Newsline January 9, 2017

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Table of Contents

Good News Item

  1. Free Cycles Buys its Home! 

Around EVST

  1. Former UM President dies, leaves legacy of sustainability and more.
  2. Another article from EVST Alum Chandra Brown.

Featured Events

(See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. President Obama’s Farewell Address, Jan 10.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Protect Election Laws, Jan 11.  
  2. Inspire young girls to pursue learning & careers in Environmental Studies. 
  4. January Volunteer Opportunities with Montana Natural History Center. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. 2017 Intermountain GIS conference, West Yellowstone, April 18-21, send abstracts ASAP. 
  2. Montana Native Plant Society Event, January 9.
  3. Webinar: Using adaptive grazing to improve soil health in grazing ecosystems, Jan 10.
  4. Missoula Water Quality Council discusses fuel spills in Missoula, Jan 10. 
  5. Art of Diplomacy Conference Returns to UM, Jan 12-13.
  6. Story of Self Training, Jan 14.
  7. January events at MT Natural History Center.
  8. Learn & comment on proposed changes to Missoula zoning regulations, Jan 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
  9. 8th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit, March 16-17, submit proposals & abstracts. 

Jobs and Internships

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

  1. Summer Seasonal Positions and Internships.
  2. City of Missoula Positions.
  3. Internships with Home Resource. 
  4. Internship with Missoula Parking Commission. 
  5. Ever wonder why you didn't get that government job you were 100% qualified for? 


  1. Graduate Student Policy Award, apply by Jan 10.
  2. Student Grant competition, apply by Feb 16.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Changes in Montana Water Quality Standards.
  2. The Montana Legislature is in session – how to make your voice heard.

Good News Item

Free Cycles Buys its Home! 

Free Cycles’ Cycles of Change fundraiser & some local investors made it possible for Free Cycles to obtain financing to secure their home on S. 1st W., in the Riverfront Neighborhood.  Free Cycles raised $200,000 in cash and was approved for a $105,000 Community Development Loan from Missoula County. A local social investor is providing the balance of the $1.15 million price by purchasing the property and selling it to Free Cycles via a contract for deed (must pay off the balance in 5 years). Read the article covering this exciting news featured in the Missoulian here. “We are very grateful to the thousands of Missoulians who contributed” said Executive Director, Bob Giordano.  "We're also thankful to Bank of Montana and David Bell, who stepped in to give us extra time to pull a deal together," said Giordano. Free Cycles has provided a variety of social bicycling services for the last 20 years in Missoula and Western Montana.  From the popular ‘Open Shop’ where anyone can fix their own bike for free, to the ‘Build a Bike’ program that allows anyone to construct a free bicycle after volunteering four hours and taking a class.  Classes, community involvement, fabrication and loaner bikes have also been a staples of the organization. To help pay off their balancea local supporter has committed to matching any donations from now until January 31 up to $10,000. How to donate:   At the shop (732 S. 1st St. W); Online at or by clicking here; In the mail at 91 Campus Dr. Box #1412, Missoula, MT 59801. 

Around EVST

Former UM President dies, leaves legacy of sustainability and more.

Former UM President George Dennison died January 3, 2017. He was UM’s longest serving president and many consider him one of the most effective and inspiring. UM’s enrollment, endowment, built space, programs – all these and more increased greatly under his leadership. He also left a legacy of sustainability. On Earth Day in 2010, President Dennison announced UM's commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by 2020, putting his stamp on a landmark goal for UM and sustainability. Dennison was one of the first university presidents nationwide to commit to the carbon neutrality deadline. He appointed a Sustainable Campus Committee to guide UM’s path towards sustainability. Learn more about President Dennison’s legacy here.

Another article from EVST Alum Chandra Brown.

Flowing words from a lover of rivers; EVST alum Chandra Brown has published another flowing piece in National Geographic’s Water Currents titled “The Common Ground of Rivers”, a full article with beautiful pictures. 

Featured Events

President Obama’s Farewell Address, Jan 10.

President Obama's Farewell Address, Chicago. Details here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Protect Election Laws, Jan 11.  

Missoula Moves to Amend invites you to this workshop to prepare for the Montana legislature and learn how to protect election laws. In addition, MMA will be planning the First Anniversary Celebration of the People’s Amendment (which will be Jan 21 – this is also the 7th anniversary of Citizen’s United). The People’s Amendment (if passed) would reverse Citizens United by declaring that money is not speech and corporations are not people. Call Sue K 543-3254 with questions. When/Where:  Jan 11 @ 7pm at Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Pine. 

Inspire young girls to pursue learning & careers in Environmental Studies. 

UM has an outreach program (We are Montana in the Classroom) that strives to inspire middle school girls to be leaders and to pursue careers in science or the arts. The program sends UM students into local classrooms or to school clubs to interact with students in fun activities. They particularly like to send women working in the sciences since girls don’t get to see women in that role very often. UM provides transportation & per diem. Below are some upcoming opportunities. If interested, contact Katy at or 243-4828. Shooting Starz in the Bitterroot teaches middle-school girls leadership, team building, & communication skills, seeks female role models from the science and arts fields. Visits can be arranged throughout the winter and spring; please choose a date or dates that work for you and we will coordinate a visit.  The clubs meet weekly: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 (Corvallis); Wednesdays, 2:10-3:15 (Hamilton). Tuesdays, 3:20-4:15 (Victor). STEM Role-Model Engagement in Seeley Lake A graduate-student researcher invites STEM role models to participate in her research on STEM role-model engagement. The commitment includes: Attending a one-hour webinar focused on how to inspire students about STEM and related careers; Visiting a classroom in Seeley Lake (exact date to be arranged); Completing a short post-visit survey.  


GUTS!—GIRLS USING THEIR STRENGTHS (a leadership project of the YWCA Missoula) is looking for smart, strong, dedicated women volunteers for our unique, community-based leadership and empowerment program designed by and for young women, ages 9 to 18. Gain great experience as an Action Group Facilitator in Missoula elementary, middle and high schools. Support girls as they create positive change in their lives, their communities and in the world. Volunteers commit to an orientation and a four-hour training, weekly Action Groups, monthly meetings, and occasional community service projects from February 2017—May 2017. Apply now: volunteer applications are due by January 26th. For more information and/or an application contact Tabby Espinoza or call 543-6691. 

January Volunteer Opportunities with Montana Natural History Center. 

For the 4 opportunities below, contact spotts@montananaturalist.orgVisiting Naturalist in the Schools -Most School Days in January. Help kids learn about different types of animal skulls, and then test their skills to see if they can identify a set of mystery skulls!  To see volunteer schedule, click here. Help Safely Store Some (very) Old Bones. MNHC recently received a loan of a Pleistocene Era bison skeleton from eastern Montana, and we need help packing it for safe storage until we have finished creating a display. Help Keep our Sidewalks Safe & Snow-FreeAs needed. We could use help shoveling our sidewalk and front area to make sure they are safe for visitors to MNHC.  Just stop by the morning after a big snow and ask for the shovel!  We will gladly (and thankfully) put you to work.  Call the front desk at 327.0405 to check if we need assistance on a particular day. Drive Buses for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival-February 18-26. We are providing shuttle busing for Big Sky Documentary Film week.  We need drivers with experience driving small or large buses. Commercial driver's license is a plus, but not required. For the opportunities below contact: Evening Program Assistance--January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 31, from 6:45-9:00pm: Volunteers come 15 minutes early to help set up, greet folks, and staff the front doors to let in latecomers. Saturday Kids Program Assistance – Jan 14, from 1:45-3:30pm. Help with set-up and check-in, Provide assistance at stations where families do art and science projects. Sewing Volunteer Needed!  Create a stuffed 'campfire' for the Kids' Discovery Room. We provide the materials.

Educational Opportunities

2017 Intermountain GIS conference, West Yellowstone, April 18-21, send abstracts ASAP. 

Conference will be at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, MT.  Rooms have been blocked, so email  for information on how to reserve rooms at the conference rate, for more information and to volunteer. Conference details  include Call for Papers, Posters, Registration, and Workshops. More information will be posted as it becomes available so please check back often. Note -- web page says to send abstracts for papers & posters by Dec 31, but also says to send ASAP and they will try to accommodate everyone.   

Montana Native Plant Society Event, January 9.

Monday January 9, 7:30 pm. Phil Hahn conducted his PhD research on monarch butterflies in Wisconsin and is continuing his studies here in Montana; he will tell us about Monarchs and Milkweed: Ecology, Coevolution and Conservation. This will be a joint meeting of MT Native Plant Society & Montana Audubon, Rm 123 Gallagher Business Bldg, UM Campus. 

Webinar: Using adaptive grazing to improve soil health in grazing ecosystems, Jan 10.

This webinar will teach strategies for improving soil function on range and pastures, including an emphasis on management of livestock like large migratory herds in natural systems for proper herd impact and increased nutrient and water cycling in grass ecosystems. Details found here. WHEN:  Jan. 10 at Noon Mountain time. 

Missoula Water Quality Council discusses fuel spills in Missoula, Jan 10. 

The Missoula Water Quality Advisory Council is a citizens group that advises local government on addressing water pollution problems, especially threats to Missoula’s drinking water. At their regular monthly meeting there will be presentations on a rail yard diesel spill in Missoula and on how the Missoula water quality ordinance can be revised to better regular bulk fuel facilities in Missoula. In addition, there will be more info on efforts to study and clean up the closed pulp mill near Frenchtown. The public is always welcome to these meetings.  WHEN/WHERE: Jan 10, 7-9pm at Missoula Health Dept., 301 W. Alder, 2nd floor conference room. 

Art of Diplomacy Conference Returns to UM, Jan 12-13.

World-class artists will join experts in culture, history and international relations for the second Art of Diplomacy Conference at UM on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 12-13. The UM Mansfield Center and the Montana World Affairs Council will host the two-day event in conjunction with the 2017 Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE). “The arts are transformational and build connections at all levels, including the personal, community and international,” said Abraham Kim, executive director at the Mansfield Center. “The Art of Diplomacy event will share stories about how performers and leaders are using the arts to do this around the world.”  The conference features two full evening events of dance, music and storytelling in the University Center Ballroom. Read more at Art of Diplomacy Conference Returns to UM

Story of Self Training, Jan 14.

Learn to tell your "Story of Self" in preparation for the upcoming legislative session. This is an important training for all organizers or anyone who wants to run for office. You will get more comfortable telling YOUR powerful and inspiring story to give testimony, lobby, and/or persuade your neighbors. Led by Elizabeth Marum and Marsha Gary , two experienced organizers trained by the Center for Community Change.  Workshop is Free but you must register.  Access the registration site through Facebook. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, January 14, 10-3pm at the Solstice Building At Home Word, 1535 Liberty Lane, Suite 114. 

January events at MT Natural History Center.

Geology Rocks! Evening Series with Bruce Baty: When/Where: Tuesdays, January 10-31, 7:00 pm at Missoula Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Cost: $35/30 MNHC members. Registration Required. Sign up online. Sip and Sketch Birds with Nancy Seiler: Date: Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 pm at Missoula Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Cost: $25 MNHC members. Registration Required. Sign up online. You can find out more information regarding these programs by checking the MNHC website or by calling 406-327-0405. 

Learn & comment on proposed changes to Missoula zoning regulations, Jan 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.

Missoula County is updating its zoning regulations. While land use policy can be tedious, it's an essential tool for developing the kind of community we want to live in. At upcoming forums Missoula planning staff will briefly explain proposed changes and answer any questions. Anyone may attend any forum, but they are aimed at different audiences. At each forum, participants can formally comment on the proposed changes. Later there will be public hearing in mid-February at the Planning Board, after which the proposed regulations will go to the Board of County Commissioners (mid-March). Please RSVP to  if interested in one of these: Forums for architects, engineers, and surveyors: Jan 17 & 24, 10 am to noon;  For the building industry, developers, and contractors:  Jan. 12, 3 - 4 p.m.  For Missoula County Community Council members:  Jan. 19, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. For Open Lands Committee, Planning Board, and interested community members:  Jan. 26, 3 - 4 p.m. All meetings will be held in the Missoula County Courthouse, Room #151 (the County Commissioners’ Public Meeting Room), 200 W. Broadway, and refreshments will be served.  

8th Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit, March 16-17, submit proposals & abstracts.

The Summit (hosted by Weber State U – Northern Utah) is an energetic gathering of over 400 sustainability professionals, industry practitioners, policy experts, educators, and students. This year the Summit is introducing a half day Higher Education Forum with a focus on sustainability in campus operations, curriculum, and engagement (both on campus and with the community). Here are some ways to be a part of this. Become a Speaker  We are accepting speaker proposals for the Higher Education Forum (March 16, especially if your institution includes sustainability within curriculum) and the main Summit day (March 17). Speaker Proposal deadline is Tuesday, January 10. Submit a Student Poster (abstract due by Feb 20) Students whose posters are selected to be displayed will receive free registration and may win cash prizes. Participate Come share, learn, and regenerate as we work to address our collective challenges and foster greater sustainability on our campuses and in our communities. The keynote speaker on March 17 is Mary Robinson, first woman President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, & President of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice. On March 16, join Dr. John Cook, Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and founder of the Skeptical Science website, to learn how to debunk myths at the Responding to Misinformation in the Age of Fake News workshop. For more info, contact Andrew Hackett, at (801)-626-6310, or by email at  And you can sign up to receive updates!

Jobs and Internships

Summer Seasonal Positions and Internships.

Trail Crew Leader and Member positions, Selway Bitterroot Frank Church FoundationMontana and Idaho (closes 2/17/2017)  Trail Crew Leader and Weeds Crew LeaderBob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Hungry Horse, MT (closes 2/1/2017) Wilderness Ranger Internship, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Hungry Horse, MT (closes 2/27/2017) Recreation positions, Lolo National Forest, Seeley Lake Ranger District, Seeley Lake, MT (closes 1/10/2017) Better Hurry! 

City of Missoula Positions.

Program Assistant in Missoula’s Office of Neighborhoods: Primary Objective of Position: Under general supervision, provides administrative support and assists the public in matters related to the Office of Neighborhoods. Location: Missoula, MT Department: Office of Neighborhoods Rate of Pay: $15.6962/hr Closes On: January 17, 2017 at 05:00 PM MST. Visit their page for more info and to applyCollection Systems Maintenance Technician with Missoula Wastewater Division: Under general supervision, performs a variety of semi-skilled and unskilled wastewater collection system line maintenance duties.  Position is subject to random drug and alcohol testing requirements of U.S. Department of Transportation. Location: Missoula, MT Department: Wastewater Division Rate of Pay: $16.85/hr + $2.25/hr pension contribution, $22.78/hr after six months. Closes On: January 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM MST. Visit their page for more info and to apply.   

Internships with Home Resource. 

POSITION 1: Home ReSource Store Signage Project: Description: The intern would help identify 3-4 materials or items to pilot this project. The intern would take the lead on researching the environmental benefits of reusing or, conversely, environmental impacts of wasting each material or item. Some example focus areas include: what is the embodied energy in a particular item and what amount of CO2 emissions are prevented through reuse. The intern would then help translate that information into a concise, meaningful message. Depending on time, the intern may also assist with the design, creation and placement of the signage. Qualifications: The challenge in this project is primarily two-fold: First determine the most meaningful data to convey and second to translate the data into terms that Missoulians can easily relate to and understand. One idea for doing this is to use social math that translates abstract statistics so they become meaningful to an audience. The intern will require critical thinking skills, a passion for research, proficiency on the computer and knowledge of using the internet as a research tool, excellent communication and writing skills, and a curious mind.  

POSITION 2: Home ReSource Carbon Offset Project: Description: During this internship, the student will research the requirements for an enterprise to become eligible to be a generator of – and to sell – carbon offsets and determine if Home ReSource meets those requirements. If it is determined that we do, the intern will help initiate the process of Home ReSource becoming an official offset generator. If it is determined that our activities are not considered eligible, the intern would instead research how eligibility criteria are determined, what data is used to measure offset generation, how that data is reviewed and deemed valid, and what opportunities exist to inform, augment, or otherwise expand the scope of carbon offsetting to recognize and legitimize the direct and indirect benefits of building materials reuse as a valuable, carbon-offsetting climate action. Qualifications: We are looking for an intern who is excited about understanding the murky, often confusing world of carbon offsets. The ideal candidate would have a curious mind, a penchant for asking questions, and a passion for research. For more information or to apply for these positions: Contact Jeremy Drake, Community Engagement Manager, 

Internship with Missoula Parking Commission. 

The Missoula Parking Commission is seeking a student intern (work-study eligible preferred) with skills/experience in spatial data collection (GPS) and GIS. The work entails mapping of parking infrastructure (ADA, metered spaces, pay stations, signage, loading zones, etc.) in Missoula’s downtown, and the intern is expected to work 10-20 hours per week during Spring Semester.  The position will be compensated.  Coordination with other city office personnel is integral to the project.  If interested, contact Dr. Shively in the Department of Geography at  406.243.6478 or email

Ever wonder why you didn't get that government job you were 100% qualified for?

Do you use a Mac? That may be the problem. It's not widely known -- definitely not posted on USAJobs -- but there is an incompatibility between some PDF files created using Apple's Preview software and USAJobs. So, if you  create a PDF with several recent SF-50s, using Preview, USAJobs may pass blank SF-50s to the agency you're trying to wrangle a job from. Seriously. The SF-50s may appear in the PDF, but they may appear with blank fields to an HR department screener. An HR office will not contact you, to let you know that a blank SF-50 was in your application, so you might use that form again and again without knowing precisely what went wrong with each attempt. Here's the most recent note from USAJobs tech support: We are aware that certain documents issued recently come though our document conversion process with blank data fields. Unfortunately, the conversion encounters no error, so there is no way we can know which documents are affected. We are investigating ways to prevent this. We believe a majority of these are caused by opening the document in Apple's Preview PDF reader and saving it from there. Be advised that Adobe Acrobat reader is the standard reader we use, so the document must open successfully using it. If the applicant plans to use this document again, they should be advised to either: 1) Convert the document using something other than Apple's Preview, or 2) Download the document directly from the source site without using Preview to view and 'Save as'. That last part is super-important: Always check your documents against Adobe Reader (the free reader, not the more costly full Acrobat) on a PC, prior to posting to USAJobs.


Graduate Student Policy Award, apply by Jan 10.

Ecological Society of America invites you to apply for the 2017 Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA). Awardees receive first-hand engagement at the interface of science and public policy. From April 24-26, 2017, Awardees will participate in Ecological Sciences Coalition Congressional Visits Day, an annual event that brings scientists to the nation's capital to speak-up for federal investment in the sciences. You’ll also receive policy and communications training. Domestic travel, hotel, and meal expenses are paid by ESA. You must be a member of ESA to get the award, so be sure to join before you apply. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2017. 

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’.


Miscellaneous - Resources

Changes in Montana Water Quality Standards.

The Montana Board of Environmental Review and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have proposed amendments to ARM (administrative rules of Montana) pertaining to ground and surface water monitoring, definitions, use and classification standards and adoption by reference of revisions to Department Circular DEQ-7 (water quality standards).They updated human health standards for 94 chemicals; added standards for 5 pesticides, and updated 2 aquatic life standards. They made a 13 minute Youtube video which summarizes the changes & the justification.  An electronic copy of the rule notice and proposed changes to DEQ-7, as well as supporting documentation and a video explaining proposed changes may be obtained at Montana DEQ or by contacting Amy Steinmetz at the DEQ, Metcalf Building PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901 or  406-444-0371;

The Montana Legislature is in session – how to make your voice heard.

HOW: Call the Montana legislative message center at 406-444-4800. Leave a message for a legislator—yours! WHAT: You will be asked for your name, address, phone number, and a brief message, one or two sentences. WHEN: With a legislative session that lasts just 90 days, bills and issues move quickly; so should you. HOW: Call your legislators from home, or use a cell phone during a break at work. Don’t use a work phone. WHY: Legislators listen when folks call from their home districts. You can leave the same message for up to five legislators or all the members of a committee with one call. Specify the legislators or committee (for example, members of House Education Committee). Missoula area Senators (followed by their Senate District) Dick Barrett  45; Sue Malek  46 ;  Dan Salomon 47; Cynthia Wolken 48; Diane Sands 49; Tom Facey 50 MISSOULA AREA REPRESENTATIVES (followed by their House District) Nate McConnell 89; Ellie Hill Smith 90; Bryce Bennett 91; Mike Hopkins 92; John Fleming 93; Kimberly Dudik 94 Shane A. Morigeau 95; Adam Hertz 96; Brad Tschida 97; Willis Curdy 98; Marilyn Ryan 99; Andrea Olsen 100.

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