In This Issue:
- SWCS Student Interns
- SWS-NE 2021 Student Research Grant
- SWCS Free Book Download
- Member Spotlight
- Upcoming Events
- Job Opportunities
1. SWCS Student Leader Project Intern Opportunity
The Soil and Water Conservation Society, in partnership with Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees, is looking for an intern to assist in the operations and logistics of the 76th SWCS International Annual Conference and development of a nonprofit program. Intern tasks may include resource creation and design, communications support, market research, website, Facebook and other media editing, logistical support for executing an annual conference, assisting with various administrative tasks, and more.
The intern will gain professional work experience, interact with national leaders in agriculture and natural resource conservation, and learn about the operations of an international nonprofit. At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will participate in the virtual 76th SWCS International Annual Conference and experience a professional conference as both an organizer and participant.
The application deadline is March 5, 2021.
2. University of Massachusetts ECoGSS
ECoGSS is a platform to enable graduate students in the conservation sciences to share their diverse and interdisciplinary research while practicing presentation and public speaking skills. This year’s program is going virtual on Friday, March 19th, 2021.
3. Society of Wetland Scientists New England Chapter – 2021 Student Research Grant Award Announcement
To encourage and support graduate and undergraduate research in wetland science, policy, and management within the SWS New England Chapter area, one award of up to $2,000 will be given to an undergraduate or graduate student submitting the best proposal for wetland related research to be conducted in 2022.
Applications due no later than April 30th, 2021.
4. February 2021 Member Spotlight – John Dudula
We’re focusing on one of our SNEC community members in each newsletter! Want to be featured? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: John Dudula
Occupation: Natural Resources Specialist
Position on SNEC Board: Director of Massachusetts
Number of years in SNEC: 9 years
Alma Mater: Curry College and UMass
How did you first get involved in the Chapter?
I first attended the SNEC summer meeting in 2013, at Fisherville Eco-Machine and Canal Heritage State Park. I joined as a student member that same year.
What is your favorite part of volunteering on the Board of Directors?
I find the topics to be intriguing and I enjoy the discussions during our meetings. I further enjoy the transformations of meeting into events throughout the year. Being a SNEC member and going to the events has increased my network of scientists who are interested in the same topics and share the same concerns about our environment conservation issues.
Who has been the most influential person in your career?
My Grandfather encouraged me to gain knowledge in the field of environmental conservation. While he did not have any formal training, it was always important to him to be a good steward of the land.
What advice would you give to someone just starting a career in conservation?
Conservation is quite a vast field, and it may take a great deal of time to find out which area you are most interested. It is essential to stick with it, and you will find a place that is right for you.
Any exciting upcoming projects?
The Conservation Districts across the country run plant sales every spring to promote environmental conservation and serve as fundraisers for the Conservation Districts. Below is a link to the Southern New England Conservation Districts –
Rhode Island: https://www.riacd.org/aboutus.htm
5. Upcoming Events
2021 Cape Cod Natural History Conference Online
Saturday March 13, 2021
10am – 12pm
This year’s conference will be a live, online event with presenters from environmental organizations across Cape Cod speaking on a diverse array of natural history topics.
Now in its 25th year, the CCHNC remains an engaging, exciting, and fun way to learn about local research projects, conservation efforts, and local environmental organizations. Free Registration!
ELA Virtual Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2021
Wednesday March 3rd @ 8:30 am EST – Thursday March 4th @ 3:30 pm EST
Join ELA for the 27th Conference & Eco-Marketplac, all online. We’ll energize your practice and prepare you for spring with two full days of research and field-tested expertise, as well as innovative case studies on a wide range of topics.
6. Job Opportunities
Lead Wetland Scientist
SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Wetland Scientist to assist with execution of projects, position located in Amherst, MA. Will be involved in a variety of biological studies, including conducting biological evaluations and assessments, aquatic resources delineations, and vegetation baseline studies.
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is hiring an Event Manager to oversee our outdoor fundraising events, most notably the Buzzards Bay Swim, the Watershed Ride, and Team Buzzards Bay for the Falmouth Road Race. If you have event production experience and a passion for endurance events and Buzzards Bay, check out their job description below.