Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Yesterday's earthquake was a minor affair in Bridgewater. Geography alum Phil Klotzbach suggests we keep an eye on Irene.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mass DEP Internships

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recently contacted the BSU Office of Career Services to remind our campus community that DEP has a number of internships available in all regions of the state. Geographers are imminently qualified for many of these opportunities. Have a look at the "Available Internships" link on the DEP Internship web page to see what might be a good fit for you. Then contact any geography professor and the Career Services office for next steps. It is best to finalize internship arrangements within the add/drop period of each semester.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dedham GIS Internship for Fall

Duties and Responsibilities:
Assists the GIS Manager and Town staff in a variety of GIS related projects.  The GIS Intern will be responsible for data creation and maintenance, spatial analysis and cartographic production.  Other duties include GPS field work and other tasks as they relate to the general administration of the Engineering Department.

The successful candidate will work under the general direction of the GIS Manager.  Employee is expected to have some measure of initiative and independence in solving problems and performing assigned duties. 


Education and Experience

Must be a candidate to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, GIS, or a closely related field.  Previous related work experience is a plus.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill
Must be proficient with ArcGIS Desktop 9.x/10 and Microsoft Office.  Experience with GPS technology is preferred.   Knowledge of VBA, Python or other scripting language is a plus.  Valid Massachusetts’s motor vehicle operator’s license required.

SALARY:               $15.00  per hour.
HOURS:                20hr/wk year round available.

Please send resume and copy of latest available transcript to:
Leon Scott, GIS Manager                                                         
Town of Dedham                             
Department of Infrastructure Engineering   
55 River Street                               
Dedham, Massachusetts 02026                

lscott  AT  dedham-ma DOT gov                
phone: (781) 751-9390 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (781) 751-9390      end_of_the_skype_highlighting                      
fax: (781) 751-9359                        

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nicaragua Development Job

From Dr. Hayes-Bohanan: I recently received this job announcement from a Nicaragua listserv. The deadline is soon and the job requirements are very specific, so finding the right applicant through this post is not very likely. I decided to share it, however, as the kind of opportunity for which a geographic education may be quite suitable. Even though the description does not list geography as a qualifying discipline, many of the responsibilities and characteristics listed are those of geographers! 

Note the need for foreign language skills. Although BSU does not require a foreign language (at the moment), languages are required for many of the careers to which geographers are best suited.

Food for the Hungry (FH, is a Christian International Development Organization with presence in Nicaragua since 1994.  FH is expanding its short-term teams program and is recruiting for the following position:
Assistant Teams Coordinator – This individual will support the Teams Coordinator in all aspects of the administration and implementation of the short-term teams program in Nicaragua.  
Primary Responsibilities:
·         Help in the identification and execution of projects that support the on-going work of the organization in the communities of Chinandega and Somotillo.
·         Organize and implement all the logistics related to team visits.
·         Share the vision, mission, and values of the organization with each team and helping them understand how they can support the on-going transformation process in the communities where they serve.
·         Facilitate the development of just and mutually respectful relationships between team and community members.  
This position requires an individual with the following characteristics:
·         A desire to serve and transform vulnerable communities in Nicaragua.
·         Good understanding of the context and culture of both Nicaragua and the United States.
·         Bilingual in English and Spanish (oral and written).
·         Highly responsible and detail oriented.
·         BA/BS in business administration, international development, or similar field,

Send resume and cover letter explain your interest in the position to by August 19, 2011.  After this date we will conduct interviews with the top candidates.