Jobs and Internships

Student Internships

Aquatic Invasive Species Education and Outreach Intern, River Alliance of Wisconsin – Madison, WI

River Alliance of Wisconsin is seeking one Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Education & Outreach Intern for the 2019
field season. The position will be based out of Madison, Wisconsin and will serve counties across the state. The AIS
Education & Outreach Intern will report to River Alliance’s AIS & Watershed Groups Manager and will work with a
variety of partners including WI Department of Natural Resources, UW Extension, and local conservation
organizations. Responsibilities include assisting in the coordination of statewide AIS prevention activities and participating in outreach campaigns for anglers to educate, build awareness, and train about clean angling
practices. Application deadline April 15.

Farm to School Community Education and Engagement Intern, REAP Food Group – Madison, WI

This position will work closely with REAP staff to engage youth and their families during the summer school break with hands-on Farm to School activities that teach about sustainability, nutrition, and agriculture. Our summer efforts are focused on children who are served by our school programming and provides the opportunity to engage more deeply in Farm to school learning with their families. Application deadline April 19.

Communications Intern, Global Health Institute – Madison, WI

The Global Health Institute (GHI) is seeking a well-rounded communications intern who can work on website maintenance, social media outreach, news writing, newsletter creation and other tasks as assigned. The position begins in May 2019 and will continue through the academic year. During the summer, the intern will be expected to work 20 hours per week. Hours during the academic year are around 10 to 12, depending on workload and class schedule. Application deadline April 19.

Podcast Production Intern, Campus Sustainability and Energy Podcast – Remote Opportunity

The Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast is looking for a creative, inquisitive summer intern. This role includes an opportunity for paid work-experience as well as an un-paid focused, creative project that you can design, supported and mentored by our team. If you want to start a career in sustainability and/or podcasting this is a great way to kick-start your career. Application deadline April 30.

Environmental Evaluation/Data Assistant, UW Extension – Madison, WI
Posted April 10

As part of the Evaluation Unit, the Environmental Evaluation/Data Assistant will provide evaluation and data analysis support on one or more projects. The position requires data entry, data analysis, survey administration, data visualization, data interpretation, and reporting skills. There are three projects that an Intern can currently work on, based on interest and skills, including surveying Florida farmers, Wisconsin’s county emergency management directors, and the boating community. Application deadline May 10.

Athletics Sustainability Coordinator Internship, Penn State University – College Park, PA

The Sustainability Institute and Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) is looking for a results orientated candidate to act as program coordinator for the President’s Box Zero-Waste and Tailgate Ambassador programs during home football games. This candidate will also partner with the Student-Athlete Advisory board to develop a community engagement modeled after the NFL`s Super Kids-Super Sharing program. A successful candidate must have a basic understanding of sustainability issues/concepts, a passion for Penn State’s athletic traditions, and exceptional written and in-person communication skills. Position open until filled.

Summer Student Employment, UW-Madison Arboretum – Madison, WI

Gain valuable work experience in ecological land care and research, environmental education, or science communication! Summer field assistants are needed for the gardens, natural areas, and research. Year-round positions are open for assistant rangers and a communications assistant. Students must be enrolled in an area college or university for the fall and have their own transportation to the Arboretum. Application deadlines vary, see the above link for individual position descriptions.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center Seasonal Internships – Madison, WI

Help the Aldo Leopold Nature Center promote our engaging programs, the importance of environmental education, and the benefits of connecting with nature by joining our team! Positions include Education, Marketing and Communications, Special Events Management, and Non-Profit Development. Application deadlines vary, see the above link for individual position descriptions.

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


Sustainability Intern, Allbirds – San Francisco, CA

As we add customers and new products, Allbirds strives to not only maintain our commitment to this core value but also continuously improve on it. We need someone who can champion the cause of sustainability both inside and outside the organization. This role will take our sustainability work to the next level – transforming frameworks into action and ensuring sustainability is at the heart of every decision Allbirds makes. You will be responsible for measuring our environmental impact across the business and driving initiatives to reduce our footprint. This role will work across design, material innovation and product development teams to create an analytical framework to promote sustainable sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution strategies. Application deadline not listed.

Recycling and Materials Management Project Assistant, Cascadia Consulting Group – Seattle, WA
Cascadia is seeking a Project Assistant to support our recycling, organics, and waste reduction programs by performing waste characterization studies throughout North America. It is expected that 75% of this position will be travel. The ideal candidate will have a background in and/or knowledge of recycling, organics, and waste reduction programs, as well as competencies in attention to detail, team building, quantitative analysis, and problem-solving. Application deadline not listed.

Global Sustainability Analyst, Ball Corporation – Broomfield, CO

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Position duties include performing life cycle assessments for packaging products, coordinating the completion of various investor- and customer-driven external assessments of Ball’s sustainability performance, and supporting the implementation of responsible sourcing practices and supplier monitoring. Application deadline not listed.

Environmental Educator and Visitor Services Assistant, Aldo Leopold Nature Center – Monona, WI

The ALNC seeks qualified, energetic individuals to join its team in a dynamic indoor/outdoor position educating the public on a variety of environmental and natural history topics. Staff are being hired to host public hours and deliver ALNC weekend educational programming, guided tours, and events. This is a part-time position, working 20-25 hours per month on Saturdays and Sundays. Positions available April 2019.

Compost Driver & Assistant, Rooted Curbside Compost – Madison, WI

Rooted Curbside Compost is an eco-based compost service looking for a part-time driver that will help with the growth of our small company. We partner with municipalities and businesses to help reduce their carbon footprint. Duties include interaction with customers, emptying customer compost buckets, and delivering to dump site in Barneveld, WI. Hours also include occasional updates on social media and coming up with brilliant ideas to expand our client base. To apply, email resume to


Biologist, National Science Foundation – Alexandria, VA

This position is in the Division for Environmental Biology (DEB), which supports fundamental evolutionary and ecological research on species, populations, communities, and ecosystems across all spatial and temporal scales. The incumbent serves in a developmental capacity with responsibilities for the scientific and analytical support to the Division. Duties could include gathering raw data from multiple scientific sources, preparing reports, and identifying outreach needs from the research community. Application deadline April 15.

Sustainability Coordinator, City of Middleton – Middleton, WI

The Sustainability Coordinator works collaboratively with administration, staff, and committee members to develop, coordinate, and promote effective sustainability initiatives to reduce the City’s impact on the environment. Responsibilities include educating the community about sustainability, staffing the Sustainability Committee, coordinating sustainability projects, performing research about sustainability, and annually updating sustainability data. Application deadline April 26.

Assistant Director for Sustainability, University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Baltimore, MD
Posted March 14

Reporting directly to the Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management, the incumbent facilitates the development and implementation of sustainable initiatives and practices for the campus community. Specific duties include providing leadership and organizational strategy in collaboration with key facilities, administrative and academic leaders and developing sustainability initiatives and programs that reduce environmental impacts and improve the efficiency of the university’s operations. Position open until filled, screening process begins April 12.

Sustainability Engagement Program Coordinator, Penn State University – University Park, PA

This joint position, reporting to the Assistant Director for Student Organizations (Office of Student Activities) and the Associate Director for Student Engagement (Sustainability Institute) leads the development, implementation, and assessment of student engagement efforts to enhance sustainability initiatives on campus. Specifically, this position will support student leadership programs, advance partnerships with student organizations (e.g., EcoAction, THON, Homecoming, Movin’ On), support students in the coordination of service/leadership programs (e.g., Tailgate Ambassadors, Friday Night Lights Out), and advise the Council of Sustainable Leaders. Position open until filled.

Green Labs Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin – Austin, TX

The Green Labs Coordinator will engage new labs; build and maintain strong relationships with participating labs; organize events and presentations; oversee specialty recycling programs; and manage student employees, day to day program operations, and communications. The coordinator will expand the currently student-run Green Labs program and assist the university in meeting the campus zero waste goal. The Green Labs Coordinator will work with campus laboratories to reduce the quantity and toxicity of hazardous materials, increase water and energy efficiency, promote the purchase of more efficient equipment, improve the recycling and reuse of materials, and encourage inventory control. Application deadline not listed.

Other Opportunities

Innovation Grant – Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (OVPCDO) and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) – Madison, WI

The Innovation Grant Funding System (IGFS) offers one-time, start-up funds for campus partners of up to $5,000 for projects bringing enhanced support to the institutional mission of diversity. Capacity-building platforms should continue to build upon the UW–Madison diversity framework, Forward Together, which seeks to help members of our campus and community be more equitable, inclusive, and diverse, both on and beyond our campus. Application deadline April 12.

CCREF National Compost Research Scholarship

This scholarship is available for undergraduate through PhD students studying at a college or university in the United States. The research project for this scholarship must be ongoing during the term of the grant and be research in the fields of composting and compost use. More specifically, the ideal candidate will have interest in improving the compost process and the application and the utilization of finished compost to increase drought tolerance, soil nutrient content, reducing erosion and water pollution, and increasing carbon storage in soils to combat climate change. Application deadline April 12.

MREA and Straubel Foundation Clean Energy Leadership Award – Midwest

In partnership with the Straubel Family Foundation, MREA launched its new scholarship initiative in 2018 to foster student leadership in clean energyThe award is designed to assist students who are pursuing degrees and/or relevant credentials in renewable energy, energy efficiency, or clean technology. Scholarships are awarded to students who reside in the Midwest (WI, MN, MI, IA, IL, IN, OH, MO). Students should possess a clear goal of desiring to make her or his community, environment, or world a better and more sustainable place to live. Application deadline April 15.

Science and Technology Studies Outreach Fellowship, The Holz Center – Madison, WI

The Holtz Center offers an annual Outreach Fellowship for UW-Madison Faculty and Staff. The Holtz Center seeks, as one of its key missions, to promote public engagement with questions concerning the relationship of society and culture with science, medicine, and technology. As such, we offer this fellowship to a faculty or academic staff member who proposes an innovative way to engage the broader community in matters of science and technology that have general social and political importance. The fellowship provides the successful applicant with $5,000 in flexible funds. Application deadline April 15.

Coastal Wetlands Research and Management Fellow, EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW) – Washington, D.C.

The participant will be located in the Oceans and Coastal Management Branch. The work of this branch involves a range of activities related to maintaining the health, resilience, and sustainability of the oceans and coasts. The topic areas covered by the branch include, but are not limited to: protecting coral reefs, regulating discharges from vessels, developing tools and information materials regarding pollution from marinas and ports, mitigating the effects of coastal acidification, assessing the vulnerabilities of estuaries to climate change, and protecting coastal wetlands. Through this project, the participant will learn how EPA works to protect ocean, coastal, marine, estuarine and wetland resources via regulatory and non-regulatory approaches. Application deadline April 17.

National Wildlife Federation EcoLeader Fellowship

National Wildlife Federation EcoLeader Graduate Student Fellows help to educate and engage the EcoLeaders community through dedicated research projects. Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with National Wildlife Federation staff on research that helps to expand the content and development of the EcoLeaders program to help college students and recent graduates to use project-based learning to develop their environmental leadership and sustainable career goals. EcoLeaders Fellows join a national network of current and alumni fellows, many of whom have gone on to lead new businesses, agencies, and programs for sustainability all across the U.S. Application deadline April 20.

Recycle and Waste Reduction Fellowship, Tufts University – Medford, MA

Working for the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with Facilities Services – Campus Services, the Recycling & Waste Reduction Fellow would be responsible for helping Tufts University meet its goal of reducing waste by 3% each year. This fellowship is designed to provide significant work experience to a recent graduate who does not already have a professional background in the field of waste management but is interested in exploring it as a potential career path. The Fellow would help manage student waste interns and respond to waste and recycling related requests from the campus community as well as manage other waste related projects. Application deadline not listed.

Root Solutions Volunteer Positions

Root Solutions leverages the science of human decision-making to build a world in which behavior is in harmony, rather than in conflict with the processes that allow all life to thrive. We work with environmental leaders to increase the impact of environmental initiatives. Root Solutions is currently looking for volunteers for the spring and summer of 2019, including Graphic Design, Communications, Research, and more. Application deadlines vary, see the above link for more details.

Fund for the Public Interest Summer Jobs – 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.