Tag Archives: Environmental Conservation

Summer Internships in Conservation/Agriculture/Economics with Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has begun posting internships for college students for the upcoming summer. Please share this with your network: 

Jobs may continue to be posted over the next week or so, but pay attention to closing dates as they tend to be only 1 week after initial posting and can close early if there is an overwhelming response. 

Students typically need to have 2 summers left before graduation to work as an intern, meet the requirements of the program, and successfully convert to full time employment after graduation. 

Be aware, having a COVID vaccine or request for exemption is now a condition of employment.  From the job announcements:

  • Federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of their duty location. If selected, you will be required to submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment, if after November 22.
  • The agency will provide additional information regarding what COVID-19 vaccination information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

As always, I am available to talk with students or others about careers with NRCS, navigating USAJOBS, the application and selection process, and encourage anyone interested to contact me. 

Thank you for your time and attention. Be well,

Meredith Albers – Soil Scientist, CPSS (she/her)
American Indian/Alaskan Native Emphasis Program Manager
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
356 Mountain View Dr., Suite 105, Colchester, VT  05446
(802) 951-6796, ext. 233 – (802) 478-4032 cell – meredith.albers@usda.gov

The NRCS Vermont State Office is open for business by phone appointment only. All visitors wishing to conduct business with the Farm Service Agency or the Natural Resources Conservation Service should call the Service Center at 802-951-6796 for a phone appointment. Please visit farmers.gov/coronavirus for the latest information on Service Center status.

Seniors & Febs: 2021 Meridian Institute Ruckelshaus Fellowship Program is Open for Applications

Meridian Institute is pleased to announce the opening of the tenth annual application cycle for our Ruckelshaus Fellowship Program! Meridian is a mission-driven, non-profit organization that has helped clients and partners develop and implement solutions to complicated, often controversial problems—big and small, global and local—on issues of climate change, food systems, forests, water, science and technology, and more. Meridian Institute designs, manages, and facilitates collaborative processes that bring people together who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution. 

The Ruckelshaus Fellowship is an opportunity for early-career professionals to contribute to Meridian’s mission—to play hands on roles in helping people collaborate to solve complex problems and implement solutions that improve lives, the environment, and the economy. While each fellowship experience is unique, past Fellows have worked on issues as diverse as climate policy, global and domestic food security, water management, data for social good, and global resilience, among others. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position with Meridian, and applicants who are selected will begin work in June 2021. 

Linked here is our Ruckelshaus Fellowship Application Guide, which provides an in-depth look into the fellowship—including position responsibilities, application instructions, FAQs, and insight from current and past fellows. The deadline to submit applications is 10 pm EST, Monday, February 1, 2021. Please apply through the Meridian Institute Applicant Portal

Thank you for your interest in the Ruckelshaus Fellowship! We look forward to your application. Please reach out to fellowship@merid.org with any further inquiries. For more information about Meridian Institute, please visit www.merid.org.

The Cities Program Internship in NYC with The Nature Conservancy Due Soon!

While the application deadline is April 3rd, TNC is looking at the applications as they come in. The Cities Program in New York State (NYS) builds strategies and initiatives to create a healthy, resilient and sustainable urban environment in NYS cities, with a significant focus on New York City (NYC). We work with government and nongovernment partners to tackle climate change, improve water quality in and around cities, promote nature and environmental solutions to enhance the quality of life, and reduce urban heat island and air pollution challenges.The Nature Conservancy’s NYC Program intern will provide volunteer event planning, research, writing, and communications support during a 10-week summer internship. This position will be based in New York City, NY and provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and real-world urban conservation work.

The NYC Program intern will directly support the Cities team’s Future Forest NYC initiative, focused on improving the protection, growth, and long-term care of trees on public and private lands, with an emphasis on public health and equity. The intern will assist with volunteer event planning, related to tree stewardship; research, write, and present information on New York City tree issues; as well as providing some miscellaneous support to the overall project.

This internship is CCI-sponsored and comes with a $3,000 stipend. Visit Handshake for more information HERE.

Paid Summer 2020 Cartography Internship: Apply NOW!

As the nation’s leading public lands conservation and advocacy organization, The Wilderness Society (TWS) is uniting people to protect America’s wild places. They recognize and employ maps as one of their best tools to convey complex stories and connect the values and perspectives of TWS and partners across urban and rural landscapes. Their maps and graphics guide the implementation of strategic priorities and frequently and meaningfully impact conservation outcomes.

They are looking for a curious and creative Cartography Intern to join their award-winning cartographic program for the summer. The Cartography Intern will work closely with their cartographic designer, Marty Schnure (Midd Geography ’10.5), to help create compelling maps that connect people with conservation issues nationwide.

The planned location of this internship is The Wilderness Society’s office in downtown Seattle, Washington. However, as news continues to reveal the depth of the public health emergency facing the nation as COVID-19 spreads, The Wilderness Society has chosen to close all of our offices and convert to remote work until further notice. At the time of this writing, we do not know whether our offices will be open this summer. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it develops. Applicants should be prepared for the possibility that they will need to work from an alternative location, including the Middlebury Geography Department (if it is open for student workers during the summer), or from a remote location. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.

Compensation and Duration

This internship is based on a schedule of 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for 10 weeks. Start and end dates are negotiable between early June and late August. A stipend of $5,500 is available.

Interested in more information about how to apply as a Middlebury College undergraduate student? Please read THIS ATTACHMENT with instructions on how to apply. Please direct questions about this internship to Bill Hegman (whegman@middlebury.edu).

Hot Social Impact Internships & Jobs


  • Center for Global Development (CGD), CGD Summer Delegates Program, Expiration: Mar 15th 11:55 pm in Washington, DC (PAID)
  • NOAA, NOAA 2020 Summer Internships, Expiration: Mar 6th 11:59 pm, Various locations in USA (PAID)
  • The Nature Conservancy, Climate & Clean Energy Intern, Expiration: Feb 26th 11:55 pm, Washington, DC (PAID)
  • The Nature Conservancy, Summer Ocean conservation video edition and social media developer, Expiration: May 31st 01:30 pm, Houston, TX (UNPAID)


  • Hawai’i Preparatory School, Independent School Teaching Fellow, Expiration: Feb 20th 11:55 pm, Waimea, HI (PAID/Housing/Car)
  • Health Equity International (formerly St. Boniface Haiti Foundation), Development Coordinator, Expiration: May 1st, 2020 at 11:59 pm, Newton, MA (PAID) – Midd Alum!
  • Conservation International (CI), Foundation Relations Development Coordinator, Expiration: Mar 31st 11:55 pm in Crystal City, VA (PAID)
  • Conservation International (CI), Global Communications Intern, Expiration: Feb 29th 11:55 pm, Crystal City, VA (PAID)
  • RSG, Research Data Analyst, Expiration: Feb 28th 12:30 pm. White River Junction, VT OR Arlington, VA (PAID) (RSG creatively applies state-of-the-art data modeling and analytics to transportation planning, market strategy, environmental management, and custom software development, helping organizations make critical decisions.)

Science and Conservation in the Largest and Deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site on Earth: The Pheonix Islands Protected Area

Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area, in the Republic of Kiribati, is the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site on the planet. It hosts a diversity of marine ecosystems including shallow coral reefs, deep sea, and open ocean, and is an important climate laboratory because it is sensitive to El Nino / La Nina dynamics in the Central Pacific. This talk by Randi Rotjan, Research Assistant Professor at Boston University, will explore the latest integrative and interdisciplinary science in a conservation context.

September 19 at 12:30 in Hilcrest 103

Learn more about the Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series here. This lecture is also part of the 2019 Clifford Symposium: The Future of the Global Ocean.

Midd Alum 1:1 Chats on Climate Risk (CERES) & Conservation Restoration (Intervale) on April 19

Alumni will be on campus to share their path and professional life with students to help them think broadly about their Biology major and a variety of different career paths during the Field Guide to Biology Majors on Thursday, April 18th. 

On Friday, April 19th from 9:00AM – Noon, you can sign up for a one-on-one chat with the alumni who have offered to stay this extra day so you can get more personal with them.

I want to bring to your attention 2 of the alumni you might want to chat with. Below are their names and brief Bios to get a sense of the work they do.  If you are interested in talking with them, you must sign up through Handshake here: 

Alumni 1:1 Chats,  9:00 a.m.-noon in Adirondack House

Click the alumni names below to SELECT A SLOT for a 1:1 conversation. You don’t have to be a Biology major or minor to meet with these alumni.

  • Annalise Carington ’15Riparian Restoration & Monitoring Specialist, Intervale Center
    • Annalise joined the Intervale Center in Burlington, VT through a partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. With the USFWS, Annalise works with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program on habitat restoration and other land management projects statewide. She brings that expertise to the Intervale Center’s Agricultural Services team, helping farmers navigate Vermont’s new water quality regulations, assess land management concerns on their properties, and find the technical and financial resources they need to implement conservation practices.
  • Gillian Lui ’13Supply Chain Sustainability Consultant, Ceres, Inc
    • Gillian is a San Francisco-based sustainability professional who has advanced climate change mitigation strategies across the academic, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors. She currently works as a Sustainability Consultant with Ceres, a non-profit that mobilizes Fortune 500 companies and global investors around climate leadership and advocacy. Prior to Ceres, Gillian was a Climate Research Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, conducting research and analysis to develop The Packard Foundation’s US$50 million annual grantmaking portfolio on climate solutions in land use, innovations, and energy.  At Middlebury, Gillian was a joint major in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology, and minored in Mathematics. She also holds a research Master’s degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Keasbey Scholar and published research at the intersection of tropical deforestation and emerging remote sensing technologies.

This is a unique opportunity for current students to hear from Middlebury alumni at the top of their fields about how to build a successful and gratifying career.