A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

March 16, 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.  Job Opening with Kid Wind
2.  Field Courses in Tropical Biology with Danta
3.  Crew Leader Position with Conservation Corps
4.  Counselor Position with Camp Champions
5.  Environmental Social Sciences Research Assistant Job Opening
6.  Graduate Scholarship at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
7.  Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program
8.  Ecosystem Field Studies Summer Field Courses
9.  Internship Opportunity with Generate Capital
10.  Internship Opportunity with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District Regulatory Division
11.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Job Opening with KidWind

KidWind is looking for a part-time Program Assistant to support the 2022 KidWind Challenge season. Responsibilities will include monitoring events (remotely), updating curricular and/or training documents, maintaining their databases, and compiling end of season reports. Additional support may include communicating with their regional KidWind Organizers, updating web content, and helping with planning for the National KidWind Challenge (to be held in May of 2022).

Ideal applicants have technical knowledge in renewable energy or sustainability and desire to work in the education field. This position will require a detail oriented person who is organized, has great communication skills and is enthusiastic about teaching the world about renewable energy!

This position pays $15/hour for 10-15 hours a week through May 31, 2022, and is primarily remote. There is the possibility of remaining on through the summer, as well as staying on with them in a more permanent role. We hope to fill this position immediately.

To apply, submit your most current resume and a short letter (no more than 1 page) detailing your interest and experience in renewable energy and/or education through their Handshake Job Posting.

2.  Field Courses in Tropical Biology with Danta

Danta is pleased to announce their 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.

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation
Dates:  June 29 – July 14, 2022
Program Fee:  $2,600
Application Deadline:  May 15, 2022

Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability
Dates:  June 13 – 28, 2022
Program Fee:  $2,600
Application deadline:  May 15, 2022

All courses include a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation and dolphin and snorkeling trip of the Golfo Dulce. You will stay overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where you will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into their day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

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

3.  Crew Leader Position with Conservation Corps

Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa, a nonprofit organization and AmeriCorps grantee, is looking for Summer Youth Corp Crew leaders. The Crew Leader will motivate and supervise a crew of young people in a rigorous program focused on job skills training, environmental education, and conservation projects. The Crew Leader will be responsible for behavior management and fostering positive crew morale through consistent teamwork. They must ensure that they and the crew adhere to program goals and mission. They will work alongside youth to set the standard and pace of work. While serving alongside another AmeriCorps member, the crew leader will provide collaborative leadership for the crew, ensure safety procedures are followed, and communicate with project partners.

4.  Counselor Position with Camp Champions

Camp Champions in Marble Falls, TX, is a premier sleepaway camp in central Texas that serves children aged 5-17. They are looking for counselors for this summer.  They offer a fun, fast-paced environment in which students can spend their summer developing intangible skills including leadership, responsibility, and teamwork, all while doing activities they love. They are particularly looking for students who are interested in getting outside and working in their waterfront and outdoors departments. They ask that counselors commit at least six weeks of their time, but they would love to have them for their whole ten week summer!
Questions?  Contact Malia DeBellis, 830-598-2571 ext 209 or malia@campchampions.com.

5.  Environmental Social Sciences Research Assistant Job Opening

Researchers at Princeton University, Northeastern University and Texas A&M University are seeking a Environmental Social Sciences Research Assistant (20 hours a week) to support a new interdisciplinary project investigating how community organizations (homeowners associations, neighborhood associations, etc.) shape individual and collective behaviors around natural disaster response and preparedness. The research assistant will work directly with Dr. Sara Constantino and Dr. Alicia Cooperman on a mixed-methods research project engaging with coastal communities on the Texas Gulf Coast, in Miami and other locations. The ideal candidate can come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds but should be highly motivated and interested in social science, public policy, and environmental issues.

The research assistant will assist with detailed site analysis, including background research about future research case studies, identifying local stakeholders for qualitative interviews, literature review, developing qualitative interview guides, and conducting qualitative interviews and/or focus groups during site visits. The research assistant will use existing quantitative datasets to guide site selection and background research. There may be potential for co-authorship based on project work.

For more information or to apply please send your CV/resume, a cover letter, and contact information for two references by email to Prof. Alicia Cooperman (alicia.cooperman@tamu.edu) and/or Prof. Sara Constantino (saraconstantino@princeton.edu) by March 31, 2022.

6.  Graduate Scholarship at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Graduate Scholarship – The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Watershed Scholars Program for students pursuing a Master’s degree in environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, or civil engineering with an emphasis in Watershed Science.

Selected students will receive a tuition waiver and $10,000 scholarship for each of the two years they are in the program, as well as funding to attend conferences and to purchase equipment and tools needed to complete their research. In addition, students will participate in thesis and research workshops, career panels, scientific and technical seminars, and mentoring from a variety of sources. Eligible students are required to have an income of $22,540 or less at program start date (Fall 2022). Scholars must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or admitted refugees.

Students applying to SIUE master’s programs in Biological SciencesChemistryCivil Engineering, or Environmental Sciences are eligible to apply for the Watershed Scholars program. Students with an interest in sustainable watersheds and backgrounds in biology, chemistry, engineering, ecology, geography, geology, environmental sciences, fisheries sciences, wildlife management, natural resources, environmental archaeology, geosciences, and paleosciences are encouraged to apply.

After being admitted to the SIUE graduate program, potential scholars must then apply to the Watershed Scholars Program. Potential scholars will be asked to provide a written statement (250-500 words) describing their interest in watershed science research and, if applicable, any prior relevant research experience.

Applications are due March 31, 2022, and will be considered on a rolling basis thereafter if funding is available. Further information, including details on how to apply can be found on the Watershed Scholars website.  Questions? Contact the Watershed Scholars project lead, Dr. Adriana E. Martinez at adrmart@siue.edu.

7.  Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program

The Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the academic year 2022 – 2023. The application deadline is April 1, 2022.

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.

Questions? Contact Associate Director, Mackay Pierce, with any questions at Mackay@rachelcarsoncouncil.org.

8.  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 – May 16-June 6, 2022
  • Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies – July 22-August 11, 2022

Open to students from all universities and majors.  Accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula, Environmental Studies Program.  Questions?  Contact Prof. Steve Johnson, EcoFS Director at steve@ecofs.org.

9.  Internship Opportunity with Generate Capital

Generate Capital is seeking an Intern for its Project Finance team to support live transactions and financing processes in the clean energy and resource efficiency space. The mission of this role is to develop a greater understanding of structuring, financing, and deal-making in infrastructure investment programs in sustainable power, transport, waste, and water.

They are looking for a highly analytical and hard-working individual looking to hone their finance experience and who is excited by the opportunity to work closely with the firm’s Project Finance team on the evaluation, structuring, and execution of transactions. If you are a process- and results-oriented person, passionate about the type of work Generate is doing, and see yourself in the descriptors below, apply here.

10.  Internship Opportunity with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District Regulatory Division

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District Regulatory Division is recruiting for two student interns in the biological sciences field, duty station is St. Paul, Minnesota.  These positions are direct-hire, targeted to post-secondary students, and are being recruited through the Student Intern Program (SIP).  Applications must be submitted through USA Jobs. A complete application includes a completed online questionnaire, resume, and proof of eligibility (educational requirement).  Application deadline is March 31, 2022.

The Student Intern Program offers post-secondary students 12 weeks of full-time employment, up to 480 hours, during the summer months. Approximate employment dates are end of May through mid-August. Actual length of employment is negotiable. Employment is intended to continue each subsequent year during the summer months while the student is enrolled in a degree program.  Selected candidates MAY be non-competitively converted to a career/career-conditional appointment within 120 days of successful completion of academic program – making this a really great opportunity!

11.   Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

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