ENVS Current Jobs and Opportunities


Welcome to the ENVS Opportunities Page!

Below are ENVS related jobs, scholarships, and all other opportunities updated every week for all UCSC undergraduates and graduates.

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  1. Events
  2. Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
  3. Jobs and Paid Internships
  4. Scholarships and Awards
  5. Opportunities Abroad
  6. Fellowships
  7. Graduate School Programs


  • 2021 Fieldwork Toolkit Leadership Training Series

    Improve your leadership and communication skills! This training series will feature timely, challenging topics led by subject matter experts, presented online in workshop format with opportunities to discuss scenarios, practice skills, and plan for your specific field projects and settings.

    Details: The training series is free and will be hosted by the UC Field Research Safety Center of Excellence online Wednesdays in March. Space is limited. Participants are expected to attend all four workshops and will earn a leadership training certificate. Any questions may be directed to the planning team: Claudia Alli (UCLA), Sara Souza (UC Berkeley), and Jason Herum (UC Davis). For more information and resources, check out the 2021 Fieldwork Toolkit Leadership Training Series website.

    Intended audience: principal investigators, grad student researchers, field course instructors, field staff, field station managers, departmental field coordinators, and others that lead or coordinate field research teams or field courses.

    Schedule (via Zoom):

    March 3, 9 am – Noon PST:

    Trip Planning: Risk Management for Field Settings -- Chris Lay, Ken Norris Center for Natural History at UCSC

    March 10, 10 am – Noon PST:

    Creating, Enforcing, and Promoting Safe Fieldwork Culture: Strategies aimed at protecting diverse researchers-- Monique Avery Pipkin, Amelia-Juliette Demery, Cornell University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    March 17, 10 am – Noon PST:

    Mental Health in the Field: Best Practices and Pitfalls -- Dr. Saira Khan, Mind Compass Psychology and Dr. Cedric John, Imperial College of London, Dept of Earth Sciences and Engineering

    March 24, 1-3 PM PST:

    Building a Better Fieldwork Future Workshop: Preventing Harassment & Assault in the Field -- Melissa Cronin, UCSC, Conservation Action Lab

    Please see workshop descriptions, speaker bios, and supplemental materials at 2021 Fieldwork Toolkit Leadership Training Series website.


  • Everett Program Transformative Justice Winter Webinar Series

    Reimagine Everything: Leveraging Transformative Justice Theory to Advance a World Beyond Incarceration, from March 1st - March 10th, is a two week webinar series of three conversations designed to inform and inspire us as we fight to change our culture’s attitudes towards crime and punishment. We’ve invited activists, community leaders, and academics, to discuss topics ranging from disability justice to youth incarceration. Join us for one or all of our upcoming events!

    Everett Fellows will moderate hour-long conversation between activists, community leaders, and academics. Conversations will be followed by an optional 30 min discussion led by Fellows.


  • Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

  • California Native Garden Foundation Internship

    For the past 20 years, California Native Garden Foundation in San Jose has hosted college interns from institutions throughout California as well as internationally. This year, obviously, is unusual; the world will be a different place when this is over, and we have an opportunity to create cities where humans can live more sustainably by restoring local ecosystems, growing our own food, and reconnecting children with nature. 

    Students who may be interested in helping us put together an array of pilot programs through our partnership with San Jose City College are encouraged to apply. This summer, in addition to our usual activities, we are building curriculum for new certification and degree programs in ecological fields including:

    • Nature Immersion Early Childhood Education
    • Outdoor STEAM Education for K-8th grade
    • Regenerative Organic Agriculture (ROA) 
    • Ecological Engineering
    • Local Ecology
    • Ecological Urban Landscaping, with a special emphasis on designing and maintaining teaching gardens, based on our ELSEE model (https://cngf.org/elsee/
    • Plant-based Culinary Arts

    There will be opportunities for hands-on learning at our gardens and urban ROA farm (outdoors, which is much safer, while maintaining social distancing), as well as online internships for students who live further, or are unable to meet in person.  

    We are also looking for soil science majors who will help us to set up research projects; plant biologists, and community organizers. As our program is expanding, we expect that some of these internship positions could lead to career opportunities with our program in the near future. 

    Contact to learn more, or go here to apply. (If faculty are interested in volunteering as mentors on these projects, we’d love to hear from them as well!)


  • Penny Newman Farm Products

    This is an opportunity to work with one of the longest-running businesses in Fresno in their mission to help farmers throughout the state of CA improve their economic return simultaneously with their environmental footprint. Recent scientific developments have revealed the critical role soil biology plays in crop production and the oversights the industry has made in emphasizing chemical inputs to optimize yield and quality. Penny Newman has developed an innovative portfolio of crop inputs that outperform the results of standard chemical fertility by facilitating the propagation of soil microorganisms. These products integrate seamlessly with standard farming systems and protocols and are growing rapidly in terms of their popularity. Penny Newman is looking for open-minded and ambitious candidates that are not only eager to learn about this new paradigm, but willing to get their hands dirty and do the work that needs to be done in order to serve our growers. We won’t sugar coat it, a lot of this is grunt work but it will provide an exceptional lens into various farming operations in addition to the opportunity to learn about the most effective and environmentally friendly mode of crop production developed to date.

    Description of Duties:
    ● Coordinate and assist in organizing soil, sap, and tissue sample projects with Penny Newman salesman and Farm Products division lead staff
    ● Conduct field soil/tissue samples for existing customers and trial customers
    ● Manage and organize the digital filing of soil, sap, and tissue samples
    ● Disseminate links to cloud-based field data files to PN team upon request
    ● Support Farm Products division team to make product deliveries and retrieve tanks and trailers at various farm locations
    ● Gain knowledge about cutting edge crop fertility technology
    ● Support Farm Products team in setting up and breaking down outreach booths at various industry expo events

    Desired Skills/Credentials:
    ● College student or graduate with a focus in agriculture or ag-business
    ● Working towards CCA/PCA certifications
    ● Familiarity working with Google Drive and Microsoft Office software
    ● Savyness navigating on a smartphone using Google Maps and GPS technology

    Hours Per Week:
    ● Both part-time and full-time roles being considered
    ● Flexible with class schedule

    All applicants please email resume and contact information to
    info@penny-newman.com with the header “Field Internship + Applicant Name”

    Pay TBD. 


  • Advisory Committee on Campus Transportation and Parking

    Interested in transportation sustainability and equity? Want to improve Metro and campus shuttle service? The Advisory Committee on Campus Transportation and Parking (ACCTP) is seeking student representatives. If you are interested in learning more about how campus transportation works, and helping to shape its future, please apply! 
    The committee meets for an hour every month, and advises the campus administration on parking rates, transit budgets, and walking and cycling. You can apply directly here


  • Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) Council Openings

    CSC is a student-run funding body that allocates grant money to organizations working on sustainability projects. The CSC is currently looking for council members that can participate for the entire academic year. Council members are stewards for the Campus Sustainability Programs Fee that all UCSC undergraduate students pay in their tuition. As a member of the council you will learn the Principles of Democratic Budgeting, Sustainability & Climate Justices, and the Student Agency Model. Volunteering on the council also gives students an opportunity to develop their professional skills, including time management, budget management, interpersonal communication, and networking.

    CSC looks forward to working with you to build a more sustainable future, even in these challenging times. Please feel free to reach out to csc@ucsc.edu if you have any questions or would like to schedule an interview.


  • Middlebrook Center for Urban Sustainability

    The Middlebrook Center is a non-profit organization in downtown San Jose that focuses on sustainable food production and urban ecosystem restoration. We use native plants and Regenerative Organic Agriculture to create healthy, productive, and efficient agro-ecosystems. We are involved in solutions for climate change through youth education programs.  

    We currently have several open internship positions that may interest students in your department. Current internship openings include:

    • Ecological Landscaping (paid)
    • Regenerative Organic Urban Agriculture
    • Early Childhood Education and Nature Immersion
    • Plant-Based Culinary Arts
    • Sustainable Engineering
    • Sustainable Art
    • Social Media and Community Outreach
    • Events Coordinator

    More information is available here. Applications can be found here.

    In addition to interns, we are looking for research collaboration opportunities with students and faculty who share our interests in soil science, nature immersion education, urban agriculture, and native plant communities. We have a unique garden in downtown San Jose, where we have, over the past two decades, used native plants to regenerate urban ecology. 

    If you have any questions about our work, research, or student internships, please contact us at cngf.org@gmail.com.



  • Jobs and Paid Internships

  • RCC Media and Communications Coordinator

    The Media and Communications Coordinator will support Rachel Carson College Academic staff with advancing the visibility of our programming, classes, and the minor in Sustainability Studies, including maintaining the websites associated with the college. The post is for 6-8 hrs per week and up to 320 hours total per year (with the expectation of fewer hours in the summer). ER #18029


  • UC Student Regent

    Apply for an amazing leadership opportunity to become the next UC Student Regent. The Student Regent is appointed to sit on the UC Board of Regents and provides students with a rewarding and challenging experience to work toward meaningful change for college students throughout the UC system. The student Regent is a voting member of The Regents of the University of California, attending all meetings of the Board and its Committees and serving a one-year term. The appointee holds the title Regents-designate for a year prior to the role as a Regent. As a Regents-designate, the appointee is invited to participate in all meetings of the Board and of its Committees, but without a vote. The Board of Regents meets six times a year, every other month.
    The student Regent is reimbursed for expenses incurred for attendance at meetings of the Board and its Committees. All mandatory University fees and tuition are waived for the student Regent during the academic years in which he or she serves as a Regent-designate and as a member of the Board.
    The deadline to apply is March 7, 2021. 

  • As a Teach For America corps member, you’ll be part of a movement changing the future for America’s students, while gaining invaluable leadership experience that will fuel your career. All children—no matter where they live—should have access to a high-quality education that will lead to college, career, and expansive opportunities in life. That’s not the case today; children’s ZIP codes too often predict the quality of the education they will receive. But as a Teach For America corps member, you’ll be a leader in the effort to change that status quo.

    As an undergrad, you can join a powerful network of changemakers and help shape the future our country. TFA can help you take your leadership to the next level through unique professional development opportunities.

    We offer paid internships for undergraduates from all majors and colleges across the country. Each opportunity prepares you for a career of impact, while giving you the chance to explore social issues affecting our nation.

    How will you lead? Juniors and Seniors can apply to the 2021 or 2022 corps today. Application Deadline: Friday, March 5th, 2021. All majors accepted. Full salary, benefits, loan forbearance, and partnerships with grad schools are available.


  • Project Super Bloom supports young people to become the candidates, campaign teams, and policy leads for California’s 2022 state legislature races. Through uplifting leaders who will stand up for our future, we will build a movement to elect candidates who will transform California’s political landscape. We will support campaigns to talk to their community about what working-class policies would look like for them and support young community leaders running on the working class platforms that are created.

    We are looking to hire 2 part-time strategic coordinators for Project Super Bloom. This position will be 15 hours per week and will be paid $20/hour and will extend through May, with the possibility of extending beyond that through the end of 2022. This position will be a good fit for students who have a passion for electoral organizing and climate justice issues and have experience in coordinating roles. We are looking for creative young people (under 25) who are excited about the work of base building and coalition building and are committed to creating an equitable and non-transactional workspace. That being said, if you are big on community building, this will be the perfect role for you.

    Low-income people and people of color are encouraged to apply. If you will need additional resources such as a laptop for accessibility purposes, they can be provided.

    DM our IG (projectsuperbloom) with questions about this position. After you fill out this application, you will be contacted within two weeks regarding the position.

    Applications are available here. 


  • Serve with FoodCorps: paid opportunities to connect kids to healthy food

    FoodCorps is an AmeriCorps program that connects kids to healthy food in schools so that they can reach their full potential. Our Service Members are placed within one or two schools within a community, and focus on leading hands-on gardening and nutrition lessons with elementary-aged students, supporting positive behavior in cafeterias, and supporting the school community in building a culture of health.

    Where we serve: There are opportunities to serve throughout the state; we are looking to find 30 passionate and motivated individuals to serve in schools across the Bay Area, as well as in San Diego County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County, and Los Angeles.

    More info: Folks can find more information about the program and where we serve and a full position description at those links. 

    How to apply: Those who are interested in serving can apply online through our website. We will be reviewing applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis throughout the spring.


  • CAMINO Community Outreach Paid Internship

    CAMINO is hiring a Community Outreach Intern to help us grow our CAMINO student community, share research/funding opportunities with students, organize professional workshops and social events, etc. Social media experts please apply!
    search for ER #17005
    The CAMINO Intern will support the Director and the Program Coordinator in fulfilling the mission of the program by encouraging a diverse student body to engage in mentored field experiences and research in ecology and conservation. The Center to Advance Mentored, Inquiry-Based Opportunities in Ecology and Conservation (CAMINO) hosts drop-in mentoring, professional workshops and community events to provide information about graduate school and careers in conservation. CAMINO also offers full-time paid research opportunities during the summer, and financial support for academic field courses. Please see our website: camino.ucsc.edu for more information. 

    Preferred qualifications: Experience with WordPress, G Suite and social media platforms. 

    Desired Majors (but not limited to): EEB, ENVS, Information Sciences.
    See full position description on UCSC Career Center Website. Position available until filled. 
    Email any questions you have to camino@ucsc.edu

  • Azul National Policy Associate

    Azul is a Latinx led and serving environmental justice organization focused on ocean stewardship. We are small, nimble, and extremely mighty. Founded in 2011, Azul has been instrumental in the CA plastic bag ban, shark fin ban, and in expanding access to the state’s coasts. Our work is rooted and guided by equity, social justice, and intersectionality. 

    This position is for a full-time National Policy Associate who will work closely with the Executive Director / Founder and report to the Director of Operations. The National Policy Associate will work with leadership to create, draft, develop, and advocate for policy solutions that support the achievement of Azul’s conservation goals. With the goal of deepening impact, the National Policy Associate will represent Azul in the media and also in coalitions to evangelize and amplify Azul’s mission on the national stage. This position is located in Washington D.C. (with access to a co-working space).

    For more information, check out www.azul.org.


  • County of Santa Cruz: Environmental Health Specialist

    If you are seeking exciting new opportunities, the County of Santa Cruz has exciting opportunities available in an Environmental Health. Do you have experience with inspecting and investigating environmental health conditions? Are you experienced in educating the public concerning environmental health and safety? If so read on!

    We have current vacancies in the Consumer Protection Program.

    Environmental Health Specialist I: $5,775 - 7,524 

    Environmental Health Specialist II: $6,280 - 8,202 

    Environmental Health Specialist III: $7,129 - 9,025

    Special Requirements/Conditions: License Requirements: Possession of a valid certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the California State Department of Health Services. Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License.

    For more information on the positions and requirements and to APPLY online please go to our website www.santacruzcountyjobs.com



  • Job Openings with the Community Water Center

    The Community Water Center is a great organization working towards community-based solutions for water justice throughout California.  

    Communications Manager - Sacramento Office
    The bilingual (English and Spanish) Communications Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing media relations, organizational communications (eblasts, web presence, social media), and supporting CWC’s fundraising efforts. The Communications Manager is a full-time position based out of our Sacramento office and will report to the Director of Strategic Partnerships. This position will work closely with CWC’s Policy Director and the Executive Director, as well as other CWC staff, community members, ally organizations and agencies, and various interns.

    Community Organizer - Visalia Office
    The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the San Joaquin Valley. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies.

    Water Leadership Strategist - Visalia or Sacramento Office
    The Water Leadership Strategist is primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Water Leaders Network (CWLN) and supporting efforts to build regional power. CWLN is a network of 22 elected representatives from city councils, county board of supervisors, local water boards, public utilities districts, community service districts, school boards who have made a commitment to securing safe, clean and affordable water for their communities. The network is designed to support local elected decision makers by connecting leaders to each other for peer support and mentorship, providing accurate information and water expertise, and by sharing information on opportunities to secure safe and affordable drinking water.

    The application details are located on their website. 



  • Scholarships and Awards

  • Northern California Botanists Student Scholarships

    Northern California Botanists provides competitive botany and plant ecology research scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending a college and university. Research scholarships will be funded by NCB with the goals of encouraging undergraduate students to pursue academic endeavors toward a career in botany, promoting undergraduate and graduate botany and plant ecology research, and implementing objectives of the NCB mission.

    The Northern California Botanists are looking for interested people at colleges and universities to apply for our 2021-2022 student scholarships, including a generous $1000 research scholarship. Application materials are now available on our website at http://www.norcalbotanists.org/scholarships.html. The application deadline is March 15, 2021.


  • Call For Applications: UCSC Carbon Fund

    We are excited to announce that the Carbon Fund is opening applications for funding from February 17, 2021 to April 12, 2021. The Carbon Fund is a student-fee funded initiative to reduce campus carbon emissions through various on-campus projects. The Carbon Fund has approximately $63,000 in available grant money this round to advance energy reducing projects on campus. To get some ideas of what we’ve previously funded, review our list of past projects.

    To learn more about the Carbon Fund and the application process, watch the Information Session on our website. If you have any questions or just want to discuss your idea with us, you can email us to set up a meeting anytime. The Application Guide and other useful information is available on our website


  • 2021 Deans' and Chancellor's Awards

    The Deans and Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz wish to recognize excellence in research and creativity among undergraduate students as evidenced through projects and theses performed in the normal pattern of academic activity at UCSC. Click here to see a listing of current and previous winning projects.

    The 2020-2021 Deans’, Chancellor’s, and Steck Undergraduate Awards are all accepting applications. These awards recognize exceptional achievements in research projects or other creative activities, in order to both encourage outstanding scholarship and promote research as an important part of undergraduate education.

    Students can apply directly online, by going to the Deans’ and Chancellor’s Undergraduate Awards website, https://dca.ue.ucsc.eduThe deadline for undergraduates to submit their completed online application is Wednesday, March 24 at 11:59 pm.


  • Koret Scholarship: Call for Project Submissions

    With generous support from the Koret Foundation, we will once again offer Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarships for undergraduates pursuing research under faculty or graduate student mentorship during spring and summer 2021. In most cases, Koret Scholars should work with their mentors in a 2 or 5 credit individual studies course. Up to 50 scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to undergraduate students from any discipline. Details are available at https://honors.ucsc.edu/koretscholars/ . A Koret Scholarship flyer is also attached. The application is now open, and the deadline for students to submit their applications is February 25, 2021.

    Questions should be directed to ur_hnrs@ucsc.edu.


  • Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

    The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to support undergraduate students in the
    Division of Social Sciences who are passionate about social issues and committed to public service. Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman graduated from UC Santa Cruz (Sociology) and was working for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as her Director of Community Outreach when he was tragically shot and killed. Generous donations from more than 520 alumni, faculty, community members, and the general public have funded this endowment.

    The Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship is awarded based on a meritorious, ongoing, and demonstrated
    commitment to public service combined with academic excellence. In 2021 up to $8,000 is available to award to one or more outstanding undergraduate students majoring in any of the departments within the Division of Social Sciences. More information about the award, and about the past recipients of this award, is available on the Social Sciences website. Undergraduate majors in the social sciences are invited to apply for this scholarship through their department by submitting a short essay (2-3 pages maximum) about their passion for social issues and commitment to public service as well as a copy of their resume. Candidates must be in excellent academic standing and submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts with their essay and resume. Each department may select up to three ranked candidates for this award and submit their application packet for review along with a nomination letter detailing why these candidates were chosen. The selection committee, appointed by the Dean, includes two faculty and three community members. We plan to adhere to the following timetable:

    April 23: Departments submit the candidate’s application materials and department’s nomination letter to Pam Dewey in the Dean’s office no later than 5:00pm
    Early May: Selection committee meets to select recipient(s), and sends recommendation to the dean
    May 12: Recipient(s) announced
    June 4: Award(s) presented at the Division of Social Sciences Student Award event
    The Gabriel Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Fund provides another way for Social Sciences departments to
    recognize and reward their outstanding undergraduate students.

    Students are to apply through their departments by submitting an essay, a current resume, and a copy of their unofficial transcript. Each department must submit application packets and the department ranking to the dean's office by April 23, 2021.


  • Latinos in Technology Scholarship

    The Latinos in Technology Scholarship was established by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, a public foundation dedicated to inspiring community philanthropy and engaging people to invest in the educational achievement and leadership development of a thriving Hispanic community in Silicon Valley. This program will give up to 100 Latino students the support they need to graduate from college; an educational opportunity they would not have access to otherwise. Additionally, scholarship recipients will be considered for summer internships with sponsoring corporate investors. By implementing this program in Silicon Valley, HFSV will be able to directly address the local education gap among Latinos as well as begin to close the high tech employment diversity gap.

    The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley is now accepting applications for the 2021 Latinos in Technology Scholarship (Deadline: March 19, 2021).There were over 50 scholarship recipients from UCSC who received this scholarship last year (max $10,000). Learn more about the scholarship. 
    Feel free to contact the STEM Diversity office at stemdiv@ucsc.edu 

  • The Coha-Gunderson Prize in Speculative Futures

    The Speculative Futures THI Research Cluster announces a campus-wide competition, open to undergraduate and graduate students, for a creative piece of (social or scientific) speculative fiction, which can be in any medium or genre but must be available for review and assessment by cluster members and ultimately shared with the public, whether through an exhibition, a performance, a proposed course, or future publication. Submissions may be individual or collaborative. It is preferred that submissions be based in actually existing worldly conditions, discernible in the submission itself.

    Up to two awards will be made of $1000 each.

    UC Santa Cruz undergraduates and graduate students from any department in good academic standing. Preference for students enrolled through fall 2021. Students are ineligible to apply while on leave or in absentia.

    Applications can be found here. They will be due March 10th


  • Scholarships for Environmental & Horticulture-related projects!

    The Garden Club of America is offering tons of scholarships for qualified students seeking funding for study or research in the areas of: 

    • Botany
    • Coastal Wetland Studies
    • Conservation
    • Desert Studies
    • Ecology
    • Garden History & Design
    • Horticulture
    • International Study
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Native Bird Habitat
    • Native Plant Studies
    • Pollinator Research
    • Public Horticulture
    • Urban Forestry

    Application details and deadlines available on Garden Club of America website.  Most deadlines are January-February 2021. If you have any questions, please contact scholarshipapplications@gcamerica.org.



  • Opportunities Abroad

  • UCDC Program

    UCDC offers eligible undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to combine course work, exciting field research, and unparalleled internship experience during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Typically, students live in residence during the program in Washington DC, but this year the program will be remote through Spring 2021. Students from any major can gain valuable on-the-job experience with professionals and experts in fields that interest them. From NASA, to the Nation Institutes of Health, to the Smithsonian, to the Capitol, students have the chance to test-drive a career, build their portfolio or resume, and make valuable industry contacts that can be essential to landing the ideal job upon graduation.
    Information Session on Friday, February 26th, 11-12 PM- register here!
    Fall 2021/Winter 2022 deadline: April 5th at 11:45 PM.

  • Study Abroad Opportunity-- UCSC Exchange: ISARA-Lyon

    Study environmental studies and agroecology in France on a brand new study abroad opportunity: UCSC Exchange: ISARA-Lyon! Fall 2021 applications close 4/1/21. Apply early - this program is limited capacity. Applications are processed first come, first serve. See How to Apply. Note that financial aid and scholarships are available! For questions, please contact studyabroad@ucsc.edu


  • Costa Rica Research Experience for Undergrads

    REU is a summer opportunity for undergraduate African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders students to complete ecological research. It takes place at the OTS La Selva Research Station and OTS Las Cruces Research Station, through support of the NSF Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP). Summer funding allows students to complete an original research project while guided by experienced researchers. For program dates, deadlines and detailed information, please visit: https://tropicalstudies.org/course/reu/

    We are looking for undergraduate African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, who are curious about the natural world, and are also:
    • adventurous.
    • willing to invest their summer months doing original research in the tropical forests of Costa Rica.
    • willing to integrate their research experience into their future careers by presenting their results.
    • willing to have meaningful cultural exchanges and make scientific contacts from across the globe.
    • willing to work hard, and take full advantage of this stupendous opportunity that is truly a stepping stone towards a scientific career.

    Contact reu.program@tropicalstudies.org with any questions! 


  • Summer Shark and Ray Field Research Opportunity in Florida

    Gain hands-on marine field research experience in Clearwater, Florida.  All participants will be involved in all aspects of a local population study on sharks and rays.  This includes setting and retrieving nets and longlines, handling and identifying captured animals, tagging and measuring all captured sharks and rays, recording data, and releasing animals.  Each day begins with a lecture on shark and ray identification, biology, physiology, and conservation as well as our local ecosystems, species, and other conservation topics.  After the 1 - 2 hour lecture in the morning, the day continues with 6 – 8 hours of field research aboard our vessels.

    Final enrollment deadline is March 31, 2021.

    More information is available here. Application information is available here


  • Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA)

    WWOOF invites students to complete their coursework from an organic farm, while learning practical skills alongside a farmer, discovering how to grow food & meeting new people!

    Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA) is a cultural and educational on-farm experience that students can use for an:
    • Internship
    • Distance learning opportunity (complete online classes from a farm!)
    • Hands-on training to gain practical skills

    The program is open year-round to all students. Winter and spring 2021 opportunities are posted now on over 1,700 farms across the USA. WWOOF host farmers have health and safety protocols in place to host students today.

    Student visitors, or "WWOOFers," spend about half of each day helping on a host farm while learning about organic agriculture and sustainability. They receive free room and board during their visit – with no money exchanged between host farmers and WWOOFers. No previous experience is required as WWOOF is a learning opportunity.

    The length of stay is flexible from a day or weekend on a local farm, up to a week, full semester or even longer. Host farms are located in all 50 states. 

    WWOOF-USA is a non-profit organization and the only expense to members is $40 for a one-year membership. We are offering a $10 student membership discount for current students.

    Register as a WWOOFer and enter the coupon code: WINTER20 during checkout.


  • Wildlands Studies Field Programs

    With UC Education Abroad Programs canceled this fall, we want UC students to know they can still participate in a traveling domestic academic field program with us in the Spring. We are actively accepting applications for our remote, outdoor, environmental study programs. A UC student favorite, hundreds of past UC students can attest to the rigor and depth of our programs. Our programs provide students with applied field research techniques, access to local scientists, wildlife monitoring, biological assessments, camping, and hiking. 

    Spring programs are available in Hawaii and the Sky Islands.

    More information is available on the Wildlands Studies website.


  • California Ecology and Conservation Field Quarter

    California Ecology and Conservation brings together 27 undergraduates from across the UC system for seven weeks of intensive learning at NRS reserves. Experienced field instructors help undergraduates transform into scientists. Students complete a series of increasingly independent research studies while learning to notice natural patterns, frame questions into feasible research projects, and practice standard field techniques. At the conclusion of each project, students analyze their data and present their findings in oral presentations and written reports. Students hone their research, public speaking, and scientific writing skills with constant practice and feedback. All the while, students gain a working familiarity with California’s diverse ecosystems.

    All UC undergraduates who have a 2.5+ GPA, are in good standing with their home campus, and have successfully completed an introductory biology course are eligible to apply.

    This program is offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. More information is available on the course website. 

    Applications for the Fall 2021 NRS California Ecology and Conservation Field Quarter can be found here. They will be due April 25, 2021

    We are also seeking TAs; this position is ideal for graduate students late in their careers who are looking to gain more teaching and mentoring experience pay and hours are as a normal TAship. However, you would need to stay with the course for its 50-day duration. To apply, please contact Krikor Andonian at kandonia@ucsc.edu.


  • Fellowships

  • 2021 RAY Diversity Fellowship

    The RAY Diversity Fellowship is a two-year (1 year with 1-year renewal), full-time position with partner conservation and clean energy organizations with the goal of increasing and facilitating environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. 

    Interested applicants may join upcoming informational webinar series to ask questions, learn more about the application process, and hear from a current RAY Fellow. 

    Applications for the 2021 cycle are open and descriptions of Fellowship positions will be added on a rolling basis through March. We anticipate scientific and policy research and communications specific positions among others this year. Visit our website at http://www.rayfellowship.org/apply for application instructions and deadlines. 


  • CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program

    Every year, California decision makers must make critical decisions on a number of complex and dynamic issues facing our state, such as our water supply, energy grid, and public health. To help address this, the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program annually recruits and trains a cohort of fifteen PhD scientists and engineers to spend one year working in Sacramento, directly serving decision makers within the California State Legislature and Executive Branch.

    During their year of public service, these scientific minds get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of policymaking in the state of California. CCST Science Fellows work alongside decision makers to evaluate complex scientific issues and interpret data, while tackling the responsibilities of full-time staffers.

    The CCST Science Fellows program is a win-win for California. These talented individuals gain valuable experience and training in public policy and leadership. In turn, state decision makers are given access to science-savvy staff who can inform policy discussions with scientific perspectives and expertise.

    Applications are due by March 1, 2021. More information is available here


  • Graduate School Programs

  • College of Charleston Environmental and Sustainability Studies Graduate Program

    The Master of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Studies program (EVSS) is a 2 year program that prepares students to deal with the complex nature of environmental issues through an interdisciplinary approach that capitalizes on the unique faculty and research strengths of The Graduate School of the College of Charleston. The faculty contributes through policy sciences, mathematics and the natural and physical science areas of biology, geology and physics.

    In addition, we offer a concurrent degree with the Master of Public Administration Program. The concurrent program can be completed in about 3 years and will prepare you for the challenges of a career in the environmental field. Courses examine the development and implementation of public policy responses to environmental issues.

    If you're interested in the College of Charleston's Environmental and Sustainability Studies program and Marine Biology program but are not sure which masters degree is the right fit for you, click here to learn about some key program differences.

    An informational webinar for prospective students will be hosted on March 18, 2021. More information is available here. 

    Application deadlines for Fall: Priority Deadline is March 1st, Final Deadline is July 1st

    Spring: Priority Deadline November 1st, Final Deadline Decemeber 1st

    Summer: Deadline March 1

    More application information is avaiable here


  • USF MA in International Studies

    Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach, our Master of the Arts in International Studies (MAIS) program focuses on training students to critically assess and address global problems. By combining foundational theoretical course work with practical skills classes, we’re able to welcome and support students with diverse academic backgrounds and research interests.

    Why choose an MA in International Studies at USF?

    • Social Justice: The mission of our MA program is to train students to be effective global leaders for social justice and sustainability. 
    • Diversity: USF is one of the most diverse universities in the United States. This diversity is reflected in our study body, our faculty and staff, and in how we construct our curriculum.  
    • Professional Training: Students take skills-based courses and complete an internship, preparing them for a professional career.
    • Engaged Faculty: Our professors are real-world practitioners and scholars who engage communities across the world. This engagement extends to the classroom, where you will create deep and lasting connections.
    • Specializations: Students choose and received focused training in one of three specializationsSustainable Development and Environmental Justice, Governance and Global Justice, or Culture, Power, and Social Movements.

    Thank you for taking the time and consideration to read and share this message. We’re always on the lookout for socially committed students! Applications accepted through April 15th. Please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to share my contact information, and the attached e-brochure, with anyone interested in learning more about MAIS.


  • University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability Master of Science Program

    The Master of Science program at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) now includes an additional specialization focused on sustainability and development. Apply today for the Sustainability and Development (SusDev) specialization that launches Fall 2021. This program will help students understand, analyze, and address the greatest challenges facing humanity, including poverty, hunger, climate change, diseases and pandemics, biodiversity loss, access to clean water, and inequality. 

    The SusDev specialization will help you develop multidisciplinary expertise in conceptual and theoretical issues associated with sustainability and development; understand the real-world practices that have helped improve the core areas of well-being and have supported major sustainability transitions through new institutions, policies, and behaviors; and learn the methods and skills necessary to implement new visions and practices for greater sustainability and well-being.

    View these SusDev FAQs or contact a SEAS Admissions Coach at seas-admissions@umich.edu for additional information.

    Application information is available here


  • UCSF Global Health Master’s Program

    Why study global health at the University of California, San Francisco?

    The 11-month, full-time global health master’s program offers:

    • Training for global health service and leadership
    • Ten weeks of global health fieldwork
    • Interdisciplinary curriculum and world-renowned faculty
    • Preparation for careers in research, policy, organizational leadership, and program management

    If you are considering applying to the program:

    The master’s program places a high value on the diversity of students who matriculate and reviews all applicants in a holistic manner. Applicants who come from traditionally underrepresented populations and students who have faced hardships are encouraged to apply.