a panel discussion, an array of examples from around the world will be presented and discussed.

With an emphasis on cross cultural collaboration and the sustainability of both local and international communities, both the Antioch University’s learning environment and the Monadnock region are enriched by events such as these. We invite the public to register and attend November 3rd to not only learn of the realities of ecotourism, current research and initiates, but also to gain an edge on how you can truly be a “responsible” traveler both socially and environmentally.


Megan Epler Wood- Founder of the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), founder of Epler Wood International, Co-executive Director of Planeterra Foundation

Topics and presenters will include: Ecotourism in the Serengeti -Richard Estes, IUCN Species Survival Commission • Ecotourism and sustainable forest management in Mexico- Prof. James Gruber, Antioch University • Ecolodges and sustainable community development- James Woodward Lantz, Founder International Ecolodges


Early registration $35 non-student (deadline October 28th)/Walk-in $45/$25 students
Fees include refreshments, coffee, lunch and an after party
For more information or to register contact the CTEC Education Coordinator,
Emily Dark edark@antioch.edu

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