Jobs and Internships

Student Internships

Internship in Excellence Program, Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) – various locations

The EREF Internship in Excellence Program offers full-time students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree a unique, hands-on opportunity to experience the world of solid waste management. Interns will work full-time at companies focused on solid waste management, where they will learn to talk trash, understand day-to-day business operations and contribute to the industry. Companies are looking for talented candidates representing a wide range of majors. Upon successful completion of the program and other requirements, interns will be eligible to receive a cash scholarship. For best consideration, apply before December 4.

Education Intern, Madison Audubon Society – Madison, WI

This is a part-time, entry-level position beginning as soon as reasonably possible and continuing through May or June. The ideal candidate will have experience in education, a background in environmental sciences, or both, and will be passionate about connecting children with nature. Primary responsibilities include leading after-school sessions, preparing activities, and coordinating with community centers. This position is paid at a rate of $12 per hour and applications are accepted until position is filled.

Environmental Social Governance Summer Intern, TDS – Madison, WI or Chicago, IL

In partnership with Corporate Relations leadership, the ESG Intern will build awareness and collect data on the Company’s Environmental, Social, and Governance efforts.  The intern’s primary responsibilities include researching and documenting existing Company metrics, processes, and policies to provide support for ESG disclosures. This position will also work to gather data to populate to the Global Reporting Institute (GRI) standards and form requirements. Application deadline not listed.

U.S. Green Building Council Internships – Washington D.C.

The USGBC is hiring a variety of paid and unpaid internships for summer, located at their headquarters in D.C. Positions include: Sustainability Education, State and Local Advocacy, Social Equity Campaigns, Sustainable Facilities Management, Public Policy, and more. Application deadlines vary, see the above link for individual position descriptions.

Entry Level and Professional Jobs


LEED Program Coordinator, Arizona State University – Tempe, AZ

The Capital Programs Management Group seeks a Program Coordinator to provide program and operational support of the LEED program, tracking data for LEED buildings, in addition to performing a variety of administrative tasks of a specialized nature to support the project teams. Responsibilities include providing LEED administrative, operational and business process implementation support, as well as reviewing credentialing management system manuals and other key credentialing documents to maintain currency and compliance with accreditation standards. Application deadline October 22.

Communications Associate, Aldo Leopold Foundation – Baraboo, WI

The Communications Associate is responsible for developing content to engage and grow the foundation’s social communities. Work will require outstanding visual and written communication to accomplish the intended impact and to reflect the brand and mission of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. The Communications Associate will support the work of the Communications and Marketing Coordinator to grow awareness and support for the foundation’s mission and work, increase participation in the organization’s programs with new and diverse audiences, and increase revenue. Application deadline October 27.

Student Engagement Program Manager, UC Davis Office of Sustainability – Davis, CA

The UC Davis Office of Sustainability seeks an experienced Student Engagement Program Manager to oversee UC Davis’ student-funded internal sustainability grants program and develop and manage Office of Sustainability student engagement programs. The successful incumbent will manage and coordinate The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) student-funded sustainability grant program by supporting the TGIF Committee; develop and manage proposal submission, review, and award processes; and will also develop and manage other engagement programs to provide transformative learning and leadership experiences for UC Davis students. Application deadline October 30.

Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, University of Maryland Baltimore County – Baltimore, MD

The Environmental Sustainability Coordinator (ESC) will assist UMBC’s Office of Sustainability with the administration, coordination, development, outreach, and planning of the university’s sustainability efforts. The ESC position will be responsible for programs, events, and communications related to sustainability engagement throughout the university community, including, but not limited to, UMBC Green Office Program, Eco-Ambassadors, Student Sustainability Leadership, event planning, and community outreach; participating in and maintaining a record of the Climate Action Steering Committee (CASC), and associated working groups. Application deadline October 31.

Energy and Sustainability Analyst, OSF Healthcare – Rockford, IL

The Energy Analyst provides technical expertise in the areas of energy management, waste reduction, and water efficiency, as a team leader or team member, during the planning, design, construction, and operations of OSF HealthCare System facilities. In addition, the analyst will support data collection and reporting, lead project implementation, and quantify metrics and results to meet OSF Healthcare System sustainability goals. Application deadline not listed.

Climate Justice Policy Associate – City of Providence, RI

Under the guidance and supervision of the Director of Sustainability, the Climate Justice Policy Associate is responsible for working with frontline communities to advance collective goals and strategies that help Providence become a more just and climate-resilient city. Providence’s frontline communities are communities of color most impacted by the crises of ecology, economy, and democracy, including the Indigenous, African-American, Black, Latinx, and Southeast Asian communities in Providence. There is particular emphasis on people of color who are refugees and immigrants, people with criminal records, those who speak languages other than English, and LGBTQ. Application deadline not listed.



Environmental Sustainability Planner, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission – Lansing, MI

The Environmental Sustainability Planner will be responsible for providing policy recommendations and implementation activities for regional groundwater management to public entities through the Groundwater Management Board (GMB) and coordinating the agency’s groundwater-related programming and planning initiatives. This position is also responsible for providing technical assistance to regional entities, local governments, and agency staff, and facilitating regional discussions and projects that support groundwater management and wellhead protection. Application deadline October 25.

Sustainability Leader, Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) – Madison, WI

EUA is seeking an experienced leader for sustainability in the built environment. Given our AIA 2030 Commitment as well as a broad portfolio of sustainable projects across multiple markets to date, this individual will play an important role in continuing as well as defining future sustainability-related efforts at EUA. Responsibilities include providing leadership and direction to firmwide sustainability efforts and goals and identifying strategies and solutions for clients that improve the performance, sustainability, and resiliency of their project(s). Application deadline not listed.

Senior Water and Agriculture Manager, Ceres – Boston, MA

Ceres’ Water Program seeks to protect freshwater resources by changing the way the world’s largest economic actors value and manage water. Ceres accelerates private sector leadership on water protection through cutting-edge research, investor mobilization, corporate engagement, and advocacy. Ceres hiring a Senior Manager to lead our efforts to influence the largest food sector companies to mitigate the water impacts and increase the resiliency of their agricultural supply chains.  In this role, the Senior Manager will lead a team working with investors and food companies to advance the adoption of agricultural practices that protect freshwater. Application deadline not listed.

Chief Development Officer, Sustainable Conservation – San Francisco, CA

Sustainable Conservation seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Chief Development Officer in leading the organization to its next level of conservation and fiscal success. The leader will build on the organization’s impressive track record and expand Sustainable Conservation’s contributions to conservation throughout California. The Chief Development Officer will exercise leadership and management responsibility in developing fundraising strategies to meet ambitious contributed revenue goals and deepen relationships with existing and potential major donors in California. Application deadline not listed.

Other Opportunities

Smart Cities – Smart Future Competition, Foxconn – Madison, WI

The Smart Cities-Smart Futures Competition encourages open-ended design thinking and concept-generation in order to bring forward the widest range of innovative concepts for enhancing the lives of Wisconsin residents.  This initiative is designed to create an avenue for bringing innovative concepts of all types forward and to be a catalyst that helps energize a “smart future.” New idea categories include mobility, energy, building, safety, healthcare, agri-tech, and manufacturing industries in Wisconsin. First round of submissions due October 20.

Zero-Emission Vehicle Technology Pilot Program – Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation – Wisconsin

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin – Office of Energy Innovation (OEI) is seeking proposals for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Technology Pilot Program. Successful applicants will demonstrate a clear and achievable project that increases deployment of zero-emission vehicle technology. The OEI plans to award approximately $500,000 in US Department of Energy – State Energy Program
funds for this program. Proposal deadline November 8.

Call for Presentations – Wetland Science Conference, Wisconsin Wetlands Association

The Wisconsin Wetlands Association is seeking proposals for oral presentations and posters on wetland research, wetland restoration, and wetland management projects. Presentations on work done in all wetland community types and from around the Midwest region are welcome, as long as the content of the presentation applies to wetlands of Wisconsin. Submissions related to the theme, A Clear Vision for Wetlands, are especially encouraged. Abstract deadline is November 15.

IGNITE Grant Program – UW System

UW System, in collaboration with WiSys, is pleased to offer the Ignite Grant Program to UW System faculty and academic staff for applied research and prototype development. The goal of this funding is to develop advanced human potential and the knowledge economy that employs that potential. In particular, this program promotes technology transfer and economic development throughout Wisconsin and provides for broader impact beyond the state. Intent to submit due December 2.

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship, National Estuarine Research Reserves – Lake Superior, WI or site locations across the U.S.

Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies. These fellowships are where fieldwork, research, and community engagement come together to create the scientific advances that change our communities and our world. Fellows will learn the ability to develop meaningful cross-discipline research projects in conjunction with scientists, community leaders, and other organizations. Application deadline December 20.

Emerging Opportunities Program – The Water Research Foundation

The Emerging Opportunities Program is a Water Research Foundation (WRF) research program formed to enable WRF to sponsor time-critical research on emergent, high priority subscriber issues, and to collaborate on research ideas developed by approved WRF partners. This program enables WRF to address broadly relevant subscriber issues, challenges, and opportunities with targeted research, often in a series of projects. Call for proposal deadlines vary.

Fund for the Public Interest – Madison, WI and other locations

Fund For the Public Interest is partnering with groups like Environment America to take on polluters, tackle climate change or get pesticides out of our food supply. These groups have recruited for 35 years to generate the people power they need to take on Exxon Mobil, Monsanto or other opposition and win. Students will get the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in grassroots organizing, learn valuable communication and leadership skills, and have the opportunity to plan and participate in a variety of campaign events.

Nelson Institute Scholarships – Madison, WI

Ongoing scholarships offered by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Application deadlines vary.