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Dear Lucy,

I want to enroll in an independent study, EVSS 693, with my advisor to learn more about developing surveys and using the social science analysis software provided by the college, NVIVO. How do I sign up for these credits and when do I need to have this done? 

Independent Ishmael

Dear Independent Ishmael, 

First, talk to your advisor about how many credits you want to take for this independent study and keep in mind that this will impact the workload involved and that these credits will count as elective credits. Second, work with your advisor to develop a syllabus for this independent study including language from Blooms Taxonomy and developing a grading scale and assignments that are graduate level. You can find a sample syllabus and Blooms Taxonomy here. Dr. Watson will have to approve your syllabus before it is submitted to the graduate school and she will also have to sign off on your individual enrollment form, which can be found here. Please submit both the completed syllabus and the individual enrollment form to the EVSS office at least two days before the drop/add for individual enrollments to provide you time to make corrections to your syllabus if required. This means, if you want to enroll in an independent study this fall, you will need to submit all forms to the office by September 7th. 

Reach out to the EVSS office with any questions. 

Lucy Davis
EVSS Program Coordinator 

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Marine Education Program Assistant: South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
  • $15 an hour
  • Location: Charleston SC
  • 20 hours a week for 16 months
  • Student position with potential availability for development
  • Preparing, delivering and evaluating virtual and/or in person marine science-related classroom and field trip programs, teacher professional development (PD), and community-science efforts throughout South Carolina 
  • The focus of this position is to evaluate effectiveness of the 2020-2021 virtual education programs created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with regard to content, delivery methods and overall support. 
  • ** This research conducted by the Program Assistant could be included in a graduate thesis**
  • Click here to learn more and apply

United Nations Foundation: Internship - Climate, Energy and the Environment
  • $15 an hour
  • Location: Washington DC
  • Research, monitor and synthesize key finding in international climate and environmental policy
  • Assist in writing projects and assisting in document review of climate and environmental news
  • Help support UNF's carbon accounting efforts 
  • Candidate MUST be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program or must have graduated within 8 months
  • Click here to learn more and to apply.

Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowships for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

Coastal Climate Specialist: New York Sea Grant

  • Location: Cornell University, Stony Brook, NY
  • Full-time
  • Developing networks of volunteers to assist in educational program development and initiate volunteer training efforts.
  • Developing and implementing an extension and outreach program to inform and support management, conservation, restoration, and sustainable development activities.
  • Providing leadership for the design, execution, and analysis of extension/outreach program evaluations. 
  • Implementing programs using various extension tools such as publications, electronic technology, group experiences, mass media, individual advisement, websites, visualizations, and other related techniques. 
  • Integrating Sea Grant Extension and University coastal resources programming initiatives in a statewide, regional, and/or national context.
  • Actively pursues outside grants and contracts to support this program area. 
  • Click here to learn more and apply

Energy Analyst: Coastal Conservation League

  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Full-time
  • Research and analyze issues that arise in electric utility resource planning, ratemaking, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy equity
  • Identifying regulatory barrier to deploy clean in energy in South Carolina
  • Assessing near and long-term electric sector clean energy potential and strategies in SC
  • Organize and participate in meetings with utilities, regulatory staff and other government staff, business leaders, academic institutions, non-government organizations and media relating to utility policy and regulation
  • Click here to access the job listing and to apply

Sustainability Program Analyst: The Town of Chapel Hill 

  • Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Full-time
  • Salary: $55,466 - 89,855
  • Support the implementation of the Town's Climate Action and Response Plan through the creation, implementation and management of simultaneous projects and programs
  • Manage reporting, data collections, analysis, content management and platforms for projects related to the Climate Action Plan. 
  • Researches, identifies, and evaluates the feasibility of new opportunities for projects and programs that support Council goals and initiatives, including climate action, sustainability and racial equality 
  • Click here to learn more and to apply.

Environmental Technician: Palustrine Group

  • Location: Charleston, SC
  • Full-time
  • Conduct technical environmental surveys and produce appropriate reports
  • Perform biological field analyses for potential property acquisition
  • Assist in preparation of regulatory of documents and permits
  • Execute in-field stream and wetland delineations and jurisdictions determinations 
  • Utilize ArcGIS mapping to support permit applications 
  • Assisting with the development of mitigation plans and reports. 
  • Click here to learn more and to apply

Watershed Scientist: San Francisco Estuary Institute and the Aquatic Science Center 

  • Location: San Francisco 
  • Full-time
  • Program: Resilient Landscapes 
  • application review begins 9/13/21
  • Investigating historical, contemporary and future watershed sediment and geomorphic processes
  • Assessing land use and climate change impacts on watersheds 
  • Evaluating the impacts on geomorphic and hydraulic changed to habitat and ecological processes and functions
  • Must have experience with GIS and hydrologic modeling tools, experience in qualitative and quantitative datasets, stakeholder engagement and wetland ecology. 
  • Click here to learn more and apply.

Urban Forestry and Sustainability Coordinator - St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor's Office Department 

  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Full-time
  • Salary:  $49,704 - $80,929
  • Application close date: 9/10/2021
  • This is professional, technical, and analytical work in the research, design, development, recommendation, and implementation of new or improved plans, programs, or procedures to enhance tree canopy management and urban forestry operations coordinated by the City’s Office of Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Work involves the study and promotion of resilience and socioeconomic and environmental sustainability in urban and green infrastructure planning, and operational and community policies.
  • Click here to learn more and to apply 

Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

USDA - Vegetable Lab Technician
  • Dr. Amnon Levi is looking for a student to work 2-3 hours in the mornings for 4-5 days a week to help pollinate watermelon plants in the greenhouse
  • Job Duties: Maintain plants, harvest watermelon fruits, and characterize (phenotype) the fruits and plants.
  • Location: 2700 Savannah Highway, Charleston SC
  • Pay- $15.00 an hour
  • Please email Dr. Amnon Levi for more information and to apply:

Roving Interpretive Aide: Charleston County Parks
  • Under the direction of the Natural History Interpretation Coordinator, the Interpretive Aide will educate park patrons on a wide variety of issues including shorebird nesting, dune erosion, fishing line recycling, and other environmental issues by engaging patrons in short discussions at a stationary post utilizing skulls, feathers, photos and other objects.
  • Pay $13.50 an hour; 20 hours per week
  • Duration: Seasonal through the end of 2021
  • Find more information about this job posting, click here
Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the S.C. Aquarium (SCA) are excited to announce our inaugural REconnect (Researcher/Educator) Symposium
  • Date: October 6th 
  • Time, 6-8 pm
  • FREE to both scientists and educators 
  • Locations: South Carolina Acquarium
  • Objectives: 
    • Provide a platform that engages scientists with sharing their research using non-lecture formats (e.g., demonstrations). 
    • Connect K-12 educators with scientists conducting coastal and marine science research. 
    • Identify K-12 classroom applications that use ocean and coastal research to address S.C. State Science Standards.
  • We are soliciting abstracts from any S.C. coastal and marine scientist interested in sharing their research through interactive formats with specific interest in scientists who are considered to be early-career (less than five years of experience). Information sessions will be offered to accepted authors to provide an overview of the event as well as assistance on communication and interpretation techniques that best fit your project. To submit an abstract, please download the attached form for directions.  The abstract submission deadline has been extended to September 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Questions can be sent to Brooke Saari or E.V. Bell.
Women in Fisheries and Ocean Conservation: FREE WEBINAR
  • Date: September 8th 
  • Time: 2 pm
  • This virtual event will feature women who are working to protect and conserve ocean resources through science, policy, business, education, and advocacy, inspiring the next generation of young people interested in using ocean science to #KeepOceansFishy
  • Speakers include:
    • Jasmin Graham, President & CEO, Minorities in Shark Sciences
    • Dr. Nevada Winrow, Founder & CEO, Black Girls Dive
    • Paulita Bennett-Martin, Federal Policy Manager, Oceana
    • Danielle Cloutier, Policy Director, American Sportfishing Association
    • Nigella Hillgarth, Affiliate Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Washington and a Research Scientist in the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels at the University of Washington, Seattle. Former CEO of New England Aquarium
    • Allison Kellum, Operations Coordinator for the Center of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

    Click here to learn more and to register.

Check out the following organizations for upcoming volunteer events:
Thank you for a great year! Join us this Fall for garden volunteer days. 

Stono Fall 2021 Volunteer Days: 

Sunday, Aug. 29th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Sept.12th  2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Sept. 26th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Oct. 10th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Oct. 24th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Nov. 7th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Nov. 21st 2 - 4PM 

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Welcome back party scheduled for Friday, September 10th!
Where: Martins BBQ, James Island 
When: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
All are welcome



President: Nicole Killen 
Vice President: Jackson Barratt Heitmann
Secretary: Kristin Horn 
Volunteer Coordinator: Alyssa Lundy 
Treasurer: Kayla Squiggins
Public Liaison: Emmi Palenbaum 
Social Chair: Haley Kenyon 

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