Sunset Whale Watch to Benefit Humpback Whale Studies at PCCS

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS)  invites you to a whale watch on Friday, August 7, 2009, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Complimentary wine, beer & picnic supper–$100 all inclusive. Free one-year membership for newcomers to PCCS!
Reserve by calling 508-487-3622, ext. 104 or e-mailing
All proceeds directly benefit the Humpback Whale Studies Program, which has been studying and protecting the whales you watch for over 30 years

Free Educational Materials from Jean-Michel Cousteau

The PBS series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures offers educational materials are free and are available on the  websiteWhile you’re there, be sure to check out the short web-only videos made specifically for educational use and their accompanying lesson plans.

Pro Bono Legal Services for Nonprofits in Massachusetts

The Lawyers Clearinghouse offers pro bono legal services and workshops to nonprofits and groups seeking nonprofit status in Massachusetts. The Clearinghouse has served as the model used by bar sponsored pro bono groups throughout the country in establishing similar programs, including the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and Maryland. In 1991, the Clearinghouse received the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Partnership Award.

Podcast from COSEE-NOW

Listen to the latest Ocean Gazing podcast from COSEE-Networked Ocean World.  Autosubs look like giant yellow torpedoes.  They cruise the ocean silently.  But they’re watching, listening, probing, and measuring everything as they go. Autonomous, enormous, ingenious – visit Ocean Gazing

Project Associate, Great Lakes Region

Great Lakes Research Consortium has an opening for a Project Staff Assistant or Associate to assist the Executive Director in the overall administration of Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC).  Duties include the organizing and facilitating all GLRC programs and events including the annual conference, seminar series, and publication of the GLRC newsletter, annual report and directory.  The project assistant or associate also serves as liaison to the New York Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council and helps administer the New York Great Lakes Protection Fund small grants program.   Interested candidates should submit their materials by August 24, 2009 for optimal consideration.  Employment application is required to be submitted on-line at and must attach a cover letter and resume; candidates are also encouraged to include short (1-2 page) examples of publication layout or outreach materials that they have created.  The GLRC office can be contacted directly at or at 315-470-6720.

Campaign Associate, Federal Fisheries Policy Reform Project, Washington DC

The Pew Charitable Trusts seeks a campaign associate for its Federal Fisheries Reform Project.   The campaign associate will provide the information and research assistance necessary to design and carry out the campaign strategy. This position reports to the director of the Federal Fisheries Policy Reform Project and is located in Washington, DC.  The idea candidate will have 1 to 3 years of experience in environmental and public policy. An advanced degree and expertise in marine issues is strongly preferred.  The successful candidate should have excellent written and oral communications skills; a detail and results-oriented style with a focus on process and achievement; demonstrated strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue; and experience with media and other communications strategies to deliver policy recommendations and/or scientific findings to policy makers and the public desired. More information visit Pew Trusts

MITS Offers Build Your Own ROV Workshop for Teachers

The Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), MIT Sea Grant, the Office of Naval Research, and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers are partnering to offer an ROV building workshop for middle and high school teachers.  Participants will experience the MIT  SeaPerch program through building their own ROV and then exploring how this ROV can be used in the classroom and field.  Teachers will receive a complete ROV kit to use in the classroom along with the SeaPerch curriculum guide.

The Sea Perch Program, created by the MIT Sea Grant College Program in 2003, trains educators across the United States and around the world to build the Sea Perch, a simple, remotely operated underwater vehicle, or ROV, made from PVC pipe and other inexpensive, easily available materials. Teachers then work with students to build their own Sea Perches and deploy them on research missions in nearby bodies of water. The hands-on Sea Perch experience is a gateway to further study and careers in robotics, engineering, marine sciences and more.

Where: Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 85 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA

When:  November 6-7, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

16 PDPs will be awarded

Cost: This workshop is funded by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers through a grant from the US Office of Naval Research and includes all materials, funds for substitute teachers on Friday, and lunch both days.

To apply: Please email Amy Hoffmaster ( before October 28, 2009 with the following information:
Name, School, School Address, Phone, E-mail Address, Grade Level and Subject(s), Electronics/robotics experience

Adopt A Drifter Buoy for Your Classroom

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Climate Observation (OCO) established the Adopt a Drifter Program (ADP) in December 2004 for K-12 teachers and university professors from the United States along with international educators. This program provides teachers with the opportunity to infuse ocean observing system data into their curriculum. A drifting buoy (drifter) is a floating ocean buoy equipped with meteorological and oceanographic sensing instruments linked to transmitting equipment where the observed data are sent to data collecting centers. An initial global array of 1250 drifting buoys was completed during 2005.  Find out how to apply to adopt a drifter

Interpretive Education Associate (Maine)

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine has an opening for an Interpretive Education Associate. This year-round position is responsible for coordinating volunteer naturalists to lead school programs and public tours, facilitating teacher trainings, scheduling guided school programs, leading a variety of educational interpretive programs, assisting with the planning of special events, and developing curriculum and instructional materials. This is a two-year grant-funded position at 32 hours per week with occasional evening and weekend work. There is the possibility of extension after two years. For details visit online or contact Suzanne Eder <>.

Free Family Beachcombing Program (Rhode Island)

Join University of Rhode Island Marine Outreach Scientists on a summer day at low tide for a two-hour beachwalk. Explore Fort Getty, one of Rhode Island’s unique coastal beaches. This program gives young people a special chance to have their questions answered about the plants, animals, and minerals found on the beach.  Saturday, August 8 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. This  beachcombing event is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is required.  To register, please call the Office of Marine Programs at 874-6211.  Groups meet at the Fort Getty beach pavilion and all children must be accompanied by an adult.