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Apr 20 / BARD CEP

Recycling Research Internship-Seattle, WA

Organization: Zero Waste Washington

Position Title: Recycling Research Internship

Location: Seattle, WA

Hours and Compensation:  20 hours/ week. Paid

Application Deadline: Not Listed


Internship Description: 

Zero Waste Washington is currently recruiting an intern to work an average of 20 hours a week for three months between May and August 2014. We are looking for an energetic, self-directed fast learner who works very well independently and has excellent abilities in interpersonal and written communication. Quantitative or qualitative research experience, data analysis and visualization skills, statistical analysis experience, knowledge mapping/GIS and proficiency in a foreign language (particularly Spanish) are all big pluses, but not required. Benefits of this position include a small stipend, valuable, hands-on experience performing field research with a respected environmental advocacy organization, and a collegial, friendly workplace.

About us: Zero Waste Washington is a small but effective grassroots organization that has been the catalyst for breakthrough recycling and waste reduction programs and legislation in Washington State for nearly 32 years. Zero Waste Washington is the public’s voice for recycling and zero waste. We protect people and our natural world by advocating for products designed and produced to be healthy, safe, and continually recycled and reused. We use three main strategies to address the root causes of issues: advocating for policy and system changes, engaging people in driving those system changes, and implementing pilot projects to demonstrate that the desired changes are possible.

About the project: Zero Waste Washington is conducting original research to explore how Washington citizens use drop-off sites for hard-to-handle recyclables. This is a survey-based research project and the intern will play a critical role by coordinating the majority of the data collection out in the field as well as the input. An intern with the relevant skills and experience in survey research design and analysis could participate in designing the survey instrument, analyzing the results, and/or compiling them in a report of our findings.

About you: Comfort with approaching potential study participants in the field in order to gather data and the ability to take the initiative when working with project partners are musts in this role. Candidates should also have basic computer skills and reliable access to a vehicle. The ideal candidate will thrive on working independently with minimal supervision and be attentive and detail-oriented, practicing the highest level of precision in data collection and recordkeeping. Most importantly, you should be passionate about creating a world that is healthier and more just!

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume or CV and a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this internship to Ariel Shannon Cohen at[email protected]. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and considered until the internship is filled. No phone calls, please. We look forward to hearing from you!

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