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.

We recommend starting with this resource from BestColleges.com 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

Back Door Jobs

Careers in Sustainability-Portland State

Conservation Job Board

Dayaway Careers 

Environmental Career Opportunities (ECO)

Environmental Education Jobs in Wisconsin 

Greenjobs.net 

ihireenvironmental.com

Indeed.com - Global Sustainability Internships

Internships.com

Jobsinmadison.com

JobMonster.com

LinkedIn - Sustainability Internships

Milwaukeejobs.com

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (UW-Madison)

Nelson Institute Job Board

Simplyhired.com  

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Job Board

USA Jobs - National Park Service

UW-Madison Office of Sustainability 

UW-Stevens Point Environmental Education & Interpretation

Wayup.com - Environmental Internships

Wisconsin Network for Peace, Justice & Sustainability 

National Environmental Organizations

American Conservation Experience - ACE offers four programs to provide a range of experiences and entry points for volunteers:  Conservation Corps, Conservation Volunteers, Emerging Professional Internship Corps (EPIC), and Corporate Volunteers.

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

Environmental Law and Policy Center -Public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization that develops strategic advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural resources.

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 - Growing Leaders On Behalf of the Environment (GLOBE) Program offers students summer internships working for one of the field's top organizations.

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.

Student Conservation Association (SCA) - Join conservation leaders through hands-on service to the land. Explore green career opportunities through individual internships, team based projects, and special programs.

Wisconsin Environmental Organizations

Aldo Leopold Nature Center - 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.

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

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.

Madison Audubon - Each summer, Madison Audubon Society hires paid interns seasonally for youth education programs and restoration ecology work.

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District- 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 specialize in Clean Water Act enforcement, leveraging our expertise with science, the law and effective communication to mobilize communities, inform public policy and protect healthy water.

Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service - MOSES is a nonprofit organization that promotes 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 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.

Office of Personnel Management - Federal Government jobs for students and recent graduates.

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 in the "Get Involved" tab of the main web page.

The Water Council - The Water Council is a non-profit organization that drives economic, technology and talent development to support the global water industry.

USDA Forest Service - Make a long lasting impact by helping sustain the nation's forests and grasslands for future generations.

Urban Ecology Center -  The Urban Ecology Center provides year-round educational programs and events for kids, families and adults of all ages to foster ecological understanding and preservation of natural areas.

Wisconsin Conservation Corps - WisCorps crews complete high priority conservation and community revitalization projects across the state of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.

Wisconsin DNR - The DNR employs a large, diverse workforce throughout our state in areas of Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Law Enforcement, Business, Information Technology and Administrative Support.

Wisconsin Energy Institute - WEI is the collaborative home of energy research and education that works to transition away from fossil fuel dependence toward new, clean energy systems and solutions.

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.

Wisconsin Land + Water- The Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association is a non-profit, membership organization that supports Land Conservation Committees.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters-  Learn great skills, meet great people, save great places.