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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.

Curious to learn more about sustainable careers?

The Pomerantz Career Center has a Career Community page focused on Environmental & Sustainability jobs and highlight many resources through the University of Iowa and beyond. 

 Careers in this community focus on studying the physical aspects of the earth and applying knowledge to educate and inform on how to protect the environment and human/animal  health.


Internship and Work Opportunities

Real Food Challenge: Procurement Director - Priority Deadline is April 11th

We are still accepting applications for a Real Food Challenge Procurement Director, who will work to transition our Real Food Challenge programming into a new era of values-based food purchasing and collaboration with our food sovereignty campaigns. We seek to fill this full-time (37.50 hours/week), salaried, and remote position immediately.

We are looking for someone who has...

  • Strong understanding of and commitment to food sovereignty, racial equity, climate justice, youth power, economic justice, and collective liberation.
  • Experience working in regional supply chain initiatives.
  • Experience working with, and expanding market access for, local, regional, marginalized, or BIPOC producers.
  • Deep interest in eliminating barriers for local, BIPOC, and marginalized farmers. And more!

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of Monday, April 11th!

Urban Sustainability Directors Network: Communications Coordinator - Apply Soon

The Communications Coordinator is a member of the Communications and Mobilization team. This person will support the team across key functions, including managing newsletters, the website, social media channels, graphic design and program-specific support. This person will also collaborate with staff across the organization to improve member and staff communications channels, and collect ideas and create content to share with our members, funders, partners and the public. The position offers the opportunity to help shape USDN internal and external communications and tell stories about building equitable, sustainable communities.

Urban Sustainability Directors Network: People Operations Director - Apply Soon

As our People Operations Director, you will play a key role in ensuring USDN builds a thriving organization. You will be responsible for developing and managing initiatives that provide a people-oriented, equity-centered, and high-performance workplace culture that emphasizes diversity, empowerment, quality, inclusivity, and productivity.

Pentacrest Museums Undergraduate Student Docent Position - Now Hiring

The Museum Docent serves as a gallery guide engaging diverse audiences with the exhibits at the Pentacrest Museums. Docents have the responsibility to operate and provide access to the Museum of Natural History and the Old Capitol Museum during normal business hours, at special events, and at programs. Docents help carry out the Museums’ missions to engage and inspire audiences to discover and be curious about the world around them through the Pentacrest Museums’ exhibits. 

To apply: https://app.joinhandshake.com/stu/jobs/6086825?ref=preview-header-click

University of Missouri Limnology Laboratory - Positions Available

University of Missouri Limnology Laboratory (limnology.missouri.edu) has several positions available for full-time Summer Field Technicians and Laboratory Technicians for Summer '22.

Field Technicians will be responsible for collecting and processing water samples, operating water monitoring equipment, driving to monitoring sites, etc. Employees will be working on streams and lakes throughout Missouri. Some overnight stays are likely. As this is outdoor summer work, employee should expect exposure to heat, rain, etc. Employees may be called upon to conduct occasional laboratory work. Pay rate starting at $11/hour

Laboratory Technicians will be responsible for conducting analyses on water quality samples in the MU Limnology Laboratory. Employees may be called upon for occasional field days (no overnights). Previous chemistry lab experience desired, but not required. Pay rate starting at $11/hour. Requirements: • Some heavy lifting (~40lbs) • Valid drivers license • Currently have, or pursuing, a science degree

Application materials: • A letter of application that includes a statement of professional goals after graduation and indicates the areas of research in which the applicant is most interested. • A curriculum vitae or resume, and unofficial transcript.

Review of applications will start February 14 and continue until suitable candidates are identified

To apply, email application materials to: Jessica Scholz (jcskmz@missouri.edu); indicate desired position in subject line

VF Corporation: Analyst, Sustainable Materials - Apply Soon

Analyst, Sustainable Materials: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family

The Sustainable Materials Analyst will play a pivotal role in tracking and reporting progress toward VF’s public sustainability goals including VF’s science-based targets, sustainable materials vision, sustainable packaging goal and other public commitments. This role will work across VF brands, functions, and regions, to gather, manage, and analyse sustainable materials related data, to benchmark and measure progress toward reducing impacts while continuing to drive product performance and value creation for the business.

How You Will Make a Difference:  

Generate the research and tools to support brands, supply chain and innovation teams in vetting the sustainability implications and potential tradeoffs of their materials choices in line with VF responsible materials policies and public commitments. Support brand and supply chain teams in the development and implementation of sustainable material strategies through targeted analysis and research. Provide subject matter expertise and support in the implementation, usage, and interpretation of materials impact measurement methodologies in line with brand sustainable materials strategies. Provide technical materials analytics, data, and subject matter expertise to drive development of key VF materials sustainability tools and resources. Enable regular and accurate tracking against the company’s materials sustainability public commitments and other goals, including visualization, analysis, reporting, and benchmarking. This includes supporting teams across VF in building sustainable materials tracking and impact measurement into VF’s day-to-day operations. Provide input into development of broader organizational process and system improvements around sustainable materials data collection.

For more information about this position: https://vfc.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/vfc_careers/job/USCA--USA--Colorado--Denver---VF-Denver/Analyst--Sustainable-Materials_R-20220301-0095

2022 Summer Jobs at Abbe Hills Farm, Mt. Vernon, Iowa - Apply Soon

The farm: Abbe Hills Farm is one of the oldest Community Supported Agriculture farms in Iowa and a leader in promoting local food. We serve about 100 families near Mt. Vernon, Iowa, with fresh, tasty, healthy, and affordable weekly vegetable shares from June to October, plus several area restaurants and institutions from April through December. Because we care about sustainability, we use ecologically sound, functionally organic practices to manage the farm. We promote habitat for pollinators and natural enemies, practice soil conservation, and plant cover crops to feed the soil food web and encourage soil health. We prioritize food safety and quality.

Your work: Learn by doing! We grow food in two giant hoophouses and in several gardens. You’ll help with soil preparation, harvesting, weeding, transplanting, irrigation, washing, and packing. We use tractors and specialized tools whenever possible to make our work easier and faster, but mostly, this job puts your body to work. You must be able to work bent over or on your knees. Athletes do well at Abbe Hills Farm.

We are hiring one or two college-age summer workers to join us in 2022. We want you here as soon as possible in May or June and will keep you busy until you go back to school in the fall. Our workday starts at 7:00 am (sometimes earlier to beat the heat) and ends at 1:00, Monday through Friday. Rarely, in order to meet our commitments to our shareholders and wholesale accounts, weather or workload might require us to work later or on weekends. Because plants never stop growing and need our constant attention, our workers almost never take days off during the summer season.

Who you are:
You are optimistic and reliable with a pleasant disposition - no grumpy people here!
You are observant, and a careful, energetic, and efficient worker.
You are curious and eager to learn about whatever the day may bring.
You are physically fit, able to easily lift 40 pounds, and can work in summer heat and full sun. You have reliable transportation.
You live near enough to Mt. Vernon, Iowa, to commute easily.
You might have an interest in food, farming, justice, climate, ecology, health, or business.
Or maybe you just want to have a fun, rewarding, and unique summer job.
You look forward to getting to know and learning from your coworkers.
You have at least one year of college or post-high school work experience under your belt.

When to apply: Right now! Garden work begins as soon as the snow disappears, and we need to know who to expect on our summer crew well before school ends. We like to do on-farm interviews over your spring break and hire soon after.

How to apply: Please send a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three references to Laura Krouse, Abbe Hills Farm LLC, 825 Abbe Hills Road, Mt. Vernon, IA 52314. Please include in your resume those accomplishments, interests, and experiences from high school and after which will show Laura that you’ll be a good fit at Abbe Hills Farm.

To learn more about the farm: www.abbehills.com

Burr Oak Land Trust - Americorps Positions Open

The Burr Oak Land Trust is looking for applicants to join their Americorps Team. The many different sustainability related positions are great opportunties to her advance the biodiversity in Iowa by protecting the landscape and by connecting people to its nature.

For more information and to apply: www.buroaklandtrust.org/were-recruiting/

Sustainable Iowa Land Trust - Seeking Applications

Join an innovative, scrappy statewide organization to meet environmentally-minded landowners who want a future of sustainable table food farming for Iowa. Teach them about SILT, respond to their questions and help them permanently protect their land.

The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit land trust that permanently protects land to grow healthy food through the use of conservation easements and land donations. Launched in 2015, SILT now protects 1,133 acres across 14 farms in Iowa.

We are seeking applications for a new statewide Farm Services Coordinator and Iowa's first full-time Land Scout/Field Organizer to launch SILT's Circle Des Moines project.

Communications Intern - Apply Soon

The UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research is seeking a communication intern to write about the environmental research of our members, environmental issues and news impacting Iowa, our region, and the world. This is a 5 to 20 hours a week paid ($12.00/hr) position. Number of hours per week is flexible. The position is being hired now, but starting date is flexible including the start of the spring 2022 semester.
 
Send a letter of interest and your resume to Joe Bolkcom at joe-bolkcom@uiowa.edu, Outreach and Community Education Director, UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Communications Specialist - Apply soon

We are looking for a self-motivated, creative, and adventurous Communications Specialist to join our growing marketing team & river cleanup crew! Your main duties will include anything & everything media-related that will showcase our organization’s mission and operation. The other half of your job role is Living Lands & Waters Crew Member! Every day looks different for an LL&W crew member. Still, top job roles include: driving a boat full of either garbage or volunteers (we’ll teach you if you don’t possess this skill already), going on river cleanups, driving trucks and pulling trailers both short and long distances, living and traveling on the barge (or the occasional hotel) for up to 9 months per year, rigging and decking, helping with daily tasks, errands, and maintenance (sometimes extremely random in nature).

    Sustainability Coordinator of the Office of Sustainability - Apply soon

    Washington University Danforth Campus is hiring a Sustainability Coordinator for their Office of Sustainability. This position coordinates implementation of components of the University’s Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations with focuses in alternative transportation, dining, outreach, and communications. As one of the public faces and often the “voice” of the Office of Sustainability, the Sustainability Coordinator plays an active role in the development of WashU’s culture and community, prioritizing collaboration and inclusion, through programming, relationship development, and communications. This position also supervises student interns. This is a full-time job for 37.5 hours a week. 

    FoodCorps service member - Apply soon

    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.

    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.

    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


     

    Iowa Lakeside Laboratory - Deadline is March 1st and April 1st

    Iowa Lakeside Laboratory is now accepting applications for its 2022 internship program. The internships provide an opportunity for students to build career skills, while earning money in a fun and outdoor environment. Pay is $10/hr. for 40 hours of work between mid-May and early August (exact dates are negotiable). Free lodging and meals. Some internships also provide a free University of Iowa course to meet environmental science degree requirements.

    Research opportunities include:

    • Restoration Study of Fens & Hill Prairies
    • Hydrologic Analysis of Regional Wetland & Shallow Lake Systems
    • Mapping Regional Phenomena & Incorporation Social Metrics
    • Analyzing Environmental Datasets & Developing Infographics
    • Food Sovereignty & Social Welfare in Northwest Iowa
    • Assessing & Analyzing Social Dynamics of On-Water Recreation
    • Watershed Assessment & Water Quality Monitoring
    • K-12 Environmental Education & Outreach
    • Ongoing Opportunities with External & Local Partners
    • Application deadlines are March 1, April 1, 2022

    Lakeside Lab is owned and operated by the Iowa Board of Regents in cooperation with the University of Iowa. Lakeside is located on beautiful West Okoboji Lake in Northwest Iowa. For more information contact Mary Skopec at mary-skopec@uiowa.edu or visit our website at www.iowalakesidelab.org

    Summer Apprenticeship at Grow: Johnson County - Deadline is March 31st

    Description

    Grow: Johnson County is now accepting applications for the 2022 Organic Farm Apprenticeship. Four apprentices will have the opportunity to learn and work on our 5-acre hunger-relief and education farm located at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm in Iowa City, IA. Apprentices will be active in organic vegetable production, on-farm food safety strategies, produce handling and storage, land-based education, and community food security, over the course of the growing season. Apprentices will gain experience in volunteer coordination, community partnerships and engagement, non-profit work environments, and on-farm recordkeeping.

    Apprentices will report to Education & Outreach Coordinator Lisa Stark and work alongside the Grow Team to implement the 2022 Production Plan, Food Safety Plan, and host educational and volunteer activities on the farm.

    Field and Hands-On Education
    Here at Grow, we do most of our teaching and learning out in the fields. That being said, apprentices will need to be willing and excited to get their hands dirty - a lil’ bit of dirt don’t hurt! Apprentices should be able to work in varied weather conditions for hours at a time, we’re out in the fields come rain or shine!

    Workshops and Classes
    Training will be conducted prior to the season regarding food safety, farm safety, and on-farm record keeping. Additional workshops regarding our methods will be held regularly throughout the apprenticeship. Apprentices do not need to have previous experience in organic gardening or farming, we’re here to teach you that, but familiarizing yourself with organic farming, sustainable farming, food sovereignty, food apartheid, racism in the food systems, and other similar topics will give you a better sense of what we do and why we do it.

    Physical Requirements
    Duties include the ability to perform the following physical tasks for long periods of time

    • Bending over

    • Crouching/kneeling

    • Pulling/pushing carts and wagons

    • Standing

    • Walking long distances over the farm ...and other similar physical activities.

    Farm Tasks include, but are not limited to:

    • Bed preparation 

    • Seeding 

    • Transplanting 

    • Irrigation 

    • Weeding

    • Harvesting

    • Washing produce

    • Packaging produce

    • Cleaning work areas

    In addition to tasks, it is essential that apprentices:

    • Maintain open and constant communication with The Grow Team

    • Be able to work and talk at the same time

    • Establish positive relationships with community members, staff, other apprentices, and volunteers

    • Maintain all equipment, facilities, and tools clean and in working order

    • Perform all tasks in an efficient and safe manner

    • Be mindful and careful when working near farm machinery

    • Perform additional duties as assigned

    Qualifications for Apprenticeship

    • No previous growing experience is required. We do ask that applicants:

    • Be excited to learn

    • Be friendly and eager to work collaboratively with others on the farm

    • Be able to work in all weather conditions for hours at a time (shivering or sweating!)

    • Have an interest in issues surrounding food apartheid, food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture, and be eager to get involved in addressing those issues

    • Be able to lift 40 pounds

    • Be comfortable with the physical activities detailed above

    COVID-19 Worker Safety

    Grow: Johnson County follows strict adherence to public health guidelines regarding COVID-19. The health and safety of everyone who comes to the farm is our priority; currently masks are not required but our mask policy will adapt as circumstances change. Apprentices will receive training on the program’s COVID-19 policy during orientation.

    Compensation & Timeline

    Apprentices will be paid $11.50/hour and be expected to work 20 hours/week from mid-May through September. Apprentices must be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30am-12:30pm each week. The remaining 5 hours are semi-flexible and may change from week to week. There is potential for an additional fall apprenticeship position that would run through October.

    About Grow: Johnson County

    Grow: Johnson County is a hunger relief and educational farm program of Iowa Valley RC&D, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. We at Grow are working towards a just food system. We freely produce and distribute local, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to our partners here in Johnson County, IA. We use this production model to train growers in sustainable food production practices.

    For more information about Grow visit ​www.growjohnsoncounty.org​.

    Commitment to Justice

    Diversity brings strength, creativity, and resilience. We believe that one of our key roles is creating meaningful opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and people of color to engage in the food system. We seek to empower marginalized people to become future leaders in a just, equitable food system. Grow: Johnson County is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable food system and is a proud equal opportunity employer.

    There is ​no tolerance​ for discrimination or harassment of any kind in our organization.

    All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, especially those who have been marginalized by society due to race, color, religion, gender, gender nonconformity,
    sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

    To Apply

    To apply for the 2022 Organic Farm Apprenticeship, visit our website and complete the required form by  March 31st. Selections will be made by mid-April. Apprentices would be expected to begin work in early- to mid-May.

    Working Interview

    Selected applicants will be contacted to participate in a paid working interview. This will consist of performing some tasks alongside the Grow Team at the farm. We conduct working interviews so that potential candidates are aware of the physical requirements of the job and also have the opportunity to get a sense of the Team culture.

    For any questions or concerns regarding the application or working interview please contact Lisa at ​lisa@ivrcd.org

    Fairfield, Iowa Community Sustainability Coordinator - Deadline closed

    The purpose of the Sustainability Coordinator’s job is to manage and coordinate existing and new sustainability projects, programs, and initiatives in collaboration with the City of Fairfield, Maharishi International University (MIU), and a broad range of community stakeholders. The coordinator’s primary responsibilities will be to lead, problem solve, organize, and motivate to improve the community’s capacity to remain resilient in the face of change.

    The duties of the Sustainability Coordinator include but are not limited to the following:

    • Organize and administer the Sustainability Task Force, which will likely deal with topics related to areas such as waste stream management, green building practices and renewable energy.

    • Facilitate partnerships across community sectors and encourage citizen participation.

    • Remain current on trends, practices, technology, and state and federal legislative initiatives affecting the sustainability field and share updates as needed.

    • Research and evaluate grant funding opportunities; submit and oversee all pursued grants related to sustainability efforts.

    • Evaluate programs and recommend new policies and procedures to enhance resilience across all operations and departments throughout the public and private sectors.

    • Provide data, economic analyses, background research, and case studies to keep the Sustainability Task Force informed and to communicate how proposed policies and procedures may be of benefit.

    • Coordinate efforts to set goals, adopt new programs, track the impacts of operational changes, lead internal audits (waste, recycling, energy, water) and celebrate successes.

    Other Duties

    • Attend City Council and MIU board meetings as needed, keeping both governance bodies up to date on resilience activities and initiatives

    • Write articles about sustainability initiatives for publications/outreach efforts

    • Serve as a role model for sustainable best practices

    • Abide by all policies and procedures as outlined in the Pathfinders’ Employee Handbook

    • Perform all other duties as assigned

    • 20% of activities are to be in support of waste reduction for the City of Fairfield, and 20% in support of MIU campus sustainability efforts

    Competencies Required

    • Knowledge of and passion for the emerging field of sustainability

    • Strong communication skills; written, verbal, and digital

    • Ability to self-direct

    • Ability to prioritize work tasks, multi-task, and maintain focus

    • Attention to detail and good organizational skills

    • Ability to work as a team player in a cooperative environment

    • Ability to remain open to the ideas of others and to try new approaches

    • Willingness to learn and take on new responsibilities

    • Ability to maintain confidentiality

    • Valid drivers’ license and car for local use; travel reimbursed at Pathfinders’ rate, currently $0.55 per mile

    Technical Skills

    • Experience collecting, tracking, and conducting analysis of basic data related to areas of sustainability and improved performance
    • Ability to synthesize complex content and to use visual tools to communicate concepts, ideas and information to the Task Force and stakeholders
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe, social media and database software

    Relevant Education

    A Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Planning, and/or equivalent experience in sustainability field with demonstrated ability to carry out expected responsibilities. Sustainability field experience should include:

    • Hands-on experience in community organizing
    • Competency in facilitating a wide range of stakeholders in diverse settings
    • Demonstrated ability to research technical and cutting-edge information on sustainability practices and communicate it to lay persons
    • Demonstrated experience in designing and managing complex projects and programs related to sustainability

    Salary Range and Benefits

    Salary range is $46,000 to $56,000 annually, depending on experience and
    qualifications. Benefits include a Simple IRA (3% match), healthcare benefit, holidays, and paid vacation. The position is a three-year pilot program; extension may be possible.

    Application Process

    Interested candidates should apply to Pathfinders RC&D, Inc. (a 501(c)3 organization) at 304 S. Maple Street, Suite 101, Fairfield, IA 52556. Information can be submitted in hard copy, or digitally at info@pathfindersrcd.org with the header, “Sustainability Coordinator Application.” Submit applications by March 15, 2022 (or until position is filled) and include:

    • Cover letter, including statement of interest

    • Resume

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Pathfinders RC&D is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any person regardless of  race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, martial status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. Pathfinders’ employees support and participate in equal opportunity and civil rights program activities and adhere to bias-free written and oral communications in all activities.

    Maryland Sea Grant Summer REU Program - Deadline closed

    Are you looking for a summer research internship studying ocean, coastal or environmental science? Please check out the Maryland Sea Grant Summer REU program. They bring upper-level undergraduate students to the Chesapeake Bay to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We select undergrads in many disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science. Each REU fellow will receive:

    • $7,200 stipend
    • Free housing at your research lab
    • Round-trip travel expenses

    In particular, we encourage students from colleges and universities where access to marine science and to research opportunities is limited and who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math. We believe bringing together students from many disciplines, backgrounds and parts of the country makes for a more interesting and educational summer experience.

    Apply for our 12-week program from May 22 to August 13, 2022. We are accepting applications for the 2022 class now through February 15, but recognize that the state of the pandemic may impact how the program operates (in-person, virtual, hybrid). Please visit our website to find out more (www.mdsg.umd.edu/reu) or send a message to: reu@mdsg.umd.edu

     

    Student Training Opportunity for 2022: Dryland Recharge Assessment in Morocco (DReAM) - University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY) - Deadline closed

    Student Training Opportunity for 2022: Dryland Recharge Assessment in Morocco (DReAM) - University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)

    Recruiting 5 graduate or undergraduate students for an NSF International Research Experiences for Students project to study transmission losses in ephemeral streams in Morocco. The program includes (dates tentative):

    • Virtual training in techniques in hydrology, remote sensing, GIS, and hydrologic modeling (online, March 15–April 30)
    • 1-week technical and cultural training workshop at University of Georgia (May 15–22)
    • 5-week field project with U.S. and Moroccan researchers in Morocco (May 22–June 24)
    • Virtual training in professional practice, scientific communication, and community outreach (online, August 15–December 15)

    Travel expenses will be covered and a $3,000 stipend will be paid upon completion.

    Ideal applicants will have a background in geology or a related discipline. Previous coursework and research experience in hydrology, hydrogeology, remote sensing, or GIS are helpful. The ability to work in teams and openness to different cultures are advantages. Members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, and able to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to travel.

    Apply at https://www.nsfetap.org/award/141/opportunity/145 (deadline February 18). For more information, contact Alan Fryar (alan.fryar@uky.edu).

    URG2: Undergraduate Research in the Geosciences for Under-represented Groups - Deadline closed

    The program features a one week intensive mentoring experience with all program participants near Mount Rainier, a 7 week research internship, and a $7,000 stipend for the summer. Supervised by participating Packard Fellows, research internships will take place at the fellows’ home institution (with virtual options in some cases), with support for travel and local housing for student interns provided by the program. The cohort of student interns will meet virtually throughout the summer for professional development, networking, and scientific skill-building activities. This program is open to any undergraduate student currently enrolled in a U.S. 2-year or 4-year institution. No prior coursework in earth sciences is required.

    We will be hosting a virtual information session on January 26, 2022 at 11am PST/2pm EST. Please sign up here to be sent the zoom link. The application is available here and is due on February 25, 2022, 11:59pm PST. 

    Natural Resource & Research Intern for Nahant Marsh Education Center (US Fish & Wildlife Service) - Deadline closed

    Salary: $15/hr.

    Hours: The Intern will work 40 hours per week (Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm) for 12-14 weeks during the summer months. Occasional evening or Saturday work may be required. Schedule is subject to change depending on weather.

    TO APPLY: Email a cover letter, resume, and references to Kinsey Nielsen, ksnielsen@eicc.edu. Applications due by end of day on Friday, February 11th, 2022

    GENERAL JOB SUMMARY: The Intern position will consist of 20 hours of natural resource work per week at Nahant Marsh as directed by the Natural Resource Manager. The intern will also work 20 hours per week performing Rusty Patch Bumblebee surveys and monitoring in the Quad Cities area as determined by the USFWS.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Work with the Natural Resource Manager, USFWS Staff, Natural Resource Technicians, interns, and volunteers
    • Perform bumblebee surveys, data collection and analysis, and photography for USFWS
    • Assist with restoration and management activities
    • Help with trail maintenance as needed
    • Ensure safety as a priority for themselves, workers, volunteers, and visitors
    • Maintain good working relationships with other employees and visitors
    • Model good work ethic
    • Assist with cleaning and perform related tasks as assigned
    • Present USFWS research to all involved agencies at the end of the summer

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Belief in Nahant Marsh’s mission and a healthy appreciation of the outdoors. Represents Nahant Marsh Education Center in the most positive manner with all people, both personally and professionally. Eager to learn and share knowledge and work with people from all backgrounds. Self-motivated and able to follow direction and work independently. Must have strong written and oral communication skills, proficiency in Excel, and be able to work effectively within teams. Should have knowledge of Midwest flora, wildlife, and ecology. A criminal background check will be required.

    GENERAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES: Moderate to hard labor, approximately 80% time outdoors. Constant (67-100%) walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, pushing and pulling. Constant (67- 100%) reaching, standing, grasping, finger dexterity. Viewing computer screen, taking photographs, recording data, and other types of close visual work occasionally (10-33%). Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds occasional (10-33%). Frequent (34-66%) travel off-site required to complete duties. Frequent (34-66%) physical labor includes invasive species removal, restoration projects, trail maintenance, etc. Frequent (34-66%) interacting with other interns, volunteers, and visitors.

    Zoo Miami - Deadline closed

    Zoo Miami has a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU) in conservation science. Students will receive funding for travel costs, a weekly stipend, housing, and food allowance for the duration of the 10-week program, which begins May 22, 2022.

    Students enrolled in any 4-year or community college in the U.S. may apply.

    Applications are due on February 1.

    Fully-Funded Summer Undergraduate Research In Seismology/Geophysics, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) - Deadline closed

    Want to apply your geoscience, math, physics, and computer science knowledge and skills to study the solid Earth? If so, this long running summer opportunity is for you! IRIS interns spend 8 to 10 weeks working on a seismological research project with researchers at an IRIS member intuition. Research projects may involve the deployment of seismic instruments in the field (within the US or internationally), and/or analyses of seismic data in a lab setting with the ultimate goal of producing results to be presented at a national scientific meeting. Project vary annually but check out the 2021 projects (https://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/news/2021_iris_interns_at_fall_agu) for examples.

    As an IRIS Intern, you will receive...

    • A weekly stipend ($600/week for 9 - 11 weeks + $200 for subsistence)

    • Travel to and from your placement

    • Assistance securing housing at the host institution

    • Funding for travel to a professional meeting to present your results

    Applications are due by February 1st (https://www.iris.edu/hq/internship/)

    We are excited to receive applications from students representing the full spectrum of society, as well as student with lived experiences such as students with disabilities, veterans, and non-traditional students!

    IBA-Maximizing Access to Research Careers - Deadline closed

    IBA-Maximizing Access to Research Careers (IBA-MARC) supports underrepresented populations in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. Rising UI Juniors and Seniors committed to pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD that qualify (marginalized, first-generation, students from disadvantaged backgrounds) are encouraged to apply!

    The IBA-MARC program provides:

    • Competitive annual stipend for laboratory research (paid monthly)
    • Tuition assistance
    • Support for summer research
    • Scholastic enrichment - workshops and seminars, graduate school preparation
    • Professional development - travel to regional and national conferences to present scientific research
    • Career counseling
    • Immediate peer group with students having common science-based interests

    Priority Deadline 2/1/22

    https://iba.biology.uiowa.edu/undergraduate-program/iba/application

    For full list of qualifications and benefits please see our website https://iba.biology.uiowa.edu. If you have questions, need additional information, or would like to arrange a visit, please call our office at 319-467-1483 or email iba@uiowa.edu.

    The Iowa Biosciences Academy (IBA) has been supporting the academic and personal success of underrepresented populations since 1999. https://iba.biology.uiowa.edu/

    History Research Experinences Internship - Deadline closed

    History Research Experiences (NHRE) is a paid 10-week summer internship program hosted at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. In 2022 it will run May 31 through August 5. NHRE interns work closely with scientific mentors to complete independent research projects in Earth science, biology, and anthropology.

    Applications are due February 2.

    To find out more and apply, please visit: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/research/natural-history-research-experiences

    GeoCorps America Program – Deadline closed

    The GeoCorps program helps geoscientists engage their skills in addressing the scientific and resource management needs of America's public lands. The program coordinates paid, short-term geoscience projects with professionals at the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, in order to complete geoscience-related work that might not otherwise be possible.

    Featured project: Geologist/GIS Technical Assistant (Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC))

    Apply online: www.geosociety.org/geocorps.

    Questions: Lesley Petrie, geocorps@geosociety.org

    Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Internships - Deadline closed

    The focus of the internship will be based on ecological restoration with an emphasis on invasive species control. Land management will occur in eastern Iowa on remnant and reconstructed prairies, woodlands, savannas and other natural areas owned or protected by INHF. Additional education opportunities and professional development will be provided by INHF staff and partners.

    Deadline for application Sunday, February 6, 2022.

    Internship Requirements • Current college students with Iowa connection (see website for details) • Willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions and camp with crew and staff near worksites • All college levels are eligible (freshmen-seniors) • Land management experience a plus, but not required • 40 hours per week, 11 weeks • Meets most college credit requirements for work experience • Internship runs May 23-August 11

    Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is one of the leading private non-profits in conserving, protecting and restoring Iowa’s natural resources. For more information about the land stewardship internship, please visit www.inhf.org/internships

    Yale Conservation Scholars - Deadline closed

    Led by Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Program Director and Principal Investigator, the Yale Conversation Scholars - Early Leadership Initiative (YCS-ELI) was formerlu known as the Doris Duke. Conversation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan/Yale School of the Environment. YCS-ELI is a summer opportunity for undergraduates traditionally underrepresented in the conservation field and who are interested in careers in the sector.

    We are holding an informational webinar on January 13th at 2:00 pm EST/ 11:00 am PST. You can RSVP here.

    Any questions can be directed to YCS-ELI@yale.edu

    Science Alliance Internship - Deadline closed

    Iowa Biosciences Academy (IBA) is seeking first and second year students for paid Science Alliance Internships! Science Alliance supports underrepresented populations in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. First and second year students that qualify (marginalized, first-generation students, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds) are encouraged to apply! 

    Benefits of the Science Alliance Internship:

    • Assistance in finding a lab and research mentor
    • Lab wages of $12/hour
    • Access to career counseling
    • Opportunity to participate in peer mentoring program
    • Sense of belonging in community of like-minded students

    Food and Farm Coordinator - Deadline closed

    SILT is seeking a Fairfield, IA-based Food and Farm Coordinator who is self-motivated, organized and focused. This person will work remotely and report directly to the Executive Director. SILT Food and Farm Coordinators are SILT’s ambassadors and networkers. They inspire confidence in SILT by being highly competent, respectful of others, aspirational and inspirational about the future of SILT farms in Iowa. They grow SILT by connecting the dots among community leaders and between those communities and the food farms SILT will protect around them. This is a 1-year flexible full-time proof of concept position with potential for long-term employment. Part-time employment will be considered upon request, based on the candidate.

    Trail Builder - Deadline closed

    The trail builder works to restore Indian Creek Nature Center’s trail system from derecho storm damage. This includes building new trails and rerouting existing trails. The position
    also works cooperatively with other members of the team to assist with all aspects of ICNC’s outdoor land operations.

    Summer Naturalist - Deadline closed

    Summer Naturalists work alongside our full-time, year-round Naturalists to plan and lead programs and activities for Indian Creek Nature Center Creek Camps and other summer educational programming. Summer Naturalists will gain valuable, practical experience in environmental education, program development and leadership. 

    Environmental Specialist - Deadline closed

    Works on grant and contract projects dealing with waste reduction, environmental compliance and recycling; creates and directs specific demonstration projects that address high priority solid and hazardous waste materials, air emissions, storm water or wastewater; organizes and conducts waste reduction programs and projects throughout the state; works with targeted industry to focus on specific waste reduction techniques and opportunities; prepares written waste reduction reports and manuals addressing business and industry projects; conducts on-site reviews of waste management and environmental compliance at the request of business and industry; prepares and conducts individual/group training and presentations for a vriety of industries; develops curriculum based on the needs of industries served; and researches and develops new and innovative technologies and incorporates them into education and training.

    Marketing Intern - Deadline closed

    Foth is proud to be a 100% member-owned, science and engineering consulting firm with approximately 600 members. This position would be expected to advance the marketing and business development database; implement content (written and graphic) into client proposals; create written and graphic material (brochures, ads, public engagement pieces, etc.); and expand social media engagement and digital strategy implementation.

    Sustainable Brands Remote Internship - Deadline closed

    The Brands for Good Intern helps ensure that our partners consistently receive an outstanding experience through a number of writing, outreach, and organizational projects. There’s opportunity in this role to work on several different types of projects depending on the department’s needs and your skill sets.

    One day you may be helping organize an upcoming event, and the next you’ll be knee-deep in Salesforce creating an internal communications hub for partners. To that end, the most important skills we’re looking for are 1) the ability to quickly and independently learn / adapt to new projects, 2) an absolutely hawk-like attention to detail, and 3) Marie Kondo-esqe organization skills.

    The vast majority of the work is done online and digitally; therefore, you must be very comfortable working with new platforms and integration programs. You will excel in this role if you pride yourself on your analytical skills, curiosity, and moxie! This department serves a growing community of corporate, multinational stakeholders, and it is an outstanding opportunity to learn about the latest innovations sitting at the nexus of marketing and sustainability.

    AmeriCorps Conservation Stewardship Technician - Deadline closed

    AmeriCorps Stewardship Technicians are an integral part of the Bur Oak Land Trust’s mission of restoring habitat for Iowa’s native plant and wildlife species. Stewardship Technicians receive training to conduct prescribed fires, use land management equipment such as ATVs, UTVs, chainsaws and brush saws, and apply pesticides as part of invasive species control. Pesticide applicator and wildland fire (S-130/190) certifications will be available. Tasks associated with these positions may be physically taxing and are inherently risky.

    The majority of service will be performed outside, with technicians serving 30-40 hours per week primarily at the Trust’s properties in Johnson County. Technicians will report daily to the office located in Iowa City, Iowa. This position begins in September and lasts for 11 months. Technicians must complete a minimum of 1,730 hours of service, and will receive a living stipend that totals $17,000 and is distributed monthly. Other benefits are available.

    As AmeriCorps members, Technicians are also responsible for participating in National Service opportunities. These opportunities are typically within Johnson County but may take place in surrounding counties. To serve with AmeriCorps, members must: be at least 17 years old, be able to pass criminal history and sex offender registry background checks, and be a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien.

    IGWA Student Research Opportunity Proposal  - Deadline closed

    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  - Deadline closed

    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 - Deadline closed

     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

    Career Services Coordinator - Deadline closed

    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.

    Council for International Visitors Iowa Cities (CIVIC) Internship - Deadline closed

    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.


    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

    Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency 2022 Scholarship - Deadline is May 1st

    Des Moines, IA - One of the most pressing needs in education today is funding. Scholarships allow deserving students to attain their educational goals, meet their professional objectives and succeed to their fullest ability. To help ensure the continued success and development of future energy efficiency professionals in Iowa, the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency (IAEE) is currently accepting applications for a 2022 scholarship.

    A $1,000 scholarship may be awarded annually. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply by May 1, 2022. The scholarship award will be announced in July and the award recipient will be highlighted at the IAEE Iowa Energy Summit. Payment will be sent to the school by August 2022.

    “We have created a scholarship program to acknowledge that we need to be helping the next generation move into the professional role of energy efficiency in the state.”
    ~Stacy Christoffersen, Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency Board Member.

    To apply, visit: https://www.iowaenergy.org/en/news/iaee_scholarship_program

    New Mexico Highland University - Apply Soon

    Graduate assistantships (New Mexico Highlands University) are available for students wishing to pursue a Master of Science beginning Fall 2022 term. The Environmental Geology Program strengths are in Environmental Science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Water Resource Science, and Geosciences. The NSF-Funded Paleomagnetic-Rock Magnetic, Geospatial Applications in Natural Sciences, and Water Chemistry labs support a wide-ranging analytical research. We are particularly interested in students with interests in water resource science, geomorphology, GIS, volcanology, geophysics, and geochemistry. The NMHU campus in Las Vegas, NM is situated at the boundary of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains and is located near several world-renowned geologic features. A low student: faculty ratio and state-of-the art laboratory facilities provide students with a superior learning experience. The graduate assistantship includes a nine-month stipend and tuition waiver per academic year. Application review begins the first Friday in February. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Petronis at mspetro@nmhu.edu; 505-454-3513. Disability Services contact by phone at (505) 454-3188 or 454-3252, via e-mail at desquibel@nmhu.edu.

    AFE Scholarships in Floriculture and Horticulture - Apply soon

    For floriculture and horticulture students.

    Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship - Apply soon

    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.

    CCREF College Scholarship - Application period is from Feburary 15th, 2022 to April 15th, 2022

    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.

    The Joe Halbur Scholarship - Deadline is March 1st, 2022

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

    ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship - Deadline is March 15th, 2022

    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.


    Stratigraphy/Paleontology MS/PhD Student Opportunity, Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX) - Deadline closed

    Dr. Neo E. B. Adams is advertising two years of student funding through a Petroleum Research Foundation DNI grant starting September 1, 2022.

    The project is an integrated conodont biostratigraphy-carbon isotope chemostratigraphy-sequence stratigraphy investigation of the Silurian of the Permian Basin (via core) and correlative outcrops in New Mexico. No conodont experience is necessary, but is desirable.

    MS and/or PhD applicants wanted-- TA support for additional years of PhD is available.

     Application deadline is Feb 1!

    Contact me with your CV and a short statement of interest at mailto:neo.mcadams@ttu.edufor more information. General info about my lab is here: https://geosciences8.wixsite.com/neomcadams/research-1

    The Diane Albertson Memorial Scholarship - Deadline closed

    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 2020-2021 school year.

    4-H Youth in Action - Deadline closed

    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.

    Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations Scholarship - Deadline closed

    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 - Deadline closed

    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 - Deadline closed

    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.