Workshops & Training Opportunities, Conferences, Grants, Employment Announcements, Public Meetings, and Resources


Open Burn Workshops
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is sponsoring free workshops to assist fire departments, municipalities, and the general public with understanding air quality regulations concerning open burning. This session will give a basic overview of the regulations, as well as information about open burning do’s and don’ts. Please register to attend one of the sessions below:
Mary Allen State Office Building, Room 34, 1525 Fairfield, Shreveport, LA 71101-4388
West Monroe Convention Center, Trenton Room, 901 Ridge Ave., West Monroe, LA 71291
St. Tammany Parish Government, Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville, LA 70471
Lafayette Utilities System, Main Administrative Building, 1314 Walker Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
LSU AgCenter, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, LA 70607
Main Street Community Center, 708 Main Street, Pineville, LA 71360
• HOUMA: TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011, 10AM-12PM
Terrebonne Parish Library, 151 Library Dr. (or Civic Center Blvd.), Houma, LA 70360
LDEQ Headquarters, Pensacola Room, 602 North 5th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
If you would like to attend one of these workshops, you can register online at, or by faxing or mailing the attached registration form.

Coastal America –JASON Project, July 20 Webcast
This is to announce the joint Coastal America-JASON webcast at Coastal Zone2011. The biennial CZ conferences have always been a great opportunity to trade ideas on what works and what does not work in coastal zone management. This joint endeavor is an effort to capitalize on the CZ conference itself as a tool to generate interest and concern for our oceans and coasts among the general public and to translate that into action through the Coastal America Learning Center Network. This production is also an opportunity to help educate the public about what the National Ocean Policy means for our country. For more information, see
CZ 2011 Shedd Aquarium Public Day Broadcast Announcement
The JASON Project (, the Coastal America Partnership and the Learning Center Network want to invite you to join us online on Wednesday, July 20th for an exciting interactive webcast, coming to you live from the world’s largest international gathering of ocean and coastal management professionals! At Coastal Zone 2011, we’ll be part of the 17th biennial forum focusing on new strategies and tools for solving the challenges facing our world’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. We’ll be talking to renowned scientists and expert planners to learn more about some of those problems and how anyone can get involved in helping to protect the places we love in the ocean and on the coast. You’ll learn about the United States’ first ever National Ocean Policy, and hear from high school students who are already making a difference in safeguarding our planet. You’ll have an opportunity to ask the experts about the hottest ocean topics, including the BP Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, pollution, the health of our fisheries and the latest in how our climate is changing.


NSTA New Orleans Conference
The registration link for the NSTA November 10-12 is now posted. Notice Member Rate: LSTA members (and those of our southern neighbor associations) use the registration rate shown for a current NSTA member.
Please remember volunteering to work will provide a voucher at a reduced rate. However individuals with funding should pay the registration to show support of the association as we do for state conferences. Members paying full conference rate…early bird or otherwise…can still volunteer by contacting Jan G  as shown in the LASER. If you plan to volunteer and use a voucher to reduce your registration costs DO NOT REGISTER now. NSTA will not refund registration money. You will need to connect with Jan on the number of hours you will be volunteering and later when the vouchers have been sent you will complete registration.

Announcement and Call for Papers for BASICS OF THE BASIN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – Commemorating 10 Years of Research!
A special session with be held to discuss the 2011 Bonnet Carre Spillway opening and the Mississippi River flood, Co-sponsored by OCPR. Research Summary deadline is July 22, 2011.
More information:
John Lopez (504) 421-7348, or Nick Norton (985) 549-2923,
Meeting Date: October 27-29, 2011
Location: Southeastern Louisiana University Campus in Hammond, LA
Co-Hosted by: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF), University of Southeastern Louisiana - Pontchartrain Basin Research Program (PBRP), Pontchartrain Restoration Program (PRP), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pontchartrain Research Committee (PRC), US Geological Survey (USGS), Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR), and Tulane University


A grant announcement sponsored by the NOAA Climate Program Office was posted on last night.
Some of the Center's partners may be interested in this funding opportunity. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive federal assistance under this notice. Letters of intent (an optional process) are due by July 26, 2011.
Department of Commerce – Climate Program Office for FY 2012
Grant announcement –

Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program – FY12 Funding Opportunity
The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region is now seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program. The full FY12 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at or the following Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office URL: Applicants should apply through Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 14, 2011 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details. Attached slides (with presenter's annotations) provide an overview of the program and the funding opportunity. The Gulf of Mexico B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Gulf of Mexico.
For Information: Amy Clark, Gulf of Mexico B-WET Program Manager,, (228) 688-1520
Gulf of Mexico B-WET website:
National B-WET website:


Education Coordinator
GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve is currently accepting applications for its vacant Education Coordinator position (position# 37020557). The job announcement and application process can be found online at  All interested applicants must submit a State of Florida job Application online at In addition to applying online, applicants must submit a resume and letter of interest, which clearly demonstrates how the applicants previous work experience and training is applicable to the major duties of this position, postmarked by the deadline date to Janet Zimmerman, Assistant Manager, GTMNERR, 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Deadline for applications is July 20, 2011.

Gulf Communications Manager
Full-time Marketing & Communications position located in New Orleans.
Learn More About the Department/Program: Ocean Conservancy’s Marketing & Communications team strives to inform, inspire and empower the public to take action. We pride ourselves on reaching key constituencies in new and innovative ways, building Ocean Conservancy’s brand promise via strategic partnerships and working with our program teams to win real changes that protect and promote ocean health.
Primary Responsibilities: The Communications Manager is responsible for leading media outreach and developing and implementing communications strategy for Ocean Conservancy’s Restoration and Fisheries work in the entire Gulf of Mexico region. As part of Ocean Conservancy’s Marketing & Communications Department, the Communications Manager works closely with Gulf Restoration and Fisheries program team members to achieve program and communications goals.
Required Qualifications: Degree in journalism, communications, public policy or other relevant field; track record of successful media outreach; strategic communications capacity and the ability to convey complex policy questions to the media and other key audiences; strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and function effectively as part of a team; demonstrated ability to work effectively in the Gulf of Mexico region
Apply For The Position: If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy's team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities to lead a growing exciting program with your resume and salary expectations to: and note your name and "Gulf Communications Manager #1013" in the subject line. Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has announced a series of regional community meetings to share information about Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan. Over the next few months, we will be developing the draft plan. Now is the time to come offer your ideas and learn about the state’s work. Join us as we make hard choices to secure our coast’s future.
            JUL 28    St. Bernard Parish Council Chambers, 8201 W Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 9      Larose Civic Center, 307 East 5th St., Larose, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 10   Ward 7 Community Center, 5006 La. 56, Chauvin, LA – 6:00pm Open House; 7:00pm Meeting
            AUG 11   Morgan City Auditorium, 728 Myrtle St., Morgan City, LA– 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 23   Abbeville Branch, Vermilion Parish Library, 405 E Saint Victor St., Abbeville, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 24   Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 30   Slidell Branch, St. Tammany Parish Public Library, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            AUG 31   Lake Charles Civic Center, Contraband Room, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting
            SEP 1      Westbank Regional Public Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA – 5:00pm Open House; 5:30pm Meeting


June 2011 LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Natural Areas Registry Newsletter is attached.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education
The framework completed by NRC will be available online at at 1:00 p.m. EDT on July 19.