Archive for November, 2012

Masters in Global Environmental Policy
Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

The Global Environmental Politics Program in American University’s School of International
Service seeks highly qualified students who are dedicated to social change for sustainability.

Among the defining features of our Master’s degree program are the following:

Innovative degree options: SIS offers a professional Master of Arts in Global Environmental
Policy (GEP) and a unique dual-degree program in Natural Resources and Sustainable
Development (NRSD), in partnership with the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.

A commitment to service: The School of International Service is the most diverse graduate
program in international studies in the US, with a core mission of service and strong
commitments to globalism, social justice, and civil society. The school also features innovative programs in areas such as international development, peace and conflict resolution, social enterprise, and international communications that serve as resources for GEP/NRSD students.

Strategic Washington location: Our Washington location provides access to a host of
intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations for site visits, research, internships, and employment. As one of the longest-standing programs of its type, we have a large alumni network giving our students access to institutions, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

Faculty expertise: Our core faculty includes Ken Conca (global governance, water,
environment/conflict/peacebuilding); Garrett Graddy (agro-ecology, political ecology,
biodiversity, bio-ethics); Sikina Jinnah (climate, global governance, international institutions); Simon Nicholson (food security, biotechnology, political economy of sustainability); Malini Ranganathan (urban issues, water and energy, climate adaptation and risk reduction); Judy Shapiro (China, Asia, environmental security, environmental justice); and Paul Wapner (practice of environmentalism, social movements, environmental ethics). We also have several affiliated faculty of international reputation, including Robin Broad (environment, development, globalization), Dan Fiorino (US environmental policy), David Hunter (international environmental law), and Matthew Nisbet (climate change, US environmental movement, environmental communication).

Leading by example: Our green building (LEED-certified Gold), designed by Cradle to Cradle
author William McDonough, provides an important hub for sustainability events in the
Washington area. Our campus has the largest installed solar capacity of any institution in
Washington, and we are involved actively in American University’s ambitious commitment to
achieve carbon neutrality by 2020.

For more information about our programs, contact Dr. Judy Shapiro <shapiro@american.edu>
and visit http://www.american.edu/sis/gep/Index.cfm

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University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus IGERT Program: Natural-Human Systems in the Urbanizing Tropics

Description: The NSF-funded IGERT program at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras aims to train Ph.D. students to develop interdisciplinary and collaborative research for environmental problems in urbanizing, tropical landscapes. Puerto Rico has had a dynamic environmental history, suffering nearly complete deforestation, then enjoying forest recovery, and then experiencing urban sprawl as the economy modernized. This last shift produced environmental problems, overlaid by changes in climate and vulnerability to catastrophic storms, making Puerto Rico an ideal place to conduct integrative research. IGERT research can focus on many topics involving environmental themes in the urbanized tropics such as climate, water, food security, renewable energy, waste management, biodiversity, and urban system services. Fellows work together with natural and social science faculty as well as government agencies, NGOs, and community groups to develop dissertation questions that directed to environmental problems in Puerto Rico and beyond.

Benefits: $30,000/year for two years; $2,000 for travel and education materials; office, computer and software usage; reserved space in all special courses and workshops

Website: http://envsci.uprrp.edu/igert
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Contacts: Rafael Rios Davila PhD, Program Director rafaelrios00936@yahoo.com
Sheila Ward, Program Associate Director seward@hpcf.upr.edu

Colibrí Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard, Program Coordinator, uprrp.igert@gmail.com

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A semester with a global environmental organization: what will it look like?
-Twelve weeks with a small group of peers immersed in creative projects, travel, eye-opening discussions, engaging workshops, skills training, and real work to solve critical global environmental
– Travel for three weeks to witness environmental problems first-hand and put your new knowledge to use
-Learn the skills of environmental activism, leadership, communication, and strategic campaigning in a supportive environment
-Live in Washington D.C. – access to monuments, museums, and close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and beautiful Shenandoah Valley
-Get experience to open doors for you to a career in the environmental or social justice field

Apply by November 26.

Questions? Contact us at usa-semester@greenpeace.org.

For the planet,

Mary Sweeters
Director, Greenpeace Semester

P.S. Want to hear from a Greenpeace Semester alumnus and see what he’s been up to?

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Herbarium Database Assistant- One year, Full-time

Job Summary: Assist with all digitization activities in the herbarium especially those associated with Digitization TCN: Collaborative: The Macrofungi Collection Consortium. Key tasks include specimen data entry, editing records, geo-referencing and digital imaging of fungal and plant specimens.

 Starting date for this position will be January 2013.

Qualifications: Associate’s degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school (BA preferred); or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in relational database systems (Access, MySQL, symbiota or other relational database). Experience related to museum collections preferred. Knowledge of digital photography, digital photo editing software and GIS software a plus. Must be able to work independently, possess excellent interpersonal skills, strong organizational abilities and be detail-oriented. Proficiency with standard office equipment – Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and data entry required. Basic knowledge of scientific nomenclature and museum collections including handling specimens preferred.

Send resume and/or application to *Human Resources, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver CO 80206, or e-mail your resume to hr@botanicgardens.org*. We are a nonprofit, EOE.

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American Rivers is accepting applications for the 2013-2015 Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship. The Lapham Fellowship was established in 2008 in honor of the memory of Anthony Lapham, lifelong champion for rivers and former chairman of the American Rivers=92 Board of Directors.

The Fellowship gives talented post-graduates the opportunity to engage in relevant research and work in the field of river conservation.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with AR staff to develop their own scope of work.

Post-graduates interested in contributing to American Rivers’ work on river protection and restoration, please go to http://www.americanrivers.org/fellowship. The position is two years (full time), and a stipend is provided.

Any further questions can be directed to Fay Augustyn (faugustyn@americanrivers.org).

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 Villanova University seeks a full-time Sustainability Manager/Coordinator.

Brief description: Provide leadership and oversight on all aspects of campus sustainability, including management and implementation of the climate action plan. Serve as a resource person/focal point for information on sustainability initiatives across campus. Promote and coordinate efforts of faculty, students, staff and community members engaged in sustainability initiatives. Assist with all aspects of the university’s energy program including procurement, trending, demand response programs, and general reduction of energy use. Work with University Energy Manager to research, develop, implement and monitor strategies to efficiently operate the University’s utility generation and distribution systems.

For more information

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We seek a motivated, creative, and focused problem-solver to join interdisciplinary projects relating to urbanization, conservation, and ecology.

The research fellow will be an active participant in project planning, data analysis, scientific publications, and must be able to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team.

Applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree in one of the relevant environmental fields; a master’s degree is preferred.  Desirable skills include experience with interview research (particularly using NVivo), survey research, ARC-GIS software, and multivariate statistical analysis (particularly using R software).  The position will involve travel to central Massachusetts so a driver’s license is required.

Please direct all inquiries and send application materials to Anne Short (agshort@bu.edu). As part of your application including a short statement of research interests (1 page maximum), curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three qualified references.

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