Students put GIS skills to use on social justice projects

A geographic information system, or GIS, is designed to capture, analyze and map various types of spatial and geographic data. Elwood’s students are using GIS applications in different ways to meet specific needs identified by the partner organizations. One student team is analyzing census and client data for a coalition of Seattle-area food banks to determine whether they are reaching areas with the greatest need, and to make recommendations on where to locate summer food programs for children and mobile van drop-offs for elderly clients.

Stella Jones is part of a three-person team working with Real Change, a Seattle organization that publishes a weekly newspaper sold on the streets by low-income and homeless people. The students are analyzing data to identify which factors make some sales locations more successful than others and to develop a map showing untapped “hot spots” where vendors aren’t yet selling.

“This project is showing me how we can apply technology to various social issues in a way that can aid different organizations in their work,” says Jones, a junior and geography major. “It really fits my interests as far as where I see myself working in the world.”

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Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT): Wag the Dog?

Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT): Wag the Dog?

An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues

Wednesday, May 27
5:00-6:30 PM
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012
Free to attend.  RSVP requested by Thursday, May 21.

Does technology set us free; helping students to learn in new ways and saving faculty precious time they can plow back into deepening the learning experience? Or is an excellent instructor someone who can connect students to learning with or without the latest techno innovation? And where does that leave the rest of us?

Join us for a report out from four faculty who chose to dive into the deep end of technology in the classroom as Technology Teaching Fellows and lived to tell the tale…


  • Alexander Horner-Devine, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Mikelle Nuwer, Lecturer, Oceanography
  • Stefan Stoll, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • Kristi Straus, Lecturer, Program on the Environment

MGT is an evening series offering graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty with an interest in engaging in artful, interactive, innovative teaching a chance to interact with colleagues from across campus who are willing to share their enthusiasm and experience.
Each MGT focuses on a single “30,000 foot” issue: What is interdisciplinary? The role of facts versus values. Can personalized teaching be objective teaching? Saving STEM.

Over a glass of wine and light appetizers, attendees have a chance to mix and mingle before settling down to a 30-minute “fast panel” of 3-5 faculty, each delivering thought – and conversation – provoking answers. With time for both structured and social interaction, MGT presents an opportunity for everyone to have a say, make a contact, find a shared direction, and learn something new.

Wanting more follow-up? We’ll wrap up the session with time for more one-on-one interaction, giving everyone time to grab a speaker for a final comment.

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Introducing College of the Environment’s New Career Opportunities Page!

Are you in the market looking for a job or an internship in an environmental field? If yes, do check out the College of the Environment’s Career Opportunities Page! Click on the below link and explore the various challenging and exciting career opportunities that await you.

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the page to receive a daily digest of all recent postings!

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Hourly project assistant for summer/autumn

Please see the attached job announcement for a summer project assistant, with a possible Autumn 2015 RA appointment. It is part of a study of green stormwater infrastructure, working with Dr. Kathy Wolf.

UW.Green Infrastructure study.student position.pdf

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US Forest Service Entomologist Position

SEFS graduate students and graduating seniors,

Please consider this job opening for an entomologist position in St. Paul Minnesota. Professor Patrick Tobin is associated with the hiring group in the St. Paul office and adds this information:

“Ideally, this level of position is generally held by someone with some sort of Masters degree (MS, MFR, etc.). Also, it advertises for an Entomologist but someone with a degree in Forestry could qualify if they have had some minimum number of entomology or entomology-related credits (it is not much, and in fact often these entomologist positions in the FS are held by people with advance degrees in Forestry).I know the hiring group in the St. Paul office, as well as the duties of the position, extremely well; thus, interested students can feel free to contact me for more information.”

Here is Patrick’s contact information:

Voice: 206/685-7588

Fax: 206/685-0790

Email: pctobin

Attached is the outreach notice for the Entomologist Position with the Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry in the St. Paul Field Office.

Outreach_Notice_Entomologist_GS 11_GS 12 USFS_NA_St. Paul_MN.DOCX

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Online Integrated Social Sciences B.A.

We are excited to share information about the University of Washington’s Integrated Social Sciences BA completion program with you. No matter where you live or how long ago you started college, you can reach your goals. Earn the same prestigious UW degree that on-campus students do, but pay a fraction of the cost of other online programs. Best of all, you get an outstanding education worthy of the University of Washington name.

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UW Botanic Gardens: A Closer Look: Stewartia

When: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 6:30 – 8pm

Where: 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112

Presenter: Ray Larson, UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections

The Arboretum has a large collection of mature Stewartia trees, dating back to the 1940s. Stewartia are wonderful small trees with four seasons of interest, and feature some of the most attractive bark to be found anywhere. These smaller trees are perfect for city gardens.

Cost: $5; $10 after May 26

Register Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

Ray Larson, UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections, will lead you on a journey through some of the most interesting plant collections in the Washington Park Arboretum. Learn about rare and unusual plants, collections based on genetics and eco-geographic habitats, and unusual stories of how these plants have made their way to us over the years. Each class will include both a presentation and walk through the collections.

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UW Botanic Gardens: Intro to Invasive Plants of the PNW

When: Monday, June 1, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Where: UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105)

Presenter: Daniel Sorenson, Student Assistant: Integrated Pest Management and Sustainability Coordinator for UW Grounds Management

This free class will introduce you to the basics of invasive plants of the Pacific Northwest. Learn to identify and manage some of our most common invaders including blackberry, ivy and knotweed.

Cost: Free! Your $5 donation at the door is appreciated. Please RSVP Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

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Job Announcement – Field Technician at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Interested in working in Fairbanks this summer?

There is an open field technician position at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the summer. The position will involve regularly traveling 45 minutes to a wetland where the USGS, UW and UAF have ongoing research studies. The technician will be responsible for maintaining auto flux chambers, conducting field measurements, and collecting field samples. The technician will join other UW students who will be working at the field site and living in Fairbanks over the summer.

Job Open Date: February 12, 2015
Review Date: March 02, 2015
Job Close Date: June 30, 2015

If you are interested or want more information, apply to this posted position:

You can contact Mark Waldrop at USGS ( for more detailed information about position responsibilities and daily work.

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Scholarships – AfterCollege Scholarships

AfterCollege scholarships are awarded to current students who stand out as future superstars in their field. Create a concise, yet impactful, profile showcasing your talents and passion for your field of study and you could be the next recipient!
The deadline to apply is June 30.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

$500 – Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study.

Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Click Here to Apply

Aerospace Corporation Science and Engineering Student Scholarship 

$500 – Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, information systems, and mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Click Here to Apply

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship 

$1,000 – Open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working toward a degree in any discipline. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

Click Here to Apply

About AfterCollege

AfterCollege is an entry-level job and internship resource started by Stanford students in 1999.  We match students with opportunities based on school, major and graduation date. Tell us whether or not these positions interest you (and why), and we’ll show you results that better reflect your preferences.

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UW CubeSat Team Crowd Sourcing

The UW CubeSat Team is a great group of undergrads and grads trying to get a student-built project on the Moon. One of the biggest problems they are facing is a lack of funding because not a lot of people believe that students are able to do something on this scale. In order to address this, they’ve decided to start to crowd source funds soon. Any help, from sharing this information to perhaps even contributing, would be greatly appreciated!

Facebook Page:


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And the 2015 UW Climate Change Video Contest Winners are…

The first-ever UW Climate Change Video Contest culminated with a smashing awards show at Town Hall last Friday, May 15. We screened the top 10 videos to a great crowd, and our panel of judges— Annie Leonard (also the emcee), Dean Lisa Graumlich, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) and Randy Olson—provided some lively feedback and discussion. We’ll post the 10 finalists’ videos on our website shortly, as well as more photos and information about the students, so stay tuned!

And, now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for—


First Place
Leo Pfeifer and Meagen Tajalle
Ballard High School, Seattle, WA

Second Place
Teri Guo, Caeli MacLennan, Kevin Nakahara,
Ethan Perrin and Nivida Thomas
Tesla STEM High School, Redmond, WA


First Place
Michael Moynihan and Sarra Tekola
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Second Place
Erfan Dastournejad
Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA

Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners, and to all of the talented students who submitted so many fantastic videos!

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May 26, 2015 Lecture with Dr. Linda Steg


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Islandwood Brightwater Summer Camp Intern


Overview: An IslandWood internship provides a wonderful opportunity to be a part of an exciting educational environment. IslandWood was founded on a unique mission: to provide exceptional learning experiences and to inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. In the summers, we run 6 weeks of summer camps for kids from 1st – 6th grades at the Brightwater Center, located in Woodinville, WA. As a Summer Camp Intern, you will work with a Summer Camp Instructor to provide hands-on, field-based environmental education programs at the Brightwater Center in Woodinville.

Dates: June 29 – August 17, 2015 (Includes 3 days of training, 1 day of clean-up / debrief, and no work on July 2nd and 3rd)


Summer Camp Interns team with experienced field instructors to create, plan, and provide a variety of educational programs for youth. Thematic programs are full-day experiences. This position is designed to guide interns in developing valuable teaching skills and knowledge as they work closely with Summer Camp Instructors.

Strong applicants will be creative, flexible, and dependable undergraduates working towards a degree or with a sincere interest in environmental science, multicultural education, environmental education, or related field. Experience working with children and environmental education is preferred. A strong work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with a team will assure success in this position.

Summer Camp Interns will gain valuable skills in experiential education. College credit may be applied for through your school. Each intern will also be assigned to an instructor mentor who will serve as a professional resource throughout the summer.


  • Undergraduate student working toward a four-year degree with a sincere interest in Environmental/Science/Multicultural Education, Environmental Science, or related field
  • Some experience working with children and environmental education preferable
  • Creative, flexible, and able to work closely with a Summer Camp Instructor
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Strong work ethic, punctual, dependable, ability to work long hours
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with staff, children, and parents
  • Demonstrate IslandWood’s core values that enable teams and individuals to succeed with shared respect and purpose.
  • Support IslandWood’s strategic plan to expand our mission and impact.
  • Experience in engaging with diverse communities.
  • Must pass child safety screening.
  • Must be able to comply with and maintain a smoke-free and drug-free work environment
  • Current First Aid and CPR required by training start date (WFA desirable but not required)
  • Must be at least 18 years old


  • $500 stipend to be paid upon completion of internship
  • Gain valuable skills in experiential education by observing Lead Instructors as well as teaching your own lessons
  • Possible college credit approved by your school
  • Valuable networking opportunities in the world of environmental & progressive education
  • Letter of Recommendation following a successful completion of the internship upon request

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with hiring offers made until all positions are filled. 

To Apply: 

Submit an intern application, resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Derek Jones, M Ed.

Brightwater Program Coordinator

BW Summer Camp Internship 2015

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Autumn 2105 Course: Planning as a Profession


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Autumn 2015 Pipeline Courses

The Pipeline Project is a K-12 outreach program that connects undergraduate students from the University of Washington with educational and service opportunities in local and regional schools and community organizations through tutoring and mentoring. The Pipeline Project is housed in The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity

CREDITS: 1-5. Seminars are Credit/No Credit.

The following seminars will be offered during Autumn Quarter 2015:

All students need to take a required Pipeline Orientation, to sign up click here:





For these seminars, the number of credits a student receives depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance. Credit and tutoring requirements are as follows:

1 credit: 2.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)*
2 credits: 2.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)
3 credits: 5 hours tutoring/week (at least 40 hours tutoring/quarter)
4 credits: 7.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 60 hours tutoring/quarter)
5 credits: 10 hours tutoring/week (at least 80 hours tutoring/quarter)

*A student may opt to register for 1 credit if it means avoiding an additional registration fee. Students may also register for more than 5 credits.

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Autumn Course: Cities of the Global South


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Long Range Planner with Island County

Long Range Planner Island County, Washington

Major duties include implementation of the Planning Enabling Act and the Growth Management Act in Island County, to include processing and scheduling the Annual Review Docket, coordination of the 2016 periodic update to the Comprehensive Plan, updating and implementing development regulations, and fostering public outreach for all long range planning efforts.  Strong public presentation skills, working knowledge of planning, zoning, subdivision, and land use law required, particularly WA State GMA and SEPA requirements.

Job filled DOQ:  Senior level requires BA in planning, geography, or related environmental sciences AND five years of related experience. Associate level requires BA in planning and three years related work experience or Masters with 1 year rel. exp. Assistant level requires BA in planning and related work experience.

Applicants may be considered who demonstrate an equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the necessary skills, knowledge, and ability to perform the work, at the sole discretion of the County. EOE

A completed original Island County application form is required. An application must be postmarked or delivered to the Human Resources Office by close of business on the date the position closes. Complete job description and County application information is available at

Long Range Planner Island County

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Reminder! May 28th–SEFS Career Fair!

Please join us for a Natural Resources Career Fair, hosted by the University of Washington Society of American Foresters Student Chapter. The career fair is being held from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28th at Anderson Hall, Forest Club Room #207.

Attending organizations include:

  • Hancock Forest Management
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • American Forest Management
  • Green Crow Corporation
  • West Fork Timber Company
  • Unites States Forest Service
  • Asplundh Tree Experts
  • Bureau of Land Management

The event will be a fun, informational, and interactive process that will allow students to introduce themselves to potential employers and employers to introduce themselves to potential employees. The event will a good opportunity for employers to educate perspective employees of the opportunities within their organizations.

Free refreshments and snacks will be provided at the event. We will also be raffling free giveaways such as gift cards, Spencer tape, etc., as well as five free memberships to the Society of American Foresters!

Drop by for as long as you can to meet potential employers; we look forward to seeing you all! If you have any questions, please contact Marisa Bass at mbass14.

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Forester Job Opening in Eastern Oregon

See attached pdf for more information
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