Monthly Newsletter

This Just In!

A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

May 7, 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.  MN Division Isaak Walton League Scholarships
2.  Summer Job with Common Roots Catering
3.  Job with HECUA
4.  Internship and Possible Job with Blue Hill Partners
5.  Permaculture Design Course and Sustainable Living Internship
6.  Internships

1.  Minnesota Division Izaak Walton League Scholarships

The Minnesota Division of the Izaak Walton League awards a scholarship of not more than $1,000 per year to assist
person(s) who enter or continue in an education program in Environmental Education (Ruth M. Saari Memorial Izaak Walton League Scholarship), Environmental Law, Wildlife Management or some program whose primary focus is conservation of resources or environmental science. 

Go to for the application and more information.  Please direct any questions about the Scholarship Program to the Minnesota Division office at  Please put Scholarship in the subject line.

This scholarship is not to be confused with scholarships that are offered by our local chapters and our national organization.

2.  Summer Job with Common Roots Catering

 Common Roots serves great food made from scratch using as many local, organic, and fair-trade ingredients as possible (88% of all their purchases in 2012).  They are now hiring on-call catering service staff.  She or he will be responsible for serving and basic bartending at catered events.  The successful candidate will be outgoing, passionate and knowledgeable about good food, spirits & service, with a positive attitude about throwing him or herself into a wide array of challenges associated with catering events. 


  • Previous basic bartending & serving experience, catering preferred. 
  • Weekend & evening availability - most shifts are on weekends, April-November. 
  • Strong communication and customer service skills 
  • Ability to handle oneself professionally under pressure 
  • Reliable transportation - sometimes required to meet at event sites around the Twin Cities 
  • Ability to traverse stairs and lift up to 50#

To apply, send a resume to, include in subject line ‘On-call Caterer’. No phone calls, please.  Find out more about us online at

3.  Job with HECUA

HECUA is hiring for a part-time Student Services Association (20 hours/week or .5 PTE status).  The Student Services Associate (SSA) performs the core administrative work that supports students before their off-campus study experience with HECUA. This support begins as soon as an enrollment or application is received, encompassing all subsequent communication with the student, the assessment of his/her paperwork, and each phase of his/her program preparation. Acting as an admissions officer and registrar, the SSA reviews and processes applications and ensures that students are formally enrolled. The SSA then becomes the point person for student paperwork and certain pre-program logistics, including student medical forms, insurance documents, and visas. The SSA is responsible for getting students ready for the substantive aspects of their program. This includes creating, maintaining, and distributing pre-program orientation materials, and answering all student questions prior to program participation. The SSA also supports the efforts of the overall Recruitment and Student Services Department.

Qualifications:  Required: B.A., previous administrative experience, strong communication skills, superior writing skills, strong organizing skills, ability to work both on teams and independently, proficiency with Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), and attention to detail.

Preferred:  Familiarity with HECUA programs, experiential education, off-campus study, higher education, and/or social justice work; experience in supporting or advising undergraduate students; proficiency in Salesforce or other database/CRM applications.

Terms:  This is a part-time position, constituting 20 hours per week. Annual compensation is $13,875 to $15,200, based on experience. Competitive benefits, including medical and dental insurance, are also provided.

For further details about the position, download a copy of the complete job description found on HECUA’s job board:

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013, and should be emailed to Please include a cover letter and résumé.

4.  Internship and Possible Job with Blue Hill Partners

Blue Hill Partners, Philadelphia, is currently hiring an intern position in its Chestnut Hill offices.  This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to learn how to build businesses, and develop and invest in energy efficiency and sustainability projects. This is a three month, full-time, paid internship position with the potential to turn into a full time job. The position will work directly with the partners of the firm and gain experience and exposure to a wide range of tasks and responsibilities. Start date is immediate or ASAP.

Blue Hill Partners is an investment firm focused exclusively in the Green Technology sector. Their mission is to be the leader in creating and investing in innovative businesses that provide energy efficiency, sustainability and renewable energy as a service for the built environment. They provide investment capital, management support and strategic guidance to their portfolio companies and project development partners. By integrating our portfolio companies, they have built a larger community that shares office space and services for 50 people in 15 early stage businesses.

For more information, go to

5.  Permaculture Design Course and Sustainable Living Internship

The Punta Mona Center on the Southern Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica is offering a permaculture design course and sustainable living internship.  Explore all aspects of sustainable practices by learning from those in the field.  Program includes:

  • 72 hour permaculture design course and certificate
  • Workshops in plant medicine, fermented foods, kitchen remedies and chocolate making
  • Discussions in triple bottom line business, education alternatives, slow food, economics in agriculture, green building, alternative energies, community development and more
  • 7 day field practical - apply what you learned during the first two weeks in water systems, garden projects, greenhouse work, green building, and herbal medicine

Dates:  June 9-29, 2013, and January 6-26, 2014
Contact:  Sarah Wu, Co-Director,

6.  Internships

  • Food and Water Watch
  • MN Pollution Control Agency
  • Hmong American Farmers Association
  • Food Writing Internship
  • Project for Pride in Living
  • Urban Arts Academy
  • Eureka Recycling
  • St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health
  • Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness

Information about these internships can be found at:

Other internship opportunities can be found at:

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