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Summer farm internship in MA

Posted by: Anne Ernst | December 12, 2014 | No Comment |

MANY FORKS FARM is a small, sustainable, vegetable farm located in Clarksburg, MA, a semi-rural community in Northern Berkshire County, Massachusetts and located 0.5 mile from the Vermont state line. The farm operation is concluding its third season and just acquired ownership of the farm property, a 7.6 acre parcel located along the North Branch of the Hoosic River. Many Forks Farm strives to deliver beautiful, healthful produce to its community through a 40-member CSA, farmers markets, restaurants, and other venues. The farm grows with an intensive, sustainable, soil and fertility-building approach to production using organic practices. In this small operation, there is little mechanization and the expectation is that the full range of farm tasks are everyone’s shared responsibility. In 2015, the farm will have 1.75 acres in vegetable production, a hoophouse, and a moveable high tunnel. The farm works with community organizations that assist with subsidizing the cost of CSA shares for those who otherwise could not afford to be CSA members. 20% of the farm’s shares are reduced in price. The farm participates in the North Adams Farmers Market and plans to add an additional market in 2015.

Internship Starts: May 15 – June 1

Internship Ends: August 15 – 31

Number of Interns: 2

App Deadline: until filled

Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Meals: Interns have a shared kitchen to prepare their own meals. They are welcome to farm vegetables for their personal use.

Skills Desired: While previous farming experience is not a requirement, having a serious interest in farming or an agriculture-related vocation is desirable and some experience working on a farm or other agricultural setting is a plus. The position requires working outdoors in all kinds of weather; consistency, efficiency and attention to detail in farm tasks; good humor; flexibility in working with the factors that affect farm work; comfort and enthusiasm for working with others on the farm, at markets and with CSA members; a valid drivers license, physical stamina including the ability to lift 50 lbs. and do repetitive tasks for periods of time.

Educational Opportunities: In addition to participating in all aspects of the farm’s production, visits may be arranged to other farms in the area to experience the varied ways other farms approach farming systems. There is a small farm library and the farm subscribes to several publications – all of these available to the interns. There will be dedicated times when interns can voice what areas of production they would like to obtain more information or insight into, and give feedback on the ongoing farm work and living situation. Every effort will be made when workshops of interest are scheduled in the area, to accommodate scheduling. On a case by case basis, the farm may be able to assist in the cost of workshops.

Stipend: $400 month

Interns live on the farm in a fully equipped farmhouse with a shared kitchen, shared bathroom, own bedroom, and other shared living spaces. Other amenities include wireless internet and laundry facilities.

Preferred method Of Contact: email

Internship Details: Interns have a 5.5 day work week. The farm work includes all aspects of sustainable vegetable production including planning, seeding, greenhouse maintenance, transplanting, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, distribution to the CSA members, preparation for and selling at farmers markets, and delivery to restaurants and other venues. Applicants are requested to provide a resume, contact information of three work references and two personal references, and a letter speaking to their interest in this position. Applicants may be asked to do a telephone interview and an on-site interview at Many Forks Farm as a part of the application process.

Contact:

Sharon Wyrrick

Farmer/owner

Many Forks Farm LLC

1360 River Road

Clarksburg, MA 01247

Email;

manyforksfarm@pobox.com

Phone:

413-281-1814

Website:

http://manyforksfarm.com/

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Maryland Sea Grant REU Program

Posted by: Anne Ernst | December 12, 2014 | No Comment |

Please invite your undergraduate students to apply for Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science. http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/REU

Since 1989, NSF has supported bringing students to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at either Chesapeake Biological Lab or Horn Point Lab of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. This is a great opportunity to conduct research with a mentor and spend a summer by the Chesapeake Bay.

DETAILS:

- 12 week program: May 17 to August 9, 2015.

- $6,000 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution

- Applications due: February 20, 2015

- Application and guidance http://ww2.mdsg.umd.edu/reu/apply/index.php

We select undergraduates in diverse disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science.

We are particularly interested in supporting talented students from institutions where access to marine science and to research projects is limited and who are from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at reu@mdsg.umd.edu.

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Harvard Forest REU Program

Posted by: Anne Ernst | December 12, 2014 | No Comment |

The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, aquatic ecology, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 summer program.

2015 Summer Program Dates

Monday, May 25 – Friday, August 7, 2015

Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day and while the University is closed, this is the planned arrival date for students. Staff will be on-site to greet you. The program will begin on Tuesday, May 26 at 8:00am.

Benefits

Stipend of $5500 for the 11-week session
Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House
Free full meal plan
Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Forest (federal grant restrictions apply)

Where is the Harvard Forest?

The Harvard Forest is located in the town of Petersham, in Western Massachusetts.

How to Apply

Application Deadline is Friday, February 6, 2015, 11:59PM EST.

For more information, see http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/other-tags/reu

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Join our Naturalist team!

The Wild Center seeks experienced Naturalists for 12-month positions. Please go to http://wildcenter.org/about-us/careers to explore both job descriptions, including details on how to apply.

Naturalist Internship

Maple Naturalist Internship

Application materials will be accepted through October 29, 2014. The Wild Center will respond to all applicants by November 7, 2014.

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Do you have a passion for the environment, youth, and education? Are you a social media whiz? Have a thing for eco living and better business? Do you want to change the world? Then we want you to work for Teens Turning Green this fall!

Our Bay Area-based, global-reaching non-profit is seeking a communications and social media coordinator for major upcoming programs, specifically Project Green Challenge. We need a driven, innovative, collaborative multitasker to join our team from now through November – and potentially longer. Knowledge of or experience in the green space and digital media are preferred and you MUST be able to commit to 30 hours per week in our offices in Sausalito, California. Pay starts at $15 per hour.

Responsibilities include drafting and development of eco content, outreach to and monitoring relationships with high profile partners/sponsors/organizations/schools/media outlets, social media strategy and execution, website updates (wordpress/html), database input/upkeep (excel), intern management, calendar oversight, multimedia/photo/video editing (photoshop/final cut/iMovie), event coordination, and more. We are a small, nimble, rapid-moving, high-impact team.

If you feel qualified for and interested in this opportunity, please email us your resume and statement of why you would be a stellar addition to our organization with the subject line “TTG PGC Coordinator Job.” We look forward to hearing from you!

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Silicon Valley HealthCorps jobs

Posted by: Anne Ernst | May 23, 2014 | No Comment |

In an innovative partnership, The Health Trust has joined together with AmeriCorps and 10 local organizations to form the Silicon Valley HealthCorps. The goal of this collaboration is to improve community health by providing ongoing garden-based nutrition education to youth in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The HealthCorps will also increase the availability and affordability of locally grown produce through the development of new community and school gardens, low-cost farm stands, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs.

To apply, please email the following documents in one pdf document saved as “Your Name_SVHC Application” to svhealthcorps@healthtrust.org

  • Your resume
  • The completed Application Form (Word .doc)
  • Accompanying application materials (Parts II and IV of the application, additional work experiences if applicable)

Applications are due by July 1, 2014. On the application, applicants will indicate the positions they are interested in. Submitted applications will be sent to all of the sites that applicants indicate. Sites will review applications and conduct in-person interviews with selected applicants. Offers will be extended to selected applicants by August 1, 2014. The program will begin September 2, 2014.

All Silicon Valley HealthCorps positions are full-time, year-long positions beginning in September and continuing to August. Benefits include a $16,000 living allowance stipend, a $5,550 post-service education award, and optional health insurance coverage. Any questions or inquiries should be directed to SVHealthCorps@healthtrust.org.

The complete list of positions is below. To read the position description, please go to the following website:  http://healthtrust.org/volunteer/join-svhc/

We look forward to reading your application!

 

 

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Downeast Lakes Land Trust Internship, 2014

Community Forest Conservation: Habitat, Recreation, & Education

Downeast Lakes Land Trust is based in Grand Lake Stream, Maine. We protect lakeshores, improve fish and wildlife habitats, provide public recreation opportunities, offer educational programs, and support jobs in the forest and on the water. We are dedicated to the Downeast economy and environment.

Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to announce a 2014 summer internship opportunity that will provide broad exposure and experience in the work of a community-based conservation group. The intern will assist with habitat projects, maintenance of hiking trails and campsites, planning future trails, DLLT events, and education programs.

Read more, including how to apply, at

http://www.downeastlakes.org/2014/02/2014-internship-opportunity-available/

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Our organization:  Cultivating Community, based in Portland, Maine and active in greater Portland and Lewiston, is committed to growing sustainable communities in three ways: by feeding our hungry, empowering our families, and healing our planet.

Position:  Assistant for Youth Growers and Grow Interns, two summer programs for teens to participate in growing, harvesting, delivering and cooking fruits and vegetables. Youth learn about and address issues of food justice in their community through garden work, cooking healthy meals, volunteering with emergency food programs, delivering produce to seniors and visiting local farms. Intern will assist with all aspects of this program and have the opportunity to share their personal experience and expertise.

Timeframe:  End of May/Beginning of June- ideally through end of August. Regular hours are M-TH 8-4 PM and Fridays 8-12.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with daily programming such as garden work, delivering produce, volunteering and field trips
  • Create 1-4 workshops for teens around topics relevant to them
  • Complete assigned garden tasks such as watering, weeding, etc.

Qualifications, Education & Experience

  • Demonstrated interest in nutrition, food justice and sustainable agriculture
  • Able to work outdoors in hot and rainy conditions
  • Comfortable working with English Language Learners
  • Comfortable stepping back when appropriate and allowing teens to take the lead
  • Flexible, creative and a good sense of humor
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Works well independently and as part of a team

 Location:  This position is based in our Portland, Maine office: 52 Mayo St.

Compensation

Weekly vegetable share

Experience working with a non-profit, youth development organization

Experience working in urban and sustainable agriculture

Two tickets to a farm to table meal

A fun, rewarding summer working outdoors with teens!

 How to Apply:  Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least three references to anna@cultivatingcommunity.org with “Summer Youth Program Assistant” in the subject line. Applications can also be sent via U.S. Mail to:

Cultivating Community
P.O. Box 3792
Portland, ME 04104

The letter of interest should explain your qualifications and your interest in the position. People from the communities in which we work (Cumberland and Androscoggin Counties, Maine with a key focus in Maine’s refugee communities) are particularly encouraged to apply. If you submit your application electronically, please do NOT send a duplicate paper submission.

 Many of our summer interns find funding through their schools or other fellowship programs such as the Forest Foundation. Please let us know if you are interested and need assistance looking for funding. Also ask your career center for information about summer internship funds.

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Our organization:  Cultivating Community, based in Portland, Maine and active in greater Portland and Lewiston, is committed to growing sustainable communities in three ways: by feeding our hungry, empowering our families, and healing our planet.

Position:  Assistant for Youth Growers and Grow Interns, two summer programs for teens to participate in growing, harvesting, delivering and cooking fruits and vegetables. Youth learn about and address issues of food justice in their community through garden work, cooking healthy meals, volunteering with emergency food programs, delivering produce to seniors and visiting local farms. The Kitchen Manager will be in charge of planning and cooking daily meals with groups of 3-4 teens.

Timeframe:  End of May/Beginning of June- ideally through end of August. Regular hours are M-F 8-4 PM

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and cook healthy, delicious meals for 25 people each day with a crew of 3-4 teens
  • Facilitate youth leadership and decision-making in the kitchen
  • Assist with daily programming such as nutrition education, garden work, volunteering and field trips
  • Create 1-4 workshops for teens around topics relevant to them
  • Complete assigned garden tasks such as watering, weeding, etc.

Qualifications, Education & Experience

  • Demonstrated interest in nutrition, food justice and sustainable agriculture
  • Ability to cook healthy and delicious meals for large groups, consistently and on time
  • Able to work outdoors in hot and rainy conditions
  • Comfortable working with English Language Learners
  • Comfortable stepping back when appropriate and allowing teens to take the lead
  • Flexible, creative and a good sense of humor
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Works well independently and as part of a team

Location:  This position is based in our Portland, Maine office: 52 Mayo St.

Compensation

Weekly vegetable share

Experience working with a non-profit, youth development organization

Experience working in urban and sustainable agriculture

Two tickets to a farm to table meal

A fun, rewarding summer working outdoors with teens!

How to Apply:  Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least three references to anna@cultivatingcommunity.org with “Summer Youth Program Assistant” in the subject line. Applications can also be sent via U.S. Mail to:

Cultivating Community
P.O. Box 3792
Portland, ME 04104

The letter of interest should explain your qualifications and your interest in the position. People from the communities in which we work (Cumberland and Androscoggin Counties, Maine with a key focus in Maine’s refugee communities) are particularly encouraged to apply. If you submit your application electronically, please do NOT send a duplicate paper submission.

Many of our summer interns find funding through their schools or other fellowship programs such as the Forest Foundation. Please let us know if you are interested and need assistance looking for funding. Also ask your career center for information about summer internship funds.

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Environmental Health Strategy Center Internship

Posted by: Anne Ernst | February 19, 2014 | No Comment |

2014 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ORGANIZING FELLOWSHIP

Help improve human health by preventing harm from toxic chemicals! The Environmental Health Strategy Center is seeking outgoing, passionate, and self-motivated students who are passionate about social justice and environmental health issues for our Environmental Health Organizing Fellowship. Interns will build the organization’s base of support for statewide and national campaigns to phase out toxic chemicals from household products, while also helping to build pressure on elected officials by engaging supporters in taking action. This is a great opportunity to develop skills in community organizing, gain an introduction to complex environmental health issues, and experience what it is like to work at a non-profit organization.

Activities may include:

  • Participating in state and national level campaigns to advance toxic chemical reforms
  • Conducting outreach at fairs and festivals throughout the state to gather new supporters through a petition drive
  • Organizing outreach events such as films and workshops, with special focus on Maine’s cancer-affected communities
  • Conducting voter engagement work
  • Reaching out to supporters to take action through phone calls, emails, and social media
  • Planning and coordinating events
  • Recruiting activists to join rallies and media events
  • Engaging in research that fulfils both EHSC’s organizational needs and the intern’s interests

Interns will develop skills in many areas of advocacy work, including:

  • Community outreach
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Political education
  • Research
  • Communications
  • Events

    Ideal candidates will be:

  • Passionate about children’s health, environmental health, and social justice
  • Outgoing and able to make connections to new people, with good communication skills
  • Organized, punctual, self-motivated, able to work independently
  • Able to learn basic information quickly and stay on message

Hours and Compensation
This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours. Students are encouraged to seek funding from their institution or external sources. EHSC staff will help with any necessary paperwork for students applying for grants.

To Apply:
Please send the following as attachments to Emily Postman at epostman@preventharm.org:

  1. 1)  Letter of interest no longer than 1 page. Please tell us what about the Environmental Health Organizing Fellowship interests you, give us an example of an experience that has made you concerned about social justice, and explain why you would be a good fit for this position based on the job description
  2. 2)  Resume including your contact information, a list of activities you have been involved with and any relevant course work
  3. 3)  Names and contact info of 2-3 professional and/or academic references (at least one professional)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through April 1st, 2014. Feel free to contact us with questions!

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