A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

December 8, 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.  Climate Adaptation Scientists of Tomorrow Program – Applications Due December 20
2.  Off-Campus Academic Programs with HECUA
3.  Summer Research Program at Zoo Miami
4.  Seasonal Job Opportunity with Wilderness Inquiry
5.  Opportunities Available at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
6.  Global Sustainability Scholars Program
7.  Job Opportunities with PIRG
8.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Climate Adaptation Scientists of Tomorrow Program – Applications Due December 20

To advance climate adaptation science and increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields, the Climate Adaptation Scientists of Tomorrow Program brings undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty together with CASC partners to cultivate the next generation of climate scientists.

The goals of the Climate Adaptation Scientists of Tomorrow Program are to:

  • Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  • Cultivate the next generation of climate scientists
  • Foster climate science programs at Minority Serving Institutions (Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal College and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions)

Applications can be submitted via webform.

The application will include questions about your interest and three short essays (200-300 words). They strongly recommend drafting a response to the essays outside of the submission system and then, when complete, copying into the submission system. Please be prepared to upload a resume and unofficial transcript. Please also be prepared to submit the names and contact information for two references.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 20, 2021.

2.  Off-Campus Academic Programs with HECUA

HECUA offers off-campus academic programs for students to do integrative intellectual, political, and artistic work in support of movements for social justice, peace, and environmental sustainability in the U.S. and abroad.  Questions? Contact Maddy Rudkin, Admissions Advisor, at mrudkin@hecua.org.

3.  Summer Research Program at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami, the Zoo Miami Foundation, and Florida International University (FIU) will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation.  In this 10-week summer program, students will conduct independent research in conservation science under the mentorship of the conservation biologists, wildlife veterinarians, and education researchers at Zoo Miami and FIU.  Application deadline is February 1, 2022.

4.  Seasonal Job Opportunity with Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness Inquiry’s mission is to connect people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to each other and the natural world through shared outdoor adventures.  They have a few part-time/seasonal positions open:

  • Extended Trip Outdoor Leader
  • Little Sand Bay Sea Kayak Outdoor Leader
  • Canoemobile Outdoor Leader

Part-time and Seasonal Staff: A typical season operates from May through October with a limited variety of unique opportunities outside of this time-frame. In addition to the life experiences our staff bring, new staff receive extensive paid training in inclusion, leadership, and wilderness skills. They encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply and join us in our mission of making sure everyone belongs in the outdoors.

5.  Opportunities Available at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge has the following opportunities:

Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program – As part of the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program, you will serve as a registered apprentice in a developmental capacity. This is a developmental position and will operate in a training environment to gain the necessary
experience to prepare the individual to obtain the wildland fire qualifications required and be placed into a fully qualified senior firefighter position. Acquire work experience on a Helitack Crew, Hotshot Crew, Fire Use Module or a Fire Engine.

Summer Internships with nonprofit partner MANO Project:

The internships are located at the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, MN.  Applications are due January 7, 2022.

6.  Global Sustainability Scholars Program

The Global Sustainability Scholars (GSS) Program offers a diverse community of practice and a 10-week paid professional training and research experience with a sustainability organization for students from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM fields. This program aims to bridge young students to career or graduate school focused on sustainability issues. 

How it works:  Selected participants are embedded within an international sustainability research project for 10 weeks during the summer months. All GSS participants are paid a stipend for their participation.  Apply.

Time Commitment: 10 weeks in Summer 2022

Summer 2022 – Their international research experience will be focused on Ocean Sustainability. Students may travel abroad or domestically, however, remote research opportunities are available. Airfare and lodging will be paid for by GSS.

Applications due January 9, 2022.

7.  Job Opportunities with 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 PIRG works on aren’t progressive or conservative. They’re just problems that our country shouldn’t tolerate any longer. On these issues and others, PIRG’s 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.

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.

8.  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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