A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

December 22, 2020


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. Current and archived issues.

In This Issue….

1.  NOAA Hollings Scholarship Program
2.  Minnesota Sea Grant Internships
3.  Internship Opportunity with the City of Edina
4.  MSP Film Society Film Showing
5.  REU Program in Marine Science
6.  Fellowship Opportunity with MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge
7.  Short Term Job with Center for Environmental Policy
8.  Wildlife Biology Internship
9.  Univ. of MN Humphrey School Graduate Programs
10.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  NOAA Hollings Scholarship Program

The NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.

The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

Hollings Alumni report that the experience influenced their academic and career paths, expanded their professional networks and improved their skills for working in NOAA mission fields. 100% of Hollings Scholars surveyed said that they would recommend this opportunity to other students.

Applications due February 1, 2021.

2.  Minnesota Sea Grant Internships

Minnesota Sea Grant offers paid, for-credit and volunteer internships to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any Minnesota college or university. Internships are created to help meet students’ professional and career development goals and support Sea Grant’s mission to enhance Minnesota’s coastal environment and economy by supporting research and providing outreach, communication and education.

For-credit and volunteer internships can be conducted during an academic semester or quarter or by arrangement. Internship credit hours are usually 120-180 hours and may depend upon the requirements at the student’s home institution.

3.  Internship Opportunity with the City of Edina

The City of Edina, MN, has a job opening for a Sustainability Analyst Intern.  This intern will gather, analyze and report data to the Sustainability Coordinator, to measure progress on the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation and building energy use, to increase renewable energy use and accessibility, and to encourage greater community participation in these efforts . The Intern will develop ad hoc and recurring data reports to inform decision-making and recommend data management best practices to communicate results in a compelling manner to the public, City Council, and City staff.

This position will work up to 40 hours a week, with option for reduced hours to accommodate coursework in Spring and Fall.  The internship will ideally run from May 2021 to August 2021 and may have the option to extend to six months total.

Applications due January 24, 2021.

4.  MSP Film Society Film Showing

The MSP Film Society, in partnership with The Great Northern Festival, present four films January 28-February 7, 2021.  These films speak to essential issues in the climate conversation based around the four elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire. As films are a powerful tool to address climate change — they educate, inspire, and empower audiences toward action – we seek to use this opportunity to create community and share the resilient Northern spirit with the world!

Tickets to all four films are currently available to purchase on MSPFilm.org, with general admission only $5 per film! Check out the full lineup, with highlights including the topical Minnesota-made documentary First Daughter and the Black Snake and Ron Howard directed Rebuilding Paradise.  Best of all, every movie will be presented through their virtual cinema and is completely accessible from home!

5.  REU 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 $6,400 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance.  Applications are due February 12, 2021.

6.  Fellowship Opportunity with MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is looking to fill a fellowship position to conduct a summary review and assessment of evaluation models currently implemented at Urban Wildlife Refuges and key urban nature centers as part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Directorate Fellow Program (DFP). Please share this opportunity with interested applicants.

DFP is a Direct Hire Authority Program that includes a Fellowship project for current students at the rising senior undergraduate or graduate school level. Upon successful completion of the Fellowship program, along with degree conferral, participants may be directly appointed without competition to full time, permanent positions.

This is an 11 week program starting in mid-May or mid-June.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with 3 partner organizations to administer the Directorate Fellows Program for 2021

For general questions about the program, contact:  connect@fws.gov.

7.  Short Term Job with Center for Environmental Policy

The Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College has an opening for a remote, short-term contract position as Social Media Lead.

Position involves:

  1. Coordinate social media promotion of a project called Solve Climate By 2030,  www.solveclimateby2030.org and an associated campaign to #makeclimateaclass.
  2. Organize and carry out an on-line practicum in Social Media for Climate Activism.
  3. Engage with over a hundred students from colleges across the world as well as the US who will participate in the practicum and promote the project.
  4. Coordinate with and report to project leadership.

The position will require 15 hours per week of work, beginning January 15 and ending May 30, 2021. Compensation is $9,000.

Experience with social media campaigns and volunteer coordination, as well as comfort with facilitating synchronous on-line learning is required.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a resume, and the names of three references to solveclimate2030@gmail.com. Applications will be reviewed as received.

8.  Wildlife Biology Internship

The National Park Service’s Latino Heritage Internship Program is looking for Wildlife Biology Intern. Cabrillo National Monument (CABR) recently completed a program review of its herpetofauna monitoring program, part of the NPS Inventory & Monitoring Division’s “vital signs” program. Herpetofauna, including lizards, snakes, and amphibians, comprise a major part of the wildlife at CABR, which is an ecological island located at the end of the Point Loma Peninsula. 25 years of monitoring data from 16 pitfall arrays were recently organized since data was collected by multiple agencies (USGS and NPS). This rich dataset provides an opportunity for a wildlife biology intern to analyze the data and answer various questions that will help park management maintain biodiversity.

The intern will have some latitude with which management question they hope to answer using the dataset. The intern is expected to spend 65% of their time working on the dataset to produce a brief report for an audience of natural resource managers and the park management team summarizing patterns and trends that may be useful to inform decisions on a new trail or how the park should manage its herpetofauna under climate change . The intern will spend 20% of their time on fieldwork and conducting the actual monitoring to give them an understanding of how the data is generated and limitations and challenges in the field. We anticipate the intern will be able to assist with two sampling periods, each period being five days of fieldwork. Finally, the intern will spend 15% of their time on mentorship, and skills development, including how to communicate their findings to the general public.

9.  Univ. of MN Humphrey School Graduate Programs

Applications are now open for Fall 2021 enrollment in the University of Minnesota Humphrey School’s graduate programs in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP), with upcoming application deadline on January 15, 2021.

The STEP program aims to build skills and expertise that equip students to address urgent challenges that shape human well-being, environmental sustainability, and social justice in a complex and diverse world. Students in the STEP area can pursue careers in:

  • Energy and Climate Policy
  • Water, Energy, and Food Systems
  • Conservation and Land Use
  • Environmental Justice
  • Urban Sustainability and Resilience

Many STEP students enter the program with undergraduate degrees in STEM or environmental fields. However, students from all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome. The program is geared towards students who want to leverage their undergraduate training to address pressing issues in public affairs, planning, and policy analysis.

If you have specific questions, or would like to arrange a time to meet with current faculty or students, reach out to our STEP Area Coordinator, Olivia Schares, or Director of Graduate Studies, Gabe Chan.

10.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

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