Natural Climate Solutions Research Internships

Clean Wisconsin is accepting applications for two (2) Fall 2022 research intern positions. Interns will assist Clean Wisconsin’s Natural Climate Solutions team in support of our emerging natural climate solutions work.  

 

Projects for Research Internships include: 

I) Analyzing current WI agricultural policies and incentives for adoption of regenerative and/or conservation farming practices, for each commercial cropping system in WI: 

  • Gathering and synthesizing current WI agricultural policy and incentives, per commercial cropping system; 
  • Analyzing efficacy of current WI Ag policies and incentives on increasing adoption rates of improved management, per commercial cropping system; 
  • Summarize findings for internal use and public policy, education efforts 

II) Analyzing agricultural economics per commercial cropping system in WI: 

  • Gathering and synthesizing current economic market values of WI crops 
  • Analyzing cost of crop failures due to climate change impacts under various climate projection scenarios, per commercial cropping system in WI 
  • Analyzing market value of specialty crop opportunities 
  • Summarize findings for internal use and public policy, education efforts 

 

Projects are suitable for either a graduate student, or advanced undergraduate student. 

Some of the questions we are hoping to answer with these projects include:

  • Which current WI agricultural policies and incentive programs are most effective at increasing adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices?
  • Are current policies and incentives effective? If so, for what types and scales of farming operations? If not, how can they be improved?
  • What are the economic risks to WI agriculture from climate change (e.g. “business as usual” vs. “limited adoption of natural climate solutions” vs. “moderate adoption” vs. “climate-smart agricultural system transformation”)?
  • What are the economic opportunities for specialty crops under the various climate projections?
  • How much would transforming WI agriculture to climate-smart agriculture systems cost in the timeframe necessary to achieve climate goals?
  • How much would transforming WI agriculture to climate-smart agriculture systems save taxpayers and insurance companies by mitigating the worst impacts of climate change?

 

Requirements:

  • Completed advanced coursework or other relevant background knowledge/experience in agriculture, public policy, environmental sciences or other related fields
  • Strong writing, verbal, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize scientific information and compose summaries or report briefs
  • Interest in, and commitment to, addressing environmental issues facing Wisconsin
  • Ability to commit at least 10-15 hours per week for the fall semester

 

Stipend:

A living stipend is provided to interns by Clean Wisconsin.

 

Clean Wisconsin is committed to equity and inclusion. Our mission is to protect and preserve the clean water, air, and special places of our state for all residents, and is non-discriminatory.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Katherine (Kata) Young, Natural Climate Solutions Manager, at: kyoung@cleanwisconsin.org

 

To apply, please send a brief cover letter, resume (with copies of unofficial transcripts, if desired), and three references, to the above email with the subject: FALL 2022 NCS Internship Application.

 

In your cover letter, please briefly summarize (i) which internship project you’re interested in, (ii) why you’re interested and how this contributes to your academic/professional goals, (iii) any relevant experience or skillsets you’d like to highlight, (iv) your starting-date availability, and (v) days/hours available to work on this project.

 

For best consideration, please submit all materials by Friday, September 16th.