In This Issue:
- 2021 Annual Summer Meeting – Urban Soils & Environmental Justice
- Join us as a 2021 Sponsor!
- Member Spotlight
- Upcoming Events
- Job Opportunities
1. 2021 Annual Summer Meeting
Join the Southern New England Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society for a virtual panel discussion concerning the current status of our often-overlooked urban soils on Friday, June 18th (10am-12pm EST).
We will look for opportunities to enhance the functions and values of these soils with emphasis on benefits to the human environment in the context of environmental justice. We plan to address urban soil reconnaissance, regeneration, and how our relationship to the soil informs our use of this resource. Our overall goal is to spark a discussion about the environmental justice movement and explore strategies to enlist all levels of stakeholders in urban soil restoration and utilization.
** IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION FOR OUR MEMBERS **
Please remember the deadline to vote in the Board of Directors Election is Monday, June 7th.
Check your inbox for your ballot! Results will be announced at the Summer Meeting.
2. Join us as a 2021 SNEC Sponsor
SWCS SNEC invites you to join us in our mission to promote, educate, and advance all phases of the science of conservation of soil, water, and all related resources. We believe that by partnering with organizations who share our goals, we can work together towards a more sustainable future.
Why join us as a SWCS SNEC sponsor? It’s an investment in our community.
Your support allows us to mentor and aid our student interns who are finding their path in the conservation field. You also give us the tools necessary to host educational events and trainings for our network of conservation professionals.
We’ve expanded our sponsorship so our partners can be involved in all the work we do throughout the year. Sponsor benefits will be applicable to all of our events that take place in 2021 including our Annual Summer Meeting.
3. May Member Spotlight – Doug McCluskey
Name: Doug McCluskey
Occupation: Western Stormwater Specialist for
EJ Prescott (EJP)
Position on SNEC Board: Secretary
Number of years in SNEC: 1 year
Alma Mater: SUNY Potsdam
How did you first get involved in the Chapter? My first introduction to the chapter was through co-hosting educational events in CT. After a couple of years of working closely on events I realized I wanted to be more involved. Being a SNEC member has allowed me to view topics related to soil and water from different view points, not just from a technical sales perspective.
What’s something about you that most people don’t know? I have any identical twin brother. So, yes, we were slightly mischievous in our teen years.
What led you to this place in your career? I graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1995 with a degree in Psychology, so if you asked me then what I saw myself doing now, this wouldn’t have been it. In 2009 I wanted a change from what I was doing and entered into technical sales representing stormwater products in NY and instantly enjoyed it. I now co-manage the Stormwater Department for EJP and couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date? Raising 2 boys (Riley 22, and Connor 20) along with my wife Shelly and maintaining my sanity.
Any exciting projects coming up in the future? EJP has several Green Infrastructure projects slated to begin in the spring. Working with engineers to solve contaminated stormwater runoff problems is a part of my job that I enjoy, and I am excited to see construction begin.
4. Upcoming Events
76th SWCS International Annual Conference
July 26-28, 2021 – Virtual Event
The conference will provide the opportunity for attendees around the world to share their conservation stories and bring natural resource management solutions from far and wide into their homes and offices. The virtual event format allows access and inclusivity on a broad scale, and our interactive conference platform provides a robust conference experience with live sessions, Q&A, networking, a virtual exhibit hall, and many other ways to learn, connect, and engage.
Thursday, June 3rd (4:30-7pm)
Camp Laurel (Lebanon, CT)
5. Job Opportunities
Survey Technician – Southborough, MA
Routinely perform research, calculation, deed and easement analysis, record data compilation and CAD drafting under Professional Land Surveyor.
Civil Engineer, PE – Southborough, MA
Performing and supervising research, site and roadway layout and grading, water and sewer system design, utility design, construction administration.
Fisheries Habitat Specialist – Environmental Analyst I
The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game is currently accepting applications for a position in their Habitat Program based out of the New Bedford office.