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Oct 1 / BARD CEP

Climate and Energy Researcher, Media Matters for America – Washington, DC

Organization: Media Matters for America

Position Title: Researcher – Climate & Energy Team

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Full-time

 Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: Media Matters for America — a progressive, Washington, D.C-based, nonprofit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media — seeks a Researcher for the Climate and Energy team.

The Researcher will monitor relevant print, online, and broadcast media for conservative misinformation and will be primarily responsible for generating long-term quantitative analyses of how climate and energy issues are covered in the media, as well as rapid-response rebuttals to misinformation that is being pushed through the media.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring: The Researcher/Reporter is responsible for identifying, researching, and rebutting false narratives that advance a conservative agenda. S/he will often be required to compile conservative media coverage of climate and energy issues for distribution.
  • Documenting: The Researcher/Reporter is responsible for summarizing the media they monitor toMedia Matters‘ internal archive, and for flagging emerging and persistent strands of misinformation.
  • Quantitative Analysis: S/he will identify opportunities where quantifying news coverage helps to describe how the media reports on climate change and then conceptualize and apply sound methodological practices to data projects that capture the nature of coverage. S/he will be able to write key findings for a public audience and on deadline.
  • Rapid Response: S/he is responsible for researching and responding to misinformation found during monitoring by conceptualizing and writing comprehensive fact checks, narrative blog post or high-impact multimedia products.
  • Narrative Building: The Researcher will also be responsible for tracking larger media narratives and the key strands of misinformation the team is engaged in and to help come up with ways to advance those narratives.
  • Editing: S/he will also often edit content using appropriate AP and MMFA style guides.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, journalism, public policy, or related field. Graduate degree is a plus.
  • 1-3 years social science experience that includes conducting quantitative analysis and using Microsoft Excel or similar data analysis tools. Experience in conducting content analysis for publication is preferred.
  • Ability to quickly research and write grammatical, accurate and compelling articles.
  • Familiarity with current events and media trends. Strong interest in climate science and various policy approaches to addressing climate change.
  • High comfort with Excel, basic HTML, and Google Documents. Experience working with Nexis or Factiva is preferred.
  • A self-starter with a demonstrated penchant for taking initiative who can generate creative content ideas.
  • Ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced environment, has demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines and works well in a collaborative team setting. The candidate is expected to work on rapid response efforts while simultaneously working on long-term projects.
  • Shared commitment to progressive ideals and environmental protection.

How to Apply:  Please email a resume and cover letter in plain text or PDF format to mm-jobs@mediamatters.org. No phone calls, please. We can respond only to candidates whom we are contacting for an interview.

Sep 29 / BARD CEP

Seagrass Managment State Coordinator, NY Department of Environmental Conservation – New York

Organization: New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Position Title: Seagrass Management Program State Coordinator

Location: East Setauket, New York

Hours and Compensation: Full-time; $45,000 – 60,000

 Application Deadline: October 31, 2014

Description: The position of State Coordinator for the Seagrass Management Program is based out of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, East Setauket, New York office. It is funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. This position may require frequent daily and/or overnight travel, primarily in New York, and occasionally to meetings outside the state. The incumbent is supervised by the Marine Habitat Section Head in the Bureau of Marine Resources Headquarters at DEC and will be expected to develop the overall goals of the state program. – See more at: http://www.conbio.org/professional-development/scb-job-board/state-coordinator-seagrass-management-program-state-of-new-york-dec#sthash.FuJl70cP.dpuf

Responsibilities: The NYS Seagrass Coordinator is responsible for implementation of the Seagrass Protection Act. The coordinator is responsible to assist the Department with its organizational needs, coordination internally and externally and with stakeholder groups, so as to identify seagrass management areas (SMA’s), develop seagrass management area plans (SMAP’s) and to guide development of rules and regulations, if necessary, so as to protect and manage seagrass. In addition responsibilities include gathering information regarding seagrass research and threats to it protection and making recommendations on how to minimize impacts. The coordinator will be the Department’s representative on all seagrass management issues. See attached position description for general tasks.

General tasks will include:

1. Identify and apply existing statewide Department goals and policies that reflect the Department’s priorities as they relate to the Seagrass Protection Act.

2. Identify stakeholders and partners to participate in SMA workshop(s) and nitrogen criteria development. This will be accomplished by holding stakeholder meetings and speaking to stakeholder groups. Education and outreach strategies will be used to communicate the issues relating to the importance of seagrass, SMA’s, SMAP’s and to garner support and commitment from all partners and stakeholders (website/etc., events in the community, promote benefits of eelgrass – all to garner interest in workshops).

3. Hold multiple workshops in order to develop the necessary criteria for SMA’s. Provide a framework for input on criteria that will be used to determine SMA’s in order to develop effective management criteria for these areas.

4. Initiate identification of SMA’s and the initial SMA for a pilot SMAP from the outputs of the workshops. GIS layers will be developed that represent seagrass resources and the different criteria used for their determination. SMA’s will be based on a variety of criteria including eelgrass site suitability index, location and mapping of existing seagrass beds, and current research findings on genetics, light, temperature and other stressors. A potential follow-up workshop will be held to seek input on developed SMA’s with previous workshop participants.

5. Research and compile applicable information on threats to seagrass and seagrass water quality needs in coordination and cooperation with appropriate stakeholder groups, intra-agency and interagency staff so as to prepare for implementation of possible nutrient criteria. This data will include information and research on nitrogen, light, color, algal blooms, temperature and their effects on seagrass survival. Data will be summarized and data gaps will be identified. Compile seagrass nutrient criteria developed in other states.

6. Serve as a conduit of information and agency point of contact for coordination and facilitation of the Seagrass Protection Act with State and federal agencies, and regional and local community organizations.

7. Prepare quarterly and annual progress reports and other pertinent Department reports, project tracking information, monthly highlights and public information materials.

8. Work with various Department Divisions, Offices and regional offices in the development of Seagrass Management Plans and any necessary, consistent with ongoing Departmental program planning and operations.

9. Provide services such as organizing meetings, synthesizing information, maintaining communications within the Department and external groups, and providing technical and programmatic assistance to Department staff and external stakeholders. In addition, personnel will have significant responsibility in maintaining a timely schedule for developing Seagrass Management Plans and other associated work plans.

10. Provide information to stakeholders and the public on the importance of seagrass including the status of seagrass restoration efforts.

Supervision

The coordinator reports directly to the Department’s Marine Habitat Section Head-Bureau of Marine Resources and is expected to exercise a substantial amount of discretion in accomplishing work subject to the direction of the supervisor.

Work Environment

Work is performed in an office setting; however, it involves some travel.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a discipline appropriate to the position which may include natural, chemical and physical sciences, with three years of full time experience in a field directly related to the duties of the position. Graduate degrees awarded in a discipline directly related to the duties of the position may be substituted for the experience as follows: one year for a master’s degree, and two years for a Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of ecology, natural resources, or ecosystem management. The candidate must have good communication, organizational, facilitation and writing skills. GIS experience is necessary. Salary will be based on education and experience. United States citizenship is required.

How to Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Laura Leach, Director of Finance and Administration, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, 1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201. Resumes will be accepted via U.S. Mail (postmarked by closing date), email (cbutler@asmfc.org), or fax (703) 842-0741 until the closing date of October 31, 2014

Sep 29 / BARD CEP

Conference: New York State Marine Sciences Consortium – Hempstead, New York

Bard Center for Environmental Policy faculty and students are invited to attend the annual conference of the New York State Marine Sciences Consortium on October 18 at Hofstra University.

As directed by the National Ocean Policy, regional and New York Ocean Action Plans and Ocean Assessments are being drafted that will protect and guide our management of marine resources for now and for the future. The New York Marine Sciences Consortium will host a meeting to gather input from the scientific community, policy makers, other stakeholders and the general public to inform these action plans and assessments.

Your input from the conference will be used to develop recommendations and identify critical knowledge gaps regarding ocean-related human uses, natural resources, and cultural factors. The NY Marine Sciences Consortium will use this information to produce a meeting report that will be presented to NY State and to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Oceans to guide development of the Action Plans and Assessments. The action plans and assessments are critically important as they will help maximize the benefits of our ocean resources and protect the health of the ecosystem.

The convenors would like BCEP to know that:

  1. All faculty with an interest are invited.This should include those with interests in environmental and marine policy and sustainability, environmental law, as well as marine scientists. The registration is free, and pre-registered students will get free lunch.
  2. Faculty are encouraged to bring appropriate classes to the meeting.  If you plan on bringing a class, please let us know through the online form or contact Christine Gurdon at Stony Brook.
  3. There will be a poster session and awards. The session is for posters on any aspect of marine sciences in New York, regardless of whether or not the research is related to the meeting topic.  The top graduate posters will receive a cash prize.

For more information, please see the New York Marine Sciences Consortium webpage.

Sep 27 / BARD CEP

Various internships, National Renewable Energy Lab – Colorado

Organization: National Renewable Energy Lab

Position Title: Various internships:

Lithium-Ion Battery Characterization
Renewable Energy Market Transformation
Renewable Policy and Green Power Market
Concentrating Solar Power Research
Solar and Renewable Policy
Renewable Energy Optimization Analysis and Tool Development

Location: Golden, Colorado

Hours and Compensation: 25-40 hours/week (dependent on internship); up to 12 months; some stipends available; some internships can transition into employment

 Application Deadline: Rolling; year-round

Description: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.

Responsibilities: We are looking for highly organized interns with excellent creative problem solving and Microsoft Excel skills. This intern will support a variety of tasks related to quantifying the impact of policies and programs related to renewable energy deployment. This intern will be part of cutting edge teams that are working to understand how to quantify renewable energy market transformation and address market barriers.

Qualifications: Preferred:  Proven organization skills, facility with Microsoft Excel, exposure to statistical analysis, and working within a team environment are highly valued in this position. Excellent Excel knowledge is preferred, but a working knowledge is acceptable if it comes with knowledge of statistical methodologies and a willingness to learn.

How to Apply: Be sure to attach your current transcript (unoffical transcripts are acceptable) on the “Submit Attachments” Page during the application process in order for your GPA and student status to be verified.; Apply at the NREL jobs website.

Sep 27 / BARD CEP

Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management Intern, Environmental Law Institute – Washington, DC

Organization: Environmental Law Institute

Position Title: Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management Intern

Location: Washington, DC or work remotely

Hours and Compensation: 20 hours/week; unpaid

 Application Deadline: Rolling deadline

Description: The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a non-profit policy research and education organization, seeks an off-site intern to conduct research and assist in editing on a global project to strengthen post-conflict peacebuilding through natural resource management.

The project is a joint effort of ELI, the UN Environment Programme, McGill University and the University of Tokyo. It examines the role that effective natural resource management plays in assisting in processes for disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants; reintegrating refugees and displaced persons; meeting basic human needs for people in post-conflict societies, including food, water, shelter, and livelihoods; addressing grievances that may have contributed to the conflict (such as access to land); and providing opportunities to build confidence among former combatants.

Responsibilities: The project compiles lessons learned from more than 200 authors into six edited volumes of case studies and thematic analyses. More information is available at Environmental Peace Building website. Interns may also have the opportunity to assist with research on how development institutions can operationalize lessons learned from the Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management Project in fragile states in Africa.

The intern will conduct library and internet research, review and summarize scholarly material, assist with editing and publishing the six volumes and perform various administrative tasks. Interns may also have the opportunity to assist with drafting material to be included in the book chapters.

Interns may also be asked to assist with the management of the Environmental Peacebuilding Online Knowledge Platform and Community of Practice. Tasks may include researching content (news, publications, events etc.) and posting to our website, developing original content (blogs, policy briefs) for the site, and assisting in the production of our biweekly email newsletter,Environmental Peacebuilding Update. Interns may perform communications work including managing social media accounts and working to publicize events and publications.

The internship is off-site, and most work will be conducted remotely. However, candidates in the Washington, DC area may have the option to work on-site for a limited number of hours each week.

Qualifications:

  • Possess superior research, writing, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Have a strong desire to gain knowledge of the environmental field, as well as interest in natural resource management and/or peacebuilding
  • Be focused, independent, reliable, and meticulous
  • Be available to work at least 20 hours per week on the project

Familiarity with communications, web design, and graphic design are helpful but not required. Fluency in French or Spanish is also a plus.

A strong academic background is required, but specific environmental experience is not mandatory. Undergraduate, law, and master’s students are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. We are seeking candidates who are available to start work as soon as possible, but there is no fixed start date. Interns are asked to commit to work for a minimum of 3 months.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and 3-5 page analytical writing sample to internsearch@eli.org. The writing sample may be an excerpt from a longer work.

Sep 27 / BARD CEP

Endangered Species Policy Analyst, Defenders of Wildlife – Washington, DC

Organization: Defenders of Wildlife

Position Title: Endangered Species Science and Policy Analyst

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: he endangered species science and policy analyst will work in the Washington, D.C. headquarters, helping the Endangered Species Policy Program implement its policy and field-based conservation initiatives.  The program focuses on making implementation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) more effective and efficient at preventing extinctions and accelerating the recovery of listed species.  This work covers nearly every aspect of the ESA, including recovery planning, listings, permitting, candidate species conservation, and state-federal partnerships and relationships.  We seek an energetic, self-starter driven by opportunities to help apply science and policy to the design and implementation of creative but practical solutions to conserve endangered species within North America.  Experience overseeing, contributing to, or implementing key components of endangered species programs in a state or federal wildlife agency, federal departments, other offices within the Executive Branch, or Congress is especially useful.

Responsibilities:

  • Help bring policy and science together to create and implement a multi-year work plan to accelerate the recovery of over 200 ESA-listed species that have been identified as part of Defenders’ strategic planning goal for the Endangered Species Act.  This work will include: collaborating with federal and state wildlife agencies, federal departments, other Executive Branch offices including the Office of Management and Budget and the Council on Environmental Quality, key Congressional staff members, and other environmental organizations to pursue conservation initiatives and agreements for targeted species; helping to secure federal and state funding to implement recovery actions; evaluating the biological status of species and the policy implications of wildlife agency proposals and actions; and tracking species status to ensure progress toward recovery.  Work will also include analyzing and preparing white papers on proactive and innovative ideas for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the ESA.
  • Help implement campaigns to improve ESA implementation nationally.  Campaigns include designing science-based systems to identify listed species for accelerated recovery assistance, improving recovery planning, creating incentives for state wildlife agencies and private landowners to help recover species, and increasing the transparency and accountability of ESA incidental take permitting and consultations.  This work will involve the use of technological advances in information management and communication to help decision-makers better understand how conservation actions impact species.
  • Track and analyze state and federal funding and spending patterns for ESA implementation.  Use results to advance Defenders’ legislative and administrative advocacy goals.
  • Provide scientific and policy research and analysis to support Defenders’ field conservation projects.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Advanced degree or equivalent in conservation biology, environmental science, or environmental policy.
  • Experience: 5+ years of experience in wildlife conservation or environmental policy.  Strong preference will be given to candidates who have worked on science and policy matters involving endangered species conservation at a state wildlife or federal natural resource agency or department.  Applicants should highlight any experience in applying scientific or policy analysis to the drafting and/or implementation of wildlife policies or regulations.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Other:
  • Excellent research and writing skills.  Proven ability to quickly and accurately analyze environmental policies and communicate your assessments clearly and concisely for non-technical audiences.
  • High aptitude for solving complex environmental problems and creative thinking.  Strong attention to detail.  Demonstrated ability to follow through on tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Substantial knowledge of the Endangered Species Act and related regulations and policies.  Familiarity with other federal and state natural resource and administrative procedure laws, as well as with the environmental policy development process within the Executive Branch of the federal government.
  • Familiarity with the principles of conservation biology.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Self-starter with a flexible nature who knows when to seek direction.
  • High level of computer literacy.  Strong interest in using emerging software and other technology to improve implementation of endangered species conservation.

How to Apply: Interested applicants please reference Endangered Species Science and Policy Analyst in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume, salary history, and self-edited writing sample (up to 15 pages) to us via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org

Sep 27 / BARD CEP

Climate Justice Program Manager, NAACP – Maryland

Organization: NAACP

Position Title: Environmental and Climate Justice Program Manager

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Hours and Compensation: Compensation (salary and benefits) is competitive and will be commensurate with skills and experience.  Salary will be paid on a bi-weekly basis through our payroll system and is subject to applicable state, local, and federal taxes.

 Application Deadline: Open until filled (posted August 13)

Description: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.  The principal object of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality for all.  As part of its mission, the NAACP seeks to enforce federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights and to educate persons about their constitutional rights.

The ECJ Program Manager will support provide administrative and managerial support to the ECJ Program through staff supervision, program coordination, partnership cultivation, and facilitation of interdepartmental linkages. The ECJ Program Manager will ensure that the ECJ Program has the necessary infrastructure to effectively advance the objectives of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program.  The ECJ Program Manager position is made possible through the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation and the Kresge

Nondiscrimination:
It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Responsibilities: Under the direct supervision of the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program (ECJP), the ECJ Program Manager will perform the following duties:

I  Project Management

  • Serve as Principal Lead on the Coal Blooded Campaign, including conducting outreach with branches to conduct orientation, training, and strategy sessions, as well as providing ongoing campaign support and documenting activities and progress.
  • Support ECJ Fellows in start-up and management of the Youth and College Leadership Initiative on ECJ and the Black Church Leadership Initiative on ECJ.
  • Assist ECJ Director by providing management support for the Just Energy Policies and Practices Campaign and the Strengthening Community Resilience Initiative.
  • Organize and Manage NAACP Delegations to special events such as the People’s Climate March, Commission on the Status of Women, National Adaptation Forum, EPA Hearings, etc.

II Unit Engagement and Support

  • Coordinate Monthly ECJ Leaders and Clean Air Stewardship Calls.
  • Develop and maintain a system of soliciting assignment of ECJ Leads in all states, as well as managing ECJ Lead contacts and communications, including targeted regional and state communications to ensure that all are kept abreast of activities and opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain a system for engaging states and local leadership in campaigns and projects and providing ongoing support for campaign/project activities.
  • Develop and maintain a system for responding to unit requests for assistance and following up and providing ongoing support.

III Supervision of ECJ Administrative Coordinator and ECJ Fellows

  • ECJ Administrative Coordinator
    • Ensure effective performance of all duties in the Administrative Coordinator’s Portfolio.
    • Assist the Administrative Coordinator with development and maintenance of Administrative Coordinator’s Work Plan.
    • Conduct daily check-ins with the Administrative Coordinator to assist with organizing planning and output.
    • Conduct quality control checks of work products.
    • Provide coaching, where necessary, on quality improvement with an emphasis on attention to detail, follow up, and timely communication of work status.
    • Conduct performance/outcome evaluation for the Administrative Coordinator.
  • ECJ Fellows
    • Assist ECJ Director in orienting ECJ Fellows and supporting ECJ Fellows in selecting their areas of interest and corresponding projects.
    • Assist ECJ Fellows with development and maintenance of their work plans including their professional development goals.
    • Mentor the ECJ Fellows as their professional development evolves and help to connect them with opportunities for exposure and growth.

 Interdepartmental Collaboration

  • Revive and Manage the Interdepartmental GREEN Team, coordinating meetings and executing activities, including monthly film screening, incentive programs, etc.
  • Liaise with the Field Team and ensure coordination with each Field Team around respective ECJ activities in the corresponding regions/states.
  • Manage cooperation with the Civic Engagement/Voting Rights, Education, Criminal Justice, Economic, and Health Departments on joint projects/activities.
  • Liaise with the Youth and College Division
  • Liaise with the Legal Department to ensure that there is a smoothly operating intake, technical assistance, and member support process for environmental justice issues that are presented.
  • Liaise with the Development Department and coordinate fundraising and report generation and submission.
  • Liaise with the Communications Department to assist with content generation and posting via traditional and digital media.
  • Liaise with the Washington Bureau Legislative Analyst assigned to ECJ to ensure that s/he is kept abreast of the priorities of the ECJ Program and ensure that the ECJ related activities of the Legislative Analyst are coordinated with other program activities and documented in the ECJ Program Files.
  • Manage coordination/collaboration with other departments as necessary.

 Partnerships Coordination

  • Develop and maintain a partnership matrix to ensure that the department and the ECJ Leaders nationwide are aware of who our technical, informational, and funding partners are, including the resources they have to offer and how we work together.
  • Maintain communications with partners and represent the NAACP ECJP on coalition/partnership calls and listservs, while keeping the department abreast of what’s happening with the partners and what are opportunities for engagement

ECJ Team Coordination Information and Management

  • Organize and maintain Weekly ECJP Team Meetings.
  • Maintain the Electronic Resource Database with ongoing updates.
  • Maintain ECJP Library in the Office, including establishing a filing system and a catalogue of materials in the library.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications and competencies:

  • A passion for and commitment to advocating for the creation of progressive policies and programs as well as for the elimination of social policies and practices that lead to racial and ethnic disparities;
  • Experience with and interest in environmental and climate justice is essential;
  • Prior staff supervision experience preferred;
  • Ability to facilitate interdepartmental as well as external partnership coordination is critical;
  • Experience with research and data analysis strongly desired;
  • Exemplary attention to details;
  • Exceptional writing skills;
  • Excellent people skills;
  • Experience with constituent support;
  • A results-focused approach and commitment to going the extra mile;
  • An extremely organized work style;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi, Publisher and other relevant programs;
  • Track record of success managing multiple programs and events;
  • Ability to travel upon request.

How to Apply: Resume, cover letter, writing sample, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:

Email: hresources@naacpnet.org (preferred method)
Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
Fax:  (410) 580-5735

Please note that this position is grant-funded and employment is contingent upon the continuation of such funds.

Sep 27 / BARD CEP

Program Associate, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance – Chicago, Illinois

Organization: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Position Title: Program Associate

Location: Chicago, Illinois (Offices in Civic Opera Building)

Hours and Compensation: Full-time; The compensation for this position will be commensurate with experience. MEEA is an equal opportunity employer.

 Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a regional non-profit organization based in Chicago with a mission to advance energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation. MEEA is a collective voice for energy efficiency at a national, regional and state level; acts as a clearinghouse to identify, evaluate and create successful programs and market assessments for the region; and, fosters communication on effective energy policy.

Responsibilities: The Program Associate will work under the supervision of the Programs Manager and Director of Programs to support MEEA commercial building programming including the Building Operator Certification (BOC) Program and other commercial training programs in the Midwest.

Primary Tasks:

•Buidling operator certification program

•State Program Coordination

•Serve as a contact for inquiries about programs and BOC training and assist individuals

and program partners with the registration process.

•Facilitate communications with participants; monitor the online registration system and

registration procedures.

•Schedule instructors and coordinators, create instructor contracts as necessary and

ensure instructors have the most up-to-date curriculum materials.

•Monitor program expenses for assigned states. Review expenses to ensure compliance

with grant and program sponsor agreements. Work closely with the Accounting team to

submit invoices for payment and monitor expenses incurred from BOC series on Programs

credit card.

•Assist with grant management including preparation of program progress reports and

required financial backup. Prepare and submit monthly or quarterly financial reports,

reimbursement requests, and invoices as required by grant and program sponsor

agreements.

•Assist with program promotional efforts as needed. This may include print and on-line

marketing, developing and compiling target lists for direct program promotion and remote

and in person contact with prospective participants and program partners.

•May be called on to travel to classes to observe and provide presentations on MEEA at

local, regional, and national conferences and events. Travel up to 10%.

•Manage partner relations in assigned states. Seek and follow up on new opportunities and

partnerships to offer BOC in assigned states.

•Complete a variety of program administration tasks including but not limited to: order

books and program materials from NEEC; create project folders for students; send copies

of exams, answer sheets, PowerPoint presentations, and evaluations to coordinators and

instructors.

•Assist with development and deployment of press releases and articles for MEEA

publications and industry newsletters.

•Provide support to program evaluation efforts as needed, including organizing post-class

surveys.

•Other duties as may be assigned to support the ongoing development of a sustainable,

long-term BOC program and expand program activities in the Midwest region.

•Assist with new program initiatives, special projects, etc. as assigned.

•Support other MEEA programs through additional supportive tasks as requested.

 

How to Apply: Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to jobs@mwalliance.org Subject “BOC Program Associate”. Candidates who do not submit all three items will not be considered.

Candidates considered for interviews will be asked to provide writing samples and three references.

Sep 27 / BARD CEP

Advocacy Associate, Scenic Hudson – Poughkeepsie, New York

Organization: Scenic Hudson

Position Title: Advocacy Associate for Land Use and Policy

Location: Poughkeepsie, New York

Hours and Compensation: Full time, with competitive salary and benefits.

 Application Deadline: Open until filled (posted Sept. 12)

Description: Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors. A crusader for the valley since 1963, we are credited with saving fabled Storm King Mountain from a destructive industrial project and launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement. Today with more than 20,000 ardent supporters, we are the largest environmental group focused on the Hudson River Valley. Our team of experts combines land acquisition, support for agriculture, citizen-based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public and preserve the valley’s inspiring beauty and natural resources

We are guided by these enduring principles:

  • Everyone deserves opportunities to experience the Hudson River, to enjoy open space and to have a voice in decisions affecting their community.
  • The beauty of the Hudson River Valley is a unique source of spiritual and artistic vitality and must be preserved forever.
  • An outstanding quality of life is achievable only when a clean, healthy environment is a key component of economic growth.

Responsibilities: The Advocacy Associate will provide strategic support to the Director of Public Policy and Environmental Advocacy Attorney in the form of all aspects of office administration, research, report preparation and social media outreach in order to aid in campaigns that protect the Hudson River as a public and natural resource, secure public funding for environmental projects and strengthen land use and other environmental regulations and programs administered by county, state and federal government.  They will provide auxiliary support to other Scenic Hudson departments/teams as directed.

  • Researches data, trends and news that relate directly and indirectly to high priority outcomes and strategies. Monitors county, state and federal government legislation and budget processes.
  • Prepares memoranda summarizing situations and issues based on research and monitoring, and knowledge of the organization and its partners. Compiles and manages databases and project files to provide easy access by others to this critical information.
  • Reviews State and Federal Registers for projects of interest.
  • Drafts fact sheets, letters, press releases and reports and conveys information to the public via social media. May create and deliver public statements and represent organization in public settings, and in meetings with public officials and their staff, when Director of Public Policy, Environmental Advocacy Attorney, Land Use staff or others are not available.
  • Administrative coordination and support, including mailings, faxing, proof reading, coordination and scheduling of meetings, document retrieval and filing, directing phone calls and inquiries, and tracking Team’s budget expenses.
  • May make frequent trips to Albany, New York City, the Hudson Valley’s County Seats and other communities.
  • May work on an array of projects for other teams and individuals in the organization, as assigned.
  • Assists with ongoing general Development activities and performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or higher in environmental sciences, political science, pre-law, public administration or related field required; 1-3 years experience in related position preferred. Excellent research, analytical, organization, interpersonal communication and social media skills needed.

Must be a team-player, accountable for generating outcomes and results following predictable work plans as well as in response to sudden events, and handle multiple priorities simultaneously. Knowledge and proficiency in using internet-based legal and legislative research tools, social media applications and Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge of New York State Environmental Quality Review and Coastal Consistency Review processes, county, state and federal law making, budgeting and granting processes preferred. Must have own transportation and valid drivers license. Must be able to lift 30 lbs to transport meeting materials. Occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.

How to Apply: Please send resumé and brief writing sample to: tvanyo@scenichudson.org. No phone calls please. Scenic Hudson is an EOE promoting cultural diversity and excellence.

Sep 25 / BARD CEP

Easement Program Acquisition Specialist, NY Watershed Agricultural Council – Walton, New York

Organization: NY Watershed Agricultural Council

Position Title: Easement Program Acquisition Specialist

Location: Walton, New York

Hours and Compensation: Full time; Salary mid $40,000’s commensurate with experience.

 Application Deadline: October 3, 2014

Description: Working under the direction of the Easement Program Acquisitions Coordinator, the Land Conservation (Acquisition) Specialist shall promote watershed, farmland, and forest protection by managing the selection, negotiation, planning development, contracting and closing of conservation easement projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with prospective and actual participating landowners.
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) personnel, other partners, and subcontractors.
  • Work with Acquisitions Coordinator in the ongoing development and implementation of the Conservation Easement Program and assist with the development of program goals, policies, and procedures.
  • Select, develop land plans and draft conservation easements, negotiate terms of easements, review of appraisals, offers, development of purchase contracts, and other documents related to easement acquisition.
  • Once a Purchase and Sales contract is signed order, review and approve title work, Environmental Site Assessment and survey.
  • Coordinate with the Executive Assistant to ensure proper administration, documentation and filing of all transaction activities including creation of Baseline Documentation Report, recording of Deed and filing of Survey.
  • Coordinate conservation easement closings and ensure all activities required for closing are completed.
  • Assist landowner in all aspects of acquisition process and contracting phase, including review by local municipal officials.
  • Adhere to the approved and prescribed acquisition guidelines and procedures.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed files for all properties in acquisition.
  • Research information at government records offices as needed.
  • Coordinate mapping needs between DEP and WAC GIS mapping systems.
  • Coordinate with the Easement Program Stewardship Program on the sound development of land plans and ensure smooth transition from acquisition to stewardship of closed properties.
  • Conduct outreach with landowners, the general public and municipal officials as directed by Acquisitions Coordinator and/or Program Director.
  • Manage additional duties and projects as assigned by the Acquisitions Coordinator and/or Program Director.

Other projects as assigned by the Acquisitions Coordinator and/or Program Director.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in supporting field
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • 3 years related experience in land acquisitions High degree of computer literacy
  • Outstanding human relation skills and knowledge of regional agriculture and forestry

Must have a valid and current driver’s license

Specific skills:

  • Knowledge of the legal and technical aspects of Conservation Easement drafting and complex land transactions, including selection , negotiation, planning and contracting of Conservation Easements
  • End-user GIS skills
  • Familiarity with title search/review
  • Experience with mapping and survey products

Natural resource assessment/inventory experience

How to Apply:  Send cover letter and resume to Amy Faulkner, Watershed Agricultural Council, 33195 State Highway 10, Walton, NY 13856; or e-mailafaulkner@nycwatershed.org.

Sep 25 / BARD CEP

Public Lands Director, WildEarth Guardians – New Mexico

Organization: WildEarth Guardians 

Position Title: Public Lands Director

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hours and Compensation: Full time; Salary is $45,000 to $55,000 DOE plus vacation, sick leave, health insurance, retirement and exceptional work environment.

 Application Deadline:  October 1, 2014

Description: At WildEarth Guardians, you have the opportunity to gain important skills in conservation work. Since conservation advocacy involves working in the scientific, legal, and policy arenas, interning with WildEarth Guardians will give you an excellent opportunity to explore these fields and professions. In addition, you’ll participate in our nationally recognized innovative conservation strategies that seek to mobilize citizens and decision makers to better protect our environment.

Responsibilities: The Public Lands Director is responsible for developing and implementing a national program to protect and restore public lands, engaging a diverse set of strategies, including legislation, government affairs, and litigation. This position will implement campaigns to further WildEarth Guardians’ mission, as primarily related to national forest lands. This position reports to the Wild Places Director and is located in Denver, CO, or Missoula, MT.

PROGRAM: The Public Lands Director manages 2-3 staff to achieve program goals that further Guardians’ mission—i.e., develops visionary, strategic, and creative approaches to conservation, guides individual project leaders to fulfill their project goals, and ensures that overarching conservation program goals can be attained. The Director will co-lead the annual strategic planning process with program staff and will oversee the monthly goal process to ensure accountability. The Director supervises and provides support for individual program staff and program staff contractors on campaign(s) implementation. The Director will develop and maintain working relationships with other conservation organizations, legal counsel, elected officials, congressional staff and others working on issues related to the Wild Places Program. The Director will oversee and implement the Legacy Roads and Trails/rightsizing campaign. The Director will develop new creative strategies and tactics and seize new opportunities to move the campaign towards meeting its objectives. The Director will also develop and implement, with Wild Places Program Director and staff, political and policy strategies related to other major campaigns, e.g. voluntary grazing permit retirement, Clean Waters, Wild Forests; integrating legal and policy approaches to achieve desired outcomes. (35%)

LEGAL: The Public Lands Director develops and coordinates with the senior counsel and the Wild Places Program Director law-related activities including litigation, administrative challenges and policy initiatives. The Director will manage deployment of this resource as well as develop outside legal resources. (20%)

COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH: The Public Lands Director will work independently, with program staff and with communications staff to ensure high visibility of all of the programs’ campaigns and strategies. This includes working with traditional (print, TV, radio) and new (all e-platforms) media to amplify program activities and successes. The Director will also work to involve members in conservation issues, including recruiting and overseeing volunteers and interns working on campaign issues. The Director will assist with Conservation Services staff as needed on communications, events, etc. (10%)

GRASSROOTS LOBBYING: The Public Lands Director represents WildEarth Guardians in Washington D.C. to advocate for campaign objectives with key national and regional agency leadership and elected officials in partnership with other program staff. The Director will develop and build strong relationships in order to further campaign goals, developing new legislation and/or opposing harmful legislation. (20%)

STAFF MANAGEMENT: The Public Lands Director will manage two to three program staff, including a Program Attorney and one or possibly two regional advocates focused primarily on roads, motorized recreation, wild watersheds and travel management issues. (10%)

ADMINISTRATION: The Public Lands Director will complete, at least on an annual basis, evaluations of campaign staff, support hiring new campaign staff and outside contractors to fulfill campaign commitments. The Director will partner closely with Conservation Services staff to secure continued funding (foundation and private donor) for implementing current and future campaigns and projects, prepare grant reports, write grant proposals and develop campaign budgets. (5%)

Qualifications:

Passion for protecting public lands in the American West, a demonstrated commitment to conservation advocacy.
A minimum of five years of experience in natural resource law and/or program development and/or a strong background in forest science, river ecology and water policy.
Proven experience achieving campaign objectives, particularly through development and deployment of national strategies with Congressional champions.
Strong familiarity with the policy framework for public lands management and in particular, familiarity with the U.S. Forest Service Travel Management Rule.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Must be well organized.
Ability to multi-task and manage short- and long-term deadlines.
Strong attention to detail, problem solving, and trouble shooting skills.
Basic computer skills including basic database management.
Ability to work effectively with a diversity of people and constituencies.

Additional desirable qualifications include

Graduate of law school or masters degree in biodiversity protection or natural resources strongly desirable.
Knowledge of conservation and quality of life issues the Western United States.
Experience with event and activity logistics and planning.

Special Job Requirements: Some travel around western United States as well as occasional travel to Washington D.C. Expect flexible work hours, including some weekend and evening hours.

How to Apply: Send inquiries and applications to bbird@wildearthguardians.org. Applications should include cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample and must be received by October 1, 2014. WildEarth Guardians is an equal opportunity employer.

Sep 25 / BARD CEP

Deputy to Chief Scientist, Climate Central – New Jersey

Organization: Climate Central

Position Title: Deputy to Chief Scientist

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

Hours and Compensation: Full-time; Climate Central offers a very competitive salary that is commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package.

Description:  Founded in 2008 by leading scientists and communications experts at Princeton, Yale and Stanford, Climate Central brings together award-winning journalists and internationally recognized scientists to report the science and impacts of climate change through cutting edge research delivered in clear, compelling language and images. Climate Central tackles the misperception that climate change is a distant thing — affecting other people and other places — by harnessing the power of science to make climate change real and local for audiences across the country.

As a result of Climate Central’s strategic planning, a new area of opportunity has emerged which will have a dramatic impact on the organization’s reach. Identifying a human fingerprint in individual extreme weather events — a field known as attribution science — has been a goal of the scientific community for more than a decade. In 2004, Stott et al. published a paper in the journal Nature showing that climate change at least doubled the risk of the record-breaking European heat wave that killed more than 70,000 people in the summer of 2003. Since the publication of that paper, improvements to climate models have led to tremendous advances in the field of attribution science. Climate Central’s goal with this important new program, is to objectively and transparently assess certain types of extreme weather events around the globe and equip journalists and scientists with the tools to provide the larger global warming context while there is media interest.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Chief Scientist and serving to help advance the Attribution Program, the Deputy will occupy an important leadership role at multiple levels — ranging from working at the highest strategic level to managing work flow at the operational level.

With regard to the Attribution Program, the Deputy will provide timely program and staff management as well as support the Chief Scientist in the strategic execution of the overall program. The Deputy will serve as the Chief Scientist’s program and management facilitator and partner and work to ensure Climate Central meets key program, operational and fundraising goals with regard to the Attribution Program.

Qualifications: The Deputy should ideally possess the following set of professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • A deep commitment to the mission of Climate Central.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills that inspire and motivate both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Sc. required, MBA or Ph.D. preferred, in science-related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership in operational management and strategic planning as a senior leader in a corporate or non-profit organization of significant size.
  • Experience with the design, implementation and execution of strategic communication campaigns.
  • Experience working to increase efficiency, strengthen employee knowledge, and abilities, improve leadership and maintain the overall health of an enterprise.
  • Record of entrepreneurial spirit and innovations that achieve important impacts and a commitment to a collaborative leadership style.
  • Demonstrated experience identifying and remediating organizational/strategic issues that result in measurable improvements.
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary matrixed team environment, managing multiple projects and priorities and working cooperatively to satisfy internal and external requests.
  • Ability to interact as a trusted partner with a diverse community: government agencies, corporate, media, academic organizations, foundations and individual funders.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Intellectual curiosity, approachability and openness to input from all levels of staff.
  • Excellent oral and written communication/presentation skills.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position and a resume to Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at resumes@explorecompany.com.  Refer to CC/Deputy in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Sep 23 / BARD CEP

Presidential Management Fellows Program

Organization: Presidential Management Fellows Program

Position Title: Presidential Management Fellow

Location: Various

 Application Deadline: October 15, 2014

Description: The PMF Program (one of three programs that make up the federal government’s Pathways Program) is the federal government’s flagship leadership development program designed to attract entry-level advanced (graduate level) degree candidates into federal government agencies in management and policy-oriented positions.

The Program attracts and selects candidates from all graduate disciplines – not simply law students/graduates – and is designed with a specific focus – developing potential government leaders in a wide range of fields.  Traditional attorney positions are not offered through the PMF program (hiring for entry level attorney positions continues to take place primarily through agency specific post-graduate attorney honors programs/fellowships  – we send those deadlines around regularly – and experience attorney positions are posted on USAjobs.gov), however, law graduates interested in federal government management, public policy, and other related alternative legal positions are welcome to, and often do, apply to the PMF program.

You are eligible to apply to the PMF Class of 2015 Program if you will meet your Pace Law School or another school’s graduate degree requirements during the academic year September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015, or if you obtained your advance degree from a qualifying college or university no more than 2 years prior to the opening date of the announcement for the Class of 2015 application – expected to be on October 1.  (This is only the third year that this program has been open to recent graduates.)

A one-time Applicant Information Session that will focus on a general overview of the PMF Program, the 2015 PMF application, and a panel of current Fellows offering their advice and experiences will take place on September 30.  VISIT www.pmf.gov for more information.

How to Apply: The PMF Program application process is a unique and  multi-phase process, beginning with the open online application period which includes an online application and untimed, unproctored online assessment and, if you are then selected as a Semi-Finalist, a live assessment.   Finalists, named after the live assessment, then have 12 months of access to exclusive specific agency PMF position postings and apply to and interview directly with those agencies.  Applicants no longer need to be nominated by their graduate school and apply solely through this online process.

The PMF Class of 2015 online application period is expected to open on Wednesday, October 1 and close on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 11:59pm Eastern Time.  The entire initial application process, including submission of all necessary documents and the online assessment (which includes multiple choice and 3 brief essays), must be completed during this time period.  Applicants will have two ways to find the application.  At USAJOBS simply search “Presidential Management Fellows,” or go to the PMF website and select the link found under the Application Process/How to Apply webpage.  Once the Class of 2015 PMF Application is finalized, additional information, and an online assessment guide, will be available on the website. For more information and details, and for the latest updates, please visit “PMF | BECOME A PMF | Overview.”

Sep 21 / BARD CEP

Wind Project Intern, AWS Truepower – Albany, New York

Organization: AWS Truepower

Position Title: Wind Project Intern

Location: Albany, New York

Hours and Compensation: Full-time; paid

 Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: For nearly 30 years, AWS Truepower’s passion for innovation and commitment to providing the highest levels of integrity to our clients and colleagues has made our company into an international leader in renewable energy technology applications.  We offer an exciting working environment at our corporate headquarters in a rapidly growing industry, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a great location in the Capital District of New York State.  Additionally, we have offices in Barcelona, Spain, Bangalore, India and Curitiba, Brazil and Denver, CO USA.

Responsibilities: AWS Truepower is a rapidly growing industry leader in the field of renewable energy consulting and currently seeks an intern to support our growing domestic and international wind resource assessment and wind energy project planning activities. Specific duties will include assisting with weekly monitoring of meteorological data transmitted from remote towers, monthly validation and reporting of wind data collected by developers at prospective wind project sites, and analysis of climatological data to assess the viability of proposed sites for wind development.

Qualifications: Pursuing or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geography, or related field.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the ability to work with large datasets, have basic statistical knowledge, apply and enforce company quality-control standards, and be able to assist meteorology and modeling staff in meeting deadlines. Capabilities in Geographic Information Systems are also preferred. The candidate should be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and possess excellent organization, communication, and time management skills.

How to Apply: Apply online at the AWS Truepower website.

Sep 21 / BARD CEP

Transportation Policy Intern, Rails to Trails Conservancy – Washington, DC and Oakland, California

Organization: Rails to Trails Conservancy

Position Title: Transportation Policy Intern

Location: Washington, DC and Oakland, California

Hours and Compensation: 20 hours for a minimum 3 months; unpaid

 Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is the nation’s leading advocate for rail-trails and a national champion for active transportation policy. RTC is a significant voice in federal legislation related to creating bikeable and walkable communities. RTC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

RTC is seeking senior/or master students enrolled at a college or university interested in working on environmental and public policy issues. Interns will provide assistance to the program, and the policy. Assignments will consist of administrative support. Interns will participate as full-time staff members including attending staff meetings, retreats and social gatherings. Hours are flexible to accommodate class schedule(s) or other commitments. Generally hours are four days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Responsibilities: The policy & administrative intern will assist  the Sr. Vice President of Federal Relations, and other policy staff with many time-intensive but not terribly demanding tasks; a tentative list of support activities includes:

  • Credit card reconciliation statements
  • Reimbursement request paper work
  • Materials preparation for Hill visits
  • Filing
  • Hill request fulfillment
  • Lobbying reports
  • Flight bookings when needed
  • Printing/copying as needed
  • Light research on members of Congress
  • Data base creation to track issues based campaign

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree or a senior with three years of college; an interest in transportation policy; and alternative transportation issues, mass transit/biking/walking.

RTC operates off a PC/Microsoft Office platform, and experience in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook is expected. Applicants should be task-oriented, highly organized and possess a strong interest in environmental issues or related studies in sustainable transportation, public policy and bike/ped/trail developments.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume (no phone calls, please) indicating a “Transportation Policy Internship” preference, including how you learned of this announcement, to:

Attn: Elton A. Clark
Human Resources Manager
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Court, 5th Floor, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

E-mail: elton@railstotrails.org
Fax: 202.223.9257

Sep 21 / BARD CEP

Policy Intern, Marine Conservation Institute – Washington, DC

Organization: Marine Conservation Institute

Position Title: Policy Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Full-time, January – April 2015; Unpaid

 Application Deadline: October 1, 2014

Description: Marine Conservation Institute’s internship program provides motivated and academically-promising students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a real‐world arena.  During their internship, students work closely with science and policy staff on cutting edge issues in marine conservation biology and ocean policy.   Most of the internship opportunities are geared towards graduate students or students who have recently completed graduate degrees, although we have on occasion developed opportunities for undergraduates to work on pressing marine conservation issues.

For internship positions, we seek individuals with excellent communication skills, substantive knowledge or professional experience in marine or environmental science or policy, and who share our commitment to the preservation of marine life and biological diversity.  We also prefer candidates who have a demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision.

Working out of our DC office, policy interns have the opportunity to work closely with our policy staff to gain important skills in conservation advocacy. Previous policy interns have had the opportunity to assist with establishing National Monuments and our National Marine Sanctuaries Reauthorization efforts, our work to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, development of our MPAtlas project, and on GLORES, among other projects.  Policy interns have described their internship experience as being important for learning about lobbying and the legislative process and for understanding more about packaging science for Federal decision makers.  These internships coincide with the academic calendar.

Responsibilities:

Conducting research on US marine policy

Setting lobbying appointments with congressional staffers

Accompanying Marine Conservation Institute staff on visits to the Hill/agencies and keeping records of visits

Staying abreast of and briefing staff on marine conservation news

Preparing educational materials and fact sheets

Providing administrative support (answer phones, file, purchase office supplies, open & distribute mail, computer troubleshoot, etc.).  This constitutes approximately 20% of the intern’s time.

Qualifications:

How to Apply: To apply to the internship, please send the following material via e-mail to internships@marine-conservation.org. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting October 1st, 2014. Please reference the internship title and your name in the subject line.

A cover letter detailing your interests, relevant experience, goals and availability;

A résumé;

A writing sample (2 page maximum);

A course list detailing applicable coursework experience;

A list of 3 references.

Please no calls.

Sep 21 / BARD CEP

Latin America Project Intern, Natural Resources Defense Council – Washington, DC

Organization: Natural Resources Defense Council

Position Title: Latin America Project Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Unpaid

Description: NRDC is seeking an intern to work with the International Program’s Latin America team in our Washington, D.C. office on research, analysis and advocacy related to NRDC’s work on climate change, energy and sustainable coastal communities in Latin America. As our team prepares for the UN climate conference (COP20) in Lima in December, as well as the expected commitments from countries leading up to the conference in Paris in 2015, the intern will help our team develop reports, fact sheets and blogs. S/he will also be assigned a specific research project to develop over the course of the internship; we will discuss possible topics and appropriate products during the first days of the internship. Recent interns’ projects have included:

Reviewing existing research and new literature about drivers of deforestation in Latin America, and drafting an issue brief about the issue;

Researching and analyzing climate change adaptation efforts underway Peru and Mexico;

Researching black carbon and diesel pollution in Latin America; and interviewing country representatives about vehicle emissions and fleets, fuel quality regulations, and air quality regulations and monitoring.

Responsibilities: Work with the Latin America team specifically and others in the institution to help NRDC prepare for the UN Climate Conference in Lima in December. This includes contacting partner groups, helping to create and execute communications strategies, collaborating on fact sheets and reports we may release at the conference, and assisting with logistical coordination for travel and events for our team while at the conference.

Research a specific topic—to be developed in consultation with the Latin America team at the beginning of the internship—and produce an appropriate final product (to be determined at the same time as the topic). This will require working independently, while checking in with our team on a regular basis for group discussions. We expect the intern to be able to conduct research professionally via the internet, telephone, skype, etc.

On a weekly basis, work with the Latin America team to identify and read relevant Spanish articles, and then summarize them in English for inclusion in our weekly news blog.

Assist the Latin America team with any other needs that may come up, from social media requests to ad hoc quick research needs.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences or a related subject area;

Previous research experience is a plus;

Excellent written and verbal communications skills;

Strong interpersonal skills;

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with the capability to handle multiple tasks, work well under pressure and be detail-oriented;

Ability to work independently as well as with a team;

High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint;

The position requires working in both English and Spanish so applicant is expected to be bilingual, or a native speaker of one language and highly proficient in the other. Familiarity with Latin America, especially Chile or Mexico, is a plus. Graduate or very committed undergraduates are preferred.

This is an unpaid internship, but school credit can be arranged.

How to Apply: To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/jobs and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting.

Sep 20 / BARD CEP

Environmental Program Intern, Institute for Environmental Solutions – Colorado

Organization: The Institute for Environmental Solutions

Position Title: Environmental Program Intern

Location: Denver, Colorado

Hours and Compensation:  Unpaid internship; 15-20 hours/week

Description: The Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) is an independent non-profit organization that engages stakeholders to deliver technically sound solutions to complex environmental and health problems – without unwanted side effects. IES is seeking motivated graduate interns passionate about protecting the environment!

IES is seeking enthusiastic graduate interns to join one of our project teams: The Tree Project or the Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Project. The Tree Project’s mission is to improve the environment of Colorado’s urban areas through proper tree selection and management. The CEC Project seeks to mitigate and prevent water pollution from trace contaminants in household and personal care products through alternative products, elementary and adult education, and research.

Responsibilities:

Support technical and program work in all phases of the current and upcoming projects.

  • Conduct independent background research and analysis on various environmental issues
  • Participate in project design, project implementation, stakeholder meetings, community workshops, and educational programs.
  • Help build and maintain IES outreach to and communication with stakeholders.
  • Assist with writing, editing, and submitting grant proposals to support project work.
  • Assist with the development and distribution of marketing materials.
  • Design and implement real world elementary education programs including lesson plans for a variety of age groups.

Qualifications: Successful candidates will be self-motivated, detail-oriented graduate students or college graduates. Excellent writing, verbal, presentation, research, and organizational skills are required. The intern must have the ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and communicate effectively in a team-oriented environment. Completed studies in technical areas such as environmental science, chemistry, biology, engineering, urban planning, health, economics, or nonprofit management are desired.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Solutions@i4es.org. Be sure to include why you are interested in this position and your availability (in Denver). Please include the title of the internship you are applying for in the subject line of your email. IES does not have a central office. Interns work independently, and participate in Institute and Project meetings in Denver. Please mention how you learned of this opening.

Sep 20 / BARD CEP

Sustainability Coordinator, Concordia College – Minnesota

Organization: Concordia College

Position Title: Sustainability Coordinator

Location: Moorhead, Minnesota

Hours and Compensation: Full-time

Description: The Sustainability Coordinator serves as a key facilitator of sustainability-related activity on campus. The successful candidate will provide broad institutional leadership in the college’s efforts to infuse sustainability principles into all curricular and operational aspects of the college. The central focus of the position is on engaging with students, faculty, and staff to promote sustainability across campus and to facilitate worthy initiatives. The Sustainability Coordinator will work collaboratively with a diverse array of units of the college as Concordia moves towards achieving its Vision for Sustainability.

Responsibilities:

Specific responsibilities include the following.
-Work with the President’s Sustainability Council and the various units of the college to refine and pursue the goals and initiatives consistent with the Concordia College Vision for Sustainability and Strategic Plan. Conduct information-finding research and data collection as needed.
-Track progress on meeting college sustainability goals, produce an annual sustainability report, and keep the college up-to-date in its STARS reporting.
-Promote sustainable practices and sustainability principles on campus through efforts to increase understanding, foster collaborative educational experiences across all campus constituencies (students, staff, and faculty), and promote behaviors consistent with local and global sustainability.
-Assist units in developing and implementing changes that reduce the ecological footprint (including carbon emissions) of college operations.
-Work closely with students, assisting them in pursuing sustainability initiatives and creating a culture of sustainability.
-Run the Eco-Reps program, oversee EcoHouse programming, and provide overall coordination for the campus organic garden.
-Manage the sustainability section of the college’s website and promote awareness of the college’s sustainability efforts.
-Represent the college’s sustainability efforts to community and other external audiences, including alumni of the college

Qualifications:

-A Master’s level degree, preferably related to environmental or sustainability studies.
-Two years of experience working in the field of sustainability and/or in higher education.
-Highly effective leadership, collaborative, and interpersonal relationship skills; able to work successfully with students, faculty, administrators, and support staff.
-Strong organizational skills and able to handle at one time multiple projects of varying size and complexity.
-Excellent oral and written communication skills; good computer skills.
-The ability to understand technical and financial data (on carbon emissions, electricity costs, etc.) and to relate them to the general community.
-An understanding of and interest in the global dimensions of sustainability.
Demonstrated ability to design, manage, and implement projects of various types.
-Support for the mission and vision of Concordia College.

How to Apply: Apply at the Concordia College website.

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References

Optional Documents

  1. Transcripts
Sep 20 / BARD CEP

Program Coordinator, National Council for Science and the Environment – Washington, DC

Organization: The National Council for Science and the Environment

Position Title: Program Coordinator and Communications Specialist

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Full-time; Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 Application Deadline:  Position will remain open until filled.  However, a decision is expected to be made soon to fill the position on or before October 01, 2014.

Description: National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. It seeks to be a bridge that spans the divide between science, its applications, and policy.

NCSE specializes in programs that foster collaboration between the diverse institutions and individuals creating and using environmental knowledge to make science useful to policies and decisions on critical environmental issues.

We engage scientists, educators, policy-makers, environmental managers, government agencies, conservationists, and business leaders. While an advocate for science and its use, NCSE does not take positions on environmental issues. With a reputation for objectivity and non-partisanship, we are able to provide a neutral forum for all. NCSE assists communities in jointly finding acceptable solutions to complex environmental challenges by using expert facilitation, problem solving processes, and fostering joint implementation.

All sciences and technical areas relevant to decisions are recognized as important, including physical, biological, and social sciences, as well as engineering.  Research, scientific synthesis and assessment, tools that support decision-making, formal and informal education, communication, are all respected and utilized.

Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of this position will support NCSE’s various services related to the University Affiliate Program, Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL), and the Community College Affiliate Program (CCAP).

Specific Tasks: This position will primarily report to the Associate Executive Director of NCSE.  Support with planning, coordination, and implementation of all activities is required.

Specific list of responsibilities may include coordination of monthly conference calls; ensuring that NCSE’s affiliate members receive the best value for the services offered; CEDD, CEREL, and CCAP conference and event planning; collaboration with federal agencies, academic community, and others;  outreach and communications with partners/collaborators; logistics, promotion and marketing of events;  participation in NCSE events; support with all CEDD, CEREL, and CCAP pre- and post-conference related activities;  Co-create and support all responsibilities related to the publication of “Daily Environmental News Digest” and weekly Newsletters; CEDD, CEREL, and CCAP web-page content management; promotion and marketing of CEDD, CEREL, and CCAP events, activities, and services; Support and help with all other NCSE activities and tasks to include memberships and development.

Other Criteria

  • Attention to details
  • Solution oriented
  • Social media savvy
  • Productive attitude
  • Team player

Qualifications:

Education (Required): Bachelor’s Degree. (Master’s Degree preferred).

Candidates with an earned degree in environmental sciences, sustainability, or related fields will be preferred.

Candidates with excellent communication (written and verbal) skills will be preferred.

Experience: Prefer candidates with 1 year of professional experience related to program coordination (internship experience will be considered)

How to Apply: To apply for the position, please submit

  • Resume (not to exceed 2 pages)
  • Cover Letter (not to exceed 1 page)

Please send the Resume and cover letter to Christopher Prince (NCSE Meetings and Office Manager) at cprince@ncseonline.org