A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

March 18, 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.  Internship Opportunity with the American Geophysical Union
2.  Paid Fellowship Program with Rachel Carson Council
3.  Field Ecology Internship Opportunity with Friends of the Mississippi River
4.  AmeriCorps Emergency Response Member
5.  Internships and Training Opportunities with Citizens’ Climate Lobby
6.  Job Opportunity with USDA Forest Service
7.  Policy Advisor Internship Opportunity with the U.S. Arctic Research Commission
8.  Soil Scientists Positions with U.S. Department of Agriculture
9.  Internship Opportunity with Fanimal
10.  Research Assistant Job with BlueGreen Alliance
11.  Macalester Fellowships
12.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Internship Opportunity with the American Geophysical Union

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has an opening for a full-time paid Talent Pool Intern.  The Talent Pool team (part of the Affiliation & Engagement group) manages programs related to education, student programs, and career services. AGU’s Talent Pool team works to build the next generation of Earth and space scientists while also increasing our understanding of the barriers to gender and ethnic diversity and involvement within these scientific fields.

What the Talent Pool Intern does:

  • The internship provides an opportunity to learn some of the behind-the-scenes processes of planning events at large scientific conferences, communicate to the membership via monthly newsletters, provide customer service to various stakeholders, and gain knowledge about current science education, diversity, and career issues along with program management experience.
  • The intern performs data entry and analysis of Talent Pool programs, including travel grants, mentoring programs, student competitions, virtual poster showcase, research grants, and other programs. Tasks will include quality control of the data as well as database management.
  • Ability to apply basic statistical analysis and present data to internal staff is also expected.
  • The intern assists in science communication activities such as social media engagement, blog posts, and other duties as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

2.  Paid Fellowship Program with Rachel Carson Council

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. As such, 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.

Projects can and have involved organizing campaigns on divestment and reinvestment, lobbying on coastal and ocean protection; the arts and communications such as a series of podcasts on factory farms, curriculum development, community engagement, climate and environmental organizing and network building with Black, and LGBT+ communities; and campus sustainability construction and education for solar installations, campus and community organic gardens, food pantries, and food insecurity.

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.

3.  Field Ecology Internship Opportunity with Friends of the Mississippi River

Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) is seeking a field ecology intern for late-May to mid-August 2021 to assist with their Land Conservation Program. FMR’s Land Conservation Program is actively working to restore hundreds of acres at over 30 metro-area sites and to assess how well restored lands provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.  This is an excellent opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student with an ecology, wildlife or natural resources-related major to connect their academic studies with professional field and habitat restoration work.

This internship offers a blend of indoor and outdoor, hands-on and project-oriented tasks. The field ecology intern will work with FMR ecologists as they conduct day-to-day natural resources management tasks. They will gain hands-on experience in ecological survey methods, data management, research and ecological restoration methods of prairie and woodland habitats.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 15, 2021.

4.  AmeriCorps Emergency Response Member

Serve your community this summer, providing critical supports to youth struggling with food security, learning loss, housing and health issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic! As an AmeriCorps Emergency Response Member, you will help organizations respond to significant needs in their community related to COVID–19. Service could include a combination of several response tasks such as education, distance learning, summer enrichment activities, emergency food distribution, housing support, and more.

Emergency Response Members will serve in a full-time capacity (approx 35 hours per week) during the summer of 2021. Through this AmeriCorps position, you will join an amazing group of members, determined to help our communities.

Interested?  Email Kyle at kkline@mnyouth.net or Apply today.

5.  Internships and Training Opportunities with Citizens’ Climate Lobby

The Climate Advocacy Methods Program, June 1-August 31, 2021, is for anyone interested in learning and applying Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s (CCL) 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.


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, 2021, for Summer 2021.

6.  Job Opportunity with USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station in Research Triangle Park, NC, is seeking applicants for a permanent full-time biological science technician.  This position provides professional and technical support to research personnel by accomplishing biological support work.  The work involves the execution of specific, routine operations that include a number of separate tasks or procedures.  The work product affects the accuracy, reliability, or acceptance of further scientific processes.  Deadline is March 24, 2021.

7.  Policy Advisor Internship Opportunity with the U.S. Arctic Research Commission

The United States Arctic Research Commission (USARC) is seeking a Policy Advisor Intern. USARC is a premiere independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress on domestic and international Arctic research and contributes to the global dialogue on climate change policy and research. The Policy Advisor Intern will be responsible for learning and understanding the economic and national security issues of the Arctic — including climate change, energy, diplomacy, and national security issues — and briefing commissioners and other pertinent officials of his/her findings. Please see below for details:

Requirements:  Strong interest in Arctic/climate change issues, enthusiasm, professionalism, and curiosity
Education:  Bachelor’s degree in a related field or beyond
Preferred:  Candidates with a demonstration of past work and interest in these areas
Internship period:  April 2021— flexible end date, but at least 3 months’ commitment
Time commitment:  About 10 hours a week
Location:  100% remote until further notice
Travel:  Travel opportunities are available if interested (locations TBD, but possibly Alaska, Greenland, Russia, and/or Japan to meet with foreign dignitaries and participate in conferences related to the Arctic)
Other:  Intern may meet with relevant government/non-profit/private sector officials if interested
Compensation:  None
Application deadline:  April 2, 2021
To apply:  Email any questions, resume, and cover letter to USARC Commissioner Julia Nesheiwat, Ph.D. (julia.nesheiwat@USArctic.org)

8.  Soil Scientists Positions with U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil and Plant Sciences Division (SPSD) is excited to announce as many as 40 direct hire GS-5/7/9 Soil Scientists positions are open for applications until July 15, 2021.  To find out more about these positions, join the webinar on March 25, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).

Questions:  Prior to the webinar, contact John Andreoni, john.androeni@usda.gov, 720-544-2841.

9.  Internship Opportunity with Fanimal

Are you interested in working with a socially-minded organization focused on the wellbeing of animals? Fanimal is seeking interns to help carry out the organization’s mission of connecting people who love animals with the information and action steps they need to lead animal-centered lives!

Internship requirements include a passion for animals and a desire to improve their lives, discipline to motivate and direct oneself, interest in learning new things and developing new skills, strong communication and verbal skills, working knowledge of Google Drive and Microsoft Office, attention to detail and a willingness to adapt to dynamic tasks.

If you are interested in developing your skill set with us and joining our incredible animal-loving team, then contact us today! We can only accept interns seeking college credit for Spring or Summer 2021.  Candidates can submit a cover letter and resume to Carol at carol@fanimal.co.

10.  Research Assistant Job with BlueGreen Alliance

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Research Assistant.

BGA was formed in 2006 by the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club in recognition that the future of working people and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. Now, together with 13 of the nation’s largest labor unions and most influential environmental organizations, they are fighting to protect the planet and advance racial and economic justice. The labor unions and environmental organizations of the BlueGreen Alliance reject the false choice that we must choose between good jobs and a clean environment. They are a powerful and unified voice for building an American economy that addresses climate change, protects the health of people and the environment, and drives a thriving, fair, and equitable economy. 

Job Summary: BGA is seeking a Research Assistant to join their Research Team, which supports programs and initiatives with research, analysis, and data. The Research Assistant should expect to build expertise in our content areas and with their data sets, connect their research efforts to organizational priorities and goals, and communicate findings and results clearly to staff, partners, and the public. This position reports to the Research Director and works collaboratively with program and communications staff.

Application deadline is March 22, 2021.

11.  Macalester Fellowships

These fellowships require that students set up their summer research opportunity and then apply for a stipend (assuming it is an unpaid opportunity). These fellowships provide a $5,500 stipend for 10 weeks of full time research. Each fellowship supports full-time, collaborative research in an area of natural sciences or mathematics (slightly different distinctions/focus areas for each). Research may take place at Macalester or another site. Questions? Contact Professor Liz Jansen.

Mann-Hill Research Fellowship
Dr. Mann and Dr. Hill greatly benefited from their summer research experiences. These experiences stimulated and became the cornerstones of their careers in travel medicine and international/global health. This fellowship supports research in an area of biomedicine, health care, public health research or practice, global health, or community health.

Nicholas O’Connor Research Fellowship

Nicholas O’Connor ‘11 was an outstanding student who majored in chemistry/biochemistry at Macalester. Nick conducted collaborative organic synthesis research with Professor Becky Hoye, embodied Macalester’s focus on internationalism with his summer research experience in Thailand, and fully embraced the liberal arts, including playing oboe in the orchestra and as a Mayo Innovation Scholar. Nick went on to complete a PhD in organic chemistry at Caltech and then a post-doc at UC-Berkeley. Students are especially encouraged to develop connections with Macalester alumni and/or with researchers at Caltech or the University of California, Berkeley.

Jan Serie Research Fellowship

Jan Serie, Ph.D., O.T. Walter Professor of Biology, was a visionary who helped shape Macalester College over three decades. Her leadership and innovation crossed disciplinary boundaries so preference is given to projects that bring together ideas or transcend boundaries (disciplinary, geographic, etc.) This fellowship is open to any area of math or natural sciences.

Application deadline is March 29, 2021.

12.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

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