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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.

Greening of Detroit - Citizen Forester Assistant

POSITION: Citizen Forester Assistant

DEPARTMENT: Green Infrastructure

SUMMARY: 

The Citizen Forester program was developed in response to the organization’s need to manage the large number of volunteers that come out to participate in the Greening of Detroit’s weekend tree plantings. As a Citizen Forester, many skills are utilized during tree plantings. A working knowledge of tree identification and maintenance techniques are often necessary as well as volunteer management and community engagement skills as Citizen Foresters are intricately involved in planting trees, overseeing volunteers and communicating with neighborhood residents. The Citizen Forester Assistant will assist the Environmental Education Manager with the recruitment, training, implementation and reporting that is associated with the Citizen Forester program during the planting season. The position will extend from September 1st -– mid November. The ideal candidate will be available 15-20 hrs/wk and will be available to work all Saturdays during the aforementioned time period, with the rest of the work week having much flexibility. The position will be paid at $10/hr, and internship credit may be available under the terms of the college or university attended if the applicant is a student.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Conduct outreach activities to recruit Citizen Foresters from Detroit and the Metro Detroit area to ensure growth of the program. Aid in the assistance of all orientation workshops and supplemental workshops associated with the program. Respond to participant email and phone calls in a timely and professional manner. Participate in social media activities to keep participants engaged in current events. Become familiar with data entry process and maintain database throughout season’s entirety. Participate in Saturday plantings throughout designated planting season. Work with Environmental Education Manager to envision and create new opportunities for growth of program. Participate in planning and implementation of end of season celebration honoring all participants in program

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 

Individuals from the Metro Detroit area who have a background in Forestry, Environmental Studies, Volunteer Management or Community Organizing. Interns who find the most success are typically motivated self-starters with a passion for guiding and inspiring environmental stewardship in others and have an interest in working with natural resources in an urban setting.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

All Candidates must have a valid Chauffeurs’ License before starting their first day of work.Candidates must display professionalism, positive attitude, independent judgment and decision-making ability, self-motivation, capacity to follow verbal and written direction, and a team mentality. We are seeking a demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people, excellent communication and organizational skills, and a genuine appreciation for the urban environment. Previous work with volunteers and community groups is desirable. 

Two-year Postdoc Fellowship - Research on Food Systems Resilience to Climate Change

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in
Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral
fellowship beginning early January 2014 that will be a part of a new
SESYNC–USDA collaboration to catalyze data-driven research on food systems
resilience to climate change.

SESYNC seeks applications from PhD-level researchers with an interest in
and/or prior research experience with data-driven analytical and/or
modeling approaches to synthesize existing climate, socio-economic,
demographic, and environmental data to address pressing questions related
to food/agro-ecological systems resilience to climate change. The fellow
will also lead the planning, organization, and management of the new
SESYNC–USDA “Data to Motivate Synthesis” Program. This program will provide
a unique opportunity for 25 early career scholars to co-develop research
projects through a series of data exploration workshops with the
cyberinfrastructure support needed to understand and predict food systems
resilience under a changing climate.

SUPPORT

Appointments will be through the University of Maryland, and awardees must
be based in our facilities in Annapolis, Maryland.

The SESYNC postdoctoral fellowship provides an annual stipend, full
University of Maryland employee benefits, and a small annual travel
allowance to attend meetings or to meet with collaborators. Postdoctoral
fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years and include structured
mentoring programs and opportunities to participate in ongoing Center
activities.

COMPLETE DETAILS

Visit http://www.sesync.org/opportunities/food-systems-postdoc for further
information.

For best consideration, apply by October 1, 2014.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through an award
to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation, is a
research center dedicated to solving complex problems at the intersection
of human and ecological systems.

Seely Farm - Full Time Field Crew

Seeley Farm, a small, certified organic vegetable farm in Ann Arbor, is hiring for a full time field crew position. The job begins immediately and continues through late November. Pay is based on experience. Must be comfortable performing all duties on the farm: hoeing, planting, harvesting, lifting, etc.

Please disseminate widely. Those interested can email Alex at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 734-604-2820.

 
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