PD at NE Aquarium: Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences

Attention Massachusetts middle school science teachers! The Gulf of Maine watershed program is a field- and classroom-based program that will provide Massachusetts middle school science teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach students about local watersheds and show how climate change affects watersheds. The program consists of a three-day summer workshop, two call back/follow up sessions and a teacher-lead meaningful watershed education experience (MWEE) in the field and classroom for students in grades 5 through 8.

After completing the three-day summer workshop, participating teachers are expected to design and conduct a meaningful watershed experience with their students during the fall semester, including a field trip, if possible, and a classroom experience. The Aquarium staff will provide support for field trips.

During follow-up sessions, participants will reconvene to present their projects to one another, as well as to other educators at the Massachusetts Marine Educators annual conference. They will also share information about their projects with other educators through conversations at their schools and in presentations at local education conferences.

Dates:  July 15 – 17, 2010 (Thursday-Saturday)

Two call back dates, October 2 and December 4, 2010 — Attendance Required

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston
Cost: free (cost of graduate credits additional)

Credit: 45 PDPs or, for an additional cost, 2 graduate credits from Cambridge College
Please register by July 1, 2010

To register for the summer courses, please contact the Teacher Resource Center for more information. Advance registration is required. Please call 617-973-6590 or email the Teacher Resource Center at trc@neaq.org.

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Job Opportunity: House Leader Position, Massachusetts

Sea Education Association (www.sea.edu) is providing summer academic programs for high school students where students live on SEA’s Woods Hole campus, study oceanography, nautical science and maritime studies, and then sail and do oceanographic research.  Students experience a rigorous schedule of lecture, labs and field activities like piloting and a trip to the salt marsh while on shore. There is one House Leader position is open for Science At Sea I (July 20-Aug 4) program.  Duties include resident assistant type roles like facilitating wake-ups, cooking, student support and inspiration as well as teaching assistant responsibilities like attending lecture, co-leading labs, classroom preparation and student homework support.  Experience and/or interest working as a team and building a supportive community is important.

Submit a resume and cover letter by June 11, 2010 to Brenda Cetrulo, Science at Sea Program Director at brendacetrulo@gmail.com. For more information, see http://www.sea.edu/aboutsea/employment.aspx or contact Brenda Cetrulo at brendacetrulo@gmail.com.  You must be 21 years of age at time of the course to apply.

Job Opportunity: Education Technician, Massachusetts

Boston Harbor Islands is recruiting an Education Technician (GS-05) position through the National Park Service. This position is a full-time term one year position with possible extension of up to four years. The Education Technician will assist in developing educational materials and presenting curriculum-based education programs.

Please see the full announcement and instructions for application at USAJOBS.gov; type in vacancy number ACAD-CJ-10-26 in the Search box.

Job Opportunity – Summer in Nantucket

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association seeks a Summer Director of Education for Summer 2010. Director will train, supervise, and evaluate teaching interns teach a variety of natural science related topics, and work with children ages 4 – 14.  Position is full-time, late May to end of August 2010.  Deadline for applications 3/15/10.  Contact Janet Schulte (jshulte@mmo.org), 508-228-9198 for more information.

Coastal Zone Grants – MA

Massachusetts’ Coastal Zone Management office is seeking proposals for their Coastal Habitat Grants Program. Up to $102,000 is available to support proactive efforts to implement demonstrable steps and actions to further coastal habitat protection, restoration, and assessment within the MA Coastal Zone, including outreach and education activities. Cities, towns, and other public entities; academic institutions; watershed associations or similar not-for-profits, and other private organizations are eligible to apply.  To view the Request for Responses, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number “ENV 10 CZM 02.” Questions regarding this solicitation will be accepted until January 15, with answers posted on Comm-PASS by January 19.  Deadline for applications is 2/8/10.

Job Opportunity – Fisheries Habitat Specialist, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife has an opening for a Marine Fisheries Habitat Specialist. This is a Civil Service position based in New Bedford.  Provides technical review of coastal alteration projects for the Marine Fisheries Habitat Program. Assists with development of policy and management guidelines and outreach. Conducts applied research for use in development of the agency’s policies concerning habitat alterations. Full job description online.

Summer Institutes for Massachusetts K-8 Teachers

MITS (Museum Institute for Teaching Science) offers summer institutes in nine regions throughout Massachusetts. The 2009 Summer Institute Inquiry-Based Science: Investigating Water and Energy Concepts in the State Frameworks will be offered July 6-17 and will integrate hands-on, minds-on STEM activities to enrich all areas of classroom curriculum.  More