Posts Tagged ‘Policy’


Proposal deadline: Monday, February 11, 2013

The Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship program is a research program conducted in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Named in honor of the late Dr. Tibor T. Polgar, a major contributor to the early development of the Foundation, this program provides a summertime grant ($3,800 for each fellowship) and limited research funds for eight college students (both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible) to conduct research on the Hudson River. The objectives of the program are to gather important information on all aspects of the River and to train students in conducting scientific studies and public policy research.
Over the past 28 years, the Polgar Fellowship program has produced a large body of research in the Hudson River, with a concentration on the four marshes of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (Stockport Flats, the Tivoli Bays, Iona Island Marsh, and Piermont Marsh), compiled in the annual Polgar Fellowship reports published by the Foundation. Anyone interested in obtaining this material in order to plan projects building on the work of previous Polgar fellowships or in discussing potential research topics should contact the Foundation.

Because of the training and educational aspects of this program, each potential fellow must be sponsored by a primary advisor. The advisor must be willing to commit sufficient time for supervision of the research and to attend two meetings (orientation and final reports) with their students. Advisors will receive a stipend of $500.

Application Procedures:

Applications for a Polgar Fellowship should include:

A letter of interest in the program;
A short description (4-6 pages) of the research project, including a statement of its significance;
A timetable for completion of the research;
An estimate of the cost of supplies, travel, etc.;
A letter of support from the student’s advisor; and
The applicant’s curriculum vitae.

Applications, in electronic PDF format, for Polgar Fellowships must be received by the Foundation by 5:00 pm, Monday, February 11, 2013. The electronic copy of the application should be sent in one PDF filetoinfo@hudsonriver.org. with the subject heading “Polgar Proposal Submittal.” One original copy, postmarked no later than Monday, February 11, 2013, must be sent to:

Polgar Fellowship Committee
Hudson River Foundation
17 Battery Place, Suite 915
New York, NY 10004.

Letters of support may be submitted separately.

If you have questions, or if you wish to discuss research ideas or to acquire copies of previous Polgar Fellowship Program annual reports, contact Helena Andreyko at 212-483-7667.

Successul applicants will be notified of their fellowship awards by late April 2013.


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Scaling Up: Future of Environmental Decisions (FED): A Student Workshop
Organized by the Ecological Society of America (ESA)
June 2 – June 7, 2013
Baltimore, MD

ESA’s Office of Education & Diversity Programs is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the student workshop, “Scaling Up: Future of Environmental Decisions (FED)”, made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation. This six-day interactive workshop will use a case study of the Chesapeake Bay to explore the ecological and socioeconomic dimensions of decision-making using data at the regional and continental-scale. Participants will explore geospatial datasets; develop GIS analysis skills; build science communications skills and explore careers that involve Big Data in environmental and related disciplines.

Opportunity: Up to 25 awards of travel, lodging, and subsistence support to attend the workshop.

Eligibility: Current and recently graduated undergraduate students as well as current Graduate students from any academic discipline – including social, natural, formal and applied science fields – are invited to participate. Underrepresented minority students are especially encouraged to apply.

Workshop website: http://www.esa.org/scalingup/

Application deadline: Friday, February 8th, 2013; 5:00pm EST 
Applicants must submit an online application, which requests academic information, a description of relevant course work, extracurricular activities and a personal statement. The workshop committee will select participants to ensure an appropriate mix of disciplines and backgrounds. Prior GIS experience is not required. Applications will be notified of their acceptance status by Mid-March.

Questions: Contact Andrea McMillen, ESA Education Programs Coordinator, at andrea@esa.org.

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Th Environmental Law Institute (ELI) periodically hires recent college graduates to serve as Research Associates. Research Associates work directly with the 15–20 lawyers and scientists in the Research and Policy Division on projects addressing environmental and natural resource protection and pollution prevention. A typical workload combines research and administration.

The Research and Policy Division publishes research studies and conducts a variety of training courses and workshops. Specific subject areas include: air and water quality, climate change, renewable energy, hazardous waste and brownfields, international environmental policy, sustainable land use, biodiversity conservation, wetlands management, freshwater and ocean policy, public health, environmental enforcement, and mining law.

(1) Superior research, writing, and interpersonal communication skills, and
(2) Strong desire to gain knowledge in the environmental field. A background in environmental issues is preferred but not required. Research Associates are asked to stay for a minimum of two years. This entry-level position is designed for recent college graduates. Previous Research Associates have gone on to law school, graduate school, and other positions in the environmental field.

Salary: $29,000 with excellent benefits.

How to Apply:  Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system. 

Note that your submission must contain three uploaded documents (Word or PDF format), as follows:
(1) Cover letter
(2) Resume (must include overall undergraduate GPA)
(3) Analytical writing sample (preferably not scientific or narrative) of 3-5 pages in length

Please note that although the application requests three references, they will only be contacted in the event that you are invited to interview. We will notify you before contacting any references.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 15, 2013. You must use ELI’s online application system; ELI cannot accept applications submitted by email, USPS or other shipping service, or hand delivery. No phone calls, please. Please send an email to vanwyk@eli.org if you have any technical problems complying with these application instructions. Questions about the position can be sent to RAsearch@eli.org.

Click here for more information and to apply.

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Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings within the Meridian Institute Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Meridian Institute has two offices (Washington DC and Dillon, CO). We currently anticipate the 2013 Fellows to be based in the Washington DC office, but will consider applicants for either location.

An announcement about the position and instructions for how to apply is attached and available here. The deadline to submit applications is 10 pm EST on February 15, 2013

Meridian Institute professionals combine extensive experience in collaborative process design, deep substantive knowledge, and proven mediation skills to help people engaged in society’s toughest issues solve problems and make informed decisions. At Meridian, we design collaborative approaches that bring together people who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution.

Meridian selects new Fellows for the program on an annual basis and offers significant personal and professional development opportunities.  Fellows will provide research, writing, logistical and other types of support for projects focusing on a wide variety of challenging substantive issue areas, such as agriculture and food security; climate change and energy; environment and natural resources; global stability and security; health; sustainability and resilience; and science and technology. 

Questions about the Fellowship or application process can be sent to apply@merid.org. For more information about the Meridian Institute, please visit www.merid.org.

Equal Opportunity Meridian Institute welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, creed, or ancestry.

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The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time director for our Wildlands (formerly Public Lands) Program. The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to protecting endangered species and wild places through science, policy, education, creative media and environmental law.

The Wildlands Program Director will oversee the Center’s work to protect and restore public lands in the United States, with a strong focus on national forests, BLM lands, national parks, national wildlife refuges and critical state lands.

The director will directly manage a staff of approximately 10 biologists, activists and attorneys and coordinate with staff in other programs working on legislative and administrative policy, ecosystem defense, litigation, political organizing and media outreach.

Threats to be addressed include oil, gas and coal leasing, logging, mining, livestock grazing, water diversions, off-road vehicles, invasive species and ecosystem deterioration.

The director will also develop and implement proactive legislative and administrative agendas to better manage public lands for the benefit of biodiversity, clean water and quiet recreation in response to a changing climate and society.

  • significant experience in public lands advocacy
  • familiarity with environmental statutes including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Forest Management Act and Federal Land Policy and Management Act
  • scientific literacy
  • communications literacy
  • excellent research, writing, and verbal advocacy skills
  • ability to lead, work with, and manage others as part of an effective team
  • demonstrated commitment to environmental protection
Salary is commensurate with other non-profit organizations and includes an excellent vacation and benefits package
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample via email (no paper) to wildlands@biologicaldiversity.org. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. For more information on the Center, go towww.biologicaldiversity.org.

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Apply now for: On a case by case basis
Time commitment: 2 to 3 Days Per Week (9:00am – 5:00pm)

The New England Aquarium’s Conservation Department aims to integrate scientific information, public outreach and policy initiatives to effect lasting change in the ocean environment. Major emphases within the department at this time include sustainable seafood corporate advisory work, outreach and education about sustainable seafood, marine conservation films, and innovative marine conservation initiatives around the world, including the development of marine protected areas.

Responsibilities:  Conduct internet-based research on individual fish species. Keep track of and summarize various periodicals and online news resources. Support in organizing files and miscellaneous inventory. Support development of web-based and printed collateral materials. Research and gather information on sustainable seafood programs for white-tablecloth restaurants. Edit and proof read reports developed internally. Other miscellaneous duties in support of Conservation Department initiatives.

Qualifications:  BA degree or higher preferred but will consider motivated, upper level BA degree candidates. Must have an interest in marine conservation and fisheries/aquaculture issues. Strong organizational and communication skills are required. Highly computer literate, including familiarity with Microsoft programs and internet-based research skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Access a plus. Professionalism and comfort working independently in an office environment are required.

*Note: This position is not available for the January term.http://www.neaq.org/get_involved/volunteering_and_internships/internships/complete_list_of_internships/position_details.php?id=64

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The Center for the Environment (CFE) and the Masters of Science Program in Environmental Science & Policy at Plymouth State University (PSU) seek applicants for a unique and exciting graduate research assistant (GRA) position in watershed ecosystem services. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a statewide interdisciplinary team (including researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire) on a major National Science Foundation research project to better understand the environment and the complex interactions of the climate-ecological-human system as well as provide critical information for state decision makers.

Ecosystems in New Hampshire and the surrounding northern forest region provide a wide range of services that are critical to the region’s inhabitants and the high quality of life they enjoy.  Ensuring that these benefits can be sustained into the future requires improved understanding of basic ecosystem processes and their interactions with changes in climate and land management. Students with environmental science & policy, economics, and social science research backgrounds and interests are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to applications completed and received by Jan. 15, 2013.

PSU is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender or religious preference. In addition, the project leaders have a strong commitment to enhancing research
opportunities for under-served groups and we encourage individuals belonging to any perceived minority group to apply. The GRA includes an annual stipend and tuition coverage plus travel support for fieldwork and conferences.

CFE facilitates interdisciplinary environmental research, education, and public engagement in the northern New England region. CFE engages in research and education in support of graduate student research and in meeting the needs of regional partners, such as the White Mountain National Forest, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Squam Lakes Association, NH Department of Environmental Services, and other environmental organizations. The PSU campus and the surrounding Lakes and
White Mountains regions provide excellent facilities and an outstanding natural research laboratory. For more information, see www.plymouth.edu/cfe

Please contact Dr. Shannon Rogers for more information about the position and the application process:  shrogers@plymouth.edu

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