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CES Newsletter December 16, 2013

CES News

  • CES Holiday Hours
  • Learn How to Green your Holidays

Jobs & Opportunities

  • Student Job Opportunities
  • Summer 2014 Research Program - Greetings from Harvard Forest!
  • Spring 2014 - Bike Event Management Internship


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The Center for Environmental Studies will be closed from December 23rd, 2013 to January 1st, 2014. Regular office hours will resume on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014. The CES faculty and staff would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday break. We look forward to working with you again in the New Year.


Winter break is just around the corner. Find out how to celebrate sustainably with the Green Event Holiday Guide!

Jobs and Opportunities




Course Assignment Assistant ENVS 1555

Job ID #: 9956

Number of Openings: 1

Time Frame: Spring Semester

Pay: $10.00 hr

Job Description: Student expected to complete all reading assignments and critique 40 weekly reading reviews.


Job Requirements: Background in environment and/or food and agriculture studies required.  Preference given to students who took ES1555 in spring 2013


TA ENVS 1555: Urban Agriculture

Job ID #: 9954

Number of Openings: 2

Time Frame: Spring Semester

Pay: $9.25 hr

Job Description

Teaching assistants will be expected to arrange hands-on demonstrations and field-trips with community members involved in urban agriculture, attend class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:20, hold 2 office hours every week, lead class-time discussion groups, and assist professor with scanning readings and distributing information.


Job Requirements

Preference will be given to students who have a background in urban agriculture/food studies and who have established working relationships with community members involved in agriculture and farming. Students will also be expected to become certified to drive university vehicles.

ENVS 1410 Teaching Assistant

Job ID #: 1343

Number of Openings: 3

Time Frame: Spring Semester

Pay: $9.25 hr

Job Description

  • The Teaching Assistant’s (T.A.) primary responsibilities will include:
  • Helping to prepare community-based class projects that may require some research, direct contact with agency officials and NGOs, and/or database support
  • Helping to manage reading and assignments on Canvas and Google Listserves
  • Running one-hour evening discussion sections
  • Occasional library and/or web-based research and Xeroxing
  • Holding regular office hours for one (1) hour per week
  • Assistance with grading

Job Requirements

  • **Must have taken and done well in ENVS 1410
  • Strong interest in environmental law and policy
  • Interest in helping to develop homework assignments involving federal or state databases
  • Interest in mentoring small group projects involving draft legislation, regulations, enforcement actions or other envtl initiatives
  • Pre-testing exam questions written by the instructor
  • Able to mentor students in use of electronic resources to locate on-line class materials, conduct e-research using and access and compile data.


We are offering an exciting summer program for up to 22 undergraduate students to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research.

2014 Summer Program Dates

Monday, May 26 - Friday, August 8, 2014

Monday, May 26 is Memorial Day and while the University is closed, this is the planned arrival date for students.  Staff will be on-site to greet you.  The program will begin on Tuesday, May 27 at 8:00am.

The Harvard Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species (see 2014 research projects and 2013 student abstracts). Read student experiences from past summers on our blog.


  • Stipend of $5500 for the 11-week session
  • Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House
  • Free full meal plan
  • Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Forest (federal grant restrictions apply)

Where is the Harvard Forest?

The Harvard Forest is located in the town of Petersham in Western Massachusetts.

How to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted online and complete details are listed on our website.

Application Deadline is Friday, February 7, 2014, midnight EST.


City of Providence

Healthy Communities Office

The City of Providence Healthy Communities Office (HCO) was established by Mayor Angel Taveras in August 2012 to serve as the coordinating body in the City of Providence for healthy living policies, activities, and funding initiatives. The office seeks to design and implement policy and systems changes to increase the health and safety of youth and residents in the City of Providence; empower youth and residents with public education and information to promote healthy environments in their communities and make healthy, positive, informed choices for themselves; gain input and feedback from the community; and conduct community assessments and collect data, evidence-based research, and best practice models to promote public health in Providence.

Internship Description

The HCO seeks a part-time spring intern to work on coordinating 2014 cycling events in Providence. The intern will work with members of the HCO and City staff to organize event logistics and outreach strategies. Cycling events include, but are not limited to:

  • Bike to Work Day 2014: The City of Providence, in collaboration with the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission and the RI Bicycle Coalition, will celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 16th as part of National Bike Month. Bike to Work Day promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work.
  • Cyclovía Providence 2014: Cyclovía Providence is now entering its third summer! Cyclovía is a car-free event that opens Providence streets to people so that they can walk, skate, run, bicycle, exercise and socialize. The events are free, open to the public and fun for people of all ages. The events vary by neighborhood but generally feature Zumba, bicycle workshops, and street vendors.


  • Work directly with full-time staff and cycling partner organizations.
  • Track event participants, sponsors, permits, and equipment.
  • Update/manage databases, execute mailings, and keep detailed records.
  • Respond to public, participant, and sponsor inquiries.
  • Recruit, coordinate, and supervise groups of participants and volunteers.
  • Provide on-site support during spring events.
  • Support evaluation of events.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in event management, health and wellness, and community based-activities.
  • Writing and strong communication skills required; design skills a plus.
  • Ability to prioritize a diverse task list and be consistent in managing a very heavy weekly, monthly, and often academic calendar-based workload.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Experience working with social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).
  • Experience working with public agencies and nonprofits a plus.
  • Ability to communicate in a language other than English –Spanish and/or Portuguese – is strongly desired.

Interns are expected to work eight hours a week from mid-January through May 16, 2014. The application deadline is Friday, January 10, 2014, 5pm. Email Ellen Cynar at with: 1) letter of interest, 2) resume, and 3) contact information (name, email/phone number) for two references who can speak to your qualifications. Internship is unpaid but can be adapted to fit university credit or project requirements.