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Date: May 28, 2013 (page 1 of 2)

Coordinator of Sustainability Projects – Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI)

In the 2010 Sustainable Endowments Institute’s Green Report Card, WMU was identified as one of 80 National “Campus Sustainability Leaders.” We have subsequently been recognized as a Michigan Green leader (Detroit Free Press, 2013) and a Founding Circle Member of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. Sustainability is built into the mission and strategic plan of Western Michigan University.

In order to continue this tradition of excellence, we are seeking a Coordinator of Sustainability Projects with vision, talent, and drive to serve as a leadership team member who will assist our Executive Director for Campus Sustainability to elevate our programs to the next level. We are seeking an experienced writer with high-level quantitative, design, management, and leadership skills. We are also seeking a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to diversity in their work and skills.

The Coordinator of Sustainability Projects manages the Wesustain Internship Program and Sustainability Studio, leads internal campus sustainability projects, runs our residential living, learning laboratory – the Gibbs House – and manages our Student Sustainability Grant Program (which offered $75,000 this year for student-led sustainability projects). The successful candidate will have entrepreneurial spirit, a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, and a collaborative approach.

WMU’s vibrant Office for Sustainability (OfS) was launched in 2013 and is led by an Executive Director for Campus Sustainability who is a full professor and reports directly to WMU’s president. The OfS also has a full-time Sustainability Coordinator who leads grant development, reporting, event management, special projects, and supports our Sustainability Across Research and Teaching Initiative. In addition, the OfS staff includes a Manager of Waste Reduction Services, a full-time Administrative Assistant, a growing cadre of highly motivated graduate students from several colleges, and a diverse group of more than 25 undergraduate interns and student workers from across the university.

Western Michigan University, located in the city of Kalamazoo, in southwest Michigan, is a dynamic, learner, centered, discovery driven, globally engaged research university with an enrollment of 25,000. Focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its expanding graduate division and fostering significant research activities, it is one of Kalamazoo’s largest employers. WMU offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, a beautiful campus setting, and many outstanding cultural opportunities.

The University supports the Office for Sustainability’s mission – and our President’s goal of “creating a culture of sustainability” – through an operating budget and broad collaboration among faculty, staff, operations, and the community. The OfS also receives support from a student initiated fee- the only one of its kind in Michigan.

WMU is a signatory of the Tailloires Declaration and the ACUPCC and is currently undergoing an AASHE STARS self-study. For more information about WMU, please visit our website.

The application deadline is June 9. 2013.

To access position information and to apply for this exciting career opportunitiy, proceed as follows:

  • Go to WMU’s career page
  • Under “Faculty and Staff positions”, select “Search job postings.”
  • On the left-side navigation bar (near the top), select “Search Postings.”
  • For posting number, type 0602270, or
  • For Department, choose “Office for Sustainability”, or
  • For job title, select “Sustainability Project Coordinator”
  • Select “Search
  • Under “Sustainability Project Coordinator”, select “View” for details on the position – including Major Duties and Minimum Qualifications
  • At the top of the posting, select “Apply For This Posting,” and follow the instructions provided.

We look forward to hearing from you!

WMU is an AA/EO Employer.

Federal Field Organizer Fellowship – Environment America (Boston, MA and Washington, D.C.)

Environment America’s Fellowship Program

Fighting for the environment is the challenge of a lifetime. Yet so many recent college graduates aren’t sure where to start. Each year, we hire college graduates who – like you – have the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, organize support and fight for our environmental values. As an Environment America fellow, you’ll get a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles.

Read more about the Fellowship Program, including a week in the life of a fellow here.

Working with our Field Director Christy Leavitt, and other senior staff, you’ll plan and run grassroots campaigns, set up and speak at news conferences, organize town hall meetings, lobby lawmakers, run citizen outreach campaigns, identify new members, raise money, recruit and manage staff, and much more.

After two years, you’ll have participated in a rigorous training and gained invaluable hands-on experience. Best of all, you’ll be ready to become a lead organizer, a lead advocate or a state director with Environment America or one of our state affiliates. You might even start a new state affiliate or launch a new program.

But, we’re not just hiring in Boston and D.C. Environment America is accepting applications for fellowship positions with our state affiliates across the country. You can apply through Environment America or directly with one of our state affiliates. If you’re flexible, you can apply for multiple positions in multiple locations. We accept applications on a rolling basis.  Most fellowships begin in August, though a limited number are available throughout the year.


We’re seeking candidates ready to commit themselves to fighting for the environment. Being a fellow is not for everybody. It’s tough, demanding and the challenges never stop. We look for smarts, leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills and an eagerness to learn. We value experience organizing, including building campus groups.

Salary and benefits:

As a federal field organizer you would earn $24,000 in your first year and $25,500 in your second year. You’ll be eligible to join our group health plan at no cost to you. You’ll accrue two weeks of paid vacation over the course of your first year, and three weeks in your second year. You’ll be eligible to apply for college loan assistance after your third month, and to participate in our 401(k) plan at the end of your first year.

To learn more and apply, follow this link.

Northeast Assistant Regional Coordinator (part-time) – The Real Food Challenge (Boston, MA)

The Real Food Challenge (RFC), a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England, is a national campaign that unites, trains, and supports student leaders working to get their schools to support a more just and sustainable food system. Our flagship goal is to redirect $1 billion of college and university food purchases to “real food”—food that’s fair, ecologically sound, humane, and local and community-based—over the next 10 years. We work toward this goal, and the broader goal of supporting a vibrant student food movement, by uniting college students through on-campus organizing, leadership training institutes, and summits.

Job Summary:
The Assistant Coordinator is a critical field staffing position with Real Food Challenge. Directly responsible for student campaigns and regional network development, the Assistant Coordinator will be supported by a Regional Coordinator and work closely with Field Organizing Fellows. Primary to their responsibilities will be working with student teams to secure Real Food campaign victories, building and maintaining relationships with student leaders, and helping to identify and implement future strategies for the campaign. The Assistant Coordinator will also assist the Coordinator with other tasks as needed.

Key Job Elements
Inspire and support students to achieve campaign goals:

  • Increased investment in the region’s real food economy by coaching and organizing students to succeed in Real Campaigns
  • Increased transparency in the food system by bringing new school’s food budgets under the scrutiny of the Real Food Calculator
  • Build the power of the student food movement by building strong and sustaining student groups committed to real food
  • Training leaders through regional trainings and campus visits

Develop regional plans and cluster-based strategy

  • Contribute to the a ‘strategic map’ for the region by identifying key needs and campaign or network-building opportunities
  • Identify and research potential multi-campus campaigns in the region
  • Maintain regional & national management systems — contact list, etc.

Special requirements

  • Ability to travel 1-2 times/month
  • Ability to work some weekends


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • In-depth knowledge of the politics and practice of student activism and/or student-run groups
  • Commitment to economic justice, anti-racism, student power and social movements
  • Experience with group facilitation, teaching, public speaking, and networking
  • Demonstrated skill at organizing campaigns and developing leaders
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Docs, Facebook, and other online and social media tools, preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of university food systems, issues surrounding small farms, fair trade cooperatives, food chain labor, regional food distribution or similar issues, preferred

To learn how to apply, click here.

Internship – CNUNE (Boston, MA)

2 Internship positions are open.

CNUNE is seeking an energetic and motivated individual to work directly with key members of the Chapter’s Board of Directors to advance the organization’s advocacy initiatives during a summer internship.CNU New England (CNUNE) is one of 15 regional Chapters of the national advocacy organization known as the Congress for the New Urbanism. The organization is a diverse league of advocates from various disciplines, including architecture, urban design, urban planning, law, government, and development; all members share an interest in the built environment and a concern for its improvement.

The Programming Intern would assist the Executive Committee in developing and implementing a speaker series for 2013-2014, taking responsibility for: (a) event logistics and (b) event marketing.

The Intern would also be responsible for (c) logistical management and support for the Chapter’s upcoming Tactical Urbanism Salon and (d) support for Chapter operations.

Up to 20 hours per week. To apply for this position, please submit a resume and a statement of your interest in the position to Robin Bergstrom at bergstrom.robin@gmail.com. Please submit all information electronically by Thursday, May 30, 2013.

Energy Research Intern – United Nations Development Programme (New York, NY)

The research intern will work on updating UNDP’s Energy Portfolio analysis from 2011. This will primarily involve combing through large datasets and doing large scale data extraction and analysis. Another element of work will also involve data verification and calling Regional and Country Offices to seek additional project information.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The research intern will work on updating UNDP’s Energy Portfolio analysis from 2011. This will primarily involve combing through large datasets and doing large scale data extraction and analysis. Another element of work will also involve data verification and calling Regional and Country Offices to seek additional project information.

The responsibilities of the intern will encompass the following:

  • Analysis of UNDP Energy Portfolio
  • Assisting project manager in updating UNDP energy portfolio with additional project information and figures.
  • Data verification. She or he will help verify projects captured in the database are in fact energy projects.
  • Improve spread sheet so that information such as country count, funding sources are easily identifiable. This will also entail categorizing and separating funding sources in the database.
  • Project documentation research. This includes searching for existing project summaries, project documents and fact sheets that are on Country office page. It will include liaising with regional service centres, global energy team counterparts, and environment & energy focal points in country offices to verify data on energy related projects. This will sometimes require follow up of emails or by telephone.
  • Producing a summary document and PowerPoint presentation illustrating results of the analysis

Other potential responsibilities:

  • Assist with organizing conference, meetings, and other energy related events
  • Assist with developing energy case studies in different areas of our work and produce write ups.


  • Excellent ability to synthesize large amounts of raw data, extract trends and package data into a comprehensive and understandable manner. Demonstrated experience with large data sets is required.
  • Knowledge on energy or off grid energy technologies in developing countries is an advantage.
    Strong research, analytical and writing abilities.
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel is required, experience with STATA or SPSS is advantageous.
  • Excellent demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines in an independent working environment.
  • Demonstrates skills to also work well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills; fluency in English, both written and oral, is required. Fluency in French or Spanish is advantageous.

General Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in a degree programme in a graduate school (masters level or above).
  • Completed at least four years of full time studies at a university or equivalent.
  • Has not graduated prior to the beginning of the internship.

Specific Education and Work Experience:

  • Current graduate students in Economics with interest in environment /energy issues or graduate students in economics, public policy, environment/energy, international affairs with some communications experience.
  • Some relevant work or internship experience related to environment and energy, etc.

Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview must submit prior to the interview the following documents:

  • Official letter from the University confirming enrollment in a graduate-level degree programme;
  • Have a valid visa to work in the US;
  • Letter of endorsement from a faculty member who has worked with the student in the recent past and who is knowledgeable on the student’s performance;
  • Complete and sign the “Application Form” which is available at http://www.undp.org/internships.

UNDP only accepts interns for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

For a detailed description about this job posting, visit here.

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