Seeking a creative and savvy Social Media Intern

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Social Media Internship at the Center for Creative Conservation

Opens: May 24, 2018

Closes: Open until filled; preference will be given to applications received by June 4th, 2018

Begins: When filled.

Description: The University of Washington’s Center for Creative Conservation ( is seeking a student intern to develop our social media presence. The mission of the Center is to promote innovative solutions to complex environmental problems by fostering collaborations across broadly diverse disciplines and sectors. Our efforts support the sustainability of our world, encompassing biological and cultural diversity, social and ecological integrity, and matters of equity and justice.

Duties: With guidance from staff, the Social Media Intern will be responsible for sourcing and writing content for our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Goals are to promote the Center’s news and activities, reach a wider and more diverse audience, and amplify other news that reflects our mission.

Qualifications: We are seeking a student who is creative and savvy with social media, knowledgeable about the social and ecological aspects of conservation and sustainability, and passionate about the importance of effective communication for solving environmental problems. This is an unpaid internship for UW students, e.g. to be arranged for credit, for example as part of a class project or capstone, and to gain professional development experience.

Application: To apply, please send a cover letter describing how you are qualified for this internship, your resume, 3 references, and 3 examples of your best social media posts to Joshua Lawler and Sara Breslow at

Faculty and staff: please contact Sara to learn more details or to recommend student candidates.

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Thank you!

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Position open for Research Assistant/Software Developer

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The UW Center for Creative Conservation seeks a student Research Assistant to develop web-based applications for visualizing data on the popularity of parks and open-spaces in the Pacific Northwest.  The goal is to create an interactive online dashboard for visualizing big data streams from several social media platforms.  Public land managers will use the application to understand how local park use varies in time and across multiple locations.

Applicants must have experience developing web pages with HTML, JavaScript, and D3.  Preferably, candidates will also have experience working with open source software projects, version control, scientific computing languages (R, Python), and web-mapping technologies (GeoServer, Leaflet).  The successful candidate will be a friendly, intelligent, self-directed individual who is passionate about working on collaborative software projects for the social good.

The position will be hourly through the end of spring quarter (2018) in Seattle.

For more information, visit the UW Center for Creative Conservation website ( or email Spencer Wood (

To apply, please email Spencer Wood ( a resume and cover letter describing your interests in the project.

Announcing a new EarthGames Studio Class: “Flourish, A Climate Grand Strategy Game”

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Traditional ways of talking about climate have failed. — There should be a grand strategy game for climate change. A SimEarth for 2018, with politics. Save the world, or we’re toast. To do this, EarthGames is joining forces with Eric Holthaus from Grist and other climate outreach change-makers to prototype Flourish: A Climate Grand Strategy Game.

Students with interest/background in climate, economic or political modeling can sign up and collaborate on this creative commons project through ATMS 495. We will develop science-based climate, economic, and political engines to be used in early prototypes of the game, with citations to the relevant scientific literature. In this early stage of game development, you’ll have the opportunity to work with an evolving, international team of contributors. Eric Holthaus will be joining the class via Skype during week 1 and in later weeks, and we are arranging meetings with other prominent collaborators from the game industry and the relevant subject areas. ATMS 495 is a standard 10-week course, but interested students may continue to work on this project with the EarthGames team over the summer and beyond. To inquire about an add code, email Dargan Frierson:

Preliminary Game Overview:

Flourish is a grand strategy game with roguelike elements about the near-term future of humanity’s relationship with Planet Earth. Players start in present day Earth, and can select and customize their starting nation and its politics from a menu of countries, from the Marshall Islands to China. Players advance forward in time, using a turn-based mechanism, until the year 2200, trying to gain political influence, economic power, harmony with nature, universal human rights — and most importantly, creating a flourishing global society in a world where the rapidly changing climate becomes ever more of a factor.

The game engine is built from a scientifically-accurate climate model and incorporates political, economic, and societal feedbacks that have effects on climate states, frequency of disasters, and the options available to players. Playable elements include the Earth itself and aspects of the biosphere, like forests and whales. There are narrative elements that can result in the introduction of scenarios that force further action.

Players are able to feel, viscerally, the urgency of our possible futures and learn from them through addictive gameplay. The game’s tension comes from an almost wistfully optimistic vibe, given that the majority of playthroughs will result in a pretty dire situation.

Influences and inspiration: SimEarth, Civilization, Stellaris, RimWorld, Democracy3, Ender’s Game, PunchDrunk, and Donut Economics.

Seeking two creative communication interns: Social Media and Video Production

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We are currently seeking creative, initiative-taking UW students for two internship openings, one in Social Media, and one in Video Production. Internships at C3 are unpaid, but can offer course credit, projects for capstones, and professional development experience.

The Social Media Intern will be responsible for sourcing and writing content for our Twitter and Facebook feeds and managing both accounts to promote the Center’s news and activities, reach a wider and more diverse audience, and amplify other news that reflects our mission. For more info and to apply, download the social media internship description.

The Video Production Interns (more than one internship is available in this area) will capture original footage, edit existing material, and create short, shareable, eye-catching videos that tell the story of the Center and its various programs for a broad audience. For more info and to apply, download the video internship description.

If you are passionate about the importance of effective communication for solving environmental problems, and excited to learn about a world of creative approaches to conservation and sustainability, these internships are for you! Preference for applications received by March 12, 2018. Apply today!

What does "creative conservation" mean to you?

We’re hiring! UW students, apply now to become our next Program Assistant

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We are seeking a creative, initiative-taking undergraduate or graduate student to assist with daily operations of the Center. Primary duties will include assisting the program manager with scheduling meetings; event planning and staffing; managing our website, social media, and mailing list; and other administrative needs. Other duties may include assisting with project management, programming, fundraising, facilitation, writing, and graphic design. We are seeking candidates with experience in administrative or logistical assistance and skills in event planning and communications. Competitive applicants will demonstrate creative thinking, attention to detail, a collaborative spirit, and interest in interdisciplinary environmental studies.

Applications are due Monday, March 12, 2018 and the position will begin as soon as it is filled. For more information and to apply, download the position description. Apply today!


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Join us for a craft-making, kid-friendly fundraiser THIS SUNDAY, March 4th, 4:30pm

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We’re overjoyed to announce that the Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio selected the Center for Creative Conservation as “the cause” for their “Craft for a Cause: Green Edition” this month! Join us for art and laughter in this kid-friendly craft-making party and fundraiser THIS SUNDAY, March 4th at 4:30pm in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle. REGISTER HERE. Hope to see you there!


SAVE THE DATES! EarthGames is now a jam, a mixer, lectures, AND “on tap”

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EarthGames on Tap has grown! This year we are teaming up with the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Indies (a group of local game developers), and the Seattle Serious and Social impact Games group, to put on a whole series of events designed to inspire new “earthgames.” We invite environmental researchers, educators, game developers, and other change-makers to join these events and explore how games can make environmental learning fun and catalyze action. This year we are focusing on the theme, “Surviving Climate Change”: how might games–and players–respond to the new reality of rising temperatures–and all of its social, biological, and geophysical consequences? Events include lectures on climate science and games as educational tools March 20th and 27th; a pre-jam mixer for registered jammers on April 6th, 6-9pm; an all-weekend game jam on the theme of “Surviving Climate Change” starting Friday eve, April 13th-15th; and EarthGames on Tap, an evening salon with inspiring speakers, lots of mingling and a chance to try out all sorts of earthgames, April 19th. All events will be held at the Pacific Science Center. Read more and register soon here!


Meet Tyler Ung: Can art provoke moral inquiry and environmental consciousness?

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Tyler Ung

Tyler Ung

We are excited to welcome our third UW Environmental Studies intern, Tyler Ung. Tyler is an artist and scholar who uses line drawings superimposed on photographs to provoke moral inquiry and collective action about issues of sustainability in our everyday lives, such as climate change, plastic pollution, and landscape alterations. His internship project is titled, “A Mind’s Meadow: Beauty beyond Suppression.” During a study abroad quarter in China and India, and back in the United States, Tyler is combining field research and art to explore how these three countries are intricately connected in their responsibility for global sustainability. Specifically, he is focusing on how waste generation is experienced and perceived differently in Beijing, Bangalore, and Seattle. In an online exhibit of more than 35 visual artworks, Tyler plans to explore how art can raise awareness of the complexities and inefficiencies in our systems, shape cultural, moral, and aesthetic values, and thereby promote environmental consciousness and advocacy. Stay tuned!

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The Northwest Nature & Health Symposium “launches a global movement”

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By all measures, our first Northwest Nature & Health Symposium was a great success! One hundred and sixty participants, over 30 speakers and panelists, and an unusually energized and passionate crowd – not to mention gorgeous weather – made for a truly inspiring day. Tierney Thys with National Geographic wrote, “You are the launchpad for a global movement!” Videos of presentations, speaker bios, and photos are on the website. The symposium, held October 26th, 2017, at the Center for Urban Horticulture, brought together professionals and community leaders to explore common goals and collective strategies related to the human health benefits of being in nature, from gardens to wild lands. We learned about the latest innovations in research, policy, and practice; discussed common challenges; and identified shared opportunities to collectively, and equitably, expand the potential of nature to improve our health. We are now working to harness the momentum, expand and diversify the audience, and create more opportunities to learn about the latest research, share ideas, and collaborate on taking this movement to the next level.

NW Nature Health Audience Sally Jewell Nature Design Walk Conversing


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REGISTER TODAY: The Northwest Nature & Health Symposium

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We are excited to announce that registration for the Northwest Nature & Health Symposium is now open!

Leaders in healthcare, education, planning & conservation will explore the health benefits of being in nature, from gardens to wild lands. Join us to learn about the latest innovations in research, policy, and practice; discuss common challenges; and identify shared opportunities to collectively, and equitably, expand the potential of nature to improve our health. Featuring a lunchtime panel with Sally Jewell (former US Secretary of the Interior), Jesús Aguirre (Superintendent, Seattle Parks), Terry Williams (Tulalip Tribes), and Philip Wu (Kaiser Permanente).


Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington, Seattle

Register *this week* for early-bird tickets ($35 through Oct 9; $49 thereafter)


We recommend registering as soon as possible as we expect this symposium to fill quickly.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Please extend our invitation to your friends and colleagues.