Current Opportunities, Events, & Announcements

Current Opportunities & Events for Environmental Studies Students at VCU

(updated March 12th, 2020)


Please also check out our career and job board page!

The Market Assistant is an hourly employee of Birdhouse Farmers Market (BFM) charged with managing the⁠ weekly operation of BFM as set forth in this job description.

This key employee helps set the tone for the⁠ market day experience for customers and vendors alike.

  • ⁠⁠The position is seasonal/part time: 8 hours/week mid April through November, paid biweekly.⁠
  • Hours are approximately 12:00-8:00pm.⁠
  • Hourly wage range is currently $12-15/hour.⁠
  • The Market Assistant reports to the Market Manager.⁠
  • The Market Assistant’s primary duty is to be on site performing the duties that create a safe, fun, successful⁠market day experience for vendors and customers.

    Send job inquiry and resume to

The National Park Service is hiring a Student Trainee (Park Ranger- Interpretation).  Salary is $39,291 to $51,082 per year and more information can be found here!  If interested, please apply by March 27th.

Additional NPS job announcements can be viewed on this page:

Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation is looking for a Diversity Outreach Intern for their Soil and Water Division.  The position pays $17/ hour and more information can be found here!

Additional DCR job announcements can be viewed on this page:

Interested in studying abroad with The GREEN Program, but need funding? 

The GREEN Program has a new Scholarship and Fellowship Program that will provide up to $100,000 in financial assistance for outstanding individuals who represent disadvantaged and underrepresented communities in 2020.  The deadline to apply is March 15th, so make sure to apply soon if you’re interested!

Short-term Study Abroad Opportunity with The GREEN Program

The GREEN Program is short-term, experiential education for our world’s most pressing issues for sustainable development. Using the world as your classroom, TGP unlocks opportunities for students to gain exclusive education, industry access, and authentic bucket-list experiences around the world.

Read about their programs!

Women in Science- “Breaking into Industry” Professional Development Seminar

Women in Science will be hosting a Professional Development Seminar on March 27th, in KMSB 104/105 (MCV Campus), from 1 – 2pm, titled “Breaking into Industry”.  This semester’s seminar will be focused on finding a career in industry, and will be led by a panel of Associate Scientists, Hiring Managers, and both Internal and External Recruiters.  This will be a great opportunity to learn from these panelists, network, and gain knowledge and insight into the inner workings of finding the right industry job.  Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to ask questions!

RSVP is encouraged, and can be found either here ( or through the QR code on the flyer. Free pizza will be provided, first come first served!  Questions regarding this event can be directed to

VCU Faculty-led Summer Course Opportunity- Canyons of the Lower Salmon River

For more information, please visit

View Canyons of the Lower Salmon Info sheet.

Apply for Canyons of the Lower Salmon River opportunity here.  Applications are due by Friday, April 17th, 2020!

Save the date- The 12th Annual VCU Rice Rivers Center Research Symposium will be held on May 1, 2020!

Interested in presenting your research at the symposium?  The Call for Presentations is below!

12th Annual VCU Rice Rivers Center Research Symposium- Call for Presentations!

Please submit presentation titles, list of authors and affiliations, type of presentation (oral or poster), and whether the the presenter is currently a student to Ron Loopez at  Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2020!

View current internship and job opportunities via the Conservation Job Board

As of 3/3/2020, there are 16 job openings in Virginia!

Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) is currently hiring part time/ seasonal workers!

View all DCR job listings at

Ecosystem Field Studies- 2020 Summer Field Course Announcement

For all course info visit the website:
Please direct questions to Professor Steve Johnson, EcoFS Director at

Job Opportunities with Casey Trees

Farm Crew | Casey Tree Farm | Berryville, VA As a member of the Farm Crew, the incumbent performs a wide range of manual tasks, including but not limited to: tree production, grounds and facilities maintenance, equipment maintenance/repair, etc.

Education Program Assistant | Education | Washington, D.C. The Education Program Assistant is responsible for assisting the Education Department with youth tree related lessons, school campus tree plantings and community events. The incumbent may also be called upon to provide support at volunteer events, adult education classes and the like.

Summer Campaign Job Opportunities

Want to spend your summer building skills that will help you launch your career, while working on urgent issues you care about, like protecting the environment and our public health, and making good money?

Find out more and apply at We’ll be on your campus on 3/17 & 3/18, and again on 4/6 & 4/7, call us at 303-573-5858 to schedule an interview.

The Fund for the Public Interest is seeking hard-working individuals with a passion for social change to fill citizen outreach and Field Manager positions across the country this summer. We are hiring full-time staff, with leadership opportunities available, with offices in over 25 cities across the country this summer, to work on issues like tackling climate change, saving bees from dangerous pesticides, and stopping single-use plastics from polluting our oceans and other waterways.

  • Get experience with the leadership and communication skills and connections needed to launch your career

  • Educate and engage citizens on pressing issues

  • Build membership and raise money for environmental and social change groups

  • Earn an average of $6,000-$8,000 this summer

To apply online, visit: or call us directly at 303-573-5858!

We are also hiring for career positions for college graduates. For college graduates and graduating seniors, consider starting your career in activism, nonprofits, and political work as a Canvass Director. To apply online, visit!

Become a Tutor/SI Leader at the VCU Campus Learning Center!

The VCU Campus Learning Center is hiring student Tutors and SI Leaders for the Fall 2020 semester.  Tutors and SI Leaders work within their area of academic expertise to assist students with course content and learning strategies, engage in ongoing training throughout the semester, gain professional development and leadership experience, and more.  The deadline to apply for Fall 2020 is March 29.  For more information, visit

FAFSA Priority deadline for VCU is coming up soon!

Have you submitted your FAFSA for the 2020-2021 Academic Year?  It’s open right now! The earlier you submit your FAFSA, the more likely you are to receive financial aid.  VCU’s Priority deadline is Sunday, March 1, 2020

Geographer/ Environmental Scientist / Physical Scientist Position for Recent Graduates with the US Army Corps of Engineers

Job Description and Application Instructions: Geographer, Environmental Scientist, or Physical Scientist Position

From VCU’s National Scholarship Office:

International Post-Graduate Scholarships information sessions

Mr. Jeff Wing, Director, and Dr. Meredith Sisson, Assistant Director, of the National Scholarship Office (NSO) will offer two information sessions about international post-grad scholarship opportunities (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates-Cambridge, Schwarzman, and Knight-Hennessy) on Wednesday, February 26, at 2p, and Tuesday, March 3, at 2p. Both sessions will be held in the NSO Conference Room (Room 1210 on the first floor of the Honors College at 701 W. Grace St.).  Juniors, seniors, grad students, and recent alumni are encouraged to attend (in person or online via Zoom).  First- and second-year students are also welcome. Interested students or alumni should follow this link to register More information about each of these scholarships can be found on the NSO website.  Those who are interested but unable to attend either info session are invited to make an appointment to meet with Mr. Wing or Dr. Sisson.

During these info sessions, Mr. Wing and/or Dr. Sisson will discuss the timeline for applying for these opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year. Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell require university nominations. Competitive candidates will have a strong academic record, extra-curricular involvement, including leadership experiences, and future plans aligned with post-graduate study in elite programs. They will also need several strong recommendation letters from faculty and others who know them well, and who can speak to their future plans. Competitive candidates will want to start working on their application materials well in advance of the early fall deadlines.

Several additional information sessions focused specifically on the Fulbright Student Scholarship program will be offered this spring as well.  Visit our blog for a list of dates and times

School for Field Studies- Summer & Fall 2020 Study Abroad Programs

View all SFS Programs!

The following Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 programs are filling quickly. Interested students should apply soon.

Australia and New Zealand: Rainforest of New Zealand and Australia
Cambodia: Elephants of the Cambodian Highlands
Kenya/Tanzania: Fundamentals of Wildlife Management
Turks and Caicos Islands: Fundamentals of Marine Conservation

Turks and Caicos Islands: Marine Megafauna

Bhutan: Himalayan Environment and Society in Transition Chile: Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities

Are you interested in completing an intensive research experience before you graduate?  You can search for National Science Foundation funded REUs for summer and fall 2020 here.  Deadlines are coming up very soon for most of the summer opportunities.

Most REU positions pay well (~$450-500 per week) and some provide a food stipend, housing, and/or travel assistance!

Science Research Librarian
Have you ever started a paper for a class and had no idea where to start for your research?  Do you find yourself banging your head against a wall because you can’t seem to get past the Wikipedia page in terms of your understanding of a specific subject? Are you drowning in your citations without a way to organize them?  Then you should talk to a librarian!!!

Erin Carrillo is the Research Librarian for Science at the Cabell Libary!  Her email address is and additional information can be found here:

Nervous about contacting her and just want some info?  Here is the awesome Research Guide that they put together for good resources when you are trying to find those citations for your final term paper:

The University of Tokyo Research Internship Program
Summer Program, Japan


The Science Hub Student Hours

VCU Summer Fellowships for Undergraduate Research and Creativity
Full details and application instructions can be found on this page.
Apply here!

UROP Fellowship

VCU Bug Lab- Research interns wanted for Spring/ Summer 2020

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA) is a cultural and educational experience that can be used for an internship, hands-on training, or travel opportunity.  The program is open to any student interested in sustainable agriculture, cultural studies, culinary arts, veterinary studies, health and nutrition, environmental sciences, and a wide range of other courses.  Spring and summer opportunities are posted now!

Use coupon code: WWOOFSTUDENT20 to receive $10 off membership!

Let’s get started!

Data Organization and Cleaning Workshop
Friday, April 17th 8:30am-1pm
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 203

On the vanguard of research best practices, the Carpentries nonprofit organization comprises the Software CarpentryData Carpentry, and Library Carpentry communities of instructors and trainers who share a mission to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers. The two VCU Librarians who have received training in Data Carpentry, Erin Carrillo and Nina Exner, will offer a free half-day workshop covering two Data Carpentry lessons: Data Organization in Spreadsheets and Data Cleaning with OpenRefine.

Good data organization is the foundation of any research project. Whether working in Excel or preparing data for efficient computation tools like R or Python, we need to structure our data the way that computers need the data. In this lesson, you will learn:

  • Good data entry practices including formatting data tables in spreadsheets
  • How to avoid common formatting mistakes
  • Approaches for handling dates in spreadsheets
  • Basic quality control and data manipulation in spreadsheets
  • Exporting data from spreadsheets

OpenRefine is a powerful, free and open source tool for working with messy data: cleaning it and transforming it from one format into another. This lesson will teach you to use OpenRefine to effectively clean and format data and track any changes that you make.

The workshop requires a laptop with spreadsheet software and OpenRefine installed. Please indicate on the registration form if you need us to provide this for you.

Register here.

2020 Rice Summer Scholars- Request for Proposals
Summer Research Funding Opportunities!

GOBS Presents Darwin Day 2020!

“The Evolution of Coloration and Color Vision in Butterflies”
Friday, Feb. 21st, 2020, 10:30am-12:00pm
VCU Student Commons Theater

Student Conservation Association (SCA) Jobs & Internships

Lots of summer positions are currently posted!  View all available positions here.

Internships & Jobs with the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)

Interested in working for a Virginia State Park?  Click here to view current full time and part time/ seasonal job and internship opportunities!

Read about the Park Ranger Career Development Program here.

Internships with DCR’s Division of Natural Heritage are posted on this page.

Semester Abroad with Insight Global Education: Intern. Study. Travel.

Insight Global Education runs extensive 3 month programs for university students and recent grads of all backgrounds.

Gain career-relevant experience through an exciting hands-on internship.  Through extensive partnership networks in each of our destinations, you have the opportunity to work with an organization that aligns with your values.

Earn transferable credits to your home institution by learning from local educators at one of our partner universities.

Experience a diverse culture as you explore a new country, work with local change makers, and travel with new friends.  If you’re interested in learning more about our upcoming programs in Fiji, Thailand and Uganda, click the link below!

​Click here to learn more.​

Transformative Field Ecology Experiences in Northwest Montana – Summer 2020

FLBS offers a summer academic program in spectacular northwest Montana where students (undergrads and grads) from universities throughout the U.S. and around the globe attend field-based ecology courses in aquatic and terrestrial realms. Application is open and students are applying now at

Students describe their time at FLBS as a transformative experience topped off with a judicious share of scholarly fun and camaraderie. They attribute this to the immersion-learning advantage afforded by a program where students take one course at a time.

Dartmouth graduate student Melissa DeSiervo attended in 2019 and notes, “I truly can’t believe how much I learned in only two weeks, all while having fun and connecting with other scientists!”

See what awaits our next cohort at and check out the socials…hashtags #flbs19 and #flbs18 on Twitter or Instagram.


These courses will be of interest to rising sophomores (Field Ecology), upper division students, and early graduate students. At FLBS, students benefit from academics influenced by synergism of multidisciplinary research and education, low student-faculty ratio, great facilities, and a dedicated support staff. See the program brochure at Course syllabi and fliers are also available online at

6/22-7/17     Field Ecology (BIOE342) ¬ Seminars in Ecology & Resource Management (BIOL492)

6/22-7/3       Conservation Ecology (BIOE440) ¬ Sensor Design, Fabrication & Deployment (BIOB491)

7/6-7/31       Field Student in the Evolution of Animal Behavior (BIOB491)

7/6-7/17       Landscape Ecology (BIOE451) ¬ Aquatic Microbial Ecology (BIOE400)

7/20-7/31     Alpine Ecology (BIOE416)  ¬  Stream Ecology (BIOE439)  ¬ Remote Sensing for Freshwater Ecology (GPHY 474)

8/3-8/14       Lake Ecology (BIOE453) ¬ Forest & Fire Ecology (BIOE458)


Attend 2, 4, 6, or all 8 weeks

Accelerate your course work; earn up to 13 credits in 8 weeks

Undergrad 300/400 level courses, graduate credit at 400 level

Gain real field experience in field research methods and interact with natural resource professionals

Field trips throughout the Flathead watershed including Glacier National Park

Credits easily transferable to other colleges and universities

Many scholarships awarded (easy to apply)

$2,130 for tuition, housing, and meals per 2-week course

Program open to students from all universities; international students too!

Need help with process questions or just want to talk to someone about the program? Send an email to or call Marie Kohler at 406-872-4515.

VCU Globe to Shimane, Japan
July 7th-28th, 2020

While the focus of the following program is going to be intercultural communication (and not biology or environmental studies), ENVS majors may still be interested!

The deadline for applications is March 2, 2020 and more information can be found on the following link:

There are also free Japanese classes that are being offered this term on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30.  The locations change (as classroom space can be a challenge but they are generally on the 4th floor of Hibbs (405 or 407) or in one of the classroom spaces in Globe (02/25, 002/27, 03/03, 03/05, 04/07, 04/09 – 1030G).  More information about this can be found on the Japanese Student Association FB page:

Science and Teaching Internship with Common Tides

I am reaching out again with Common Tides, a 501(c)3 non-profit.  For 2020, we will be returning to the US Virgin Islands.  This trip is aimed at providing free marine science and sailing programs to underserved local children of the islands. As you know, our trips rely on motivated, passionate college students who help us teach these programs over the summer.  We are currently accepting applicants.  Applications can be found on our website at  Interns are also welcome to contact me directly for an application packet, which has full trip details.

We had an amazing trip this past July. Thanks to the eight interns that joined us, we were able to teach 94 children and 12 adults during our trip. Please see the flyer link below for 2020 trip details.

Additionally, we created a short video to visually show the experiences of our interns and the positive impact the trip has.  Please click on the link below to view the video.

Common Tides Intern Video

Please feel free to visit our website,, for further details. There is a fee for the participants which this covers their food, stay on the sailboat, and training.

The Garden Club of Virginia is accepting applications for its 2020 Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellowship.

Purpose: To support research for conservation and environmental studies that directly impacts the Commonwealth of Virginia. Topics may include flora, fauna or community practices.

Award: Up to $6,000 for study and research at an accredited university in Virginia. Undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply.

Deadline for acceptance of applications: May 15, 2020 Click Here For Guidelines.

Send questions and applications

VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and part of VCU Student Research Weeks, the annual VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity is an opportunity for students to present their research endeavors and creative scholarship to their academic peers, members of the VCU faculty, community members, and friends and family.  All undergrads from every discipline are encouraged to present and attend.  Presentations may be for completed research projects, completed papers, or research in progress.  More information can be found at our website:

Important Dates:

March 22: Deadline for abstract submission (space is limited, last-minute submissions risk waitlisting!)

April 12: Deadline for poster files (free printing)

April 22: Symposium date

We are currently accepting poster abstracts up until the deadline of March 22nd, 2020.  All abstracts should be submitted to  Please note, the symposium will take place in two sessions.  Session 1: 10:30am-12pm  Session 2: 1pm-2:30pm.  We will hold remarks at 12:30pm.  Upon submission of their abstracts, students will be asked to choose only one session during which they will be available to present their poster.

After students are notified of their acceptance, we will accept electronic file submission of their posters.  Note: We hold poster workshops Feb. – Mar. and we are able to print research posters free of cost to our students!  A schedule for upcoming poster workshops will be posted on the UROP Blog next week.

Abstracts should include: Name/Major of student, Name/Dept. of Faculty Mentor, Title of research Project, Brief description of research project.  Research Weeks will take place throughout the month of April, and the symposium will take place on Wednesday April 22nd, 2020.  All inquiries to

James River Park System Summer Internship Opportunity!

To apply to ask questions, please email



JUNE 1 – JULY 31, 2020



We aim to provide intellectually challenging, interdisciplinary research and extension experiences for diverse undergraduates from across the US. During the summer program our undergraduate fellows will: 1) Develop a detailed and nuanced understanding of the complexity of anthropogenic influences and stakeholder needs within mixed-use watersheds; 2) Gain appreciation for the disciplinary diversity required to address critical, complex water resources issues; 3) Improve their ability to communicate scientific findings to audiences of varying backgrounds in formal and informal situations; 4) Acquire a foundation in technical, social, and collaborative skills to help them succeed in future research and professional activities; and 5) Form a professional network that can support future careers in water management (e.g., graduate degrees, agricultural/industry careers, public service, etc.). This USDA-funded REEU will catalyze interactions between students from widely varying disciplines by focusing on research questions that require innovative approaches to scientific collaboration and data visualization, as well as communication to and engagement with an array of local stakeholders. Our diverse team of experienced mentors includes environmental scientists, social scientists, engineers, and computer scientist will both guide individual student efforts as well as collectively model successful interdisciplinary collaboration.Successful participation in the REEU will require you to be:

  • a “self-starter” willing to ask questions, seek answers, and work within typical scientific uncertainty;
  • open to bi-directional communication and collaboration with other fellows, graduate students, and faculty from different disciplinary and academic backgrounds;
  • professional and gracious when working with others of different personalities and social identities;
  • physically present in Blacksburg for the 9- week program;
  • willing to room in a traditional, air-conditioned dormitory with an REEU fellow as a roommate; and
  • excited by the scientific and social possibilities offered by interdisciplinary water management.

Learn more!

Summer Coastal Resilience Internships Available

Virginia Sea Grant, in partnership with AECOM, Arcadis, and Michael Baker International, is excited to support a range of paid summer internship opportunities focused on coastal resiliency. Many of these opportunities are open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students, and train participants to become leaders in innovative, pre-disaster resiliency design strategies.

Visit our website to learn more and apply!

Seeking Undergraduate Sophomores & Juniors for Udall Scholarship!

A message from Jeff Wing, Director of the National Scholarship Office at VCU:

The Udall Scholarship seeks undergraduates who want to work in the areas of environmental advocacy, policy, or science. VCU can nominate up to six sophomores or juniors for the 2020 Udall Scholarship. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 5. Please share this information with any students who might be interested. Students who would like to be considered for one of VCU’s nominations should make an appointment to meet with Dr. Meredith Sisson or me in the National Scholarship Office (NSO).

A copy of the PowerPoint presentation that was shared at last week’s Udall information session can be viewed here.

Urban Forestry & Tree Podcasts

Interested in trees?  View a list of urban forestry and tree podcasts here!

2020 RAY Diversity Fellowship Applications Now Open!

Apply now at!

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 application cycle for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship⁠ is now open! The RAY Diversity Fellowship is a two-year (1 year with 1 year renewal), full time position with partner conservation and clean energy organizations with the goal of increasing and facilitating environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. RAY Fellows have worked in a variety of communications, climate, policy, research, and philanthropy capacities.

About the RAY Diversity Fellowship Program

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in conservation and clean energy, the Environmental Leadership Program coordinates Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship provides first-time career access opportunities for recent college graduates of color who do not have previous professional experience or a graduate degree. The RAY Fellowship is designed to support the Fellows in becoming leaders in the environmental sector—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.

  • RAY Fellows are placed within one of our Member Organizations in a two year-long (1 year with 1 year renewal) full-time fellowship position.

  • RAY Fellows receive an entry level salary plus benefits, relocation assistance, and a professional development stipend.

  • RAY Fellows come together as a cohort for the orientation and mid-year retreats to equip Fellows with tools, experiences, support, and community.

  • RAY Fellows design a Personal Leadership Plan, participate in professional development webinars, and receive support from mentors.

  • RAY Fellows join a growing community of emerging conservation and clean energy leaders of color.

Eligibility & How to Apply

Eligible applicants will:

  • Come from a racial/ethnic background underrepresented in the environmental sector and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Be less than 2 years out of college and have a Bachelor’s Degree by July 2020 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time)

  • Have not had a full-time job in conservation or clean energy

  • Have the ability to work in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship (DACA recipients encouraged to apply)

Applications for the 2020 cycle are open and descriptions of Fellowship positions will be added on a rolling basis until March. We anticipate communications, philanthropy, and environmental education specific positions among others this year. Completed applications should include a CV or resume, a letter of support, two essays, and a short answer response. Visit our website at for application instructions and deadlines.

Interested applicants may join one of our upcoming informational webinar series to ask questions, learn more about the application process, and hear from a current RAY Fellow.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) Internship- Applicants Needed!

CCAN- Spring 2020 Internship Description

Call for Proposals: 2020 VCU Fellowships for Undergraduate Research

It is time again to announce our funded fellowship opportunities for undergraduates interested in conducting research during the summer of 2020!  In addition to the UROP Fellowships we are pleased to offer fellowships funded by the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, the Center for Community Engagement and Impact, and the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed)!  As always, many thanks to these units for their support!  Our new website is accessible at:  Below you will find a brief description for each fellowship opportunity with a link to the full description.  Full fellowship descriptions are also attached.  Deadline for proposals is March 10th, 2020.

Please share these opportunities with students, faculty and colleagues.  Thanks, as always, for your continued support of undergraduate research at VCU!  Profiles of some of our previous Fellows and their projects can be found HERE.

Undergraduate Fellowships for Clinical and Translational Research
The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) will fund undergraduate research fellowship awards for clinical translational research projects focused on human health and mentored by a VCU faculty member. A clinical translational research project is one that aims to translate scientific discoveries into improved human health and wellness. Successful proposals must discuss how the project will increase the student researcher’s knowledge, skills and experience while simultaneously attempting to advance human health through clinical research. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.  Eligibility: Undergraduates pursuing research in any discipline(s).  For details and to apply visit:

Undergraduate Fellowships for Community Engaged Research
The Center for Community Engagement and Impact will fund undergraduate community-engaged research fellowship awards for research projects mentored by VCU faculty and carried out in collaboration with a community partner. Proposals for this fellowship should include a community-engaged research project that creates and disseminates knowledge or creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.  Eligibility: Undergraduates pursuing research in any discipline(s).  For details and to apply visit:

Undergraduate Fellowships for Inquiry, Inclusion and Innovation (iCubed)
The Institute for Inquiry, Inclusion and Innovation (iCubed) will fund research fellowship awards for projects mentored by VCU faculty that fall within the following iCubed Cores:  1. Sustainable Food Access 2. Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities 3. Urban Education and Family 4. Disrupting Criminalization in Education. Each fellowship award includes $1500 in funding for the student and $500 for the faculty mentor.  Eligibility: Work-Study eligible undergraduates pursuing research in any discipline(s) which aligns with the seven iCubed Cores. For details and to apply visit:

Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Summer Fellowships (UROP)
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) will fund a variety of undergraduate student fellowship awards for projects in any discipline, mentored by VCU faculty. Successful student applicants will receive a cash stipend of $1,500 and $500 for the faculty mentor.  Applicants must submit an online application no later than March 10, 2020 for review.   Eligibility: Undergraduates pursuing research in any discipline(s).  For details and to apply visit:

ENVS Students: The attachments that go along with these opportunities can be found in your email (message was sent 1/24/20).

Regarding a new initiative at VCU, The Science Hub:

The Science Hub’s main mission to help build a community for students and faculty in STEM.  This semester, The Science Hub will be hosting a series of talks entitled “Not on My Resume: Struggles, failures, detours and doubts”.  These will be informal gatherings that feature a faculty, post-doc, graduate student or community member who will share their pathway to their current role. The goal is to spotlight both the challenges and coping strategies to help give students a broader picture of career pathways and hopefully help them connect with faculty and peers in a new way .

These talks will be every two to three weeks all semester and on Thursdays from 5-6pm if you are interested.  Here is a link to the Science Hub website where you can find information about us and the programs that we are offering:

Danta is pleased to announce our 2020 field courses in tropical biology. Our 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.

As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.

For more information, please visit our website at and/or email For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our blog DANTAisms –

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates:  July 4-July 19, 2020.

Program Fee: $2600

Application deadline:  June 1, 2020

Course Description:

Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates: June 10 – July 2, 2020

Program Fee: $3500

Application deadline: May 15, 2020

Course Description:

Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

Dates: June 10-June 25, 2020

Program fee: $2600

Application deadline: May 15, 2020

Course Description:

Field Excursion

All courses include a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation and dolphin and snorkeling trip of the Golfo Dulce. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Internship Opportunity for undergraduate or graduate student with the Hanover County Public Works Department.  Please apply at:

Some of you may be interested in this program!





Trees Virginia (The Virginia Urban Forest Council) is pleased to announce its annual scholarship program for students at Virginia colleges and universities.

Five scholarships totaling $7,500 will be awarded:

  • Two scholarships in the amount of $1,800 each for graduate students (master’s or doctoral level)
  • Two scholarships in the amount of $1,600 each for students seeking a bachelor’s degree
  • One $700 scholarship for a student seeking an associate’s degree

Scholarships are aimed at students majoring in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture, and other related disciplines who have an interest in a career related to urban forestry.

Application Deadline: February 17, 2020 @ 10 PM

Eligibility Requirements and Application Instructions:

Questions? Contact


Trees Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life through stewardship of our Commonwealth’s urban and community trees. Trees Virginia, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Forestry, works vigorously to enhance public awareness, increase professional competence, and bolster political engagement in urban forestry issues.

In support of these efforts, Trees Virginia has established a scholarship program in urban forestry for eligible students attending Virginia colleges and universities.  Since 2008, Trees Virginia has awarded over $45,000 in scholarships.

The Virginia Coast Reserve has multiple REU opportunities.

This summer the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office will offer five internships, covering a range of Chesapeake Bay science-related topics. 

Each paid internship will run ~12 weeks (mid-May through mid-August). They are intended for students who will be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of undergraduate study. NCBO is partnering with the Chesapeake Research Consortium to offer internships through two programs, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Summer Internship Program and Chesapeake-Student Recruitment, Early Advisement and Mentoring (C-StREAM) Program.

You, your colleagues and your college student contacts can learn more about the internship program and positions here:

Lots of good jobs for early career folks can be found on the Conservation Job Board

This summer the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office will offer five internships, covering a range of Chesapeake Bay science-related topics. Each paid internship will run 12 weeks (mid-May through mid-August). They are intended for students who will be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of undergraduate study. NCBO is partnering with the Chesapeake Research Consortium to offer internships through two programs.

You and your students can learn more about the internship program and positions here:

Resource Environmental Solutions (RES) Internship Opportunities

Internship postings can be found on this page.

Current Intern Needs:

  • 2 Ecology Interns in Raleigh, NC
  • 2 Ecology Interns in Richmond, VA
  • 1 Ecology Intern in Warrenton, VA
  • 2 SWM Interns in Fairfax, VA

RES will be targeting current sophomores to seniors or graduate students with relevant coursework/field work for these roles.

University of Virginia Mountain Lake Biological Station​​

2020 Summer Courses at Mountain Lake Biological Station

Field-based courses are UVA Summer Session classes taught by nationally-recruited faculty. Courses are offered at undergraduate and graduate levels

​​Field Courses

​​Natural History of the Appalachians: Summer Session I: May 25-June 12

​​Field Herpetology: Summer Session I: May 25-June 12

​​Field Biology of Fishes: Summer Session II: June 15-July 3

​​Stream Ecology: Summer Session III: July 13-31

​​Rolling enrollment.

​​Financial aid is available. Apply by March 15.

MLBS courses are field-intensive, research-based experiences. Courses earn 3 UVA Biology lab credits. Non-college students are welcome to enroll.

Learn more and apply!

The Jones Center At Ichauway invites applications for a full time, temporary, Seasonal Technician II, in the Aquatic Biology Lab. This is a temporary position that will be available March 9th- June 1st, 2020 with the possibility of extension.

The 28,000-acre Research Center is located approximately 30 miles south of Albany, Georgia. The Center’s research, education, and conservation programs focus on ecology and natural resource management. The site includes 16,000 acres of long leaf pine forests, over 1,000 acres of wetlands, and 26 miles of stream and river ecosystems. For more information visit our website at

Job Requirements: The successful candidate will work with water quality studies of streams, lakes, and rivers. The candidate will assist with water quality collection, conducting population surveys of native mussels, fish, and exotic plants and animals. Other responsibilities will include sorting and identifying aquatic macro-invertebrates, acid washing and data entry.  Experience in field biology/ecology required and must be able to swim and snorkel. Must have the ability to conduct moderate to strenuous physical activity in the field, under demanding field conditions (i.e. heat, high humidity, and insects) and independently follow instructions. Must be comfortable working out of small research boats and canoes.

Minimum qualifications: B.S. with experience in biology, ecology or related field.  Experience with MS- Windows based computers required. Must be able to swim and snorkel.

Salary: $11.00 per hour with housing

$12.00 per hour without housing

Limited on-site housing is available.

A cover letter, resume and references including available start date should be sent by email to: AND to:  Subject line: Aquatic Biology Seasonal Technician II. For additional information regarding this position contact Chelsea Smith by email at

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Jones Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/E-Verify Employer.  Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.