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Sustainable RIVER Research Opportunity

The Sustainability Program at the University of South Dakota is offering a NSF REU program this summer titled “Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience).”  Sustainable RIVER is a full-time, paid, undergraduate research opportunity.  In the Sustainable RIVER project, the students will investigate different invasive elements and cultural and natural stressors affecting the Missouri River.  The students will conduct an independent research project (see below), participate in six field trips on and along the Missouri River, and produce a team project.  


Research projects for the summer of 2018 are:

·         Effects of invasive trees on native floodplain forest vegetation and breeding birds

·         Effects of modified sediment loads on Missouri River and tributary hydrology

·         Effects of invasive fish on Missouri River food webs

·         Construction of a Missouri River participatory geographic information system database

·         Terrestrial land-use changes along the Missouri National Recreational River

·         Understanding competing value claims of the Missouri River

·         Effects of contaminants and pathogens on amphibians along the Missouri River

·         Ethnohistorical relationships among American Indian tribes and the Missouri River

·         Reincorporating prairies into Missouri River landscapes


The Sustainable RIVER project will run from 29 May 2018 to 3 August 2018.  Students participating in the project will receive a $5,500 stipend plus additional funding for food, housing, and travel.  This project is open to any undergraduate student, but students from community or tribal colleges and students studying sustainability are especially encouraged to apply.  Applications for the project can be submitted now through 19 February 2018. 


If you would like more information about the Sustainable RIVER project, please visit

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Job Openings

Sierra Club West Michigan Clean Energy Associate Organizer

This is a two-year, full-time organizing position based in Grand Rapids. The West Michigan Clean Energy Associate Organizer will build grassroots power and move West Michigan away from fossil fuels towards a clean energy future by leading the implementation of Sierra Club’s Building West Michigan Power Campaign to increase grassroots engagement in the region to achieve the goals of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign and Ready for 100 Campaigns. 

For details and to apply, click here.

Holland Board of Public Works - Job Openings

The Holland Board of Public Works is seeking qualified individuals to fill the following positions:

  • Journeyman Lineworker

For more information and how to apply, please visit

One Heart Source Experiential Learning Programs - Internships and Volunteering

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2018 Experiential Learning Programs in Cape Town, South Africa. We are offering a variety of 2, and 4-week volunteer programs and internships next summer.

As an OHS Volunteer/Intern you will:

  • Gain international experience for graduate school and employment.
  • Develop skills in international communication, mentorship and community outreach.
  • Mentor students to achieve academic growth and cultivate lasting relationships.
  • Immerse yourself in local communities and broaden your global perspective.
  • Collaborate with groups of university students from around the world.

Apply here for our Volunteer Programs: 2018 Application

West Michigan Environmental Action Council Internships

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is accepting applications for various internship positions.

WMEAC hosts interns from many colleges and universities. WMEAC internships include a one-time stipend, with all the benefits of hands-on experience in an environmental nonprofit. We have welcomed writers, those with social media marketing interests, biology and resource management majors, engineering  and sustainability majors and others. WMEAC interns leave with new skills, a portfolio of work, a letter of reference, and WMEAC’s appreciation. Typically WMEAC internships follow Spring (January – April), Summer (May-August), Fall (September – December) and the Women and Environment event (October-March) and final determination is decided by the Staff Mentor responsible for intern management.

For more information and application information, click HERE.

GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project Internships

GVSU's Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) offers many interdisciplinary internships. For more information, please visit

ATTRA Sustainability Internship/Apprenticeship Database

ATTRA has a great, long-running internship and apprenticeship database that is free for students to use.


Literacy Center of West Michigan

The Literacy Center of West MI is currently recruiting several full-time AmeriCorps positions!

 For more information and how to apply, visit

Political and Environmental Internship with Impact

Impact is a non-profit program of leading advocacy organizations, including Environment America and USPIRG. Impact is hiring interns to work on the ground to create the grassroots energy and power that it takes to win! Interns will have the opportunity to participate in national campaign briefings and activist skills training, all while getting in-state experience and mentorship from their lead campaign organizer.

Apply online at

A completed application includes the following:

  • A one-page personal statement describing your reasons for seeking an internship with Impact and what you hope to gain from the experience
  • A resume outlining your educational, professional, and volunteer experiences

Keep Growing Detroit

Keep Growing Detroit (KGD) is an organization located in Detroit, MI and exists to promote a food sovereign city where the majority of fruits and vegetables Detroiters consume are grown by residents within the city’s limits. KGD is currently seeking interns and volunteers! For more information and how to apply, visit Jobs and Volunteering. To learn more about KGD, visit their About Us webpage.