Newsline March 20, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Good Green Energy News – Solar Shines; Wind takes flight.

Around EVST

  1. Time to sign up for the supervised internship at the PEAS Farm for the summer session.  

Featured Events  (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Local Food Day at the Capitol in Helena, March 27.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Apple Tree Pruning at the Moon-Randolph Homestead, March 25.
  2. Help track the Spring Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot, March 23, 28 or 30.
  3. MT Science Fair needs judges and fun activities, March 27. 
  4. Earth Day plans taking root – you can help. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Belay Clinic at Rec Center, March 24.
  2. Learn about USDA Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020, March 30.
  3. Upcoming Peace Corps Event on April 12.
  4. See Birds returning to Metcalf Wildlife, March 25. 
  5. The Place Value Economy: The role of outdoor recreation in creating great places, March 22.

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

  1. Get paid to protect Montana streams this summer, apply by March 20.
  2. Youth Harvest Manager with Garden City Harvest, apply by March 25.
  3. MT Natural History Center, Spring Visiting Naturalist Field Instructor (4 positions available).
  4. More links to Conservation jobs in Montana.
  5. Sustainable Agriculture and Agritourism Internship at Prairie Grass Ranch, apply by April 10.
  6. Summer job studying birds in the Bitterroot, apply now.
  7. The Roxy is Hiring!

Funding

  1. Funding for graduate research in ecology/environmental science, apply by March 31.
  2. More links to conservation funding in Montana.
  3. 2017 USGIF Scholarship Program, apply by May 15.
  4. Western SARE Call for Proposals (Graduate Student and Ph.D.), Apply by May 17. 
  5. Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program, USDA. Apply by May 24.
  6. Society for Conservation Biology research grants for Graduate Students, apply by April 1.

Housing 

  1. $625 - Seeking responsible roommate in a cozy house. 
  2. The Foodshed is Seeking New Home-mates!

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. An exciting new tool available through Planet Labs. 
  2. Wetlands scientists speak out against Trump's move to undo water rule.
  3. Just launched: Storymaps: Embattled Borderlands

Good News Item

Good Green Energy News – Solar Shines; Wind takes flight.

Solar power is poised to grow 6-fold by 2030 and could constitute 9%-13% of world electricity production by then. The United Arab Emirates accepted a bid from Masdar to build a solar electricity generating farm for 3¢/kWh. Coal is typically 5 cents a kilowatt hour. Coal, game over. China now plans to get between 1/4 and 1/3 of its electricity from wind turbines by 2030. The world’s largest wind turbine is being built for an offshore facility in Europe. This single tower can provide electricity to 10,000 homes. Solar is now the fastest-growing new energy business in India, which has 7.5 gigawatts of solar power. The World Bank is lending India $1 billion for solar projects.

Around EVST

Time to sign up for the supervised internship at the PEAS Farm for the summer session. 

Earn credit, learn about farming and community, and grow food for a good cause. Learn more here

Featured Events

Local Food Day at the Capitol in Helena, March 27.

Local Food Day at the Capitol will celebrate the impact of Montana-grown food on the state’s economy, health, and communities. There will be exhibit tables in the Capitol Rotunda between 11am and 2pm with information about local food programs, activities, and resources in Montana. Also, a short program featuring agricultural movers and shakers offering brief presentations during the noon hour.

Volunteer Opportunities

Apple Tree Pruning at the Moon-Randolph Homestead, March 25.

Join us Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a day of apple tree pruning at the Moon-Randolph Homestead. Help us take care of century old apple trees first planted in 1889 by Ray Moon. Experienced pruners are encouraged to attend. Or, come and learn the art of tree pruning with ecologist, forester, and soil scientist, Mark Van der Meer of Bad Goat Forest Products and Watershed Consulting. Coffee, lunch, and cider provided. See our Facebook event for full details or Email with any questions. 

Help track the Spring Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot, March 23, 28 or 30.

Join MPG Ranch and Raptor View Research Institute scientists as we track the spring raptor migration. Volunteers will help observe and identify migrating raptors. Bring binoculars and dress for the spring weather! Space is limited to 6 volunteers per trip. No lunch provided. RSVP for directions and details.  Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions, or 406-396-6285. WHEN:  11am-3pm on 3/23 or 3/28 or 3/30.

MT Science Fair needs judges and fun activities, March 27. 

The MT Science Fair is at UM and still needs many more judges, especially from 11 am to 2pm. A smaller number of judges are needed from 11 am to 4pm. Training for new judges is 11 am to 11:30am; free lunch from 11:30 to noon, then the judging starts. Judging consists of listening to young scientists present their work, asking them some questions, and making some suggestions on how they can improve their project. Most judges will be assigned to grades 6-8. A smaller number are needed for high school projects. The fair is in the Adams Center. If you are willing to help with judging, register here. If you have questions or are interested in volunteering to help with the science fair in other ways, contact mssf@umontana.edu. NOTE that the fair also invites anyone interested in tabling or providing a fun science activity at the fair – to reserve space at the fair. Your table/activity will be seen by young scientists from all over the state. Contact Nathalie Wolfram or at 243-4828. 

Earth Day plans taking root – you can help. 

As usual, Missoula will have lots of green activities around Earth Day. Check out late April on the Conservation Calendar. Meanwhile here’s one event you may want to help with. MUD (Missoula Urban Demo project) is gearing up to host MUD’s 11th annual Earth Day event (Theme: Environmental and Climate Literacy). There will be panels, teach-ins, workshops, kid’s activities, live music, and the Earth Day Expo of sustainability organizations and businesses. As always, this annual sustainability celebration will feature local food & drink vendors. If you're interested in sponsoring, tabling, or otherwise being involved, see MUD’s Earth Day 2017 page. WHEN/WHERE: April 22, 3-7pm at Free Cycles Complex.

Educational Opportunities

Belay Clinic at Rec Center, March 24.

Belay class teaches knot tying and safe belaying. March 24 from 4-5pm Rec Center climbing wall. 

Learn about USDA Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020, March 30.

Learn about USDA Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020 from an MCCHD Public Health Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. YOU are an important link between the Dietary Guidelines and the needs of the individuals, families, and communities you serve (not to mention your own health). Learn how to use the new recommendations to tailor nutrition messages and materials that are meaningful and action-oriented. When/Where: March 30th, 2017 from 9:30 am to 11:00am at the Salvation Army Conference Room. 

Upcoming Peace Corps Events on April 12.

The following Peace Corps event is scheduled: “Girl Rising”, a film screening and discussion will be held on April 12 from 6:00-8:30pm in UC 332. For more information about the film “Girl Rising,” folks can check out the movie’s Web site. Please join us for these events and find out more about Peace Corps! 

See Birds returning to Metcalf Wildlife, March 25. 

Five Valleys Audubon will lead a DAY LONG bird field trip on March 25. For the day-long trip on March 25, meet at 7:50 am in NW corner of the Adams Center parking lot to car pool to the refuge. For more info, contact Larry at 549-5632, or bwsgenea@gmail.com

The Place Value Economy: The role of outdoor recreation in creating great places, March 22.

Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse, generating billions in consumer spending and providing thousands of good jobs for communities in the American West. Many of these same communities advertise recreation in their efforts to attract new business and entrepreneurs. Outdoor recreation is increasingly finding its way into community’s growth and economic development strategies. This free webinar offered by Community Builders will explore the role of outdoor recreation as a tool for improving quality of life and local economies. Following an introduction to the findings of our Place Value study, which examines the relationships between community qualities and economic activity, a panel will discuss strategies for leveraging outdoor recreation for economic development at the state and local level. More info & Registration here. WHEN: Wednesday, March 22; 12:00PM - 1:00PM MDT. Please login 15 minutes prior to start. 

Jobs and Internships

Get paid to protect Montana streams this summer, apply by March 20.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is looking for seasonal employees to operate aquatic invasive species inspection and decontamination stations around the state. Seasonal work will run from April through October 2017, with flexibility in start and end dates for university students. Interviews will be at the FWP office in Missoula (3201 Spurgin Road) on Monday, March 20 between 9 am and 3 pm. To apply, stop by during these hours, and bring your resume or a completed state application. Successful applicants receive competitive pay and benefits and the opportunity to help protect Montana’s precious water resources. For additional questions call FWP’s Kim Worthy at 406-444-1289, Carol Fah at 406-444-4657, or the FWP Region 2 office at 406-542-5500. Qualifications include: 18 years & up; A valid driver’s license and clean driving record; Excellent customer service skills; Responsible, dependable, and can work as part of a team; A background or interest in natural resources is desirable but not required. 

Youth Harvest Manager with Garden City Harvest, apply by March 25.

Garden City Harvest seeks a Farm Manager to manage the day-to-day farm operations of the 2-acre Youth Farm. This farm is home to one it Garden City Harvest’s two Youth Development programs. The Youth Farm Manager will successfully operate the farm and create a supported work environment where youth employees and volunteers are able to participate and find success at the farm. For more information, visit this link Full job description. To apply: send your resume and cover letter to Jean Zosel by March 25. 

MT Natural History Center, Spring Visiting Naturalist Field Instructor (4 positions available).

The Visiting Naturalist in the Schools (VNS) program brings professional naturalists into 4th and 5th grade classrooms to teach science and the natural history of western Montana. Seven months out of the year we work at the school itself.  During the remaining two months, we go on day-long field trips to local natural areas where students take wildlife hikes with binoculars, learn about insects, and explore local flora and fauna. The VNS Field Instructor will lead stations on these field trips for five weeks in April and May (30 hours/week from April 24-June 2). Click here to learn more and apply or visit the Montana Natural History Center, Employment Opportunities

More links to Conservation jobs in Montana.

Youth Harvest Manager, Garden City Harvest

Wildlife Tracker-Internship Position, CVA

Assistant Range Rider, CVA

Lead Range Rider, CVA

Wildlife Program Coordinator, CVA

Swan Unit Manager, DNRC

Assistant Park Manager – Flathead Lake, FWP

Executive Director, AERO

Development Coordinator, The Montana Land Reliance

Stewardship Director, MWA 

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. 

Summer job studying birds in the Bitterroot, apply now.

MPG Ranch Operations seeks seasonal field technicians to collect data on Lewis’s Woodpeckers breeding in the Bitterroot Valley. This project aims to investigate factors influencing nesting success of Lewis’s Woodpeckers throughout western Montana. WHEN:  May 1st through July/August. PAY:  $1900-$2900/mo. DOE Field tasks include nest searching & monitoring, filming nests, point counts, insect collection, and recording relevant information. Experience in avian biology preferred but not required. Technicians must be willing to work long and/or irregular hours, early mornings, and weekends. Applicants should be physically capable of carrying up to 50lbs, and be willing to hike off trail in steep terrain. Requires excellent communication skills and ability to carefully collect detailed biological data. Applicants must provide their own binoculars, hiking & camping gear, and own field transportation (high clearance vehicle preferred). Applicants must be present for training period (May 1-10). Pets are not allowed. MPG Operations will provide additional camping stipend and mileage reimbursement. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to William Blake.  

The Roxy is Hiring!

Do you have a passion for film and historic buildings? Working Missoula's nonprofit, community cinema, The Roxy Theater is more than a job. It merges community, film, history and education... and creates a vibrant hub for arts and culture.  Open positions include MOD, Concessionaire and Custodian. Fill out online application today!

Funding

Funding for graduate research in ecology/environmental science, apply by March 31.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) at UM has funds to support ongoing graduate research in the ecology/environmental sciences or related fields. Funds may be used for summer salary, research supplies, travel, hiring a technician, or publication support. Awards up to $5,000 per student are available. Details can be found here or you can also contact Jacob Dyste

More links to conservation funding in Montana.

HB 223 Grants to Conservation Districts

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program

NRCS EQIP Program 2018

Resilient Communities 2017 Request for Proposals

DEQ Volunteer Monitoring Program

Climate & Cultural Resilience Grants

NRCS Accepting Applications for Upper Clark Fork Conservation Program

2018 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Grant Program

Montana Aquatic Invasive Species Grants 

2017 USGIF Scholarship Program, apply by May 15.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation is dedicated to assisting promising high school, undergraduate, and graduate students studying topics related to geospatial sciences and you can receive up to $10,000 with a USGIF Scholarship! Learn more about USGIF and apply here

Western SARE Call for Proposals (Graduate Student and Ph.D.), Apply by May 17. 

The Call for Proposals for the Graduate Student grant program has been released. Deadline is May 17, 2017. The full Call can be downloaded at SARE Grants. The Graduate Student Grants provide a maximum of $25,000 and may last for up to two years. Those eligible to apply are masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time (as determined by the institution’s requirements) at accredited colleges or universities in the Western region. An applicant is eligible for only one grant during his or her graduate program. After the May 17 deadline, proposals will be assessed by a technical review panel in July. The Western SARE Administrative Council selects proposals for funding in July, and award notifications are made in August. SARE is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that functions through competitive grants conducted cooperatively by farmers, ranchers, researchers and agricultural professionals to advance farm and ranch systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities. 

Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program, USDA. Apply by May 24.

Details can be found here. Applications close May 24, 2017. Funding amount: $50,000 to $200,000. Seeks innovative grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address strategies in the National Ten Year Urban Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026). The U.S. Forest Service anticipates that there may be $500,000 - $900,000 in grant funds to be awarded through the 2018 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. Funds support national urban forestry studies or projects on nonfederal public land that have a national, regional or multi-state coverage and / or application. Eligible Applicants: schools, local governments, tribes, nonprofits.

Society for Conservation Biology research grants for Graduate Students, apply by April 1.

Starting this year, SCB will grant ten $1,000 research awards per annum to support travel, materials or equipment for graduate student members to help them conduct field research in conservation science. The deadline to apply for an SCB Graduate Student Research Fellowship Award (GSRF) is April 1, 2017. Please visit the SCB Graduate Student Research Fellowship page of the SCB website for more information and to download the GSRF application. Questions? E-mail SCB Awards Committee Chair Carolyn Lundquist

Housing

$625 - Seeking responsible roommate in a cozy house.

One young professional and one current EVST grad student seeking roommate (couples welcome) in a lovely, spacious house in Lower Rattlesnake (easy/short bike ride to campus). We have a two story, three-bedroom house, two full bathrooms, laundry with washer and dryer, gorgeous backyard with view of Mt. Jumbo, full garage with hardly anything in it, large living room with two couches, electric stove, dishwasher, back deck and bbq space for entertaining, raised bed garden, and compost. We are one female and one male. This is a quiet house with occasional dinner parties. Not 420 friendly. Pets not permitted on lease and our schedules are fairly busy. You would have a large master bedroom with lots of storage. Summer utilities run on average $20, while winter utilities have been around $30 (we pay gas, electric and wifi). Outdoor enthusiasts are welcome! Available April 1 and lease goes through August 9th. There is a $500 security deposit and $30 application fee. Contact Elsie with interest as well as for photos or questions. Feel free to pass on to good people! 

The Foodshed is Seeking New Home-mates!

Spring is coming! Time to plant onions, build chicken coops, start beehives, and spend afternoons in the dirt! If you’d like to live in a household where you can start any one of these projects, or realize other sustainability-oriented dreams, ask about living at the Foodshed! The Foodshed is a house located a few blocks from campus where community is built through sharing meals and skills to become more self-sufficient. For over two years, students and alumni have shared this space, creating a sustainable, nourishing living situation. We have THREE rooms opening this May and would love to hear from anyone passionate about this idea! Contact the Missoula Foodshed to get more information!

Miscellaneous - Resources

An exciting new tool available through Planet Labs. 

Planet Labs is allowing public viewing of much of the archive it's developed in the last year with its constellation of satellites and the Earth Surface Satellite Map. In the U.S. you can see 3-5 m resolution imagery and rest of the globe at a coarser resolution.  Note at the bottom you can switch between monthly or quarterly mosaics. Planet Labs is growing and consolidating market share both by launching its own and acquiring other satellites.  It bought out RapidEye AG about 18 months ago, and just bought Google's Terra Bella satellite group last month. It also launched over 80 micro-satellites last month! This is changing the satellite imagery landscape. 

Wetlands scientists speak out against Trump's move to undo water rule.

The Society for Ecological Restoration and 6 other scientific societies are speaking out against President Donald Trump's executive order targeting the contentious Clean Water Rule. More information on this action is found in the article written by Ariel Wittenburg of E&E News in the March 2 edition of Science Magazine

Just launched: Storymaps: Embattled Borderlands.

Beautiful photos, stories and sounds from the southern U.S. borderlands. A new immersive website that takes viewers on a self-guided tour of the US-Mexico borderlands. This project began just days after the presidential election, when it became clear that the threat to borderlands wildlife, ecosystems and people had suddenly risen exponentially. I have long believed that if people understood this beautiful region and its inhabitants, they would not so easily sacrifice them. This project was created to help more people know this special place and the harm we have already done to it over the past decades of escalating militarization. At the end of the borderlands tour, there is a section that gives ideas about what you can do to help. They are general, but meaningful, please take a look. 

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