Summer Sustainability Programs and Experiences

Russia and the Environment: Environmental History and Policy in a Vast Ecosystem

Russia and the Environment looks at a Russia's vast and unique ecosystems from their history to the problems they face today. Students will focus on Siberia's history from its first colonization, to its Soviet industrialization, to its current transition to a market economy. Students also critically consider Russian and international theories on how to understand and manage the impact of these events in addition to learning the Russian vocabulary and cultural norms related to environmental issues.

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Biological Science Technician Summer Positions

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) will be hiring biological science technicians to survey pollinators (i.e., butterflies and bees) in North Dakota during spring and summer of 2018.  Candidates also will collect additional biological information, enter data, and perform other duties as assigned.

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Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment Summer Employment/Internship

Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking a
qualified individual to work with our Environmental Protection Team. This is an exciting
position that will give the candidate great environmental protection experience and learning
opportunities. The position will work primarily on an important records inventory and
groundwater risk assessment project. The position will also provide support and have
opportunities to work in other environmental programs. The work schedule will be 40 hours
per week Monday- Friday, with occasional weekend and evening work.

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Environment Justice Summer Course

A summer course in the Boundary Waters between June 9 and July 7. The course is part of a wilderness program that the ACM has been running in northern Minnesota for half a century. Now administered by Coe College, the program still recruits faculty and students mostly from the ACM. Course credits transfer automatically to all ACM schools. A great course for students in Environmental Studies, as well as others who are looking for an experiential learning opportunity this summer.

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AmeriCorps Iowa Trails Corps Crew Members and Leaders

AmeriCorps Iowa Trails Corps Crew Members and Leaders (ages 18-25) participate in on-the-job training to learn natural resources management skills and put those skills into practice enhancing, restoring and improving Iowa’s regional destination trails. This position involves physically challenging, team-oriented AmeriCorps service. The goals of this program are to conduct ecological restoration on Iowa’s multi-use recreation trails, increase community outreach, strengthen trail partnerships and improve trail natural resource health along the corridor. Service is performed exclusively outdoors and may involve camping for several days at a time. Crews complete natural resource conservation projects in partnership with public land management agencies such as Blackhawk, Clayton, Story and Webster County Conservation Boards, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the City of Bondurant.

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Saha Global Positions in Ghana

Over the past 10 years, Saha has worked with 118 communities in northern Ghana to set up sustainable water treatment businesses, 100% of which are still operating today.

Each year we speak to interested Luther students, and we would love to get more high-preforming students involved with our future businesses. Our alumni say our work is a strong practical compliment to their coursework in Public Health, Engineering, Environmental Science, International Relations and Development, Social Enterprise and African Studies.

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Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience) Summer 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.

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