A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

January 26, 2022


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.  Harvard Forest Summer Research Program
2.  Summer Courses with University of Minnesota Field Station in Itasca State  Park
3.  Summer Research Opportunity with Miami University in Ohio
4.  Minnesota DNR Internships
5.  Scholarships Offered by Middlebury School of the Environment
6.  Summer NSF Research Experience at University of Vermont and Sterling College
7.  Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity
8.  Job Openings at Friends of the Mississippi River
9.  Job Opening with Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund
10.  Summer Field Courses in Tropical Biology
11.  Job Opportunities with DOE’s Clean Energy Corps
12.  Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program
13.  Summer Program on Sustainable Land and Water Resources
14.  Internship with Global Health Ministries
15.  Summer Field Course with Danta
16.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Harvard Forest Summer Research Program

The 2022 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program is now accepting applications from a diverse group of undergraduate students to join an immersive research experience. 

Harvard Forest is Harvard University’s world-class ecological research hub at the nexus of many national and international scientific networks, which Summer Program students leverage to conduct research and build their careers through:

  • Research: Work collaboratively to solve environmental problems using scientific methods. 
  • Education: Bridge from student to scientist: build marketable skills, learn how to use and understand data
  • Community: Join scientists at a world-class virtual research hub to expand your network

Program Details for 2022:

  • The 11-week program dates are May 23 to August 5, 2022 
  • $6,600 stipend, plus full room & board, and travel to/from Harvard Forest
  • Applications are currently open
  • Deadline is February 4, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EST

2.  Summer Courses with University of Minnesota Field Station 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. .

3.  Summer Research Opportunity with Miami University in Ohio

We are now accepting applications for summer 2022 for the NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Ecology in Human-Dominated Landscapes at Miami University. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to conduct research in ecology, evolution and environmental science at sites in southwestern Ohio, guided by faculty mentors and in collaboration with other Miami students.

The objectives of the program are to (1) prepare REU participants in all aspects of scientific research; (2) bolster REU participants’ professional skills and understanding of how professional training, environmental ethics, and societal outcomes are linked; and (3) expose REU participants to the ways science and ethics can lead to conservation solutions through hands-on service learning. Research projects will be in many aspects of ecology, evolution and environmental science, including community ecology, limnology, behavioral ecology, microbiology, conservation genetics, ecotoxicology, and more. This program has run for over 20 years, and you can check previous research experiences!

Duration of the program:  10 weeks in Oxford, Ohio, between May 30-August 5, 2022.

Application process: You will need to supply a CV or resume, statement of interest, and unofficial transcripts from your current and any former colleges or universities. Two letters of recommendation are also required.

4.  Minnesota DNR Internships

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for native Mussel Survey and Mussel Propagation Internships at the DNRs Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs (CAMP) in Lake City, MN. Internships are based in Lake City but projects occur statewide in large and small rivers and lakes.  Interested applicants can find and apply on the careers page of the State of Minnesota website.

Job Title: Mussel Propagation Intern (1 position)
Job ID: 51248

Job Title: Mussel Survey Intern (up to 4 positions)
Job ID: 51251

Closing Date for both: January 31, 2022.

5.  Scholarships Offered by Middlebury School of the Environment

Middlebury School of the Environment is offering Environmental Science and Ecology scholarships for this summer. The program is 6-weeks (June 3-July 15, 2022) in Monterey, California, through Middlebury College. All majors are eligible.

6.  Summer NSF Research Experience at University of Vermont and Sterling College

NSF REU Site at the University of Vermont and Sterling College is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2022 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program based at the University of Vermont and Sterling College. This REU will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of on-farm crop diversity in rural Vermont and rural Uganda. Under the eight-week summer REU program students will receive training at the University of Vermont (UVM) and Sterling College in rural development theory, social survey research methods, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and written and oral communication. Working (remotely) with partners in Uganda students will collect and analyze original farm, household and spatial data from smallholder farms and surrounding communities, and work closely with faculty mentors to prepare presentations and manuscripts on links between crop diversity and livelihood outcomes. The program includes support for participation in academic conferences and professional meetings (including potential for international travel and additional field data collection) as travel conditions allow.

Completed applications including 2 letters of recommendation can be submitted online. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2022, and continue until filled. The 2022 Summer REU Site program will run from approximately June 14–August 9, 2022, with some flexibility depending on Covid-19 travel restrictions, safety precautions, and quarantine needs. All travel costs will be covered by NSF and the summer program includes a generous stipend. All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the program (seniors graduating in Spring 2022 are not eligible).

7.  Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity

The NOAA Office of Education is excited to share the 2022 Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship opportunity.  This program seeks to increase undergraduate training in Great Lakes, oceanic, and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education.  The scholarship funds two years (up to $9,500 per year) of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility during the summer. This scholarship offers financial aid and provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities.

Who can apply? U.S. Citizens with greater than 3.0 GPA who are full-time undergraduate students who are in the 2nd year of a 4-year, or 3rd year of a 5-year, program OR Community college or transfer students applying to a four-year institution.

Applications are due by January 31, 2022.

Find additional information on the Hollinngs Scholarship page.

Questions?  Contact Alex Frie at frie0388@umn.edu.

8.  Job Openings at Friends of the Mississippi River

Friends of the Mississippi River has five job openings right now, thanks to some planned staffing expansions in the new year:

  • Grassroots Organizing Coordinator
  • Youth Coordinator
  • Stewardship and Education Program Associate
  • Communications Associate
  • Ecologist

Details about all five positions.

Questions?  Contact Colleen O’Connor Toberman, ctoberman@fmr.org, 651-222-2193, x29.

9.  Job Opening with Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are seeking an energetic and experienced organizer to grow and implement the organizations’ campaign in Minnesota on climate, sustainable food production and water. Food production, particularly of meat, is a leading source of climate change emissions and water pollution and the Field to Fork project is working to change the system of meat production by utilizing market strategies.  Although the best diet for the planet is a non-processed, plant-based diet, many people can’t or won’t currently follow that advice so we are working to reduce the impacts from meat production. The campaign is also working to address barriers that keep communities from accessing sustainable food. Although we are currently working remotely due to COVID-19, the position is based in their Minneapolis office, with expected outreach to people across Minnesota.  Clean Water Action is a 501(c)(4) national organization with 50,000 Minnesota members that works for clean, safe affordable water, prevention of health threatening pollution, creation of environmentally safe jobs and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization providing education, organizing and technical assistance to strengthen grassroots environmental efforts.

Deadline has been extended to February 1, 2022.

10.  Summer Field Courses in Tropical Biology

Danta is pleased to announce their summer 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.

For more information, please visit their website and/or email conservation@danta.email. For an alumni perspective on their programs, please see their blog DANTAisms.

11.  Job Opportunities with DOE’s Clean Energy Corps

DOE’s Clean Energy Corps is comprised of the staff from more than a dozen offices across DOE — current staff and new hires — all working together to research, develop, demonstrate, and deploy solutions to the world’s greatest challenge. The Clean Energy Corps is a diverse group of talented individuals committed to public service and with a mission of supercharging the clean energy revolution.  This is your opportunity to join us in making that future a reality. Regardless of whether you are new to clean energy, or have been doing this work for years — we want YOU as part of our Clean Energy Corps.

They are looking for new team members from every community in America who are passionate about solving the climate crisis, are team players, and are  willing to give their all to this fight. They know the only way they’ll be able to bring the innovative solutions we need to the massive challenges we face is with a diverse team ready to serve. That starts with YOU.

Staff positions are available across the country and many opportunities offer the ability to work remotely.  And, as a Federal employer, they welcome candidates that have served our country in other capacities such as the military and the Peace Corps. Learn more about the Benefits of Working at Energy.

12.  Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program

The Rachel Carson Council is pleased to announce that the Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the academic year 2022-2023.

The RCC Fellowship Program will select 25 environmental leaders from colleges and universities across the nation. To apply to the program, students propose their own projects that are focused on sustainability and environmental justice to be carried out on their campuses and in their communities. Former fellows have run projects ranging from divestment campaigns to podcasts on environmental justice issues and campaigns for renewable energy infrastructure on their campuses. Learn more about their current Fellows here.

Fellowships are for the academic year 2022-2023 and provide $2,000 for current undergraduates (or graduate students) to carry out climate and environmental justice projects and campaigns from their respective campuses. In July, Fellows will travel to Washington DC with the rest of their cohort for training to sharpen their organizing skills and develop a work plan for the coming year. Following that, Fellows will receive mentorship from RCC staff over the course of their term and have the opportunity to publish about their work.

Application for the Fellowship program.

13.  Summer Program on Sustainable Land and Water Resources

The mission of the REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources is to introduce undergraduate students to the key elements of research on land and water resources that are essential to improving management practices, with a focus on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and diverse interdisciplinary research teams. Students work on one of three teams on projects that integrate Earth-surface dynamics, geology, hydrology and other disciplines.  Research teams are hosted on two Native American reservations and at the Univ. MN and projects are developed in collaboration with the tribes’ resource management divisions.  The REU incorporates an interdisciplinary team-oriented approach that emphasizes quantitative and predictive methods, CBPR, indigenous research methods, and traditional ecological knowledge.

The program is for 10 weeks in the summer from mid-June to mid-August. Participants live and work on three teams in three locations but form one research community. Participants gather at the beginning of the program for an Orientation in Glacier Park in Montana. Housing, food, and transportation are arranged. After intensive team-building activities, and orientation to their core program elements of Community-Based Research and Ethical Research on Tribal Lands, participants head for their research locations (at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, MT for Team SPA; in Minneapolis, MN for Team Stream; and in Duluth, MN for Team Zaaga’igan). Weekly videoconferences keep our community closely knit, and participants share their research progress. Participants are mentored to write a research paper and create a poster. An All-Team Gathering at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory in Minneapolis, MN at the end of the summer allows everyone to come back together and share their research. Finally, students have the opportunity during the following year to share their research at a national conference.

Deadline:  February 22, 2022, 11:59 pm.

14.   Internship with Global Health Ministries

Global Health Ministries (GHM) is a Minnesota, faith-based NGO that partners in low resource countries to improve health. GHM partners in 13 countries where Lutheran churches manage hospitals, clinics, and community-based outreach. It is their vision that building partnerships will result in thriving community health systems that are measurably stronger, more effective and sustainable. They work towards this mission through three programs using a holistic approach: distribute medical supplies to hospitals and clinics; offer grassroots support for community-based village health workers; and provide consulting and professional development for health leaders.

GHM is looking for a Global Health Intern working with Global Health Administration Partners (GHAP), the consulting arm of GHM.  The intern will work with the GHAP Director to assist with projects and consulting infrastructure. The work is project-specific to support global consulting efforts.

The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate (preferably a junior, senior or recent graduate) student who is an aspiring global health professional or health leader who desires to broaden and deepen their experience and understanding. Strong communication, creative, organizational, and research skills and a proven ability to be pleasantly persistent and resourceful.

To apply, please send your statement of interest and qualification, along with your resume to Rob Thames, FACHE, FHFMA, GHAP Director RobThames@ghm.org. Applicants are encouraged to submit early as review and interviews will begin in March and selection will conclude in April.

15.   Summer Field Course with Danta

Danta is pleased to announce their summer 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.

For more information, please visit our website at www.DANTA.info or email conservation@danta.email. For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our blog DANTAisms.

Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

Dates:  June 13 – 28, 2022
Program fee: $2600
Application deadline: May 15, 2022
Course Description: DANTA Tropical Biology and Conservation Field Courses 2021/2022

16.   Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

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