Newsline December 26, 2017
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)
- Building Local Leaders—training Dec 27.
- Climate Smart Monthly Meetup—first one of 2018, Jan 4.
- You can support public lands.
- Invitation to develop a Tunnel of Oppression exhibit, proposals due Feb 1.
- Volunteer at the Russell Elementary School Science Fair, Jan 11 or Feb 23.
- Missoula Speech and Debate Tournament needs Judges, Jan 12 or 13.
- Training for watershed education volunteers, Jan 4.
- Flathead National Forest plan FEIS open to objection for 60 days.
- New Grad seminar in Conservation Ethics and Biotechnology, spring 2018.
- A course that Rocks, Jan 9 to Jan 30.
- Best Friends help each other face climate change, Jan 8.
- Field courses in Belize.
Jobs and Internship (local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, request the envirojobs list serv, no message, just send.)
- MT Dept. of Agriculture hiring a marketing intern, paid position for summer intern 2018.
- Montana Conservation Corps is hiring.
- Summer Internship Program (paid) on radiological and nuclear threats, apply by Jan 29.
- Summer Internship in Washington DC for Native American students, start application now.
- Lewis and Clark County seeks Planner I.
- Paid Spring Internship with Community Food Ag Coalition (CFAC).
- Summer Internship at YNP, Resource Management Internship for Native American students.
- Wilderness Ranger internship, apply by Feb 16.
- Naturalist Guides needed in Denali, summer 2018, apply by Jan 5.
- Montana Conservation Corps is recruiting for summer 2018.
- Scholarships for students working on fisheries/habitat research, apply by Jan 5.
- Graduate Student Policy Award Accepting Applications until Jan 10.
- Funding for student research, apply by Feb 16.
- Research Fellowship for research in Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Research Fellowship for grads and undergrads to work in national parks, apply by Feb 19.
- Call for nominations for the 2018-2019 Bertha Morton Fellowships and Scholarships.
- Frozen Flathead Cherries for sale by Community Food & Ag Coalition.
- One of America’s funniest writers gets serious about water!
Superfund sites in Butte and Anaconda are going to start receiving extra special attention from EPA's top officials, which could shift the speed and direction of the clean-ups. Hopefully, this will mean a good cleanup for these superfund sites – and not a quick cover-up. Read more at the title link above.
Building Local Leaders—training Dec 27.
The City of Missoula recognizes that our democracy is enriched by the active participation of an informed citizenry. Neighborhood Councils were formed to create a grassroots citizenry and strengthen neighborhood participation in the City governance. Leaders and active members of leadership teams are charged with building opportunities for neighborhood communication, projects, interaction, and problem solving. In order for active members and leaders to effectively engage other citizens, Leadership Training is offered to help develop the skills of those involved. The next leadership training workshop is Dec 27 at 6pm. To participate, contact Jane Kelly, Neighborhoods Coordinator 406-552-6081.
Climate Smart Monthly Meetup—first one of 2018, Jan 4.
Meetup with your friends in Climate Smart Missoula & start planning actions for 2018. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday January 4 from 5-7pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway.
You can support public lands.
During the 2017 Legislative Session, Governor Steve Bullock signed House Bill 597 in to law which created a voluntary contribution account and grant program, known as the MT-PLAN. This account will be administered by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to pursue public access easements to open up public lands for recreational purposes and complete projects that enhance existing public access sites across Montana. The MT-PLAN is widely supported by landowners and sportsmen groups for its innovative approach to provide incentives to private landowners for increasing public access across private land to otherwise inaccessible public lands. This grant program is fully funded by private donations to DNRC and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Individuals or organizations can make a donation when buying a wildlife conservation license online or at their locally authorized vendor. All donations are tax deductible. To find out more about the MT-PLAN or to make a donation, please visit DNRC’s website HERE.
Invitation to develop a Tunnel of Oppression exhibit, proposals due Feb 1.
UM is preparing for its eighth annual Tunnel of Oppression March 12-14, 2018. Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that strives to provide a hands-on experience of oppression. This event is designed to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power, through a series of guided exhibits that educate and challenge participants to think more deeply. At the end of the tour, participants are invited to engage in a guided discussion and debrief to process their experiences. The Tunnel of Oppression committee is looking for student groups, campus departments or community organizations to construct and facilitate an interactive exhibit in this year’s tunnel. Below is a link to the proposal form if you are interested in putting together a room for this year’s Tunnel of Oppression. Please submit proposals by February 1 for the 2018 Tunnel of Oppression here. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Student Coordinator, Zaira Sanroman, or by calling 406-243-5776.
Volunteer at the Russell Elementary School Science Fair, Jan 11 or Feb 23.
UM faculty members and graduate students are invited to serve as judges for Russell Elementary's Science Fair on February 23 from 8:30 am until approximately 10:30 am. Additionally, judges are invited to help inspire Russell Elementary students about science and the science fair at an all-school assembly on January 11 at 9 am. Bring a short (~10 min), visually engaging demonstration and share why you are passionate about your research. UM faculty members and graduate students are invited to sign up for either or both of these opportunities. We Are Montana in the Classroom will provide transportation to Russell Elementary School and can purchase supplies for your activity. If you are interested in serving as a judge or sharing a demonstration, please contact Harley Fredriksen.
Missoula Speech and Debate Tournament needs Judges, Jan 12 or 13.
Missoula’s annual Speech and Debate Tournament for area high schools will be held January 12th and 13th. All speech events will be held at Big Sky High School; debate events will all be at Sentinel. Debate & speech sessions are at 4, 6 & 8pm on Friday. On Saturday, sessions are at 8am, 10am, 12:30 pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 6pm. We will offer a judge clinic on January 10 at 7 PM in the cafeteria at Sentinel High School. If you are willing to judge – click this link to Sign up here and pick a specific session. You will receive a confirmation email within the week.
Training for watershed education volunteers, Jan 4.
This winter, the Clark Fork Coalition is gearing up to engage students in river conservation education all over the watershed–and we need volunteers to pull it off! Our winter-time education program, Snow and Tell, gets kids out in the field and learning about how important Montana’s snowpack is to a healthy watershed. Volunteers will help in the field, keeping kids on task and out of trouble, but don’t need to have any experience with snow science. Want to learn more? Come to our Education Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, January 4 at 5:30pm at the Clark Fork Coalition Office. We’ll have pizza and drinks and will chat about what we do and how you can fit in. Questions or RSVP to Katie here, or Learn more here about our volunteer opportunities and fill out a Volunteer Application here.
Flathead National Forest plan FEIS open to objection for 60 days.
The Flathead National Forest has released the final environmental impact statement (EIS) and draft record of decision ROD for the Flathead National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (referred to as the “forest plan”). The revised forest plan provides direction for managing the forest’s ecological, social, and economic resources for the next 10 to 15 years. The Forest Service is concurrently amending the forest plans of the Helena-Lewis and Clark, Kootenai, and Lolo National Forests to incorporate habitat management direction for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) grizzly bear population. The Flathead NF incorporates the NCDE grizzly bear habitat management direction as part of its plan revision process. The Forest Service has prepared a single FEIS for its forest plan and the forest plan amendments, a draft ROD for the revised forest plan, and a draft ROD for the forest plan amendments. A 60-day objection period started on December 14, 2017. The forest plan, amendments, final EIS, and other documentation are available at the following links for your review: Flathead National Forest’s plan revision webpage; Forest plan amendments webpage; and USDA Forest Service Northern Region’s species of conservation concern webpage.
New Grad seminar in Conservation Ethics and Biotechnology, spring 2018.
The idea that the earth is moving into the “Anthropocene” (a new epoch where human activity is altering the earth’s biophysical processes) is becoming increasingly popular. One feature of the “Anthropocene” is a major loss of the earth’s biodiversity, a sixth mass extinction event. This seminar explores important ethical questions in light of high extinction rates: How should conservationists and societies respond to the high rates of loss of biodiversity? What conservation goals should be pursued? What tools ought to be used to pursue those goals? The course will explore these questions by reading scientists, conservationists and philosophers such as Aldo Leopold, Michael Soulé, Holmes Rolston, Peter Kareiva and E. O. Wilson. While we will discuss the ethics of various controversial techniques and proposals, such as managed relocation and E. O. Wilson’s Half-Earth proposal, the main focus of the seminar will be when, how, and if, emerging biotechnologies (e.g., genome editing, gene drives) should be used to assist conservation efforts. Instructors include faculty from Forestry & Biology. 1 credit - WILD 595.04M; Thursdays, 3:00PM to 4:15PM; Mansfield Center Conference Room, MLIB 454.
A course that Rocks, Jan 9 to Jan 30.
Montana Natural History Center offers this short course with Geologist Bruce Baty who will introduce you to a number of amazing rock-forming and ore minerals during this four-part series. Discover their properties and local distribution. Experiment with a large collection of mineral specimens. Learn how to identify minerals based on a set of clues: crystal shape, hardness, streak, specific gravity, fracture, and luster. The series includes lectures and hands-on activities to best engage your geological interest. Amaze yourself, your family and friends as you find minerals wherever you go! Registration is required. Buy tickets HERE! WHEN/WHERE: January 9, 16, 23, & 30 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.
Best Friends help each other face climate change, Jan 8.
Come hear Forest Service ecologist Bob Keane discuss, Best Friends Forever: The Importance of the Mutualistic Relationship of the Whitebark Pine and Clark's Nutcracker in an Uncertain Climate Future. Joint meeting of Montana Native Plant Society and Montana Audubon. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, January 8, 7:00pm in Rm 123 Gallagher Business Building.
Field courses in Belize.
Center for Engaged Learning Abroad offers the field courses below. Note that this group is not affiliated with UM, so check it out to your satisfaction before enrolling. Lake Ecology: An Introduction to Field Research with CELA in Belize is an intensive field course that leads students to a comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence lake dynamics. This will be accomplished through lecture, field investigation, and laboratory analysis. Students learn basic and modern methods of field and laboratory studies of lake ecosystems. Includes how to monitor water quality parameters, how to collect aquatic invertebrates in various habitats, how to taxonomically and genetically identify aquatic invertebrates. When: May 12 - 26, 2018. Cost: $2,825 for one course. Two weeks for three credit hours, and the credit can transfer from a US or Belizean institution. For full details on the courses, syllabi, student reviews and pricing, please click on the links below, or the website at CELA Belize. Our courses are also offered over the winter break. See also: Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation, May 26 - June 9, June 9 - 23, 2018.
MT Dept. of Agriculture hiring a marketing intern, paid position for summer intern 2018.
If you are passionate about local food and Montana Agriculture, can travel a little, would like to earn $12.00/hr, be flexible and work with people, then this may be a great internship for you. Please read more about the position and application details at this link.
Montana Conservation Corps is hiring.
MCC is accepting applications for a variety of positions, ranging from leadership roles to entry-level positions. Work outdoors, make an impact, and have an adventure (with purpose!) at Montana Conservation Corps. Click here to see what's available, and learn more about some of our openings.
Summer Internship Program (paid) on radiological and nuclear threats, apply by Jan 29.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts to radiological and nuclear threats.” This program will prepare a diverse, highly talented, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to address issues related to national security and nuclear detection and to enhance the future scientific and technical workforce. Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week for ten weeks plus reimbursement for travel expenses up to $1,000. Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week for ten weeks plus reimbursement for travel expenses up to $1,000. Research experiences are offered at: Federal labs in IL, CA, NM, NV, TN, WA. Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science, and more. U.S. citizenship required. Application deadline: January 29, 2018, at 8:00 AM EST. How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted here. Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found here. For information about DNDO visit us here. For questions please email us here.
Summer Internship in Washington DC for Native American students, start application now.
The Udall Internship national deadline is January 31, 2018. This is a great summer internship program in Washington DC for Native American students (undergraduates, graduate students or law students). This program does not require a nomination, but it is important for the students to contact Laure Drake ASAP for application coaching, or at (406) 243-6140.
Lewis and Clark County seeks Planner I.
The Community Development and Planning Department is seeking applicants for the Planner I position. More information and application details can be found here. Application deadline January 7, 2018.
Paid Spring Internship with Community Food Ag Coalition (CFAC).
Want to help Montana’s beginning farmers grow successful, sustainable businesses? Want to learn about how to develop new resources, plan educational opportunities, host events, and evaluate programs? CFAC is looking for an intern for this spring to assist with a range of projects, including: Promoting/marketing Farm Link Montana to farmers and ranchers and the people who work with them across the state (throughout the spring); Planning, promoting, administering, and evaluating a series of workshops in Missoula on legal, land access and business management topics relevant to farmers and ranchers (January – March); Supporting MSU Extension and small business staff across Montana in offering business planning workshops in their communities (January – March); Working with a range of farmers to collect reports and data from farm equipment investment project (January), and designing guides for project reports (throughout the spring); Planning and promoting a series of on-farm, farmer-led Field Days, covering production topics (offered over the summer, planning and promotion in March – May); Note: you will not be expected to lead these projects, but will have the opportunity to assist in development and management. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to assist with multiple projects. We can offer a $1,000 stipend to applicants able to offer at least 10 hours/week between January and May. To apply, email Dave at Farm Link with your resume and a note on the project(s) in which you’re interested and any additional relevant information not covered in your resume. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis with a planned intern start date of January 29th.
Summer Internship at YNP, Resource Management Internship for Native American students.
UM College of Forestry worked with Yellowstone NP to create this internship program. Interns work with NPS employees and volunteers. The internship is fulltime 10-12 weeks, and housing is provided. This year’s internships are in: Resource Management Operations: work on a crew on hazard tree management, invasive plant control, wildlife/visitor management, data entry, and integrated pest management. Youth Work-based learning programs: Assist with YCC programs for 15-18 year old students. Intern assists with resource education lessons, weekend recreation outings, such as hiking, rafting, fishing; and mentoring students. More information can be found here. Native American undergraduates and graduate students from all majors are encouraged to apply. To apply, submit by Feb 1, 2018: resume; unofficial college transcript; cover letter explaining why you want to intern at the park; one letter of recommendation (from faculty member, employer, etc.). Email your application to Jennifer Harrington or turn into Forestry room 101. More info: (406) 243-5561.
Wilderness Ranger internship, apply by Feb 16.
The goals of the Selway Bitterroot (SBFC) Wilderness Ranger Intern (WRI) program are to train, educate, mentor and provide employment development opportunities for the next generations of wilderness professionals and provide skilled support to the Forest Service for accomplishing priority wilderness work. This is a 14-week internship for military veterans and college students doing under-graduate or graduate work in conservation, resource management, wilderness, recreation or related fields. The internship offers 2 full weeks of wilderness skills training—crosscut saw use and certification, hand tool use, stock handling and packing, Leave No Trace and Wilderness First Responder training, followed by 12 weeks working in the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness areas, with trained wilderness professionals, US Forest Service managers and volunteers. The intern will also learn about the Wilderness Act and how it established a framework for wilderness stewardship, what wilderness character is and how to conduct wilderness character monitoring. In 2018, interns will receive an AmeriCorps award. The application will close on February 16, 2018 at 5pm MST. More info & application here.
Naturalist Guides needed in Denali, summer 2018, apply by Jan 5.
Camp Denali and North Face Lodge in Denali National Park, Alaska are looking for skilled and experienced Naturalist Guides for summer 2018. Guides are responsible for: leading lodge guests into the trail-less backcountry of Denali National Park; using creative teaching techniques to expand the guests’ knowledge of Alaskan ecosystems and to encourage land stewardship; and safely transporting people over the unpaved, mountainous park road. Current WFR and CPR certifications and a solid academic background in natural sciences required (MS preferred). Experience in arctic/sub-arctic or alpine regions desired. This is a rewarding and challenging position, set in an unparalleled location, among an interesting, committed, and conservation-minded community. For over 60 years, Camp Denali and North Face Lodge have been family-owned and -operated lodges with a reputation for excellence. A three-season commitment is required. Applications are due January 5, 2018. Early applications are encouraged with interviews beginning early December. For more information or to apply, please visit the website or contact us here.
Montana Conservation Corps is recruiting for summer 2018.
Whether you're...A military veteran looking for a new way to serve (see Veterans Green Corps program!) An experienced leader who loves working with youth (see Youth Program Leader positions!) A college student/recent grad looking for professional experience in a conservation field (Conservation Intern program!) Just looking to dip your toe in the world of conservation service (see Crew Member position – application available December 18!) ...there is a place for you in the MCC. Every position receives extensive outdoor and leadership training, a living stipend, and an AmeriCorps education award that can be used for past or future education costs. There are serviceships available to assist with some of the financial costs! Help care for public lands by applying today!
Scholarships for students working on fisheries/habitat research, apply by Jan 5.
Wally McClure was an outstanding advocate and leader for conservation of Montana’s aquatic resources. To continue his legacy and promote educational opportunities for fisheries students in Montana, the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society established an annual scholarship in his name for undergraduate and graduate fisheries students. Two Scholarships are offered each year (The graduate award is $1,250 and the undergraduate is $750). Please submit applications no later than January 5, 2018. The McClure Scholarships will be awarded to individuals pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in aquatic natural resources from a University/College in Montana. Obviously, you can be working on aquatic natural resources within EVST. Click here to apply now.
Graduate Student Policy Award Accepting Applications until Jan 10.
Calling all Grad Students interested in policy for science and science for policy -The Ecological Society of America is now accepting applications for its 2018 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award. Offered each year, this award gives graduate students an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC for science policy training and meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Visit the ESA website for more information and details on application requirements. The deadline to apply is January 10.
Funding for student research, apply by Feb 16.
The Northwest Scientific Association (NWSA) is accepting applications for the 2018 Student Research Grant (pdf of instructions at this link). NWSA annually awards grants of up to $750 for undergraduate [BA/BS] and up to $1,500 for graduate proposals to support student research in the sciences. This opportunity also helps you organize your research proposal, may add substance to your curriculum vitae CV, and potentially could get your study published in the peer-reviewed scientific quarterly, Northwest Science. More details at Northwest Science and the webpage Student Grant Award. Deadline for submitting proposals is midnight on February 16, 2018.
Research Fellowship for research in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Rocky Mountain National Park are requesting proposals for The Bailey Research Fellowship. This is an opportunity for one graduate level student to spend three to four months conducting research in Rocky Mountain National Park. Job Description: This fellowship opportunity invites a broad range of research proposals to be reviewed and conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park, including wildlife management, vegetation and riparian studies, fire ecology, cultural sciences, archaeology and historic structures preservation, as well as other topics in botany, zoology, geology, history, ecology and ornithology. The graduate student awarded the Research Fellowship will work with Rocky Mountain National Park staff for a period of three to four months. Applicants must submit a preliminary research proposal and the chosen fellow will be expected to convey research finding to the general public as well as to professional audiences. Wage/Salary: Housing plus a $8,000 honorarium and a $3,000 support budget for incidentals. Application Instructions: Please email a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and research proposal to Rachel Balduzzi. By February 1, 2018 for consideration of this fellowship.
Research Fellowship for grads and undergrads to work in national parks, apply by Feb 19.
Applications are now being accepted for the Glacier National Park Conservancy - Jerry O'Neal Research Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that clearly address the following: natural resource issues ecology of fire, land & water systems, invasive plants, and climate change; cultural resource issues, (history, architecture, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research, archeology); social science that informs resource management about natural or cultural topics, visitor impacts). Who may apply: graduate students & outstanding upper division undergraduate students. Awards range from $1000-5000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 19, 2018. More info and application instructions here.
Call for nominations for the 2018-2019 Bertha Morton Fellowships and Scholarships.
The Bertha Morton Scholarship application process will be part of the University of Montana general scholarship application. Kelly Speer, the Graduate School’s manager, will be available to faculty and graduate students if there are any questions or if anyone needs assistance. You can contact Kelly at 406-243-2701 or by e-mail. All graduate students are invited to apply for consideration as a Bertha Morton nominee. All applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. Following are the instructions for students who are interested in applying to their department as a Bertha Morton nominee:
- Complete the University of Montana general application available at: http://www.umt.edu/finaid/scholarships/um-scholarship-portal/default.php. You will then be able to select the Bertha Morton opportunity.
- Upload a personal statement describing why you would be the best candidate to receive an award. (500 word limit)
- Upload a statement of honors and awards, certifications, research, etc. (List these qualifications in order of significance, starting with the most significant) *A student who previously received a Bertha Morton award and seeks an additional nomination can only claim accomplishments not specified on the awarded application.
- Faculty in the departments and schools will review the submitted applications and choose which applicant(s) to nominate based on the number allowed by the Graduate School which is based on enrollment numbers. The department will then submit a letter of nomination for their selected applicants.
- The Graduate Council will evaluate and rank all nominations for scholarship or fellowship awards. Nomination documentation and recommendations should be based on the student’s academic record and accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:
- Honors and awards
Professional certifications and credentials
c. Evidence of research and other academic achievements
d. Evidence of professional and community achievements
e. Additional achievements and creative activities
- Honors and awards
- All candidates will be notified no later than April 13thregarding the status of the application.
- Bertha Morton was a Helena, Montana native who worked most of her adult life for the Internal Revenue Service in Helena. She was not an alumnus of The University of Montana, nor did she actually attend any university. She worked hard and saved her money. When she died in 1977, she left a large part of her estate to the UM Foundation because she desired to encourage and help serious students obtain an education here. Bertha Morton fellowships and scholarships have subsequently become our most prestigious awards for graduate students.
Frozen Flathead Cherries for sale by Community Food & Ag Coalition.
Bring the gift of summer's bounty to your holiday party! CFAC has 5 lb. packages of frozen, pitted cherries from the North shores of Flathead Lake for your holiday baking and gift needs. $20 per pack – no limit. These cherries were professionally pitted and packed at the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center at the peak of the season in July. Call 406-926-1004 or email CFAC to place your order. Pick up at our office, or arrange delivery.
One of America’s funniest writers gets serious about water!
The Colorado River is an essential resource for much of the US, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. In his new book (Where the Water Goes), David Owen (NY Times writer) traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the U.S.–Mexico border where the river runs dry. Learn more from David Owen on this episode of "The Write Question.".