Scholarship Opportunity – True Leaf Market

We wanted to make you aware of a $5000 scholarship we offer to a student each year studying any of the Agricultural Sciences (Botany, Horticulture, Agricultural Production, Greenhouse Management, Plant Breeding, Agronomy, etc…)

We are a seed company, True Leaf Market (www.trueleafmarket.com), and the scholarship is in honor of one of our founders Demetrios (Dimo) Agathangelides.

The scholarship application deadline is July 31st each year, and the scholarship is awarded at the end of August.
The application can be found here: https://www.trueleafmarket.com/pages/scholarships

And previous scholarship recipients are listed here: https://www.trueleafmarket.com/pages/scholarship-winners

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program

The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental stewardship-oriented AmeriCorps program designed to raise awareness about water concerns. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has hosted the program since 2000, and while the program has evolved over the last 22 years, its main goals have remained the same: promote watershed stewardship through education and direct community involvement, and monitor the health of our waterways through conducting stream assessments.

Twenty (20) Watershed Ambassadors serve from partner host agency locations, with one located in each of New Jersey’s Watershed Management Areas. From Sussex to Cape May counties!  Three (3) Source Water Protection Ambassadors serve from partner host agency locations, in north, central, and south locations and will engage in outreach and education campaigns that will lead to the protection of drinking water sources. Ambassadors serve with all sectors of society to improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways by:

  • educating the public on watershed science.
  • implementing community green infrastructure.
  • encouraging them to get involved in local stewardship actions.
  • stewardship projects partnering with local organizations and community volunteers.
  • performing habitat and biological assessments following DEP monitoring protocols to monitor the health of their WMA’s streams.

Throughout the program, extensive training in highly sought-after skills in the environmental field are provided, including ArcGIS, fieldwork experience, grant writing, project management, public speaking and presentations, green infrastructure and science communication. Members exit the program prepared to further their career in the environmental field!

Program staff reviews applications in the order they are submitted and choice of WMA/ SWP location is assigned on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay your application!  

Application deadline is Friday July 15th!

Application for the Full-Time Watershed Ambassador Position: https://bit.ly/3xtl9Iu 

Application for the Part-Time Source Water Protection Ambassador Position: https://bit.ly/3NPNX53 

You can also use the search feature on the AmeriCorps Portal to find either application. We are a State National Program located in New Jersey.  The name of the full time position is “2022 -23 AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program” and the part time position is “NJDEP – SWP Ambassadors Source Water”.

All interested applicants should create an account on the “My AmeriCorps” website before they will be able to apply. Since this is an AmeriCorps Program, applicants apply through the AmeriCorps Portal: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do 

Interested applicants can reach out to Samantha Pfeffer (samantha.pfeffer@dep.nj.gov) or Amanda Baksa (amanda.baksa@dep.nj.gov) with any questions or concerns. 

Positions we will be hiring for:

20 full-time Watershed Ambassador positions (35-40 hours a week, September-July, 1700 total hours)

3 part-time Source Water Protection (SWP) Ambassador positions (25-30 hours a week, September-April, 900 total hours)

*both Watershed Ambassadors and SWP Ambassadors serve together and are part of the same cohort. 

Below you will find some links to relevant information about our program and what it means to serve as an ambassador. 

Eligibility to Serve with the NJWAP: 

• Must have a bachelor’s degree or higher

• A valid driver’s license, dependable car for service assignment travel 

• Must be a U.S Citizen or a permanent resident of the US (must provide documentation)

NJWAP description and recent program requirements:

(full time) https://bit.ly/3OtLjSG 

(part time) https://bit.ly/3O8atq6 

Our homepage on the NJ DEP site: http://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm 

AmeriCorps New Jersey site: https://americorps.gov/national-service-report/nj 

Our fact sheet, which has all of our current Ambassadors’ contact information, host agencies, and WMA/ SWP locations: https://bit.ly/3njLq7P 

We will be holding a virtual Open House event on Monday July 11th, 10 AM – 12 PM.  This would be a great time for anyone interested in the program to learn more and ask questions.  We will even have a few of our current members there to share their perspectives!

Register here for the open house: https://forms.gle/BXwsHcgFneTCFfDp8 

Integrated Pest Management Projects

We are looking for two part time students 29 hours/week at $15.00/hour (11 weeks)!

There are currently two Integrated Pest Management projects being worked on by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension across the state. Students will mainly work together across two focus areas:

Focus area 1: Native plants and the beneficial insects that are attracted by them. Job duties include, planting native plants, watering, weeding, spot herbicide treatments and working on interpretive signage. This student should have interests in horticulture, entomology, environmental science, or wildlife conservation. This is a great opportunity to learn more about pollinators, beneficial insects, and the native plants that support them. There is currently a plot being created in Lewis Park in Newark, a plot at the Milford Community Gardens in Kent County, and a plot will be designed somewhere in Sussex County. The student will need reliable transportation as work will be done across the state. For more information, contact: Blake Moore, Natural Resources Extension Agent, rbmoore@udel.edu

Focus area 2: This project will be building, supervising, maintaining, and implementing two turf demonstration plots to demonstrate to homeowners and Green Industry personnel Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, assist with pest identification, as well as using them for pest surveillance. There will also be a component of turfgrass nutrient management BMP’s included in the work performed. Students for this project should have interests in turf, horticulture, nutrient management, and entomology. Job duties will include:

  • Mowing turfgrass plots with a ride-on “zero-turn” style mower
  • Cultivating soil in order to prepare the ground for turfgrass seed establishment
    • Tilling soil with walk-behind and tractor mounted equipment
    • Raking out rocks and other loose debris after cultivation
    • Leveling of the soil in order to fill in low areas and encourage natural surface drainage
  • Spot spraying weeds with a backpack sprayer
  • Applying pesticides to turfgrass areas
  • Fertilizing turfgrass areas with a rotary spreader
  • Watering, transplanting, and trimming greenhouse plants

For more information on focus area 2, please contact: John Emerson, Turf Nutrient Management Extension Agent, jremer@udel.edu

KidsGardening is Hiring

We are on the lookout for an experienced garden educator and educational content developer with an enthusiastic spirit and proactive, collaborative work ethic.

The application will require that you upload a resume and samples of original garden-based learning teaching materials you’ve developed.

The application period for this role will close on June 3. Applicants will be notified the week of June 6.

Job Description

Application

Email employment@kidsgardening.org with questions at any time.

Internship Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) science and energy laboratory, participates in DOE’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) and Community College Internships (CCI) Programs.  These programs are sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce development for Teachers and Scientists in collaboration with DOE national laboratories.  The SULI and CCI programs are now accepting applications.  The deadline to apply is May 26, 2022 at 5:00 pm EDT.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships Program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at DOE laboratories.  Selected students perform research under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

The Program Community College Internships Program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to DOE’s mission by providing technical training experiences at DOE laboratories.  Selected students contribute to technologies or instrumentation projects under the guidance of laboratory scientists or engineers.

Access to the online application systems for both programs can be found on the links above.

Precision Agriculture Scholarship

Farms.com is eager for the return of the Precision Agriculture Scholarship Contest—students who have a precision ag idea that will have a positive impact on the environment, or are socially responsible, are encouraged to apply!

You could WIN 1 of 3 US$2,000 scholarships (one winner will be awarded in each region: Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom).

Students can be studying in any field, not just agriculture, including robotics, AI, engineering, environmental science, etc. However, the ideas need to be practical and appealing to farmers!

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION – Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Eastern North America).

For more information on how to enter and eligibility, visit here.

USDA Agriculture Education Fellowship Opportunity in Uganda

Ready for an experience of a lifetime?

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is recruiting 9 fellows for a 9-month USDA fellowship in Uganda beginning June 2022. This opportunity empowers fellows to hone their skills and gain practical field experience while contributing to impactful work. Fellows will help establish school-based agricultural education and youth extension programs at participating schools through classroom instruction, field demonstrations, and entrepreneurship projects.

Learn more about what fellows will be doing through the IAEFP Ghana experience: IAEFP Facebook and IAEFP Instagram

This USDA-funded fellowship offers:

  • Funds for airfare, housing, food, visa, insurance, and travel vaccines
  • An opportunity to experience agricultural education in an international development setting
  • Strong oversight and security team based on strong networks developed over a 65-year presence
  • An intentionally cultivated fellowship cohort to help ease transitions and share knowledge
  • Opportunities for involvement with other CRS projects during semester breaks

To apply, applicants need at least a Bachelor’s degree in an ag-related field and US citizenship.

Interested candidates who meet these requirements, should reach out to Priyanka Subba priyanka.subba@crs.org as soon as possible to apply. Application deadline is May 13th

More information about this opportunity can be found on the CRS IAEFP Webpage and in the this brochure.

Presentation and Discussion on Intercultural Competence in Higher Education with Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

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The CANR DEI Committee invites you to a special presentation and discussion on intercultural competence in higher education with Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Thursday, May 12, 2022                                                                                                    2:30pm to 4:00pm                                                                                                            Townsend Hall Commons                                                                                          

Registration link: https://ud-pcs.idloom.events/intercultural-competence-in-higher-education

Followed by a UDairy Creamery ice cream reception in the Townsend Hall lobby sponsored by UD Envision.