A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

March 29, 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.  Internships and Fellowships with Citizens’ Climate Lobby
2.  Internship with LHB Climate Solution Studio
3.  InterExchange Costa Rica Program
4.  Temporary Job Opening with Public Lab
5.  Fellowship with Mississippi Park Connection
6.  Job Openings with the U.S. Forest Service
7.  Internships with Hispanic Access Foundation
8.  Internship with Fanimal
9.  Summit at the Capitol – April 5
10.  Coe College Wilderness Field Station Summer Program
11.  Job Opportunities at the National Resource Defense Council
12.  Summer Program at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center
13.  Part-time Student Worker Position with the MN Dept. of Natural Resources
14.  Summer Job with MN Pollution Control Agency
15.  Apprenticeship at Big River Farms
16.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Internships and Fellowships with Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Citizens’ Climate Education (CCL). CCL is a national nonprofit organization that builds grassroots support for climate legislation.  They are currently recruiting students and recent graduates to join their team as interns or fellows. They have opportunities with a variety of different departments that may appeal to students across many disciplines. These experiences provide valuable work experience, networking opportunities, and may include academic or financial benefits. You can learn more about their current openings on their website.

For students looking to deepen their learning outside of the classroom, they offer a free Climate Advocacy Certificate Program each semester. This provides valuable transferable skills in advocacy, climate science, and communication over the course of a 15-week remote course. Students interested in enrolling in next semester’s program should sign up by June 1, 2022.

CCL is a growing organization and often has open positions that they advertise here. They also post climate related jobs from other organizations in their jobs forum.

Application deadline:  March 31, 2022.

2.  Internship with LHB Climate Solutions Studio

The LHB Climate Solutions Studio has an opening for a Climate Solutions Intern.  LHB is a passionate team of architects, engineers, and researchers within an interdisciplinary design firm. Climate solutions are what they need right now to stop catastrophic climate change and ensure climate justice for all. Their projects inform policies, guidelines, and programs to improve the built environment’s impact on natural resources, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate equity.

Their team has an opening for an individual with a strong interest in tracking and communicating performance data as well as making and testing hypotheses. This internship offers an opportunity to use your excellent research, quantitative analysis, problem solving, and writing skills to support interesting projects with a meaningful impact. This is currently a remote working position for summer 2022 with the possibility of continuing through the 22-23 academic year. Actual hours and schedule will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Application deadline:  April 8, 2022.

3.  InterExchange Costa Rica Program

InterExchange has a few spots left on the June 17-25, 2022, Sustainable Action Costa Rica trip. Costa Rica has achieved renown for its environmental policy and is often in the spotlight for its efforts towards carbon neutrality and conservation. The award-winning Sustainable Action Costa Rica program goes behind the curtain to explore this phenomenon in depth with 8 days of NGO visits, adventures, and guided discussions. The program takes travelers through Alajuela, Puerto Viejo, and Bri Bri. You’ll visit nature and wildlife conservation projects, an indigenous community working to preserve their heritage and agriculture, and numerous outdoor highlights including waterfalls, beaches, and more!  Applications will be accepted until capacity is reached.

4.  Temporary Job Opening with Public Lab

Public Lab is seeking a Community Outreach Associate (Temporary) to work with people on place-based environmental issues via Public Lab’s Fellowship Teams, and engage individuals and partners online and offline to support environmental exploration. This person will support the work of their Sr. Program Director who is going on leave for three months at the end of May.

Commitment:  April 2022 (or upon hire) through Dec 21, 2022.
Daily Schedule:  Flexible in your time zone, Monday – Friday, between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Compensation:  $1,700 – 2,300, biweekly paid salary plus benefits.
Location:  Remote, with a strong preference in the following states: FL, LA, NH, NY, SC, TX, LA, WA, WV.
Application deadline:  April 15, 2022.

5.  Fellowship with Mississippi Park Connection

Mississippi Park Connection has an an opening for a 10-week Mississippi River Fellowship. This is a paid opportunity for diverse and underrepresented young adults ages 18-25 to explore the different branches of the National Park Service including Visitor Services, Interpretation & Education, Natural & Cultural Resource Management, and the Volunteer Program. The fellows work directly with National Park Service Rangers, Mississippi Park Connection staff, and other park partners to facilitate educational programs, habitat restoration events, and wildlife monitoring on the Mississippi River.

Pay: $15.00/hour.
Hours: Approximately 32 hours per week; total of 10 weeks. May include weekend or evening hours. May require days that are longer or shorter than eight hours.
Location: Combination of working from home and in the field within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Application deadline: 5 pm, April 15, 2022.

6.  Job Openings with the U.S. Forest Service

Join the U.S. Forest Service and be a part of an organization that is committed to caring for the land and serving people.  The Forest Service is hiring students and recent graduates. Jobs are available in a variety of exciting and rewarding occupations such as administrative & business, human resources, budget and finance, real estate, natural resources, and ecology.

The following positions will be open on www.usajobs.gov.

Natural Resources Specialists

Civil Engineers


Forestry Technicians (Recreation & Trails)

7.  Internships with Hispanic Access Foundation

Hispanic Access Foundation’s MANO Project is offering enriching internship experiences nationwide for Latinx and POC college students and upcoming professionals with strengths in:

  • Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Ecology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Forestry
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Outdoor Recreation Management
  • Physical Science

The following positions are open:

  • Visitor Services Intern, Trempealeau, WI
  • Recreation Special Uses Resource Assistant, Bayfield, CO
  • Invasive Species Coordinator, Fairplay, CO
  • Fire and All-Hazard Dispatch Resource Assistant, Grand Junction, CO

Applications can be submitted through their website.
Application deadline:  Between March 31 and April 3, 2022.

8.  Internship with Fanimal

Looking for a summer internship and are passionate about wildlife conservation, animal careers, and working with like minded individuals from all around the world?  Consider Fanimal, a nonprofit focused on educating communities to live more animal focused lives and keep its audience in the loop regarding sustainability and environmental education overall. Fanimal is offering summer internships for students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, offering college credit, beginning in May. Interns will be responsible for 8-15 hours of work each week along with weekly cohort meetings. The hours are set according to college credit requirements of the respective program.

Intern responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Creating infographics, social media content, blog posts
  • Interacting with Advisory Council/Board Members and completing projects within fundraising, outreach, education, and programming
  • Researching a variety of topics including but not limited to animal conservation, wildlife protections, veganism, local advocacy and action, animal focused careers, animals and tourism, animals and ecosystems, and environmental justice
  • Responsible for interviewing stakeholders and ensuring meaningful Fanimal partnerships with other like minded organizations
  • Developing databases and programming

If you are interested in applying, please email your resume and cover letter (explaining your interest in Fanimal and why you would be a good fit for this internship) to carol@fanimal.online and make the subject line “Last name, Fanimal Summer 2022 Internship”.

9.  Summit at the Capitol – April 5

Organizers:  The Community Organizing Cohort and ISAIAH

What:   A Summit at the Capitol — the chance to talk to elected officials about climate, democracy, care economy, gender issues, public safety, and education. Participants will also get to address Minnesota’s $9.25 billion budget surplus and how they’d like to see it spent.

When:  Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 3-7:30 pm

How:  Meet cohort members at the Grand and Snelling A-line stop (near Nothing Bundt Cakes) at 2:55 (to catch the 3:02) and 4:30 (to catch the 4:38). Transit tokens will be available for those who need them.

Schedule:  There is a welcoming portion and tours from 3:15-4:00 pm. If you have a class that goes until 4:30, you can still make it for the information sessions, rally, and dinner.

The day will end with an Iftar dinner (welcome to all) at 7:30.

Register for the Summit.

Questions? Email CEC-PublicPolicy@macalester.edu or stop by the Civic Engagement Center on the third floor of Markim Hall.

10.  Coe College Wilderness Field Station Summer Program

Imagine that you are sampling aquatic organisms in an ecosystem where the water is so clean you can actually drink it straight from the lake! Imagine you are working on your Writing Wilderness essay, propped against a rock looking up a lake where the forest stretches unbroken for miles and you see no human sign, and hear no human sound! Imagine you satisfy your lab science requirement studying island biogeography on a 10-day canoe trip into the unfragmented wilderness of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Imagine you are describing the evolving dynamics of your own group in your journal around a campfire, as wolves howl in the distance. Imagine you are taking a class at the Coe College Wilderness Field Station.

The Wilderness Field Station is a unique summer program of field study in the Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota. All classes are very small and personal, with no more than eight students per instructor. Students stay in their rustic lodging while at the Field Station, integrating lectures and laboratory investigation with frequent canoe outings. Once prepared, each class takes a lengthy canoe camping trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and/or Quetico Provincial Park to learn more about their academic topic .

Application deadline:  April 9, 2022.

11.  Job Opportunities at the Natural Resource Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is hiring a Finance Analyst, an Environmental Justice Project Attorney, and 80 more opportunities.  If you might want to join them in defending the earth, consider at job at NRDC. To see all 82 open roles and search by job title, function, location, date posted, and more—visit the Careers section of NRDC.org.

12.   Summer Program at the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center

The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center in Albany, NY, has an opportunity for students to gain community-oriented research skills and hands-on experience with urban agriculture while working for pandemic resilience, food security, and climate justice this summer. This program is being offered as an AmeriCorps VISTA program through Siena College.

The program runs from June 6 through July 29 and pays a $2,055 living stipend.  Upon completion, there is a $1311.11 educational award (or $245.00 cash award). This is a full-time (35 hours a week) volunteer fellowship position. Room and board is not provided. Accepted Fellows will be responsible for locating their own summer housing. For more information, please email sk@radixcenter.org.

13.   Part-time Student Worker Position with the MN Dept. of Natural Resources

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking a Planning and Engagement Student Worker in St. Paul, MN. This position exists to provide supervised technical assistance to the Division of Fish and Wildlife Policy and Planning Program in the implementation of its work, including but not limited to work planning, staff and public engagement, strategic planning, and policy analysis/development, particularly related to climate change.

The anticipated dates for this temporary, part-time (50%) Student Worker position are from approximately April 2022 through December 2022. Working hours and days will be flexible around the student’s class schedule; 10-15 hours per week while class is in session and 20-30 hours per week during school breaks.

This position has a flexible work arrangement and may be eligible to telework on a full or part-time basis. Salary is $16.89-$20.59/hourly.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Support Policy and Planning Program and other division staff in integrating biological and social information into fish and wildlife management, through planning, project management, and public engagement tasks.
  2. Provide administrative, planning, and communication support to the Fish and Wildlife Climate Team.

To apply, visit their Jobs page and search for job ID 53948.

14.   Summer Job with MN Pollution Control Agency

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is looking for a Eco Experience Student Worker this summer. The position is full time beginning late May 2022 and runs through mid-September 2022. It is possible to work part-time after Labor Day (approximately 20 hours/week) if the employee has a school schedule that limits full-time work into mid-September.  It is based at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N, Saint Paul, MN 55155.  This position will help plan and execute the 2022 Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair. The position will provide assistance to MPCA staff members in areas related to volunteer management, communications, logistics, database management, set-up, operation, and take-down.

Application deadline:  April 6, 2022, at 11:59 pm.

15.   Apprenticeship at Big River Farms

Big River Farms, a program of The Food Group, is an Organic Incubator training program located in Marine on St. Croix. They offer 1/8 to 2 acres of land to farmers, train, and learn the skills to grow their business. They also provide markets access and support for farmers in their program. They are focused on properly stewarding the land through different farming practices that support the health, healing, and sustainability of the soil. As an education farm, they provide hands-on education classes and workshops that show case the skills and resources that they have available to make that happen.

This year, they are focused on having an education demonstration plot where they will have numerous ways to show different mulching, irrigation, minimum to no-till, fertility systems. They are seeking someone to fulfill a paid apprenticeship position for this 2022 growing season.

The apprenticeship at Big River Farms includes full immersion into small scale (about 1 acre) vegetable production, while focusing primarily on soil health practices. The program is designed to empower farmer soil stewardship. Apprentices should be passionate about farming as a career and will gain training and practice working on many aspects of growing vegetables (Greenhouse production, Transplanting, Bed Prep, Mulching, Plant Care, Weed Management, Harvest, Seed Saving). Farm work is structured to allow the apprentice maximum learning experience.

Desire Start time frame:  Mid April 2022
End date:  October 31, 2022
Time commitment expectations: average about 20 hours/week
Pay: $18/hr, maximum pay is $8,400 for the season

Interested candidates, please submit resume and cover letter to Tiffany LaShae at tlashae@umn.edu.

16.   Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

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