Resources and Opportunities
There's a lively community of nonprofit groups in Missoula and Montana. Many were created by and/or are 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.
Conservation Directory: provides links to community groups, nonprofit businesses, and government agencies with roles in conservation or public health protection. Many of these employ or provide internships to Environmental Studies students and alums. A list of groups that provide sustainability services in our area is provided by Transition Missoula. In addition, you may wish to 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).
- 1000 New Gardens - UM group dedicated to increasing food security by putting 1000 new food gardens in Missoula.
- Clark Fork Coalition - Since 1985, working to protect and restore water quality throughout the Clark Fork River basin of western Montana and northern Idaho.
- Garden City Harvest -- working for a community where everyone values and has access to healthy, local food.
- Great Burn Conservation Alliance - Since 1971, studying, protecting and working for wilderness designation for the Great Burn.
- Missoula Urban Demo (MUD) Project - Since 1981, helping Missoulians learn to live lightly in the urban ecosystem.
- Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) - Since 1973, this statewide organization has worked with the public to monitor state government and lobby the state legislature to protect Montana land and water.
- Montana Wilderness Association - Since 1958, leading the fight to protect Montana's wild lands.
- Swan Valley Connections - Connecting students with local people working to conserve Montana's Swan Valley.
- UM Sustainability office - Leading UM's ongoing efforts to become socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable in operations, education and research.
- Women's Voices for the Earth - Since 1995, working to eliminate toxic chemicals that impact women and families by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices and government policies.