Jobs and Internships

Student Internships

Social Justice Internships, Wisconsin Union – Madison, WI
Posted January 17

The Wisconsin Union Social Justice Hub provides purposeful out-of-classroom education through direct experience with developing skills to engage in social justice work and to provide leadership for our democracy. These interns will assist in the development of the Social Justice Hub including refining long-term programmatic vision, designing the Hub’s space and website, and planning 2-4 initiatives or events for the spring semester. Applications accepted until positions are filled.

Allen Centennial Garden Internships – Madison, WI

Allen Centennial Garden is hiring multiple part-time interns for the summer. Positions include Horticultural, Youth and Family Programming, Wellness Programming, Plant Parent Initiatives, Marketing, Photography, Special Events, and Guest Services and Hospitality. These paid internships start May 27. Applications due February 1.

Planning Intern, Village of Kronenwetter – Kronenwetter, WI

The Village of Kronenwetter is accepting applications for a Planning Intern position within the Community Development Department to assist with coordinating the enforcement of the newly created property addressing ordinance. The position will be 360 hours with a flexible schedule over 9-12 weeks. The position requires the applicant to be a current student or recent graduate in a university/college program in land use planning, public administration, geography, urban and regional studies, or closely related field. Application deadline February 25.

State and Local Advocacy Intern, U.S. Green Building Council – Washington D.C.
Posted January 18

The Advocacy & Policy department at USGBC provides community leaders and policymakers at every level of government with the tools, strategies, and resources they need to inspire action toward a sustainable built environment. The State and Local Advocacy Intern will provide valuable assistance to the USBGC Advocacy team by helping to track state and local level policies relating to green building and energy-efficient construction, support events, summarize policy information to Advocacy staff, author blogs on developments relevant to USGBC and LEED, and develop materials relating to state and local policy and outreach. Application deadline not listed.

Sustainability Events Coordinator Intern, American Family Insurance – Madison, WI
Posted January 10

The intern will work directly with the Corporate Responsibility core team on the implementation of projects that align with the company’s Corporate Responsibility strategy. The intern will have a chance to serve on the American Family/Steve Stricker Foundation PGA Champions Ecology Committee upon hire. The intern will also be responsible for planning and leading American Family’s sustainability-related events for the summer such as three Adopt-a-Highway cleanups, the annual employee electronic waste recycling event, and part of the Leader Rally held in August. The position will co-monitor and co-communicate on the multiple internal social media portals for employees submitting sustainability-related ideas and knowledge sharing. Application deadline not listed.

Habitat Enhancement Intern, American Family Insurance – Madison, WI
Posted December 29

American Family Insurance is seeking an intern interested in environmental and habitat data collection, GIS locating and mapping, invasive species identification, and wildlife identification. Intern must demonstrate experience in providing customer-driven solutions, support, or services, and basic analytical skills. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in Wildlife Ecology, Sustainability, Landscape Architecture, or similar. Application deadline not listed.

Entry Level and Professional Jobs


Lakes and Watershed Coordinator, Dane County Land and Water Resources Department – Madison, WI

Under the general direction of the Land & Water Resources Department – Administration Division, this position provides watershed program and policy development and reporting. Other responsibilities include applying for state and federal grants to support projects, assisting with fieldwork, and leading internal and public vetting of policy and regulatory options. The position also serves as primary staff support to the Lakes & Watershed Commission. Application deadline February 8.

Sustainability and Social Impact Project Manager, Adobe – San Francisco or San Jose, CA

Adobe Sustainability & Social Impact is the team driving social purpose as a key part of Adobe’s culture, operations, and brand. The team is looking for a qualified individual who wants to focus on elevating social impact as a key dimension of working at Adobe and to contribute immediately. This specific opportunity is to support efforts to drive employee engagement in our programs. This role will balance employee facing communications and direct program implementation. Application deadline not listed.

Climate Advisor, National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) – San Diego
Posted January 6

NRDC is seeking a Climate Advisor to work with the City of San Diego as part of the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC). The City Advisor will work with city officials to develop and execute a robust public engagement strategy to advance policy and programs focused primarily on transportation, with the opportunity to work on buildings and energy. The position will interface with key influencers and decision-makers within local government, the transportation sector, utility companies, industry, and other organizations in the community. Application deadline not listed.

Sustainability Program Manager, Recology –  San Francisco, CA

The Program Manager will support the development, implementation, and analysis of sustainability projects and programming for Recology systems. This includes data analysis, sustainability reporting, tool and systems development, and coordination with other corporate departments and operating companies. This position will promote the WASTE ZERO philosophy by making the best use of all resources, as well as finding ways to use waste products in ways that benefit the environment. Application deadline not listed.


Assistant Director of Sustainability, Colorado State University Housing and Dining Services – Fort Collins, CO

The Assistant Director of Sustainability is responsible for providing project management for sustainability initiatives within Housing & Dining Services at Colorado State, one of the top-ranked sustainability programs in the country. This position leads efforts to integrate sustainable practices into student housing, food systems, transportation, construction, maintenance, purchasing, and custodial procedures within the department and in collaboration with campus and community partners. This hands-on position is also responsible for actively engaging residential students in experiential learning and engagement. The Assistant Director of Sustainability reports to the Director of Communications & Sustainability. Application deadline January 27.

Climate and Energy Policy Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) – Seattle, WA

SEI US is seeking a passionate early- to mid-career researcher to contribute to SEI’s work on emerging topics in climate policy, which could include, among others, low-carbon cities, carbon pricing, climate finance, energy and development, just transitions, and the economics or politics of oil, gas, and coal extraction. Initial activities are likely to include a contribution to reports on the global mitigation potential of urban climate action and on the consistency of national plans for fossil fuel production with global climate goals. Application deadline January 31.

Retail Program Manager, Slipstream – Madison, WI
Posted January 10

Formerly WECC and SeventhWave, Slipstream is hiring a Program Manager to oversee Retail programs, from development through implementation and tracking. Primary responsibilities include conducting technical analysis of proposed energy efficiency projects, managing long term program planning and evaluation, and coordinating with external parties such as sponsors, governmental agencies, and national affiliates. Application deadline not listed.

Sustainability Communication Strategist, Penn State University – University Park, PA
Posted December 6

Penn State is seeking an energetic marketing professional to manage a communication strategy across all platforms including social media, website, e-newsletter, event promotion, reports, and interactions with news media. The Sustainability Communication Strategist will collaborate with Sustainability Institute staff, University Office of Strategic Communications, communication interns, and external service providers to enhance Penn State’s reputation as a sustainability leader in higher education. Position open until filled. 

Other Opportunities

Business with Purpose Scholarship, Clif Bar

This post-college scholarship is designed to ease your financial expenses following graduation so you can focus on your purpose. Clif Bar is looking for inspiring, passionate, creative college students who are fully committed to making a positive impact through their business career. Applicants will be expected to show a strong connection between your post-graduation project, personal passions, and future business career goals. Preference will be given to projects that tie closely to the Clif Aspirations. Application deadline January 25.

Global Health Institute (GHI) Grants and Awards – Madison, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) is pleased to announce the application period is open for its 2019 grants and awards. This competitive grant program is designed to support global health efforts of faculty, staff and graduate students across campus, fostering the Wisconsin Idea locally and globally. Seed grant applicants must submit a letter of intent by December 21. Application deadline January 28.

Wisconsin Environmental Health Network Conference – Madison, WI

Students, faculty, environmental activists, and educators are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their projects, regardless of project status, for the 2019 Making the Connection poster session. Students with projects that are in planning stages or in active implementation are especially encouraged to apply, as the exhibition will be an excellent opportunity to receive feedback and new ideas. Abstracts due February 1.

Carolyn Foundation Environmental Grant

The Carolyn Foundation’s environmental objective is to support groups working in the Upper Midwest states (ND, SD, MN, WI, IA) to mitigate climate change. We will make targeted investments in the five-state area to bring about systemic change. Funded projects will focus on solutions surrounding Community Action, Policy Education, Administrative Action, and/or Sustainable Business/Community Solutions. Application deadline February 1.

Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities – Waterville, MA

This Mellon Foundation-funded institute will bring together scholars from across the U.S. to collectively explore how this developing field contributes to the theorization, imagination, and practice of socially just and ecologically hopeful future. Participants will work closely with seminar leaders for an intensive week of collaborative seminars and workshops on contemporary issues in the field. Application deadline February 1.

Health and Climate Solutions Grant, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Through this funding opportunity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to develop and amplify the evidence around a set of approaches that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation. Eligible, local approaches can focus on one or more of a range of determinants of health—including, but not limited to: air quality; energy sources; transportation or mobility design; food and water systems; housing; and health systems. First proposal due February 8.

Wisconsin Idea Fellowship, Morgridge Center  – Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Idea is the driving mission to ensure that the education and research at UW-Madison are used to benefit communities beyond our campus borders. Wisconsin Idea Fellowships are awarded annually to undergraduate student projects working towards solving a challenge identified along with a local or global community partner. Fellowships are awarded to semester-long or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student (or group of students) in collaboration with a community organization and a UW-Madison faculty or academic staff member. Projects can receive up to $7,000 in total funding and students receive 3 academic credits. Final proposals due February 8.

Holstrom Environmental Scholarship

This award provides support for collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty or research/instructional academic staff members. The student researcher receives $3,000, and the faculty/staff receives $1,000 to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Scholarships require an environmental focus. Application deadline February 12.

Global Sustainability Fellows Program, UC-Boulder – Various Countries

The fellow program offers a 10-week paid immersive training and mentoring with a global sustainability organization. Fellows will gain professional work experience, receive professional mentorship and professional development training, and build an international professional network in sustainability science. Applications accepted January 14 – February 28.

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Student Engagement Grant – Madison, WI

Each year the Lakeshore Nature Preserve awards several Student Engagement Grants of up to $1000 each to facilitate the use of the Preserve as a resource for education among UW undergraduates. Any student, faculty, or staff member at the UW-Madison may apply. Groups of individuals may submit a proposal as a team. Every individual or team must have at least one faculty or staff member, who is expected to play an active role in overseeing the project. Proposal deadline March 1.

Nelson Institute Scholarships – Madison, WI

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