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Job Opening – Education Center Director, Maine

The Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education seeks an experienced, innovative professional with excellent communications skills for the position of Education Center Director. This is a full-time, 24-month position, with renewal contingent on funding and job performance. The Education Center Director will coordinate all education activities at the Downeast Institute associated with a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation program. These activities include developing an original, inquiry-based curriculum focused on marine science education, offering workshops for in-service teachers,
developing and delivering summer programs at the Center for youth, organizing regular meetings of the partnership team from the University of Maine at Machias, Maine Sea Grant, Washington County Community College, and the Downeast Institute, and working with team members on other educational activities. Successful grant-writing ability will be required to secure ongoing funding for salary and educational programs. This position is based at the Downeast Institute in Beals, Maine.

Casco Bay Film Festival

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival hosted by Friends of Casco Bay, on Saturday, October 3rd 5-8:45 p.m., in Abromson Auditorium on University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. This event, to benefit Friends of Casco Bay, features a selection of award-winning films, food catered by Whole Foods, and a cash bar. Doors open at 4 p.m. $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Tickets go on sale September 1st online or in person at Whole Foods Market, Portland.

Job Posting: Research Associate, Maine

The Marine Education and Outreach Program, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine Darling Marine Center announces an opening for a full-time research associate.  The purpose of the position is to provide professional support to a marine education and outreach program with particular focus on social networking audiences.  The position will apply online collaboration methodology to improve the regional and national programs of the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE).  Initial appointment is for one year, with annual reappointment dependent upon external grant funding and performance. The primary location of the position is at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine.  Required Knowledge / Skills: M.S. in Marine Biology, Oceanography, or related fields; Experience working with science researchers, teachers, and general public in web-based education environments; Skill in writing grant proposals; Ability to work in a Mac computing environment to create and maintain project databases, reports, and web pages; Willingness to travel extensively.

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Job Posting: Marine Education Associate, Maine

The Marine Education and Outreach Program,  School of Marine Sciences, Darling Marine Center (Walpole, ME) announces an opening for a Full-Time Marine Education Associate.  The purpose of the position is to provide professional support to a marine education and outreach program. The position will apply educational research and nationally recognized standards to develop curriculum and pedagogical strategies to deliver marine science content to K-12, college-level, and public audiences.  Initial appointment is for one year, with annual reappointment dependent upon external grant funding and performance. The primary location of the position is at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine.

Required Knowledge / Skills: M. Ed. or B. Sc. in Science Education with background in Marine Science, Earth Science, or Physical sciences; Experience working with science researchers, teachers, and general public; Skill in writing grant proposals; Ability to work in a Mac computing environment to create and maintain project databases, reports, and web content; Willingness to travel extensively.

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Interpretive Education Associate (Maine)

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine has an opening for an Interpretive Education Associate. This year-round position is responsible for coordinating volunteer naturalists to lead school programs and public tours, facilitating teacher trainings, scheduling guided school programs, leading a variety of educational interpretive programs, assisting with the planning of special events, and developing curriculum and instructional materials. This is a two-year grant-funded position at 32 hours per week with occasional evening and weekend work. There is the possibility of extension after two years. For details visit online or contact Suzanne Eder <suzanne@wellsnerr.org>.

Shoals Marine Lab Students Make Archaeological Discovery

The first prehistoric archaeological site in the Isles of Shoals (NH and ME) has been discovered on Smuttynose Island, Maine, by students in Cornell’s Archaeology Field School at Shoals Marine Laboratory. “This is a special discovery,” said Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley, Assistant Director at the Shoals Marine Laboratory and co-director of the Isles of Shoals archaeology project. “We always suspected that native peoples may have stopped at the Shoals before the 17th century fishing station was established, but now we have clear evidence for their presence.” A guest at the field school this summer was Native American archaeologist, Sharon Moses, who recently received her Ph.D. in Archaeology from Cornell University. Dr. Moses, who has worked on prehistoric sites in Central America and Turkey, was also very excited about the discovery, stating, “Congratulations to Professor Hamilton and the Isles of Shoals archaeology project for confirming what the archaeological community has only been able to speculate about until now.”

The director of the project, Professor Nathan Hamilton of the University of Southern Maine, documented several stone tools (arrow points, knives, and scrapers) recovered along with stone flakes from tool manufacture, ceramics and fire-cracked rock. These artifacts represent a substantial activity area that appears to date to AD 800-1200 on the basis of artifact styles that include a Levanna point, a side-notched point and a Stemmed point. Excavations during 2009 produced evidence sufficient to designate a prehistoric site number, and an application will be filed with Maine Historic Preservation Commission in coming months. The site will be known as the Hubbard-Oberlander Site.

Shoals Marine Lab Director William E. Bemis noted that: “Archaeological studies on Smuttynose Island go hand-in-hand with ongoing investigations on the historical ecology of the Isles of Shoals. As we build a better picture of human habitation of the islands, we can better understand the context for ongoing ecological change in marine and terrestrial environments.”
The Isles of Shoals are most famous for the colonial fishing station sited on Smuttynose Island that existed in the 17th-19th centuries and whose origin predated the arrival of Puritans to Massachusetts. Adjacent Appledore Island is home to Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell’s marine field station and the base for the archaeological project on Smuttynose.

For more information contact Robin Hadlock Seeley <rhs4@cornell.edu>.

Lecture Series at Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) presents Sea State 4.1 lecture series:  Ocean Wind: Charting a Course for Maine’s Energy Future, Second Thursday of each month,  7PM, Gulf of Maine Research Institute,  350 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
Sea State lectures are free and parking is provided in GMRI’s adjacent parking lot.

July 9 – The Gulf of Maine is the Saudi Arabia of Wind
Governor Angus King, Independence Wind

Aug 13 – How Does a State Take the Lead in Ocean Wind?  Lessons from Rhode Island and New Jersey
Chris Wisseman, Deepwater Wind

Sept 10 – The Challenges and Opportunities for Maine to Emerge as an International Ocean Energy Leader
George Harte, Ocean Energy Institute

Oct 8 – Grid Scale Renewable Energy: Lessons from Europe
Speaker to be Announced

Nov 12 – Community Wind on Maine’s Islands: Lessons from an Early Win on Vinalhaven and North Haven
George Baker, Harvard Business School and Fox Islands Electric Cooperative