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Livable City Year kickoff event: October 6

Livable City Year kickoff

Join faculty, students and representatives from the City of Auburn for an event celebrating the start of the inaugural UW Livable City Year, a partnership between the University of Washington and Auburn.

When: Oct. 6, 10 to 11 a.m.
Where: wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House on the UW Seattle campus

What: Livable City Year is a cross-university collaboration connecting local governments with University of Washington classes to address community-identified areas of need. UW students and professors will work with Auburn throughout the upcoming academic year to advance the city’s goals for livability and sustainability.

Speakers will include Livable City Year faculty directors Branden Born, an associate professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning, and Jennifer Otten, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health, as well as Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Ed Taylor, and UW Director of Regional and Community Relations Sally Clark.

Faculty members leading Livable City Year courses during Fall Quarter will discuss the projects, followed by a Q&A period.

There will be light refreshments available.

The UW’s Livable City Year program is a cross-university collaboration led by faculty directors Branden Born and Jennifer Otten in collaboration with UW Sustainability and Urban@UW, and with foundational support from the College of Built Environments and Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The program is also working with non-profit organization Association of Washington Cities. Livable City Year is based on the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program and is a member of the Educational Partners for Innovation in Communities Network.

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Class Offering: EDUC 421A for pre-STEM and Art majors: VLPA and I&S Credit

STUDIO: Build our world

Calling all Youth Mentors and STEM enthusiasts who want to make an impact on youth in Seattle!

The Dream Project and the 3DL Partnership are partnering with Neighborhood House High Point Center in West Seattle on an exciting new program called STUDIO. As STUDIO mentors, we engage middle-school and high-school youth in tinkering activities, art, health literacy, and opportunities to learn about STEM in higher education and careers.

Mentors attend hands-on sessions with youth and support them to develop habits of mind for learning and succeeding in STEM, school, and life.

Here’s how to sign up:

Mentor at Neighborhood House from 3.30 – 6.30pm on Tinker Tuesday or Workin’ Wednesday. (Includes transportation time, ride provided)

  • Register for EDUC 421A/B, SLN 14029 or 14030 (VLPA & I&S), 1- 3 credits/quarter
  • Includes 1-hour seminar on Friday 3.30 pm – 4.20pm with Leslie Herrenkohl

· Two quarter commitment preferred

· Fill out interest survey at so that we can tailor our seminar content to you!

· Email Meixi Ng at meixi for an add code or with any questions.

· Watch what we do here!

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Give Back with MESA

Welcome back students!

This is a great opportunity for you to make a difference

Seattle MESA is recruiting UW students for their tutoring program.

If you are a dynamic student that has a passion for STEM subjects and a desire to help a high school student in his/her Math and/or Science classes, this program is for you.  If you are interested in providing STEM focused tutoring to a high school student please contact Joffrey Hooks at or (206) 685-7907. 

Some benefits to the program are:

·        Earn up to 10 elective credits

·        Develop your teaching/training skills

·        Build confidence in your STEM subject area

·        Work with other great volunteers

·        Positively motivate and mentor a student

·        Plus, MESA provides the transportation so you don’t have to drive your car, ride a bike or take the bus.

Won’t you help MESA as we help our students excel.  Join Seattle MESA’s Tutoring Program today. 

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Research / Work study opportunity in the HilleRisLambers Lab

The HilleRisLambers lab studies the impacts of climate change on plant communities in the Pacific Northwest. They are interested in understanding how warming temperatures and declining snow levels will affect the geographic distribution of tree species and the phenology (seasonal timing) of wildflower reproduction. There are two kinds of opportunities available for undergraduates interested in being involved in research in their lab (starting fall of 2016, ideally for the whole academic year).

Please see for more information on lab research and projects. View the attached document for more details.

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Environmental Policy Internship Opportunity

I-732 is a first in the nation carbon tax initiative headed to the November 2016 ballot. I­-732 hopes to reform Washington’s tax code to incentivize clean energy, reduce emissions, and shift the tax burden off of low income families and toward polluters.

The first major task of the campaign was the collection of 360,000 signatures in Washington State from April through December 2015 to qualify for the 2016 ballot. The campaign must now work to educate, inform, and mobilize voters across the state to pass the initiative. Interns will coordinate with other interns across the state to join the campaign as fellows, learning and assisting with all aspects of the campaign.

The campaign is looking for summer interns to assist the youth vote manager and outreach coordinator in implementing the first phase of the campaign throughout August, with the possibility to extend the internship. Interns will work about 15 hours a week over 10­-12 weeks and start dates are flexible. The organization also has some fellowship and paid jobs available. More information is available on Carbon Washington’s website at

Internship details on the attached flyer:

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UW Engineers Without Borders

EWB-UW, is an interdisciplinary student organization at the University of Washington that was initiated by a small but dedicated group of concerned students and faculty in early 2005. Since that time the group membership and activity has increased dramatically. From 2006 until 2010, the chapter worked extensively in the Acasio region of Bolivia to improve communities’ roofs and stoves. Since then, the chapter has begun work in the community of La Vega de Volcan in Guatemala on fish hatchery water delivery and incubation system. In 2014, our chapter began the implementation of a multi-purpose community center, which we aim to complete in the Summer of 2016.

This year, we have a huge project we are starting in Nicaragua with the goals of improving the water quality due to the community getting sick, expand the first original water systems, and create a second system to reach houses that are out of range of the original. Due to the large scale and relatively new project, we are in need of students (non-engineering or engineering) to help us achieve our goals on our Nicaragua project as well as our other various ongoing projects. A description of our other projects are listed on our website.

The UW chapter meets every Wednesday in More Hall 220 from 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM.

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Winter & Spring Break 2017 | Peru and Iceland Abroad

With the start of the new school year, the GREEN Program is eager to help student leaders maximize their education and pursue their passions – on campus and beyond. Complementary of your in-classroom education, their accredited, short-term educational abroad
opportunities in Iceland and Peru allow students to bring these studies to life through hands-on industry exposure and real-time professional development experiences within the fields of
sustainable development. Below is information about the GREEN Program’s upcoming winter and spring break opportunities abroad in educational, career-focused programs:

A whole new kind of back to school – Don’t just go back to campus this fall, lead with experience
This winter & spring break, you are invited to join The GREEN Program abroad in the world’s leading destinations for sustainable development: Peru & Iceland

The GREEN Program unlocks doors for students to gain exclusive education, industry access, and authentic bucket-list experiences around the world. Through our accredited, career-focused 8 to 10 day programs, we exist to use the world as our classroom in order to give meaning and purpose to education, adventure, and life.

Join a community of students leaders and young professionals who have consciously chosen to pursue a future of possibilities and are determined to be part of the solutions toward a better world.


Early Registration Specials Now Available!

Plan ahead! Lock in your reduced GREEN program fee by securing your spot on an upcoming GREEN adventure with your deposit. For more information & program fee specifics for each program session and month, please visit our FAQ.
* Early Registration Specials are only available for accepted GREEN student(s) who have not yet secured their spot(s).

Renewable Energy & Sustainability

[1] December 14 – 21, 2016
[2] January 4 – 11, 2017

[1] March 5 – 12, 2017
[2] March 12 – 19, 2017

Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices

January 4 – 13, 2017

March 12 – 20, 2017

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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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