Employment

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) 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

Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Operations

Do you believe in a future where people and the planet prosper together – and do you see a role for higher education in helping to bring about that future? That’s the mission and purpose of the Institute on the Environment, and we seek someone to steer operations that build financial support for that mission. 

We are looking for a professional who:

  • excels at forming and sustaining relations leading to financial support; 
  • is a skilled writer and communicator who can collaborate with academics, communications professionals, and external stakeholders to articulate a case for support; 
  • has experience creating inviting opportunities for donors and other supporters to engage with a mission-driven, innovation-oriented organization; and
  • has a track record of substantially contributing to or leading successful fund-raising campaigns.

This Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Operations is responsible for developing and implementing an advancement strategy that deepens engagement with key stakeholders and expands support for the institute’s programs and students. The Director will focus on creating a sustainable advancement program in partnership with Institute leaders and the University of Minnesota Foundation.

Application review will begin on November 29, 2021, and the position will remain open through December 12, 2021.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 344121

Data Science Research Specialist

We are seeking to fill two vacancies for a full-time, one-year Data Science Research Specialist position which will focus on advancing our environmental impact modeling with an emphasis on ecosystem service assessments. This position will be on the Knowledge Initiatives (KI) team, which leads the portfolio of interdisciplinary sustainability research and scholarly activity within IonE and is a core member of the Natural Capital Project (NatCap). 

The position will contribute to improving our collective ability to map sustainability across scales and contexts, from a parcel of land owned by a single individual to a county or watershed or larger. The research focuses on evaluating the consequences of land use management decisions on the value nature provides people and partitioning those costs and benefits to different stakeholders and decision makers.

Research experience in geospatial data science or a similar field is a requirement to start this position. Work experience related to ecology, ecological economics, natural resource management, agricultural economics, sustainability and/or environmental science, while not required, would be highly desirable.

Application review will be rolling until filled, with the first review on June 28, 2021.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 341117

Student Positions

Undergraduate: Empowering Youth Energy (EYE) & Climate Leaders Intern

The Empowering Youth Energy & Climate Leaders Intern is an undergraduate part-time internship position. This position is offered in partnership with the Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) 3011/5011 Pathways to Renewable Energy course, with  Washburn High School and with Renewable Energy Partners, funded through a Hennepin County Green Partners Grant 2022. Sustainability Education is working with these partners to host climate solutions workshop(s) and small hands-on projects for 200 youth, including K-12 and UMN students. Sustainability Education is also partnering with Hennepin County to use a zero waste approach to event planning and to feature their environmental education materials. This position is grant-funded through the end of the spring semester, with the possibility of extension through the summer of 2022. Anticipated start date to be determined based on student availability.

The person in this role will be responsible for research tasks, organizing, event planning and communications for the project, with a focus on coordinating with project partners to promote offerings. Key tasks include organizing information related to a variety of Sustainability Education programs, particularly climate solution workshop(s) and renewable energy information sessions for K-12 and UMN students.  The intern will help plan these energy and climate-related events for K-12 and UMN students.

This position will be done partially in-person and partially remote, depending on the University and high school situation with regard to Covid19. When appropriate, some travel to a local high school setting will be required. When possible, the majority of the work in this position will be performed in a general setting with other undergraduate students, graduate students, and academic professionals.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 344806

Undergraduate: 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 supporting Sustainability Education programming, including both collaborative event planning and a variety of communication activities, with University of Minnesota students as the primary audience. Sustainability Education has a team of student workers who work on several different tasks both independently and collaboratively. Key tasks include organizing Sustainability Education events, coordinating with student leaders, professional staff and faculty, and outreach to students, student groups, community groups and University partners. The employee will also help in promotional activities, including writing for the program website and newsletter, managing social media, and publicizing sustainability-related events.

The goal of the Sustainability Education programs is to better prepare students to be effective leaders in addressing sustainability problems in a complex and interconnected world through participation in the Sustainability Studies Minor and co-curricular programs. In recognition of systemic inequalities and racism inherent in our society and affecting our programming, Sustainability Education is committed to  becoming more diverse, equitable, inclusive, just, and actively anti-racist in our programming and processes.

The majority of the work in this position is performed in a general setting with other undergraduate students and academic professionals on the University of Minnesota St Paul campus.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 344807

Undergraduate: Clean Energy Program Assistant

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) Clean Energy Program Assistant is an undergraduate part-time position. The person in this role will assist in the administration of the UMN Clean Energy Program, a cohort program for undergraduates Addressing Climate Change for a Sustainable Future, as well as providing general assistance to the IonE Energy Programs under the direction of the Energy Program Specialist. Key tasks include coordinating events and communications, organizing and processing application information, and assisting with the development of communication materials and outreach to students, student groups, community groups and University partners. The Clean Energy Program Assistant will also help coordinate a network of external partners to provide mentorship and develop internship projects and student engagement efforts focused on clean energy transition and carbon neutrality.

Most of the work in this position is performed in a general setting with other undergraduate students and academic professionals.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 344808

Graduate Research Assistant: Life Cycle Assessment & GHG Reporting

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota seeks a graduate research assistant with experience and interest in life cycle assessments and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions for the 21-22 academic year and summer 2022. This position will be on the Knowledge Initiatives (KI) team, which leads the portfolio of interdisciplinary sustainability research and scholarly activity within IonE.

The KI team works on sustainability solutions focused on agri-food systems; energy transitions; climate mitigation and adaptation; responsible consumption, production, and investments; and sustainable, thriving communities. This project seeks to work with two leading companies in the US meat industry to better understand their environmental impacts. The first project will focus on calculating Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions and the second on performing a life cycle assessment of a company’s rendering facilities.

The position is located at IonE on the St. Paul, MN campus and the person will be expected to participate in IonE and develop working relationships with other IonE staff and external partners. Application review will be rolling until filled, with the first review on August 24, 2021.

To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 342707

(PhD) Graduate Research Assistant: Social Science

The Department of Soil, Water, and Climate (SWAC) and the Institute on the Environment (IonE), Knowledge Initiatives team, at the University of Minnesota seek a Graduate Research Assistant who has social science research experience or interest in developing an interdisciplinary, social science focused dissertation. The PhD student would conduct stakeholder assessment and decision support process and tool development and evaluation research to support the use of predictive climate information in agricultural and water resources decisions. The successful candidate will conduct their graduate research through the UMN Graduate Program in Land and Atmospheric Science (LAAS). This position is a joint appointment with the Knowledge Initiatives (KI) team at IonE and the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP), whose lead is a faculty member in SWAC. Both organizations work on a broad portfolio of interdisciplinary sustainability and climate adaptation research.

This will be a telecommuting position when UMN is in remote-only work and then is expected to transition to a hybrid in-person and virtual graduate student position. The person will be expected to both engage via web-conferencing with the team, attending important IonE, MCAP, and LAAS events, and developing working relationships with other IonE and MCAP staff and DAWN team members.

Appointment is funded externally by a grant from USDA and AGREETT funding. Funding is available for two semesters, with a successful performance review, there is the potential to extend the appointment for multiple semesters, contingent on available funding. This will be a 25-50% (10-20 hrs/wk) GRA tuition-bearing position.

To learn more about this opportunity and learn how to apply see here or contact us at IONE@UMN.EDU.