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Date: June 18, 2013

Science and Policy Associate – Green Science Policy Institute (North Berkeley, California)

The Green Science Policy Institute (GSP) is hiring a Science and Policy Associate to contribute to our scientific research and policy work reducing toxic chemicals in consumer products to protect human health and the global environment. GSP is looking for a motivated, organized, and capable individual to work with our dedicated team of science and policy experts.

Science and Policy Associate Job Description

The Science and Policy Associate will contribute to activities of the organization including scientific research, writing, policy and project management work.

The Associate should be able to work with minimal supervision to:

  • Manage GSP projects such as the:
    • Cancer-Free Couch Project — scientific and policy support for California and national policy for increased fire safety without flame retardant chemicals
    • Green Building Initiative for safer and healthier building products
    • International Flammability Standards project
    • Blue Mountain project for novel approaches to toxics prioritization and reduction
    • The Safe Kids Campaign to reduce toxics in children’s products
    • Responsible end-of-life disposal for electronics and furniture
  • Co-author scholarly papers, op-eds, and other publications
  • Develop educational and presentation materials
  • Aid in the preparation for GSP Symposia at UC Berkeley, nationally, and internationally
  • Present at GSP events, scientific conferences, and other related meetings
  • Write grant proposals and help with development activities
  • (Desired) Maintain/ develop organizational information technology resources

Position Expectations and Qualifications


  • An advanced degree in chemistry, biology, environmental engineering, public health, toxicology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Ability to take initiative, think creatively and solve problems
  • Efficient, organized, resourceful, and a proven track record of on-time delivery of high-quality work
  • Attention to detail, diligence, and persistence
  • Superb written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Ability to research and synthesize information on scientific and policy topics
  • Work experience managing projects and people
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, Word, Excel
  • Passionate about our mission to protecting health and environment worldwide


  • Work experience in chemistry, biology, engineering toxicology, public health and/or public policy
  • Experience working with industry, NGO’s and/or government
  • Experience researching and writing peer-reviewed papers
  • Familiarity with web-based communication technology and applications such as Google Apps and WordPress
  • Experience with Microsoft Access and/or database maintenance and development skills
  • Programming and/ or website maintenance and development skills

To apply:

Email eileen@greensciencepolicy.org, with “Science and Policy Associate Application” in the subject line. Please send a resume, writing sample, and a cover letter with your situation, career objectives, interest in the position, and if you would like, salary expectations. Include date when you can start the position, how long you would expect to be available, your academic transcript if available, and anything else you think we should know about you.

Applications must be received by June 30, 2013.

Fellowship – NeighborWorks America (Washington, D.C.)

Job Description:

This position will be responsible for supporting the Senior Manager for Green Strategies in the implementation of all aspects of the NeighborWorks Green Organization program. NeighborWorks America established this program to encourage the members of the NeighborWorks network to adopt a comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations. This initiative is a high priority for the organization and is included in NeighborWorks America’s new five-year Strategic Plan. For more information on the program see www.nw.org/green.  This is a term-limited (13 month) position.


Working closely with the Senior Manager for Green Strategies, the Fellow will:
• Coordinate knowledge sharing events such as monthly webinars, quarterly in-person workshops, and other peer learning events that allow network organizations interested in green topics to learn from outside experts and each other and to share best practices.
• Maintain and update resource guides on all of the substantive areas covered by the NeighborWorks Green Organization program. This includes internal business operations and all of NeighborWorks service areas, including homeownership education and counseling, lending, affordable housing development and rehabilitation, asset and property management, and community building and organizing.
• Help coordinate and contribute to the review process for the NeighborWorks Green Organization program and grant applications received from network organizations.
• Document green best practices used by network organizations, develop case studies, and collect materials for sharing with other network organizations.
• Organize and analyze data on a variety of aspects of the NeighborWorks network’s green activities, including homebuyer education and counseling and green building, rehabilitation, and management.
• Develop material for periodic newsletters and assist with updating the unit’s internal and external web sites and other social media.

Skills Required:

• Bachelors or masters degree in city planning, real estate, community development, public policy, urban affairs, or other development or sustainability-related field.
• A background in or knowledge of sustainability and green issues and the community development field is preferred.
• Experience using Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Strong data analysis skills using Microsoft Excel, Access or other programs is preferred.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Exceptional organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Ability to adjust to changing work priorities.
• Strong interpersonal skills for communication and collaboration with peers and internal staff.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others and successfully interact with people at all levels within and outside the organization.

Learn more and apply here.

Certification Program Intern – Enterprise Green Communities (Washington, D.C.)

Job Summary:
The Certification Program Intern assists and supports the Enterprise Green Communities technical team with EGC certification reviews and related communication and coordination with project teams. This internship will focus on processing incoming applicants, coordinating submittal documents, answering technical questions in a timely fashion, stewarding project teams through the full process of Enterprise Green Communities Certification, and completing full technical reviews of certification submittals as needed. Manage, update, and track the archive of technical questions and waiver requests. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, enthusiastic, effective team player eager to support both the Enterprise team and external partners. The position requires project management and communication skills and the ability to perform a wide array of detail-oriented tasks in a fast paced environment with light supervision. The position represents an opportunity to more fully integrate green within affordable housing development nationwide and gain technical and programmatic knowledge/skills related to operating a national green building program.

This is a paid hourly position and will be based in Washington, D.C., and extend through December 2013.

Job Responsibilities:
• Efficiently shepherd projects through Enterprise Green Communities Certification process, demonstrating exemplary customer service as well as allegiance to the intent of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria
• Maintain / manage Certification mailbox; Evaluate technical & process questions in coordination with EGC technical team; Complete full technical reviews of certification documents
• Track and report on key Certification performance indicators
• Demonstrate strong ethics in interpersonal relations; work as an effective and collaborative team member; continually improve systems and procedures within own job, office, and organization; treat internal and external customers with respect, honesty, and professionalism.

• Undergraduate degree and experience in green building or planning field.
• Thorough knowledge and proficiency with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, and Outlook. Thorough knowledge and proficiency with SalesForce strongly preferred.
• Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate complex activities, prioritize conflicting demands and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated professionalism, diplomacy, composure, flexibility, and ability to adapt to a variety of situations.
• Exemplary communication skills, with ability to clearly express ideas, thoughts, and concepts verbally and in writing.
• Excellent grammar, editing, and proofreading skills to produce complete, correct correspondence, proposals and reports.
• Ability to work independently, solve problems, and take responsibility for moving tasks forward with minimal supervision.
• Strong initiative with ability to seek out relevant information prior to making timely decisions.
• Working knowledge of residential construction, affordable housing, and sustainability/green building.
• Ability to work as an effective, collaborative team member across Enterprise.

Click here to apply.

Sustainability Intern – National League of Cities (Washington, D.C.)

General Description:

Responsible for providing general research and program support for the Center’s work in areas related to sustainability, including climate adaptation and resiliency, green infrastructure, sustainable transportation, and food systems. Reports to Director, Center for Research and Innovation and Associate, Sustainability Program.

Examples of Work:

  • Conduct research and field scans to understand local trends and best practice to inform recommendations for local governments and to inform NLC staff about city initiatives.
  • Contribute content to reports and toolkits, online newsletter, website, blog and other related information resources and social media.
  • Help manage external partnerships and networks of local officials and city staff.
  • Assist with surveys.
  • Provide meeting planning support, including in-person seminars, webinars, workshops and meetings at NLC’s annual conferences and other events.
  • Help maintain web content.
  • Provide administrative support and other related duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

Graduate level intern in degree in related field preferred; knowledge of local government and sustainability issues and strategies; excellent writing and communication skills; team player; acquaintance with applied research methodologies; ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with government officials and all levels of NLC staff.

Graduate level interns will be paid $12 per hour for approximately 30 hours a week.

To apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
National League of Cities
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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