Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

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CONSERVATION INTERNSHIP IN MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION

CONSERVATION INTERNSHIP IN MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION

The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies seeks an Intern to contribute to regional conservation efforts through visual media, creative communication and information exchange. Prescott College is a private liberal arts institution of higher learning in Arizona offering B.A., B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies is Prescott College’s field station on the central shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. The Center’s mission is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges.

THE INFORMATION CENTER (IC) provides library and bibliographical resources, workshops, databases, educational displays, web-based resources and meeting spaces that connect community members, researchers, resource managers and students with each other and with information about the region. The IC makes important information usable and accessible to bilingual and culturally diverse community members, students, resource managers, researchers, and funders. In addition to the physical information resources maintained by the field station, the Kino Bay Center regularly hosts training workshops and regional conferences to apply information toward progress on specific inter-institutional and community-based conservation initiatives. The IC inspires collaborative and multicultural approaches to complicated conservation issues.

Responsibilities Include:

Required experience/skills include:

  • Collaborate with all Center programs toward the creation of visual displays such as posters, slideshows, community art, interactive displays, conference presentations, etc.
  • Help to maintaining a photo database of over 65,000 images
  • Assist in the writing and/or editing of grant proposals, technical reports, annual reports, and peer-reviewed articles
  • Assist with outreach campaigns
  • Update and maintaining the field station's social media (and help with website updates)
  • Communicate the station's work to various audiences to garner public support and attract funders
  • Support and interface with visiting researchers and groups
  • Participate in the Center's research and outreach activities as possible
  • Edit English written or translated by non-native speakers

20% Participation in the research, conservation, education, outreach and general activities of the Center:

  • Collaborate with fellows, students, researchers, local indigenous groups and community members to assist in field activities related to research, education and community outreach
  • Participate in university class activities in a support role
  • Lend general support to logistics and other Center activities
  • Get involved in events, outreach, and collaboration with other programs at the Center including the Environmental Education, Marine Mammal, Wetland Conservation and Indigenous Community Partnership programs
  • Contribute to the Center´s vision of modeling multi-cultural and co-creative collaboration

Required experience/skills include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Strong interest in and commitment to the Center’s mission and vision
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving skills in a variety of conditions
  • Ability to be self-directed/motivated as well as work as a team member and during irregular hours
  • Excellent visual media skills (photography, video, graphic design, slideshows, etc.)
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; professional level English required; Spanish highly desirable
  • Experience managing social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Willingness/desire to participate in conservation projects conducted through the Center
  • Working knowledge of ecology and conservation issues
  • Ability to work and live as a part of a bilingual team in a remote communal field station in a small fishing village in northwestern Mexico
  • Willingness to pitch in beyond project work to creating a functional and positive field station atmosphere

Housing, a living stipend, project expenses and partial reimbursement of travel expenses will be provided. Internship term is somewhat flexible – season is September 13-July 31 Please direct inquiries and applications to Ana Martinez (ana.martinez@prescott.edu), and Lorayne Meltzer (lmeltzer@prescott.edu). To apply please send a resume, contact information for 3 references, and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your relevant experience and skills (see above).

CONSERVATION FELLOWSHIP IN WATERBIRD MONITORING AND RESEARCH

CONSERVATION FELLOWSHIP IN WATERBIRD MONITORING AND RESEARCH

The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies (the Center) seeks a Fellow to contribute to regional conservation efforts through waterbird monitoring. The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies (the Center) is a bi-national field station and Mexican non-profit organization (A.C.) dedicated to experiential education and community-based environmental conservation, and the Center was established as a Mexican NGO in 1992. The Center’s mission is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges.

THE WATERBIRD MONITORING PROGRAM monitors migratory and resident waterbirds in an assortment of habitats ranging from rocky islands to muddy estuaries in the Gulf of California in Mexico, a very important region for nesting and migratory waterbirds. Data has been collected over many years through projects including: multispecies waterbird censuses in coastal wetlands, nest monitoring, productivity studies, and pelagic seabird monitoring. Focal species include ~20 species of waterbirds including wading birds, shorebirds, pelicans, murrelets and gulls. The WMP is currently working with regional partners toward coordinated monitoring and additionally working in collaboration with the Center's other programs to implement community outreach programs and develop management and conservation plans based on data collected by the WMP

Responsibilities Include:

The fellowship recipient will work in collaboration with the program coordinator and under supervision from the Program Director and in collaboration with advisors, fellows, interns, students, researchers, local indigenous groups and community members to conduct monitoring and to enter, analyze and apply data. The fellowship allows for some degree of freedom to pursue independent research interests. The fellow will participate in events, outreach, and education in collaboration with other programs at the Center. Additionally, interfacing with students taking field classes and visiting researchers, as well as just pitching in at the field station generally is essential. Everyone at the center is expected to contribute to the Center’s vision of modeling multi-cultural and co-creative collaborations

Required experience/skills include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, biology, ecology or related areas.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to the Center’s mission and vision
  • Familiarity and confidence identifying and estimating group size for waterbirds (esp. shorebirds, gulls, terns, ducks, wading birds, seabirds)
  • Ability to collect data accurately in harsh conditions (desert sun, high heat, biting insects); experience using GPS units and ArcGIS
  • Experience developing and following research protocols for field studies
  • Experience entering and maintaining data in Excel and running statistical analyses
  • Excellent organization and writing skills
  • English and Spanish language skills (fluency in one and competency in the other)
  • Experience and passion for teaching and public speaking for a range of audiences
  • Ability/desire to collaborate with governmental agencies and NGOs toward regional goals
  • Project management and leadership skills
  • Ability to work and live as a part of a bilingual team in a remote communal field station in a small fishing village in northwestern Mexico
  • Ability to be self-directed/motivated as well as work alone in the field
  • Willingness to pitch in beyond project work to create a functional and positive field station atmosphere
  • Current driver’s license and comfort driving in remote settings
  • Some biological/cultural knowledge of the region desirable

Housing, a living stipend, project expenses and partial reimbursement of travel expenses will be provided. Please direct inquiries and applications to Paulina Camarena (paulina.camarena@prescott.edu), Jaime Martínez (jaime.martinez@precott.edu), and Lorayne Meltzer (lmeltzer@prescott.edu). To apply please send a resume, contact information for 3 references and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your relevant experience and skills (see above). The Fellowship period is from September 13, 2021-July 31, 2022. Applications received before July 5th will be given preference. Extended contracts dependent upon project needs, performance and funding.

Co-COORDINADOR DE CONSERVACION: Programa de Educación Ambiental

Co-COORDINADOR DE CONSERVACION: Programa de Educación Ambiental

El Centro de Estudios Culturales y Ecológicos de Prescott College A.C. busca coordinador(a) para el Programa de Educación Ambiental y Liderazgo Comunitario en la comunidad de Bahía de Kino, Sonora, México. El Centro es una estación de campo binacional y una asociación civil y también un departamento de Prescott College, una universidad en Arizona con un enfoque de educación interdisciplinaria basada en experiencia. La misión del Centro es proteger especies y hábitats prioritarios a través de la aplicación de ciencia, educación, intercambio de información y participación comunitaria. Por otra parte, la visión del Centro es fomentar y modelar colaboraciones entre personas de diferentes culturales e instituciones para co-crear soluciones a los complejos retos de la conservación.

EL PROGRAMA DE EDUCACIÓN AMBIENTAL Y LIDERAZGO COMUNITARIO (PEA) en respuesta a la necesidad crítica de educación vivencial y capacitación, desde el 2000 se ha dado acompañamiento a nuevas generaciones de niños y jóvenes de la comunidad pesquera de Bahía de Kino, que enfrenta problemas socioambientales en la Región de las Grandes Islas del Golfo de California. El objetivo del PEA es ser partícipes en procesos de formación de líderes comunitarios con un profundo sentido de pertenencia, quienes tengan el conocimiento, las habilidades y actitudes para ser agentes de cambio en su comunidad. El programa imparte clases de ecología en primarias de Bahía de Kino, da acompañamiento en actividades de clubes y grupos ecológicos y redes juveniles, facilita una plataforma de servicio social, prácticas profesionales y voluntariado en el Centro. Además, organiza y facilita eventos educativos comunitarios y difunde información sobre contextos socioambientales. Un enfoque fuerte para el PEA en los próximos cinco años es la revitalización de educación comunitaria y la facilitación de procesos participativos.

DESCRIPCIÓN DEL PUESTO: El Co-coordinador(a) debe contar con iniciativa y motivación para realizar proyectos y actividades comunitarias, acostumbrado al trabajo interdisciplinario y a la convivencia con grupos multiculturales. Se espera una persona independiente, creativa e innovadora que pueda proponer y plantear ideas de trabajo comunitario encaminados a la educación ambiental.

Responsabilidades

  • Revitalizar la educación comunitaria dentro del PEA a través de procesos participativos y acompañamiento con miembros de las comunidades locales e indígenas con quienes se ha colaborado durante 30 años
  • Contribuir al ambiente colaborativo y multicultural en el Centro y entre el Centro y sus visitantes y colaboradores.
  • Organizar y facilitar eventos comunitarios, espacios participativos y salidas al campo.
  • Colaborar con la planeación e impartición de las currículas a 4º y 6º de primaria enfocadas en ecología y ecosistemas regionales del Desierto sonorense y el Golfo de California.
  • Redactar informes (semanales, mensuales y anuales).
  • Planear e implementar salidas de campo y visitas educativas.
  • Apoyar en la coordinación y acompañamiento de clubes de ecología.
  • Participar en conferencias y talleres regionales de educación ambiental.
  • Apoyar y participar en actividades generales del Centro.

Requisitos: Buscamos una persona con habilidades, experiencia y compromiso en:

  • Contexto socioambientales de comunidades rurales e indígenas de México.
  • Facilitación de procesos participativos.
  • Trabajo en campo facilitando actividades educativas.
  • Construcción e implementación de programas de educación ambiental incluyentes, innovadores, colaborativos y basados en el estudiante o miembro de la comunidad.
  • Construcción de canales y espacios de comunicación equitativos, activos y multiculturales.
  • Acompañamiento en procesos, contextos y prioridades comunitarias.
  • Trabajo en equipo con grupos multiculturales y multi-generacionales.
  • Toma de decisiones, proactividad basada en procesos colaborativos y escucha activa.
  • Interés en conocer la naturaleza, ecología y problemática ambiental de la región.
  • Sistematización y difusión de información.

Requisitos básicos:

  • Nacionalidad indistinta con permiso para trabajar en México.
  • Licenciatura o maestría en un campo relacionado con trabajo con comunidades.
  • Manejo de Office Word, Excel y Power Point.
  • Excelentes habilidades de comunicación oral y escrita.
  • Excelentes habilidades de comunicación interpersonal.
  • Inglés básico.

Requisitos deseables:

  • Conocimientos básicos de los ecosistemas marinos y desérticos.
  • Experiencia impartiendo clases.
  • Atención en primeros auxilios en áreas remotas.
  • Licencia de conducir vigente.
  • Manejo de vehículos de transmisión manual.

Para aplar, Mandar currículo, carta de interés resumiendo su interés y experiencia relacionada con el puesto, dos referencias laborales con contactos. Las solicitudes recibidas antes del 5 de julio tendrán preferencia, sin embargo, la convocatoria estará abierta hasta que la vacante sea ocupada. El ciclo laborar incia el 13 de septiembre de 2021. Solo se tomaran en cuenta solicitudes completas enviadas a: Verónica Maldonado (vero.maldonado@prescott.edu), Natalia Blancas Gallangos (Natalia.gallangos@prescott.edu), y Lorayne Meltzer (lmeltzer@prescott.edu. Beneficios: Sueldo base, seguro social y gastos selectos para viajes; oportunidades de desarrollo profesional y hospedaje en el Centro para los primeros 6 meses.