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Date: December 11, 2012

Somerville Maple Syrup Project Interns – Groundwork Somerville (Somerville, MA)

Groundwork Somerville is seeking interns to help run our Somerville Maple Syrup Project, now entering its tenth year! Each winter we tap local sugar maple trees, collect the sap for 4-6 weeks, and run educational programming in the Somerville Public Schools’ second-grade classrooms, teaching about the science and history of maple syrup. Finally in early March, we host a two-day boildown event at the Somerville Growing Center, with music, snacks, tapping demos, and onsite syrup production.

We are looking to hire several interns in three areas: Fundraising & Marketing; Event Planning (aiding with coordination of the tapping and boildown); and Education. Interns should be able to commit at least 2-4 hours per week from mid-December through mid-January and more in late January through March; they must be able to attend the Boildown on March 8th and 9th, 2013; and they should be able to travel independently around Somerville, including the Union Square area.

Strong written and verbal communication skills, good organization, reliability, and responsibility are required, as well as self-motivation and a creative streak! While these internships are unpaid, we are happy to provide recommendations and references; in addition, interns will gain valuable skills in coordination, planning, fundraising, teaching, urban agriculture, and maple sugar production.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Development Intern – Youth Enrichment Services (Boston, MA)

Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is a successful non-profit organization that serves urban youth and provides them with new outdoor experiences, confidence-building activities, and leadership programs.YES offers a year-round continuum of programs that promote physical activity and guide youth toward positive development, leadership training, community service, career programming, and college planning.

YES is seeking a part-time intern to join its growing development team. This position is responsible for a full range of activities related to fundraising, in particular individual giving and events. Activities include:

  • Coordinating small-to-midsize fundraising events, in coordination with Development Committee members
  • Supporting the coordination of the April 2013 YES Gala fundraiser event
  • Partnering with organizational leadership to execute donor site visits and other cultivation activities
  • Preparing and editing communications for donors (e.g. acknowledgement letters, thank you cards, etc)
  • Assisting with other development projects as requested

For more information and to apply, click here.

Office Assistant – Tufts Institute of the Environment (Medford, MA)

The Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) is the focal cross-school environmental program of Tufts University. TIE initiates, facilitates, and promotes academic environmental education, research, and outreach towards a sustainable future. We are supporting and enhancing existing environmental educational programs such as the Environmental Studies undergraduate concentration, the Water: Systems, Science, and Society graduate certificate program, and the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute for faculty development and help create new programs when needed.

The Office Assistant position will be expected to work with team members to provide general administrative support to TIE and limited support to TIE’s resident partners. The position will provide assistance to the Administrative Director and provide office support to staff who are developing programs and managing fundraising efforts. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Acting as the first point or initial contact person for customers by greeting visitors and answering questions and providing information
• Keeping the office environment organized
• Responding to routine correspondence or draft responses for program staff to review
• Scheduling meetings and appointments and maintaining calendar for the Administrative Director
• As needed, taking and preparing meeting minutes, preparing documents and reports, and helping in the assembly of funding proposals and syllabi
• Supporting TIE programs by preparing business reimbursements, making travel arrangements, managing calendar and office hours, organizing files, ordering office supplies, assisting with and arranging catering and event management
• Helping prepare brochures or other materials for TIE programs, using word processing software
• Updating TIE website using content management software; updating and managing TIE’s online networks
• Organizing and assisting with special programs, grants, conferences, lectures and/or events; and interfacing with guests, students and outside organizations as required
• Maintaining and balancing accounts, monitoring expenses, and may make budget projections using Excel; may produce expense reports

Preferred Qualifications:
Three (3) years of previous work experience is preferred. Knowledge of HTML, Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop is a plus. Knowledge of or experience in environment and environmental studies is valued. Basic Mac OS experience is beneficial.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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