Newsline April 24, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Missoula & UM March for Science! 

Around EVST

  1. Fundraiser for Camas Magazine, April 24 at 6:00 pm!
  2. UM FLAT Workday, April 29.
  3. “When One Becomes Many”, a play by the Congolese refugees of Missoula, April 30. 

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. The People's Climate Movement Missoula March and Rally, April 29. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Collect Willow Cuttings to help with restoration projects on the Bitterroot, April 26.
  2. Rally for Climate Justice on the Oval, April 26-27. 
  3. UM FLAT Workday, April 29.
  4. Volunteer Learning Days at Big Sky Herbs, April 29 and 30.
  5. Help teach fly fishing to kids, May 1-5.
  6. Volunteer opportunities with MT Wilderness Association. 
  7. Lolo Watershed Group has begun strategic planning. 
  8. Comment on Montana’s first climate assessment by May 5. 
  9. CORRECTION: College Campus Road Tour comes to UM May 4, needs volunteers.

Educational Opportunities8.

  1. "A whale tale: Quantifying ecological processes to understand ship strike risk", April 26.
  2. UM Lecture to Discuss Truth, ‘Alternative Facts’, April 27.
  3. Social Justice in Social-ecological Systems, April 28.
  4. Bitterroot Water Symposium, April 28 in Hamilton. 
  5. Garden City Harvest offers Seed Saving Workshop, April 29.
  6. Brown’s Lake attracts birds & birders, April 29. 
  7. UM to Screen Documentary About Eroding Alaskan Village, May 1.
  8. Before the Flood, a documentary on climate change narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, must see!
  9. Wildflower Walk at the Milltown State Park Overlook, May 3.  
  10. GPHY 491-80 Participatory & Tribal GIS being offered this summer.
  11. Managing Natural Risk workshop, Lolo, May 5. 
  12. Drone Experts to Offer UAS Training Course at UM May 22-26.
  13. Montana naturalist field trips offered by MT Natural History Center, May-June. 
  14. Fishprinting workshop, May 26.
  15. Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education, offered this fall. 
  16. Montana Environmental Health Assn invites you to speak at their Sept conference, apply now. 
  17. Grad course in Critical Animal Theory, Phil 504, offered this fall.

Jobs and Internships  (Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)

  1. Summer research fellowships on water, in California, apply by April 30.
  2. US Water Alliance Graduate Summer Research Fellows, two positions in San Francisco.
  3. NWF EcoLeader Graduate Student Fellowships, apply by May 7.
  4. AmeriCorps Program CivicSpark 2017-2018 open for fellows, April 24.
  5. Watershed Tech job with MT state agency –full time summer, part time during school year. 
  6. Summer Job --Outdoor Discovery Day Camp Aftercare Instructor, apply now. 
  7. Paid internship with turtles. 
  8. Summer research assistantship: restoration seeding success, WY.
  9. Field technician position: plant community and restoration ecology.
  10. Summer AmeriCorps positions open across Colorado!
  11. Camas Magazine is now accepting applications for the 2017/18 editorship.
  12. Links to Conservation jobs in MT. 

Funding

  1. Links to many kinds of conservation grants:

Housing

  1. Room w/bath for rent in nice, centrally located home, $435.
  2. Roommate needed, $500/month.
  3. Room available near Sentinel High School.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Celebrate MCAT (Missoula Community Access TV), May 5
  2. MontPIRG’s Party for the Public Interest, May 7. 
  3. Some newsletters of interest.
  4. University Villages Plans Herbicide Application. 

Good News Item

Missoula & UM March for Science! 

On Earth Day, millions marched around the world in support of science freedom and justice, thanking science for its benefits to people and planet and speaking against silencing scientists and cutting funding for science. They marched on every continent, under the sea, and at the North Pole. In Missoula, hundreds rallied and marched along the Clark Fork River. A diversity of local scientists spoke at the rally - young & old, male & female, natural & social scientists, engineers and doctors, researchers, government scientists and elected representatives - and a diversity of citizens heard them and marched with them. The theme of the Missoula rally and march were the benefits that science and engineering have brought to our Clark Fork River and our River City. Chris Brick of the Clark Fork Coalition, Peter Nielsen of Missoula Water Quality District, and Vicki Watson, UM Environmental Studies, spoke of how science has helped clean up and restore the river basin and protect Missoula's drinking water. Kasey Harbine of St. Pat's hospital spoke of how healing people requires healing the planet as well. D'Shane Barnett of UM Sociology spoke of how social science identified why medical efforts had failed to improve the health of low income people and showed that follow-up care was needed after hospital stays. All the scientists spoke of the importance of tax payer support of science and how current funding cuts and silencing of scientist’s risks undoing past gains. County commissioner Dave Strohmaier and Missoula City Council members Heidi West & Bryan von Lossberg shared resolutions from the city and county in support of the march’s principles and citing examples of how local government has made good use of science. This diverse group of speakers includes 5 EVST alums and an EVST faculty member. Many more alums and students helped with logistics. Letters were read from Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steven Daines supporting the use of best available science in decision making. A letter from UM President Sheila Stearns announced that UM’s faculty, staff and student senates all passed resolutions for UM to partner with the March for Science, one of the first public universities to do so. The rally also featured letters of thanks to specific scientists read by local citizens. The march was followed by a tour of the cleaned up and redeveloped Sawmill District near McCormick Park. Local TV coverage is here and national media coverage here; And international here along with Some great signs.  Lots more on the internet. Organizers of the event reminded the marchers that Marching is the first step, not the last. In the weeks following the march, March for Science organizers call on scientists and their fellow citizens to mobilize through a “Week of Action.” You can contact your elected officials, support science institutions in your communities, and hold your leaders in society and science accountable to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and fairness. Work to bring science and the benefits of scientific research to those who need it most. More ideas here

Around EVST

Fundraiser for Camas Magazine, April 24 at 6:00 pm!

You're invited to Prairie Songs, a celebration of writing about place, land, and the environment. We'll have readings from a great line up: EVST's own Emily Withnall and Phil Condon, as well as Melissa Mylchreest, Chris Dombrowski, Annick Smith, and David James Duncan. This is a fundraiser for Camas Magazine, so there is a $5 cover charge. Come join us at the Public House for a raffle with prizes from local businesses, beer from Imagine Nation Brewing, wine catered by the Badlander, and the best time you'll find on a Monday night in Missoula! WHEN/WHERE: Monday, April 24, 6-8:30. Doors at 5:40 at The Public House, 130 E Broadway. Cost: $5. We will begin promptly! 

UM FLAT Workday, April 29.

Join the UM FLAT for a short workday!  We'll be fixing our water catchment system and planting our garden, among other things; afterwards, we'll all head over to the climate march. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday April 29 from 9am to 1pm at the FLAT, 633 S 5th St E, Contact Lauren with any questions.

“When One Becomes Many”, a play by the Congolese refugees of Missoula, April 30. 

The Congolese refugees have been working on this play since last November. The families have written the story, developed the script and choreographed dances. The play will tell their story of living in refugee camps, leading up to when they found out they'd be relocated to the US. This play is the Congolese families' way of introducing themselves to Missoula and Montana as a whole, and we hope you'll be able to attend! The play would not have been possible without the Global Leadership Initiative, the Student Involvement Network, volunteers and of course, the families themselves. EVST student Rachel Dickson worked on this for her GLI Senior Capstone project. WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at UM’s UC Ballroom. Cost: $10/student; $15 regular admission. All proceeds are donated to the refugee families. For more info, contact Rachel Dickson

Featured Events

The People's Climate Movement Missoula March and Rally, April 29. 

Everyone is welcome! March and rally for climate action. Family friendly event with next-gen voices leading the charge. In solidarity with People's Climate Movement D.C. When: Saturday, April 29. 1-3 pm. Where: Downtown Missoula. Meet at NE corner of Higgins Bridge. We'll march along Higgins St. sidewalks to the red XXXXs where we will have a rally with short speeches followed by activities. Why: It's time to step up the action on climate and your voice matters. Who else: co-sponsors include: Climate Smart Missoula, 350 Montana, AERO Student Chapter UM, UM Reinvest and many others. Please RSVP on Facebook and via People's Climate Movement Sister Marches. Check our website for more information, updates, and to download posters! Contact us if you have questions, ideas, want to host an activity/table at the rally, or are interested (or know someone interested) in hosting a work party to make signs/art/costumes/etc. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Collect Willow Cuttings to help with restoration projects on the Bitterroot, April 26.

Bitterroot Water Forum is working on a restoration project on the East Fork of the Bitterroot. We will be restoring a half mile of degrading streambank through native plantings, fence installation, and other efforts. Join Water Forum staff on Wednesday, April 26th from 9am-4pm for the kick-off of this project! We will need lots of hands to cut several hundred live willow stems. These stems will be used to revegetate the East Fork streambank. As the "live stakes" grow into the bank, their roots will stabilize loose soil. Please e-mail Julia at bswc.member@brwaterforum.org to RSVP or to ask questions. Please plan to wear work clothes and sturdy shoes/boots, and to bring work gloves, water, and loppers (if you have them). We will carpool from downtown Hamilton to the work-site. Lunch will be provided. 

Rally for Climate Justice on the Oval, April 26-27. 

Reinvest Montana is UM's fossil fuel divestment campaign. For three years, RM has asked the UM Foundation (manages the UM Endowment fund) to divest from fossil fuel investments and reinvest in just and sustainable investments. The City of Missoula has taken a step in that direction by divesting from Wells Fargo, a major financial contributor to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Reinvest MT is organizing a Rally for Climate Justice on April 26 and 27, 12-1pm on the Oval. More events are planned after the rally. If interested in getting more involved, you can fill out pledge here: Reinvest MT will hold two Non-Violent Direct Action trainings at the UM FLAT studio, 633 S. 6th St. E on Wednesday, April 19 at 6pm and Sunday, April 23 at 10am. For more information on Reinvest MT plans click here

Volunteer Learning Days at Big Sky Herbs, April 29 and 30.

Discover and nurture some 100 sustainable grown herbs at Big Sky Herbs at the Volunteer Learning Days April 29 and 30. Many of the wellness tea plants are native. Details for the day and summer internships can be found at Big Sky Internships

Help teach fly fishing to kids, May 1-5.

Watershed Education Network will be teaching fly fishing at Washington Middle School May 1-5 and could use some experienced fly fishers to help with instruction. WEN is leading 8 classes of Washington Middle School students (7th graders) in half day field trips featuring Native Fish, Habitat and Fly Fishing field trips. Anyone experienced with fly fishing and/or tying flies, or just willing to help some eager 7th graders learn more about our Montana fish and their habitat. WEN needs two people each session of the four days listed above for the dry fly /fly casting station. More are welcomed! WHEN/WHERE: May 1-3 and May 5, from 9:00 - 11:30 and 12:00-2:30. NO Fieldtrips on Thursday May 4. Double Tree Finn and Porter’s Clark Fork River gravel bar (enter west side trail off parking lot). Contact Deb Fassnacht, Director, or Becca Paquette, Program Coordinator, by emailing the Watershed Education Network or call (406) 541-9287. 

Volunteer opportunities with MT Wilderness Association. 

The MWA has many volunteer opportunities, including: wilderness Walks co-leader, tabling, making phone calls, attending hearings, maintaining trails, helping with special events, writing letters to the editor. To volunteer, call Daphne at 406-531-8347 or visit the MWA office at 118 W. Broadway, suite 1.

Lolo Watershed Group has begun strategic planning. 

The Lolo Watershed Group has begun a strategic planning process, intended to involve all those interested in this watershed. LWG board members have begun the process which will expand to include all interested watershed stakeholders. If interested in being a part of this effort, contact help@lolowatershed.org 

Comment on Montana’s first climate assessment by May 5. 

After a 2-year process to create Montana’s first climate assessment, the Montana Climate Assessment (MCA) is now available in draft form.  It is currently undergoing a scientific peer review by regional and national experts, and MT climate assessment team is also making it available for public comments through May 5. To access the document click here. Please provide comments using the electronic form on the website.  

College Campus Road Tour comes to UM May 4, needs volunteers. 

College Campus Road Tour (based out of California) will be on the UM campus on May 4 and needs some volunteers to help with tabling. The tour provides information about sustainability and how to be a conscious, eco-friendly consumer. Hopefully they will also provide info on the total carbon footprint of their road tour and how they are offsetting it. Be sure to ask them. If you are interested in helping with tabling any time between 10 am and 3pm on May 4, contact Casey Brandon.  

Educational Opportunities

"A whale tale: Quantifying ecological processes to understand ship strike risk", April 26.

A talk by Sara Williams, UM Wildlife Biology, "A whale tale: Quantifying ecological processes to understand ship strike risk". Wednesday, April 26th, 12:00pm in FOR 106. 

UM Lecture to Discuss Truth, ‘Alternative Facts’, April 27.

The University of Montana College of Humanities and Sciences, in partnership with UM’s new Humanities Institute, will host “What is Truth? Evidence, Persuasion and ‘Alternative Facts’”. This year’s discussion examines the complexities of dealing with and assessing the meaning of truth from a variety of angles – scientific, social and human. Investigating everything from the significance of evidence to the emergence of “alternative facts,” this year’s UM faculty panel features communication studies Professor Betsy Wackernagel Bach, biology Professor Doug Emlen and UM alumnus and H&S advisory board member Jim Murray, who also serves as a trial lawyer for Blank Rome LLP in Washington, D.C. Returning to the dialogue will be UM alumnus and author Jeremy N. Smith, who will moderate the panel’s discussion. WHEN/WHERE: 4:30 p.m., April 27 in Room 105 of the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Building. The event is free and open to the public, and a light reception will follow. 

Social Justice in Social-ecological Systems, April 28.

Fred Lauer will defend his master’s thesis by this title. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, April 28 1:00PM, Room 225 University Center. 

Bitterroot Water Symposium, April 28 in Hamilton. 

Bitterroot College will host Presentations and Panels on clean water issues in the Bitterroot. Registration includes a hot lunch by culinary class (Salisbury steak, potatoes, desert). All Welcome. WHEN/WHERE: April 28 from 8:45 to 4pm at Bitterroot College of UM, in Hamilton, 103 S 9th St. Cost: $9. Must preregister by April 21 by emailing Victoria.clark@umontana.edu or 406-375-0100. 

Garden City Harvest offers Seed Saving Workshop, April 29.

People have been saving seed from their home gardens for hundreds of years. You can too! Learn some seed saving basics so you can keep and share your favorite garden plants for growing in the Missoula area. The workshop will cover: the benefits of saving seed; some relevant plant anatomy; plant selection and preparation techniques; and how to gather, process and store different seeds for the future. When we are done you will know enough to do some basic seed saving and will know where to find more info for your future seed saving adventures. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, April 29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Orchard Gardens Community Garden & Farm, 210 N Grove St, Missoula. 

Brown’s Lake attracts birds & birders, April 29. 

Enliven your spring with a trip to Brown’s Lake and the upper Blackfoot on Saturday, April 29 to view waterfowl, raptors, Sandhill Cranes, and other birds with Five Valleys Audubon. Participants of this all-day trip will meet in the northwest corner of UM’s Adams Center parking lot at 7:50 a.m. The group will return about 4 pm; bring a lunch. For more information, contact Larry at 549-5632. 

UM to Screen Documentary About Eroding Alaskan Village, May 1.

The University of Montana will host a free public screening of the film “We Are All Related Here”, and film director Brian McDermott will attend the screening and participate in a Q-and-A session after the 50-minute film concludes. “We Are All Related Here” tells the story of the Yup’ik people of Newtok, Alaska, whose village is being destroyed by flooding and erosion caused by global warming. Newtok sits on frozen permafrost, which is rapidly melting. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the largest and most important buildings in the village will be destroyed by rising waters in as little as two years. The film showcases the devastation taking place and the challenges Newtok’s 400 residents face as they attempt to relocated to a new site nine miles to the south. WHEN/WHERE: 4:30 p.m. May 1, in Room 105 of the Payne Family Native American Center. 

Before the Flood, a documentary on climate change narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, must see!

National Geographic Channel (Thurs April 20) aired a documentary that covers the different issues and feelings about climate change and its effects. Understanding the range of thoughts and feelings on this subject is essential to building effective action. You can see this episode at this link, and share with your peers how scientists communicate the value of climate science in informing policy and actions. 

Wildflower Walk at the Milltown State Park Overlook, May 3.  

Celebrate National Wildflower Week on a hike from the Bluff Overlook to the Clark Fork floodplain with Milltown State Park staff and members of the Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society. For more information call Michael Kustudia, 542-5533 or email mkustudia@mt.gov. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, May 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meet at the Milltown State Park Overlook, 1353 Deer Creek Road. 

GPHY 491-80 Participatory & Tribal GIS being offered this summer.

GPHY 491-80: Participatory and Tribal GIS introduces models and uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for decision making in cross-cultural contexts, with focus on collaboration with indigenous communities. Course content comprises both theoretical and practical classes in order to provide the student with basic skills for the management of Participatory GIS projects, and is divided into four modules on the theory, methodology, application and practice of cross-cultural GIS decision making and Tribal GIS. No prerequisite in GIScience, law, or Indigenous Studies is required. 

Managing Natural Risk workshop, Lolo, May 5. 

The climate is a-changing. Learn how to build resilience on your farm/ranch with affordable site-specific designs & management. Based on local climate and fire regimes, site assessment/landscape design, water/soil management. Includes video field trips. WHEN/WHERE: May 5, 9am to 4:30pm at the Lolo Community Center, 12345 HWY 93 in Lolo. Preregister cost $15; $20 at the door. Preregister here

Drone Experts to Offer UAS Training Course at UM May 22-26.

The University of Montana Autonomous Aerial Systems Office and Sands Unmanned Aviation Training of Kalispell will team up to offer a Basic Unmanned Aviation Systems Training Course next month. Held on the UM campus May 22-26, the intensive training provides ground instruction, hands-on flight instruction with small quadcopters, preparation for FAA licensing, and an overview of GIS and sensor applications. Taught by Justin Sands and Hovig Yaralian of SUAT and Kevin McManigal of UM’s Department of Geography, the training aims to convert people with little to no UAS – or unmanned aviation system – experience into beginner pilots who understand and operate in a safe and productive manner. There are a multitude of reasons someone may want to consider UAS training. The skillset can lead to employment in precision agriculture, public safety and utilities inspections, to name a few fields. Registration for the Basic UAS Training Course is open to the public, and participants can earn two college credits. The course is being offered through UM’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning. For more information or to register, call 406-529-9174 or email Jaylene Naylor.

Montana naturalist field trips offered by MT Natural History Center, May-June. 

MNHC offers many highly educational field trips for adults – geared towards making them more familiar with our local natural history. You can see the trips and sign up for them here. Here are few that are planned: May 6, Montana spring wildflowers - June 17, Montana pictographs - June 23-25 – Base Camp on Rock Creek. They also offer a Summer Master Naturalist Certification Course Wednesday-Friday, June 14-16, weekend off, Monday and Tuesday, June 19-20. Cost: $395 (2 UM credits available). Click here to register online! 

Fishprinting workshop, May 26.

Artist Bruce Koike will attend the upcoming meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Missoula in late May, and will offer a 3-hour workshop on the Japanese art of Gyotaku – Fish printing. WHEN/WHERE: May 26, 9am to noon in UM Skaggs building room 230. Cost is $60 for students & $80 for others. Register by emailing koike.bruce@gmail.com

Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education, offered this fall. 

Teach kids about food and farming while getting outside. Sign up for ENST 494.01: Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture Education at the PEAS Farm! This semester long practicum is open to graduate and undergraduate students, offering a practical experience teaching Missoula's school-age youth in a hands-on environment. You’ll lead two field trips each week for 5 to 6 weeks with school groups visiting the PEAS Farm, teaching fun-filled educational activities focused on the social, scientific, and nutritional components of sustainable agriculture and the food system. Class meets twice a week the first 3 weeks of the semester, Wednesday 2:00-3:20pm and Friday 10:00-11:20am, then only on Friday mornings for the final 12 weeks. Prior experience as a PEAS Farm intern is helpful. The PEAS Farm is located in the Rattlesnake Valley at 3010 Duncan Drive.  If you have questions email instructor, Jason Mandala. ENST494.01, 3 Credits, Class meets Wednesday 2:00-3:20 (only the first 3 weeks) & Friday 10:00-11:20, all semester. 

Montana Environmental Health Assn invites you to speak at their Sept conference, apply now. 

Montana Environmental Health Association will hold their annual conference at Missoula’s Holiday Inn Downtown on Sept 19-20. The theme is ‘Creating a Healthy Montana’. They are accepting applications to give presentations now. To apply click here. More information about MEHA at www.mehaweb.org

Grad course in Critical Animal Theory, Phil 504, offered this fall.

An overview of contemporary philosophical authors, texts, and themes in critical animal theory, beginning with Matthew Calarco's Thinking Through Animals. We'll give special attention to authors who emphasize the importance of narrative and poetry in re-visioning our >moral relationships with other animals. Articles by the Wittgensteinian philosopher Cora Diamond, Nobel Prize-winning novelist J.M. Coetzee's The Lives of Animals, responses to Lives by philosophers Stanley Cavell, Ian Hacking, John McDowell, Cary Wolfe, Peter Singer, and Stephan Mulhall all stress the relevance of literature to animal life. Instructor: Deborah Slicer/Philosophy. 

Jobs and Internships

Summer research fellowships on water, in California, apply by April 30.

The Water Foundation is hiring three fellows, one at each office location (LA, Oakland and Sacramento). Responsibilities include: research water policy issues across the western US. Review current research, aggregate information from diverse sources, interview a broad range of experts. advise foundation staff on opportunities to impact water policy and management in California and other western states. Tasks include writing policy analyses and developing presentations for staff. Increase Water Foundation’s understanding of groups and leaders engaged in new and innovative water management approaches across the West. Contribute to foundation’s policy-oriented campaigns by working with partners to advance policy and public education. Specific duties and projects will vary by location and will be discussed with applicants. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities-minimum qualifications: Strong analytical and research capacity and knowledge of water issues, Ability to perform tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information and exercise sound judgment in the use of all such information. Strong work ethic, integrity, initiative, follow-through, and good judgment, Ability to work independently and deliver timely work products, Excellent writing and verbal skills and Patience, grace, and humor under pressure, Commitment to and passion for the Water Foundation’s mission and vision. Start Date: June 2017. 12-week duration. 20-37.5 hours per week. Salary: $20/hour ($400-$750/week depending on schedule).To Apply: send a cover letter and resume to Lizette Leclerc, Director of Operations and Finance, at lleclerc@waterfdn.org by April 30, 2017. Please title the email as follows: Cover Letter [your last name] and Resume [your last name]. In your letter, explain why you are interested in working with the Water Foundation. 

US Water Alliance Graduate Summer Research Fellows, two positions in San Francisco.

The US Water Alliance advances policies and programs to secure a sustainable water future for all. We are driving a One Water movement—an approach to water stewardship that is innovative, inclusive, and integrated. The US Water Alliance is undertaking a two-year project to better understand, catalogue, and accelerate the adoption of promising programs and policies that improve outcomes for disadvantaged communities through inclusive and integrated water management. Visit our website for more information. Water Equity National Clearinghouse - This Graduate Student Researcher will develop an online database of organizations and projects focused on the intersection of water management and vulnerable communities. They will research organizations, write profiles of promising practices, and conduct research on water stress hotspots around the country. Water Equity 101 - The US Water Alliance is developing a Water 101 curriculum that will be used to provide an overview of the water sector and the concept of water equity. The curriculum will include a short (~10 page) briefing paper and a 3-hour workshop. This Graduate Student Researcher will research, develop, and write these materials. Qualifications for these positions - Current graduate student in related field—public policy, city planning, etc., At least one year of experience in a research position, Excellent research, writing, and communications skills, Flexible, entrepreneurial, with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Details - This is a paid internship for 10 weeks, 35 hours per week, with flexible start and end dates. $850 weekly stipend. Possibility of school credit or integrating research with thesis projects. How to Apply - Please send cover letter and resume to Megan Demitmdemit@uswateralliance.org

NWF EcoLeader Graduate Student Fellowships, apply by May 7.

National Wildlife Federation is currently seeking four graduate students to support our NWF EcoLeaders Program. Each fellowship is for a term of 4 -6 months (based on student schedule), and while fellows spend various amounts of time on their projects each week, the average amount of time spent will be 40 hours monthly. The fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend, professional development assistance and networking opportunities, and the possibility of academic credit for successful completion of the project, as an independent study or integration of fellowship project into course curriculula. Graduate students from any college or university within the U.S are eligible. Current and former employees of National Wildlife Federation and former NWF Campus Ecology Fellows are ineligible to apply. Former NWF interns are eligible to apply following one year from their final work date. The deadline to submit applications is May 7, 2017. More info here. 

AmeriCorps Program CivicSpark 2017-2018 open for fellows, April 24.

The AmeriCorps program in California, CivicSpark, is recruiting applicants for their 2017-18 service year. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals passionate about sustainability to gain professional experience working on climate and water policy projects. CivicSpark is looking for upcoming and recent college graduates who want to gain real-world experience, start their career in the sustainability and water field, and make a lasting impact! Learn more about CivicSpark by attending a Fellow Recruitment Webinar and by visiting our website. Applications for the 2017-18 service year open April 24th

Watershed Tech job with MT state agency –full time summer, part time during school year. 

Montana Dept of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) manages state trust lands. This internship is with the Missoula office and they will be flexible during the academic year so you can take your classes. Job involves: Resource monitoring (water quality, fish, etc), Range inspections (grazing leases), and assisting with management (enforcing riparian exclosures, erosion control, etc). Must be pursuing a natural resource related degree at UM. Hours per Week: 40 in summer, 20 during academic year. Wage/​Salary/​Other Compensation: $12-14/hr Depending on Qualifications. Start Date: Spring 2017  End Date: Fall 2017. More details (qualifications, etc) here: Send Resume with References (must be work or university related references), Cover Letter and Copies of Unofficial Transcript. Send application materials by mail or email to: Montana DNRC, C/O Jeff Schmalenberg, Resource Management and Planning Section Supervisor. 2705 Spurgin Road Missoula, MT 59804 Or email JSchmalenberg@mt.gov.
Application Deadline: 5 pm on Friday, April 30th, 2017. Applications must arrive on this date. 

Summer Job --Outdoor Discovery Day Camp Aftercare Instructor, apply now. 

Summer Camp After-Care Instructors will provide leadership, child supervision, and instruction during the extended care period after Summer Outdoor Discovery Camps at the Montana Natural History Center. After camps are officially over for the day, we offer 2 hours of after-care for parents, featuring free play, games, exploration, and environmental education, led by aftercare Instructors. Visit here to learn more and apply

Paid internship with turtles. 

Where do turtles get the money to pay an intern? It turns out that the generous MPG ranch will pay the intern to work with the turtles. The intern will be working on a study of turtles on the ranch which is near Florence MT. You need attention to detail and an adventurous spirit (and a love of turtles). Some previous experience handling animals is desired. Internship runs from June to October. Email your (turtle focused) resume to Dr. Matthew Schertz

Summer research assistantship: restoration seeding success, WY.

We are hiring field interns this summer to assist with a collaborative research project to study restoration seeding success.  It's a great opportunity to spend your summer outdoors, learn vegetation monitoring skills and participate in restoration ecology research. Job Title: Research Internship, Buffalo and Sheridan, WY – with frequent trips to Laramie. Full-Time Seasonal, Temporary. UW Ecosystem Science and Management. Summer Stipend @ 12.50/hour. Job Duties--Vegetation monitoring and plant identification at field sites near Buffalo, Wyoming.  The intern will also maintain research plots near Sheridan, Wyoming. Duties include, but are not limited to: plant identification, data collection and data entry, weed removal, mowing and irrigation maintenance. Weather permitting, each work day will begin in the early morning for a full day during the summer months. Skills/Requirements: Applicants need a basic understanding of plants and how to identify them. Candidates should enjoy working outdoors and be able to hike up to 3 miles a day while carrying pack weighing up to 25 lbs. Training is available, but any previous experience with the AIM (Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring) protocol and Wyoming plant identification would be helpful.  The successful candidate will work as part of a team of 2 or more people and should also be capable of independent work when needed.  There will be opportunities to interact with UW researchers and Wyoming land management personnel as well. Applicants must have a valid US driver's license. To apply, Submit Statement of interest and resume listing three references to khufford@uwyo.edu. Interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start dates are negotiable and the internship will run from late May – August 2017. Dr. Kristina Hufford (307) 766-5587. 

Field technician position: plant community and restoration ecology.

A field technician position is available with Lars Brudvig's research group at Michigan State University to assist with plant community and restoration ecology projects in Michigan. Primary job duties will include plant community surveys and measurement of environmental (e.g., soil, light) parameters within prairies and oak savannas undergoing restoration, establishment and maintenance of experimental field plots, and lab/office work (e.g., sample processing, data entry and proofing).  The technician will work both independently and collaboratively with postdocs and graduate students in the lab.  The technician can spend (paid) time working with restoration practitioners on related projects. Minimum requirements: A Bachelor's degree in ecology, biology or a similar field of study, previous research experience, the ability to work full days under arduous (hot/humid) field conditions, and a valid driver's license. Desired qualifications: Formal botanical training, knowledge of prairie and/or oak savanna flora, prior experience conducting vegetation surveys, and experience with restoration practice. Timing: Positions will begin as early as May and no later than July 2017, and will last 6-9 months.  Applicants should indicate dates of availability in their application letter. Pay rate willbe $12/hour, for 40 hours/week. The technician will spend time based out of Michigan State University's main campus (East Lansing, MI) and Kellogg Biological Station (Hickory Corners, MI) with daily and some overnight travel to field sites. These travel expenses will be covered. To apply: Email a CV and a letter describing your interest in this position, relevant past experience, start date availability, and contact information with email addresses for two references to Lars Brudvig. Review of application materials will begin on 14 April 2017; applications received after 21 April 2017 will not be considered. 

Summer AmeriCorps positions open across Colorado!

Make Colorado a better place. Colorado Service Learning Council (CSLC) Summer Associates is a 10 week AmeriCorps VISTA program that engages volunteers in intensive service experiences with Colorado nonprofit/government agencies and K-12 schools to develop programs, design curriculum, and work with youth and marginalized populations across the state. Summer Associates serve from May 28-August 5, 2017, and earn a modest living stipend of $2,718 and an education award of $1,222. Read about our partners and open positions here. 

Camas Magazine is now accepting applications for the 2017/18 editorship. 

Eligible applicants will have completed 2 semesters in the EVST graduate program as of the end of spring 2017 semester. Please send a resume and cover letter by noon on Friday, April 21 to camas@mso.umt.edu. In your cover letter please include an overview of the strengths and experiences you would bring to the Camas editorship, as well as your vision for improving on the magazine and broadening the pool of readers and contributors among any other details that your vision might hold. If you have not been previously involved in Camas as a board member or chair, please indicate how you are acquainted with the magazine and how you plan to be an effective editor, despite lack of service on a genre board. If you are not an EVST Environmental Writing student, please include a writing sample. Contact us with any questions you might have. We look forward to reading your visions for the magazine and passing the torch.  

Links to Conservation jobs in MT.

Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
Vice President of Philanthropy, American Prairie Reserve
Executive Director, Citizens for a Better Flathead
Drought Coordinator, Jefferson River Watershed Council

Housing

Room w/bath for rent in nice, centrally located home, $435.

If location, bike ability, and quality of housing matter, look no further! Spacious room with personal bath available in late May. The house is a comfortable, newer 3-bedroom home two blocks from the riverfront trail, just east of Russell near the Good Food Store. House is a warm, well-lit owner-occupied, 3-bedroom, 2-bath, with two living areas, and a nice kitchen. Features include: gas appliances, on-site laundry, hardwood floors, gear storage in garage, porches, and a small yard with garden space. Rent is $435/month plus a share of utilities and internet. Month-to-month lease with option to sign a loInger commitment. Sorry, no pets at this time. Your future housemates are both active, clean, outdoorsy professionals in their 20’s and 30’s. The owner is a male, EVST alum, and current Ph.D. candidate in forestry. The other roommate a female natural resource specialist. This home is a great place to study or to enjoy dinner with friends. For questions or to schedule a showing, please email Peter Metcalf or contact at (406) 531-5098.  

Roommate needed, $500/month.

A recent EVST post grad is looking for a third roommate​ in the most beautiful home in Missoula's West Side. The home has 3 bedrooms, a modern feel with lots of custom features, hardwood floors, laundry upstairs, two porches, lots of basement storage, and a south- facing nicely landscaped backyard for gardens, a bonfire pit and summer BBQ's. Rent is $500 + utilities and internet. We're looking for a upper 20's to 30's professional or graduate student that's trustworthy, health minded and good-hearted. Move in date is April 15- May 1st. No dogs please!  ​Contact Melissa at m.lafontaine13@gmail.com or 406-240-1367 for photos and more details. ​ 

Room available near Sentinel High School.

I am subletting my room in a wonderful, quite communal home near Sentinel High School. The home is filled twentysomethings with a wide variety of interests. 2626 Bancroft Street house is a 3,600 sq. ft. home in the Lewis and Clark neighborhood. The building has 22 total rooms, which are shared by nine people. Shared spaces include: nine private bedrooms, five bathrooms, two private workshops, Laundry Room, a Billiards Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, and a living room. In the fenced back yard we have a fire pit, ample seating, a community garden (with automated irrigation and a space for you to plant), a chicken house & run, a dog pen, and a koi pond with waterfall. The pond is circled with numerous perennial flowers, offering audible and visual interest throughout the seasons! The room is a basement room, with south and east facing windows and a closet. Contact Max or see ad on Craigslist.

Miscellaneous - Resources

Celebrate MCAT (Missoula Community Access TV), May 5.

MCAT, Missoula's community media resource, is celebrating another year at a special "First Friday" birthday party. Free food, fun friends. Get your picture taken at the green screen photo booth, experience the wonders of virtual reality and enjoy the evening! A short program will begin at approximately 6:15. RSVP here. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, May 5, 5:30-8 pm, Downtown Dance Collective.  

MontPIRG’s Party for the Public Interest, May 7. 

MontPIRG invites you enjoy food, music, fun friends while supporting the next generation of civic leaders. WHEN/WHERE: May 7, 4:30-7pm at The Public House (130 E. Broadway). More info and tickets available here.  

Some newsletters of interest.

Association of State Wetland Managers newsletter: "Wetland Breaking News", Archived issues here.
DNRC Floodplain newsletter: "Highground"
Montana Watershed Coordination Council (MWCC) newsletter: "Watershed News"
Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana (SWCDMI) newsletter: "The Montana Conservationist"  

University Villages Plans Herbicide Application.

Work crews at University Villages, a University of Montana housing complex located on the South Campus, will apply herbicides to select areas this spring and summer. Residents and the public should watch for signs posted along the perimeter of treated areas. Glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, will be spot-sprayed near parking lots, curbs and sidewalks, as well as in some ornamental flowerbeds. Craighead, Sisson, Elliott, Toole and Lewis and Clark Villages are scheduled for treatment this spring. The herbicide Horsepower will be used for treatment of broadleaf weeds in some turf areas. Workers will adhere to all procedural regulations and guidelines in applying the herbicide. For more information call the University Villages office at 406-243-6030.

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