UW Today: ‘Odd’ Puget Sound conditions prompt multi-agency awareness day

‘Odd’ Puget Sound conditions prompt multi-agency awareness day

“It’s been a strange summer for Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean that feeds it. Water temperatures are warmer than usual, shellfish harvesting has been closed because of a long-lived toxic algae bloom, and oxygen levels in some areas continue to drop, meaning fish kills could be a reality this fall.

Local scientists from multiple agencies and organizations have been tracking these unusual trends for the past several months. They now say it’s time for the general public to understand that Puget Sound, and the life it supports, is stressed.”

By Michelle Ma, UW Today
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SAFS in the News: Columbia’s sockeye salmon face mass die-off

AFS professor Jim Anderson is featured in Al Jazeera America:

“More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.

Federal and state fisheries biologists say the warm water is lethal for the cold-water species and is wiping out at least half of this year’s return of 500,000 fish and by the end of the season that death toll could grow to as high as 400,000.

“We had a really big migration of sockeye,” Ritchie Graves of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told The Associated Press. “The thing that really hurts is we’re going to lose a majority of those fish.”

He said up to 80 percent of the population could ultimately perish.

The devastation to the local sockeye salmon population is just one of climate change‘s effects on wildlife and will “likely” reoccur intermittently over the next decade, James J. Anderson, a University of Washington fisheries scientist whose research focuses on the fish of the Columbia basin, told Al Jazeera.

“The larger problem is that the climate is changing faster than our ability to comprehend the magnitude of the problem,” he said. “Warmer rivers and salmon die-offs can be added to the many events that individually may be random, but which together reveal a rapidly changing world.”

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State of Washington Fisheries Jobs

State of Washington is now accepting applications for the following position(s):

Genetic & Fish Health Lab Manager (WMS03) * 07061-15
NEP Project Lead to Protect and Restore Puget Sound Watersheds (Environmental Planner 4)
Non-permanent Fish Hatchery Technician *07090-15
Operations & Hatchery Reform Manager (WMS02) *07238-15
Permanent Fish Biologist 2 *07093-15

To view the full job posting for any opening at State of Washington, click here:

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/washington/default.cfm

Click on a job title to view the complete job posting of any position listed. After you have reviewed the job posting, you can apply for the position by clicking on the "Apply" button and completing the online application.

Apply or Nominate Today: Environmental Leadership Program

My name is Shin Shin Hsia and I am the Outreach Coordinator as well as a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. I am emailing you to see if you would share this opportunity with College of the Environment, Academic Affairs & Diversity staff and Program alumni for our 2015NationalFellowship and NW Regional Fellowship for environmental and social change leaders.

The mission of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is to support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and rise to new leadership positions. For the last 15 years, we have created a dynamic network among 700+ of the country’s top emerging environmental and social change leaders.

Our Fellowship Programs offers intensive leadership and skill training, regional and national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Our curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies.

Eligibility

ELP looks for applicants that demonstrate:

· Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and respond to social and environmental challenges

· Willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits

· Commitment to the values of diversity and justice within the environmental and social change fields

· The ability and desire to remain an active member of the ELP Senior Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship

· Eagerness to connect with and learn from others

Program Dates

Pacific Northwest Regional Fellowship

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2015

Retreat 1: October 22-25, Seabeck, WA

Retreat 2: January 7-10, Bainbridge Island, WA

Retreat 3: March 10-13, Sublimity, OR

National Fellowship

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2015

Retreat 1: October 14-18, Omena, MI

Retreat 2: January 25-29, Sonoma, CA

I hope you will consider submitting an application or shinshin if you have additional questions!

Join our mailing list to get the ELP Newsletter updates about upcoming events and program dates!

Sincerely,

Shin Shin Hsia

Outreach Coordinator

Pacific Northwest Senior Fellow

Environmental Leadership Program

shinshin

College of the Environment Career Listings for 07/22/2015

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Geologist/Physical Scientist (Environmental) – US Environmental Protection Agency (Chicago, IL)

Jul 21, 2015 04:59 pm

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Hydrologist/Soil Scientist – US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (Tucson, AZ)

Jul 21, 2015 04:49 pm

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Fish Biologist – US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Newport, OR / Seattle, WA)

Jul 21, 2015 04:42 pm

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Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist – US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Pascagoula, MS)

Jul 21, 2015 04:37 pm

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Biologist – US Department of the Interior, Geological Survey (Raleigh, NC)

Jul 21, 2015 04:25 pm

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Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist – US Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Yreka, CA)

Jul 21, 2015 04:19 pm

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Botanist – US Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Charleston, SC)

Jul 21, 2015 04:13 pm

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Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) – US Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Hotchkiss, CO)

Jul 21, 2015 04:07 pm

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Fish Biologist – US Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Orofino, ID)

Jul 21, 2015 04:02 pm

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Geneticist – US Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Onalaska, WI)

Jul 21, 2015 03:57 pm

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