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Oct 25 / BARD CEP

Midwest Energy Advocate, Union of Concerned Scientists – Illinois

Organization: Union of Concerned Scientists

Position Title: Energy Advocate (Midwest)

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Hours and Compensation: This is a one-year, temporary position. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high $50s to high $60s.

Application Deadline: November 2, 2014

Description: Based in UCS’s Chicago, IL office, the Energy Advocate is responsible for advocating for UCS’s legislative and regulatory policy positions in key Midwest states, particularly related to advancing clean energy and other efforts to reduce carbon pollution.  The Energy Advocate supports UCS’s research, analysis, communications and outreach efforts and engages with policymakers, regulators, and other stakeholders to promote greater use of clean energy resources and reduce fossil fuel use at the state, regional and national level.


  • Develop and implement legislative and regulatory advocacy initiatives in key states to promote and support UCS clean energy policies and positions. Represent UCS positions in meetings with governor’s offices, state agency staff, environmental and utility regulators, state legislators and legislative staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Track and evaluate relevant legislative bills, policies, and regulations. Compile, draft, and deliver comments and testimony for public agencies and legislators on energy policy issues, including expert testimony and cross-examination in regulatory and legislative proceedings.
  • Develop legislative strategies that target key decision-makers in collaboration with UCS outreach staff. Collaborate with outreach staff to mobilize UCS supports, scientists and other experts in support of UCS’s policy objectives.
  • Utilize UCS’s research and analyses to support the organization’s efforts to advance policy, regulatory and market support for clean energy development in the electricity sector at the state and regional levels.
  • Support the development of reports and other materials that highlight the results of UCS’s technical analyses. Maintain UCS’s engagement in coalitions and advise coalitions on advocacy strategy in accordance with UCS’s policy objectives.
  • Represent UCS’s positions and convey UCS’s analyses in state and regional coalitions, at workshops, hearings, conferences, and other public forums. Consider impact of activities on UCS’s reputation and credibility in both public and private venues.

Qualifications: Position requires 5-7 years of comparable and relevant experience. Position requires broad knowledge of Midwest energy and climate issues as well as a thorough understanding of advocacy campaigns and the legislative process, including advocacy/lobbying techniques. Master’s degree level knowledge of energy and/or environmental issues with emphasis on a broad array of both clean and conventional energy technologies and policies in Midwest states is required.  A proven track record in the application of advocacy and lobbying techniques, proficient oral and written communications skills (including the ability to translate technical information for non-technical audiences), and public and media relations capabilities are pre-requisites for this position.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, how you learned about the position via email to and include “Midwest Energy Advocate” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please.

Oct 25 / BARD CEP

India Climate Change Initiative Intern, Natural Resources Defense Council – California

Organization: Natural Resources Defense Council

Position Title: India Climate Change Initiative Intern

Location: San Francisco, California

Hours and Compensation: Scheduling details are negotiable, but candidates must be prepared to work the equivalent of at least 18-24 hours in NRDC’s San Francisco office over the course of the Spring 2015 academic term.

 Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: NRDCis a leading nonprofit environmental organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. NRDC engages in scientific research, litigation, lobbying, and public education on air, water, public health, climate change, energy, public land, smart growth, international, urban, environmental justice, and nuclear issues.

Responsibilities: NRDC’s India Initiative on Climate Change and Clean Energy, launched in 2009, works with partners in India to help build a low-carbon, sustainable economy. Our work in India involves interrelated projects, which build on decades of NRDC’s experience confronting environmental challenges in the United States and around the world.

NRDC seeks interns with the intelligence, skill, confidence, and maturity to assume serious responsibility. The ideal candidate will be a current law student or graduate student, who can integrate the internship into an ongoing course of study and obtain academic credit and/or work-study funding to support the work. Interns work with the India Initiative team to research legal and policy issues related to our work in India and the United States. Interns are invited to participate in team planning and strategy meetings. Strong research and writing skills are required; technical skills in renewables, efficiency, and public health are sought.

How to Apply: To apply, please create a profile and upload your cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample and reference list. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible. If you have questions about the application process, please email Ariel Cooper at Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oct 20 / BARD CEP

Conference: 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development, Global Environment Facility – Washington, DC

Conference: 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development

Organization: Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office

Conference dates: November 4-6, 2014

Location: Washington, DC

Description: The 2nd International Conference will tackle the difficulties linked to the evaluation of climate change and development, described by many as a major 21st century evaluation challenge. Participants for the conference are expected to be drawn equally from the global South and North to take stock of existing tools and methods but also reflect on and share experiences on emerging approaches in order to improve the practice of climate change evaluation. Efforts will also be made towards identify new and innovative ways to create an enabling environment for the demand and use of climate change and development evaluation in order to improve policy making”

The conference is FREE, however, badges are upon invitation. Go to this link for non-presenters in order to have a badge.

Oct 20 / BARD CEP

Funding Opportunity: The Wetland Foundation Travel Grant

Organization: The Wetland Foundation

Who can apply: Any student currently enrolled full-time at an academic institution in the USA and who meets the specific criteria for one of the types of grants listed to the left. The funded activity (conference, research, course) may take place anywhere, including non-USA locations, and international students are eligible IF they are attending a university in the USA.

Grant application deadline: Deadline for the 2015 travel grants is Nov. 22, 2014.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated interest in wetland science.  Travel grants are to support participation in wetland science education and research activities.  The successful grantee will demonstrate this interest in the application package.
  2. Demonstrated intent to use the grant for wetland science-related activities.  The successful grantee will clearly document this intent in the application package.
  3. Demonstrated aptitude to succeed in a wetland science career.  The successful grantee will clearly document their potential to succeed in pursuit of a career in wetland science.
  4. Demonstrated need for the grant.  Travel grants are meant to aid promising students with limited travel funds.  The successful grantee will demonstrate need in the application package and document it through current and pending support and letters of support.

Description: To learn more about these travel grants, visit the Wetland Foundation website.

Conference Travel Grant Type 1 ($600): For advanced undergraduate and graduate students who have never attended a wetland scientific conference and who have limited funds for travel.

Conference Travel Grant Type 2 ($1200): For advanced undergraduate and graduate students with limited funding to present their wetland research findings at a conference.

Field Travel Grant Type 1 ($800): For outstanding graduate students with limited funding to defray field expenses associated with thesis or dissertation research on wetlands.

Field Travel Grant Type 2 ($1000): For promising undergraduate students to attend field courses focused on wetlands.

How to apply: The application package should be prepared by the applicant and include six components:

  1. A 1-2 page resumé and a separate, high-resolution photograph (jpg) of you doing fieldwork, labwork, or a hobby.
  2. A statement of what you hope to be doing in five years (one page or less).
  3. Transcripts of undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) records. It is acceptable to send a photocopy or a downloaded copy of a transcript, but it must contain the institutional name/logo, your name, and all of your coursework, grades, and GPA.
  4. 2 letters of support, one from your department chair and/or advisor who can attest to your academic standing, academic financial status, need for travel funds, and interest in wetlands.  The letters must include an official letterhead and complete contact information and should be sent separately by your references via email.
  5. Current and pending support for you and your major advisor (indicate what portion pertains to you) (C&P.doc).
  6. Description of how the grant would be spent (depends on type), including a budget (budget.docx):

Conference Travel Grant Type 1 :  provide the name, the location, and the dates of the conference; in addition, provide a 1-2 paragraph description of why you want to attend this conference and what you hope to gain from the experience.

Conference Travel Grant Type 2:  provide the name, the location, and the dates of the conference; in addition, provide the title of the paper you plan to present, names and contact information of other authors (if any), and a copy of the abstract to be submitted.

Field Travel Grant Type 1:  provide a 2-page description of your research, including title, and how the grant would be used.

Field Travel Grant Type 2: provide information about the field course or workshop (what, when, where, how much) and a 1-page description of why you want to attend and what you expect to get out of the experience.

The student should submit the application package by email; applications submitted by the student’s advisor will not be considered; if university rules require grant applications to be submitted by their sponsored programs office, the student must be copied on the submission email. The application package should be emailed to by the close of business (5 pm CST) on November 22. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required documents are submitted; incomplete applications will not be considered.

Oct 18 / BARD CEP

Policy and Legislative Fellow, Global Green – California

Organization: Global Green

Position Title: Policy and Legislative Affairs Fellow

Location: Santa Monica, California

Hours and Compensation: 25 hours/week – full-time; modest stipend available

 Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: Global Green USA’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Department seeks a Fellow for a minimum of six months to assist with Global Green’s various policy and advocacy initiatives on green buildings, renewable energy and climate change. Timing is flexible, but position will ideally run from mid-July through end of December. The P&LA Fellowship position carries with it some of the same responsibilities as paid staff and is an incredible opportunity to contribute directly to the work of Global Green and hone skills.


  • Research on policy and legislative issues
  • Assisting in crafting policy analysis, written statement and testimony, fact sheets, etc.
  • Assisting in outreach and public awareness efforts
  • Attending meetings on relevant topics
  • General office administrative tasks.

Qualifications: Positive attitude and demonstrated maturity in a professional setting; Ability to communicate effectively and public speaking skills are important; Strong writing skills also important; Applicant should have knowledge of or interest in climate change, green building, renewable energy policy issues; Ability to work independently a must; automobile required. This position is based out of our Santa Monica office and cannot be done remotely.

How to Apply: Qualified applicants should submit a resume and brief cover letter describing their interest in this position via email Please put “P&LA Fellow” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. EOE.

Oct 18 / BARD CEP

National and Southeast Program Intern, Climate Action Network – Southeast

Organization: Climate Action Network

Position Title: National and Southeast Program Intern

Location: Washington, DC (preferred); or working remotely from Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, New Orleans, or any other Southeast transportation hub

Hours and Compensation: 35-40 hours/week, $800 monthly stipend.

 Application Deadline: Open until filled; Position dates: Early September 2014- December 2014 or beyond; interns are expected to commit for a duration of 4 to 6 months. Specific dates are flexible; negotiable start and end dates.

Description: The US Climate Action Network (USCAN) is the largest US network of organizations focused on energy and climate issues. USCAN’s mission is to support and strengthen US-based civil society organizations’ influence on the development and implementation of local, national, and international climate policy and action. The Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN), a program of USCAN, is a regional network of nearly 200 organizations working across 12 states in the Southeast. SCEN’s mission is strategic coordination among organizations in the Southeast to secure fair, just and science-based climate and energy policies. As an intern for USCAN, you will work for both the national outreach and Southeast regional programs. Through both, you will have the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view on what’s happening in climate and energy politics on a national and regional level.

Here, you’ll obtain real-world experience while supporting our outreach and programmatic work. Your duties will include research, programmatic support, event planning, and outreach. You’ll have the opportunity to work with the diverse collection of organizations that make up the clean energy and climate movement. Best of all, an internship with USCAN introduces you to and puts you in touch with our entire network.


The intern’s position will be dynamic and include work in outreach, programs, fundraising, and event planning, such as:

  • Monitor major state newspapers for climate and clean energy news,
  • Routinely review the websites of member organizations and other stakeholders for campaigns or announcements,
  • Create and deliver summary reports to supervisor,
  • Establish working relationships with USCAN and SCEN organizational members,
  • Assist with listserve management, and
  • Other duties as required.

For national outreach and membership:

  • Attend and assist with organizing community meetings and briefings for USCAN members,
  • Design new outreach documents and digital materials,
  • Attend briefings, congressional hearings, and other events as needed,
  • Help coordinate USCAN member engagement and surveys,
  • Help manage USCAN member database and list serves, and
  • Research, identify, and assist with outreach to potential new member organizations.

For Southeast regional coordination:

  • Prepare weekly Huddle Round-Up newsletter for members.
  • Track progress of Southeast state legislative sessions, state and municipal public service commissions, and the Environmental Protection Agency,
  • Assist in the development of a Southeast climate and clean energy strategic plan and power map,
  • Continuously update SCEN member roster information,
  • Research grant opportunities for SCEN and its members,
  • Assist with fundraising research,
  • Logistics and event planning for SCEN summits, and
  • Represent SCEN in calls, conferences, and events when possible.


  • Knowledge of climate and energy issues,
  • An understanding of community organizing, civil society, and government,
  • Event planning skills,
  • Writing and research experience is highly desired,
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to effectively and responsibly communicate via phone, email, and Skype,
  • A passion for working with diverse constituencies,
  • Ability to work remotely is highly valued,
  • Takes initiative and completes tasks independently,
  • Strong organizational skills,
  • Positive attitude,
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and other software applications, and
  • Ability to travel in the Southeast.

How to Apply: Qualified applicants should submit a brief cover letter describing their interest in this position, resume, and professional references via email to Rudi Navarra ( with the subject ‘First Name Last Name, USCAN Internship’. Position available until position is filled. No inquiries by phone, please.

Oct 18 / BARD CEP

Environment Associate, PEW Charitable Trusts – Washington, DC

Organization: PEW Charitable Trusts

Position Title: Associate, Environment

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Full-time; competitive

 Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: For the past two decades, Pew has been a major force in educating the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our work is focused on reducing the scope and severity of three major global environmental problems:

Dramatic changes to the Earth’s climate brought about by the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere; The erosion of large terrestrial wilderness ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity; and, The destruction of the world’s marine environment.

Reporting to the senior officer and executive advisor, this position will support the implementation of a broad array of work critical to the ongoing success of the environment department. Working as part of a team directly supporting the executive vice president, the individual in this role will help to meet key deliverables that advance the department and institutional agenda and the mission of the organization.


  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of issues related to the portfolio and strategic goals of the environment group.
    ·  Draft, review and edit letters and reports, including web-based materials.
    ·  Prepare materials as needed to support internal and external meetings.
    ·  Help organize events, donor trips, speaking engagements, meetings and workshops.
  • Monitor trends, external developments and news related to the work of the environment group and prepare succinct daily summaries.
  • Develop briefings and background papers; contribute to the development of reports, articles or other materials as needed.
  • Undertake research as needed to ensure the highest standard of information is available to the executive office of the environment group and the broader environment program.
  • Help to implement systems designed to ensure the smooth functioning of the environment group’s executive office.
  • Provide support to ensure the successful execution of special projects.
  • Support effective communication and interface with other departments through timely response to requests and preparation of information to meet deadlines.
  • Other tasks, as assigned.


  • Develop and maintain a broad knowledge of issues related to the portfolio and strategic goals of the environment group.
  • Draft, review and edit letters and reports, including web-based materials.
  • Prepare materials as needed to support internal and external meetings.
  • Help organize events, donor trips, speaking engagements, meetings and workshops.
  • Monitor trends, external developments and news related to the work of the environment group and prepare succinct daily summaries.
  • Develop briefings and background papers; contribute to the development of reports, articles or other materials as needed.
  • Undertake research as needed to ensure the highest standard of information is available to the executive office of the environment group and the broader environment program.
  • Help to implement systems designed to ensure the smooth functioning of the environment group’s executive office.
  • Provide support to ensure the successful execution of special projects.
  • Support effective communication and interface with other departments through timely response to requests and preparation of information to meet deadlines.
  • Other tasks, as assigned.

How to Apply: Apply online at PEW Charitable Trusts website.

Oct 18 / BARD CEP

Forestry, Agriculture and Climate Change Expert, South Pole Carbon – International

Organization: South Pole Carbon

Position Title: Forestry, Agriculture and Climate Change Expert

Location: Medellin, Colombia; or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; or Zurich, Switzerland

Hours and Compensation: Full-time

 Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: Would you like to be part of our dynamic, global, and growing team? South Pole Carbon is an energetic, international company focusing on growing new products and solutions to improve the state of the climate and environment. With 13 offices around the globe and operations in more than 20 countries, the company enables the implementation and operation of high-quality emission-reduction projects that address climate change and sustainable development. Our mission is to inspire and enable our customers to create value from environmental and social sustainability.

Market-based approaches to reduce GHG emissions have emerged as key instruments for international and national climate policy making. The UNFCCC process (with the upcoming COP in Lima, and the crucial COP 21 in Paris) is showing progress towards defining a long lasting framework for the AFOLU sector (including for REDD+MRV and finance). Therefore, there is a strong need for policy advice and decision making support in relation to: development of baselines, reference (emission) levels, NAMA feasibilities and implementation, design and implementation of emission trading schemes, internal carbon prices and clean agricultural commodity policies.

These climate policy advisory services will be required to support the development of sustainable land use sector / agricultural sector programs or projects. Our clients are multi-lateral organisations and development banks and NGOs.

Responsibilities: As a member of our asset development unit, you will work on the implementation of project development and advisory mandates in the land use area in an international team and with external experts and organisations.

Support South Pole Carbon’s forestry project department in technical work and support of marketing and sales of solutions such as forest carbon credits or forest footprints.


  • A university degree in Economics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Socioeconomics, Environmental Economics, Forestry, Geoecology, Geography, Political sciences or related disciplines
  • At least two years of relevant experience in project development or consultancy positions
  • Excellent oral and written command of Spanish and English (French, German or Portuguese are an advantage)
  • Understanding of REDD+, Climate Smart Agriculture and Land Use related carbon methodologies and markets, and of existing market based GHG mitigation instruments and concepts
  • Project management, communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to act independently in a multicultural environment
  • Analytical Skills
  • Diligent, reliable and independent approach to work
  • Knowledge of statistical software application, forest inventories and Geographic Information Systems are an advantage.

How to Apply: If you are interested in joining a young and international team looking to make a difference to the world we would be happy to hear from you! We offer competitive compensation and company benefits.

Please send your CV and cover letter to Christian Dannecker, Director Forestry, per e-mail using

Oct 18 / BARD CEP

Housing Opportunity: Rhinebeck Room Available to BCEP Student/Staff for Spring 2015

Available to a non-smoking BCEP graduate student or staff for the 2015 Spring semester:
Sacious basement sitting bedroom with adjoining bathroom-kitchenette, fully furnished with TV/Wifi and use of shared washer/dryer in Rhinebeck, New York, which is about 12 miles south of Bard College, but not on the Bard shuttle bus routes.  The L-shaped room has a 4’x4′ window facing south, while the kitchenette has a small window facing north.
Entrance is private, but entry must remain available for the landlady to access the washer/dryer and other basement areas. Rent for the spring semester is $ 1900, including all utilities.
If interested, call Isabella Scholte after November 1, 2014, at (845) 876 2781 or e-mail


Oct 17 / BARD CEP

Part-Time Stream Restoration Technician, Bergen SWAN – New Jersey

Organization: Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network

Position Title: Part-Time Stream Restoration Technician

Location: Westwood, New Jersey

Hours and Compensation: 10 hours per month (flexible hours), 8 months per year; two years

 Application Deadline: Open until filled

Responsibilities: For an existing stream restoration project along a waterway traversing the Emerson Woods Preserve, Emerson, NJ, installed in October 2013. Working independently, or with the assistance of other professionals (naturalists, engineers, watershed ecologists)

and volunteers:

  • Establish a thorough knowledge base of the project and the surrounding circumstances – tour the project, study diagrams and file documents, observe the landscape in and around the work site, talk with past and present key players.
  • Maintain healthy plantings – hand water, mulch, add soil amendments as necessary. Determine a viable regular source of water for the site. Replace sick or expired plants with the same or similar native species. Compile a list of recommended plants for the site with an emphasis on diversity and the best choices for erosion control and wildlife needs. Create a database of local sources for native plants and develop a relationship with the nursery owners.
  • Control invasive species – identify the range of invasives; create an action plan for eradication; weed out garlic mustard, stilt grass, violets, pachysandra and other problem plants. Orchestrate volunteer pulls on pre-determined dates.
  • Maintain site integrity – note and address any issues with regard to compromised fencing, intrusion by wildlife or vandals.
  • Document conditions at the site – regularly compare current plantings to the original planting list; record overall health of plants individually and collectively, noting any signs of disease, dieback, encroachment, or loss. Identify causes. Keep an eye on the flow and clarity of the stream. Photograph conditions and changes.
  • Prepare preliminary quarterly reports – Using the above documentation, prepare a quarterly report for submission to and editing by the Bergen SWAN Director, who will in turn submit it to the NJDEP Land Use Regulatory Program.
  • Optimize the stormceptor system – gain a technical understanding of how this system operates and how it should be periodically cleaned. Work with the Emerson DPW to implement twice yearly clearing out of debris. Report any system malfunctions.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have prior experience with planning, implementing, and managing ecological landscapes along waterways in the northeast, as well as a working knowledge of stormwater issues and practices, and familiarity with the Hackensack River Watershed. They should know native vs. invasive flora and fauna of the region. Good writing, speaking, and photographic skills are a must. They will need expertise with PC software necessary to produce professional looking reports. An ability to interact cooperatively with a wide range of key players – municipal representatives, naturalists, and volunteers, and Bergen SWAN staff – is key, as well as the facility for supervising a small group of volunteer workers.

The candidate must have stamina and a strong back as a good deal of physical work is required. Candidates must carry their own medical and workers’ compensation insurance as an independent contractor or via their employer, school, or other institution.

How to Apply: Please email your resume and any questions to, or call 201-666-1877.

Oct 12 / BARD CEP

Policy and Communications Intern, Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition – Virginia

Organization: Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

Position Title: Policy and Communications Intern

Location: Reston, Virginia (This internship can be performed from a remote location)

Hours and Compensation: 20 hrs/week; unpaid

 Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description:  Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition (VAEIC) seeks one to two graduate or under graduate student who i) has a passion for green energy and sustainability; ii) has an academic focus on either political science/government, environmental/sustainability studies, or communications/marketing/business or related fields; and iii) has knowledge and experience in the clean tech and/or sustainability industries. The candidate must possess strong analytical and communication skills.

Responsibilities: The intern will be engaged in a subset of the following activities: i) planning, researching energy policy and commercial issues; ii) analyzing economics and policy; iii) identifying and interviewing field experts; iv) writing policy white papers and media-focused position pieces; v) tracking industry media; vi) managing and posting to our social media sites; and vii) supporting various organizational functions including membership support, membership development, and membership communications. We will provide the interns structured tasks and project oriented work that provide opportunities to learn, develop capabilities and network in our industry.

The internships will provide hands on experience in our rapidly growing industry, will develop broadly applicable careers capabilities and will provide access to our dynamic and growing coalition. Work hours will be structured to meet the individual needs but we expect 20 hour per week during the school year. We will support any student who wishes to use the internship towards academic credit.

How to Apply: Please submit an email describing your qualifications and resume to

Oct 12 / BARD CEP

Indonesia Climate Policy Analyst, World Resources Institute – Indonesia

Organization: World Resources Institute

Position Title: Indonesia Climate Policy Analyst

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Hours and Compensation: Starting date:  as soon as possible; End date:  March 2015.  Contract may be extended depending on program needs and consultant performance.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: The World Resources Institute (WRI)’s Climate Program is seeking a Climate Policy Consultant to provide scoping and analysis of Indonesia’s land use, energy and climate policy sectors under the Open Climate Network (OCN).

OCN brings together independent research institutes and civil society groups from key countries to track and report on their countries’ progress toward addressing climate change.

As part of these efforts, OCN is currently seeking to address information and analysis needs related to the formulation of post-2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation pledges or intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) in major economies, including Indonesia. INDCs are expected to be put forth in early 2015 by most major economies and finalized at the end of 2015 as part of a global agreement under the Under Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. With a new Presidential administration taking office in Indonesia in October 2014, there is much uncertainly regarding the timeline and substance of Indonesia’s INDC.  WRI aims to better understand the climate policies and emissions reductions targets that will be promoted by this new administration, as well as the existing research that may help inform the INDC process.

WRI seeks a climate policy expert, based in Indonesia, to lead a scoping assessment, which will include interviews with key officials and desk research.  This assessment will gather critical intelligence and identify analytical and influence priorities for Indonesia’s mitigation goals going forward.  The expert will be supported by the WRI Indonesia team based in Jakarta and WRI’s Climate Program staff based in Washington, DC.


Major responsibilities

  • Research and report on the current state of Indonesia’s INDC process and the formulation of its post-2020 pledge.
  • Identify and analyze existing government and non-government reports, articles, or other media that can inform the INDC process (e.g., studies of GHG emissions baselines from different sectors, potential GHG mitigation impact of different policies).
  • Identify and analyze key GHG mitigation policies at the national and sub-national level, across all sectors, including current status and implementation challenges.
  • Provide recommendations for further OCN analysis to support Indonesia’s INDC process and mitigation goals more broadly.

Required Deliverables

  • Memo outlining intelligence on the formulation of Indonesia’s INDC
  • Paper synthesizing literature on Indonesia’s future GHG emissions and discussing implications for Indonesia’s INDC
  • Memo proposing recommendations for monitoring climate policy implementation in Indonesia


  • Knowledge of national and international climate policy
  • Strong network with senior Indonesia government officials and research organizations
  • Strong analytical background (e.g., familiarity with GHG projections, expertise in forestry or energy sector, policy formulation, or other related work)
  • Ability to communicate in English (oral and written)
  • Ability to understand, read and write Bahasa Indonesia fluently; native speaker preferred
  • Flexible schedule and availability through March, 2015

How to Apply: Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.

Oct 12 / BARD CEP

Policy Intern, American Forests – Washington, DC

Organization: American Forests

Position Title: Policy Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Application Deadline: Rolling

Description: American Forests’ Policy team develops the organization’s positions on forest conservation issues, directs the advocacy engagement activities and manages the government relations of the organization.


•  Monitor federal legislation, regulations and policy information on strategic conservation issues relating to American Forests’ policy platform and priorities.

•  Help prepare communication materials related to such issues in the form of updates and alerts, advocacy letters, blog posts, website content and fact sheets.

•  Attend meetings with federal agency and congressional staff members and monitor legislative briefings and hearings related to strategic conservation issues.

•  Prepare internal research briefings on strategic conservation issues to inform organizational policy positions.

•  Aid in the implementation of program and policy initiatives

Qualifications: Must be currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university. Must be receiving college credit for the internship. Demonstrated interest in policy and federal government affairs related to environmental, forest, or natural resource issues is preferred.


  • Strong verbal/written communications
  • Strong computer skills
  • Skills and experience in interpreting natural resource data are preferred.
  • An ability to work in a team environment and to manage multiple tasks is required.

How to Apply: We are currently accepting applicants for fall 2014 and beyond. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Rebecca Turner (

Oct 12 / BARD CEP

Environmental Officer, World Food Programme – Kenya

Organization: World Food Programme

Position Title: Environmental Officer

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Hours and Compensation: Full-time

 Application Deadline: October 20, 2014

Description: The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking to fill the position of Environmental Officer (Administration) P3, based in our Regional Bureau in Nairobi, Kenya with direct reporting lines to our Facilities Management Branch (RMMI) at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The position may be subject to location change in the future.This position covers the core compliance with UN-wide initiatives and WFP’s specific commitment to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as to work towards a wider framework of environmental managements systems addressing areas of water, waste, and natural resources. The person in such position is a technical advisor and implementer of environmental management systems, standards and practices. The position allows WFP to have technically well founded programmes, operate from an environmental sustainability standpoint, and affirm its leadership in “greening up to the last mile” within the UN system.

Responsibilities: The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking to fill the position of Environmental Officer (Administration) P3, based in our Regional Bureau in Nairobi, Kenya with direct reporting lines to our Facilities Management Branch (RMMI) at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The position may be subject to location change in the future. This position covers the core compliance with UN-wide initiatives and WFP’s specific commitment to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as to work towards a wider framework of environmental managements systems addressing areas of water, waste, and natural resources. The person in such position is a technical advisor and implementer of environmental management systems, standards and practices. The position allows WFP to have technically well founded programmes, operate from an environmental sustainability standpoint, and affirm its leadership in “greening up to the last mile” within the UN system.



  • University degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, or related

subject is required.


  • At least five years of progressively responsible post degree experience in

environmental management and/or corporate/project reporting roles is required;

experience should span energy/GHG management and at least one other from this

list: water management; waste management; air pollution; environmental

compliance; Environmental Impact Assessment; Environmental Management

Systems; corporate reporting;

  • Prior experience of applying the Greenhouse Gas Protocol is required.
  • Prior experience of applying international environmental management standards,

(ISO, EMAS, GRI or similar) will be highly regarded;

  • Prior experience of the Climate Neutral UN initiative, Sustainable UN working group

and/or prior experience at WFP will be highly regarded;

  • Use of MS Office software to at least the intermediate level is required, including


  • Experience of database management (particularly Oracle-based systems) is

required. Prior experience with ARCHIBUS facilities management software will be

highly regarded.


  • WFP’s core competencies for professionals include action management,

communication skills and high standards of ethics and values.


  • Working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of English and intermediate knowledge

(level B) of another UN official language, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and

Spanish, or one of WFP’s working languages, Portuguese.

Non-Rotational Nature

Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is

however classified as “non-rotational” which means the incumbent shall not be subject to

the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as rotational.

Terms and Conditions

Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of

one year.

How to Apply: Go to:

Step 1: Register and create your online CV.

Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit

your application.

NOTE: You must complete Step 1 and 2 in order for your application to be considered for

this vacancy.

Oct 12 / BARD CEP

Program Manager for Government and Community Partnerships, Wildlife Conservation Society – Laos

Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society

Position Title: Program Manager – Government & Community Partnerships

Location: Vientiane, Laos

Hours and Compensation: Full-time

 Application Deadline: Open until filled (posted October 7, 2014)

Description: Earlier this year, the WCS Lao Program revised its approach and primary objectives to be more aligned with government policies related to decentralization of decision making and emerging cross-border threats to National Protected Areas (NPAs), and will focus more resources to assist provincial governments with development planning where conservation outcomes are possible. Nam Et Phou Louey (NEPL) Protected Area overlaps three provinces, Houaphan, Luang Prabang, and to a lessor extent Xieng Khoung, and WCS will work directly with those provinces to ensure that development planning incorporates conservation aspects.

Additionally, the Lao Program will ramp up significantly its engagement with forest-dependent communities to partner with them in producing tangible benefits for those communities that commit to generating conservation outcomes. The Lao Program has developed a three-step process to engaging communities as partners, with outreach, participatory land use planning, and sustainable livelihoods implemented in consecutive order. The preceding approach aligns with WCS’ worldwide 2020 Vision, and the Lao Program seeks an individual with an extensive background working with SE Asian governments (preferably with Lao government agencies) and forest-dependent communities that can lead the process in driving forward the two above-mentioned objectives.

Coinciding with this new approach and objectives is that WCS has received funding from three large regional grants that promote improved management of NPAs through a landscape scale approach, including assisting in provincial and community land use planning. Additionally, WCS is participating in the KfW/GIZ REDD+ project in Houaphan that has similar objectives as those mentioned above, and this position will ensure that coordination is maintained and conservation methods and activities are harmonized wherever possible. Therefore, multi-year funding is in place to support the Lao Program’s revision of its overall approach and implementation of the revised objectives.


  1. Take overall management responsibility across WCS sites for the Lao Program’s Community Partnership component,
    which includes outreach, land use planning, and sustainable livelihoods sub-components.
  2. Lead on coordinating with national, provincial, and district governments with an initial focus on provinces that surround
    Nam Et Phou Louey to improve conservation of the NPA and surrounding forested landscapes.
  3. Contribute to writing donor reports submitted by WCS.
  4. Review the Lao Program’s approach toward engaging communities in conservation and recommend ways to improve
    that approach.
  5. Supervise the implementation of WCS activities under the CLiPAD REDD+ jurisdictional project in Houaphan Province,
    attend CLiPAD coordination meetings, and write progress reports to the CLiPAD CTA.
  6. Coordinate the development of activity and budget plans as they relate to the Program’s Community and Government
  7. Provide occasional assistance in developing and writing grant proposals.
  8. Provide occasional support to the emerging PES pilot that could include transparent benefit allocation mechanisms and
    engagement with government and NGO partners.
  9. Seek collaboration or partnerships with development NGOs as needed to gain strong commitment from WCS-selected
    communities to deliver conservation outcomes.
  10. Participate in coordination and planning meetings both within WCS (including regional meetings), and with government
    and other partners.
  11. Ensure that budget plans and spending are in accordance with approved work plans, WCS policy, and donor
  12. Coordinate the submission of reports (both technical and financial) from government partners implementing activities
    supported by WCS.


• Master’s degree in environment related field such as Forestry, Biology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Management, or Environmental Law

• Extensive knowledge of Government of Lao PDR ministries involved in natural resource management.
• Comprehensive knowledge of the laws and regulations that govern natural resource management in Lao PDR.

• Experience working with INGO’s to coordinate and implement program activities in collaboration with government.
• Experience managing large project budgets and expenditure

General skills
• Good to excellent Lao language skills; written, oral and verbal.
• Extensive computer skills needed, including the use of statistical programs.

• Ability to work independently without supervision and meet deadlines according to approved work plans
• Ability to provide concise reports accurately outlining activities undertaken, conclusions, and recommendations.
• Ability to present both in English and Lao language program activities during meetings and conferences.
• Ability to work collaboratively within a multi-ethnic team and motivate team members that this position directly supervises.

How to Apply: Apply online at Wildlife Conservation Society website.

Oct 12 / BARD CEP

Disabilities and Community-Based Adaptation Intern, UNOPS – New York City

Organization: United Nations Office for Project Services

Position Title: Intern – Disabilities and Community Based Adaptation

Location: New York City, New York

Hours and Compensation: 3 months; unpaid

 Application Deadline: October 19, 2014


UNOPS is the operational arm of the United Nations, helping a range of partners around the world implement $1 billion worth of aid and development projects every year. We are dedicated to serving people in need by expanding the ability of our partners to manage projects and provide vital infrastructure and supplies to communities worldwide.

The intern will work with and directly report to the CBA Coordinator within SGP’s Central Programme Management Team (CPMT).  The Intern will be expected to liaise and collaborate with the Program Officer for the Disability Rights Fund (DRF), CBA’s project partners and SGP National Coordinators. The intern will assist in conducting research, analysis of data and aggregation of information for the development of the guidance note.


  1. Assist in the development of a Guidance Note on ‘mainstreaming people with disabilities into CBA projects’.
  • Liaise with DRF Program Officer in all aspects of the publication and contact the SGP National Coordinators,  disabled persons organizations (DPO) working with SGP in the SIDS on an as needed basis, while fully utilizing the SGP database and other related documents to study the subject matter.
  • Carry out reviews based on the information generated from research and identify practical examples from the field either within SGP and or with practices already tested and proven by the Disability Rights Fund.
  • Identify and discuss key strategic support needed to enhance the involvement of disabled persons in climate change adaptation that can also be incorporated within the guidance note.
  1. Undertake any other tasks as requested by the supervisor.


  1. All applicants must be studying for a Master’s Degree, or Ph. D. (or equivalent); or have graduated from such studies within three years prior to the application date of the internship. The field of study must be related to environment, climate change, or sustainable development.   Any professional experience in the area of sustainable development, including risk management, energy, environment, climate change policy, or international development will be an added advantage although not strictly required.
    2.  Experience in preparation of manuscripts, publications/guidance notes and analytical research with demonstrated strategic thinking with a focus on climate change impacts on minority groups in developing countries, is preferred.
    3. The successful candidate (s) will have demonstrated academic excellence, strong analytical and writing skills as well as a commitment to sustainable development.
    4. Advanced skills in Excel and Power Point, and experience with aggregating reports from websites and other sources of information is a plus.
    5. The intern must have the ability to work under pressure, and meet tight deadlines.
    6. The intern should be able to undertake independent research and to work effectively and creatively with minimal supervision.

How to Apply: Apply online at the UNOPS website. The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information in your profile. Before applying, we strongly suggest that you review your profile to ensure completeness, especially the education and experience sections.

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Oct 8 / BARD CEP

China Coal Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council – China

Organization: Natural Resources Defense Council

Position Title: China Coal Policy Project Analyst

Location: Beijing, China

Hours and Compensation: Full-time

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is seeking a full-time, Project Analyst for our China Coal Policy Project to be based in NRDC’s Beijing office.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online supporters. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC works in countries including the United States, China, India, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and EU.

With a team of nearly thirty experts in Beijing and the United States, NRDC’s China Program is at the forefront of supporting China’s efforts on energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental protection. We are proud to have collaborated with many academic, governmental, and non-governmental partners around the country to help accelerate these efforts.

Responsibilities: The China Coal Cap Policy Project Analyst will provide analytical and project management support for a project cooperating with research institutes and universities on the research, design and implementation of an effective coal consumption cap policy for China to meet environmental, health, climate, and sustainable economic development goals. The Project Analyst will support the China coal cap policy project by coordinating and supporting the research of various project partners, conduct independent research related to design of a coal consumption cap policy, and monitor and report on project activities and deliverables.

The Project Analyst may also assist with quantitative and qualitative analysis to support the Coal Cap Policy Project, including modeling of energy, emissions and health impacts and scenarios; analysis of technical issues related to designing a coal cap policy in key sectors; and analysis of existing and future regional coal consumption caps programs. The Project Analyst will be based in NRDC’s Beijing office and will form an integral part of the NRDC China climate and energy team.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide analytical and project management support for coal cap policy project, including coordinating with project partners on the research and design of an effective coal consumption cap policy for China to meet environmental, health, climate, and sustainable economic development goals and conducting research related to coal cap policy design.
  • Work with project research partners on specific studies and modeling analyzing the energy, economic, environmental, and health impacts and benefits of a coal cap policy. Ensure that each specific research project supports and is integrated into the coal cap policy study and model and policy recommendation.
  • Conduct independent research on policies needed to support a coal consumption cap policy and provide analysis of existing subnational coal cap programs.
  • Work closely with research partners to monitor progress on project activities and deliverables, including organizing and participating in regular progress meetings.
  • Provide input on research activities and identify research challenges.
  • Seek input from experts on project goals, methodology and outputs.
  • Help to manage project contracts and deliverables.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly reports on project progress.
  • Produce reports, issue papers, fact sheets and blogs on coal cap related policies, studies and developments in China.
  • Work with the other members of NRDC’s China and US-based climate and energy team to enhance NRDC’s research and advocacy efforts and expertise on energy and environmental policy.
  • Promote a culture of team work, high performance and accountability.


Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

  • Solid scientific and technical understanding of energy and environmental issues, including energy policy and technology; environmental impacts of coal, including air,  soil and water pollution and GHG emissions; and health impacts from air pollution.
  • Broad knowledge of clean energy and climate change policy in China, and the ability to analyze how policies can be improved, including through adoption and adaptation of international best practices and technologies.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with stakeholders, including government representatives and researchers, universities, companies, and NGOs.
  • Strong technical and quantitative analytical skills related to energy and climate change, including the ability to model various energy and emissions scenarios.
  • Strong Chinese and English language skills, including the ability to research and preferably write persuasively in both languages.
  • Care for details, accuracy and high quality output.
  • The candidate must be able to work with partners across a broad range of disciplines, be highly motivated, and be able to manage multiple tasks and prioritize tasks to meet project deadlines.

Minimum qualifications

  • Science, engineering, or economics graduate degree is required, a doctoral degree preferred. 3-5 years of work experience in a relevant energy and environmental field is strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in English and Chinese, with excellent oral and written skills as well as bilingual translation ability.
  • Experience working in the public and/or non-profit sector desired.

How to Apply: To apply, please create a profile and upload your cover letter and resume. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you have any questions about this position, please send an email with the position title in the subject line to Applications will be accepted until filled.

Oct 8 / BARD CEP

Executive Director, Energy Action Coalition – Washington, DC

Organization: Energy Action Coalition

Position Title: Executive Director

Location: Flexible; Washington, DC preferred

Hours and Compensation: Full-time

 Application Deadline: Open until filled; Potential start date December 1, 2014

Description: Energy Action Coalition is a growing youth-led coalition with 20 coalition partners and a staff team of ten. We are looking for a young, dynamic leader to lead coalition efforts into the next phase of our development. We’ve just developed new online organizing capacities that will allow us to rapidly scale up our work supporting grassroots campaigns and are currently in the midst of organizing the largest climate march in history. We are looking for someone who can support our team and coalition partners to run hard-hitting and strong grassroots campaigns that will fundamentally shift the power of our country, and put young people at the center of driving a new clean energy economy.


Driving Strong Campaign Work With Staff and Partners:

  • Work with staff team and coalition partners to plan and execute strong grassroots campaign and programs.
  • Deliver the coalition’s campaign messages throughout the media, as a spokesperson and writer.
  • Manage the evaluation and debrief of all aspects of EAC campaigns, project, and communications to ensure we’re constantly learning and improving.
  • Ensure all campaign work continues to advance Energy Action Coalition’s core Mission and Theory of Change.

Coalition and Community Relations:

  • Works with coalition and allied organizations to build a diverse grassroots youth climate coalition.
  • Manages internal communication processes including periodic written and/or verbal updates to all staff and Coalition partners about campaigns and changes to policies and structures.
  • Oversees an annual re-granting process where partners receive funding from the Energy Action Coalition for strategic coordinated efforts.

Staff Management and Human Resources:

  • Coordinates a fast-paced, nimble team that includes campaign, communications, partnership and operations staff.
  • Works with the Senior Management Team to create a dynamic, collegial, inclusive organizational and workplace culture grounded in respect and personal and organizational development.
  • Chairs regular Senior Management Team meetings, provides team leadership, support, and feedback to the Senior Management Team members.
  • Ensures that hiring, staff evaluations, and terminations align with organizational policy and conform to current laws and regulations.

Anti-Oppression, Environmental Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion: 

  • Advances the work of Energy Action Coalition’s commitment to anti-oppression, environmental justice, diversity, and inclusion within the staff team and broader coalition space.
  • Helps develop ongoing educational opportunities for staff and coalition partners.
  • Works with staff and coalition partners to ensure that campaigns and programs actively integrate a systemic analysis of race and class into their development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Helps create and maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top talent.


  • Ensures that Energy Action Coalition is growing our donor base through both grant-based and grassroots fundraising.
  • Builds relationships and communicates with donors on behalf of Energy Action Coalition.
  • Works with staff on drafting and submitting funding proposals and oversees grant documentation and administration.

Public Relations: 

  • Demonstrates leadership in promoting and maintaining the public profile of Energy Action Coalition by representing the organization with the general public, youth base, media, government, and other organizations.
  • Represents Energy Action Coalition to national print, online, radio, and television media outlets.
  • Writes for publication in online and print media.

Financial and Legal Management: 

  • Ensures that EAC is fiscally sound and manages both financial and legal risks to the organization.
  • Works closely with operations and Board on annual and long term financial planning, quarterly/annual fiscal statements, budget tracking, and fundraising.
  • Ensures that the organization meets all its legal obligations. Liaises with legal corporate related to various legal matters.

Policy and Political Liaison: 

  • Represents the youth climate movement to key political figures and government offices.
  • Works with the staff and coalition partners to run campaigns that pressure key political figures to act on climate.
  • Provides political updates for staff team and coalition partners.

Board of Directors Support: 

  • Directs, oversees and ensures implementation of Energy Action Coalition partners and Boards’ directives and the reporting of work of all departments to the partners and Board, including regular liaison with the Chairs of the Board.

The Executive Director reports to and is managed by the Coalition’s Board of Directors.

How to Apply: To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and references to No calls, please. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, interviews will begin in early to mid-October and interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to be considered for the first round of interviews. We will begin interviewing candidates in mid-October.

Oct 8 / BARD CEP

Social Scientist, NOAA Climate Office – Maryland

Organization: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Office

Position Title: Social Scientist

Location: Silver Springs, Maryland

Hours and Compensation: Full-time; $63,091.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year

 Application Deadline: October 15, 2014

Description: This is a Social Scientist position located in the Climate Program Office of the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. This position will provide management and support for research, assessments, and climate services development activities designed to bring sound, interdisciplinary science to bear on climate sensitive resource management and adaptation challenges in key sectors and regions.


  • Support initiatives to integrate intra- and inter-agency priorities into program maanagement framework including participating in the climate Program Offices’ broad planning activities.
  • Conceptualizing agenda development for annual RISA meeting to support strategic objectives based on analysis of progress reports and RISA team portfolios.
  • Support research and outreach on science policy, particuarly at the federal level, to help build support for interdisciplinary, use-inspired science.
  • Support research and outreach on coastal resilence and other climate related issues.
  • Execute managing research competitions including writing research priorities, communicating with applicants, reviewing letters of intent nad proposals, and organizing review panels.
  • Interacting with RISA teams and the scientific community at Annual Planning and RISA Meeting, and local, state, and regional workshops to monitor development of cooperative agreements.
  • Support initiatives to improve program visibility in partnership with NOAA Communications and external affairs staff.
  • Maintain strategic relationships with domestic and international partners both federal and non-federal.
  • Assist with administering new financial awards and award continuations for RISA program competitions.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.

How to Apply: We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. The categories are “gold”, “silver” and “bronze”. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates place in the “gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on “Application Status.” Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.


Dustin Harrison Rutledge
Phone: 816-426-2038
Fax: 000-000-0000

Oct 4 / BARD CEP

Bay Area Regional Director, GRID Alternatives – California

Organization: GRID Alternatives

Position Title: Bay Area Regional Director

Location: Oakland, California

Hours and Compensation: Full-time; Commensurate with experience + medical, dental, optional 403b retirement plan, and generous paid time off.

 Application Deadline: Open until filled; hoping to fill immediately.

Description: GRID Alternatives is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides renewable energy and energy efficiency services to help low-income families and protect our environment.  Through our flagship Solar Affordable Housing Program, we train and lead teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income homeowners. GRID Alternatives has ten regional offices serving California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.  We also operate a Tribal Solar Program and a small international program in Nicaragua.

While each regional office/affiliate has its own budget, staff, construction capacity, and local fundraising, GRID Alternatives centralizes HR, accounting, solar equipment procurement, training, and multi-regional fundraising from our Headquarters office in Oakland.

Responsibilities: The Bay Area Regional Director will report to GRID Alternatives’ CEO.  The Bay Area office is co-located with GRID Alternatives Headquarters in Oakland, CA and as part of the Bay Area operations, the region includes a small satellite office serving located in Willits that serves the North Coast.  Given both its proximity to GRID HQ and its location in the “heart” of the solar industry, in many ways the Bay Area operations is a showcase of GRID Alternatives work.  The Bay Area is where GRID Alternatives began 10 years ago and as such GRID has built a strong reputation in the region.   Additionally, the Bay Area is the region where GRID has installed the largest volume of systems that require long-term warrantee service.  Because GRID is both a non-profit and a solar contractor, this position requires a unique combination of skills:  someone who is a strong non-profit executive leader and someone who can run a construction company.

  • Oversee and ensure fulfillment of GRID Alternatives’ mission and success of our programs.  GRID is the statewide administrator of a higher solar rebate for low-income families living in affordable housing.  The Bay Area Regional Director will be required to fulfill aggressive installation goals in connection with our role as the Program Manager for this key rebate program.
  • Hire, manage, support and evaluate staff.  Direct reports include a management team of a Project Manager, Outreach Manager, Volunteer and Training Coordinator, and a Development Manager.  Full team includes 14 other outreach, development, and construction staff.
  • Provide fiscal oversight and ensure a strong financial position. Includes working directly with HQ-based CFO and financial/accounting staff to prepare regional budget, manage expenses to that budget, ensure reliable funding streams, and maximize efficiency.
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships and joint programs with affordable housing developers, job training programs, energy efficiency providers, local government departments, and other local organizations.
  • Build local advisory council.  The opportunity exists to eventually create a Bay Area affiliate of GRID Alternatives governed by a regional board of directors.
  • Work collaboratively with Bay Area Regional team and HQ leadership to lead Bay Area regional strategic planning and visioning.
  • Lead fundraising efforts in collaboration with regional Development staff and HQ development staff.  Current regional funding sources include private foundations, corporate sponsors, local governments, and individual donors.
  • Continue to build GRID Alternatives reputation throughout the Bay Area and North Coast (this may include media events, networking and speaking presentations)
  • Work directly with GRID Alternatives Headquarters and other regional offices to ensure operations are consistent with GRID Alternatives policies, best practices, culture and long-term vision.


Required skills and experience

  • Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, workforce development, the environment, and/or environmental justice.
  • Successful program management experience. Demonstrated track record of meeting goals on time and consistently.
  • Staff management experience. Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Experience with budget oversight. Track record of meeting budget goals.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and effective public speaking skills.
  • Fundraising experience (with private foundations, corporate sponsors, local governments, and/or individual donors) or equivalent experience in a parallel field from the for-profit sector such as sales.
  • Highly motivated and organized. Ability to problem solve and learn new skills.
  • Comfortable working with and communicating with diverse populations.
  • Able to both work independently, as well as work collaboratively with GRID Alternatives’ staff.
  • Proficient computer skills (specifically Microsoft Office and

Recommended skills and experience

  • Previous non-profit management experience
  • Connections to affordable housing, philanthropic, and/or low-income advocacy communities
  • Knowledge of solar energy
  • Strong ties and networks in Bay Area.
  • Spanish and/or Mandarin language skills

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