Internship – Ocean Literacy Summit Planning, MA/NH

The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC), as part of its commitment to promoting Ocean Literacy in the region, hosts biannual Ocean Literacy Summits for formal and informal educators, scientists, and policymakers to share ideas and tools for doing so.  Plans are underway for the 2010 Ocean Literacy Summit, to be held November 12, 2010 at the University of New Hampshire, with presentations and discussions highlighting the great diversity of life and ecosystems supported by the ocean.  We seek an intern to process and track registrations, and generally assist NEOSEC’s Summit Planning Committee.  For more information and to apply, contact Mona Chang at mchang@neaq.org.

Internships – NSF Research Experience for Undergrads, ME

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will host eight NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduate participants in summer 2010, for research topics ranging from microbial oceanography to large-scale processes that drive interactions between ocean ecosystems and the global environment, focusing on the marine microbial food web, ocean biogeochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, sensory biology, climate change, and fisheries oceanography. Visit the program website for more information and to apply.  Deadline 1/15/10

Arctic Webcasts – February 10-12, 2010

Immersion Learning presents a week of live Marine Mammals of the Arctic webcasts, during which viewers will have the opportunity to interact directly with scientists and trainers who work with marine mammals to better understand their behaviors and physiology, as well as the impact of humans and climate change on these animals. Kids watching the programs will also be able to participate in an online question-and-answer session and polling features as they hear from these experts and learn how they can help protect the oceans.  For more information go to the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Classroom website or contact Maryann Scholl (mscholl@gso.uri.edu).

Job Opportunity – Naturalist, ME

Ferry Beach Ecology School, a residential EE center on the coast of Maine, is seeking naturalists (due 2/20/10) to lead trips to coastal forests, beaches, tide pools, and salt marshes. Naturalists are responsible for a teaching group of approximately ten 3rd to 8th graders) for three lessons every day, with some shared supervision of students between and after lessons, plus some general maintenance of the site and program. FBES emphasizes dynamic teaching methods, such as the use of ecological skits, effective props, and hands-on activities.

Job Opportunity – Deckhand, CT

Soundwaters is seekign applications (due 1/15/10) for Deckhand/Educators for the 2010 sailing season (mid-March through August and August through mid-November). Seven crewmembers work in a close-knit high-energy environment aboard the 80’ schooner SoundWaters to deliver environmental and nautical science programs ranging from 3-hours to weeklong. For more information visit their website

NMEA Winter Newsletter online

NMEA News, the National Marine Educators Association’s newsletter, includes news from regional chapters and committees, information about professional development opportunities, and communications from NMEA leadership.  Volume 25, Issue 4, Winter 2009, is available only online. Questions? email nmea@usm.edu

Job Opportunity – Education Program Coordinator, MI

The Grand Traverse Conservation District (GTCD) seeks an Program Coordinator for the new Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The successful candidate will have the background, skills and personality to coordinate professional development for teachers, school-community partnerships and place-based education projects through the GTCD’s Boardman River Nature Center.  Applications due January 11, 2010.

Internships – Summer 2010 in Maine

Herring Gut Learning Center is a non-profit marine education center overlooking a working harbor in the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine.  Their programs use aquaculture and marine science as springboards to learning, incorporating hands-on teaching methods to strengthen students’ skills in science, math and literacy while providing experiences that promote responsible stewardship of the marine environment.   Contact Sara Rademaker, Aquaculture and Marine Science Teacher (srademaker@herringgut.org) for more information about two Camp and one Center internship opportunities running from June 1 to August 20 2010.

Graduate Course – Global environmental change

The University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Classroom offers two graduate-level science courses geared toward educators. The Spring Semester course, “Global Environmental Change” covers a comprehensive suite of topics related to Earth’s changing environments, including changes to the ocean and atmosphere and related implications for human health, society, and governments. With Wednesday night classes and two Saturday sessions teachers can apply marine and earth sciences in support of the new RI Science Grade Span Expectations.

Call for Presentations – Cape Cod Natural History Conference

The 15th Annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference, to be held at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 3 2010 is seeking 15-minute presentations on the following topics: professional or personal studies or observations concerning the identification, ecology, behavior, status, or distribution of local plants, animals, or natural communities and studies pertaining to local environmental issues.  Table space for poster presentations is also available.  Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2010; for a proposal form or more information, contact Melissa Lowe, Education Coordinator, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (508-349-2615; mlowe@massaudubon.org).