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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 Clarita@uw.edu 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:

https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/clarita/300103

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Seattle MESA – Autumn Tutoring Opportunity

This is an invitation to the University of Washington student body from Seattle MESA.

Wouldn’t you like to start the autumn quarter participating in a worthwhile service to our community?  Seattle MESA would like to offer you that opportunity.  We are looking for UW students that would like to spend a few hours per week tutoring high school and middle school students in math and/or science.  You don’t have to be in a STEM field to volunteer, you just need to be as dynamic as you want to be!!!  Service is the key and Seattle MESA will prepare you to be effective.  This is a phenomenal opportunity to learn, to grow and to serve.

If you are interested, email mtutoruw@uw.edu for information or simply register for C ENV 420 and select a tutoring session (QZ section).

We look forward to working with you.

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Seattle MESA – Autumn Tutoring Opportunity

ATTENTION UW STUDENTS

This is an invitation to the University of Washington student body from Seattle MESA.

Wouldn’t you like to start the autumn quarter participating in a worthwhile service to our community? Seattle MESA would like to offer you that opportunity. We are looking for UW students that would like to spend a few hours per week tutoring high school and middle school students in math and/or science. You don’t have to be in a STEM field to volunteer, you just need to be as dynamic as you want to be!!! Service is the key and Seattle MESA will prepare you to be effective. This is a phenomenal opportunity to learn, to grow and to serve.

If you are interested, email mtutoruw@uw.edu for information or simply register for C ENV 420 and select a tutoring session (QZ section).

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UW Farm volunteer hours

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m

All are welcome to stop by and visit the Farm or volunteer during any of our Volunteer Hours!
Never been to the UW Farm? Please begin by signing up to be a volunteer here. This helps us track volunteers and insures you in case of injury.

Information on the Mercer Court location here.

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Husky Food Pantry Open!

The Office of the VP for Student Life, in partnership with the ASUW Student Food Cooperative, the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC), the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Centerand the HUB, is launching a campus food pantry that aims to provide basic nutritional assistance for UW students, staff, and faculty. To participate in the pantry, the only requirement is a Husky card. The Pantry seeks to create a welcoming space where all members of the campus community have access to nourishing resources so they can thrive. No Husky should go hungry.

Campus food pantry offerings are shelf-stable, non-perishable items, including:

• Canned fruit

• Canned chicken, tuna and salmon

• Soups and stews

• Peanut or other nut butters (especially crunchy)

• Shelf-stable milk alternatives (rice, soy, hemp, etc.)

• Cereal

• Cooking oil

• Toiletries

Upcoming UW Campus Food Pantry dates and times

May 2, 11am – 7pm in HUB 214

May 2, 11am – 7pm in HUB 214

May 16, 7pm – 9pm in ECC

 

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Learn more at: UW Student Life

Questions or  comments? Interested in volunteering? Please contact uwpantry@uw.edu or 206.543.4972

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Volunteer opportunity this weekend with University District Food Bank

Hello University District Food Bank Friends,

In only one week’s time, 4,000 milk crates will be hoisted onto the roof top of our new food bank home where they will begin growing fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs for our many food bank customers. However, before this can happen, we need to finish getting the milk crates prepped. To do this, we need your help.

Please join us for one of our upcoming work parties. A few hours of your time will make a tremendous difference.

When:
Saturday, April 30th from 9am – noon
Saturday, April 30th from noon – 3:00pm

Where: Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street). On this map, http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/docs/CUHGroundsmap2011.pdf , we will be near the area marked UW Farm. This is easy enough to walk to from the main Center for Urban Horticulture entrance/parking area (and we will have signs to keep you from getting lost).

What do you need to bring: Wear comfortable and weather appropriate clothes because we will be outside, rain or shine (although the forecast looks pretty good, so you might want to remember your sunscreen), and work gloves if you have them. You don’t need to bring any tools, we have what you need. And we’ll have some drinks and snacks, too.

This is a family friendly event, so kids are welcome.

Please RSVP to joe@udistrictfoodbank.org so we know to expect you. And share this with your friends, co-workers, and family members. Many hands make for light work.

Once it’s all done, this is going to be a pretty cool garden (even our friends at the UW Farm agree). So, be sure to come help us build it so you can brag about your work to all your friends when they read about it in the paper or see a story on the news.

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Forestry help needed for Friday FFA High School Competition

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Hopkins Forestry is in need of two Foresters to volunteer this Friday (April 29th) with the Washington State Highschool FFA competition at Lincoln Tree Farm. It is from 8am-2ish. Muffins (homemade) and coffee in the AM and lunch will be provided. Please reply to this email if you are able to help or call Dick @ 253-312-3133.

Thank you,
Dick & Paula Hopkins
Hopkins Forestry

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Be an Otter Spotter!

Report your sightings to help our Northwest conservation research 

If you have ever spotted a wild river otter or if you encounter one on your next outdoor adventure, tell us about it! Woodland Park Zoo is studying river otters as sentinels for health along the Duwamish River. Your observations from across Washington will expand our knowledge about otter range and behavior. No expertise is needed—anyone can be an otter spotter!

WPZ Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/WoodlandParkZooSeattle/photos/a.59340272707.67993.8297947707/10154109357692708/?type=3&theater

ACTION ALERT: BE AN OTTER SPOTTER

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Society For Ecological Restoration Events This Week

Kincaid Ravine this Thursday

Thursday, April 28th, 9:00 am- 1:00pm
Kincaid Ravine, please refer to map below

We will be installing mini-native plant ID signs, mowing and covering invasive Reed canary grass with burlap sacks, and doing planting maintenance. If you have the time and would like to volunteer this Thursday, please RSVP (or send questions) to djhintz@uw.edu

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Speaker Series

Thursday, April 28th, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Anderson Hall, Room 207(Forest Club Room), UW Campus

Tom Elliot from the Yakima Nation will speak about wildlife, range and vegetation. Many aspects of the Tribe’s resource management will be discussed!

Thursday Table-Resizing Work Party 4/28:

Thursday, April 28th, either from 9:00 am-12:00 pm OR 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm
Yard south of the Douglas Research Conservatory (DRC), see map below

The nursery is hosting a work party! We are re-sizing tables to fit into our new hoop house. We will be working in two shifts, one from 9am – 12pm and the second from 12:30pm – 3:30pm. There’s a lot of work to be done and we need all the help we can get, so please RSVP through this google form and indicate when you are able to participate. We will be meeting in the yard south of the DRC by the hoop house. As always, we will we will have snacks. See you then!

Final Pre-Plant Sale Work Party

Friday, April 29th, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Douglas Research Conservatory (DRC), see map below

The nursery will be hosting our last work party before the big Plant Sale! We’ll be weeding our plants to make sure they look neat and tidy, and staging them so they’re ready to be sold! Come on down for some fun in the sun and plant beautification! We will be meeting in front of the DRC around noon. Make sure to bring a water bottle — we’ll provide the snacks.

Native Plant Sale: May 1st

Sunday, May 1st, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Douglas Research Conservatory (DRC), see map below

The big day is fast approaching! This Sunday, May 1st the nursery is hosting our native plant sale! We will be selling a wide variety of native plants, including trees, shrubs, ferns, succulents, and other flowering plants. Come on down and find the perfect plant for your garden, yard, windowsill, and anything in between! The plant sale will be taking place from 10am – 1pm at the DRC in the Center for Urban Horticulture.

UW Botanic Gardens BioBlitz: May 6-7

Join the UW Botanic Gardens on May 6 & 7 for our 2016 BioBlitz at the Washington Park Arboretum. A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and community volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a continuous time period. Sign up to look for bats, birds, insects, lichens, weeds, spiders, and mussels at the Washington Park Arboretum’s Foster Island. On Friday night we will have “Introduction to BioBlitz” activities, and walks with our naturalists for families with kids 4-11. Stop in any time between 4-7pm! We will also stay out late to look for bats from 8-10pm. On Saturday we will search for birds at daybreak, insects, lichens, and noxious weeds in the morning, then spiders, plants, and freshwater mussels/macroinvertebrates in the afternoon. The BioBlitz is open to everyone—even Professor Patrick Tobin’s ESRM 436 class will be participating in the event as one of their labs!—and children are welcome in all groups.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at seruw@uw.edu with any questions!

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Earth Day Challenge: You can help clean Washington’s beaches

Thinking of volunteering this weekend for the Earth Day Challenge? Here is a great opportunity:

Registration is now open for the annual Washington Coast Cleanup!
Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed Saturday, April 23, Washington Coast Cleanup Day

Every year, Washington’s coastline is threatened by tons of household plastics, lost fishing gear, and other man-made debris polluting the world’s oceans and washing up on our beaches. Volunteers from around the state will clean beaches from Cape Disappointment to Cape Flattery and up the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This is your chance to be part of the solution to the problem that is marine debris.

Help keep Washington’s beaches clean. Volunteers are invited to register now!

Visit the UW Earth Day Challenge for more ways to get involved and help make our planet cleaner and greener!

 

 

Earth Day Challenge 2016 Flyer.pdf

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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 Clarita@uw.edu 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:

https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/clarita/300103
Call for Symposium Volunteers_updated.pdf

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Another work party

Are you gearing up for Earth Day? Looking for some local volunteer hours? Then come to the Wet Bed Work Party this Saturday at the Center for Urban Horticulture greenhouse! The wet beds are a unique part of the greenhouse, allowing students and professors to grow plants that are fully submerged in water. Wet beds are ideal for growing wetland/riparian plants that grow in high moisture environments.

The wet beds need to be cleaned and restored to full-function before they are ready for growing plants. Help get the wet beds ready for a Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association sponsored competition experiment between the noxious weed Lysimachia vulgaris (garden loosestrife) and Scirpus microcarpus (small-fruited bulrush).

Details:

Wet Bed Work Party

Saturday, April 16th, 9am-12pm

Center for Urban Horticulture (meet in front of the Douglas Research Conservatory)

Questions? Contact Kelsey Taylor at taylorkm

Snacks will be provided!

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Pika Assistants

Field assistants needed for alpine mammal research in the Northern Rockies and Cascades

The USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center is seeking biological technicians (GS-4/5) and full-time volunteers for the summer to assist in research on American pikas and marmots. Bio-techs and a team of volunteers will be stationed at North Cascades National Park to survey pikas and marmots for the summer, while another group of volunteers will travel to remote locations across the West to survey pikas, retrieve microclimatic sensors, and survey microtopography for validation of LiDAR-based talus maps. Focused research for the latter group will occur within the Sapphire Mountains near Missoula, MT for about half of the field season. Work will involve frequent camping and strenuous hiking on rocky talus slopes throughout Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Although breathtakingly scenic, accessing these locations is physically demanding, often requiring sustained hiking in remote, rocky, high-elevation locations. In particular, logistics involve navigating a 4WD vehicle on unmarked dirt roads, and then using map, compass, and GPS to day-hike or backpack off-trail to unmarked locations 1-12 miles from the vehicle. Some sites may require hikes that ascend upwards of 900 m in elevation. Assistants stationed at North Cascades will need to camp in the backcountry most weeks. Vehicles, equipment, and instruction in field techniques and safety practices will be provided. Volunteers will receive per diem and reimbursement of eligible expenses. Per diem rates generally range from $23 to $60/day depending on travel status (i.e. camping or not) and location. Field work will likely start in late June and extend through September (North Cascades) or mid-October (all others). Start and end dates may be negotiated to accommodate specific needs such as student volunteers resuming school in September. Because field-work will require extensive training in methods of data collection, we prefer that volunteers commit at least 2.5-3 months to the project. Students wishing to develop senior theses or earn academic credit for their volunteer efforts are encouraged to make arrangements with their University.

This solicitation aims to recruit volunteers and notify potential applicants that USGS will soon advertise for the bio-tech positions. If interested, please email a Word document or pdf that includes your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 or more references to Dr. Aaron Johnston (USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center; ajohnston@usgs.gov (406) 994-7158) by 20 April 2016. Please include your dates of availability in the cover letter and indicate whether you wish to be considered for bio-tech or volunteer positions (or both). The bio-tech positions will be posted by USGS for a very short time after April 20, and the PIs will inform (in advance) all whom have expressed interest when and how to meet that narrow application window. Applications may be accepted after this date if positions remain unfilled.

Requirements:
• Ability to hike on rockslides with a moderately heavy backpack in rugged, high-elevation areas. • Familiar with navigation by maps, compass, and GPS
• Comfortable working and camping in remote, backcountry locations • Critical-thinking skills, attention to detail, and positive attitude • Valid driver’s license with a good driving record.

Desirable qualifications:
– Experience in backcountry navigation, GPS, and collection of field data. – Interest in ecology, wildlife, climate, physical geography, and scientific research – Plant ID skills
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Events are coming up this week!

Spring Events with the Society for Ecological Restoration!

Potting Party at the SER Nursery
Friday, April 8th from 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Spring is in the air—come celebrate the warm weather at the nursery work party this Friday! You can find us outside, in the yard south of the DRC greenhouse. This week, we will be sowing seeds that we have been stratifying all winter and uppotting smaller fringe cups to larger pots. Come dressed to get dirty, and make sure to bring a water bottle. As always, we have snacks! See you there!
Where: Douglas Research Conservatory (DRC), Seattle, WA 98105, United States

Yesler Work Party
Monday, April 11th from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm

Come join SER and the Friends of Yesler Swamp as we plant native shrubs and trees in Yesler Swamp. Urban swamps are rare in Seattle, and so Yesler serves as valuable habitat for birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. Our planting will ensure that it serves these functions long into the future! We will provide gloves, tools, and snacks. Planting party meets at the entrance to Yesler Swamp at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Coming up soon…

Whitman Walk Ivy Pull
Saturday, April 16th from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm

Come on by and help out anytime during this event! We will provide snacks, drinks, tools, and gloves as usual!

Earth Day Tabling in Red Square
Friday, April 22nd from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

Volunteers are needed for 1 hour time slots. If you are interested in helping out, contact Jim Cronan at jcronan@uw.edu to secure your spot in the action!

Earth Day Ivy Pull at the HUB
Friday, April 22nd 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

This is going to be an easy one to make- right in the middle of campus! Volunteers can stop by anytime, for any length of time! We will provide snacks, drinks, tools, and gloves.

More information will be available soon regarding the Earth Day events! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at seruw@uw.edu with any questions!

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Volunteer for the UW Climate Change Video Contest

Seeking volunteers to help with the UW Climate Change Video Contest!

The UW Climate Change Video Contest deadline is on Monday, April 4. And if it’s anything like last year’s contest, we’ll be getting a slew of awesome videos about climate change over the next couple of days from high school and undergrad students in Washington State.

We are seeking volunteers to help prepare the videos for the internal judging committee to review and select the top ten finalists. Volunteers will work several hours over the next couple of weeks to encode videos to various formats using free software. This can be challenging technical work, but training and support will be provided. And the videos are really entertaining and informative, so it can be a fun job!

Volunteers—as with all UW students, staff, faculty, friends and family—are encouraged to come to the award ceremony on Saturday, May 14, but volunteers will have the added bonus of attending the private reception after the event as well, if they’d like. The award ceremony, open to the public, will include the screening of the finalists, presentation of awards, and talks from an expert panel of judges. The finalists and judges with get to meet and chat about their videos and climate change at the reception. Food and beverages will be provided.

If you have an interest in climate change, video technology, or environmental outreach, and you are a SEFS undergraduate or graduate student, please consider volunteering. You can contact David Campbell at davidc23@uw.edu or Sarah Thomas at saraht4@uw.edu to apply.

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Fiddleheads Summer Opportunities

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April UW Farm tour and first spring work party

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Saturday, Apr. 2, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m

Where: Mercer Hall

The UW Farm hosts a tour on the first Saturday of each month! Open to anyone who wants to check out our growing spaces, get to know the student farm, and learn a bit about sustainable urban agriculture. Meet at 10am outside the Mercer Court Clubhouse.

The tour will be followed by a work party – this time we’ll be making beds, seeding, transplanting, and mulching. Spring has sprung!

To get to the clubhouse, head west on NE Pacific St. and head to Mercer Court Building E (furthest West). The clubhouse is located on the farthest southeast corner of the building.

Please RSVP to Sarah: <sgeurk@uw.edu>

 

 

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Northwest Environmental Forum looking for student help

The Northwest Environmental Forum, an organization managed by our school, is seeking one or more student helpers for the forum conference which happens March 21 and 22 during Spring Break. The student helper will help video record the event and applicants must have some video recording experience. The student will use a basic video camera to capture steady shots and occasionally pan to speakers and audience members. There will be at least two microphones hooked up to the camera for audio. Forum times are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 22. The student helper will also set up and break down equipment before and after those times.

The student helper will have the opportunity to attend the Northwest Environmental Forum and will be provided with breakfast and lunch. They may also stay for the reception on March 21 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Here is some information about the Forum:

NWEF on Net Pen Aquaculture
We will hear from a variety of stakeholders-from the public and private sectors to academic and industry representatives-and we’ll explore the current science, laws, regulations, diverse perspectives and passions surrounding net pen aquaculture. Everybody will get a chance to share their views. We will listen with impartial ears, and we’ll address comments and concerns in a neutral, friendly and solution-oriented environment.

About the NWEF
The NWEF has been a long-standing tradition at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and this year we’re updating the format to focus on finding solutions and delivering policy-relevant recommendations.

The student helper position will pay $15-20 per hour depending on experience. It is a temporary position for only March 21 and 22. If you are interested please respond to davidc23@uw.edu and we will arrange an informal interview.

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Volunteer Opportunity

Transportation Choices is looking for volunteers to help out with Opening Day festivities of light rail. Volunteers get awesome free light-rail themed shirts! http://transportationchoices.org/action/lightrailnow/ulink2?rp=code

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Irrigation Study at the Washington Park Arboretum

The horticulture staff at the Washington Park Arboretum is seeking student volunteers to work with us on our 2016 Green Seed Fund Grant “Azalea Way Irrigation Study”. With this grant funding we plan to test multiple ways to reduce water use on Azalea Way as well as map out the existing infrastructure. Student opportunities are available now and include: Assisting with irrigation audit field work and data collection, implementing trials of various irrigation heads, GIS mapping of all irrigation heads, controllers, valves etc. on Azalea way and verifying old mapping points, ArcGIS work, and generating a water budget for each of the three irrigation zones in the study. Other student involvement possible as the project progresses. This would be a great opportunity for an undergraduate capstone student or MEH graduate student. If interested contact Kathleen DeMaria at kd6@uw.edu.

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