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April 13th, 2018

Highlights: Phil Keim & Sephora Baroumbaye

Phil Keim

Phil Keim (MEM class of 2018) is wrapping up the final days of his internship with Christian Peacemaker Teams Colombia, his community sponsor organization for his MEM project. He has spent the last six months based out of Barrancabermeja, Santander, Colombia working throughout the Magdalena Medio region as a human rights defender. Phil has spent his time researching history, conflict, and politics in Colombia and working on media for the community sponsor. His photo essay can be viewed here and videos produced by Phil and others from the organization can be viewed here. Phil is excited to return to Gunnison later this month where he will finish the MEM program requirements, and begin a seasonal internship with Mountain Roots.

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Sephora Baroumbave

 

Sephora Baroumbaye, is a freshman, and an ambassador with the SEED program, through Coldharbour Institute. She is working with the League of United Latin American Citizens club (LULAC) and Student Leadership Council (SLC) to celebrate different cultures at the high school throughout the month of April which will lead up to “The Day Without Hate” on April 27th. She asked all the clubs in the Multi-Cultural Center (MCC) to participate65 in these events.

Western’s MEM Alumni and Current Students

  • Share your project, share potential projects, ask questions and make connections! Have awesome job opportunities posted or share your post-graduation journey here! We are all here to help each other. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, and join our Western MEM ListServ.

Student Housing

  • For information regarding housing , please visit the Gunnison Marketplace on Facebook to explore different options! We also host a page, MEM Student Housing Exchange, to help outgoing students connect with incoming. Look to the end of this newsletter for some open places.

 

What’s Happening on Campus

  • Earth Week is coming up April 16-20th and the Organics Guild will be hosting the following events:
     
  • Smoothies on the blender bike in front of the Field House 8am-10am on Tuesday April 17th
     
  • Work Day in Chipeta Garden on Tuesday April 17th 1-3pm featuring bring your own item (socks, t-shirt, towel, etc.) tie dye. We will be planting onions and seeding spinach and peas!
     
  • Work Day in Pinnacles Greenhouse Wednesday April 18th from 12-2pm. This work day will feature seed starts and working in the Forest Garden.

Items of Interest

  • Solar project needs student support!! Loren Ahonen is currently working on implementing a 1MW solar array on campus. Click here to sign the petition!
     
  • The Organics Guild is currently working on filling officer positions for the 2018-19 school year. Please email sophia.fontana@western.edu for position descriptions and respond if any of these interest you.

  • Are you looking for another opportunity to present a project, area of expertise or workshop related to the natural world and/or sustainability issues? The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA)welcomes the opportunity to host MEM student and alumni presentations, just over one hour away in the beautiful Upper Arkansas Valley of Colorado. GARNA will coordinate the venue and logistics for your presentation in Salida, Buena Vista or Leadville.  Please contact 2016 MEM Alumni Dominique
    Naccarato at Dominique@garna.org, 719-539-5106.

  • Colorado State University is hosting its inaugural Water in the West Symposium in Denver on April 26-27.  Learn more about water, environment, sustainability. This event is drawing international experts and thought leaders in the space, including Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Rich Thorsten from Water.org, former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who is helping to plan the event as part of his special advisor role with CSU, and many others.

  • The Mine Water Solutions 2018 organizing committee and the University of British Columbia are hosting the 3rd Annual Mine Water Solutions Conference (MWS2018) in Vancouver, Canada. . Dates are June 12-15, 2018. Go here for more information.

  • Free Workshop hosted by the  National Association for Interpretation Front Range Group. Wednesday May 9, 2018.  Register by Friday, May 4th here. Questions contact Deborah Price, dprice@bouldercounty.org.  Learn how interpretation can benefit your educational messages.

  • 6th Annual Farm to Table Conference, April 27th, at the IcElab Café. Learn about local producers, which chefs think locally, and the state of food security in the Valley. There will be a plant sale, and field trips. The event will conclude with a social hour featuring small apps with local produce, prepared by local chefs.

  • ReGen18 is hosting an event in San Francisco from May 1st—May 4th. Beyond sustainability, and beyond impact, this action-focused event will bring together experts and practitioners working in regenerative urbanism, regenerative forestry and food systems, and innovative finance and will connect the dots between the networks that are emerging. Newcomers to the field are welcome. Join us to learn more about regenerative principles and practices. Full rate is $595, but Natural Capitalism Solutions supporters get a special rate of $350 by using code: R50_Hunter. For more information and how to register please click here.

  • The Northwest Community College is holding their 2018 Annual Metal Leaching/Acid Rock Drainage Field School from August 20, 2018 to August 24, 2018. The course objectives are to increase understanding of metal leaching and acid rock drainage by showing participants the tools, procedures and design requirements; providing an overview of the underlying science and vocabulary; and presenting examples of best practices. Go here for more information

  • The Four Corners Region of National Association for Interpretation has been working on something special for interpreters and environmental educators this spring!  We are joining forces with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Conference in Breckenridge, and providing an NAI pre-conference workshop.  The main conference begins the evening of May 9 through May 11, and the NAI pre-conference will be during the day on Wednesday, May 9. Go here for more info.

  • There are a number of AASHE workshops now available to attend for sustainability professionals! Go to the website for more information

  • APRIL 26, "HOW STORY WORKS: NUTS & BOLTS OF TELLING YOUR STORY WELL,"  Almont, 8:30-10 a.m. In this workshop, we will learn why some stories make us laugh and cry and some fall flat — and how non-profits and businesses can tell their own stories more effectively. In addition, we'll discuss the essential value of video storytelling in today’s competitive marketplace. Alan Wartes, our presenter, is a journalist, author, filmmaker, talk radio producer, story consultant, and owner of Alan Wartes Media 8:30-10:00 a.m., Almont Resort, Thursday April 26. While technically closed for the offseason, the Resort will provide coffee!

  • MAY 11, "UNCOMMON WISDOM FOR NONPROFIT SUCCESS," Gunnison, 8:30-11:30 a.m. The common focus for nonprofit leaders is on the "outer game" of goals, plans, budgets, tasks and meetings.  There's no shortage of great advice and best practices in these areas.  In times of uncertainty, challenge and change - like now! - looking to the "inner game" is where big gains are found.  You'll learn from national trainer and leadership coach Jason Berv how to maximize resources, enhance morale and breathe new life into your organization - whatever role you play in that organization. CFGV is bringing this to you in partnership with the Community Resource Center (who brought you Rural Philanthropy Days) and the regional nonprofit council. The charge is $35, and you can register here. Scroll down to "SAN JUAN" and click to register. If you can't make it, the identical event will happen in Ridgway on May 4 and you can regtister at the same link. This will be held at the ICELab on the Western campus, Friday May 11, 8:30-11:30.

  • MOUNTAIN ROOTS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Mountain Roots is a Train-the-Trainer partner and coordinator of Cooking Matters courses, funded through Share Our Strength Colorado. This program empowers low-income residents to provide healthy/budget-friendly meals for themselves and their families. Other topics in the class include shopping on a budget, menu planning, nutrition, and cooking skills. We're looking to grow our volunteer team, in two areas: Culinary Instructors and Nutrition Educators (both w/ descriptions attached). We run these courses 3 times a year, and last year we had nearly 40 low-income graduates of the program. Courses run for 6 weeks, with a time commitment of roughly 2 1/2-3 hours a week.  Interested, or know someone who might be?  Contact megan@mountainrootsfoodproject.org 

  • ARTS FEST EXHIBITOR/VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES! Here is an upcoming opportunity for artists to exhibit at Arts Fest as well as a link to the vendor application for the Summer Arts Market (Sundays in CB).http://www.artistsofcrestedbutte.org/events/

Courses

  • Ecosystem Field Studies is pleased to announce another summer-break section of Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies and Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies and that we are now accepting applications.

  • Solar Energy International (SEI) is seeking applicants to its summer residency in beautiful Paonia, Colorado. Upon successful completion the selected individual will achieve three of SEI’s most sought-after professional certificates: Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems Certificate, Battery-Based Photovoltaic Systems Certificate, and Solar Business and Technical Sales Certificate. The position is a 40 hrs/wk unpaid opportunity in trade for (8) tuition-free SEI classes to earn the three certificates.  Click here for more information

  • MEM students – Consider this leadership and team building course for enhancing your portfolio. It will be conducted across two weekends in April through extended studies (Cost is $120): Leadership at the Edge: Advanced Leadership Practices for Collaboration and Innovation. This course emphasizes: How to expand your reach as a leader, what enables teams to persist in the hard work of collaboration, a practice of leadership that holds space for vulnerability, trust, and risk taking, and how to project influence without authority. Go here for more info.

  • Ecosystem Field Studies is pleased to announce a summer-break section of  Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies and Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies and are now accepting applications. This course is accredited by the University of Montana, Environmental Studies Program (ENST 391). It is approved for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits and is open to students in ecosystem related departments. Go here for more info.

Fellowships and Internships

  • CPW Wildlife and Conservation Biology / Western State Colorado University Intern position. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter describing qualifications, previous experiences, and future career goals to Patrick Magee! (pmagee@western.edu) and Chris Parmeter (chris.parmeter@state.co.us). Application deadline 20 April 2018.

  • Summer and Fall Field Course Opportunities with Wild Rockies Field Institute. This is an off-campus opportunity to work in small group sizes with an interdisciplinary curriculum and experiential education. Learn more on their website and blog.

  • The Franconia Ridge Trail in New Hampshire internship program is looking for two interns for 12 weeks.

  • Canvassers needed immediately! Interested in a 4- 5 week paid-internship learning more about the subject? This hands-on internship involves grassroots work, talking to community members, and collecting signatures for a petition in support of the affordable housing project proposed by Gatesco in South Crested Butte.

  • Seasonal Land Trust Stewardship & Outreach Position Start Date: May 5, 2018; End Date: Aug. 5, 2018 (flexible) Compensation: $3,000 to $6,000 total, depending on length of commitment Example: $6,000 estimated for 16 weeks, 25 hours per week, 400 hours at $15/ hour. To apply, please contact Kate Spinelli, Stewardship Director, at kate@sanisabel.org or 719.250.7955.

  • The Gunnison office of the US Forest Service a few summer  positions open (through the Student Conservation Association). Wildlife Biology InternInterpretive Field Ranger, and Wilderness Inventory Intern.

  • Headwaters Alliance seeks a master's student to develop an outstanding environmental education program to reach both youth and adult audiences.  The student will work with the Headwaters Alliance staff and Headwaters Alliance's education subcommittee to develop this program in accordance with the 2017 strategic plan. Please contact MEM Alumni, Guinevere Nelson, if you are interested at guineverenelson@gmail.com.

  • Peace Museum Vienna, Peace Museum Colorado, Peace Museum The Hague and Peace Museum New York are seeking interns who will spend time developing  and marketing global Peace Museum efforts and the related activities. Opportunities include film making, fundraising and development, peace-hero journalism, Windows for Peace project, museum design and managing and promoting social media content. For more information please send an email to liska.blodgett@gmail.com or call (847) 769-7800.

  • One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for their 2018 Experiential Learning Programs in Cape Town, South Africa. They are offering a variety of 2, and 4-week volunteer programs and internships next summer. As an OHS Volunteer/Intern you will: Gain international experience for graduate school and employment, mentor students to achieve academic growth, and more. Apply here.

  • Avid4 Adventure is a great summer job and internship source for both undergrad and graduate students and they are hiring instructors! Work outside, play outside, join an incredible community of educators, and inspire kids – all in one summer! Check out why staff love working for Avid4 Adventure, available positions, and how to apply here. The ideal candidates are ready to inspire youth to live an active, outdoor lifestyle and have a summer full of fun! If you have questions, you should contact jobs@avid4.com.

  • The Colorado Mountain Club Foundation, Academic Fellowships for 2018. The Foundation solicits applications from students enrolled in Colorado colleges and universities conducting research in the Rocky Mountains or this region or students outside Colorado whose research is focused on the Rocky Mountain region. Grants are made to individuals only, for research under the direction of a faculty member of an institution of higher learning.  Applications must be sent by April 16, 2018 to Paula Cushing at Paula.Cushing@dmns.org. The faculty sponsor must submit a letter under separate cover in support of the student and the proposed research.

  • Camp Augusta, a small community of staff and campers nestled among the trees of the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern CA, in addition to offering employment, they offer paid internships through the jobs offered here

Students traveling to India in May plan to distribute Ganesha Stoves to address the issues of respiratory health as they cook over open flames in their homes. These stoves run on biomass generating much less harmful emissions.

(Above) Students Traveling to India in May plan to distribute Ganesha Stoves to address the issues of respiratory health as they cook over open flames in their homes. These stoves run on biomass generation much less harmful emissions.

Local and Distant Job Openings

  • Renewable energy researchers, practitioners and educators have until Friday the 13th of April to respond to a National Call for Presenters for the American Solar Energy Society's ASES SOLAR 2018 Conference and Summit. This 47th annual ASES Conference is set for the University of Colorado, Boulder, August 5-8. The one-time extension on the Call was set in order to give those who have been on a spring break time to visit the conference website and prepare a proposal. According to ASES Executive Director Carly Rixham, "We also picked Friday the 13th to remind people that it's a lucky thing they still have time to join our outstanding roster of presenters."

  • Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department has an opening for a Seasonal Plant Ecologist/Resource Management Technician to perform a variety of duties in the area of restoration maintenance and management, and vegetation monitoring. Job listing ending 4/15/2018 11:59 PM Mountain. Click here for full job description.

  • The Paonia Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests (NF) located in Western Colorado is looking to fill a permanent full-time administrative support assistant position with a duty station in Paonia. Reply by April 16th. Please contact Levi Broyles at lbroyles@fs.fed.us or 970-527-4131 x.4256 for more information.

  • Arrowpoint Cattle Company in Chaffee County is seeking hardworking ranching apprentices. Arrowpoint focuses on raising their cows with low stress animal handling technics using their impacts to improve soil health across both their ranchland and those that they graze on. A part of this is increasing plant diversity and vigor, these are accomplished through monitored grazing. If you’re interested, please contact arrowpointcc@aol.com

  • SEASONAL LAND TRUST STEWARDSHIP & OUTREACH POSITION San Isabel Land Protection Trust, located in beautiful Westcliffe, Colorado, is seeking a stewardship and outreach intern to work closely with staff to learn and contribute to its mission of land conservation and stewardship. This paid internship offers opportunities to perform field visits to conservation easement properties, work on restoration projects, and plan and implement outreach and fundraising events while building relationships with community members and partnerships with private and public organizations, and local, state and federal agencies. Start Date: May 5, 2018; End Date: August 5, 2018 (flexible) Compensation: $3,000 to $6,000 total, depending on length of commitment Example: $6,000 estimated across 16 weeks, 25 hours per week, 400 hours @ $15/hr Please contact Kate Spinelli, Stewardship Director, to apply. kate@sanisabel.org 719 250 7955.

  • We are excited to share that AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) is now seeking applications for two PAID student interns within the Programs division, a Resources Intern and an Education Intern! Both interns, students at an AASHE member institution will work from their virtual home office up to 40 hours per week during Summer 2018 and then continue during the 2018-2019 academic year at 10 hours per week.

  • Executive Director Position—O’Neill Sea Odyssey, in Santa Cruz, California. OSU serves over 200 elementary school classes a year with a free program including an ocean-going field trip, classroom science curriculum and community service project. Candidate will start Oct 1st. Applications are due by 5pm on June 9th. Full job description can be found here.

  • Restoration Ecology Instructor Position with the Wild Rockies Field Institute. This is an instructor position for a 300-level college field course. Location: The Restoration Ecology course begins in Bozeman, MT with field expeditions in and around Yellowstone National Park, the Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge and in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. 

  • Stand Up Fruit Company is looking for a driver and marketer during the upcoming market season (June-October). The position would require a phone, driver’s license and experience hauling a trailer. Job description includes driving to Paonia once a week, going to farmers markets in the Colorado Springs area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, CSA distribution and recording all sales information. 30-35 hours/ week, $12-16/hour dependent on experience. This is a great opportunity to gain farmers market sales experience. Please send resume to tylerbgrimes@gmail.com

  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is seeking qualified candidates for our Projects and Operations Manager position. The Projects and Operations Manager is a full time, non-exempt position that works within the VOC program team to oversee the operational needs for VOC’s boots on the ground stewardship projects. Please click here for full job description.

  • Trout Unlimited is hiring!  They are seeking a staff member to design and implement campaigns that engage hunters and anglers in public land decision-making processes on high-quality fish and wildlife habitat. Denver location preferred, Colorado Front Range communities acceptable. Open until filled. Click here for more information.

  • New Mexico Wild is seeking ten Wilderness Rangers to work on 2-person field-based crews in wilderness areas on the Cibola National Forest (based in Albuquerque), Santa Fe National Forest (based in Coyote or Pecos), Lincoln National Forest (based in Ruidoso), and Carson National Forest (based in Questa or Taos). Email resume with preferred work location, cover letter and references to jobs@nmwild.org. For full job description click here.

  • Mountain Roots Food Project is hiring 2 Community Farm Interns for the 2018 growing season. Come join our farm team and help us grow sustainably on our new, 2-acre farm. Full-Season community farm interns will assist with crop and animal production, farm infrastructure, community engagement, and our multi-farmer CSA program. We’re looking for motivated applicants with hands-on farming and food systems experience. This internship is paid, starting mid April and ending Oct. 31st. Applications and a detailed job description can be found at mountainrootsfoodproject.org. 

  • American Conservation Experience, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization that provides a range of voluntary service programs for both American and international participants, has a list of current job listings available here. A good opportunity for someone who would like to work across the nation.

  • Solar Energy International in Paonia, CO currently has an opening for an Americorp VISTA. Visit their website and the Americorps VISTA website for more info about the position.

  • The Ecological Monitoring program at GBI, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West, serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. In partnership with cooperating agencies, GBI is recruiting Ecological Monitoring Field Leads to work with agency staff, GBI staff, and GBI Ecological Monitoring Field Technicians. Each Field Lead will coordinate a field crew (one Lead and two Technicians) to characterize vegetation using the terrestrial or aquatic AIM protocol, Describing/Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health (D/IIRH), the Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) protocol, and/or the Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) protocol, for which training will be provided. Please visit here for more information.

  • Eagle Valley Land Trust in Edwards, CO is hiring a Communications and fundraising Coordinator. One responsibility is to implement the communications and marketing strategy of EVLT to build awareness and EVLT brand, including social media, newspaper articles, advertising, website content, annual report, and other digital and more. Go here for more info and to apply.

  • The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service announced they have availability of over 900 temporary jobs for the 2018 field season throughout national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Temp. jobs are available in a variety of exciting and rewarding occupations such as fire, trails, forestry, engineering, wildlife, recreation, fisheries, archaeology and administrative support. Visit here for temporary job positions and here for permanent jobs. 

  • Tillamook independent farmer-owned cooperative is looking for a Field Services, Natural Resources Lead who will work in coordination with the Field Services team implementing and managing policies and programs that impact farm-level activities regarding soil, water, and air. Go here for more info.

  • Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) in San Francisco is currently hiring for a Conservation and Stewardship Director. Some of the key responsibilities includes negotiating, financing and managing PFT’s conservation easement acquisitions. Visit here to learn more. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • The Green Climate Fund is hiring for an Indigenous Peoples and Social Safeguards Specialist in Korea who will be leading the Fund’s development, implementation and update of the Fund’s policies and practices relevant to mainstreaming indigenous peoples concerns into the Fund’s operations. 

  • The Siskiyou Field Institute is seeking applicants for our Youth Education Programs Coordinator.   Our program includes activities that are connected to our restoration/conservation management plan.  Secondly, the youth programs at SFI includes watershed education as part of Outdoor School and a number of our day and residential camps. Go here for more info or to apply.

  • The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) is now hiring for positions at multiple locations in a large variety of jobs including equipment operators, museum specialists, wetland specialists, and seasonal wildlife technicians. Go here for more information on all these jobs and many more.

  • The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, Ogden, UT, hopes to fill up to 10+ forestry technicians in support of the field inventory. These positions will be advertised in the Forestry Technician (GS-462) series at the GS 5 and 6 levels. These are temporary positions (not to exceed 1039 hours) and the duration of the work is expected to be about 6 months. The anticipated start date is April 2018. Go here for more info.

  • Wildlands Restoration Volunteer is now hiring! They are currently seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization to new levels of achievement and impact. Go here for more info.

  • Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space is hiring two positions, Seasonal Park Ranger (Lead) for 28 weeks and a Seasonal Park Ranger for 16 weeks, both starting in May 2018. Go here for more info.

Here is Spring Symposium Keynote speaker Naomi Osekes discussing her book and film, Merchants of Doubt.

(Above) Here is a spring Symposium Keynote speaker Naomi Osekes discussing her book and film, Merchants of doubt.

  • Mile High Youth Corps-Southern Front Range is seeking qualified candidates to fulfill roles as a Project Coordinator: Land Conservation and Alumni Mentor: Land Conservation positions. Both positions are based in Colorado Springs. Go here for more info

  • Western Landowners Alliance, a West-wide non-profit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, seeks to fill the two staff positions to help them implement their mission to advance policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species. The two positions are Director of Finance and Administration and a Policy Director. Go here for more info.

  • Larimer County Department of Natural Resources is seeking skilled and motivated individuals to join our Land Stewardship team. The Land Stewardship Worker position provides a unique and rewarding seasonal employment opportunity for the spring and summer of 2018.  Individuals will conduct invasive plant management and other restoration duties as needed on federal, state, county public lands, rights-of-way and private property within Larimer County. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge pertaining to native and non-native plants, desire to work outside in the back-country, initiative to work unsupervised, and is physically fit. All those hired will receive on-the-job training. For more information go here.

  • There is an Environmental Manager position that has just opened up for Recology in San Francisco, CA. One duty includes overseeing daily operations of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility (HHWCF), including mobile collection from homes and neighborhood drop off sites, and Waste Acceptance Control Program (WACP) solid waste load checking program. More info can be found about this position, that is open until filled, here.

  • Southwester Conservation Corps/BLM: Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) Iniative is looking for a Crew Member. (requires coursework in stream ecology, hydrology, or geomorphology). You can find the full job description here.

  • American Rivers is now hiring a number of positions a development coordinator, economics and policy research associate, and director of philanthropy among other positions. Go here for more.

  • If you’re interested in viewing USAJobs click on these links! Here and here

More Jobs

  • Check out ASU’s Sustainability Digest here for current job listings across the country. This resource is a compendium of jobs across the country in environmental fields that would be highly beneficial to look through for jobs that interest you or anyone you may know.

Student Housing

  • Townhome in Gunnison available May 15th. 406 N 11th St. 3 bedroom 2.5 bath and a garage. $1,650 per month + utilities. Large living/dining room and kitchen. Great location right across from the Gunnison High School. Contact Jake Burchmore for more information. 970-708-7675

  • Brand new home centrally located in Gunnison. 805 W. Denver Ave. 4-5 bedroom, 3 bath, +2,300 sq ft, Living room, large kitchen, pantry, laundry room, large family room, storage, backyard shaded by mature trees, beautiful sunset views from the deck, and a 4 car garage with plenty of room for toys, gear, or workroom! For sale by owner $450,000.

March 30th, 2018

Highlights: Spring Symposium and Puerto Rico Film

Spring Symposium

Tuesday April 3: 6:00 pm University Center
Joel Glanzburg “Seeing With Nature’s Mind”
Movie Screening “Duke and the Buffalo”
Movie Screening “Merchants of Doubt”

Wednesday April 4: 7:00 pm Fred Field Center
Naomi Oreskes, Author of Merchants of Doubt

Thursday April 5: 12:30 –2:30 Fred Field Center
Speaker series features Gary Stephans “Energy Transitions”
Duke Philips “Conservation and the American West”
Paige Blankenbuehler “Journalism in the Time of  Fake News”
and Ivy Walker “Great Transitions Through Nature, Connection,
Imagination and Service”

Congratulations to Ayodeji Oluwalana, MEM graduate and facilities staff member and Nathan King, Western’s Director of Sustainability for co-publishing an article in the most recent publication of Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA’s) Facilities Magazine.  Our article on the Road Map to Institutionalizing Zero Waste is a part of an overarching article entitled “3 Dozen Sustainability Best Practices.” Find us on page 35, alongside other institutions such as Vassar, ASU, Temple, University of Virginia and Simon Fraser. Great article, great project! Thanks to Deji, Nathan and the Sustainability Action Committee for their leadership!

Western’s MEM Alumni and Current Students

  • Share your project, share potential projects, ask questions and make connections! Have awesome job opportunities posted or share your post-graduation journey here! We are all here to help each other. Make sure you follow us on Facebook.

What’s Happening on Campus

  • Next Friday, April 6th at 4:00 pm, Business and ENVS students are engaging in a discussion at the Ice Lab with special guests from the Patagonia Headquarters in Ventura, California in an attempt to educate and bring new theories and sustainable practices to life here in the Gunnison Valley. There will be food and beverages available from the Ice Lab Café and there is no cost for entry. After the discussions, they will segway into the premiere showing of student-made documentary “Not Forgotten” a film documenting hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico’s steps towards recovery. 

Events and Items of Interest

  • Sustainable Smart Home Living Learning Center Open House the first Saturday of April—April 7th, 2018, 2-5:00pm, 202 W. Maple St. Superior Colorado. Here, there will be discussions about solar, wind, permaculture, electric cars, solariums, water conservation, hydrogen, beetle kill etc…
     
  • Colorado State University is hosting its inaugural Water in the West Symposium in Denver on April 26-27.  Learn more about water, environment, sustainability. This event is drawing international experts and thought leaders in the space, including Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Rich Thorsten from Water.org, former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who is helping to plan the event as part of his special advisor role with CSU, and many others.
     
  • Brought to you by the town of Crested Butte, The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization “Climate Change  in the Headwaters” Stephen Saunders Water and Snow Impacts presentation at the Center for the Arts on April 5th at 6:30 pm here in Crested Butte.
     
  • Join Conservation Colorado to learn about the political landscape and opportunities in Colorado and what you can do to help!  They will be focusing on the 2018 elections and how we can leverage these elections for long term conservation wins in Colorado. Tuesday, April 3rd 6-7:00pm at Double Shot Cyclery.
    India Night and the grand opening of Kelley Hall.
  • The Mine Water Solutions 2018 organizing committee and the University of British Columbia are hosting the 3rd Annual Mine Water Solutions Conference (MWS2018) in Vancouver, Canada. . Dates are June 12-15, 2018. Go here for more information.​ 
     
  • There are a number of AASHE workshops now available to attend for sustainability professionals! Go to the website for more information.​ 
     
  • The Northwest Community College is holding their 2018 Annual Metal Leaching/Acid Rock Drainage Field School from August 20, 2018 to August 24, 2018. The course objectives are to increase understanding of metal leaching and acid rock drainage by showing participants the tools, procedures and design requirements; providing an overview of the underlying science and vocabulary; and presenting examples of best practices. Go here for more information.
     
  • The Four Corners Region of National Association for Interpretation has been working on something special for interpreters and environmental educators this spring!  We are joining forces with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Conference in Breckenridge, and providing an NAI pre-conference workshop.  The main conference begins the evening of May 9 through May 11, and the NAI pre-conference will be during the day on Wednesday, May 9. Go here​
     
  • The GLOBE Program is looking for volunteers to help score projects for the 2018 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS). The IVSS is a way for students from all over the world to showcase their hard work. With GLOBE, students learn the practices of science through hands-on investigations in their own communities, sparking their curiosity and interest in science. This often leads to inquiries that help solve real-world problems and further understanding of our global environment. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Courses

  • Ecosystem Field Studies is pleased to announce another summer-break section of Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies and Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies and that we are now accepting applications. For more click here!
     
  • Solar Energy International (SEI) is seeking applicants to its summer residency in beautiful Paonia, Colorado. Upon successful completion the selected individual will achieve three of SEI’s most sought-after professional certificates: Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems Certificate, Battery-Based Photovoltaic Systems Certificate, and Solar Business and Technical Sales Certificate. The position is a 40 hrs/wk unpaid opportunity in trade for (8) tuition-free SEI classes to earn the three certificates.  Click here for more information 
     
  • MEM students – Consider this leadership and team building course for enhancing your portfolio. It will be conducted across two weekends in April through extended studies (Cost is $120): Leadership at the Edge: Advanced Leadership Practices for Collaboration and Innovation. This course emphasizes: How to expand your reach as a leader, what enables teams to persist in the hard work of collaboration, a practice of leadership that holds space for vulnerability, trust, and risk taking, and how to project influence without authority. Go here for more info.
     
  • Ecosystem Field Studies is pleased to announce a summer-break section of Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies and Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies and are now accepting applications. This course is accredited by the University of Montana, Environmental Studies Program (ENST 391). It is approved for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits and is open to students in ecosystem related departments. Go here for more info.
     
  • Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network Academy (RMSSN) is a leadership team experience for students interested in sustainability of cultural and natural resources and our public lands. Students work in teams for an intensive ten-day experience in Yellowstone and Tetons National Parks. Teams interact with peers from different institutions across the US as well as a diverse set of faculty. Applications are accepted through March 25.  Go here for more info.

Fellowships and Internships

  • Summer and Fall Field Course Opportunities with Wild Rockies Field Institute. This is an off-campus opportunity to work in small group sizes with an interdisciplinary curriculum and experiential education. Learn more on their website and blog.
     
  • The Franconia Ridge Trail in New Hampshire internship program is looking for two interns for 12 weeks.
     
  • Canvassers needed immediately! Interested in a 4- 5 week paid-internship learning more about the subject? This hands-on internship involves grassroots work, talking to community members, and collecting signatures for a petition in support of the affordable housing project proposed by Gatesco in South Crested Butte. PLAN is seeking 4 Interns and 1 Fellow to join the crew this summer. Check out our Careers & Internships page for more info. Applications are due March 18 for priority consideration (though we'll accept applicants until April 1 on a rolling basis.) 
     
  • PLAN is seeking 4 Interns and 1 Fellow to join the crew this summer. Check out our Careers & Internships page for more info. Applications are due March 18 for priority consideration (though we'll accept applicants until April 1 on a rolling basis.) 
     
  • Peace Museum Vienna, Peace Museum Colorado, Peace Museum The Hague and Peace Museum New York are seeking interns who will spend time developing  and marketing global Peace Museum efforts and the related activities. Opportunities include film making, fundraising and development, peace-hero journalism, Windows for Peace project, museum design and managing and promoting social media content. For more information please send an email to liska.blodgett@gmail.com or call (847) 769-7800. 
     
  • Mountain Roots is offering a $1,250 Healthy Futures Program Development Fellowship to a Western graduate student. Deadline is March 23rd. This is not a “food" project. Though they are a local food organization, this fellow won’t be working directly with gardens, food, farm, etc. This is a program development and community-based research and asset assessment project. If this opportunity interests you, contact Holly Conn at director@mountainrootsfoodproject.org. 
     
  • One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for their 2018 Experiential Learning Programs in Cape Town, South Africa. They are offering a variety of 2, and 4-week volunteer programs and internships next summer. As an OHS Volunteer/Intern you will: Gain international experience for graduate school and employment, mentor students to achieve academic growth, and more. Apply here.
     
  • Avid4 Adventure is a great summer job and internship source for both undergrad and graduate students and they are hiring instructors! Work outside, play outside, join an incredible community of educators, and inspire kids – all in one summer! Check out why staff love working for Avid4 Adventure, available positions, and how to apply here. The ideal candidates are ready to inspire youth to live an active, outdoor lifestyle and have a summer full of fun! If you have questions, you should contact jobs@avid4.com.
     
  • The Colorado Mountain Club Foundation, Academic Fellowships for 2018. The Foundation solicits applications from students enrolled in Colorado colleges and universities conducting research in the Rocky Mountains or this region or students outside Colorado whose research is focused on the Rocky Mountain region. Grants are made to individuals only, for research under the direction of a faculty member of an institution of higher learning.  Applications must be sent by April 16, 2018 to Paula Cushing at Paula.Cushing@dmns.org. The faculty sponsor must submit a letter under separate cover in support of the student and the proposed research.
     
  • WSCC hiring youth education and public land partnership VISTA. The VISTA program will catalyze the development of a diverse public-land-based economy in Delta County, CO, one of the 15th poorest counties in the state. For many decades, the local economy was based on coal mining. With recent declines in coal production, however, the communities of Delta County are seeing a renaissance in recreation, tourism, and organic agriculture. Go here to view the posting. 
     
  • Camp Augusta, a small community of staff and campers nestled among the trees of the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern CA, in addition to offering employment, they offer paid internships through the jobs offered here.

Local and Distant Job Openings

  • We are excited to share that AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) is now seeking applications for two PAID student interns within the Programs division, a Resources Intern and an Education Intern! Both interns, students at an AASHE member institution will work from their virtual home office up to 40 hours per week during Summer 2018 and then continue during the 2018-2019 academic year at 10 hours per week.
     
  • The Resources Intern will provide administrative and technical support related to the development of AASHE resources and has experience with data collection for AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Please review the job application for full details. 
     
  • The Education Intern will provide ongoing administrative support for AASHE’s professional development programs and has experience in higher education sustainability and the ability to work independently with limited supervision. Please review the job application for full details. 
     
  • Boulder County Parks and Open Space is hiring an Open Space Planner II. Follow this link for details and to apply.
     
  • Restoration Ecology Instructor Position with the Wild Rockies Field Institute. This is an instructor position for a 300-level college field course. Location: The Restoration Ecology course begins in Bozeman, MT with field expeditions in and around Yellowstone National Park, the Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge and in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. 
     
  • The BLM AIM Crew is searching to hire 2 interns. If you’re interested in natural resource management and vegetation monitoring, email kbrodhead@blm.gov for direct inquiries. They will also be at the BLM table at the career fair at Western on April, 5th. Click here for more information. 
     
  • The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison NF is offering multiple summer positions for Student Trainee NTE (Pathway) GS-0899/03-05. The positions will be located at the Supervisor’s Office in Delta, Colorado.  To access the vacancy announcement go to USAjobs (link here). The announcement will be open from March 12 till March 19.
     
  •  Lead Forestry Technician 2 job vacancies with the  U.S Forest Service in either Gunnison, CO or Norwood, CO. Click here for full description. 
     
  • The Crested Butte Land Trust is hiring a Seasonal Field Steward. Time of job would be from June through August.. Applications due March 30th! Please send resume, cover letter and three references to Stewardship Director, Hedda Peterson at Hedda@cblandtrust.org by Friday, March 30th. 
     
  • Stand Up Fruit Company is looking for a driver and marketer during the upcoming market season (June-October). The position would require a phone, driver’s license and experience hauling a trailer. Job description includes driving to Paonia once a week, going to farmers markets in the Colorado Springs area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, CSA distribution and recording all sales information. 30-35 hours/ week, $12-16/hour dependent on experience. This is a great opportunity to gain farmers market sales experience. Please send resume to tylerbgrimes@gmail.com.
     
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is seeking qualified candidates for our Projects and Operations Manager position. The Projects and Operations Manager is a full time, non-exempt position that works within the VOC program team to oversee the operational needs for VOC’s boots on the ground stewardship projects. Please click here for full job description. 
     
  • The NRM Field Institute at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville will be hiring several Field Technicians for the 2018 summer season. These positions may be of interest for undergrads in a variety of majors (Environmental Science,  Geology, Environmental Biology & Ecology, etc.). We will begin reviewing applications on March 26th. Position and application details are available at the link here
     
  • Trout Unlimited is hiring!  They are seeking a staff member to design and implement campaigns that engage hunters and anglers in public land decision-making processes on high-quality fish and wildlife habitat. Denver location preferred, Colorado Front Range communities acceptable. Click here for more information.
     
  • New Mexico Wild is seeking ten Wilderness Rangers to work on 2-person field-based crews in wilderness areas on the Cibola National Forest (based in Albuquerque), Santa Fe National Forest (based in Coyote or Pecos), Lincoln National Forest (based in Ruidoso), and Carson National Forest (based in Questa or Taos). Email resume with preferred work location, cover letter and references to jobs@nmwild.org. For full job description click here. 
     
  • Mountain Roots Food Project is hiring 2 Community Farm Interns for the 2018 growing season. Come join our farm team and help us grow sustainably on our new, 2-acre farm. Full-Season community farm interns will assist with crop and animal production, farm infrastructure, community engagement, and our multi-farmer CSA program. We’re looking for motivated applicants with hands-on farming and food systems experience. This internship is paid, starting mid April and ending Oct. 31st. Applications and a detailed job description can be found at mountainrootsfoodproject.org. 
     
  • American Conservation Experience, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization that provides a range of voluntary service programs for both American and international participants, has a list of current job listings available here. A good opportunity for someone who would like to work across the nation. 
     
  • Solar Energy International in Paonia, CO currently has an opening for an Americorp VISTA. Visit their website and the Americorps VISTA website for more info about the position.​ 
     
  • The Ecological Monitoring program at GBI, which focuses on the conservation of natural resources in the Intermountain West, serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for burgeoning natural resource professionals looking for experience in botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys. In partnership with cooperating agencies, GBI is recruiting Ecological Monitoring Field Leads to work with agency staff, GBI staff, and GBI Ecological Monitoring Field Technicians. Each Field Lead will coordinate a field crew (one Lead and two Technicians) to characterize vegetation using the terrestrial or aquatic AIM protocol, Describing/Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health (D/IIRH), the Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) protocol, and/or the Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) protocol, for which training will be provided. Please visit here for more information.​
     
  • ​Eagle Valley Land Trust in Edwards, CO is hiring a Communications and fundraising Coordinator. One responsibility is to implement the communications and marketing strategy of EVLT to build awareness and EVLT brand, including social media, newspaper articles, advertising, website content, annual report, and other digital and more. Go here for more info and to apply.​
     
  • The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service announced they have availability of over 900 temporary jobs for the 2018 field season throughout national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Temp. jobs are available in a variety of exciting and rewarding occupations such as fire, trails, forestry, engineering, wildlife, recreation, fisheries, archaeology and administrative support. Visit here for temporary job positions and here for permanent jobs. ​​
     
  • Tillamook independent farmer-owned cooperative is looking for a Field Services, Natural Resources Lead who will work in coordination with the Field Services team implementing and managing policies and programs that impact farm-level activities regarding soil, water, and air. Go here for more info.​ 
     
  • Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) in San Francisco is currently hiring for a Conservation and Stewardship Director. Some of the key responsibilities includes negotiating, financing and managing PFT’s conservation easement acquisitions. Visit here to learn more. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.​ 
     
  • ​The Green Climate Fund is hiring for an Indigenous Peoples and Social Safeguards Specialist in Korea who will be leading the Fund’s development, implementation and update of the Fund’s policies and practices relevant to mainstreaming indigenous peoples concerns into the Fund’s operations. Go here for further inquiry.​ ​
     
  • Canyonlands Field Institute in Moab, UT is currently looking to hire a Apprentice Naturalist-Guide. It is a great program for recent graduates looking to expand their skills as an outdoor educator while learning about the Colorado Plateaus natural and human history. Go here to find out more and to apply!
     
  • The Siskiyou Field Institute is seeking applicants for our Youth Education Programs Coordinator.   Our program includes activities that are connected to our restoration/conservation management plan.  Secondly, the youth programs at SFI includes watershed education as part of Outdoor School and a number of our day and residential camps. Go here for more info or to apply. 
     
  • The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMMLis now hiring for positions at multiple locations in a large variety of jobs including equipment operators, museum specialists, wetland specialists, and seasonal wildlife technicians. Go here for more information on all these jobs and many more.
     
  • The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, Ogden, UT, hopes to fill up to 10+ forestry technicians in support of the field inventory. These positions will be advertised in the Forestry Technician (GS-462) series at the GS 5 and 6 levels. These are temporary positions (not to exceed 1039 hours) and the duration of the work is expected to be about 6 months. The anticipated start date is April 2018. Go here for more info. 
     
  • Wildlands Restoration Volunteer is now hiring! They are currently seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization to new levels of achievement and impact. Go here for more info. 
     
  • Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space is hiring two positions, Seasonal Park Ranger (Lead) for 28 weeks and a Seasonal Park Ranger for 16 weeks, both starting in May 2018. Go here for more info. 
     
  • Mile High Youth Corps-Southern Front Range is seeking qualified candidates to fulfill roles as a Project Coordinator: Land Conservation and Alumni Mentor: Land Conservation positions. Both positions are based in Colorado Springs. Go here for more info
     
  • Western Landowners Alliance, a West-wide non-profit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, seeks to fill the two staff positions to help them implement their mission to advance policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species. The two positions are Director of Finance and Administration and a Policy Director. Go here for more info.
     
  • Larimer County Department of Natural Resources is seeking skilled and motivated individuals to join our Land Stewardship team. The Land Stewardship Worker position provides a unique and rewarding seasonal employment opportunity for the spring and summer of 2018.  Individuals will conduct invasive plant management and other restoration duties as needed on federal, state, county public lands, rights-of-way and private property within Larimer County. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge pertaining to native and non-native plants, desire to work outside in the back-country, initiative to work unsupervised, and is physically fit. All those hired will receive on-the-job training. For more information go here.
     
  • There is an Environmental Manager position that has just opened up for Recology in San Francisco, CA. One duty includes overseeing daily operations of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility (HHWCF), including mobile collection from homes and neighborhood drop off sites, and Waste Acceptance Control Program (WACP) solid waste load checking program. More info can be found about this position, that is open until filled, here.
     
  • Southwester Conservation Corps/BLM: Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) Iniative is looking for a Crew Member. (requires coursework in stream ecology, hydrology, or geomorphology). You can find the full job description here.
     
  • American Rivers is now hiring a number of positions a development coordinator, economics and policy research associate, and director of philanthropy among other positions. Go here for more.​
     
  • If you’re interested in viewing USAJobs click on these links! Here and here.

More Jobs

  • Check out ASU’s Sustainability Digest here for current job listings across the country. This resource is a compendium of jobs across the country in environmental fields that would be highly beneficial to look through for jobs that interest you or anyone you may know.

Student Housing

  • Brand new home centrally located in Gunnison. 805 W. Denver Ave. 4-5 bedroom, 3 bath, +2,300 sq ft, Living room, large kitchen, pantry, laundry room, large family room, storage, backyard shaded by mature trees, beautiful sunset views from the deck, and a 4 car garage with plenty of room for toys, gear, or workroom! For sale by owner $450,000.