Job Opportunity – Natural Resource Specialist 2 – Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (Naches, WA)

Job Opportunity – Natural Resource Specialist 2 – Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (Naches, WA)

Natural Resource Specialist 2
(Permanent; Full-time)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent Natural Resource
Specialist 2 position located in the Wildlife Program, Region 3,
Oak Creek Wildlife Area
The duty station is
16601 US Highway 12, Naches, Yakima

American Indian Studies Winter courses: new offerings (environmental issues!) and familiar favorites

We have a fantastic list of course offerings scheduled for next quarter, and many still have space available. None of our courses have prerequisites–they are open to all students, and most satisfy Areas of Knowledge requirements.

AIS 202: Introduction to Contemporary Experience in Indian America
5 credits, I&S/DIV
Tu/Th 11:30 – 1:20
Instructor: Scott Pinkham
This course will cover issues of concern to today’s American Indian/Alaska Natives. Topics will include identification, demographics, government relations, treaty rights, and representation, as well as cultural and social issues contemporary American Indian/ Alaska Natives face. History and background on U.S.-Indian relations will be covered for reference. Lectures will be designed to provide for student interaction and comments, with one or more classes reserved for classroom debates on current topics.
Readings will come from contemporary narratives and literature, web sources and reports on American Indian/Alaska Native issues.


Note: AIS 202 is one of the introductory courses for the AIS major and minor. It’s a great introduction to the department.

AIS 332: American Indian History II Since 1849
5 credits, I&S/DIV
MTWTh 10:30 – 11:20
Instructor: Sasha Harmon
History of American Indians in the United States from 1840 to the present. Emphasis on relations between Indians and non-Indians, government policies, and Indian strategies for surviving and prospering as distinct peoples.


AIS 461: First Nations Government and Politics
5 credits, I&S
MW 1:30 – 3:20
Instructor: Charlotte Cote
Focuses on First Nations government and politics in Canada. Examines development of First Nations political governing structures with an introduction to the values, perspectives, concepts, and principles in Native political cultures. Explores federal Indian policy in context of First Nations strategies to become self-governing. Students can expect to develop a comprehensive understanding of the First Nations in Canada by examing their political and governing systems, and exploring the rise in First Nations political action and activism in their efforts to control their communities and their destinies.

AIS 475A: Environmental Issues on Indigenous Homelands
5 credits, I&S
TuTh 3:30 – 5:20
Instructor: Clarita Lefthand-Begay
This class will consist of an interdisciplinary analysis of the environmental problems plaguing Indigenous communities in North America. The overarching goals of this course will include an examination of the policies relevant to protecting communities from environmental pollutants occurring on the homelands of Indigenous peoples, the health implications of exposure to contaminated ecosystems, and case studies that illustrate strategies for how indigenous communities are working to address these issues. It will also aim to build critical awareness about environmental problems and explore the intersection between pollutants, human health, ecosystem services and community action. Students will be encouraged to work together to communicate environmental problems discussed in class.

AIS 475B: Northwest Native Peoples and the Flora of the Pacific Northwest
5 credits, NW/I&S
TuTh 3:30 – 5:20
Instructor: Cynthia Updegrave
Using lectures, case studies,and field trips, the course focuses on native plants, and their ethnobotanical uses, in the context of developing familiarity with the ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, Winter is traditionally the time for being in the longhouse, story, and the making and repair of important items in this region. In addition, the course will investigate how Native People have managed ecosystems for plant resources, and the profound disruption in indigenous management regimes post-settlement, including the health implications of the loss of indigenous food resources and the resulting loss of biodiversity for ecosystems. We will connect our learning to wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, (Intellectual House) on campus, the region’s annual Tribal Canoe Journeys, and a canoe carving project to explore the many ways cultural renewal is contributing to well-being.


AIS 475C: Interrupting the Ongoing Psychological Colonization of Indigenous People
5 credits, I&S
MW 1:30 – 3:20
Instructor: Stephanie Fryberg
Description forthcoming

Please contact me at elissaw with any questions.

Elissa Washuta
Academic Counselor
Department of American Indian Studies
University of Washington

Padelford Hall, C-514

Box 354305
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 616-2048

Schedule an appointment:

Telephone Scam Targeting UW Students

UW employees and students have been receiving phone calls from individuals impersonating police officers who demand money (in payment for vaguely decribed fees/taxes) and threaten a warrant or arrest for nonpayment.

The callers are quite aggressive in their harassment, and may call more than once. Additionally, the scammers appear to be calling from a number that identifies as Seattle PD (which can be easily faked).

The UW police have confirmed that many of those who work at the University of Washington are being targeted by telephone scammers (most likely using the UW Directory to identify numbers). In addition to the callers posing as police officers or sheriffs, scammers may also pose as members of the IRS using similar threatening tactics.

If you receive a call like this, the UW police advise the following in response (and this is if you actually get the call, not a voicemail message):

  • If you are able to identify a phone number, write it down.
  • Ask the person for a name and (if posing as a police officer) a badge number.
  • Tell the caller that you know that this is a scam phone call and you are writing down as much info as you are able to extract in order to notify the appropriate authorities.
  • Call the representative office (for example, King County Sheriff’s Office, UW Police Department, IRS) immediately after the phone call and report the fraudulent call

If you or anyone you know has received a phone call like this recently, please report it to the UWPD at 1-800-366-4484 (who are aware that this is happening and are actively investigating). And remember, DON’T GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE.

2 or 3 credit STEM mentoring class, Winter 2015

Info session: Tuesday, Nov 25 at 4pm, Mary Gates Hall 258

Exciting Service-Learning Class in Winter Quarter (EDUC 401): Calling all Makers, Tinkerers and STEM enthusiasts who want to make an impact on youth in Seattle!

The Dream Project, Pipeline, and the 3DL Partnership (a collaboration between the College of Education and the School of Social Work) are partnering with Neighborhood House in an exciting new program called STUDIO to mentor and engage middle-school and high-school youth in tinkering activities, health literacy, and opportunities to learn about STEM and health care in higher education and careers.

Mentors attend hands-on sessions with youth and support them to develop critical habits of mind for learning and succeeding in STEM, school, and life. Mentor during Maker Monday or Tinker Tuesday at the Neighborhood House High Point Center.

Hereʼs how to sign up:

  • Register for one or both of the following (2 or 3 credits, instructor is Leslie Herrenkohl):
  • A) EDUC 401W, SLN 13696, Mon, 2.30-6:00pm + 1 hour seminar based on your schedule
  • B) EDUC 401X, SLN 13697, Tues, 3:30-6:30pm + 1 hour seminar based on your schedule

All registration times include transportation time & transportation is provided! Two quarter commitment preferred, again 2-3 credits per quarter (we are flexible!) Fill out an interest survey at so that we can tailor our seminar content to you! To learn more, attend an info session Tuesday, Nov 25 at 4pm, Mary Gates Hall 258 Email Meixi Ng at with any questions.

Jenée Myers TwitchellDirector, University of Washington Dream Project
Box 352800, Seattle, WA 98195-2800O: 206-685-8529 M: 206-409-8705

Check My Public Calendar to Schedule a Meeting

PhD Student, College of Education
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

STUDIO Program for Undergradutes_Class for Winter 2015.pdf

Pipeline Seminar: Environmental Education Opportunity

Inner Pipeline Seminar Winter 2015:

Hands-on Environmental Education
EDUC 401Z | Empowered Eco-Ed

Interested in teaching? Passionate about the environment? The Empowered Eco-Ed seminar seeks to help students integrate these two topics and develop their skills in the field of environmental education. Students will receive funds to create their own lesson plans based in environmental education, and teach their curriculum at Conchord International Elementary School in South Park, Seattle.

A great opportunity for those interested in environmental justice, education, and teaching experience. See the attached flyer for more information, or email


Angela Feng


Empowered Eco Ed Flyer.pdf

Climate Minor Information Session-Monday Nov 24 at 12:30

Calling all undergraduates with an interest in interdisciplinary science and learning about the climate system.

Come hear about UW’s Climate Minor!


November 24, 2014


OCN 425

LuAnne Thompson, Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Program on Climate Change, currently teaches the capstone course for the minor. She will talk about the minor and what it has to offer you. We’ll also be available to help you plan for the minor now, in your first 1-2 years at UW.

Need more reasons to come? Pizza!

But, to have enough pizza you need to let us know you are coming. And if you are interested, but cannot join us, please respond to the RSVP so we can add you to an email list and send you climate minor related information.


Learn more here: