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River Steward Summer Internship

Posted by: Anne Ernst | February 16, 2015 | No Comment |

The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is seeking applications for two River Steward of Tomorrow Environmental Internship positions, available for summer 2015. The River Stewards will work on a variety of projects related to water quality, habitat conservation and community outreach. One River Steward will be assigned to our Berkshire field office in South Lee, MA and will work primarily in Massachusetts; and the other will be assigned to our main office in Cornwall Bridge, CT and will work primarily in Connecticut and New York. Each River Steward will be expected to complete approximately 280 hours of work from June – August (roughly 35 hours per week over 8 weeks).

Internship Overview: While working out of the Cornwall Bridge office, the 2015 River Stewards will be supervised by the HVA Water Protection Director, but may also be asked to work with other staff as needed. In the Berkshire Office, River Stewards will be supervised by HVA’s Berkshire Director. Work will include a mix of office and field-based activities. Projects that the River Stewards may be involved with include:
• Environmental Monitoring. The River Stewards will assist HVA staff with environmental monitoring activities including collecting water quality data, rapid bioassessments, and conducting visual surveys along important stream reaches to document threats, uses and conditions.
• Restoration project monitoring and maintenance. River Stewards will monitor success of restoration plantings in the Ten Mile River watershed of New York, and conduct maintenance activities like weeding and watering.
• Water Quality Data Compilation and Mapping: River Stewards will assist with gathering and summarizing environmental monitoring and assessment data from a variety of local, state and federal sources in MA, NY, and CT. This work will support a number of ongoing HVA efforts, including watershed-based planning;
• Road/Stream Crossing Assessment. The River Stewards will visit and assess bridges and culverts to identify barriers to fish and wildlife passage, and assist with post-assessment data processing and report writing;
• Websites and Social Media. The intern will be involved in the production of materials for HVA’s website and social media accounts. Related tasks might include identifying and summarizing relevant news items, developing project updates and press releases, and creating educational or training videos or narrated PowerPoint presentations;
• Opportunities may be available for the intern to assist with other organization work including assisting with land conservation easement monitoring, GIS analysis of land and water resources and outreach activities such as guided paddle trips and community events.

Qualifications: The River Stewards will work alongside experienced professionals for one of the oldest watershed organizations in the nation. Candidates must be highly-motivated, passionate about watershed conservation, and able to succeed both independently and as part of a team. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:

• Enthusiasm for outdoor field work that includes navigating in remote areas under potentially inclement environmental conditions (heat/cold, rain, biting insects, poison ivy, etc.);
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to represent HVA in a professional manner;
• Excellent writing skills;
• Familiarity with basic website administration and social media;
• Experience using GPS and GIS technologies, including related online tools such as Google Earth and Google Map Engine.
• Willingness to work occasional evenings or weekends.

Requirements: Daily access to a personal vehicle is a requirement of the position. The intern must also be physically able to participate in potentially strenuous field work (i.e. physically active work outside for several hours during hot and/or rainy weather). Housing is not provided. HVA can assist successful applicants in finding a summer rental convenient to their assigned office.

Compensation: The intern will be provided with a $2,400 stipend for the the internship. Work related travel will be compensated at a rate of $0.48/mile.

Application Procedure: Interested candidates should submit the following materials via email:

1. COVER LETTER explaining your interest, qualifications, and location preference;
4. Examples of past projects relevant to HVA’s mission (please limit to 1-2 pages/project, max of three projects- this is optional but strongly encouraged)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline: We expect to make hiring decisions no later than April 15th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Questions and applications should be directed to:
Michael S. Jastremski, Water Protection Director
Housatonic Valley Association
Mail: PO Box 28, Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754
E-mail: MJ.HVA@outlook.com
Phone: (860) 672-6678

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Manager, Sustainable Agriculture at Duke Farms, NJ

Posted by: Anne Ernst | February 16, 2015 | No Comment |

The Manager of Sustainable Agriculture is a member of the Duke Farms (DF) management team. He/she is responsible for collaborating with the senior management at DF on the development and maintenance of vigorous, viable and sustainable farming operations that conserve and restore wildlife and natural resources while following sound ecological principles.

Agroecology considers interactions of all important biophysical, technical and socioeconomic components of farming systems and regards these systems as the fundamental units of study, where mineral cycles, energy transformations, biological processes and socioeconomic relationships are analyzed as a whole in an interdisciplinary fashion.

In addition, the Manager has responsibility for managing and maintaining current internal farming activities, including a staff farmer, as well as managing agricultural partners and leases.
Identifying new sustainable agriculture opportunities with like-minded mission-fit farmers and organizations will also be a vital part of the position.

The Manager of Sustainable Agriculture will be expected to reside at Duke Farms, as a condition of his/her employment, in housing provided by Duke Farms and subject to the Duke Farms Housing Protocols.

Duke Farms serves as a model of environmental stewardship and inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land. It is a place of education, enjoyment and research that enhances the environmental health of the region.

Through the beauty of its natural setting, the diversity of its wildlife, and the scope and quality of its educational programs, demonstrations and research, Duke Farms inspires people to transform their approach to conservation and to start building a more sustainable future.

TO APPLY:  http://www.dukefarms.org/en/About-Us/Staff-Jobs/

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Food Works summer internship

Posted by: Anne Ernst | February 16, 2015 | No Comment |

Middlebury FoodWorks is an innovative summer leadership program combining academic and experiential learning in food systems:

– Nine intensive weeks in Vermont, Kentucky, or Washington D.C.
– “Exploring local food systems” course
– Cohort living and cooking with 15 students
– Food systems mentors and experts
– A four-day paid internship
– Weekly fifth-day learning journeys
– One Middlebury credit (equivalent three semester-hour credits)

What does it mean for you?

The chance to touch, taste, and work with all aspects of the local food movement.
A comprehensive view of the local food system and its role in urban and rural economic development, including direct contact with experts.
Engagement in a learning community around food studies, as students live and participate together.
An online component that allows FoodWorks Fellows to connect across sites and compare rural and urban food systems experiences.

If you are interested, more details are available at:


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NSF-REU at National Museum of Natural History

Posted by: Anne Ernst | January 5, 2015 | No Comment |

The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, hosts a world-class research staff and unparalleled scientific research collections. NHRE summer internships pair undergraduates with museum scientists to complete a research project in Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mineral Science, Paleobiology, or Vertebrate Zoology. Although the majority of time during the internship is spent working on the research project, there are additional events including lectures, tours of museum collections, and other activities related to natural history research.

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is located on the National Mall in the heart of Washington DC. The program runs for 10 weeks starting the day after Memorial Day. Participating students will receive a stipend of $5,500 and be provided with housing in a dormitory at George Washington University. A relocation allowance may also be available.

Previous research experience is not required, and we encourage applications from minorities and members of other groups underrepresented in the sciences.

The deadline for submitting an application to NHRE for this summer is January 27, 2015. Applications and recommendation forms for NHRE 2015 can be downloaded at:


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NSF-REU on Stream Restoration / Rehabilitation

Posted by: Anne Ernst | January 5, 2015 | No Comment |

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site will provide seven undergraduate students a research experience over a ten week period during the summers of 2015-2017. The research will include studies in hydrology, geosciences, and biology at the Cow Creek Stream Rehabilitation Site on the Oklahoma State University (OSU) campus. The opportunity to study streams at a site on a University campus recently rehabilitated is unique. The central theme of the program will be discussing ways to rehabilitate streams, and specifically evaluating natural channel design approaches through process-based investigations. Billions of dollars are spent annually on stream rehabilitation across the United States. Many current stream rehabilitation projects use natural channel design concepts, which are often criticized. The alternative is a complex, process-based analysis of the dynamic system and impact of stream modifications on the hydraulics, sediment transport, and biological community. This proposal hypothesizes that future restoration approaches will most likely resemble a morphed combination of natural channel design and process-based techniques. Students will participate in research projects quantifying the role of vegetation on streambank erosion, documenting the influence of in-stream structures on retention in the stream, evaluating the effect of sediment on fish, using aquatic macroinvertebrates to assess streambank modifications, evaluating plant diversity response, and studying vegetation impacts on stream temperature.

The proposed REU site will generate important scientific discoveries in the rapidly expanding field of stream restoration, which has environmental and societal benefits of improving water quality, minimizing downstream flooding, and providing riparian and aquatic habitat. Participants will benefit from multi-disciplinary collaboration and experienced mentoring. Students will receive professional development training on ethics, responsible conduct of research, research writing, state-of-the-art equipment used in various disciplines, and career and graduate school opportunities. Results will be disseminated in publications/presentations at local, regional, and national meetings, through on-line videos, and also through interaction with society and community groups. Students for the program will be recruited from diverse groups. Oklahoma is also unique in that it is highly rural with a large percentage of Native Americans and first generation college students. The proposed REU program will recruit from these populations in combination with national recruitment.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2015

Applicants Notified: March 2, 2015

Final Acceptance of Applicants: March 31, 2015

REU Dates: May 26, 2015-July 31, 2015

To apply, see the website: http://studentwater.okstate.edu/content/nsf-reu-application

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Kent State University and The Holden Arboretum invite applicants for a 10-week summer research training program. Students enrolled in this program will conduct mentored research into the importance of terrestrial-aquatic linkages in the ecology of urban-impacted ecosystems. This research will be designed to examine how human activities such as urbanization, industry, farming, mining, and recreational activities affect the way terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems interact. Projects might compare sites with and without urban impact to examine: nutrient cycling in soils and streams, microbial community composition in forest soils and stream sediments, plant-soil interactions, how shredders modify terrestrial leaf litter input to stream ecosystems, the effects of terrestrial pollutants on aquatic microbial community structure and function, how terrestrial and aquatic biogeochemical cycles are affected by human activities such as acid precipitation and land-use change. Along with learning about hypothesis generation, project design, and ethics in research, students will receive additional training archiving data in a geospatial database and will participate in weekly seminars.

Faculty mentors come from four departments at Kent State, from The Holden Arboretum, and from Cleveland Metroparks. Many are members of Kent State University’s Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability (CENRS)

Participants will be provided housing and a $500/week stipend.
Students must have good standing at a community college, college or university, and be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Community college students and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The application deadline is February 16, 2015.
For more information contact the REU Coordinator at ecologyREU@kent.edu.

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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.


Sharon Wyrrick


Many Forks Farm LLC

1360 River Road

Clarksburg, MA 01247







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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.


- 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.


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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