Author Archives: Tracy Himmel Isham

App Gap is Hiring a Tasting Room Ambassador!

Appalachian Gap Distillery, the country’s first Climate Neutral certified distillery, is looking for a passionate individual with an interest in sustainable craft spirits made with quality local ingredients to join our team part-time as a Tasting Room Ambassador and Distiller’s Assistant this summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day (some flexibility on dates). You will support our distillers with grinding grain, fermenting mashes, distilling and bottling as well as being responsible for staffing our tasting room and sharing our story and samples of our spirits with visitors.

The part-time position (15-20 hours per week) is compensated at $20/hr plus 5% commission on net sales through the tasting room. Take-home pay can range from $25 – $30/hr depending on tasting room sales. Experience in service or with spirits is a plus but we will train the right person – someone who is outgoing, curious, positive and shares our ethos of doing the right thing (more about us below).

We are hiring immediately for this position. Applicants must be 21+ and be comfortable lifting up to 50 lbs. If interested, please send resume and brief cover letter via email to Middlebury alum, Will Drucker,

Rich Earth Institute in VT is HIRING GRADS

Spread the word! The Rich Earth Institute has an 11 month ECO Americorps position opening this fall at Rich Earth. This position is hosted through the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s ECO AmeriCorps program, which has been operating for nine years in local organizations in communities across the state. ECO AmeriCorps members complete an 11-month term of service and are well-supported. Member benefits include gaining access to professional networks and training, an education award, health coverage and a living stipend. ECO members have the opportunity to explore areas of interest, build connections and gain confidence necessary to propel a career. Contact with questions about the ECO Program.

The Rich Earth Institute reclaims human urine as a fertilizer, preventing downstream nutrient pollution, conserving water resources, and providing sustainable fertilizer to local farms. Since 2012, Rich Earth has operated the first and largest community-scale urine nutrient recycling program in the US. Rich Earth advances the use of human “waste” as a resource through demonstration, research, and education. There is a steady flow of projects in each of these arenas for the ECO Service Member to support and potentially lead. The ECO position will be tailored to the skill set and interests of the Service Member.


Summer Teaching Fellowship in Santa Fe!

ImageBreakthrough Santa Fe Teaching Fellowship,Breakthrough Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Breakthrough Santa Fe seeks driven undergraduates of all majors to work as summer Teaching Fellows advancing our mission of educational equity and college access in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Breakthrough Santa Fe is the flagship college access program in the city, having served historically marginalized students for 20 years who seek to be the first in their families to go to college. Our students are highly motivated to succeed in school—a fact which is evidenced by their willingness to commit to the six years of quality programming we provide. We are a part of a national Breakthrough network that seeks to close the opportunity gap for first-generation students and to inspire the next generation of educators and education advocates.

NOAA is Looking for a Summer Intern: Geospatial Modeling & Computer Vision Skills

Geospatial Investigations of Coastal and Great Lakes Ecological Communities

Summary / Description

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking students with geospatial modeling, computer vision, and/or machine learning capabilities to join a group of exciting, innovative scientists mapping seafloor communities. Projects include: 1) advancing applications of Structure from Motion 2D/3D models and spatial metrics for biotic and abiotic detections 2) advancing artificial intelligence annotation workflows and inference detections through model development, and 3) advance exploitation and extraction techniques of biotic and abiotic seafloor feature classes from underwater synthetic aperture sonar systems.

Skills Required

Experience/coursework in statistics, advanced mathematics, computer science, machine learning and/or signal processing. Critical thinker; independent worker; established research skills to conduct literature reviews, develop and implement workflows; ability to clearly synthesize and communicate results to scientists; strong organizational skills. Experience with code writing and deployment, R, ArcPro, Python, and/or MatLab is desirable.

This internship is in-person at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Marine Spatial Ecology Division, in Silver Spring, MD or Beaufort, NC (in-person, preferred). The internship supervisor is a Middlebury alum!

This internship is funded with a CCI award of $4,000.00 and Typically, seniors graduating in May and those who have not been enrolled for Spring ’23 are not eligible for CCI sponsored internships, but occasional exceptions are made. Students planning to transfer in the Fall are also not eligible. 

If interested, please contact Tracy Himmel Isham, thimmeli[at]

Are You a Graduating Senior Interested in Environmental Conservation? Apply Today to VT ECO AmeriCorps Job Openings!

ECO AmeriCorps is a 9-year-old program operating in communities across the state at local organizations. Program participants engage in a variety of topics that may include science communication, sustainable agriculture, climate resiliency and creating greater access to the natural world. ECO AmeriCorps members complete an 11-month term of service and are well-supported. Members benefits include gaining access to professional networks and training, an education award, health coverage and a living stipend. Being an ECO member also gives them the opportunity to explore areas of interest, build connections and gain confidence necessary to propel a career. 

If you are passionate about making a difference, committed to improving our environment, contact dustin.bowman[at] with any questions.  More Information can be found here: Open Positions | Department of Environmental Conservation (

Here are some examples of the positions that are currently open:

St. Albans/North




Southern Vermont

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Advancing Climate Solutions Through Venture Capital

The Vital Role of Early-Stage Investment in Meeting the Goals of the Paris Agreement

Join Middlebury alum, Peter Hirsch, class of 2012 and head of sustainability for 2150, a climate tech venture capital firm, for a moderated session discussing the role that venture capital can play in the roles of the Paris climate agreement.


TIME: 4:30 PM


1:1 Chats on Climate Solutions in Finance and Venture Capital

On Monday, 4/17, from 10:00-12:00 PM, Peter will also be holding space in the Franklin Environmental Center Hillcrest Rm. 121 for 1-on-1 chats to meet with students who would like to discuss the role of climate solutions in finance and venture capital. Sign up for a 20-minute chat with Peter here on Handshake

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