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Sustainability Education

Summer Credits at WEI’s Organic Farm

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Experiential learning course teaches methods of organic farming in a feminist environmentalist framework. Learn, farm, and eat together!

Open to All Students

U of M Students Register through GWSS

(All other college students contact Tracy Deutsch (see below))

Course Description

GWSS 3290 is a 3-week special summer session course coordinated and taught by Jacquelyn Zita, Farm Manager and Director of Education at the Women’s Environmental Institute and Emeritus Professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota.  This study will include practical hands-on learning of farm skills for organically certified farming and also experience working on the Amador Hill farm crew. The experience will be framed by readings on the global food system, history of agriculture in the U.S., and biology and science of organic farming, and literature drawn from food studies, agriculture studies and critical race and gender studies.The farm-based educational components of this class will include the specifics of greenhouse care, soil care, field management, pest and weed identification, forest foraging, aquaponic fish and vermiculture care , and intensive microgreen and mushroom production.  In addition students will learn how to cook and prepare meals with fresh farm produce, how to save seed, how to grow soil from compost, how to preserve food for winter, and how to live-with-the-farm during the challenges of seasonal and climate change. All students will have an opportunity to participate in WEI’s booth at the Mill City Farmer’s Market or the North Branch Farmer’s Market and in one of WEI’s urban farm projects.

Students will register for three credits through the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Students from other colleges and universities may also register for the class; contact Tracey Deutsch at for more information on this option.

Student may elect to extend their credits through a directed studies contract with the instructor, particularly if that enables them to access financial aid.  These projects must be related to WEI’s work and mission as an organically certified training farm and would be due before the end of summer, August 28.  Approval of directed studies contracts from the instructor is required.

Professor/farmer Jacquelyn Zita will serve as site supervisor and academic supervisor for enrolled students.

Residency at the WEI Eco-Retreat Center will run from Monday evening to mid-afternoon Friday.  Each day will include morning and early afternoon farming, study and readings (all readings on reserve in the WEI library), class discussions and technical workshops, journal writing and research for a special project, and the experience of cooking and living together. Students will be expected to complete all assigned readings and writing assignments, complete a special group project of their own design relevant to the on-going activities at the Amador Hill Farm, and work with the farm crew 26 hours per week. A typical week in GWSS 3290 will include a meeting in the Twin Cities Monday late afternoon (prior to the WEI’s Organic Farm School class at the Birchwood Café in South Minneapolis 6:00-8:30 p.m.)  Residency at the WEI Eco-Retreat Center will run from late Monday evening to mid-afternoon Friday.  Students are not allowed to stay at WEI over the weekends.  Course fee of $1400 covers meals, living expenses, and instructional materials while in residence.

Course Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of the biological and ecological knowledge for running a four-season agro-ecological organically certified farm
  • To learn the skills, team building and the knowledge needed to meet the challenge of working on a rigorous and high-functioning farm crew.
  • To understand the larger social context of food politics, organic farming, the history of agriculture and the food system.
  • To develop food and farming literacy and a lifelong set of skills for sustainable living, including cooking, storing, preserving, and enjoying fresh, organic sustenance.
  • To make connections between farming, food and environmental justice in a feminist gender studies framework


  • Early morning to early afternoon work on the farm with training sessions and participation on regular farm crew; hands-on farmer training.  30%
  • Participation in class discussions and sharing from journal 10%
  • Short papers on reading guided questions.  30%
  • Work on student group project. 20%
  • One day at the farmer’s markets. 5%
  • Participation in household, menu planning, cooking and clean up duties. 5%

Students will be expected to keep a journal on their experience and learning goals to be shared with the class


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Summer Jobs with Urban Research & Outreach-Engagement Center

May 8, 2015MadelineFeatured, General, Graduate News, Undergraduate NewsComments Off on Summer Jobs with Urban Research & Outreach-Engagement Center


Juniors, Seniors and Grad Students

The Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) is hiring for multiple positions this summer, with several positions presenting an opportunity to continue into the fall semester.  They are particularly looking for juniors, seniors and grad students that may have interest in the following opportunities. Apply here.

Northside Achievement Zone Community Survey

  • Part-Time Data Collector
    • Open to all students and community members
    • 20 hours/week this summer
    • Up to $14/hour

Mapping the Demand for Sex with Trafficking People in Minnesota

  • .5 GRA’s
    • Summer and fall/spring 2015-2016
    • $18+tuition benefits during the fall/spring semesters
  • Project Research Assistant
    • 10-20 hours/week this summer
    • Up to $18/hour

Nice Ride Neighborhood, Wheel Being, and Equity and Bike Sharing Evaluation

  • .5 GRA’s
    • Summer and fall 2015
    • $18+tuition benefits during the fall semester
  • Part-Time Data Collector
    • 10-20 hours/week this summer and fall
    • Up to $18/hour

Northside Achievement Zone NAZ – Family Academy Curriculum and Model Development

  • .5 GRA’s
    • Summer and fall/spring 2015-2016
    • $18+tuition benefits during the fall/spring semesters

Capacity-building for YPAR on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth

  • Part-Time Data Collector
    • 10-20 hours/week this summer and fall
    • Up to $18/hour

UROC GRA’s – Writing/Documentation/Research

  • .5 GRA’s and .25 GRA’s
    • Summer and fall/spring 2015-2016
    • $18+tuition benefits during the fall/spring semesters


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Internships with Urban Oasis: Summer and Fall 2015

May 8, 2015MadelineGeneral, Undergraduate NewsComments Off on Internships with Urban Oasis: Summer and Fall 2015

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Urban Oasis is an up-and-coming food justice organization in St. Paul. Since its inception in 2013, it has worked to establish community and cross-cultural education through food-based learning events. Moving forward it hopes to become a year-round source of fresh foods and provide affordable cooking classes.

For more info and to apply contact:

Urban Oasis Marketing and Communications Intern

Help shape the narrative at the forefront of the local food movement. We are seeking an experienced individual with exceptional organization and communication skills to serve as a marketing intern on the Marketing and Communications team. This person will conduct research projects to help the team launch marketing, communications, and public relations campaigns. You’ll develop writing clips for your portfolio as you work with our experienced marketing director, who has executed campaigns for clients and advertising agencies in a wide variety of industries. And you’ll get a chance to work with our energetic staff who are passionate about changing the local food system.

Urban Oasis Food Systems Intern

The Administrative team will coordinate an internship to advance research and program support to make our entire team more effective. Our Food Systems interns help coordinate our exciting summer Railgating opportunity during St. Paul Saints games at their CHS Field in Lowertown. Interns may also provides additional support to our Healthy Meal­Making program, a 10­week cooking class for adults.

Children’s Lead intern for Healthy Meals in a SNAP!

Make an impact on children through our healthy food curriculum this summer! During our Healthy Meals in a SNAP! (HSNAP) program for SNAP participants we offer a separate children’s curriculum while parents are learning new healthy meal­making skills. We need experienced volunteers to lead the 10­week children’s class and support the teachers. Our lead intern will coordinate and run the HSNAP children’s program from June 18th ­ Aug 20th, managing the support volunteers and the curriculum for students ages 5 ­ 18. Public Health Field Placement​­ Fall 2015 Join Urban Oasis staff as we nourish consumers in our cooking classes! Our Healthy Meal Making Program (HMMP) is looking for a Public Health student to do follow­up interviews and evaluation with HMMP pilot participants. This professional placement can be coordinated for credit through the School of Public Health. As we support healthy eaters who are building on their kitchen strengths, this field placement will help provide critical data to help shape our ongoing programming.

Tonight Only! Food Chains Screening

May 7, 2015Elizabeth HokeEvents, film series, General, Undergraduate NewsComments Off on Tonight Only! Food Chains Screening

As spring semester winds down, we finally have time to watch Netflix, bike around our beautiful city, and get going on all of those cool projects we meant to do last summer. If only there was something to do tonight…

Oh, yeah! The final installment of the 5th Annual Sustainability Film Series is tonight! Don’t worry; we wouldn’t let you forget.

Come on down to the Bell Museum tonight for a 6:30 showing of Food Chains, a film documenting the hunger strike farmworkers launched against the Publix supermarket corporate machine in Florida a few years ago. Get educated on the exploitation that brings you your bananas and the wage theft that makes your coffee so cheap.

Sustainability angles spend plenty of time talking about the soil, chemicals, and preservatives that touch our food. It’s time we start thinking about and caring for the hands that pick it as well.

RSVP here: Food Chains Facebook Event!

New Internship Opportunities

April 17, 2015MadelineGeneral, Undergraduate NewsComments Off on New Internship Opportunities


The USDA FOREST SERVICE HAS ANNOUNCED TWO INTERNSHIPS in natural resource management. The internships are being offered through the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in partnership with the Alaska Region of the Forest Service Regional Partnership Office and the Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab. Both positions are for 12 weeks, beginning June 1, 2015 and are eligible for: $100/week stipend and $25/week commuting allowance. Government housing and/or housing allowance may be available.


U.S. FOREST SERVICE PARTNERSHIP & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INTERNSHIP will have the opportunity to work with dozens of organizations across Alaska, helping expand the Forest Service’s capacity to work with partners. This position will be eligible for an AmeriCorps education award of $1,493 upon certification of successful completion. The partnership position may include coordinating training events; conducting surveys of current and potential Forest Service partners in Alaska; collaborating with Forest Service Public Affairs staff on a range of digital media products, including video shorts profiling successful partnerships in the Alaska Region, blogs, and social media campaigns. Specific responsibilities will reflect the incumbent’s specific experience, training, and interests. For more information on this position, contact George Schaaf at 907-957-0904. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to with “SCA Application” in the email subject.


The JUNEAU FORESTRY SCIENCES LAB RESEARCH INTERNSHIP is a rare opportunity to work with social and biophysical scientists on studies that combine natural, social and cultural sciences to explore the human effects of climate change. The research position may include coordinating and assisting with summarizing research reports, conducting internet searches, reading journal articles and research reports and organizing and reporting findings. There may also be an opportunity to assist a graduate student in collecting data by interviewing visitors to various sites around Juneau. For more information on this position, contact Linda Kruger at (907) 586-7814. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to lkruger@fs.fed.uswith “SCA Application” in the email subject.


WRANGELL MOUNTAIN CENTER is hiring for the following internship or work-trade opportunities:
GENERAL INTERNSHIP – Help out with all aspects of operations. Intern will be responsible for cooking for large groups of people; helping to maintain organic garden; assisting with manual labor including cleaning, composting, and water pumping; ensuring a warm and well-organized environment for staff and program participants; providing administrative support including program marketing; orienting participants, guests, and students to the systems and customs of the WMC.
GARDEN INTERNSHIP – The Garden Intern is responsible for managing the food production and harvest from the WMC gardens and greenhouse. He/she will be coordinate planting, growing, harvesting, and preparing food (when applicable). He/she will work under the guidance of local expert gardeners. In exchange the Garden Intern will travel approximately bi-monthly to the mentor’s property to assist them. The season runs from approximately May 10 – September 10. Interns are expected to work approximately 30 hours a week in exchange for room and board. The Wrangell Mountains Center is an equal opportunity employer. For full job descriptions, go to


SPRING CREEK FARM INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for SUMMER 2015 a project of Alaska Pacific University located in Palmer. The position runs from the beginning of May to the end of September. Flexibility around a university schedule is possible for the right applicant. Interns are required to work 32 hours per week. During this time they will participate in all aspects of small scale sustainable farming, from greenhouse propagation to selling our produce at market and everywhere in between.Compensation: Private 8×10 wall tent, farm veggies, and a $300/ month educational stipend. Accommodations: Interns are housed on the farm, in wall tents, and supplied with a cot or air mattress. Interns will have full access to a shared house with bathrooms, kitchen, computer lab, washing machine/dryer and indoor living space. Everyone is expected to share in the routine clean-up and care of the house. The farm is 3 miles from downtown Palmer. Regular trips to town are made for supplies and socializing.


Requirements: The ideal candidate is passionate about the food movement, can lift 50 pounds, and has a willingness to work hard in the field rain or shine. Some farming or gardening experience is preferred but not required. Preference will be given to Alaskans with a bachelor’s degree.
Application: Please send three references, a resume and cover letter to: Megan Talley For more information, go to


**PART-TIME, TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE for a GIS PROJECT to map a city’s water, sewer, and stormwater systems in ArcGIS at Solstice Alaska Consulting, Inc. (Solstice. The employee would work for no more than 4 hours per day for a period of approximately 2-3 months, depending on the final scope of the project. This position would begin immediately or as determined upon the applicant’s availability to begin. Work would be conducted onsite in Anchorage, and all equipment would be provided. Some training would be provided. This is a paid position. Compensation will be discussed upon application. Requirements: Demonstrated ArcGIS experience and/or coursework. Third year/junior level coursework completed, including ArcGIS 268 or equivalent (preferred). Ability to travel to an Anchorage-based office location. The applicant is expected to provide his/her own transportation to the office location. Availability to work no more than 4 hours per day for 2-3 months. To Apply: Applicants will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should apply by email to Robin Reich at with the following information. An email that details your interest in and availability for this work and a résumé that includes ArcGIS qualifications. Note to Interested Students: Applicants are not required to be current students in order to apply for this position; however, students are encouraged to apply. If the applicant is a student, the employer is open to this position being leveraged as an internship or career-building experience if the student works independently with its associated college or university to seek credit as required by the individual school’s policies or career service center. See for additional information.


**SEASONAL SUMMER CAMP ASSISTANT for the Alaska Zoo Education Department. This seasonal, full-time position involves aiding the Camp Coordinators in the smooth running of Summer Adventure camps. Candidate must possess the ability to work well individually and as a team, and must be comfortable working with and around all age groups, especially children. Excellent communication, organization and time management skills are a must. Candidate must have a clean background and submit to a full background check, in addition to holding a valid Alaska driver’s license. Work hours will vary with some evenings and weekends required based on program schedules. This position will be hired to work through the end of August and the pay is $10/hour. Interested parties should email a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Hartman


MARINE MAMMAL TECHNICIAN – One (1) temporary position is available with the CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT of MILITARY LANDS (CEMML) at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Anchorage. The technician will assist with monitoring and management of marine mammals (primarily the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale) in Knik Arm and Eagle River. Minimum Qualifications: U.S. citizenship. BS/BA degree in marine biology, biology, ecology, natural resources, wildlife, fisheries or related field. Ability to traverse rough terrain and work outdoors in weather extremes. Valid driver’s license. Appointment is contingent on successful completion of a background check. Desirable Qualifications
Flexibility in work hours, including weekends. Experience working with endangered species. Experience monitoring marine mammals, especially land-based visual monitoring. Experience conducting behavioral observations of cetaceans. Experience operating a small boat in coastal Alaskan waters (or similar cold water, extreme tide environment). Experience working with passive acoustic monitoring equipment (dipping hydrophones, C-POD, Decimus, etc). Experience working with active sonar (DIDSON). Ability to work extended hours alone in bear country. Experience performing data entry and management. Experience working on a military installation. Duration: Temporary positions with Colorado State University – CEMML are limited in duration and the availability of funding. Seasonal positions will last approximately 5.5 months, starting early June 2015(dates are somewhat flexible and coordinated with JBER marine mammal lead). Pay Rate: Pay rate is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Range: $17 – $20.71/hr and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Continuation of the position is dependent on the receipt of funding from the sponsor for marine mammal efforts at JBER. To Apply: Email a resume, contact information for three (3) references, college transcripts (unofficial OK), and a brief cover letter describing your qualifications for this position to ATTN: Ms. Cassandra Schoofs,


Research Associate, at For more information concerning the position, contact Christopher Garner at closes on May 1.


PLEASE NOTE: Travel expenses to Alaska will NOT be paid. NO housing will be provided. Duration of position is dependent on continuation of funding for marine mammal projects. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a telephone interview. If selected, applicants will need to undergo and pass a background check online or by mail before they can officially be offered the position.


ALASKA CENTER for the ENVIRONMENT (ACE) is hiring FULL-TIME, SUMMER POSITIONS for a CANVASS TEAM. We will be working on high energy, faced paced conservation campaigns throughout the state alongside volunteers, organizers, and conservation leaders! Must be outgoing and willing to talk to a wide range of Alaskans about controversial issues and have the ability to work evenings. Pay is dependent on experience. Interviews and hiring will occur on a rolling basis. Please email ACE’s Canvass Director, Kati Ward, at with questions. To apply, send your resume and cover letter


COPPER RIVER WATERSHED PROJECT is seeking an AmeriCorps Volunteer or an Operations Manager. Applications are available at


To see the POSITIONS AVAILABLE at CALYPSO FARM AND ECOLOGY CENTER in Ester, near Fairbanks, go to


YOUTH EMPLOYMENT JOBS IN ANCHORAGE PARKS are now hiring for the summer of 2015. Positions include: YEP Program Assistant (1 position); YEP Project Crew Leader (4 positions); YEP Senior Crew Member (5 positions); and YEP Crew Member (21 positions). For more information about the YEP program, positions, and how to apply, go to All jobs are located in Anchorage.


AMERICORPS VISTA for the ALASKA FOOD POLICY COUNCIL to conduct outreach, coalition development, grant writing and fundraising to further the structure and sustainability of the AFPC. This is a one-year position located with the AK Dept. of Health and Social Services in Anchorage. The AFPC VISTA must be passionate about improving the local food system for all Alaskans. This person must be capable and experienced at working independently. This person must demonstrate leadership, relationship building, written communication, and public speaking skills. Experience and skills in grant writing and fundraising is critical. Experience working with a non-profit agency a plus. A comfortable familiarity with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google, Facebook, and Twitter is needed. Experience in some aspect of the food system (agriculture, fishing, health, hunger, or food industry) would be beneficial. Alaska offers many exciting adventures for outdoor enthusiasts (or those who just appreciate nature’s beauty!) In Anchorage you’ll find all the typical big city amenities with easy access to the wilderness. Benefits include: Monthly living allowance ($1,222), relocation costs ($0.34/mile up to $1000) and settling in allowance ($550), health benefits, child care assistance, training, and an Education Award ($5,730). For more information and to apply for this position, visit:




EDUCATION PROGRAM ASSISTANT: Salary $10/hr. Position will assist the Executive Director and our participating Partners in conducting outdoor education programs, primarily K-12 age group. Responsibilities include: 1. Assist in planning and implementing a variety of summer activities including day hikes, skills workshops, outdoor art projects, science-themed overnight camps, citizen science projects, and volunteer work parties. 2. Plan and present lessons on topics such as boreal forest ecology, salmon life cycle, map reading, plant identification, skins and skulls, etc. 3. Do community outreach and partnership building with native villages, state and federal agencies, other area non-profits, and schools. 4. Program logistics including taking care of equipment, menu planning and food preparation, participant paperwork, land use permissions, and risk management. 5. Assist with citizen science and community based research, including Salmon Blitz and the Willow Creek Research Project. 6. Plan and complete special projects such as: o Develop new lesson plans, curriculum, or activities; o Assemble collections of resources for specific topics; o Write newsletter or newspaper articles


SUMMER TOUR GUIDE/ NATURALIST -Salary will be $17-$20 per hour depending on experience, and tips. Work will be part time to full time, depending on bookings. Naturalist is responsible for conducting Copper River Country Nature Tours (see for additional details). The tour consists of a van ride and nature walks, including subjects on the natural and cultural history of the Copper River Valley. Duties include: 1. Conduct tours, including group presentations, campsite preparation, and equipment maintenance and inventory. Tour group size will be between 2-12 clients. 2. Prepare and deliver unique presentations on the subjects listed above. 3. Drive the tour van between Princess Lodge and the campsite location. 4. Lead clients on nature walks of up to 1.5 miles round trip. 5. Inform clients about safety issues at appropriate points during the tour, including issues relating to the van ride, stops, campsite activities, and the walk.


WILLOW CREEK RESEARCH ASSISTANT Salary $10/hr. The research assistant will work in the Willow Creek Research Project in an effort to determine factors affecting quality and quantity of water in the Willow Creek watershed. The assistant will help in the placement and operation of research equipment and in the gathering and recording of data. Much of the work will take place outdoors, often in wet settings or while standing in flowing water. This position will provide direct experience and training in biological, hydrological, and ecological field research and may prove beneficial should the assistant decide to pursue these or related careers.
Please submit letter of interest to Robin Mayo, WISE, HC60 Bocx 338A, Copper Center, AK 99573. For further details, contact 907-822-3575or email


Photo credit (cropped): Peter Blanchard

The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

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.