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Scholarships

PNW Scholarship Guide (Online)
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American Indian Services Scholarships
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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
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American Indian Education Foundation Scholarships
Closes: Apr 4, 2016

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Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc. - Young Native Writers Essay Contest
Closes: Apr 15, 2016

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AISES ExxonMobil Geosciences (Field Work) Scholarship Program
Closes: Apr 15, 2016

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Catching the Dream Scholarship
Closes: Apr 30, 2016

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Wells Fargo Scholarship for Undergraduates
Closes: May 1, 2016

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Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship
Closes: May 1, 2016

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AISES Columbia River Professional Chapter Scholarship Program
Closes: May 1, 2016

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Cobell Scholarship (Summer 2016)
Closes: May 1, 2016

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AISES A. T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Closes: May 2, 2016

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Burlington North Santa Fe (BNSF) Foundation Scholarship
Closes: May 2, 2016

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American Indian College Fund Scholarships
Closes: May 31, 2016

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American Indian Graduate Center Graduate Fellowships
Closes: Jun 1, 2016

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BIE STEM Loan for Service
Closes: Jun 1, 2016

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Cobell Scholarship 2016-2017
Closes: Jun 1, 2016

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American Indian Graduate Center - Loan for Service
Closes: Jun 1, 2016

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Internships

NCAI: Fall 2016 Internship
Open until filled

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CRITFC TRAIL Project Research Internship
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EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program
Open until filled
The purpose of the EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program is to address EPA’s need to increase the supply of promising scientists, engineers, and administrative personnel in disciplines related to the EPA mission. This program provides opportunities for exceptional undergraduate and graduate students and recent bachelor’s, master’s, and postdoctoral graduates to work in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) research and administrative projects at multiple EPA laboratories and research centers. ORAU manages the EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program for EPA under the Student Services Contracting Authority. Selected applicants will become temporary employees of ORAU for the duration of the assignment, up to five years. The successful candidate will receive hands-on training in a real-world setting, academic incentives and professional benefits, all while contributing to EPA’s Mission. We are seeking qualified applicants in business and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields for this program. Program Eligibility To be eligible for this program, you must be:
  • at least 18 years of age and
  • enrolled in good standing in a degree-seeking program at an accredited U.S. educational institution or a recent (within the last 24 months) graduate with a bachelor’s, master’s or postdoctoral degree and
  • a citizen of the United States of America or a Legal Permanent Resident.

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Willamette National Forest: Summer Lamprey Survey Internships
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City of Vancouver, WA - Water Center Educator Intern
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14-00006 – Educator Intern – Temporary This position is open concurrently to regular city employees and outside candidates. “Vancouver is recognized for its civic excellence. Our employees are proud to work in an open, supportive environment where we are empowered to create solutions and outcomes which exceed the expectations of the citizens we serve.” The City of Vancouver is currently seeking qualified candidates for the temporary position of Educator Intern to work at the Water Center for an average of 20 hours per week for at least three months. Each Educator Intern will be required to work two mornings Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 12:00pm, and Saturdays. The duration of the position may be extended up to one year. The person in this position will lead school and group presentations with hands-on activities, demonstrate water-related activities, greet visitors, give tours of the Water Center, present background, and start videos in the theater. All candidates must be currently enrolled degree/certificate seeking students. Interested applicants should contact Bev Walker at Bev.Walker@cityofvancouver.us for more information.
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Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship Program
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The Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship Program provides college students and recent graduates 18-35 years old that are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career fields with on-the-ground, natural resource science-based, work experience in the National Park System. Each internship is comprised of working eleven weeks in a park followed by a four day career workshop held in Washington, D.C. This program is run in partnership with Environment for the Americas and Greening Youth Foundation. Applicants must:
  • be students or recent graduates between the ages of 18-35 years with a minimum GPA of 3.0,
  • studying, or interested in pursuing careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math),
  • U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents (green card holders), and
  • have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Internships will be open for persons to apply for them on Dec 11, 2015
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Indian Land Tenure Foundation Internship Program
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The College Internship Program is designed to work with colleges and universities in offering a college internship opportunity for students to become directly involved in land tenure issues for college credit. This program places students at a tribal office working directly on land tenure issues under the supervision of appropriate tribal office staff and college faculty. There are very few opportunities for educational development of Indian people interested in a career concentrated on Indian land tenure issues. Colleges, working with local Indian nations, can provide an opportunity for their students to gain on-site experience as well as providing the Indian nation with much needed assistance on specific projects. These internship opportunities provide students with the experience needed to develop into future Indian leaders who can build the capacity of Indian nations to grow their land base and effectively manage Indian lands. Funding Grant funding is currently limited. Out of respect for your time, we suggest sending a brief letter of inquiry including the following information:
  • Organization name and contact information (address, phone, email, etc.)
  • Budget range for successful implementation of project
  • Brief description of proposed project and rationale
  • Identify whether or not the proposed project has been discussed with college or tribal leaders
Send to:  Indian Land Tenure Foundation, Attn: Grants Manager, 151 East County Road B2, Little Canada, MN 55117-1523 or by email to info@iltf.org.
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Department of the Interior - Indian Affairs Summer Intern
Closes: Mar 14, 2016

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NCAI: Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance
Closes: Mar 15, 2016

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WSU Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Data-intensive research in the environmental sciences
Closes: Mar 15, 2016
Program Overview Healthy ecosystems are fundamentally important for human well-being. However, anthropogenic processes, such as urbanization, deforestation, and the over-exploitation of natural resources have led to widespread changes in the quality and function of our supporting environment. The complexity of these environmental issues has historically limited how well we can predict and adapt to changing conditions. However, the availability of “big data” – volumes of data not readily handled by the usual data tools and practices – and rapid development of data-intensive research offers environmental researchers greatly expanded ways to understand and study the world. Program Goals The goal of this NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site is to introduce undergraduate students interested in environmental research to data management and analysis using primarily open-source software so that they can confidently use environmental data to explore and answer scientific questions in a reproducible way. Through a combination of workshop training, mentored research and the generation of research products, this program will immerse students in environmental research, showing them the breadth of issues and topics encompassed by this field and providing them with formal trainingon how to efficiently manage, analyze, synthesize, and share environmental data. Added benefits include learning to work collaboratively and providing students with a level of core competency in research that few young scientists receive. Who is eligible? Participants must be currently registered at a two or four year college, and may not have received their Bachelor’s degree prior to July 2015. Women, members of demographic groups traditionally underrepresented in environmental fields, and students from community colleges or institutions that do not offer research opportunities for undergraduates are particularly encouraged to apply. You must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident in order to receive NSF funding. Students at all levels of their undergraduate work are sought for this program, and may come from any major as long as they are interested in environmental research.  While a major component of this program will center on using computing software to engage in environmental research, experience in programming is not required and training will be provided during the course of the program.
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USGS Science to Action Fellowship
Closes: Mar 15, 2016
The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and Michigan State University's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife are proud to announce the 2016 Science to Action Fellowship is now accepting applications. WHAT: $10,000 fellowship for up to two students to interact with NCCWSC scientists and develop a policy-relevant product related to the impacts of climate change on fish and/or wildlife resources. WHEN: Applications due March 15th, 2016 at 11:59PM mountain time.  Note: applicants must establish contact with a NCCWSC mentor prior to completing the application process. WHERE:  Two months in residence at NCCWSC located at USGS Headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. in Reston, Virginia. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY: Graduate students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU or one of the Department of Interior Climate Science Center Consortium Institutions.  Applicants must be students for the entire fellowship year (Spring 2016- Spring 2017). Please send questions to Dr. Abigail Lynch, ajlynch@usgs.gov.
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Native Explorers
Closes: Mar 15, 2016
The Native Explorers College-Age Program is now accepting applications for college students interested in science, medicine and archeology. If you are Native American and curious about vertebrate fossils (e.g., rhinos, horses, and bone crushing dogs) and medicine and enjoy being in the “great outdoors”, this scientific expedition is for you. You may be eligible to earn three hours of college credit. Activities will begin on the OSU-CHS campus and include exploring anatomy, com- paring diseased and normal organs, preparing fossil specimens, reading topographical maps, and learning how to use a compass and GPS units. Participants will be able to interact with physicians and medical students to learn more about healthy lifestyles and medicine. These activities will be followed by a paleontological dig at Black Mesa, Oklahoma and either Utah, Wyoming or California . Native traditions and culture will also be a part of this experience. Participants will work side-by-side with research scientists from OSU-CHS and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History to learn paleontological techniques. Archeologists and Biologists from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and participants may be introduced to protocols for the management of natural resources and the preservation and protection of historic sites as well as possible career opportunities and internships. Successful applicants will be notified early April. For more information or questions, please contact Kresta Lofton at (580) 421-7711 or email Kresta.lofton@chickasaw.net.
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US Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affaris: Student Trainee (Forestry), GS-0499-3/4
Closes: Mar 17, 2016
JOB SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program that is designed to attract students with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. The Pathways Internship Program is a streamlined program which replaces the Student Education Employment Program (SEEP) by consolidating the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).  The Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (high school, home-school programs, vocational and technical, undergraduate and graduate) with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.  This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful development work at the beginning of their career, before their career paths are fully established. These positions are expected to begin SUMMER 2016. Positions to be filled are Student Trainees in Forestry. The program allows students to gain real, paid work experience while pursuing a college degree in a particular career field. Work locations vary each summer and the duties and locations are designed to provide hands on experience and training in the specific discipline for which hired. (Students who successfully complete all work, study, qualifications and other eligibility requirements may be offered permanent positions with our agency upon graduation.) The applicants with 10-point Veterans' Preference who submit a complete application after a Cut-Off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the List, if qualified. SALARY RANGE: $25,731.00 to $37,551.00 / Per Year DUTY LOCATIONS: Many vacancies in the following location:  Location Negotiable After Selection, United States. WHO MAY APPLY: ALL INDIAN PREFERENCE STUDENT/INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ELIGIBLES PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Enrolled in an accredited college or university seeking a bachelor's degree in Must be enrolled full-time as a degree seeking student in a forestry or natural resources management related academic program.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Must be taking a full time course load.
  • Maintain a valid Pathways Program Participant Agreement.
DUTIES: STUDENT TRAINEE (FORESTRY) As a student trainee with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, you will train and gain experience by working with forestry management professional in performing technical and entry level professional duties pertaining to forestry management work. Additional duties may consist of but not limited to:
  • Working with professional foresters and technicians performing technician support tasks relating to forest management such as marking and/or thinning timber; take simple measurements such as running compass lines, measure and record distances, heights, diameters and growth of trees. Learn plant terminology and identification, soils classification, and use of aerial photos.
  • Continuing to become familiar with the proper forestry instruments to perform the work and the proper care of those instruments.
  • Receiving orientation pertaining to the organizational structure of the Bureau and its methods of managing trust forest resources.
  • Receiving other assignments to broaden knowledge of Bureau activities in the related program functions, such as wildlife and recreation.

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RAY Conservation Fellows
Closes: Mar 21, 2016
Leaders Changing the Face of Ocean Conservation   Inspired by efforts to increase diversity in the marine conservation field, The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program is a response to the call for mainstream environmental organizations to address the lack of diversification within the field. The RAY Fellowship Program is a year-long paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates from diverse backgrounds with the tools and support systems they need to become leaders of a new ocean conservation field; one that fully represents the rich and diverse communities within the United States. Program Overview RAY Fellows will be placed within one of our partner organizations for a year-long paid fellowship position, with the resources and support to develop experiences that will launch them onto a path of career growth in the conservation field. Fellows will work with mentors, grow their networks, and forge lasting relationships with their cohort of fellows. RAY Fellowship positions are full time paid positions at $31,200 plus benefits. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $1,000 to go towards professional development opportunities, in addition to coordinated professional development through their host organizations and the Environmental Leadership Program. The 2016 RAY Fellowship Program will offer seven Fellowships in its inaugural year beginning June 15, 2016 and ending June 15, 2017.
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US Department of Energy - Office of Indian Energy Summer Internships at Sandia National Laboratories
Closes: Mar 27, 2016
Current full-time technical undergraduates and graduate students—who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues—are needed to support projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. As student interns, they'll assist a cross-disciplinary team to perform specific technical tasks in the field and at Sandia National Laboratories. Interns will interact with Sandia's renewable energy staff, Native American tribes interested in renewable systems, and Sandia's American Indian Outreach Committee. The program offers interns the opportunity for instant immersion in project planning and development activities working directly with experienced, internationally recognized energy experts. The work requires travel, including field visits to renewable energy project sites. Requirements Current full-time technical undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and graduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and Sandia National Laboratories will give preference to American Indian applicants who are members of a federally recognized Tribe, Alaska Native village, or Alaska Corporation (excludes state-recognized tribes; bands or groups; and first peoples of Guam or Hawaii). Specific interest in renewable energy is required. Applicants must pass a pre-employment security check (local and federal law enforcement, driver's history, personal references, and education, credit, and employment checks). Hands-On Experience Over the course of the 12-week internship, interns will gain experience with some or all of the following renewable energy systems:
  • On-grid photovoltaic (PV) installations — New Mexico
  • Off-grid PV electricity system — Arizona and New Mexico
  • Off-grid PV/small wind hybrid system — Arizona, Utah (Navajo), and California (Ramona)
  • Large-scale commercial wind farm — New Mexico (Taiban Mesa)
  • Solar power tower — New Mexico (Sandia Labs)
  • Distributed energy resource systems: large PV array, microturbine, fuel cell, large battery bank — New Mexico (Sandia Labs).
Distributed energy resource systems: large PV array, microturbine, fuel cell, large battery bank — New Mexico (Sandia Labs). Application Process Contact Sandra Begay-Campbell at 505-844-5418 or skbegay@sandia.gov.
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NCAI: Summer 2016 Internship
Closes: Mar 31, 2016

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Wisdom of the Elders: Discovering Yidong Zinag (the Old Wisdom) Peer Mentor Program
Closes: Mar 31, 2016

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Colorado State University - Avian and Wildlife Field Technician (Colorado)
Closes: Apr 1, 2016
Description: Field technician needed from approximately May 15–July 31, 2016 to assist a Ph.D. graduate student from Colorado State University to investigate the effects of bison reintroduction on grassland bird and mammal habitat use and interactions. The study site is located at the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area on the Northeastern border of Colorado and Wyoming. Primary duties will include conducting bird point count surveys, vegetation cover surveys, and collecting and organizing data from wildlife cameras. Applicants must have an interest in avian biology and conservation, and strong bird ID skills. They must also be willing to begin field work at sunrise and work in conditions that may occasionally be both cold and warm, as well as extremely windy. This position provides the opportunity to contribute to the understanding of how large grazers impact grasslands, while working against the backdrop of the beautiful Colorado foothills and prairie. Accommodation will not be provided for the field season, but transportation will be provided to and from the field site from Fort Collins (CO). Camping at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area for a few days during the week may also be required when bird surveys are in progress from May-June (camping gear can be provided if needed). The schedule is expected to consist of 5 days of field work and two days off each week. Applicants may want a personal vehicle for use on days off. Salary will be $1000-$1200/month, depending on experience. Qualifications: Required Skills: Must possess an ability to identify western grassland birds by sight and sound, with previous experience conducting bird surveys (point counts or transects) and estimating detection distances. Additional Preferred Skills/Qualities: Experience conducting vegetation surveys and working with wildlife cameras. TO APPLY: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF document with file name “[applicant’s last name]_bison” to: Kate Wilkins (kate.wilkins@colostate.edu). The letter of interest should highlight the specific qualifications mentioned in the posting (e.g. experience with bird surveys and ID). Applications will be reviewed as received but will not be considered after Friday, April 1, 2016.
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Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)
Closes: Apr 29, 2016
Participants gain knowledge, skills, academic credit, and practical work experience through this comprehensive and intensive program. While working full-time in an academically supervised internship, students earn 6 credits during the summer term. American University provides full academic support for the internship and additional course work in the evenings. A meaningful internship experience is at the heart of the WINS program and provides professional, real-world work experience. A variety of federal agencies, private firms, and American Indian /Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) organizations provide focused, academically-supervised internship experiences for WINS participants. Academic courses are designed specifically for the WINS program and focus on issues important to AI/AN/NH communities through a combination of lectures, discussions, relevant readings, research projects, and guest speakers. Cultural and social activities take place throughout the program, beginning with an orientation and culminating in a farewell banquet. Recent summer events have included picnics and a summer powwow to honor WINS participants. In their free time, students are encouraged to take advantage of the nation's capital by visiting notable landmarks, such as the National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and Capitol Hill. In addition to making connections in DC, participants meet other AI/AN/NH students from across the country through the full support of a multicultural campus environment.
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American Indian Summer Institute in Earth System Science
Closes: Apr 30, 2016

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Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) Student Youth Leadership Track
Closes: Apr 30, 2016
The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is now accepting applications for its Student Youth Leadership Track at the 13th Annual National Training Program, "Serving Our Nations," June 5-9, 2016. It will be held this year at the Hard Rock Hotel in Catoosa, OK (Tulsa area). This Program is open to native students enrolled in high school or an accredited college or university, who are 18-25 years old. SAIGE will fund travel, registration fee and hotel accommodations. Personal essay and recommendations are required. SAIGE partners with AIHEC, which funds students who are attending Tribal Colleges to attend the Youth track at SAIGE. For tribal college students, please contact Alex Grandon at AGrandon@aihec.org for more information on how to apply through AIHEC.
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Friends of Tryon Creek - Nature Day Camp & Interpretive Intern
Closes: Jun 3, 2016
Position Summary: Nature Day Camp (65%)
  • The Nature Day Camp Intern will support the Day Camp Director and will learn about operational procedures, camp registration and program planning. This intern will support the extended care program for the camp, providing supervision and activities during the late afternoon for 1 – 10 children. Intern will assist with some aspects of registration and collections of payment for extended care. He/she will also help to coordinate and deliver curriculum for 6 - 10 year-old campers. He/she may have the opportunity to fill in as a substitute camp instructor on occasion.
Interpretation (35%)
  • The Nature Day Camp Intern will also have the opportunity to learn and apply interpretive skills. Interpretation in Tryon Creek State Natural Area is concerned with revealing the ecological and cultural significance of the forest. The development of interpretive materials and programs will be focused on families. He/she will help lead six evening “family campfire programs” as well as developing self-guided scavenger hunts and similarly engaging activities for families to complete on their visits to the park.
Schedule:
  • The daily schedule will be 9:00 – 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Occasional adjustments to the schedule will be made to accommodate evening work.
Training:
  • The intern will participate in a week-long orientation and training for summer camp staff. He/she will be provided with a work station and access to networked computer He or she will have the chance to work with all staff, and can expect support, feedback, and review throughout the summer. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about working in a community-based, nonprofit agency, in partnership with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, as well as develop skills and knowledge about interpretation,
environmental education, and Pacific Northwest ecology and science. Primary Responsibilities:
  1. Manage registration and activities for extended care program.
  2. Provide campers from 6 to 10 years old with an educational, exploratory, wholesome and safe experience based on sound ecological practices.
  3. Develop and deliver one activity per week as part of day camp programming.
  4. Assist in leading six evening family programs.
  5. Support Day Camp Director with registrations, program planning and other administrative tasks.
  6. Develop and maintain effective working relations with all staff and volunteers.
  7. Be responsible for the safety of all campers in a large, wooded area.
  8. Maintain professional and informative relationship with parents.
  9. Assist in routine maintenance. Responsible for general cleanliness and conditions of camp facilities and materials before, during and after each camp day.
  10. Assist with the enforcement of all camp and State Park rules and policies.
  11. Assist with other education programs as needed.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a range of ages in an outdoor setting.
  2. Background in natural science, education, environmental studies, forestry, or related field.
  3. Familiarity with, or desire to learn, local flora and fauna and child instructional strategies.
  4. Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills; ability to handle several different projects simultaneously.
  5. Willingness to work occasional evenings
  6. Basic computer skills.
  7. A willingness to ask questions for clarification and job completion.
  8. Willingness to work in a busy office.
  9. Willingness and ability to hike trails.
Benefits:
  • Intern will receive a $1600 stipend. Intern will receive extensive training, mentorship and experience in the areas of outdoor education, leadership, curriculum development and Pacific Northwest ecology and science.
Dates:
  • June -August, 2016
  • 1 week of training and 9 weeks of day camp programs and support.

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NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
Closes: Jul 1, 2016
The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in Earth science, heliophysics, astrophysics, planetary science, astrobiology, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and operations, and space technology. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply. Applications are accepted March 1, July 1, and November 1, each year. Stipends start at $53,500 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and $8,000 per year is provided for professional travel.
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K-12 Opportunities

The Student Conservation Association
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Are you a high school student who is passionate about conservation? Do you like working as part of a team to get things done? Do you just love being outdoors? Join an SCA Community or National Crew and plug yourself into SCA’s nationwide network of young conservationists – thousands of students who are as passionate as you are about preserving wildlands, protecting nature in urban areas, and keeping the planet green. SCA offers a range of programs for youth ages 15-19. Whether you want to serve in your local community or explore public lands across the country, SCA has something for you.
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The SMART Competition
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Engages students in a real-world technology education challenge designed to combine academic relevance, education achievement and applications of technology.  The Competition facilitates the development of workforce and life skills including computer analysis and software design, verbal and written communication, research, teamwork and problem solving.  Students will achieve an increased awareness of the smart grid, green building design, the environment, community, livability and sustainability related issues.
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Caldera Youth Program
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Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative year-round art and environmental programs. Founded in 1996, Caldera's year-round youth programs reach thousands of students from all over Oregon each year. We work thorugh art, because art opens our hearts, minds and voices. We work through nature, because nature soothes our souls and helps us care for and connect to the world.

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National Youth Leadership Forum: STEM Program Nomination Form
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Envision is the leader in developing and administering elementary through college level experiential learning programs that are focused on enhancing leadership and career development skills for 21st century success. We encourage you to nominate today and partner with us in helping to build a global community of high-achieving, motivated and inspired students. From Elementary School through High School, there is a program that is right for your student. Designed by education experts, Envision programs focus on developing much-needed skills for success and creating a life-changing experience.

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ON TRACK OHSU!
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OHSU is proud to announce On Track OHSU!, a new health and science outreach initiative to inspire and support underrepresented students in the sciences. After assessing existing K-12 outreach efforts, OHSU's leadership recognized the need to deepen our efforts to promote diversity within its programs, and asked the department of Science Education Opportunities to create a program that would engage underrepresented students from Portland Metro area in science education. On Track OHSU! serves students in grades 6-12 by providing them with
  • authentic educational experiencesat OHSU,
  • mentorships from OHSU students across a variety of disciplines, and
  • additional summer opportunities.
​Our goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students in OHSU's schools and programs by engaging them in the health sciences and STEM careers and guiding them through the STEM pipeline. We currently work with two high schools and their feeder middle schools. They are:
  • Jefferson High School, Biotechnology Program
  • Self Enhancement Inc.
  • Woodburn High School, Wellness, Business, and Sports School (WeBSS)
  • French Prairie and Valor Middle Schools
If you are interested in volunteering with OHSU, please contact Katie Lenahan, Director of On Track OHSU!
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University of Oregon Youth Movement 2016
Open until filled
April 22, 2016 - Eugene, OR OUR MISSION IS TO IGNITE A GENERATION TO BE ACTIVE, EDUCATED, AND CONNECTED, TO THE POWER OF COMMUNITY. Our goal is to bring middle school aged Native American youth together from across Oregon to celebrate culture,  inspire them to further their education, and teach them how to make healthy lifestyle choices. We believe that when one generation realizes its potential, future generations are much stronger for it. The Youth Movement field day strives to enable the 7th generation to realize their potential as athletes, students, and community leaders. We want this day to be a celebration of the rich history of Oregon's Native American tribes while empowering our youth to build new friendships through sport. Activities include: Team sports, traditional Native American games, motivational guest speakers, University of Oregon student-athlete volunteers, networking opportunities with the University of Oregon Native American Student Union and much more! In addition, all participants will receive a free t-shirt, free lunch, and prizes at the event. When Friday, April 22, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT) Where Moshofsky Center / PK Park - 2735 Leo Harris Parkway Eugene, OR 97401
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Quest for Excellence STEM Award
Closes: Mar 31, 2016
The Quest for Excellence STEM Award gives high-achieving, low-income high school juniors with career interests in the sciences, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics access to residential summer enrichment programs, grants for technology and supplies, funding for college visits, as well as opportunities to engage with industry leaders. These awards are intended to encourage and support students in pursuing and succeeding in a variety of STEM fields in college and beyond. This initiative is made possible through the generosity of several donors. College Prep Scholars selected for the Quest for Excellence STEM Award will receive:
  • Access to exclusive webinars and Q&A with industry leaders at top companies, including Microsoft AND
  • Up to $1,000 in technology (new computer, tablet, or laptop) OR
  • Up to $1,000 in STEM related supplies or software OR
  • Up to $1,000 coverage in travel costs to QuestBridge partner colleges of your choice OR
  • A full scholarship to a residential summer program, such as:
STEM Entrepreneurship at the Boston Leadership Institute Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA. Dates TBD The Boston Leadership Institute’s STEM Entrepreneurship hands-on program covers what it takes to start a new STEM business. Students generate innovative and forward-thinking product ideas, explore viable opportunities and markets, and learn to write a sales pitch and business plan. After they master the stages of pursuing the business idea, students learn about different ways to raise capital in order to successfully launch a business. The Island School Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas. June 26 - July 26, 2016 The Island School Summer Term is a 30-day intensive program focused on questioning what it means to live well in a place. Through a rigorous course of study that includes field work in local ecosystems, explorations of local settlements and the socioeconomic impacts of development, and dynamic involvement in the systems and resources upon which we rely, Summer Term students grapple with how communities – whether on an island in The Bahamas or in a town in the states – can live most sustainably. Summer Science Program New Mexico Tech Campus, Socorro, NM. June 19 – July 27, 2016 University of Colorado Campus, Boulder, CO. June 26 – August 3, 2016 A 39-day residential enrichment program designed to challenge highly gifted rising seniors from around the world through the study of astrophysics. Students work in teams to learn how to observe and study a near-earth asteroid. This hands-on research includes creating a program in Python, collecting experimental data, and submitting analysis that will be shared with scientists internationally. Mathcamp Colby College, Waterville, ME. July 3 – August 7, 2016 An intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking. Mathcamp is a vibrant community, made up of a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics, where students can explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study. HOW TO APPLY 1. Start a College Prep Scholars Program application. 2. In the “Awards” page of the application, respond to the Quest for Excellence STEM Award prompt. If you are interested in the residential summer programs exclusive to this opportunity, click the drop-down button and select “Yes”. 3. Complete and submit the College Prep Scholars Program application by the deadline (late March). If selected as a College Prep Scholar, recipients of the Quest for Excellence STEM Award will be notified via email. If you have additional questions about the Quest for Excellence STEM Award, please send inquiries to qfe@questbridge.org.
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Summer Leadership Summit: Native Youth in Agriculture
Closes: Apr 11, 2016
DUE: Returning Students - March 11, 2016 / First time Students - April 11, 2016 Applications are now open for the third annual Summer Leadership Summit for Native Youth in Food & Agriculture at the University of Arkansas School of Law. The Summit will begin in July, and it’s time to start the application process. Students who wish to apply must:
  • be American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian;
  • be between the ages of 15 and 18;
  • be passionate about food and agricultural production, and
  • have the courage to lead their Tribes and communities into the future.
Dates
  • July 17-26, 2016 (this includes travel dates)
Location
  • University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Hosts
  • Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Intertribal Agriculture Council
Supporters
  • Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Farm Credit
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA
  • Southern Region Extension Risk Management Education Program
Cost to Attend All food, lodging, instructional materials and field trip costs will be provided. Depending on the number of students, some travel scholarships will also be provided. However, we need applications as soon as possible to plan for travel needs.
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Helping Orient Indian Students & Teachers into STEM (HOIST)
Closes: May 2, 2016
Helping Orient Indian Students and Teachers into STEM (HOIST) is a six-week college preparatory program held during summer session at the University of Idaho. The program is for Native American high school students that have demonstrated potential in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. Goals
  • Provide STEM education to Native American students
  • Recruit and retain Native American undergraduate students in STEM majors
  • Provide education to current and future teachers to better instruct Native American students in STEM fields

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Konaway Nika Tillicum
Closes: May 13, 2016
July 9th - 16th, 2016 - Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR Konaway Nika Tillicum  which means "All My Relations" in Chinook Trade Jargon is an eight day academic academy exploring a broad range of classes, lectures, cultural experiences and recreational activities for Native American middle and high school students. Students selected for Konaway stay on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland and interact with other Native American students while being challenged by creative, imaginative instructors and activities. Konaway Nika Tillicum is administered by the Center for First Nation Studies, Sociology Department, SOU and the SOU Pre-College Youth Programs. Criteria To be considered for Konaway Nika Tillicum, students must show a personal commitment to attend, participate and have a minimum GPA of 2.5.  Students may be recommended for admission by parents, teachers, school personnel, tribal leaders or other knowledgeable adults.Students must also provide evidence of at least one of the following:
  • Leadership ability.
  • Special talent.
  • Ability in fine and performing arts.
  • Creative or productive thinking ability.

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Camp Elso
Closes: Jul 29, 2016

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Tribal Climate Change Photo Contest
Closes: Aug 26, 2016
DUE: Spring - April 30, 2016 / Summer - August 26, 2016 Climate Change Means Change. A changing climate could change conditions for things we value.  Warm air holds more water make for bigger rain storms but more days with warmer air can also melt mountain snow faster in spring resulting in less river water in summer. Warm air also dries out plants faster.  Plant and animal habitat will change and it will be harder to find some plants and easier for others. Our photo contest asks you to take a picture of things you (or your tribe or village) value and add a short caption describing how a changing climate might affect what’s in the photograph.  If you take a picture of people working, how might climate change affect their jobs? Will farmers be able to plant earlier in the spring? Will the road crew need to use a different tar mix.  If you have a photo of kids playing, how might hotter summer weather effect how they play outdoors? For a picture of a garden or food, will a changing climate cause the flowers to bloom earlier in the spring?  What about shifting seasons will affect subsistence hunting and gathering? What you need:
  • A camera, either from the classroom, or a cell phone camera.
  • An idea of things you value and a basic idea of how climate change might affect it.
  • Patience to frame the subject in the picture, to look at the picture and maybe take another picture. You can “Photoshop” your picture if you want.
  • An idea of how the climate is changing in your area and how it might affect the subject of your photo.  Look at http://www.globalchange.gov/explore or http://climate.gov/ for effects on your region of the country.  Then write a caption.
  • Make sure to include your full name, grade, and school after caption (either with the photo or in the email).
  • Submit the photo to the contest to bia_climate_photo_contest@bia.gov.  (Questions too.)
  • If you are submitting as a class, follow your teacher’s direction for submitting.  If you are making your entry on your own, include your name, grade, school, and if you agree to the “terms and conditions”.
Prize Categories and How to Apply: Categories:
  • Grades K-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • High School
Photos will be judged by age category on:
  • The image: composition, subject, content and, 2. the caption: is the climate change adaptation activity, climate impact identified for the photo’s subject or topic).
  • Winning photos with their captions will be hung in the hallways of the Department of Interior, Washington DC, and a matching framed copy will be sent to the school with a letter announcing the winners.

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Jobs

Warm Springs Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries and Wildlife Technician I
Open until filled
OPEN UNTIL FILLED Responsibilities: Gather fisheries creel data on Warm Springs tribal smelt harvest in the Cowlitz and Sandy rivers. Interview tribal fishermen, weigh fish, record information on data sheets. Must have legible penmanship. Must be able to handle and identify smelt. Develop and maintain successful working relationships with various tribal and non-tribal entities. Engage in successful public contact. Represent the Warm Springs Tribes in a professional, workmanlike manner; drive tribal vehicles in a professional manner. Working Conditions: Shifts will be 6 am to 6 pm, 3 days per week plus travel back to Warm Springs. Shifts will be on weekends and weekdays. Employees at the Cowlitz will stay in pre-arranged motel; employees at the Sandy will stay at the Parkdale bunkhouse. Per diem for expenses will be provided. Weather may be rainy, windy and cold at times. Work will involve driving up both sides of the rivers and interviewing Warm Springs tribal fishers. There may be a few hours of overtime each week. Qualifications: Valid ODL, high school graduate or equivalent GED, related experience desired, must successfully pass a drug test, must be insurable by the tribe and pass a background check. Must be able to work 40+ a week, work weekends, work out-of-area, this position is Seasonal. (min) $10.00 (max) $12.00.
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Center for Diversity & the Environment - Executive Director
Open until filled
OPEN UNTIL FILLED Summary: Founded in 2005, the Center for Diversity & the Environment (CDE) racially and ethnically diversifies the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, diversifying institutions, and building community. They envision a healthy, flourishing planet and society that sustainably and equitably meets the needs of all its inhabitants through an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive, successful, vibrant, and relevant, taking into account the needs, perspectives, and voices of all. By serving as an advocate, strategist, convener, connector, and educator for diversifying the environmental movement, CDE is building a movement of leaders and institutions representing a broad cross-section of environmental issues that are dedicated to a more inclusive and unified movement. They reach thousands of environmental professionals and people of color across the United States. CDE provides services for environmental leaders and organizations. We focus on leadership development, organizational change, and community/movement building programs. The Executive Director (ED) will partner with the National Programs Director to lead, manage, and oversee all aspects of the organization. The position offers a unique opportunity to take this successful, innovative program to another level of growth. Setting and guiding the development strategy for the organization as well as overseeing all aspects of the organization’s finance and operations are primary opportunities facing the new ED. Working with a Board of Directors and a small staff, the new ED will have the chance to bring their vision and entrepreneurial approach to the organization and help it flourish as a national leader in environmental diversity. Please note: the Executive Director and National Programs Director roles will have an equitable balance of responsibility within the organization and therefore the job titles for both of these positions may change to Co-Director in 2016. This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. CDE is headquartered in Portland, OR but candidates in other locations will be considered. For more information on CDE, please visit www.cdeinspires.org. Candidate Profile: The Executive Director (ED) will possess the following attributes and competencies: Passion for the Mission The ED will have a demonstrated passion for the mission of CDE and a commitment to remaining focused on the goals of the organization. They will believe strongly in the ability of people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds to positively impact the environmental movement and will articulate that passionately. They will have a deep respect for the history of CDE while staying focused on strengthening the organization as it enters its next chapter. Fundraising/External Relations The ED will have a clear understanding that fundraising is a fundamental aspect of leading the organization and will enthusiastically lead those efforts. This role will oversee all aspects of foundation and individual giving in addition to partnering with the National Programs Director to effectively sell CDE’s fee-for-service offerings. They will also work in close collaboration with the Board, staff and other partners to strategically work towards CDE’s desired outcomes in this regard and build and maintain relationships on behalf of the organization. Organizational Mindset The ED will have a willingness to manage essential operational functions including human resources, financial management, Board management, and organizational development. They will have comfort working across each of these operational areas and will also have comfort communicating operational objectives to staff, Board, and other stakeholders. Strategic Leadership and Management The ED will be a strategic leader who, with the Board and National Director of Programs, will set and articulate a vision for the organization’s next chapter. They will work with stakeholders to implement and continuously improve on the organization’s strategic approach to future growth and increased impact. They will have a demonstrated understanding of how to run a financially sound organization and experience managing both volunteers and staff alike. Storytelling and Facilitation The ED must work in a collaborative manner, building relationships and promoting CDE throughout the environmental community. They will have a comfort speaking on behalf of CDE with external stakeholders such as funders, clients, organizational partners, and alumni. They will also lend credibility to the mission of CDE by serving as a content expert and thought leader in the environmental movement. Qualifications:
  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of CDE.
  • 5+ years of senior leadership experience in a nonprofit or environmental organization
  • High degree of familiarity with a range of development and fundraising activities
  • Highly strategic mindset, including the demonstrated ability to develop and execute plans for growth and reach those goals
  • Strong organizational, operational, and financial management skills and excellent budgeting and business planning skills
  • Experience working with a responsive and engaged Board of Directors and knowledge of Board governance
  • Highly developed relationship-building skills and an ability to positively represent the organization to a variety of stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, reserves of energy, a good sense of humor and a contagious enthusiasm
  • Comfortable with public speaking and presenting to groups along with an ability to inspire audiences around a common mission
Compensation and Benefits: Salary will commensurate with experience; benefits are offered. Contact: The Center for Diversity and the Environment has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Melanie Damm here. The Center for Diversity and the Environment is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants. About Koya Leadership Partners: Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.
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Klamath Tribes - Ecosystem Restoration Technician III
Open until filled
The Ecosystem Restoration Technician III position is located in the Aquatics Program within the Klamath Tribes Natural Resources Department. The primary purpose of this position is to support the Ecosystem Restoration Scientist by working independently and as part of a team performig field data collection tasks to develop scientific information regarding biological, chemical, and physical aspects of aquatic ecosystems, especially as it relates to ecosystem restoration and management.
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Warm Springs Department of Natural Resources - Fish Biologist
Closes: Mar 21, 2016
This position will assist in implementation of nearly $2 million per year in grant funding for numerous conservation and restoration projects that target watershed and habitat recovery for anatropous fish throught the John Day River Basin. This positon requires a keen understanding of the socioeconomic context of rural and agricultural land management, and experience with project management. Responsibilities: This position will have six focal areas:
  1. Develop, design, bid implement, and maintain conservation and restoration projects on private and public lands. These projects will include: in stream habitat improvements, channel restoration, riparian planting, livestock management fencing, irrigation piping and efficiency projects, irrigation diversion structures which improve fish passage, cultivate replacements, and more.
  2. Assist with project development and oversee implementation efforts for projects completed by our partners. These partners include Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Watershed Councils, non-profit organizations, and Federal partners such as the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
  3. Provide Technical assistance to the Tribes' implementation field crew.
  4. Coordinate with the Tribes' native plant nursery to plan re-vegetation projects.
  5. Attend meetings to represent Tribal interests in the basin, and communicate with agencies, Tribal membership, and public citizens to discuss projects and planning efforts.
  6. Assist with writing and management of grant funding and fiscal responsibiliteis, and write reports that reflect progress and details of project work efforts.
Knowledge & Skills: Ideal applicant is experienced in watershed restoration project management and development. Excellent communication skills. Applicant must be able to frequently set up and lead meetings with landowners, agencies, and organizations. Working knowledge of habitat requirements for mid-Columbia. Qualifications: A bachelor's degree in natural resources management, fisheries, or related field plus at least three years of experience in project management are required. Experience developing and implementing conservation and restoration projects that target watershed and habitat recovery for anadromous fish is required. Ability to work and communicate effectively with landowners, partners and the public is a mandate of this postion. An understanding of GIS, database managent, and Mac OS and related office software is desireable. Salary: $39,000 to $44,000
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Friends of Tryon Creek State Park - Nature Day Camp Instructors
Closes: May 16, 2016
Salary: $12.50 / hour Dates of Employment: June 13 - August 19, 2016 Full Day Instructors: 8 am – 4 pm Half Day Instructors: 8 am – 2 pm Job Description: Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC) work in partnership with Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to provide education and interpretive programs. Tryon Creek State Natural Area is Oregon’s only urban State Park, located 15 minutes from downtown Portland. The park is 667 acres of beautiful, forested canyon and uplands. FOTC Summer Camp Instructors are responsible for groups of 10-12 campers, ages 4 – 5th grade. Campers explore the natural area through sensory, hands on, inquiry based, fun activities. Instructors create a positive, safe, inclusive environment for campers to learn and experience nature. Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide campers from first through fifth grade with an educational, exploratory, wholesome and safe experience based on sound ecological practices.
  • Work closely with the Day Camp Director and other camp staff in creating hiking activities and afternoon program ideas.
  • Lead a group of 10- 12 campers per week in hikes, games, crafts and other camp activities.
  • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate high school assistant counselors in their job duties.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relations with all camp staff, Oregon Parks and Rec staff, and the Friends of Tryon Creek staff and volunteers.
  • Responsible for the safety of all campers in a large, wooded area.
  • Maintain professional and informative relationship with parents.
  • Assist in routine maintenance. Responsible for general cleanliness and conditions of camp facilities and materials before, during and after each camp day.
  • Assist with the enforcement of all camp and state park rules and policies.
  • Assist in documentation and evaluation of camp programs.
  • Compile and maintain lists of materials, supplies and equipment necessary to implement camp curriculum.
  • Be accountable to the Day Camp Director, Education Director, Executive Director and the Friends of Tryon Creek State Park organization.
Qualifications: Ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • Fun!
  • Experience educating youth, especially in the outdoors and/or non-traditional settings.
  • Summer camp experience
  • Knowledge and/or passion for ecology and sharing nature with children.
  • Current CPR and 1st aid certification.
  • Able to commit to the entire camp season, June 13 - August 19, 2016
  • Applicant must be over the age of 18.
To Apply: Send resume and cover letter explaining why you want to be a camp Instructor at Tryon, to daycamp@tryonfriends.org, or 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland, OR. Please put Day Camp Resume in the subject line of the of the email. Note in cover letter if you are interested in:
  • Half day, 8 am – 2 pm, ages 4-6
  • Full day, 8 am – 4 pm, grades 1-5

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Professional Development

Graduate Horizons
Open until filled
Graduate Horizons is a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school). Graduate Horizons partners with 45 university graduate/professional degree programs where admission officers, professors and deans mentor and advise students on the admissions process, professional/career development, and the various fields of study, research, and graduate programs available. Participants of the program complete graduate ready personal statements/statements of purpose; resumes/cvʼs; applications; receive test-taking strategies (on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT) by the Princeton Review Foundation; understand the financial aid process for graduate school and learn about graduate scholarship/fellowship opportunities; and they attend seminars on the various aspects of the admissions process (selecting faculty/professional recommenders, determining the right fit/match in a degree program, role of direct/relevant work experience, etc).
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New graduate program at Oregon State University - M.A. degree in Environmental Arts and Humanities
Open until filled
Broadly understood, the goal of the M.A. is to provide students with a degree program about the cultural, moral, historical, spiritual, creative, and communication dimensions of environmental issues. The program builds upon, and adds to, the collaborative nature of faculty and student engagement across several disciplines at OSU. M.A students will graduate prepared for good, wise work in such positions as environmental NGOs, government and land agencies, advocacy groups, corporations, green business, journalism, conservation and stewardship, formal and informal education, and other environmental positions that require strong, creative communication and reasoning skill sets and humanistic understanding.
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WEBINAR: Strategies for STEM - Solving the Education Equation, Part 2: Increase Student Access, Educational Equity, and Workforce Diversity
Closes: Mar 16, 2016

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Climate Boot Camp
Closes: Mar 18, 2016

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Oregon Folklife Network - Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program
Closes: Apr 1, 2016
The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program supports the sharing of traditional arts between a mentor and an apprentice. These traditional arts are defined as those artistic practices that have a community base and express that community’s heritage. This includes such communities as ethnic, tribal, occupational, regional and religious groups. The skills are usually learned informally and passed on from one generation to the next by observation and imitation. Among the many traditional folk arts of Oregon are: Southeast Asian dance, Mexican-American embroidery, Americana fiddling, African-American gospel singing, saddle making and rawhide braiding for working cowboys, Native American basket weaving, and Northwest logger poetry. Mentors and apprentices propose a plan and apply together as a team.
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Northern Arizona University: TRIBAL WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT ONLINE COURSE
Closes: May 8, 2016
Tribal Water Resources Management is a comprehensive course that has been developed collaboratively with NAU’s College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences’ faculty, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, legal experts and tribal environmental professionals from across the country. This course will cover a variety of tribally-specific management topics ranging in complexity and depth from fundamentals of water quality to quantification of Indian water rights. One key objective for this training is to increase participants’ exposure to practical and applied water resource management concepts as well as foundational theories. The target audience for this course is tribal environmental professionals who work in, or plan to work in tribal water programs. This course will provide information, tools, and case studies for working professionals in the field to feel more prepared and capable in their current position.
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NSF Presidental Awards for Excellence in STEM Mentoring
Closes: Jun 17, 2016

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Resources

American Indian Science & Engineering Society
Open until filled
The mission of the American Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.

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Idaho STEM Pipeline
Open until filled
There is a growing need in our Nation to prepare more students, teachers, and practitioners in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). There are excellent ongoing programs in Idaho designed to prepare and encourage students to pursue STEM fields in college and many other additional resources available to students, teachers, and the community. In an effort to better integrate various efforts and establish web-based access to multiple programs, the “Idaho STEM Pipeline” was created to serve as a user-friendly web portal that provides information on various Idaho programs to students, parents, teachers, and Idaho communities.

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NMAI: American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges
Open until filled
The National Museum of the American Indian has created a website for environmental science, language arts, and social studies classrooms and educators. This rich interactive resource encourages environmental and language arts literacy while addressing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards. By showcasing the environmental challenges of the Lummi (WA), Leech Lake Ojibwe (MN), Campo Kumeyaay (CA), and Akwesasne Mohawk (NY), the website addresses both NGSS and social studies standards by expanding knowledge about Native people's scientific responses to environmental concerns. American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges engages students with over 20 interactive features and provides lesson plan ideas and additional teacher resources. Students can watch videos, examine object photos, take a quiz, explore territory maps, and discover American Indian environmental and cultural traditions!
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American Indian Higher Education Consortium STEM Resources Center
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The AIHEC STEM Resources Portal is a collaboration space for TCU STEM.  It is intended to be a comprehensive resource for Tribal College and University faculty and staff to support TCU science, technology, engineering, and math programs. This site supports course and curriculum projects, discussion groups, virtual conferences, and much more.
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Heritage University: People of the Big River Field Class
Open until filled
Nine Heritage students and eleven students from White Swan High School in the Mt. Adams High School District are traveling across eastern Washington and Oregon on a 14-day academic field experience.  The course, People of the Big River connects the scholars with tribal elders, scientists, and natural resource managers for a unique study that blends Western science with traditional ecosystem knowledge.

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CLEARING Magazine
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CLEARING is a resource for teachers of environmental literacy, sustainability, and place-based education for the Pacific Northwest. It is a guide to the best resources, teaching ideas and strategies, and a way to share best practices for effective environmental literacy education.
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Environmental Education Association of Oregon
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(EEAO) seeks to advance the role of EE in achieving student success, and as a non-regulatory tool for addressing natural resource challenges. Through leadership and educational support, we promote a vision for a healthy, sustainable environment. Website includes a link to the Oreogn Environmental Literacy Plan: Toward a Sustainable Future.
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Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project
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American Indian and Alaska Native tribes have contributed little to the causes of climate change, and yet face disproportionate risks.  Tribes have unique rights, cultures, and economies that are, or could be, vulnerable to climate change impacts. For indigenous peoples, the environmental impacts of climate change and some of the proposed solutions threaten ways of life, subsistence, lands rights, future growth, cultural survivability, and financial resources. The Tribal Climate Change Project is a collaborative project between the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. The project focuses on understanding needs and opportunities for tribes in addressing climate change, examining the government-to-government relationship in a climate context and exploring the role of traditional knowledge in climate change studies, assessments and plans. This project is part of the USDA Forest Service 2010 Coordinated Approach to Tribal Climate Change Research. Other Forest Service Research Stations engaged in this type of research include the  Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Forest Service Northern Research Station.

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Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
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The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) was created in 1992 to act as a catalyst among tribal governments, research and technical resources at Northern Arizona University (NAU), in support of environmental protection of Native American natural resources. Our Mission: "ITEP strengthens tribal capacity and sovereignty in environmental and natural resource management through culturally relevant education, research, partnerships and policy-based services.."
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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids
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Here are some excellent K-12 links arranged by age and interest. From games and apps to summer camps, contests and career advice, you’ll find everything you need to spark your imagination and plan your future. Don’t miss some of the incredible stuff in:
  • STEM Fun for Elementary School Kids
  • STEM Fun for Middle School Kids
  • STEM Fun for High School Kids
  • STEM Fun for Girls


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Native Opportunities
Open until filled
The purpose of this site is to help Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students be aware of the opportunities for higher education and professional development that are available. We found ourselves frequently informing other students about the opportunities that are available and decided that a centralized site would be the best reference to offer.  These opportunities are attainable and you can get them.
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MetEd: Free Education & Training for the Geoscience Community
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MetEd is a free collection of hundreds of training resources intended for the geoscience community. Whether you're an experienced meteorologist honing existing skills or a student looking for new geoscience topics of interest, we have something for you.
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Pathways to Science
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Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They place particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources. Use their website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.
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Remember the Rainforest Earth Day Curriculum
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Free Earth Day Program. Remember the Rainforest is an Eco education resource based on the explorers’ expeditions of the 1800s. It can be used year-round for reports and projects with its extensive index, 700 pages of text and 1000s of downloadable images including Earth Day posters.
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BLM Classroom Investigation Series
Open until filled
"Learning Landscapes" showcases exciting events, opportunities, and resources on America’s Public Lands. Discover what the BLM has to offer to educators, students, visitors, partners and volunteers. Topics include:
  • Solar Energy Teaching Guide
  • Habitats and Wildlife Teaching Guide
  • Explore, Investigate & Discover Native Plants
  • Artists-in-Residence
  • Connecting People to Their Public Lands: An Update on BLM Education, Interpretation, Volunteer, and Youth Employment Activities

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