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Institute of Environmental Research and Education

Institute of Environmental Research and Education

The Institute of Environmental Research and Education (IERE) is housed in Academic and Student Affairs and serves students and faculty from all six UNF colleges. All IERE programs and scholarships are 100% funded by donors and grants. Our mission is to provide opportunities for environmental research and education and develop interdisciplinary programs that enhance the student experience. 


Now Hiring — Office Manager

We are looking for a part-time office manager to join our team. The office manager will assist the director and staff with accomplishing the mission of IERE. The office manager's responsibilities will focus on budget management and arranging meetings and travel. The office manager will work 20-25 hours per week and the pay is $17-20 per hour based on experience. Learn more and apply for the job.

Updated Website

Welcome to our new and improved IERE website! Take a look around to learn more about our team and the programs we offer to students and faculty. You can also stay up to date with the list of events on our homepage. 

J. David Lambert Memorial Environmental Scholarship

We were saddened by the passing of former IERE Director Dr. J. David Lambert in 2021. In recognition of Dr. Lambert's contribution to the students of UNF, a scholarship was established in his name by his family and friends. The scholarship will honor his legacy and will be awarded to students with an expressed interest in sustainability and GIS, both topics about which Lambert was passionate. Information on how to apply for the scholarship will be available in the fall semester. Learn more about Dr. Lambert and the scholarship

Upcoming Events

Students and faculty looking at plants

Florida Field School — Environmental Restoration

  • Date: Friday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Location: Lake Oneida (meet in Lot 100)
  • Cost: FREE and open to everyone

Join for a special Field Friday where volunteers will contribute to two projects to restore and enhance natural habitats on campus. The projects will restore a habitat that benefits native plants, and volunteers will also add more native plants that will benefit many different species. 


Student in a canoe

Florida Field School — Weekend Field School

  • Date: Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2
  • Location: Gold Head Branch State Park
  • Cost: $75

During this weekend event, students will camp at Gold Head Branch State Park and help maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail, a 1,500 mile federally designated trail beginning at Big Cypress National Preserve and ending at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Students will also learn about careers, such as park range, trail management and more.

The registration fee covers all camping, food and transportation costs. Students will be responsible for providing their own camping gear. Students can rent camping equipment at no cost through Eco Adventure.  


Speaker at podium

Jacksonville Environmental Symposium

The Jacksonville Environmental Symposium presents a unique opportunity for members of the community to interact with the regulatory agencies responsible for developing and implementing environmental policy. The symposium provides valuable opportunities for communication and helps to further the goal of protecting our limited natural resources and improving the quality of life in Northeast Florida.

This event is sponsored by the City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board and Institute of Environmental Research and Education.


Park ranger with students

Florida Field School — National Park Service Careers

  • Date: Friday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
  • Cost: $20

Interested in a career in the National Park Service? Join for Field Friday focused on learning about Northeast Florida's only national park and how to start a career with the national park. Participants will enjoy a guided tour, hiking and a career panel.