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

Program Manager – Graduate Student Leadership Development

We are seeking a Program Manager to lead leadership development and educational programming in sustainability for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across the University of Minnesota system. At IonE, sustainability is a social, economic, and ecological state where the needs of all people are met in a way that sustains – and even restores – planetary systems. 

In this role, you will lead strategic development and implementation of efforts to educate and prepare graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from the University’s Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester campuses to be effective leaders of sustainability in their chosen academic fields and careers. The Program Manager will annually recruit and train a cohort of graduate students to be IonE Graduate Leaders’ who facilitate five or more cohort programs for their peers (information about current programs can be found here), coordinate leadership and education trainings and events open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and develop partnerships across the University and in the community to engage and train more students. 

This position will be in-person on the St. Paul campus with the opportunity for regular remote/virtual work, ideally beginning in February, 2022. This position reports to Cathy Jordan, PhD who directs the Leadership & Education (L&E) unit within IonE.

To learn more and apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 345620. Priority applications will be reviewed February 1, 2022, with an ideal start date in March 2022.


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 and 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 and apply visit the University of Minnesota Employment website and search for job ID 344807


(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.