Newsline March 27, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Montana gets serious about stopping invasive mussels.

Around EVST

  1. Why is water sacred to Native Americans? 
  2. Long-time friend of EVST gone to rest.  

Featured Events  (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Watershed Planning Workshop offered at UM, April 17-18. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Social Justice Fair, March 30.
  2. Help organize a youth led climate justice conference, apply by April 7. 
  3. Volunteer projects with MT Natural History Center.
  4. Rock Creek Restoration Workday, April 2.
  5. Earth Day plans taking root – you can help. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Gardening for Wildlife class, Tuesdays 3/28 to 4/18, plus 3 Saturday field trips.
  2. How can Montana limit the influence of corporations on elections & policy? March 29.
  3. Info Session on "Landscape and Livelihood", a fall field semester, March 30. 
  4. Politics and Ethics in the Trump Era”, March 30.
  5. American Fisheries Soc. celebrates 50 years at meeting in Missoula in May, abstracts due 3/31.
  6. BUILDING CROSS CULTURAL ALLIANCES, April 3.
  7. Filmmaking Workshop and a chance to win free photography workshop, June 24 thru June 30.

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

  1. GIS Data Acquisition Analyst job for ONXMAPS, Missoula, apply by March 31.
  2. Program coordinator job with AmeriCorps & VISTA in MT, apply by April 10. 
  3. Ecology Project International is hiring a Yellowstone program supervisor.
  4. USGS researcher seeks crew leader for a field study starting June 1 in Hawaii. 
  5. Blackfoot Challenge seeks Operations Manager, apply by April 14.
  6. Montana Conservation Corps is hiring crew members.
  7. More links to Conservation jobs in Montana.
  8. Sustainable Agriculture and Agritourism Internship at Prairie Grass Ranch, apply by April 10.

Funding

  1. Funding for conservation & food initiatives (links to more info).

Housing 

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Montana Women in Conservation Award Luncheon, March 28.
  2. The Montana Natural History Center is excited to host March's Downtown on Tap! March 28.
  3. Lorax Party and Potluck at UM FLAT, March 30. 
  4. Missoula Home and Garden Show , April 1-2.
  5. Missoula’s spring bike auction, April 5. 
  6. Harlequin Produce offers a customizable CSA. 
  7. Make greener food choices and win a dinner with Michael Pollan. 
  8. Info on mining exploration near the Blackfoot. 
  9. Free books for babies & tots. 
  10. Montana Plant Life online and in DVD. 
  11. In Our America signs are available. 

Good News Item

Montana gets serious about stopping invasive mussels.

Invasive mussels can destroy recreational and property values, harm native wildlife, and interfere with irrigation and hydropower. For the first time this past year, invasive mussels were detected in two eastern Montana reservoirs (Tiber & Canyon Ferry). To keep the mussels from spreading, MT FWP closed those reservoirs to boating, and are now allowing limited use at just a few boat ramps that have boat inspections and decontamination (with hot water under pressure). Users of those reservoirs who agree to limit their boating to those reservoirs can be certified as a ‘Local Boater’ of one of those reservoirs. Local boaters can bypass the decontamination step. MFWP offers some educational outreach events at which you can be certified as a local boater. The next is Monday March 27 from 6-9pm in Helena. More info here. 

Around EVST

Why is water sacred to Native Americans? 

For World Water Day, EVST professor Rosalyn R. LaPier, currently on a fellowship at Harvard University, composed an article explaining why water is sacred to Native Americans. For the Blackfeet, Lakota and other Native American people, water does more than sustain life – it's the place of the divine. See the online article here. Another excellent program on why water is sacred to the indigenous people of Australia was produced by the BBC. To hear the audio, please go to this link and click on the picture

Long-time friend of EVST gone to rest. 

From the North Fork of the Flathead River to the committee rooms of Helena, Bob Ream stood up for the wild places and things he loved. This UM professor, state legislator, and avid backpacker, who chaired both the MT Fish and Wildlife Commission and the MT Democratic Party, died on Wednesday of pancreatic cancer. Ream was 80. Ream founded the Wilderness Institute in 1974 and taught wildlife biology for 28 years in Missoula, including two years as interim dean of the UM College of Forestry from 1993 to 1994. He was a member of the state House of Representatives from 1983 to 1997. Read more here.

Featured Events

Watershed Planning Workshop offered at UM, April 17-18. 

Register now for Montana Watershed Coordination Council's Spring Training on "Creative and Effective Watershed Planning”. Offered in partnership with the Montana DEQ non-point source program and includes training on watershed restoration planning, including five primary topic areas: stakeholder and community engagement, drafting and development, and implementation. Experienced trainers will discuss planning strategies as well as technical and financial resources available for each planning stage. For more information and to register click here. WHEN/WHERE: April 17-18 at UM’s UC. Cost: $125.

Volunteer Opportunities

Social Justice Fair, March 30.

Join SARC for the social justice fair, where student and community groups will talk about their work. This is a great opportunity for people to find ways they can get involved here in Missoula and do some fun, interactive social justice activities. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday March 30 from 10 am to 2 pm in the UC Ballroom. 

Help organize a youth led climate justice conference, apply by April 7. 

Uplift is a community of young people working to address climate justice and conservation issues on the Colorado Plateau. We host an annual conference for young people, and we work to connect and support young people in climate justice advocacy. We are now accepting applications to join the Uplift 2017 Organizing Team! We are looking for a diverse group of young leaders (age 18-30) who are passionate about climate justice and youth empowerment on the Colorado Plateau. Apply now by filling this application form, and sending a resume and cover letter to uplift@grandcanyontrust.orgAll applications are due April 7 by 5 pm. If you have any questions, email emalis@grandcanyontrust.org

Volunteer projects with MT Natural History Center.

Go Birding with Clark Fork School Teachers, Saturday, April 8, 11:00-1:30pm. Are you a birder? On Saturday, April 8, MNHC will be taking teachers from the Clark Fork School to Council Grove to bird from 11:00am-1:30 pm. We would like to split the large group into smaller groups, each led by a bird-savvy guide. Contact Christine Morris for more information. Transportation Coordinator - We could use help with regular maintenance and upkeep of our three small buses. If you are handy and want a flexible volunteer role, this might be the position for you! If you have questions or want to sign up, please contact me at spotts@montananaturalist.org. Construction help - If you are interested in helping with projects like building floating shelves and boxes for our touch tables, or in being on our "on-call" list of handy-person volunteers for when things come up, please contact me at spotts@montananaturalist.org

Rock Creek Restoration Workday, April 2.

This Sunday, help 5 Valleys Land Trust restore habitat on their Rock Creek Confluence Property. UM students will plant shrubs and pull weeds.  Lunch will be provided.  Please dress for unpredictable weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves and a water bottle. Questions or RSVP: Please RSVP by March 29 to jenny@fvlt.org or by calling 406.549.0755. How to get there: From Missoula, head east on I-90.  Drive 22 miles to exit 126 (Rock Creek). Exit the Interstate, turn right, and cross over the Clark Fork River. The Confluence property will be directly on your right. Signs will be posted to direct you to parking. WHEN: Sunday, April 2; 9am - 2 pm. 

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

Gardening for Wildlife class, Tuesdays 3/28 to 4/18, plus 3 Saturday field trips.

The National Wildlife Federation offers a class on gardening for wildlife as a part of its Habitat Steward Team development. Learn local ecology, habitat development, gardening, and help get Missoula certified as a Wildlife Habitat Community. This class is suitable for people of all backgrounds and skill levels and will include 4 in-class days and 3 field trip days, including a hands-on project where you put your new knowledge and skills to work! The class is co-taught by City Councilor Marilyn Marler, and NWF Habitat and Sustainability Coordinator, Brittany Weber. WHEN: Tuesdays March 28 - April 18 (6-9pm); Saturday field trips (noon to 5pm) on April 8, 22, and 29. WHERE: Hellgate Elementary/Middle School, Building 3, Library, 2385 Flynn Lane, Missoula, MT 59808. COST: $202, includes materials; ENTER CODE nwf2017 WHEN YOU REGISTER AND RECEIVE $100 OFF! Discount is still in effect despite what web site says. Plus, you get gift certificate for gardening supplies and a t-shirt. More info and Registration here. Questions? Contact Brittany at (406) 541-6708 or MTEducationCoordinator@nwf.org

How can Montana limit the influence of corporations on elections & policy? March 29.

Missoula Moves To Amend is hosting a chili feed and discussion by Jim Olsen, Hamilton businessman and 2016 legislative candidate about the concept of de-chartering corporations -- How can Montana again limit the influence of corporations in politics? Plus, Nancy Leifer will present a round-up of bills in MT Legislature and US Congress (including SJ 6 which would have MT join a call for a US constitutional amendment that would dismantle the ability of the US Executive branch to regulate industry and impose regulations; and COPP others). Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 pm, Missoula Public Library. 

Info Session on "Landscape and Livelihood", a fall field semester, March 30. 

Find out how you can earn 16 upper division UM credits, exploring ecology and community-based conservation solutions in the wild and rural Swan Valley. Spend your fall embedded between the Bob Marshall and Mission Mountain Wildernesses. Study watershed dynamics, forests and communities, agriculture and sustainability and biogeography. Includes courses in Environmental Studies (ENST), Forestry (NRSM) and Geography (GPHY). More info: Visit Swan Valley Connections or contact Sara at sara@svconnections.org. WHEN/WHERE: March 30, 2:30 to 4:30 in EVST’s Bull Pen (by the mailboxes) in Rankin Hall. Of special interest: Free Biga Pizza! 

Politics and Ethics in the Trump Era”, March 30.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday March 30, 7-8:30 pm in Turner Hall. 

American Fisheries Soc. celebrates 50 years at meeting in Missoula in May, abstracts due 3/31. 

The American Fisheries Society (western division) is holding its 50-year annual meeting in Missoula, and the deadline for paper and poster abstract submission has been extended to March 31, (the web site may still say March 21 but the fish squeezers are just having a hard time updating their website). Please be sure to submit your abstracts by then (no more extensions). Register by the early bird deadline of April 21 for big savings. Also, if you are not a member, joining will save you money on your registration also. For all the information you need, visit the meeting website

BUILDING CROSS CULTURAL ALLIANCES, April 3.

Presented by Jesse Jaeger and others from EmpowerMT. Being effective leaders means being able to work well with diverse groups of people from many different cultures. EmpowerMT will lead a workshop that will work to provide a supportive learning environment for participants to begin to: (1) deepen relationships across group lines; (2) build a shared language and foundation of understanding around oppression; and (3) develop skills for constructive dialogue and action to interrupt individual and institutional oppression. EmpowerMT creates a more just and inclusive society by developing youth and adult leaders who work to end mistreatment, correct systemic inequalities and strengthen communities across Montana. EmpowerMT envisions a Montana where each person is respected, where differences are understood, where youth, institutions, and communities share a commitment to correct injustices, and where all people have the opportunity to thrive without the risk of violence or oppression.  EmpowerMT serves the state of Montana, with a focus on empowering those individuals targeted by prejudice and mistreatment. To accomplish its mission, EmpowerMT has developed a leadership development program and comprehensive course curriculum to reduce prejudice, prevent violence, and resolve conflict. Since they began, over 50,000 participants have received support and leadership development, learned skills to interrupt oppression, prevent violence, and resolve conflict, as well as developed strategies for building just systems. Jesse Jeager and his family moved back to Missoula the summer of 2014 after being gone for 14 years and shortly thereafter he joined EmpowerMT’s staff. He has worked in nonprofit organizations for over 20 years, including six years as the National Director for Youth Ministry for the Unitarian Universalist Association and most recently as the Executive Director of UU Mass Action, a small advocacy organization that mobilized people of faith around progressive causes in Massachusetts. Jesse is honored to be part of an organization that has such a large impact in empowering all people, and especially young people, to transform their communities into more just and inclusive places. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, April 3 from 2:00 – 4:30pm at the Alumni Boardroom, Third Floor, University Center. 

Filmmaking Workshop and a chance to win free photography workshop, June 24-June 30.

A two-week course in making films with your DSLR camera with Rocky Mountain School of Photography provides fundamentals and advancement tips to take your skills to the next level. Learn more here. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Rocky Mountain School of Photography offers a variety of foundation and travel workshops. Enter to win FREE registration for any upcoming RMSP workshops. ENTER TO WIN HERE.

Jobs and Internships

GIS Data Acquisition Analyst job for ONXMAPS, Missoula, apply by March 31.

Establish and maintain contacts with municipalities to facilitate vector data as well as maintain the team's custom data processing toolbox. Responsibilities include the initial evaluation of licensing agreements, documenting vendor and data details, facilitating the purchasing of qualified data, and standardizing the procured data. Additional duties including maintaining and adding to the teams set of custom tools used to automate the standardization of the parcel data, and automating other workflows with python scripting procedures. Full job description and application link found here.  

Program coordinator job with AmeriCorps & VISTA in MT, apply by April 10. 

This is a full-time job, but if you are graduating in mid-May, then you should be able to start then. The Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) is hiring a Program Specialist. This person is responsible for new site development and member recruitment for MTCC’s AmeriCorps and VISTA programs. They will design and implement training curriculum and providing professional development for program participants. MTCC orients several classes of AmeriCorps and VISTA members each year, with over 100 (full-year, student and Summer Associate) members serving throughout Montana in the areas of K-12 success, postsecondary access, college completion and veterans and military family support initiatives. Click here for full description and application instructions

Ecology Project International is hiring a Yellowstone program supervisor.

Here’s a unique chance to join EPI’s Yellowstone program team full-time. We are seeking an energetic operations and education guru to act as our new Yellowstone summer program supervisor to oversee the delivery of courses that reach over 200 local and visiting middle and high school students each summer. EPI’s Yellowstone summer program supervisor is responsible for the planning and implementation for the Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program. The supervisor’s primary responsibilities include instructor supervision, vendor and partner coordination, curriculum development, gear purchasing and maintenance, risk management, and program itinerary coordination. The position is approximately 95% office-based and 5% field-based. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), permanent position based in Missoula. More information is available at our website, Ecology Project International

USGS researcher seeks crew leader for a field study starting June 1 in Hawaii. 

Would like to have the crew leader start June 1. The project is investigating the influences of seed dispersal by birds, soil nutrients, and grass competition on native woody plant recruitment in Acacia koa reforestation sites. This is being advertised as a Student Services Contractor position, therefore you must be a recent graduate within 1 year of having completed a BA/BS/MS degree to qualify (so if you are graduating in May, you qualify). We are seeking an organized, positive, team player who has worked on or led a field crew, with a knowledge of Hawaiian ecosystems and plants in particular. Over 50% of the time will be spent in Hakalau Forest NWR. If you are interested, please send AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT 1. brief cover letter highlighting relevant experience and why you are interested in the position, 2. resume that includes date of graduation, and 3. name, address, phone number, and email address of at least 3 references to Dr. Stephanie Yelenik, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, syelenik@usgs.govFULL JOB DESCRIPTION FOUND HERE

Blackfoot Challenge seeks Operations Manager, apply by April 14.

The Blackfoot Challenge is a nonprofit organization with the mission to coordinate efforts that conserve and enhance the natural resources and rural way of life in the Blackfoot Watershed for present and future generations. The Blackfoot Challenge was formed to build bridges between people with a stake in the landscape and those with decision-making authority to create lasting solutions that benefit people, wildlife and the land. Working groups made up of community members respond to community needs with programs for: water conservation; invasive weed control; land conservation and stewardship; placed-based conservation education; forest health; economic sustainability; and wildlife conservation. Job Description: full-time position working to support core watershed programs, managing administrative, financial, fund development and Board development functions. The Operations Manager will report directly to the Executive Director, and will work closely with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and all staff. This is a core leadership position for the Blackfoot Challenge, and critical to supporting committees and partnerships. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION FOUND HERE

Montana Conservation Corps is hiring crew members.

As a Crew Member with MCC, your home is a tent for much of the time, and meals are shared around camp with your fellow crew members. Guided by graduates of the MCC Leadership Development Program, you’ll serve alongside others from across the country who share your passion for hard work and conservation. Your time with MCC will have a lifelong impact on you and the communities and landscapes you serve. Positions throughout Montana. Some jobs run from 5/22 to 11/3 while others run from 5/22 to 8/18. Education awards at end of service. Full details are available here

More links to Conservation jobs in Montana.

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.

Housing

Miscellaneous - Resources

Montana Women in Conservation Award Luncheon, March 28.

Too often women’s contribution to conservation goes unrecognized. This event will honor Amy Cilimburg who spearheaded the creation of Climate Smart Missoula, a hub organization that fosters partnership and action to address climate change in the Missoula community. In its less than two years of existence, Climate Smart Missoula has burgeoned into a real force and asset to the community and the planet. A longtime environmental leader, Amy also had a strong history with outdoor education and Montana Audubon, where she focused on climate change and other issues important to Montana bird conservation. Appetizers from Masala and soft drinks will be served. QuestionsContact Dave Dittloff at the National Wildlife Federation at 406-214-8109 or dittloffd@nwf.org. WHEN/WHERETuesday, March 28 at Noon at The Loft, 119 West Main, Missoula, MT. 

The Montana Natural History Center is excited to host March's Downtown on Tap! March 28.

Come check out our nature center, tour the exhibits, naturalist classrooms, and green screen technology. There will be a brief update for attendees on new membership benefits, volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved at MNHC! Appetizers will be provided as well as beverages from The Dram Shop. One lucky attendee will receive a free family membership. We'll be giving away other goodies too! Learn more about MNHC on our website! WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, March 28, 5 – 7 pm at MNHC, 120 Hickory Street, Suite A. 

Lorax Party and Potluck at UM FLAT, March 30. 

Includes screening the classic film, food, games, songs, community conversation. All ages welcome. Free (but donations accepted). WHEN/WHERE: March 30, 6-9pm at UM FLAT, 633 S. 5th St. E., near UM. Hosted by Environment MT & UM Wilderness Association. 

 Missoula Home and Garden Show , April 1-2.

WHEN/WHERE: April 1-2, Sat-Sun, 10-4, at the Adams Center. 

Missoula’s spring bike auction, April 5. 

These bikes were lost or stolen, but were never claimed by their owners. The bike auction will take place on Wednesday, April 5 at Gardner's Auction, 4810 Highway 93 South, Missoula. Viewing is 9am to when the auction starts at 4:30pm. Bikes will be sold at 5:30pm.  

Harlequin Produce offers a customizable CSA. 

Tired of getting veggies in your CSA share that are not your favorites? Wish you could get more of your favorites? Check out Harlequin Produce’s customizable CSA. They also offer the option of paying for the whole summer at once, or week by week. Their CSA runs from June 13 to Oct 10. Last day to sign up is June 9, but there’s a discount if you sign up earlier. 

Make greener food choices and win a dinner with Michael Pollan. 

Most of the 20 billion burgers eaten in America each year are made from GMO grain-fed meat produced by polluting factory farms. Each of us can help change the way animals are raised by making better choices about what we put on our plates. Turning Green has created the Better Burger Challenge – challenging college students to get their campus food service to put a better burger on the menu. UM Dining Services is already pretty green, but the contest also has other things that students can do to win. So, check it out. You just might win dinner with Michael Pollan – and you’ll certainly win a better world. Click here for the Better Burger Student Challenge. 

Info on mining exploration near the Blackfoot. 

Kennecott Exploration has been exploring the potential for a mine near the Blackfoot River near Potomac. The Blackfoot Challenge has been recording their presentations to the public and posting the info online. If you’d like to explore the background on this potential mining near the Blackfoot, see the website. 

Free books for babies & tots. 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends a book a year to kids from birth to 5 years old. If you know a needy kid, sign her/him up. Perhaps someday they’ll do the same for other needy kids. 

Montana Plant Life online and in DVD. 

Montana Plant Life is an online resource with pictures and info on Montana native plants, introduced plants, edible plants, medicinal plants, poisonous plants and weeds. The new 2016 version of the Montana Plant Life DVD is now available, featuring 2,063 species in 176 plant families, with over 9,000 images, and a text database comparable to several books. Note: CDs also available. 

In Our America signs are available. 

UM EVST alum David Schaad (Class of 2014) is visiting Portland and will bring back "In Our America..." signs, stickers, and posters to any interested Missoulians in mid-April. The signs have a strong message of solidarity with groups that have been marginalized and discriminated against. Overlaid upon the Stars and Stripes, this sign proclaims that regardless of background, culture, religion, etc., we are ALL valued members of this diverse nation. Visit the website to see the design and read more about this project. Yard signs are $10 each and posters and stickers are $3 each. To place an order, email David Schaad. David requests that all orders be received by April 12. Depending on how many people are interested, he may need payment upfront to have enough for purchases. Please pick up your order from David in Missoula by May 1, as he will depart for summer work soon after.

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