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Apr 3 / BARD CEP

Sustainability Program Intern – Portola Valley, CA

Organization: Town of Portola Valley

Position Title: Sustainability Program Intern

Location: Portola Valley, CA

Hours & Compensation:  At least 15 hours/week. Unpaid internship, but mileage will be reimbursed.

Position Dates: Three to six months.

Application Deadline: Applications evaluated as received, position open until filled.

Organization Overview:

The Town of Portola Valley is a small rural community located 5 miles west of Stanford University in the foothills of San Mateo County.


Portola Valley seeks a highly organized and enthusiastic intern to assist with the town’s sustainability-related efforts. This internship is an ideal opportunity to learn about a local government approach to sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.


  • Perform a variety of duties in support of programs related to energy and water conservation.
  • Support the Assistant to the Town Manager and Sustainability Committee with implementation of a residential energy- and water-efficiency program, with additional opportunities to work on diverse sustainability programs.
  • Assist with outreach, develop program materials, launch specific program components, set up tracking systems, and coordinate events.


  • Effective team player who is able to prioritize and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Able to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, and have demonstrated skill in detail-oriented work.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and interest in environmental issues, energy conservation programs, and sustainability planning.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator or InDesign a plus
  • Ability and desire to work effectively with community members is essential.
  • Candidates must have completed or be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in urban, regional, or environmental planning, environmental studies, ecology, or a closely related field
  • Volunteer or work experience related to sustainability highly desired.

How to Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to Brandi de Garmeaux at Please include the date you are available to start work. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive, the position is open until filled.

Contact Information:

Town of Portola Valley,

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