A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

February 11, 2021


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.  EPA Environmental Justice and Systemic Racism Speaker Series – March 4, 2021
2.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby Offering Training and Internships
3.  C2C Workshop – March 6, 2021
4.  Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program
5.  Summer 2021 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates
6.  Roger Arliner Young Diversity Fellowship Program
7.  Job Opportunities at Hill Country Alliance
8.  Volunteer Judges Needed
9.  Summer Jobs at Abbe Hills Farm
10.  Program Coordinator Job Opening at Ecological Society of America
11.  Macalester’s Summer MacNest Program
12.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  EPA Environmental Justice and Systemic Racism Speaker Series – March 4, 2021

EPA is launching the Environmental Justice (EJ) and Systemic Racism Speaker Series. The first session will highlight a unique collaboration on redlining and current environmental challenges that provides publicly-accessible digitized versions of redlining maps for about 200 cities. This project has generated trailblazing work in the area of EJ and systemic racism. Two of its founders will discuss the genesis, philosophy, methodology, and impact of this game-changing project.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Robert Nelson, Director, Digital Scholarship Laboratory, University of Richmond
  • Dr. LaDale Winling, Associate Professor of History, Virginia Tech
  • Moderated by Charles Lee, Senior Policy Advisor for Environmental Justice, EPA

Date and Time:  March 4, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST

For more information, please visit the session registration page or contact Charles Lee at lee.charles@eipa.gov or Sabrina Johnson at johnson.sabrina@epa.gov.

2.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby Offering Training and Internships

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a national nonprofit organization that builds political will for climate solutions.

Climate Advocacy Methods Program
June 1 – August 31, 2021

The Climate Advocacy Methods Program is for anyone interested in learning and applying CCL’s methods for climate action. Over 15 weeks, participants learn how to lobby members of Congress, write op-eds and letters-to-the-editor, obtain endorsements, use social media for advocacy and grassroots outreach, and more. Anyone is welcome to join regardless of age or student status. The program takes about two hours a week and academic credit is possible through arrangement with the student’s academic institution. The cost for the summer 2021 program is $25. Deadline to sign up is May 31, 2021, at citizensclimatehighered.org/training.

Internships

CCL is accepting interns for 2020-2021! Positions are available in policy and advocacy, outreach and engagement, communication and education. Please see their Internships Page for descriptions and how to apply. Applications are due March 31 for Summer 2021.

3.  C2C Workshop – March 6, 2021

Sustainability Leadership Training
Gain the Knowledge to Change the Future
March 6, 2021 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

C2C workshops are for undergraduate students and recent graduates who want high-impact sustainability careers that can change the future, in policy, business and politics.

The C2C Fellows Network at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership work in sustainable politics, NGO’s and business. C2C’s intensive, interactive skills-based virtual workshops teach skills they don’t teach at university, skills you need to change the future.

Led by Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trainings focus on key leadership skills: vision, courage, developing your network, telling your story, and raising funds.

Graduates of the workshops join a national network with access to continuing educational and professional opportunities, including dedicated scholarships to attend Bard’s Graduate Programs in Sustainability: Masters of Science degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and PolicyMasters of Education in Environmental Education, and the Bard MBA in Sustainability.

C2C Fellows are leaders whose vision is to make a difference soon. Our mission is to accelerate their life’s work. Join us.

Apply Here.

Questions:  Contact Tara McEIhinney tm8071@bard.edu

4.  Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program

With Spring semesters beginning and a new administration in place, the Rachel Carson Council is looking forward to continuing their work on campus as well as on Capitol Hill. They are excited to announce that the application window for the 2021 – 2022 Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program is now open!

The RCC Fellowship Program is designed to identify outstanding students with a passion for environmental education, organizing and advocacy and provide them with financial support to carry out valuable projects or campaigns on behalf of the RCC. As a part of the program, students propose projects focused on sustainability and environmental justice that they wish to carry out on their campus or in their community. If accepted into the program, students will be supported over the course of the school year with mentorship from RCC staff and be given the opportunity to publish writings about their work.

RCC Fellows receive a $2,000 stipend for their work during the academic year and attend a 2–3-day summer training program with their cohort hosted by RCC staff to sharpen their writing, advocacy and organizing skills. RCC Fellows will also develop critical contacts and experience, joining an RCC alumni network as they look forward to careers as engaged environmental leaders.

Students interested in applying can do so here.  Application deadline is April 30, 2021.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, contact Mackay Pierce at Mackay@rachelcarsoncouncil.org.

5.  Summer 2021 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

NSF REU Site at the University of Vermont and Sterling College is now accepting applications for a Summer 2021 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program based at the University of Vermont and Sterling College. This REU will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of on-farm crop diversity in rural Vermont and rural Uganda.Under the eight-week summer REU program students will receive training at the University of Vermont (UVM) in rural development theory, social survey research methods, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and written and oral communication. Working remotely with partners in Uganda students will collect and analyze original farm, household and spatial data from smallholder farms and surrounding communities, and work closely with faculty mentors to prepare presentations and manuscripts on links between crop diversity and livelihood outcomes. Completed applications including 2 letters of recommendation can be submitted online. Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2021, and continue until filled.The 2021 Summer REU Site program will run from approximately June 14-August 9, 2021, with some flexibility depending on Covid-19 travel restrictions, safety precautions, and quarantine needs. All travel costs will be covered by NSF and the summer program includes a generous stipend. All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the program (seniors graduating in Spring 2021 are not eligible).

6.  Roger Arliner Young Diversity Fellowship Program

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in environmentally-related sectors, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship Program supports two cohorts of Fellows per year: RAY Conservation Fellows and RAY Clean Energy Fellows. The RAY Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a two-year paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.

Review the application process, timeline, and eligibility requirements.

7.  Job Opportunities at Hill Country Alliance

Sapna Mulki at Water Savvy Solutions is recruiting for two amazing opportunities at the Hill Country Alliance in Dripping Springs, Texas.  These are entry and early mid-level positions, and with a focus on education and stakeholder engagement in two environmental-related fields of study.

  • The Water Program Manager will be playing a critical role in building relationships with key stakeholders to ensure the implementation of state-wide policies that sustainably manage our surface water and groundwater in central Texas.
  • The Night Sky Program Coordinator will be fundamental in leading our collaborations with state parks and local communities to slow the spread of light pollution and the degradation of Hill Country night skies in Texas.

8.  Volunteer Judges Needed

The Minnesota Academy of Science is still seeking volunteer judges for two exciting events: the 2021 Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair and the North Central Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. During an eventful and often difficult year, opportunities for connection and collaboration are all the more important to embrace, especially for our young scientists. These events give hundreds of hard-working students the chance to showcase their STEM innovations, and the students always greatly appreciate the insight, advice, and representation that our volunteer judges provide. Whether you have volunteered with MAS for years or are just hearing about these competitions now, you will learn something new yourself and make a difference for our students if you join us this year. Please consider registering to volunteer for the state science fair or JSHS by clicking the link below.

9.  Summer Jobs at Abbe Hills Farm

Summer jobs are available at Abbe Hills Farm, Mt. Vernon, Iowa.  Abbe Hills Farm is one of the oldest Community Supported Agriculture farms in Iowa and a leader in promoting local food.

Your work:  Learn by doing.  They grow food in two giant hoophouses and in several gardens.  You will help with soil preparation, harvesting, weeding, transplanting, irrigation, washing and packing.  They use tractors and specialized tools whenever possible to make work easier and faster, but mostly, this job puts your body to work.  You must be able to work bent over or on your knees.

They are hiring one or two college-age summer workers.  They want you here as soon as possible in May or June and will keep you busy until you go back to school in the fall.

When to apply:  Right now.  Garden work begins as soon as the snow disappears, and they need to know who to expect on their summer crew well before school starts.

How to apply:  Send a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three references to Laura Krouse, Abbe Hills Farm LLC, 825 Abbe Hills Road, Mt. Vernon, IA 52314.

10.  Program Coordinator Job Opening at Ecological Society of America

Ecological Society of America (ESA) is looking for a Program Coordinator with strong organizational and communication skills to provide administrative and logistical support for a variety of programs in the Office of Society Programs (e.g., ESA’s Sustaining Biological Infrastructure Training Initiative, and the Panel on Vegetation Classification). A basic background in and appreciation for ecology, biology, or environmental sciences is desired.

The Program Coordinator will work with the Society Programs Director to organize and manage special ESA meetings, workshops, and training events that will bring scientists together on a wide range of topics. Duties include taking notes, updating websites, scheduling meetings, taking photos and creating promotional materials, and tracking budget information. There may be opportunities to network with scientists in a variety of disciplines and contribute to workshop/grant reports and presentations.

Email a cover letter and resume, combined in one pdf file, to sbi@esa.org with “Program Coordinator” in the subject line. Application review will begin February 15. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will begin shortly thereafter. The position is open until filled.

11.  Macalester’s Summer MacNest Program

The Summer MacNest program is Macalester’s flagship summer internship program where students receive a $5,500 living stipend and 1 academic credit to work with Twin Cities early stage startups. Students will work 35 hours per week and attend weekly workshops to further their learning and experience. Students can apply with or without an internship at a startup. All applications are due in one week on February 16, 2021, by 8 am CST.

Replacing MacStartups for this summer, Introduction to Entrepreneurship will be offered with one section during Mod 4 and another during Mod 5. This course focuses on theories and applications of Entrepreneurship. Students will be exposed to the entrepreneurial mindset and will apply methodologies commonly used in startup companies and early stage organizations. During the Module, students will spend most of their time identifying problems, prototyping solutions, and determining the feasibility of their own ideas. There will also be opportunities to learn from and speak with entrepreneurial alumni. Students can register for this class the same way they register for any other Mod 4 or Mod 5 class.

12.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

Handshake at Macalester is our career services platform.

Students:  Handshake is preloaded with your basic profile data. Simply log in with your Macalester user id and password.

Read Getting Started with Handshake Guide for Students

The more you use Handshake, the better it works for you. Personalize your experience by filling out career interests and profile. As you favorite opportunities and events that interest you, Handshake will learn to present you with opportunities best suited to your needs.

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