Internship opportunity at 3000acres

3000acres_logoProject Support Officer at 3000 acres

Responsible For: Supporting the implementation of the 3000acres’ Saxon Street Garden in Brunswick.    The Saxon Street Garden is an initiative of 3000acres together with Moreland City Council and represents the first stage in the creation of an active, lively and engaging community hub at 33 Saxon Street.

Responsible To:  Executive Officer

The purpose of the garden is to engage the community including local residents and nearby community and not-for-profit organisations with food-growing and community activities on the land.

The implementation of the garden will include managing the relationship with Council officers, engaging with the local community, the procurement of materials and actual build of the garden and management of initial community events.

Purpose: 3000acres aims to activate vacant and underutilized land for food-growing uses, helping to build resilient, strong and connected communities through urban agriculture.

Position Purpose: Assisting with the planning, implementation and running of the 3000acres garden at Saxon Street, Brunswick.

Key Result Areas: Successful implementation of the garden with engaged and enthusiastic community.

Council satisfaction with project delivery

Location: 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick and 3000acres office @ 81 Rupert Street, Collingwood.

JOB REQUIREMENTS (What are the key activities for the role?)

Key Tasks: • Familiarisation with 3000acres existing gardens and projects as well as the specific proposal for Moreland City Council • Contact and ongoing engagement with various local community and not-for-profit groups • Contact and ongoing engagement with local residents and business • Procurement of garden materials • Organise and deliver on garden build day including engaging 3000acres volunteers • Ongoing reporting and updates to relevant Council staff • Ongoing reporting and updates to 3000acres Executive Officer • Recording of processes, successes and challenges throughout the project

How to apply: Please send your CV and a cover letter to by Friday 31st October, 2014

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OEP students come see how the media works!

An insCathyAlexander2ider’s guide to dealing with the media on the environment

Want some tips on how to deal with the media on sustainability-related issues?

Cathy Alexander has eight years’ experience as a journalist, most of it as an environmental journalist (AAP, She recently joined the University as a research fellow, and is keen to tell you:

  1. How to get the media interested in your issue
  2. How to write a media release
  3. Do’s and don’ts: how to handle the media

This will be a free one-hour session for OEP students, targeted at environmental issues, with plenty of time for questions. Come and learn how the media really works!

Date:             17th October, 2014
Time:            12.15 – 1.15pm
Venue:          Kimpton Room G08, Melbourne School of Land and Environment (Bld 142)

RSVP:          Student Advising System

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Dying to know the results?
Come along to the Results Announcement on Wednesday 24th
2-3pm at South Lawn to be the FIRST to know! Sign up here. 


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Coffee Information Session @ OEP

Info session Sep 13Are you interested in studying environment and sustainability but not sure whether your degree is relevant?
Do you want to know what skills you will gain in a multidisplinary program?
Or what environmental career you might go into?

Join us for a coffee and have a chat with our academics about your options. You’ll meet current students and learn more about the course. This is the perfect opportunity.

We offer Masters, Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate degrees all with flexible study options. Applications for semester 1, 2015 close at 5pm 30th November, 2014.


Info sessions times:
Dates: Wed 8th October 4pm – 5pm
Thurs 30th October, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Venue: Office for Environmental Programs Meeting Room 1.04, Ground Floor, Walter Boas Building (163)
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See you there!

The OEP Team

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Project Sunshine PhD-Uni of Sheffield

Project Sunshine PhD position: Delivering food security through small-scale farming – lessons from Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

We are seeking a highly motivated postgraduate student with a passion to work at the interface of the natural and social sciences, and a background one of these disciplines (ideally more). This exciting PhD position is fully funded and open to applicants of any nationality.

The project is part of the University of Sheffield’s flagship Project Sunshine programme and will investigate the effectiveness of Brazil’s food security and poverty alleviation policies at addressing both socio-economic and environmental concerns. The student will use an interdisciplinary approach combining interview data from individual farms with remote sensing, and agricultural and national census data to ask three inter-related questions regarding how policies have influenced: 1) agricultural indicators of food security such as yields, agricultural expansion, and investment 2) socio-economic indicators of food security such as malnutrition, self reported intensity and duration of hunger, future farming intentions 3) deforestation that determines the provision of ecosystem services that are crucial for long-term food security. The student will undertake extensive quantitative and qualitative fieldwork in the Atlantic Forest region of the state of Minas Gerais. This is an important agricultural centre and biodiversity hotspot.

Conversational Portuguese or Spanish language skills are extremely important. The ideal applicant will also have experience of most of the following techniques: social science research methods, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and use of GIS and remote sensing. Candidates will also ideally have a Masters degree or equivalent experience, and understanding of food security and ecology.

The studentship is fully funded and open to EU and non-EU citizens alike and will be supervised jointly by staff within the Departments of Animals and Plant Sciences and Geography, University of Sheffield. The studentship has collaborative links with the Sheffield Institute of International Development and the João Pinheiro Research Foundation in Brazil. For further information please contact Dr Karl Evans (APS) or Dr Chasca Twyman (Geography), with an expression of interest and CV.

The deadline for receipt of final applications is Thursday 24th April 2014. The intention is to interview in early May, and the studentship will start in October 2014.

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