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Two Internships with the City of Minneapolis

July 22, 2015MadelineGeneral, Graduate News, Undergraduate NewsComments Off on Two Internships with the City of Minneapolis

Two student jobs are open with the City of Minneapolis: one in “Climate, Energy, and Environment,” and one in “Local Food Policy.” Each internship begins in September and lasts one year.

Student Internship – Climate, Energy, and Environment 2015-2016

Minneapolis Sustainability
Applications due August 7th, 5 pm

The Minneapolis Sustainability Office is seeking to fill a part-time paid internship position (15-20 hours per week) to assist with all aspects of environmental policy beginning in September of 2015. This position will support the work of Program Coordinators and Sustainability Director. The duration of the position will be one year.

Responsibilities will include conducting case study research, preparing written and graphic materials for public and technical audiences, assisting with meeting logistics and facilitation, maintaining and upgrading the Sustainability website, and other duties as assigned. Key projects for 2015-2016 include the an update of environmental indicators that are part of the City’s Community Indicators, production of the quarterly Sustainability Newsletter, and support of other key projects like the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership and Green Zones policy development.

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with climate change and urban sustainability and/or environmental justice issues, strong writing, research and analytic skills, and experience with community engagement/meeting facilitation and web content management systems. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint are essential, and experience with ArcGIS is preferred. A student seeking a master’s degree in natural resources, urban planning, public policy or related fields is preferred.

The Minneapolis Sustainability Office is responsible for tracking the City’s progress on established sustainability metrics, advancing sustainability policy initiatives, pursuing and managing partnerships on environmental initiatives, and staffing the City’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission, Food Policy Council, Clean Energy Partnership and Energy Vision Advisory Committee. Work is fast-paced, and includes a variety of topics from across the spectrum of urban sustainability. Sustainability Office staff support the City’s vision to become a more sustainable, equitable, and thriving community.

Application Instructions

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to brendon.slotterback@minneapolismn.gov by 5 pm, August 7th. Find more information about Minneapolis Sustainability at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability.

 

Student Internship – Local Food Policy 2015-2016

Minneapolis Sustainability
Applications due August 7, 2015

The Minneapolis Sustainability Office is seeking to fill a part-time paid internship position (15-20 hours per week) to assist with local food policy and Homegrown Minneapolis efforts beginning in September of 2015. This position will support the work of the Homegrown Minneapolis/Local Food Policy Coordinator. The duration of the position will be one year.

Responsibilities will include conducting research, preparing written and graphic materials for public and technical audiences, assisting with meeting and event logistics, maintaining and upgrading the Homegrown Minneapolis website, helping produce the monthly Homegrown Minneapolis Newsletter and other duties as assigned. Some key projects for 2015-16 include supporting the work of the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council including recruitment, outreach and the Annual Open house; and support of other key research and projects related to the local food economy, healthy food access, urban agriculture system needs and farmers markets.

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with food systems, urban sustainability and/or environmental justice issues, strong writing, research and analytic skills, and experience with web content management systems. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint are essential and experience with ArcGIS is preferred. A student seek health, urban planning, public policy or related fields is preferred.

The Minneapolis Sustainability Office is responsible for tracking the City’s progress on established sustainability metrics, advancing sustainability policy initiatives, pursuing and managing partnerships on environmental initiatives, and staffing the City’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission, Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council, Clean Energy Partnership and Energy Vision Advisory Committee. Work is fast-paced, and includes a variety of topics from across the spectrum of urban sustainability. Sustainability Office staffsupport the City’s vision to become a more sustainable, equitable, and thriving community.

Application Instructions

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to Tamara.DownsSchwei@minneapolismn.gov by August 7th. Find more information about Homegrown Minneapolis at www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/homegrown

 

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Student Job Opening: Climate Change and Natural Resource Management

July 17, 2015MadelineFaculty News, General, Graduate News, Undergraduate NewsComments Off on Student Job Opening: Climate Change and Natural Resource Management

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Position: Student Worker- Climate Change and Natural Resource Management

Agency: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Work Location: MN DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN

Salary: $12.82-$13.93/hr

Anticipated Start Date: September 8th 2015

Term: September 8, 2015 to December 31, 2015 (may be extended through May 31st 2016)

Required Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in an education program or planning to enroll within three months at a university or college (3rd or 4th year) or graduate students in a university or college. Students enrolled at a credit granting institution must carry at least nine quarter (6 semester) credits. Students enrolled at a non-credit granting institution must take two or more classes. Major or degree must be directly related to field of study (botany, zoology, ecology, fisheries, wildlife, conservation biology, natural resource management, or related field).
  •  Knowledge and experience with standard literature review techniques, and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications: B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Ecology, or related field. Knowledge of climate impacts on natural resources. Prior completion of independent research project.

Description: This position will provide support related to climate change science, communication, and planning for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife. Primary responsibilities are to 1)prepare reports and resources on climate change and 2) provide support to staff engaged in climate planning. The student will work directly with staff with expertise in climate change, policy, and planning. This position provides the opportunity to increase their technical knowledge on the issue and roles and responsibilities of a state agency in natural resource management. Work hours are flexible, but 10-15 hours (Fall/Spring semester), between 8:00am and 4:30pm, are expected.

How to apply: please e-mail a resume/C.V., cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for 3 references as a .pdf file to Olivia LeDee (olivia.ledee@state.mn.us)

To ensure consideration, applications must be received by August 14th, 2015

Questions: contact Olivia LeDee (651-259-5201; olivia.ledee@state.mn.us)

 

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Students: Attend the AASHE Conference this Year

June 30, 2015MadelineFeatured, General, Graduate News, Undergraduate NewsComments Off on Students: Attend the AASHE Conference this Year

UMD Sustainability AASHE

 

Why should a student go to AASHE?

  • Share strategies with other sustainability activists and professionals from around the world
  • Learn about career options in sustainability
  • Develop valuable networking skills
  • Make professional connections that can lead to career opportunities
  • Meet sustainability celebrities
  • Widen your understanding of environmental and sustainability issues, challenges, and solutions

AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) draws attendees from several countries with diverse roles at their home institutions. Many are enthusiastic undergraduates employed by their colleges’ sustainability offices or departments, while others are passionate student volunteers and activists for their campuses and communities.

My story

As an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, few experiences were more valuable to my career development than attending the AASHE Conferences in 2013 and 2014. Some professional skills are better taught in a gathering of a thousand potential colleagues rather than a classroom. As a student attendee, I was able to practice networking and presenting research while absorbing knowledge through everything from formal seminars to casual conversations during lunch.

The AASHE conference provided a wonderful opportunity to converse with students of surprisingly different backgrounds from my own. One morning I found myself in a roundtable discussion with several residents of southern California. No matter what sustainability issues were brought up, our conversation constantly gravitated toward water conservation. As an environmental management student, I certainly understood the importance of water conservation, but as a Minnesotan, I had never spoken with a group who discussed it at such length and with such alarm. It was an excellent reminder that sustainability issues vary substantially with geography, and some of the most pressing national or global issues may be unappreciated where they are not in plain sight. This was just one of many eye-opening conversations I had at AASHE, from hidden aspects of Kentucky’s coal industry to live-saving agricultural innovations in the Global South.

This October, even more Minnesota students can be as fortunate as I was. The conference is coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center, substantially cutting the cost of attendance for Minnesota students. Sustainability Education is looking for enthusiastic students to represent the University of Minnesota for this year’s conference, and I would urge any aspiring sustainability professional to seize the opportunity.

Apply Here

Incoming freshmen are encouraged to apply!

Funding may be available through the SUA Coca-Cola Grant Program. Contact Mary Oldham (oldha012@umn.edu) with questions about this grant. You may also be able to obtain funding from your academic department.

 

Photo Credit: University of Minnesota Duluth Office of Sustainability (Twitter)

Attend the Paris Climate Talks

June 15, 2015MadelineFaculty News, General, Undergraduate NewsComments Off on Attend the Paris Climate Talks

Paris

Do you want to be in Paris this fall, at the exact moment when world leaders are negotiating the terms of a global climate change agreement?  If you say yes, then please fill out a VERY SHORT (200 words plus your resume or CV or just your list of qualifications) application for this once-in-a-lifetime study abroad opportunity.

APPLY HERE

Job in Policy Research (Freshwater Society)

June 9, 2015MadelineGeneral, Graduate News, Undergraduate NewsComments Off on Job in Policy Research (Freshwater Society)

Freshwater Society is looking for a student or recent graduate to assist with research and writing related to Minnesota water issues. This intern will work closely with a team who is working on current issues related to groundwater availability and non-point source pollution related to agriculture. (freshwater.org)

For more information and to apply, see the job announcement below:

Policy Research Position (pdf)

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.