Newsline March 26, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. It’s SPRING BREAK!

Around EVST

  1. GRAD STUDENTS: Call for EVST 2018 - 2019 Scholarship Awards and TA Applications.

Featured Event (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Help keep ag lands in Missoula’s future, planning workshops, March 26 thru 28.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Organize some River Rats for the River cleanup in April. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here
  2. Screening of Age of Consequences  RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 29.
  3. River Basin Council of western MT meets at UM (April 16-17), interested citizens invited. 
  4. EVST is offering a fun new class in the summer session called “Music and the Natural Environment”.
  5. Global Water Crisis Event, March 29.
  6. Showing of the film "Saving Snow" , April 2. 
  7. 5th annual Int. ethics conference on the past and future of the Columbia River One River, Ethics Matter, April 11
  8. UM offers a minor in Climate Studies.
  9. Citizen Science opportunities in Yellowstone this summer. 
  10. Gardening for Wildlife in Bear Country Workshop presented by National Wildlife Federation, April 12.
  11. Future of Coal Conference in Billings, April 5-6.

Jobs and Internships (local or summer jobs; for non-local full time jobs around the US, click the envirojobs list serv, and request.)

  1. Crown of the Continent Roundtable seeks part-time coordinator, apply by April 6.
  2. Summer internship job with Yellowstone Club.
  3. The Garden City Harvest Farm to School program seeks a Farm to School Intern.
  4. Summer internship on Montana Ranches.
  5. Some jobs in MT.
  6. Protect & enjoy beautiful wild country this summer (while getting paid), apply ASAP. 
  7. Missoula Conservation District seeks administrative coordinator, apply by March 30.
  8. Teton Science School looking for Field Education Instructors.
  9. ASUM is hiring neighborhood ambassadors. 
  10. EcoSystem Field Studies Summer 2018 TA Job Announcement, Boulder, CO – June thru mid-August. 

Funding

  1. Sonny Kless Clean Energy and Climate Change Scholarship Opportunity.
  2. Scholarships for graduates working on fisheries, apply by April 1.

Housing

  1. First year EVST grad students looking to rent a four or a five bedroom for their second year.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Fundraiser for Milltown Park, March 29.
  2. Fundraiser & info session on new Mount Dean Stone trails, April 10.
  3. International Wildlife Film Festival schedule available (free co-sponsorships still available). 
  4. Bear friendly cider available. 
  5. National Geographic on the Future of Food.

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Good News Item 

IT’S SPRING BREAK! 

Have a safe and enjoyable week everyone!

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Around EVST 

GRAD STUDENTS: Call for EVST 2018 - 2019 Scholarship Awards and TA Applications.

Read more on three different scholarship opportunities and calls for TA applications at this link.

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Featured Event 

Help keep ag lands in Missoula’s future, planning workshops, March 26 thru 28.

Help update Missoula County's Land Use Map at the following workshops:

  • March 26th, 2-4 p.m., Missoula County Courthouse Annex 151
  • March 27th, 6-8 p.m., West Riverside - Hellgate Lions Club Barn
  • March 28th, 6-8 p.m., East Missoula Rural Fire Department

CFAC has more info on how you can advocate for agricultural land conservation and why it matters

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Volunteer Opportunities

Organize some River Rats for the River cleanup in April. 

The Clark Fork Coalition organizes a river cleanup every year for Earth Day. This year’s cleanup will be Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 am- 1 pm. The cleanup is followed by a free lunch in Caras Park for volunteers. If you are part of a group that would like to take responsibility for cleaning a stretch of the river, contact LIZ at CFC here, ASAP. 

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Educational Opportunities  

Environmental Studies Summer Classessee webpage here

Intro to Environmental Science: ENSC 105, 3 credits; Watersheds and Communities Working Together: ENST 191 & ENST 591 (co-convened), 1 credit; Music and the Natural World: ENST 391-02, 3 credits, (10 weeks); Where is Away: An Exploration of Waste: ENST 391, 3 credits, Summer PEAS Intensive Supervised Internship: ENST 396, 6 credits; U.S. Environmental Movement: ENST 420, 3 credits; The Practice & Theory of Sustainable Ranching: A Supervised Internship at Bandy Ranch: NRSM 491 2 credits. Visit the webpage for more information

Screening of Age of Consequences  RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 29. 

This documentary examines how climate change increases resource scarcity, threatens infrastructure, destablizes society, leading to wars and refugees.  WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, April 29, 7 pm, The Roxy, 718 S Higgins Ave, Missoula. 

River Basin Council of western MT meets at UM (April 16-17), interested citizens invited. 

The Clark Fork and Kootenai River Basins Council will hold their Annual Meeting at UM. Interested watershed citizens are invited but must register in advance. This two-day meeting will include updates on the Council’s efforts to implement state water plan recommendations, also panels/presentations on drought mitigation, local restoration projects, water rights implementation, and the future of the Council. The Council is a broad stakeholder group with these objectives:  to develop a vision for the basin, coordinate common strategy, and support the network of water interests at the basin scale. The agenda and registration are here. Registration is free, but you must register in advance to assure yourself a seat. You are welcome to attend those parts of the program that fit your schedule & interests. 

EVST is offering a fun new class in the summer session called “Music and the Natural Environment”.

ENST391, section 2. The course will show connections between human music and the natural world by highlighting how varying cultures develop and organize music, and how this compares to the way animals develop and organize their songs. The course will be primarily classroom based but emphasize hands on learning and include an outdoor field component where students will get the opportunity to explore wild space around Missoula while walking and listening to natural sounds. The 10-week class curriculum will emphasize: 

  • Cultural approaches to music
  • How is music organized in the West and other cultures
  • Physics of Sound
  • How is sound created; How does it travel; how do we perceive it
  • Animal Songs
  • How do animals create, organize and use songs
  • How does sound effect humans and the environment
  • Natural sounds and humans; Human sounds and nature 

The course is offered May 21st - July 27th , Monday - Thursday from 5 to 5:50pm. See flyer at this link. Registration is open now: sign up quick before it fills up! If you have any other questions, feel free to email Josh Davis here

Global Water Crisis Event, March 29.

The Montana World Affairs Council engages Montana high school students in their annual Global Water Crisis Challenge. This spring there will be a special presentation on the "water crisis, global to local" which will include videos created by Montana students with ideas about how to solve water crisis issues. The program will feature a global water expert from Washington D.C. as well as a panel of Montana water experts who will expand upon the global and local water issues we face today. The evening begins with a reception; presentation at 7:30 pm. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, March 29, 7 to 9pm at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave.

Showing of the film "Saving Snow" , April 2. 

Film followed by panel discussion with local climate leaders, including Climate Smart Missoula. Sponsored by Citizen's Climate Lobby, us and others. It may be spring but we still care about snow. FREE but tickets required - get them here. WHEN/WHERE: April 2, 7pm at the Roxy. 

5th annual Int. ethics conference on the past and future of the Columbia River One River, Ethics Matter:

Western Montana conference will focus on the consequences of the dam-building era in western Montana. The conference is free and open to the public. Complementary lunch and evening reception for all registered attendees. Learn more and RSVP here.  When/Where: April 11, UC Ballroom. 

UM offers a minor in Climate Studies.

The program is directed by Nicky Phear, an EVST alum. Courses offered this fall are below. Many of these courses are limited to a small number of seats and will fill quickly. Note that all "honors" designated courses are open to non-honors students after the first day of registration. Registration for fall classes is: April 3 for Seniors and Honors students, April 4 for Juniors, April 5 for Sophomores, April 6 for Freshmen.  

  *   Intro to Climate Change: Science and Society, CCS 103X, 3 cr (MW 3:30-4:50)

       *Required for the Climate Change Studies minor *Honors section available

  *   Science of Climate Change/Honors, NRSM 281.80, 3 cr (MWF 11:00-11:50)

  *   Intro to Ethics and The Environment/Honors, PHIL 112E, 3 cr (TR 12:30-1:50)

  *   ST: Energy and Climate/Honors, EVST 391.80, 3 cr (TR 12:30-1:50)-Instructor is Peter McDonough,    another EVST alum

  *   Climate Change Ethics & Policy, NRSM 349E, 3cr (MWF 12:00-12:50) [previously NRSM 449]

  *   Issues in Sustainability, BGEN 160S, 3 cr (MWF 1:00-1:50 Meets at Missoula College)

  *   Sustainable Business Practices, BMGT 410, 3 cr (TR 2:00-3:20) 

Citizen Science opportunities in Yellowstone this summer. 

Yellowstone Forever offers the opportunity to participate in useful science studies while enjoying Yellowstone Park. Studies include plant and pollinator studies. One of their programs will run from June 15 to June 18 this summer at Lamar Buffalo Ranch. Full details on the program here.  

Gardening for Wildlife in Bear Country Workshop presented by National Wildlife Federation, April 12.

A 3 hour educational workshop where participants will learn about how to garden compatibly with wildlife to help promote birds, bats, and pollinators, and how to prevent bear conflicts in your garden. We will have guest speakers as well as an electric fence demonstration! When/Where: April 12, 5-8pm at the Montana Natural History Center. Cost $20, to register email Naomi at this link by April 6th

Future of Coal Conference in Billings, April 5-6. 

The Future of Coal conference will be April 6 in Bozeman and will examine the future of energy development in Montana. Details and registration here. Note lower prices for students. There will also a lecture the evening of April 5 by Bill Richardson, former congressman, US ambassador to UN, Secretary of Energy in Clinton administration and Governor of NM.  Since ‘retiring’ he has written 3 books and started two foundations. If you wish to attend Richardson’s talk only, you can register here

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Jobs and Internships 

Crown of the Continent Roundtable seeks part-time coordinator, apply by April 6. 

EVSTer Peter Gurche has served as COC Roundtable coordinator for the past year, but is moving onto a new position. So, a new coordinator will be hired - someone with the passion and initiative to work across all types of boundaries, and who sees value in a more connected Crown of the Continent. If interested, see the position description for details. Applications accepted until April 6. The anticipated start date for the position is late April or early May. If you have questions that the job description can’t answer, ask Peter Gurche here.    

Summer internship job with Yellowstone Club.

Pays about $5700 for 10 weeks of work plus sharing in the tip pool. The person must have strong people skills with an interest in the outdoors. The job title is a Pursuit Guide - their name for an Outdoor Guide. The intern works in the clubs many areas of activities including hiking, archery, mountain biking, ATV use, kids camps etc. Sometimes the work involves the bus trips into Yellowstone. He trains all the guides-interns as a group for three days in the field in June. The position usually starts about June 10. If you're interested, please contact Rick Graetz about details on how to apply

The Garden City Harvest Farm to School program seeks a Farm to School Intern.

To work from early May to mid August, roughly 250 hours, helping lead educational farm field trips for K-5th graders and with summer camps at the PEAS Farm. College credits available. $500 stipend upon completing the internship. For more info contact Garden City Harvest

Summer internship on Montana Ranches.

Some jobs in MT.

Protect & enjoy beautiful wild country this summer (while getting paid), apply ASAP. 

The Great Burn Study Group (GBSG) is looking for two motivated, hard-working individuals to join our invasive species field crew this summer, working in beautiful wild country. Duties involve the implementation of an integrated pest management strategy including herbicide application, biological control releases and hand-pulling. Backcountry competence is helpful. Competitive pay dependent on experience. Please send resume and cover letter to Dale Harris at this link.  

Missoula Conservation District seeks administrative coordinator, apply by March 30.

The Administrative Coordinator provides administrative and communications support to the Resource Conservationist and the Board of Supervisors. This position coordinates with permit applicants, grant applicants, personnel from other agencies, educational affiliates, and other business associates. Missoula Conservation District is a political subdivision of the State of Montana, a regulatory agency, that administers the Natural Streambed and Land Preservation Act (310 Law) in Missoula County. The district also manages conservation grant and equipment programs within the county. Duties of the position require excellent oral and written communication, attention to detail, the ability to maintain up-to-date proficiency with programs and technology related to office administration, and the ability to excel in an occasionally stressful and fast-paced office work environment. Full time position. Job description here

Teton Science School looking for Field Education Instructors.

Field Education still has a few spots for summer instructors! Come live in the Tetons and teach the next generation of scientists, conservationists, and explorers. Please spread this opportunity far and wide!

ASUM is hiring neighborhood ambassadors. 

ASUM neighborhood ambassadors must be enrolled for at least 6 credits and have at least a 2.5 GPA. Time commitment is 7-8 hours a week. For more info contact Jordan Lyons at this link. Apply on Handshake.

EcoSystem Field Studies Summer 2018 TA Job Announcement, Boulder, CO – June thru mid-August.

More information found on this linked flyer

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Funding 

Sonny Kless Clean Energy and Climate Change Scholarship Opportunity.

In honor of Environmental Studies alumnus, Sonny Kless, for whom the Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund is also named, EVST is pleased to announce a $1000-$2000 scholarship opportunity to be awarded for Fall 2018. To be eligible you must be an undergraduate EVST major, in good academic standing and planning to enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours) for Fall 2018. To apply, please send: (1) a letter of interest of no more than 300 words; (2) a current resume including names and contact information of two references; and (3) a pdf of your unofficial transcript to Robin Saha. In your letter of interest, please describe your involvement, interest in and/or commitment to making positive change in the area(s) climate change, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and/or renewable energy. Also, please describe any relevant academic achievements, volunteer, work or leadership experience, coursework, aspirations, and personal qualities or characteristics that you think prepare you to make positive contributions to our climate crisis now and in the future. Applications are due by noon on Friday, Apr. 6.  Questions can be directed to Robin Saha.

Scholarships for graduates working on fisheries, apply by April 1.

The Eugene Maughan Graduate Student Scholarship (offered by American Fisheries Society) provides up to $5,000 annually to graduate l students working in fisheries science. One to three students are chosen each year to split the scholarship funds. In addition, students applying for this scholarship are automatically considered for another scholarship – the Trachtenberg scholarship (also called Sustainable Fisheries Foundation scholarship) which provides up to $600 to one student. Full details on these scholarships & how to apply here.

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Housing  

First year EVST grad students looking to rent a four or a five bedroom for their second year.

Looking to move in mid or end of August, keep us in mind if you are moving out and might have a spot for us! Please email Laura Speck with information.

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Miscellaneous - Resources 

Fundraiser for Milltown Park, March 29.

The Montana State Parks Foundation will host a fundraiser and celebration to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Milltown Dam Removal on Thursday March 29 from 5 to 8 PM at Imagination, 1151 W Broadway. Food and drink available for purchase. Funds will be raised by selling Commemorative log benches ($850) and trees ($300) to be placed at the park. There will also be raffle tickets for great prizes from local businesses. The celebration event will feature speakers from the Milltown Working Group, Montana State Parks, and others. Note – the benches will be made from logs pulled from the old reservoir. 

Fundraiser & info session on new Mount Dean Stone trails, April 10.

The Mount Dean Stone project partners and Mount Dean Stone Recreation and Community Needs Committee invite everyone to hear the latest news on this community-led trails project. All proceeds from refreshment sales that night will support the committee's efforts to improve two new trailheads in Miller Creek, including a focus on an all-abilities access point at Little Park Creek. When/Where: April 10th; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Big Sky Brewing Co., near the Missoula airport (view map). 

International Wildlife Film Festival schedule available (free co-sponsorships still available). 

The International Wildlife Film Festival will be April 14-22. The schedule of selected films is now available online here. IWFF is seeking co-sponsors for films and hopes to match an appropriate group with each film. Being a co-sponsor can be as simple as informing your group’s network about the film and urging them to attend. It’s good free advertising since your group’s name will be beside the film in the online schedule and may get mentioned at the showing. For film sponsorship, please contact IWFF here

Bear friendly cider available. 

Great Bear Foundation partnered with Western Cider in the Bears & Apples program, encouraging community members to clean up unwanted but useable apples and bring them to Western Cider to be made into cider.  The Great Bear Community Cider will be available at Western Cider, 501 N. California Street, Missoula, and on tap at locations across Missoula for the coming months, while supplies last. 10% of the proceeds fund GBF’s Bears & Apples program.. KPAX-TV did a great story on this bear friendly partnership. Click here to see the story

National Geographic on the Future of Food.

What will we be eating in the future? From high tech to very low tech (yummy crickets) and more. Menu of the Future: Insects, Weeds, and Bleeding Veggie Burgers.             

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

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