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Jobs and Fellowships


The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities offers three fellowship cycles: Fall (September-December), Spring (February-May), and Summer (June-August) in Traverse City, Michigan, in addition to some remote opportunities. 

Groundwork Fellows will complete projects alongside our policy staff, attend conferences and networking sessions, and receive professional development training. Each fellow will complete an independent project to complement Groundwork’s program areas based on their area of expertise, and present this project to conclude their term. The Groundwork fellowship program aims to address key issue areas in our community and showcase cross-program understanding of community resiliency. As a fellow, you will focus on your individual program area while benefiting from a dynamic, supportive professional community addressing a variety of issues. 

Successful fellowship applicants will be awarded a competitive stipend in addition to assistance with housing and unique opportunities in our local community. A minimum of 25-35 hours per week is required for summer fellowships. 15-25 hours per week is required for fall and spring fellowships. Depending on the institution, current students may be eligible to earn academic credit.


Great Lakes Business Network Fellow

Groundwork is seeking a dynamic, self-starter to assist with advancing the Great Lakes Business Network to support action on the Line 5 oil pipeline operates in the Straits of Mackinac. Click here to learn more.


Clean Energy Fellow

Groundwork is seeking a dynamic, high-level undergraduate or graduate student or mid-career professional who will work with Groundwork to catalyze the 100% Local Clean Energy movement here in northwest Michigan – and spark an energy revolution across Michigan and the Midwest. Click here to learn more.


Healthy Communities Fellow

Groundwork Center seeks a dynamic, self-starter to implement strategies to increase access to healthy food in communities throughout northwest lower Michigan. Click here to learn more.


Farms, Food & Health Fellow

Groundwork Center seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist with connecting local food to healthcare and wellness initiatives in our region, as well as support in carrying out a statewide policy initiative focused on school children’s health and local economy entitled 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms. Click here to learn more.


For questions about fellowship opportunities contact Meghan McDermott at to learn more.


Groundwork is also a service site for AmeriCorps VISTA and FoodCorps full-year service programs. All available positions are posted below.




AmeriCorps VISTA Member Food and Farming Network 

Be an Americorps VISTA for the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network in Traverse City! You will work to connect food and farming change makers throughout the 10-county region of northwest Michigan and have the chance to work closely with teams of professionals at various organizations, including Groundwork Center and Taste the Local Difference. Apply here by July 1 for an August 28 start date.