Tag Archives: Environmental Conservation

Middlebury Area Land Trust Looking to Hire a Graduating Senior: Stay in VT to Protect the Land You’ve Learned to Love!

HOT OFF THE PRESS: MALT (Middlebury Area Land Trust) was awarded an AmeriCorps member position for the 2022-2023 year. The position serves 450 hours during any time between September 2022 and August 2023. This is a new format for us and we’re wondering if a Midd student could be a good fit, serving the hours over the course of the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year.  We’d like to recruit a student before the fall so we have time to plan with them before the academic year begins.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • would fit well in a small environmental non-profit setting
  • wants to connect people with the outdoors
  • skills and interest in any combination of mapping, conservation and land stewardship, recreation trail work, and/or environmental education with youth
  • availability to serve 450 hours over the academic year

The compensation works out to be about $15.00/hour including the stipend they receive for future education costs (or existing student loans).

We’re in the early stages of shaping the experience, so if you might be interested, please reach out to MALT’s new Education Manager, Simon Schreier, simon@maltvt.org.

Summer Opportunity: VT Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Wetlands Program – Mapping Intern

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Spend your summer outdoors supporting the State of Vermont’s Wetlands Program with cataloguing and mapping valuable wetland ecosystems. The internship will focus on updating Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping products, as well as providing assistance in the form of data management and field work. The intern will learn about the Vermont Wetland Rules, State and Federal environmental regulations, how to identify wetlands remotely via desktop review and in the field, and how integral mapping is to the success of wetland protection. In-the-office support will focus on developing and improving wetland mapping products in the Esri ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro environments. 

This posting is part of the MiddWorks for Vermont Summer Internship Fellows Program. CCI is funding 25 Vermont-based summer student internships in 2022 with a variety of organizations. This internship is funded with a CCI award of $4,000.00. If you are offered and accept this internship, please be aware that your funding for this position is provided by CCI, and therefore you will be required to complete funded internship paperwork. Typically, seniors graduating in May and those who have not been enrolled for Spring ’22 are not eligible for CCI sponsored internships, but occasional exceptions are made. Students planning to transfer in the Fall are also not eligible.

Intern This Summer @VNRC to Protect and Enhance Vermont’s Natural Environments, Vibrant Communities, Productive Working Landscapes and Rural Character

There’s an exciting opportunity at Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) this summer for a 2022 Mollie Beattie Intern. Named in honor of the late Mollie Beattie, who served as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1991 to 1996 following years of environmental service in Vermont, this opportunity is open to a graduate level student—or a recent graduate with a natural resources or law degree—who intends to pursue a career in environmental science or natural resources policy or law. They also said they would accept applications from an undergraduate.


The intern will help coordinate initiatives related to water quality, land use planning, sustainable community development, and forest and wildlife conservation. The scope of work will be matched with the intern’s experience and interests. 

The internship will run for 8-10 weeks between June and August 2022. While we anticipate that the work of the Mollie Beattie Internship will be performed largely remotely, we leave open the possibility for in-person work if the selected candidate and conditions allow. Please indicate your availability for such work in your letter of interest. 
Compensation: Paid up to $5,020 for approximately 8-10 weeks of work.

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).