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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.


Doctoral Positions

Post-doctoral 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 Assistants

IonE Educators Graduate Research Assistant

The IonE Educators graduate student serves in a role to manage the focal projects of the selected IonE Educators, integrate advancements in educational experiences and pedagogy into the Sustainability Education program, facilitate communication and administration within the cohort, and extend the visibility of their work within the University. This work could include identifying best practices for pedagogy in sustainability education, including integrating complex approaches to work on real-world sustainability challenges. Examples of these approaches are systems thinking, scenario planning, design thinking, world cafe discussion techniques, and a knowledge-to-impact framework to respond to Grand Challenges. The GRA will also identify current faculty members using innovative teaching techniques to highlight their efforts and collaborate with faculty members to replicate to other courses.

To learn more or apply, please visit the U of M employment website. Job ID 323579

Sustainability Education Graduate Research Assistant

The Sustainability Education Graduate Research Assistant supports the Sustainability Education programming in three primary functions:  supervising undergraduate student workers, facilitation of the IonE Undergraduate Leaders Program and maintaining administrative processes. 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. This position will report to the Sustainability Education Coordinator with regular guidance from the team project coordinator.

To learn more or apply, please visit the U of M employment website. Job ID 323621


Student Positions

Ensia Magazine Social Media & partnerships Assistant

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) is seeking a part-time social media and audience engagement assistant to work on its independent publication Ensia magazine (ensia.com). Ensia is home to high-quality environmental journalism with a focus on solutions to global environmental challenges. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the content published at ensia.com before applying.

Tasks performed in this position are entry level in nature and will focus on promoting international engagement with Ensia through social media channels and community engagement efforts, such as sharing stories with existing partners and other potentially interested parties. Applicants should be able to demonstrate communication skills, proficiency with social media, online marketing or related areas, and scientific/environmental literacy.

To learn more or apply, please visit the U of M employment website. Job ID 323065

Student Project Assistant

The student project assistant will assist the Institute on the Environment (IonE) 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 throughout the summer, dependent upon performance and availability of funds. This position may be extended into the Academic year 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 and professional, 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 323781