Congress to cut $110 million, affecting every park in the Nation.
The automatic budget cuts set to take effect on March 1 will delay the opening of the East and West Rim drives at the Grand Canyon and reduce hours of operation at the main visitor center. At Gettysburg, 20 percent of student education programs would be eliminated this spring.
The Blue Ridge Parkway would lose 21 seasonal interpretive ranger programs, resulting in the closure of half of the park’s visitor stations and leaving 80 miles between each one.
Mount Rainer would permanently close a key visitor center, and Glacier would delay the opening of a well-visited mountain pass.
Five campgrounds and picnics area would close at the Great Smoky Mountains, affecting 54,000 visitors, and the Grand Tetons would close a visitor center, information station and preserve.
Well, your question is vague, so I’d start by advising to research your target and focus your inquiries on one question or issue. I have no idea what you’re really asking, or what your interesting new job entails. Are you a consultant? Are you selling a product? Do you have a quota? Are you self employed?
There is so much to know about consulting. Jeez, now that I think about it, I could write a book.
I rarely hunt for new contracts these days. After years of building a network, contracts come to me now. In the beginning, when I first started out, I would research a firm or non-profit, target a person or persons from that organization (usually s/he makes decisions, little point in connecting with general staff). I’d research what that contact has done in the past - their former career, their writing style, what they’re into besides their job. This helps me personalize an email, which are usually short notes introducing myself and my services. Nothing pushy or salesy - just: “Hello Ms. Smith, I noticed you know my colleague Mr. Doe. We worked on blah project, which was great/interesting/a learning experience (code for failure). I also noticed you are working on blah project. If you need (name the appropriate service), look me up. Happy to contribute and offer references. Best, Michael”.
I cannot tell you how much work I’ve generated with that simple approach. Sometimes they respond a year later, but work is work.
I also maintain a complicated system of rosters and databases that track my clients, contacts, and proposals. I can’t describe it here, but I track everything, from email inquiries to business cards. It’s tedious, but hard work goes with the territory. When I meet people at conference talks, for example, I scribble a note on their card (date, where we met, what they look like, and interesting fact/s to help me recall their face). Then I translate those notes later that day in two spreadsheets, one that tracks that particular conference, the other in a general contact xls, which is sub-divided into coded categories.
The contact will advance to other xls sheets if I spot business or collaboration opportunities. Again, it’s complicated.
Anyway, those are the super basics. There are plenty of consultant forums on the net. Google around and good luck to you!
The Climate Desk is an innovative journalistic partnership between eight news organizations—The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, The Guardian, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, Wired, and PBS’s public-affairs show Need To Know—dedicated to exploring the impact of a changing climate. With the partnership expanding in scope and reach, we seek a compulsive networker to coordinate and guide new approaches to climate journalism.
The project manager must be a senior journalist and project leader with serious digital chops who is excited about learning from and contributing to all the partner organizations. We’re looking for a dynamic innovator and skilled cat-herder who can spearhead a big reporting project (or two or five), provide support and guidance for a far-flung stable of producers and writers, and maintain close rapport with partner editors.
The project manager will be the key liaison with partner organizations, each with varying and changing editorial needs, seeking to determine stories and strategies that complement their mission. She or he will work with CD’s producers and writers to create coverage that informs, reveals, and surprises, and will obsessively pursue ways to amplify that coverage far beyond the green choir.
To succeed in this position, you’ll need:
But why did I post this?
There’s an interesting section in this article, one that environmentalists can readily relate to, and that’s the “jobs defense.”
The Jobs Defense is a common response by businesses that fear new regulation. For those that know a bit of environmental and economic history, this defense been used effectively for centuries to tamp down protest, influence politicians, and garner public support.
The Jobs Defense was used to defend from regulating slavery, child labor, the right to vote, organize unions, pass environmental regulations, and myriad other policies that benefit you today.
In this case, a public meeting was called to democratically discuss how to prevent slaughtering children (dramatic, but that’s the language we’re using up here in New England regarding the Newtown, Ct mass shooting). True, the headline is about some brainless bullies who heckled a dad who lost his 6 year old boy.
But to me, the interesting aspect of this is that the journalist sort of dances around the examining the Jobs Defense.
A gun manufacturer is quoted in the article that his company, “(Pumps) tens of millions of dollars each year into the Connecticut economy.” The journalist does mention that gun manufacturers offered no solutions at the meeting. But the Jobs Defense went unchallenged.
There was no discussion or questioning that his product causes deaths.* There’s no discussion of why “tens of millions of dollars” is a reasonable response to the death of Americans. Isn’t that curious? That we all accept that the Jobs Defense is a so legitimate that it gets a free pass?
Barack Obama uses the Jobs Defense, too. In fact, it’s a primary driver of getting the Keystone XL Pipeline approved - jobs. Indeed, there are thousands of articles discussing jobs in relation to building the oil pipeline, have a look.
None of them, that I found, examined the benefits of environmental protection over the few jobs that the line will create. It’s true that some have examined the claim that the line will create a certain number of jobs. No one can say clearly if the line will create 500 jobs or 20,000.
But this still doesn’t examine the facile and rather weak argument that jobs should be a primary motivation versus incredibly beneficial, American alternatives. From my point of view, the Jobs Defense must be examined. Should jobs be held in reverence over human health? If so, why?
Should I post more jobs? Y/N?
The Yale Sustainable Food Project maintains an internship database relevant to anyone interested in pursuing a broad set of opportunities in sustainable food.
All these opportunities are open to both Yalies and the general public, so kindly pass on the link to friends who might benefit from this resource.
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Pretty harsh article on the state of rural and farm communities. Rural communities are getting older, having fewer kids. I know a few farmers out here in western Mass., and they’re focused on local niches. Most are just barely paying the bills. There’s little time to focus on long-term growth, and frankly becoming a farmer isn’t very interesting to a lot of young folks. Ayuh. Times, theyah changin’…
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack delivered a dire warning to the 51 million farmers, ranchers and other residents inhabiting rural America before a farm group in Washington last month. His message: Rural Americans are becoming less relevant in the country’s increasingly urban landscape, and unless they find a way to reverse the trend, their voice will continue to fall on deaf ears in Washington and around the world.
“Unless we respond and react, the capacity of rural America and its power and its reach will continue to decline,” Vilsack said. “Rural America, with a shrinking population, is becoming less and less relevant to the politics of this country, and we better recognize that, and we had better begin to reverse it.” In the past four years, he said, more than 50 percent of rural counties have seen their populations decline.
Vilsack pointed to rural America’s diminishing impact as a reason Congress was unable to pass a farm bill in 2012 during an election year. More than 80 percent of lawmakers are not representing rural areas, making it an uphill battle for those outside of urban areas to be heard in Washington.
I may be biased, since your tumblr is a former TP intern, but it is a pretty amazing experience.