Newsline February 5, 2018
- Repurposing soccer jerseys – international kindness saves waste.
- EVST prof honored at UM Charter Day on Feb 15.
- New edition of Spotlight available now.
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)
- EVST professor kicks off the Hunting and Gathering Lecture Series on Feb 7.
- Reinvest Montana’s regular meetings resume Feb 6.
- Help plan Missoula’s open space/trails system, Feb 6.
- UM’s Spring Volunteer Fair, Feb 7.
- Volunteer with Jeannette Rankin Peace Center.
- FREE webinar series offered by River Network, Feb 6-22.
- Workshops Aim to ‘Jumpstart Your Research’.
- A Call to Action for Public Lands, Hosted by UM Wilderness Association, Feb 7.
- Women in Wilderness.
- A passionate career in conservation: African wildlife experiences, Feb 8.
- Screening of 'To the Ends of the Earth', Feb 8.
- Food and Farm related educational events in February (& beyond).
- Surface Water Toolbox, Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars, Feb 8.
- Voices of Philanthropy webinar series, Feb 8, 13,15.
- MT Board of Environmental Review meets on Feb 9.
- UNDERGRAD ONLY – summer research opportunity, apply by March 2.
Jobs and Internship (local or summer jobs; for non-local
full time jobs around the US, click the envirojobs list serv, and request.)
- Full time seasonal jobs inspecting boats for Aquatic Invasive species, apply now.
- The Montana Natural History Center is hiring for 4 different positions right now.
- Wilderness Watch Hiring Assistant Attorney – Policy Director.
- Great positions opening up with Garden City Harvest! And more to come in the next few weeks. . .
- Food & Farming Jobs in MT:
- FOR UNDERGRADS: Wildlands Work Study Position, Office Assistant/Support.
- National Forest Foundation seeking Communications Associate.
- Wilderness Ranger Internship, apply by Feb 16.
- Fellowships for graduates to work on water policy in Wisconsin state agency for a year, apply by Feb 16.
- Funding for Land Conservation & Farming efforts.
- Nominate an outstanding Environmental Educator by Feb 15.
- Cooking Classes in Missoula’s community kitchen – Moonlight Kitchens, Feb 6-March 6.
- MUD helps you live sustainably.
- Caffeinate for Sustainability.
- No Room to Roam – impacts on animals and ecosystems.
Repurposing soccer jerseys – international kindness saves waste.
You know when you make a typo, leave out one pesky little letter, and it trips you up? The city of Montpellier, France, ordered jerseys for its soccer team. But they came in misspelled - one L instead of two in the city's name. What else to do but give them to Montpelier - one L - Vermont. Wear proudly our jerseys, cousins from the New World, came the message from France, to which Montpelier could only reply, merci. By Mary Louise Kelly of NPR.
EVST prof honored at UM Charter Day on Feb 15.
EVST professor Rosalyn LaPier will receive the Dennison Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishments at UM’s annual Charter Day ceremony. Congratulations, Rosalyn!!! UM President Seth Bodnar invites the campus and the Missoula community to the 125th UM Charter Day Awards Ceremony, which will feature the annual awards ceremony as well as the president’s introductory address. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. Following the ceremony, a “Celebrate 125” Reception will be held in the Gilkey Executive Education Center in honor of the University’s 125th anniversary.
New edition of Spotlight available now.
Read about EVST Alum Peter Gurche, MS 2017 and Melissa Petersen, MS Expected 2018 at this link.
EVST professor kicks off the Hunting and Gathering Lecture Series on Feb 7.
The first lecture in the MT Natural History Center series features Rosalyn LaPier, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and award-winning Indigenous writer. She studies the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge learned from elders and environmental and religious history of Indigenous people. She will discuss the "seasonal round" or the annual journey taken by the Blackfeet and other northern Plains tribes throughout their territory, share their knowledge of the natural world, places, plants, and animals and their relationship with the supernatural. Check out the full lecture series here. Cost per lecture: $10 non-members; $5 members; FREE for students. Purchase tickets HERE! You can purchase tickets at door, if seats still available. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 7 at 7pm at Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St.
Reinvest Montana’s regular meetings resume Feb 6.
Reinvest Montana is a student-led organization dedicated to working with the UM Foundation to divest from fossils fuels and reinvest in sustainable Montana industries. You are invited to join them at monthly meetings – first Tuesday of each month at 5pm in the Branch Center at the UC. First meeting this semester is Feb 6. For more info, contact Reinvest Montana here.
Help plan Missoula’s open space/trails system, Feb 6.
Missoula County Parks, Trails, and Open Lands, and Missoula City Parks and Recreation are working collaboratively to plan for the next 10 years of open space conservation, as part of a broader planning process for parks, recreation, open space and trails in Missoula. Please join us on Feb. 6 for the first open house in this planning process, which will focus on Open Space conservation in the Missoula Valley. View the invitation for additional details. For those unable to attend, there will be opportunities to share feedback online here after the Open House. WHEN/WHERE: February 6, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Hellgate Elementary Bldg. #3 Common Room, 2835 Flynn Lane, Missoula.
UM’s Spring Volunteer Fair, Feb 7.
UM’s Spring Volunteer Fair will be Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 10am to 2pm in the UC Atrium. This is a great opportunity for students to meet with community partners face-to-face to learn about what they do and how students can get involved.
Volunteer with Jeannette Rankin Peace Center.
EVST is housed in Jeannette Rankin Hall, named for the first woman elected to Congress. Missoula's Jeannette Rankin Peace Center is also named for this peace activist. And the Peace Center encourages EVST students to help with peace and justice projects. You can start a discussion/action group to work on a peace/justice issue, help care for Missoula's peace park, help the Center with its annual fundraiser, or come up with ideas to help the Center thrive for another 30 years. Betsy, the Peace Center's director says: Jeannette Rankin would never have changed America if she didn't say yes to the opportunity to serve. There is so much we can do together. We know your time is valuable and we also know the rewards of working for the world we want to live in. All of our volunteers know they are loved and making a difference -- and getting free fair-trade chocolate! Come make a difference with us. Send me an email or call me at 543-3955 and let's talk about what's possible together...Betsy.
FREE webinar series offered by River Network, Feb 6-22.
February 6, 12-1:30 MST. Wild & Scenic Rivers Act 50TH Anniversary Toolkit. Learn how to use the 50th Anniversary of this Act to plan events that engage community. Learn more and register. February 12, 11-12 MST. Water Cycle Wellness. Join Island Press authors Sandra Postel and Abbie Gascho Landis to explore health of our water cycle and how we can address human impact. Register here. February 22, 11-12:30 MST. EPA'S Green Infrastructure toolkit for stormwater management. . . Learn more and register. Note that River Network also offers a webinar series to its members on How to Grow Support for your efforts. If you are interested joining River Network, check out that webinar series here.
Workshops Aim to ‘Jumpstart Your Research’.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library will host two “Jumpstart Your Research” workshops this week to showcase the resources available for academic research. The workshop will teach participants how to search the library’s online catalog, databases, e-journals, library research guides and much more.
Workshops will be held in the Mansfield Library Student Learning Center, Room 283, at the following times: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. For details on upcoming workshops, visit us here, email Jill Howard, or call at 406-243-6866.
A Call to Action for Public Lands, Hosted by UM Wilderness Association, Feb 7.
Come learn how to be an effective advocate for our shared wild lands with a panel discussion and a short Q&A. Following our speakers, pledges and action items will be presented in rooms 332 and 333. Speakers include: Chris Ryan- Retired US Forest Service Regional Wilderness Program Manager; Zack Porter- Western Montana Field Director for the Montana Wilderness Association; Casey Perkins- Rocky Mountain Front Field Director for the Montana Wilderness Association; Steve Running- Award Winning Climate Scientist and Retired Regents Professor of Ecology at the University of Montana. WHEN/WHERE: 6-8pm UC Theater, Wednesday February 7, Facebook page link.
Women in Wilderness.
Women in Wilderness is a bi-weekly conversation series highlighting inspiring, dedicated and intelligent women in their fields of expertise tied to wild and public lands. It is a time set aside to hear their journeys, victories, struggles, and what compels them to their work every day. A short Q&A session will follow their accounts. Students and community members are all welcome to attend. Facebook page link.
A passionate career in conservation: African wildlife experiences, Feb 8.
Antoinette Kotze, Director of Research at the National Zoo of South Africa, will be UM’s P.L. Wright Lecturer in Conservation Biology. Her public talk Thursday, 8 February, at 7:30pm in the UC Ballroom. Antoinette is an international leader in the conservation of biodiversity. By education, inclination, and experience, she is a scientist who is passionate about biodiversity and conservation. She has worked extensively with fish and wildlife, as well as indigenous farm animals. She has spearheaded transformation and interdisciplinary research projects, ranging from negotiation skills to brokering partnerships with national and international entities. She is passionate about building capacity in conservation, with a proven ability to lead, inspire and motivate staff and students.
Screening of 'To the Ends of the Earth', Feb 8.
Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund and WildEarth Guardians are co-sponsoring a screening of featured documentary "To The Ends Of The Earth" narrated by Emma Thompson. This award winning documentary directed by David Lavalleé explores extreme energy, breaking free from fossil fuels, divestment and the future of the energy industry. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Purchase your tickets here. Where/WHEN: Thursday, February 8, 7 pm, The Roxy.
Food and Farm related educational events in February (& beyond).Feb 8: Establishing a Montana Apple Orchard in Corvalis (and other apple related events!)
Feb 13: Beef to School Webinar
Feb 24 and 25: Sustainable Farm Law Workshops in Missoula with CFAC
Jan - April: Harvest of the Month Taste Testing!
Jan - March: Food Safety Trainings + Concept to Consumer Workshops at Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center.
Surface Water Toolbox, Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars, Feb 8.
Join us for a Webcast on the new Surface Water Toolbox developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Surface Water Toolbox is a user friendly, downloadable tool for water managers to estimate a wide variety of streamflow statistics. The tool can be downloaded here. WHEN: February 8, 11am to 1pm Mountain Time.
Voices of Philanthropy webinar series, Feb 8, 13,15.
Meet some of Montana’s foundations in these hour-long interactive noontime webinars. Hear directly from foundation executive and program staff about their priorities, motivation for philanthropy, approaches to grantmaking, including their application process, perspectives on a successful grantor/grantee relationship, and more.
MT Board of Environmental Review meets on Feb 9.
The February 9 Board of Environmental Review (BER) agenda and meeting materials are now posted to the BER website. Agenda includes action on many permits for subdivisions, surface discharges, and mines (including coal, metal and gravel mines).
UNDERGRAD ONLY – summer research opportunity, apply by March 2.
The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) Statewide Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Program is accepting proposals for student research projects in ecosystem science from undergraduates in MT universities and tribal colleges (who will not graduate before Dec 2018). 24 internships will support work in ecology or conservation biology, with priority in these areas: Population, community, & ecosystem processes and links to landscape patterns; impacts of climate change on ecosystems; relationships of social and ecological systems. Undergraduate interns must identify faculty mentors who must contribute a letter of recommendation and provide the material and academic support for associated interns. Applications and supporting faculty mentor letters are due by Monday, March 2, 2018. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT 2018 IoE UNDERGRAD SUMMER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE PROGRAM. ONLINE APPLICATION. Contacts: For application process - Madison Boone, For application content – Maury Valett, For technological issues with the application – Todd Kipfer.
Full time seasonal jobs inspecting boats for Aquatic Invasive species, apply now.
MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hiring boat inspectors as part of its program to prevent aquatic invasive species (like zebra mussels) from getting into Montana waterways. These are full time seasonal positions and will be filled as soon as qualified people are found. Job descriptions linked below
- AIS Watercraft Inspector, located in Sula, open until filled
- AIS Watercraft Inspector, located in Lincoln,
- AIS Watercraft Inspector, located in Helena,
- AIS Watercraft Inspector, located in Dillon,
- AIS Watercraft Inspector, located near Anaconda
AIS Watercraft Inspector, located at Fort Peck,
- AIS Watercraft Inspector, located at Fresno Reservoir, open until filled.
- AIS Watercraft Inspector, located throughout Northwest Montana,
For more info, contact Tom Burkhart, Phone (406) 444-1850, Fax (406) 444-1212.
The Montana Natural History Center is hiring for 4 different positions right now.
Front Desk Associate, Spring Field Instructor, Summer Camp Instructor. All of the information about how to apply, as well as short blurbs about the positions, is available here.
Wilderness Watch Hiring Assistant Attorney – Policy Director.
Wilderness Watch, an organization dedicated to protecting the lands and waters in the National Wilderness Preservation System and preserving the integrity of the Wilderness Act, is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Attorney – Policy Director. More information found here.
Great positions opening up with Garden City Harvest! And more to come in the next few weeks. . .
Farm to School Garden Manager - We are looking for a School Gardens Manager to be a part of the Farm to School program team! This position manages and maintains 3 school gardens in Missoula, including teaching garden lessons to elementary school students during the spring and fall, hosting summer garden hours, and leading cooking classes in the garden. This dynamic job is fun and is mostly outside! Applications are due by Friday February 16, 2018. Please send resume to Farm to School Director, Jason Mandala. JOB DESCRIPTION.
Farm to School Assistant - We are looking for a Farm to School Assistant to be a part of the Farm to School program team! This position assists the Farm to School program in many way, including helping teach in and maintain school gardens, planting and tending to the Central Kitchen garden and processing the food grown there, and leading educational field trips at the PEAS Farm. This dynamic job is fun and is mostly outside! Applications are due by Friday February 16, 2018. Please send resume to Farm to School Director, Jason Mandala. JOB DESCRIPTION.
Farm to School Internships (2) - We are looking for two Farm to School interns to be a part of the Farm to School program team! The Farm to School Educational Internship offers candidates an opportunity to learn about teaching firsthand through work with the Garden City Harvest Farm to School program. The educational intern will learn to lead educational field trips at the PEAS Farm, assists with summer camps, and help with school garden activities. This dynamic job is fun and is mostly outside! Applications are due by Friday February 16, 2018. Please send resume to Farm to School Director, Jason Mandala. JOB DESCRIPTION.
Food & Farming Jobs in MT:
- Lake County Community Development Corp is hiring a Farmers' Market Manager based in Ronan
- Vilicus Farms have two Apprenticeship Opportunities open
- The Centennial Valley Association is seeking two range riders for six month season job monitoring wildlife and range stock in remote regions
- The Montana Food Bank Network is looking for a Policy Coordinator
- More Montana Jobs
- The Sun River Watershed Group is looking for a Watershed Coordinator
- The Northern Plains Resource Council is seeking a Legislative Organizer based in Helena.
FOR UNDERGRADS: Wildlands Work Study Position, Office Assistant/Support.
This position is ideal for students interested in natural resources and will provide wildlands learning and professional networking opportunities with Federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist with career development. Office Assistant/Support: The student filling this position will work 8-19 hours per week at $11.17/hour on campus with the Wilderness Institute and the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center: Will work in an office setting providing support to staff with copy work, assembling paper materials, data entry and other computer work, and general office support. Must be able to work under tight deadlines with changing priorities and interruptions. Needs to be familiar with Microsoft Office products including: Word, Access, Publisher, and Excel. Familiarity with a digital copy machine is also beneficial. Needs to be willing to learn, ask questions, and be flexible, reliable, and dependable. Must be eligible for and awarded current Work Study award. Required: High School graduation; 3 months general experience required; Progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled. If interested, contact me with questions or to apply, please submit a resume with references, cover letter, class schedule, and availability. These materials can be emailed to me or submitted via Handshake. Lisa Ronald, Wildlands Communications Coordinator & Wild and Scenic Rivers 50th Anniversary Coordinator, Wilderness Institute, College of Forestry and Conservation, UM.
National Forest Foundation seeking Communications Associate.
The Communications Associate will work closely with National Forest Foundation (NFF) Communications and Development staff to research, write and edit a wide variety of communication products and fundraising materials for the general public, media, donors and partners. The position will also support planning and execution of the NFF’s annual Sporting Clays event. Candidate should be able to represent the NFF in a clear and professional manner through excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills; work well, and be flexible in, a team-oriented environment; a strong attention to detail; the ability to understand and interpret conservation topics and project information, and able to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities concurrently. Position is located in Missoula, Montana. No phone inquiries. Excellent compensation package. Application Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018. To Apply: Prepare a PDF cover letter and resume and send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject: Application for Communications Associate. More information here.
Wilderness Ranger Internship, apply by Feb 16.
The Selway Bitterroot Frank Church’s Wilderness Ranger Internship is the longest running and largest of its kind. Applications are due February 16. Full details are here.
Fellowships for graduates to work on water policy in Wisconsin state agency for a year, apply by Feb 16.
The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and Water Resources Institute announce two opportunities for postdoctoral and post-Master’s applicants interested in Wisconsin water science-policy challenges. These Fellow positions will provide a unique educational and career opportunity for recent graduates interested both in aquatic resources and policy. These fellowships place recent doctoral or Master’s graduates within a state agency full-time for one year, with the Fellow bringing technical skills to benefit water issues and challenges and receiving valuable real-world science-policy experience from the resource professionals who will serve as mentors. The fellowships include: 1) J. Philip Keillor Wisconsin Coastal Management-Sea Grant Fellow to address science and policy challenges related to increasing coastal community resilience in the Great Lakes region, and 2) Wisconsin Water Resources Science-Policy Fellowship provided by Wisconsin Water Resources Institute (WRI), Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), to address science and policy challenges related to groundwater management in Wisconsin. More detail here. Deadline for both applications is February 16, 2018. Direct questions to Jennifer Hauxwell or (608) 263-4756.
Funding for Land Conservation & Farming efforts.
- Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications are due February 15
- Grant applications for USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service involving innovative ideas for conservation strategies and technologies are due February 26
- Grant applications for FWP's Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, funding projects that restore priority wildlife habitats by controlling noxious weeds, are due February 28
- Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Funding Applications due March 2
- National Young Farmers Coalition has released a Guidebook for FSA Loans for Young Farmers
Nominate an outstanding Environmental Educator by Feb 15.
To nominate an environmental educator doing outstanding work in your community simply fill out the form linked here. Paper forms are available upon request. Montana Environmental Education Association hosts these awards.
Cooking Classes in Missoula’s community kitchen – Moonlight Kitchens, Feb 6-March 6.
Back Burner Basics 101 is a fun, easy series of classes (with no tests) designed to introduce novices to the magic of cooking. Covers safety, equipment, supplies, planning, shopping (field trip), and eating. We’ll cook at every class so bring an apron! The course consists of six 2-hour classes and a field trip. The cost is $100 per ”chef” – includes instruction & materials. Limit 8 students (must be 18 or older). Registration required. See our website for more info, and to register. Or call us at 406.926.2720. WHEN/WHERE: Tuesdays Feb 6th – March 6th 4pm-6pm at Moonlight Kitchens: 1951 Kensington Ave in Missoula (map).
MUD helps you live sustainably.
The Missoula Urban Demonstration (or MUD) project was started in 1981 by EVST students who wanted to help Missoulians live a more sustainable lifestyle. Since then, sustainability has gone from virtually unknown to an international buzzword. Sustainability is continually evolving, and MUD has evolved with it. MUD has a tool share library, a truck share service, a demonstration site, AND offers Do-It-Yourself sustainability skills workshops for every age. Members have access to all of these at a reduced rate. And your membership supports these efforts. You can join MUD by coming to the Tool Library during our open hours (Mon/Fri 4-7pm or Sat/Sun 10-4pm). The low income membership is $35. Contact us for more information. Note – MUD has a cider press and other cool tools.
Caffeinate for Sustainability.
UM Dining has rolled out a new coffee reward program to reduce waste, support sustainability and save coffee drinkers money. All proceeds go to fund a new sustainability scholarship. To participate in the program, purchase a special coffee club sticker at any UM Dining coffee location for $3 and attach it to your favorite reusable coffee mug. Show the sticker when purchasing drip coffee and pay a discounted rate of $1. The discount is good for all of spring semester, and saves customers up to 75 cents on each cup of drip coffee. And the hope is to expand this to more drinkables. For more information, contact UM Dining Sustainability Director Trevor Lowell .
No Room to Roam – impacts on animals and ecosystems.
The latest issue of Science magazine has an article with over 100 authors entitled: Moving in the Anthropocene: global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements. Science 26 Jan 2018: Vol. 359, Issue 6374, pp. 466-469 DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9712. Using GPS tracking data on 57 different species, the article shows how restricted is the movement of animals in areas with high human use of the environment. Lacking room to roam not only reduces the animals chance of survival, but affects the ecosystem functions that depend on these animals.