A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

April 18, 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 Openings at Hennepin County
2.  Field Courses in Tropical Biology with Danta
3.  Internship Opportunity with Between the Fjords
4.  Project Specialist Job with Upper Mississippi River Basin
5.  Fellowship with Public Lab
6.  Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program
7.  Metro CERT Event – May 19
8.  Summer Job at the Minneapolis Farmers Market
9.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Job Openings at Hennepin County

Hennepin County has a couple of job openings:

Landscape Architecture Internship – Application deadline April 18, 2022, 11:59 PM

Climate and Resiliency Manager – Application deadline April 25, 2022

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
July 29-July 14, 2022
$2,600 Program Fee
Application deadline:  May 15, 2022

Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability
June 13-28, 2022
$2,600 Program Fee
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. We will stay overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we 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.

3.  Internship Opportunity with Between the Fjords

Are you a biology student who is interested in alpine ecology, vegetation science, functional traits and ecosystem ecology, and how climate change will affect alpine and/or high-latitude ecosystems? Then you are the right person for a research internship with Between the Fjords. Their internships will give you the chance to work with new fields and habitats, to learn important skills for a biologist such as data collection and analysis, critical thinking and problem solving, plus you will get a glimpse of the day-to-day work of ecologists and possibly establish contacts for future jobs abroad.

They enlist the help of several students this summer to assist with their partnered research projects. Their studies are mostly related to climate, global change, and their effects on mountain ecosystems. Their internships will give you the chance to work with new fields and habitats and learn important skills for a biologist, such as data collection and analysis, critical thinking and problem solving. You will thus get a glimpse of the day-to-day work of ecologists and possibly establish contacts for future jobs abroad.

As an intern, you can be involved in setting up field experiments, collecting data in the field on plants (botany, demography, monitoring field experiments), mosses and soil mesofauna; processing samples and collecting data (e.g. plant functional traits) in the laboratory; as well as improving your computer skills through data analysis, data processing, and/or developing online tools.

These internships last between 1 and maximum 3 months. Most internships will be available throughout the summer field season (June–August), but there might be some exceptions based on locations and project needs; see below.

The internship position will cover a fixed per diem rate of 10.800 NOK per month. Travel costs (if applicable, and economy class) will be covered by the project as well.

This is a collaboration between the University of Bergen in Norway and their international partners at The University Centre in Svalbard, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Møreforskning AS, University of Arizona, University of British Columbia, University of Pretoria, Chinese academy of sciences, and University of Minnesota.

Application deadline:  April 29, 2022.

4.  Project Specialist Job with Upper Mississippi River Basin

The Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA), located in Minneapolis, MN, is seeking a Project Specialist to assist in advancing UMRBA’s work related to integrated, balanced management of the Upper Mississippi River System.  This includes serving as a strategic thought-partner to UMRBA staff (me and colleagues) and assisting in carrying out multiple projects related to water quality, nutrient reduction, ecosystem restoration planning, floodplain resilience planning, and other interstate collaboration needs
Applications deadline:  April 22, 2022.

5.  Fellowships with Public Lab

Public Lab is launching a new Fellowship Team working on a project based in Northern Minnesota to gather baseline data around a proposed copper/nickel mine (The Tallon Mine) and a milling/lumber processing plant (Huber Engineered Woods LLC). This area is also around Line 3, and they are hoping this project will also get more eyes on the ground to help spot and report frack outs.

The team is seeking three fellows for paid roles:

6.  Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program

The Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program has extended the deadline for applications to May 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.

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.

7.  Metro CERT Event – May 19

Join Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (Metro CERT) to celebrate their 15th year of connecting communities to clean energy resources! The Metro CERT event is a free event focused on connecting folks in clean energy and communities. This year, they will be outdoors and in-person for the first time in two years, to enjoy informal networking and delicious appetizers! In order to have enough time to catch up with everyone, there will be no formal programming, just networking and appetizers to fuel our clean energy conversations.

Join them on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 4:30-7:00 pm at the Como Park Picnic Area! Registration and more information.

8.  Summer Job at the Minneapolis Farmers Market

From ES alum Aubrey Arnt ’21:

My former supervisor at the Minneapolis farmers market texted me earlier this week asking if I knew of anyone who might be interested in the EBT position I had there last summer. My time there was so carefree and fun! …  honestly, a perfect way to spend the summer following graduation and I hope someone from Mac can have a similar experience!

For more info –  the hours are 7:30am to 1:30pm, Thursday-Sunday from May-October. I wasn’t able to start until June last year and they were very flexible with my schedule restraint.  The position itself is very simple. All they’d be doing is working with market customers and vendors to exchange EBT tokens and write checks. There is space and time to work beyond this as well. I took the initiative to collaborate with my supervisors in many different ways such as educational programming, website and communication design, basic market operation support, assisting in event planning, etc. I’m positive they’d be happy to welcome any extra projects this year as well.

This truly was one of my favorite summer jobs. The market staff, vendors and regular customers were such beautiful people to be around and I feel like I learned a lot about farmers markets, local growers, and local food systems after being in that space. If anyone is interested/wants more information about the job, feel free to send them my way and I can answer any questions they have or connect them with the market manager.

Aubrey Arnt

9.   Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

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