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Sustainability Education

Students Welcome at 25th Annual Transportation Research Conference

light rail

On Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22, experts will convene at the St. Paul River Center for the Transportation Research Conference to present on the future of transportation in the midst of major sustainability concerns. Key topics will include the practicality of cars, climate change, and the community benefits of public transportation. For more information, view the official announcement.

Students are encouraged to attend at the deeply discounted cost of $20 for the entire conference.

All Register here.

Forest Service and NWF Jobs and Fellowship

Superior National Forest

Check out these two great opportunities in sustainability! (scroll down for NWF Fellowship information)
Job Title:Social Services Assistant (YCC Group Leader)

Department:Department Of Agriculture Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:14-TEMP110903-042047LS-DT

SALARY RANGE: $15.15 to $15.15 / Per Hour
OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 to Tuesday, May 06, 2014
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0186-05
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time – Temporary
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 05
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy – Blackduck, MN View Map
WHO MAY APPLY: US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Other
SUPERVISORY STATUS: No

 

JOB SUMMARY: A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation’s most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.   It’s an awesome responsibility – but the rewards are as limitless as the views. This position is temporary and has a Not-to-Exceed date. However, an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.   This position provides work direction for Youth Conservation Corps Enrollees. The incumbent operates as instructor and leader in conservation work projects for 5-10 enrollees.   This position is located in Region 9 on a National Forest in Blackduck, MN.    For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Patti Jean Hines at 218-835-3113 or phines@fs.fed.us. Apply here

 

National Wildlife Federation Fellowship

New in 2013, the program has expanded to provide fellowship opportunities not only to current students, but also to post-graduate, young professionals (ages 21-35) interested in career development and leadership opportunities within the conservation movement.  The program is an extension of NWF’s successful Campus Ecology Fellows Program.  Throughout the fellowship term, selected applicants are provided leadership opportunities through NWF and our state affiliate organizations, seed funding for their entrepreneurial efforts, additional leadership and skills trainings, and a diverse support network of peers and mentors.

2014 Fellowships 

This year, the Emerging Leader Fellowship program will be a one-year intensive leadership development program for 10select young professionals and 10 college students interested in leadership opportunities, additional skill trainings, and support from a diverse network of peers and mentors. The focus of this year’s fellowship will be on leadership and professional development, providing in-depth development opportunities throughout the program in lieu of a monetary stipend. By focusing on intense leadership and professional development, skills learned can be used in a wide range of settings to advance career and educational objectives.

Perks and Privileges:
  • Professional development training and networking throughout fellowship term;
  • Possibility of academic credit for successful completion of the project, as an independent study or integration of fellowship project into course curricula
  • In-Person intensive leadership training
  • Opportunities to represent NWF at conferences and events related to your fellowship
  • Support in identifying funds for your work or project
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with the training facilitator(s)
  • Strategic and administrative support for your project from NWF Staff

Deadline for applications for the 2014 class of Fellows is May 14, 2014 APPLY FOR A STUDENT FELLOWSHIP     APPLY FOR A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL FELLOWSHIP   http://www.nwf.org/Campus-Ecology/Get-Involved/Apply-for-a-Fellowship.aspx

Apply to be on the Big 10 Real Food Challenge Leadership Team!

April 18, 2014Elizabeth HokeResources, Undergraduate NewsComments Off

The Big Ten Real Food Challenge Leadership Team is currently accepting applications. Supported by the largest national student organization dedicated to food sustainability and justice, Leadership Team members will have the unique opportunity to make a big impact on the food system by working to leverage the purchasing power of Big Ten universities. Leadership Team members will receive community-building and leadership training as well as one-on-one coaching.

The application deadline is April 30th and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a conference call interest meeting on April 23rd at 7 pm CST. More information and application details are attached. Send an email to katie@realfoodchallenge.org for call-in details.

Leadership Team Activities and Responsibilities:
• Build a learning & organizing community, in-person and remotely, with the support of
Real Food Challenge staff
• Cooperatively research and publish a report examining the impact potential of Big Ten universities becoming Real Food Campus Commitment signatories
• Help plan and facilitate a Big Ten campaign-launch event in Fall 2014

Training and Support:
All Leadership Team members will receive:
• In-depth webinar workshop series on campus food systems, student organizing, large-scale strategic campaign planning, and the Real Food Challenge (May-June)
• Community-building and leadership training at an in-person Leadership Team retreat (August)
• Rigorous leadership development support and hands-on experience with participatory research
• One-on-one coaching and mentorship from experienced Real Food Challenge staff
• The opportunity to apply for the second phase of the program (January-June 2015)

Qualifications:
• Currently enrolled student at a Big Ten university
• Ability to commit 2-4 hours/week to the program, from May-December 2014
• Interest in food systems, social justice, student power, participatory research, strategic campaign planning, event-planning, and/or community organizing
• Excitement about creating something HUGE: shifting millions of Big Ten dining dollars to Real Food!
• Team Applications of two or more individuals from a single school are highly encouraged (each member of the team should submit a separate application)

Internships with Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

April 18, 2014MadelineEvents, General, Undergraduate NewsComments Off

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About MCEA

MCEA’s effective, credible, and innovative leadership is essential in creating workable solutions to difficult environmental issues and in taking direct action to hold lawmakers, regulators, and polluters accountable.  Since its founding in 1974, MCEA has been at the forefront of every major environmental success story in Minnesota.
For almost 40 years, MCEA has worked at the legislature, in the courts, and with public agencies to enact, strengthen, and enforce smart environmental laws. MCEA is the only Minnesota environmental organization with both practicing lawyers and scientists on board with expertise in water quality, transit, and natural resources.

 

GIS Intern

MCEA is looking for a GIS Intern to work directly with the GIS Specialist on projects related to water quality, land use & transit, and mining. Projects may vary from high-quality cartographic production to on-screen digitizing to data gathering. The intern will also conduct research and assist the GIS Specialist in developing various models and/or analyzing demographic data and/or trends.

MCEA’s GIS Specialist is located in Saint Paul, but is willing to work with interns from a distance given they have access to a computer with Microsoft Suite and ArcGIS. MCEA is looking for summer interns. All internships will be unpaid. Please provide Kody Thurnau, GIS Specialist, with your resume and letter of interest via e-mail (kthurnau@mncenter.org). Visit MCEA’s website to learn more about our involvement in protecting Minnesota’s environment (mncenter.org).

 

Social Media and Communications Intern

Location: Twin Cities Metro  Area Area: Environment
Category: Public Relations and Marketing Closing  Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern, Volunteer  Hours: 10 hours/week during summer 2014

Primary Duties:
Do you have social media savvy, a penchant for the political and a passion for the environment?
As MCEA’s Social Media and Communications Intern, you can help strengthen and expand the organization’s online presence while gaining firsthand experience in creative online marketing.
Duties include
• Strengthen MCEA’s social media presence including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, etc
• Engage current followers and build new community members on social media channels
• Create content for social media profiles
• Conduct an environmental scan to research best practices for social media and other communication with like-minded organizations
• Explore video social media platforms for use within MCEA
• Contribute to MCEA’s Constant Contact e-news
• Review and recommend mobile giving strategies

Qualifications: 
Preferred qualifications include excellent writing skills, experience leveraging online media for marketing purposes, basic experience with CMS platforms, knowledge of design and video editing software, and an interest in the mission of MCEA.  MCEA welcomes individuals working toward a degree in Journalism or Communications, have solid written and oral communication skills and ability to juggle multiple tasks. Computer proficiency required (MS Office, Word, Excel).

Approximately 10 hour/week commitment for the summer. Hours very flexible, some work can be done remotely.

This internship is unpaid.

Located in downtown Saint Paul.  Meter or ramp parking available.  One block from bus and LRT access.

How To Apply:
Please provide resume and one page cover letter as to why you think you are the best candidate for the position tokbastian@mncenter.org. No calls, please.

 

Development and Events Intern

Location: Twin Cities Metro Area Area: Environment
Category: Fundraising Closing  Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern, Volunteer Hours: 10 hours/week during summer 2014

About MCEA
MCEA’s effective, credible, and innovative leadership is essential in creating workable solutions to difficult environmental issues and in taking direct action to hold lawmakers, regulators, and polluters accountable.  Since its founding in 1974, MCEA has been at the forefront of every major environmental success story in Minnesota.
For almost 40 years, MCEA has worked at the legislature, in the courts, and with public agencies to enact, strengthen, and enforce smart environmental laws. MCEA is the only Minnesota environmental organization with both practicing lawyers and scientists on board with expertise in water quality, transit, and natural resources.

Primary Duties:
Do you have an interest in learning to support special events or enjoy the thrill of raising money?  Then join the development team at MCEA for the summer. The duties of the Development and Events Intern include:
• Assistance in planning and implementation of the 40th anniversary event, Legally Green, to be held in October 2014
• Research and recommend potential “green” companies to consider for event sponsorship
• Participate in the Legally Green planning committee which meets monthly
• Identify and recruit day of the event volunteers to help with event set up and mechanics
• Explore “out of the box” advertising and marketing opportunities to increase event attendance.

Qualifications: 
Preferred qualifications include solid written and verbal skills,  experience in past event management experience,  willingness to make calls to prospects to determine potential mission alignment, and an interest in the mission of MCEA.  MCEA welcomes individuals working toward a degree in business, marketing, nonprofit management, or organizational development with ability to juggle multiple tasks. Computer proficiency required (MS Office, Word, Excel). Knowledge of donor softwares helpful (Raiser’s Edge, DonorPro, GiftMaker Pro, Salesforce, Neon, Civic CRM, etc.)

Approximately 10 hour/week commitment for the summer. Hours very flexible, some work can be done remotely.

This internship is unpaid.

Located in downtown Saint Paul.  Meter or ramp parking available.  One block from bus and LRT access.

How To Apply:
Please provide resume and one page cover letter as to why you think you are the best candidate for the position toasarver@mncenter.org. No calls, please.

Sustainability Internship at Miller Coors

April 18, 2014MadelineGeneral, Undergraduate NewsComments Off

The Miller Coors beer company is seeking a sustainability intern at its Milwaukee location. Visit the Miller Coors job site to apply.

Milwaukee
Sustainability Intern
Public Affairs & Communications
MillerCoors is built upon a foundation of more than 288 years of brewing heritage. It is a legacy driven by our founders to brew the highest quality beers, and a commitment that continues today. Our vision is to create America’s best beer company by driving profitable growth. And we insist on building our brands the right way through quality brewing, responsible marketing, and a commitment to sustainable development and community investments. We’re building a true team of highly talented people. People who are passionate about the beer business, who love to win and have a desire to learn, and who always aim to amaze customers by doing the little things that make a big difference.
Summer Internship Opportunity with MillerCoorsThe role will involve various departmental research and strategic planning assignments under the direction of the Director Sustainability. The role will include regular and frequent communication with members of the Public Affairs and Communications Organization, including Responsibility, Sustainability, Community Commerce and Communications; research and writing on issues of substantive importance in Sustainability; interaction and education of consumers on drunk driving prevention and  recycling of used beverage containers; organization and coordination of internal meetings; and participation in meetings with external organizations.
  • Excellent academic credentials.  Ideal candidate will be a student currently enrolled in Bachelor’s Degree or Graduate School program that focuses on Corporate Citizenship, Sustainability, Supply Chain Management or Public Policy.
  • Experience in and knowledge of Sustainability, including Responsibility and Environmental Stewardship.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to compile and prepare PowerPoint slides and excellent presentation skills.
  • Ability to work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Ability to travel and flexible work schedule, including occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Prior experience in a corporate business environment, whether as an intern or as an employee is a plus.
ADMINISTRATION
The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

SUSTAINABILITY CLASSES
The University of Minnesota offers sustainability courses in most of its colleges and campuses around the state. These courses encompass biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, design, engineering, business, and health. The Sustainability Studies minor is one of several interdisciplinary programs through which such diverse courses come together.