Current Opportunities



Check out the ES Scholarships Page for information on a variety of Wisconsin and UWO-based
scholarships for students pursuing green education and careers

Garden Club of America Scholarships
The Garden Club of America offers almost 30 different scholarships in various fields of environmental study. In 2022, they distributed more than $350,000 in scholarship money! Most deadlines are in January in February. Learn more about the GCA scholarships at

Campus Opportunities

Introducing: Sustainability Certificates
We are thrilled to announce a new set of Sustainability Certificates that will be of interest to many ES students. These 12-18 credit certificates provide coursework in relevant areas and an internship to get hands-on experience. You can earn certificates in:
   ○ Sustainability & Renewable Energy
   ○ Sustainability & Communication
   ○ Sustainability & Leadership in Organizations
   ○ Sustainability & Social Change
   ○ Sustainability & Education
You can find full information on these certificates here:
Or, ask your one of your ES advisors or professors for more information.

Spring 2023 Classes

○ ES 312: Science of Sustainable Food, with Misty McPhee, Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00
Explore sustainability issues with our current agricultural system and learn about cool sustainable food systems; Each week, we will have dinner and talk food! For more info, contact Misty McPhee (

Ed 120/125: Teaching Citizen Science & Sustainability, Thursdays 12:30-2:30
Instructor: Dr. Shannon Davis-Foust (7-week, 1 credit courses)

In these two 1-credit courses, you will learn pedagogical techniques with many hands on activities to meet benchmarks for Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability.
Citizen-based scientific inquiry projects may include water quality, forests and grasslands, soils, species identification, biodiversity, the web of life, climate change, and more. You must pass a background check to take these courses.

First 7 weeks: ELEM ED 120 – 101C Teaching Environmental Literacy & Sustainability
Second 7 weeks: ELEM ED 125 – 201C Engaging in Citizen-Based Science

Contact Shannon Davis-Foust ( for more information
(Note: These 2 one credit courses do not currently count for the ES major. Contact Shannon Davis-Foust to discuss ways that this could count for the ES major if that is needed to progress you toward graduation. These courses do count for the Sustainability & Education Certificate and for Project Wild Certification.)

Soc 342: Social Ecology, Dr. Paul Van Auken, MW 1:20-2:50
We will explore relationships between people and the land using this two-part social ecology framework as an overarching guide as we examine roots of ecological dysfunction, and their ties to human oppression, while looking to the experiences, traditions, and experiences of Hmong, Indigenous, and Black people for paths towards ethical reconstruction, hope, and resilience. The course also counts for the Hmong Studies and Indigenous Studies certificates


Wake, by Jeremy Wineberg: Art Opening at the Priebe Gallery on Campus (November 10 – December 8)
Jeremy Wineberg’s work seeks to make connections between small everyday events and larger accumulations of matter, space and time. He has used mapping, synesthesia, psychogeography, divination, accumulation and storytelling to playfully speak of our creative and chaotic origins. This exhibit asks us to reconsider how we see and experience Lake Winnebago.


Student Clubs

Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC): Looking for ways to take action on environmental issues? Students in the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) focus on a wide range of sustainable actions on and off campus, as well as 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 the club at, SEAC president Emma Laatsch at, or club advisor Dr. Shannon Davis-Foust at to get involved.

Wildlife Conservation Club (WCC): 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 advisor Dr. Shannon Davis-Foust (

Additional Opportunities

DANTA Field Courses
Danta is pleased to announce their 2023 field courses in tropical biology. Their courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis. For more information, please visit this website and/or email

○ Conservation and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica:
    Date: June 5 – June 22, 2023
    Application deadline: May 15, 2023
    More Information: here

○ Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation:
    Date: July 10 – 25, 2023
    Application deadline: June 1, 2023
More Information: Here


Field Opportunities through Swan Valley Connections
Wildlife Tracks & Sign: Earn 2 credits through the University of Montana (WILD 291), and gain your Wildlife Tracks & Sign Certification through CyberTracker North America. Develop observation skills that students can apply to future careers in wildlife biology and other natural resource fields, while studying Swan Valley megafauna, microfauna, field necropsy, and more.
2023 Program Dates
Winter Break: January 7-15
Spring Break 1: March 10-18
Spring Break 2: March 18-26
More information, as well as info on applications and scholarships, available here


Fox-Wolf Watershed 2023 Conference–Posters and Free Student Admission
Every year, the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance hosts the Fox-Wolf Watershed Conference that brings together conservation professionals who work on urban stormwater management, agricultural conservation, and other watershed issues. New in 2023, they’re including a poster session during the Conference and would like to invite students! FWWA is waiving registration costs for all students to attend the 2023 Watershed Conference. During registration, students can use the coupon code “Student” to receive 100% off of registration cost! A current student ID will be requested during conference check-in if not presenting a poster. Poster sessions are open to all sorts of watershed related topics, not just stormwater related projects. Agriculture conservation, green infrastructure, pollinator projects, pollution, engineering, city planning, GIS, satellite usage, and more are just a few project areas that we would love to see at the Poster session! Students will have the chance to practice communicating their projects to a diverse audience while simultaneously connecting with potential future employers or making professional connections in their field.
Conference Dates: 2/28/23 – 3/1/23
Poster Session: Evening of 2/28/23
Location: Oshkosh Convention CenterGet more information or submit a poster abstract here



Solid Waste of North American Badger Chapter Student Board Director
Applications are now open for the Student Board Director of the Solid Waste of North America Badger Chapter. This is a great opportunity for interested students to get involved in the solid waste industry and meet fellow professionals. SWANA is an organization focused on building resources and community within the industry and we are looking for a student who wants to help build engagement for fellow students of Wisconsin. The position is open for all students interested in solid waste from any Wisconsin higher education institute.

Wisconsin Green Fire Aspiring Conservation Professionals Work Group
Wisconsin Green Fire has invited students to join WGF’s Aspiring Conservation Professionals Work Group! The group includes students and others who are exploring or working toward careers in conservation.   Membership to WGF is free for students and aspiring professionals.  You can join here and select the student category.


Wild Rockies Field Institute
Take your education outside the traditional (or virtual) classroom in 2023 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). Students join WRFI from colleges and universities across North America and from a wide variety of majors. WRFI offers courses in Environmental Studies, Natural Resources & Science Management, Geography, Native American Studies, and Philosophy. Credits from these courses are transferred back to the student’s home institution–in this case, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Scholarships are available and, in some cases, federal financial aid may be accessed to help pay for the courses. Many UWO students have taken WRFI courses and report great things!

Volunteer Opportunities at State Parks and Public Lands
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking volunteers to help care for state parks and public lands. Volunteers are an integral part of providing excellent customer service to visitors, expanding recreation and education opportunities. Whether you volunteer for a few hours or a couple of weeks, your service makes a world of difference.

There are many ways to get involved. Opportunities include:
    ○ Attending a volunteer work day to help clean or enhance a state property
    ○ Attending volunteer events held in cooperation with local Friends Groups
    ○ Scheduling group community service projects
    ○ Leading programs as a naturalist or nature center host
    ○ Greeting visitors in a visitor center
    ○ Performing light maintenance and grounds work
    ○ Making habitat improvements
    ○ Constructing, maintaining and cleaning up trails

To make volunteering easier than ever, the DNR launched their Volunteer Impact System, a new online volunteer portal. The online system helps people search and sign up for volunteer opportunities across a variety of Wisconsin state parks, trails, recreation areas and forests. You can see, share and apply for a variety of volunteer positions across the state on your web browser. Learn more volunteer opportunities available at properties across the state here.



Summer Internships with NEWater in Green Bay
NEWater in Green Bay is already looking for interns for next summer–in Water Resources, Water Treatment, Engineering, and Environmental Health & Safety. ES students have held some of these positions in the past. Check it out at

Clean Boats Clean Waters Paid Summer Internship
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 experience with the following responsibilities: Collecting and recording data in accordance with the Wisconsin Clean Boats Clean Waters program interview protocol; 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/AID mapping for each landing; Uploading collected data to a state database and UW Oshkosh database weekly.

Salary and Benefits:
    ○ $5,000 for the summer – opportunity to earn more
    ○ Plenty of free time to have fun in the Northwoods (or get a second job)
    ○ $1,250 travel reimbursement
    ○ Housing provided
    ○ Potential internship credits

Apply by sending a resume and cover letter to, or call, e-mail, or stop by the UW Oshkosh Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) from 8:00am-4:00pm weekdays for more information. The ERIC is located at 783 Pearl Avenue, just behind Kolf by the river. Apply early, as positions will be filled on a rolling basis! Positions to be filled by March 10, 2023!

Summer Jobs & Research Opportunities

PAID Summer 2023 Interdisciplinary Research Opportunity on Human-Environment Interactions and Harmful Algal Blooms in Oshkosh, WI!
Be a part of a multi-year, NSF-funded interdisciplinary research project that aims to address a key sustainability issue affecting water quality, human health, and well-being in our region: blue-green algae blooms! You will learn and practice interdisciplinary research methods including participant observation, surveys, interviews with members of the public, biological monitoring, and water quality sampling. You will work with our community partner, Fox Wolf Watershed Alliance, and members of the public, all while spending time in, on, and around Lake Winnebago over the summer. Students with an interest or background in Sustainability, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Biology, or related fields are encouraged to apply. This is a unique opportunity that will build your skills and resume- don’t miss out!

Please contact Jim Feldman, Heidi Nicholls, Bob Stelzer, or Stephanie Spehar with questions.
Dates: June 5 – late August 2023, with the possibility of extension into Fall 2023

Application: Handshake (Job #7217055) OR to this Google Form:
Applications will begin to be reviewed on November 30, 2022 and will continue until all positions are filled.  

Freshwater@UW Summer Research Opportunities
These are unique opportunities for undergraduates to work closely with water-related faculty mentors and graduate students in their major discipline. Students accepted into the research program are matched with faculty whose expertise and interests match that of the student. Students gain valuable skills for success in graduate studies and careers in their chosen field. During the 10-week summer program, students will be offered opportunities for professional development and cross-campus programming. Upon completing their summer research, scholars present results of their individual projects in a group setting. The program runs from Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday, August 5, 2023. We expect that student summer stipends will be $6000 plus a $600 meal allowance. Housing and travel costs are provided by the FreshWater@UW program.

Details and application hereApplications due February 15th, 2023

2023 Summer Research Opportunities
Great Lakes Plastic Debris and Microplastics Research (3-4 positions)
Positions 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. The other positions will be deck hands and research assistants who help with plastic trash removal, characterization, and microplastics research. We also have water and sand drones that will be deployed for marine debris waste interception at beaches and marinas on Lakes Michigan and Superior.
Door or Manitowoc County Field Research Assistant (3-4 positions)
Positions support US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) projects associated with Great Lakes beaches and Door County, Wis. 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)
Positions support the Environmental Health (EH) Program in Vilas County. This is a collaborative program that conducts EH inspections of facilities that are licensed by Vilas County. You will work closely with EH staff and be trained in conducting inspections of campgrounds, lodging facilities, and restaurants. You will also be able to participate in investigations of illness; this is an exceptional opportunity for those interested in public health careers. One position within the Vilas County collaboration will be the lab manager and well testing intern. This position will manage the water-testing lab in the Vilas County Health Department, operated by UW Oshkosh. The person will conduct well inspections, collect well water samples, and analyze samples within the testing laboratory. This person will be responsible for working with UW Oshkosh ERIC staff to make sure well water sample collection stays on schedule throughout the summer. All training will be provided, but excellent organizational and follow-through skills are needed.
Salary and Benefits:
All positions include a salary of $5,000-7,000 for the summer (boat captain will be paid a higher rate), paid travel, and paid housing. You are encouraged to sign up for internships credit to document the academic component of your experience, through your department or the Department of Engineering & Engineering Technology (ET 400). There are also bonus work that can increase salary by $1,000-2,000 per summer.

You will have the opportunity to learn field and lab techniques, operate a state-certified laboratory, network with professionals in the field, co-author posters and publications, and live in a great part of Wisconsin for the summer.

For more information or to apply, contact or send a resume and indicate which position you would be interested in to: Dr. Greg Kleinheinz, ERIC Laboratory,, 920-424-1100. Applications will begin to be reviewed October 31, 2022 and will continue until all positions are filled.

Full-time Positions

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

Here’s a new resource provided by our partners in Career and Professional Development:
Its a great tool to help students learn what relevant potential employers are in their geographical area based on their major.
The ES Program also has a subscription to Eco Jobs ( a national website for conservation-oriented job listings. Students and alumni of the UWO ES Program can create a free subscriber account using this link. If you have trouble creating an account, contact Jim Feldman (

Environmental Studies

UW Oshkosh | Oshkosh Campus
835 High Ave. Oshkosh, WI
Sage 3464

Contact Information

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Jim Feldman, Director

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