• Wednesday, October 07, 2020 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AmazonSmile Org Central

    Hey Shoppers!

    Next time you place your order on Amazon, make sure to choose the option to use Amazon Smile and choose LEEF as the non profit you'd like to support. It's no cost to you but it's priceless to us!

    If you are an Amazon Prime member, hurry to get this done by Amazon Prime Days-October 13-14!

  • Sunday, October 04, 2020 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi! My name is Abby De la Rocha and I am the Volunteer Coordinator at the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida. I was born in Puerto Rico and lived there until my family moved to Botswana when I was 8 years old. I returned to Puerto Rico when I was 16 and finished high school in Ponce. I then moved to New Orleans where I studied at Loyola University. I have been in Florida since 2006. 

    In this post, I’m going to tell you about Hispanic Heritage month as well as some interesting facts about Puerto Rico’s agriculture and its most precious ecosystem El Yunque. 

    What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

    Each year, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

    This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme- Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future – invites us to embrace our backgrounds, to be proud of who we are and where we came from.

    Embracing the Future

    The future of agriculture in Puerto Rico

    Currently, Puerto Rico imports 85% of its food. This is a huge vulnerability for an island with a population of 3.1 million. For several years, my family has been involved in the agroecological movement which seeks to increase the self-sufficiency of Puerto Rico through their agricultural project Finca El Reverdecer. This movement has been largely spearheaded by young people who are eager to make a difference. I believe that by looking at our past we can create a better future. 

    The present agricultural reality of Puerto Rico can be traced back to Puerto Rico’s history as a Spanish colony and later as a Commonwealth of the United States. The establishment of the monoculture of sugarcane meant that many Puerto Ricans worked on sugarcane plantations. My grandfather worked cutting cane during his youth. Later, he would go on to own land that he cultivated for his own consumption. At the age of 93 he continues to enjoy getting his hands dirty on my parents’ farm.

    Eventually, the sugarcane industry on the island collapsed. Its demise was due to various factors including hurricanes that decimated the island as well as policies imposed by the Federal Government. In particular, a land tax imposed in 1901 known as the Hollander Bill. As a result of this bill, many local farmers were forced to sell their land. This eventually led to mass migration from the island to the mainland. It also led to a decrease in farming in general as people did not have land to farm. Subsequently, attitudes towards farming became unfavorable, especially among young people. This is changing. Today, many small farms produce high-quality products that are sought out by individuals and restaurants alike. While still a work in progress, the path to agricultural self-sufficiency is being forged. 

    Celebrating the only U.S. National Forest located on an island

    The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system.  At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse. 

    Photo by United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service retrieved from https://www.fs.usda.gov

    The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. (2020) describes El Yunque, “Caressed by gentle easterly winds the forest has an average temperature of 73° F, and seasonal changes are almost imperceptible. It is the ideal climate for exuberant tropical vegetation. The rain forest is noted for its biodiversity; it is “home” to thousands of native plants including 150 fern species, 240 tree species (88 of these are endemic or rare and 23 are exclusively found in this forest). The El Yunque National Forest has no large wildlife species, but hundreds of smaller animals abound in this gentle forest, many of which exist nowhere else on the planet.”

    Image from United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, retrieved from https://www.fs.usda.gov

    To embrace the future, we must plan and prepare for it. Looking forwards requires us to look back at our history so that we can make sense of our present. Puerto Rico’s future is being planned by those who work the land in order to provide food for its people as well as those who work to preserve the natural wonder that is El Yunque National Forest. 

    If you’d like to learn more about some of the agricultural projects on the island check out the links below:

    Proyecto Agroecologico el Josco Bravo

    Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico

    El Departamento de la Comida

    Finca El Reverdecer


  • Friday, October 02, 2020 5:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    THIS WEEK'S OCEAN JOBS LIST


    These are the latest opportunities on https://sevenseasmedia.org/. For the complete list and full descriptions go to our ocean jobs page. We are adding anywhere between 20 to 30 new opportunities per week online with over 30k views per month! You can also stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/sevenseasmedia


    1. Site Coordinator, Blue Ventures, Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan, Indonesia

    2. Head of Advocacy, Blue Ventures, Global, with a preference for nationals to apply from the countries in which we operate, and/or UK.

    3. Scientist – ESA Support, Ocean Associates, Inc., Portland, OR

    4. NEPA Specialist, Ocean Associates, Inc., Silver Spring, MD

    5. Engineering/Planning/Surveying Technician II, Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, Delaware

    6. Digital Communications Specialist, Freestone Environmental Services, Inc., Silver Spring, MD

    7. Education Specialist, Freestone Environmental Services, Inc., Silver Spring, MD

    8. Campaign Financial and Administrative Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD

    9. Adjunct Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Brown University's Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Providence, RI

    10. PhD position: “Sandeels and Seals”, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, 't Horntje, (Texel)

    11. Marine Geochemical Analyst/Lab Manager, Project Vesta, Caribbean Island

    12. Oceanographer – Geological, Physical and/or Chemical, Project Vesta, Remote

    13. Environmental Services Intern, California Coastal Commission, Santa Cruz, CA

    14. Aquatic Research Section Manager (RS2) – Permanent – *06570, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Thurston County – Olympia, WA

    15. Executive Director, California Environmental Associates, Berkeley, CA

    16. Information, Education, Communication and Training Coordinator, WorldFish, Mandalay, Myanmar

    17. OPS Fish and Wildlife Biological Scientist I, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Webster, FL

    18. Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, New York, NY

    19. Port and Infrastructure Manager, Shipping Emissions Campaign, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

    20. International Outreach Manager, Shipping Emissions Campaign, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC

    21. Response Dispatcher, The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA

    22. Sponsored Programs Administrator, Virginia Institute Of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA

    23. Environmental Intelligence Data Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Devon, UK

    24. Education Coordinator, San Diego Coastkeeper, San Diego, CA

    25. Head, Science and Policy, IUCN, Gland, Switzerland


  • Friday, October 02, 2020 5:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    EVENTS & WEBINARS


  • Friday, October 02, 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Greetings LEEF Member,

    Researchers at the University of Florida are inviting our members to complete a survey on how environmental education professionals and researchers envision the future of environmental education.

    Link to survey: https://bit.ly/2S6eKyQ

    This study takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and your responses will help provide valuable insight into what the field of environmental education should focus on in the next twenty years.

    Participation in this study is completely voluntary and anonymous. Questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant may be directed to the IRB02 office, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32611, (352) 392-0433.

    Thank you for your time. Your responses are incredibly valuable in shaping the future of the important work we do as environmental educators and researchers.

    Sincerely,

    The UF Environmental Education Lab

  • Thursday, October 01, 2020 8:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The monthly SEEA Newsletters have been uploaded to the website, for LEEF members' eyes only!

    Check them out.


  • Monday, September 28, 2020 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Sanibel Sea School is part of the Sanibel - Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) family. Our mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time. We look to a world where all people value, understand, and care for the ocean. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups in marine and environmental sciences & education.

    Our flagship headquarters is located on the east end of Sanibel Island, on the southwest coast of Florida and we have a satellite campus at the Sundial Beach Resort. We also partner with multiple resorts on Sanibel and Captiva and host summer camps on Sanibel and in Ft. Myers.

    We offer experiential, educational opportunities for 4-year-olds through adults. Our educational offerings include day classes on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, non-residential summer and winter camps, paddling and outdoor education activities, homeschooling, and educational outreach programs for our local community.

    We are a small staff, who are extremely passionate about the ocean and our work; we strive to offer exceptional customer service and education to each of our clients.

    Our goal is pretty simple, through exploration and discovery, we want to help children fall in love with the ocean. We believe that ocean love facilitates a deeper dedication to our ocean and its stewardship. We are passionate about our students, the ocean, and exploration. We seek educators who share those passions.

    The Marine Science Educator is responsible for assisting with the development and delivery of a marine biology curriculum that supports the mission of Sanibel Sea School.

    PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals executing this job. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

    ·       Ensure the safety of children and adults in a variety of outdoor and marine environments

    ·       Convey knowledge of marine science and a passion for the natural environment

    ·       Foster an appreciation for marine ecosystems and encourage students to practice good ocean stewardship, leading by example

    ·       Maintain an excellent standard of quality when teaching field programs

    ·       Maintain a working knowledge of marine and local biota as well as significant developments and trends in marine science, coastal ecology, and marine conservation, especially related to Southwest Florida

    ·       Act as an ambassador of Sanibel Sea School, working to promote our programs within the local, regional, and national community

    ·       Assist with the maintenance and upkeep of facilities and equipment

    ·       Provide support for Sanibel Sea School projects as needed

    More Information: https://naaee.org/eepro/jobs/marine-science-educator-6

    Application Deadline: October 16th, 2020

    To Apply use the following link: https://app.trinethire.com/companies/23836-sanibel-captiva-conservati/jobs/29846-marine-science-educator(link is external)

     


  • Saturday, September 26, 2020 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kenneth Rainer is sporting his LEEF hoodie as he gets ready for cooler fall weather Jackie Zimmerman is looking great in purple as she shows off her LEEF t-shirt 

    These two LEEF members are modeling the LEEF shirts that they received by participating in our recent fundraising and scavenger hunt activities to engage our members during the COVID-19 stay-at-home period. We are offering many different kinds of activities so keep watching for something that piques your interest. LEEF wants you to keep LEEF in your minds and hearts as you explore our varied events!

    Book Club? Scavenger Hunt? Speaker Series? Conference Planning? Supporting our Fundraising Efforts? Select one of these or tell us what you want and we will try to accommodate!

    PS: If you aren’t into playing games or entering contests, you can purchase your own choice of LEEF swag at our online Bonfire store.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 9:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

    JOB OBJECTIVES

    Develop and implement all virtual and in-person field studies education programs, coordinate education content and programming for Garden-wide special events, coordinate and facilitate camp programs, pilot a weekend visitor engagement programs, and recruit and train a core team of volunteers to facilitate these programs.

    POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

    • BA in Education, Botany, Biology, Environmental Science, or related fields.
    • Three to five years’ experience in information education
    • Fluent Spanish speaker preferred
    • Experience with Blackbaud Database System a plus
    • Three to five years’ experience working with students and volunteers required
    • Effective communication skills and experience speaking to diverse groups of people
    • Team player with a positive, can-do attitude who is flexible, proactive and can anticipate and troubleshoot program details
    • Creative, organized, efficient, and detail-oriented, with a strong work ethic

    Click here to learn more.

    Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Amy Padolf, Director of Education Program, at apadolf@fairchildgarden.org

Founded in 1983, the League of Environmental Educators in Florida is the professional association for individuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of environmental education in Florida. We are the state affiliate for North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of our natural world and one that has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world for over four decades.  

The League of Environmental Educators in Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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