Friday, October 19, 2018

Student Insurance Forum

REU - Central Caribbean Marine Institute

CCMI is recruiting undergraduate and graduate students for an exciting two-week programme centered around underwater field research methods in coral reef ecology and locally based research projects.
Programme Dates: 31st December 2018  ? 14th January 2019

Experience and Certifications to be Gained Include:
?         Minimum of 15+ research method dives (weather permitting)
?         Workshops on Caribbean coral, algae, and fish identification
?         Hands-on field training in coral reef ecology and underwater field research methods such as: roving diver surveys, running transects, point-line intercept surveys, underwater quadrats, CoralWatch coral bleaching surveys, AGRRA benthic surveys, AGRRA fish surveys, RVC fish surveys, and BRUV surveys
?         Experience working with EDGE coral species (specifically Acropora cervicornis and Acropora palmata) in a nursery setting through multiple growth methods
?         Analysis of images using the most up to date software systems (CPCe, CORALNET, and AgiSoft)
?         DAN Emergency Oxygen Provider course
?         DAN Basic Life Support course
?         DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course
?         DAN Neurological Assessment course

CCMI will issue a Certificate of Completion of 80 hours in Underwater Field Research Methods upon the completion of the course (University credits can be petitioned)

Candidate Requirements:

We seek to fill 16 spaces for a 14-day period during the winter of 2019. Requirements include:
?         18+ years of age
?         Open Water Diver with at least 20 logged dives (Advanced certification or higher preferred)
?         Insured through DAN
?         Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program with a passion for marine science, biology, environmental science or related field (or a recent graduate)
?         Must be physically fit to work long field days in the sun and on the water

Course Fee:
A course fee of $2,800 USD includes:
?         On site accommodations for 14-nights
?         Three meals per day
?         Roundtrip airport transportation
?         All research dives and snorkels
?         All scuba gear rental (you will need to provide your own mask, fins, and snorkel)
?         All necessary field equipment
?         The use of CCMI bicycles
?         DAN Basic Life Support course
?         DAN Emergency Oxygen Provider course
?         DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course
?         DAN Neurological Assessment course
?         All offered course work (cumulating in 80 hours of work in underwater field research methods)

This fee does not cover flight costs and DAN dive accident insurance.

Background and Rationale:
Whole economies and stable societies are rooted in healthy marine environments. For the Cayman Islands, coral reefs are one of the nation?s greatest treasures that brings economic value and positive public relations to the country. Additionally, on a global scale, coral reefs are at a heightened level of stress due to climate change, ocean acidification, and direct anthropogenic impacts. Average coral cover in the Caribbean has dropped to 14% and continues to decline globally. However, reefs in Little Cayman show an average coral cover of >20% and have recovered from four recognized bleaching events over the past decade. Specifically, during the 2015 temperature-induced bleaching event, corals were moderately to severely impacted, however by 2016, these corals had recovered to what appeared to be 100% health. This recovery demonstrates the potentially resilient capabilities of corals around the reefs of Little Cayman. This local ecological history makes Little Cayman an ideal place for growth in research, education, and conservation efforts. 

Application Process:
Please send the following to (no later than 1 November 2018):
?         A letter of interest (maximum 500 words)
?         Resume
?         Contact details for two persons of reference

Once accepted into the Reef Research Experience, a $500 USD deposit will be necessary to secure your spot. This will come directly out of the overall programme cost of $2,800 USD.

Internship Opportunity - Greenhouse Assistants

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Grower/Greenhouse Assistant - Walnut Grove Vocational Farm Program

Walnut Grove Vocational Farm Program:
Location: 33600 Pearl Street, Kirkland IL. Approximately 70 miles west of Chicago, and 19 miles from Rockford.

Walnut Grove Vocational Farm (WGVF) is a program of DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) a nonprofit organization. The purpose of WGVF is to provide agriculture and horticulture based training for individuals with special needs in a comfortable and supportive integrated environment, so they will be prepared for meaningful employment and involvement in the community. The farm has two 30’ x 100’ greenhouses, a one acre vegetable garden, a small orchard, and a 10 acre restored prairie. The greenhouse produces bedding flowers, vegetable, and herb plants in the spring, and mums in the fall. The one acre vegetable garden provides vegetables for CSA boxes and donation to local food pantries.  

Grower/Greenhouse Assistant Job Description and Qualifications
Grower/Greenhouse Assistant responsibilities will include:
·        Assisting with the day-to-day operation of the farm.
·        Assisting with planting and care of greenhouse crops.
·        All facets of the garden including planning, planting, care, harvesting and distribution.
·        Assisting and working in cooperation with the program director.
·        Working cooperatively with the Walnut Grove Vocational Farm program director and high school transition program coordinators, individuals, and other agencies to schedule and oversee the on farm training program for individuals with special needs.
·        Working with other professionals to customize training curriculum for individuals with special needs.

·        Working an average of 30 to 40 hours per week. However, during certain parts of the growing season this individual may work 50 or more hours a week. Must be willing and able to work some weekends. The person in this position will also operate a cash register, be able to greet and serve retail shoppers in the greenhouse, and handle cash transactions.

·        Good oral and written communication skills.
·        Friendly and capable of good customer relations skills.
·        Knowledge of Word and Excel
·        Ability to work well with others.
·        Comfortable and capable of working with individuals with special needs.
·        Demonstrated experience in horticulture and agriculture.
·        Capable of doing physical labor, including ability to lift at least 50 pounds.
·        Ability to be self-directed and interested in growing into organizational leadership opportunities.  
·        Must be able to work weekends.
·        Ability to work a varied seasonal schedule. During the growing season some weeks will require more than 50 hours of work; during the winter fewer hours will be required. Average of 30 to 40 a week over the course of the year. 

·        Salary of $25,000-30,000 per year
·        6 personal or sick days with pay
·        one week of vacation with pay
·        $500 per year toward continuing education

For questions and more information contact Dan Kenney, executive director, at or call 815-793-0950.
Interested applicants should mail cover letter and resume with references included to:
 DeKalb County Community Gardens
PO Box 348
DeKalb IL 60115

Chemist position

Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability is hiring a chemist in their air quality monitoring section for data analysis and quality assurance.  More information is available at the link, and applications are taken online.
Please help us reach qualified candidates. If we have not reached the appropriate person at your institution, feel free to forward.   Thank you!