A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

December 6, 2017

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In This Issue….

1.  Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
2.  Internship at the MN Pollution Control Agency
3.  Summer Internship at Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore
4.  Land Stewardship Associate Fellowship

1.  Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of California Santa Cruz are now available.  Each March they select 20 early-undergraduate scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years.  Their goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.  They have chosen to focus their efforts on serving college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with two years of college left at a stage when they can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate.

During the first year, scholars participate on an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors.  During the second summer, scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, they work with home mentors at each scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Their scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.

For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings, jacummin@ucsc.edu.

2.  Internship at the MN Pollution Control Agency

The Green & Safer Product Chemistry program at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) promotes reduction of toxic chemicals in consumer products. As products are used, such chemicals may be released to indoor environments such as work, school or home, harming people’s health. Toxic chemicals may also be released to our air, water and land as products are used (for instance, during laundering), recycled, or disposed of, causing harm to wildlife, food chains, and ecosystems. To protect human health and our environment, the MPCA checks products to make sure they comply with laws limiting toxic chemicals, and at the same time supports the use of safer alternatives in products.

The MPCA seeks a college student intern (unpaid) to support its Safer Product Chemistry program and related projects. The position offers unique opportunities to gather and distribute information necessary to check product compliance, inform consumers, set government work plans, and propel companies to implement safer product chemistry alternatives. Although the positions support green and safer product chemistry implementation, they do not require an advanced chemistry or physical science background. Some coursework and interest in those areas or in
environmental science or sustainability would be useful, but at least as important are good communication skills, persistence in gathering information through research and surveys, an ability to organize that information, and a willingness to learn. The MPCA has several projects under way; we try to take a flexible approach to matching intern candidates to activity relating to their individual areas of interest. They will work with students and their faculty advisors to support learning plans and earn school credits, where offered.

Application Deadlines:
For internship beginning January 2018:  December 15, 2017
For internship beginning February 2018:  January 19, 2018

Application Materials:

Apply by email to alister.innes@state.mn.us

  • Cover letter including a statement of interest in this internship
  • Resume
  • Transcript listing courses and grades (does not have to be official)
  • Contact information (phone and email) for 2 references

If you have any questions, contact Al Innes (coordinator), at alister.innes@state.mn.us or 651-757-2457.

3.  Summer Internship at Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Marine and Estuarine Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore offers a paid, ten-week summer internship to undergraduates interested in marine and estuarine science. With the assistance of faculty mentors, program staff and graduate students, interns conduct research projects, take field trips, and attend seminars and workshops related to science careers. The program provides housing, meals, travel costs and a stipend ($5,250) to interns. This internship program is designed for rising sophomores and rising juniors, but all college students are welcome to apply.

4.  Land Stewardship Associate Fellowship

Organizational Overview:  The mission of the Aldo Leopold Foundation is to foster a land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Their mission is broadly interpreted and applied in education and land care through local, regional, and national initiatives.

Position Impact Statement:   The Land Stewardship Fellows assist with a wide variety of land management and monitoring techniques on ALF lands and across the Leopold Pine Island Important Bird Area. In addition, Land Stewardship Fellows also participate in an array of on-site programing, creating opportunities for on-site audiences to join the Foundation in its work to advance a land ethic and land health.

Position Summary:  The Land Management Fellowship is a unique opportunity to challenge and enhance your natural resource background through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Working side-by-side with experienced ALF staff, fellows will assist with management activities on the 2,000 acre Leopold Memorial Reserve (LMR). Surrounding Aldo Leopold’s famous Shack, the Reserve has both restored and remnant native Wisconsin habitat ranging from prairies to floodplain forests to sedge meadows to oak savannas. This diverse outdoor classroom provides opportunities to learn first-hand about native plant communities, identify threats to native landscapes, and gain effective tools and strategies to efficiently manage a number of diverse ecosystems. As seasons change, management focuses on different activities including invasive species control, prescribed burning, monitoring, prairie planting, and more. Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with both a diverse range of conservation professionals and the Leopold family, who play active roles in guiding and executing the foundation’s mission.

Application Procedure:   Send the following application materials to Carl Cotter, Stewardship Coordinator by February 1, 2018:

  1. A one-page cover letter
  2. A resume (no more than two pages)
  3. A 300-500 word response to the following prompt: Please describe one instance in your academic or professional career in which you have demonstrated leadership. What qualities made you successful and what did you learn from the experience?

Applicants must also have two academic and/or professional references complete the Fellowship Reference Form by February 1, 2018.

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