A newsletter published by the
Macalester Environmental Studies Department

May 13, 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.  Minnesota GreenCorps Accepting Applications for AmeriCorps Members
2.  Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center Fellowship
3.  Friends of the Mississippi River Environmental Stewardship Institute Program
4.  “Highway to UnHealth” Forum on May 19
5.  Earth Science Tutor Position at University of Minnesota
6.  Jobs and Internships Listed on Handshake

1.  Minnesota GreenCorps Accepting Applications for AmeriCorps Members

Minnesota GreenCorps is now accepting applications for 48 full-time AmeriCorps members! Positions are available with governments, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions statewide. Members earn a living stipend and education award and serve 40 hours a week for 11 months, from Sept. 14, 2022, through Aug. 15, 2023.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency places members with host sites throughout Minnesota each year. Members serve full-time for 11 months, from mid-September through mid-August, at environmental nonprofits, government agencies, and educational institutions.

Each member serves on a project in one of four focus areas:

  • Air pollutant reduction, including energy conservation and green transportation
  • Community readiness and outreach, including public engagement, education, and volunteer mobilization
  • Green infrastructure improvements, including stormwater and urban forestry
  • Waste reduction, recycling, and organics management

Members receive quarterly training from the MPCA, including a three-day orientation at the beginning of the service term. Additionally, members are paired with a mentor whose role is to provide support and resources throughout the service year. This training and support prepares members to deliver environmental education; implement sustainability projects; improve habitat; launch recycling programs; collaborate with community members; mobilize volunteers; and collect, benchmark, and analyze data.

If you have questions about the Minnesota GreenCorps program or the position, email for more information: mngreencorps.pca@state.mn.us

2.  Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center Fellowship

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is still hiring for the 2022-2023 fellowship.  As one of ten participants in the year-long fellowship, you develop teaching, interpretive, and public relations techniques rooted in residential environmental education. Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of audiences and through instructing their hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based classes. Professional growth and learning is accomplished through direct teaching experience supported by staff, professional workshops, and a series of observations and evaluations.

3.  Friends of the Mississippi River Environmental Stewardship Institute Program

The Minnesota Academy of Science is searching for mentors to assist their partner organization Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) in their Environmental Stewardship Institute Program (ESI). The ESI fosters a diverse next generation of environmental leaders through an immersive program of local river issues and professional development that supports an interdisciplinary exploration of the environmental field.

If you have any questions about the FMR mentor experience, contact education@fmr.org or call 651-222-2193, x16.

4.  “Highway to UnHealth” Forum on May 19

“Highway to UnHealth: Forum on the Health Impacts of I-94 and the Path to a Future Without the Highway” will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 6-7:30 pm at St. Peter Claver Church Hall, 369 Oxford St. N., St. Paul.

More than 250,000 Twin Cities residents live within one mile of the I-94 trench. Air pollution in these communities is more than 3x higher than what is deemed unhealthy by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. It is time to build a future that repairs the harms of the highway in our community.

Hear from industry experts and about how air pollution from the highway affects Twin Cities residents & learn about a once-in-a-generation opportunity our community has to fix the highway for good through the Twin Cities Boulevard project.

Join Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate and Our Streets Minneapolis to face the harms of the highway head-on and imagine a better future for the people of the Twin Cities.

Food will be provided. Masking is encouraged.

Visit twincitiesboulevard.org to learn more and take action.

5.  Earth Science Tutor Position at University of Minnesota

The Lindahl Academic Center at the University of Minnesota is hiring students to be Earth Science tutors for summer 2022.  They are looking for tutors for “ESCI 1011 Earth and its Environment” – Physical processes that shape the earth;  volcanoes, earthquakes, pate tectonics, glaciers, rivers.

More information and application process.

Questions?  Contact Ethan Fenske, Tutor Coordinator, at fensk064@umn.edu.

6.   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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