Monday, June 20, 2016

Marine mammal observer certification

I am holding a training course in Boston which provides Protected Species Observer (also known as Marine Mammal Observer) certification on Sept 24-25.  I was wondering if some students or faculty/staff would be interested in obtaining this professional certification this fall.  This training is approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement to provide Protected Species Observer certification for the Gulf of Mexico, and is often accepted in various other industries and regions where mitigation for protected species is needed.  PSOs monitor for marine mammals and sea turtles, and advise on the measures required to reduce impacts to the animals worldwide.  This course also includes a field component (vessel trip) to complement classroom instruction, allowing students to acquire experience identifying the animals at sea.
The course examines the regulations for reducing seismic survey impacts to marine mammals and sea turtles, and how to visually locate and identify the animals. I am offering this course at a discounted rate of $725 for members of non-profit organizations, students and recent graduates (normal cost $800).  Lunch is provided each day, along with various identification guides, regulatory documents, advice on applying to PSO positions, and a three-hour whale watch trip to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, one of the top whale-watching destinations in the world.  Please find the flyer for the course in the attached file. 
Additional information may be found on the MPSC website at, by contacting me at, by phone at 832-523-2402.
Thank you,
Angela Bostwick / Founder 
Marine Protected Species Consulting

Friday, June 3, 2016

New course - elective credit

New course being offered this fall--I will count this as an elective in the Environmental Science curriculum.

Challenges & Opportunities: Resiliency in a post-Sandy Coastal State
Fall 2016
11:573:409, index #19695, 3 credits

CUES Case Studies provide an opportunity to explore and apply resilience approaches with a focus on New Jersey local communities. Lectures, readings, site visits and a group project will consider environmental, social, political, and economic factors that influence landuse decisions that affect environmental planning. Changes to existing policies and practices that could improve future outcomes will be explored.

Time: Monday & Wednesday, Period 6 (5:35 – 6:55 PM)
Place: Blake Hall, Room 128
Instructor:   Dr. Beth Ravit, 848-932-9334

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Jobs with The Nature Conservancy

The NJ Chapter of The Nature Conservancy recently posted 4 job openings.  I
would appreciate any help you may be able to provide in getting the word
out.  The job descriptions are attached and some specifics are detailed

Freshwater Analyst
Recruitment ID#:  44286
Application deadline: Wednesday, June 15th, 11:59 pm
Location:  Eldora, NJ
Additional comments: 2-year position

River Restoration Manager
Recruitment ID#:  44287
Application deadline: Wednesday, June 15th, 11:59 pm
Location:  Chester, NJ

Coastal Restoration Technician
Recruitment ID#:  44298
Application deadline: Tuesday, June 14th, 11:59 pm
Location:  Eldora, NJ
Additional comments: 3-month position (July - September)

Coastal Resilience Manager
Recruitment ID#:  44299
Application deadline: Sunday, June 19th, 11:59 pm
Location:  Eldora, NJ
Additional comments: 2- to 3-year position

How to Apply:
For more information and to apply, please visit<> and search for
Recruitment ID#  in the keyword search.  The Nature Conservancy is an Equal
Opportunity Employer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Summer jobs

Summer Jobs for the Environment!

My name is Marc, Rutgers alumni May 2015, and this summer I will be one of the directors in the New Brunswick office helping to run campaigns for Environment New Jersey.

Environment New Jersey is hiring students to work on our campaigns this summer in New Jersey. We're looking for folks that are hardworking, good communicators, and committed to making positive change.

This summer our top campaign is saving the bees! To sign up to learn more click here.

This has been a problem for over a decade, but now bee keepers are reporting losing on average a third of bee populations each year. This is a huge environmental and economic issue, because bees pollinate everything from strawberries to coffee, and even the food that dairy animals eat which give us ice cream and cheese.

One cause of this issue is that bees have increasingly exposed to a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which are powerful neurotoxins. However, chemical companies like Syngenta are working to convince the EPA to raise the allowable limit of one of their bee-killing pesticides by more than 400 times.

That's why we are working to push Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency to speed up the testing on neonics, and to eventually ban the use of these toxins. But to do that, we need to demonstrate the public's support. To win this campaign, we are hiring folks to get out into communities, and build support for this issue based out of our New Brunswick office. Over the course of the summer you can expect to make between $4,000-$6,000 and make $10-$15/HR. It's a great way to build your resume, like an internship, but you get paid.

To sign up to learn more click here.

Learn more about our campaigns at

Monday, May 16, 2016


The Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection (NRDP) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has awards (tuition+stipend) to support multiport Research Assistant positions in the areas of hydrology/hydrogeology/hydraulic engineering starting September 2016 and January 2017. The students would work on projects funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the USEPA, and Industry.

Students would matriculate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NJIT,, which is housed in the College of Engineering, ranked in the top 100 engineering colleges in the US by the 2015 US News and World Report. The research requires conducting numerical simulations of water flow and solute transport in various water systems (underground, surface, and estuaries).

The qualified candidate must have a strong understanding of the fundamentals, and have high grades and high GRE scores. The position is offered on the Main Campus of NJIT in Newark, 20 minutes from downtown New York City. The NRDP Center Director (Professor Michel Boufadel) and staff are conducting research on major projects including the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Deepwater Horizon (Gulf) spill, natural gas extraction from Marcellus Shale, and Hurricane Sandy. More information on the NRDP Center can be found at Interested applicants are urged to email their application in one pdf file that contains CV, university grades and GRE scores, and research statement to Michel C. Boufadel, PhD, PE, BCEE, F. ASCE, D.WRE, P.Hydro. Director, Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection (NRDP) Professor, John A. Reif, Jr. Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering The New Jersey Institute of Technology Room 435 Colton Hall 323 MLK Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102-1824 Ph: 973-596-6079 email:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Consulting job in Bridgewater

1011 U.S. HIGHWAY 22, SUITE 302
Verina Consulting Group, LLC (VERINA), a professional consultancy firm specializing in the
environmental management, engineering, and science, is seeking a detail oriented, well organized,
dependable professional with excellent interpersonal skills to join our team. Position requires strict
adherence to health and safety requirements, attention to detail, good work ethic, and a passion for high
quality workmanship.
General Responsibilities:
• Participation in all aspects of environmental services including site assessment and investigation;
feasibility studies; remedial design and actions; remediation implementation and system operation,
maintenance, and monitoring (OMM); system installation and construction oversight; collection of
soil, sediment, surface water, and groundwater samples; oversight of installation and/or processing
of soil cores and soil and groundwater characterization.
• Preparation of engineering design plan and specifications; remedial action plans; system OMM
plans; sampling and analysis plans; engineering and investigation reports; and data
management, compilation, analysis, and evaluation.
• Coordination with regulatory agencies and subcontractors/vendors for project activities.
Basic and Required Qualifications:
Minimum 0 to 2 years of professional experience in environmental fields.
Education Required: Bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science,
Geology or related fields
Skills required: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and related documentation/computer
Desire to pursue environmental consulting as a career path through coursework, internships,
professional work, etc.
Interest in performing field activities.
Available for business travel for extended periods. A valid driver's license is required for this
ditional and Preferred Qualifications:
Registrations/Certifications Preferred: Engineer-in-Training, OSHA 40-hr HAZWOPER
Roger K. Bajorek, PG, LSRP
Verina Consulting Group, LLC
1011 U.S. Highway 22, Suite 302
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Summer+fall work at Rutgers

Dear All:

We have a Type 4 (Seasonal Ag Worker) position available as described below. Please share with any graduating senior (Agricultural Science/Plant Science/Ag & Food Systems/Environmental and Business Economics background preferred) interested in gaining some experience in field experimentation and ag produce handling.
Position Available: Rutgers Type 4 (Seasonal Agricultural Worker)
1.      Purpose of appointment: The Rutgers Type 4 Seasonal Agricultural Worker (SAW) position in the NJAES Exotic Pepper Project is needed to manage the greenhouse and field studies designed to compare exotic pepper selections for public  release starting in 2016. These studies will involve raising pepper seedlings in the greenhouse, transplanting in the field, managing the peppers in the field (fertilizer application and weeding), collecting data on growth and development, and harvesting. In addition the SAW will organize the Harvest Your Own Pepper (HYOP) 2016, which shall include visual evaluation of pepper selections by participants at the HYOP 2016 event (in October 2016).
2.      Additional activities: As the need arises and in addition to the above responsibilities, the SAW will work on other crops such as tigernuts, green amaranth, roselle and okra in the greenhouse and field to advance production, harvesting and marketing at Farmers Markets and Rutgers Dining Services in New Brunswick
3.      Period of appointment: From Monday June 6, 2016 till November 30, 2016, in the first instance. 
4.      Location of  appointment: Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ
5.      Work hours: 32 hours per week (or 4 [four] 8-hr days per week)
6.      Wage: $11/hr
7.      Employment status: Rutgers Type 4
8.      Supervisor: Dr. Albert Ayeni
9.      Health Insurance: The SAW must comply with Rutgers’ conditions on health insurance requirements.
10.  Mobility: Employee must have a means of transportation
11.  Contact: Albert Ayeni, 848-932-6289;
Best, Albert

Albert Ayeni, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Entrepreneurship Ag Program
Co-Director, International Science and Education
Coordinator, Africa Regional Programs
Dept. Plant Biology & Pathology
Rutgers' SEBS
Foran Hall Room 268
59 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Tel: 848-932-6289; 732-932-3844