Resources and Opportunities

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Job Opportunities


Informal Education Program Supervisor

SALARY: $63,855.00 - $88,758.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 11/24/14 CLOSING DATE: 12/12/14 05:00 PM
The Oregon Zoo is pleased to announce an available position working in our Conservation
Education division. The person in this position will plan and develop curriculum and program
activities for camp and other informal education programs at the zoo such as overnight programs
and behind the scenes tours. The focus of this position will be to develop meaningful
environmental literacy focused curriculum for families and children, and ensure efficient program operation. Duties will also include staff supervision, developing and monitoring the programbudget, and evaluating curriculum and program effectiveness to provide the best service possibleto program participants and zoo visitors.

At Metro, we strive to hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve,
understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and
support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

Application requirements
1) Electronic application, 2) answers to supplemental questions 3) resume and 4) cover
letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the duties of this position.

Training Opportunities


The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Check out AASHE's events and webinars.

UO Sustainability Leadership Program

Offering professional development education on sustainability practices, the program is designed to provide participants with the capacity to position themselves or their organizations effectively as leaders in the field, and to anticipate and adapt to future challenges.


Grant Opportunities

Funding: East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Partners in Conservation (PIC) Grants
Applications are due by December 15

Conservation of our District’s natural resources can be complex.Sometimes the most effective way to advance our goals is not to do the work ourselves, but rather to help support others in doing the work. We developed our Grants and Cost Share Programs as a way to provide our partners with the financial and technical resources to tackle diverse conservation projects and conservation education within the District.

2015 PIC Grant application materials are now available! Find all of the application materials on our application page.

Funding: NFWF’s Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists Request for Proposals
Accepting proposals throughDecember 16, 2014.

This funding opportunity is led by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and is supported by the USFS,BLM, BOR and private sponsors. The effort is aligned with the21stCentury Conservation Service Corps (21CSC)and provides nearly $2,000,000 in funding to support innovative partnerships that provide meaningful conservation employment for young people. In 2015, the Forest Service has committed $405,000 to support projects that benefit Forest Service lands and program. These federal funds must be matched at least 1:1 with non-federal contributions.

Visit theNFWF NextGen websiteto see if you might have opportunities that align with this program.Eligibility– FS units cannot directly submit proposals, but partners must work closely with FS units in the development of proposals. 21CSC partner organizations will be given priority for FS funding.
Funding- $50,000 limit on proposals; although projects that partner across agencies may be larger. Cross-agency partners are strongly encouraged! All federal funds must be matched at least 1:1 with non-federal contributions.

Process– Proposals are developed and submitted online through theNextGenwebsite. Project selections are anticipated in early Spring 2015.

Funding: Nature in Neighborhood Conservation Education Grants
Applications due Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

Do you have an idea to connect people with nature? Teach people about water quality, fish and wildlife habitat or to support healthier communities? A conservation education grant from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods program could help your program grow.

Small grants up to $25,000 and large grants up to $100,000 are available for projects that connect neighborhoods with nature. A wide variety of projects can fit the bill, such as nature education for school-aged children,job training or internships for nature-based careers, or building capacity for groups to connect their communities to nearby natural areas. Please fill out asimple pre-applicationbyJan. 13,

Want to see examples of successful applicants?Want to be inspired? We’ve featured a few of our fantastic 2014 Nature in Neighborhoods Conservation Education grantees in these short filmshere:Nadaka Nature Parkand Centro Cultural.For examples of successful applications, we’ve posted a few of our favoriteshere: Oakquest, Slough School, and Siskiyou Field Lab.

Curriculum Resources


International Sustainability Literacy Test Available for Piloting Now through September 2014

The  International Sustainability Literacy Test is a free, on-line multiple choice question assessment, with customized versions for different countries and regions of the world. It attempts to assess a student’s basic level of knowledge about sustainability - including social and environmental responsibility - and can be administered in any college-level course, undergraduate or graduate. It is designed to provide the first world-wide picture of the sustainability knowledge of our students.  More than 150 academics, NGOs, corporations, and volunteers from 25 countries participated in the development and early testing phase of the tool, and the current target is to have 100,000 students take the test.  Colleagues at Kedge Business School in France are leading the effort, working with many other countries to develop the test instrument and process.

The piloting phase is occurring through September.  Please consider participating by signing up and administering the test during the next few weeks.  For questions, contact the U.S. National & Regional Committee at or the General Secretariat for the test at  And visit the website today!


Students hiking in the forest

Credit: Oregon Environmental
Literacy Plan

Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan Toward a Sustainable Future (No Oregon Child Left Inside):

As a measure of commitment towards protecting our heritage for years to come, the State of Oregon passed legislation to create this environmental literacy plan (HB2544), designed to ensure that every student in Oregon becomes a lifelong steward of their environment and community, willing and able to exercise the rights and responsibilities of environmental citizenship, choosing to interact frequently with the outdoor environment, equipped with multifaceted knowledge of our relationship to the environment and its resources, and prepared to address challenges with sound decisions for our future.

United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise:

There are currently 127 acknowledged RCEs worldwide. An RCE is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education organizations, mobilized to deliver education for sustainable development (ESD) to local and regional communities.

Climate Change and Public Health Preparation Plan Released!

The Multnomah County Health Department released the Climate Change and Public Health Preparation Plan. The plan identifies three key local public health impacts the region is likely to face: increased heat, poorer air quality, and changes to vector borne diseases. The plan also identifies strategies the County, its regional partners, and individuals can take to build local resilience to changes in our climate.

UNU-IAS Policy Report:  Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge and Community Health

The United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) shared this report on Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge and Community Health: Strengthening Linkages with the global RCE network.  Given the recent attention on universal and improved health care access for all, there is a renewed interest to strengthen the potential of traditional medicine and health practitioners to fulfill this role. There are several initiatives at the macro and local levels that exemplify good practice in achieving both sustainable use of natural resources for traditional medical purposes, as well as accessibility for marginal and local communities. Ensuring sustained availability of biological resources and sufficient access to good quality health care for all members of society is a clear and necessary objective.


Northwest Earth Institute

NWEI’s self-led discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course. - See more at:
NWEI’s self-led discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course. - See more at:
NWEI’s self-led discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course. - See more at:

NWEI's discussion courses are designed to spark shared learning, shared stories, and shared action. Each course book also includes tips and guidelines to help facilitators organize a course.


Publishing and Media Opportunities


Sustainability: The Journal of Record

Sustainability: The Journal of Recordinvites you to get to know their publication: a journal that aims to be amajor voice in the sustainability community.This bi-monthly publication documents sustainability programs in higher education and business; it provides the central forum for academia as well as for-profit and nonprofit institutions to share best practices and learn from one another's progress.

NEWS FLASH: CLEARING is looking for passionate, enthusiastic environmental educators!

CLEARING Magazine is an important resource for K-12 and non-formal educators in the Pacific Northwest that has been around for nearly 30 years.  But did you know that behind the website and behind the printed magazine is a small group of dedicated people who care deeply about environmental literacy education and who want to help teachers discover new ideas and resources for teaching in and about their communities?

We are currently looking for additional volunteers to join our team!

For more information, please contact Larry Beutler, Editor/Publisher at See the website at