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We are seeking candidates who have the desire and skills to work on exciting grassroots organizing issues. Candidates must have excellent communication skills (written and verbal), demonstrated leadership skills and have professional experience in direct action organizing techniques and implementation. Candidates need the following; ability to work independently; ability to travel extensively throughout the state and willingness to work a flexible schedule that includes weekends. The position emphasizes the skills sets of a community organizer. Familiarity with New England coastal and ocean issues are a plus.

  • Work under the supervision of the Director of Chapters to support and build Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer chapter network within the states of CT, RI, MA, NH and ME.
  • Coordinate the statewide efforts of chapters within the regions.
  • Engage our chapter network in Northeast Regional Ocean Council issues in coordination with the New England Ocean Action Network.
  • Assist in growing regional membership
  • Facilitate and train chapter volunteers in direct action organizing techniques including, but not limited to; campaign planning, recruitment, strategy, tactics and program implementation.
  • Represent Surfrider Foundation at local administrative hearings and public events when necessary.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Development, develop and maintain positive relations with the regional funding community.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Chapters to develop and facilitate statewide training conferences for the regional Chapter network.
  • Coordinate with the Ocean Program Manager and Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager to promote regional ocean policy issues (throughout the chapter network) where appropriate.
  • Administrative Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; writing newsletter articles, grant reports, oversight of chapter governance reporting and social media outreach.

Please email cover letter and resume to:
Edward Mazzarella, Director of Chapters
emazzarella@surfrider.org
Deadline for receiving resumes is November 19, 2012

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We at GoEco are excited to present the following volunteer projects to students and faculty. out our programs below for more information, and visit http://www.goeco.org/ for all of our volunteer opportunities.

*SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION IN COSTA RICA

Sea turtle season is fast approaching in Costa Rica and volunteers are needed to ensure the survival of these magnificent sea creatures! Each season, the Costa Rica turtle program recruits volunteers to help in the research and conservation work, such as night patrolling, collecting eggs, and rescuing turtles.

*MONKEY & WILDLIFE REHABILITATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

Travel to Limpopo, South Africa, and immerse yourself in the diverse ecosystems of the region. Work at a rehabilitation center for many species of wildlife, specifically primates such as monkeys and baboons. The center provides shelter for the animals and nurses them back to health in order to reintroduce them to nature.

*Programs Include:*
● Accommodations in home-stays or with other volunteers
● Full board (3 meals per day)
● Exciting orientations (and a week of Spanish lessons in Costa Rica)
● Full pre-departure & in-country assistance, training, and support

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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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