Newsline May 7, 2018

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Good News Item

  1. UM Dining expands its sustainability program.

Around EVST

  1. Graduate student defenses between May 9 and end of term.
  2. EVST alum offers training in activist organizing this summer on the Washington coast. 
  3. EVST student awarded a Udall Scholarship!

Featured Event (See the Conservation Calendar for more events)

  1. Event Schedule for Graduation!

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. New Meadows Park Springtime Volunteer Clean Up Day, May 12. 
  2. May Volunteer Opportunities with the MT Natural History Center. 
  3. Propose a workshop for AERO’s fall expo. 
  4. Help empower Women in Agriculture. 

Educational Opportunities

  1. Native American Studies offers a new certificate. 
  2. Action for Climate Justice, May 10. 
  3. Effective Ecological Restoration Monitoring workshop at UM, May 17-18.
  4. Native Plant Walks (5/10 & 5/15) and Ranch Tours (5/22 & 5/29) at MPG Ranch.
  5. 2018 Youth Conservation & Education Expo.
  6. Learn why Non-Lead Ammunition is important, May 12 and 13.
  7. Farmer Field Days start on May 16. 
  8. The Montana Natural History Center has a full schedule of community programs and events this May.
  9. Birding at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden, May 31.

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

  1. MUD is Hiring!
  2. Groundwater Hydrologist Position opening with MT DNRC.
  3. ORGANIZING JOBS WITH IMPACT!
  4. Farm/Food Work Opportunities.
  5. BEAR PAW DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Food and Agriculture Development Center Director.
  6. Some jobs around Montana.
  7. Links to some jobs in Montana.

Funding

Housing

  1. Historic House for Rent in Lower Rattlesnake.
  2. Cozy 3 Bedroom Basement Apartment with all amenities.

Miscellaneous - Resources

  1. Sustainable Missoula Column explains Zero Waste Ambassador Program for 5th graders. 
  2. Win a Bike or a bike trip during Bike Month (May).

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Good News Item 

UM Dining expands its sustainability program.

UM Dining has expanded its approach to sustainability with Just Eats, a program that addresses social, environmental and economic issues of the food system. “We are challenging ourselves to look more broadly at how our business practices affect our guests, our employees, our community and our environment.” said Trevor Lowell, UM Dining director of sustainability. The new program takes on six targeted subject areas across the food system: agriculture, food access, menus, procurement, education and waste. Many of the programs impact multiple areas. UM Dining’s new Dollar Coffee Club helps reduce waste by incentivizing the use of reusable mugs while also raising money for a sustainability scholarship fund through its $3 membership fee. Read more: UM Dining Expands Sustainability Program

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Around EVST  

Graduate student defenses between May 9 and end of term.

Port

Fisher

Stephanie

Wed

5/9

6:00 – 8:00

119 DHC

Climate Change in the Classroom

Port

McAllister

Garrett

Wed

5/9

10:00 – 12:00

202 JRH

Science, Advocacy, Policy, Planning:Tools for Advancing Transportation Equity

Thesis

Orton

Kali

Fri

5/11

11:00 – 1:00

202 JRH

Volunteering for Vegetables: Community Agriculture and the Prospects for Building a More Democratic Food System

Port

Dindia

John

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

A Comparison of Three Sustainable Agricultural Start-ups

EVST alum offers training in activist organizing this summer on the Washington coast. 

EVST alum Nick Engelfried has started a new organization called Reconnect Earth which is devoted to providing leadership/organizing training for high school and college students. One of its first projects is to offer a 4-day training in grassroots organizing/networking and in environmental/social justice topics. Nick invites current EVST students to attend the training (apply at this link) or go to this Google forms link to apply to be a Camp Trainer. WHEN/WHERE: The training will be August 9-12 at Larrabee State Park (on the Washington coast, south of Bellingham). 

EVST student awarded a Udall Scholarship!

Two UM students recently received one of the highest national recognitions for college students. EVST major Natalie Stockman won a Udall Scholarship, and philosophy major Alice Boyer won an Honorable Mention in the 2018 competition. UM leads the nation in Udall Scholars, and this year’s results bring its total to 42 Udall Scholars and 13 Honorable Mentions. Congratulations, Natalie and Alice! Read more: UM Continues to Lead Nation in Udall Scholars.

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Featured Event   

Event Schedule for Graduation

This week will be Commencement List and a Full List of Graduate and Undergraduate Students that are graduating….look for update to the webpage and a Special Newsline Extra when it is available in the next couple of days! Thanks for your patience!

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Volunteer Opportunities  

New Meadows Park Springtime Volunteer Clean Up Day, May 12. 

Missoula County Parks invites you to help spruce up New Meadows Park on Saturday, May 12th from 10 AM to 1 PM. Volunteers will cleanup debris, remove damaged playground equipment, and build park stewardship and community within the neighborhood. To make sure we have enough food to share with volunteers, please RSVP to Garrick Swanson if you plan on participating. Please make sure you have gloves, water, sunscreen and appropriate shoes. New Meadows park is on Mullan Road just east of Cote Lane. When/Where: Saturday, May 12 from 10 AM to 1 PM; a snack will be shared 12 -1 PM, at New Meadows Park (7619 Mullan Rd. 59808).

May Volunteer Opportunities with the MT Natural History Center. 

Help take kids on School Field trips - Click here to see the VNS field trip scheduleHelp with Women’s Luncheon - a fundraiser for kids summer camp scholarship fund. May 17, 10am-2pm – but lots of work before that. Lead nature walks for kids in Pattee Canyon. To help with above or for more info, contact Drew. To help with evening programs at MNHC (5/23 & 5/30), or to help with Family Nature Walk at Metcalf wildlife refuge on May 19, contact Christine. To help with weeding, pruning, and other projects at our gardens: Hickory Street (here at MNHC) and Fort Missoula, contact Casey.

Propose a workshop for AERO’s fall expo. 

Alternative Energy Resource Organization AERO’s Fall Expo will be October 26-28 in Missoula. AERO is calling for proposals for workshop for that Expo. This year’s focus will be on hands-on, practical skills-building content where participants build or make something or gain a new skill. Desired topics includes things like bee-keeping, blacksmithing, butchering, cottage food entrepreneurship, construction of items like compost-keepers, root-cellars, and hoop houses, seed saving, bread-making, etc., but feel free to suggest others! Feel free to complete more than one submission form, or to forward the form to someone you think could lead a great workshop and encourage them to submit! Proposals may include more than one instructor. Selected workshop instructors will be offered a free weekend long Expo ticket and a 20% discount on additional tickets.

Help empower Women in Agriculture. 

MSU has a USDA grant funded project called "Empowering Women in Ag" whose goal is to increase women retention and career success in agriculture and increase public understanding of women's roles and contributions to agricultural fields. Please take a moment to complete this survey to help them identify the needs, aspirations, and achievements of women in agriculture through the input of men and women involved in agriculture.

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Educational Opportunities 

Native American Studies offers a new certificate. 

UM's Native American Studies Department Certificate is designed to complement any major or non-degree seeking person interested in acquiring a general knowledge, appreciation and an application of Native American history, policy and culture. The overarching purpose of the certificate is to develop a basic understanding of the historical and current dynamics of Native Americans and their communities. Full details on the certificate are here

Action for Climate Justice, May 10. 

Local members of Corporate Accountability invite you to a gathering to learn how this group is working for a world that puts people and the planet ahead of corporate power and profits. You will hear how you can assist with these efforts and hear a report on the group’s work at the climate talks in Bonn, Germany. RSVP ASAP HERE. Direct questions there also. WHEN/WHERE: May 10, 5:30-7:30 at Goodworks Ventures, 129 W. Alder in Missoula. 

Effective Ecological Restoration Monitoring workshop at UM, May 17-18.

Topics include (1) developing a solid framework for monitoring, (2) appropriate scale and level of effort to produce useful information, and (3) statistically sound sampling design and data analysis. Lectures, field exercises and data analysis in the computer lab. Instructors: Cara Nelson, Restoration Ecology, UM; Amy Sacry and Tom Parker, Geum Environmental Consulting. Information and Registration here. 

Native Plant Walks (5/10 & 5/15) and Ranch Tours (5/22 & 5/29) at MPG Ranch.

Native Plant Walks - Tour led by a staff botanist. Bring a camera! Be prepared to hike in spring weather. RSVP for each event for directions and details. 5/10 & 5/15 from 10 am to 2pm. Ranch Tours - Learn about our current projects and long-term goals. Driving tour limited to accessible roads and by weather. Plan for walking and dress for the weather. 5/22 & 5/29 from 1pm to 3:30pm. Note that space is limited and fills up fast. Contact Joshua Lisbon to register or with any questions at 406-396-6285. 

2018 Youth Conservation & Education Expo.

Teller Wildlife Refuge in the Bitterroot is hosting this free Expo. Kids can win free slots in outdoor summer camps, hunting/fishing trips or other prizes from over 40 organizations. Outdoor activities for all ages including: Fly tying & casting clinics, climbing wall, turkey calling, archery, target shooting. WHEN/WHERE: May 12, 10 am to 3pm at Teller Wildlife Refuge, 1180 Chaffin Lane, Corvallis, MT. More info on the Expo here. 

Learn why Non-Lead Ammunition is important, May 12 and 13.

Non-target wildlife can be harmed by consuming lead ammunition in carcasses or on stream bottoms. Learn more about this problem and how to reduce it at these free informal info sessions.  MPG Ranch researchers will share info on recent research on wildlife exposure to lead, and answer questions about non-lead performance. On May 12, Chris Parish, cofounder of the North American Non-Lead Partnership and Director of Global Conservation for the Peregrine Fund, will also be at the event. WHEN/WHERE: 5/12 - 4pm - 7pm at Fin’s Taphouse in Corvallis and 5/13 - 5pm - 7pm at Great Burn Brewing (upstairs) in Missoula. 

Farmer Field Days start on May 16. 

Farmer Field Days are a series of on-farm, production-focused workshops in Western Montana offered by FarmLink MT. Workshops are the 3rd Wednesday of each month, in the afternoon. More than just a farm tour, these workshops cover techniques and tips that will help beginning farmers learn new approaches that they can implement on their own farms. Afterward, stick around for a potluck social and meet more of your local farming community! More details and registration here. Here’s the lineup:

  • May 16 – High Tunnel (Hoophouse) Design and Construction at Sweet Root Farm, Hamilton
  • June 20 - Small Fruit Production for U Pick and Retail at Red Hen Farm, Missoula
  • July 18 - Irrigation Systems for Diversified Farms at Foot Hill Farm, St. Ignatius
  • August 15 - Organic Seed Production for Winter Cash Flow at Fresh Roots Farm, Polson
  • September 19- Salad Greens From Seed to Store at Country Rail Farm, Huson 

The Montana Natural History Center has a full schedule of community programs and events this May.

miniNaturalists PRE-K Program; SCIENCE TEACHER WORKSHOP; COMMUNITY DISCOVERY DAY; SATURDAY KIDS’ ACTIVITY; EVENING PROGRAM. For more information about these programs and more, please visit the Montana Natural History Center website here or call 327-0405. 

Birding at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden, May 31.

Spend the afternoon birding at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden and learn how to enter your sightings in eBird. We will start out at the garden and walk down to the Bitterroot river recording all the birds we see. This area is lively and lovely at this time of year. eBird is an online database of bird observations collected by citizen scientists like you. Come join in the movement! Meet at the Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden near the water tower at the Fort. Free! WHEN/WHERE: May 31, 4-6 pm; meet at the Native Plant Garden at Fort Missoula.

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Jobs and Internships  

MUD is Hiring!

The MUD Project is hiring for two positions; A part-time seasonal Tool Librarian and an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Details about either job can be found at this link. We are currently accepting applications, so send us yours! 

Groundwater Hydrologist Position opening with MT DNRC.

The groundwater hydrologist position has been posted. We are looking for someone with strong groundwater modeling skills. Please circulate the announcement to anyone you know who is interested and qualified. The position will be open until filled. Initial screening of candidates will begin May 21, 2018. Groundwater Hydrologist - Position #58200 – Please visit this link for details.  

ORGANIZING JOBS WITH IMPACT!

Impact is a team of organizers that works on behalf of groups like PIRG and Environment America. We work on campaigns for our environment, our democracy and our future. Our partner groups already have researchers, policy analysts and lobbyists working together on these campaigns. But research and lobbying aren’t always enough to get things done in American politics. It takes organizing. WHAT ORGANIZERS DO - When faced with resistance to change, often the only way you can win is to get lots of people to join together in taking the right action at the right time. That’s what organizers do. And in so doing, they lay the groundwork for more positive change by recruiting, mobilizing and empowering new coalitions and constituencies. WHAT IMPACT ORGANIZERS DO - Impact organizers go to the places that often decide whether a campaign will be won or lost. It could be a state that’s home to a swing-vote senator on critical legislation. It could be a city where a key decision is being made about clean energy. By engaging the media, building new coalitions and activating civic leaders or student activists, our organizers not only help win campaigns now — we set the stage for winning the next campaign, too. For example, when PIRG wanted to protect public health by reducing the overuse of antibiotics in the food industry, they brought in the Impact team. We organized doctors and nurses, small farmers, parents and consumers to convince Subway to take action. It worked. And the same coalition persuaded KFC to act as well. During the summer, you direct a campaign office, building our partner organizations by canvassing and training others to canvass. In the summer of 2017, we defended our environmental and consumer protections from White House and congressional attempts to dismantle them. With Impact, you make a difference now; the work you do builds the power we need to win more victories; and you gain the experience that PIRG, Environment America and other groups look for when hiring new advocates and campaign directors. If you can see yourself next year organizing to make a difference for our environment, our democracy and our future, apply to join the Impact team. IMPACT PAY & BENEFITS - The target annual compensation for this position is $26,500 in the first year. Each of the groups that partner with Impact offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. APPLY AT THIS LINK.    

Farm/Food Work Opportunities. 

  • Tucker Family Farm, a sheep dairy and creamery, in Bitterroot Valley,  seeks an intern to start work in June and continue through to the following June.
  • Many farms are still hiring seasonal workers. Check out the Farm Link Listings map and look for listings that say "Currently Hiring? Yes." 
  • Western Montana Growers Cooperative is hiring several seasonal positions including delivery drivers and warehouse associates. Most open positions are seasonal in nature with some options for year-around work.   WMGC is a farmer-owned Coop that provides marketing and distribution services to Montana farmers, ranchers, and food producers. Applicants should be team players and have an interest in improving our local food system. Full job descriptions HERE.  

BEAR PAW DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Food and Agriculture Development Center Director.

The Food and Agriculture Development Center Director is responsible for the overall administration of the Food and Agriculture Development Center, located at Bear Paw Development Corporation, and designed to primarily serve the Bear Paw District which includes Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Phillips and Chouteau Counties and the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy's Indian Reservations; as well as surrounding counties and any additional areas identified and designated by the Montana Food and Agriculture Development Center Network or the Executive Director of Bear Paw Development. The position is responsible for the outreach and development of value-added agriculture and alternative energy projects and programs within the region. For more information on this position please see at this link

Some jobs around Montana.

AERO (Alternative Energy Resources Organization) provides this list of jobs around the state.

Links to some jobs in Montana.

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Housing  

Historic House for Rent in Lower Rattlesnake.

Large, beautiful, historic home for rent in the Lower Rattlesnake area, close to Greenough Park in a quiet residential area; just a ten-minute walk to campus. This is a large house with a big front porch, off street parking, large storage area, washer and dryer (shared with downstairs studio with separate entrance), new appliances, and a large yard. This is a one bathroom home with three large bedrooms and a smaller room that could be a study or a fourth bedroom. The space is currently fully furnished, but there is a possibility it could be rented unfurnished. The house will either be rented long-term on a month-to-month basis, or short term (Mid-Aug to Mid-May- 9 months). The rent is $2000 per month and tenants would pay for gas/elect/internet, security deposit $2000. Strict non-smoking policy, a well-behaved pet is possible with additional security deposit. Application and references required. Contact Jeremy for additional info: 406-565-2912. 

Cozy 3 Bedroom Basement Apartment with all amenities.

Washer/dryer/dishwasher. One Bathroom with new shower. Available June 1st, 2018. 4 blocks from Orange Street Food Farm, on mountain bus line, near bike path, 15-minute walk to campus and a 10-minute walk downtown. Each bedroom has large windows. Large gardening space available if desired. Backyard has patio and private shared space. Garage space for gear and bicycles. Car parking is on the street. Rent includes wifi, water, lawn maintenance trash and recycling. You are only responsible for electric. Rent $1250. First month plus security deposit required. No smoking allowed anywhere on property. Please email at this link to get an application. This is a private rental and not operated by a rental agency.

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Miscellaneous - Resources 

Sustainable Missoula Column explains Zero Waste Ambassador Program for 5th graders. 

Check out this Sustainable Missoula Column in the Missoula Current. to learn about Home ReSource's ZWAP! (Zero-Waste Ambassador Program) for 5th graders: "With the 88 fifth-grade classes that have participated in ZWAP! to date has come the recognition that youth are committed to sustainability and capable of taking meaningful action to realize their visions for their community." Read more here. 

Win a Bike or a bike trip during Bike Month (May). 

During National Bike Month (May), Island Press has a sweepstakes with prizes like bikes and a trip to Washington DC – where you can ‘bike to all 50 states’ (actually to streets named after each of the 50 states).  More info and enter the sweepstakes here.

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

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