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Mar 2 / BARD CEP

Internship with United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security – Germany

Organization: United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security

Position Title: UNU-EHS Intern

Location: Bonn, Germany

Dates and compensation: Start date June 2015; full-time basis for a contractual period ranging from 3-6 months. The internship is not remunerated.

Application Deadline: Rolling

Description: WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused program initiated to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures to climate change. Its overall objective is to enhance the resilience of social-ecological systems to the impacts of climate change and increased climate variability. The geographical focus of WASCAL is on selected case study watersheds in West Africa.

WASCAL is based on three principle components: a Competence Center, a core Research Program and a Graduate Research Program. The Core Research Program relates to the scientific activities of the Competence Center, and is implemented by a network of German and West African research institutes. Within the core research program, UNU-EHS will analyze rural households’ vulnerabilities and risks to rapid onset and creeping hazards in the context of climate change and explore potential coping and adaptation strategies. Specifically, UNU-EHS deals with the identification, characterization and quantification of major climate change-related hazards to rural households/communities at different spatial and temporal scales, the assessment of the social-ecological system’s social, environmental and economic vulnerabilities as well as their resilience to multiple climate change-related hazards and consequent cascading effects.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct background literature searches in the context of vulnerability and risk assessment,
  • Search for secondary data from various sources,
  • Compile and edit data,
  • Support the work of the team in spatial (GIS) data processing and analysis,
  • Support the work of the team in data analysis,
  • Any other duties as may be assigned or required.

Qualifications:

Field of Study: Geography, Social Science, Environmental sciences with social sciences minors, or a related field.

Essential Skills and attributes:

  • Very good command of oral and written English,
  • Proven record of computer proficiency (particularly strong skills in excel),
  • Experience with data collection and management,
  • Experience with data entry, validation and processing,
  • Knowledge of GIS and SPSS is required,
  • A willingness to learn new technology skills and methods is a must,
  • Ability to be flexible and multitask.

Desired Skills:

  • French would be desirable,
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis tools would be desirable,
  • Research experience in West Africa would be an asset,
  • Background in vulnerability assessments and indicator development will be looked on favourably.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit their application, preferably by e-mail, and must include the following:

  • Quote reference number UNU-EHS/EVES/WASCAL/2015(1) in the email subject line;
  • Curriculum Vitae in English;
  • Cover letter in English: outlining your motivations, possible contributions to the programme and future career goals;
  • Completed UNU-EHS application form (downloadable at: ehs.unu.edu/article/read/about-the-internship-programme-at-unu-ehs under Links & Documents);
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Applications: By email to: internship-applications@ehs.unu.edu

By post to:

UNU-EHS / UNU-ViE
Internship Coordinator
UN Campus
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
D-53113 Bonn, GERMANY

Mar 2 / BARD CEP

Internship with The Association for Water and Rural Development – South Africa

Organization: The Association for Water and Rural Development

Position Title: Intern to support an integrated systemic resilience approach to natural resource management in the Olifants River Basin

Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, close to the Kruger National Park, South Africa

Dates and compensation: The incumbent(s) will be provided with accommodation together with other interns at AWARD and will be provided with transport to and from work. The expected duration is one year or 12 months. March 2015 – February 2016

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

Description: The internship opportunity: Supporting an integrated systemic resilience approach natural resource management.

In the second year of the research phase, AWARD will continue building an integrated systemic picture of natural resources in the Olifants River Basin to inform natural resource management practices that build resilience. AWARD has commissioned research on drivers of change of the natural resources in the Olifants, ranging from climate change and political economy to mining, agriculture and waste water treatment works, to understand how these drivers affect natural resources, ecosystem services, and human well-being.

The intern will analyze and synthesize some of this commissioned research to be incorporated into an assessment about which natural resources and related livelihoods are vulnerable. AWARD calls this a resilience assessment. The intern will further support the resilience assessment tasks by developing and narrating diagrams showing the casual links between characteristics of the natural resources, ecosystem services and outcomes in the basin and determining the likely impact of various future scenarios.

This support includes desk-top research, scribing for meetings and organizing materials for field visits. The final two aspects of the internship are: reporting regularly on current practices of natural resource management and providing support for organizations governing water resources. This support includes coordinating meetings and workshops, assisting in writing reports, and presenting about the USAID RESILIM-O project at meetings with strategic partners. The successful applicant will work as part of a broader team.

Responsibilities: Tasks for this position may include the following:

  • Providing support to the USAID RESILIM-Olifants project team, specifically in Theme 1
    • Assisting with the development of research and resilience assessment
    • Contributing towards the objectives of enhancing resilience in the Olifants River basin
    • Conducting desk-top research
    • Collecting field data, through interviews and the VSTEEP process
    • Coordinating meetings and workshops
    • Organizing materials for field visits
    • Scribing or note taking for planning, meetings, workshop activities and various other activities
    • Minor support on facilitation activities
    • Providing support for the data analysis
    • Supporting the report writing process (deliverables) and presentation of reports
    • Plus any duties as assigned by the project manager or senior researchers

Qualifications:

Microsoft Office proficiency: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to work in teams; show initiative in terms of understanding and responding to research needs; written skills and report writing; interest in the inter-relationships between multiple factors (e.g. social, economic an biophysical).

A master’s degree in natural resource management or a related field or an honours degree with an exceptional academic record is a minimum requirement. Specializing in water resource management, studying towards a PhD degree and/or work experience will be an added advantage, along with an exceptional academic record.

How to Apply: Candidates who meet the above requirements, should forward their motivation letter, detailed CV’s and educational transcripts, including at least three references to: kelvin@award.org.za

Please clearly indicate in your application the following reference: “Internship: NRM”

Applicants that have not been contacted by the 19th March, 2015 must be considered unsuccessful. Only short listed candidate with be consider

Mar 2 / BARD CEP

Government Relations Intern, Wilderness Society – Washington, DC

Organization: Wilderness Society

Position Title: Government Relations Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Dates and compensation: Summer term is June-August; Fall term is September-December; unpaid

Application Deadline: Rolling

Description: The Government Relations team at The Wilderness Society (TWS) is seeking highly motivated individuals to join us for our spring internship session.  Our team is dedicated and passionate about protecting wild places across the US.  We are responsible for the public advocacy of TWS’s agenda.  Our priority campaigns include work on wilderness designation, conservation funding, and responsible energy development on public lands.  The GR team manages legislative and regulatory strategy, issue positioning, Executive Branch and Congressional outreach and education, appropriations matters, strategic communications, and builds grassroots support for the protection and management of public lands.  This spring promises to be an exciting and busy time for TWS as the 114th Congress is sworn in and new legislation is introduced.

The Government Relations team offers unpaid internships to students enrolled in an accredited education institution, who wish to gain firsthand experience working closely with dedicated staff on public lands issues

Responsibilities:

  • Review reports and pending legislation, attend Congressional hearings and mark-ups and participate in other meetings and events relevant to TWS mission and work
  • Conduct research  and prepare blogs, letters, fact sheets, and other written materials on legislation and administrative policies, and deliver materials to Congressional and administration staff
  • Track legislation from introduction to passage, including summarizing content and maintain target database and policy information and occasionally attending lobby meetings
  • Engage in coalition activities with partners, including attending coalition meetings, helping with lobby days and trainings, calling activists and like-minded organizations
  • Perform general administrative duties in support of assigned project work.

Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in an educational institution with courses leading to the attainment of a degree, certification, or diploma.
  • Demonstrated desire to learn about and work on public land issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs; Access database and GIS experience a plus.
  • Must be a team player and willing to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Willingness to adapt and remain flexible as projects and priorities change.
  • Self-motivated, passionate, and professional.
  • Most of all – willingness to have fun while producing great work!

 How to Apply: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and recent writing sample to: internships@tws.org.  Please use subject line: ‘Government Relations Internship’ and indicate what semester (spring, summer or fall) you are applying for in the email body or cover letter.

Mar 1 / BARD CEP

Conservation GIS Analyst, Defenders of Wildlife – Washington, DC

Organization: Defenders of Wildlife

Position Title: Conservation GIS Analyst

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: The Conservation GIS Analyst is a key member of Defenders of Wildlife’s Landscape Conservation Department and provides mapping and spatial analysis services throughout the organization.He/she contributes to a variety of projects, from policy analysis, to field conservation projects, to fundraising requests and membership outreach. The incumbent is the lead GIS point person for the organization and provides leadership, coordination and support for other GIS license holders. Through spatial analysis, the Conservation GIS Analyst supports the organization’s strategy planning and priority setting. The position is also part of our emerging interdepartmental team of conservation data specialists and spends a portion of his/her time developing new tools and ideas for strategically using data for advocating for improved biodiversity conservation policies and practices.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop a system to manage and prioritize project requests from all departments, including policy programs, field conservation, government relations, litigation, development, communications, membership, and public outreach. Ensure projects are completed in a timely manner.
  • Support annual and long-term internal strategic and program planning through spatial analysis. Participate in interdisciplinary program teams to provide guidance and support on the strategic use of spatial information in achieving program goals.
  • Work with IT staff and other staff with GIS duties to develop systems for obtaining and creating new data, updating existing data, ensuring data compatibility where possible, storing, organizing, sharing, and displaying data.
  • Work with online communications and publications staff to develop static and interactive communications materials based on core GIS products (e.g. interactive web-maps, etc).
  • Work with other conservation data staff to develop new tools to analyze and/or interact with and display conservation data and provide technical support and training in support of conservation staff.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: Advanced degree in Geographic Information Systems, landscape ecology, conservation biology, conservation planning, natural resources management, or related discipline. Advanced training and/or expertise in GIS is required.
  • Experience: 3+ years of progressively responsible experience is required in at least one of the following areas: developing and implementing programs to conserve biodiversity, conservation or land management planning, working with land or resource management agencies, or developing planning or policy programs for non-profit organizations. Experience with managing GIS in natural resource agencies and /or environmental non-profits is essential for this position.

How to Apply: Interested applicants please reference Conservation GIS Analyst position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org

Mar 1 / BARD CEP

Water Sanitation and Conservation Intern, EduCARE India

Organization: EduCARE Inida

Position Title: Water Sanitation and Conservation Intern

Location: Rajasthan, India

Dates and compensation:

  • We offer total Pre-Departure Support prior to arrival in India (visa invitation letter, health, safety, and cultural training, travel trips to India), orientation upon arrival
  • Interns get free accomodation.
  • A 24/7 Support team will be accessible for the duration of time spent in India.
  • We require a minimum of 2 month stay but you are welcome to stay for longer dependent upon your schedule and budget.

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: EduCARE India has an internship position available in a project working with Water Literacy and Conservation in Rajasthan, India. Water scarcity is an issue in arid and desert zones. Overall rural India has a big water sanitation issue. Technical and educational intervention is needed on Water Literacy but local communities need to know how to use and maintain equipment, implement basic water conservation techniques and change the way water is used.

Responsibilities:

  • Interns would be working to create awareness of water issues and implement conservation technology into homes, villages, offices, and more.
  • The team will also promote efficient irrigation and rural rainwater harvesting, bore-well recharging, and recycling of used water for underprivileged communities and villages in Rajasthan.
  • Interns will be learning how to use engineering, technology, education, and community partnerships to save precious water for rural population.
  • Learn how to work with data to help create water policies and community suggestions.

This is an internship in which you are not just in the office all day but out in the field visiting facilities and people bringing water literacy to the masses, and getting a hands on education experience at the technical projects. You will learn about many innovative technologies that are being developed and get a chance to see many of them in various sites.

Email us at hr.educare.in@gmail.com to apply!

How to Apply: To apply please submit your CV and cover letter to hr.educare.in@gmail.com

Mar 1 / BARD CEP

Internship with Orange County Municipal Planning Federation – New York

Organization: Orange County Municipal Planning Federation

Position Title: Intern

Location: Goshen, New York

Dates and compensation:
Generally, the OCMPF internship is configured as a full-time position (35 hours per week) lasting approximately six weeks, although this duration may vary given the type and nature of the work and the availability of the candidate.

Application Deadline: April 24, 2015

Description: Each year the Orange County Municipal Planning Federation sponsors one paid summer internship position, to work in conjunction with the staff of the Orange County Department of Planning.

Generally, the intern will work on a selected project or study chosen by the OCMPF, under supervision of Department of Planning staff; the internship concludes with a presentation of findings at the OCMPF Annual Meeting.

The Intern is also strongly encouraged to attend their local municipal land use board meetings throughout the internship.

Qualifications: Candidates Must:
be a resident of Orange County, New York
be enrolled in or pursuing a full-time Degree in one of the following subjects / disciplines:
Geography; Urban, Regional, or Community Planning; Urban Design and/or
Landscape Architecture; Cartography / Geographic Information Systems (GIS);
Civil Engineering and/or Surveying; Environmental Studies/Sciences;
Public Administration; or a related field.

How to Apply: Resumes are accepted by mail or email (preferred) until April 24th 2015
Email: mboulanger@orangecountygov.com
Mail address: Martha Boulanger
Orange County Department of Planning
124 Main Street, Goshen NY 10924

Feb 28 / BARD CEP

Climate Change/Indigenous Peoples Intern, Conservation International – Bolivia

Organization: Conservation International

Position Title: Summer Field Internship, Climate Change/Indigenous Peoples

Location: La Paz, Bolivia

Dates and compensation: The selected student must have a valid US passport, commit to the full internship period from June 22, 2015 to August 7, 2015 and sign a volunteer waiver release.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2015

Description: For the summer of 2015, Conservation International (CI) is offering a summer internship for a student in our Bolivia country program. This is an exciting opportunity to experience one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and understand the intrinsic connection between Mother Nature and local communities.Our work in Bolivia supports municipalities and indigenous groups with land use plans that lead to natural and sustainably managed landscapes. These activities are affecting more than 7 million hectares (a little over 17 million acres) and contributing to the well-being of approximately 60,000 residents. Under the direction of CI Bolivia’s Technical Manager, the selected intern will not only gain a better understanding on CI’s work in climate change mitigation and adaptation, but will witness firsthand the efforts that Bolivia is taking to mitigate climate change and engagement with local communities. Based in CI’s office in La Paz, the internship will include field site visits to our work in Rurrenabaque and Pando. CI’s work in Pando aims to promote community conservation of indigenous lands, avoiding deforestation while promoting human well-being. The program is the first included as a part of the national policy on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Requirements:

  • Current student pursuing a college degree with emphasis in a social science including sociology, anthropology, economics, policy or other related areas
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • Ability to work in field conditions including long walks in the rainforest
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to a variety of cultural situations
  • Independent and able to thrive in challenging situations
  • Comfort in environment with limited technology
  • Basic knowledge of climate change policy and concepts preferred

How to Apply: For more information on the internship, application requirements and to apply, please visit the Careers page on conservation.org

Feb 28 / BARD CEP

Spring Policy & Lobbying Intern, League of Conservation Voters – Washington, DC

Organization: League of Conservation Voters

Position Title: Spring Policy & Lobbying Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Dates and Compensation: Unpaid; During the summer, we’re looking for candidates who are able to work with us on a full-time basis for 10 weeks (late-May thru July). There is also limited availability for a 2 to 4 week stint in August.

Application Deadline: March 13, 2015

Description: Interns support staff in the Policy & Lobbying department in their work to influence members of Congress and the Administration and to educate the public on environmental issues. The League of Conservation Voters internships provide a unique opportunity to participate first hand in federal environmental advocacy and learn about Congress first-hand, as well as gain exposure to a broad cross-section of national environmental groups.

LCV policy interns are an integral part of the Policy & Lobbying department, which works to enact strong environmental laws. Policy interns track legislation and participate in environmental campaigns around key legislation. LCV’s top legislative priority is protecting the EPA’s ability to move ahead with standards to reduce carbon pollution, which is increasingly under attack by anti-conservation members of Congress. LCV also works on a broad cross-section of conservation issues, including renewable energy, environmental funding, public lands, water, transportation, and toxics, among others.

Responsibilities:
• Covering committee hearings and briefings, calling and lobbying Hill staff, sitting in on lobbying and coalition meetings, researching members of Congress’s records, researching legislation, and dropping materials to Congressional offices.

Qualifications:
• Work Experience: Interns are selected based on their education and experience, as well as their conservation and political interests; background in energy and climate change policy and government affairs is a plus.

  • Education: High School Diploma required.
  • Skills: Strong research, writing, and editing skills; works well in a fast-paced environment; minor administrative duties shared by all LCV interns, including covering the front desk a few hours per week.
  • Capabilities: Demonstrated relationship building skills; solid judgment; critical thinking skills; a sense of movement and community; ability to handle multiple details and tasks; highly organized; commitment to environmental protection and mission of LCV. Good sense of humor is a plus.

How to Apply: Send cover letter and resume to hr@lcv.org with “Policy & Lobbying Intern” in the subject line no later than March 13, 2015. No phone calls please.

Feb 28 / BARD CEP

ESA Intern, Ecological Society of America – Washington, DC

Organization: Ecological Society of America

Position Title: ESA Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Dates and compensation: 4-month internship beginning summer 2015; $12/hour

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

Description: Looking for a fun, energetic intern with a passion for the environment to join our scientific society here in Washington, DC for 4 months to assist mainly with sales/marketing and annual meeting responsibilities.

Please note: Phone work is a big part of this position so telemarketing and/or prior sales experience is helpful. Intern must be able to work on-site at our 2015 Centennial Celebration and Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD during the week of August 9-14. Transportation, hotel and a per diem will be provided by ESA.

How to Apply: Please submit resume with cover letter to eric@esa.org.

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 hr@rightsandresources.org.  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.

Responsibilities:

  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.

Qualifications:

  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 hr@rightsandresources.org. 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.

Responsbilities:

-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 stevie@littoralsociety.org

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 www.gridalternatives.org/jobs. 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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Requirements:

  • 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 jobs@foe.org 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: bcohen@greenburghnaturecenter.org 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 info@onenaturellc.com. 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.

Schedule:

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 ebangood@bard.edu 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 (www.policylink.org) 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 internships@policylink.org.

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 (DesertMountainsFriendsED@gmail.com).

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.

Responsibilities: 

  • 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.

Qualifications: 

  • 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 internships@ewg.org. Position is available in our DC office only.