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

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.

Position with DDA’s Spotted Lanternfly Survey and Control Program

Environmental Control Technician I

Introduction

The Delaware Department of Agriculture, Spotted Lanternfly Survey and Control program is a collaborative program between the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-APHIS-PPQ). The objective is to visually survey for, and treat properties infested with, Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula.

Summary Statement

Four seasonal positions from approximately April through August with a possible extension. Technicians will work as part of a team to accomplish the daily operations of the DDA Spotted Lanternfly Survey and Control program. Duties will include inspecting trees on public and private property for Spotted Lanternfly, identifying and marking trees for treatment, assisting with the application of insecticides and herbicides on qualifying properties to manage spotted lanternfly, conducting post-treatment follow-up inspections, collecting survey and inspection data, and maintaining daily records of work completed.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Conducts basic field samples and collection of data related to assigned areas
  • Provides technical information and assistance to the public and the regulated community.
  • Interprets rules and regulations for assigned area.
  • Operates and maintains vehicles and sampling equipment.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares reports
  • May assist in processing biological samples.
  • May assist in application of herbicides and insecticides.

Job Requirements

  • Experience or course work in entomology, biology, environmental science, or related fields preferred
  • Knowledge of public speaking or interpretation preferred
  • Knowledge of using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license (not suspended, revoked, or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

The resume is evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.

Deliver electronic copies of Resume and a Cover Letter to:                            Stephen Hauss                                                                                                                  CAPS Coordinator/Environmental Scientist II                                                                    Delaware Department of Agriculture                                                                                    Plant Industries                                                                                                                    stephen.hauss@delaware.gov

or deliver a hard copy to:                                                                                        ATTN: Stephen Hauss                                                                                                        Plant Industries                                                                                                                  Delaware Department of Agriculture                                                                                  2320 S. DuPont Hwy                                                                                                          Dover, DE 19901

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance. The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

Job Type: Part-time 29.75 Hours/Week

Salary: $14.51 /hour

Job Opportunities at Longwood Gardens

Seasonal Opportunities: https://longwoodgardens.org/employment/opportunities/seasonal 

  • IPM Technician
    • Responsible for tasks critical to the daily operations of the Integrated Pest Management Team
    • Tasks include but are not limited to:
      • Scouting, growing, and displaying areas for insects and other pests
      • Managing nuisance pet issues
      • Performing IPM treatments
  • Seasonal Horticulturist
    • Responsible for tasks critical to the daily operations of the Research Nursery and Greenhouses
    • Tasks include but are not limited to:
      • Weeding
      • Mowing
      • Mulching
      • Pruning
      • Watering
      • Potting
      • Planting

Full Time Opportunities: https://longwoodgardens.org/employment/opportunities/full-time

  • Integrated Pest Management Technician
    • Conducting large tree sprays and other pesticide applications throughout the property.
    • Assistant in the training of IPM team: staff, students, volunteers, and contractors
    • Scouting for and monitoring pest populations and evaluating cultural, biological, mechanical, and chemical control strategies to reduce pests to tolerable levels.
    • Safely operating and maintaining all IPM sprayers and equipment.
    • Assisting with the management of all aspects of Longwood Gardens’ pesticide safety program.
    • Supporting snow removal operations.

Delmarva and the Ground for Change Film Screening

Join U.S. Department of Agriculture Climate Hubs and Cooperative Extension for a screening and panel discussion of Delmarva and the Ground for Change on Thursday, May 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Main Street Movies 5 in Newark.

Environmental stewardship of farmers around the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays has made them leaders in practices that protect and promote healthy soils. These very practices also safeguard working lands against extremes posed by climate change. This film follows three different family-owned farming operations on the Delmarva Peninsula who all care about and depend on soil. Register to attend.

Graphic for Environmental Documentary Delmarva and the Ground for Change

Seeking Veterinary Medical Assistants & Technicians – Wilmington Animal Hospital

Wilmington Animal Hospital, in Wilmington DE, is looking for veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians.  Full or part-time work is available for students looking to get hands-on experience with the ability to work hard as part of a team. Wilmington Animal Hospital is a 5 doctor practice and uses the team approach to medical care.  We offer ultrasound and surgery services with board-certified veterinarians.  We believe in education and training for our staff and have employed many pre-vet students over the years.  We have biweekly staff meetings, a bonus structure, and provide snacks! We currently have two UD pre-vet student veterinary technicians who will be attending veterinary school next year.  Please send resumes to our practice manager, Stephanie Connell, CVPM.   stephanie@wilmingtonanimalhospital.com.

Internships and Seasonal Positions with Delaware State Parks

Looking for an awesome summer experience working outdoors?  Delaware State Parks has internships and seasonal positions still available.  Feel free to contact me for more information or visit the links below. Apply Today!

Internships- https://destateparks.com/GetInvolved/Internships

Summer Camp Positions – https://www.jobapscloud.com/DE/?Keyword=camp&Loc=&DeptNumber=4000&OccList=&JobType=&KeywordFullText=0

Other Positions in Parks- https://www.jobapscloud.com/DE/?Keyword=Park&Loc=&DeptNumber=4000&OccList=&JobType=&KeywordFullText=0

Check out these videos about working at Delaware State Parks camps!