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: January 12, 2018


Farming Internship – Spring Valley, MN
Posted January 2018

An internship at Earth Dance Farm, located in southeast Minnesota, is an opportunity to learn firsthand what is involved in the operation of a small, sustainable produce farm. The work day begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 5 with a one hour noon break. At times the day may run longer depending on the situation at hand. Weekends are usually free with an occasional ½ day on Sat. when necessary. Work may include gathering eggs, putting up hay, and general farm maintenance, greenhouse production, field transplanting and planting, weeding, irrigation, trellising, harvesting, washing and packing produce for our 200 member CSA. Compensation is in the form of a monthly stipend. Pay is based on experience and length of commitment and starts at $750/mo. To receive an application, contact Norm at Application deadline is not yet determined but will likely be May 1.

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
Posted September 1

Are you working towards positive solutions to environmental challenges or to issues impacting Indian country? Have you demonstrated your commitment to one of these areas through public service? Do you inspire and motivate others to take action? Are you committed to making a difference through civility and consensus building? The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. Application deadline is March 8.


Education and Outreach Fellows – Baraboo, WI
Posted November 28

The Education and Outreach Fellows program provides young professionals just starting their careers with practical, hands-on experience in program planning and coordination, communications, and interpretation/environmental education, based on Aldo Leopold’s land ethic philosophy. During the fellowship, you’ll gain the wide array of skills needed to advance the educational mission of a nonprofit organization, including everything from direct delivery of interpretive programming, to creating content for social media, to putting together budgets and writing grant applications. Application deadline February 1.

Natural Areas Technician – Madison, WI
Posted January 9

This position assists with land stewardship activities in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The position operates independently and in coordination with other Preserve staff under the general supervision of the Lakeshore Preserve Program Manager. The position requires  knowledge and previous experience with  natural resource land management and the ability to interact in a positive, professional manner with Preserve visitors, students and academic users, and to establish a productive working relationship with Preserve staff and volunteers. Position runs from mid-March through September 2018, and pays $13.25/hour at 40 hours/week. Application deadline February 12.


Policy and Coalitions Program Director – Minneapolis, MN
Posted January 12, 2018

The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy is seeking an experienced Policy and Coalitions Program Director (full-time exempt) to lead an exciting new phase of the organization’s policy and coalition work. CEED is a small, and fast growing non-profit organization that works on environmental, energy and climate policy from a foundation of equity and justice. CEED is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and works at the local, state, regional and national levels, and is currently in the process of expanding its policy and coalition-building program. As a member of the CEED team, the Policy and Coalitions Program Director will also work on behalf of CEED to ensure energy, environmental, and climate policy is equitable and just. Position is open until filled.

Project Manager, Dangermond Reserve – Ventura, CA
Posted January 4, 2018

The Project Manager, Dangermond Preserve will manage a new Nature Conservancy flagship preserve, establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the geography in which the preserve is located, and design and implement an adaptive management plan for the preserve. Responsibilities include developing or supporting colleagues in developing key partnerships with public entities, the local native American community, the ranching community, research universities and diverse private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. Application deadline is January 20.

Product Environmental Footprint Expert – Elkton, MD
Posted December 22, 2017

The Gore dynamic Fabrics Division sustainability team is seeking an experienced and passionate Product Environmental Footprint Expert to further accelerate our sustainability program.  Your role will be to establish the capability to quantify the environmental impacts (e.g. carbon footprint, water footprint) of Gore’s fabrics products on scale. Application deadline is not listed.

Project Manager, Islands Energy Program – New York, NY
Posted December 20, 2017

The Clinton Climate Initiative Islands Energy Program aims to accelerate energy transition in small island nations from fossil fuels to clean energy. The purpose of this position is to develop and implement renewable energy and energy efficiency projects with government, utility and industry partners primarily in the Caribbean; to manage relationships with high-level stakeholders and provide technical assistance to those partners; and to provide project management – including oversight of local on-island coordinators and utilization of cross-functional team members to deliver results and impact. Application deadline is not listed.

Education Coordinator, Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) – Albuquerque, NM
Posted December 2017

BEMP’s Education Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that BEMP’s education programs are exemplary, just, and equitable. Furthermore BEMP’s Education Coordinator is responsible for documenting that BEMP student participation leads to measurable and positive gains regarding environmental knowledge and action. BEMP’s Education Coordinator both leads a team of dedicated environmental educators and is a primary deliverer of BEMP education programs. Application deadline is January 31, 2018.

Certification Manager, Seafood Program – Oakland, CA
Posted December 2017

The mission of Fair Trade USA’s Certification Department is to ensure integrity and compliance with the Fair Trade USA Standards, and to ensure supply chain transparency. This position is responsible for daily operations, activities, and the implementation of the Seafood Certification and Auditing Management Plan, in alignment with the organizational goals and strategies of the Seafood team. Application deadline is not listed.


Coastal Management Fellowship
The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Application deadline is January 19, 2018.

Force for Positive Change Awards
Is your organization making a social impact in Wisconsin? The Force for Positive Change will provide financial awards to organizations addressing social challenges locally. Applications for Phase 1 due January 19, 2018.

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