A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

January 25, 2018

Any upcoming events, job opportunities, conferences, 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.  Design With Nature Conference – February 17
2.  Summer Internship at the Institute for Energy and the Environment
3.  Summer Internships with the MN Dept. of Natural Resources
4.  Marine Policy Fellowships
5.  Univ. of MI Environmental Fellows Program
6.  Univ of MI Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
7.  Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Internships
8.  Summer Program in Marine Science
9.  Job with the Washington Conservation District
10.  Environment America Fellow
11.  U.S. PIRG’s Internship Program
12.  Summer Naturalist Position with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
13.  Climate Generation Workshop – March 12-13, 2018
14.  Minnesota Sea Grant Fellowships and Scholarships
15.  Undergraduate Research Program at the Urban Water Innovation Network
16.  Cary Institute’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates
17.  NSF Research Experience in Vermillion, SD
18.  Job Opening with Great Plains Institute
19.  Internship Opportunity with The Sierra Club MN North Star Chapter

1.  Design With Nature Conference – February 17, 2018

Design With Nature
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
James B. Woulfe Hall in Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St.Paul Campus


  • Jared Rosenbaum – We Are Wildlife: Edible and Medicinal Native Plants in Restoration Practice
  • Catherine Zimmerman – Stories of Bringing Nature Home
  • Rachel Mackow – Native Nourishment: Breaking Bread with Wildlife

Registration includes:  Admission for (1) to all presentations and exhibitor showroom. Includes refreshment breaks and lunch buffet.

Students:  We encourage students to attend and have a limited number of discounted tickets for qualifying full-time students. Scholarships available, contact Conference Chair for more information.  Full-Time Student  $20 | Full-Time Student Ticket + Wild Ones Membership $45.

2.  Summer Internship at the Institute for Energy and the Environment

Institute for Energy and the Environment is offering two summer internships for students in environmental studies and sciences who have at least completed their sophomore year by the start of the internship.  Their Clean Energy Advocacy Internships offer a chance for two students interested in future careers in clean energy advocacy to spend the summer with them at their Institute for Energy and the Environment and to work on one of their research or energy clinic teams which are each made up of 3-5 Master of Energy Regulation and Law grad students or JD students specializing in energy law with faculty supervision.

Clean advocacy interns are paid a $1,000 stipend, can take one of their two-week summer sessions classes for free (2 credits) and work with their faculty and graduate/JD students on clean energy projects.  The internship begins the day after Memorial day and runs through the first week in August.  More information on the summer program and classes can be found here.  Application materials include a current resume, cover letter explaining the student’s interest in a clean energy advocacy career, and one letter of recommendation from an undergraduate professor.  Applications are due via email by Monday, March 12, 2018, at 8 am eastern to Sue Folger, IEE Program Coordinator, sfolger@vermontlaw.edu. Decisions will be made by Monday April 2, 2018.

3.  Summer Internships with the MN Dept. of Natural Resources

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications for over 200 paid summer internships.  DNR interns gain resume-building hands-on expertise and build professional contacts while earning $15 per hour. Internships may also qualify for college credit. Internships are available across Minnesota.

Students can apply through January 31, 2018, at: mn.gov/careers

Opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • Ecological & Water Resources
  • Fish & Wildlife
  • Forestry
  • Parks & Trails

4.  Marine Policy Fellowships

Launching illustrious careers, Sea Grant Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships offer direct experience working on the latest national policy issues in ocean, Great Lakes and coastal management, fisheries and research.

The application period for the 2019 Knauss Fellowship is now open. The deadline to apply to an eligible Sea Grant program is February 23, 2018.

Applications to this national competition must come from a state Sea Grant program and not from an individual applicant. Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) is proud to have sponsored a number of successful applicants.

An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2018, is enrolled toward a degree in a graduate program and has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact MNSG Associate Director of Research Valerie Brady at VBrady@d.umn.edu prior to the February 23, 2018, application deadline to notify MNSG of their intent to apply, receive application support and allow sufficient time to schedule and complete an interview before submitting an application.

5.  Univ. of MI Environmental Fellows Program

University of Michigan Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) is a national program that seeks to diversify the environmental philanthropic sector by supporting the career aspirations of graduate students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and those committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.  They are offering a 12-week paid fellowship with environmental organizations and foundations. Past projects included topics such as: energy justice, environmental education, conservation, public health, marine stewardship, among others!

Why apply to EFP?

  • $10,000 stipend and a travel award
  • Summer placement sites with the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) and their member organizations, as well as mainstream NGOs, environmental justice nonprofits and policy institutes
  • Create mentor relationships and professional connections within your field
  • Connect with a cohort of your peers

Contact:  seas-efpoffice@umich.edu
Applications close February 7, 2018.

6.  Univ of MI Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars are eager to be immersed in an experiential learning program that incorporates diversity and inclusion into their understanding of conservation practices.

Why DDCSP at University of Michigan?
• Create mentoring relationships with University of Michigan faculty and researchers
• Network and develop relationships with the conservation and environmental community of Ann Arbor, Detroit, and the rest of Southeast Michigan
• Explore connections between conservation, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Connect with other undergraduates passionate about conservation and the environment
• $4,250-$5,200 stipend, plus room and board, and round-trip travel to and from Ann Arbor
• Travel to field sites around Michigan
• Eight-week conservation-focused research and internship opportunity (for two consecutive years)
• Community service activities in Ann Arbor, Detroit, or Flint.

Program dates:  June 2 – July 28, 2018
Application deadline:  January 31, 2018

7.  Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Internships

2018 We Are Water MN Exhibit Accessibility Internship (unpaid)
*Must be part of an academic program, such as the Chuck Green Fellowship

This position will create audio description for visually impaired visitors to the We Are Water MN exhibit and make other accessibility recommendations for electronic and graphic files. Project website: www.mnhum.org/water.  This project must be complete by September 2018. Estimate total hours are between 100-400.


  • Research best practices, background information, and available trainings for learning about audio-description and ADA accessibility for exhibits.
  • Recommend headsets, audio recordings, or other that could accompany the We Are Water MN exhibit for the 2018-2019 tour. Write scripts, record descriptions, and prepare audio recordings for the We Are Water MN exhibit.
  • Ensure We Are Water MN docent guide, education materials, and other PDF materials are ADA compliant.
  • Make any other recommendations for the We Are Water MN exhibit—such as structural changes, colors, or additions.
  • Share product and results with the 2018-2019 host sites during our Oct 2018 retreat (optional).
2018 Environmental Education Internship (unpaid)
*Must be part of an academic program

This position will prepare for and implement an experience-gift-giving campaign during the 2018 holiday season.  This project must be complete by January 2019. Start and end dates are flexible. Estimated total hours: 80-100 hours with significant weekend work for events.


  • Research best practices, background information, and gift-ideas for an experience-gift-giving campaign.
  • Make suggestions for improvements and additions to the existing toboggan photo booth used in 2017, as well as an evaluation plan for tracking outcomes
  • Implement improvements, with support from MPCA staff
  • Research and register for 4 or more holiday events in the Twin Cities, between mid-November and mid-December
  • Coordinate all logistics and staffing for the events, including booth materials and volunteer help
  • Write a summary of event outcomes and recommendations for 2019

To apply:  Send a resume to Britt Gangeness (britt.gangeness@state.mn.us and 651-757-2262). Positions are available until filled. Other internships may be available with other programs at the MPCA too; please inquire!

8.  Summer Program in Marine Science

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer REU Program in Marine Science at the University of Delaware, an NSF-Funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Interns will work with faculty in a research-intensive setting on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology or marine geology. In addition to hands-on research experience, student support includes a $6,000 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance.

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science.  The program will take place at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in the resort community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean near Cape Henlopen State Park.

More information and the application can be found on their website. You may also be interested to hear directly from former interns, or see one of their field trips from last summer.

9.  Job with the Washington Conservation District

Seasonal Water Monitoring Technical Position

LOCATION:  Washington Conservation District – Oakdale, MN
CLASSIFICATION:  Seasonal Technician (No benefits)
SALARY RANGE:  $13.50-$15.50/hr DOQ
HOURS/DAYS:  Normal business hours (40-hours per week)
STATUS:  Seasonal, non-exempt
TERM:  Monitoring Season 2018 – Approximately 6 month position, depending on workload.

The Washington Conservation District (WCD) seeks a self-motivated individual to monitor and assess lake and stream water quality in Washington County, Minnesota.

1.  Assist with the manual collection of lake and stream water quality data;
2.  Assist with the installation, operation, and maintenance of automated water monitoring equipment;
3.  Assist with water monitoring data summaries and storage; and
4.  Other duties as needed.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to eanderson@mnwcd.org.

Application materials must be received by 4:00 p.m., February 9, 2018. Position open until filled.

10.  Environment America Fellow

Imagine yourself organizing a town hall meeting on solar power. Or building a community coalition to keep local waters clean. Imagine building the organizational power—the funds, the membership, the activist base and more— that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul.

That’s what you’ll do with Environment America. They work to mobilize the support it takes to build more solar and wind power and reduce global warming pollution, and hold polluters accountable when they violate our environmental laws. They also work diligently to keep our beaches, rivers and streams clean, protect our wildlife and wild places.

To learn more and apply:  jobs.EnvironmentAmerica.org

11.  U.S. PIRG’s Internship Program

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) is looking for students who care about solving the problems that America faces. As an intern with U.S. PIRG, you’ll help them educate and engage people on the important issues we’re working on. Whether it’s by getting their issues into the media, helping to grow their coalitions or organizing events, you’ll be helping them build the public support it takes to win.

If you agree that America has more problems than we should tolerate, but also understand that there are plenty of solutions to these problems that we should be putting to use, then you should apply for an internship with U.S. PIRG. They are hiring for positions in the Minneapolis area. We accept internship applications on a rolling basis.

Apply Now:  jobs.uspirg.org/intern-apply.html

12.  Summer Naturalist Position with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has an opening for a summer naturalist.  This position is dynamic with the naturalist getting hands on training about the natural environment and being asked to develop their own themed tours (akin to a 5-paragraph essay format with a central thesis and sub-theses).  It’s a fun and intellectually stimulating position that would be great for a recent grad who enjoys the outdoors.  One of the best parts of ACES is the incredibly community it creates– one that continues long after the position ends.

Check out this opportunity to work at ACES.

13.  Climate Generation Workshop – March 12-13, 2018

Climate Generation is hosting a two-day intensive workshop designed to empower people to talk about climate change.

Talk Climate Institute
March 12-13, 2018
Wilder Center, St. Paul, MN
Registration Fee $80

Discover your own personal climate story and learn how to use it as a tool to find common ground. Learn about the psychology of behavior change, and gain practical strategies to inspire commitments to solutions.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand climate science and how to decipher credible sources.
  • Learn practical strategies to break down barriers that divide and influence behavior change.
  • Use your personal story to co-create a new narrative.
  • Engage in hands-on, tangible solutions and learn about opportunities to harness them at the individual and community levels.

14.  Minnesota Sea Grant Fellowships and Scholarships

You could work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the EPA, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Great Lakes Commission or help a coastal state with their coastal zone management program. You could be a science expert for a legislator or legislator’s staff.

One of the most effective ways to make a difference in science is through policy and by working with agencies that manage or regulate natural resources. Minnesota Sea Grant has fellowships and scholarships where you can gain on-the-job education and experience working with management agencies on environmental policy to help solve real environmental issues.

Opportunities include:

  • National Marine Fisheries Service – Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and in Marine Resources Economics.
  • Great Lakes Commission – Sea Grant Fellowship on Great Lakes Policy
  • NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Fellowships on national aquatic policy
  • NOAA Coastal Management/Digital Coast Fellowships
  • NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarships for tuition and paid internship

The Ernest F. Hollings scholarship is for undergraduates. The other Sea Grant fellowships are for graduate students (or recent graduates) in the aquatic sciences, natural resources policy and economics, civil engineering, social science, and GIS/landscape ecology, among others.

Application deadlines for most opportunities are in January and February 2018. It’s important to contact the appropriate organization and start work on your application as soon as possible.

Minnesota Sea Grant applicants are often successful. Interested students are encouraged to contact Valerie Brady, at Minnesota Sea Grant for more information or assistance in applying.

15.  Undergraduate Research Program at the Urban Water Innovation Network

Only a few days left to apply to The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) Undergraduate Research Program (URP) for the summer of 2018!  Application deadline is January 29, 2018

Students will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas at institutions in urban areas across the nation. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability – social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – are invited to apply.

To complement their mentored research, students interact in person and/or virtually, give and receive feedback and support, and participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and seminars in transdisciplinary research and urban water sustainability.

16.  Cary Institute’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Summer 2018 will be the 31st year that the Cary Institute’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program has provided 8-12 students with opportunities to conduct cutting edge research in ecology.

2018 Program Dates:  May 21 – August 10, 2018
Application Deadline:  January 28, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.

This NSF-funded program emphasizes the community nature of the scientific enterprise, fosters reflection and builds self confidence and skills. To complement their mentored research, students have many chances to interact, give and receive feedback and support, and participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and field trips around the theme of translational ecology.

17.  NSF Research Experience in Vermillion, SD

University of South Dakota is offering an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program called Sustainable River.  This REU site, located in Vermillion, SD, will support the training of 11 students from May 29 – August 3, 2018. REU students participating in the Sustainable RIVER project will examine the functioning and management of the Missouri River as a lens through which to study complex, interdisciplinary systems. Through individual research projects with faculty mentors from USD’s multi-disciplinary Missouri River Institute, students will address the question of how invasive elements in the Missouri River and its uplands affect the sustainability of the river and the humans who depend on it. Students will also meet as a team weekly to integrate their knowledge gained from the individual projects to create a team project to address the question of how we can cultivate a more resilient Missouri River that meets the needs of multiple stakeholders and sustains diverse, functioning ecosystems.

For more information, contact Dr. Meghann Jarchow, meghann.jarchow@usd.edu, 605-677-3115.

18.  Job Opening with Great Plains Institute

Organization:  Great Plains Institute
Job Title:  Sustainable Communities Program Assistant

Overview/Description of Position:  The position duties will include supporting the Sustainable Communities team at Great Plains Institute staff to advance community based clean energy projects and initiatives. The work includes ground-level work to conduct educational and outreach activities, community workshops/forums and renewable energy and energy efficiency project assistance. In addition, the position will likely include staffing committee meetings, promoting events, clean energy opportunities, and assisting with communications, website, and newsletter.

Hours/Times of Day Preferred:  M-F anytime 9 am-5 pm, some evenings as needed for events.
Street Address or Location of Work Site:  2801 21st Ave. S, Suite 220, Minneapolis, MN 55407.

For more information, contact Diana McKeown, dmckeown@gpisd.net , 612-278-7158.

19.  Internship Opportunity with The Sierra Club MN North Star Chapter

The Sierra Club Minnesota North Star Chapter is looking for a Clean Transportation for All Intern to work with on a clean transportation campaign. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in grassroots organizing, environment and sustainability, climate action, and urban and regional planning. The work will involve outreach to Sierra Club supporters, community organizations and the public in an effort to persuade decision-makers to support transportation options, such as expanded bus service, light rail, bicycling and walking connections and electric vehicles. This will include recruiting and engaging volunteers, coordinating outreach events, and an opportunity to attend and represent the Sierra Club at state and local policy and planning meetings.

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