A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

March 4, 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.  Summer Research Opportunity with Prof. Roopali Phadke
2.  Teach for America Climate Fellowship
3.  Emerging Environmental Leaders Program
4.  Research Assistant Opportunity on Fossil Fuels and Just Transitions
5.  MacNest Climate Justice
6.  Summer Offerings with Common Tides
7.  Environmental Data Initiative Summer 2021 Fellowship Program
8.  Summer Course with Ecosystem Field Studies
9.  Internship Opportunity with Frogtown Green
10.  University of Cincinnati NSF Sponsored Research Experience
11.  Jobs with U.S. Department of Energy Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
12.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Summer Research Opportunity with Prof. Roopali Phadke

Prof. Roopali Phadke will be hiring 2-3 students this summer to work on a NSF funded project to study the U.S. Army Corps public engagement process around the future of the locks and dams in the upper Mississippi basin. We will be studying the official process, and also planning and executing a series of bike, kayak and walking tours to solicit public opinions. We will be working on campus for the most part and with local community partners, including the Mississippi Park Connection.

Responsibilities:  Research assistants will be responsible for helping conduct background literature reviews, interviews and organizing the tours, including producing background materials for participants.

Qualifications:  Ideal candidates will have an interdisciplinary background with interest in learning more about water policy and participatory planning. The candidate MUST be dependable, able to work well in a collaborative research group and have good oral and written communication skills. Web design, StoryMap and graphics experience is desired.

Application:  Please submit to Professor Phadke by email an application that consists of a cover letter, resume, screenshot of your academic transcript, and e-mail addresses for two references. Ideally, your references will be faculty and staff of Macalester College who are familiar with your work.

Pay:  $500/week summer stipend for 6 fulltime weeks. Approximate work dates June 1- July 15. Campus housing provided (but it does require purchasing meal plan).

Application Deadline:  Monday March 8, 2021

Please contact Prof. Roopali Phadke (phadke@macalester.edu) if you have any questions about this position.

2.  Teach for America Climate Fellowship

Teach For America is launching a new programmatic track focused on the intersection of educational, environmental, and racial justice:  The Bay Area Climate Fellowship.  To join the inaugural Bay Area Climate Fellowship, you must apply to Teach For America by Friday, March 5, 2021.

3.  Emerging Environmental Leaders Program

The Environmental Quality Board, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, is seeking young Minnesotans (ages 18-24) to apply for the spring 2021 cohort of the Emerging Environmental Leaders program. The Emerging Environmental Leaders (EEL) program elevates young people’s voice and presence in protecting Minnesota’s environment. In 2021, EEL members will learn and practice skills in environmental leadership, build relationships with state government leaders, and help plan and facilitate a joint meeting of the governor’s Climate Change Subcabinet and the Environmental Quality Board to bring Minnesota youth voices forward on climate change and other environmental issues.

Applications for the Emerging Environmental Leaders program are due March 7, 2021.

4.  Research Assistant Opportunity on Fossil Fuels and Just Transitions

Stockholm Environment Institute has an opening for a Research Assistant on Fossil Fuels and Just Transitions in it’s Latin America office, based in Bogotá. Spanish and English proficiency required.  Deadline for applications is March 10, 2021.

5.  MacNest Climate Justice

The Department of Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the Sustainability Office, is pleased to announce MacNest Climate Justice – a new fund focused on preparing students to address one of the most pressing issues of our time, climate change. In collaboration with alumni Dr. Paul Rick ’64 and Dr. Margaret Rick ’64, four students per year will partner with organizations working toward just, equitable and regenerative solutions to the climate crisis.  The summer internships offer valuable mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities; students will gain skills for resilience-building in the future.

Students will receive a $5,500 living stipend to work full time and attend workshops to further their learning and experience. Students will also receive 1 academic credit with an option for free on-campus housing.

Applications are due March 29, 2021, by 8:00 AM (CST).

6.  Summer Offerings with Common Tides

Common Tides, a 501(c)3 non-profit is returning to the US Virgin Islands with two different offerings. Their longer expedition is aimed at providing free marine science and sailing programs to underserved local children of the islands. They are excited to say this trip is currently full but they are still speaking with students about our waitlist and potentials for next year. Their other offering is a week long Women’s Leadership Expedition geared to college ladies. They are currently accepting applicants.  Applications can be found on their website.

Questions?  Contact Katie DyalExecutive Director of Common Tides, 951-961-1939, katie@commontides.org.

7.  Environmental Data Initiative Summer 2021 Fellowship Program

The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide professional data management, archiving and publishing to ecologists. EDI has 16 Fellowships available in its Data Management Training Program (June 14 – August 19, 2021), including a remote Fellowship with Dr. Paula Fornwalt at the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Fellow in this particular Fellowship will help make long-term climate data for one or more US Forest Service Experimental Forests and Ranges (EFRs) accessible by cleaning the data, preparing metadata and publishing the data in the EDI data repository. The main EFR is Manitou (Colorado), where climate data has been collected since 1936. As time allows, the Fellow will be able to publish climate data for other EFRs, such as Crossett (Arkansas), Desert (Utah), Fort Valley (Arizona), Fraser (Colorado), Harrison (Mississippi), Hitchiti (Georgia), Santee (South Carolina), Sierra Ancha (Arizona), and Stephen F. Austin (Texas).

EDI is now requesting applications from undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students for all Fellowships. Fellows will receive training in ecological data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation and publishing with scientists and information managers for specific host research sites. Apply by March 22, 2021. An informational webinar for interested students will be held on March 16, 2021.

8.  Summer Course with Ecosystem Field Studies

Ecosystem Field Studies (EcoFS) is now accepting applications to their summer-break field course:  Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies. This course is a valuable complement to students’ classroom knowledge and an excellent opportunity to practice scientific field research skills. They have been offering high quality field courses to undergrads in your department since 2007.

This course is accredited by the University of Montana (UM), Environmental Studies Program (ENST 391). It is approved for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits and is open to students in ecosystem related departments and/or majors such as yours. There is no set deadline to apply.

9.  Internship Opportunity with Frogtown Green

Program Manager

Internship or Seasonal Contract
Time frame: May 2020-September 2020, exact dates tbd
Pay rate and hours: $17 per hour. Hours: variable, averaging 10 hours per week for 20 weeks
Total maximum: 200 paid hours, $3,400

Position summary – Frogtown Green is a resident-led initiative to build environmental sustainability and health in St Paul’s most diverse and vibrant neighborhood. The Frogtown Green program manager oversees a variety of volunteer-driven programs and activities. Duties include recruiting recipients for a neighborhood tree planting program; helping to develop a large community greenspace and outdoor sustainability education center; and assisting with a large seasonal festival. Negotiable hours vary from 5-15 per week, with more hours in June, July and August. Please note that project duties may change, depending on covid-19-related social distancing restrictions and recommendations.

Program manager responsibilities

  • Tree planting program: Manage trees growing in outdoor hydroponic gravel beds. Support volunteer committee to recruit Frogtown resident tree recipients, focusing on owners of rental property. Oversee tree planting day and coordinate volunteers. Coordinate with outgoing AmeriCorps volunteer.
  • The Lily Pad site: Assist with development of sustainability resources at community garden/ gathering space. Build and maintain garden furniture and rainwater harvesting structures and assist with installation of a raingarden.
  • Sustainability Circus: Support planning and implementation of one-day sustainability education festival at the Lily Pad in September, 2021
  • Miscellaneous: Meet with Frogtown Green director and staff of collaborating organizations, keep records, other duties as negotiated, depending on circumstances.

Program manager preferred qualifications

  • Background, training or experience in environmental studies, horticulture, urban studies or related
  • Previous experience with interactive, outreach and education to diverse audiences of all ages
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as demonstrated by writing sample
  • Reliability and follow-through, as attested by at least two professional and/or academic references

Compensation – This is a contract-based, hourly position that pays a maximum of $3,400. There are no health or insurance benefits; these are the responsibility of the contractor. Work is outdoors, seasonal, not office-based. The work would be very suitable for a 5-month internship; internship management can be arranged with the applicant’s program.

To apply – Please submit a cover letter, resume, a non-academic writing sample and contact information for two references by March 15, 2020. These may be submitted by email, to patricia.ohmans@gmail.com, or by postal mail to Frogtown Green, 843 Van Buren Avenue, St Paul, MN 55104.

Questions about the position? Please email Frogtown Green director, Patricia Ohmans MPH, patricia.ohmans@gmail.com.

10.  University of Cincinnati NSF Sponsored Research Experience

Sensory Ecology – the study of how animals acquire and respond to information about their environment

The University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Biological Sciences is offering a National Science Foundation-sponsored research experience for undergraduates.  Their program is focused on research at the intersection of neurobiology, behavior, ecology and evolution, and is directed at understanding how animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and evolutionary levels, including:

  • Genomics and development of sensory systems
  • Neural mechanisms of sensory system function
  • Behavioral sensory ecology and mechanisms of animal movement/dispersal
  • Evolution of sensory systems
  • Computational modeling of sensory system function and the impact of the environment

Application review begins March 12 with a final application deadline of March 24, 2021.

11.  Jobs with U.S. Department of Energy Office of Economic Impact and Diversity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) is seeking passionate and policy-driven Scholars to engage in energy justice law and policy research in support of an equitable transition away from fossil fuels. The Scholar will join a team of researchers working on projects related to the advancement of state-level transitions to equitable renewable energy. The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity envisions a transition across all U.S. states and territories to true energy justice—ensuring that energy is accessible, affordable, clean, and democratically managed for all communities, while also remediating past social, economic, and health burdens on those disproportionately harmed by the current energy system.

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