University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jobs and Internships

The Office of Sustainability provides information about sustainability jobs and internships in the Madison area and across the country. Students, faculty, staff and members of the larger community are encouraged to use the jobs page to find opportunities to engage in sustainability through work experience.

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies also maintains a jobs list here.

Last update: May 24, 2018


Program and Outreach Internship – Madison, WI
Posted April 2018

Clean Lakes Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to improving the water quality of lakes, streams, and wetlands in the Yahara River watershed. Clean Lakes Alliance is looking for an energetic and outgoing Program & Outreach intern. On a daily basis, Program & Outreach interns may coordinate general administrative and development projects, assist with promotion and planning for outreach and fundraising events, or conduct online research. Applicants with specific interest areas or skills may assist staff on communications, web, design, development, or program management projects. This position is unpaid or for-credit, with the potential to move into a paid position on a performance or as-needed basis. Please work with your academic advisor to set up any class-credit arrangements. Application deadline not listed.


Visitor Services and Rental Assistant – Monona, WI
Posted April 20

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) seeks an outgoing, energetic individual to join its team in a dynamic position engaging the public at their indoor/outdoor Monona campus. A staff member is now being hired to interact with visitors at the front desk, assist with weekly rentals, and process program registrations and payments. Activities focus on assisting visitors of all ages during public hours as they explore and engage with hands-on activities and varied programming, interacting with couples and their guests on their wedding day, arranging rooms for private events and public programming, registering children for summer camps and other public programs, and assisting various ALNC departments in weekly tasks. Current need is for summer and fall rental season, with possible opportunities to extend. Application deadline not listed.

Member and Marketing Coordinator – Viroqua, WI
Posted May 1

The Fifth Season Cooperative is hiring a full time Member and Marketing Coordinator, based in Viroqua. Flexible, fast-paced position working with local farmers, processors and distributors to source and fill weekly customer orders, set up deliveries, conduct email communications and organize paperwork. Must have excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills. Experience working with farmers highly recommended. Apply immediately, position open until filled. Call Sue Noble at 608.638.8332 for details.


Program Manager, Sustainable Management – Madison, WI
Posted May 23

The University of Wisconsin-Extension, CEOEL is currently seeking a Program Manager for the Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Sustainable Management programs in our UW collaborative degree model. Through our collaborative model, the University of Wisconsin – Extension administers a number of interdisciplinary programs that combine curriculum, faculty, and academic support services at multiple campuses. Each collaborative program has a Program Manager who is the primary contact with the partner campuses. Each program is also supported through marketing, instructional design, media, and student services. The Program Manager will work in concert with campus academic leads, faculty and other campus support staff at collaborating UW institutions to provide comprehensive administrative oversight and direction to these fully online programs and to other subject-related offerings. Application deadline is June 21.

National Campaigns Manager – Washington, DC
Posted May 11

Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. Reporting to the National Campaigns Director, the National Campaigns Manager is responsible for building political power and advancing the National Audubon Society’s conservation priorities. As part of the National Policy team, s/he will spearhead the coordination of a multidisciplinary team to plan, implement and win Audubon’s state and federal policy campaigns. The Manager will also work closely with state office staff to execute statewide grassroots/grasstops campaigns. To be successful, the candidate should be a skilled and experienced manager, a strategic thinker, and ideally have a background in clean energy and other climate-related issues. Application deadline not listed.

Business Analyst, Project Associate – San Diego, CA
Posted May 7

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent, mission-driven nonprofit organization with offices in San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles and Boston. We accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient energy solutions via program administration, technical assistance, policy innovation, and other forms of market facilitation. Under general supervision from the Business Analyst Team manager, the project associate supports routine team activities for successful operations of incentive project systems. Application deadline not listed.


Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) – Chicago, IL
Posted January 2018

Join SISE for their 8th annual program, (re)new, from August 9-22. At re(new), SISE will engage community organizers, business leaders, and technology innovators to share their perspectives, tackle questions of planning, policy, and livability, and work with neighborhoods to develop solutions that take them into the future with purpose, vigor, and aspiration. There is no program fee, everyone that participates receives lodging on campus free of charge, and there are travel scholarships available for many traveling to Chicago. The application and acceptance process is on a semi-rolling basis starting January 1, 2018 and ending at 5:01 PM CST on June 15, 2018.

Nelson Institute Scholarships – Madison, WI
Posted January 22

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

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