Employment

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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. 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.

Employment Opportunities

Associate Director, Knowledge Initiatives

The AD for Knowledge Initiatives will direct efforts and build synergy across our broad research portfolio, as well as collaborate with faculty, community partners, UMN systemwide campuses, and the IonE management team to launch new research efforts. IonE seeks to increase the knowledge that is most needed to create a sustainable future; this knowledge crosses disciplines, has practical value, and is developed with practitioners in the broader world. IonE’s current knowledge portfolio contains a collection of established programs and investments that will grow and change over time to best achieve the Institute’s mission and vision.

To see the full job description click here. To apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 326981

APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

Associate Director, Leadership and Education

The AD for Leadership and Education will manage and coordinate IonE’s evolving education and leadership training initiatives – and will help the Institute build a coordinated, cohesive program in environmental education and leadership training. IonE’s current Leadership and Education programs serve undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as well as faculty, business leaders, and elected officials. This collection of established programs will grow and change over time to best achieve the Institute’s mission and vision.

To see the full job description click here. To apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 326982

APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

ETL Project Coordinator

The Energy Transition Lab (ETL) Research Project Coordinator will manage the activities related to the
LCCMR Community Scale Energy Storage Demonstration and Guide Project. In May 2018, ETL was
awarded a three-year Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to purchase,
install, demonstrate and evaluate three community-scale energy storage systems, and to develop a
web-based guide to disseminate findings and provide “best practice” recommendations for
community-scale energy users who may wish to implement energy storage in the future.

Position is full time (40 hrs/wk) and limited to two years as this is a project-based appointment.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 327016

Postdoctoral Researcher: Environmental justice and urban ecosystem services

The CREATE Initiative (z.umn.edu/createchange), funded by the University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenge program, seeks a post-doctoral researcher to work on community-engaged, anti-racist research on urban environmental change. The position will be based at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Geography, Environment and Society and supervised by Dr. Kate Derickson and Dr. Bonnie Keeler (Humphrey School of Public Affairs). The position is funded for two years.

CREATE is co-directed by Dr. Bonnie Keeler (Institute on the Environment, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Natural Capital Project) and Dr. Kate Derickson (Dept. of Geography, Environment and Society) in partnership with faculty across the University of Minnesota and a network of community leaders in the U.S. and internationally. CREATE supports research at the intersections of water and equity, particularly with communities whose priorities have historically been underrepresented in academic research. The CREATE Initiative aims to pilot new models of engaged-scholarship, grounded in historical context, that address geographies of racial inequality, infrastructure investments, and the delivery of environmental services. The Initiative also offers training to graduate students from a range of disciplines interested in designing collaborative co-developed research on environmental justice and water issues.

To learn more or apply, please see z.umn.edu/praxislab_CREATEpostdoc

Graduate Research Assistant: Energy Storage Project

The Energy Transition Lab seeks a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA, job code 9521) to conduct research on various issues related to advanced electric energy storage and our project sites, and to draft the Energy Storage Guide.  The GRA will provide research, project documentation, writing, and administrative support for a multi-year project that will purchase, install, demonstrate and evaluate three community-scale energy storage systems in Minnesota.

The GRA would begin work in Fall 2018, and dependent upon performance and availability, the appointment (based on project period of performance) would run through Spring semester 2020.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 326988

Graduate Position: Acara Graduate Programs Coordinator

The Acara Graduate Programs Coordinator manages Acara co-curricular programs that serve graduate and professional students, as well as administration and communications for Acara courses for graduate students. Acara is a program of the Institute on the Environment in partnership with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and exists to support students in learning the skills they need to successfully design and pilot initiatives, organizations and/or ventures that seek to address a social or environmental problem.

This position is for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, with potential to be extended to Summer 2019 and beyond.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 326959.

Student Position: Development Support Assistant

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) is charged with finding solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems. We work with faculty and staff from across the full breadth of the University and run a variety of fellowship, funding and seminar / media programs to enhance interactions and opportunity for serendipity across disciplines, units and campuses. Central elements to success in this endeavor are the development of partnerships with external entities and analysis of trends in emerging knowledge and in funding sources. We are looking for an undergraduate student to assist in managing the logistics for annual giving, stewardship, and prospect and donor research for Director of Development.

This an excellent opportunity for a student to gain entry level office experience while supporting an organization’s mission and vision through service to its leadership and key stakeholders.

Possibility to extend the position into summer and the following academic year based on performance and availability of funding.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 326721

Student Position: Environmental Justice Project Assistant

The Sustainability Education office at the Institute on the Environment is seeking a student worker to support a grant-funded Environmental Justice project to be completed during the 2018-2019 academic year. The project aims to “strengthen the teaching of and communication about environmental justice courses and curriculum, including experiential or community-engaged learning” on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, across all colleges and departments. The idea for the project emerged out of faculty and student discussions on enhancing campus teaching and research on environmental justice, as well as research about environmental justice efforts of other colleges and universities. The position reports to Beth Mercer-Taylor, who serves as Sustainability Education Coordinator, with guidance from lead members of the faculty group who applied for the grant.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 326170

Student Position: Sustainability Education Assistant for Communications

The Sustainability Education Assistant for Communications is an undergraduate part-time position. The person in this role will be responsible for generating content for public communications for Sustainability Education, with University of Minnesota students as the primary audience. Sustainability Education has a team of student workers who work collaboratively. Key tasks include organizing information related to a variety of Sustainability Education program, writing for the program website and newsletter, managing social media, publicizing sustainability-related events, and outreach to students, student groups, community groups and University partners. The employee will also help plan Sustainability Education-related events for students at the University of Minnesota.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota employment website. Job ID 326482