Newsline October 2, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. UM Earns Bronze rating in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index!

Around EVST

  1. Elephant-friendly tea sold in Missoula by EVST alums. 

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events & CHECK FOR FIRE CANCELLATIONS)

  1. Moon-Randolph Homestead’s 17th Annual Fall Gathering, Oct 7. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Clark Fork Coalition needs Volunteers for River Kids, Oct 4,5,6.
  2. Plant trees with Trees for Missoula, Oct 7, Oct 12, Oct 15.
  3. River cleanup followed by lunch & cider, Oct 15.

Educational Opportunities

  1. You can help make a difference for the students of Two Eagle River School!
  2. “The Nuclear Nexus: An Atomic Perspective on the Food-Energy Water-Nexus.” Oct 2.
  3. Tea Sustainability, Oct 5.
  4. “The community ecology of bears in salmon-bearing ecosystems”, Oct 6. 
  5. Education Opportunities at Montana Natural History Center, Oct 7 and 18.
  6. The summer of 2017: What next for the birds & climate? Oct 9. 
  7. Jeannette Rankin: Myth and Reality, Oct 10.
  8. Science, Policy and Communication—Science in a changing world, Oct 18-20 in Helena. 
  9. Conservation Workshop: Managing Salt Cedar and Russian Olive along Montana Waterways, Oct 25-26.

Jobs and Internship

  1. Montana High Tech Jobs Summit at UM, Oct 8-9. 
  2. Jobs at Ecology Project International.
  3. Year long paid internships in National Parks, apply by Oct 23.
  4. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Montana Chapter Coordinator position available.
  5. 350.org North America Field Organizer, can work from anywhere, apply ASAP.
  6. Student Technology Assistant in Geography, please note this is a Work Study Position.

Funding

  1. Grad fellowships for water research, apply by Nov 21.
  2. Funding for international study, info session Sept 25, apply by Nov 29. 

Housing

  1. House sitter/pet sitter needed in Frenchtown.
  2. Responsible and clean roommate wanted in a 2 bedroom/ 2 bath log cabin style home.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. CM Russell documentary to show at the Wilma, Oct 6. 
  2. Free books! 

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Good News Item

UM Earns Bronze rating in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index!

After a spring 2017 semester of student-led data collection and a summer of report polishing and editing, UM sustainability staff are excited to announce that UM earned a bronze rating in its second application to STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). STARS is a self-assessment tool used by higher education institutions to measure sustainability progress. The UM STARS report is now online. For more info, contact UM Sustainability coordinator (&EVST alum) Eva Rocke

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Around EVST

Elephant-friendly tea sold in Missoula by EVST alums. 

Tea plantations have not been good places for Asian elephants. Elephant-Friendly Tea is a new certification program that identifies tea companies that help to conserve Asian elephants. This program is a UM Broader Impacts Group and Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network partnership, and was featured in a Sierra Magazine article, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. Some of the elephant-friendly teas are distributed through the Lake Missoula Tea Company in Missoula. Co-owner Jake Kreilick (EVST alum) describes them as high-quality loose-leaf teas with a “natural sweetness.” 

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Featured Events

Moon-Randolph Homestead’s 17th Annual Fall Gathering, Oct 7. 

Celebrate the full harvest moon at the Moon-Randolph Homestead’s 17th Annual Fall Gathering. Our biggest fundraiser and community celebration of the year, the Gathering supports our efforts exploring, teaching, and celebrating Missoula’s human, ecological, and agricultural history. Join us for warm soup, cider, apple pressing, and live music from Scrapyard Lullaby. Family friendly. All proceeds benefit the Moon-Randolph Homestead. No dogs, please. Tickets: $12 adults / $5 kids in advance; At the gate: $15 adults / $7 kids. Tickets include harvest meal. Cider & other beverages available for purchase. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 7, 4-10pm; 1515 Spurlock Rd. Parking for those arriving by car will be along Spurlock Road. Please park only on the right side of the road to allow local vehicles to pass. Walk up the road to the Homestead or wait for a Missoula Parks & Recreation shuttle to pick you up. Bicycle parking at the Homestead. You can WALK to the Homestead via Missoula’s North Hills Open Space Trails (Mountain View, Waterworks, or Orange Street trailheads). 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Clark Fork Coalition needs Volunteers for River Kids, Oct 4,5,6.

Education Volunteers Needed! We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver watershed education to local students. Join us for a hands-on field trip where students get to be scientists for a day. October 4th and 5th, 8:15am-12:45pm. High schoolers from Florence will be monitoring plant survival and testing water quality on a Lolo Creek planting project. We need volunteers who are comfortable and have experience working with high schoolers in an outdoor, streamside setting. Knowledge of restoration techniques is not required! October 6th, 12:45pm-3pm. Students from Clinton will be monitoring the survival of a small riparian enhancement project at the Five Valley's Land Trust Rock Creek Confluence property. We need volunteers who like working with 8th graders in outdoor settings. 

Plant trees with Trees for Missoula, Oct 7, Oct 12, Oct 15.

Trees For Missoula, a volunteer group supporting Missoula’s urban forest, invites you to celebrate National Arbor Day Foundation’s NeighborWoods Month this October! NeighborWoods® Month is an annual campaign to plant and care for community trees during the month of October. Tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees—keeping their neighborhoods vibrant. Trees clean our water, cool our homes, reduce crime rates, provide natural beauty, and so much more. Join Trees For Missoula (TFM) this month for fun tree planting parties and a volunteer pruning program (described here).  For more information or to sign up for these programs, please email TFM Chair Karen Sippy. If your group that would like to schedule a tree-planting event, please contact Karen at the email address above. 

River cleanup followed by lunch & cider, Oct 15.

Meet at 10am at Western Cider for a cleanup of the downtown stretch of the Clark Fork. After the cleanup, toast the river with your fellow volunteers at Western Cider. As a thank you for helping out, local businesses are providing lunch and a free cider for volunteers! Learn more. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, October 15, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm at Western Cider, 501 N. California St.  Missoula. 

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Educational Opportunities

You can help make a difference for the students of Two Eagle River School!

The Great Bear Foundation is working with Two Eagle River School, an alternative school serving at-risk, predominantly tribal students in Pablo, Montana, to bring hard working students to Churchill, Manitoba where they will witness the Western Hudson Bay polar bear migration and participate in a unique, hands-on field course on wildlife, climate change, and culture. This field course is in its 33rd year and has transformed people from travelers to ambassadors for wildlife conservation. We are offering these students a valuable opportunity to advance their STEM education with a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the heart of polar bear country. The students have been working hard to raise funds with a concession stand and events like their upcoming Indian Taco Feed, but they are still $7,000 short of their goal. We are asking you to help out by contributing to their trip with a tax-deductible donation to our Polar Bear Ecology Scholarship Fund. Interested in traveling to Churchill with us? We still have space available on our other session, October 30-Nov 4. Click here for more information!  

“The Nuclear Nexus: An Atomic Perspective on the Food-Energy Water-Nexus.” Oct 2.

Please join us Monday October 2nd from 4:30-5:20pm in Stone Hall 304 for a talk by Payton Gardner, Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Faculty Director of the Environmental Biogeochemistry Laboratory and Faculty Affiliate of the UM BRIDGES program. Dr. Gardner’s research focuses on groundwater and its role in geologic, hydrologic and energy systems. Dr. Gardner’s research has focused on using isotopic methods to understand deep, old groundwater systems and their interactions with the shallow hydrologic system. His recent research at the Food-Energy-Water nexus has focused on in investigating nuclear repository design, and predicting radionuclide transport and biological exposure for the assessment of repository systems for the safe disposal of nuclear waste. 

Tea Sustainability, Oct 5.

Learn about Bitaco, Colombia’s first and only tea farm blossoming from its 55 year old parent tea plantation. Growing tea in the high, Andean mountains, a colorful story emerges. Decades of persistence, respect for local wildlife, people and landscape all nestle under a strong commitment to sustainable agricultural growth and community development. Three reps from Bitaco will tell its story, and share the taste of 5 teas. Suggested donation $5. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday Oct. 5, from 5 – 7 pm at the Public House (130 E. Broadway, next door to Lake Missoula Tea Company). 

“The community ecology of bears in salmon-bearing ecosystems”, Oct 6. 

A talk by Dr. Taal Levi, invited to speak by UM Wildlife Biology. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, October 6th, at 1:00pm in Forestry 206. 

Education Opportunities at Montana Natural History Center, Oct 7 and 18.

Pattee Canyon Nature Walk, Oct 7 - Head out into the woods with a naturalist as your guide! This easy-going nature walk is perfect for all ages. We will discover the evidence animals leave behind and get to know the plants and trees of Pattee Canyon. FREE. Please visit Montana Naturalist for more information. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, October 7, 9:00- 11:30 a.m., Meet at the Sam Braxton trailhead in Pattee Canyon. Navigating a Changing World: Perspectives on the Challenges We Face and Where to Find Hope, Oct 18 - Jedadiah Brodie, John J. Craighead Endowed Chair of Conservation at UM will discuss biodiversity in a changing climate. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 pm, Missoula Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Registration and cost: Please visit Montana Naturalist for more information and to buy tickets

The summer of 2017: What next for the birds & climate? Oct 9. 

This summer’s wildfires, smoke, and heat are still on our minds. For our native birds and wildlife, what was this summer like? Amy Cilimburg of Climate Smart Missoula will share her insights at the next meeting of Five Valleys Audubon. Amy will discuss her years of researching and monitoring Montana birds and her experience understanding climate impacts and working on climate solutions. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 9 at 7pm in room 123 of the Gallagher Business Building on the UM campus. 

Jeannette Rankin: Myth and Reality, Oct 10.

Jim Lopach and Jean Luckowski, will discuss their book “Jeannette Rankin: A Political Woman”.  WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, October 10, 3-4:30 pm, Todd Building, UM.  

Science, Policy and Communication—Science in a changing world, Oct 18-20 in Helena. 

Above is the theme of American Water Resources Association-MT’s annual meeting which will focus on water policy and science and how to communicate these complex issues to the public (in a polarized political climate). In addition to presentations by government & industry professionals and students, there will be a workshop on ‘Science and Collaboration with the Public’ and keynotes on ‘A practitioner’s guide to identifying advocacy masquerading as Science’ by Dr. Robert Lackey and ‘Science & Policy in Montana’ (by director of MT DEQ). More info and registration for the meeting is in MT AWRA’s latest newsletter

Conservation Workshop: Managing Salt Cedar and Russian Olive along Montana Waterways, Oct 25-26.

A forum to engage scientists, resource managers, conservation groups and other stakeholders in exploring strategies to eliminate salt cedar and Russian olive from Montana waterways. Organized by Audubon, Nature Conservancy, USFS, BLM, Missouri and Yellowstone Conservation District Councils. WHEN: Oct 25, 1-5pm; Oct 26, 8 to noon; WHERE: MT Electric Coop Building in Great Falls. Registration cost $20. Student Rate: $10. Register Today at this link.   

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Jobs and Internships

Montana High Tech Jobs Summit at UM, Oct 8-9. 

Key note speakers and panels will discuss Montana High Tech Job opportunities. Full agenda and registration info here. There is a $20 registration fee, but it is a free event for students. 

Jobs at Ecology Project International.

Two seasonal positions available at EPI: Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program Field Instructor and Yellowstone Winter Ecology Program Winter Field Intern. More information on these positions can be found at this website link

Year long paid internships in National Parks, apply by Oct 23.

Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) is launching the Community Volunteer Ambassador program funded by the federal National Park Service to place 54 interns at 51 national parks around the US to serve as that park’s Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA). For more information about the national CVA initiative, look here. Looking for candidates (21-30 years old) that will work with diverse communities and national parks to increase public involvement in environmental stewardship. 52-week, paid AmeriCorps internship that comes with: $1760/ month living allowance, On-site housing/ housing assistance for the year of relocation at a national park, a monetary education award that can be applied to student loans or tuition, a 2-year distinctive, non-competitive hiring status on USAjobs.gov! Here is a link to application, and a link to Northwest Youth Corps website. The deadline for first consideration is October 23rd. Final submissions must be in by November 6th. Positions starts February 12th, 2018. Questions, contact Loveita Morrison or at 541-654-4709. 

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Montana Chapter Coordinator position available.

We are seeking an individual with the talent, passion and desire to promote and grow our Montana Chapter and engage in Montana conservation issues. In Montana, BHA has over 1,000 members and a talented and hardworking group of board members covering each region of the state. They are committed to BHA's work on enhancing public access and opportunity for sportsmen, conserving our public lands and waters, and defending our fair chase traditions. Starting Salary: Dependent on experience. This is a full-time position with health and retirement benefits. Closing Date: September 29, 2017. Anticipated Start Date: November 2017 Application or Questions: To apply send cover letter and resume to Office Manager, Caitlin Frisbie. Full job description found here

350.org North America Field Organizer, can work from anywhere, apply ASAP.

Organizer will develop 350 local and state groups and broader organizing networks through delivering team and individual leadership development, coaching, strategic planning, campaign development and organizing coordination. Full position description and application here. Applications accepted on a rolling basis, and interviews start by the end of Sept. 

Student Technology Assistant in Geography, please note this is a Work Study Position.

Hours per Week:  10, Wage: $9.00/hour, Open until filled. Job Description: The person in this position will work with faculty and staff who oversee the operation of the Geospatial Research and Teaching Laboratories (GReaT Labs). Duties will include providing desktop computer support; hardware and software assistance; troubleshooting computer related problems; maintaining computers and printers; maintaining the laboratory environment. Qualifications: Strong computer knowledge and experience; excellent customer service skills; motivation and desire to share information with fellow students and departmental personnel; ability to problem solve; seeking student proficient in PC computers. Willingness to learn ArcGIS 10.3.1, Terrset, ENVI, and other GIS software, and to assist students in using Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Please see Angie in Stone Hall 208 for more information, or apply on-line here and log in to Handshake. Please note that you will be required to fill out a STAP application form located at this link before you begin work. 

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Funding

Grad fellowships for water research, apply by Nov 21. 

Each year, the MT Water Center provides Water Resource Fellowships to MT grad students. Funds can be used for materials, travel, lab fees, etc. Maximum request is $2000. Proposals are due Nov 21. Funds are available for use from 3/1/2018 to 2/28/2019. Application info here:  Graduate Student Water Resource Fellowship program, (scroll down to 2018 Request for Proposals), or contact Whitney Lonsdale or 406-994-4454, new assistant director at the Water Center.

Funding for international study, info session Sept 25, apply by Nov 29. 

Michael Saffle from Institute of International Education will be visiting UM campus to talk about Boren Awards for international study. He will be doing an information session on Monday, September 25, 2-3 pm University Center Room 332. Boren awards are awards up to $20,000 from National Security Education Program for undergraduate and graduate level students for studying abroad for semester, academic year, or summer outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Scholarships are for undergraduate students and Boren Fellowships are for graduate students. The scholarships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security. All scholarship recipients must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement. The on-campus deadline for Boren Award application for 2018-2019 is November 29. More info about the Boren campus review process at Education Abroad website.  

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Housing

House sitter/pet sitter needed in Frenchtown.

Local watershed worker is seeking a house sitter/pet sitter for her home in Frenchtown – for when she has to be away for work. She usually pays $10/hr or $50 for an overnight stay. She has 2 BIG dogs and some other animals. Would love to find a nice responsible student for this. (and you’d learn a lot about local watershed issues from her). If interested, contact Caryn.

Responsible and clean roommate wanted in a 2 bedroom/ 2 bath log cabin style home.

Located in the lower Rattlesnake. Female preferred. Seeking a graduate student or young professional. Dogs ok, but must get along with my well behaved Labrador dog. No smokers. Rent is $687/month utilities not included. $687 deposit. 9 month lease. Available now. Call/ text Lacey 970-422-2546 or email to set up a time to come see it and see if we'll be a good fit!

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Miscellaneous - Resources

CM Russell documentary to show at the Wilma, Oct 6. 

In partnership with Montana PBS the Big Sky Film Series presents the all new documentary feature film CM Russell and the American West, the first major film exploration of the art, writings, and enduring legacy of the iconic painter and sculpter. WHEN/WHERE: Friday October 6th, Doors at 5:30, Film at 6:00 at The Wilma

Free books! 

As faculty and staff retire, often they have lots of books to give away. A long-time staffer has left a ton of books in the basement hallway of the Natural Science building (on top of the green cabinets between rooms 116 and 117). He would love for EVST students to help themselves.  

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This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor. 

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