Environmental Studies Blog

August 31, 2012

Earthnotes August 31, 2012

Filed under: Earthnotes — Shota Adamia @ 6:05 pm

Laura Goldin, goldin@brandeis.edu

781-736-3075, Rabb 347

“Open Door Always”


We have plenty to experience, learn and explore this year, so stay tuned to Earthnotes for events, announcements, and opportunities! And meet the fabulous Environmental Studies UDRs, Liza Ansher liza2704@brandeis.edu and

Rachel Usnik rlu@brandeis.edu.

For more on courses, 2 JBS programs and Internship program, check out the Environmental Studies ENVS website:

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/159239994157799/ 


This Issue:

* CSA Membership Available

* Vegan Volunteer Weekend

* Great Local Fall Internships for Credit still Open! see below

* And Lots More in the Job, Fellowship & Internship Corner for Alumni & Friends

Warner Farm is Looking for CSA members!

Your share entitles you to a box of farm fresh vegetables and fruit on campus

every Tues Sept 4 – Oct 23. Support local farms.  Contact www.warnerfarm.com


Volunteer Vacations: Vegan Volunteer Weekend

From the organization, “Love animals and volunteering? Want to start your school year of right? Apply to volunteer with Volunteer Vacations on our 2nd Annual Vermont Vegan Weekend! Come with 20 other Brandeis students the weekend of September 14th-17th, 2012 to volunteer at VINE Sanctuary, a vegan farm, in Springfield, VT! Apply now!!! https://docs.google.com/a/brandeis.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEV3TDZZS1hWYzNxQXFHSUpqU292VFE6MQ

Fall Internships for Academic Credit Open to All Students!

Excellent local opportunities, These are particularly suited to ENVS and HSSP, but all welcome. All may done for full course credit with ENVS89a.contact goldin@brandeis.edu


City of Waltham: Energy Efficiency, Recycling, Hazardous Waste Management

Interns will gain insight in the workings of local government, while helping to develop and promote  environmental protection programs and safe waste management practices in the City.  Explore how local government works with committees, non-profits, state, and federal governments.  Interns will assist with a wide range of operations and programs, conduct research, and write news articles for the Waltham News Tribune  or produce other media. The  Recycling Department oversees Recycling, Hazardous Waste Management, and Composting Management Programs.  The Department also serves as the liaison to the Waltham Energy Action Committee (WEAC), a Mayoral Committee of environmental activists who advise the Mayor on issues of climate change, particularly the reduction of energy use and energy costs in the City. Interns will do research for WEAC projects, such as the Complete Streets initiative to make Waltham streets accessible for all uses, including biking and walking. Other projects include the development of an energy reduction social media campaign or compiling energy use data and builder contact information for the City’s Green Community Application.  Interested? Contact me at goldin@brandeis.edu

Harvard Hospitals: 
Environmental Health Safety & Emergency Management 
Interns will help develop a lab chemical inventory and profile, providing a criticaltool for lab managers, researchers and others to understand and manage the potential hazards of lab chemicals on site. It will also help determine regulatory requirements, risk mitigation or substitution possibilities, etc.  Qualified students will receive training as needed in in researching and interpreting important  safety references, such as MSDSs, NFPA 704 hazard classification ratings, regulatory lists (including OSHA Select Carcinogens and DHS Chemicals of Interest), proper characterization of chemicals or chemical mixtures, identification of  corresponding hazard categories, such as flammable, carcinogens, highly acutely toxic chemicals.  If interested, contact Prof Goldin goldin@brandeis.edu

Healthy Waltham: 
Interns assist this civic organization to promote healthy eating and connection with nature and 
address childhood obesity.  Plant and dig with with children in school and community gardens, introduce new veggies into the school cafeterias with “veggie buddies”, blog and write articles for the Waltham Tribune and more. Interested? Contact Prof Goldin goldin@brandeis.edu

Groundworks Somerville
In many of the same ways as Healthy Waltham, Groundworks Somerville works with children to educate about healthy food production and nutrition, and plant and tend gardens in public schools. See attached flyer entitled “Gardens Educator Internship Description.”  Interest? Contact Prof G goldin@brandeis.edu

Optimum Health

Are you interested in public health, advocacy and health living? You can intern at this Waltham-based nonprofit focused on the health and lives of children. See fall internship positions at the links below. Must apply ASAP, so hurry!

**Job, Fellowship and Internship Corner**

Waltham Chill Zone Program Assistant Position- OPEN! 

Please see attached flyer. 

EPA Orise Fellow Announcement

From the organization, “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applicants for a paid internship with the EPA Regional office in Boston. The announcement and selection process is being run through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Please circulate this opportunity among your students. There is no deadline in the announcement, but EPA is looking for someone to start soon. 
The web site for a list of all the EPA projects is located at 
http://orise.orau.gov/epa/. The project number for the Boston internship opportunity is EPA Water 2012-237Please reference this project number when calling or writing for information. 
Applicants can search by project number or by page for the project. The announcement currently appears on page 2 of the research opportunities list, but applicants should make sure to check all pages if it does not appear initially.
Applicants can also visit the ORISE web site at 
http://see.orau.org/ and click on the Recent Master’s, Bachelor’s, Associate DegreeIcon. Scrolling down to the right-hand side to List of Immediate Needs should list all EPA projects.
For additional information and application materials, contact: 
Internship Program – EPA Water, 
Attn: Betty Bowling
MS 36, ORISE, 
P.O. Box 117, 
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Phone: 865-576-8503 
Fax: 865-241-5219
Email: betty.bowling@orau.org 
Applicants must apply through ORISE, but can call Margherita Pryor if they have questions about the position. Contact information is below.

Margherita Pryor (OEP 06-1)
U.S. EPA, New England
5 Post Office Square, #100
Boston MA 02109-3912


Bedford and Belmont Part-Time Recycling Coordinators 

From the towns: “Each town is looking for someone to work about 19-20 hrs/wk. If you have some solid waste and recycling experience and is a capable, articulate self- starter, this could be for you. You can contact:

Carolyn Dann

MassDEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator for NE3

c/o Bedford DPW

314 Great Road

Bedford, MA 01730




Elon University’s Office of Sustainability invites applicants for an Education and Outreach Coordinator.

From the organization, “The Coordinator will develop and implement programs to increase the practice of sustainable behaviors and enhance awareness of sustainability initiatives and accomplishments to foster a culture of sustainability at Elon University. The individual will communicate Elon’s sustainability efforts and engage internal and external audiences through a variety of methods. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field and 3 to 5 years of experience with marketing, communications, public outreach campaigns and/or educational programs. Experience with university sustainability programs, including supervising students, is preferred but not required. Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, liberal arts university that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at www.elon.eduApplication deadline is right away. Apply electronically at www.elon.edu/employment. Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes applicants from underrepresented groups.”

Orion Online Latest Listings

The following are just some of the recent listings for environmental nonprofit internships and jobs around the country from Orion Grassroots Network. For details on these positions and the many other listings, go to:http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/ . Many of the internships may also be available for academic credit with the fall, spring or summer ENVS 89a course. Just discuss with me first: goldin@brandeis.edu
Communications and Development Coordinator
The Borneo Project
Oakland, CA

Regional Conservation Intern
Redding, CT (New England)

Program Coordinator Youth Programs
Student Conservation Association
Oakland, CA

Programs Manager
Nanticoke Watershed Alliance
Vienna, MDFall Research & Policy Internship
Food & Water Watch

Operations Manager, Beyond Coal
Sierra Club
Washington, DC
Wild & Scenic Film Festival Producer
South Yuba River Citizens League
Nevada City, CAVisitor Engagement Specialist
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Rupert, VT

Land Care Manager
UW Madison Arboretum
Madison, WI

Program Director
Environmental Stewards
Durango, CO

Fundraising Professional
The Land Conservancy of New Jersey
Boonton, NJ

Membership Coordinator
Gulf Restoration Network
New Orleans, LA

Education Program Coordinator
Groundwork Lawrence
Lawrence, MA
Ecology Program Instructor
Kestrel Educational Adventures
Gloucester, MA

(And of you don’t see the job you want on EARTHNOTES or in your own searching, don’t forget the Brandeis Hiatt Career Center. From Hiatt: “There are over 300 organizations in Hiatt Nacelink focused on environment/conservation, energy, NGO/non-profit, agriculture, or government including 80 with a specific focus on green careers. In addition to the Environmental Studies Program and the annual Green Careers Forum, Hiatt brings many green employers to campus for recruiting, networking and informational purposes. Hiatt offers students/alumni daily walk-ins hours. Stop by for assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation. Web site: www.brandeis.edu/hiatt /Hiatt Nacelink: and https://brandeisu-csm.symplicity.com/students‚  Location: Usdan Student Center”)

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