A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

November 3, 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.  Lake Minnetonka Garden Club Scholarship
2.  ESTEEM Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame
3.  Job Opportunity with Amah Mutsum Land Trust
4.  Field Courses with Danta
5.  Volunteer Opportunity with Minnesota Academy of Science
6.  Columbia University’s Masters Program
7.  Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program
8.  Minnesota GreenCorps Program
9.  J-Term Course at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
10.  Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab at The Ohio State University
11.  Garden Club of America Scholarships and Fellowships
12.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Lake Minnetonka Garden Club Scholarship

You are invited to apply for the Lake Minnetonka Garden Club (LMGC) Scholarship. The LMGC is affiliated with the Garden Club of America. Part of the Mission of the Club is to stimulate knowledge and love of gardening, horticulture, garden history and design and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through action in the field of conservation. In order to award scholarships for the 2022 spring term, the completed LMGC Scholarship Application deadline is Friday November 19, 2021.

2.  ESTEEM Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame

The ESTEEM Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame is looking for great candidates for their one-year M.S. in Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship. Many students come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. For this reason, ESTEEM emphasizes the action of entrepreneurship, not just the study of it. ESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to make an impact fixing things that matter.  Upcoming application deadline of December 1, 2021, and a final application deadline of March 21, 2022.

3.  Job Opportunity with Amah Mutsum Land Trust

Amah Mutsum Land Trust (AMLT) is looking for a Native Plant Restoration Program Manager who will be primarily be responsible for developing and managing AMLT’s horticultural and garden programs. The Program Manager will supervise all aspects of horticultural and garden operations, including managing volunteers and staff, planning and implementing restoration and garden projects within established deadlines, expanding the horticultural program, and carrying out research to improve operational efficiency and programmatic success. This is a full-time exempt position that comes with health benefits (medical insurance, dental, and vision), vacation time, sick leave, and paid time off for holidays. The compensation is between $70,000-80,000, depending upon experienceIf you are interested in this unique opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter to Reed Holderman, Interim Executive Director at hiring@amahmutsun.org or mail them at 2460 17th Avenue, #1019, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Questions can also be directed to Reed at this same email address. Position is open until filled.

4.  Field Courses with Danta

Danta is pleased to announce their 2021/2022 field courses in tropical biology. Their courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

Courses:  Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation and Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability
Dates:  Dec. 28-Jan. 10, 2022, and July 3-18, 2022
Program Fee:  $2,600
Application Deadline:  December 1, 2021, and May 15, 2022

For more information email conservation@danta.email. For an alumni perspective on their programs, please see their blog DANTAisms.

5.  Volunteer Opportunity with Minnesota Academy of Science

The Minnesota Academy of Science is a statewide nonprofit that serves K-12 and undergraduate students, educators, and schools as well as STEM graduates and professionals seeking to network and volunteer. Maybe you know about them from events such as the state science and engineering fair, science bowl, or Winchell undergraduate research symposium. They support youth in STEM in a variety of ways, and they’d like your help to expand their efforts!

Please fill out their volunteer form where you’ll tell them a little about yourself and what you’d be interested in doing. After you fill out the form, they’ll be in touch when they have needs that match your interests. Their biggest push right now is to gather mentors and tutors to work with K-12 students from diverse—and too often underrepresented—populations either in person or virtually. They also are looking for more virtual content and experiences to share with students as they learn about options for STEM careers.

6.  Columbia University’s Masters Program

Columbia University’s Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy program is seeking talented prospective students, who are dedicated to taking on some of the world’s greatest challenges. The program represents a partnership between the Earth Institute at Columbia’s new Climate School, including the internationally renowned Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and the highly ranked School of Public and International Affairs. Nearly twenty years after its creation, it remains unique in anchoring the study of policy analysis and management in an understanding of basic applied environmental science.

By integrating science with environmental policy and management, the program provides students the practical knowledge and training to become leaders in the rapidly growing area of sustainability. The program’s visionary curriculum emphasizes applied environmental science and sustainability, general and financial management, economics and quantitative analysis, and policy and decision making so that students can thrive in the job market. Graduates hold key positions in important organizations worldwide in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Courses are taught by the world’s foremost sustainability academics and researchers, along with leading sustainability practitioners in New York City. Graduates transform how organizations do business by formulating and implementing innovative and comprehensive environmental long-term strategies. They know how to design and implement sustainability initiatives that are methodologically rigorous, effective, and equitable, within the constraints of available resources.

To learn more about this program, please contact Stephanie Hoyt, Assistant Director, sah2239@columbia.edu, (212) 851-0261.

7.  Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program

Operated by the Partnership for Public Service, the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program is recruiting young talent to join the federal workforce in support of two agencies. The program places students with critically needed skills into paid internships and aims to develop a diverse pool of young  talent for these agencies.

If you have questions or would like additional information about the Future Leaders in Public Service program, contact internships@ourpublicservice.org.

8.  Minnesota GreenCorps Program

The Minnesota GreenCorps program, coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, aims to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals.

Each year, the program places approximately 50 AmeriCorps members with host organizations around the state to help communities increase resilience to climate change by:

  • Reducing solid waste and increasing recycling
  • Reducing greenhouse gases and other air pollutants
  • Reducing water runoff and improving water quality
  • Encouraging eco-friendly behavior

Members serve at their host sites for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August. Host sites include cities, counties, tribal nations, public schools, universities, watershed districts, and nonprofit organizations.

AmeriCorps is a nationwide program that engages Americans in service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. ServeMinnesota is the state commission for all AmeriCorps programs in Minnesota, including Minnesota GreenCorps.

9.  J-Term Course at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center located in Lanesboro, MN, is offering a J-Term course called Driftless: A Study of People and Place from January 2-14, 2022.  Join them as they uncover the geological, geographic, and human intricacies of this unique place.  Gear up for experiential classes, field trips, and visits with local experts and you discover the best the Driftless Area has to offer!  You will receive 4 transferable credits through Hamline University.

10.  Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab at The Ohio State University

The Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University is seeking high-quality MS and PhD applicants to begin graduate studies during the 2022-2023 academic year. Their curriculum includes foundational training in relevant theoretical areas (e.g., sociology, psychology, political science, communication, human geography) and related research methods and statistics. Their students and faculty engage in research within the U.S. as well as international settings with emphasis spanning both theoretical advancement and application. Their recent graduates have been offered positions in academic and applied settings (e.g., government agencies, non-governmental organizations).

11.  Garden Club of America Scholarships and Fellowships

The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2021, over $300,000 were awarded to 61 scholars. Follow GCA Scholarships on Twitter for the latest news about pollinators, coastal wetlands, native bird habitats, and much more. Connect to a larger world of horticulture and conservation through the Garden Club of America scholars. Learn more about the GCA Scholarships. Browse the scholarship offerings.

12.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

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