The Environmental Studies program at Washington University offers three major tracks, including environmental biology, environmental earth science, and environmental policy as well as an interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies. These majors each have a different disciplinary focus, but also expose students to interdisciplinary problem solving in environmental studies, taking advantage of faculty expertise in anthropology, biology, economics, earth and planetary sciences, political science, and engineering. In addition to these three majors, anthropology majors can choose a track within the major focused on global health and the environment.
The Environmental Studies program maintains close relationships with the Office of Sustainability, the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES), and other Washington University organizations, to provide opportunities for internships, seminars, events, and research.
Minnie Wood and Laclede Park are pocket parks nestled in the neighborhood of Dutchtown near 3 major neighborhood schools. Minnie Wood is located off a thoroughfare boasting practice fields and informal neighborhood vendors. Laclede Park is an arborist’s dream, with mature trees and a figure eight walking trail. Dutchtown South Community Corporation initiated an engagement process to seek the needs and wants of residents for their parks and developed a master plan. Now the plan needs to be stewarded by committed stakeholders. The Pocket Parks intern will build the stewardship committee who will further identify programming needs and funding opportunities. One open position.
- Share the engagement process and planning that led to the implementation of the Pocket Park Master Plan.
- Develop a visual toolkit for Pocket Park programming, fundraising, and beautification for individuals who want to pursue the stewardship of the Pocket Park Master Plan.
- Organize a committee–(i.e. Friends of Pocket Parks) to steward the implementation of master plan.
- Connect with potential and current users of the park to identify programming needs. Position is currently filled
Skills / Qualifications:
- Community organizing,
- strong interpersonal skills,
- interest in green space and parks, and time management
- Applicants must be WashU students
Skills / Qualifications:
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, creating promotional materials (flyers, graphics), and social media (Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram)
- Ability to interact professionally, confidently, and enthusiastically with University staff and students Strong organizational skills and ability to move projects forward
- Self-motivated and willing to try new things.
- Experience planning events and giving presentations.
- Preference will be given to candidates with majors related to Environmental Studies
- Assist faculty with data collection for the Land Trust Feasibility Study
- Create one-page white papers on GCC projects
- Assist with marketing and communications on the GCC website and social media
- Create materials for community workshops/events
- Fact-check parcel data for ownership/vacancy, vacancy duration, condemnation status
- Develop GIS or database tools for distinguishing between privately-owned vacant lots and extended yards
- Collect publicly available baseline data related to neighborhood health, economics and ecology
Skills / Qualifications
- Coursework and/or experience with GIS, Microsoft Excel, and data visualization
- Interest in the intersection of environmental studies and social/racial justice
- Ability to interact professionally, confidently, and enthusiastically with University staff, students, partners, and community residents
- Strong writing, organizational, and time management skills; self-directed • Prefer experience with Python
- Prefer experience living/working/volunteering in low-income St. Louis neighborhoods
- Federal Work Study-eligible candidates encouraged to apply