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Feb 27 / BARD CEP

Global Programs Intern, Rights and Resources – Washington, DC

Organization: Rights and Resources

Position Title: Global Programs Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Dates and compensation: This is a part-time, paid internship based in Georgetown, Washington DC.  The position requires 30 hours of work per week, with compensation at a competitive hourly rate based on skills and experience.

Application Deadline: Rolling for Summer and Fall

Description: We are looking for a hard-working individual who will take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and become an integral part of our small and dedicated team.

The Intern will have the opportunity to become closely involved in the programs and functions of the coalition, and to learn about the work of RRI in human rights, forest tenure, poverty alleviation, livelihoods security, and conservation. This is an excellent opportunity for a dedicated and enthusiastic individual to gain experience in the sectors of human rights and international development, while contributing to the work of an international coalition.

The individual will report directly to the Private Sector Analyst, and will work closely other Global Programs and RRI staff.


  • Support RRI’s core analytical work to finalize a baseline of the extent of lands globally to which Indigenous Peoples and local communities have management and/or ownership rights, including gathering and processing data and facilitating peer review.
  • Assist in ongoing project management for this work, including consultancy contracts, tracking budgets and expenditures, and reporting.
  • Support preparation and coordination of international events, including RRI’s 17thDialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change.  Act as primary point of contact for event participants on event logistics.
  • Support RRI’s thematic research on land and forest tenure, climate change, private sector engagement, gender, and conservation as required.
  • Provide general program for the Global Programs team, and willingly undertake other tasks as requested.


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, particularly Word, Excel and Access, is necessary; knowledge of GIS and web platforms also valued.
  • Knowledge of land and natural resource tenure, environment/climate, and/or international development issues.
  • Strong and demonstrated research and communication skills.
  • Must be fluent in English. Professional fluency in French and/or Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Ability to organize complex international events, including travel.
  • Some experience in project or financial management.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple, time-sensitive assignments.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Courteous and professional manner, with respect for other cultures.
  • Familiarity or demonstrated interest in an international context, and demonstrated interest in the issues at the heart of Rights and Resources Initiative’s program of work.
  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in economics, geography, environmental science, or related discipline.
  • Initiative and ability for self-directed, independent work.
  • Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and fast-paced office environment.

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to  The subject line of the email must read: “Strategic Analysis Intern – Spring 2015”.

Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Apply early. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Feb 27 / BARD CEP

Climate Analyst, Rights and Resources Initiative – Washington, DC

Organization: Rights and Resources Initiative

Position Title: Climate Analyst

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: The Climate Analyst is responsible for conducting and managing original, high-quality research on forest and land tenure, climate and REDD+ dynamics in the world’s developing and forested countries, advancing the recognition of rights and tenure issues in climate and REDD+ policies and programs through organization of dialogues and other global engagement activities, coordinating collaborative work on RRI’s Rights and Climate priority theme, and contributing to other aspects of RRI’s Global Programs and the Coalition.

This responsibility requires demonstration of effective and proactive decision-making, and exceptional research and analytical skills. The position requires excellent communications skills and multicultural awareness, as the Climate Analyst will work with RRI’s diverse global coalition and all levels of staff. The Climate Analyst must also be prepared to assist with activities and projects outside the realm of her/his duties defined below as the needs of the Coalition dictate to deliver maximum progress toward the Coalition’s objectives.

This position reports to the Deputy Director of Global Programs.

This is a full-time position based in Washington DC.


  1. Responsible for the implementation of Global Programs’ Rights and Climate portfolio – as defined in the Global Programs annual work plan. This includes the following responsibilities:
  • Design, commission, and conduct original high-quality research on land and forest tenure, climate and REDD+ dynamics in the world’s developing and forested countries.
  • Organize RRI Dialogues and other global engagement activities to advance global recognition of rights and tenure issues in climate and REDD+ policies, programs, and projects.
  • Contribute expertise on forest and climate issues to other RRI research projects, for example on alternative business models, conservation, and/or women’s rights within community tenure systems.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of a variety of analytical projects including Policy Briefs, Working Papers, and major RRI reports, managing the production of analytical products drafted by RRI and external consultants.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of the Global Programs’ annual work plan, particularly the Rights and Climate strategy and activities.
  • Track new developments and emerging issues in tenure rights and climate issues globally, and recommend new directions to management.
  • Work with the Global Programs Associate to maintain the Rights and Climate components of the Global Program budget, prepare and manage contracts and fulfill other administrative requirements.
  • Support the annual Global Programs monitoring and evaluation process, and contribute technical sections related to climate, REDD+, and tenure issues to donor reporting and grant writing.
  1. Liaise with other teams and directors in RRG to promote and support synergies between RRG global Rights and Climate analysis and policy engagement and the RRI coalition’s work at country and regional levels. Responsibilities include:
  • Provide technical assistance to conduct country-level studies, work closely with Country and Regional Programs to develop locally useful tools based on Global analyses, and incorporate and feature CRP work and perspectives in Global work.
  • Work closely with the RRI Communications staff to ensure that communications support is integrated in the design and implementation of analytical and outreach activities, and that communications products are reviewed for technical accuracy.
  • Contribute to strategic analysis and production of technical content for high-level events on thematic issues related to RRI’s mission.
  1. Establish working relationships with key technical individuals and strategic thinkers in Partner and Collaborator organizations to advance priority activities and information-sharing within the coalition.


  1. Advanced degree in environment, international development, climate policy, law, economics, or related field (JD, LLM, MA, MSc, PHD, or other relevant advanced degree)
  2. At least 5-6 years of professional experience researching and working on developing country land and natural resource tenure issues, including specific experience in forest and climate issues. Experience working in one or more developing countries preferred.
  3. Exceptional communication skills, coupled with the confidence and awareness to interact comfortably and respectfully with high-level leaders from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and approaches to work.
  4. Must be fluent in English. Fluency in Spanish and/or French strongly preferred.
  5. Exceptional writing skills. Ability to write clear and concise content and ability to edit text written by others, and to make complex concepts more understandable without compromising message and content.
  6. Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to excel while juggling competing priorities. Excellent time management is essential.
  7. A highly collegial attitude. Candidates must be courteous, dependable, and enjoy working as a part of a friendly and supportive team.

How to Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. The subject line of the email must read: “Climate Analyst.”

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Feb 27 / BARD CEP

Coastal Conservation Internship, American Littoral Society – New Jersey

Organization: American Littoral Society

Position Title: Coastal Conservation Internship

Location: Highlands, New Jersey

Compensation: $2,500 stipend

Application Deadline: March 16, 2015

Description: The American Littoral Society is a nonprofit, membership-based organization headquartered on Sandy Hook in Highlands, NJ. Our mission is to empower people to care for the coast through programs focused on advocacy, education, and conservation. We are offering two summer internship opportunities based out of Sandy Hook National Recreation Area.


-Leading hands-on outdoor education programs and summer camps.

-Assisting in citizen science projects involving seining and marine life identification.

-Researching, writing, and designing public education materials on coastal/marine topics for various audiences.

-Representing the Society at events.

Qualifications: College students with environmental science, marine science, ecology or similar background may apply. Teaching experience preferred and a qualified individual must enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for the littoral zone with people from all age groups and walks of life. A basic knowledge of coastal ecosystems and the ability to identify basic flora and fauna is necessary for this position. The internship will require the use of personal vehicle and laptop.

How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to

Feb 25 / BARD CEP

New England Executive Director, GRID Alternatives – Massachusetts

Organization: GRID Alternatives

Position Title: New England Executive Director

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: The New England Executive Director will initially report to GRID Alternatives’ CEO and once a board of directors is formed will report to the GRID Alternatives New England Board of Directors. He or she will have the opportunity to develop this board jointly with GRID Alternatives’ co-founders. The Executive Director will then work directly with the local Board and GRID Alternatives’ HQ leadership to develop local partnerships, reputation and infrastructure to meet service/production goals and build a solid regional office that will be able to serve families and job trainees throughout the New England Area. Initially the focus will be on Massachusetts with the office anticipated to be located in the Boston area, but as the office and surrounding state solar markets develop, the region is expected to serve Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and possibly Maine in the future.

Due to the start-up nature of this regional office, the Executive Director will initially be required to do a little bit of everything which may include volunteer management, construction related tasks, administrative duties and taking out the trash. The specific job duties this position include:

  • Hiring and managing staff – in the first 12 months this is likely to consist of outreach, construction, development, and volunteer management staff
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships and joint programs with affordable housing developers, job training programs, energy efficiency providers, local government departments, and other local organizations
  • Fundraising from New England based private foundations, corporate sponsors, local governments, and individual donors, including grant writing and donor cultivation
  • Working directly with and helping to build a local Board of Directors
  • Working directly with GRID Alternatives’ co-founders and other headquarters staff to ensure all New England operations are consistent with GRID Alternatives policies, best practices, culture and long-term vision
  • Managing the finances of the regional office with the support of GRID Alternatives’ headquarters-based financial/accounting staff, including preparing the affiliate budget and managing expenditures to that budget
  • Building GRID Alternatives’ presence and representing a positive public image of GRID Alternatives in the region, including networking and speaking presentations
  • Working directly with GRID Alternatives’ the local Board of Directors and GRID Alternatives’ co-founders to develop both a short-term and a long-term vision for regional operations
  • Overseeing identification and selection of program clients
  • Overseeing the recruiting and management of volunteers
  • Overseeing solar electric installations, inspections, and paperwork (previous solar installation experience is not required)
  • Establishing the local infrastructure to support long-term regional operations, including finding an office (most likely in Boston), warehouse, purchasing trucks and tools, etc.


  • Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, workforce development, the environment, and/or environmental justice
  • Excellent leadership/management skills
  • Polished public speaker
  • Ability to problem solve and learn new skills
  • Articulate writer
  • Comfortable working with and communicating with diverse populations
  • Self-motivated and driven, and able to create a local GRID Alternatives presence where one did not exist before
  • Able to both work independently, as well as work collaboratively with GRID Alternatives’ staff
  • Strong ties and roots in the region
  • Previous non-profit management experience
  • Connections to affordable housing, philanthropic, job training and low-income advocacy organizations/communities
  • Knowledge of solar energy
  • Technical skills (specifically Microsoft Office and Salesforce

How to Apply: Applicants must submit both a resume and cover letter online at Mailed and emailed applications are not accepted.

Feb 25 / BARD CEP

Climate and energy legislative intern, Friends of the Earth – Washington, DC

Organization: Friends of the Earth

Position Title: Climate and energy legislative intern

Location: Washington, DC

Dates and compensation: This temporary 3-month internship pays $10.50/hour, with 37.5 hour workweeks. There are no additional benefits


Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: Friends of the Earth is looking for a legislative intern to support its climate and energy program. The intern will work across a wide range of issues to help the team better follow actions that Congress and the administration are taking that impact public health and the environment. This position will be part of a team of six staff and will support their efforts to fend off environmental attacks by Republican leadership. Responsibilities will include tracking votes in Congress, attending hearings, producing lobbying materials, and following news coverage of Congress. The intern will learn about legislative processes and Congressional process, as well as important environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act.


  • Track congressional votes that impact the environment and public health;
  • Monitor news coverage of environmental legislation;
  • Monitor congressional hearings on topics that impact the environment and public health;
  • Draft and edit written materials including fact sheets, action alerts, letters to the editor, editorial board memos, press releases and letters to government officials;
  • Set up meetings with congressional staff;
  • Conduct research on climate and energy issues, such as hydraulic fracturing and carbon taxes;
  • Perform other functions as needed.


  • Ability to quickly learn in a fast paced environment;
  • Understanding of the political system, government, and the lawmaking processes;
  • Interest in progressive politics and promoting a progressive agenda;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • The ability to excel whether working individually or in teams;
  • Passion for protecting our planet and the people on it;
  • Attention to detail.

 How to Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume and short writing sample to with the subject heading “Legislative Internship.” No mail applications or phone calls.

Feb 25 / BARD CEP

Compost and Recycling Internship, The Greenburgh Nature Center – New York

Organization: The Greenburgh Nature Center

Position Title: Compost and Recycling Internship

Location: Scarsdale, New York

Dates and compensation: The position begins the week of May 18th and ends the week of August 17th (these dates are approximate). You are expected to work 20 hours a week. For the right candidate, we are flexible on the start and ending date, and can discuss the specific hours that you will be in the office and on-site in the community. Please note that this position is unpaid.

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: We are looking for a College or Graduate level student who is interested in getting some hands-on experience at a non-profit organization. The Greenburgh Nature Center is a 33 acre nature preserve that has an indoor and outdoor animal collection and serves the larger NY community. In addition to walking trails and animals, we host educational programming and events throughout the year.

Over the summer, you will learn:
– Proper management of waste streams
– Public communication and teaching skills
– How to record and track data

What We Require:
– An outgoing and engaging person, who is comfortable talking to people of all ages and backgrounds
– A valid driver’s license
– You must have a willingness to work hands-on with waste: garbage, recycling, and compost
– Willingness to learn and work in a team
– Interest in sustainable practices

What we would love:
– Familiarity and/or experience with recycling and composting
– Previous teaching experience
– Proficient in Microsoft Suite Office, especially Excel
– Organized, creative, and flexible

How to Apply: Send an email to Braeden Cohen: or call 914-589-0526

Feb 25 / BARD CEP

6-Month Apprenticeship with OneNature – New York

Organization: OneNature

Position Title: 6-Month Apprenticeship

Location: Based out of our Beacon, New York office. Some travel will be required to our plant nursery in Montgomery, New York.

Dates and compensation: 20-30 hrs/week

Application Deadline:

Description: One Nature’s mission is to build remarkable landscapes, create green jobs, and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. We use ecological principles to design and build projects that regenerate, restore, and preserve ecological health. Our interdisciplinary team is uniquely qualified to envision and execute environmentally-oriented, landscape-scale projects.  Our plant nursery in Montgomery, NY, acts as an incubator for hyper-local genotypes of plants and trees which allows us to protect and promote local varieties of plants and promote biodiversity.

Work will include both office-based and outdoor tasks. This may involve plant nursery work, technical support for scientific studies, support with native plant installation, writing and editing articles and professional documents, and construction of scaled models of landscapes. Must have excellent writing and communication skills. Must be able to work outdoors in summer heat and repeatedly lift up to 40lbs. Experience with landscape architecture, design, plant propagation, sustainable agriculture, or restoration ecology is preferred but not required.

How to Apply: To apply email cover letter & resume to No phone calls please.

Feb 25 / BARD CEP

Hudson Valley Food Policy Initiative Workshop March 12, BCEP – New York

Organization: The Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Conference Name: Hudson Valley Food Policy Initiative Workshop

Date: March 12, 2015

Description: The Bard Center for Environmental Policy seeks your input into the value and role of a potential “Hudson Valley Food Policy Initiative” based at Bard CEP. The Initiative would mobilize the research efforts of our graduate and undergraduate students, supported by faculty, to address the policy needs of organizations building an ethical and sustainable food system in the Hudson Valley. To that end, we are pleased you will be joining us for an afternoon workshop at Bard, on March 12th from 1 PM to 9 PM. The primary purpose will be to brainstorm the shape of a potential Food Policy Initiative at Bard, and will include participation by Molly Anderson of the College of the Atlantic, Michael Rozyne of Red Tomato, and Lindsey Lusher Shute of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

(There is no registration fee for the workshop, and we will provide a farm-to-table dinner for invited participants.


1:00-1:30 Registration

1:30-2:00 Introduction. Bard as a Food Systems Resource

2:00-2:45 Keynote by Molly Anderson. Food Systems and Academic Centers: The INFAS Experience.

3:00-4:00 Panel. Policy and Sustainable Agriculture: Lindsey Lusher Shute, Jerry Cosgrove, Jake Claro, Michael Rozyne

4:00-5:30 Workshop Sessions. What service could an HVFPI provide?

5:45-7:15 Farm to Table Dinner

7:30-9:00  Keynote By Michael Rozyne. Making Food (and Agriculture) Better: What Difference Can Bard Make?

Contact: Please contact Eban Goodstein Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability/Bard Center for Environmental Policy at with any questions.

Feb 25 / BARD CEP

National Equity Atlas Intern, PolicyLink – California

Organization: PolicyLink

Position Title: National Equity Atlas Intern

Location: Oakland, California

Dates and compensation: June 1 – August 7, 2015; $21/hour for 40 hours/week

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

Description: PolicyLink operates a summer internship program for continuing graduate students (master’s or doctoral) in public policy, urban planning, and related fields. Internships are paid and the duration is generally 10 weeks. PolicyLink occasionally hosts interns during the academic year, depending on project needs and student interest.

We strive to provide each intern with two main opportunities: 1) a meaningful and challenging assignment (or set of assignments) that provides a chance to apply and hone the skills they are learning in graduate school to influence public policy; and 2) the opportunity to learn about the process of policy change and the way that PolicyLink accomplishes our mission of advancing economic, social, and racial equity through policy change.

Each intern plays an integral role in helping our organization further policy impact through research, communications, capacity building, and advocacy. We have had interns from nearly 20 different universities and colleges, in programs such as urban planning, public policy, public health, community development, information management, and journalism/communications.

Interns gain insight into the field by assuming responsibility for a project under the guidance of experienced professionals. Most internship positions are based in our Oakland office; however, if space is available and there is need, we also host interns in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and New York. Communications interns are based in our New York office.

PolicyLink is seeking a graduate student intern to provide research support to a project focused on providing practitioners and advocates with useful data, analyses, and policy ideas to advance equitable growth. PolicyLink is engaged in a formal partnership with the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), a research institute based at the University of Southern California, to produce relevant research about equity, demographic change, and the economy. In October 2014, we released the National Equity Atlas, a comprehensive online resource for data to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth in America’s regions, and states, and nationwide. The Atlas contains data on demographic change, indicators of racial and economic inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States as a whole.

The intern will help the team continue to build out this living resource and connect it to on-the-ground change efforts. Assignments may include analyzing regional industry sectors and occupations for equitable growth opportunities; developing short analyses of how regions and states perform on various indicators of equitable growth (such as racial inclusion in high-opportunity industries and occupations); researching new indicators, data displays, and analyses and writing content for the website; contributing research and analysis to tailored equitable growth analyses for specific regions; and researching and writing short profiles about the use of equity data for inclusive growth to include in the “Data In Action” section of the site.


  • Graduate student in urban planning, economics, business, public policy, or related field.
  • Commitment to social equity issues and experience working with low-income communities of color.
  • Experience with data analysis and quantitative research.
  • Passionate about making data relevant and actionable, able to write about data and develop user-friendly data displays for non-experts.
  • Knowledge of SPSS and GIS is a plus.

How to Apply: PolicyLink is accepting applications for summer 2015 internships. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2015. Review the PolicyLink website ( for additional information.

Candidates may apply for up to two internship opportunities. Separate applications should be sent for each position and the candidate should indicate if they have applied to two positions in their cover letter.

Applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to

Please include in subject line: Your Name – Specific Internship Name.

We encourage you to submit the application components in a single document if possible (rather than three separate files) so we can print double-sided and save paper.

Interviews will take place during the month of March. Applicants will be contacted by telephone to schedule an interview that will take place in person or over the telephone. Candidates not selected for interviews will be notified by email in early April.

Feb 24 / BARD CEP

Executive Director, Friends of the Desert Mountains – California

Organization: Friends of the Desert Mountains

Position Title: Executive Director

Location: Palm Desert, California

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: Friends of the Desert Mountains is the Coachella Valley’s largest nonprofit conservation land owner as well as the support organization for the 280,000 acre Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.  Established in 1987, the group is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors that represents conservation, education, development, agriculture, and philanthropy from throughout the local communities.  “Friends” is further supported by over 150 active volunteers who have organized themselves into ten primary units that donate their time for programs ranging from Visitor Services to Land Stewardship.

Friends is a group of passionate community members that love the mountains and desert land of the Coachella Valley and have organized ourselves to care for them. We believe that in doing so, we not only protect the mountains, but also enrich our entire community. We acquire land, protect it, lead hikes, build and maintain trails, pull weeds, educate kids, give talks, staff the National Monument’s Visitor Center, and many other things. We invite prospective staff team members to submit an application to join us.

Friends of the Desert Mountains is currently searching for an Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Friends of the Desert Mountains and is responsible for organizational leadership, strategy development, implementation and overall management of the programs, fiscal stewardship, fundraising, and the 3 full time staff. The Executive Director works closely with the Friends’ Board, including the members of the board and volunteer committees.

The Executive Director is also responsible for leadership in all relationships with key external stakeholders, including individual donors, volunteers and the many governmental and nonprofit agencies in the Coachella Valley that deal with land conservation and management. Reporting directly to the Executive Director are the Conservation Lands Manager, the Director of Operations and the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator.

How to Apply: Please see attached PDF for full position description and more information about the organization. For further information, please contact  Rebecca Driscoll, Board Member, Friends of the Desert Mountains (

FODM Executive Director

Feb 24 / BARD CEP

Government Affairs Intern, Environmental Working Group – Washington, DC

Organization: Environmental Working Group

Position Title: Government Affairs Intern

Location: Washington DC

Dates and compensation: Fall Term (September through late December); Unpaid

Application Deadline: August 15

Description: EWG seeks an intern interested in public policy and environmental health issues to join our government affairs team. We conduct original research – poring over government data, legal documents, and scientific studies– to expose threats to health and the environment, and to find solutions.

The Government Affairs Intern will help shape policy that will protect public health and the environment on a broad range of issues. The intern will assist the many of EWG’s projects. Issues include:

  • GMO Labeling.Defending consumers’ right to know what is in their food by advocating for the implementation of mandatory genetically engineered food labeling nationally.
  • Reforming chemical policy to ensure that chemicals are safe for children before they enter the market by strengthening the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, ensuring consumer right to know regarding cleaning products, removing hazardous chemicals from personal care products and consumer products and promoting safer alternatives.
  • Energy Policy.Promoting renewable energy polices that ensure that we address our energy and global warming issues wisely including the phase-out of corn ethanol and support of sustainable energy.
  • Natural Resources.Working with local communities to protect them from the natural gas boom — focusing on chemical disclosure, clean water and mortgage protection. Protecting Western public lands, including National Parks, monuments and other areas that are currently threatened by significant increases in metal mining.
  • Working to ensure that Congress takes smart votes to support our food system from nutrition assistance to biofuels to food safety to organics to farm subsidies.


  • Research policy, legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Draft materials for dissemination to Congress and coalition partners.
  • Attend Capitol Hill hearings and events.
  • Disseminate EWG materials.
  • Support for legislative and Capitol Hill database.
  • Help organize briefings and events.


  • Demonstrated interest in environmental, public health and governmental affairs issues preferred.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and internet research.

Summer Term (mid/late May through August): Deadline March 31st – Unpaid

How to Apply: 

Applicants must send resume and cover letter including the title of the specific internship to which they are applying and their approximate start date to Scott Mallan at Position is available in our DC office only.

Feb 24 / BARD CEP

Government Affairs Policy Analyst, Environmental Working Group – Washington, DC

Organization: Environmental Working Group

Position Title: Government Affairs Policy Analyst

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental research and advocacy organization with offices in Washington, DC; Ames, IA; and Los Angeles and Oakland CA, seeks a one-year temporary legislative policy analyst position to support EWG’s research and advocacy efforts related to toxic chemical pollution and consumer protection from harmful products, including asbestos, and other signature toxic chemicals found in consumer products.


  • Develop and advocate policies to reform chemical safety laws, including laws related to asbestos, civil liability protections, consumer protection statutes, and harmful chemicals in consumer products.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with nongovernmental organizations advocating reform of federal chemical safety laws, including organizations working on asbestos-related policies, civil liability protections, consumer protection laws, and other harmful chemicals in consumer products.
  • Develop and disseminate materials in support of chemical safety reforms, including policies related to civil litigation protections, asbestos, toxic tort laws, and chemical pollution.
  • Represent EWG in coalitions and collaborations with other organizations and interests pursuing objectives that complement EWG’s objectives.


  • A strong commitment to advocacy to improve the environment and protect human health is essential.
  • Experience influencing the development and implementation of legislative and administrative policy is essential.
  • Substantial familiarity with chemical safety issues is a plus.
  • Experience working with and ongoing relationships with nongovernmental organizations, interest groups, and legislative and executive branch staff major plus.
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with EWG research, communications, and government affairs staff in a fast-paced organization.
  • Excellent communications skills, including experience with print, broadcast, and new media, and strong written and interpersonal skills.

How to Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to

Feb 24 / BARD CEP

Health Equity and Place Intern, PolicyLink – California

Organization: PolicyLink

Position Title: Center for Health Equity and Place Intern

Location: Oakland, California

Dates and compensation: June 1 – August 7, 2015; $21/hour

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

Description: PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®. PolicyLink collaborates with a broad range of partners to implement strategies to ensure that everyone—including those from low-income communities of color—can contribute to and benefit from economic growth and prosperity.

PolicyLink operates a summer internship program for continuing graduate students (master’s or doctoral) in public policy, urban planning, and related fields. Internships are paid and the duration is generally 10 weeks. PolicyLink occasionally hosts interns during the academic year, depending on project needs and student interest.

We strive to provide each intern with two main opportunities: 1) a meaningful and challenging assignment (or set of assignments) that provides a chance to apply and hone the skills they are learning in graduate school to influence public policy; and 2) the opportunity to learn about the process of policy change and the way that PolicyLink accomplishes our mission of advancing economic, social, and racial equity through policy change.

Each intern plays an integral role in helping our organization further policy impact through research, communications, capacity building, and advocacy. We have had interns from nearly 20 different universities and colleges, in programs such as urban planning, public policy, public health, community development, information management, and journalism/communications.

Interns gain insight into the field by assuming responsibility for a project under the guidance of experienced professionals. Most internship positions are based in our Oakland office; however, if space is available and there is need, we also host interns in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and New York. Communications interns are based in our New York office.

The 2015 intern for the Center for Health Equity and Place will provide research and technical support on key projects focused on environmental and policy change strategies designed to improve health outcomes in low-income communities and regions across the country. The selected intern will provide support to the Center in the following key areas:

1) Assist team in advancing institutionalization of health equity with public health departments and academic institutions through convenings, development of toolkits, and creation of framing paper. Also required will be analysis of interview findings and convening discussions.

2) Research to support the development of indicators to assist communities in assessing health equity, tracking changes in health equity, and tying their advocacy efforts to those changes.

3) Tracking, monitoring, and analysis of national, state, or local policies and programs that promote and support healthy communities.

4) Opportunities to work across teams, including the Center for Infrastructure Equity, Boys and Men of Color, and Promise Neighborhoods.

Tasks may include literature reviews, web-based research, interviews with national experts and program leaders, data and indicators research. Written products may include internal research memos, community profiles or case studies, and drafts of external publications.

Internship projects may be tailored to the specific interests of the intern provided that they match the needs of existing project areas.


Internship positions are open to graduate students in public health, urban planning, public policy, MSW, or related fields, with an interest in multifield environmental and policy approaches to improving health equity in communities.


  • Understanding of health equity.
  • In-depth knowledge of place-based environmental change strategies.
  • Commitment to economic and social equity.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Policy / advocacy experience (not required).
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research, as well as the ability to organize and communicate research findings.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Extensive computer skills.
  • Good team player.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

How to Apply: Candidates may apply for up to two internship opportunities. Separate applications should be sent for each position and the candidate should indicate if they have applied to two positions in their cover letter.

Applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to

Please include in subject line: Your Name – Specific Internship Name.

We encourage you to submit the application components in a single document if possible (rather than three separate files) so we can print double-sided and save paper.

Interviews will take place during the month of March. Applicants will be contacted by telephone to schedule an interview that will take place in person or over the telephone. Candidates not selected for interviews will be notified by email in early April.

Feb 23 / BARD CEP

Watershed Program Director, Hudson Riverkeeper – New York

Organization: Hudson Riverkeeper

Position Title: Watershed Program Director

Location: The Watershed Program Director will be based in our White Plains office, located at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, Pace University School of Law, but will occasionally work at Riverkeeper’s main office in Ossining, located at 20 Secor Road (right by the Metro North train station).

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

Description: Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. For more information, visit

Riverkeeper is seeking a Watershed Program Director to lead the organization’s efforts to protect the New York City drinking water supply watershed, which provides drinking water to nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. The position is ideal for an experienced attorney and manager who deeply cares about environmental issues and who is looking for a high profile assignment that will allow her/him to use litigation, advocacy/lobbying, media outreach and public education tools to shape the future of the New York City watershed and influence critical regional, state and national campaigns.

Responsibilities: The Watershed Program Director will serve to manage the Watershed Team. Specifically, the director will:

  • Lead all efforts to protect the shared drinking water supply of New York City and the lower Hudson Valley and monitor the Department of Environmental Protection’s operations to ensure compliance with the NYC Watershed Agreement and all other applicable rules, regulations and agreements;
  • Direct all pollution control and enforcement efforts to ensure compliance with Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) within the New York City watershed;
  • Lead program efforts on numerous issues, including projects and cases to curb sprawl and prevent non-point source pollution; ensure effective state and local storm water management plans; minimize environmental impacts of large-scale development projects; and continue our statewide campaign to prevent harmful impacts of hydraulic fracturing and related infrastructure projects;
  • Raise awareness through education and outreach, including engaging watershed partners and stakeholders; Board of Directors, donors, members and communities;
  • Collaborate with Hudson River Program Director and Special Projects Director to address cross-program issues and initiatives, as appropriate.
  • The Watershed Program Director reports to Riverkeeper’s president.
  • The Director manages a team of two attorneys and a staff scientist.


  • Attorney, admitted in NYS; seven years of practicing environmental law and two years of managerial experience;
  • Strong commitment to the mission and goals of Riverkeeper; familiarity with non-profit organizations;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience working with media and public relations, fundraising, community outreach etc.
  • A strong team supporter, able to handle multiple projects, cases and deadlines;
  • Some travel and evening work will be required.

How to Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a litigation-based writing sample to Please write: WATERSHED PROGRAM DIRECTOR in the subject line. Phone calls and faxes will not be accepted.

Feb 22 / BARD CEP

Pacific Northwest Field Program Director, National Forest Foundation – Oregon

Organization: National Forest Foundation

Position Title: Director, Pacific Northwest Field Program

Location: Portland, Oregon

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

Description: For full details, please read attached Position Description (PD Director Pacific Northwest Field Program).

PD Director Pacific Northwest Field Program.pdf

Qualifications: The Director, Pacific Northwest Field Program develops projects, builds partnerships and works with local communities, nonprofits, and Forest Service in Pacific Northwest. Understanding of natural resource issues, facilitation skills, ability to work with diverse interests are necessary. A master’s degree (or equivalent) in natural resource-related field and 10 years’ experience in the field of conservation and proven track record in fundraising required.

How to Apply: Send resume and coverletter to Position location is Portland, Oregon. No phone inquiries. Competitive compensation package.

Feb 22 / BARD CEP

Climate Change Intern, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Maryland

Organization: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Position Title: Tech Student – Climate Change Intern

Location: College Park, Maryland

Application Deadline: March 02, 2015

Description: The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) in College Park, MD has an undergraduate internship opportunity for one or more students to work with our economics and climate change modeling and analysis team. The intern will help develop an emissions data processing system in the R programing environment. This opportunity requires data processing and/or programing skills, writing skills, and good personal interaction skills. Available for current students only. Paid internship (hourly) can continue through summer break and into the next school year (contingent on performance). Located at University Research Court off of River Road, but accessible by University of Maryland-College Park shuttle to/from main its main campus. Please attach a cover letter to your resume. Note that our preferred candidates are from local universities who can work during the summer and continue part time during the school year.

JGCRI houses an interdisciplinary team dedicated to understanding the problems of global climate change and their potential solutions. JGCRI’s research program includes the continuing development and application of an integrated assessment computer-modeling framework that combines models of the human and Earth systems, including energy and the economy, land-use, agriculture, water, climate, air-pollution, and ecosystems.

JGCRI researchers work with scientists and decision-makers in US Federal agencies, state governments, industry, foundations, and universities and publish in leading scientific journals. JGCRI researchers are leaders in the international and national climate and global change research communities through prominent roles in science-based integrated assessments of energy and agricultural systems and water resources. Located in College Park, Maryland, JGCRI is a partnership between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the US Department of Energy and the University of Maryland at College Park. The work environment at JGCRI is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, focused on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges associated with energy, water and environment.


Candidates must be degree-seeking students enrolled at an accredited college or university.  Candidates must be taking at least 6 credit hours and have an overall GPA of 3.0.

The successful candidate should have a major in atmospheric sciences, geography, environmental science, computer science or related field. Programing background is a strong plus. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are necessary.

How to Apply: Apply online at the PNNL employment opportunities page.

Feb 22 / BARD CEP

Africa Regional Communications Coordinator, Center for International Forestry Research – Kenya

Organization: Center for International Forestry Research

Position Title: Regional Communications Coordinator, Africa

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Dates and compensation: The appointment will be for 2 years, inclusive 9 months’ probationary period, with a possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2015

Description: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit, global research organization dedicated to advancing human well-being, environmental conservation and equity.

We conduct research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of tropical and sub-tropical forest landscapes. We help policy makers and practitioners shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods. Our multidisciplinary approach considers the underlying drivers of deforestation and degradation which often lie outside the forestry sector: forces such as agriculture, infrastructure development, trade and investment policies and law enforcement.

CIFOR is looking for Regional Communications Coordinator, Africa. The Communications Coordinator will lead an ambitious, well-funded and creative program with the goal of translating CIFOR’s high-caliber research from across Africa into meaningful, real-world impact. The program uses a range of media – including blogs, video documentaries, radio programs, conferences and workshops, TV and newspapers – so that policymakers, donors, NGOs, the private sector and other key stakeholders have the latest research on how best to manage the continent’s forests, especially in relation to climate change, livelihoods, food security, energy and water management.

We need a dynamic, creative and self-directed Communications Coordinator to take the freedom and resources we offer and make it happen – whether it involves working alongside our scientists to develop communication strategies for specific research projects, traveling to the field with a TV crew, writing blogs, organizing a workshop or talking to journalists.


  • Update, expand and oversee implementation of a communications strategy to deliver research findings to key stakeholders in Africa and elsewhere,
  • Develop communication strategies for specific research projects in Africa and oversee implementation; manage communication budgets in these projects,
  • Provide strategic guidance to two national communications staff (in Zambia and Cameroon) and one full-time communications consultant (in Burkina Faso),
  • Work closely with CIFOR’s headquarters in Indonesia, especially others in the Outreach team, with staff and consultants worldwide, and a Multimedia unit, which overseas CIFOR’s many web platforms and publications,
  • Write and edit blog stories, fact sheets, press releases, video synopses and scripts and other editorial,
  • Oversee production of films and multimedia packages,
  • Organize or support conferences and workshops in Africa in which to showcase CIFOR’s research,
  • Advise and mentor scientists on communications, especially on speaking to journalists, blog writing and on giving presentations to non-scientific audiences,
  • Foster relationships with journalists across Africa and beyond to encourage media attention on CIFOR’s research.

Details of duties, assignments and objectives will be further discussed and laid out in the staff’s annual performance contract.


Education, knowledge and experience

  • A minimum of Bachelors’ degree in communications, science (e.g. biophysical sciences, social sciences, political sciences, economics, etc.), or a related field. Master’s degree is desirable,
  • At least seven years’ experience in producing high-quality communications materials across a range of mediums (samples to be requested),
  • Demonstrated interest in science and environmental issues and ability to grasp new material quickly,
  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit English across multiple styles and formats at a very high level (better than average native speaker),
  • Experience working with technical experts, preferably in a multicultural context,
  • Professional experience in Africa is preferable,
  • Fluency in English and French,
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

  • Go-getter, self-motivated and resourceful – someone who can make things happen,
  • Dynamic and creative,
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills, able to interact effectively and positively with people in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment,
  • Able to work well under pressure,
  • Strong client service approach,
  • Stickler for high quality and accuracy.

How to Apply: To apply, please visit our career site at

Feb 22 / BARD CEP

2015 Climate Fellow, University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute

Organization: University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute 

Position Title: 2015 Climate Fellow

Location: Project-dependent.  2015 Fellows may be based in Durham, New Hampshire; in Boston, Massachusetts; or in Bozeman, Montana. For some projects, state or regional travel may be required.

Dates and compensation: 40 hours per week, June 1-August 14, 2015; Fellows receive mentorship, unique networking opportunities as well as a $6,000 in exchange for their work on various deliverables.

Application Deadline: March 13, 2015

Description: The University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute is inviting applications for our competitive Climate Fellowships. The Climate Fellows program pairs outstanding students with challenging, important projects that will propel the US toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

  • All applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree programwhen they apply(seniors graduating in May are welcome).
  • Academic backgrounds in the fields indicated in the individual project postings are preferred; these vary widely.
  • We will encourage, but not require, an academic sponsor or reference for each fellow, and where possible we will ask that course credits are awarded.
  • There is a MANDATORY three-day, two-night orientation in Durham, NH, from May 27-29.  Lodging and food will be provided, but Fellows are asked to pay their own associated travel costs.
  • There is a $35 application fee, payable online.  (However, this may be waived for UNH students or in the case of financial hardship.  To request a waiver, applicants should contact UNHSI.)
  • The Fellowship does not cover any costs for temporary (summer) relocation or housing, beyond the $6,000 stipend.

How to Apply: By March 13: Apply: Fill out the online form and upload a single PDF document with cover letter, resume, three references, and writing sample. Pay $35 fee (waivers available for UNH students, financial hardship.)
By April 6:      UNHSI will set up phone or Skype interviews with selected candidates.
By April 24:    UNHSI will extend Fellowship Offers to selected candidates.
By May 1:       Signed offer letters due back to UNHSI for 2015 Fellowships.

Apply at

Feb 21 / BARD CEP

Environmental Health Intern, Environmental Health Strategy Center – Maine

Organization: Environmental Health Strategy Center

Position Title: Environmental Health Intern

Location: Portland, Maine

Dates and compensation: This is a full-time, unpaid, ten-week internship from June to August of 2015 (final dates TBA). We are happy to work with students to secure institutional funding and/or course credit.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

Description: Interested in exploring a career in public health, environmental advocacy, and social justice? Want to spend the summer fighting to make sure everyone has the chance to grow up in a safe and healthy environment, without being needlessly exposed to toxic chemicals?

The Environmental Health Strategy Center is seeking talented, hard-working candidates to work on local and national campaigns to protect communities from chemicals linked with cancer, asthma, and other health problems. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary, science-based policy organization and build your skills in community organizing, campaign advocacy, communications, and/or development.


Grassroots Organizing

  • Work on local and national policy campaigns
  • Build relationships with target constituencies such as cancer-affected communities, local businesses, and parent groups
  • Organize outreach events such as films and workshops
  • Recruit activists to join rallies and media events
  • Reach out to supporters to take action through phone calls, emails, and social media
  • Conduct outreach at fairs and festivals throughout the state

Communications and Development

  • Help coordinate the summer fundraising campaign
  • Write blogs
  • Create tools and templates for activists

Research and Policy

  • Conduct scientific literature review on health effects
  • Research government and corporate policies
  • Develop fact sheets


  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Demonstrated work ethic
  • Strong team player
  • Highly motivated and able to work independently
  • Serious commitment to social justice

How to Apply: Please send a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest, skills, and experience — we want to know who you are, what you’re interested in, and what strengths you would bring to our work. Feel free to include a writing sample (optional). Send to Emily Postman at membership (at)

Feb 21 / BARD CEP

Marine Debris Intern, Clean Ocean Action – New Jersey

Organization: Clean Ocean Action

Position Title: Marine Debris Intern 

Location: Highlands, New Jersey

Dates and compensation: The summer internship is a full time position and is located at Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook Unit and at COA’s office, also located on Sandy Hook, NJ. No housing or transportation is provided. Hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday, except for the day of programs when hours are 8:30am until 4:30pm. Corporate Beach Sweeps are scheduled throughout the summer, therefore, the intern must be able to work outdoors in the extreme heat.; This position is paid.

Application Deadline:

Description: The Marine Debris Internship with Clean Ocean Action (COA) is an exciting opportunity for a student to help address the environmental impacts from pollution. The internship brings together interests in environmental education, science, public policy, and citizen action. The intern will assist with the Corporate Beach Sweeps and statewide 30th Anniversary Beach Sweeps program, as well as with a microplastics research project. The Marine Debris intern will gain experience in education, event coordination, research, public speaking, writing, and organizing.

COA’s Corporate Beach Sweeps Program is a hands-on, environmental awareness, and team building “get-away retreat” with employees from businesses (including those on the Fortune 500 list). Corporations and businesses choose from two separate Corporate Summer Programs which include the Beach Sweeps and the Scavenger Hunt. Beach Sweep participants clean marine debris from beaches at Sandy Hook, find out how and why litter ends-up on the beaches, and learn solutions to prevent pollution. The Scavenger Hunt is a “spin-off” of the signature Beach Sweep program and inspires participants to find specific debris, build sculptures, and talk about the harmful impacts of marine debris. COA’s Corporate Beach Sweeps take place at least once a week from May until October at Sandy Hook.

COA has been a leader in investigating marine debris on the New Jersey coast for the past 30 years. Since the inception of the bi-annual Beach Sweeps in 1985, by collecting data COA turned a two-day per year volunteer effort into a legacy of information. 2015 marks the 30th Anniversary for this program and COA is planning a conference and creating a brand to link marine debris, specifically plastic pollution, with citizen science. The Marine Debris Intern will assist in planning this conference projected to take place in late July or early August.

The summer 2015 Marine Debris Intern will also be responsible for assisting in the organization and coordination of the Corporate Beach Sweeps program along with pre-planning other educational programs. Specifically, the intern will:

Handle the logistics of the Corporate Beach Sweep Program, including

  • Attend all Corporate Beach Sweeps
  • Organize the logistics and pre-event details of the Corporate Summer Programs (i.e. lunch, transportation, bathroom access, and refreshments).
  • Educate and motivate Beach Sweeps and Scavenger Hunt volunteers on site
  • Create flyers and other printed materials to promote the program
  • Give the educational overview and lead a Corporate Sweeps and Scavenger Hunt at the intern’s last event
  • Update data information after each Corporate Sweep, as well as send report and photos to each company
  • Produce a Report on the data collected from all the Corporate Beach Sweeps over the course of the summer, and a report from the Scavenger Hunts over the summer

Assist the Marine Science Education Coordinator and Coastal Programs Coordinator with implementation of the 30th Anniversary Beach Sweeps Program, including:

  • Collaborate with the marine debris community
  • Assist in planning the 30thAnniversary Conference
  • Create educational programs to be implemented into schools leading up to the October Beach Sweeps

Assist the Marine Science Education Coordinator with other education programs, including:

  • Enhance already established education programs, which include, but are not limited to, creating and updating materials (i.e. brochures and reports)
  • Reach-out to potential new contacts
  • Begin planning for the Fall Beach Sweeps and Student Summit
  • Implementation of a microplastic research project

How to Apply: Applications will be accepted until position is filled. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of 3 references with affiliations and contact information to: with ‘Marine Debris Internship’ in the subject line