Contracted services are needed for a “Activities Coordinator” for the Native Youth in Science – Preserving our Homelands (POH) held by the Natural Resources Department of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. POH is a summer youth environmental science camp that combines Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Western conventional science concepts to teach Mashpee Wampanoag tribal middle school youth about their local environment. The Activities Coordinator will be responsible for working with the POH staff to reinforce and support the lessons taught at the camp by tribal culture keepers, visiting environmental scientists, and other guest instructors during the camp. POH is a day camp that will be held for three days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) for four weeks starting July 10th and concluding August 2nd.
The Natural Resources Department (NRD) and the Fish, Wildlife & Natural Resources Commission (FWNRC) participates in the cleanup of illegal dump sites on Tribe and Town land in Mashpee. The NRD and FWNRC has partnered with with the Cape Cod Jeep Club and the Mashpee Land Stewards to clean up the Noisy Hole property off of Meetinghouse Rd. and the Johns Pond area on Town land in Mashpee.
The New England Cottontail (NEC) rabbit's ideal habitat has been greatly reduced due to massive development taking place over the last century. Efforts are underway from east of the Hudson River into New England to avoid having the NEC placed on the endangered species list by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service by creating new habitats to increase the overall population of NEC rabbits.
In an attempt to avoid this classification, the Tribe’s Natural Resources Department has acquired funding from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service through USET to conduct an animal inventory on tribal lands and in the tribal use area on Cape Cod.