Archive for May, 2012

Mount St. Helens Institute announces this summer’s field seminars

Mount St. Helens Institute announces this summer’s field seminars:

June 30-July1: “The Frist People of Mount St. Helens: From Chalacha to Metulish” with Rick McClure

July 7-8: “Uncovering the Hidden Lives of Wildlife Tracking” with Dave Moskowitz

July 15 “Journey Up the Toutle: a Day of History and Nature at Mount St. Helens”  with Christine Colasurdo

July 20- 21 “The Pumice Plain to the Plains of Abraham: Life Returns to Mount St. Helens” with Ray Yurkewycz

August 4- August 5 “Ridge to Ridge Hike: Geology and Biology in the Heart of the Blast Zone” with Brittany Brand

October 13 “Ape Canyon: Lahars, Big Trees and Fall Color” with Darvel Lloyd

October 14 “Foraging for Edible Mushrooms” with Reinhard Böhme and Kate Hobbie

October 20 “Foraging for Edible Mushrooms” with Maggie Rogers

October 27-28 Wildlife Track and Sign Certification with David Moskowitz


15% student discount is available with the code “students”. If there are problems with the discount please email

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Americorps Positions

ORCC is currently recruiting for two full-time AmeriCorps programs and a total of 22 positions through our AmeriCorps*VISTA program and the AmeriCorps Retention Project!

These programs contribute to the mission of ORCC and the Corporation for National and Community Service by placing members to serve with colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Members meet the identified needs of campuses and communities by working to alleviate poverty and establish college-based mentoring programs. While in service, members engage in networking activities, professional development opportunities, and collaborate with a team of AmeriCorps members to support their success in service and beyond.

(Recruiting for 12 positions: 11 on Oregon campuses and one VISTA Leader at ORCC)
The VISTA program leverages higher education to co-create solutions to poverty. Members work with the campus and community and increase capacity to address critical needs. The ORCC VISTA program utilizes service-learning to bridge the classroom and community and engage college students as global citizens.

VISTA member tasks include:

•       Developing service-learning programs
•       Building relationships and partnerships between their institution and the surrounding community
•       Implementing campus-wide service days
•       Coordinating programs that engage students in community service
•       Increasing the level of civic engagement on campuses

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to or apply through the AmeriCorps website at
Please visit: for more information regarding the ORCC VISTA program, host sites, and position descriptions.

The Retention Project for Oregon Campuses
(Recruiting for 10 positions on Oregon campuses)

The Retention Project is a college-based mentoring program that utilizes service-learning to improve retention and academic advancement rates of first-generation college students and first-generation college-bound students. AmeriCorps members and college student volunteers engage in service-learning (mentoring and service projects) with first-generation, college-bound students. As a result, both college and college-bound students strengthen their commitment to their own education, stay in school, and advance in their academic careers.

Retention Project member tasks include:

•       Working with college faculty and staff to recruit and train college students to serve as mentors to first-generation and non-traditional college students and/or college-bound students in elementary, junior high, and high school
•       Coordinating service-learning projects
•       Developing long-term sustainable partnerships between colleges and schools/non-profit organizations
•       Directly mentoring youth from elementary through college freshmen to eliminate the barriers to academic advancement
•       Possible tasks include helping students prepare for standardized test taking, integrating service-learning into senior culminating projects, developing a culture of service and civic responsibility, educating students about postsecondary education opportunities and entrance requirements, modeling success, and participating in and facilitating service-learning reflection activities

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to or apply through the AmeriCorps website at
Please visit: for more information regarding the Retention Project, host sites, and position descriptions.

AmeriCorps Terms and Eligibility
Members must:
– Be at least 18 years of age at the time of placement
– Be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Legal Resident
– Be able to pass a criminal background check
– Have an Associates or Bachelor’s degree
– Be able to make a full-time commitment to national service (at least 1700 hours over 11-months for the Retention Project OR 365 days for VISTA)

AmeriCorps Benefits
Benefits vary slightly for the VISTA program and The Retention Project:
– A living allowance for the service year, dispersed every two weeks
– A taxed education award of $5,550 upon successful completion of service
– Health care
– Loan forbearance and interest accrual payment on qualified student loans
– Child care (if eligible)
– Training and professional development
– Extensive network of AmeriCorps Alums
– Placement site may offer additional benefits to members

Oregon Campus Compact
Oregon Campus Compact is a state affiliate chapter of Campus Compact, a national coalition of over 1,100 college and university presidents dedicated to promoting service-learning, civic engagement, and community service in higher education.

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Normalizing edible landscapes in Seattle, Washington

Normalizing edible landscapes in Seattle, Washington: Creating a new vision for sustainable urban forests

Presented by: Rebecca McLain, Institute for Culture and Ecology

Historically urban green spaces in the US have been managed under a “look but don’t touch” policy, an approach that reflects a world view in which humans are destroyers, rather than co-producers, of nature.

Rebecca McLain explores how these tensions are playing out in Seattle, Washington, where efforts are being made to normalize the production and use of edible landscapes. Can a vision of urban forests as providers of goods as well as services provide a more solid foundation for achieving urban sustainability than the current “hands off” approach to urban forest management?

Tuesday, June 5
Cramer Hall 41

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Re-visioning Chinook Country on the World Wide Web

The Center for Columbia River History, in partnership with the Chinook Indian Nation and the Pacific County Historical Society presents “Re-visioning Chinook Country on the World Wide Web”

WHAT:  An illustrated presentation of a newly created website and panel discussion about the importance of collaboration in presenting Chinook history

WHO:  Native and non-Native collaborators from the Chinook Indian Nation, Portland State University, and the Washington State Historical Society.

WHEN: June 6, 2012 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Faith Center Church, 404 Bay Center Road, Bay Center, Washington

COST: Free


This program will present portions of the newly created Lower Columbia River Chinookan Communities Website for feedback. Native and non-Native collaborators will present a host of Chinookan materials, including video, photos, documents, and even digital images of the original 1851 Tansy Point treaties, available until now only at the National Archives.

Panel participants will talk about how partnerships can:

fill informational gaps;

correct historical inconsistencies;

make archival and personal resources widely available;

and reduce historical anonymity for the Chinook.

This program is presented by the Center for Columbia River History in partnership with the Chinook Indian Nation and the Pacific County Historical Society and with support from Humanities Washington and the James B. Castles Endowment


The Columbia Communities websites,, are a series of eight Internet exhibits, originally funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. The existing sites explore the histories of eight different Columbia River Basin communities since the building of major dams on the Columbia and its tributaries and include: Camas, WA; the Columbia Basin Native Fishery; Columbia Slough, OR; Moses Lake, WA; Sandpoint, ID; Umatilla, OR; and Crewport, WA. Each exhibit features extensive primary sources, including maps, oral history interviews, documents, newspapers, and photographs. Bibliographies contribute additional information about each community, and audio excerpts and curriculum questions enrich the exhibit tour.

The ninth exhibit, the Lower Columbia River Chinookan Communities Website invites its audience to re-imagine the historic Chinookan landscape through online multi-media materials. Re-Visioning This Place places a body of historical, archaeological, and audiovisual texts alongside the tools and methods for analyzing them. Short narratives guide exploration, connecting past and present. Searchable primary documents, images, video, maps, and contemporary interviews allow the viewer to construct and enrich existing narratives.

The Chinookan Communities Website has been funded through a variety of sources, including Oregon Humanities, Humanities Washington, and the James B. Castles Endowment with institutional support from Portland State University, the Washington State Historical Society, and Washington State University Vancouver. In kind support has come from numerous regional archives and the Chinook Indian Nation. To create this website, CCRH has worked with Native and non-Native scholars and experts to represent a variety of perspectives that respect multiple ways of understanding the past.


The Chinook Indian Nation is composed of the Cathlamet, Clatsop, Lower Chinook, Wahkiakum, and Willapa Bands, with its tribal office in Bay Center, Washington.


Humanities Washington honors and shares stories, ideas, and perspectives from across the state that connect Washingtonians from all backgrounds and communities, allowing us to understand our past and present as we work to shape the future. For information visit


The Castles Programs are funded through a generous endowment from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, of which James B. Castles was a founding trustee and twenty-year board member. Born in Montana, Jim Castles pursued and promoted the art, culture, and heritage of the Columbia and the American West. He valued public, informal education that stimulated discussion about the history of the region he loved.


The Pacific County Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit, charitable organization devoted to preserving and presenting the history of Pacific County, Washington, USA.

The Center for Columbia River History (CCRH) website was created by a regional consortium that includes the Washington State Historical Society, Washington State University Vancouver, and Portland State University.

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Native Seeds/SEARCH Internships

Native Seeds/SEARCH is a non-profit conservation organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Since 1983 we have been a major regional seed bank and a leader in the heirloom seed movement. This summer we will be recruiting four temporary interns to help with conservation work at the Native Seeds/SEARCH Conservation Farm in Patagonia, Arizona. Room and board is provided for 3 month internships.  Shorter internships may also be accommodated.  Activities this year include the regeneration (growing, documentation and seed-saving) of a diverse assortment of over 100 at-risk crop varieties, as well as the growout of numerous other varieties for seed distribution or research. This is a fantastic opportunity to become intimately involved with the preservation of the Southwest’s rich agricultural heritage, learn farming and seed-saving techniques, and live in a place of stunning natural beauty.  More information about our internship program can be found here:

If you are interested in applying, or want more information, please email a resume and a short letter of interest to Evan Sofro:

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Corpus Christi College British Archaeology Summer School

A small number of places in this year’s Corpus Christi College British Archaeology Summer School have become available.

The summer school is based in Corpus Christi College, one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in Cambridge, and the accompanying attachment describes this summer venture for students wishing to study British archaeology ‘at source’.

Archaeology Summer School Flier

Archaeology Summer School Application

For further information about the summer school,
please contact our partners at the ACE Foundation:

The ACE Foundation
The Granary, Bury Farm, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP, UK
Tel:+44(0) 1223 845599

Corpus Christi College
Cambridge, CB2 1RH, UK

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Change-making opportunity for students this summer

The Portland Summer of Solutions is an 8 week program designed to provide valuable leadership and development opportunities for participants and to help raise community involvement in the Lents and Mt.Scott-Arleta neighborhoods and the Foster corridor. Participants will learn community organizing skills, work directly with local community-driven organizations, and survey the interests of members of their own communities. Our program starts June 18, and we can provide documentation of volunteer hours.
Participants in the Portland Summer of Solutions will work with individuals of all ages, races, and orientations to help build for themselves the community in which they want to live.

Interested students should contact

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Data Coordinator opening at Idaho State Historical Society

Idaho SHPO is presently seeking applicants for a new position at:  (Navigate to Job Seekers, Current Openings, Data Coordinator at Idaho State Historical Society).

This person will be managing archaeological databases and GIS and will serve as new record search contact.  The position is full time and permanent with benefits; pay at $18.14.

Opening closes on May 31st.

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Multiple Goals, Common Purpose: Indigenous Culture and Public Engagement

Deana Dartt-Newton, Ph.D.
Curator of Native American Art

Special Lecture: Sunday, May 20
2 P.M. – 3 P.M

Multiple Goals, Common Purpose:
Indigenous Culture and Public Engagement

Dartt-Newton comes to the Museum from the University of Washington where she served as an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies and the Curator of Native American Ethnology at the Burke Museum of Natural History. Deana’s research has focused on disrupting dominant museum narratives which leave Native peoples in the past. Her work explores ways to better interpret cultural materials through active engagement and collaborative goal-setting with Native communities themselves.

Free for members and students with valid ID or with Museum admission. Space is limited. Advance tickets are recommended and available online or on site. Explore Native American Art at

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Internship Opportunity: Numic Project

Internship Opportunity: Numic Project

 Title: Numic Project Intern

Duration: September-December 2012 (with potential extension)

Hours: 10-15 hours/week

Credits: 3-4

 Tasks: Under the supervision of the Project Director in Portland, Oregon, the Numic Project Intern will support multiple collaborative projects between Native American Nations and federal agencies. The U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Energy sponsor these initiatives. Activities include report preparation, literature review, transcription, correspondence, and administrative support. Tasks will be conducted in Portland, Oregon from the Department of Anthropology at Portland State University. Depending on performance, additional internships, employment, and travel are possible beyond the stated period.

 Qualifications: Graduate student preferred; upper-level undergraduates will be considered. Applicants must have a background in the social sciences. Excellent written and communication skills. Video production, GIS, and/or statistics knowledge a plus.

 Deadline: Please email a letter of application, resume, and one letter of recommendation (in PDF format) to Dr. Jeremy Spoon ( by June 8, 2012.

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