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.
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 1, 2021, and the position will remain open through November 30, 2021.
To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 344121
Program & Research Coordinator
Institute on the Environment (IonE) seeks a full-time Program & Research Coordinator who can provide programmatic administration and support the coordination of interdisciplinary social science research projects including engagement with research collaborators within and outside of the academy. This position will be on the Knowledge Initiatives (KI) team, which leads a portfolio of interdisciplinary sustainability research and scholarly activity within IonE.
We are looking for a person that enjoys supporting their team members in advancing the strategic initiatives of our unit. We are looking for an astute team member that can see where and when their help is needed, confident and driven enough to step in and give their help, and resourceful enough to figure out how to do the things they might not otherwise know. Competitive candidates will usually have diverse professional work experience from supporting and managing projects to proactively and creatively developing programmatic efficiencies and problem-solving as an equal partner on projects.
The position is located at IonE on the St. Paul, MN campus and the person will be expected to fully participate in IonE, including attending IonE events as well as developing working relationships with other IonE staff and external partners. This position could be set up to allow for a day or two of teleworking per week. The incumbent must be located within a reasonable driving distance to campus.
Application review will be rolling until filled, with the first review on November 15, 2021.
To learn more or apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 343842
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.
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