Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Sustainability Internships, Volunteer Opportunities and More!

The green industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy with many exciting career opportunities for college graduates. Get your foot in the "green jobs" door by working on sustainability initiatives at the University of Maryland, which is recognized as a national leader in campus sustainability.

Office of Sustainability Opportunities

On-Campus Opportunities

Off-Campus Opportunities

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Opportunities

Opportunities Abroad

Office of Sustainability Opportunities

There are currently no open positions at the Office of Sustainability.

On-Campus Opportunities

    UMD Recycling Team Volunteer

    The UMD Recycling Team is seeking volunteers for the 2014 Football season to help distribute bags. This year, we are concentrating our recycling efforts in parking lots and reaching out to tailgaters to encourage maximum recycling participation. We need volunteers to greet folks entering parking lots around campus, hand out bags for recycling and trash, and explain what to do with the bags when tailgating is finished. Click here for details.

Off-Campus Opportunities

    Whole School Sustainability Coordinator, Instituto Thomas Jefferson (ITJ)

    Instituto Thomas Jefferson (ITJ) is a network of schools based in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Queretaro that has been on the leading edge of social and emotional learning, project-based education, and student-powered innovation for 37 years. The Whole School Sustainability Manager will act as the sustainability champion within ITJ, implementing transformative practices and working hands-on with teachers, staff, and students to improve their learning environment. If interested, email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Anisa Baldwin Metzger at no later than 6:00pm ET on October 24th, 2014.

    Paid Intern at the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), in Takoma Park

    The intern should be bilingual, Spanish/English preferred, but other fluencies may be helpful, such as Amharic or French. Interns will gain experience on program design, community engagement, grant projects, energy efficiency programs, public-private partnerships, and sustainability in local government. The start date is immediately and the duration is 10-hours per week through December. The intern will be paid $10 an hour, paid through the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy, and will work in the City of Takoma Park. Contact for more information.

    Deeper Green

    Join Deeper Green as a Marketing and Communications Intern. Their mission is to fight climate change by connecting consumers to green products and services such as wind or solar power. Click here to learn more.

    Volunteer Maryland Coordinator

    Help central Maryland communities, residents, and students improve the quality of life in our watershed by recruiting and mobilizing volunteers to learn permaculture principles, reduce urban and suburban runoff, and instill a sense of environmental stewardship in local students and families in fun, educational outdoor spaces. Click here to learn more.

    Food Recovery Network: Director of Expansion

    The Food Recovery Network, founded in September 2011, unites students to fight food waste and hunger by recovering the unsold surplus food from their colleges and donating it to hungry Americans. FRN's Expansion Department works one-on-one with students to start strong, effective Food Recovery Network chapters. It works closely with the Member Support Department, which is responsible for maintaining and building the capacity of our chapters over time. FRN is looking for a highly capable and motivated Director of Expansion to lead the growth of our national movement. Click here to learn more.

    Sierra Club Internships in DC

    Our year-round issue internships provide a hands-on opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the field of environmental protection and the specific role that the Sierra Club plays in it. An intern may be expected to conduct research, gather and analyze information, help develop background information on a specific issue, write summaries and fact sheets, and prepare briefing materials, among many other tasks. D.C. Office Interns also learn firsthand how Congress works and the role of other non-governmental organizations in Washington as they help prepare Congressional testimony, accompany staff on visits to Congressional offices and monitor Congress. Interns are selected on the basis of their interests, education and experience in related fields. We especially seek interns who have been directly involved in conservation work and have good communication and writing skills. Our intern rotations are in the fall, winter/spring, and summer. Click here to learn more.

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Washington, D.C.

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is the nation's leading advocate for trails and the only national organization devoted to converting unused railroad lines to multi-use trails. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails. With headquarters, Washington, D.C., and offices in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Massachusetts, RTC is a nonprofit public charity carrying out a program of technical assistance and public education. RTC is looking for interns interested in working on environmental and public policy issues. Click here to learn more.

    National Aquarium Winter Aquarist

    Internships at the National Aquarium provide hands-on and minds-on experiences that add value to any college education. Applying classroom knowledge, interns obtain valuable job experience and establish professional contacts. Aquarist interns assist the Aquarist department with daily care of the Aquarium's invertebrates and fish. November 1, 2014 is the application deadline for Winter 2014/Spring 2015 internships. Click here to learn more.

    National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

    This position will assist the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable in the planning and implementation of the core pollution prevention and sustainability efforts and programs of NPPR. Specific activities include; research of state, local, federal, and international policies, preparation of presentations, papers, and conferences, and assist in continual membership outreach. The intern will gain a broad background in pollution prevention, sustainability, and non-profit activities. Applications accepted until September 26, 2014. Click here to learn more.

    City of Hyattsville Intern Gardener

    A 20 hour a week non-paid position. The Intern Gardner will have the opportunity to work within the Department of Public Works in the City of Hyattsville, Maryland. Then Intern Gardner will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Public Works and the Park Maintenance Specialist. The City of Hyattsville maintains 11 public parks, garden beds at 4 public buildings an, 4 municipal parking lots as well as street plantings throughout the city. The City of Hyattsville’s adopted Sustainability Policy incorporates principles of sustainability and energy efficiency into all of its capital improvement projects, operations and resource use. The City has committed to conserving natural resources and pollution reduction in all project implementation including design, construction, operation, maintenance and the rehabilitation of public spaces. Applications accepted until September 20, 2014. Click here to learn more.

    U.S. Green Building Council Communications Intern

    The U.S. Green Building Council is looking for a communications intern to help build general Chapter awareness, and develop and execute a marketing plan for USGBC Maryland. Tasks may include: website maintenance assistance, PR for the Chapter, program and event marketing, social media outreach and general communications regarding the Chapter's missions, vision and strategic initiatives. Click here to learn more.

    SustainaFest Fall 2014

    Do you want to help shape the future of a truly innovative and exciting organization bringing sustainability education and action to our communities? SustainaFest is seeking qualified candidates to help grow our organization and programming, including the ground-breaking Student Sustainability Lab. We are seeking committed and self-directed individuals (undergraduates/post-graduates preferred) who can assist our core team in our efforts to grow SustainaFest's reach and impact. Please send your qualifications (resume, writing sample, letter, video - whatever best helps us get to know you) to as soon as possible. Click here to learn more.

    Green America Internships

    Green America is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a just and sustainable society by harnessing economic power for positive change. They are currently hiring interns for the following positions: Food Campaigns Fellow, Foundating and Fundraising, Working Groups Intern, and Green Businesss Marketing and Communications. Click here to learn more.

Fellowships & Scholarships

    Collaborative Research with SESYNC Postdocs

    The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks Research Collaborators (PhD required) interested in mentoring incoming SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows and co-developing socio-environmental synthesis research projects with them. Click here to learn more.

Graduate Opportunities

    BSOS Paid GA Web Content Developer/Coordinator

    The Communications and Marketing unit of the Office of External Relations within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) seeks a creative and committed graduate student to fill the position of Web Content Developer/Coordinator. This Graduate Assistantship position will be responsible for developing and editing content for the College’s websites under the guidance of the Director of Communications and Marketing and the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing. Click here to learn more.

Opportunities Abroad

    Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

    Looking for an exceptional study abroad or internship opportunity in Israel? Come  discover an experience that combines cutting-edge environmental academics and research with coexistence. The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies brings together students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and North America, and provides them with the skills to become the next generation of environmental leaders. Learn about all opportunities here. Learn about our internship opportunities here. Please contact Sarah Rubin, Program Manager, at for more information.

    UMD Spring Break: Japan Civil Society, Recovery and Reform in the Wake of Disaster

    If you are interested in international or domestic careers in the non-profit or public sectors, or are interested in energy policy, disaster recovery and preparedness, or social reform in a global context, this program will give you valuable experience in an international setting, learning first-hand how to address real world issues and develop potential solutions. Learn about all opportunities here.