The BEAT News

My Current Environmental Hero

For Martin Luther King day, I was expanding my list of favorite black environmental heros and realized there are way to many to make a short list – and in fact, any list of my favorite environmental heros includes people who are of all different skin tones, gender identities, and faiths – pretty cool! My current favorite environmental hero is Mark Chambers, the Director of New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. FROM JANE WINN | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BEAT <more>

UMass Keystone Project Accepting Applications

The Keystone Project is an intensive, 3-day, retreat style training at the Harvard Forest which focuses on forest ecology and stewardship, wildlife management, and land protection. The training consists of both indoor and field sessions, as well as informal time to learn from fellow participants. In addition, each participant is given substantial take-home resources. FROM PAUL CATANZARO <more>

Winter Tracking with Flying Deer

Flying Deer Nature Center, in partnership with Tamakoce Wilderness programs, offers a unique course on animal tracking February 16–18. Through two days and nights of lecture and field work on the grounds of Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg, New York, participants will gain a rich understanding of the various methods used to identify and interpret the information discovered on the trail. FROM FLYING DEER NATURE CENTER <more>

Porcupine Trails

Porcupines are forced to exert a lot of effort if they are in need of food and the snow is deep. Unlike many rodents that are light enough to travel on top of the snow, Porcupines must plow their way through it. Their weight, short legs, and bare footpads make traveling in snow challenging, to say the least. FROM NATURALLY CURIOUS WITH MARY HOLLAND <more>

Energy Efficiency Grades to be Posted by all Large Buildings in NYC

New York City’s first-of-its-kind building efficiency public grading requirements are noteworthy for utility decision-makers involved with energy efficiency programs. If you are the sort of person who checks the Health Department rating of a restaurant before eating there, you may be pleased to hear you’ll soon be able to check a similar letter grade benchmarking the energy and water efficiency of any large building in New York City. FROM T&D WORLD <more>


Jobs (click for full job listings)

Conservation Administrator | Town of Belchertown, MA

Various Internships | Mass. Assn. of Conservation Commissions | Belmont, MA
Paid Turtle Internship | The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Inst. | Front Royal, VA

Office Manager | Berkshire Agricultural Ventures | Great Barrington, MA

Executive Director | Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition | Sudbury, MA

Western MA Organizer | Massachusetts Jobs With Justice | Springfield, MA

Freshwater Projects Coordinator | The Nature Conservancy | Adirondack Region, NY

Conservation & Projects Manager | Kestrel Land Trust | Amherst, MA

Environmental Education Intern | Mass Audubon | Lenox, MA

Early Childhood Program Leader / Naturalist | Mass Audubon | Lenox, MA

Wildlife & Plant Conservation Intern | Mass Audubon | Lenox, MA

Nature Day Camp Educator – Summer 2018 | Mass Audubon | Lenox, MA

Land Management & Stewardship Intern | Mass Audubon | Lenox, MA

Environmental Justice Community Organizer | Arise for Social Justice | Springfield, MA

Conservation Agent | Town of Becket | Becket, MA

Executive Coordinator & Trustee Liaison | The Nature Conservancy | Boston, MA

Fee Stewardship Coordinator | MA Dept. of Fish & Game | Westborough, MA

Interpretive Writer | Hiltown Families | Williamsburg, MA

Development & Sales Officer | Hiltown Families | Williamsburg, MA

Executive Director | Hiltown Families | Williamsburg, MA

MA Community Organizer | Mothers Out Front | Worcester, MA

Government Relations Specialist | The Nature Conservancy | Boston, MA

Event Planner | Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee | Westfield, MA

Campus Organizer | PIRG Campus Action | Western MA

Regional Recycling Coordinator | City of Pittsfield | Pittsfield, MA

Director of Ecological Restoration | MA Dept. of Fish & Game | Boston, MA

Community Solar Interns | Co-op Power | Florence, MA

Energy Efficiency Intern | Co-op Power | Florence, MA

Community Solar Program Director | Co-op Power | Florence, MA

Energy Efficiency Program Manager | Co-op Power | Florence, MA

Chief Executive Officer | Co-op Power | Florence, MA


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My Current Environmental Hero

FROM JANE WINN | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BEAT

For Martin Luther King day, I was expanding my list of favorite black environmental heros and realized there are way to many to make a short list – and in fact, any list of my favorite environmental heros includes people who are of all different skin tones, gender identities, and faiths – pretty cool!

My current favorite environmental hero is Mark Chambers, the Director of New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Mark happens to be black. I first heard Mark speak on The Energy Gang podcast from September 21, 2017. Not only has he helped develop a great Climate Action Plan for New York City, he is really aware of trying to make the actions reproducable by much smaller cities.

So here are some other people’s lists and they still leave out so many.

 

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UMass Keystone Project Accepting Applications

FROM PAUL CATANZARO

The Keystone Project is an intensive, 3-day, retreat style training at the Harvard Forest which focuses on forest ecology and stewardship, wildlife management, and land protection. The training consists of both indoor and field sessions, as well as informal time to learn from fellow participants. In addition, each participant is given substantial take-home resources.

The Keystone Project educates forest owners and community leaders who have a significant impact on their communities. Keystone Cooperators can own forestland, be involved in the care and stewardship of a property, or be an active community leader.

In return for this valuable educational opportunity, participants agree to return to their communities as a local resource and commit at least 30-hours of time to a conservation project(s) of their choosing.

This spring, the program will take place on: Thursday evening, April 12th, through Sunday afternoon, April 15th, 2018 at the Harvard Forest in Petersham. The application deadline is: Monday, March 5th, 2018.

The Keystone training will be held thanks to the generous financial support of Harvard Forest, MA DCR, the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership, and UMass Extension.

For more information about Keystone or to download an application please visit, www.MassKeystone.net. Contact Paul Catanzaro ([email protected]) or 413.545.4839 if you have any questions.

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Winter Tracking with Flying Deer

FROM FLYING DEER NATURE CENTER

Flying Deer Nature Center Offers Unique Winter Tracking Intensive: Unlock the secrets of the forest by learning to read the tracks of animals!

New Lebanon, NY – Flying Deer Nature Center, in partnership with Tamakoce Wilderness programs, offers a unique course on animal tracking February 16–18.

Through two days and nights of lecture and field work on the grounds of Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg, New York, participants will gain a rich understanding of the various methods used to identify and interpret the information discovered on the trail.

Topics covered will include gaits, track identification, bones and feathers, life cycles, and habitat use. The weekend’s curriculum also looks at how to use local ecology to anticipate animal movement, and how to properly use measurements. Simple accommodations and food will be provided.

Instructors Josh Wood of Flying Deer Nature Center and Dan Yacobellis of Tamakoce Wilderness Programs are seasoned instructors who have been mentoring children and adults through nature education for decades. Wood, who holds a Level III Tracker certificate through Cybertracker Conservation, describes why tracking is meaningful; “Following the trails of wild animals connects us to their lives, allowing us to observe their daily habits. This connects us to an endless string of interactions and associations across species. Tracking is a great foundation to naturalist learning, whether it be used to observe wildlife, or to provide food for the table.”

Pre-registration is required and financial assistance is available. For more information, visit FlyingDeerNatureCenter.org or call 518-794-6687.

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Porcupine Trails

Porcupines are forced to exert a lot of effort if they are in need of food and the snow is deep. Unlike many rodents that are light enough to travel on top of the snow, Porcupines must plow their way through it. Their weight, short legs, and bare footpads make traveling in snow challenging, to say the least.

If the snow is deep, the winter ranges of Porcupines are considerably smaller (18 acres in one research study) than their summer ranges (160 acres in same study). Because of the energy needed to travel through the snow, Porcupines usually feed just a short distance from their winter dens, more often than not within 200 feet. Their feeding trails from rocky or hollow tree dens to their woody food sources (often Eastern Hemlock-note bits of branches on snow in photo, American Beech and Sugar Maple), are very distinctive. They are used every night when Porcupines leave their dens to feed and again several hours later when they return. These trails become well marked with urine, and less frequently with scat and quills.

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Energy Efficiency Grades to be Posted by all Large Buildings in NYC

New York City’s first-of-its-kind building efficiency public grading requirements are noteworthy for utility decision-makers involved with energy efficiency programs.

If you are the sort of person who checks the Health Department rating of a restaurant before eating there, you may be pleased to hear you’ll soon be able to check a similar letter grade benchmarking the energy and water efficiency of any large building in New York City.

NYC’s Energy Efficiency Benchmarks for Buildings

While restaurants have been posting letter grades based on Health Department requirements, it was on Jan. 8, 2018, that New York City enacted the first law in the United States requiring owners of large buildings to benchmark and post letter grades for the Energy Star ratings of their buildings.

As such ratings become a more widespread trend, increasingly important opportunities for new services and programs will be presenting themselves to savvy utility decision-makers.

Consider how advanced metering has, for years, enabled water utilities to notify customers of usage patterns indicative of major leaks (e.g. burst frozen water pipes for a vacation home). Similarly, monitoring of IoT data behind the electric meter, or sophisticated analysis of meter data for real-time fluctuations in real and reactive power and related harmonics, can enable electric utilities to offer increasingly sophisticated services to customers to reduce energy waste and identify appliances in need of replacement or repair before breakdown.

“New Yorkers deserve to live in a city dedicated to sustainability and affordability for all,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Today’s legislation re-affirms our commitment to a greener New York.”

“Our City has been a leader in green energy, and energy efficiency and sustainability will be of great importance as we continue to tackle the environmental issues of the twenty-first century. Today’s legislation is just one example of our dedication to making a greener New York a reality,” said Speaker Corey Johnson. “I thank Mayor De Blasio for his partnership in creating a more sustainable city, and the New York City Council is committed to ensuring that our city continues to set an example by leading in clean, efficient, and affordable energy.”

Since the code amendment was passed by the New York City Council in December and enacted into law, New York City has become the first city in the United States that will require property owners to post the information about a building’s energy efficiency in a conspicuous place.

Utility Industry Considerations

From a market development point of view for electric utilities, the initiative with New York City adopting more stringent energy efficiency guidelines for large buildings is significant in an additional way, since it represents a non-financial sort of “brand” value being placed on buildings’ energy efficiency level.

At the risk of bringing upon this article a barrage of “yes but” comments, it is worth noting a shift here, by asking the following question: In contrast to rebate-driven investments in energy efficiency, if investments to meet sustainability and energy efficiency goals are good, due to a common interest in the population of an entire nation, why should those investments be lower in regions which happen to have lower electricity prices?

By definition, so-called “externalities” are supposed to represent indirect cost impacts not in need of consideration for a near-term investment, but in terms of actual cost impacts, going with lower first-cost less efficient solutions for utilizing (or generating) energy can lead to direct negative cost impacts anyway. For one thing, such costs can now include customers taking their business to an “A” rated building rather than businesses in buildings with lower ratings. Another source of real direct costs, at the level of each utility company’s service territory on a state-by-state basis, involves the potential for legal liabilities (e.g. considering the lawsuit per this December 26, 2017 Reuters piece “Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest”).

Another “risky” question to ask: Why should sustainability policy involve pitting of regions with higher electricity costs against those with lower electricity costs? What a CFO in one region could viable call an “externality” and exclude from an energy-efficiency ROI calculation, a market-savvy thinker in another region may see an ability to attract and retain more value-driven residential, commercial, and industrial customers..


Jobs



Various Internships
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions

The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) is a non­profit corporation whose mission is to protect Massachusetts’ natural resources by supporting conservation commissions through education and advocacy. MACC provides legal, scientific, policy, and technical training to Massachusetts Conservation Commissions. MACC works collaboratively with gov­ernment agencies, nonprofits, and volunteers to achieve its environmental protection mission.

MACC is seeking environmental students to assist our association with educational events, conferences, database evaluations, fundraising projects, and/or environmental policy research. Internship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis at MACC. Our preference is to have interns work with us for a minimum of 8 to 16 hours per week, for a three to four-month period.

Internships are unpaid, but the experience will provide an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about how small, statewide environmental non-profit organizations perform important educational and advocacy roles. It is possible that one intern could implement some, or many of the tasks listed below, depending upon candidate backgrounds and MACC priorities at that time.

INTERN POSITIONS

Communications, Finance, and Development Intern: This intern position will provide a key role assisting MACC with grant applications, fundraising campaigns, website updates, database management, and social media outreach. Candidates should have strong organizational and communication skills.

Educational and Event Management Intern. The Educational and Event Management Intern will assist the Associate Director in preparing educational courses, coordinating workshop events, and assist with workshop planning, conference coordination, and webinar implementation. Candidates should have strong communication skills and interest in independent project work.

Legislative and Policy Research: The Legislative and Policy Research Intern will assist the Executive Director with providing research support on wetlands, open space, and climate change policy topics. An ideal applicant will have an interest and enthusiasm for a wide variety of environmental issues, have experience with fast-paced research projects, and strong communication skills.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to: [email protected]


Paid Turtle Internship
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute provides the opportunity for an intern to gain experience with the study of the ecology and conservation of threatened Virginia turtle species. The intern will assist with three projects. The first is an ongoing population monitoring project examining the distribution and status of wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) populations across northern Virginia. The second is a master’s research project examining wood turtle movement at the landscape level. The third project is a new study that is part of a multi-state grant to determine the status and distribution of spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) across their range. The intern will assist with aquatic visual encounter surveys and trapping for both turtles. They will also assist with radio telemetry for one or both species and outreach activities to promote conservation in the Commonwealth.

This is a paid internship opportunity wherein the intern will support the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Through this internship, interns will: Radio-locate turtles and manage GPS data Provide technical assistance to stakeholders and help manage a collaborative wood turtle database Complete a required brief report at the conclusion of their tenure

Qualifications: Candidates should have graduated from a college or university within the last 12 months and have undergraduate coursework in ecology, conservation biology or a closely related field. Knowledge and field experience with ecology and conservation issues is required, as well as the ability to devote long hours in cold and wet conditions in remote field settings. Candidates should take directions easily and work well with others, yet have the ability to work independently. Individuals with previous mark-recapture and aquatic survey experience, and spatial data management and analysis skills (e.g. GIS) are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should have plans for continued education or a career in ecology or conservation.

Stipend: The stipend is $700-900 per month (dependent on education level, coursework and skills).

Housing: Housing is provided at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.Parking is available at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

Term of appointment: This is a six-month internship, starting March 5, and is a full-time appointment (40 hours per week). There is an opportunity for extension up to one year.

Application deadline(s): Monday, January 22, 2018

How to Apply: To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html. Select “New to SOLAA? Create Account Here” and complete the information to create an account.

Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • Professional resume or CV
  • A one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your statement is very important during application evaluations.
  • Transcripts from your current and/or previous institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Two letters of reference (One must be from a current or former supervisor)
  • Schedule of availability

Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select: Type of appointment: “Internship” Unit of interest: “National Zoological Park” Program: “National Zoological Park Internship Program” Project: “SCBI – Wood Turtle Ecology” IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit.” Your SOLAA submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above. For Additional Information Questions about this internship should be sent to Alison Ochs at [email protected]


Office Manager
Berkshire Agricultural Ventures

This is a full-time position and it will evolve in responsibilities as the organization itself evolves. The successful candidate will be a creative generalist with superb interpersonal skills who is highly organized, adaptable, strategic and detail oriented. This position is a good fit for an energetic self-starter who is interested in helping a start-up organization to grow. The work will focus on three essential areas: general office support; communications management and fundraising support.

Anyone who is interested in this position should contact me at [email protected]. This position is open until filled.

VIEW FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE


Executive Director
Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition

The Board of Trustees of the Mass Land Trust Coalition is seeking a full-time Executive Director with strong non-profit management experience and a highly diverse skill set.

The ideal candidate will have 5 years financial management, fundraising, grant writing, communications, governance, and administrative experience. Candidates with a working knowledge of land conservation and/or natural resource management may be given preference.

Full Job Description here.

Send resume and cover letter by January 5, 2018 to Executive Director, Marylynn Gentry at [email protected]


Western MA Organizer
Massachusetts Jobs With Justice

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice (www.massjwj.net) is seeking a dedicated, hardworking individual to coordinate and carry out the overall work of the organization as well as helping with campaigns, communications and administration of our growing community labor coalition in Western Massachusetts.

The Senior Organizer/Coordinator will work with other Jobs with Justice staff, partners, and activists to carry out the work of the organization and participate fully in the planning and implementation of our workplan as outlined by our Steering and Executive Committees. The Organizer will work under the supervision of the Executive Director based in our headquarters in Boston. LEARN MORE & APPLY HERE.


Freshwater Project Coordinator
Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

The Freshwater Project Coordinator develops, coordinates, and advances aquatic connectivity projects, including but not limited to helping municipalities install climate-resilient and fish-friendly road-stream crossing replacements. This position will contribute to building a model aquatic regional partnership in the Adirondack region of New York State that might be replicated in other geographies. The Freshwater Project Coordinator is a three-year full-time position with the possibility of extension. LEARN MORE & APPLY HERE.


Conservation & Stewardship Manager
Kestrel Land Trust

Kestrel Land Trust is now seeking applicants for a new full-time staff position: Conservation and Stewardship Manager.
This full-time staff member will manage land conservation and stewardship projects in partnership with municipal, state and federal agencies. The position will include negotiating and drafting conservation restrictions, as well as managing stewardship of these lands after they are conserved.
Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2018. LEARN MORE.

Mass Audubon Jobs

Environmental Education Intern
Early Childhood Program Leader / Naturalist – Part-Time, Seasonal
Wildlife & Plant Conservation Intern
Nature Day Camp Educator – Summer 2018
Land Management & Stewardship Intern


Environmental Justice Community Organizer
Arise for Social Justice

Arise for Social Justice, a member-led low-income rights community organization in Springfield, MA seeks a community organizer to oversee our Environmental Justice and Public Health work in Springfield.

Responsibilities include working with community members to address ongoing sources of pollution, partnering with local and statewide organizations to develop and advocate for socially justice policy and solutions, and advancing the mission of our organization. Our Environmental Justice Organizer also coordinates the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, an alliance of over 45 community organizations, faith based groups, civic organizations, and businesses working together for Climate Justice.

Qualified candidates will have some community organizing experience, familiarity with environmental and/or public health issues, a flexible work schedule, an understanding of the political processes and government structures, strong communication skills, the ability to manage multiple projects, and a commitment to community and social justice.

Additional preferred qualifications are experience in grant writing, researching, and reporting, experience in using social media as an organizing tool, and a familiarity with the Springfield, MA region.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected], ATTN: Michaelann Bewsee, Executive Director.

This is a 1099 consultant position, based on 30 hours a week at $20/hr ($600 a week). Benefits include some paid time off and sick time.


Conservation Agent
Town of Becket

The Town of Becket is seeking qualified applicants for the part-time (average seventeen (17) hours per week) non benefited position of Conservation Agent Working under the direction of the Town Administrator and general guidance of the Conservation Commission Chairman, the Conservation Agent is to provide technical and administrative assistance to the Conservation Commission. Required tasks include administering the Wetlands Protection Act and associated laws and town by-laws. The Conservation Agent to the Becket Conservation Commission will need to attend Conservation Commission Meetings, which are normally held on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 PM in the Becket Town Hall. Applicant must be able to develop draft and final permit approvals, orders of conditions and other Commission-issued permits as needed as well as set agendas and provide file maintenance. Must perform on-site inspections, verify wetland resource boundaries and review applications. Will need to maintain office hours for the public, day and time are negotiable but need to be consistent.

Qualifications: college degree in environmental science or other appropriate field with two or more years’ experience in wetland resource administration, or any equivalent combination of education and experience are highly desirable. Position requires sustained periods of walking and hiking, sometimes in construction zones, knowledge of Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, and ability to communicate clearly orally and in written form. The Agent must be familiar with Conservation Commission procedures and will need to interface with the public, volunteers, and various other departments in town.

Please mail or e- mail a cover letter and resume to Edward Gibson, Town Administrator, Becket Town Hall, 557 Main Street, Becket, MA. 01223; [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Becket is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer.


Executive Coordinator & Trustee Liaison
Massachusetts Chapter of the Nature Conservancy

The Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is recruiting for an Executive Coordinator & Trustee Liaison to be responsible for supporting the State Director, Assistant State Director, and Massachusetts Board of Trustees. S/He provides high-level administrative support and manages the operations of the Board of Trustees. For more information and to apply, visit www.nature.org/careers and search for Job #45877. Posting closes 11/29/17.


Fee Stewardship Coordinator
MA Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife | Westborough, MA

The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting resumes and applications from applicants for the position of Fee Stewardship Coordinator. The Fee Stewardship Coordinator is the primary overseer and manager of the realty aspects of MassWildlife’s fee-owned properties, which include 167,000 acres assembled over the last century. The individual will have a thorough understanding of real estate terminology and research techniques and become familiar with the entirety of the agency’s portfolio of properties, in order to advise staff on matters of acquisition and stewardship.

The Fee Stewardship Coordinator will maintain realty records, coordinate boundary-marking efforts, survey contracts and other services, and manage selected boundary disputes and encroachment issues. He or she will conduct deed research and provide advice regarding property interests as necessary in support of agency stewardship, acquisition, and public enjoyment of agency lands. This effort will include periodic monitoring and site visits, collaboration in implementing the agency’s Land Information System, procuring signage, assisting in the development of agency land-use policies, and being a good colleague for the other members of the Realty Section (Chief, CR Coordinator, Realty Specialist, and interns).

To learn more and to apply, click here.


Hilltown Families Is Hiring

Hilltown Families is hiring an Interpretive Writer and Development & Sales Officer, as well as an Executive Director.

They also have openings for volunteers and interns. Take a look at their website here for all of the details.


MA Community Organizer
Mothers Out Front : Mobilizing For A Livable Climate | Worcester, MA

Position Summary: The Massachusetts Community Organizer builds and supports volunteer-led community teams to grow a diverse and powerful movement of mothers that develops and implements campaigns to achieve a swift, complete, and just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Specifically, the Community Organizer works to:

  1. Identify mothers, grandmothers and other caregivers in Worcester and Central Massachusetts who share Mothers Out Front’s goals and are willing to take action to reduce climate change;

  2. Support the creation of member-led teams in diverse communities in Worcester and Central Massachusetts by helping to organize house parties and coaching team leaders and potential leaders;

  3. Support member-led teams to launch and carry out local Mothers Out Front campaigns;

  4. Connect local teams to state campaigns and national Mothers Out Front movement work across states; and

  5. Provide “in-the-background” support and training to team members to strengthen their leadership skills, including their use of data and technology to support organizing.

READ THE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION & APPLY HERE


Event Planner
Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee | Westfield, MA

In 2018, the Westfield River will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary since being designated as a National Wild & Scenic River. This happens to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. As we near a quarter century of protecting the Westfield River and half century of protecting some of the greatest rivers in the United States, we hope to celebrate the accomplishments of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System with a series of events and promotional materials. The Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee seeks an Event Planner to assist us with our 25th and 50th Wild & Scenic Anniversaries outreach and events in 2018. Proposals will be accepted until filled with an initial review to begin on September 28th, 2017. RFQ Details here.


Campus Organizer
PIRG Campus Action | Western MA

FULL TIME CAREER POSITION
At PIRG Campus Action, our full time organizers work on college campuses across the country to empower students to make a difference on critical environmental and social issues.

If we’re serious about climate change, we can’t afford to drag our feet—so we’re pushing cities and states to commit to 100% renewable energy, now. We rely on bees to pollinate our food, yet we’re allowing some pesticides to drive them toward extinction—so we’re working to ban these bee-killing pesticides. People in our communities and even students on college campuses are dealing with hunger and homelessness that affect their quality of life. We’re raising funds, toiletries, and food items for our local relief agencies – as well as holding fundraisers for Hurricane Relief for the communities in TX, FL, and the Caribbean who were hit from the recent natural disasters.

We’re looking for an individual who has the passion and the drive it takes to win positive change on these important issues, and who isn’t afraid of hard work. Ideally, this person has experience working on campaigns or with groups on campus. Our Berkshires organizer will mobilize a team of passionate students to run a campus chapter on two campuses in Western MA. You’ll recruit dozens of students to volunteer and get involved, and teach them how to plan and run effective campaigns through internships and on-the-ground training.

You’ll build relationships with faculty and administrators, while organizing news events and rallies, and generating the grassroots support it takes to win campaigns. During the summer, you’ll run a citizen outreach office, building the organization by canvassing and training others to canvass. And you’ll learn from some of the best organizers in the country—people who have been doing this work for more than 30 years.

Location: Western MA (organizing at Berkshire Community College and Mass College of Liberal Arts)
We’re also hiring organizers to work on college campuses in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon and a few other states.

Pay & benefits
The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000 in the first year with room for advancement and salary increase with further commitment. We also offer a competitive benefits package including vacation days, health care, and undergraduate student loan repayment for those who qualify. We are unmatched in our entry-level organizer training program.

Apply here today or contact [email protected] directly with any inquiries or recommendations for candidates.


Regional Recycling Coordinator
City of Pittsfield | Pittsfield, MA

The Municipal Assistance Coordinator for the Western District (WE) provides technical assistance to municipalities to increase recycling, composting, waste reduction, household hazardous waste diversion and regional cooperation. The City of Pittsfield has been awarded a Host Community grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to fund this position.

The Coordinator will act under the supervision of the MassDEP and will serve 100 municipalities in a district known as “Western”. The district extends from Ware to Richmond. For a map and list of communities in the district, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/dep/recycle/reduce/macmap.htm

This is an independent contractor position. The position is funded at 36 hours per week, with an annual ceiling of 1,800 hours. Annual compensation is commensurate with experience, starting at not less than $55,000. An additional $5,000 annual reimbursement is provided for self-employment tax (Social Security and Medicare). Use of personal vehicle is required. Vehicle mileage, tolls and parking =will be reimbursed. Limited funding for in-state professional conferences is also provided.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, September 8, 2017 @ 4:00PM
Full listing and application details here.


Conservation Projects Manager
Housatonic Valley Association | Cornwall Bridge, CT

The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented environmental professional to join our Watershed Conservation Team. The successful candidate will support all aspects of HVA’s conservation projects, which include (but aren’t limited to) environmental monitoring, regional road-stream crossing assessment and replacement planning, watershed management planning, stream corridor restoration, stormwater management through Green Infrastructure development, and environmental education. This position is based out of HVA’s Connecticut office.

This is only a part of the job description. To view the full descriptions and to apply, click here.


Director of Ecological Restoration
MA Department of Fish & Game | Boston, MA

The Division of Ecological Restoration is charged with restoring and protecting the health and integrity of the Commonwealth’s rivers, wetlands, and watersheds for the benefit of people and the environment. This mission is critical to the success of the Department of Fish and Game that manages, protects, and restores the natural resources of the Commonwealth.

The Division of Ecological Restoration works with community-based partners to restore aquatic ecosystems. The Division’s ecological restoration work brings clean water, recreation opportunities, and other ecosystem services to the citizens of Massachusetts.

The Director leads the Division of Ecological Restoration, one of three Divisions (and one Office) of the Department of Fish and Game. The Director is responsible for all functions and program performance ensuring that the Deputy Director is properly managing the day-today operations of the Division and the assistant director is administering annual budgets properly. The Director develops and makes sure the annual and five-year strategic plan goals are implemented and sets procedures and program priorities for the Deputy Director and Assistant Director to faithfully administer. The Director oversees development of the operational and capital budgets and manages a diverse staff.

This is only a small part of the job description. Click here to read the full description and to apply.


Various Positions at Co-op Power

Co-op Power in Florence, MA, is hiring for:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Energy Efficiency Program Manager
  • Community Solar Program Director
  • Energy Efficiency Intern
  • Community Solar Interns

Full details and how to apply here.

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