Monthly Newsletter

This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

April 10, 2013

Any upcoming events, job opportunities, new internships, or other environmental news received by the ES Department are included in this newsletter. More information on the items listed in This Just In! can be received by contacting the ES Department. This issue of This Just In! and archived issues can be found at:

In This Issue.... 

1.  Sustainability Coordinator Position with Facilities Services
2.  Volunteers Needed for Lake Como Area Cleanup - April 13
3.  Mother Earth Fest - April 20
4.  Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium - April 27
5.  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
6.  Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies Summer Course

7.  Jobs with The Fund for Public Interest
8.  Internships

1.  Sustainability Coordinator Position with Facilities Services

Facilities Services is looking for a Sustainability Coordinator position.  They are seeking a peron with "sustainable" interests, who can work independently and assist coordinating the Facilities sustainability students.

If you are interested, go to the Student Employment website.  Priority is given to those who apply by Friday, April 12. Any questions about applying may be directed to Karin Zeller in the Facilities office.

2.  Volunteers Needed for Lake Como Area Cleanup - April 13

Time:  Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Over the past 26 years, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department has established a tradition of hosting an annual Spring Parks Cleanup event to collect the trash that has accumulated over the winter. Now, with the help of the Department of Public Works and their Come Clean! initiative, the event has transformed into a citywide effort to clean our parks, neighborhoods, and streets.  Without the help of volunteers, trash accumulates in many areas, polluting lakes, rivers, and detracting from the beauty of our community. This event is a fun and effective way to improve our natural environment while also contributing to the overall beautification of Saint Paul.

Any Questions?  Contact Jingyuan Qian at

3.  Mother Earth Fest - April 20

Mother Earth Fest 2013 ( is a day of celebration that inspires people of all ages to take action for a healthy and sustainable Mother Earth. On April 20, people from Twin Cities communities will laugh and learn from informative and entertaining exhibitors, presenters and entertainers in the rich and historic cultural diversity of Saint Paul’s West Side neighborhood. Children, youth and adults will have opportunities to get out and move around with balanced fitness and wellness activities, take time out to reconnect with the Earth, and enjoy our tasty “green cuisine” foods that pack flavor without the plastic! 

Where:  Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul
  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
More Info:

4.  Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium - April 27

Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium (MUGS) is a symposium, hosted annually by a different Geography program in the Midwest since 2005, at which undergraduates have the opportunity to present their research at a formal Geography conference. MUGS will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 27, in McPherson Atrium (2nd Floor) and conference rooms, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.

Macalester is set to host this spring's symposium and looks forward to welcoming keynote speaker, Owen Furuseth, Associate Provost of Metropolitan Studies & Professor of Geography, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Student Organizers: 
Lora Hlavsa:
Agata Miszczyk:

5.  Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

Established as a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) offers two, semester-long programs for upper-level undergraduates committed to the study of conservation and changing the world around us. 

Like a "study abroad" program, students spend a full semester living, taking classes, and working at a Smithsonian research station located near the Shenandoah National Park.  They offer two distinct programs of study, Applied Conservation Strategies and Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices.  Each program of study offers a set of five integrated courses that include a practicum experience.  The practicum work experience gives students in both semesters the opportunity to interact with researchers and other professionals working in the field of conservation and provides students invaluable hands-on experience that can be applied to future internships and careers.

They are currently providing scholarships to qualified students for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our programs at

6.  Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies Summer Course

Application deadline has been extended for the Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies summer 2013 credit field course.  You will:

  • Study, hike, and camp in the amazing foothills of the Rocky Mountains
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research
  • Earn 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits

You will have an opportunity to apply your classroom/textbook learning while immersed in an incredible Colorado ecosystem settingThis course is accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula Environmental Studies Program - ENST 391.

Visit for more information.

7.  Jobs with The Fund for Public Interest

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. They run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America. This summer they will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns.

Last summer their staff helped ban off-shore drilling to protect our coasts, repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and increase food safety standards to make school lunches safer- all while building valuable leadership skills. Currently, they have paid positions open on their campaign staff in each of their locations. They require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills.

As a member of their staff, you will fundraise, build membership for their partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

They will be holding information sessions and interviews at Macalester College on April 24 and 25 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. Call 1-800-75-EARTH for location information! To apply today, please visit or call 1-800-75-EARTH (753-2784).

8.  Internships

  • State of Minnesota - Commerce Dept.
  • Women's Environmental Institute
  • Mill City Farmers Market

Information about these internships can be found at:

Other internship opportunities can be found at:

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