The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) seeks Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

HARC is seeking applications for the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (VP/COO). As an integral member of the executive management team, HARC’s VP/COO directs, administers, and coordinates the daily operations of the organization in support of administrative policies and strategic goals established by the President and the Board of Directors. The VP/COO advises and works in partnership with the President on the development of long range goals and strategies; oversees, directs, and organizes the work of administrative managers; and promotes a collaborative culture within the organization. The successful candidate will have nonprofit or public sector experience engaging in sponsored research related to air quality, clean energy, water, and/or natural resources. A doctoral degree (Ph.D.) or Master’s degree with more than 10 years related administrative management experience are desired. Interested applicants can view the full job description and submit a cover letter, resume, and online application via HARC’s Job Opportunities portal at HARC is a 501(c)(3) research hub located in The Woodlands, TX providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. HARC is focused on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.

Lake Houston Wilderness seeks Park Interns

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department has two openings for internships at Lake Houston Wilderness Park. Duties and Responsibilities include: assisting with all aspects of park operations, grounds maintenance, and facility maintenance; assisting the Park Naturalist with programming and the Nature Center; assisting Park Manager with research projects; assisting the park reservation staff; and a special internship project. Housing is provided and the pay is $12/hour. Send resume to; (832) 395-7314. Learn more at: Internship Lake Houston Wilderness Park – Fall 2016.

Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: June 26, 2015


  1. Texas Gulf dead zone caused by excessive rainfall, unlike Louisiana’s (Dylan Baddour – Houston Chronicle, 6/22/2016. Photo by Johnny Hanson, Staff)
    “Headlines this month bring grim news of a massive ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico. Is this something Houston should be worried about? Yes and no. Most of those headlines refer to a recent study from Louisiana State University, which forecast a dead zone in the Gulf one-third larger than average this summer. That’s big. It forms from chemical runoff in the Mississippi River, and it kills a lot of marine life. But that’s Louisiana. Texas is different. It has a different kind of dead zone, said Steve DiMarco, an oceanographer and veteran dead zone researcher with Texas A&M, and it’s also hitting record size this year after a rainy spring. When you put the two contiguous zones together, that’s a 600-mile swath of uninhabitable sea from Gulfport, Miss., to south of Corpus Christi.”
  2. Heavy rains prompt Montgomery County officials to study ways to reduce flooding (Matthew Tresaugue – Houston Chronicle, 6/19/2016)
    “A good 40 inches of rain has pelted Montgomery County this year – well ahead of the typical pace and too much at times for the usually tranquil streams in this rapidly growing area. So regional leaders are embarking on a nearly $1 million study to improve and expand the early flood warning capabilities for the county. Under the plan, the San Jacinto River Authority also would analyze water flows and explore ways to reduce the likelihood of flooding, such as scooping out parts of streams that can cause bottlenecks. The authority, which manages surface water in the river basin, is teaming with Montgomery County and the city of Conroe. The entities are asking the Texas Water Development Board to cover half the costs.”
  3. Nature preserves, water project dot northeast Harris County canvas (Jennifer Summer – The Humble Observer, 6/19/2016)
    “Taking advantage of the natural landscape, wildlife and beauty of the northeast side of the Houston area; several groups are working to provide outdoor nature preserves for residents to enjoy in the future. The Greens Bayou Coalition and an outreach specialist from the Texas Water Development Board were on hand at the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce’s Atascocita BizCom Thursday to explain a few of their upcoming projects.”

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