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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.


Graduate Research Assistant

We are managing a block grant to advance our renewable electricity research portfolio. With strong oversight from the grant PI, this position will primarily serve as the program manager for the administration of the granting program. For consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter. This position will be for, at minimum, the 2017 AY – 08/29/2016 – 05/28/2017, with availability to continue into summer and the following academic year for the right candidate.

To learn more or apply, please visit the U of M employment website. Job ID 311902.


Graphic Communications Associate

This position will work with the communications director to serve the overall design needs of the Institute on the Environment (IonE). Tasks may involve designing promotional materials for programs, courses and events; implementing Institute-wide branding guidelines; serving as photo editor for Ensia magazine; assisting with marketing and advertising projects, providing photo research for programs and more. This position may also supervise students working as design interns. This is a 75% time (30 hrs/wk) Civil Service non-exempt position (job code 8341) and is eligible for benefits.

To learn more or apply, please visit the U of M employment website. Job ID 313432.

Student Positions

Project Assistant

The student project assistant will assist IonE’s director for international partnerships with day-to-day tasks that are part of two large international projects with Germany and other projects. This position is available immediately for continued employment through the Spring 2017 semester, dependent upon performance and availability of funds. This position may be extended for the right candidate. The right candidate is someone who pays close attention to detail; is reliable;can see what needs to be done and takes the initiative to do it; is personable; is interested in how the University connects with non-University partners in government, politics, business and the nonprofit world; and wants to be a productive member of the IonE family.

To learn more or apply, please visit the U of M employment website. Job ID 313246.

Acara Program Associate

The Acara Program Associate (#2222) is a part-time (5-8 hours/week) undergraduate student appointment with Acara at the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The Program Associate will report to the Associate Director of Acara. The Program Associate will support the implementation of Acara’s impact entrepreneurship programming, including courses and competitions, to address social and environmental challenges in the U.S. and internationally. The Acara Program Associate will support communications, marketing, outreach and recruitment. They will help to support financial administration and development. They may represent Acara at on-campus events and activities.

To learn more or apply, please visit the U of M employment website. Job ID 313486.

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