Thursday, March 30, 2017

Student Editorial Assistant - part-time
Maryland Sea Grant
 
Maryland Sea Grant seeks a part-time, student editorial assistant to join our communications team. We seek a student with a demonstrated interest in science and/or the environment and who has shown skills in creating content about these topics for print and/or multimedia. Duties will include one or more of the following, depending on the candidate's interests and experience:
  • Writing news articles primarily for our website and potentially also for our staff-written magazine, Chesapeake Quarterly (www.chesapeakequarterly.net). Topics would include news and feature articles about scientists working to preserve the Chesapeake Bay and their research findings. This writing requires explaining and summarizing technical information.
  • Conducting archival and other research in support of our videos and/or publications.
  • Helping to gather information for social media posts.
  • Helping our staff videographer to conduct video shoots in the field.
  • Independently taking photographs on and around the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Working to improve and expand our website.
Preferences (desired but not mandatory) include: demonstrated interest in and familiarity with the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding communities; course work in the natural sciences, particularly environmental or marine science; a valid driver's license.
 
This is an hourly, paid, part-time position. Hours may be above 8 hours a week at times, by agreement between the student and Maryland Sea Grant. Work schedule is negotiable. The hourly rate is commensurate with experience and work samples. Graduate and undergraduate students will be considered. Students may apply to work during the summer as well as during academic semesters.
 
To apply, please e-mail application materials to brainard@mdsg.umd.edu. Please include: a cover letter describing your interest in the position; three work samples relevant to this job; and a resume/CV.  Official posting HERE.
  
Summer Internship
EnvironmentAmerica

EnvironmentAmerica is a federation of 29 statewide citizen-based environmental advocacy groups working on a number of campaigns from clean water, to conservation of public lands, to climate change policy and mitigation. Their summer internship is a great opportunity to get a crash course in environmental advocacy and activism.

To learn more and to apply, visit: http://jobs.environmentamerica.org/intern-apply.html), or you can send an email expressing interest to Kimberly Williams at kwilliams@environmentamerica.org.
Summer Internship
Anacostia Watershed Society

The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is looking for environmental science (and related disciplines) students for its 2017 Summer River Restoration Internship program (May-August approximately). This is a great opportunity to get students involved in real world watershed stewardship issues such as stormwater management, wetland restoration, reforestation, arboriculture, SAV propagation, environmental monitoring, invasive plant management, outdoor recreation and environmental education.

The internship will be based in Bladensburg, MD with minimal travel to sites in Prince George's county and the District of Columbia.
Earth Optimism Summit
April 21-23, 2017

The Earth Optimism Summit will be a gathering of thought leaders, practitioners, pioneering scientists and researchers, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders, industry participants, media, philanthropists, and other conservation-minded citizens. It is a is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability.

This collaboration builds upon Smithsonian strengths in four strategic conservation areas where our science, cultural assets, and convening power will have the greatest impact:
  • Biodiversity Friendly Food
  • Movement of Life
  • Working Land and Seascapes
  • Earth Optimism
To learn more and to register, visit: https://earthoptimism.si.edu/
 
To register as a student, use code EarthST.
* Please note, you must bring your Student ID to check-in.
International Programs in AGNR
Upcoming Food Security Webinars

April 3-4: Third Annual Food Security Symposium: Commercial Agriculture in the Tropical Environments

The tropics contain some of the most important biomes for managing a variety of environmental challenges from biodiversity to climate change. But at the same time, agricultural expansion in South America shows that the tropics can be highly productive in terms of grain production. Additionally, agricultural intensification holds promise to reduce poverty and malnutrition among the many rural poor residing in tropical zones. This symposium addresses the complex tradeoffs between environmental stewardship and agricultural intensification in the tropics.

Apr. 3: Keynote Lecture: "The Emerging Fertilizer Value Chain in Africa," Dr. Pedro Sanchez
Apr 4: Dr. Katherine Tully, Plant Sciences & Landscape Agriculture, is on the Soil and Water panel.

Click here for Program and links to Web streaming

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April 10, at 10:00 a.m.: UME's Jonathan Moyle talks about his Farmer-To-Farmer assignments

Interested in participating in Farmer to Farmer but not sure what it's like? Dr. Jonathan Moyle has worked with small-holder farmers as well as commercial operations in Liberia, Kenya, Bangladesh and most recently in Myanmar. Tune in an hear his tales from the Road and how you can begin your own adventure.

Send your questions ahead of time -- to aleger@umd.edu
Symons Hall Room 0118

Or by Adobe Connect at https://webmeeting.umd.edu/farmer_to_farmer/

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April 13, at 1:00-2:00 p.m.: USDA/NIFA on International Opportunities

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and NIFA are holding the webinar "Opportunities for International Engagement and Research Cooperation”, Thursday, April 13, 1:00 pm EDT. Learn about FAS fellowship and exchange programs, and opportunities for including international activities in your NIFA-funded research, or other NIFA programs.

Borlaug and Cochran Fellowship Programs with opportunities to travel to cooperating country
Including Partnerships with other countries or international organizations in a NIFA grant

LINK: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/7jcnn1n1244t&eom

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and SCA 

Career Discovery Internship Program


Since 2008, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has partnered with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to provide summer internships for nearly 300 students from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Students: 
  • Spend 12 weeks learning from the professionals during an internship at a national wildlife refuge
  • Kick off your internship by attending a week-long orientation with other interns n Internships are located across the US; from Alaska to the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast
  • Areas of focus include visitor services, biology, and refuge management

Total package of up to $5800.00 includes: • Housing • Weekly living allowance • Week-long orientation • Travel Allowance • Potential eligibility for AmeriCorps Education Award of $1527.45 • Assigned FWS mentor • Hands-on experience

Eligibility • US citizen or permanent resident • Full time, first and second year students during the 2016-2017 academic year • Available for 13 weeks beginning in mid-May • Must be able to pass a criminal background check • All majors and levels of outdoor experience welcome • A Valid US Driver’s license

Deadline • Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. • Application review will begin in February and will continue until all positions are filled.

Learn more and hear from previous participants at thesca.org/cdip

To Apply:
2. Add the promo code PO-00703453 to your application.
3. Contact our recruiters at recruiting@thesca.org or 603.543.1700 x1499 with any questions.

Federal Fellows Program and Global Fellows in Washington, DC

1st Priority Deadline: 7 April 2017

The Federal and Global Fellows programs at UMD prepare talented, diverse undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experience necessary to excel in professional internships and pursue careers of influence and impact, in the public sector and in our increasingly globalized society. Both are yearlong programs that combine a fall academic seminar taught by industry experts and a spring internship. All students have access to one-on-one coaching, workshops, special events, guest speakers and DC trips regardless of program/concentration.

ENSP students have found these internships to be extremely helpful both as career development and networking opportunities.  These programs are also excellent for students who cannot afford to intern for free during the summer.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to come by the office to learn more about the seven fall academic seminar courses/concentrations (each 20-23 students). In your application, you will rank the seminar courses/concentrations in order of preference across the Federal and Global programs.

Application requirements:
  • Completed Online Application (preferred) or paper-based application (typed applications required).
  • Resume (can include but not limited to paid/unpaid work, volunteer experience, leadership activities, scholarships/awards, international study, computer and language skills including approximate proficiency level, etc.)
  • Personal Statement (2-3 pages)
  • Transcript (unofficial copies are fine)
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation (optional, but strongly encouraged if you are on the border of minimum requirements). The letter may arrive after you have submitted the application.

Students entering the program must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • 45 credits completed by the end of spring semester 2017.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Participants must commit for the full year. Students cannot participate in an academic year study abroad and the Fellows programs.

Please note: While staff work with students individually to guide them throughout the internship application process, students are ultimately responsible for securing their own internship placement for spring semester.

The online application method is preferred. But if using the paper-based application, applicants may email their completed application to federalfellows@umd.edu or globalfellowsdc@umd.edu with Subject Title: “2017-2018 Application.” Applicants are also welcome to drop off applications in-person, by snail mail, or by fax to the below address or fax number.

The Federal & Global Fellows Office
University of Maryland, College Park
2407 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, Maryland 20742
Fax: (301) 314-0941

Joan Burton, Ph.D., Director | Federal Fellows Program | Global Fellows in Washington, DC
www.federalfellows.umd.edu | www.globalfellowsdc.umd.edu

Policy Intern

American Farmland Trust


Do you want to be part of a team that works to shape the federal policy impacting the environmental and economic sustainability of the farms that grow our food? Then American Farmland Trust's Government Relations Team wants you!   Working directly with the Government Affairs Specialist and Senior Policy Specialist, you will support American Farmland Trust's (AFT's) political advocacy and research as we work towards a Farm Bill that protects farmland, promotes sound farming practices, and keeps farmers on the land.

Since its founding in 1980, AFT has played a significant role as a bridge-builder and convener in Farm Bill debates. In this internship, you will learn about the legislative process and Farm Bill conservation programs, interact with other stakeholders, and help us affect change in an immensely important piece of legislation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Monitoring the news for Farm Bill related updates from Congress or peer organizations
  • Tracking activities within the federal government and federal agencies that affect AFT's work
  • Contributing to policy analyses, research, and discussions of strategy
  • Drafting monthly updates, blog posts, and written outreach materials
  • Coordinating stakeholder meetings, Congressional office visits, and other events as needed
  • Scheduling is flexible between 20 and 35 hours per week. Must be available to work from our Washington, DC office.

Qualifications:
  • College student or recent graduate
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Organized and comfortable juggling multiple tasks with enthusiasm
  • Interest in AFT's mission and openness to representing moderate, centrist policy positions
  • Some academic or institutional research experience
  • Knowledge of Farm Bill programs, legislative process, and/or agricultural production preferred

Compensation:
  • This is a paid position. We are willing to work with your institution to offer college credit in addition to monetary compensation.
To apply: please e-mail your resume and a cover letter to:  jobs@farmland.org  using Subject line: DC Policy Intern

Organic Farming Internship


PROJECTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES -- Work on an organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) family-operated farm. Hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture strategies, crop rotations, drip irrigation, organic pest and weed control strategies, and hoophouse crops. Grow seedlings from seed and transplant into the garden and hoophouse; help harvest and set up for CSA pickups. Help with environmental education events for members of our community, getting tots to grown-ups involved on the farm. Be part of an exciting summer harvest team. Learn the inner workings of CSA and organic farming.

QUALIFICATIONS -- We seek self-motivated, quick learning interns with a green thumb or two. No prior gardening experience necessary.

ABOUT HOUSE IN THE WOODS FARM -- House in the Woods Farm is an organic farm in Frederick County (Adamstown, Maryland), established in 2000. We run a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, sell to our local natural food co-op, and support the Frederick Food Bank. Our farm is certified organic and uses sustainable farming practices. Our farm is operated by farm owners, Phil and Ilene Freedman. Phil has an electrical engineering degree from The University of Rochester. Ilene has a Master’s degree in Environmental Psychology from The University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.

ABOUR OUR INTERNSHIPS -- Typically, summer internships involve 4-12 hours of work per week for the summer, often beginning in late May or the first week of June. Find out what your credit program requires in number of hours worked. We have been working with college interns on the farm for over ten years. We support student interns with a context of how higher education can apply to sustainable agriculture, a wide variety of tasks on the farm, and conversations about current events in agriculture so students can gain a broad perspective on how an organic farm can operate and impact community.

These are unpaid internships. Support for personalized writing or farm projects available. Perks include weekly organic veggies.  Transportation to the farm is required; public transportation is not accessible.

TO APPLY -- Please e-mail your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like this internship to: Ilene Freedman at Ilene@houseinthewoods.com                      

Graduating in May? Join the

Chesapeake Conservation Corps – apply by 4/14/17


Each year, the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program places young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofit or government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a one-year term of paid service in the Chesapeake Bay region. The Corps Members receive hands-on green job and leadership experience through on-the-ground experience leading and assisting with projects and programs for their host sites, extensive trainings hosted by the Trust and other service-learning opportunities including grant writing and project management.

Corps Members also develop meaningful connections and friendships with each other creating a network of young environmental professionals that is a powerful resource even after the yearlong term. Ultimately the Corps Program aims to empower young professionals to take action and make impactful change as leaders and experts in their respective career fields.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing 30-35 Corps Members with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the region to work full time for a stipend-support year of service ($17,000) beginning on August 22, 2017.

Qualifications:
  • Corps Members will be between the ages of 18-25.
  • Each Corps Member will work full time at a Host Organization for a period of one year.
  • Corps Members will participate in training activities and group activities within the service year.
  • Corps Members must complete a capstone project by the end of their service year.
  • Corps Members must complete at least four site visits at fellow Corps Member’s host sites.

To Apply:

Applications are currently being solicited with a deadline of April 14, 2017 at 5 pm. The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted through an online system. If you have not yet registered to use the system before you will have to create an account. Please go here to create your account and begin your application: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_1520/default.asp?SA=SNA&FID=35168&SESID=36728&RL=

A list of the potential Host Organizations who applied to the Program and short descriptions of the positions they are offering can be found HERE

Questions?  Contact:

Tara Baker
Senior Program Officer
tbaker@cbtrust.org
(410) 974-2941 x102

Summer Climate Reality Leaderships Corps Internship – Apply by 4/28


The Climate Reality Project is a nonprofit organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore. Our mission is to empower a global cultural movement demanding immediate action on the climate crisis using cutting-edge advertising and communications strategies to demonstrate the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis.

The Climate Reality Project offers an unpaid internship program (20-40 hours/week) to qualified candidates in several areas of interest including communications, grassroots organizing and development. Every Climate Reality intern is assigned an intern mentor who is responsible for ensuring that the intern experience is educational and rewarding. The overall objective is for the intern to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible while working with the organization. 

The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is one of the organization’s core programs that was initially launched in June of 2006 by Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. The program has trained thousands of Climate Reality Leaders from over 135 countries and is looking for a sharp intern to assist for the summer. 

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to the following:
  • Researching and tracking Climate Reality Leader related news;
  • Assisting with large-scale international trainings including organizing recruitment, event logistics, applications review, follow-up, etc;
  • Discover and propose new opportunities for engagement for Climate Reality Leaders within our campaigns;
  • Conducting outreach to potential future Climate Reality Leaders;
  • Assisting with production of materials for Climate Reality Leaders including social media posts, community organizing best practices, etc.;
Required Qualifications:
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Creative problem solving and experience working on a team.
  • Experience with Excel.
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in volunteer education and outreach.
  • Prior work in nonprofit advocacy, the climate movement, and/or political campaigns.
To Apply: Send a resume, cover letter, short writing sample, and dates of availability to internships@climatereality.com. Please use the subject line in the email to identify that you are interested in the Climate Reality Leaders internship. Applications will be accepted until a candidate is identified.   The internship start date is 5/5/17; the end date is 8/11/17.
Summer Course Announcement
URSP688L –Planning Technologies

INSTRUCTOR: Chao Liu (cliu8@umd.edu)
LECTURES/: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00-7:30 PM
DISCUSSION: Online (ELMS)
LOCATION: Architecture Building, Room 1115

Overview:

Technological progress in the last three decades has had tremendous influences on both practice and research in the field of planning. Emerging technologies for communications, computing, and visualization continue to fundamentally change how we plan, develop and manage cities. Technologies can be effectively used during the planning process for data collection and processing, spatial analysis, accumulation of experience and knowledge, information sharing, communicating planning concepts, engaging the public in the planning process, and visioning. This course provides an introduction to several technologies used by planners), regardless of their substantive field (e.g. transportation, community development, urban design, etc). Given the ubiquity of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in contemporary planning, there will be a considerable focus on developing analytical and visual GIS skills using both commercial and open-source software packages. Other technologies include: Location – based social media analysis, search engine optimization, blogs, Twitter, google map mash-ups, social networking, web surveys, and photo/video sharing (web/video conferencing, Wiki). Hands-on experience will be emphasized in this class to have students acquired practical skills, as well as knowledge, so that they will be able to apply their skills to assignments and projects in other classes in the program and future work after completing the program. Students are also encouraged to create high-quality skill portfolios on-line through the course work, so that they can demonstrate skill-sets to potential employers.
Wildlife Volunteer Intern
DC Fisheries and Wildlife Division

Dates: May through August 2017 (flexible start and end dates)
Location: Washington, DC
Agency: Department of Energy & Environment, Fisheries and Wildlife Division

Duties: The intern’s responsibilities will include largely nighttime bat acoustical monitoring and mist netting with other duties to include aquatic turtle trapping, nighttime frog call surveys, small mammal trapping, and data entry. Applicant may be needed to assist in radio-telemetry surveys or other field work projects within the division.

Requirements: From May through August 2017 work will equal 20 to 30 hours per week. Frog call surveys and bat surveys are conducted at night so must be available to work nights in the city. This is a volunteer internship, therefore there is no salary. Applicants should be enrolled in or a recent graduate of a college or university program in wildlife biology, conservation biology, ecology, zoology, or a closely related field. Prefer a student who has an interest in bats and willing to work more closely with bat acoustical data processing. Rabies vaccine not required, but without, students will NOT be able to handle bats.

How to Apply: Please apply at http://doee.dc.gov/greenpathways as well as send a resume, cover letter and references by April 14, 2017 for summer volunteer intern by email to:

Lindsay Rohrbaugh
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Fisheries and Wildlife Division

Department of Energy & Environment
1200 First St., NE 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: (202) 535-2296
Fax: (202) 535-1363
lindsay.rohrbaugh@dc.gov
www.doee.dc.gov

If you have any questions, send them in an e-mail to lindsay.rohrbaugh@dc.gov.  

EOE. M/F/D/V

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Applications Open
START Summer Internship Program


Applications to START's Summer Internship Program are due next week! Be sure to submit your application to spend your summer working directly with our researchers on policy relevant, terrorism and counterterrorism focused research!

This summer, from June 1-August 11, students will work a minimum of 20 hours-a-week on any one of 15 different projects. Our projects accepting interns range from our Global Terrorism Database to GIS focused research and from Understanding Domestic Radicalization through Unconventional Weapons and Technology. More information and a complete list of projects are available on our website.

Students at any stage of their education are welcome to apply--from Freshmen through Ph.D. candidates. Review our internship information here: http://www.start.umd.edu/education/internships for more information and specific project descriptions and requirements. Also, there are two funding opportunities for students listed at the above link.

Applications are due on April 4 at 11:59 pm. Feel free to reach out to internships@start.umd.edu with any questions!
GEOG course information
Summer 2017

Registration for Summer 2017 courses is now open. The Department of Geographical Sciences is pleased to offer numerous Geography courses for the summer, including:
  • GEOG100 (new!)
  • GEOG110
  • GEOG130
  • GEOG140
  • GEOG202
  • GEOG306
  • GEOG312
  • GEOG330
  • GEOG332
  • GEOG340
  • GEOG372
  • GEOG373
  • GEOG437
  • GEOG489J
Please visit the Schedule in Classes in Testudo for complete information on all GEOG courses offered for each of the two summer sessions, as well as course descriptions. For more information, contact the Geographical Sciences Undergraduate Advising Office at geog-advise@umd.edu, (301) 405-4075, or visit us at Lefrak Room 2181M.