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: March 13, 2018


Office of Sustainability Student Intern Program  – Madison, WI
Posted February 23

The UW-Madison Office of Sustainability is seeking undergraduate interns for its 2018-2019 session. The internship is a year-long program in which student teams work to raise awareness of sustainable practices, influence consumer behavior, and train partners across campus in individualized strategies for implementation. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of 5pm CST on Friday, March 16.

Program Assistant, Greenhouse Learning Community – Madison, WI
Posted March 8

The GreenHouse Learning Community is hiring a Program Assistant for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a student position working an average of 8-10 hours a week across the year, with a heavier load in September – November (10-15 hours).  Students with a background in food, agriculture, environment, or engineering are encouraged to apply. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. The pay is $10/hour. Note that the job link leads to a generalized application for all learning community Program Assistants. If you have specific questions about the GreenHouse position, please contact Alan Turnquist. Application deadline is March 23.

Pack Shed Manager/Crew Member  – Brodhead, WI
Posted January 2018

Raleigh’s Hillside Farm is seeking a skilled, part-time pack shed manager to assist us in executing a successful CSA season for 160+ members as well as take the lead on our 15-member pilot program of a market share offering through leadership, hard work and dedication to our mission. The Farm is also seeking a skilled, part-time crew member to assist us in a successful sixth growing season by providing a great work ethic, adaptability, and strong dedication to our mission. Application deadline is not listed.

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.


Short Term CSA and Orchard Worker – La Valle, WI
Posted February 19

Hilltop Community Farm, LLC is looking for a flexible and dependable person to help us tend to our CSA gardens and orchard for 3 – 4 weeks in May through early June (May 11 – June 3). This is a great opportunity for those looking to hone your perennial agriculture skills, and enjoying spending time in a beautiful place. Experience with organic farming – vegetable and/or fruit production, strongly preferred. Application deadline is April 9.

Avian Crew Leader – Albany, NH
Posted March 8

The Avian Crew Leader will organize the avian ecology and resident bird study interns. The position will involve banding birds/nestlings, re-sighting birds, point counts, nest box grid survey, and nest searching. Prior bird handling and experience with GIS/GPS and some statistics are preferred. In addition to the field research, the avian crew leader will take on a supervisory role for the two projects, overseeing and coordinating the day-to-day logistics. The successful candidate will work in conjunction with staff to ensure the projects stay on track and that weekly benchmarks are reached. The ideal candidate will have worked a minimum1-2 field seasons, preferably on a team. The position will start in mid-April and run through August 2018. Compensation includes $1,250/month and housing. Application deadline is March 23.


Director of Sustainability, UW-Madison Madison, WI
Posted March 5

Under the general supervision of the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M), the Director of Sustainability will serve as the key facilitator and organizational strategist to lead University of Wisconsin-Madison’s efforts to achieve its vision of instilling a culture of sustainability. The Director will build upon existing successes to position UW-Madison as a leader in the field of Sustainability at the city, state, regional, national and international level by promoting broader awareness of the University’s environmental, social and financial sustainability successes and accomplishments. The Director will develop a comprehensive long-term strategy for an environmentally sustainable future by working with faculty, students, and staff across schools, colleges, divisions, departments and auxiliaries to incorporate sustainable principles and practices in daily operations and academic activities. Application deadline is April 8.

Marketing Director, WasteCap Milwaukee, WI
Posted March 2018

The Marketing Director executes WasteCap’s overall marketing strategy and brand vision. The Marketing Director will oversee marketing efforts for the entire operation including: consulting services, membership program, trainings, deconstruction & salvage, and its retail operation. The ideal candidate should have an entrepreneurial sales spirit, professional demeanor, and be detail-oriented. The desired skill set for this position includes: sales, creative & graphic design, website content creation, traditional marketing, advertising, video editing, photography, and event coordination experience. Application deadline is March 31.

Zero Waste Senior Program Coordinator, UT-Austin Austin, TX
Posted March 2018

The purpose of this position is to Advance Zero Waste, Waste Minimization, and Green initiative goals; develop, implement, organize, and monitor waste diversion and reduction operations; liaise with faculty, staff, and students to promote, inform, and improve waste management practices; and supervise Program Coordinator and student interns. Application deadline not listed.

Community Gardens Manager  Madison, WI
Posted March 5

The Community Gardens Manager works closely with the Gardens Director, Gardens Network Manager and garden leaders to support high-priority community gardens in Madison and Dane County. These gardens primarily serve low- and moderate-income (LMI) gardeners. Application deadline is March 20.

Analyst, Sustainable Built Environment  San Francisco, CA
Posted February 20

Salesforce is looking for an experienced Analyst, Sustainable Built Environment with 1-2 years of green building industry experience. The ideal candidate is excited to seek out new opportunities in green building innovation, engage building management and occupants through sustainable operations and assist with green building certification. This position will work closely with the Green Building Program Manager while also supporting the entire sustainability team as well as cross-functional business partners. Application deadline is not listed.

Program Manager, US Water Alliance  San Francisco, CA
Posted February 2o18

Founded in 2008, the US Water Alliance advances policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. The Program Manager has broad responsibility for the successful execution of a portfolio of programmatic initiatives being undertaken by the US Water Alliance. This position requires a high degree of collaboration with US Water Alliance staff, members, and funders. We are seeking a candidate with top-notch project management and writing abilities; strong relationship-building skills; and experience in building or supporting multi-sector collaborations. Our ideal candidate would have a background in water, environmental policy, infrastructure, or related fields of interest. Application deadline is March 21.

Senior Consultant – Chicago, IL
Posted February 20

Goby is a data-driven platform for real estate performance optimization. They seek an entrepreneurial minded and seasoned sustainability consulting and commercial real estate professional. Application deadline not listed.


Cleantech Open Start-Up Accelerator
Posted March 2018

Cleantech Open is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator, providing entrepreneurs and corporate innovators the resources they need to launch and grow successful cleantech businesses. Our one-of-a-kind innovation ecosystem built over the last 10 years of programming spans key cleantech innovation hubs in the U.S., linking labs and universities, service providers, investors, corporations, governments, and other cleantech incubators and accelerators. Through our annual accelerator, we provide between 100-150 companies in the U.S. a rich program of customer discovery, extensive mentoring, training, investor meetings, startup-corporate matching, and showcasing at both the regional and national levels. Application deadline is May 1.

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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