conservation and GIS internship

This sounds awesome!

FW by Andy Wilson


Intern – Biodiversity Assessment Unit

Vacancy #: 1295
Unit: Global Species & Key Biodiversity Areas Programme
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: IUCN Washington DC Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to: Manager, Biodiversity Assessment Unit
Work percentage: 100%
Function group:
Expected start date: 01 July 2016
Type of contract: Fixed-term (3 months)
Closing date: 30 May 2016


An intern is needed to prepare Red List extinction risk assessments and digital species distribution maps as part of an ongoing review of the conservation status of the worlds Crop Wild Relatives (CWR). This internship will support work underway to assess ~150 species of plants found in MesoAmerica.


Specific Objectives

• Identify and extract data from field guides and academic literature on individual species’ distribution, population status, natural history and threatening processes.

• Using IUCN’s Species Information Service database, in which training will be provided, enter data into species accounts.

• Using ArcMAP software (in which training will be provided as necessary), prepare digital maps for the ~150 plant species, and calculate estimates of distributional extent.

• Providing additional support for ongoing Crop Wild Relative assessment work as requested, including calculating distributional extent and completing attribute fields for assessments and maps prior to final publication on the Red List.

• There may be some opportunity to liaise with specialists (mainly authors of academic papers) as necessary to follow up on issues that may be uncertain from text or maps.

DURATION: 3 months

STIPEND: The Intern will be paid a stipend of USD 1,000 per month


• A basic understanding of ecological science is desirable; familiarity with scientific writing will be helpful

• Prior experience in using GIS software is advantageous, training will be provided in the necessary mapping standards and software

• Good general knowledge of MesoAmerican geography will be helpful; knowledge of the region’s plants will be particularly well-regarded

• Good Spanish language skills will provide a significant advantage for candidates

• Good attention to detail


Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST).

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The Gleaning Project is hiring in Adams County!

A summer job in Gettysburg…

From: Bridget Schell []
Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2016 11:39 AM
To:;;;; Randall Wilson; Salma Monani; Rutherford Platt; Monica Ogra; Benjamin Luley; Christopher Fee; Caroline T. Campbell; Jody Rosensteel; Robert Garrity; Paula Olinger
Subject: The Gleaning Project is hiring in Adams County!

Hey there folks,

The Gleaning Project—a component of South Central Community Action Programs Inc – is looking for a capable Gleaning Assistant to help keep up with our growth here in Adams County, PA.

The Gleaning Assistant will support the Gleaning Coordinator in a variety of ways. He or she will help develop relationships with local growers, harvest and coordinate pick-up of a wide range of produce, distribute that gleaned food through a network of community partners, help build and manage our volunteer corps, and promote healthy eating and accessible meal preparation techniques.

We’re looking for an individual who aspires to impact our local and regional food system in powerful, equitable, and enjoyable ways. We’re looking for someone who enjoys learning and innovating to develop new solutions, and who is willing to work hard – on evenings and/or weekends as needed – to help make positive change happen.

Job will consist of 40 hours per week

June-November with the potential for ongoing employment

$12.00 per hour plus paid time off and holidays

Please email a resume and cover letter to Bridget Schell: bschell

Deadline to apply: May 20, 2016

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interviews will take place ASAP.

For more information about The Gleaning Project:

or South Central Community Action Programs:

Please share this with anyone that may be interested and qualified.

Job description is attached.

Bridget Schell

Bridget Schell

Adams County Gleaning Coordinator

The Gleaning Project of South Central PA

South Central Community Action Programs, Inc.

717-334-7634 ext. 162

Gleaning Assistant- Cover Letter for Job Description- May 2016.pdf

Gleaning Assistant- Job Description- May 2016.pdf

Urban Planner/Zoning Officer position

With the current Zoning Officer leaving, the City of Harrisburg has an opening in the Planning Bureau for an Urban Planner/Zoning Officer.

I’ve attached the advertisement and job description. With graduation around the corner (or has it already passed?), I’m hoping this is an opportune time to get applications from students. Although it’s pretty well laid out in the job description, I am particularly interested in students with strong GIS skills – I want the Bureau to be more efficient, technical, and responsive to the public, which I believe requires heavy use of GIS and related software.

Please pass this on to the necessary staff so that it gets circulated at Gettysburg. Thanks man!


Geoffrey Knight AICP, ASFPM

Planning Director

City of Harrisburg

Department of Building and Housing Development

Planning Bureau

10 North Second Street, Suite 206

Harrisburg, PA 17101


Urban Planner Zoning Officer (2016) – Ad & Job Description.pdf

Career Fair for Students and Young Professionals

Your students are invited to attend…

Career Fair for Students and Young Professionals

Tuesday, June 7
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
215 Innovation Blvd
State College, PA 16803

The PWEA Students and Young Professionals (SYP) Committee is hosting a Career Fair in conjunction with the PWEA’s Annual Technical Conference in State College. The Career Fair will be held on Tuesday, June 7th, 12:45-2:45pm. It will be in the Senate Lounge at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The Career Fair will provide an opportunity for students and young professionals to speak with prospective employers involved in providing services and products related to protecting the quality of water resources.

The water quality sector has already begun to experience a workforce shortage. Twenty percent of the current workforce is of retirement age and forty three percent of the workforce will be retiring in the next 5-8 years. Please forward this invitation to your students or post on a student job board.

The Career Fair will kick off with a short presentation from a senior member of PWEA. An overview of work done and innovative solutions available to retain the quality of water resources will be provided as well as, explaining the variety of employment opportunities available. Employers from various aspects of the water quality sector will provide short presentations. Time will be available for students and young professionals to speak with the attending employers.

STUDENTS: If you wish to attend, please register in advance. Be sure to bring copies of your resume with you.

Registration for the Career Fair is complimentary. This registration does not include any other conference events.

Click here to register

Questions about the Career Fair? Contact Chase Kelch, SYP Committee Co-Chair, at ckelch.

Questions about registering? Contact Cindy Rock, PWEA Conference Manager, at cindyrock or 570-549-2204.

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Exciting opportunity at the UN for students – deadline 5/30

FYI, an interesting opportunity for students interested in an entry to the UN system… Applications due May 30 – See below

Applications are open now for YOUTH OBSERVER year-long term, which begins in July 2016, and American youth ages 18-25 are eligible to apply before May 30.
This year’s Youth Observer will have exciting opportunities to engage with youth across the nation and the international community.
UNA-USA and the Department of State are looking for a vibrant and passionate young leader to fill this role. A few highlights include:

* Attending events in NYC during the opening week of the UN General Assembly;
* Traveling around the United States and inspiring young people to be a part of solving global challenges;
* Diving into digital media to be a correspondent between U.S. missions to the UN and American youth;
* Meeting with youth delegates from around the world to foster international cooperation for our generation.

UNA-USA and the Department of State are looking for a vibrant and passionate young leader to fill this role.

Monica V. Ogra
Associate Professor
Dept. of Environmental Studies
Gettysburg College