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.

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.

Conference for K-6 Teachers: Introductory Strategies for Linking Science and Literacy

Elementary (K-6) science teachers interested in learning new approaches and powerful strategies in linking science and literacy are invited to attend this conference held December 2 8:30-3:00 in Portland, Maine and sponsored by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. Come learn about and experience classroom strategies and instructional approaches used in several NSF-funded science and literacy projects that incorporate reading, writing, and speaking in the context of inquiry-based science.  The workshop is designed for teachers who are interested in inquiry science and the science literacy connections, but have limited experience with inquiry science, scientists’ notebooks, science talk, and using books to support inquiry-based science.

Registration includes conference materials, Using Science Notebooks in Elementary Classrooms by Michael Klentschy, breakfast, and lunch.
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Job Opportunity – Development Director, Maine

Friends of Casco Bay seeks a dynamic, results-oriented, organized, experienced fundraising professional. The Development Director is responsible for successfully executing a comprehensive development program that ensures Friends of Casco Bay has the funds needed to accomplish our mission.

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Right Whale Research in the News

During August and September the right whale research staff from New England Aquarium are on the water, following the right whales in the Bay of Fundy between Downeast Maine and New Brunswick.

Recently, a Bangor Daily News reporter and photographer spent a thirteen-hour work day with the Aquarium right whale staff, and published an article about the experience.

Job Opening – Education Center Director, Maine

The Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education seeks an experienced, innovative professional with excellent communications skills for the position of Education Center Director. This is a full-time, 24-month position, with renewal contingent on funding and job performance. The Education Center Director will coordinate all education activities at the Downeast Institute associated with a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation program. These activities include developing an original, inquiry-based curriculum focused on marine science education, offering workshops for in-service teachers,
developing and delivering summer programs at the Center for youth, organizing regular meetings of the partnership team from the University of Maine at Machias, Maine Sea Grant, Washington County Community College, and the Downeast Institute, and working with team members on other educational activities. Successful grant-writing ability will be required to secure ongoing funding for salary and educational programs. This position is based at the Downeast Institute in Beals, Maine.

Casco Bay Film Festival

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival hosted by Friends of Casco Bay, on Saturday, October 3rd 5-8:45 p.m., in Abromson Auditorium on University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. This event, to benefit Friends of Casco Bay, features a selection of award-winning films, food catered by Whole Foods, and a cash bar. Doors open at 4 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Tickets go on sale September 1st online or in person at Whole Foods Market, Portland.

Job Posting: Research Associate, Maine

The Marine Education and Outreach Program, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine Darling Marine Center announces an opening for a full-time research associate.  The purpose of the position is to provide professional support to a marine education and outreach program with particular focus on social networking audiences.  The position will apply online collaboration methodology to improve the regional and national programs of the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE).  Initial appointment is for one year, with annual reappointment dependent upon external grant funding and performance. The primary location of the position is at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine.  Required Knowledge / Skills: M.S. in Marine Biology, Oceanography, or related fields; Experience working with science researchers, teachers, and general public in web-based education environments; Skill in writing grant proposals; Ability to work in a Mac computing environment to create and maintain project databases, reports, and web pages; Willingness to travel extensively.

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Job Posting: Marine Education Associate, Maine

The Marine Education and Outreach Program,  School of Marine Sciences, Darling Marine Center (Walpole, ME) announces an opening for a Full-Time Marine Education Associate.  The purpose of the position is to provide professional support to a marine education and outreach program. The position will apply educational research and nationally recognized standards to develop curriculum and pedagogical strategies to deliver marine science content to K-12, college-level, and public audiences.  Initial appointment is for one year, with annual reappointment dependent upon external grant funding and performance. The primary location of the position is at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine.

Required Knowledge / Skills: M. Ed. or B. Sc. in Science Education with background in Marine Science, Earth Science, or Physical sciences; Experience working with science researchers, teachers, and general public; Skill in writing grant proposals; Ability to work in a Mac computing environment to create and maintain project databases, reports, and web content; Willingness to travel extensively.

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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 <suzanne@wellsnerr.org>.