Resources and Opportunities
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.
Conservation Directory: 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).
- 1000 New Gardens - Dedicated to increasing food security by putting 1000 new gardens in Missoula.
- Clark Fork Coalition - Since 1985, 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 - Since 1971, GBSG has been studying, protecting and working for wilderness designation for the Great Burn.
- Missoula Urban Demo (MUD) Project - Since 1981, MUD has helped Missoulians learn to live lightly in the urban ecosystem.
- Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) - Since 1973, this member-supported, statewide advocacy and research 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, 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.
- UM Climate Action Now (CAN)- A UM student group passionate about taking action on climate change and other environmental issues at the campus, community, state and national levels.
- Women's Voices for the Earth - Since 1995, WVE has worked to eliminate toxic chemicals that impact women's health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices and government policies.
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