Volunteers needed for May 3 tree planting!

Hi, ES folks –

Interested in direct, down-and-dirty action to reduce soil erosion and protect the Bay? Then see below! Many of our students have participated in this activity with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other organizations.

- John

John A. Commito


Environmental Studies Department

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA

Phone: 717-337-6030

Fax: 717-337-8550

E-mail: jcommito

Website: http://public.gettysburg.edu/~jcommito

From: Kate Austin [mailto:chesapeake@cbf.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 5:01 PM
To: John Commito
Subject: Volunteers needed for May 3 tree planting!

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Dear John,

Help us plant trees and restore our waters this spring!

Photo by Nikki Davis.

Get your hands dirty with us this spring as we work with our partners at the Antietam Watershed Association (AWA) and Washington Township to plant trees and restore our waters.

Perhaps there’s nothing more rewarding—and important for Bay restoration and the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—than planting a tree. Trees are one of the best "natural tools" we have to help clean up our rivers and streams. They improve habitat, keep pollutants out of creeks, increase a stream’s ability to purify water, and provide shade and cooler water temperatures critical for aquatic life!

We will be planting more than 200 bare-root seedlings at the Antietam Meadows, a community park located in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. This planting is part of a larger effort of AWA and Washington Township to successfully establish an 11-acre riparian forest buffer on Antietam Creek.

When: Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.-noon

Where: Antietam Meadows, Waynesboro, PA

Registration: Click here to register. Sign up today—we need all the volunteers we can get!

Thanks and hope to see you out in the field,

Kate Austin
PA Grassroots Field Organizer
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

P.S. Please forward this invite on to your friends and family . . . the more the merrier!

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Apply Now for 2015 KSTF Teaching Fellowships

Are you a senior or a junior? Are you interested in science teaching? Check out this opportunity.

From: Knowles Science Teaching Foundation [mailto:apply@kstf.org]
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 4:15 PM
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Subject: Apply Now for 2015 KSTF Teaching Fellowships

Ebony Freeman
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Application Open for 2015 KSTF Teaching Fellowships

Comprehensive professional development program supports
beginning STEM teachers

Moorestown, N.J., April 14, 2014 The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) today announced the availability of applications for 2015 Teaching Fellowships. Valued at approximately $150,000, the prestigious five-year Fellowships are awarded to early-career teachers who are committed to teaching science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) in high schools nationwide. The application deadline is 12 a.m. PST on October 29, 2014.

“The KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program offers access to a network of professionals dedicated to a common cause—improving math and science education,” said Nicole Gillespie, KSTF’s Executive Director. “The program has been refined and improved over the past decade, and is highly effective at retaining the most promising beginning teachers, supporting them to become leaders and change agents in the profession.”

KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded annually to early-career STEM teachers who possess exceptional academic backgrounds and a desire to pursue teaching as a primary career. Fellowship applicants are evaluated with respect to the following selection criteria: their potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, their potential to develop exemplary teaching practices and their potential to develop the qualities of a teacher leader. KSTF Fellows join a supportive and collaborative community of educators who are striving to become master teachers, while leading from the classroom. Fellows also receive other benefits, including stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials, and opportunities for mentoring and leadership.

“I don’t think in 30 years I’d be the teacher I am today, without Knowles or the relationships I’ve made,” commented Tracy Schloemer, a 2009 KSTF Teaching Fellow.

In 2002, KSTF selected its first cohort of Teaching Fellows. Since the inception of the KSTF Teaching Fellowship Program, the community has grown to include more than 250 Fellows in 42 states. From receiving National Board Certification to developing curriculum to holding leadership positions in professional organizations, KSTF Fellows are distinguished within the field of education.

KSTF recently selected 32 beginning teachers—including two former Peace Corps members, a certified scientific diver and a veteran of the United States Army—to join its 2014 cohort of Teaching Fellows. Information about the 2014 cohort will be released in the coming months.

About KSTF
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) was established by Janet H. and C. Harry Knowles in 1999 to increase the number of high quality high school science and mathematics teachers and ultimately, improve math and science education in the United States. The KSTF Teaching Fellowship, the Foundation’s signature program, awards exceptional young men and women with a five-year early-career Fellowship, empowering them to become master teachers and leaders in education. For more information, visit www.kstf.org.

© Knowles Science Teaching Foundation 2014

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EI Environmental Leadership Programming Fall 2014

Hi Everyone,

See below – the application deadline for the Eisenhower Institute’s “Environmental Leadership Program” is May 15th!


Dear Professor Platt,

On behalf of Howard Ernst, EI Seiden-Levi Fellow of Public Policy, I write to inform you of the fall 2014 Environmental Leadership Programming, Environmental Sustainability at the Community Level.

Your continued support of the Environmental Leadership program is of great value to the Institute and we are truly grateful. We hope that you will be able to support us by informing your students that the fall 2014 Environmental Leadership program application is available online now. As we continue to grow the program, we would also like to ask if you have any student recommendations for the program, we would like to email them with additional information to learn more about the program. Please find the program link below. Applications are due by May 15.


Thank you,

Emily Hamilton

Summer Job: NY-NJ Trail Conference AmeriCorps Invasives Strike Force Crew Member

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Invasives Strike Force Crew Member

Position: NY-NJ Trail Conference AmeriCorps Invasives Strike Force Crew Member

The Invasives Strike Force (ISF) is a program of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a non-profit organization focused on the stewardship of more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails throughout southern New York and northern New Jersey. We are seeking a seasonal AmeriCorps member to join our crew which completes invasive species surveys and control work and leads volunteer removal teams. The AmeriCorps member will become a NY Pesticide Apprentice and a NJ Pesticide Operator and may then be eligible to take exams for licensing. He/she will work with a wide range of partners at multiple sites throughout southern NY and northern NJ and will be supported by an existing base of volunteers. The AmeriCorps member may also assist with training workshops to teach volunteers how to survey for invasive plants and assist with creation or revision of training materials.
Occasionally the AmeriCorps member may represent the Trail Conference at public events to recruit volunteers.

Plant identification and eradication training will be provided (some experience is preferred). The AmeriCorps member will manage data on a weekly basis using both Excel and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
This is primarily an outdoor position. AmeriCorps members must attend weekly status meeting in Mahwah. Some weekend work is required. Weekly hours are flexible. Days off during the week may be taken when weekend work is required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
* Train for and become certified in New York and New Jersey pesticide application and follow all applicable rules and regulations regarding the use of pesticides
* Prepare and submit work permit applications for invasive removals to various parks
* Organize and recruit volunteers for invasive removal workdays along hiking trails * Publicize invasive removal workdays via email and web site notifications
* Lead and co-lead invasive removal workdays, including mechanical removal and/or application of herbicides * Conduct independent invasive removals and treatments along hiking trails
* Conduct surveys of hiking trails for a targeted set of invasive plants, includes use of hand-held GPS. * Keep accurate, timely and detailed records of activities
* Assist with training volunteers for invasive plant surveying * Create and/or update volunteer training materials and presentations * Create and/or update volunteer recruitment materials
* Attend appropriate environment-focused events to educate the public about invasive plants and recruit volunteers

Skills and Attributes Required
* Must be able to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain
* Must be able to hike up to 4 miles carrying up to 30 lbs of equipment over uneven and/or steep terrain * Must have demonstrated leadership skills, outdoor group leadership preferred * Must be organized, responsible and detail-oriented
* Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
* Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award and ability to follow all AmeriCorps policies and procedures (visit http://www.americorps.gov for more details) * Must be at least 18 years of age, no upper age limit
* Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license
* Must have access to a reliable vehicle for transportation to field sites

Preferred Qualifications
* NY licensed pesticide applicator or technician, be a licensed applicator in a state which has reciprocal licensing with NY (NJ, PA, OH, VT, RI, CT and IN). * Ability to identify native and invasive vegetation of New York * Experience using a hand-held GPS
* Familiarity with ArcGIS
* Familiarity with Microsoft Excel
* Demonstrated outreach skills
* Teaching experience
* Hiking experience and/or outdoor field work experience

Benefits for Members
* Free rustic, lakeside housing
* Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance not to exceed $4,260 total * Upon successful completion of the program, an education award of $1,175 * Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment
* Making a difference in a local community and the opportunity to continue one’s service to his/her country * Training in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED and Leave No Trace Principles
* Training as a NY pesticide apprentice, NJ pesticide operator, or continuing education for licensed pesticide applicators or technicians

This is a 300 hour service commitment to be filled in an 8-11 week period. Work schedule is flexible, but must start May 16 and complete by October 15.

Closing Date:
April 21, 2014.

To Apply:
Please submit the following items via email attachments (start all attachment filenames with your last name) to jobs@nynjtc.org Subject line: ISF AmeriCorps; “Your Last Name”
* Resume
* Cover letter addressing why you are interested in this position and why we should be interested in you
* Contact information (include email and phone) for three references who can testify to your capabilities

Linda Rohleder, PhD
Director of Land Stewardship
NY-NJ Trail Conference
Mahwah, NJ

2014 Marine Conservation Photography Grant

Hi students and alums,

See this very cool opportunity below.


Salma Monani
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
Box 2455, 300 N. Washington St
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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