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Position Description: The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory is now taking applications for a halftime GIS/GPS Intern / halftime student in 2013.  We are looking for a student who has solid experience with GIS and/or GPS.  Experience with IT would be a plus.  Fifty percent of the intern’s time will be spent on several projects: 1) assisting the GIS/GPS Coordinator with training users to use handheld GEOXT GPS units, entering and reviewing metadata, downloading and post-processing files from GPS units, mapping sites, creating maps, and helping with other mapping related projects, 2) overseeing upkeep and troubleshooting of the Barclay computer lab, and 3) occasionally assisting with the maintenance of sensors at permanent weather stations at remote sites.  The remaining fifty percent of the intern’s time will be spent on an Independent Research Project OR a short course and a smaller independent research project.  The research project could be focused on field biology or, alternatively, it could be a mapping/GIS project.

Conditions: We are looking for someone who is not afraid of hard work and has a sincere interest in GPS and GIS.  The intern must be detail-oriented, skilled with computers, and be familiar with GIS software. The chosen student will work an average of 20 hours/week on GIS and GPS projects, computer lab upkeep, and weather station assistance, and an average of 20 hours/week on their independent project and/or short course.

Dates and Cost: This program runs from approximately June 9 to August 16 (10 weeks).  The total Educational Fee for the summer is $5100.  RMBL covers half this fee, as the student is a half-time intern.  The student is responsible for the other half of this fee:  $2550.  The educational fee covers Room, Meals, and Station Fees for a total of 10 weeks (maximum) plus tuition for 5 credits of Independent Research.  The student is responsible for parking fees, laundry fees, and other miscellaneous expenses.  The student will be reimbursed $200 for travel expenses.

To apply: To apply for this internship, complete the online application to our educational program.  Go to www.rmbl.org  and follow the link for ‘Students’

When choosing your Courses, please explain that you’re applying for the GIS/GPS Internship.  For the essay portion of the application, please include a description of your experience and interests and how that relates to the described position.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  We will choose an intern by early April, 2013.

Questions: please contact the Science Director Dr. Jennifer Reithel (sd@rmbl.org)


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At the CGI Annual Meeting, Chelsea Clinton announced that the sixth meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) will take place from April 5 – 7, 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis. The application to attend CGI U 2013 is now available online.

Students: apply now to attend CGI U 2013, hosted by President Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis from April 5 – 7, 2013.

The meeting is free to attend for all accepted students. Limited assistance for travel and lodging is available to students with demonstrated financial need who apply by the early decision deadline. Below are the key deadlines for applying to CGI U 2013:



CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders from college campuses around the world. Each CGI U participant makes a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action designed to address a challenge on campus, in the local community, or around the world. The meeting brings together students, NGO representatives, topic experts, and prominent change-makers. Last year’s participants included Jon Stewart, Madeleine Albright, and Usher.

CGI U is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world’s most urgent challenges. Please share this opportunity with your network, and we’ll keep you posted with other updates about CGI U 2013.

Apply now to be a CGI U Campus Representative.
Watch this video to learn more about CGI U.

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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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Thank you for supporting the Greenpeace Semester, Greenpeace’s environmental training program for young leaders. We’re excited about our accomplishments this year – we reached 400 students since the program’s start who have joined us for a semester to work on critical environmental issues and learn the skills to make real change.

Greenpeace Semester – Accepting Spring Applications Now

A semester with a global environmental organization: What will it look like?

  • Twelve weeks with a small group of peers immersed in creative projects, eye-opening discussions, engaging workshops, skills training, and real work to solve critical global environmental issues
  • Travel for three weeks to witness environmental destruction first hand and put your new knowledge to use
  • Learn the skills of environmental activism, effective communication, leadership, 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
  • Form friendships that will last the rest of your life

Apply online by October 22 to receive $100 off tuition.

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 about what you can do during and after the program?  Hear it straight from Greenpeace Researcher (Greenpeace Semester ’09) Connor Gibson. 

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Shenandoah National Park

George Mason University (Mason) provides scientific insight and solutions to
the rapidly changing demands of today’s global society by blending traditional
science education with sought-after programs in the high-profile discipline of

To accomplish this, Mason and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
have partnered to establish the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
(SMSC). The School engages undergraduates, graduate students and
professionals from around the world in a range of compelling programs in
conservation biology focused on developing the knowledge required to address
some of the greatest threats to biodiversity facing society today. The SMSC
is rapidly becoming a benchmark for innovative education for current and
future generations of, conservation biologists, policymakers, and global
conservation leaders in the 21st century.

We currently offer the undergraduate Smithsonian-Mason Semester for
Conservation Studies.  Like a “study abroad” program, students spend a full
semester living, taking classes, and working at a Smithsonian research station
located near the Shenandoah National Park. Starting this Fall 2012, we offer
two distinct programs of study, Applied Conservation Strategies and Ecology
for Effective Conservation Practices.  Each program of study offers a set of
five integrated courses that include a practicum experience as well as classes
focusing on conservation theory and applications.  In addition, the practicum
work experience gives students in both semesters the opportunity to interact
with animal keepers and researchers working with endangered wildlife species.

We are currently providing scholarships to qualified students thanks to the
generous donation of the G. Halpin Family Foundation. Please circulate the
attached materials with your faculty and students who might be interested in
this exceptional opportunity or direct them to our website:
http://smconservation.gmu.edu.  If you have any questions, please do not
hesitate to contact our program at smithsem@gmu.edu.

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The University of Florida is offering several courses in Ecology & Conservation in the Tropics during 2013.  The UF in Belize program offers students an opportunity to earn  credit while studying throughout Belize.  Students spend their days learning with UF and local faculty, professionals, and students. The majority of each day is spent in the field examining wildlife and natural resource ecology, conservation, and field methods in a diversity of ecosystems.  The courses are open to UF and non-UF, undergraduate and graduate students.  Specific courses (both graduate and undergraduate credit through UF) include:

Wildlife Ecology & Conservation in the Tropics (3 cr.; 2-10 March 2013)
Field Methods in Ecology & Conservation in the Tropics (5 cr.; 6-20 May 201 3)
Marine Ecology & Conservation in the Tropics (3 cr.; 20-27 May 2013)
Internships in Ecology and Conservation in the Tropics (Variable cr.; any time)

All students must attend pre and post-travel classes during spring 2013 (distance learning is possible).

Information & applications:  http://www.wec.ufl.edu/belize/.  Enrollment is open and classes are limited to 10 students.

Program Director:
Bill Giuliano – docg@ufl.edu

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Undergraduate students of all majors at all colleges and universities may apply to: Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U)

Summer 2012 Field Sites (5 weeks, 6 credits):

– Jordan: Amman, Aqaba, Dana, and Wadi Mujib

– Brazil: The Atlantic Forest

– Puerto Rico: El Yunque National Forest

– Dominican Republic: Punta Cana

Students learn ecology and environmental sustainability in unique natural settings through applied field techniques.  SEE-U features:

– Earn 6 Undergraduate Credits in just 5 weeks.

– Fulfill 2 Core Curriculum Science Requirements.

– Receive a transcript from Columbia University.

– No prerequisites required to enroll.

– Fellowship funding is available through CERC.

SEE-U is offered by the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Visit http://www.cerc.columbia.edu/?id=see-u-locations  for more information or contact CERC directly at cerc@columbia.edu or 212-854-0149 .

Apply online:

– Rolling admissions – apply early for fellowship consideration.

– First application review date is November 1, 2011.

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