Job Opportunity: Environmental Educator, Maine

To provide environmental education and outreach programs aimed at children and teachers in the Sebago Lake watershed and Portland Water District service areas.  Conceive, design, and present lessons and events to educate the public about the concepts of watershed protection, drinking water treatment and distribution, and wastewater treatment and distribution.  Position Duration:  9 months, 40 hours/week.  <http://www.pwd.org/about/employment_detail.php?id=8&gt;

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Program for High School Students – Maine

The University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences (SMS) and Darling Marine Center (DMC) are happy to announce a new program called Dive In for college-bound high school students interested in pursuing a career in the marine sciences.  Dive In is a three-day immersion program scheduled for August 9-11, 2010, that will give students a taste of one of the most popular scientific majors. While in residence at the DMC, students will explore the marine realm on foot, by kayak and aboard the R/V Ira C., and be exposed to marine biology, oceanography, scientific diving, remote ocean sensing, aquaculture, and more.

Parents are invited to join us on the last afternoon for seminars on career options and UMaines academic program in marine science. A final BBQ provides opportunities for students and parents to meet and mingle with UMaine marine science faculty and staff.

Dive In is FREE to accepted students. Transportation to and from the DMC is not included. Applications are  due June 30, 2010.  Dive In is open to students entering their junior and senior year in high school, though preference will be given to seniors.

For more information contact Linda Healy <lhealy@maine.edu>

Summer Coastal Studies for Girls – Maine

Coastal Studies for Girls (CSG) is the country’s first and only residential marine science and leadership semester school just for 10th grade girls, located on the rocky coast of Freeport, Maine.  Girls from New England and beyond spend the fall or spring studying hands-on marine and environmental science and experiencing outdoor leadership adventures in our ideal natural classroom, laboratory and playground.  There are still have a few spaces left for current 9th grade girls for upcoming Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters.  Scholarships are available. For more information visit <http://www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org>

Job Opportunity: Naturalist, Maine

Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco, Maine has openings for naturalists for the Fall 2010 season. Details here.

VitalVenture from GMRI

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in collaboration with Maine Sea Grant has just launched a new online education resource, VitalVenture, an interdisciplinary watershed education curriculum that engages Maine students in grades 5-8 with a series of locally relevant, issue-based Watershed Experiences that deepen conceptual understanding and connection to place.

Each Watershed Experience includes a series of authentic, inquiry-based learning activities in which students observe, ask questions, investigate, take action, and deepen their scientific understanding and connection to their local watersheds. Sustained over four grades, VitalVenture Watershed Experiences provide students with a continuum of authentic, inquiry-based learning.

VitalVenture supports and extends the science skills and concepts students are introduced to during GMRI’s LabVenture! (5/6th grade) program and prepares students for practicing these skills in Vital Signs (7/8th grade). These programs and curriculum provide the tools and resources for teachers to ignite students’ interest in science and get them invested in locally relevant environmental issues.

The development of these Watershed Experiences was lead by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in collaboration with Maine Sea Grant and 31 Maine middle school educators. Watershed Experiences contributed by Maine Sea Grant are based, in part, on the Penobscot River Watershed Program, a collaborative project of Maine Sea Grant, the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center, and the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, working in partnership with Old Town Elementary School and the City of Old Town. VitalVenture is funded through the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-Wet) Program.

Internship – Summer in Maine

The Herring Gut Learning Center seeks a part-time Marine Educator Summer Intern to assist with maintenance and daily activities, field-based marine science camps, as well as organize and represent the Center at community fairs, lectures, and public events.  Intern will commit to 24h/week between June 14 and August 20. 2010; $10/h compensation.  For more information, contact Sara Rademaker (srademaker@herringgut.org)/207-372-8677.

Job Opportunity – Education Director, ME

The Herring Gut Learning Center seeks a full-time Education Director to provide science and math programs — including K-12 school curricula and professional development for teachers, summer camps for campers age 5 to 13, and community outreach for K-5 and public audiences — using the marine environment and aquaculture systems.  Position open until filled; start date August 15, 2010.