Posts Tagged ‘climate’

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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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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Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC Office

The UCS Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) is a new initiative dedicated to restoring the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process, using three core strategies: restoring public confidence in, and support for, the use of independent science in public policy making; helping decision makers, citizens and journalists distinguish evidence-based information from propaganda; and working with scientists to help them engage in effective communication with the public, media and decision makers.

The Position
The outreach coordinator oversees the cultivation and deployment of the UCS Science Network, a national network of thousands of scientists. He or she also develops and implements outreach strategies around CSD events and reports. The outreach coordinator will be part of a multi-disciplinary team charged with diversifying the Science Network, both in terms of the demographics of the experts on the network and the opportunities that experts have to contribute to the public good. He or she will scope ways to increase demand and capacity for scientist engagement; develop infrastructure that enables scientists to connect with opportunities that interest them; and create opportunities for experts to refine their communications and advocacy skills.

The outreach coordinator:
creates and implements plans to recruit, train, and engage scientists, engineers, and other individuals who wish to use their expertise and position to inform government decision-making and public and policymaker understanding of science;
develops strategies for communicating with experts and engaging them in the organization’s online and offline activities;
tracks and reports on engagement opportunities and accomplishments;
oversees the maintenance of the Science Network database; and trains other UCS staff on best practices for expert engagement;
coordinates and organizes cross-programmatic outreach efforts at scientific society meetings and related events and ensures that UCS programs are able to effectively engage Science Network members;.
conceptualizes, executes and tracks the effectiveness of CSD outreach activities to scientists, non-scientists, and select stakeholders;
communicates regularly with supporters, both online and offline, on Center projects, and seeks opportunities to engage them in the development of these projects
works with other CSD staff to promote CSD reports and special events and helps develop the CSD’s web presence

Qualifications and experience
The position requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. An advanced degree preferred. Three to five years of successful and progressively responsible experience in online and offline outreach, community organizing, campaign, and/or advocacy is required, preferably in a non-profit environment. Experience with legislative and media strategies, and program planning, coordination and implementation is helpful. The ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, and respond rapidly in a fast-changing environment is necessary. Strong candidates will possess robust written and oral communication skills and be able to demonstrate ability to interact professionally with individuals who may be at the top of their fields. Candidates should have strong familiarity with the Internet, social media, database software, online organizing tools, and word processing. Experience with working with scientists and scientific topics is strongly preferred. Most of all, candidates should possess an understanding of and a passion for improving the way in which science informs policy making.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC office. Salary is commensurate with experience. UCS offers excellent benefits and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, two non-academic writing samples, and how you learned about the position via email to jobs@ucsusa.org and include “CSD Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.

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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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San Antonio, Texas

The Field Biologist will assist with a variety of monitoring and research projects throughout Texas. Current and anticipated projects include but are not limited to songbird surveys in central and west Texas, habitat descriptions for black-capped vireos and golden-cheeked warblers, fire effects monitoring in east and west Texas, grassland surveys in coastal prairie, and monitoring of rare plants. Duties will include preparation and maintenance of equipment, generating maps, conducting field work, data entry and verification, and report writing. The Field Biologist will travel to remote preserves for extended periods and work under variable field conditions. Work will be conducted alone, with other staff, and with volunteers. Roads on many preserves are rough and experience driving 4WD vehicles off-road is highly desirable. The position will start in winter 2012-2013.

Experience using GIS software and data to create maps, as well as using GPS units and reading maps.
Familiarity with standard avian and vegetation monitoring techniques.
Familiarity with the birdlife of Texas; familiarity with birds of the Edwards Plateau, west Texas sky islands, and grasslands highly desirable.
Familiarity with the vegetation (woody and herbaceous) of Texas is highly desirable.

To apply and to read the full job description, please visit our website at

www.nature.org/careers and search for Job ID #40390.

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Chicago, IL

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a regional non-profit organization based in Chicago with a mission to advance energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation. MEEA is a collective voice for energy efficiency at a national, regional and state level; acts as a clearinghouse to identify, evaluate and create successful programs and market assessments for the region; and fosters communication on effective energy policy. The Program Associate will be responsible for the day to day administration of MEEA’s Lights for Learning, a K-12 energy efficiency education and fundraiser program. In addition to the administration of Lights for Learning, the Program Associate will also be integral in the launch of a new Direct Install program in public schools.


  • Program Administration (50%). Monitor and report on delivery of K-12 fundraiser and education program, including reviewing subcontractor reporting and invoicing, preparing necessary monthly and annual updates and submitting of budgets, outcomes and expenses.
  • Outreach and Coordination (20%). Work on program expansion efforts including: updating program website, engaging in outreach to schools to increase participation and promote the new Direct Install program, expanding programming to other states, presenting at industry or school functions to attract new participants.
  • Provide Budgeting Support (10%). Work with the finance and accounting department to oversee specific aspects of MEEA’s program budget.
  • Program Research (10%). Research other successful K-12 energy efficiency programs and find ways to expand or augment the existing program.
  • Other (10%). Assist in MEEA’s mission through writing and presenting: managing program-related updates for the MEEA website, crafting articles for MEEA’s monthly newsletter and representing or presenting on MEEA’s programs at meetings and conferences.
  • Travel within the region to promote MEEA programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the fields of communications, education, engineering, public administration or environmental science/studies or a related field in addition to at least two (2) years of related work experience in a professional environmentExcellent organizational, writing, communication, and public speaking skills required
  • Passion for energy efficiency and commitment to environmental issues
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of self-sufficiency and initiative while also functioning as a member of a team in a small-office environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to research and solve problems
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software suite
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities and adapt to shifting priorities
  • Experience in K-12 curriculum or programming a plus

Submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@mwalliance.org with Subject: “Program Associate” by Monday, October 15, 2012. Candidates who do not submit all three items will not be considered. Candidates considered for interviews will be asked to provide writing samples and three references. No phone calls please.

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Arlington, VA

At Rare(the company) we believe that people are our most important resource. Conservation ultimately comes down to people and their behaviors toward nature. For nearly four decades Rare has designed programs that benefit both people and the planet. We have been successful because of the talent that makes it all possible. We are committed to providing our employees with a unique and inspirational professional culture. We invite you to search through our open positions and join us in our quest for continued impact.

Rare is currently seeking candidates for the position of Special Events Coordinator. Rare hosts 15-20 donor cultivation and marketing events (including one to three international field visits) each year. The Special Events Coordinator is responsible for working with internal staff, volunteers, Rare donors, and external vendors to plan and conduct these events and trips. The Coordinator reports to the Individual Giving Associate of Rare’s development team.

Serve as project and on-site manager for 10-15 fundraising and marketing events of varying scope and size (10-200 guests) each year throughout the country. This includes leading all meetings, creating and managing the production calendar, and working with other Rare staff and vendors so that that deadlines for deliverables are met. Events will vary in their focus and will be variously targeted at major (Individual) donors, foundation consortiums, international conservation conferences, and promoting/marketing Rare.


  • A college degree and a minimum of two years of work experience in event planning
  • Strong record of success in current position
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly organized and attentive to detail; able to manage, prioritize and bring to completion multiple projects
  • Ability to respond to changing priorities and competing deadlines to ensure accuracy and high quality standards
  • Solid computer and analytical skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills
  • Results-oriented; solid work ethic
  • Strong project management skills
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus


Please include your resume and cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. Please mention how you learned of this opportunity, note your historical salary levels and you must include your expected salary for this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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