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

STAFF POSITIONS

Communications Specialist – Impact Writer

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary institution that works to advance sustainability through collaborative research, leadership and education programming, and public-interest storytelling and communications. This fall, we’re adding a communications specialist – with a focus on external storytelling – to our staff.

We’re looking for a sharp, creative communicator, who loves working with subject matter experts to tell compelling stories and illuminate big ideas.

  • You’ll write and edit feature stories, profiles, announcements, and other forms of content, scaling the reach and impact of our work and grantmaking.
  • You’ll coordinate social media, helping further amplify voices and ideas – and engaging in return with the people, organizations, and ideas on those platforms.
  • You’ll also play a key role in developing earned media, including monitoring the landscape, partnering on planning, and executing integrated strategies.

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 351418.

Communications Specialist – Internal Focus

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary institution that works to advance sustainability through collaborative research, leadership and education programming, and public-interest storytelling and communications. This fall, we’re adding a communications specialist – with a focus on internal comms – to our staff.

We’re looking for a creative, process-oriented colleague, who knows that internal communication both shapes and reflects organizations and their cultures. 

  • You’ll work to strengthen IonE’s vision, brand, and narrative within our extended community of staff, students, and affiliates – and facilitate feedback and learning
  • You’ll coordinate communications for a variety of projects and change initiatives at IonE, including strategic planning and the next phase of our commitment to embed antiracism and DEIJ principles into our mission and operations 
  • You’ll also use your skillset to help execute the IonE Annual Meeting – and help coordinate and align the communications team

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 351420.

Digital & Multimedia Manager

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary institution that works to advance sustainability through collaborative research, leadership and education programming, and public-interest storytelling and communications. This fall, we’re adding a digital & multimedia manager to our staff. 

We’re looking for a creative, technology-savvy person who enjoys managing digital platforms and channels (web, email) – and making things for them.

  • You’ll be a critical player in an upcoming redesign, helping shape a Drupal site you’ll govern and help grow.
  • You’ll establish best practices for email, building strong lists, designing and producing campaigns, and coordinating with colleagues who also use mass email in their work.
  • You’ll produce digital and multimedia content, with an initial emphasis on video, audio, and photography, and space to bring and grow other skills
  • Last, and certainly not least, you’ll lead digital analytics, sharing your insights on how to strengthen our platforms and content.

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 351419.

STUDENT POSITIONS

Clean Energy Program Assistant ($15.91/hr)

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, and the summer Sustainability Corps internship program, as well as providing general assistance to IonE Programs under the direction of the Energy Program Specialist.

Key tasks include (1) coordinating events and communications, (2) organizing and processing application information, and (3) 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.

The candidate will ideally be able to continue working through the summer and beyond.

How to apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter expressing your interest. These are important forms of communication and all application packages will be critiqued accordingly; please ensure you are calling attention to your skills and experience as they relate to the required and preferred qualifications. If you need help with these materials, please consult Career & Internship Services.

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the University of Minnesota Student Employment website and search for job ID 351841.  

Environmental Justice Storytelling Assistant ($15.91/hr)

Do you love storytelling and want to make an impact advancing environmental justice?

Come join us. The Institute on the Environment has an immediate opening for an Environmental Justice Storytelling Assistant. As part of our learning and education team, you’ll have a birds-eye view of a lot of the exciting environmental justice work going on within, across, and beyond the University. Your responsibilities will include identifying environmental justice leaders in IonE’s Affiliate community, conducting interviews of identified Environmental Justice Affiliates, and creating content such as short-form stories and social media posts. We’re also interested in what skills you want to develop; we’re a supportive team and want to see you grow. There may be opportunities to try new things such as basic design, artistic installation, video, and other content creation.

How to Apply: Interested individuals should submit (1) a resume, (2) a short cover letter, voice memo, or video sharing what you’d bring to the team.

The Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with an anticipated start date in October 2022. Anticipated last-chance deadline to apply is October 15, 2022.

This is a condensed job advertisement; to learn more and apply visit the University of Minnesota Student Employment website and search for job ID 351654.