Organization: Public Policy Institute of California
Position Title: Center Communications Manager
Location: San Francisco, California
Application Deadline: Rolling
Description: The Public Policy Institute of California is building capacity for a new water policy center and seeks an experienced communications professional to join the team. The communications manager will work with center and PPIC communications staff to develop and implement effective programs and products that expand the audience for PPIC’s water work. This position is based in San Francisco and reports jointly to the director of the PPIC Water Policy Center and PPIC’s vice president of communications.
- Work collaboratively with PPIC communications staff to ensure consistency with PPIC’s overall approach, including quality, messaging, and timing.
- Serve as primary liaison with the media on water issues. Cultivate and maintain strong media contacts. Respond to inquiries and proactively promote products and experts to traditional, new, and ethnic media.
- Work with water center research staff to develop publications that are high quality, timely, and accessible for our policy audience. Manage editorial and production processes—including outside vendors and consultants—for research products.
- Manage digital marketing efforts, including email campaigns and social media efforts. Develop and update content for water center web pages.
- Write, edit, proofread, or contribute to web features and summaries, commentaries or blog posts, grant proposals, corporate publications, invitations, talking points, and other items.
- Develop and revise briefings and presentations for water center researchers.
- Plan and manage briefings and other events. Create opportunities for PPIC experts to participate in events hosted by other organizations.
- Support institutional communications programs and participate in outreach and planning meetings with PPIC communications, research, and president’s office colleagues.
- Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of five years of experience in a communications and media-related function, ideally in a nonpartisan policy research setting
- Strong organizational and people skills to effectively manage key internal and external relationships
- Ability to synthesize complex research ideas and communicate them effectively to diverse policy audiences
- Proficiency in all levels of editing, from developmental to proofreading
- Superior written and verbal communications skills
- Project management experience. Ability to manage multiple tasks under strict deadlines and handle crisis situations
- Strong computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Adobe Acrobat, HTML, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator
- Experience in event planning (press conferences, forums) and media training
- Fluency in Spanish desirable
PPIC values the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences of our research staff, and key elements in the consideration of qualified candidates include excellence; diversity of talents, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and a strong fit with the institute’s mission, values, and goals.
How to Apply: Visit http://www.ppic.org/main/opportunities.asp
Applications will be considered as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Please tailor your cover letter to highlight how your credentials meet the qualifications listed above.
Position Title: Global Climate and Energy Campaign Strategist
Location: Any Greenpeace office globally. Individuals with experience across Africa, China, Brazil, Indonesia or Philippines are particularly encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: Greenpeace is looking to hire a team of superstars to help lead us out of this climate mess. We need amazing storytellers and communicators who can inspire a billion acts of courage to change our broken economic system to help save the climate. We need strategists and experts who can find the chinks in the armor for mass movements to exploit. We need people who can convert big ideas into transformative experiences.
The role as Strategist for Climate & Energy campaigns
You identify new opportunities for intervention, prepare the groundwork for campaigns in new areas, and intensively mentor and collaborate with national offices. You strengthen Climate & Energy campaigners’ and movement-builders’ ability to build a green and peaceful future. You help to marry excellent analysis of global trends with opportunities for transformative change.
- Shape Greenpeace’s overall Climate & Energy strategy and roll up your sleeves to make it happen.
• Help national offices develop ambitious, targeted campaigns and work in a team to shape and sharpen the overall basket of global projects.
• Deploy your special talent – whether that’s communication, movement-building, legal experience, killer campaigning, expertise in the energy sector, economics, transport, agriculture, global impacts of climate change or whatever relevant brain-power you have – and grow that ability across Greenpeace through mentoring and skills-sharing.
• Foster innovation, incubate special projects and keep looking for opportunities to catalyze transformative change.
• Cultivate and build alliances to keep a steady flow of new ideas into Greenpeace, and to deploy Greenpeace’s leadership and insights to fuel external movements.
• Demonstrate excellent project management and foster collaboration between national offices. Support offices through all phases of project lifecycle – project pitching, development, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation. Encourage and promote a risk-taking approach in order to test new ideas and innovate.
• Help develop fast feedback loops to improve ongoing projects and fearlessly seize moments for action.
Greenpeace is looking for excellent strategists with a mix of skills and expertise, including but not limited to communications, movement-building, energy sector, campaigning, investigations, economy, and legal. You may even have a non-traditional background but brilliant insights in how to achieve big wins on climate or radically change peoples’ consumption habits. If interested, please submit your application to start the conversation about how your skills might help this team achieve our ambitious goals.
Is this you?
• Do you know how to change the world’s energy and economic systems to make them more sustainable and people-powered?
• Do you thrive on delivering highly ambitious campaigns or projects?
• Can you inspire people from diverse backgrounds to change our broken economic system and move toward more just, inclusive and sustainable societies?
• Are you a people-person and team-builder who can resolve conflicts, negotiate, facilitate and communicate your ideas excellently?
• Do you enjoy mentoring others, being a sounding board for strategies and enabling knowledge-sharing?
• Can you make organizations nimbler and more streamlined?
• Can you model cultural values to create a sense of unity in a common purpose, camaraderie and excellence?
There has never been a more exciting and challenging time to work with Greenpeace, as we catalyse transformative change through people-powered campaigning, joining hands with other movements and stakeholders. In a time of multiple, intersecting threats to our environment and democracies, it’s up to all of us to find creative ways to exploit the cracks and injustices to create durable change.
How to Apply: If you are interested in this rare opportunity to apply all your energy, experience and intellect to a truly worthwhile challenge, please submit your application to start the conversation about how your skills might help this team achieve our ambitious goals.
Compensation will depend on the work location, and the specific grading will be determined after the recruitment process has been completed.
Upload your English CV along with a letter of motivation via the link below.
Position Title: Invasive Plant Management Internship
Location: Redding, Connecticut
Dates and compensation: Position Dates: Monday, May 25 – Friday, August 7, 2015; Stipend: $5000.00 and free furnished housing.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2015
Description: Highstead, a regional land conservation and ecological research center, is accepting applications for one field intern to participate in Highstead’s long-term research and monitoring of invasive plant species for the summer of 2015. The primary project will be to map the current extent of Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) on our 150+ acre property. The intern will gain experience identifying the plant and using a Trimble GeoExplorer and ArcGIS to record and map populations. Other potential projects may include designing a restoration planting, herbarium work, or other invasive mapping. The position will be predominantly field-based but will also include data entry, background research, mapping of historical data, and preparing a 15-minute final presentation for Highstead staff.
Qualifications: Upper level undergraduate or recent graduate in botany, plant ecology, or related field. Applicants should have previous experience with field work. Successful applicants must (1) have an interest in invasive plant management (2) be energetic and enthusiastic about conducting intensive fieldwork in hot, humid and sometimes rainy weather; in a landscape with deer ticks; and in forest understories with downed trees and thick, often spiny (i.e. Japanese barberry, multiflora rose) shrub layers. Applicants must also be comfortable working alone.
How to Apply: To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to email@example.com; reference Invasive Plant Management Intern Application as the email subject. Accepting applications immediately through March 15th.
Organization: International Center on Small Hydro Power
Position Title: Program Officer (temporary job or internship)
Location: Hangzhou, China
Dates and compensation: Salary and Visa Information The role here is classified as ‘voluntary’. Applications will therefore have to apply for the F Business Visa generally. While we cannot influence the outcome of any visa decision, we do provide administrative to support for your application.
The successful candidate will be provided, in return for full time hours (8.30-16.30 Monday to Friday) the following: – Free and secure accommodation at the Secretariat with cooking facilities – Lunch on Monday to Friday – Monetary reimbursement to meet additional needs
Given the voluntary nature of the position, it is important to note that any applicants have the financial means to purchase the flight tickets and obtain the “F” visa. ICSHP does not reimburse these costs.
Length of contract is for 6 months initially (with the option to extend for capable candidates).
Preferred starting date: as soon as possible.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
Description: About International Center on Small Hydro Power International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) is a public and non-profit institution directly under the auspices of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), China’s Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Commerce. ICSHP serves as the headquarters of the International Network on Small Hydro Power (INSHP), an international organization with more than 400 members from 78 countries.
World SHP Development Report Project The first World Small Hydropower Development Report (WSHPDR) was published in the last quarter of 2013. The report includes country reports for countries across all regions in the world that use or have small hydropower potential. Related to this, ICSHP has collected case studies that need to be published separately.
There is an opportunity for one self-motivated team player to join the Secretariat to support editing and publishing the WSHPDR Report for 2016.The role would suit a native English speaker, recent or experienced graduate in one of the following fields: § Journalism § Mass communication § Desktop publishing
– Editing/copy-editing and proofreading existing articles – Concept development and follow-up research for new publication – Division support (e.g. project proposals, translations, newsletter, website contributions) – Maintaining contact with network members
A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) with a minimum of two years work experience in one of the following areas: journalism, publishing, environmental policy, renewable energy, engineering, international relations or economics.
Essential skills – Native English or very good English level – Editing and proof-reading experience – Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time – Ability to work autonomously and research given topics – Excellent communication skills to maintain relations with network members or other international institutions – Excellent computer skills. Skills in desktop publishing software and knowledge and/or experience in the publishing industry is a plus – Desktop publishing/writing/editing
Desired skills – Other languages
-Website development – Project management – Ability to work in a team
How to Apply: Please apply with CV and letter of motivation to the International Center on Small Hydro Power firstname.lastname@example.org
Position Title: UNU-EHS Intern
Location: Bonn, Germany
Dates and compensation: Start date June 2015; full-time basis for a contractual period ranging from 3-6 months. The internship is not remunerated.
Application Deadline: Rolling
Description: WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) is a large-scale research-focused program initiated to develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures to climate change. Its overall objective is to enhance the resilience of social-ecological systems to the impacts of climate change and increased climate variability. The geographical focus of WASCAL is on selected case study watersheds in West Africa.
WASCAL is based on three principle components: a Competence Center, a core Research Program and a Graduate Research Program. The Core Research Program relates to the scientific activities of the Competence Center, and is implemented by a network of German and West African research institutes. Within the core research program, UNU-EHS will analyze rural households’ vulnerabilities and risks to rapid onset and creeping hazards in the context of climate change and explore potential coping and adaptation strategies. Specifically, UNU-EHS deals with the identification, characterization and quantification of major climate change-related hazards to rural households/communities at different spatial and temporal scales, the assessment of the social-ecological system’s social, environmental and economic vulnerabilities as well as their resilience to multiple climate change-related hazards and consequent cascading effects.
- Conduct background literature searches in the context of vulnerability and risk assessment,
- Search for secondary data from various sources,
- Compile and edit data,
- Support the work of the team in spatial (GIS) data processing and analysis,
- Support the work of the team in data analysis,
- Any other duties as may be assigned or required.
Field of Study: Geography, Social Science, Environmental sciences with social sciences minors, or a related field.
Essential Skills and attributes:
- Very good command of oral and written English,
- Proven record of computer proficiency (particularly strong skills in excel),
- Experience with data collection and management,
- Experience with data entry, validation and processing,
- Knowledge of GIS and SPSS is required,
- A willingness to learn new technology skills and methods is a must,
- Ability to be flexible and multitask.
- French would be desirable,
- Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis tools would be desirable,
- Research experience in West Africa would be an asset,
- Background in vulnerability assessments and indicator development will be looked on favourably.
How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit their application, preferably by e-mail, and must include the following:
- Quote reference number UNU-EHS/EVES/WASCAL/2015(1) in the email subject line;
- Curriculum Vitae in English;
- Cover letter in English: outlining your motivations, possible contributions to the programme and future career goals;
- Completed UNU-EHS application form (downloadable at: ehs.unu.edu/article/read/about-the-internship-programme-at-unu-ehs under Links & Documents);
- Two letters of recommendation.
Applications: By email to: email@example.com
By post to:
UNU-EHS / UNU-ViE
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
D-53113 Bonn, GERMANY
Organization: The Association for Water and Rural Development
Location: Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, close to the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Dates and compensation: The incumbent(s) will be provided with accommodation together with other interns at AWARD and will be provided with transport to and from work. The expected duration is one year or 12 months. March 2015 – February 2016
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
Description: The internship opportunity: Supporting an integrated systemic resilience approach natural resource management.
In the second year of the research phase, AWARD will continue building an integrated systemic picture of natural resources in the Olifants River Basin to inform natural resource management practices that build resilience. AWARD has commissioned research on drivers of change of the natural resources in the Olifants, ranging from climate change and political economy to mining, agriculture and waste water treatment works, to understand how these drivers affect natural resources, ecosystem services, and human well-being.
The intern will analyze and synthesize some of this commissioned research to be incorporated into an assessment about which natural resources and related livelihoods are vulnerable. AWARD calls this a resilience assessment. The intern will further support the resilience assessment tasks by developing and narrating diagrams showing the casual links between characteristics of the natural resources, ecosystem services and outcomes in the basin and determining the likely impact of various future scenarios.
This support includes desk-top research, scribing for meetings and organizing materials for field visits. The final two aspects of the internship are: reporting regularly on current practices of natural resource management and providing support for organizations governing water resources. This support includes coordinating meetings and workshops, assisting in writing reports, and presenting about the USAID RESILIM-O project at meetings with strategic partners. The successful applicant will work as part of a broader team.
Responsibilities: Tasks for this position may include the following:
- Providing support to the USAID RESILIM-Olifants project team, specifically in Theme 1
• Assisting with the development of research and resilience assessment
• Contributing towards the objectives of enhancing resilience in the Olifants River basin
• Conducting desk-top research
• Collecting field data, through interviews and the VSTEEP process
• Coordinating meetings and workshops
• Organizing materials for field visits
• Scribing or note taking for planning, meetings, workshop activities and various other activities
• Minor support on facilitation activities
• Providing support for the data analysis
• Supporting the report writing process (deliverables) and presentation of reports
• Plus any duties as assigned by the project manager or senior researchers
Microsoft Office proficiency: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to work in teams; show initiative in terms of understanding and responding to research needs; written skills and report writing; interest in the inter-relationships between multiple factors (e.g. social, economic an biophysical).
A master’s degree in natural resource management or a related field or an honours degree with an exceptional academic record is a minimum requirement. Specializing in water resource management, studying towards a PhD degree and/or work experience will be an added advantage, along with an exceptional academic record.
How to Apply: Candidates who meet the above requirements, should forward their motivation letter, detailed CV’s and educational transcripts, including at least three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please clearly indicate in your application the following reference: “Internship: NRM”
Applicants that have not been contacted by the 19th March, 2015 must be considered unsuccessful. Only short listed candidate with be consider
Organization: Wilderness Society
Position Title: Government Relations Intern
Location: Washington, DC
Dates and compensation: Summer term is June-August; Fall term is September-December; unpaid
Application Deadline: Rolling
Description: The Government Relations team at The Wilderness Society (TWS) is seeking highly motivated individuals to join us for our spring internship session. Our team is dedicated and passionate about protecting wild places across the US. We are responsible for the public advocacy of TWS’s agenda. Our priority campaigns include work on wilderness designation, conservation funding, and responsible energy development on public lands. The GR team manages legislative and regulatory strategy, issue positioning, Executive Branch and Congressional outreach and education, appropriations matters, strategic communications, and builds grassroots support for the protection and management of public lands. This spring promises to be an exciting and busy time for TWS as the 114th Congress is sworn in and new legislation is introduced.
The Government Relations team offers unpaid internships to students enrolled in an accredited education institution, who wish to gain firsthand experience working closely with dedicated staff on public lands issues
- Review reports and pending legislation, attend Congressional hearings and mark-ups and participate in other meetings and events relevant to TWS mission and work
- Conduct research and prepare blogs, letters, fact sheets, and other written materials on legislation and administrative policies, and deliver materials to Congressional and administration staff
- Track legislation from introduction to passage, including summarizing content and maintain target database and policy information and occasionally attending lobby meetings
- Engage in coalition activities with partners, including attending coalition meetings, helping with lobby days and trainings, calling activists and like-minded organizations
- Perform general administrative duties in support of assigned project work.
- Must be enrolled in an educational institution with courses leading to the attainment of a degree, certification, or diploma.
- Demonstrated desire to learn about and work on public land issues.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs; Access database and GIS experience a plus.
- Must be a team player and willing to work in a collaborative environment.
- Willingness to adapt and remain flexible as projects and priorities change.
- Self-motivated, passionate, and professional.
- Most of all – willingness to have fun while producing great work!
How to Apply: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and recent writing sample to: email@example.com. Please use subject line: ‘Government Relations Internship’ and indicate what semester (spring, summer or fall) you are applying for in the email body or cover letter.
Organization: Defenders of Wildlife
Position Title: Conservation GIS Analyst
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: The Conservation GIS Analyst is a key member of Defenders of Wildlife’s Landscape Conservation Department and provides mapping and spatial analysis services throughout the organization.He/she contributes to a variety of projects, from policy analysis, to field conservation projects, to fundraising requests and membership outreach. The incumbent is the lead GIS point person for the organization and provides leadership, coordination and support for other GIS license holders. Through spatial analysis, the Conservation GIS Analyst supports the organization’s strategy planning and priority setting. The position is also part of our emerging interdepartmental team of conservation data specialists and spends a portion of his/her time developing new tools and ideas for strategically using data for advocating for improved biodiversity conservation policies and practices.
- Develop a system to manage and prioritize project requests from all departments, including policy programs, field conservation, government relations, litigation, development, communications, membership, and public outreach. Ensure projects are completed in a timely manner.
- Support annual and long-term internal strategic and program planning through spatial analysis. Participate in interdisciplinary program teams to provide guidance and support on the strategic use of spatial information in achieving program goals.
- Work with IT staff and other staff with GIS duties to develop systems for obtaining and creating new data, updating existing data, ensuring data compatibility where possible, storing, organizing, sharing, and displaying data.
- Work with online communications and publications staff to develop static and interactive communications materials based on core GIS products (e.g. interactive web-maps, etc).
- Work with other conservation data staff to develop new tools to analyze and/or interact with and display conservation data and provide technical support and training in support of conservation staff.
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
- Education: Advanced degree in Geographic Information Systems, landscape ecology, conservation biology, conservation planning, natural resources management, or related discipline. Advanced training and/or expertise in GIS is required.
- Experience: 3+ years of progressively responsible experience is required in at least one of the following areas: developing and implementing programs to conserve biodiversity, conservation or land management planning, working with land or resource management agencies, or developing planning or policy programs for non-profit organizations. Experience with managing GIS in natural resource agencies and /or environmental non-profits is essential for this position.
How to Apply: Interested applicants please reference Conservation GIS Analyst position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org
Organization: EduCARE Inida
Position Title: Water Sanitation and Conservation Intern
Location: Rajasthan, India
Dates and compensation:
- We offer total Pre-Departure Support prior to arrival in India (visa invitation letter, health, safety, and cultural training, travel trips to India), orientation upon arrival
- Interns get free accomodation.
- A 24/7 Support team will be accessible for the duration of time spent in India.
- We require a minimum of 2 month stay but you are welcome to stay for longer dependent upon your schedule and budget.
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: EduCARE India has an internship position available in a project working with Water Literacy and Conservation in Rajasthan, India. Water scarcity is an issue in arid and desert zones. Overall rural India has a big water sanitation issue. Technical and educational intervention is needed on Water Literacy but local communities need to know how to use and maintain equipment, implement basic water conservation techniques and change the way water is used.
- Interns would be working to create awareness of water issues and implement conservation technology into homes, villages, offices, and more.
- The team will also promote efficient irrigation and rural rainwater harvesting, bore-well recharging, and recycling of used water for underprivileged communities and villages in Rajasthan.
- Interns will be learning how to use engineering, technology, education, and community partnerships to save precious water for rural population.
- Learn how to work with data to help create water policies and community suggestions.
This is an internship in which you are not just in the office all day but out in the field visiting facilities and people bringing water literacy to the masses, and getting a hands on education experience at the technical projects. You will learn about many innovative technologies that are being developed and get a chance to see many of them in various sites.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply!
How to Apply: To apply please submit your CV and cover letter to email@example.com
Organization: Orange County Municipal Planning Federation
Position Title: Intern
Location: Goshen, New York
Dates and compensation:
Generally, the OCMPF internship is configured as a full-time position (35 hours per week) lasting approximately six weeks, although this duration may vary given the type and nature of the work and the availability of the candidate.
Application Deadline: April 24, 2015
Description: Each year the Orange County Municipal Planning Federation sponsors one paid summer internship position, to work in conjunction with the staff of the Orange County Department of Planning.
Generally, the intern will work on a selected project or study chosen by the OCMPF, under supervision of Department of Planning staff; the internship concludes with a presentation of findings at the OCMPF Annual Meeting.
The Intern is also strongly encouraged to attend their local municipal land use board meetings throughout the internship.
Qualifications: Candidates Must:
be a resident of Orange County, New York
be enrolled in or pursuing a full-time Degree in one of the following subjects / disciplines:
Geography; Urban, Regional, or Community Planning; Urban Design and/or
Landscape Architecture; Cartography / Geographic Information Systems (GIS);
Civil Engineering and/or Surveying; Environmental Studies/Sciences;
Public Administration; or a related field.
How to Apply: Resumes are accepted by mail or email (preferred) until April 24th 2015
Mail address: Martha Boulanger
Orange County Department of Planning
124 Main Street, Goshen NY 10924
Organization: Conservation International
Position Title: Summer Field Internship, Climate Change/Indigenous Peoples
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Dates and compensation: The selected student must have a valid US passport, commit to the full internship period from June 22, 2015 to August 7, 2015 and sign a volunteer waiver release.
Application Deadline: March 29, 2015
Description: For the summer of 2015, Conservation International (CI) is offering a summer internship for a student in our Bolivia country program. This is an exciting opportunity to experience one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and understand the intrinsic connection between Mother Nature and local communities.Our work in Bolivia supports municipalities and indigenous groups with land use plans that lead to natural and sustainably managed landscapes. These activities are affecting more than 7 million hectares (a little over 17 million acres) and contributing to the well-being of approximately 60,000 residents. Under the direction of CI Bolivia’s Technical Manager, the selected intern will not only gain a better understanding on CI’s work in climate change mitigation and adaptation, but will witness firsthand the efforts that Bolivia is taking to mitigate climate change and engagement with local communities. Based in CI’s office in La Paz, the internship will include field site visits to our work in Rurrenabaque and Pando. CI’s work in Pando aims to promote community conservation of indigenous lands, avoiding deforestation while promoting human well-being. The program is the first included as a part of the national policy on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
- Current student pursuing a college degree with emphasis in a social science including sociology, anthropology, economics, policy or other related areas
- Fluency in English and Spanish
- Ability to work in field conditions including long walks in the rainforest
- Willingness to learn and adapt to a variety of cultural situations
- Independent and able to thrive in challenging situations
- Comfort in environment with limited technology
- Basic knowledge of climate change policy and concepts preferred
Organization: League of Conservation Voters
Position Title: Spring Policy & Lobbying Intern
Location: Washington, DC
Dates and Compensation: Unpaid; During the summer, we’re looking for candidates who are able to work with us on a full-time basis for 10 weeks (late-May thru July). There is also limited availability for a 2 to 4 week stint in August.
Application Deadline: March 13, 2015
Description: Interns support staff in the Policy & Lobbying department in their work to influence members of Congress and the Administration and to educate the public on environmental issues. The League of Conservation Voters internships provide a unique opportunity to participate first hand in federal environmental advocacy and learn about Congress first-hand, as well as gain exposure to a broad cross-section of national environmental groups.
LCV policy interns are an integral part of the Policy & Lobbying department, which works to enact strong environmental laws. Policy interns track legislation and participate in environmental campaigns around key legislation. LCV’s top legislative priority is protecting the EPA’s ability to move ahead with standards to reduce carbon pollution, which is increasingly under attack by anti-conservation members of Congress. LCV also works on a broad cross-section of conservation issues, including renewable energy, environmental funding, public lands, water, transportation, and toxics, among others.
• Covering committee hearings and briefings, calling and lobbying Hill staff, sitting in on lobbying and coalition meetings, researching members of Congress’s records, researching legislation, and dropping materials to Congressional offices.
• Work Experience: Interns are selected based on their education and experience, as well as their conservation and political interests; background in energy and climate change policy and government affairs is a plus.
- Education: High School Diploma required.
- Skills: Strong research, writing, and editing skills; works well in a fast-paced environment; minor administrative duties shared by all LCV interns, including covering the front desk a few hours per week.
- Capabilities: Demonstrated relationship building skills; solid judgment; critical thinking skills; a sense of movement and community; ability to handle multiple details and tasks; highly organized; commitment to environmental protection and mission of LCV. Good sense of humor is a plus.
How to Apply: Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Policy & Lobbying Intern” in the subject line no later than March 13, 2015. No phone calls please.
Organization: Ecological Society of America
Position Title: ESA Intern
Location: Washington, DC
Dates and compensation: 4-month internship beginning summer 2015; $12/hour
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
Description: Looking for a fun, energetic intern with a passion for the environment to join our scientific society here in Washington, DC for 4 months to assist mainly with sales/marketing and annual meeting responsibilities.
Please note: Phone work is a big part of this position so telemarketing and/or prior sales experience is helpful. Intern must be able to work on-site at our 2015 Centennial Celebration and Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD during the week of August 9-14. Transportation, hotel and a per diem will be provided by ESA.
How to Apply: Please submit resume with cover letter to email@example.com.
Organization: Rights and Resources
Position Title: Global Programs Intern
Location: Washington, DC
Dates and compensation: This is a part-time, paid internship based in Georgetown, Washington DC. The position requires 30 hours of work per week, with compensation at a competitive hourly rate based on skills and experience.
Application Deadline: Rolling for Summer and Fall
Description: We are looking for a hard-working individual who will take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and become an integral part of our small and dedicated team.
The Intern will have the opportunity to become closely involved in the programs and functions of the coalition, and to learn about the work of RRI in human rights, forest tenure, poverty alleviation, livelihoods security, and conservation. This is an excellent opportunity for a dedicated and enthusiastic individual to gain experience in the sectors of human rights and international development, while contributing to the work of an international coalition.
The individual will report directly to the Private Sector Analyst, and will work closely other Global Programs and RRI staff.
- Support RRI’s core analytical work to finalize a baseline of the extent of lands globally to which Indigenous Peoples and local communities have management and/or ownership rights, including gathering and processing data and facilitating peer review.
- Assist in ongoing project management for this work, including consultancy contracts, tracking budgets and expenditures, and reporting.
- Support preparation and coordination of international events, including RRI’s 17thDialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change. Act as primary point of contact for event participants on event logistics.
- Support RRI’s thematic research on land and forest tenure, climate change, private sector engagement, gender, and conservation as required.
- Provide general program for the Global Programs team, and willingly undertake other tasks as requested.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, particularly Word, Excel and Access, is necessary; knowledge of GIS and web platforms also valued.
- Knowledge of land and natural resource tenure, environment/climate, and/or international development issues.
- Strong and demonstrated research and communication skills.
- Must be fluent in English. Professional fluency in French and/or Spanish strongly preferred.
- Ability to organize complex international events, including travel.
- Some experience in project or financial management.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple, time-sensitive assignments.
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
- Courteous and professional manner, with respect for other cultures.
- Familiarity or demonstrated interest in an international context, and demonstrated interest in the issues at the heart of Rights and Resources Initiative’s program of work.
- A bachelor’s degree, preferably in economics, geography, environmental science, or related discipline.
- Initiative and ability for self-directed, independent work.
- Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and fast-paced office environment.
To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email must read: “Strategic Analysis Intern – Spring 2015”.
Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Apply early. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Organization: Rights and Resources Initiative
Position Title: Climate Analyst
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: The Climate Analyst is responsible for conducting and managing original, high-quality research on forest and land tenure, climate and REDD+ dynamics in the world’s developing and forested countries, advancing the recognition of rights and tenure issues in climate and REDD+ policies and programs through organization of dialogues and other global engagement activities, coordinating collaborative work on RRI’s Rights and Climate priority theme, and contributing to other aspects of RRI’s Global Programs and the Coalition.
This responsibility requires demonstration of effective and proactive decision-making, and exceptional research and analytical skills. The position requires excellent communications skills and multicultural awareness, as the Climate Analyst will work with RRI’s diverse global coalition and all levels of staff. The Climate Analyst must also be prepared to assist with activities and projects outside the realm of her/his duties defined below as the needs of the Coalition dictate to deliver maximum progress toward the Coalition’s objectives.
This position reports to the Deputy Director of Global Programs.
This is a full-time position based in Washington DC.
- Responsible for the implementation of Global Programs’ Rights and Climate portfolio – as defined in the Global Programs annual work plan. This includes the following responsibilities:
- Design, commission, and conduct original high-quality research on land and forest tenure, climate and REDD+ dynamics in the world’s developing and forested countries.
- Organize RRI Dialogues and other global engagement activities to advance global recognition of rights and tenure issues in climate and REDD+ policies, programs, and projects.
- Contribute expertise on forest and climate issues to other RRI research projects, for example on alternative business models, conservation, and/or women’s rights within community tenure systems.
- Contribute to the design and implementation of a variety of analytical projects including Policy Briefs, Working Papers, and major RRI reports, managing the production of analytical products drafted by RRI and external consultants.
- Contribute to the design and implementation of the Global Programs’ annual work plan, particularly the Rights and Climate strategy and activities.
- Track new developments and emerging issues in tenure rights and climate issues globally, and recommend new directions to management.
- Work with the Global Programs Associate to maintain the Rights and Climate components of the Global Program budget, prepare and manage contracts and fulfill other administrative requirements.
- Support the annual Global Programs monitoring and evaluation process, and contribute technical sections related to climate, REDD+, and tenure issues to donor reporting and grant writing.
- Liaise with other teams and directors in RRG to promote and support synergies between RRG global Rights and Climate analysis and policy engagement and the RRI coalition’s work at country and regional levels. Responsibilities include:
- Provide technical assistance to conduct country-level studies, work closely with Country and Regional Programs to develop locally useful tools based on Global analyses, and incorporate and feature CRP work and perspectives in Global work.
- Work closely with the RRI Communications staff to ensure that communications support is integrated in the design and implementation of analytical and outreach activities, and that communications products are reviewed for technical accuracy.
- Contribute to strategic analysis and production of technical content for high-level events on thematic issues related to RRI’s mission.
- Establish working relationships with key technical individuals and strategic thinkers in Partner and Collaborator organizations to advance priority activities and information-sharing within the coalition.
- Advanced degree in environment, international development, climate policy, law, economics, or related field (JD, LLM, MA, MSc, PHD, or other relevant advanced degree)
- At least 5-6 years of professional experience researching and working on developing country land and natural resource tenure issues, including specific experience in forest and climate issues. Experience working in one or more developing countries preferred.
- Exceptional communication skills, coupled with the confidence and awareness to interact comfortably and respectfully with high-level leaders from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and approaches to work.
- Must be fluent in English. Fluency in Spanish and/or French strongly preferred.
- Exceptional writing skills. Ability to write clear and concise content and ability to edit text written by others, and to make complex concepts more understandable without compromising message and content.
- Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to excel while juggling competing priorities. Excellent time management is essential.
- A highly collegial attitude. Candidates must be courteous, dependable, and enjoy working as a part of a friendly and supportive team.
How to Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. The subject line of the email must read: “Climate Analyst.”
Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.
Organization: American Littoral Society
Position Title: Coastal Conservation Internship
Location: Highlands, New Jersey
Compensation: $2,500 stipend
Application Deadline: March 16, 2015
Description: The American Littoral Society is a nonprofit, membership-based organization headquartered on Sandy Hook in Highlands, NJ. Our mission is to empower people to care for the coast through programs focused on advocacy, education, and conservation. We are offering two summer internship opportunities based out of Sandy Hook National Recreation Area.
-Leading hands-on outdoor education programs and summer camps.
-Assisting in citizen science projects involving seining and marine life identification.
-Researching, writing, and designing public education materials on coastal/marine topics for various audiences.
-Representing the Society at events.
Qualifications: College students with environmental science, marine science, ecology or similar background may apply. Teaching experience preferred and a qualified individual must enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for the littoral zone with people from all age groups and walks of life. A basic knowledge of coastal ecosystems and the ability to identify basic flora and fauna is necessary for this position. The internship will require the use of personal vehicle and laptop.
How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization: GRID Alternatives
Position Title: New England Executive Director
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: The New England Executive Director will initially report to GRID Alternatives’ CEO and once a board of directors is formed will report to the GRID Alternatives New England Board of Directors. He or she will have the opportunity to develop this board jointly with GRID Alternatives’ co-founders. The Executive Director will then work directly with the local Board and GRID Alternatives’ HQ leadership to develop local partnerships, reputation and infrastructure to meet service/production goals and build a solid regional office that will be able to serve families and job trainees throughout the New England Area. Initially the focus will be on Massachusetts with the office anticipated to be located in the Boston area, but as the office and surrounding state solar markets develop, the region is expected to serve Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and possibly Maine in the future.
Due to the start-up nature of this regional office, the Executive Director will initially be required to do a little bit of everything which may include volunteer management, construction related tasks, administrative duties and taking out the trash. The specific job duties this position include:
- Hiring and managing staff – in the first 12 months this is likely to consist of outreach, construction, development, and volunteer management staff
- Developing and maintaining partnerships and joint programs with affordable housing developers, job training programs, energy efficiency providers, local government departments, and other local organizations
- Fundraising from New England based private foundations, corporate sponsors, local governments, and individual donors, including grant writing and donor cultivation
- Working directly with and helping to build a local Board of Directors
- Working directly with GRID Alternatives’ co-founders and other headquarters staff to ensure all New England operations are consistent with GRID Alternatives policies, best practices, culture and long-term vision
- Managing the finances of the regional office with the support of GRID Alternatives’ headquarters-based financial/accounting staff, including preparing the affiliate budget and managing expenditures to that budget
- Building GRID Alternatives’ presence and representing a positive public image of GRID Alternatives in the region, including networking and speaking presentations
- Working directly with GRID Alternatives’ the local Board of Directors and GRID Alternatives’ co-founders to develop both a short-term and a long-term vision for regional operations
- Overseeing identification and selection of program clients
- Overseeing the recruiting and management of volunteers
- Overseeing solar electric installations, inspections, and paperwork (previous solar installation experience is not required)
- Establishing the local infrastructure to support long-term regional operations, including finding an office (most likely in Boston), warehouse, purchasing trucks and tools, etc.
- Passion for sustainability, affordable housing, workforce development, the environment, and/or environmental justice
- Excellent leadership/management skills
- Polished public speaker
- Ability to problem solve and learn new skills
- Articulate writer
- Comfortable working with and communicating with diverse populations
- Self-motivated and driven, and able to create a local GRID Alternatives presence where one did not exist before
- Able to both work independently, as well as work collaboratively with GRID Alternatives’ staff
- Strong ties and roots in the region
- Previous non-profit management experience
- Connections to affordable housing, philanthropic, job training and low-income advocacy organizations/communities
- Knowledge of solar energy
- Technical skills (specifically Microsoft Office and Salesforce
How to Apply: Applicants must submit both a resume and cover letter online at www.gridalternatives.org/jobs. Mailed and emailed applications are not accepted.
Organization: Friends of the Earth
Position Title: Climate and energy legislative intern
Location: Washington, DC
Dates and compensation: This temporary 3-month internship pays $10.50/hour, with 37.5 hour workweeks. There are no additional benefits
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: Friends of the Earth is looking for a legislative intern to support its climate and energy program. The intern will work across a wide range of issues to help the team better follow actions that Congress and the administration are taking that impact public health and the environment. This position will be part of a team of six staff and will support their efforts to fend off environmental attacks by Republican leadership. Responsibilities will include tracking votes in Congress, attending hearings, producing lobbying materials, and following news coverage of Congress. The intern will learn about legislative processes and Congressional process, as well as important environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act.
- Track congressional votes that impact the environment and public health;
- Monitor news coverage of environmental legislation;
- Monitor congressional hearings on topics that impact the environment and public health;
- Draft and edit written materials including fact sheets, action alerts, letters to the editor, editorial board memos, press releases and letters to government officials;
- Set up meetings with congressional staff;
- Conduct research on climate and energy issues, such as hydraulic fracturing and carbon taxes;
- Perform other functions as needed.
- Ability to quickly learn in a fast paced environment;
- Understanding of the political system, government, and the lawmaking processes;
- Interest in progressive politics and promoting a progressive agenda;
- Strong written and oral communication skills;
- The ability to excel whether working individually or in teams;
- Passion for protecting our planet and the people on it;
- Attention to detail.
How to Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume and short writing sample to email@example.com with the subject heading “Legislative Internship.” No mail applications or phone calls.
Organization: The Greenburgh Nature Center
Position Title: Compost and Recycling Internship
Location: Scarsdale, New York
Dates and compensation: The position begins the week of May 18th and ends the week of August 17th (these dates are approximate). You are expected to work 20 hours a week. For the right candidate, we are flexible on the start and ending date, and can discuss the specific hours that you will be in the office and on-site in the community. Please note that this position is unpaid.
Application Deadline: Position open until filled
Description: We are looking for a College or Graduate level student who is interested in getting some hands-on experience at a non-profit organization. The Greenburgh Nature Center is a 33 acre nature preserve that has an indoor and outdoor animal collection and serves the larger NY community. In addition to walking trails and animals, we host educational programming and events throughout the year.
Over the summer, you will learn:
– Proper management of waste streams
– Public communication and teaching skills
– How to record and track data
What We Require:
– An outgoing and engaging person, who is comfortable talking to people of all ages and backgrounds
– A valid driver’s license
– You must have a willingness to work hands-on with waste: garbage, recycling, and compost
– Willingness to learn and work in a team
– Interest in sustainable practices
What we would love:
– Familiarity and/or experience with recycling and composting
– Previous teaching experience
– Proficient in Microsoft Suite Office, especially Excel
– Organized, creative, and flexible
How to Apply: Send an email to Braeden Cohen: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-589-0526
Position Title: 6-Month Apprenticeship
Location: Based out of our Beacon, New York office. Some travel will be required to our plant nursery in Montgomery, New York.
Dates and compensation: 20-30 hrs/week
Description: One Nature’s mission is to build remarkable landscapes, create green jobs, and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. We use ecological principles to design and build projects that regenerate, restore, and preserve ecological health. Our interdisciplinary team is uniquely qualified to envision and execute environmentally-oriented, landscape-scale projects. Our plant nursery in Montgomery, NY, acts as an incubator for hyper-local genotypes of plants and trees which allows us to protect and promote local varieties of plants and promote biodiversity.
Work will include both office-based and outdoor tasks. This may involve plant nursery work, technical support for scientific studies, support with native plant installation, writing and editing articles and professional documents, and construction of scaled models of landscapes. Must have excellent writing and communication skills. Must be able to work outdoors in summer heat and repeatedly lift up to 40lbs. Experience with landscape architecture, design, plant propagation, sustainable agriculture, or restoration ecology is preferred but not required.
How to Apply: To apply email cover letter & resume to email@example.com. No phone calls please.