Internships and Employment

Internship and employment opportunities appropriate for a college student to start a career in sustainability are available from a wide variety of sources in Wisconsin and across the United States.  There are certainly many more out there that can be revealed with some careful searching and networking, but this page is dedicated to trying to bring as many of these opportunities together for students at UW-Whitewater to find what matches their interest or major and get started!

If you find a resource not listed here, please contact us so we can share it with others.  Also let us know if there are any dead links in our list. 

We recommend starting with this resource from as a primer for the types of "green careers" available in the marketplace, including their own collection of resources.

General "Green Job" Boards and Resources

Careers in Sustainability-Portland State - 

Conservation Job Board - Conservation Job Board was launched in 2010 to help conservation professionals discover great employment opportunities in the United States in ecology, wildlife, forestry, marine biology, environmental education, and related fields. It is also designed to help employers recruit highly qualified environmental professionals to meet their employment needs.

Dayaway Careers - Helping exceptional college students prepare for and find renewable energy jobs.

Environmental Career Opportunities (ECOjobs) - Current environmental jobs that you can apply for at no cost. -  Environmental job listings by title and state, including hard-to-find jobs from places you may not be familiar with. -  Are you looking for a Environmental internship in Wisconsin? Environmental internships are the best way to bridge the gap between going to school and landing great job. - Tis' the season to earn extra money. Countless employers
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LinkedIn Sustainability Internships - - 

Environmental Science Internships - 

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Global Sustainability Internships -  Indeed can help you find a summer intership 

Sustainabilty Summit Job Board - Green jobs listing

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Job Board -  The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) promotes and supports the development, application, research, and exchange of best teaching and learning practices in sustainable agriculture education and curricula through communication, training, development, and collaborative activities for teachers and learners.

USA Jobs - National Park Service opportunities 

National Environmental Organizations

American Conservation Experience - Founded in 2004 in Flagstaff, Arizona, American Conservation Experience (ACE) has emerged as a national leader in recruiting, coordinating, and training volunteers to undertake practical environmental restoration projects in America's national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands. Originally formed under the conservation corps model, which remains the central and largest program in our organization, ACE now provides a range of voluntary service programs for both American and international participants.

ACE offers four programs to provide a range of experiences and entry points for volunteers:  Conservation CorpsConservation VolunteersEmerging Professional Internship Corps (EPIC), and Corporate Volunteers.  Apply now!

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries -  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board

Outdoor and Environmental Education Jobs - Many of these jobs are for positions at camps and education centers.  If you enjoy working with kids and love to do all sorts of outdoor activities, these jobs are for you!

The Nature Conservancy's GLOBE Program - SCA is partnering with The Nature Conservancy's Growing Leaders On Behalf of the Environment (GLOBE) Program to offer students summer internships working for one of the field's top organizations. If you are interested in starting a career in conservation while gaining hands-on experience with a non-profit environmental leader then GLOBE might be the program for you.

Pacific Forest Trust- To sustain America's forests for their public benefits of wood, water, wildlife, and people's well-being, in cooperation with landowners and communities.

Power Shift Network- The Power Shift Network mobilizes the collective power of young people to mitigate climate change and create a just, clean energy future and resilient, thriving communities for all.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) Young Adult Programs - Are you a high school graduate, current college student, or college graduate with a passion for the environment? Are you ready to travel to new places and take on new challenges? Do you want to find a way to turn your conservation interests into a career?  Tap into SCA's nationwide network of young conservationists and explore green career opportunities with professional internships in the field. Whether your dream is to lead public programs as a park ranger, trek the backcountry as a field scientist, or explore new sustainability solutions as an urban planner, SCA has something for you.  Search for Individual Internships or Team Corps Projects.  You can also consdier their Special Programs or consider becoming a Field Leader.

Wisconsin Environmental Organizations

Aldo Leopold Nature Center - ALNC is leading the way to ensure visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature by offering positive and constructive learning opportunities that capture their interest, engage their senses and teach them to appreciate the interconnectedness of all living things.  Aldo Leopold Nature Center offers many opportunities for meaningful internships for a semester, summer or longer time frames.

Clean Wisconsin - Clean Wisconsin's mission is to protect and preserve Wisconsin's clean water, clean air, and natural heritage.

Community Ground Works- Community GroundWorks is a nonprofit organization that connects people to nature and local food. 

Environmental Education Jobs in Wisconsin Environmental Education (EE) is a learning process that increases knowledge and awareness about the environment and develops skills that enable responsible decisions and actions that impact the environment. Wisconsin has several statewide environmental education entities

Environmental Law and Policy Center -The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest's leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation's leaders. We develop and lead successful strategic advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural resources.

Gathering Waters -  Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts' mission is to help land trusts, landowners and communities protect the places that make Wisconsin special.

Growing Power - Growing Power is a non-profit 501(c)3 farm and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.

Leonardo Academy -  Leonardo Academy is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability by leveraging innovative tools and information to motivate the competitive market.

MacKenzie Center Internship ProgramThe MacKenzie Center,just 25 miles north of Madison, is a diverse environmental education and outdoor skills center with a remarkable conservation history. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups,MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world.

Madison Audubon - Each summer, Madison Audubon Society teams up with five other local conservation groups to fund internship opportunities in restoration ecology for five students. Interns work in small groups at sites within 30 miles of Madison.

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District- At the District we believe in enriching life through clean water and resource recovery. We are a passionate team of experts who work to recover resources and clean wastewater for return to nature 365 days a year through our innovative engineering, conservation leadership, and recovery expertise.

Midwest Environmental Advocates - We protect water quality and quantity by reviewing and commenting on state waste water permits; advocating for state regulations on how manure is applied to farm fields; advocating for state protections regarding groundwater pumping; and supporting local groups demanding that public water stay out of private hands.

Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service - The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is a nonprofit organization based in Spring Valley, Wis. They promote organic and sustainable agriculture by providing the education, resources and expertise farmers need to succeed.

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District- MMSD is a regional government agency that provides water reclamation and flood management services for about 1.1 million people in 28 communities in the Greater Milwaukee Area. We serve 411 square miles that cover all, or segments of, six watersheds.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper -  Their mission is to protect, improve and advocate for water quality, riparian wildlife habitat, and sound land management in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds.

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (UW-Madison) - UW Madison Environmental Job borad

Nelson Institute Job Board -  Resources for many local environmental internships. 

Office of Personal Management - Federal Government jobs for students & recent graduates.

Organic Farming Internships - Live, work and play on a 1,600 acre wilderness preserve & organic farm near San Francisco in the Santa Cruz mountains! Year-Long Residential Internships at Hidden Villa offer the unique experience of living and working on a small farm that builds marketable skills for future farmers, educators and community leaders.

Sierra Club John Muir Chapter - Volunteer opportunities are often available for those of you who want to make a difference on environmental issues. Internships can also be found under the "Get Involved" tab of the main web page.

Student Conservation Association - SCA's mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. - The Office of Sustainability provides information about sustainability jobs and internships in the Madison area and across the country. Students, faculty, staff and members of the larger community are encouraged to utilize the jobs page to find opportunities to engage in sustainability through work experience.

The Water Council - The Water Council's rapid evolution in Milwaukee, supported by vigorous public-private partnerships, is creating a powerful and unique international success story, with far-reaching ripple effects within the city, the state, the region and the global water industry.

USDA Forest Service - The Forest Service as a whole hi res more than 30,000 permanent employees to serve in professional, technical and administrative positions.

UWOSH Job Board -  Additional Resources from our friends at UW-Oshkosh

UW-Stevens Point Current Jobs and Internships in Environmental Education & Interpretation -  List of current job opportunities in wildlife education, environmental education, and interpretation sent to the College of Natural Resources

Urban Ecology Center -  At the Urban Ecology Center's three locations the wonders of nature bring curious people together. The Urban Ecology Center provides year-round educational programs for kids, families and adults of all ages.

Wisconsin Conservation Corps -  WisCorps crews complete high priority conservation and community revitalization projects across the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest! Positions are available for the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

Wisconsin DNR- The DNR employs a large, diverse workforce throughout our state. We seek employees with a strong customer service philosophy and an attitude of helpfulness. We typically fill jobs in the areas of Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Law Enforcement, Business, Information Technology and Administrative Support.

Wisconsin Energy Institute - Our vision is to increase Wisconsin's national leadership in identifying strategies for clean, efficient, and cost-effective energy; to advance economic growth for the state and the nation

Consider contacting faculty within the Biology or Geography, Geology, & Environmental Science Department to join Listserves that will help also provide job and internship opportunities that are often related to sustainability.

Wisconsin Environment- Wisconsin Environment is a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America. We believe there's something special about Wisconsin - something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it's the light shimmering off Lake Michigan, our thousands of lakes and streams, or our countless parks and forests, Wisconsin's natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways. 

Wisconsin Land + Water- The Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association (WI Land+Water) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, membership organization that supports the efforts of 450 Land Conservation Committee (LCC) supervisors and 350 conservation staff in 72 county Land Conservation Department (LCD) offices. We provide training, develop conservation standards, promote youth education, issue grants, build partnerships, and provide advocacy for our members.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters-  Learn great skills, meet great people, save great places - Join the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters team!

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice - Work for peace and justice! Job notices are posted as they are received, and this list will be updated about once a week, so please check the application deadline before applying.