A monthly newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

February 21, 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.  Learn About Careers with the MN Dept. of Health – March 6
2.  Sustainability Coordinator Job Opening at Concordia College
3.  Water Resources Summer Internships
4.  Jobs with the Fund for the Public Interest
5.  Summer Research with the Univ. of Central Florida
6.  Summer Garden Intern with Harvest Moon
7.  Internship Opportunities in Climate Change Adaptation
8.  Macalester a Member School of Post-Landfill Action Network
9.  Summer Internship with the Vermont Law School Institute for Energy and the Environment
10.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Learn About Careers with the MN Dept. of Health – March 6

Join us for lunch at the Minnesota Department of Health to learn about careers in Environmental Public Health. Our alumnus, Kara Dennis (’12, Geology, Earth Science, and Classics major) currently works for the Department of Health as a Hydrologist, helping to protect our groundwater systems. She and a group of her colleagues (may include epidemiologists, Hydro-Geologists, Communications Specialists) will help you understand what career paths look like in Environmental Public Health, and Kara will talk about how Macalester and its values have shaped the work she does today. She will also talk about entry-level and internship hiring and the Department of Health.

The event takes place March 6, 2018, from 11:30 am – 1 pm. If students have more questions they can find the information under the “Events” tab on Handshake.

This event is open to all class years and all majors. Anyone interested in learning and exploring possibilities is welcome. We will carpool over and back to the MDH in Ubers from the Macalester street side of Weyerhaeuser (please be on time!). Lunch will be provided at the event. If you have a food restriction, please let Michele Moylan know when you register for the event (mmoylan@macalester.edu).

2.  Sustainability Coordinator Job Opening at Concordia College

Concordia College, Moorehead, MN, invites applications for the position of Sustainability Coordinator.  The Sustainability Coordinator serves as a key facilitator of sustainability-related activity on campus. The successful candidate will provide broad institutional leadership in the college’s efforts to infuse sustainability principles into all curricular, co-curricular, and operational aspects of the college. The central focus of the position is on engaging with students, faculty, and staff to promote sustainability across campus and to facilitate worthy initiatives. The Sustainability Coordinator will work collaboratively with a diverse array of units of the college as Concordia moves towards achieving its Vision for Sustainability.

This is an exciting position for someone who wants to use their talents to advance sustainability at a liberal arts college uniquely positioned on the border of Minnesota and North Dakota. Concordia has  2,100 students and is a recent signatory of Second Nature’s Integrated Climate Commitment. Concordia is located in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, a dynamic community of over 220,000 people surrounded by rich farmland and prairies.

For more detailed information on this position and on how to apply for it, see the posting on the Concordia’s HR site,

For information on Concordia, visit www.concordiacollege.edu and www.concordiacollege.edu/about/sustainability.

3.  Water Resources Summer Internships

The Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District currently has two Water Resources internships available for the summer.  The Water Resources Intern will monitor the District’s conservation easements; support the District’s education and outreach efforts to the public; complete water quality monitoring and project maintenance activities; and assist with erosion and sediment control site inspections. In addition, the intern will have the option of pursuing a special project of their choice that matches their interests and benefits the District’s programs. The Water Resources Intern will also perform some other tasks as necessary.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by 4:30 pm on Monday, March 5, 2018, for priority consideration to the address above or via email: kkeller-miller@plslwd.org. Applications sent by email should contain the position title in the subject line. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Kathryn Keller-Miller with any questions at kkeller-miller@plslwd.org or 612-326-3692.

4.  Jobs with the Fund for the Public Interest

Fund for the Public Interest is hiring seniors and recent alums for full-time directing positions on their campaigns. They are  also hiring current undergraduate students for full-time summer campaign jobs.

For seniors and recent alumni:

We’re looking for smart, talented seniors and recent alumni who work well in a team and are eager to make real change after graduation. The Fund for the Public Interest partners with leading nonprofit groups from around the country, providing the kind of people power it takes to build organizations for the long-term, win hard-fought campaigns, and make real change on some of the most important issues of our day. And we’re hiring!

Specifically, we’re hiring Citizen Outreach Directors to run our grassroots campaign offices across the country year round– working on behalf of groups like Environment America and US PIRG.  Apply to direct a campaign for the environment.

For current undergraduate students:

What are you planning to do with your summer? Do you want to make a real difference, working to protect the environment or public health? Do you want to gain real-world experience and pick up valuable skills? Do you want to make good money?

Apply for a campaign job with the Fund this summer, and you could get all of that and more. We’re a national, non-profit organization that builds the people power for America’s leading environmental and public interest organizations. We’re looking for individuals that work hard, communicate well, and are passionate about positive social change. If you’re looking for a valuable experience where you can make a real difference, visit www.SummerJobsThatMatter.org.

5.  Summer Research with the Univ. of Central Florida

U.S. undergraduates are welcome to join the University of Central Florida’s Community GIS and Citizen Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) for a paid summer research experience that will change your entire perspective on what it means to be an international community scholar! They are looking forward to hosting a group of at least 8 outstanding undergraduate students from across the country in summer 2018 in Belize and in Orlando, Florida.  They emphasize engaged, community-based research while also preparing students for future academic and non-academic careers in GIS, geospatial technologies, geography, sociology, geosciences, education, community development, public health, and land use planning.

  • Program datesJune 20 – August 5, 2018
  • Application deadlineMarch 2, 2018
  • Websitewww.citizensciencegis.org/ucf-reu-site
  • Benefits: $3,500 stipend, travel funding to Orlando, travel costs to Belize, housing and meal allowance in Orlando and Belize, post-REU conference funding

6.  Summer Garden Internship with Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon is looking for a summer garden intern.  As an intern you will work with Harvest Moon farmers/landscapers on urban edible gardening projects for homeowners, schools, community organizations, and businesses.

Duties/Education include:

  • Applying permaculture design to urban homestead ecosystems
  • Garden planning for custom sights that include site assessments, soil assessments, and plant resourcing
  • Installing urban gardens
  • Caring for and planting seedlings and seeds from soil-to- harvest
  • Maintenance for gardens including watering, disease and pest assessments, harvesting, compost, and soil amendments
  • Working with urban organizations to custom design edible gardens for local food shelf donations
  • Communication about gardens including newsletters, talks, tabling, and one-on-one passerbyers.

Must be willing and able to work in a variety of outdoor settings; work some evenings and weekends; lift, shovel, and bend for planting/harvesting; must have clear communication skills including writing and oral communication; work well with team members and be willing to learn new skills around urban ecosystem management.

Dina Kountoupes-Owner, Macalester ‘93
651-216- 5910

7.  Internship Opportunities in Climate Change Adaptation

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub are offering undergraduate internships for summer 2018. Ideal candidates will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, natural resources, biology, geography, or a closely related field and have a passion for science communication. Projects will be determined based on the intern’s skills and interests, but could include: writing content for Web pages, social media, briefings, and newsletters; conducting literature reviews; assisting with workshops and trainings; developing graphics that summarize key scientific information; and creating maps using GIS. Interns will gain valuable skills in science communication, climate change adaptation, and science synthesis while interacting with a wide variety of scientists and science communication professionals at the US Forest Service and partner institutions. The position will be based in either Houghton, MI, or St. Paul, MN. This position is unpaid, but students are encouraged to seek funding support from their home institution. More information on our work can be found at forestadaptation.org. For questions or to apply, please contact Leslie Brandt, lbrandt@fs.fed.us.

8.  Macalester a Member School of Post-Landfill Action Network

This past fall, Macalester became a member school of Post-Landfill Action Network, a non-profit focused on supporting on-campus Zero Waste (ZW) efforts.

It’s great resource that can be used by anyone with a Macalester email address – make an account, check out the leadership training, order some discounted ZW products, check out the ZW resource manuals, or reach out to our PLAN campus coordinator (adina@postlandfill.org).

Any questions or want to get involved with Macalester’s ZW efforts?Contact facilitiessustain@macalester.edu or facilitieszerowaste@macalester.edu.

9.  Summer Internship with the Vermont Law School Institute for Energy and the Environment

The Vermont Law School 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 us 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.  Their teams are currently working on issues such as advancing community solar particularly for underserved communities and advancing clean transportation with a focus on vehicle and transit bus electrification policy at the local and state levels.  They also have a new Farm and Energy Initiative that they expect to launch this summer.  Last summer they had two great students, Paige from Allegheny College’s Environmental Sciences program and Rachel from UVM’s Environmental Studies program — these awesome students convinced us to offer the opportunity again.

Clean advocacy interns are paid a $1,000 stipend (taxable), 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 which is the same as their summer environmental program.  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, at 8 am eastern to Sue Folger, IEE Program Coordinator, sfolger@vermontlaw.edu  They plan to make decisions by Monday, April 2, 2018.    Email Sue Folger or Kevin Jones with any questions about these internships or their  clean energy law and policy program.

10.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

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