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Month: June 2013 (page 3 of 3)

Environmental Interpretation Internship – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD)

Internship period: August 23, 2013-November 22, 2013.

Internships are Full-time positions. Provide quality educational experiences for all visitors to the National Wildlife Visitor Center and Patuxent Research Refuge through developing and conducting interpretive and educational programs for all ages, leading interpretive tram tours focusing on wildlife management and research, working with Scout groups, and assisting with all operations of a visitor center. Work schedule will include weekends (two days off during week), and some holidays. Send letter of interest, resume, and list of 3 references with phone numbers or email addresses. Must be received by July 5, 2013.

Contact: Amy Shoop, Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027 or Amy_Shoop@fws.gov

Campus Ecology Fellowship – National Wildlife Federation (Multiple Locations)

NWF’s Campus Ecology Fellows confront climate change on their campuses and help to educate and engage the campus community on
climate action solutions.

Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to graduate students working with members of the faculty, staff, or administration on projects designed to help address climate change impacts and to protect wildlife and habitat on campus and beyond. In addition to a modest grant, Fellows also receive project support, leadership development, recognition of their accomplishments and other perks.

This year’s Fellows will have the unique opportunity to work with one of the four following campaigns:

• Stopping Expansion of Dirty Energy
• Safeguarding Wildlife and Habitat in the Appalachian Forests
• Protecting Wildlife in Urban and Suburban Habitats
• Clean Energy Solutions

Please visit www.nwf.org/Fellows to learn more and access application materials.

Applications are due July 14th.

Youth Energy Audit Coordinator – Boston Public Schools (Boston, MA)

Boston Public Schools and the Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network are running a summer Green Jobs Energy Audit Training Program for eight to ten  high school students. This will be the third year this program is running and we are seeking a co-leader to help organize and run this unique and fun Internship program. The job is located in the library of the Boston Latin School in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston and will run 9-3pm, M-Thu, July 8th – Aug 16th with an occasional Friday programming day. This is a great part time summer job for a recent graduate who has experience working with you and has an interest in energy, sustainability and green buildings! Compensation is based on experience. Contact pbeierle@boston.k12.ma.us to find out more and apply.

Environmental Project Intern – City of Melrose Department of Public Works (Melrose, MA)

Title: Environmental Projects Intern

Department: Department of Public Works and City Planning

Supervisor: Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator, Energy Efficiency Manager

Status: Unpaid, flexible hours, approximately 10 hrs/week

Time: July – August (June optional if student is available)


This is an exciting new internship opportunity for someone who has an interest in working on sustainability issues and learning more about the field. The intern will split their time on projects with the Melrose Solid Waste and Recyling Coordinator and the Energy Efficiency Manager.


  • Creating informational packets and brochures
  • Research and reports (i.e. on biodiesel, electric vehicles, etc.)
  • Data entry in order to produce maps, graphs, and other presentations
  • Event outreach on recycling initiatives
  • Updating the Sustainable Melrose website
  • Miscellaneous office support as needed


  • Car/bike/walk ability to transport between locations
  • Interest, knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for environmental issues, activism, and education
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, and other basic computer skills
  • Ability to work independently

To Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to Jessica Schmitt, Public Works Operations Facility, 72 Tremont Street, Melrose, MA 02176 or by email to jschmitt@cityofmelrose.org.



Boston Green Schools Volunteer Management Coordinator – AmeriCorps VISTA (Boston, MA)

Boston Public School District will welcome 1200 new students in September 2013, the highest enrollment since 2005. While the City of Boston is committing to invest $2.6 million in schools with high concentrations of poverty this year, the funding does not cover the millions of dollars of facilities investments needed to bring schools up to the standards students and staff deserve. The Boston Green Schools Volunteer Management (GSVM) program will help schools improve their facilities and school grounds. Through the Program, BPS will establish close partnerships with local volunteer engagement organizations to develop easier ways for volunteers to engage with schools and for companies to donate resources and equipment to schools. The GSVM Coordinator will develop partnerships, establish online volunteer project applications and track the success of volunteer projects. The GSVM Program will provide green school education to teachers, staff and community organizations and seek to increase the number of green volunteer projects through the annual Green Apple Day of Service (September 28). The GSVM Coordinator will be at the center of designing, implementing and monitoring this new Program. By making it someone’s role to support volunteer engagement and green school project planning , BPS will leverage more funds and resources, be able to train more qualified volunteers and ultimately, transform our schools to be green and healthy places for students and staff. The VISTA member will be a member of the Boston Cares AmeriCorps VISTA Cohort of 20+ VISTA members serving at 9 Boston host sites.

Member Duties : The Boston Green School Volunteer Management Coordinator will design and launch the new Volunteer Management Program. This position will require the Coordinator to collaborate with engineers, architects, community non-profits, and school leaders across the District’s 135 schools. The Coordinator should be comfortable working in both an office setting and in the field with volunteers. The Coordinator will be responsible for three main GSVM projects: 1. Design an online application tool to efficiently connect schools that have specific project needs with community-based resources (volunteers, funding, etc). Develop promotional and educational resources and spread the word about the Program. 2. Coordinate the Schoolyard Stewardship Initiative. Match volunteers with schools ensure they are maintained year round. Help schools access resources to build new vegetable gardens. 3. Coordinate at least one Green Apple Day of Service project in September 2013 at a Boston school.

Program Benefits :
Relocation Allowance,  Childcare assistance if eligible,  Living Allowance,  Stipend,  Training,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend,  Health Coverage,  Education award upon successful completion of service.

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time.

Service Areas:
Community and Economic Development, Community Outreach, Education,  Children/Youth, Environment.

Architectural Planning, Community Organization, Public Speaking, Computers/Technology, Communications, General Skills, Writing/Editing.

To check your eligibility or to apply, click here.

Conservation Economics & Finance Research Associate – The Trust for Public Land (Boston, MA)

The Trust for Public Land’s Conservation Finance Program is the national leader in creating new public funding for land conservation and parks, through its work researching, designing and passing ballot measures and legislation that create funding for land conservation. Since 1998, we have passed more than 400 ballot measures totaling $35 billion, while achieving an 83% approval rate for our measures.  At the heart of this success is our research team, which provides mission critical research in conservation finance and conservation economics that enables us to design winning ballot measures.

Conservation Economics is an integral part of the Conservation Finance Program and is focused on demonstrating the economic benefits of land conservation programs at the local, state, and federal levels.  The position’s primary focus is to support the Director of Conservation Economics by conducting  or assisting in economic research, writing, technical analysis, and presentations of reports and data management. In addition, the Research Associate will also assist in research for the Conservation Finance program generally.

Essential Functions

  • Supports Conservation Economics Program with research on the economic impacts of land conservation.
  • Gathers original data (e.g., from state agency staff) and information from existing materials (e.g., journal articles and government reports) on land conservation.
  • Organizes data in preparation for analysis.
  • Evaluates data and effectively communicate results to Director of Conservation Economics.
  • Assists in developing outreach materials, including factsheets, presentations, exhibit materials, and reports.
  • Assists in preparing grant proposals and reports; assists in meeting reporting deadlines.
  • Communicates complex economic concepts and analysis results for a general audience through written products.


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, environmental studies/science, statistics, or public policy strongly preferred.  Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years related work experience.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills as well as presentation skills
  • Strong academic qualitative and quantitative research and analytic skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Highly proficient with software applications such as Excel, Access, Power Point, database programs, statistical programs; knowledge of GIS software (ARC GIS) a plus
  • Experience with developing and formatting marketing and communications materials preferred (newsletters, fact sheets, abstracts, promotional materials, etc.)
  • Ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated commitment to parks, open space and land preservation a plus.
  • Ability to use good judgment, takes initiative, and makes recommendations in resolving problems.
  • Available for occasional overnight travel.

How to Apply:

Please submit a writing sample, resume and cover letter online.

Administrative Intern – Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Boston, MA)


The Administrative Intern will serve as a core member of MAPC’s four member Administrative team, which supports the 70 members of the MAPC staff.  MAPC is located in the downtown crossing section of Boston.  This is a paid part-time position with some flexibility as to working hours; pay pro-rated accordingly.  Base week is 20- 25 hours.

Examples of Duties:

Duties include a wide variety of office support tasks, including:

  • ordering supplies and general office administrative tasks including assisting in processing of invoices
  • assisting with mailing projects
  • assisting all staff members with research and database tasks using various software tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook calendars
  • assisting with event planning and providing staffing support for events, as needed
  • conducting basic web research

 Typical Qualifications:

Candidate must currently be in school to be eligible for the position working toward either an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s or higher degree.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required – ideal candidate will be able to communicate effectively with professionals of both the public and private sectors, such as municipal officials and advocacy leaders.  Must be detail oriented.  Candidate must also be able to lift objects including boxes with a weight not to exceed 50 pounds. Candidates familiar with greater Boston communities and an interest in public policy and/ or planning highly preferred.

 Supplemental Information:

Position open until filled.  Review of applications begins immediately.  Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.  MAPC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.  Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Entrepreneurial Capacity Development and Local Business Catalyst – Sitka Conservation Society (Sitka, Alaska)

Duration:  8 months with the potential for expansion based on performance and outcomes

Pay Range: $2,500 – 4,000/ month DOE

Background:  Rural economies across the United States, and especially in Southeast Alaska, have tended to trend in a negative direction over the past several decades.  This decline is often characterized by struggling locally owned businesses, abandoned downtown storefronts, and a lack of entrepreneurial capacity and business start-up activity.  There has, however, been an increase in hope for rural communities over the past several years as the movement towards “Living Local/Buy Local”, certification of origin, and local investment has gained interest.  The focus on supporting local businesses and local business development has the potential to revive downtown districts, increase local capital flow and local sales tax revenue, create jobs and employment, and generally build a more resilient rural economy.

The Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) is seeking a highly motivated, self-starter to work with community partners and identify needs and opportunities in the community. The candidate’s main focus will be to develop programs that stimulate and empower the community and establish projects that focus on living and buying locally.

Duties to include:  The position will work under the supervision of Sitka Conservation Society staff and community partners to implement projects and programs that serves to build entrepreneurial capacity and catalyze local business development.  The position will generally focus on the segment of the population between high-school and young adults (up to age 35) to provide learning opportunities, mentorship connections, skill building activities, business start-up support, etc.  Specific program focus will vary based on candidates experience, background, and ability.  Programs could include coordinating business skills classes, setting up mentorship programs, coordinating High-school Business start-up clubs, working directly with entrepreneurs on specific business development needs, etc.


  • Demonstrated background and skills in business
  • Interest, abilities, and skills in instruction, capacity building, mentorship, leadership, etc.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, skills, abilities, and cultures
  • Interest and background in sustainability issues, rural community development, “localism,” etc.
  • Pertinent work experience and educational background
  • Professional skills pertinent to the position

To Apply:  Please send a cover letter and resume highlighting pertinent professional or academic experience, and two references to Andrew Thoms, Executive Director at Sitka Conservation Society (andrew@sitkawild.org).

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