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Month: May 2013 (page 2 of 8)

Open Streets Intern – Circle the City Boston (Boston, MA)

Position Opening: Open Streets Intern, Volunteer Coordination
For more information on Circle The City, please visit www.circlethecityboston.org.

Join the Circle The City Team!

Circle The City (CTC) is Boston’s Open Streets, Open Parks initiative that
connects people to parks on safe, active car-free streets. CTC temporarily transforms our streets into places for people, promoting diversity, family fun, healthy living and fostering community—creating temporary ‘paved parks’ where neighbors and children of all ages gather and enjoy safe physical activity for a vibrant, active Boston. This year, we will host Open Streets events along two, 1.5 mile signature
corridors of Boston: Huntington Avenue in the Fenway area and Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury.

CTC is a collaborative project led by 5 non-profit organizations in partnership with the City of Boston. The CTC leadership team represents the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, Boston Cyclists Union, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, LivableStreets Alliance, and Sustainability Guild International.

Position Overview: Circle The City Intern, Volunteer Coordination

On July 14th and September 29th, 2013, CTC will feature two new Open Streets events: A collaborative project with the Fenway Alliance along the Avenue of the Arts, aka Huntington Avenue, and a Roxbury neighborhood event connecting Franklin Park to Dudley Common along Blue Hill Avenue. Both events will feature car-free streets and free, active programming.

We are seeking a dynamic, dedicated and experienced individual who is able to take initiative and work independently. The successful candidate will be charged with a significant portion of the Volunteer Organizing and Community Outreach for both the 7/14 and the 9/29 events. This internship is an excellent way to learn more about sustainable transportation, public health, volunteer coordination, community
organizing and event management. The internship requires 15-20 hours/week on average with more hours possible on event weeks.

This internship is currently unpaid, but will include a transit stipend. The intern will be based at the Emerald Necklace office in the Back Bay Fens, with flexibility of working
from home.

Responsibilities Include:

Volunteer and Event Management:

  • Assist in recruiting, scheduling, and managing volunteers
  • Assist Program Manager in planning and leading volunteer trainings
  • Organize and facilitate volunteer check-in booth and distribute volunteer supplies
  • Manage volunteer and activity provider communications the day of the events
  • Support traffic management and emergency efforts with the traffic safety personnel from Boston Police and EMS.

Community Outreach:

  • Conduct neighborhood outreach and noticing for each event – including neighborhood canvassing, posting no parking signs along CTC routes
  • Attend occasional community meetings

Other Support for CTC events (depending on intern skills and interests):

  • Assist with recruitment and management of activity providers
  • Manage social media
  • Assist Program Manager as necessary with programming, marketing, fundraising, and evaluation.

Required Qualifications

  • Past volunteer experience
  • Excellent communications skills, both in person and in writing
  • Demonstrated interest in Open Streets, Complete Streets, Active Transportation, Public Health, Environmental Education and/or City Planning.
  • Natural leadership qualities, comfortable speaking in front of a large group
  • Ability to excel independently in a high-paced environment
  • Able to ride a bicycle as transportation and lift up to 30-40lbs
  • Available to work some business hours Monday through Friday, from May through August, and both event Sundays. If available, internship can last through September.
  • Experience with and interest in working with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, ethnicities, experiences, ages and abilities

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with volunteer organizing or management
  • Familiarity with Open Streets projects
  • Collaborative team leader
  • Bilingual skills
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and/or other Microsoft programming or graphic design skills
  • Drivers’ License
  • Current First Aid/CPR training

The successful candidate will work out a weekday schedule with the program manager. Some nights and weekend hours may also be required for events and outreach.

To apply, send a resume and a cover letter that includes your specific interest andexperience in volunteer organizing to Jessica Parsons, CTC Project Manager atJessica@emeraldnecklace.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as we hope to fill the position as soon as possible. No calls, please.

Urban Agriculture Summer Intern – Isles, Inc. (Trenton, NJ)

Organizational Background: Founded in 1981, Isles, Inc. is a self-help, urban green development organization in Trenton, New Jersey. With a mission to foster self-reliant families in healthy, sustainable communities, Isles develops cost effective, powerful ways to strengthen people and places in challenging urban settings.

Isles:

  • Revitalizes communities by developing green affordable homes, parks & community agriculture.
  • Trains and educates youth and adults through a vocational high school and green job training center.
  • Builds wealth by supporting social enterprises, microbusinesses, and other financial and credit building services.
  • Stimulates green, healthy living by cleaning up environmental hazards, fostering energy efficiency and promoting healthy lifestyle

In addition, Isles promotes public policies that support family self-reliance and community health. Isles believes that even the most distressed places (or “isles”) hold untapped assets and human capacity. Self-sufficiency and healthy environments are keys to sustainable communities.

The Volunteer will be a team member of Isles’ Community Planning & Development department. The primary duties of the Volunteer will be to assist department staff with support of community and school gardens, planning for events and public outreach, conducting environmental education activities, and assisting with the development of new projects.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the planning, installation, and maintenance of school and/or community gardens;
  • Assist with the planning and execution of special events, including documentary film screenings and cooking workshops;
  • Assist with environmental education for summer youth programs in city gardens and parks;
  • Assist with outreach efforts in culturally diverse neighborhoods to promote community gardening and other Isles programs; and
  • Assist with research.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable working in an urban environment
  • Capable of doing manual gardening labor, e.g. moving compost and stone-filled wheel barrows, handling lumber, digging, raking, carrying equipment, etc.
  • Valid drivers license with a good driving record
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus

Flexible schedule: 3 to 4 days (18 to 24 hours) per week; 6 to 8 week commitment is preferred.

Send cover letter and resume to hr@isles.org

Green Light Goal Intern – Green Light New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)

Green Light New Orleans‘ mission is to invest energy in people and assist New Orleans residents face to face, one household at a time. Our volunteers install free energy efficient light bulbs to demonstrate that a mass movement of individual actions creates a significant impact on our environment and community. Green Light New Orleans connects residents to relevant, local opportunities and encourages individual actions so that everyone can benefit from a vibrant, resilient, and sustainable community.

Green Light New Orleans, a community-based, environmental non-profit, is looking for 6 interns to start as early as May-June 2013. The position is a paid internship. Positions expectations are detailed below.

Interns will be working to implement the primary goal of the organization — reduce energy consumption and environmental pollution by facilitating the installation of free energy efficient lighting for residents throughout Orleans Parish. Interns will be paired to create two-person outreach teams. Each intern will be required to commit to 10 full days per month. Internship duration will be determined via a monthly performance evaluation and maximum internship duration is 6 months. This position has the potential to become a part-time staff position at Green Light New Orleans dependent on the outcomes of each individual’s work and the capacity requirements of the organization at the end of the internship.

Persons applying for this position must value the following:

  •  Must be committed to the mission of Green Light New Orleans
  • Must be committed to community service and environmental sustainability
  • Must be hardworking and committed to achieving significant organizational and personal goals
  • Must be a good verbal communicator and able to engage in proactive conversation
  • Must be able to learn and implement from constructive feedback
  • Must be able to reflect upon and assess task quality
  • Must collaborate well in pairs and partnerships
  • Must pay close attention to detail

Intern responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Take action by Installing free energy efficient lighting for residents to meet monthly energy reduction goals.
  • Drive to meet residents at their homes.
  • Communicate and engage with residents to increase energy efficiency outcomes.
  • Conduct outreach to increase community impact. (May include: canvassing, attending neighborhood meetings, recruiting volunteers, etc.)
  • Respect all community members without discrimination.
  • Execute duties with effective practices and thoughtful awareness.
  • Document all work and keep detailed records of tasks completed.
  • Be proactive in task execution from start to finish.

Monthly compensation per intern will be a $400 stipend. The position and stipend require that each intern commit at least 10 full days per month in collaboration with a partnering intern or volunteer. Each intern MUST HAVE A CAR and will be reimbursed for fuel used to accomplish intern duties.

Green Light New Orleans is an equal opportunity organization and has a strict policy of non-discrimination. Anyone able to meet the requirements of the position is welcome to apply.

To apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please respond by sending a cover letter and resume to Bernie January, Program Manager, by email b.january@greenlightneworleans.org

Green Light New Orleans will be interviewing potential candidates on a first-come basis. Positions may start as soon as May-June 2013.

Education and Outreach Intern – Stewardship Partners (Seattle, WA)

Who We Are:

Stewardship Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization that helps private landowners restore and preserve the natural landscapes of Washington State. Our projects restore fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, protect open space, and “green up” the built environment while maintaining working landscapes of farms, forestland, and livable communities throughout the State. We work with agricultural landowners to implement environmental practices and conduct habitat restoration projects while promoting a sustainable farming economy.

Internship Overview:

Salmon-Safe certification is an emerging regional eco-label that recognizes agricultural practices that protect water quality, biodiversity, and habitat for fish and wildlife, particularly Northwest native salmon. Stewardship Partners is collaborating with the Oregon-based program to recognize and promote Puget Sound farmers committed to environmental practices. We are seeking a self-motivated, highly organized, outgoing, creative and enthusiastic intern to assist in educating the public about the Salmon-Safe program in support of Salmon-Safe certified farms.

The project will focus on promoting and elevating the visibility of the Salmon-Safe label, and Sal the Salmon, bringing awareness of the label and its meaning to the public. This will benefit consumers who want to support local ecologically minded farms, farmers, making the work they do more economically sustainable, and the larger eco-system, bringing more awareness to the opportunities for farms to function more harmoniously with the surrounding environment and its inhabitants.

The goal for this project is to create awareness with the general public and landowners of Salmon-Safe. This means much of the work will be outreach and education. To begin, we will have a series of planning and strategy meetings developing outreach methods, choosing events to attend, and creating new material for outreach. Some outreach methods will include tabling at events such as farmer’s markets, attending food or farm centered events, and social media promotions. Many of the events will include outreach as Sal the salmon, an eight foot long king salmon mascot. There will be regular check-ins and refinement of strategy and methodology. The candidate will be exposed to habitat restoration and conservation issues, sustainable agriculture, environmental certification and marketing, issues related to local/natural food systems, and non-profit management.

Duties and Responsibilities :
• Schedule, set up and staff Salmon-Safe information booth at farmers markets, festivals, and other relevant events.
• Create and organize Salmon-Safe display materials.
• Recruit and manage additional volunteers to assist with staffing information booth.
• Assist with organizing website content including writing briefs of Salmon-Safe certified farms and overview of habitat restoration projects.
• Maintain and update informational materials including news articles, photo archive, etc.
• Provide administrative support for the Salmon-Safe program (including filing, photocopying, and mailing information packets).

Minimum Requirements:
• General background in environmental studies or related field with basic knowledge of salmon related issues and personal /professional interest in sustainable agriculture.
• Ability to interact with public as Sal, an 8 foot long King salmon
• Strong communication skills (verbal and written), outgoing, positive attitude, attention to detail, and a desire to work both individually and within a team environment.
• Willingness to work evenings and weekends.
• Creative design skills helpful

To apply for this position, email a letter of interest and resume to ak@stewardshippartners.org.

Publication Editor Intern – Bridging Nations (Washington, D.C.)

As an intern with us you will:

  • Review articles, brochures, books, or any other publication materials for grammatical, spelling, or other errors
  • Assist in translating compiled research into comprehensive written form
  • Internship includes other administrative tasks
  • Assignments are subject to change from day to day as needed
  • Visit http://www.cees-edu.org and http://www.bridgingnations.org

Qualifications for this internship are:

  • Completed degree or senior year or higher of significant classroom and practical experience in communications or another related field
  • Competitive GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Strong computer and organizational skills Strong research and writing skills
  • Background in energy, environment, sustainability, and education is helpful.
  • Great personal initiative and independence
  • Significant understanding of Microsoft Office applications, Google Docs applications and standard social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Comfortable assisting with and assuming responsibility for routine office tasks
  • Start date and end date are flexible.
  • Hours are approximately 20 to 40 hours per week.
  • Foreign students must have permission to work in the United States

How to apply:

We accept interns on a rolling admission. The intern coordinator is flexible in setting up schedules and understands if students and recent graduates must work part-time in addition to the internship. Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to bridgingnationshr@gmail.com

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