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Wildlands Studies 2016 Fall Programs – a few spaces still available in Peru!

Wildlands Studies still has a few spaces available in the upcoming Fall 2016 Peru Project and interested students are encouraged to apply soon. Applications are actively being accepted.

Students are also welcome to join the 2017 winter and spring programs in Ecuador, Chile, Tasmania, Thailand, Nepal, South Africa, Costa Rica and Panama. These programs provide hands-on, applied learning and direct research experience to students while living in a backcountry wilderness setting. The academic term programs earn 15 quarter credits provided through Western Washington University.

Prospective students are invited to review the website:
Each program has a full project description and photos on the field project webpage.

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Environmental Education Internship Opportunity with the Federal Government


Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 (Seattle Office) has a digital eInternship Teaching Environmental Education (ECOLEARN) Lesson Plans at elementary schools. As an eIntern, you would get to teach exciting, already prepared environmental education lesson plans at local elementary schools. We are testing the lesson plans, expanding our outreach and making necessary revisions to the materials as a prelude to sharing them on a national stage. Lesson topics include: Animals, Air, Water, Ecosystems, Energy, Waste, Food, and Climate. The specific internship description can be found at To apply, read on.

Information on applying for the Digital Internship:

The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year there are more than 900 vacancies with more than 30 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and recruitment possibilities.

Applications for the 2016-17 VSFS program are open between July 2 and 26 on Real work is waiting for students with more than 30 federal agencies including NASA, the Smithsonian, the State Department, National Parks Service, and others. You can see the projects offered at! To apply, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, and upload a transcript. The specific project description and project is at

eInterns play an important role in moving the government forward. There’s something for everyone: design, research, mapping, videography, history, analysis, writing, calculation, policy planning, app development , and more!

eInterns spend ten hours a week from September through May. Although this is unpaid, volunteer work, eInterns make connections that make a difference, gain valuable experience, and sometimes get course credit. All applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in at least one university level course in the U.S. or abroad.

Learn more at our website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter!

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Autumn 2016 Course: ABA Treatment for Autism

SPHSC 449 B Special Studies in Speech Pathology and Audiology (4 cr) Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Treatment for Autism

  • Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-4:20 pm
  • Eagleson Hall 001
  • Instructor: Ashley Penney, M.Ed., BCBA, Director of ABA Services, UW Autism Center


This course offers introductory preparation to students interested in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a Behavior Technician (BT). BTs implement Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment for individuals with Autism. There are many agencies in the greater Seattle area who offer ABA therapy services to individuals with autism and they are often looking for trained BTs.

This course provides content training in Autism, behavioral management principles, strategies to manage challenging behaviors, professional responsibilities and other tasks related to work as a BT. The course also meets the 40 hour training requirement set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Also see the attached course flyer at the link below:
SPHSC449_New Autism ABA Therapy Course_Aut16.pdf

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Sustainable Development Abroad Over Winter & Spring Breaks


Are you interested in collaborating on program development?

The Green Program is planning on developing new programs this year and is seeking partners who are interested in collaborating and have ideas for locations and curriculum focused on certain sustainable development topics. If you are interested and have some ideas, please reach out to Melissa Lee, the program’s fearless leader and development guru.

Make 2017 the year for sustainable travel:
Join The GREEN Program in Peru & IcelandAre you interested in:
+ sustainable development
+ gaining first-hand industry exposure and professional skills?
+ getting involved in & experiencing authentic culture?
+ receiving academic credit?
+ going abroad and redefining your comfort zone as a global citizen?

Take part in changing the world in just 8 days.

Cuzco, Peru

Water Resource Management

January 4 – 13, 2017

March 12 – 20, 2017

Reykjavik, Iceland

Renewable Energy & Sustainability

December 14 – 21, 2016
January 4 – 11, 2017

March 5 – 12, 2017
March 12 – 19, 2017

Go GREEN in 2017: Early Registration Specials
(and save some while you’re at it)
Plan ahead! Secure your spot with your deposit to lock in your program fee at the amount specific to that month. For more information & program fee specifics for each program session and month, please visit our FAQ.

* Program fees include all in-country meals, transportation, lodging, academic credit, facility tours, adventures excursions, and medical insurance.

Get your adventure on:
Bucket list adventures & cultural immersion
Redefine your comfort zone and stand out among your peers as a global citizen. The interdisciplinary nature of The GREEN Program empowers our students to grasp creative leadership, teamwork, personal growth, and to get your adrenaline going. Time to cross a few adventures off your bucket list!
We’re in the system:
Hands-on education & real-time industry experience
Receive academic credit.
Engage in co-developed GREEN-specific courses with our academic partners & complement these classes with exclusive access to the destination’s leading industry facilities. Each of our programs are accredited by leading educational institutions.
Get involved, get ahead:
Career development
Engage and work alongside members of local community & schools as well as like-minded student leaders to bring sustainabledevelopment solutions to life. Build your professional skills and refuel your passion through a Capstone Project framed as an entrepreneurial venture and real-time innovation of tomorrow.



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URP is Seeking Undergraduate Research Leaders!

Apply to be an Undergraduate Research Leader! Application Deadline: Sept. 1, 2016

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers from all disciplines to be Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) for the 2016-17 academic year. Students conducting research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

URLs serve a central role in connecting undergraduates to support services of the URP. The goal of the URL program is to increase awareness and participation of undergraduates doing research in a range of disciplines. As a URL, you can motivate future undergraduate researchers! Anticipated URL time commitment is approximately 8-10 hours/month and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.

More information and application available here: Questions? Contact the URP Staff at or (206) 543-4282

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Career Center Workshops and Events: Summer 2016

career center summer 2016

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Volunteer Opportunity for Coal Program Reform

“The Mountain Pact” is an effort to educate, empower and mobilize mountain towns across the West around federal policies affecting their communities and recreation-based economies.

Next Tuesday, 6/21 a group of elected officials from mountain towns in the PNW is being organized to testify in front of the Department of Interior in support of reforming the federal coal program, specifically by incorporating the cost of climate change. You can read more about the effort at

The Mountain Pact is seeking two volunteers who would be able to meet at the Sheraton Downtown on 6/21 from 7-9am to hold spots in line for the elected officials who will be speaking. The elected officials are coming in from out of town and unable to arrive until 9am. By arriving early to hold a spot in line, the volunteers can ensure that the elected officials get to testify that day.

Interested volunteers are welcome to call (530-539-4071) or email Diana Madson ( with questions or to join the effort.

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AmeriCorps Position at Portland’s Urban Forestry

Passionate about education, equity and the urban forest? Portland Parks & Recreation is seeking an AmeriCorps member to work with our Urban Forestry programs to help us better serve our diverse communities.

Position term: September 7, 2016 – July 28, 2017 (11 months – 1700 hours)

Benefits: monthly living allowance ($12,530 paid over the term of service), education award of $5,775, loan forbearance, basic medical insurance, child care allowance for those who qualify.

The position: In Partnership with the Confluence Environmental Center, the Tree Plan Coordinator will be responsible for serving with community groups to plan and execute tree care and education events in support of Neighborhood Tree Plans (65%). Events may include tree pruning, planting, inventory, assessment, identification, and other topics. The position also assists with promotion and coordination of the Neighborhood Tree Stewards program, with particular focus on participation from individuals and communities in racially and economically diverse neighborhoods throughout Portland (15%). The Member will participate in Confluence led professional development activities: Professional Development Series, completing a Change Agent Project, team meetings, National Service events and other self-directed development opportunities (20%).

For the full description, please click here.

Applications are due midnight July 10, 2016. See full description above for application details.

Questions? Please contact: TreeInventory

To learn more about Confluence AmeriCorps, please visit:

For more information about Urban Forestry at Portland Parks and Recreation, please visit:

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Volunteer Opportunity July 22 – College of the Environment Future Student Visit Day

Dear College of the Environment Undergrads,

Do you remember what it was like to be a prospective freshman or transfer student? Were you curious what the student experience at UW was really like? Did you already know what you wanted to study in college? Or was your major something that you hadn’t even heard of yet? Are you involved with an RSO or field work that you want to share with prospective students?

To help prospective undergrads get a sense of the College of the Environment academic experience, we are inviting them to campus for our first ever Future Student Visit Day. This event, open exclusively to rising high school juniors and seniors as well as prospective transfer students will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016.

We are looking for current undergrad volunteers for 2-4 hour shifts between 7:30 AM-4:00 PM on Friday, July 22 who are interested in connecting with students and supporting event day logistics:

Volunteers Opportunities Include Supporting:

  • Welcoming & Checking-In Attendees
  • Providing directions and answering visitor questions
  • Guiding groups of students and their families to various campus locations between academic sessions
  • Tabling at the student resource fair (showcase your environment-focused RSO, undergraduate research opportunities, UW field stations, etc.)
  • Participate in campus tours, led by Admissions Student Tour Guides, to connect campus tours to the College of the Environment Student Experience

Interested in volunteering on July 22? Complete this form to indicate your availability & interest:

You will be asked to participate in a short volunteer orientation prior to the event date.

Know a rising high school junior or senior or prospective transfer student who is interested in studying the environment at UW? Forward the invitation below & encourage them to register soon – the event is free, but space is limited.


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King County Parks Volunteer Events – June 2016

Volunteer Opportunities – JUNE 2016

rei and cedar grove

Join King County Parks and help improve some of the awesome parks, trails and natural areas within the 28,000 acres of Your Big Backyard! Check out the calendar below for upcoming volunteer events over the next four weeks.

For any questions regarding the King County Parks Volunteer Program, please contact Volunteer Program Manager, Laurie Clinton, at 206-477-6113.


June 4

North Shorewood Park (White Center)

Join us for National Trails Day as we work to improve the health of this great urban forest. We will work on removing invasive plants and improving access to the park by clearing weeds from one entrance to the park and opening up the trail.

Contact Lina Rose

June 4

Marymoor Park Birdloop Trail & Meadow  (Redmond)

*Please note Event is from 9:00am – NOON

Come and join Eastside Audubon for their monthly work party at the BirdLoop Trail & Meadow. This is an ongoing volunteer service that greatly benefits birds and wildlife in Marymoor Park. This month’s tasks include mulching in Snag Row.

Contact Laurie Clinton

June 11

Tanner Landing Park (North Bend)

Help move mulch and weed around recent plantings of native trees and shrubs. This helps shrubs and trees hold moisture during the dry summer months, giving them a boost to help them survive and thrive!

Contact Tina Miller

June 11

Dick Thurnau Memorial Park (White Center)

Help us care for our natural area restoration site in this multi-use park by removing invasive plants that are growing around native trees and shrubs planted this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Great for volunteers of all ages!

Contact Lina Rose

June 18

Cougar/Squak Corridor Park (Issaquah)

Help us remove ivy from the trees and surrounding ground in this Category I wetland.

Contact Tina Miller

June 25

Duthie Hill Park (Issaquah)

Join us in removing invasive weeds from the main trailhead and parking lot gathering area to create a healthy and inviting entrance to the park.

Great for volunteers of all ages!

Bring your bike and go for a spin after the event in this great mountain bike park!

Contact Lina Rose

June 25

Cavanaugh Pond (Renton/Maple Valley)

We are going to be removing weed fabric and weeding around the native trees and shrubs in the natural area restoration site at this fantastic site along the Cedar River.

Contact Tina Miller

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A volunteer opportunity for the Fall

What are you doing this summer? Are you traveling with friends? Did you receive that internship you wanted? Or maybe you decided that you were just going to relax all summer?

Well, while you contemplate your summer, why don’t you sign up to tutor in the fall?

Seattle MESA is looking for students to provide STEM focused tutoring to high school and middle school students during the 2016-17 school year. If you are interested please contact Joffrey Hooks at mtutoruw to get more information or to request an add code.

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Volunteers Needed – Become a Mountain Steward

Everett, WA. May 20, 2016 –The Mt. Baker Ranger District of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is looking for volunteers to help educate day hikers, backpackers and climbers on four of the busiest Mt. Baker area trail systems; Heliotrope Ridge, Skyline Divide, Park Butte/Railroad Grade, and Heather Meadows/Artist Point.

As a Mountain Steward volunteer you will receive training in low-impact recreational skills, natural history, and back country management issues.  You will then volunteer for three daytime shifts interacting with the public on trails with fellow Mountain Stewards

Qualifications:  Volunteers must be 18 years or older with hiking and outdoor recreation skills.

Timeline:  July 9– September 11, 2016

Volunteers are expected to attend trainings on Saturdays July 9th & 16st and commit to a total of three weekend days from July 9 – September 11, 2016.  A third optional training will be held on July 30th for those wishing to volunteer at Heather Meadows.

To Apply:  Submit the Mountain Steward volunteer application by June 30, 2016.  Applications are available at

Mail, fax, or email applications to:

Mt. Baker Ranger District

Mountain Stewards

810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Fax: 360-856-1934, Email:, Phone 360-854-2615

For more information please contact Wilderness Manager, Barb Richey at

Learn more about the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.

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2016 Summer Career Fair- Volunteers Needed for June 16th

Hello Huskies!

We are looking for volunteers for the upcoming 2016 Summer Career Fair on Thursday, June 16th from 2-5pm in HUB North Ballrooms. We have shifts available from 8am-6:15pm, with a minimum time commitment of 2 hours.

Why volunteer?

  • This is the perfect networking opportunity with recruiters.  As a volunteer, you’ll have unparalleled access to the employers in attendance- YES, they’re all hiring! It’s the best way to connect with recruiters.
  • If you need to fulfill volunteer hour requirements, look no further! Complete your hours with flexible shifts at this high-energy event.
  • Interested in Event Planning? As a volunteer, you’ll have the chance to work closely with the UW Career Center’s Events Team. Learn the ins and outs about planning events, then put it on your resume!
  • It’s FUN and a great way to be involved on campus.

Interested? Please Shoot Donna Chen an email at with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your hours of availability on the day of  6/16/16 (Thursday) – We will be in touch with your schedule and event responsibility about 4-5 days before the event

Thank you for considering to volunteer at the upcoming Summer Career Fair! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Donna Chen at or call 206-543-0535. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Last Call for Dawg Daze Volunteers!

THIS FRIDAY – deadline to apply to be a Dawg Daze Leader!

Apply at Applications due May 20th.

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Native Organization of Indigenous Scholars (NOIS) Research Symposium

The 15th Annual Native Organization of Indigenous Scholars (NOIS) Research Symposium is taking place on Friday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the theme, “Scholarship as Resistance: Indigenous Research Unsettling the Academy.”

The keynote speaker is Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale, and the symposium will be held at the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with various tasks: check attendees in, provide name tags, collect questionnaires, assist speakers with technology, and assist with cleaning and setting up. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Jessica Hernandez.

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Help needed for research on honeybees

I am Claire Rusch, a PhD student in the Riffell lab and I am looking for an undergraduate to help me with a research project.

Honeybees display amazing visual learning abilities. For instance, honeybees are able to count, categorize or even extract abstract rules as sameness-difference, etc. These abilities were characterized using a well established protocol with free flying honeybees in a Y-maze. Consequently, neural basis of those sophisticated behavior are so far unknown. We thus aim to setting up a virtual environment to characterize neural processing during high-order learning in honeybees.

Your work will primarily consist of helping preparing experiments (solution’s dilutions, animal tethering, etc.) and taking care of honeybee’s hive. Once those steps mastered, you will have the possibility to participate in data collection and analysis.

If interested, please send me ( your resume, transcript, a 100-200 words paragraph about why you would like to join this research and the contact of a faculty member that can recommend you.

Minimum requirements: Require to not be allergic to honeybees sting. Knowledge on animal behavior, memory and programming in R appreciated but not required.

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Garden Loosestrife Collection and Potting Party

Looking for an opportunity to get involved with student research, or just looking to spend some time contributing to the SEFS community? Then come by next Saturday (May 21st) and/or Sunday (May 22nd) to help set up a greenhouse experiment comparing the competition between garden loosestrife, an invasive wetland plant, and small-fruited bulrush, a hardy native to wetlands.


Saturday, May 21st, 9am-1pm: Join me for a trip to Timberlake Park in Issaquah, WA to collect garden loosestrife. Bring a water bottle and be prepared to get a little muddy! Snacks provided.

Sunday, May 22nd, 9am-4pm: Have some fun hanging out in the greenhouse and measuring, weighing, and planting loosestrife and bulrush. Snacks provided, but bring a sack lunch. Even if you can’t come for the whole day, stop by for a few hours!

If you can’t make the main events, there is still an opportunity to help set up during the week (May 16th-20th). If you want to be a part of this project effort on any day of the week, email me at taylorkm and I’ll sign you up for one of these activities.

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It’s time to go to the SER Nursery!

Let’s go do some potting!
Time to go to the SER Nursery!

Nursery Work Party
Friday, May 20th, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Douglas Research Conservatory, see map below!

This Friday, May 20 the nursery will be hosting a spring-cleaning themed work party! We will be weeding, cleaning pots, raking gravel in the hoophouse to level out the floor, and doing other general maintenance tasks. We’ll meet at the DRC at noon. Come dressed to get dirty and don’t forget to bring a water bottle! As always, we’ll bring snacks and sunscreen.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at with any questions!

Meet here for the Nursery Work Party!

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Union Bay Natural Area Work Party this Friday

As the Union Bay Natural Area manager I am coordinating with the SER-UW native plant nursery to do some maintenance in the ESRM 473: Restoration of North American Ecosystems plots. These plots have been planted as prairie plots and have beautiful lupines and camas blooming right now! We will remove invasive plants to reduce competition for the good guys.

Please meet us at the tool cage on the west side of Merrill (see the orange star on the attached map) at on Friday May 13th at 12pm. If you come late then please find us out in Union Bay Natural Area just off the loop trail (near the green arrow). Volunteers should wear closed toed shoes, be prepared to get dirty, and bring a water bottle.

​Hope to see you there! And feel free to email me with any questions at carragee.

Anna Carragee
Master of Environmental Horticulture, Candidate
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
University of Washington

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Call for Volunteers on May 13-14, 2016: Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Food and Ecological Knowledge Symposium in Seattle, WA

Call for Symposium Volunteers!

The coordinators of the Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Food and Ecological Knowledge Symposium are recruiting volunteers for this year’s  Symposium scheduled for May 13-14, 2016 in the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Intellectual House) at the University of Washington (UW).

We have a number of volunteer shifts available, which will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Please sign-up for volunteer shifts on UW’s Catalyst by May 6, 2016. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for multiple shifts.

If you have additional questions, please contact Clarita Lefthand-Begay at by Friday, May 6.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on May 13-14, 2016!

Sign-up to volunteer at:

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