The Institute on the Environment and the University of Minnesota are proud to be equal opportunity employers. All employment opportunities can be found on the University’s employment website. Current employment postings are featured below. Although we receive many inquiries, IonE operates with a small staff and job openings are infrequent. As available, all positions and application instructions will be posted. Please note, we do not accept or respond to unsolicited job inquiries or résumés.


Graduate Research Assistant
The Institute on the Environment’s Boreas Leadership Program develops the next generation of world-changing leaders by offering leadership skills development, networking, and practice opportunities to University of Minnesota graduate and professional students. The program is co-curricular, not for credit and offered at no cost to students. The Boreas graduate assistant will assist mainly in communication and program management in order to ensure Boreas runs smoothly and effectively for students. In addition to these main duties, the graduate assistant will have the opportunity to contribute to improving and developing Boreas. The graduate assistant reports directly to and works closely with the Boreas Program Director.

For more information, or to apply, visit the U of M employment page. The Job ID Number is 302780.


Communications Assistant
The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) is seeking a part-time Communications Assistant to help advance our mission of discovering solutions to Earth’s biggest problems through cutting-edge research, partnerships and leadership development, and to support Ensia magazine’s mission of connecting people with ideas, information and inspiration they can use to change the world.

Tasks performed in this position are entry level in nature. Duties may include (but are not limited to) fact-checking Ensia content; conducting background research for Ensia infographics and photo galleries; entry-level writing/editing/proofing for Ensia and IonE websites, blogs and press releases; and providing content for social media.

For more information, or to apply, visit the U of M employment page. The Job ID Number is 302097.

Global Landscapes Initiative

Post-Doctoral Associate
The Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota is seeking one or more postdoctoral research fellows to study how the connections between land use change, agriculture, and the environment affect risks to the global food system. Our research group of 10+ people has a broad set of skills, which are combined to identify solutions to major global challenges that are published in high-profile academic journals, and offers great opportunities for interdisciplinary work. The research is highly collaborative both within the team, with other research groups at the Institute on the Environment, and with other leading academic and non-profit institutions. The Global Landscapes Initiative is part of the Institute on the Environment, which broadly addresses challenges at the nexus of energy, food, and water.

We seek applicants with a PhD in earth sciences, ecology, agriculture, geography, or closely related field. Strong analytical, communications (both writing and speaking) and interpersonal skills are required.The position is available immediately and is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed for a second year.

For more information, or to apply, visit the U of M employment page. If you are a current U of M employee, apply here

Large Lakes Observatory

Postdoctoral Scholar
The Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth seeks a postdoctoral researcher for investigations into the ecosystem services of lakes. The researcher will support a 12-month project cataloging the ecosystem services provided by Earth’s twenty largest lakes. These lakes include the five North American Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario), as well as lakes in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. This individual will be based at the University of Minnesota Duluth but will maintain close cooperation with Dr. Bonnie Keeler, Dr. Stephen Polasky, and researchers at the Institute on the Environment, the Natural Capital Project, and the Department of Applied Economics, located on the Twin Cities campus. Opportunities for development of continuing project related to human values and large lakes.

We seek applicants with a PhD in ecology, natural resources, economics, or similar field and experience with writing research results for peer-reviewed publication. Preferred qualifications include experience in assessing and valuing ecosystem services and natural science knowledge of aquatic ecosystems, including their hydrologic and nutrient cycles.

For more information, or to apply, visit the U of M employment page .

Send other correspondence to: Robert Sterner, Large Lakes Observatory, 2205 E 5th Street, Duluth, MN 55812 or email stern007@d.umn.edu