Brines Farm - help needed!

Brines Farm is looking for part to full time help starting now through
the end of October, and then possible continuation part-time help
through winter. Optional housing available. Work hours are flexible
within a 9-5 Mon-Fri window.  Some weekend hours possible for those
with lots of farming experience.  Pay is $8-$10 per hour based on
experience. Please contact Shannon Brines at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or
fill out the internship form at brines.net.  Brines Farm is a
diversified fruit & vegetable permaculture farm on over 80 acres in
northern Webster Township, 12 miles from downtown Ann Arbo

Brines Farm - part or full time help

Brines Farm is looking for part to full time help starting now through
the end of October, and then possible continuation part-time help
through winter. Optional housing available. Work hours are flexible
within a 9-5 Mon-Fri window.  Some weekend hours possible for those
with lots of farming experience.  Pay is $8-$10 per hour based on
experience. Please contact Shannon Brines at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or
fill out the internship form at brines.net.  Brines Farm is a
diversified fruit & vegetable permaculture farm on over 80 acres in
northern Webster Township, 12 miles from downtown Ann Arbor.

Position Opening - Sustainable Food Systems - School of Natural Resources and Environment

The School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan (UM) seeks applicants to fill a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. The position is part of a cluster of hires in the area of sustainable food systems, which brings together a number of faculty from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the School of Public Health, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning within the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and SNRE in a cross-disciplinary teaching and research effort. This group is intended to broaden and deepen the university’s commitment to research and teaching in the area of sustainable food systems. SNRE’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. The School contributes new scientific knowledge, visionary leadership, and trained professionals toward that end. The faculty of the School is diverse, with natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, and designers working collectively in an integrative setting. A professional school set within a major research university, SNRE provides a model of interdisciplinary and applied research and a focal point for research and teaching on sustainability. The School offers a PhD in Natural Resources and Environment, a professional MS degree in six fields of study (conservation ecology; environmental informatics; sustainable systems; environmental policy and planning; behavior, education and communication; and environmental justice); and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA). The student body includes over 350 MS/MLA and 60 doctoral students. SNRE also participates in multiple cross-campus degree programs, including: an undergraduate Program in the Environment degree, which includes a minor in sustainability; and dual degrees with the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning, Business, Engineering, Law, and Public Health. SNRE also offers several graduate certificate programs. Additional information about the School can be found at www.snre.umich.edu. The position focuses broadly on social science aspects of sustainability in the food system from production to consumption, with either an international or a domestic focus. 

Applicants should demonstrate the potential to conduct high-impact research within the context of sustainable food systems. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to topics such as alternative food systems, community-supported agriculture, emergency food systems, industrial food systems, sustainability and resilience of agroecosystems; ecosystem services within agricultural landscapes; urban farming; freshwater or seafood aquaculture; environmental considerations associated with urban gardens and local food systems versus regional or international scale food distribution systems; the links between agriculture and food sovereignty or food security; water or nutrient concerns related to agriculture; supply chains; or value chains. Applicants’ substantive training and expertise may be in any field relevant to food systems, including business, economics, sociology, rural sociology, human geography, political ecology, political science, public policy, urban planning, natural resources, sustainability science, agriculture, and related disciplines. In addition to disciplinary depth, we seek candidates with experience, skills, and interest in integrating knowledge from multiple domains. Candidates should consequently possess the broad interests, skills, and temperament to interact effectively and build collaborations with other researchers, within SNRE and elsewhere. 

The successful candidate will be expected to:

1. Develop a nationally recognized research program that attracts external funding and contributes to the interdisciplinary problem-focused mission of SNRE;

2. Teach, mentor and supervise highly motivated doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate students;

3. Collaborate with interdisciplinary faculty within SNRE and across the university; and

4. Contribute through service to the stewardship of SNRE, the University of Michigan, and relevant professions. 

The position is a regular full time, nine-month faculty position and will be filled at the assistant professor (tenure-track) level. A PhD in a relevant discipline or interdisciplinary program is required by the time of hire, and postdoctoral and teaching experience is preferred. Applications, including a cover letter, CV, and concise personal statements describing the candidate’s vision and plans for research and teaching, should be submitted in a single PDF file. Three letters of reference are also required under separate cover. 

To apply, submit application materials via the following web address: http://snre.umich.edu/form/application_sustainable_food_systems.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Campus visits are expected to occur in November and December 2014. The position is expected to begin by September 1, 2015. 

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer, and individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Greening of Detroit - Environmental Education Assistant

POSITION: Environmental Educator

DEPARTMENT: Green Infrastructure

FLSA: Part Time, Seasonal

REPORTS TO: Environmental Education Manager

SUMMARY:

The Greening of Detroit’s Green Infrastructure Department has developed the Our LAND program which targets and introduces Detroit elementary and middle school students to the natural environment. Taking place at both in class and outdoor locations, Our LAND strives to introduce children to diverse habitat types, make connections between the urban and natural world and foster the adoption and stewardship of Detroit’s parks and open spaces. The position will extend from September 1st, 2014-June 1, 2014. The ideal candidate will be available 20 hours per week. The internship will be paid at $11/hr, and credit may be available under the terms of the college or university attended by the intern. The Environmental Education intern will be responsible for assisting the Environmental Education Manager with a variety of activities related to Our LAND programming.

Position Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and teaching lessons about nature and outdoor education.
  • Implementing existing programming.
  • Developing new programming and taking part in strategic brainstorming sessions to move programming forward.
  • Supervising and directing children during programs
  • Corresponding with teachers and administration in a positive and professional manner
  • Developing and implementing site dependant restoration and stewardship projects
  • General in-office duties which will include preparing, distributing, copying and faxing program information to participating schools, teachers and bussing companies. 
  • Reformatting existing lessons using InDesign programming.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 

Individuals from the Metro Detroit area with a demonstrated interest in education, natural resources or environmental studies, forestry, and/or horticulture and have had experience working with children in both formal and non-formal settings. Individuals who find the most success are typically motivated self-starters with a passion for guiding and inspiring environmental stewardship in others. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

Candidates must display professionalism, independent judgment and decision-making ability, self-motivation and a team mentality. Must be willing to work in a diverse work environment, retain excellent communication and organizational skills, possess computer literacy skills, a genuine appreciation for the urban environment, and have a proven ability to create successful partnerships. A basic knowledge of the public school system in Detroit is desired. Candidate must possess or be able to acquire a valid Chauffeur’s License by the program’s start date.

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