A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

February 13, 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.  Macalester’s Sustainability Office 10th Anniversary Celebration – February 20, 2018
2.  Volunteer Opportunity at the CERTs Conference – March 28-29, 2018
3.  Summer Internship with the Wildlife Discovery Center
4.  Internships Listed on Handshake
5.  Summer Courses at Ecosystem Field Studies
6.  Heart of Heartland Summer Program
7.  Conservation Internship with the Vermont Center for EcoStudies

1.  Macalester’s Sustainability Office 10th Anniversary Celebration – February 20, 2018

The Macalester Sustainability Office is turning 10! Join them for a reception celebrating Macalester’s sustainability accomplishments over the past decade and to discuss their goals for the future. The reception will be held on February 20, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. in the Smail Gallery.

Please RSVP at:  https://goo.gl/forms/hmI3ftTEiKbq1e7G3

At 7 p.m. accomplished author and alumni Kevin Wilhelm will give a public lecture in Markim Hall titled:  “Climate Change:  What It’s Going To Take to Solve It, What You Can Do, and How We Can All Do Better!”

Kevin Wilhelm is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting and the world’s pre-eminent business consultant in the field of sustainability. He brings over 20 years of experience working with 120+ businesses with clients including Amazon, Nordstrom, Expedia, REI, Alaska Airlines, Whole Foods, and The North Face to name a few.  He is also a thought leader in this field, having taught at over seven  different universities and written four acclaimed books in this field including: Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy, Making Sustainability Stick, and Introduction to Sustainable Business and is a 1995 graduate of Macalester!

2.  Volunteer Opportunity at the CERTs Conference – March 28-29, 2018

The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERT) 2018 conference “Community Driven Clean Energy” is taking place on March 28-29 at St. Cloud River’s Edge Conventions Center.  They are looking for volunteers to work at the convention.  Volunteering at the CERTs conference is a great way to meet a lot of the movers and shakers in Minnesota’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industry.  They will help arrange transportation and lodging if you need it, and you even get a fantastic t-shirt.  Apply at mncerts.org/volunteer2018.

3.  Summer Internship with the Wildlife Discovery Center

The Wildlife Discovery Center (WDC) in Lake Forest, IL, is a living natural history museum and one of the region’s unique hidden gems.  They are looking for summer interns.  This internship is a 10-14 week program, no experience necessary, where you will be trained to work hands-on with rehabilitation/release of wildlife, wildlife education, and animal care. This includes handling birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, not to mention working with a fun, enthusiastic team of fellow environmentalists and mentors with amazing experience.  This flyer will give you more information.

Send applications to Kali Cotteleer at CotteleK@cityoflakeforest.com and please include a resume.

Also, feel free to send them questions, or contact Robert Schleich at rschleic@macalester.edu for detailed information about his past (and current) experience working there.

4.  Internships Listed on Handshake

  • Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge – Refuge Friends Inc. Conservation Internship (goo.gl/TPFfKM):  In this paid opportunity, interns will see what it is like to manage, restore, and protect the Refuge (due 2/23)
  • American Rivers – Science Intern (goo.gl/mC7DL6):  Great opportunity for students interested in protecting and restoring wild rivers (due 3/15)
  • Wood River Land Trust – Stewardship and Program Outreach (goo.gl/LvcEej):  This paid opportunity is for students interested in private land conservation and program outreach (due 3/9)
  • White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is currently accepting applications for the 2018 year.  CEQ oversees implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and assists in the development of national environmental policies (due 3/20).

5.  Summer Courses at Ecosystem Field Studies

Ecosystem Field Studies is pleased to announce another summer-break section of Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies and Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies and they are now accepting applications.

  • Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies:  Study, snorkel and SCUBA dive on the Caribbean coral reef of Mexico, 3 credits, June 7-27, 2018
  • Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies:  Study, camp, & hike in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, 3 credits, June 25-August 14, 2018.

For all course information visit their website.

6.  Heart of Heartland Summer Program

Message from Caroline Carty at Carlton College:

I am working with a group of students at Carleton on coordinating the Heart of the Heartland (HoH) summer program this year. HoH engages college students from around Minnesota in interactive, interdisciplinary education. Over five weeks, students learn about the local agricultural context, both through biweekly farm work days and workshops and presentations from leaders in the Rice and Dakota county food arenas. Here is our website for more information can be found on our website. Our first summer last year was a great success and we are excited to begin recruiting for next year! 

NOTE:  HoH will be presenting at MacCARES meeting this Thursday, February 15, at 8 p.m. in CC 215. Anyone welcome to drop in, learn more and ask questions!

7.  Conservation Internship with the Vermont Center for EcoStudies

The Vermont Center for Ecostudies invites applications for their 12-week paid Alexander Dickey Conservation Internship in field science. Details are found on their website.

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