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Sep 30 16

U.S. PIRG Fellow

by Marissa M. Donohue


Early application deadline: Monday, Oct. 3rd
Apply online today

Who We’re Looking For
Do you think the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms makes no sense? Is overturning Citizens United one of the most important things we can do to put regular Americans back in the driver¹s seat of our democracy? Do we need to go above and beyond to protect consumers from unsafe or unscrupulous practices?

If you agree, and if you’re willing to work harder than you’ll work at most jobs to win smart solutions on real problems that affect millions of lives, consider a job as a fellow with U.S. PIRG.

We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value organizing experience, including building campus groups.

What You’ll Do
This is a two-year program, expressly designed to prepare future leaders with U.S. PIRG.

You won’t just sit behind a desk. You’ll be out in the world, recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing.

Pay & Benefits
The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000 in the first year. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

To learn more, visit

Sep 30 16

Design and Communications Internship — Second Nature

by Marissa M. Donohue

Second Nature is seeking applicants for a Design and Communications Internship that may include, but not be limited to, the following tasks:

  • Designing images and documents for the Second Nature website, publications, and the upcoming 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit.
  • Assisting with publication of monthly newsletter
  • Website content maintenance (WordPress site)
  • Database maintenance, including updating and research of contacts
  • Some writing including blogs and social media engagement
  • Other tasks as assigned

Candidate requirements:

  • Knowledge of basic office functions and programs, such as the Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word, Excel and Power Point)
  • Good domain of Adobe Creative Suite programs (particularly Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign)
  • Knowledge and experience with WordPress (or similar CMS)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Ability to contribute to the growth of the organization through new skills, insights, and creative ideas

Outstanding candidates may possess some of the following:

  • Experience with email marketing platforms (such as Constant Contact or MailChimp)
  • Familiarity with database/customer management software (such as Salesforce)
  • Familiarity with html code
  • Video editing skills
  • Passion for, and experience in, sustainability

Position Details:

Second Nature offers a dynamic and creative work environment with a customized experience for each intern designed to be challenging and build desired skill sets. Interns are involved in team meetings and planning efforts. This position reports to the Communications and Education Manager.

This position requires a working presence at Second Nature’s Downtown Boston offices. The work schedule is flexible, but entails a commitment of approximately 10-16 hours a week, with direct supervision from Second Nature staff. This is a paid internship, and can also be completed for credit. The internship is for a period of 3-6 months, depending on candidate availability. This internship would start in late October or ealier if available.

Who Should Apply:

Students in certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and graduate degree programs are invited to apply. A formal background in design, communications, or marketing is strongly encouraged, but not required. A background or interest in global studies, sustainability and/or climate change is helpful, but not required. Women and minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Faculty and Staff: Please forward this application to students that may be a good fit for this experience.

How to Apply:

Please fill out the form here. Upload a Resume, Cover Letter, and at least 2 samples of your design work (or share a link to your online portfolio). Direct your cover letter to: Gabriela Boscio, Communications and Education Manager. In your cover letter, please address what you hope to gain from an internship with Second Nature, your primary interest areas, and what relevant experiences you have. No emails or phone calls, please. Deadline Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Sep 30 16

Environmental Law Internship — U.S. Department of Justice

by Marissa M. Donohue
Intern Position Available
U.S. Department of Justice
Environment and Natural Resources Division

Law and Policy Section
The Law and Policy Section (LPS) advises and assists the Assistant Attorney General on legal and policy issues.  Working with the Office of Legislative Affairs, LPS coordinates the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s legislative program.  LPS also represents the Department of Justice on interagency groups of a variety of issues that relate to the mission of the Division.  LPS also litigates amicus cases and undertakes other specially assigned litigation projects at the trial and appellate levels. Other duties include monitoring citizen suits; responding to citizen mail, congressional, and FOIA requests; and serving as the Division’s ethics officers.  LPS attorneys also coordinate the Division’s activities on international environmental matters and environmental justice matters.
Duties of the unpaid undergraduate intern position include: attending congressional hearings and reporting on environmental legislation; researching legal and policy issues; and providing support for the section’s amicus litigation.  
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, pass a mandatory background check, and be willing to commit to about 30 hours per week.  Applicants should be either enrolled as undergraduates during the internship, or planning on returning to their school in the time period following the conclusion of the internship. 
Applications must be received no later than 11:59pm on October 5, 2016.  The internship will run roughly from the beginning of January to May 2016 (dates flexible).  We will also consider applications from students on the quarter system (i.e., available from December to March or March through June) on a case-by-case basis.  Please specify in your cover letter what dates and what hours you are available. 
To apply, please email, fax, or mail a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and 3-5 page writing sample (may be an excerpt from a longer paper on any topic) to:
Reese Goldsmith
Environment and Natural Resources Division / LPS
P.O. Box 7415
Ben Franklin Station

Washington, DC 20044-7415

Fax: (202) 514-0424

Email is preferred.  Please note that we will not consider any applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline.
Sep 26 16

Civil and Mechanical Engineering Positions — U.S. DOT

by Marissa M. Donohue
The Volpe Center seeks Civil Engineers (GS-0810-7-9-11-12) and Mechanical Engineers (GS-0830-7/9/11/12) in the Structures and Dynamics Division within the Office of Infrastructure Systems and Technology.  This division improves the performance and safety of the rail transportation system by applying engineering expertise, conducting railcar crashworthiness research and testing and developing new testing methods for inspecting tracks and their interaction between vehicles.  As a civil or mechanical engineer, you will have responsibility for conducting analytical and experimental studies which are intended to evaluate and improve the safety and dynamic performance of vehicles and structures for conventional and high-speed ground transportation systems.
When you work at the Volpe Center you work with people like you ­talented professionals who enjoy applying their expertise in the service of others and resolving real-world transportation problems.  We are located in the culturally diverse and academically rich city of Cambridge, MA (Kendall Square), and offer competitive benefits, and a flexible and family-friendly work environment including on-site child-care services.  Additional positions may be filled throughout the Volpe Center.
The ideal candidate for this position should have professional knowledge of civil and/or mechanical engineering concepts and principles, and a practical knowledge of a full range of analytical and experimental techniques, to perform portions of large projects in the areas of analytical modeling, applied mechanics, advanced material science, systems dynamics,  soil and concrete mechanics, shock and vibration effect on structures and structural dynamics.  All levels of experience and education are encouraged to apply.  If you or someone you know is interested in this position with relevant experience and a demonstrable record of proven results, I encourage you or them to apply.  We are looking for a diverse pool of qualified candidates. 
There are separate announcements for the Civil Engineer and Mechanical Engineer positions, and each of those announcements are posted separately to Public and Merit Promotion eligible applicants on  You are welcome to apply to more than one announcement.  Please know that Merit Promotion announcements are the vehicle through which Federal employees generally apply for Federal positions.
Application deadline:  September 28, 2016
Civil Engineer, GS-0810-7/9/11/12
Merit Promotion Announcement: OST.RVOLPE-2015-0171:
Public Announcement: OST.RVOLPE-2015-0172: 
Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830-7/9/11/12
Merit Promotion Announcement:  OST.RVOLPE-2016-0175:
Public Announcement:  OST.RVOLPE-2016-0174:
Sep 26 16

Communications Director — HEAL Food Alliance

by Marissa M. Donohue
About the HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance: HEAL is a national alliance bringing together various sectors of food and agriculture – rural and urban farmers, farm and other food chain workers, community organizers, activists, advocates, scientists, and policy experts. HEAL seeks to build a people-powered movement for effective policy change in our local and national food systems, from the corner store to Capitol Hill. The HEAL Food Alliance’s anchor team includes the Food Chain Workers Alliance, Movement Strategy Center, the National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Real Food Generation, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
About the Communications Director: The primary role of the Communications Director is to conceive, coordinate, and implement the HEAL Food Alliance’s media and communications strategy, which prioritizes uplifting the voices and perspectives of frontline communities. Key components include: (1) developing and managing HEAL’s online and offline communications strategy (2) expanding and supporting communications capacity for member organizations to drive cross-sector, coordinated campaign work, and (3) developing materials for the Alliance and our campaigns.
HEAL Food Alliance is a fiscally-sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center. This is a full- time, exempt, salaried position, supervised by the Director. The Communications Director will ideally be based in Oakland, CA though other locations may be considered for exceptional candidates.
The essential responsibilities of this position are included in, but not limited to the items below.


  • Under direction of the HEAL anchor team, conceives and overseesHEAL’s online and offline media and communications strategy.
  • Works with HEAL anchor team and members to develop framing,  narrative, and messaging
  • Identifies and pursues communications-related opportunities to advance and support HEAL’s vision and campaign goals
  • Coordinates, tracks, monitors, and evaluates HEAL’s progress towards media and visibility targets.
  • Manages and administers HEAL’s website, social media presence, and other online tools as appropriate
  • Represents HEAL in meetings, at conferences and events, and in media relations as needed
  • Supports the HEAL Director in communications with strategic partners and funders


  • Supports member organizations and community leaders to serve as speakers, bloggers, and media contacts, and connects members to media opportunities
  • Implements communications strategies that support members’ local, state, and regional campaigns
  • Identifies media opportunities to uplift the work of HEAL members
  • Cultivates and expands HEAL’s relationships with and presence in traditional and new media, across mediums, and beyond food journalists and publications
  • Works with members and allies to develop media and communications in their name in support of HEAL campaigns
  • Keeps all HEAL members informed of progress, media coverage, and developing campaign work


  • Leads production of outreach and communications materials including HEAL media tools, press releases, statements, talking points, tip sheets, and other written resources, including action alerts and rapid responses
  • Ensures that all HEAL materials reflect our core values
  • Turns complex policy information into easily accessible messages and formats for popular consumption


We are in a start-up phase and as such, seek self motivated, creative, and strategic thinkers who are able to adapt as the organization shifts and grows. As a complex coalition, we seek individuals who are highly organized systems thinkers. For all positions, HEAL seeks
individuals with a demonstrated understanding of the intersections of racial, economic, and environmental justice, who are committed to transformative change.
This is a full-time position with excellent benefits. Pay is $55-60,000, depending on experience. Some travel will be required.
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and up to 2 samples of relevant work to with the subject line Communications Director. To read more about the HEAL Food Alliance visit
Applications accepted until October 14th. 
Sep 26 16

Program/Market Manager — Otsego 2000

by Marissa M. Donohue
Job Announcement: Program/Market Manager
Otsego 2000, an environmental and preservation advocacy non-profit, seeks qualified candidates for the position of program/market manager, effective November 15, 2016.
The program/market manager will be responsible for overall management of the year-round Cooperstown Farmers’ Market as well as working closely with the executive director on Otsego 2000’s ongoing programs, including planning and logistics, communications and outreach, and fundraising. The successful candidate will have strong organizational and communications/writing skills, a keen interest in local, sustainable agriculture and economic development, and the ability to work creatively in a team and individually, with people from all backgrounds. Otsego 2000 offers competitive salary commensurate with experience, vacation and benefits.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to no later than 5 pm on October 5th.
Sep 26 16

Advocacy Internship — Environment Massachusetts

by Marissa M. Donohue
Environment Advocacy Internships
Apply to intern with Environment Massachusetts
Fall, spring, and summer internships available
Deadline to apply for fall internships: Friday, September 30

Environment Massachusetts is a statewide, grassroots environmental organization working to tackle our biggest environmental challenges and fight for a greener future.

Our interns make a big impact on our campaigns, while gaining valuable skills in political advocacy and grassroots organizing.

As an intern, you¹ll work on campaigns like:

Repowering Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy: We can get all of the energy we need from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. But too much of our power still comes from dirty fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. We¹re campaigning for a goal of 100 percent renewable energy for Massachusetts.

Protecting the Charles River: Every summer, pollution in the Charles River leads to toxic cyanobacteria blooms, which turn the water green and make it unsafe for swimming or boating. These blooms release chemicals that are linked to neurological, kidney, and liver damage. We¹re working to reduce pollution in the river and protect the health of nearby communities.

As an intern with Environment Massachusetts, you¹ll work hard and take on real responsibility. Our interns organize press conferences, write op-eds and letters to the editor, build powerful coalitions, meet with state officials, and mobilize grassroots support for our campaigns.

We’re hiring interns for the fall and spring semesters and for the summer. Interns typically work 10-15 hours per week during the academic year and 20-40 hours per week during the summer. The position is unpaid.

The deadline to apply for a fall internship is Friday, September 30.

Apply today:

Questions? Contact Ben Hellerstein:, 617-747-4368.

Sep 26 16

Research in Plant Pollination

by Marissa M. Donohue



At least two research positions are open for Fall 2016 and subsequent semesters in the Hopkins lab at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for research projects at the intersection of plant evolution, genetics, and development. These projects will study the mechanisms that Texas wildflowers use to reject unwanted pollen.

The student filling position (1) will assist with an investigation determining key differences distinguishing the development of wanted and unwanted pollen in our system. It involves conducting microscopic observations of female flower parts after receiving different types of pollen. The project will provide experience with plant reproductive development and microscopy techniques.

The student filling position (2) will assist with an investigation on the evolution of incompatibility mechanisms. This project aims to determine if artificial selection for self- compatibility within species increases hybridization between species. The project will involve crossing and phenotyping plants and will provide experience with greenhouse experimentation, quantitative genetics and plant breeding.

The student filling position (3) will assist with an investigation on the genetic basis of incompatibility mechanisms. This project aims to localize the genes responsible for variation in traits associated to flowering and self-incompatibility. The project will involve crossing, genotyping and phenotyping plants and will provide experience with plant breeding, genetics and molecular biology.

Students in all positions will gain valuable research experience collecting and analysing data to answer scientific questions. Positions have flexible hours, but students must be able to be present at least 10 hours per week, in blocks of at least 3 hours. Additionally, given the temporal nature of research on living plants, a minimum of one semester commitment is required.

People with all educational and research experience are welcome to apply. Compensation is dependent on experience and possibilities for course credit may depend on individual university policies. These details will be discussed during formal interviews.

To apply, please send the following information to
· A resume or CV listing courses taken, GPA, research experience, etc.
· A brief (<1 page) statement describing your academic interests and career goals, your past research experience (if any, previous experience not required), and indicating the position(s) in which you are interested and why.

For more information on the Arnold Arboretum: For more information on Hopkins’s lab research:

Sep 26 16

GIS Internship with the City of Cambridge

by Marissa M. Donohue

Job: GIS Intern
City of Cambridge IT Department

Posting Date: 09/21/16
Closing Date: until filled

The City of Cambridge is looking for a part-time GIS Intern. A major theme of this position is the use of 3D within GIS. The ideal candidate will have at least one year’s experience using ESRI ArcGIS, worked with relational databases, and has experience with 3D. Only individuals with proven, hands on GIS experience will be considered. Experience with 3D in GIS applications, CityEngine, SketchUp, Python, or SQL Server a plus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

*         Assist Cambridge GIS staff with the development of 3D data, applications, and visualizations.
*         Maintain, edit, and develop maintenance procedures for citywide geodatabases using ESRI ArcGIS software
*         Work with the City GIS staff to ensure that newly developed databases and map products meet City GIS standards for accuracy, content, and documentation
*         Work with GIS user departments in meeting GIS project, analysis and mapping needs.
*         Work with relational databases including SQL Server and Access
*         Provide user support for ArcGIS questions, projects, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

*         Enrolled in or completed bachelor’s degree program with major course work in GIS, geography, cartography, land sciences, computer science or related subject area
*         Minimum 1-year experience in using ESRI’s ArcGIS software.
*         Experience in data manipulation and analysis using relational databases
*         Operating Systems: Windows

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

*         Excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills
*         Ability to work with other IT staff in integrating databases and technologies.
*         Ability to work with other non-IT staff in determining specific project and department GIS needs
*         Strong organizational skills
*         Knowledge of ArcGIS Pro, CityEngine, SketchUp, Python, or JavaScript a plus

Salary range:
$15.00 per hour.
20 hours per week, possibility of full time hours on a short term basis.

Please provide a cover letter and resume and e-mail to:

Sep 15 16

2016/2017 Internship Opportunities at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

by Sara Gomez Garcia

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has several exciting and challenging internships for smart, articulate, well organized, and enthusiastic undergraduates, recent graduates or graduate students who are interested in making a difference and being a part of one of Boston’s most effective non-profits.


We are currently seeking several motivated, responsible and high-energy interns willing to commit 20 hours a week to assist us in several areas:


Public Policy and the Environment
Help support our public policy work with the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, which we lead and manage for the Legislature, and help with data analysis for our annual Beach Water Quality Report Card.


Communications, Social Media Marketing and Events

Learn how to write and distribute press releases, create content for our newsletter and blog, and market our events and programs on social media including Facebook and Twitter.


Development & Non-Profit Management

Learn how to conduct foundation and corporate fundraising research, take part in event outreach and crowd building, and learn what it takes to lead, manage and fuel a successful non-profit.


Web Design, E-Commerce & Content Development

Sharpen your skills and build your portfolio as you help develop and manage new content for our current website and blog and launch our new e-commerce site.


You can find out more about these positions on our website at


If you would like to be a part of our team and are prepared to commit 20 hours a week to our organization, please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to