A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

February 10, 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.  Macalester’s MacNest and MacNest Climate Justice Internship Program and Live It Fund
2.  Internship with Climate Generation
3.  Internship with the Cedar Creek Long Term Ecological Research
4.  Essay Contest Sponsored by Adelphi
5.  Research Opportunity with NASA DEVELOP
6.  Internships with Greener Pastures
7.  Job Opportunity at Loam Bio
8.  Research Experience for Undergraduates
9.  Job Opening at Friends of the Mississippi River
10.  ESTEEM Graduate Programs at the University of Notre Dame
11.  Summer Internships with Metropolitan Council
12.  Ray Arline Young Diversity Fellowship
13.  UNIDE Fellowship
14.  Field Biology Courses at the University of MN Itasca Biological Station
15.  Ecosystem Field Studies Summer Field Courses
16.  Internship with Global Health Ministries
17.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Macalester’s MacNest and MacNest Climate Justice Internship Program and Live It Fund

MacNest and MacNest Climate Justice 

The Summer MacNest program is our flagship summer internship program where students receive a $5,500 living stipend and 1 academic credit to work with Twin Cities early stage startups. Students will work 35 hours per week and attend weekly workshops to further their learning and experience. Students can apply with or without an internship at a startup.

We are also running our MacNest Climate Justice Program. This program also provides stipends and support, however it pairs students with internships at organizations specifically working toward just, equitable and regenerative solutions to the climate crisis.

Applications for both MacNest programs can be found on Handshake and are due February 21, 2022, at 8 am CST.

Live It Fund 

The Live It Fund empowers entrepreneurially-minded students an opportunity to live out their definition of global citizenship by proposing innovative solutions to problems and opportunities they identify. Students can work solo or in teams of two. Summer funding can be provided up to $7,000 and projects can be completed locally, nationally or internationally.

The application can be found on our website and is due on February 28, 2022, at 8 am.

2.  Internship with Climate Generation

Climate Generation in Minneapolis is looking for a Climate Change Education Intern to work from mid-February or mid-March through July, 29, 2022.  The intern will provide support to the 17th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education and general support to the Education Program.

Submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@climategen.org. Put “Education Intern, last name, first name” in the subject heading. The deadline to submit for this position is February 28, 2022.

3.  Internship with the Cedar Creek Long Term Ecological Research

The Cedar Creek LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) program has several opportunities for students to work as plant community ecology interns. Most positions run from June through August, but some interns are needed as early as March, and some are needed through October. As a research intern, you will contribute to ongoing field experiments, have the opportunity to initiate individual research, attend scientific seminars, and interact with professors, post-docs, and graduate students. Pay is $15.00 per hour. On-site dormitory housing is available to rent. These positions include spring Burn Technician positions and summer Plant Community Ecology Internships. All of these positions are located at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve of the University of Minnesota. Instructions to apply.

4.  Essay Contest Sponsored by Adelphi

Message from Mary Hellmich ’15:

I’m writing to share a great opportunity with current Mac students who have an environmental focus. I work as an Analyst at a climate policy think tank in Berlin called Adelphi, and my team just created an essay contest geared towards undergraduate and master students who study climate change and just transitions. It’s part of a project called the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, which is funded by the German government with the goal of acting as one of Germany’s main tools of creating climate policy cooperation between Germany, Canada and the US. I can imagine Mac would have a slew of students interested in signing up for it.

Questions?  Contact Mary at hellmich@adelphi.de.

5.  Research Opportunity with NASA DEVELOP

NASA DEVELOP National Program has 10-week paid research opportunities open to current students and recent college graduates as well as transitioning/early career professionals.

NASA DEVELOP projects focus on helping local, national, and international communities address their environmental concerns while utilizing NASA’s Earth observing fleet of satellites. NASA DEVELOP operates at eleven locations across the country at NASA Centers and other regional locations. This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists, partner organizations, and science advisors to learn about the use of NASA Earth science data for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns.

Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis, and producing deliverables, such as a technical report, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, is not required for acceptance. This is a multi-disciplinary opportunity for all those interested in Earth science and they encourage those in the social sciences, general science, engineering, computer science, etc. to apply.

Details about this opportunity and how to apply can be found online. The spring position application window will be open online from January 17  through February 25, with the term starting June 6 and lasting through August 12, 2022.

6.  Internships with Greener Pastures

Greener Pastures has two paid internships available. The application deadline is at the end of the day on Monday, January 31, 2022. These positions are focused on education and social media. They are seeking candidates that have an interest in the food systems world and are looking to gain experience.

The positions are as follows:

  1. Education Intern: Greener Pastures is looking to hire an individual who will help with researching, strategizing, planning, and creating educational materials. This work will educate and support consumers on their path to supporting humane, sustainable agriculture. Throughout the contract, the candidate will gain a deeper understanding of professionalized research skills, a strong written voice, professional writing samples, and experience with publishing educational curricula. Remote. Part-time. Five-month contracted position.

  2. Social Media Intern: Greener Pastures is looking to hire an individual who will help with strategizing, planning, and marketing educational and creative content on a variety of social media platforms. This work will educate and support consumers on their path to supporting humane, sustainable agriculture. Throughout the contract, the candidate will gain experience with professional social media marketing management, a marketing portfolio, the ability to tailor content to various audiences, and independent project management skills. Remote. Part-time. Five-month contracted position.

To learn more and apply for these positions. visit their Careers page.

7.  Job Opportunity at Loam Bio

Loam Bio, which has rebranded from the Soil Carbon Co., has an opening for a Research Associate.  Loam Bio was founded in 2019 by scientists, farmers, and entrepreneurs in Australia and North America to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and improve soil health. Loam Bio is a fast-paced, rapidly growing organization. The organization is leading a large-scale research program in microbial carbon sequestration to increase soil carbon levels in agricultural soils as a climate change mitigation and adaptation tool. They focus on endophyte technologies that generate multiple benefits to farming systems and the environment. The organization is made up of researchers and practitioners working across microbiology, soil carbon and agronomy to deliver practical, scientifically validated carbon sequestration methods.

In this position, you will work under the direction of their scientists to assist in the successful execution of the Loam Bio R&D program. The US microbial laboratory program is designed to isolate, purify, characterize, screen, store and produce microbial samples, specimens and consortia. The role will also support efforts in molecular characterization of microbes /communities and greenhouse and field trial activities. Culturing, screening, and managing microbial collections is an additional critical component of the role. The role will focus on the implementation of internal operations in this area and collaboration with other Soil Carbon Co labs and those of collaborators. The research associate will work closely with internal and external lab-based research teams in protocol and compliance implementation, maintenance of relevant data, documentation, and inventory information.

8.  Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program emphasizes engaging students in interdisciplinary earth systems research that builds collaboration and communication skills for solving complex environmental problems. They will use wetland restoration as a lens through which participants will get hands-on experience studying the interactions between science and society that shape ecosystem functions and services.  This is an interdisciplinary program and they welcome participants from all academic majors who are interested in environmental science questions. They especially welcome applications from students in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science. This 10-week program will run from Sunday, May 22 to Saturday, July 30. Participants are provided with a $6,000 stipend for the summer, plus reimbursement for travel to/from Rochester, on-campus housing, and a meal allowance.

More information and to apply.

9.  Job Opening at Friends of the Mississippi River

Friends of the Mississippi River is looking for a Grassroots Organizing Coordinator.  The Coordinator engages community members, including FMR’s network of 3,000 River Guardians, in grassroots advocacy efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed for everyone. FMR advocates at the federal, state and local levels on a range of environmental policy issues including water quality, agriculture, protection of parks and open space, riverfront development, Twin Cities locks and dams and more. The organizer will be a visible member of FMR’s advocacy team and a key community presence as they build grassroots power and equip residents as effective advocates for the river and environment.

Application deadline:  February 21, 2022

10.  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, with a final application deadline of March 21, 2022. ESTEEM offers:

  • Real-world experience in entrepreneurship through the Capstone project and thousands of dollars in financial support through student startups
  • Guaranteed scholarship for all admitted students with an average award of $27,000
  • Graduates launch their startups or connect to jobs through the extensive (750,000+ member) Notre Dame network, with over 90% of graduates placed within 3 months

Contact Iseli Hernandez (ihernandez@nd.edu) or Kyle Williams (kwilliams@nd.edu) to learn more.

11.  Summer Internships with Metropolitan Council

Metropolitan Council has a number of paid summer internships available. Ayize James ’22 and Christina Kiehl ’22 were recent interns there! And, our visiting faculty member Amanda Lovelee is a staff member.

12.  Ray Arliner Young Diversity Fellowship

The 2022 application cycle for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship⁠ is now open! The RAY Diversity Fellowship is a two-year (1-year with 1-year renewal), full-time position with partner conservation and clean energy organizations with the goal of increasing and facilitating environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. RAY Fellows have worked in a variety of communications, climate, policy, research, education, fieldwork, and philanthropic capacities..

13.  UNIDE Fellowship

The Ohio State University is currently looking for 15 motivated, creative, and energetic students of color to help them refine their understanding of diverse student experiences in EE by participating in a Student Advisory Board (SAB).  The term for this participation is at least one year for which includes a stipend of $1000 for your collaboration with the UNIDE team.

They are a diverse team of ecologists, environmental scientists and social scientists working on the NSF-funded project UNIDE –Undergraduate Network for Increasing Diversity of Ecologists on the following goals:

  • To identify the barriers and challenges that must be overcome in order to support participation of under-represented people (based on ethnicity or race) in the study and practice of Ecology and Environmental (EE) fields
  • To characterize the ecological identity, or sense of social belonging in EE to include the values of under-represented people with the goal of developing effective interventions to identified barriers and challenges for recruitment and retention of diverse people and to revise current EE curriculum to include broader values
  • To build a sustainable and interdisciplinary network of faculty, students, and practitioners in ecology/environmental Science (EE), educators, and social scientists committed to maintaining broad ethnic, racial and cultural inclusion in ecology and environmental sciences

Expectations of Student Advisory Board members:

The SAB will organize meetings to identify and prioritize factors that affect diverse students’ recruitment and retention in EE fields. Work expectations (~2-4 hours per month) for SAB participants include attending and conducting monthly meetings to discuss and provide feedback to the UNIDE Steering Committee on topics that include:

1) potential effectiveness of ways to increase access to EE career information and EE internship opportunities,

2) effectiveness of interventions developed to increase cultural sensitivity of environmental teaching practices, and

3) implement and monitor social media outreach to EE students and practitioners to help build interest in ecology and environmental science

Applications are due by February 28, 2022.

14.  Field Biology Courses at the University of MN Itasca Biological Station

Are you interested in gaining credits and learning new research skills in a tight-knit community? Consider enrolling in field biology courses over May term at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, a University of Minnesota field station located in Itasca State Park.

“Hands-on” doesn’t fully capture the type of learning that happens up north. Itasca is a living laboratory and learning community. Students come up north for a truly immersive experience.

You won’t just learn what mammologists (people who study mammals), mycologists (people who study fungi), or animal behaviorists (that one is easy to guess) do… you’ll do what they do on a daily basis. You’ll set traps, key out samples, and design experiments, all with the guidance of supportive faculty mentors and peers. Hear from a couple of students who took courses last year.

15.   Ecosystem Field Studies Summer Field Courses

Ecosystem Field Studies (EcoFS) announces the return of their summer, 3 credit, all outdoor field courses – Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies and Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies.

EcoFS courses are a valuable complement to students’ classroom knowledge and an excellent opportunity to practice scientific field research skills. The courses are accredited for 3 undergraduate semester credits by the University of Montana at Missoula, Environmental Studies Program (ENST 391). Undergrads of any year in an ecosystem related departments/majors are welcome to apply. There is no set deadline to apply. Review all course info at the EcoFS website.

16.   Internship with Global Health Ministries

Engage Globally is looking for virtual summer interns. They are seeking students who are interested in one of these fields:

• Environmental education
• Environmental art
• Conservation and sustainability advocacy

Skills and/or interest in curriculum design, fundraising, EDI, Canva, or social media communication would be helpful. Their internships are virtual, 20 hours per week, between June 1 and August 5, 2022. Applications are due by March 15, 2022.

Check out their website for project descriptions and how to apply. Their internships are unpaid, as they are a volunteer organization, but they are happy to support students earning academic credit and they design their internships to help students enhance their professional development.

17.   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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