Newsline May 29, 2017

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Good News Item

  1. Lost and Found species. 

Around EVST

Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Montana Climate Scientists speak out, June 5.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Summer Volunteer Backpacking Trips into the Great Burn in July and August.
  2. Weed pull on conservation land near Alberton, June 4 (RSVP by May 30).
  3. Help with Annual Native Plant Sale, June 3.
  4. Summer internships and volunteer positions available with Watershed Education Network. 
  5. Help with e-waste collection at Thompson Falls, June 16 & 17.

Educational Opportunities

  1. Audubon trip explores Dillon area for prairie & sagebrush birds, June 3-4. 
  2. Montana Board of Environmental Review meets June 2. 
  3. Free, family indigenous film series, June 9-11.
  4. Sustainable housing development grand opening, June 14. 

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. Montana Conservation Corps is enrolling. 
  4. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is hiring a Digital Organizing Coordinator.
  5. Missoula CFAC looking for a Development and Communications Coordinator, apply by May 31.
  6. 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. Ecology Project International invites you for music, food, June 2.
  2. Garden City Harvest still has CSA shares for this summer – fresh local food. Sign up now! 

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Good News Item

Lost and Found species. 

Most stories about biodiversity are pretty sad. But there are some cheerful ones about species that were thought extinct and then found again. The storytelling project “Lost and Found” works to bring to life the inspirational stories of species that were thought extinct for at least a human generation but later rediscovered. Our goal is to change the conversations around conservation, away from doom and gloom, and towards a more positive message. We currently have 13 stories, soon to be 15, from squirrels to toads and salamanders to bower birds, across Latin America, Oceania and Asia. All of them can be found at the website above in both narrative text and comics, with a new video animation format already in the works. If you are curious, have a look!

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Around EVST

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Featured Events

Montana Climate Scientists speak out, June 5.

In the last few months many anti-science statements have come from the current federal administration. Climate change science is particularly hard hit. To counter this, the UM’s Climate Change Studies Program, MSU's Extension Climate Science Team and the National Wildlife Federation are hosting a "State of Climate Change Science in Montana" forum. At the event, leading Montana scientists will present on the state of climate science in Montana and the impacts of the changing climate on the state’s water, forests, agriculture, and wildlife. The presentations will be followed by a moderated question and answer session with the scientists. Refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Dave Dittloff at 406-214-8109 or email Adam Pimley. Presenters will include:

Dr. Steve Running, UM Regents Professor of Ecology, Nobel Laureate
Dr. Nick Silverman, UM Franke College of Forestry and Conservation Hydrologist
Dr. Alisa Wade, UM GeoSciences Conservation Scientist and Spatial Ecologist
Dr. Tim Siepel, MSU College of Agriculture Adjunct Professor
Dr. Scott Mills, UM Franke College of Forestry and Conservation Associate Vice President
Dr. Nicky Phear, UM Climate Change Studies Program Director
WHEN/WHERE: Monday, June 5 from 4:00-6:00PM at the University Center Theater, UM

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Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Volunteer Backpacking Trips into the Great Burn in July and August.

Backpack into splendor of the Proposed Great Burn Wilderness! The Great Burn is a little known roadless area straddling the Bitterroot divide to the west of Missoula. Volunteers will help to steward this wild place by clearing water-bars, pulling invasive weeds, or cleaning up campsites. Dinners will be provided. Trips will be June 30th-July 2nd, July 7-9th, Aug. 4-6th, and Aug. 25-27th. Trips will be co-led by EVST alum Nick Littman. Email Nick if you're interested! June 30 - July 2, Heart Lake and Pearl Lake trails. Scenic hiking to two high mountain lakes nestled below the MT/ID stateline. Possibility of seeing mountain goats. Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult, Total mileage: 7.2. July 7 - 9 Cache Creek. Explore the heart of the Great Burn Wilderness via Cache Creek. Difficulty: moderate. Total mileage: 14. Aug 4 -6 North Fork Fish Creek Trail to French Lake. Hike the North Fork of Fish Creek and explore remote French Lake. Difficulty: Moderate/strenuous. Total mileage: 22. Aug 25 – 27 Heart Lake. Scenic hike to sparkling Heart Lake. Difficulty: moderate. Total mileage: 7.2. See you this summer!  

Weed pull on conservation land near Alberton, June 4 (RSVP by May 30).

Join Five Valleys Land Trust, conservation easement landowners and friends for day of weed pulling and a barbecue on the banks of the Clark Fork River. We'll be pulling noxious weeds on the Griffith-Fee conservation easement, building on our progress from last year. But the day won't be all work: in the afternoon, landowners Gary Fee and Jo Burris will host us for an afternoon of fishing and a barbecue. Please dress for the weather and bring gloves, sunscreen, a water bottle, and dandelion diggers or other digging tools. Coffee, snacks, and lunch provided. Families welcome and also well behaved pooches that don’t chase deer or cattle! We plan to work until 3:30pm. Please RSVP by Tuesday May 30, by calling 406.549.0755 or via email to ryan@fvlt.org. WHEN/WHERE: Meet at 9 am to carpool from the Five Valleys Land Trust office, or meet us at 9:30 at the easement, located at 1101 Terrace View Drive in Alberton. 

Help with Annual Native Plant Sale, June 3.

Many species of native plants will be for sale at the Clark Fork River Market. See our Facebook page for maps and details. We need a lot of volunteers - no experience needed - to help with this important fundraiser for MT Native Plant Society. Contact Clare or at 728-0189 for info and to volunteer. WHEN: June 3, 8am -1pm. 

Summer internships and volunteer positions available with Watershed Education Network. 

Feeling enthusiastic about getting your feet wet in a stream or river? Check out the possibilities at the Watershed Education Network.  

Help with e-waste collection at Thompson Falls, June 16 & 17.

Help keep e-waste out of landfills, and those resources circulating in the economy. A new e-waste recycler business headed by an alum of Missoula College is holding an e-waste collection event at Thompson Falls and needs another helper. The helper will get free t-shirt, pizza, Hotel room & transportation provided. If interested contact Shelley at Oreos Refining.  

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Educational Opportunities

Audubon trip explores Dillon area for prairie & sagebrush birds, June 3-4. 

Prairie and sagebrush birds are the focus of a Five Valleys Audubon trip to the Dillon area, including Melrose, Bannack, and Clark Canyon Reservoir on June 3-4. The group will meet at the northwest corner of the Adams Center parking lot at 7:00 a.m. on June 3. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations; the group will stay at the Super 8 in Dillon. Target birds include Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Yellow-breasted Chat, Says Phoebe, Green-tailed Towhee, Gray Flycatcher, Sage Thrasher, Loggerhead Shrike, and Sagebrush Sparrow. Call Larry Weeks at 540-3064, or email him to sign up and to facilitate carpooling. Bring lunches for both days and sunscreen; many of the areas birded are not shaded. There is a $10 charge per participant on multi-day field trips. OTHER AUDUBON SUMMER PROGRAMS INCLUDE: June 9-11 - Montana Audubon’s annual bird festival (lots of field trips). June 17 - Bird walk at Metcalf wildlife refuge. 10am to noon. Meet at Refuge visitors center. June 24 - half day trip to Point-of Rocks historic trail at Alberton, Meet NW corner of Adams Center. July 13-16 – 4-day campout at Glacier Park. July 15 - Bird walk at Metcalf wildlife refuge. 10am to noon. Meet at Refuge visitors center. Aug 19 - Full day trip to Freezeout Lake. Meet in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot at 7am. Aug 19 - Bird walk at Metcalf wildlife refuge. 10am to noon. Meet at Refuge visitors center. More info on all of the above on the Five Valleys Audubon Calendar

Montana Board of Environmental Review meets June 2. 

The minutes of the March meeting and the agenda of the June 2 Board meeting are posted to the Board’s website. This will be a teleconference meeting, as it is only expected to last a short period (less than 1 hour). The Board attorney, Board liaison, and other staff will attend in the usual conference room; members of the public are welcome to join us. If you prefer to join on the phone, here is the call-in information: Phone: 1-857-288-2555, Pass code: 7508058. 

Free, family indigenous film series, June 9-11.

Missoula Urban Indian Health Center presents free, family indigenous film series, celebrating and encouraging resiliency. WHEN/WHERE: Friday-Sunday, June 9-11, 5:30-8 pm, Missoula Children's Theatre. 

Sustainable housing development grand opening, June 14. 

Homeword builds green/sustainable affordable housing. The latest development, Sweetgrass Commons, will have its grand opening: WHERE/WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, from noon to 2 pm at 1137 Montana Street, Missoula. Visit with residents, sample local snacks, enjoy a short program and tour this beautiful, sustainable building located in the heart of Missoula.

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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.

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

Ecology Project International invites you for music, food, June 2.

On June 2nd, local nonprofit Ecology Project International (EPI) invites the public to join its First Friday event, featuring local photographer Laura Verhaeghe, local bands The Beet Tops and Ad Hoc, free cupcakes, food trucks, animal screen printing, and a giant community chalk mural. It’s a fun event for the entire family at the historic Swift Center, 315 S. 4th St. East, Missoula. 

Garden City Harvest still has CSA shares for this summer – fresh local food. Sign up now! 

Sign up online and make sure you've paid the deposit to secure your share. Pick-ups begin the week of June 5! Here's what's left: Youth Farm - half shares & full shares. PEAS - full shares. Orchard Gardens - full shares.

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

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