Job Opportunity: Teacher Naturalist, Cape Cod

The N.E.E.D. (National Environmental Education Development) Collaborative, in Truro, MA,  has an open position for a skilled Teacher-Naturalist for the 2010-2011 school year.  The N.E.E.D. Collaborative is a small residential environmental education program, which is run by three local school districts Dennis-Yarmouth, Harwich and Falmouth.   The program facility is located in a retired Coast Guard Station on the Cape Cod National Seashore.  All fifth grade classes from the districts participate in the program for a three or five day stay.  Average class size is generally 18-24 students. Teaching/trail groups are 6 to 8 students.

Responsibilities: Teachers develop and present experiential lessons based on the MA Education Frameworks and centered on the local environments (Beach & Dune, Dune Forest, Kettlehole pond, Freshwater Swamps) and history (Pilgrims, Shipwrecks & U.S. Lifesaving Service).   Additional lessons include Nightwalk, Group Dynamics/Community Building, and Pizza Making among others.  Staff members also assist with some meal prep and serving; rotate responsibility for bedtime duties and group supervision during short bus trips to various natural and historical areas of the outer Cape; contribute to the overall care and maintenance of the facility as part of the work week.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree.  Experience working with kids in a residential setting preferred. CPR/First Aid certification required.  Love of being outdoors in all kinds of weather on the great outer beach of the Cape Cod National Seashore and a background/experience in natural history interpretation, marine science, or general ecology extremely helpful.

Dates: Early September 2010 – June 2011. One week off at Thanksgiving, two weeks off at Christmas/New Years. One week off for February Break.

Salary & Benefits: ~$390 /week plus private room and board for entire contract period. Health, Life, and Dental Insurance are available. Good food, great views, generally likable kids, fresh air and plenty of exercise guaranteed.

To Apply: send cover letter, resume and the names and phone numbers/ email addresses of three references to: Eleanor Moody, Director NEED Collaborative PO Box 896 Truro, MA. 02666-0896 or e-mail to:

Family Cruise with Audubon Naturalist – Cape Cod

Engage in marine science with Mass Audubon Naturalists on a 2-hour boat cruise aboard Hy-Line’s Sea Swan and discover creatures that live in Cape Cod waters! We’ll use an otter trawl net, fish pots and plankton tow to bring everything from microscopic marine life to glowing Comb jellies to small sharks on board for close up observation. This family oriented cruise will launch from Hyannis, and travel through Lewis Bay, Hyannis Harbor and near shore Nantucket Sound. Cruises depart Thursdays, July 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and August 5th and 12th 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Cruises leave from Ocean Street Dock . Preregistration required.  For more information and to register call 508-790-0696, and ask for Mass Audubon’s Aquatic Exploration Cruises

PD on Cape Cod: Oceans, Coasts and Climate for Teachers

Mon August 2 – Thurs August 5, 2010, 9:00-3:30 plus follow-up session Nov 6
Location: Waquoit Bay Research Reserve, Falmouth, MA, and Woods Hole
This course will present information, research, and activities on climate topics with a special focus on Massachusetts marine and coastal systems. Participants will carry out field studies, practice using marine and coastal data, and engage in lessons and activities for teaching about climate. We will hear presentations from research scientists studying climate at sea and along the shore. Participants will receive lesson plans and a resource CD. Best for teachers in grades 7 -12.
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MITS Summer Institute on Cape Cod

There is still room for grades 3-12 teachers in the MITS Summer Institute on Cape Cod. Check out the web site for the particulars. Theme is “Interactions in the Sciences:Observe, Investigate, Explain.” Taught by educators from Cape Cod Maritime Museum, National Marine Life Center, OceanQuest, and South Shore Nature Center. Sign up quickly. The Institute runs from July 6 through July16th with a call back day in the fall and spring..

Job Opportunities – Summer on Cape Cod, MA

The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Waquoit/Falmouth MA has several seasonal positions open, including island managers, endangered shorebird program manager, and park interpreter.  Unpaid internships also available.  Learn more about WBNERR online; job descriptions and application details are here.  Deadlines 2/15/10 and 3/31/10.

Lecture – “The World of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster”

As part of a”Science First Friday” program, the Brooks Free Library of Harwich MA presents a free lecture by Heinz Proft, who will share research he conducted on artificial reefs in the Florida Keys with the Caribbean Marine Research Center.  February 5, 12 to 1 pm, 739 Main St., Harwich.  Call 508-430-7562 for more information.

A native of Minnesota, Proft has a Master’s Degree in Marine Fisheries from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary and has also worked as a Research Associate with the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole. An avid scuba diver and private pilot, he has been the Town of Harwich Natural Resources Officer and Assistant Harbormaster for the past twelve years.

Lecture on Seals of Cape Cod

Upcoming lecture at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary:  “SEALS OF CAPE COD” by Lisa Sette, Biologist with Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Wednesday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.

Seals swimming in the surf or resting on shore have become an increasingly common sight along our shores, especially on the Outer Cape. Lisa Sette, a biologist with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, is particularly interested in the haul-out sites of gray and harbor seals and she has started a pilot study to use these resting sites to help her gain more information about seal behavior and population dynamics. On Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Lisa Sette will speak about her seal research. The talk is open to the public. Cost is $5 for Mass Audubon and $7 for non-members. Discount is also extended to Center for Coastal Studies members. No registration is required. For more information contact 508-349-2615.