Newsline April 3, 2017
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- Environmental Justice victory for residents of Flint, Michigan!!
- Paul Simon Tour will benefit biodiversity.
- Dan Spencer to be honored at UM Employee Recognition Day!
- EVST Grad Student Megan McInerney’s new publication.
- EVST’ers win scholarships.
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)
APRIL IS EARTH MONTH!
- Clark Fork Basin Council will form at UM, April 19-20.
- UM Society for Ecological Restoration Events This Spring.
- Get your hands dirty for clean water! Clark Fork Coalition Volunteer Opportunities.
- Help recycle all that outdoor gear – used outdoor gear sale, April 12.
- Volunteer at the International Wildlife Film Festival, April 15-22, sign up now.
- ASUM KRELF in search of another graduate student member!
- People’s Climate Mobilization, April 29 in Washington DC.
- Free Cycles needs volunteers this summer for youth camps.
- Volunteers needed to put up wildlife friendly fencing, June 3.
- Watershed Planning Workshop offered at UM, April 17-18.
- Privatizing public lands, April 4.
- Land Conservation Workshop offered in Dillon, April 4-5.
- Effect of rodents eating seeds on native vs invasive plant competition, April 5.
- Systems Ecology/DECS Seminar Series Spring 2017, April 6 and 13.
- Audubon Bird trips in April.
- Garden planning workshop, April 9.
- The stunning Montana wildlife refuge you’ve never heard of, April 10.
- Qualitative data analysis workshop for graduate students, April 10.
- PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION: A TOOL FOR LEARNING, LEADERSHIP AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT.
Jobs and Internships (Local or summer jobs; for full time jobs around the US, see the envirojobs list serv)
- Seeking Graduate Student Mentor for Five-Week International State Department Program on Environmental Issues – Full Time
- Seeking Graduate Student Mentor for Month-Long International State Department Program on Environmental Issues – Part Time.
- Summer Crew Leader for Youth Conservation Corps, Watershed Education Network.
- Internships with UM Dining Gardens.
- Program coordinator job with AmeriCorps & VISTA in MT, apply by April 10.
- Ecology Project International is hiring a Yellowstone program supervisor.
- USGS researcher seeks crew leader for a field study starting June 1 in Hawaii.
- Blackfoot Challenge seeks Operations Manager, apply by April 14.
- Montana Conservation Corps is hiring crew members.
- More links to Conservation jobs in Montana.
- Sustainable Agriculture and Agritourism Internship at Prairie Grass Ranch, apply by April 10.
- Funding for conservation & food initiatives (links to more info).
- EVST alum Grace Brogan and partner launch an online meal and menu planning tool, Wholesum.
- International Week at UM, April 3-7.
- INDIA FEST - A Cultural Carnival offering the Taste of India.
- Garden City Harvest still has CSA shares available.
- Missoula Old Time Social, April 20-22.
- MontPIRG celebrates 36 years of public interest research & action, May 7.
- Five Valleys Land Trust annual banquet/fundraiser, May 20.
- Kind Dining, May 11.
- Know Your Farmer Children's Festival, May 7.
Environmental Justice victory for residents of Flint, Michigan!!
Recently, a federal judge approved a settlement reached by the parties in the Flint, MI Safe Drinking Water Act case. Authorities are required to examine water service lines for at least 18,000 households and replace those made of lead and galvanized steel within three years. The agreement also requires the State to monitor the tap water for lead; maintain a water filter installation and education program; and continue to make bottled water available to Flint residents. Defendants are also required to guarantee funding for seven existing health programs, particularly those for pregnant women and children affected by the high lead levels. This is a huge victory in the community’s battle for justice and health. That said, this victory only deals with the lead drinking water issues and does not get to other critical EJ issues facing the community. Here’s an article on the National Public Radio website about the settlement. Not so good news: Speaking of NPR – they are on the chopping block to be eliminated by the current administration.
Paul Simon Tour will benefit biodiversity.
EVST’er Jenny Rokosch let us know that Paul Simon’s summer tour (which includes Missoula) will donate all proceeds to the Half-Earth Project, an initiative of noted scientist E.O. Wilson's Biodiversity Foundation. The singer-songwriter became more public about his interest in biodiversity in 2016, after he read Wilson's book Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life, which argues that humans must "devote half the surface of the Earth to nature" to ensure the planet's health. Simon said that the profits from his tour will benefit biodiversity preservation efforts in "a large swath of area through Alabama down through the Gulf Coast, including Florida." Paul will be in Missoula in June 21 at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field. Full story here.
Dan Spencer to be honored at UM Employee Recognition Day!
EVST professor Dan Spencer will receive the Distinguished Service to International Education Award at UM’s 2017 Employee Recognition Day Award ceremony. The annual UM Employee Recognition Day event on Thursday, April 13 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. Congratulations, Dan!
EVST Grad Student Megan McInerney’s new publication.
Congratulations to EVST grad writing student Megan McInerney, who just published an essay at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, a national journal out of Concordia College. Read Megan’s response to Charles Bowden’s last published work here.
EVST’ers win scholarships.
Catie DeMets and Melissa Peterson both received Bertha Morton Scholarships. Congratulations Catie and Melissa!
APRIL IS EARTH MONTH!
As usual – April (Earth Month) is shaping up to be a busy month in Missoula. Check out the Conservation Calendar to see the many events, and let Vicki Watson know if any are missing (or need updating). Some highlights include:
April 7 – Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene
April 15 & 23 – Dig Days (volunteers needed)
April 15-22 – International Wildlife Film Festival (volunteers needed)
April 17-18 – Watershed Planning Workshop at UM
April 19-20 – Clark Fork Basin Council is born at UM
April 20-24 – Walk Through Time exhibit at UM (volunteers needed)
April 20 – UM’s Sustainaganza on the Oval
April 22 – Earth Day – River Cleanup, Run for the Trees, March for Science, MUD & UMFLAT’s Earth celebrations, Ecopentathalon, Missoula Art Park events, etc. (Volunteers needed for many of these)
April 29 – Missoula People’s Climate Solidarity March & Rally (1-3) and the Grand opening of Ft. Missoula Regional Park (12-4).
Clark Fork Basin Council will form at UM, April 19-20.
Montana updated its state water plan in 2015. Clark Fork basin citizens worked hard to get this plan to include for the first time: the need to manage water for natural system health and a recognition of the challenges of climate change. Citizens who have worked on these state water plans for decades realized that there was little chance of getting this plan implemented unless a river basin council was formed that was dedicated to pushing for implementation. On April 19-20, the Clark Fork Basin Council will create itself on the UM campus. All watershed citizens are welcome. If you wish to attend, RSVP here, so we have enough snacks. The Agenda is here…More background info is here. If you can only drop in for some parts of the 2 days, please sit toward the back of the room, so that your coming & going does not disturb those who are there for the entire event.
UM Society for Ecological Restoration Events This Spring.
UM SER has some events that are in final planning stages for dates where you can assist in the restoration of local areas. Revegetation and Soil Project - Big Hole Watershed Committee, Anaconda, Thinning & Prescribed Burning - Missoula Parks & Recreation, Mount Sentinel, and Wetland Restoration - Trout Unlimited, Nine Mile Creek. For more information on these events and times, please contact Mike Fazekas, Interim Vice President, UMSER.
Get your hands dirty for clean water! Clark Fork Coalition Volunteer Opportunities.
Join the Clark Fork Coalition and partners as we jump start an important season of river cleanups and restoration projects. Here are 4 ways you can help the river this spring. Annual Clark Fork River Cleanup: April 22nd, 10am-noon at Caras Park - Be part of this treasured Missoula event! Last year nearly 700 volunteers cleaned up over 4,000 pounds of trash. Create your own team of co-workers, friends, or family and join the community in keeping our river clean. Free BBQ, give-aways, and raffle! Volunteer Behind the Scenes at the Cleanup: April 22nd, 11:30am-12:45pm - We're looking for 12 helpers to serve lunches to hungry cleanup volunteers on April 22nd. Free BBQ, give-aways, and raffle for volunteers! Contact Katie for more info or to sign up! Lolo Creek Planting: TBD - Clark Fork Coalition is teaming up with Lolo Watershed Group again this year to reduce sedimentation of Lolo Creek. Last year, volunteers planted 1000+ plants and worked hard to keep them alive through the hot, dry summer. Now, we're heading back to replace some plants that died and keep the sites looking great! Volunteer Educators: May 25th and June 1st, 11:30am-2pm - Students from Clinton Elementary will be taking part in our Riparian Rx curriculum this spring. These kids will be working on creating a restoration plan for the Rock Creek/Clark Fork River confluence. We're looking for volunteers on May 25th and June 1st to help these kids implement their restoration plan--i.e. help them plant native riparian trees and pull invasive weeds. It will be a fun and rewarding day! Upcoming Events...Thursday, May 25th 5pm-8pm: Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Roxy Theater! Here at the Clark Fork Coalition, we are SO thankful for the help of all our volunteers, and we want to throw you a party! Please join us on May 25th at the Roxy Theater for popcorn, a water-themed film, and mingling with CFC volunteers and staff. Haven't volunteered in a while? No worries! This event is for anyone who has EVER volunteered with the Clark Fork Coalition. We'll have information on how to get back involved, and some brand-new opportunities to give back to the river that you love. Stay tuned for more info!
Help recycle all that outdoor gear – used outdoor gear sale, April 12.
UM’s Outdoor Program’s Gear Sale is coming up, Wednesday, April 12. This is an all-day thing, 6:30 am to 7:30 pm! We need volunteers/workers to fill many shifts throughout the day! Please come to the Outdoor Program desk to sign up to work the sale. Or email Boston Wakeham with your phone number and what times throughout the day you are available to work. Deadline to sign up to work is Monday, April 10th by NOON! Employees and/or general public who volunteer to work at least 3 hours will have the opportunity to attend the worker’s sale. The worker’s sale is an hour prior to opening the sale up to the general population, 11am-noon. Day of, we ask all volunteers to wear red so we can identify each other. Coffee and pastries will be provided in the morning. If you do sign up to volunteer, we ask that you check your email the night before the gear sale. You’ll receive an email with your work assignment. Questions? Call the Outdoor Program at 243-5172 or contact Boston Wakeham.
Volunteer at the International Wildlife Film Festival, April 15-22, sign up now.
The International Wildlife Film Festival is 40 years old and needs lots of volunteers to make this the best one yet. This week-long film festival (April 15-22), brings together filmmakers, conservationists, and scientists from around the world to meet, celebrate the environment and its creatures, and collaborate on conservation techniques. As a festival volunteer, you can help with concessions and box office at the Roxy Theater, help with hikes, field trips or other special events and parties. Each volunteer shift earns you a free movie ticket to any film screening. If you volunteer for 10 shifts or 20 hours during the week, you receive an all-access pass which grants you entrance into all screening, events, and parties happening during the festival. Sign up to volunteer now! Before all the most fun jobs are grabbed. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 461-4184.
ASUM KRELF in search of another graduate student member!
"KRELF stands for "Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund,” a student-initiated, student-funded loan program that supports energy and resource conservation projects on the University of Montana campus. Each semester since Fall 2009, UM students have supported KRELF with an opt-out sustainability fee. The purpose of KRELF is to finance projects that promote resource conservation, waste reduction, and environmental projects at UM, as well as capture financial and energy savings and foster student involvement in sustainability efforts." The committee meets to evaluate proposals for said projects, in addition to overseeing projects already underway. Contact Meredith at the UM sustainability office for more information.
People’s Climate Mobilization, April 29 in Washington DC.
350.org and other groups are planning a march in Washington DC, focused on climate action. If interested in participating, see this web site. Alternatively, you may want to help local groups plan a local march in solidarity with the march in Washington.
Free Cycles needs volunteers this summer for youth camps.
Free Cycles is seeking skilled and committed volunteers to help with youth camps for dates in May, June, July, and August. Please contact Emily at email@example.com if you are available and interested. Any help is extremely appreciated.
Volunteers needed to put up wildlife friendly fencing, June 3.
Some local wildlife friends plan to build a stretch of wildlife-friendly fencing on Lolo National Forest lands near Evaro Hill. The three-strand fence includes just one strand of barbed wire. The fence will keep cattle out of the LaValle and Marent Creeks, areas heavily used by the North Hills-Evaro Elk Herd. This will assist the local ranch family leasing that area (they share their private land with the elk in winter). Volunteers meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Town Pump on the NW side of Highway 93/I-90 Wye west of Missoula. Look for Bert’s tan Tacoma on the front row of the parking lot facing Highway 93 near the Exxon sign. Volunteers will work until about 1 p.m. then adjourn to a nearby grassy ridge for a Famous Dave's picnic lunch. Volunteers must wear sturdy boots, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Bring work gloves if you have them (there will be extras). Everyone working with wire must wear glasses--eyeglasses, sunglasses, safety glasses, some kind of eye protection. Fencing wire behaves unpredictably in the presence of volunteers. To volunteer, contact Bert Lindler.
Watershed Planning Workshop offered at UM, April 17-18.
Register now for Montana Watershed Coordination Council's Spring Training on "Creative and Effective Watershed Planning. " Offered in partnership with the Montana DEQ non-point source program and includes training on watershed restoration planning, including five primary topic areas: stakeholder and community engagement, drafting and development, and implementation. Experienced trainers will discuss planning strategies as well as technical and financial resources available for each planning stage. For more information and to register click here. WHEN/WHERE: April 17-18 at UM’s UC. Cost: $125.
Privatizing public lands, April 4.
Wilderness Lecture Series continues with “The Federal Public Lands Transfer and Privatization Movement from the Sagebrush Rebellion to the American Lands Council: What is Driving it and What Could it Mean for Our Country?” Hal Herring, award-winning journalist, writer, and editor. The series is brought to you by UM Wilderness Institute. More info at (406) 243-6916 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Wilderness Issues Lecture Series website. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, April 4, 7 pm, Gallagher Business Building 122.
Land Conservation Workshop offered in Dillon, April 4-5.
2017 High Divide Workshops Wildlife connectivity, water conservation, sage land conservation, and wildfire threats in the Wildland Urban interface, working lands, forested lands. April 4-5, 2017 at UM-Western at Dillon.
Effect of rodents eating seeds on native vs invasive plant competition, April 5.
How rodent granivory impacts the establishment of native vs. invasive plants. A seminar by Jacob Lucero of UM. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, April 5th, noon to 12:50 pm in Jeannette Rankin Hall Room 202.
Systems Ecology/DECS Seminar Series Spring 2017, April 6 and 13.
April 6 – Charles Hall – Dept. of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY – “Energy Returns on investment: A unifying principle for biology, economics, and sustainability”. April 13 – Park Williams – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University – “The impact of human-caused warming on drought and forest fire in the western United States”. Seminars are held in room FOR 305 Thursdays from 3:40-4:30 pm. For information contact Diana L. Six.
Audubon Bird trips in April.
April 8 (Sat) – Field trip to Ninepipes area to see Short-eared owls. Meet at 4pm, NW corner of Adams Center parking lot. Return after dark.
April 15 (Sat) – All day field trip to Warm Springs ponds for waterfowl. Meet at 7am, NW corner of Adams Center parking lot.
April 15 (Sat) – Bird walk at Metcalf Refuge from 10 am to noon. Meet at Refuge Visitors Center
April 29 (Sat) – All day field trip to Brown’s Lake for waterfowl. Meet at 7:50 am, NW corner of Adams Center Parking lot. For more info on field trips, contact Larry at 549-5632 or email@example.com.
Garden planning workshop, April 9.
1000 New Gardens will offer a garden planning workshop on Sunday, April 9 (3-5pm) at the Foodshed (516 N. Ave. E.). We will be planting starts, going over how to assess your garden bed, and what to plant when and where. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The stunning Montana wildlife refuge you’ve never heard of, April 10.
At the Monday, April 10 meeting of Five Valleys Audubon, learn about the Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge from Beverly Skinner, wildlife biologist for the refuge. At over 9,000 acres, the refuge protects abundant wetlands and Dahl Lake, a shallow glacial lake. The refuge is located in northwest Montana approximately one hour west of Kalispell. WHEN/WHERE: April 10 at 7:30 pm in room L14 (lower level) of the Gallagher Business Building on the UM campus.
Qualitative data analysis workshop for graduate students, April 10.
If you use qualitative methods in your research, this workshop may be of interest. On Monday, April 10th from 12-1:30 in SS 262, UM Communication Studies, the Social Science Research Laboratory, the College of Education and the Provost's Office are co-sponsoring a qualitative data analysis workshop for graduate students in the social sciences from two visiting scholars from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. All graduate students are welcome and lunch will be provided. Flyer with more details found here.
PARTICIPATORY EVALUATION: A TOOL FOR LEARNING, LEADERSHIP AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT.
Presented by Pam Mavrolas. Often funders and others encourage environmental and social change nonprofits to incorporate evaluation methodologies. This does not have to be a burdensome endeavor -- it can be fun, engaging and helpful to the growth and development of a program and/or the wider organization. This workshop will introduce students to participatory evaluation methodology and how they might use assessment and evaluation in community-based change efforts. We will explore how evaluation can help identify program results, collective learning, leadership engagement, and program improvement. Specific objectives include to: Define and demystify “participatory evaluation.” Identify the purpose, benefits and ways to structure and implement a collaborative learning process. Identify the Core Building Blocks of an evaluation plan/approach. Experiment with how to pose and develop evaluation questions to frame and focus the inquiry. Introduce briefly “theory of change” methodology. Explore possible tools and processes for gathering data. Identify ways participants might put to use what they have learned in this workshop. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, April 10; 2:00 – 5:00 in the Alumini Boardroom, Third Floor, University Center.
Seeking Graduate Student Mentor for Five-Week International State Department Program on Environmental Issues – Full Time.
Full-Time Commitment June 28 – August 2, 2017 with Students from Japan, Brazil, Russia, China, and India. A great paid opportunity to share your passions as you travel with international student leaders! Led by Dr. Len Broberg of UM's Environmental Studies Program, this Institute will bring twenty student leaders to Montana, Texas, and Washington, DC for five weeks, from June 28 - August 2. The group includes undergraduate students from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Japan. The program offers a comprehensive study of environmental issues and U.S. culture and society through multiple perspectives. We organize a syllabus that integrates speakers from the University and the community; field visits throughout the region to places such as the Flathead Indian Reservation, the Clark Fork Superfund Complex, the PEAS Farm, and Missoula's wastewater treatment facility; overnight visits to Helena and Glacier National Park; and a number of cultural activities such as whitewater rafting, baseball games, concerts, etc. We pay $3200, plus trip expenses. You are required to work an average of 50 hours a week throughout the five-week program, drive a van during field trips, assist with logistics and showing them summer activities you enjoy. We expect you to be available throughout the program, but you share day to day work with another grad student (you'll have at least one weekend off, etc.). There are a lot of long days at the beginning as we orient participants to Missoula and the program. For more information, please contact Program Director Deena Mansour.
Seeking Graduate Student Mentor for Month-Long International State Department Program on Environmental Issues – Part Time.
Part-Time Commitment: August 30 – September 27, 2017 with Students from Southeast Asia. A great paid opportunity to share your passions as you work with international student leaders! The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI): Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Global Environmental Issues is led by Dr. Nicky Phear and Dr. Len Broberg. This Institute brings twenty student leaders from Southeast Asia to Montana for one month. As this program takes place during the academic year, we are seeking four graduate students at an average commitment of 15-25 hours per week. The program is a comprehensive look at global environmental issues and U.S. culture and society, integrating speakers from the University and the community; field visits throughout the region to places such as the Flathead Indian Reservation, Helena, and the Milltown Dam; a two-night visit to Glacier; and a number of cultural activities such as whitewater rafting, baseball games, concerts, etc. We pay $12/hour plus expenses for trips beyond Missoula. For more information, please contact Program Director Deena Mansour.
Summer Crew Leader for Youth Conservation Corps, Watershed Education Network.
The Watershed Education Network (WEN) is a hiring a crew co-leader to mentor and instruct a total of 8-10 crew members for this summer. Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program is a partnership between WEN and Lolo National Forest (LNF) to offer paid work for high school students that combines environmental education, data collection, and unique career exposure, observing professionals in the field, in LNF from June-July. This position is based in Missoula, Montana with field locations in Lolo National Forest. This is a seasonal position from June 12th – July 28th, 2017 with potential continuation in August. WEN is offering $12/hour, based on a 45-50 hr/week schedule. Applicants must have this time available to be given full consideration. WEN offers mileage reimbursement when/if personal vehicles are used for work purposes. There will likely be overtime opportunities as well, for example camping with crew. Benefits include training from WEN and LNF employees and networking opportunities with LNF and other professionals in different science fields. To Apply: Interested applicants can send their cover letter and resume to mailto:email@example.com or call (406) 541-9287 for further questions. Complete information found here.
Internships with UM Dining Gardens.
The UM Dining Gardens are looking for interns for credit. Learn to grow your own food with sustainable techniques and get an insider perspective on our Montana food system. 1-3 credits per semester are available for all kinds of majors. Please contact Gardens Manager Stasia Orkwiszewski or 406-243-5141.
Program coordinator job with AmeriCorps & VISTA in MT, apply by April 10.
This is a full-time job, but if you are graduating in mid-May, then you should be able to start then. The Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) is hiring a Program Specialist. This person is responsible for new site development and member recruitment for MTCC’s AmeriCorps and VISTA programs. They will design and implement training curriculum and providing professional development for program participants. MTCC orients several classes of AmeriCorps and VISTA members each year, with over 100 (full-year, student and Summer Associate) members serving throughout Montana in the areas of K-12 success, postsecondary access, college completion and veterans and military family support initiatives. Click here for full description and application instructions.
Ecology Project International is hiring a Yellowstone program supervisor.
Here’s a unique chance to join EPI’s Yellowstone program team full-time. We are seeking an energetic operations and education guru to act as our new Yellowstone summer program supervisor to oversee the delivery of courses that reach over 200 local and visiting middle and high school students each summer. EPI’s Yellowstone summer program supervisor is responsible for the planning and implementation for the Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program. The supervisor’s primary responsibilities include instructor supervision, vendor and partner coordination, curriculum development, gear purchasing and maintenance, risk management, and program itinerary coordination. The position is approximately 95% office-based and 5% field-based. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), permanent position based in Missoula. More information is available at our website, Ecology Project International.
USGS researcher seeks crew leader for a field study starting June 1 in Hawaii.
Would like to have the crew leader start June 1. The project is investigating the influences of seed dispersal by birds, soil nutrients, and grass competition on native woody plant recruitment in Acacia koa reforestation sites. This is being advertised as a Student Services Contractor position, therefore you must be a recent graduate within 1 year of having completed a BA/BS/MS degree to qualify (so if you are graduating in May, you qualify). We are seeking an organized, positive, team player who has worked on or led a field crew, with a knowledge of Hawaiian ecosystems and plants in particular. Over 50% of the time will be spent in Hakalau Forest NWR. If you are interested, please send AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT 1. brief cover letter highlighting relevant experience and why you are interested in the position, 2. resume that includes date of graduation, and 3. name, address, phone number, and email address of at least 3 references to Dr. Stephanie Yelenik, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, firstname.lastname@example.org. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION FOUND HERE.
Blackfoot Challenge seeks Operations Manager, apply by April 14.
The Blackfoot Challenge is a nonprofit organization with the mission to coordinate efforts that conserve and enhance the natural resources and rural way of life in the Blackfoot Watershed for present and future generations. The Blackfoot Challenge was formed to build bridges between people with a stake in the landscape and those with decision-making authority to create lasting solutions that benefit people, wildlife and the land. Working groups made up of community members respond to community needs with programs for: water conservation; invasive weed control; land conservation and stewardship; placed-based conservation education; forest health; economic sustainability; and wildlife conservation. Job Description: full-time position working to support core watershed programs, managing administrative, financial, fund development and Board development functions. The Operations Manager will report directly to the Executive Director, and will work closely with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and all staff. This is a core leadership position for the Blackfoot Challenge, and critical to supporting committees and partnerships. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION FOUND HERE.
Montana Conservation Corps is hiring crew members.
As a Crew Member with MCC, your home is a tent for much of the time, and meals are shared around camp with your fellow crew members. Guided by graduates of the MCC Leadership Development Program, you’ll serve alongside others from across the country who share your passion for hard work and conservation. Your time with MCC will have a lifelong impact on you and the communities and landscapes you serve. Positions throughout Montana. Some jobs run from 5/22 to 11/3 while others run from 5/22 to 8/18. Education awards at end of service. Full details are available here.
More links to Conservation jobs in Montana.
Sustainable Agriculture and Agritourism Internship at Prairie Grass Ranch, apply by April 10.
This 4000-acre certified organic ranch/farm (beef, grains, legumes) is near Havre, MT. Depending on their skills and interests, interns help with animal care, garden/orchard work, fencing, mechanical work, helping prepare for a tour of the farm in June. Specialized skills are not necessary, but reliability, positive attitude, and all-around good character are key! Interns are expected to work 25 hours a week; they are provided with housing & organic food. Will be provided access to a vehicle and tips on good fishing, hiking spots. Start Date: sometime between April 15 and May 15 End Date: June 30 (or as late as October if you want; please mention in your application if you would like to stay longer than June 30) Apply by April 10 by emailing a cover letter to Jody Manuel the following info:Why you’re interested in the internship and briefly describe any relevant experience you have. Please include contact info for a reference and/or a resume.
Funding for conservation & food initiatives (links to more info).
Browning Kimball Foundation (sustainable ag is one focus)
EVST alum Grace Brogan and partner launch an online meal and menu planning tool, Wholesum.
This new website is for environmental educators, wilderness instructors, citizen science facilitators, outfitters, event organizers, and others who plan meals for groups. After working in the industry and seeing how complex and time-consuming it can be when scaling, substituting, shopping, and packing for multiple days and people with dietary restrictions, Grace and John developed an online tool that does the math for you and saves recipes in the cloud for future use. Wholesum saves program coordinators time and money, and allows them to focus on their expertise. Visit Wholesum to learn more! Nonprofit discounts are available.
International Week at UM, April 3-7.
While UM had to cancel its annual International Festival, International Week is still happening. The schedule is available here. Includes talks & films throughout the week and a fair on Thursday April 6 (9am to 3pm) in the UC Atrium. Learn about campus & community groups working to promote international & cultural understanding.
INDIA FEST - A Cultural Carnival offering the Taste of India.
April 5: Demonstration of Indian cooking by Surbhi Jain, Hindi language instructor from India at the Good Food Store; 5:30 pm-6:30 pm; FREE - April 6: a lecture by Prof. Rupert Snell, "Worlds Far and Near: Translating Hindi Poetry “ 3:30 pm in LA 103A-B. Followed by discussion and a reception; FREE - April 6: Henna Table at University Center, as part of International Culture Festival - 11:15 am- 2:00 pm; For a small donation, Surbhi will apply a lovely henna motif on your arm. Henna is traditionally applied at weddings and other auspicious occasions. This is a fund-raiser for South & South-East Asian Studies. April 14: A 5-minute Indian Dance performance by Surbhi Jain as part of “Studio Works,” a Dance Concert presented by School of Theatre & Dance, University of Montana at 6:30 pm; PARTV building Open Space, Entry Fee: $5 (at the gate). For more details, Contact: Surbhi Jain, Fulbright Hindi FLTA.
Garden City Harvest still has CSA shares available.
Missoula Old Time Social, April 20-22.
The First Ever Missoula Old Time Social is a friendly gathering celebrating traditional music and dance - three days of jamming, square dances, workshops, a concert, and a grand cakewalk April 20-22 in Missoula. Everyone is encouraged to participate -- pick up an instrument, learn to clog, try your hand at square dancing, slide into a cakewalk. This event is for all ages-- beginners and experts, alike, and it is FREE admission and open to everyone. Visit the website to find a detailed schedule of events and learn more about the First Ever Missoula Old Time Social.
MontPIRG celebrates 36 years of public interest research & action, May 7.
This spring MontPIRG celebrates our 36th year of educating and empowering the next generation of civic leaders! We’ve worked to clean up pollution and politics, and protect renters. For 36 years, we've made our state a better place to live and that's worth celebrating! Come join friends for refreshments, music, and your chance to empower incredible young leaders. MontPIRG's First Annual Party for the Public Interest! Buy your tickets today! WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, May 7th @ 4:30 -7:00pm at The Public House (130 E Broadway).
Five Valleys Land Trust annual banquet/fundraiser, May 20.
Banquet includes live and silent auctions, musical entertainment by Tom Catmull, a catered dinner, and the opportunity meet and mingle with others who care about this extraordinary place. Tickets: $50 per person, visit our website for tickets. Tickets go on sale on Monday, April 3rd. & sell out soon. WHEN/WHERE: May 20 at 5:30 pm at UM’s UC Ballroom.
Kind Dining, May 11.
A one-day, fundraising event benefiting the Missoula food Bank. Local restaurants, tap rooms and ice cream shops commit to donate at least 6% of profits all day. Contact Jessica at 549-0543 or go to Missoula Food Bank Kind Dining.
Know Your Farmer Children's Festival, May 7.
Connecting families to food sources. Food, fun, animals, games, music, raffle. Fundraiser for Spirit at Play a nonprofit school. $10/adult; kids Free. And a FUN raiser for the kids. WHEN/WHERE: May 7 from 1-4pm at 621 Stephens Avenue, Missoula. More info here.
This Newsline prepared by Vicki Watson and Laura Zanolli. Please send any comments to the Editor.