Newsline January 30, 2017

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Table of Contents

Good News Item

  1. Sweden is so good at Refuse/Reduce/Reuse/Recycle they have to import rubbish.

Around EVST

  1. Walking Out for Change.
  2. Camas Magazine Interest Meeting, 1/31.
  3. Wild Mercy Reading Series begins Thursday!

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. UM Foresters Ball celebrates 100 years, Feb 3-4.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. MontPIRG spring semester kickoff, Jan 31.
  2. Feature your group’s message at Grand Opening of Ft Missoula Park (4-29), apply by 1-31. 
  3. 1000 New Gardens invites you to semester-kick-off potluck, Jan 31. 
  4. Missoulians invited to comment on Neighborhood Tree Planting Plans by Feb 1.
  5. Students for Peace & Justice meet Mondays noon to 1pm in UC 224. 
  6. Help 5 Valleys Seed Library find a better home.
  7. Comment on needed scope of BLM’s management plan for its lands in Western MT by Feb 9.
  8. UM Real Food Working Group wants you. 
  9. Comment on Missoula’s Transportation & Bike plans by Feb 10.
  10. Summer volunteer projects in the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness. 
  11. An internship is available with Big Sky Herbs, a local sustainable herb grower. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Guide to the MT Legislature, Jan 31. 
  2. 2017 Summer Environmental Fellows Program, Apply by January 31.
  3. Wilderness Lecture Series at UM, Jan 31 to April 4. 
  4. Former US Forest Service Deputy Chief to Speak at UM, Jan 31.
  5. Montana Institute on Ecosystems ‘Rough Cut Seminar Series’ for spring 2017. 
  6. Why EPA? A tribute to the EPA & need for environmental regulations, Feb 3. 
  7. How to Effectively Comment in NEPA Processes Workshop.
  8. Strategies for Graduate Student Writing.
  9. Explore Hong Kong, Macau, and South China and Earn 4 Upper-division or Grad credits. 
  10. Montana Wetland Council meeting addresses threats to wetlands, Feb 2 in Helena. 
  11. Free online course is using Earth Imagery, Feb 1 to March 14. 
  12. Workshop for those interested in working with K-12 students, Feb 2.
  13. Bitterroot Valley Eagle project -- info gathering and fundraiser, Feb 3.
  14. Meet Solar Guy and learn about MT energy policy, Feb 2.
  15. Building Skills for an Inclusive Community, Feb 12.
  16. US Green Building Council-MT annual summit, Helena, Feb 8-9.
  17. Sustainability Conference in Spokane, Feb 16-17. 
  18. Environmental Science conference for students in Canada, April 21-24.
  19. See how Fukushima Japan is converting to green power since the nuclear meltdown. 
  20. Webinars Galore (links to full descriptions).

Jobs and Internships

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

  1. Paid summer work/internships at the UM Biostation on Flathead Lake, apply ASAP. 
  2. 3 Seasonal jobs with Garden City Harvest, apply soon.
  3. Still looking to hire a few more Active & Sustainable Transportation Ambassadors.
  4. Make a difference with a MontPIRG internship.
  5. 2017 Internships with national community sustainability group!
  6. Intern with Environment MT, apply by Feb 3.
  7. Growing for Success/Farm to Cafeteria job, apply by Feb 3. 
  8. Executive Director Position for the Glacier National Park Conservancy.
  9. Seasonal Jobs with food scrap composting company in the Flathead Valley.
  10. Blue Eyed Dog Farm seeks interns.
  11. FoodCorps service member applications are open! 

Funding

  1. Student Grant competition, apply by Feb 16.
  2. Scholarships for students working in aquatic natural resources, apply by March 10.
  3. Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship.
  4. Scholarships or small grants and Big Grants for Conservation Work.
  5. A wide range of conservation related funding is available.
  6. Montana Native Plant Society Small Grants Proposals due 1/31/17.

Housing

  1. Two EVST alum offering a newly constructed and fully furnished 600-square-foot studio.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Tracking bills in the Montana Legislature. 
  2. Potato Potluck Party & Feast at Moonlight Kitchens , Feb 4. 
  3. Missoula Public Library 9th Annual Writing Contest, submit by Feb 17.
  4. Finding an Intentional Community.
  5. If you use US government data or reports, grab fast.
  6. A Recommended Read.  
  7. Do you have a bison story you want to tell? 
  8. If you’re getting tired of winter, take a break with some frosting! Funny posts found on Frosting here.

Good News Item

Sweden is so good at Refuse/Reduce/Reuse/Recycle they have to import rubbish.

Sweden has to import rubbish to keep its recycling plants going. Less than 1 per cent of Swedish household waste was sent to landfill last year or any year since 2011. See what can be learned from Sweden here.

Around EVST

Walking Out for Change.

100 UM students and a few faculty members (many from EVST) walked out of class on Friday January 26 to demonstrate the need to address human-driven climate change. Reinvest Montana organized the event, part of a national walkout, as part of its campaign to urge the UM Foundation to divest from fossil fuels. More info on the event here. 

Camas Magazine Interest Meeting, 1/31.

Interested in serving on the Camas editorial team this semester, or otherwise learning more about EVST's student-run literary magazine? Come to Camas' start-of-term interest meeting on Tuesday, January 31, at 5pm at the UM FLAT Studio. We'll discuss board member and chair roles, the schedule for our upcoming issue, and other ways to get involved with the magazine. See you there! 

Wild Mercy Reading Series begins Thursday!

Camas Magazine is excited to host the Wild Mercy Reading Series again this winter. The series runs every Thursday night from Feb. 2 through March 16, with readings beginning at 7pm at the UM FLAT Studio. We feature the work of environmental writers from the EVST grad program and other members of the Camas community. Join us this week as we kick off the series with readings by Tom Sentner and Claire Voris. Tom Sentner is a second-year grad student in EVST. Years of odd jobs doing manual labor and environmental work have landed him in some strange situations in wide-ranging parts of the U.S., and he is now attempting to write about those experiences in the greater environmental context of our times. He is originally from Florida, but has also lived and worked in Illinois, Texas, and Washington State, and is greatly enjoying residing in Montana. He has served on Camas' fiction and nonfiction boards. Claire Voris is a second-year MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at UM. She is originally from Illinois and has served on Camas' nonfiction and poetry boards. She served as nonfiction editor for Camas' Winter 2016-17 issue.

Featured Events

UM Foresters Ball celebrates 100 years, Feb 3-4.

A 100-year-old tradition at the University of Montana, the Foresters’ Ball, will celebrate its centennial with musicians Reckless Kelly and Steve Frame performing on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, in Schreiber Gymnasium. The dance will run from 7 p.m. to midnight both nights.  Students spend the week before transforming the gym into a turn-of-the-century logging town with saloon, general store, jail, chapel and museum. This year’s theme, “Choppin’ Wood and Lookin’ Good,” was selected by Chief Push Kate Page, a senior majoring in forestry from John Day, Oregon. Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for students. Sobriety is a condition of entry to the Foresters’ Ball, and, no alcohol is allowed in the ball. More info at the website. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 3-4 at UM’s Schreiber Gym.

Volunteer Opportunities

MontPIRG spring semester kickoff, Jan 31.

Need a break from classes? Interested in learning how to stay engaged and active in Montana politics? Want free pizza? Join MontPIRG and special guest speaker, candidate for the US House of Representatives and UM Alumni Rob Quist for our Spring Kickoff n RSVP here!  We'll have FREE pizza, raffles for Visa Giftcards, music, and opportunities to get involved. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, January 31 at 5 to 6 pm in the UC, Room 332.

Feature your group’s message at Grand Opening of Ft Missoula Park (4-29), apply by 1-31. 

Missoula Parks & Recreation has planned a 1930’s style carnival for the park’s opening to honor the Civilian Conservation Corps—which has a historic tie to the spot. MPR invites student groups to offer an activity table at the event. It is an opportunity to get your group’s message out to the public if you think you can weave it into the CCC theme. The CCC employed young men during the Great Depression to work on conservation projects in the west (Americorps is the modern version). If your group has a community service component, you can probably fit in. Be creative. If your group might be interested in hosting a game/activity table, please respond by Jan 31st to Colleen Kane at colleen.kane@mso.umt.edu of the Office of Civic Engagement. 

1000 New Gardens invites you to semester-kick-off potluck, Jan 31. 

1000 New Gardens is an ASUM student group dedicated to helping Missoulians put food gardens in their yards. They plan to install 1000 gardens and are well on their way. You are invited to a potluck and first meeting of the semester where you can learn how you can help. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 31 at 6pm; at the Foodshed, 516 North Avenue East, Missoula. More info, email 1000 New Gardens.

Missoulians invited to comment on Neighborhood Tree Planting Plans by Feb 1.

Over the last year, urban forestry staff and neighborhood volunteers have offered public workshops to develop individual tree planting plans for six Missoula neighborhoods. These plans consider the natural and built environments of each area and allow residents to choose species from a list suited to local conditions. The Urban Forestry Division will host additional public meetings in the coming months to draft plans for Missoula's 13 other neighborhoods. Sign up here to be notified of upcoming meetings. The Parks and Recreation Board has approved 6 neighborhood planting plans including the University area. The City Council's Parks and Conservation (P&C) committee will discuss these plans and accept public comment at their Wednesday, February 1 meeting. The committee will then vote on whether to forward the plans to the full council for adoption. You may comment on the plans by emailing Urban Forester Chris Boza, or you may attend the February 1 P&C Committee meeting at Council Chambers (starts at 12:55 pm). 

Students for Peace & Justice meet Mondays noon to 1pm in UC 224. 

Students for Peace and Justice formed just before the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and organized opposition to the invasion on the UM campus. After the invasion, SPJ continued to work for peace by working for justice. The group has brought films and speakers to campus over the years and collaborated with community groups like Rankin Peace Center. Last fall SPJ helped with efforts to support the water protectors at Standing Rock. You can help shape SPJ’s spring semester actions by attending meetings. WHEN/WHERE:  Mondays noon to 1pm in UC 224. For more info, contact Kat kathleen.todd@umconnect.umt.edu

Help 5 Valleys Seed Library find a better home.

Perhaps you attended the recent 5 Valleys Seed Swap at the Missoula Public Library. Just a few volunteers make this semi-annual event happen. And while they are grateful to the library for providing space, the event could be much more if there was more space for sales/swaps, kids activities, seed packaging, demos, parking, etc. Possibly Fort Missoula, the Fairgrounds or other location would be better. Volunteers are needed to research options and pursue them. If you’d like to see Missoula become more food resilient (by having its own local source of seeds), contact Anne solianna.mt@gmail.com or Nicole nms2112@yahoo.com

Comment on needed scope of BLM’s management plan for its lands in Western MT by Feb 9.

BLM revises its plan for managing its lands every 30 years, and it’s time to do that again. There was a recent open house on this planning process at UM. The open house allowed citizens to ask questions about the planning process and provide input on issues they would like to see addressed in the new plan.  Comments on issues you’d like addressed can be e-mailed to: blm_mt_missoularmp@blm.gov. or mailed to BLM at the address available at this web site which also provides info on this planning process. Comments accepted until Feb 9. 

UM Real Food Working Group wants you. 

The UM Real Food Working Group works to make real food more available and affordable to students. They meet monthly during the Semester at the Buttercup (1221 Helen Ave, one block from UM). Everyone welcome. Times are arranged by Doodle poll. Contact umdgarden@mso.umt.edu

Comment on Missoula’s Transportation & Bike plans by Feb 10.

Missoula’s draft Long Range Transportation Plan and draft Bike Facilities Master Plan are both available for public comment, and comments will be accepted until Feb 10. Both plans are intended to guide development of Missoula’s transportation infrastructure for the next 30 years (but are updated about every 5 years). Both plans can be accessed on http://activatemissoula.com/participate/ (you’ll have to scroll down to find the links to the plans which are large icons underneath ‘Activate Missoula 2045 – Draft Document & Appendices’   and  ‘Draft Plan Document’).  The page is not very well organized or intuitive.  There are also forms on this web page you can use to submit your comments, or Comments can also be submitted directly to Aaron Wilson at AWilson@ci.missoula.mt.us

Summer volunteer projects in the Selway-Bitterroot wilderness. 

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation staff lead volunteers on multi-day trips in the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness areas, hiking and maintaining trails. Wilderness stewardship is hard work, but working together as part of our crews is one of the most rewarding wilderness experiences you can have. Most of the projects involve about 5 days in the wilderness, and there are trips from June through September. The trips range from easy to very strenuous. So, shop early and find one that fits you. The summer wilderness volunteer projects are described here. 

An internship is available with Big Sky Herbs, a local sustainable herb grower.

The half-acre of 100 medicinal tea herbs and 40 culinary herbs is located in the West Missoula Valley. Interns are needed year-round to work and expand this small sustainable business venture, where both e-commerce and sustainable growing practices are involved. For more information see the Big Sky Herbs website or Griz Recruiting.

Educational Opportunities

Guide to the MT Legislature, Jan 31. 

Learn the status of energy & environmental bills in the MT Legislature and how you can make your voice heard. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 31 at 7pm at Missoula Public Library meeting room, 301 E. Main. For more info, call 443-2520. 

2017 Summer Environmental Fellows Program, Apply by January 31.

The 2017 Environmental Fellows Program involves: A 12-week paid fellowship at either environmental grantmaking foundations, or at one of their grantees (including non-profits, policy institutes, and mainstream NGOs), Working on issues ranging from climate change to environmental health to environmental education to conservation, A stipend of $10,000 plus some travel expenses, Fellowship placement sites are available in a range of places included, but not limited to: New York City, Boston, Washington DC, California, and Michigan. For more, visit the application info or contact Molly Lutton at efpoffice-snre@umich.edu

Wilderness Lecture Series at UM, Jan 31 to April 4. 

The UM Wilderness Institute offers a Wilderness Lecture Series every spring (Tuesdays, 7:10-8:30pm, Gallagher 122). It is free and open to all, but if you need more than interesting talks to motivate you, you can sign up for one credit (NRSM 371, CRN 30257). The theme of the series is:  Our Map of the World: Defining our future based on lessons learned in the past. Our collective future is shaped by our past, and in an increasingly global society, connected through arts, culture, social media, and education, our stories are quickly becoming a collective voice of problems and successes shared by all earth’s peoples.  As we strive for freedom, peace, security and a respect for all human rights in a healthy environment, we need to learn from the past as we prepare for the future.  This year’s lecture series connects us to past social and environmental justice lessons as a way to understand where we are going as a society, in a future marked with substantial changes that we are only now beginning to understand. Like reading a map, we decipher where we have come from, in order to recognize where we are, and where it is we would like to go in the future. The 2017 Wilderness Issues Lecture Series speakers will, through storytelling, examine specific environmental and social justice case studies that were historically catalytic events, and can be used to guide our collective future.  We will draw examples from topics such as Indigenous rights, water, agriculture, environmental disasters, and technology to peer at the future through the lens of the past. The full schedule of talks is located here.

Former US Forest Service Deputy Chief to Speak at UM, Jan 31.

Jim Hubbard, recently retired U.S. Forest Service deputy chief for state and private forestry, will speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the University of Montana. The event, hosted in the University Center North Ballroom, is free and open to the public. Hubbard’s talk, “Crossing Boundaries: A Dialogue of Landscape Outcomes,” is sponsored by an estate gift from Mike and Mabelle Hardy to UM’s W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.  For more information call the College of Forestry and Conservation at 406-243-5521 or email connect@cfc.umt.edu

Montana Institute on Ecosystems ‘Rough Cut Seminar Series’ for spring 2017. 

Talks by Montana University system faculty. All talks are on the MSU campus, and will be recorded and posted to the IoE website here. Here are the scheduled talks for February: Feb 1 – Michael Reidy, MSU, History and Philosophy: Darwin and Mountains: Evolution and Mountaineering; Feb 8 – Bryan Shuman, U of Wyoming, Geology and Physics: Droughts, Fires, and Abrupt Changes in North American Forests During the Holocene; Feb 15 – Spruce Schoeneman, UM Western, Env. Sciences: Reconstruction of Holocene Climate from Greenland Lake Sediment Cores: A Pilot Study; Feb 22 – Ada Montague, MT DNRC: Climate Adaptation in the Face of Drought. 

Why EPA? A tribute to the EPA & need for environmental regulations, Feb 3. 

EPA has been taking a beating with gag orders, web scrubs, and hiring & funding freezes. The agency has been attacked as a bureaucracy enforcing unneeded regulations. Why do we need the EPA and those regs? 6 Montanans will speak (or sing) to answer that, including Mary Price (CSKTribes), Gary & Judy Matson (Friends of 2 Rivers), Chuck Price (rancher), Vicki Watson (EVST), Hellgate SAVE club. Join this family friendly event which includes snacks & kid activities. Sponsors: Environment MT and Sierra Club of MT. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, Feb 3 from 3:30 to 5:30pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Msla. 

How to Effectively Comment in NEPA Processes Workshop.

Dr. Len Broberg will inform us how to draft and submit effective comments in the National Environmental Policy Act process. Examples from current NEPA processes will be reviewed including the Army Corps of Engineers Dakota Pipeline EIS. WHEN/WHERE: Friday Feb 3, 2:00-3:00 pm in the Alumni Boardroom, Third Floor, University Center. 

Strategies for Graduate Student Writing.

Presenters: Gretchen McCaffrey and Kelly Webster, Writing Center. All sessions: 2:00-3:30, Payne Family Native American Center 201. For the full series, plus other writing opportunities for graduate students, such as the weekly Write-in (Tuesdays, 11-2 in LA 144) and tutoring in the Writing Center, check here#1 of 5: Thursday, February 2 - Stalling Out? Strategies for Writing Productively, Time Management, Goal Setting and Setting a Schedule. 

Explore Hong Kong, Macau, and South China and Earn 4 Upper-division or Grad credits. 

No summer tuition for full-time UM students registered for spring 2017! Optional Info meeting Jan 30, 3:30 PM in LA 237. Course Title: COMX 491 (UG) Hong Kong, Macau, & China: International Communication, Culture, & Society. China is a key player on the global stage, asserting influence against the waves of globalization and democratization at its doorsteps. Through site visits and dialogue with local scholars, activists, journalists, legislators, and business professionals, you will learn about international communication issues such as multinational organization communication, press freedom, Internet censorship, social media for social change, cultural convergence and divergence.  While immersed in sights, sounds, and smells, you can connect with local young people to exchange views and to experience intercultural communication at the confluence of East and West. Contact: phyllis.ngai@umontana.edu and for complete details visit the website here

Montana Wetland Council meeting addresses threats to wetlands, Feb 2 in Helena. 

The MWC meets semi-annually and is an active network of diverse interests working cooperatively to conserve and restore Montana’s wetland and riparian ecosystems by implementing Montana’s Wetland Strategy. Everyone is welcome to attend. More info (406) 444-6652 or jtollefson@mt.gov. Agenda is below. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 2, 9am to 3:30pm at the DEQ conference room 111, 1520 E. 6th Ave. Helena. Agenda: 9am Welcome, followed by presentations on: Invasive Mussels in Montana404 Nationwide Permits; Tools for  monitoring natural areas; National Wetlands Condition UpdateMusselshell & Yellowstone Wetlands Assessment; Livestock Impacts; Volunteer wetland monitoring. 

Free online course is using Earth Imagery, Feb 1 to March 14. 

ArcGIS includes image analysis tools that help you find meaning locked within the pixels of your imagery. Imagery is information that supports decision making and helps save time, money, resources and maybe even lives. Online applications make it easy to work with temporal and multispectral imagery to detect change, extract features, or find the best location. ArcGIS Pro provides tools for advanced modeling and analysis of multispectral and multidimensional data. Earth Imagery at Work will expose you to an important part of the ArcGIS platform in only one to two hours of study per week. This ESRI course runs from February 1 to March 14, 2017. Sign Up here

Workshop for those interested in working with K-12 students, Feb 2.

Grad students interested in becoming a role model for K-12 students through UM’s We Are Montana outreach program are invited to their upcoming Role Models Matter workshop on February 2, 9-11 am in ED 215. The workshop provides tools and resources for planning successful hands-on and minds-on activities as well as sharing stories about your personal experiences in higher education and career pathways. Participants will learn about upcoming opportunities with We Are Montana in the Classroom. Please RSVP to Katy White at white@mtcompact.org

Bitterroot Valley Eagle project -- info gathering and fundraiser, Feb 3.

MPG Ranch, Raptor View Research Institute, and Bitterroot Audubon invite you to join us for an informational and fund-raising event at the MPG Ranch office on First Friday, February 3. The event is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. We’ll have information stations about the Bitterroot Valley Winter Eagle Project, volunteer opportunities, and a fund-raising effort. You’ll learn firsthand how YOU can help us process our imagery! Donate to the Bitterroot Valley Winter Eagle Project in exchange for exciting field trips! For more info, check the Bitterroot Audubon website, Facebook page, or contact Kate Stone (381-1115). WHEN/WHERE: Feb 3, 6-8pm at MPG Office, 1001 South Higgins Ave (Building B) Missoula. 

Meet Solar Guy and learn about MT energy policy, Feb 2.

Solar Guy invites you to enjoy some local food & drink while learning about the potential for more local solar power. More info on the event here and more info on Solar Guy here. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 2 at 4pm at Draught Works, 915 Toole Avenue, Missoula. 

Building Skills for an Inclusive Community, Feb 12.

Given some of the recent acts of hate in the news, many Montanans are wondering what we can do to build a more inclusive community. How can we confront and interrupt oppression and mistreatment when we see it? How can we work together to create spaces where everyone can be safe?  EmpowerMT has been working for nearly two decades to address these concerns and will offer “Building Skills for an Inclusive Community” training in several locations. The first training will be in Missoula – WHEN/WHERE:Sunday February 12 from 2pm to 5pm at Har Shalom, 3035 S. Russell St. 

US Green Building Council-MT annual summit, Helena, Feb 8-9.

The USGBC Montana Annual Summit in Helena will be a great opportunity to learn from and network with professionals in the fields of green building and energy efficiency. Zach Brown, EVST alum and Montana legislator will be presenting and is leading the way on a high-performance program for buildings across the state (including UM). There will be tours of high performance buildings around Helena. Student presentations are welcome. There are some student scholarships to help cover registration at this link. For more information and to register go here and still more info at usgbc.mt@gmail.com, website and Facebook

Sustainability Conference in Spokane, Feb 16-17. 

The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) is a regionally focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research. Participants will explore ways to advance campus sustainability through the sharing of best practices, presentations on creative solutions to common challenges, and the development of regional collaborative networks. Through these facilitated conversations, workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities conference goers will help advance environmental performance at Washington State institutions of higher education, support regional policy goals, and drive the development of a generation of professionals who strive to live and work sustainably. Attendees will form a more united coalition to support key statewide sustainability approaches, goals and policy initiatives. More info WAHESC conference 2017. UM’s Sustainability Coordinator Eva Rocke will be attending and can provide some rides. 

Environmental Science conference for students in Canada, April 21-24.

The CONFORWest 2017 graduate student conference is approaching and we would like to encourage graduate students from Canada and the US to participate in this unique opportunity. CONFORWest is an annual conference for graduate and senior level undergraduate students who are studying environmental sciences, ecology, and other natural resource management fields (including social sciences and humanities). This conference will expose graduate students to varying perspectives on environmental research from outside their disciplines and encourage meaningful dialogue between students of different research backgrounds. Full details at http://www.conforwest.ca/. WHEN/WHERE: April 21-24 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. 

See how Fukushima Japan is converting to green power since the nuclear meltdown. 

The Green Program provides educational travel experiences. Their latest offering is a 9-day trip to Fukushima Japan to see how the region is coping with the 2011 meltdown of a nuclear power facility. The area has committed to becoming 100% renewable energy powered by 2040. See how they are working to make this transition. More info here. Green Program also has programs in Iceland and Peru. 

Webinars Galore (links to full descriptions).

Webinar: One Water Implementation: A Path to Reliability and Resiliency for Water Utilities Jan 30

Live-Broadcast Symposium: Impacts of Woodland Expansion into Grassland Habitat Jan 31

Montana’s Changing Climate Webinar Series from MSU Extension Feb. 3-24

Webinar Materials Available: Species Conservation and ESA Initiative May 1.

Jobs and Internships

Paid summer work/internships at the UM Biostation on Flathead Lake, apply ASAP. 

This summer the UM’s Bio Station has a number of paid summer research experience/internships. Get hands-on experience while spending the summer on beautiful Flathead Lake! These positions include: freshwater research, chemistry analysis, lake modeling/computer science, information technology, GIS and/or web design, educational outreach. For more info on internships, contact: kevin.hood@mso.umt.eduandrea.rhoades@mso.umt.edu. For more info on Biostation, contact: linda.nitz@umontana.edu

3 Seasonal jobs with Garden City Harvest, apply soon.

Coordinator for Youth Harvest Project--Help manage a therapy-based, service-oriented work program for at-risk teenagers. You'll hire and supervise up to ten youth who perform daily farm tasks, operate a mobile market at senior residences, and serve at the local food bank. Apply by January 28. full job description. To apply: send cover letter, resume, and references to Tami McDaniel, Youth Harvest Project Manager, tami@gardencityharvest.org. Orchard Gardens Farm Assistant--Help with day-to-day farm operations of the 1+ acre urban Orchard Gardens Farm as a welcoming space, conducive to learning and community building. The Farm Assistant is responsible for general farm work including planting, irrigating, weeding, harvesting, distributing food, and greenhouse and orchard work. Apply by February 10. full job description. Orchard Gardens Farm Apprentice--Paid educational apprenticeship, learn sustainable farming practices through hands-on experience working at an urban farm. Apply by February 24. full job description. To apply: send resume and three references to Dave Victor, Farm Director, davevictor@gardencityharvest.org

Still looking to hire a few more Active & Sustainable Transportation Ambassadors.

Interested parties can find more information at the Transportation website

Make a difference with a MontPIRG internship.

Want to create real, positive change in your community? Passionate about issues like protecting voter rights, consumer protections, and environmental and energy policy, all while learning the skills it takes to be a successful community organizer? MontPIRG interns take charge of running field campaigns and research programs to create tangible, positive change on issues like voter rights, consumer protection, and environmental and energy policy. Interns knock doors, collect petition signatures, recruit volunteers, research important topics, and lobby public officials. In addition to the building blocks of activism, they learn important skills like interpersonal communication, problem solving, creative thinking, time management, and public speaking. You will leave MontPIRG with the skills needed to be a community organizer. Interns also receive 3 upper division credits (per the guidelines of their respective department). We've been known to have some fun, too. Apply online here

2017 Internships with national community sustainability group!

Transition US is now accepting applications for our 2017 Internship Program. We have a number of positions available for class credit, and the internships can be completed from afar as part of a distance learning program. Details in this  flyer and PDF description. Transition helps communities start local programs that help their community be more sustainable and resilient (& neighborly). 

Intern with Environment MT, apply by Feb 3.

Environment Montana is looking for dedicated interns to work for our environment this semester. We are a national nonprofit organization with the goal of harnessing the power of the people to fight for our environment.  Interns will help us educate and engage more citizens on critical environmental issues and work with the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Interns learn how to analyze problems, push for smart solutions, and build public support. You’ll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, while taking on personal projects and responsibilities of your own - not sitting in a corner doing data entry! You’ll gain hands-on experience, build your resume, and earn class credit at only 6 hours per week. How to apply: Send a resume with contact information to mailto:mhseymour@environmentmontana.org. Priority given to applications received by February 3rd

Growing for Success/Farm to Cafeteria job, apply by Feb 3. 

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a private non-profit corporation that works to promote sustainable technologies and systems, especially for the benefit of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. NCAT’s Growing for Success project aims to expand the Harvest of the Month initiative to a broader institutional audience including hospitals and pre-schools. This job entails travel around Montana to establish and maintain relationships with prospective pilot sites, attend conferences, and build the database of producers and institutions that are engaged in Farm to Cafeteria. This position involves a fair amount of desk work as well, tracking purchases, developing resources, and using traditional and social media for outreach, as well as compiling tools and information for trainings and webinars. In addition to working on the Growing for Success program, you may be asked to help with the coordination of Growing Leaders Youth activities, — an initiative which seeks to strengthen young adults’ capacity to educate and organize their peers around healthy eating, healthy living, and vibrant community systems. NCAT is currently looking for a qualified individual to work in our Butte, Montana office. Full job description here. The position will run from March 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Applications accepted until Feb 3, 2017. 

Executive Director Position for the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

The Board of Directors is seeking an Executive Director committed to making a difference at a fast-growing philanthropic partner for one of America’s most iconic National Parks. A job description and information is available. Additional information is available from Colleen Rogers, the Associate Consultant, Executive Search at (312) 896‐8906 direct. 

Seasonal Jobs with food scrap composting company in the Flathead Valley.

Two employees are needed this spring to fall (starting in early May and ending in late October). People with interest in agriculture and specifically soils are preferred. The job requires a lot of driving and some processing of the food waste on site. About 30 hours a week of work at $17 an hour, right next to Glacier Park (one of the clients). The company is DIRT Rich Compost and Food Scrap Pick Up and was started by an EVST alum. For more info and to apply, contact Alissa LaChance [mailto:lachancea17@gmail.com]. 

Blue Eyed Dog Farm seeks interns.

For an opportunity that would include practical hands-on experience with organic farming operations, applied sustainability practices, and active contribution to the ongoing development of a semi-urban farm-stead in Missoula. Interns with this program will gain valuable experience as an integral part of a thriving Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Wholesale farm. Internship Timing: 5-7 months, starting in June (student would be welcome to start sooner) and ending in October. This would align well to be credited for the fall semester schedule, with a minimum of 20 hours per week for internship positions, and the potential for 40 hours per week, based on the intern’s availability and interest. This is an unpaid internship, but interns will be provided a vegetable share. Farm is easily accessed via the bike trails of Missoula, and is a 15-minute bike ride from the University Area. For more information: Leah Proctor at blueeyeddogfarm@gmail.com or 253-227-6803. 

FoodCorps service member applications are open! 

We’re looking for people who want to serve their communities by growing healthier bodies, healthier minds, and a more just world. Apply to become a FoodCorps Service Member today! Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school through food and nutrition education, hands-on gardening and cooking activities, and putting local food on cafeteria trays.  The FoodCorps Montana program is administered by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and serves in 11 diverse communities across the state. Joining our cohort connects you to a network of leaders in our state through professional development and team building opportunities. FoodCorps is committed to helping create the next generation of food system leaders, so all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to apply. Want to learn more? Visit our website,  Like us on Facebook, E-mail FoodCorps MT Fellow Mallory Stefan at mallory.stefan@foodcorps.org. The FoodCorps application is now open through March 15th. Apply now to #ServeUpChange in your community! 

Funding

Student Grant competition, apply by Feb 16.

The Northwest Scientific Association (NWSA) annually awards grants of up to $750 for undergraduate proposals and up to $1,500 for graduate proposals to support student research in the pure and applied sciences. This opportunity also helps you organize your research proposal, may add substance to your curriculum vitae (CV), and may get your study published in the peer-reviewed scientific quarterly, Northwest Science. Deadline for submitting proposals is midnight on February 16, 2017. Find details at Northwest Science by going to ‘Awards & Grants’, then click on Student ‘Grant Awards’. 

Scholarships for students working in aquatic natural resources, apply by March 10.

The Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will be presenting two Wally McClure Student Fisheries Scholarships. Please submit applications by March 10, 2017. The McClure Scholarships will be awarded to individuals pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in aquatic natural resources from a University/College in Montana. The graduate award is $1,250 and the undergraduate is $500. The application is attached. Please visit the MTAFS website for further scholarship, membership and meeting details.  http://www.montanaafs.org/  (you don’t have to be a student member of AFS, but it probably would add to your appeal). 

Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship.

Applications are being accepted for the Jerry O'Neal Student Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:  natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change OR cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, archeology, and ethnographic research.  OR social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources. Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit universities and colleges only.  Awards range from $1000-5000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 16, 2017. For details see the O’Neal Announcement

Scholarships or small grants and Big Grants for Conservation Work.

MT Conservation District Scholarships, for MT college students, apply by Feb 26.

Soil & Water Conservation District Mini-grants (local education on water pollution), apply by Feb 28.

Big Grants for Conservation work (links)

Regional Conservation Partnership Program NRCS, April 21

Montana Aquatic Invasive Species Grants – Call for Applications, March 1

FY17 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants Feb 24

Community Pond Grant Money Available Feb 1

USDA Conservation Stewardship Program Feb 2

MT DNRC Renewable Resource Planning Grants March  30

2017 Endangered Species Recovery Implementation Grants July 30

WaterSmart Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects April 26 

A wide range of conservation related funding is available.

National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program, Due 1/17 & 6/26 Details
Plains and Prairie Potholes Cooperative Landscape Conservation, Due 1/23 Details
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants, Due 1/31 Details
Captain Planet Foundation, Due 1/31 Details
BOR WaterSmart Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, 1/18 Details
Environmental Justice Small Grants, Due 1/31 Details
Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant, Due 2/1 Details
MT Fish, Wildlife& Parks Community Fishing Pond grants, Due 2/1 Details
EPA Competition for Sustainability, Due 2/3 Details
USDA Conservation Stewardship Program, 2/3 Details
BOR WaterSmart Drought Contingency Planning, 2/14 Details
BOR WaterSmart Drought Resiliency Projects, 2/14 Details
EPA Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants, 2/14 Details
Northwest Scientific Association (NWSA)  Student Grant Competition, Due 2/17 Details
Great Northern LCC Funding, 2/17 Details
North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2018, Due 2/24 Details
Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, Due 3/1 Details
MT DNRC Watershed Management Grants, Due 3/15 Details
MT DNRC RRGL Planning Grants, Due 3/31 Details
BOR WaterSmart Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects, Due 4/27 Details
USFWS Cooperative Agreement Grant, Due 7/31 Details

Montana Native Plant Society Small Grants Proposals due 1/31/17.

Each year MNPS offers grants up to $1500 for projects or research pertaining to Montana’s flora. These grants are intended to promote native plant conservation through better understanding and appreciation for Montana’s native plants and plant communities. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 31, 2017 and we expect to award those selected by March 15. The full “call for proposals” and submission instructions are on our website at http://www.mtnativeplants.org/Small_Grants_Program.

Housing

Two EVST alum offering a newly constructed and fully furnished 600-square-foot studio.

Located on Missoula’s Westside for the spring semester and possibly beyond. $750/month including utilities and WIFI. Radiant floor heating and on-demand hot water. Solar panels. New stainless steel appliances. Sleeping loft with queen bed and closet. Washer and dryer in adjacent garage, which also offers storage space. Fenced-in and landscaped yard with personal patio. Please email msfrank@gmail.com for more information.

Miscellaneous - Resources

Tracking bills in the Montana Legislature. 

Various citizen groups are tracking environment/conservation bills in the Montana legislature. If you’d like to keep track of the fate of some of these bills – see these sites: Montana Audubon, MEIC, Montana Voters, Montana Wildlife, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and here is the website for the Montana Legislature for tracking other bills

Potato Potluck Party & Feast at Moonlight Kitchens , Feb 4. 

Moonlight Kitchens invites you to this Ground Hog Day & Meet Your Farmer Party! On the afternoon of Feb. 4, let’s feast and celebrate the upcoming planting year and full moon. See all the ways to fix potatoes and meet some local farmers. You can also check out our kitchens which folks can rent for personal cooking projects or to make food to sell at local markets or for catering. Holiday baking, canning, anything big & messy. We have canning & other food processing equipment, lots of cookbooks. We are also a pick-up site for some local CSAs; we offer cooking & canning lessons, etc. We run our business to sustain a triple bottom line – people, planet, profit.  More info – see our web site or call us at 406-926-2720 or email. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 4, from 4 to 8pm at Moonlight Kitchens, 1951 Kensington Ave, Missoula. 

Missoula Public Library 9th Annual Writing Contest, submit by Feb 17.

Entrants are encouraged to submit original works no longer than 2,000 words, either fiction or nonfiction, or a poem 1-2 pages in length. There are four age categories: 8-10 years; 11-14 years; 15-18 years; and 19 years and over. Entries will be judged by professional writers, editors, and educators. Winners will be notified in early April and a gala awards event recognizing the winners will be May 7 at 2pm in the library. Prizes will be awarded in fiction, nonfiction and poetry categories in each age group. First place is $100; second $50; and third $25. Winners’ names will be submitted to local newspapers and published on the Missoula Public Library Webpage. All entries will be bound in a copy available for check-out at the library. Last year’s writing contest entries are available for you to look at in the library. Rules brochures and the submission link will be available starting January 3. Submission Deadline: February 17 at 5 pm. For more info, email desireed@missoula.lib.mt.us. Or see the Missoula Public Library website

Finding an Intentional Community. 

Intentional communities are the foundation of sustainable living. You take a bunch of like-minded people, put them on a big plot of land, and pool their resources to establish a collective that protects, nourishes, and sustains itself.  Fellowship for Intentional Communities (Ic.org) is an organization dedicated to the education, support, and promotion of intentional communities all across North America. Their online resources are user-friendly, and make it easy to find a community that aligns with your values, no matter where you are.  You can use their Classifieds section to find intentional communities in your area, by location, keywords. FIC also has a community blog, newsletter, and a calendar of events - you can check out all of that here

If you use US government data or reports, grab fast.

If you use US government data or reports that you access through the internet, it would be wise to download and archive what you need. Government web sites are likely to undergo major reorganization, and some data may become hard to find or be taken down entirely. Here is a group, Envirodatagov that is organizing efforts to archive government data and reports before they are erased or just made hard to find. 

A Recommended Read.  

Interesting article in the NY Times. In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’

Do you have a bison story you want to tell? 

Montana Public Radio has a new podcast called Threshold that will spend its first year exploring the past, present and future of interactions between bisons and humans. The producers invite anyone with an interesting story to tell to submit that story. Here’s how to submit your story: Call 1-800-437-3009 and enter code #31488. You'll hear a little greeting, and then just ... tell your story. Or, you can record a voice memo on your phone, and text it to:  listeners@thresholdpodcast.org.  More info here: Threshold podcast

If you’re getting tired of winter, take a break with some frosting! Funny posts found on Frosting here

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