Goal of Student Hourly: To support the development of the Costa Rica Cloud Forest Studio, currently an experimental course within the Department of Landscape Architecture.
About the studio:The Department initiated the Costa Rica Cloud Forest Studio as a trial international service learning class this past fall and January break. The studio explores the cultural and natural history of Monteverde and works with anon-profit K-12 school (Cloud Forest School http://cloudforestschool.org/)in support of its mission of environmental education. Work to date has included mapping the grounds, which consist of the school, secondary pre-montane and primary cloud forest. For 2013 we will continue mapping vegetation and cultural features and explore, with staff, reforestation solutions. Two weeks of the course are held in January at the Cloud Forest School.
The private non-profit school’s mission is to “nurture a generation of ecologically aware, academically well-rounded bilingual individuals … “ that are able to make “environmentally and socially conscious decisions on a local, national and global scale.” The studio seeks to help the school develop better mechanisms for accomplishing its environmental education mission by mapping onsite resources, providing guidance for reforestation of disturbed areas, and exploring ways to help students as well as area citizens make use of the school grounds for environmental education.
The studio will assist the school on reforestation planning and support its data collection, mapping and monitoring of site resources. During the studio this past January the students mapped the site’s boundaries, trails, and significant features using GPS technology and developed a composite GIS map of these features.
Tasks:The budgeted student hourly will help gather documentation, acquire additional GIS layers and assemble these, complete the preparation of a base map in ArcGIS, compile transcribed interviews we previously conducted with Cloud Forest School personnel, and assist in the preparation of material for class on topics such as the tropical submontane and montane cloud forest ecology, soils, regional history, culture, etc.
Position: The position will support 10 to 15 hours per week depending on start day @ $11/hour and may be divided into two positions if necessary. The position runs through June 30 and can begin immediately.
To apply contact John Harrington, email@example.com, Department of Landscape Architecture, Phone 890-3102
Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2012
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