Newsline May 22, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. 1st Wild Bison Calf Born on Wind River Reservation in over 130 years!

Around EVST

  1. Environmental Studies Graduates and Undergraduates – Class of 2017!

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Clark Fork Restoration Symposia, Wednesday May 24, University Center.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Missoula Conservation District invites you to listening sessions, May 24 & June 27. 
  2. Help MT Natural History Center’s Nature Adventure Garden grow, May 25. 
  3. Citizen science study of Chimney Swifts.
  4. Help with Bird Surveys.
  5. What do you think the new Higgins Bridge should look like? 
  6. Help Montana Wilderness Association and (maybe) win a backpack.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Flathead Lake Biostation’s public programs this summer!
  2. Missoula’s 12th Annual Labor Film Fest, May 26-31. 
  3. Earth Within Flowers offers workshops.
  4. Understanding Basin Water Resources webinar, May 27.
  5. Bring Your Own Brain-- a symposium to Free Us from Climate Chaos, June 12-16 at UM. 
  6. Montana naturalist field trips offered by MT Natural History Center, June. 

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

  1. Salish Kootenai College seeks applicants for Wildlife and Fisheries Instructor, apply by May 30.
  2. Field tech needed ASAP for bird study in Kootenai Forest. 
  3. MT Energy Office seeks Renewable Energy section supervisor, apply by May 26. 
  4. Montana Conservation Corps is enrolling. 
  5. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is hiring a Digital Organizing Coordinator.
  6. Missoula CFAC looking for a Development and Communications Coordinator, apply by May 31.
  7. Paid Environmental Education Internship for 2017-18 Academic Year, apply by June 20. 

Funding

  1. Funding Opportunities.

Housing

  1. Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.
  2. Incoming EVST grad student looking for roommates.
  3. Room available in Lower Rattlesnake.
  4. DIVORCE YOUR CAR And live in the lower Rattlesnake!
  5. Dakota street cottage for rent.
  6. Furnished 3-bedroom home for sublet (Jun-Aug).

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Lolo Watershed Group holds “field-trip” for community to understand data collection.
  2. Make sure your bike does not get removed by campus police, mark it ‘in use’ starting May 22.
  3. 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival already calling for films.
  4. New NOAA Economics and Status of Fish Stocks Reports.
  5. UM’s fall Welcome Feast chance to recruit folks to your cause, reserve table before Aug 1. 

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Good News Item

1st Wild Bison Calf Born on Wind River Reservation in over 130 years!

Eastern Shoshone Tribe welcomes a new addition to the herd and the start of New Era. Link to the story behind this momentous occasion.

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Around EVST

Congratulations to the Environmental Studies Graduates and Undergraduates – Class of 2017!

Graduate Class Below: Front Row:Lexie Yoder, Lucy Lieberman, Rachel Cramer; Back Row:Matthew Hart, Peter Gurche, Sydney Cook, Abby Huseth;Not pictured:Morgan Eichwald, Sharon Fuller, Robina Moyer, Melissa LaFontaine, David Lau, Thomas Sentner, Sophie Wolfram.

Graduate Class of 2017Undergraduate Class of 2017

Undergraduate class above:Group on the left:Top row from L to R: Wendell Baer, Noah Rott, Paul Edlund; 2nd row: Jarrett Brown, Julia Milto, Jeremy Oades, Mackenzie Fenton-Conlon, Nicole Schulz; 3rd row: Ian Allaway, Stacy Marks, Nate Bradley, Joanne Fischer

Group on the right:Top row: Nicholas Strom; 2nd row: Simon Dystra, Sophie Hainline, Chrissy Webb, Nikki Kupfner; 3rd row: Martha Engberg, Luke Brown (behind the feather), Cia Crowe; Front row: Olivia Gomes, Katy Jo Hopkins, Ailene Funk, Hannah Fatland, Amelia Liberatore, Antonio Morsette  - Not pictured: Jackson Holte         

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Featured Events

Clark Fork Restoration Symposia, Wednesday May 24, University Center.

The Clark Fork Restoration Symposia is a portion of the larger American Fisheries Society meeting taking place this week at the UM University Center. Students are welcome to drop in and listen to several key talks on the restoration efforts on the Clark Fork, including: Transformation of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin: A Story of Success; Challenges, and the Collaboration that is Making It Happen! ORGANIZERS: Doug Martin, Montana Department of Justice Natural Resource Damage Program; Vicki Watson, University of Montana Watershed Clinic; Pat Saffel, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks LOCATION: UC 330 TIME: 8:40 AM – 12:00 PM. More information and complete program available here.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Missoula Conservation District invites you to listening sessions, May 24 & June 27. 

The MCD will hold a series of listening sessions (including one in Missoula on June 27) to gather citizens’ natural resource concerns and priorities. This information will be used to help them develop their next Long Range Plan for conservation district goals and priorities. Citizens are also encouraged to take an online survey, especially if they cannot attend a listening session. As an incentive, listening session and survey participants will have the chance to win a raffle drawing for local prizes. More info here. (Note that EVST alum Jen McBride is the conservation district’s resource conservationist). Sessions are at 6pm, are open to all county residents, and are on these days: Potomac Greenough Community Center – Wednesday, May 24; Missoula Public Library – Tuesday, June 27. 

Help MT Natural History Center’s Nature Adventure Garden grow, May 25. 

Join us in helping get MNHC's Nature Adventure Garden ready for summer on May 25th from 2-4pm. We will be planting shrubs and helping to install play and learning elements that were designed by a class at Willard High School. Kids are welcome to come along and help or play. Please RSVP at spotts@montananaturalist.org so we can plan for how many will attend.  

Citizen science study of Chimney Swifts.

Montana Audubon is partnering with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks throughout eastern Montana to discover where our Chimney Swifts are active and breeding, often in towns and near buildings with large chimneys. Surveys will occur for 30 minutes before and after sunset, during June and July, with observers being stationed for just a short time at selected chimneys. For more information, click here.  

Help with Bird Surveys.

Bird surveys help land owners and others gain a greater appreciation of birds and the need for conservation of important habitat. Five Valleys Audubon is planning several surveys this spring and summer in the Clark Fork River–Grass Valley IBA (Important Bird Area) to document the current bird population, especially breeding birds. If interested in helping with surveys (beginner birders welcome), contact Jim Brown with the following information: Days of week available; Phone number; Email address. When a survey is scheduled an email will be sent to available participants describing when and where to meet. 

What do you think the new Higgins Bridge should look like? 

The Montana Department of Transportation is seeking comments on the proposed rehabilitation of Higgins Street Bridge. Here is a link to information on the bridge project. And Here is a link to where you can submit comments. Would you like to see bike lanes separate from the car traffic? Would you like to see an under-bridge for bike/pedestrian traffic like at Madison St Bridge? Share your ideas with MT DOT. For ideas, you can check with Bob Giordano at Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation

Help Montana Wilderness Association and (maybe) win a backpack.

MWA is conducting a short survey to strengthen their work for wilderness and public lands. Plus, one lucky respondent will win a Black Diamond Magnum 20 backpack. All you have to do is complete this quick survey by June 1.

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Educational Opportunities

Flathead Lake Biostation’s public programs this summer!

May 23, Tues, 7 pm @ Lakeside QRU (201 Bills Rd, Lakeside)"Invasive Mussels: What U Need 2 Know"; June 6, Tuesday 6pm at Flathead Lake Brewing in Bigfork, MT: Science on Tap - Loons in Montana; June 26, July 3, 10, 17, & Aug 1 Mondays 10am at Bio Station: Data and Donuts- Scientific Seminars; July 19, Wednesday 3:30-6pm from Lakeside, MT: Bio Station Research Cruise; July 26, Wednesday 4pm at West Shore Community Library in Lakeside, MT: Invasive Mussels; August 2, Wednesday 1-5pm at Bio Station: Open House. 

Missoula’s 12th Annual Labor Film Fest, May 26-31. 

Seventeen great labor films (classic & recent). Including Silkwood, Bread & Roses, 9 to 5, and many more. Film Fest Schedule here. Most movies are at the Union Club and are Free. The film Inequality for All, will be shown at the Roxy Theater, May 28 at 4pm. And is a Fundraiser for the Missoula Area Central Labor Council facebook page. The Missoula Area Central Labor Council represents 16 Locals, including home health care workers, USPS, laborers, teachers, and many more! The Council advocates for all working people. You can support the organizing work of the Central Labor Council with a donation, sponsorship, or in-kind donation during the 12th Annual Labor Film Fest. There will also be a union organizer training at the Union Club at 1PM on Sunday, May 28. 

Earth Within Flowers offers workshops.

Earth Friendly Spring Flower Crowns: Thursday May 25th 6-8pm @ the Buttercup Cafe and Market - materials, flowers and tea provided ($35). Learn how to make several different crown designs with spring wild flowers, herbs and farm-fresh flowers. The crowns will be dry-able and kept as a keepsake! Register here. Floral Smudge Stick Workshop: Late June Date TBD at Imagine Nation Brewing Co. - Discover several cultural ways of using smudge sticks and creating 2 of own sacred sage and cedar sticks with aromatic florals. We'll discuss the spiritual and medicinal significance of the sage, cedar & florals. 

Understanding Basin Water Resources webinar, May 27.

Responding to a growing interest in current information about water resources and water monitoring efforts, Columbia Basin Trust has released a report about the current state of water knowledge in the Columbia Basin Trust region. The webinar will summarize the content of the report. More info here: Understanding Basin Water Resources. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday May 27th, 1:30 – 2:45 pm MDT. 

Bring Your Own Brain-- a symposium to Free Us from Climate Chaos, June 12-16 at UM. 

An AMAZING group of Big Sky High school students have organized an AMAZING symposium on effectively addressing climate change. They have recruited an AMAZING array of internationally known speakers - Bill McKibben of 350, valve-turner Leonard Higgins, Nobel prize winning climate scientist Steve Running, Henry Giroux, Kate Raworth, George Monbiot, Gloria Munoz Ramierz, Elias Diaz Pena, Derek Jensen, John Foran, Nancy Holstrom, Richard Smith, and more. Some are coming to Missoula, others will skype in. The plan is to interact with the speakers and then form into small affinity groups (Critical Thinking Communities) to ask critical questions to decide on the steps needed to address climate chaos and other problems faced by human society effectively. Full information on speakers and schedule at www.freeusfromclimatechaos.org and please RSVP here. 

Montana naturalist field trips offered by MT Natural History Center, June. 

MNHC offers many highly educational field trips for adults – geared towards making them more familiar with our local natural history. You can see the trips and sign up for them here. Here are few that are planned: June 17, Montana pictographs - June 23-25 – Base Camp on Rock Creek. They also offer a Summer Master Naturalist Certification Course Wednesday-Friday, June 14-16, weekend off, Monday and Tuesday, June 19-20. Cost: $395 (2 UM credits available). Click here to register online! 

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Jobs and Internships

Salish Kootenai College seeks applicants for Wildlife and Fisheries Instructor, apply by May 30.

Salish Kootenai College’s Wildlife and Fisheries Department seeks applicants to teach undergraduate courses on topics in zoology, ecology, and natural resources management. Applicants with a strong aquatics background are especially encouraged to apply. The instructor shall work with students on course registration, degree planning, academic curricula, course transfers, college and community resources, financial opportunities, employment, and continuing education. The successful applicant will also maintain student and course records, contribute to assessment activities, assist with planning documents, participate in SKC committees, and other duties as assigned. The minimum requirement for this position is a Master’s of Science Degree (PhD preferred) in Fisheries Management, Wildlife Biology, or a closely related field, 3 years of professional work experience, undergraduate teaching experience, knowledge of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the mission and goals of SKC, the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, excellent communication, and the desire to work cooperatively in a team setting. Additional preferred qualifications include knowledge of Native American pedagogy, Ichthyology, Fisheries Management, Entomology, Botany, Conservation Genetics, Environmental Laws and Policies, and discipline related equipment and technologies. This is a Fulltime position eligible for all benefits including health, dental, vision and retirement. For a complete position description contact: Human Resources, 406-275-4985. To apply submit SKC application, resume and applicable transcripts to Human Resources, P.O. Box 70, Pablo, MT 59855. Closing Date: Tuesday May 30, 2017; 4:00 pm. 

Field tech needed ASAP for bird study in Kootenai Forest. 

Due to illness of a study team member, a summer field job has suddenly become available.  A replacement will be assigned to the Kootenai NF and that person needs to be highly skilled in both birds and backcountry skills. I need them ASAP and will have to train them on-the-fly in the field. Contact Christian Meny, Field Research Biologist, Montana IMBCR Coordinator, Intermountain Bird Observatory

MT Energy Office seeks Renewable Energy section supervisor, apply by May 26. 

The Energy Bureau (Montana Energy Office at DEQ) is currently recruiting for a section supervisor for the Energy Planning and Renewable Energy Section.  Activities within this section include Energy Policy, Energy Emergencies and Assurances, Alternative Transportation, Alternative Energy Development at the utility and distributed scales, the Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program. The full vacancy announcement including information on how to apply is available here. Applications are due by Friday, May 26, 2017

Montana Conservation Corps is enrolling. 

Interested in working outside?  Be a Crew Member! Looking to lead youngsters on outdoor adventures? Be a Youth Crew Leader 2.0 or a Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader! Are you a veteran looking for a new way to serve? Be a Veterans Green Corps Crew Member! There are also youth opportunities: High School Expedition Member And Middle School Expedition Member, apply today

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is hiring a Digital Organizing Coordinator.

Position in Missoula or Washington, DC. Full job description here. 

Missoula CFAC looking for a Development and Communications Coordinator, apply by May 31.

The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) is seeking a Development & Communications Coordinator to lead our donor engagement, communications and community outreach efforts.  The position provides support to the Executive Director to fulfill the organization’s overall fund development and communications plan.  Duties will include donor and sponsorship cultivation, membership outreach through social media and events, donor database management, website upkeep, grant coordination, event planning and implementation. The coordinator will actively work to build a solid relationship with community organizations, businesses, and individual supporters. More information about our programs is on our website. This position is a full-time, year-round position that reports directly to the Executive Director. CFAC’s mission is to develop and strengthen Missoula County's food system: promoting sustainable agriculture; building regional self-reliance; and assuring all citizens equal access to healthy, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food.  CFAC facilitates dialogue, education, and collaboration within the community, encouraging creative problem-solving and proactive policy advocacy.  It is essential for all staff, including the Development & Communications Coordinator, to whole-heartedly embrace this vision and grassroots approach.  As a small organization with a holistic mission, staff contributes to projects across the organization, regardless of their job titles. Fundraising: Assist the Executive Director in implementing the fundraising and community outreach plan including: Meeting with donors and communicating with them on a regular basis; Maintaining and updating the donor management database; Assisting program staff and the ED with grant tracking and reporting. Communications: Facilitate and execute CFAC’s communication needs including: Maintaining and updating the website; Managing and creating social media; Working with traditional media (print, TV and radio); Organizing events to educate and update CFAC members; Producing and sending newsletters and action alerts to CFAC members. Qualifications: In-depth experience with traditional and social media, website maintenance and community outreach; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Proven project management skills and the ability to work independently, take initiative, meet deadlines, and relate cooperatively and constructively with a diversity of stakeholders, staff and volunteers; Proven success at donor and corporate sponsor cultivation or like skills; Solid computer skills, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, donor database software; Confident, professional, and demonstrated passion for our mission; Optimistic, positive and charismatic disposition; College degree and/or graduate degree preferred. Compensation: This is a full-time position. Depending on experience, the Development and Communications Coordinator will earn $33,000-36,000 per year, plus a generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, personal days, and health insurance. Application: To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Bonnie Buckingham. The cover letter should cover the following: a) how the applicant has a personal connection to CFAC’s mission and work; b) how the applicant’s past experience will strengthen CFAC’s outreach within the community; and c) how the applicant’s skills and disposition are a good fit for the position and organization (e.g., collaboration, writing, public speaking, fundraising, social media expertise, media relations, etc.). The deadline for applications is May 31, 2017, however, the position will remain open until filled. 

Paid Environmental Education Internship for 2017-18 Academic Year, apply by June 20. 

Montana Natural History Center is hiring an intern to join the Wings Over Water Osprey education program which connects middle-school teachers and students to STEM experts in the lab and in the field. We seek hard-working and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about biology and environmental education. The intern will assist with all aspects of the WOW program. The WOW team connects with classrooms remotely, assists teachers with delivering the WOW curriculum, coordinate visits from experts, and leads class field trips to Osprey nests. The team will also begin planning logistics for next year’s (2018-19) program, and planning the WOW summer institute at UM (June 2018). Full Job Description found here. Employment dates: Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters, 24 weeks total. Start and end dates flexible. Work schedule: Part-time, 5-10 hrs/week. Compensation: $10/hr. UM internship credit is also available. Application instructions: Please email résumé, cover letter, and contact info for two references to Jenélle Dowling. Application deadline: June 20, 2017. Application review will begin in early July 2017.

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Housing

Grad student entering the EVST program in the fall and I am looking for roommates.

Hello, I’m a new EVST Grad student and I am looking for roommates (preferably female grad students) to room with. I am hoping to start a lease in mid-August with an apartment close to campus and would like to spend under $450/mo. Please contact Meghan if interested

Incoming EVST grad student looking for roommates.

Looking for a place around mid-July. That is when I will be moving out to Missoula from the East Coast to work on PEAS farm until school begins. I want a place within walking distance to school and close to downtown. My price range is ideally no more than $450 a month but I am flexible. I love to go hiking/camping, see live music and to cook. I'm looking for like-minded people to share a fun social home with, but that also respect quiet time and very busy schedules. Email or text me if you are interested! Email Dara or call 516-578-0708. 

Room available in Lower Rattlesnake.

We are looking for a third roommate to sublet for the summer in a lovely and fun home located on Missoula Avenue. The home has three bedrooms, awesome windows looking out into the Bugbee Nature Preserve, a sweet kitchen, a fenced backyard with a shed for storage, and great vibes. It also has a washer and dryer, a sun-drenched back porch, a grill, and a weed patch that could be a garden! Right now, we consist of a lovely lady who is a recent EVST post grad, a current EVST grad student (she is vacating her room for the summer), and an awesome 20-something dude who loves being outside and fly fishing! Rent is $440 per month plus utilities (around $40). Move-in date is sometime around May 15th to the 20th (but we're flexible). Email Lauren for pictures and more details! 

DIVORCE YOUR CAR And live in the lower Rattlesnake!

Basement apartment in quiet house 4 blocks from campus, 1 block from Mt. Jumbo Trailhead. Available June 1 or late May. Includes: 2 rooms, plus kitchen, bathroom, fenced yard, storage, W/D, private entrance, internet, some utilities paid. $560/month. Prefer quiet, responsible older/grad student. Contact at (406) 396-4940, or email at fightingbull63@gmail.com

Dakota street cottage for rent.

Charming home in great location! On bike path, ½ mile to downtown, 2.5 miles to University of Montana, walk to Good Food Store, Clark Fork river, breweries and hiking trails. 550 sq. ft., 2-bedroom storage shed, carport, covered deck, small gardens, hardwood floors throughout, lots of natural light, washer/dryer and gas range stove. $1100/ Month Includes Garbage and Water. Pets considered upon approval of homeowner on a case by case basis, additional rent or pet deposit may apply. Please call 406-552-5550 or email at natstracks@gmail.com for more information and to make an appointment to see it. 

Furnished 3-bedroom home for sublet (Jun-Aug).

Furnished 3-bedroom home for sublet (Jun-Aug), located near the Good Food Store and bike path with easy access to downtown and Clark Fork River. Main floor features 1 bedroom and 1 office/bedroom, bathroom, open kitchen with breakfast bar, and living room. Upper floor features large bedroom with bathroom. $1200/month or $3000/3 mo. Price includes utilities and biweekly house cleaning. Call 701.866.5771 or email mattdlarson@hotmail.com

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Miscellaneous - Resources

Lolo Watershed Group holds “field-trip” for community to understand data collection.

On May 21, the Lolo Watershed Group held a field trip for the community with State Agencies DNRC and MBMG to show people what data is being collected in the State Pilot Study and how they collect it. More on this story in the Missoulian, and more information can be found at the Lolo Watershed Group, the joint DNRC and MBMG website

Make sure your bike does not get removed by campus police, mark it ‘in use’ starting May 22.

The abandoned bike cleanup effort will begin on Monday, May 22, 2017. All bikes left in campus racks will be tagged. Please mark your bike tag with ‘in use and the date”. Bikes must be in working condition in order to remain in campus racks. Bike with flat tires or not ridable will be removed. Removal process will begin the following week for those bikes with unmarked tags. If you have questions please call 243-6132. 

2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival already calling for films.

The award winning Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (started by some EVST alums) is already calling for submissions for the 2018 festival. The following 2018 submission deadlines apply: Earlybird Deadline June 30, 2017; Regular Deadline September 1, 2017; Late Deadline October 6, 2017. The 10-day annual festival presents over 150 films from around the world to an audience of 20,000 in the beautiful mountain town of Missoula, Montana. Featuring a variety of public screenings, workshops, live events, VIP parties and special performances, BSDFF is an ideal setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry. The 15th annual festival takes place February 16-25, 2018. Learn More and Submit Your Film here

New NOAA Economics and Status of Fish Stocks Reports.

U.S. commercial and recreational fishing generated $208 billion in sales, contributed $97 billion to the gross domestic product and supported 1.6 million full and part-time jobs in 2015, according to NOAA’s Fisheries Economics of the U.S. report, released this week. Also released: the Annual Report to Congress on the Status of Fisheries. Read more. 

UM’s fall Welcome Feast chance to recruit folks to your cause, reserve table before Aug 1. 

UM’s Welcome Week is the 2nd week of classes this fall and is described here. Welcome Week wraps up with Welcome Feast on Friday Sept 8. UM Dining Services provides free (mostly local) food on the Oval, and the Oval is ringed with tables of student & community groups recruiting new members. Be sure to reserve a table for your group so that you can recruit new members. Reservations will be made online and will be open by mid-June. Often all the tables are reserved by Aug 1, so don’t delay. A notice will be sent to student groups when you can start reserving tables. So be sure to check your student group’s email address around mid-June.  

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

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