Wednesday, February 13, 2013

March 2013: Internships, Employment, and Volunteering

The Sustainability community is waiting for you! Here are some fantastic opportunities to serve your planet.

Apply for the Provost's Sustainability Internship Program (P.S.I.): Deadline March 15
The Provost's Sustainability Internship Program (formerly the Campus Sustainability Internship Program) is currently looking for student interns and staff mentors for the 2013-2014 school year. The Provost’s Sustainability Internship Program is a combination course and internship that pairs students with staff across campus departments to complete a year-long sustainability related project. The program introduces students to sustainability policies and practices through internship work experience, professional skills trainings, guest lectures, class discussions, and peer-to-peer advising. It is a great opportunity for staff to recruit talented students to work with them for the entire academic year, at a low-cost rate. Applications for staff and students will be due March 15th. Learn more here and apply online here. Please contact Nikki for more information.

PICA School Gardens Internship

Spring quarter; Mon, Weds, or Fri 8:30am-1:30pm
Through the Program in Community Agroecology (PICA), teach exciting and engaging lessons to elementary school students in Watsonville! In this internship you will gain first-hand experience and learn valuable skills as an environmental educator in a school garden. Each week you will learn skills in positive group management, supporting English language learners, tips for teaching in a garden setting, and develop lessons for multiple learning styles. We will visit various schools in the Pajaro Valley and teach kids science and nutrition in the garden! To sign up, email Bee Vadakan for an application: vvadakan@ucsc.edu

PICA Urban Gardening Internship

Spring quarter; Tues and Thurs 1-4pm
Interested in learning about gardening specific to urban areas? Want to explore topics related to food justice and the role of urban gardens in transforming our food system?
In this internship you will:

  • Practice hands-on garden skills
  • Engage with other interns through weekly readings, discussion, and case studies.
  • Work in small groups to research a local urban garden project, interview participants, volunteer, and share your experience with the class.
To sign up contact Bee Vadakan: vvadakan@ucsc.edu

Apply for the Diversity for Sustainability Internship Program: Deadline March 15
The Diversity for Sustainability Internship program is seeking applicants from groups that are under-represented in professional fields. The intern will work 20 hours a week for 10 weeks over the summer on a sustainability project and will receive a stipend of $2500 as compensation. Applications are due March 15 and those from diverse backgrounds of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, income, age, disability, or sexual orientation are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information check out the flyer.

Do you drive an Electric Vehicle (EV) to campus?
Interested in learning more about electric vehicle charging developments planned for UCSC? Want to know of potential electrical shutdowns at Core West? Transportation and Parking Services is wanting to be in better touch with our electric vehicle user community at UCSC – please send an email to Teresa to be added to our list of current electric vehicle users.

Farming Institute Immersion Program Accepting Applications
Come learn to farm at The Farming Institute! The Farming Institute is a unique, fast track 11-week farming immersion program taking place on two organic vegetable farms in Eastern Iowa. It is designed to equip emerging farmers of all ages, such as college students, recent graduates, or others wanting to fulfill a dream. The program includes a mixture of hands-on and classroom experience. During the program, students will complete a business plan for their future farm and learn about the land, the business of farming, and the farming process. For more information or an application visit their website, contact Kate or give her a call at 319-333-2980.

City on a Hill Press Newspaper Seeks Sustainably Minded Members
City on a Hill Press, the student-run newspaper at UCSC, is currently looking for new members for the coming quarter. They are looking to cover more of what UCSC environmental organizations do and what sustainability really means on this campus, so they want you to join their team! Find out more here.

Real Food Challenge Program: Apply March 1-22
Are you about to graduate? The Real Food Challenge Field Organizer Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for recent college graduates to get first hand experience as part-time organizers and food movement leaders.  Through this 14-month program, Fellows engage in intensive student organizing projects on a regional and national level while also honing their leadership skills and food systems knowledge through our participatory learning curriculum and engaged Fellowship community. The early selection deadline is Friday, March 1. The final deadline for applications is Friday, March 22, 2013. Applications will be considered as they are received. To find out more check out their website.

Volunteer at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Interested in gardening, habitat restoration, tidepooling, maintaining exhibits and helping at events for the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History? Volunteer today! Find out more and fill out an application or contact Matt.

Apply for SEE-U, Summer 2013
Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) is accepting applicants for its summer session. SEE-U is a program that seeks to highlight ecologically impacted areas of the world for undergraduates of all majors. Travel to your choice of one of four beautiful yet endangered ecosystems where you can live and learn about the particular challenges that area faces. Hosted through Columbia University, earn 5 science credits while going abroad with other students and learning about environmental concerns on an international level. For more information click here.

Sprout Up Seeking Instructors
Sprout Up provides free, youth-led environmental education programs to 1st and 2nd grade classrooms in public schools throughout California to help cultivate the next generation of passionate caretakers of the earth. They are currently seeking volunteer teachers. For more information, please click here.


Find or Upload Projects to Sustainability Project Clearinghouse
Interested in getting involved in a campus sustainability project, but don't know how? Are you looking for partners for your current project? Have you completed a project that you would like others to learn from? Visit the Sustainability Project Clearinghouse, a centralized database of UCSC sustainability projects, today! You can view published projects or upload your own projects and ideas. For training on how to upload a project, please contact Shauna.

Farm Docent Training Starts March 12th
Do you love gardening? Don’t miss this opportunity to become a docent at two of Santa Cruz’s most beautiful locations: the historic Alan Chadwick farm and UCSC Farm on the UC Santa Cruz campus. A five-session docent training begins on Tuesday, March 12 and continues every Tuesday until April 9th . Docents lead tours for visitors to the 30-acre organic farm and 3-acre Chadwick Garden. After completing the training, docents are asked to lead a minimum of six tours a year and are encouraged to help with public education events, plants sales and other efforts that support the Farm. Docents also receive a free membership to the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, which includes discounts on plant sales and free entry to a number of workshops. For more information contact Amy Bolton by calling 831-459-3240.

Become an Intern for Stevenson Garden 
Want to get involved with one of the wonderful on-campus gardens? The Stevenson Garden internship is a great way to become a part of that community. Stevenson Garden is now accepting applications for prospective interns for next quarter.  For details about the internships offered, please email Blake Redding.  

National Wildlife Federation is currently accepting applications for both their Campus Ecology Fellowships (open to current undergrad and graduate students) as well as their new Emerging Leader Fellowships (open to young professionals age 21-35). Fellows will have the unique opportunity to work with one of four of NWF’s crucial “Keep the Wild Alive” campaigns. Visit their website to learn more and access application materials. Applications are due March 31st.

Start Your Non-Profit Career with Fund for the Public Interest
Fund for the Public Interest is looking for smart, hard-working students who work well in a team and are eager to work for change after graduation. The Fund for the Public Interest helps some of the top progressive organizations in the country work on issues such as clean water, equal rights for GLBT Americans, and ending subsidies to corporate farms. They're hiring for Citizen Outreach Directors to run their grassroots campaign offices across the country next fall. If you are interested in applying, visit the website at www.fundjobs.org, email Jack Sinclair, or call him at 336-455-2862. He will be having an information session on March 5th in the Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room D and will be also holding interviews in the Career Center on March 6th in Room 3 from 9 to 4.

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