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Opportunities at CEES

Opportunities for Undergraduates


The Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI is looking for IUPUI students (two undergraduates) interested in a mentorship in service learning.  These positions are funded through a grant from the Center for Service and Learning and require an average time comittment of 10 hours per week.  Service learning assistants (SLAs) work alongside CEES staff and community partners, delivering science education in a variety of community parks and gardens.  SLAs may assist with research and report writing associated with the service learning program, as well as other field and laboratory research at CEES.  

Candidates must be willing to engage in outdoor work, laboratory work, and administrative tasks related to the service learning program.  

Before a candidate can be offered a position they must submit to a background check provided by the university and meet the university’s requirements for programs that involve contact with children.  Service learning projects take place primarily on Fridays and Saturdays (and occasionally on Sundays) in Spring and Fall while weather permits.  SLAs must be available to attend these events.  The Center for Service and Learning requires that SLAs maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.  SLAs receive a stipend in the amount of $1500/semester.

To apply: please send resume and letter of interest to Dr. Victoria Schmalhofer at




The Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI is looking for IUPUI students interested in K12 education to work 5-10 hours per week.  Outreach Assistants (OAs) work alongside CEES staff, public school science teachers, and community partners to deliver STEM programming in urban Indianapolis Public Schools, as well as schools in surrounding areas.  Programming currently focuses on after-school science clubs (grades 4-8) and our Discovering the Science of the Environment program (DSE).  OAs involved in the DSE program accompany CEES's Education Coordinator to area schools to present science programs designed to enhance the STEM experience for students (grades 4-12).  The DSE program typically involves the use of CEES's mobile technology lab.  The type of programming an OA will be involved in depends on an individual's class schedule/availability.

We are looking for students with either (1) a background in education with a knowledge of science/interest in learning more science; OR, (2) a background in science with an interest in/enthusiasm for education.  Because OAs work alongside staff trained in environmental sciences, applicants do not need to have a science background, but will need to learn the lessons to be presented.  Programming focuses on using plants and the environment, outdoor learning spaces, and inquiry-based methods to teach STEM content (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  

The working environment demands patience as well as an ability to handle last-minute changes in activities based on children's abilities and interests, available resources, and weather. Applicants must have willingness to work outdoors as well as indoors, and consistency in attendance at assigned shifts is important.  Applicants who bring a knowledge or interest in teaching methods are encouraged to apply.

After School Science Club program (ASSC). CEES also partners with several local elementary/middle schools for ASSC. The purpose of the clubs is to enhance science education through project-based student-led learning.  CEES OAs assist the school teachers who run the clubs and collect data concerning student involvement. The data will help determine whether the clubs actually enhance student acadeic outcomes and/or influence student attitudes about science and environmental issues.

Before being offered a position, an applicant must pass a full background check (paid for and submitted by IUPUI) to qualify for the position, in accordance with IUPUI's policy for working with children (as well as public school policy). Work primarily takes place OFF the IUPUI campus.  While there may be options to carpool with your workmates, official transportation to the schools (in the After School Science Club program) from the IUPUI campus is not provided. (IF you do not have transportation, you are still encouraged to apply but please note that this may impact your ability to accept the position depending on your availability and staff schedules. Schools are near IndyGO bus lines).

To apply, send an email expressing your interest to Dr. Victoria Schmalhofer at; include your resume and a cover letter. Your cover letter should indicate your hours of availability. 

Please indicate if you will need transportation; note that this may limit opportunities for work.

Applications accepted until positions are filled.  Applications will be reviewed as received.  Work will begin after background check is completed.


ALL APPLICANTS (Service Learning Assistants and Outreach Assistants): include your course schedule so that hours of availability may be determined; also include any other regular time committments you have.