A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

November 22, 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 Information from Career Exploration
2.  Jobs Listed on USAJOBS
3.  Fellowship Opportunities with Public Lab
4.  Job Opportunity with U.S. PIRG
5.  Lake Minnetonka Garden Club Scholarship
6.  University of CA Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
7.  Middlebury School of the Environment
8.  Minnesota GreenCorps Program
9.  Hennepin County Green Jobs Survey
10.  Summer REU Program in Marine Science at the Univ. of Delaware
11.  Volunteer Opportunity with The Family Partnership
12.  Field Biology Courses in Itasca State Park
13.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Internship Information from Career Exploration

January Internships:

Students can register for a 1 or 2 credit internship at no cost. Registration is open in Handshake, and the deadline is Friday, Dec. 10 at 4pm.

  • 2 credits = 100 hours over the January term (30-40 hrs/wk)
  • 1 credit = 50 hours over the January term (15-20 hrs/wk)

Spring Semester Internships:

Handshake Registration for spring semester internships will open on January 10, 2022, in Handshake, and are due by 4:30 pm on January 28, 2022.

Optional Extension:  If a student needs additional time,  students can request a one-week extension by filling out the Intent to Register an Internship Form by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 28.  All students must complete registration by Friday, February 4 at 4:00 pm.

First Steps to a January and Spring Internship Info Session:

Olin Rice 150
Register to attend on handshake
Tuesday, November 30, 12-1 pm
Thursday, December 2, 4:30-5:30 pm

2.  Jobs listed on USAJOBS

USAJOBS connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and around the world. As the Federal Government’s official employment site, USAJOBS helps the right people find the right jobs.

As a part of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), USAJOBS helps recruit and retain a world-class government workforce for the American people.

Federal agencies use USAJOBS to host job openings and match qualified applicants to those jobs. USAJOBS serves as the central place to find opportunities in hundreds of federal agencies and organizations.

3.  Fellowship Opportunities with Public Lab

Public Lab is seeking fellows in Air Quality, Project Documentation, and Environmental Policy to join a project supporting an EJ community in Southern Louisiana.

The aim of this project is to regularly collect particulate matter and other air quality monitoring data to grow the body of evidence on the existing levels of pollution to show the pollution burden already borne by the St. James Parish community. They aim for this information to be used in the open comment period of the EIS with the Army Corps of Engineers, to educate and bring others into this work, and provide scientific evidence for why further pollution sources such as the Formosa Plastics, should not be developed in this community.

Fellowships available:

4.  Job Opportunity with U.S. PIRG

Whether it’s working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture, addressing our country’s plastic waste crisis, or alerting people to threats in the marketplace, the problems we work on aren’t progressive or conservative. They’re just problems that our country shouldn’t tolerate any longer.On these issues and others, our mission is to champion the public interest — to raise our voices on behalf of the public when decisions are being made that affect our health, our safety or our rights.

Right now, U.S. PIRG is hiring for their one-year campaign associate positions. Their associates mobilize the support it takes to win a specific campaign, whether it be zeroing out plastic waste, ensuring that our food or transportation systems are healthy and sustainable, or calling on manufacturers to remove toxic chemicals from their consumer products.

5.  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. They have chosen to create our scholarship to ensure that local students are supported.

In order to award scholarships for the 2022 spring term, the completed LMGC Scholarship Application deadline is extended to Monday, November 29, 2021. Go to their website and download the application.

6.  University of CA Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

University of California Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is looking for emerging conservation leaders.  Applications are available today through February 1, 2022.  Their goal is to serve  students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to  diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife, and water.

Each March they select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program focused on the summers between academic years.  Each summer Scholars receive a $4,400 stipend and funding to cover travel, room, and board.

For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email scholars@ucsc.edu.

7.  Research Assistant Opportunity With Harvard Forest

Harvard Forest at Harvard University is looking for a Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will be a part of team collecting and analyzing data to understand the multi-century dynamics and ecological memory in a regional distribution of 20+ old-growth forests. Our team consists of senior scientists, a post doc, and undergraduate research assistants.

There are 33 months of funds available for this position, ideally starting in late-Winter or very early Spring 2022. All dates and plans are dependent on COVID conditions and protocol. This is a 35 hour per week position with occasional longer days for field work and travel. It is a union position, paid hourly, classified as salary grade 52.

Relocation costs are available for the successful candidate to move to the Petersham, MA region.

They will begin application review on December 13, 2021, and aim to begin interviews January 10, 2022.

8.  Middlebury School of the Environment

Middlebury School of the Environment has Environmental Science and Ecology scholarships for this summer.  The program is 6-weeks (June 3-July 15) in Monterey, California.

Monterey, California, is a microcosm of the world’s environmental challenges and an exemplar of  sustainability planning. This summer, build your capacities for problem solving and leadership in Monterey.

For six weeks Monterey will be your laboratory for exploring the world’s most pressing needs. For example:

  • Climate resilience
  • Food Justice
  • Restoration of marine ecosystems
  • Urban sustainability
  • Political and social commitment to change

All majors are eligible. Application deadlines are January 15 and March 1, 2022.

9.  Hennepin County Green Jobs Survey

Hennepin County wants to hear from young people about green jobs. Are you 26 years old or younger? What are your interests? What is important to you? What should the county consider when investing in green job training and opportunities for youth?  Make your voice heard – take our short survey!

10.  Summer REU Program in Marine Science at the Univ. of Delaware

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 $6,500 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance. The deadline to apply is February 11, 2022.

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science. The program will take place at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in the beach community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

More information and the application can be found on their website.  You may also be interested to hear directly from former interns, or see one of their field trips on the R/V Daiber on the Delaware Bay.

For more information, please contact:  Joanna York, Director, UD REU program in Marine Science, jyork@udel.edu 302-831-7040.

11.  Volunteer Opportunity with The Family Partnership

Message from Cat Holl, Volunteer Services Developer at The Family Partnership:

My name is Cat and I am working at The Family Partnership, a nonprofit in Minneapolis, to develop their volunteer program. We recently opened a new building on Bloomington Ave and E Lake St, which has a variety of awesome green energy features. One of the projects we would like to grow using volunteers is to create an indoor wall display that summarizes and presents all of the building’s sustainable features at a 3rd grade reading level.

One of my coworkers, Stacy Gerondelis, recently graduated from Macalester, and thought that it would be a great opportunity to partner with Macalester. We are looking to find a group of students, class, or organization that is interested in sustainability, communications, and/or community engagement.

If interested, contact:  Cat Holl, 602-628-2151, choll@thefamilypartnership.org.

12.  Field Biology Courses in Itasca State Park

Learn by doing — take field biology courses at a northwoods field station in northern Minnesota.

Earn credits and learn outside in a living/learning laboratory. The University of Minnesota operates a field station in Itasca State Park. Five courses are slated for the May/June session, which starts May 16:  Field Microbiology, Field Mycology, Animal Behavior, Field Mammalogy, and Field Ornithology (pending).

If you have any questions, email IBSL@umn.edu.

13.  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 choose opportunities and events that interest you, Handshake will learn to present you with opportunities best suited to your needs.

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