Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

Job opportunity
Title:   Remote sensing analyst
Full-time research fellow at Boston University

I am seeking a motivated, disciplined problem-solver who wants to apply his or her talents to better understand and characterize Earth’s changing landscapes.   The position involves a challenging but rewarding mix of computational, statistical, and environmental components, all centered around the use of time-series satellite imagery to understand land surface processes.  Join me as I transition my lab to the Department of Earth and Environment, one of the premier interdisciplinary geospatial departments in the country, and help set the foundation for research that can make a difference.

The initial work is part of a larger project to better understand how and why forest carbon stocks change, a question critical in research areas as diverse as climate change, habitat use, and environmental policy.  To monitor forest carbon stocks, we implement state-of-the-art image processing techniques over large areas, distilling huge volumes of satellite imagery, field-measured plot data, lidar-measurements, and human interpretation into straightforward maps and summaries that capture the stories of landscape change. In conjunction with collaborators at Oregon State University, the University of Washington, and Montana State University, we are applying these methods to map and characterize all forest disturbance and regrowth processes between 1990 and 2010 in forested areas of Washington, Oregon, and California.

The successful applicant will  be fundamental to this process and to the lab.  He or she will learn and implement: state-of-the-art satellite image processing approaches,  image interpretation and accuracy assessment of maps, management of large databases of imagery and plots, and spatial and statistical analyses of maps of change and of land cover type.

This position will also perform fundamental processing and analysis for a suite of other research projects on related themes in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, northern Wisconsin and on the east coast.  Depending on success of the applicant in this position and on continued external funding, this position will likely continue beyond the first two years envisioned here.

Requirements (Documented through coursework, experience, and/or letters of reference):

Education:  Masters degree (or Bachelors degree with strong other skills and background) in a geographical, computational, statistical, mathematical, ecological, or environmental sciences field.

Knowledge: Experience in statistical and spatial analysis of large datasets, facility implementing and interpreting multivariate statistics, ability to debug and write scripts and code to conduct analysis beyond standard “canned” software tools.

Skills & Qualities: creative problem-solving nature, strong work ethic, good written and oral communication skills both within a project and with the outside world, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and work efficiently with little supervision, desire to learn unfamiliar concepts in the project, and — last but not least — a good natured attitude.

Preferred qualifications:
Preference given to candidates with direct experience: manipulating satellite optical imagery through pre-processing and processing stages; programming in IDL, Python, and R; working with ENVI and ESRI products; processing Landsat imagery, particularly in a time-series mode;  interpreting aerial photographs in forests.  Other preferred qualifications include knowledge of forest ecology and forest disturbance processes, direct experience working with Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots, and interest in data mining and machine learning.

Pay: $45-50k/yr, plus health benefits.  Assuming success of the candidate, funding is available for two years.

How to apply: Please send the following materials to Robert Kennedy in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University.

1.  Cover letter describing your interest in the job, along with your contact information (phone and email).
2.  Resume (1-3 pages).  Include — at a minimum — job experience or coursework.
3.  Contact information (email and phone) of two professional references.
4.  Optional:   Transcripts, letters from references.

Evaluation will begin October 12th.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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Stanford University’s (CA) Parking and Transportation Services is recruiting a new transportation demand management coordinator. This full-time position will be responsible for developing and implementing outreach communications to promote alternative transportation programs among university employees, students and visitors. The position supports the university’s goal of increasing the use of alternative transportation at its campus and hospital sites, and reducing peak-hour trips through effective programs, communications and marketing. To apply, visit http://jobs.stanford.edu/ and search for job number: 45887.

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By locally building wind turbines, WINDAID provide clean and affordable electricity for communities in Peru who have no access to electricity.  They are based in Trujillo, North Peru, and together with volunteers build 2.5 kW wind turbines for small communities that are part of some 7 million people living in Peru with no access to electricity. Volunteers have the opportunity to experience the life and cultures in Peru and get to fully manufacture, assemble and install a wind turbine that is then given to a community or school which needs it most.

Participants do not need any pre-requisite skills or knowledge of wind turbines.  Practical experience with resin composites, carbon fiber, steel structure, electrical systems, aerodynamics, and many other disciplines are involved in the program.

The dates for upcoming projects are:

2011 (5 week program)

7th November – 9th December (limited space)


2012 (Please note that there are now 1, 2, and 4 week programs.)

1st Jan – 13th Jan (limited space)

25th Jan – 17th Feb (limited space)

18th Mar – 24th Mar (limited space)

25th Mar – 31st Mar (limited space)

9th Apr – 4th May (open)

21st May – 15th June (limited space)

30th Jul – 24th Aug (limited space)

4th Sep – 28th Sep (open)

8th Oct – 2nd Nov (open)

12th Nov – 7th Dec (open)

Our website is www.windaid.org, or please visit our Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/windaid.org) and take a look at photos of our past projects.



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Are you interested in renewable energy, wind turbines, environmental issues, development projects or simply volunteering your time to make a real difference in the world?

WindAid is a non-profit social responsibility organization based in Trujillo, Peru and we run environmental development projects building wind turbines for communities in Peru without access to electricity.

As a volunteer on one of our projects, you will be involved in building a wind turbine from scratch and then spend the final week of the program living with the community while you install the wind turbine. The program offers the opportunity to get involved in hands-on engineering, learn more about wind energy and international development projects or just experience life in another country. Volunteers do not need any previous skills, just an interest and enthusiasm for renewable energy or a desire to make a difference to the environment.

The dates for our upcoming programs are:

  •  26th September – 28th October 2011
  •  7th November – 9th December 2011
  •  30th January – 2nd March 2012
  •  26th March – 27th April 2012

Details of the cost (in US$) and what is and isn’t included can be found here (http://windaid.org/datesandcost.html)

For more information please visit our website (www.windaid.org) or Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/pages/VolunteerWindAid/373332947000)

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Summer National Service Opportunities now available through Hard Hatted Women

June 9th to Aug 18th, 2011 in: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Elyria, and Warren, OHIO

What Opportunities are available?
• Working with youth
• Community Outreach
• Volunteer Recruitment
• Marketing and Development

National Service Opportunities now available through Hard Hatted Women

July 2011 to July 2012 in: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Elyria, and Warren, OHIO

What Opportunities are available?
– Leadership Development/STEM Coordinator
- Marketing and Development
– Career Exploration/Green Jobs Coordinator
– Veteran/Military Outreach Coordinator
– Business Technology Coordinator
– VISTA Leader

Who Can Apply?
AmeriCorps VISTAs must be American citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens, and at least 18 years old (but there is no upper age limit!). Hard Hatted Women is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply go to http://www.americorps.gov and search for HHW on the AmeriCorps website.

Hard Hatted Women is a statewide nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering women to achieve economic independence by
creating workplace diversity in trade and technical careers.

For more information call 18773531114, ext 11 or visit us on the web at http://www.hardhattedwomen.org

The Perks
AmeriCorps VISTAs receive:
– A modest living allowance
– A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or postservice stipend
- Healthcare benefits and student loan forbearance while in service
- And one year of noncompetitive status for a federal government job.
– Direct, powerful experience to build your skills

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