Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Paid Internship Opportunities through Commonwealth Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) and its partners, in collaboration with Virginia’s colleges and universities, are offering the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP is a free student resource for finding paid spring, summer, and fall internships. Undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines complete a single application package that will be reviewed by companies throughout Virginia.

There is no cost to students, colleges/universities, or companies to participate.

Students may search for internships statewide or by region and can also express interest in specific internships posted by companies. No deadline is required but apply as early as possible for maximum opportunity, at www.CSIIP.org.

One application puts a student in front of more than 150 companies offering internships.

For more information please visit: www.csiip.org or contact VSGC regarding CSIIP at csiip@spacegrant.org or (757) 766-5210.

Eligibility Requirements
  • At least 18 years of age and attending an accredited Virginia college, community college, or university.
  • Virginia residents attending an accredited out-of-state college may apply.
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate taking at least six (6) credit hours per semester and making demonstrated progress towards a STEM related degree.
  • Have completed at least 30 or more post-secondary education credits and are at least of rising sophomore status prior to the internship.
  • Newly graduating seniors are also eligible to participate.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Short Term Study Abroad Classes in Peru and Iceland - Sustainability

This winter & spring break, we invite you to join The GREEN Program abroad in the world’s leading destinations for sustainable development:

Peru & Iceland

The GREEN Program unlocks doors for students to gain exclusive education, industry access, and authentic bucket-list experiences around the world. Through our accredited, career-focused 8 to 10 day programs, we exist to use the world as our classroom in order to give meaning and purpose to education, adventure, and life.

Join a community of students leaders and young professionals who have consciously chosen to pursue a future of possibilities and are determined to be part of the solutions toward a better world.

Early Registration Specials Now Available (for accepted GREEN students who have not yet secured their spots).

Plan ahead! Lock in your reduced GREEN program fee by securing your spot on an upcoming GREEN adventure with your deposit. For more information & program fee specifics for each program session and month, please visit our FAQ.

Iceland - Renewable Energy & Sustainability
[1] December 14 - 21, 2016
[2] January 4 - 11, 2017

[1] March 5 - 12, 2017
[2] March 12 - 19, 2017

Peru - Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices
January 4 - 13, 2017

March 12 - 20, 2017

For more information please visit: http://thegreenprogram.com/#about-us

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summer 2017 Shark and Ray Research

Program description: This program is focused on a hands-on, field curriculum.  We conduct a 1 - 2 hr. lecture or class discussion each day and spend the rest of the day for 6 - 8 hours in the field conducting research on sharks and rays.  Most lectures are focused on elasmobranch biology, physiology, ecology, identification, and conservation.  Other lectures will include biology, physiology, identification, and conservation of sea turtles and manatees; fisheries, aquaculture, and ecotoxicology; the concept of a species; aquarium controversy; and how to develop a research project and communicate the results effectively.  To make this program as hands-on as possible, our students conduct all research activities under the supervision of one or more staff members or instructors.  This means that our students set and retrieve gear, handle any captured animals, collect data from any captured animals, tag elasmobranchs, and release all captured animals.  No previous research experience or animal handling experience is necessary.  This program is excellent for any student interested in the natural sciences, any student wanting to gain research experience, and any student interested in attending graduate school.

Program dates:  Our summer program runs at 1 week intervals (Sunday - Saturday) from May 7, 2017 - August 26, 2017.  Students may attend as many weeks as they would like.  Any student who attends 4 weeks or more will be acknowledged in any scientific paper published from the data collected that summer.  There are tuition breaks for students who attend 3 or more weeks as well as for groups of 6 or more students attending together.

Deadline for early enrollment benefits: December 31, 2016

Deadline for program enrollment: March 30, 2017

For pricing and program availability please visit the summer program page as well as the tuition page of our website http://www.coastalmera.com/summer-program.html

Winter Break Tropical Marine Ecology Course in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

This course is focused on marine organisms and marine ecosystems in a tropical environment, as well as both local and global marine conservation issues.  Students will learn about and experience local marine organisms on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica and the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua.  Lectures and field experiences will be conducted on a daily basis.  We will cover biology, physiology, identification, and conservation information for the following: Local marine vertebrates, local marine invertebrates, sea turtles, and a lecture specifically on elasmobranchs.  We will also cover local marine ecosystems (intertidal zone, rocky reefs, coral reefs, estuaries, mangroves, sandy bottom, pelagic zone), their inhabitants, and conservation issues concerning those ecosystems.  Non-marine related lectures will include local geology and the unique cloud forest of Monteverde.  Field experiences will include scuba diving (for those certified), snorkeling, tide pool exploration, a mangrove estuary tour, and a sea turtle night walk.  Students are expected to actively participate in lectures, group discussions, and species identification in the field.

Course dates:  December 26, 2016 - January 4, 2017

Course fee: $1,799

What's included: Course tuition, all lectures, all housing, all breakfasts, all dinners, all transportation, 3 days diving or snorkeling, tide pool exploration, mangrove tour, sea turtle night walk, surfing, zip-lining.

What's NOT included: Round trip airfare to San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, lunches, snacks and drinks, and any optional activities you choose during free time.

Deadline for course sign-up: October 30, 2016.  There are currently only 10 spaces remaining in this course!!

For further information or to sign up for this course please go to http://www.coastalmera.com/costa-rica---nicaragua.html

Monday, July 25, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Conservation Technician and Education Assistant Position

Title: Residential Conservation Technician & Education Assistant
Salary: $29,000-$33,000
Start Date: 2016-09-26
Location: Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District

Job Description: The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is a self-governing public agency that is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors and covers the counties of Rockingham and Page, and the City of Harrisonburg.  Under the direction of the SVSWCD Board of Directors and under the supervision of the District Manager, the Residential Conservation Technician & Education Assistant will be responsible for performing a wide range of technical and administrative duties that pertain to the implementation of the SVSWCD’s activities, services and programs. The work of the SVSWCD focuses on water quality and quantity, soils, land-use and land development practices, innovative best management practices, agricultural best management practices, stream protection, research, analysis and implementation of special projects and demonstration projects, and education and outreach to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including workshops and programs for professionals, agricultural producers, youth, and the general public. Assignments and some supervision are given by other members of the SVSWCD and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff. This position is a full time position with regular work hours of 8am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and occasionally includes extended work hours, evening and weekend hours, and overnight travel for training and meetings.  This position is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The SVSWCD office environment is collaborative, supportive and flexible.  The SVSWCD’s small staff is forward-thinking, innovative, motivated and dedicated.  The position is considered a term position, for a period of one year, renewable on an annual basis.

Click here for a detailed job description or visit https://svswcd.org/jobs/. Submit a Virginia Application for Employment (DPT Form 10-012) & resume by noon August 12, 2016 to SVSWCD, 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. For more information call: (540) 433-2853 ext. 119, SVSWCD is an EOE.