Current Opportunities




Garden Club of America Scholarhsips

Visit for info on scholarships in Env Studies, Ecology, and related fields.  Deadlines are January and February 2022. In 2021, The Garden Club of America awarded over $300,000 to 61 scholars–and UWO ES students have won them in the past!

Campus Opportunities

Campus Fair Trade Intern
The Fair Trade intern will work with the Campus Sustainability Officer to revitalize the campus’ commitment to Fair Trade practices. The intern will develop programs to engage students and teach what Fair Trade is and why UWO is committed to it. The intern will also work with stakeholders such as University Books and More staff to reintroduce Fair Trade consumables into the store, as well as working with staff on the access campuses to plan and collaborate on events focused on Fair Trade. The intern will perform tabling in Reeve Union and will host one event each semester focused on Fair Trade (examples from past years include Fair Trade Valentine’s day, etc.). Contact Brad Spanbauer with questions:


  • Demonstrated interest in sustainability 

  • Background (at least one course, preferably more) in Environmental Studies or related subjects 

  • Interest in marketing, community engagement and outreach, social media, or related fields 

  • Good problem solving skills and able to work independently 

  • Good organizational and time management skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills 

Dates: Feb-May 2022 (with potential to extend) 

Hours: 10 hours/week x 14 weeks = 140 hours 

Compensation: $12/hour 

Jobs at the Environmental Research & Innovation Center (ERIC Lab)

The on-campus ERIC lab has multiple open positions for: 1. Laboratory/Field Assistant (paid) 2. Scientist Scholar (for academic credit) The ERIC is a nationally accredited laboratory that conducts standard field and laboratory methods used by a variety of businesses worldwide. The ERIC allows student to take their classroom and academic coursework experiences and move to the next level of training by applying a foundation of scientific information to projects and techniques used world-wide. Laboratory Assistants and Scientist Scholars will gain valuable hands-on experience with the following responsibilities: • Assist ERIC staff performing various environmental laboratory tests (biological, chemical, and physical) • Collecting, analyzing and recording data in accordance with laboratory protocols • Quality assurance and quality control duties in compliance with laboratory certifying entities • Assist with customized research for businesses around North America • Conducting field research regarding a variety of environmental projects. Please see the attached flyer and contact Carmen Thiel at or Dr. Greg Kleinheinz ( if you have questions or would like to apply. These jobs will be posted on Titan Handshake soon (if they aren’t already) and will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. 

Campus Opportunity in Microplastics Research
The UWO Environmental Research and Innovation Lab (ERIC) is looking for a Research Assistant for work on microplastics and marine debris/trash projects.  These are new NOAA, EPA, and WCMP grant projects that we have just started.  Pay is $10+/hr. Contact Dr. Greg Kleinheinz at immediately if interested.

On Campus Harvest Room Position (Dining Sustainability Coordinator)

Looking for an on-campus job in the emerging area of sustainable food systems? Consider applying for the open position in Reeve Union Harvest

  • on-campus employment (paid)
  • in Reeve Union
  • experience with hydroponics- sustainable agriculture
  • less than 10 hour commitment each week
Reach out to ES Students (and current Harvest Room employees) Nina Loomis,, or Corey Zieman,, for questions and contact Dining Services Director Brian Warzynski,, if interested. There is not an interview process, it is first come first serve! 

Community Gardens Inters (2)

Handshake Job #5748203 

Position Summary: These students will work together to manage the Community Gardens Project affiliated with the Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations. These students will be responsible for both the community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and grow-your-own plots that are part of the Community Gardens Project. Students will 1) develop an outreach and advertising plan for the CSA; 2) manage CSA membership, pickup, and payments; 3) monitor and manage personal plots, and 4) plant, weed, harvest, and do other required work in the garden. Other tasks could include researching possible grants to support this project, and developing connections with local and regional organizations who could collaborate on this project.  A new dimension of this position will include recruitment, organization, and support of beds managed by student clubs/organizations.  


  • Interest in gardening, community food systems, or similar subjects, and preferably experience gardening (planting, weeding, harvesting) 

  • Background (at least one course, preferably more) in Environmental Studies or related subjects 

  • Good problem solving skills and able to work independently 

  • Good organizational and time management skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills 

Dates: Feb-Aug 2022, with possibility of extension into Fall 2022 

Hours: 10 hours/week x 25 weeks = 250 hours per position 

Compensation: $12/hour

Sustainability Projects Intern 

Handshake Job #5732143 

Position Summary: This student will assist with data collection and research of operations/facilities projects for the Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations and Campus Sustainability Office. Responsibilities will include helping to implement existing research programs and projects and analyze data from those projects (for example, inventories of sustainable features, food waste collection program, etc.), and helping develop outreach and teaching materials based these projects. Student may also complete other duties as assigned. 


  • Interest in sustainability and/or renewable energy 

  • Background (at least one course, preferably more) in Environmental Studies or related subjects 

  • Good problem solving skills and able to work independently 

  • Good organizational and time management skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills 

Dates: Feb-May 2022 (with potential to extend) 

Hours: 10 hours/week x 14 weeks = 140 hours 

Compensation: $10/hour

Student Research Funding

 The Office of Student Research & Creative Activity (OSCRA) is happy to announce the availability of funding to further support undergraduate research and creative activity on UWO’s three campuses. With the Fall 2021 semester coming to a close, it will soon be time to start thinking about new ways for students to expand their learning opportunities here at UWO next semester. 

If you’re a student interested in finding up to $550 in funding to support a research or creative project, consider approaching a faculty member with whom you’ve studied in the past and asking them if they’d agree to support and mentor your project.  If you’d like some additional guidance or assistance with making your grant application (found here: the best that it can be, consider attending the OSRCA Virtual Open House on January 12 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (Connect to the event at

Small grant applications are due at 5 pm on January 21, 2022.

Consider Getting Vaccinated

If you haven’t gotten a vaccine, please consider doing so!

Citizens Climate Lobby 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby promotes policies to put a price on carbon.  The Oshkosh chapter is looking for a volunteer Student Coordinator to promote Oshkosh CCL calls to action and programs to the UWO campuses.  There are also opportunities to assist in developing and coordinating climate action programs, lobbying, attending conferences, and working as a liaison for local politicians.  Historically, student funding has been available for in person events.

Brad Spanbauer, the UW Oshkosh Campus Sustainability Director, will talk about the efforts UW Oshkosh is making to reduce its carbon footprint. We will also share news about CCL’s support of a carbon fee and dividend. Email to receive the Zoom link for the meeting.
Learn more about Citizens’ Climate Lobby here. 

Meetings: Fourth Wednesday of each month  

Time: 6:00-7:00pm 

Location: Virtual  

On-Campus Civic Engagement Fellow Positions

The UWO Center for Civic and Community Engagement is looking for interested students who want to be involved as Civic Engagement Fellows. Read on or check their website (below) for more information. Any questions can be directed to Mike Lueder ( Civic Engagement Fellow Categories:

  1. Civic and Community Engagement Interns (paid position, 2 per year) 
  2. Civic Influencers (grant provided by Campus Elect, 2 per year)  
  3. Civic Engagement Fellow (Volunteer, 6 per year)  
All Civic Fellow Program Requirements:  
  • Attend a monthly leadership conversation  
  • Attend Center for Civic and Community Engagement events and speakers  
  • Promote and share social media posts on personal sites and/or create blog posts for Center website  
  • Participate in one civic or community engagement project a semester, share your work on social media  
  • Participate in civic or community engagement learning activity, twice a semester.  
Applications due Dec 17 or January 7th, depending on position. Application info and more details can be found on our website:

Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC): Students in the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) haven’t let the pandemic slow them down–they are still working hard to make our campus and community more sustainable. SEAC strives to implement more green initiatives on campus, as well as aiding in organizing Free School in the spring semester. SEAC prioritizes environmental issues and community outreach, making it a perfect place to meet other students who share common interests! Those interested should contact SEAC president Caroline Adams at to get involved.

Wildlife Conservation Club: Care about wildlife and want to work in wildlife conservation? Consider joining the Wildlife Conservation Club!  The WCC’s mission is to promote and educate members and the campus community on wildlife management and conservation through collaborations with area experts and hands-on activities. We define wildlife as all flora and fauna from mega-vertebrates to micro invertebrates and we want to promote conservation on an ecosystem level. Contact club president  Shawna Jackson,, or faculty advisor Dr. Misty McPhee, 

Sustainable Beekeeping Club : The beekeeping club will be partnered with the recently approved Sustainable Beekeeping Project that will install and maintain two honeybee hives on campus. This club aims to generate student interest in beekeeping, learning beekeeping skills by helping to maintain the hives, and understanding the roles and values of pollinators in the ecosystem. In accordance with the campus sustainability initiative, natural (i.e. organic) beekeeping methods will be used, so students will become familiar with the benefits and challenges of natural beekeeping methods.  This will be beneficial to our campus sustainability mission as the bees pollinate the plants on campus and surrounding areas, and the hives will raise awareness of the value of keeping bees naturally in an urban setting.  Those interested in joining the club should email club president Eden Protheroe at

Summer Jobs

Organizations typically start posting summer positions in November, but some are up already

Summer Internships in Well Water Testing, Microplastics, and Beach restoration
Great Lakes Plastic Debris and Microplastics Research (2-3 positions) These positions will support new US EPA, Wisconsin Coastal Management, and NOAA funded projects related to plastic trash removal and research in the Great Lakes. One position will be the boat Captain for the Great Lakes first regional trash boat (i.e., pontoon-type boat that picks-up trash). This position requires boating experience but pay will be significantly increased. The other positions will be deck hands and research assistants that will help with plastic trash removal, characterization, and microplastics research. Door or Manitowoc County Field Research Assistant (4-5 positions) These positions support US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) projects associated with Great Lakes beaches and Door County, WI. The beaches have undergone, reengineering to mitigate microbial and chemical pollution and protect public health. You will conduct field research, operate a local lab facility, and be involved with many aspects of the research projects. Additional compensation may be available for this position. Well Water Testing and/or Environmental Health Positions (3-4 positions). See the attached flyer “Summer 2022 Student Positions” for more details


Paid Aquatic Invasive Species Summer Internships through the ERIC Lab

Located in beautiful northern Wisconsin, this Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) program focuses on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in the Vilas County area and provides information to the boating public regarding AIS prevention. Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience with the following responsibilities: • Collecting and recording data in accordance with the Wisconsin Clean Boats Clean Waters program interview protocol • Conduct outreach and education of public water users • Inspect boats, trailers, tow vehicles and related equipment for the presence of aquatic plants, animals, or water • Compliance with Wisconsin laws, working alongside lake organizations and the Vilas County wardens, prohibiting launching or transporting of boats and related equipment with aquatic plants, animals, or water on board • Conducting field research regarding water quality and terrestrial/AIS mapping for each landing • Uploading collected data to a State database and UW Oshkosh database weekly. See the attached flyer for details on salary ($4500), paid housing, and more. LOTS of ES students have held these internships in the past, and have had great experiences. 

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, St. Paul, MN

Summer seasonal positions including for summer 2022, including:

The attached flyers include details on each position including job description, wage, and approximate employment dates. All applicants must apply on USA Jobs to be considered. Some job announcements will open in early December. If you are unfamiliar with USA Jobs and/or would like more information about the positions, please contact Jessica at

Paid Summer position with the National Park Service in Wisconsin–St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, based in St. Croix, WI
See the attached flyers for a range of summer seasonal positions and a great way to get into the National Park Service!


Paid Summer Internship, Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Dept

The Sauk County Land Resources and Environment (LRE) Department is recruiting one full-time intern for the summer of 2022. The purpose of this position is to provide seasonal assistance in the LRE Department. Projects include updating the county wide livestock inventory, completing shoreline assessments on lake shore properties, and completing inventories of farms to identify resource concerns and ensure compliance with state agricultural performance standards. Interns may also assist with survey and design of soil and water conservation practices, surface water monitoring, and assist with land use planning, data collection, and analysis. NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum age 18. Individuals enrolled as a full-time student at a university or technical college majoring in Agriculture, Engineering, Natural Resources, Land Use Planning, Soil Science, Geography, Natural Resources, or other related fields. See the attached flyer for details.

WDNR Water Supply Specialist Paid Summer Internship–Oshkosh/Green Bay/Wautoma
See the attachment for information about this cool summer internship with the DNR, which has been held by ES Students for the last several years. The internship is designed for students interested in drinking water, environmental management, and regulation. It focuses on testing well and water systems in Northeast Wisconsin. 


Organizations typically start posting summer positions in November

Wisconsin DNR Diversity Internship Program
The Wisconsin DNR is offering PAID internships through the State of Wisconsin Student Diversity Internship Program (SWSDIP). See the attached flyer for details.
Environmental Education Positions:
Education Program Assistant: Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Menasha, WI, closes: Feb. 5, 2022
​Conservation Education Naturalist Intern, ​International Crane Foundation ​Baraboo, WI, open until filled
Summer Intern, Raptor Education Group, Inc., Antigo, WI, open until January 14, 2022

Year-Round Internship in Environmental Management, Oshkosh Corp
ES alum Stephanie Peffer, who works in sustainability management at Oshkosh Corporation, is looking for an intern. Check out the job description here, or reach out to Stephanie at

Full-time Positions

For full-time positions in Wisconsin, please see the ES Facebook page.

Additional Opportunities

Wisconsin Green Fire Student & Young Professionals Work Group

Consider joining the Wisconsin Green Fire Student and Young Professional Work Group–it’s free to join! This is the newest addition to Wisconsin’s Green Fire’s host of work groups, and we have a slightly different purpose. Instead of being centered around an issue or topic, our workgroup is centered around our audience – emerging professionals. Just as proper deer management, informed climate change action, and environmental justice are vital to the sustainable future of our state, so too is ensuring that there will be a connected, diverse, and passionate next generation of professionals to carry the torch. Our mission is to help connect students and young professionals with the expertise and experience of Wisconsin’s Green Fire, developing relationships that will foster career advancement and ensure the continuation of Wisconsin’s conservation legacy. Ratified just this fall, we are excited to begin branching out and to connect with aspiring educators, communicators, researchers, policymakers, and natural resource professionals around Wisconsin. This is a great way to build your network, keep up to date on what’s happening in Wisconsin environments, and learn about other cool opportunities. Check it out at Students get free membership to the organization, as well!

Hydroponics Volunteer Positions
The Oshkosh Area Community Pantry ( is looking for one or more volunteers to help them. They have two Fork Farms hydroponics machines ( that they use to provide some fresh lettuce and spinach for their clients. They recently lost their main volunteer who ran these machines, but they have two others helping now. Volunteers would help with planting and harvesting plus filling the water, adding fertilizers, and cleaning the machines. If they had a couple more people they would be much more comfortable in their coverage. The OACP is on Jackson St less than 2 miles from campus and they would be looking for a few hours a week (or less maybe). Let Dr Kevin Crawford,, know if you’d like an e-introduction to the contact person for this project or reach out directly to Elizabeth Turner at

Wild Rockies Field Institute Online Info Sessions
Take your education outside the traditional classroom in 2022 with the Wild Rockies Field Institute (WRFI)! WRFI is a Montana-based nonprofit that offers academic field-based courses which are accredited through the University of Montana. WRFI courses take place in Montana, the Canadian Rockies and Southern Utah and combine rigorous academic inquiry with cultural immersion and extended backcountry expeditions (backpacking, canoeing, kayaking and cycling). Many ES students have completed WRFI courses in the past–spring, summer, and fall courses available–and all report incredible experiences. They are hosting weekly virtual information sessions until the end of fall semester! These are great opportunities to meet WRFI staff and alumni, hear stories from the field, and ask questions about how students can make WRFI a part of their college plan.  View the full schedule on our website, or register for these Zoom links (all times are Mountain Standard:: Monday 11/22: 11:00-12:00 MSTWednesday 12/01: 12:00-1:00 MSTThursday 12/09: 10:00-11:00 MST;  Tuesday 12/14: 2:00-3:00 MST

Environmental Studies

UW Oshkosh | Oshkosh Campus
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Sage 3464

Contact Information

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