Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Ethiopia

In December we will begin accepting applications for the Summer 2016 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby College and in South Gondar, Ethiopia.

This REU provides eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct path-breaking interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of church forests. Church forests are patches of Afromontane forest surrounding Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Preserved for centuries by church leaders and communities as religious sanctuaries, church forests are, in many parts of Ethiopia, the only indigenous forests left.

Under the eight-week summer REU program, students will receive training at Colby College in ecological field methods, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), social survey research, and written and oral communication. They will then travel to South Gondar, Ethiopia to conduct hands-on fieldwork with mentors from Colby College, the California Academy of Sciences, and local academic and government institutions.

Applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2015. The application deadline is February 15, 2016 via the REU-in-Ethiopia webite:

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Parks and Trails NY internship in Albany

 Internship Opportunity with Statewide Environmental Organization

Arthur V. Savage Internship Program

The Arthur V. Savage Internship Program offers an opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates to work in Albany with the Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) staff to shape environmentally intelligent policies, organize grassroots constituents and provide stewardship for parks, trails, and other outdoor recreational facilities. The program provides interns with valuable insight and first-hand experience in the environmental field.

Specific Responsibilities: Assist with a variety of program, research, communications, and outreach tasks related to protecting, promoting and enhancing New York’s parks and trails. Projects include:

  • Events – assist in organizing and promoting the statewide I Love My Park Day, Canal Clean Sweep, and Park and Trail Advocacy Days.
  • Communications – assist with print and e-publications, website content and production, and other outreach.
  • Advocacy – assist with PTNY’s advocacy efforts for state parks funding, funding for bike and pedestrian projects, and other park- and trail-related issues.

Qualifications/Skills: Well organized, excellent oral and written communications skills, multi-tasker, strategic thinker, experience with Microsoft Office and web-based tools. Demonstrated interest/experience in environmental, conservation, parks, trails, and/or bicycle/pedestrian issues.

Hours: Part-time, approximately 20 hours/week. Hours are flexible in terms of days and times but must be within regular work week hours (M-F, 9-5).

Work Environment: Friendly and hard-working staff. Casual atmosphere.

Compensation: $10-$12 per hour, based on experience. May be used for college internship requirements.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and references (including a former employer or supervisor of volunteer work) by November 30, 2015 to with the subject line “ASI Internship.” Include proposed work schedule in cover letter.

Parks & Trails New York, 29 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207,, 518-434-1583

PTNY is the leading statewide organization working to promote, enhance and protect a network of parks, trails and greenways across the state. We work with lawmakers to advance policy issues, assist local communities realize their visions for trails, lead bike tours along the Erie Canalway Trail and through the Hudson Valley, and work with grassroots groups to build their capacity to steward parks and trails.

Arthur V. Savage (1926-2012) was a distinguished lawyer-conservationist, with a particular devotion to the preservation of open spaces and public parks in New York State. During the last half of the 20th century, Arthur co-founded or led a large number of nonprofit organizations that shape environmental laws, protect natural resources, and educate the public about conservation values. A 20-year member of the PTNY Board of Directors, Arthur received our George W. Perkins Award in 2003 for his outstanding parks and conservation leadership. To honor the life and legacy of one of New York State’s most influential environmentalists, PTNY is proud to offer the Arthur V. Savage Internship Program.

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Youth Forum for People and Wildlife

Applications are now open for the first-ever Youth Forum for People and Wildlife in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2016.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) will identify 20 young leaders in conservation and animal protection, aged 18 to 25, to debate issues, explore solutions, network with delegates from around the world, and build skills that will empower them to contribute to protecting wildlife and promote a better world for animals and people. Travel and participant costs will be fully funded.

The Youth Forum for People and Wildlife will be held immediately prior to the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Delegates will represent not only the CITES host country of South Africa, but also other key source, transit and consumer nations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. An online Forum website will connect the global community with forum participants before, during and after the onsite event. To apply or learn more about the Youth Forum, go to

Key dates

  • The Youth Forum will take place in South Africa 17-25 September 2016, and will include an overnight field excursion and four days in Johannesburg.
  • The application deadline is 4 December 2015. Visit apply online, download the application and learn more.
  • Applicants will be chosen in January 2016 and announced publicly on World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2016.
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Hudson Dredging Project

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company
Site Engineering Technician Interns
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC is the largest provider of dredging, land reclamation and beach nourishment services in the United States, and the only U.S. dredging company with significant international operations. With the largest and most diverse dredging fleet in the U.S., GLD&D serves a wide range of customers including Federal and State agencies and private owners both international and domestic. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, GLD&D has a large fleet of dredging equipment located strategically throughout North America and in various locations throughout the world. Our Site Engineering position is an entry-level position on our project management teams. For additional information about our company, please visit our website at

We are currently seeking applicants to work on our environmental remediation project located on the Hudson River. The Site Engineering Technician Interns are exposed to multiple facets of our dredging projects with responsibilities for production, safety, and quality control. Our Engineering staff is part of a greater team whose goals are to safely and efficiently manage our dredging and reclamation efforts. We are currently looking for engineers to fill Summer Internship positions in support of our Site Engineering staff. The intern duties include, but not limited to:

– Ensuring a safe work environment during all operations and tasks
– Production monitoring
– Daily reporting
– General support

Work hours are variable and dependent on Engineering staff and project needs / requirements. Work requires a 6-day per week schedule and typically 8 to 12 hours per day. The Project Engineer may, when necessary, require different schedules or positions fulfilled.

The summer internship starts in mid-May and continues until the end of August.
Gansevoort New York

Salary Level:
$14.5/hr plus 1.5 times hourly pay for hours worked over 40 hours per week
Job Function:
Environmental/Sustainability, Manufacturing/Production, Other, Project Management, Science

We are interested in receiving resumes of motivated students with the ability to work independently and have proficient skills in Microsoft Word and Excel.
Students with Environmental Science majors are welcome to apply!
How To Apply
Please email resumes to Shohei Ishikawa at

Applications accepted via:
Important Dates
Posted On:
April 21, 2015
Applications Accepted Until:
May 17, 2015

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2015 Saratoga County WQCC Internship


Job Description

The intern will be asked to perform the following:

  • assist the Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District (SLPID) outreach efforts on issues related to

    invasive species. The outreach program will include public contact with local boat launch users;

  • completion of Phase 3/III of the WQCC Shallow Aquifer Well (SAW) Inventory Project
  • assist with monitoring Hydrologic Habitat Modification and Stream Restoration Projects;
  • support work in connection with a NYS DEC Initiative called “WAVE” for citizen-based data gathering and bio-

    assessment of water quality;

  • assist in public outreach updating the Saratoga County Intermunicipal Stormwater Management (ISWM) Program

    website ( and the Committee (WQCC) at the county fair ;

  • deployment and care for a new electronic monitoring network in the Kayaderosseras Creek/Saratoga Lake


    Work Schedule

    This will be a temporary full-time position starting on Monday June 2nd to Friday August 8th. Weekend work will be required, but scheduling is flexible. Weekday work schedule is based on a 40 hour work week; 9 AM to 5:30 PM (alt. 8:30am – 5pm) with 1⁄2 hour lunch (unpaid) and two (2) 15 –minute breaks (paid) each weekday work-day.

    The Intern will be employed by Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension, but will spend time working with personnel from SWCD, SLPID, Friends of the Kayaderosseras and I~SWM Program Coordinator.

    Hourly Rate

    $10 per hour for a period of 10 weeks (Monday June 1st to Friday August 7th)

    Required Skills and Background

    • Demonstrated interest in environmental work through education, volunteer work, and/or hobbies; • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
    • Strong understanding of client relations;
    • Well organized with the ability to coordinate multiple tasks;

    • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision;
    • Proficiency with common Microsoft (Word, Excel, Publisher, etc.) applications (required) • Valid NY (or other) State Drivers License (required).

    For questions regarding the internship please call (518) 885-6900 or (518) 885-8995 x224. Interested applicants should respond in writing with a letter of interest and resume/CV (email preferred) by Friday May16th, 2013 to:

    Saratoga County SWCD ATTN: Water Quality Internship 50 West High Street
    Ballston Spa, NY 12020

    Or Email to: and

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Solarize Hudson Valley intern

Solarize Hudson Valley interns

Expected Dates
June 1, 2015 to August 28, 2015
Site: Sustainable Hudson Valley, Inc.

Seeking 6 ENERGY OUTREACH members for the Hudson Valley to engage households and communities in Solarize, a proven model that makes it easier and more affordable for homewowners and small businesses to go solar. Sustainable Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountainkeeper have been awarded funding for a three-year, 6 county initiative to scale up solar electric power through community education and effective organization. This will be a summer of solar workshops, solar home tours and solar installations. Under the direction of an experienced Program Manager, the six members will form an Outreach Corps focused largely on community networking building to help plan events, engage the public, build awareness and create excitement. It is also an opportunty to learn about the business of renewable energy. Outreach Corps members should be good with communication and interpersonal skills, interested in clean energy, willing to learn some technical detail, self-motivated and good problem-solvers.
Location Description
Ideally one intern who is local to each of the six counties covered by our 3-year project: Ulster, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Dutchess and Putnam.
Training Provided
Extensive management experience of Solarize staff & lead orgs. PVTN—the Photovoltaic Training Network—workshops and classes in all aspects of solar electric, from system design & site assessment to municipal planning.
Educational/Recreational Opportunities
Educational opportunities focus on the remarkable range of organizations vital to the Hudson Valley. Nearly every night of the week there is a gathering or meet-up of people passionate about almost anything you can name. You will find yours.
Handicap Accessible?
Main Area of Focus: Sustainability

Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience

To apply, send resume and letter of interest to John Wackman, Program Manager,

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River Steward Summer Internship

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
Phone: (860) 672-6678

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Manager, Sustainable Agriculture at Duke Farms, NJ

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.


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Food Works summer internship

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

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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