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: July 6, 2018


F.H. King Garden Director – Madison, WI
Posted June 22

F.H. King strives to educate the UW community about the relationship between people, land, and food. Garden Directors work year-long to coordinate F.H. King’s ecologically and socially sustainable gardening practices and facilitate long-term garden development. This is a paid position running 13 hours a week during the school year, and 30 hours a week during the summer. Send a resume and cover letter to FHKing Students to apply. Application deadline not listed.

Midsummer Internship, Aldo Leopold Nature Center – Monona, WI
Posted June 14

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and awareness. Each intern works approximately 5.5 hours/day, Monday-Friday, starting immediately and going through August 31st with scheduled training. This is a paid internship. Applications accepted until position is filled.


Outdoor Education Guru – Sandwich, MA
Posted June 10

Come join our fun and supportive community at Burgess Outdoor Education & Retreat Center, a YMCA facility located a short drive from the ocean on beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Our forested property is situated on over 300 acres which include three freshwater ponds, two state-of-the-art high ropes courses, a low ropes teambuilding course, climbing tower, educational farm, recreational waterfront, hiking trails, and dining and overnight facilities. We seek to instill wonder, encourage stewardship and cultivate community through interactive outdoor experiences. This position offers an opportunity to be a leader for a broad clientele looking to grow and develop team-membership skills and build camaraderie in the great outdoors. Training begins August 6, 2018; season runs through the end of October. Application deadline not listed.

Donor Development Associate – Chicago, IL
Posted June 8

The Public Interest Network is home to more than 16 organizations, including PIRG, Environment America and the National Environmental Law Center. Each of our groups has its own mission, whether it’s environmental litigation, consumer advocacy, research or training new organizers. The 500-plus staff in our network share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done. As a Donor Development Associate you’ll be part of a team that is building people power by deepening the financial and political support of our members. Our Donor Associates are responsible for developing a plan and outreach strategy to broaden the base of support for many groups within the Public Interest Network including Environment America and U.S. PIRG. Application deadline not listed.


Land Use/Sanitation Technician – Baraboo, WI
Posted July 2018

The purpose of the Land Use/Sanitation Specialist is to perform professional work reviewing, interpreting, and enforcing zoning applications and codes and to provide technical information to the public on zoning, land use, non-metallic mining reclamation, and POWTS matters. Application deadline is July 15.

Coordinator, Sustainable Food Group – Madison, WI
Posted June 2018

Full-time coordinator position available with a growing independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Responsibilities include coordinating the development and operation of sustainability programs for national food companies and their supply chains. The individual in this position will work with project teams, project partners, clients and project scientists to research, develop, implement and verify standards focused on sustainability, IPM and pesticide risk reduction. The scope of work includes standards development, communications, training, program evaluation and reporting. Application deadline not listed.

Farm to School & Community Director – Madison, WI
Posted June 23

Join a team that is passionate about creating a just, local and sustainable food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP Food Group, a non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, believes that increasing access of local and sustainably grown food by all residents strengthens our regional economy, improves health outcomes of all and builds deep connections between our rural and urban neighbors. The Farm to School & Community Director will provide strategic direction, management and implementation of REAP’s Farm to School Program in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) as well as grow our community engagement beyond school walls to increase community access to food education and sustainable local foods. Farm to School brings fresh, local, sustainably produced food to K-12 students, establishes reliable markets for local farms using sustainable agriculture practices, and provides hands-on education in Madison classrooms and communities. Application deadline is July 22.

Development Associate – Ghent, NY
Posted June 18

Located in the heart of New York’s verdant Hudson Valley, Hawthorne Valley Association is what many consider the future of agriculture, education, and community life to be. With more than 900 acres of lush farmland under management, a K-12 Waldorf school and farm-based learning experiences for all ages, and a robust network of social enterprise businesses that honor the earth, create meaningful jobs, and expand markets for healthy food, Hawthorne Valley encourages all its staff to put head, heart, and hands together to make the world a better place. We are seeking a talented individual to join our Development Office and help take an already strong development program to the next level. The Development Associate provides support in the planning, organizing, and implementation of Hawthorne Valley Association’s fundraising activities, including annual giving, special events, and communications. Application deadline is July 13.

Communications Specialist – Madison, WI
Posted June 21

The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) supports energy-related research, education, policy, and industry engagement activities of more than 100 faculty and scientists on the UW-Madison campus. We are searching for a versatile communicator to help showcase WEI research and outreach programs through written, visual and online content and communications projects targeting multiple audiences. We are looking for someone with a passion for storytelling driven by the people, ideas and discoveries emerging from UW-Madison. Application deadline is July 9.

Director of Sustainable Business – Madison, WI
Posted June 2018

Sustain Dane is hiring a 1.0 FTE, benefits eligible, Director of Sustainable Business. You can play a critical role in helping Sustain Dane achieve its vision of making the Greater Madison Region a national model for sustainability and sustainability innovation, inclusive of a healthy planet, a just society, and a responsible economy. This is a great opportunity to make a significant difference for the Greater Madison Region’s sustainable future! Review of applications will begin July 6 at 9am CST; application deadline is July 16.


Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability, Cornell University – Ithaca, NY
Posted June 26, 2018

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future seeks outstanding, creative, and highly motivated individuals to work with Cornell faculty in collaboration with external partners to discover and implement sustainable solutions to world needs. Founded by a generous gift from David and Pat Atkinson, the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future empowers faculty to think outside of their departments and across disciplines when it comes to tackling the world’s greatest challenge – creating a vital and resilient future for the global community. By providing funding for cross-college collaborations, urgent research, and partnerships with non-profits, government, and industry, the Atkinson Center supports the pioneering risk-takers at the very heart of radical collaborations for knowledge-to-action programs and projects. Letters of intent due August 20; full application deadline is October 8.

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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