Volunteer, Internship, & Job Opportunities for Environmental Studies Students
There's a lively community of nonprofit groups in Missoula and the region. Many of them were created by and/or staffed by Environmental Studies graduates. Working with these groups provides outstanding opportunities for students to make a difference. Often such internships and service projects lead to thesis and professional paper projects and sometimes long-term employment.
Click here to see a Conservation Directory of community groups, nonprofit businesses, and government agencies with roles in conservation or public health protection. Many of these work with Environmental Studies students and alums. A list of groups that provide sustainability services in our area is provided by Transition Town Missoula. In addition, you may visit the websites of Montana's Natural Resource Trade Association groups.
Many of these nonprofit groups actively recruit interns through UM Internship Services. Others contact Environmental Studies faculty and staff directly. Below is a sampling of groups seeking to recruit Environmental Studies students to work with them on current projects (most were founded by Environmental Studies alums). *Note to unlisted groups - if you wish to be listed here, send a one sentence description of your group to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 1000 New Gardens - Dedicated to increasing food security by putting 1000 new gardens in Missoula.
- Clark Fork Coalition - For more than 25 years, the Coalition has worked to protect and restore water quality throughout the Clark Fork River basin -- a 22,000 square mile area in western Montana and northern Idaho.
- Great Burn Study Group - For 40 years, GBSG has been studying, protecting and working for wilderness designation for the Great Burn.
- Missoula Urban Demo (MUD) Project - For 30 years, MUD has helped Missoulians learn to live lightly in the urban ecosystem.
- Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) - a member-supported statewide advocacy and research organization based in Helena since 1973. MEIC lobbies the state legislature, monitors state government, and educates the public.
- Montana Wilderness Association - Since 1958, MWA has led the fight to protect Montana's wild lands.
- Northwest Connections - Connects students with local people working in the conservation of Montana's Swan Valley.
- Women's Voices for the Earth - Works to eliminate toxic chemicals that impact women's health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices and government policies.
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