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Interested in learning more about sustainability?

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has a resource hub on a wide range of sustainability topics.

AASHE empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders.


Internship and Work Opportunities

IGWA Student Research Opportunity Proposal - Apply by April 30

The goal of the IGWA Student Research Opportunity
is to increase our understanding of groundwater issues in Iowa and to facilitate interaction between
students and IGWA members. To this end, projects that can be accomplished in within approximately
one year are appropriate. Students must be enrolled in high-school or college in Iowa at the time of application. Students will only
be allowed one IGWA Research grant, and should not apply if they have received one in the past.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Permanent & Seasonal Positions - Apply by April 8

Do you care about the environment and want to make a difference in the world? Do you like to work in an action-oriented, exciting, diverse, high-energy and challenging workplace?

If you are a team player, highly productive, accountable with an eye for customer service, then the DNR is the right place for you.

The DNR's State Parks Bureau is hiring seasonal aides in many state parks for the 2020 summer season. Duties will include general park and trail maintenance include facilities, park rule enforcement, public programming, and invasive species control. These positions offer experience with lake, prairie, woodland, trail, and/or campground management. Applicants must be available for various shifts including weekends, evenings and holidays. This position is restricted to 40 hours a week with no overtime or compensatory time available. Starting wage is $11.30 per hour.

Preference will be given to individuals in a natural resource-related field of study. Applicants must be 18 years of age, able to communicate well with the public; work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions; be willing to operate equipment such as mowers, tractors, and chainsaws; and must possess a valid driver’s license.

Trees Forever Crew Leader - Apply before March 19

 Trees Forever has a program called Growing Futures, which employs high schoolers in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids to plant and take care of trees each season. Each crew of teammates has two crew leaders - usually college students majoring or interested in the environment. We're currently hiring for 2020 crew leaders for the spring, summer and fall.
 
Crew leaders manage a group of 8-10 teammates as they plant, water, mulch, stake, etc. trees across both metros. Last year in Des Moines, we were able to plant over 700 trees. Cedar Rapids will be close to 400 by the end of the spring. This is a great opportunity for students looking to gain professional experience working with youth and in an environmental setting. Both the teammates and crew leaders get professional development experiences throughout the season too - financial literacy courses, resume workshops and green job shadowing. 2019 was our first year and it went really well - we're looking for committed and excited crew leaders to join the team this year.
 
Crew leaders are paid $15/hr with lunch provided each day. Crews work 8 hours on Saturdays in the spring and fall, and 20 hours either in the morning or afternoon in the summer, Mon-Thurs. We'll be hiring as follows:
 
Spring: 2 crew leaders in Des Moines
Summer: 4 crew leaders in Des Moines, 2 crew leaders in Cedar Rapids
Fall: 2 crew leaders in Des Moines, 2 crew leaders in Cedar Rapids

FoodCorps service member - Apply before March 13

As a FoodCorps service member, you can help kids learn what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day. FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of full time paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities.

Career Services Coordinator - Apply before Feb. 24

The Program in the Environment (PitE) and School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve natural resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

SEAS and PitE are seeking an experienced professional to work as part of a high-functioning team in the school's Office of Academic Programs (OAP), focusing on graduate and undergraduate student professional services. Specifically, we seek a driven individual that will exceed in preparing the students and graduates for employment opportunities, and overall professional services.  The person in this position represents the school and its mission to many audiences and must perform responsibly and professionally and exercise excellent judgment in dealing with the many internal and external constituencies.  This position reports to the Associate Director, Career Services and the Managing Director, Program in the Environment.

The EREF Internship in Excellence Program - Apply soon

The EREF Internship in Excellence Program offers full-time students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree a unique, hands-on opportunity to experience the world of solid waste management. Interns will work full-time at companies focused on solid waste management, where they will learn to talk trash, understand day-to-day business operations and contribute to the industry. Companies are looking for talented candidates representing a wide range of majors. Upon successful completion of the program and other requirements, interns will be eligible to receive a cash scholarship.

Council for International Visitors Iowa Cities (CIVIC) Internship - Apply soon

Interns play a critical role in the success of CIVIC’s mission.  Internships are volunteer, but offer significant professional development opportunities. Internships permit students to work in a professional setting, contribute in significant ways to the operations of a non-profit organization, enhance their global cultural competency, and to develop and implement projects that may be used to demonstrate work experience to potential employers.

Green Iowa AmeriCorps Full-Time Service - Apply soon

Green Iowa AmeriCorps operates through the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (UNI CEEE) in Cedar Falls.  Green Iowa is looking to recruit passionate and motivated individuals for an 11-month service experience beginning September 2019 in one of our service locations throughout Iowa!


More Internship and Job Websites:

Careers Page from UIowa Geographical & Sustainability Sciences

Careers Page from UIowa International Studies

Careers Page from UIowa Global Health Studies

Environment & Sustainability Careers from the Pomerantz Career Center 

The Green Job Board

Green Biz

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Scholarship Opportunities

AFE Scholarships in Floriculture and Horticulture - Apply before May 1, 2020

For floriculture and horticulture students.

The Diane Albertson Memorial Scholarship - Apply before April 15, 2020

For students with a demonstrated interest in environmental action, especially as related to recycling and waste reduction. Applicants must be a senior or graduate of an Iowa high school and accepted for enrollment as a full-time undergraduate for the 2019-20 school year.

4-H Youth in Action - Apply before April 27, 2020

For students who are 4-H members or alumni between the ages of 16-19 in our core pillar areas of Agriculture, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living & STEM.

CCREF College Scholarship - Apply before April 10, 2020

The Composting Council Research & Education Foundation offers an annual scholarship to college students to assist with their compost research projects. The scholarship is available for undergraduate through PhD students studying at a college or university in the United States. The scholarship is for $4,000, and also includes an invitation to present research findings at a US Composting Council Annual Conference.

The goal of this scholarship is to bring assistance to students interested, compost research and to spark interest in future careers in the composting industry.

The research project for this scholarship must be ongoing during the term of the grant and be research in the fields of composting and compost use. More specifically, the ideal candidate will have interest in improving the compost process and the application and the utilization of finished compost to increase drought tolerance, soil nutrient content, reducing erosion and water pollution, and increasing carbon storage in soils to combat climate change.

Leopold Center Sustainability Scholarship - Deadline Closed

Junior and senior undergraduates at Iowa four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals to a new sustainability scholarship program sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.  Awards of up to $1,000 will be provided to selected proposals to support planned learning and participation experiences for students interested in the broad area of sustainability. The awards are designed to support students seeking to gain experience that nurtures their knowledge of the big-picture aspects of sustainability. 

Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship - Deadline Closed

For students who embody the spirit of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative by demonstrating personal leadership and environmental stewardship in their project. Winning essays have been 750 to 1,500 words long. Middle school, high school, or undergraduate college/university students (ages 13-21) are eligible to apply.

John R. Porter Scholarship in Water Sustainability - Deadline Closed

This fund is used to support one or more annual scholarships to deserving students in the College of Engineering. Preference is given to an undergraduate research assistant(s) interested in water sustainability who will work with faculty associated with the University of Iowa’s Water Sustainability Initiative. The scholarship will provide support for the undergraduate assistant’s research expenses which may include, but not limited to, salary, travel, books and ability to attend conferences beneficial to his or her research. The award is renewable as long as the recipient continues to qualify under the specified criteria. For a student to be eligible for this scholarship, the student must submit a statement of interest. Selection shall be in accord with standard requirements set forth by the appropriate College of Engineering Scholarship Selection Committee and will include the Chair of the Water Sustainability Committee with the counsel for the Water Sustainability Committee.

ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship - Deadline Closed

For students that seek to increase their knowledge and understanding of how Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention help ensure safe drinking water. Backflow Prevention is designed to prevent dangerous - and sometimes fatal - bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful agents from entering the local water supply systems.


The Joe Halbur Scholarship - Apply before March 1, 2019

For students who plan to further their education in programs of environmental education, cultural interpretation, historical interpretation or outdoor recreation.

Iowa Assocation for Energy Efficiency Scholarship - Apply before April 26, 2019

For students pursuing a degree with supports the mission of the IAEE and are committed to a career in the energy efficiency industry.

Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations Scholarship - Apply before May 1, 2019

For currently enrolled full-time college or university students who are entering their junior or senior undergraduate year and pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering, or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management. To be eligible, candidates must be SWANA Student Members in good standing.

Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition - Apply before June 7, 2019

For law students and planning students writing on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.

A Little Hope Foundation Global Scholarship - Apply before June 30, 2019

For young adults to tackle the most intense issues affecting their communities. To be eligible, you must have a desire for higher education with an emphasis on (1) science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, (2) educating our children, and (3) the creative arts. Consideration also will be given to areas of emphasis that focus on sustainability.