Monthly Archives: August 2013

Residential Energy Efficiency Program Intern – Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance (Boston, MA)

The Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance ( ) is a nonprofit organization that has been working for over 30 years to make energy more affordable and sustainable. Our programs include energy efficiency, discount heating oil, and green power. Mass Energy is looking to hire a paid intern for approximately 12 weeks at 24+ hours per week. This person’s primary role will be to connect consumers with the appropriate programs to save energy, save money, and reduce their carbon footprints. A large part of this intern’s responsibilities will be spent promoting Renew Boston ( ).

We believe this is a terrific opportunity to learn from a skilled and experienced staff on a socially and environmentally beneficial program.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Direct outreach, such as hosting events, giving presentations, maintaining social media, etc.
  • Engaging community organizations and other partners
  • Representing Mass Energy in collaborative outreach efforts
  • Providing customer service to consumers interested in making their homes more energy efficient

Desired qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of energy efficiency
  • Experience in community outreach or organizing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking
  • MS Office skills, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, and experience with other databases is favorable
  • Ability to work on nights and weekends

Bilingual candidates and individuals of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Residency in the City of Boston and/or knowledge of Boston neighborhoods is strongly preferred.

Send cover letter and resume by August 31, 2013 to with the subject line “EE Program Intern.” No phone calls please.

Fall Internship Program – Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (Boston, MA)

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources: Creating a Cleaner Energy Future for the Commonwealth

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) develops and implements policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s energy supply within the context of creating a cleaner energy future. To that end, DOER strives to:

  • Ensure deployment of all cost-effective energy efficiency
  • Maximize development of clean energy resources
  • Create and implement energy strategies to assure reliable supplies and improve the cost of clean energy relative to fossil-fuel based generation
  • Support Massachusetts’ clean energy companies and spur Massachusetts’ clean energy employment

DOER is part of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

Objectives of the Massachusetts DOER Internship Program

The DOER Internship Programs seeks to provide interns with exciting opportunities to assist the Department of Energy Resources with implementing energy policies in areas such as renewables, energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy markets, and more. The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, law school students, and other individuals who are seeking experience in the energy arena.

Internship Program Overview

In conjunction with Massachusetts DOER’s talented and professional team, interns are provided with education, training, hands-on experience, supervision, and networking opportunities, utilizing modern technology and information systems during their internships.

Current internship positions are unpaid; however, DOER can work with interns to earn academic credits. Internships are conducted in supervised settings and are available across DOER’s various divisions and functions.

Current Postings

While all of the DOER divisions and functions have intern slots available; some have specific projects that they are looking for assistance with for the summer. If the duties are related to a specific project, click on the attached file in the table below and review to see if your field of study and skills would fit that position. If there is no specific file attached; duties will be generally related to the division/function mission. Note that specific positions may include additional materials to be submitted with your resume and cover letter.

Positions may be part-time of full time depending on schedules of applicants and the requirements of the position.

To apply for the program, visit here.

Internship – Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Boston, MA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Data Services Department seeks an intern to help develop a clearer picture of the region’s land use patterns and anticipate how they will change over the coming decades. MAPC is partnered with the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) to develop an integrated land use allocation / transportation demand model for Metro Boston, which will dynamically forecast the interaction between housing growth, economic development, and travel demand. The intern will help to collect and organize data required for model inputs and will participate in decision making about model parameters and assumptions. The intern will also develop and analyze data for the next round of the regional indicators project, which will include new reports and websites describing trends in transportation, economic development, and regional growth patterns. This is an opportunity to work as part of an innovative and highly collaborative team focused on using data and technology to support informed decision-making.

Typical Qualifications:  The following are required qualifications for the position:

  • Advanced undergraduate or graduate student in urban planning, geography, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience with ESRI software, including ArcGIS and ArcCatalog
  • Strong data management skills, with a personal commitment to the quality of resulting data products
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to coordinate multiple, complex data collection activities in the field and the office
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

To learn more about this exciting internship, visit MAPC website and click on “Jobs at MAPC” at the top.

C2C Fellowship (Undergrad/Grad) – Various Locations

C2C Fellows is a national network for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to sustainability leadership in politics and business.

C2C Fellows comes to Boston, California, New York, Florida, and Illinois this year!

Apply today and download the C2C Fellows workshop agenda on our workshops page! 

C2C stands for Campus to Congress, to Capitol, to City Hall, and also for Campus to Corporation. C2C stands for young people gaining control of their future. C2C Fellows is the power network for young people with the wisdom, ambition, talent, and grace to change the future.

C2C Fellows supports students to envision a path to early leadership and to develop their skills. We challenge young people to consider: What skills and experiences are needed to become people of power, people with the ability to affect the future, within five to ten years? We support C2C Fellows to gain these skills. The US Constitution empowers citizens at age 25 to become members of Congress. Yet few young people even imagine pursuing this opportunity. More students have been inspired by young business entrepreneurs. Yet few develop the leadership skills needed to launch a green business.
C2C Fellows engages 300 students each year in intensive, weekend leadership trainings. These regional workshops cover communication, entrepreneurship, environmental and climate science, media, raising capital, and other critical topics. Upon graduation from the workshops, students join the C2C Fellows Network. The network, based at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, provides C2C Fellows with an ongoing community: updates, web-based events, career counseling, a social network of like-minded leaders, and ongoing educational opportunities. C2C Fellows are eligible to apply to become C2C Scholars—funded graduate school students in our M.S. in climate science and policy, in Bard’s M.B.A. in Sustainability; or the dual degree program M.S./M.B.A. They are also eligible to apply for two competitive $1000 scholarships for second-stage training – one to Starting Bloc, and one to Wellstone Action.

Student DEED Funding Opportunities – American Public Power Association

How To Apply: To obtain login credentials for the application website, contact and provide your contact details, date of graduation and the name of the DEED member utility you wish to contact to sponsor your scholarship. For TDP applicants a sponsor will be assigned if you are approved for a scholarship.

Educational Scholarships

Provides funding to support the education of students working toward technical careers that are in short supply and high demand by electric utilities. A DEED member utility must sponsor your application. Review the Educational Scholarship Requirements; Educational Scholarship Application Questions.

  • $2,000 per scholarship paid directly to student’s university.
  • Deadline: February 15 and October 15 each year.

Student Internships

These paid internships provide work experience at an electric utility sponsored by a DEED member utility. Review the Student Internship Requirements; Internship Application Questions.

  • $4,000 plus up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend applicable conference.
  • Deadline: February 15 and October 15 each year.

Student Research Grants

These student grants provide funding to support research in an energy-related project sponsored by a DEED member utility. Review the Student Research Grant Requirements; Research Grant Application Questions.

  • $4,000 plus up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend applicable conference.
  • Deadline: February 15 and October 15 each year.

Technical Design Projects (TDP)

Provides funding to support students working on a technical project of interest to electric utilities, especially engineering students working on their senior project. Review the Technical Design Project Requirements; Technical Design Project Application Questions.

For more information, visit the APPA’s website.

Program Manager – Boston Bikes (Boston, MA)

Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. Boston Bikes focuses on improvements in all five universal bike planning areas: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation.

Since 2007, Boston Bikes has installed 60 miles of bike lane, added 1,500 bike racks, brought the first pro bike race to Boston in nearly 20 years, produced the first bike map of Boston and launched a successful community bike program that has received national recognition. Most recently, Boston launched the New Balance Hubway bike share system, one of the first in the United States.

Boston Bikes is seeking an experienced results-oriented Program Manager with a strong record of management, organization and influencing. This well-rounded individual will have a proven record of success in executing initiatives in a fast-paced environment. The position reports directly to the Director of Boston Bikes.

Key Responsibilities:

- The Boston Bikes Program Manager will assist in all Boston Bikes projects. The Program Manager will have primary responsibility for some or all of the following: 1) overseeing bike safety and enforcement initiatives; 2) managing and growing subsidized Hubway memberships; 3) overseeing distribution and sales of low-cost helmets; 4) leading new and ongoing initiatives, particularly community and women’s initiatives; 5)supervising all aspects of bike rack installations; 6) coordinating key events including Bike Week, Bike Fridays and new events; 7) organizing annual counts; 8) creating annual report and 9) managing select long term reconstruction and development projects as they relate to cycling.

- Additional projects may include: Bike Friendly Businesses, Community Bike Programs, media and outreach, and more. It is anticipated that the Program Manager is a full member of the team, contributing to a wide variety of existing and new projects.

Create and execute plan to sell subsidized memberships to Hubway for low-income residents.
- Create partnerships with community partners to host membership drives.
- Develop and distribute literature to community groups and public media outlets to expand the reach of programming to new areas.
- Process and service membership inquiries.

Execute and manage a plan to maximize access to and usage of low-cost helmets by bike share members, bike share day users and general residents. Oversee specific helmet programs.
- Maintain vendor relationship to purchase low-cost helmets in bulk.
- Maintain and grow partnerships with local merchants, national chains, non-profits, bike shops, and sponsors to sell helmets at/or near cost.
- Manage system to fulfill helmet orders by partners.
- Work with bike share vendor to ensure fulfillment of helmet orders by bike share subscribers.
- Facilitate transition to helmet vending machine.

Supervise bike rack installations.
- Respond to and organize rack requests.
- Conduct field work to site locations, and document installations.
- Oversee permitting of all requests.
- Manage special requests for artistic and/or on street racks.
- Oversee database of all bike racks.

Assist and/or assume responsibility for other Boston Bikes projects including any or all of the following:
Community and Women’s Programs – Research best practices and implement full program to increase diversity within cycling community.
Planning Projects – Oversee long term projects as they relate to cycling to ensure developers and agencies appropriately include bicycle facilities.
Events – Oversee bike industry sponsorship and participate in planning of event day logistics. Coordinate purchase/delivery of supplies/merchandise, manage inventory. Oversee development of collateral materials. Conduct outreach to participants, volunteers, sponsors (phone, email, mailings, events). Create new events as needed.
Annual Counts – Oversee all aspects of annual counts including site determination, volunteer organization, training, and analysis.
Annual Report – Collect data for annual report. Write and design final report.
- Participate in any other Boston Bikes projects as needed.

Perform related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

- At least three (3) years of fulltime, or equivalent part-time, experience working with community-based organizations.
- BA degree preferred and can be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
- Strong project, planning and time management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking in a fast-paced organization.
- Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities.
- Strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
- Proven work ethic and resilience in response to adversity and challenge.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently while also retaining a collaborative team ethic among other Boston Bikes staff.
- Willingness to bike to/from meetings preferred
- Proficient in technology such as Microsoft Office, database management, and website development.
- Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

For more details and information, please visit here.

Lead Gardens Educator – Groundwork Somerville (Somerville, MA)

Groundwork Somerville is hiring a part-time (approximately 20 hours a week) Lead Gardens Educator for our Healthy Education programs in Somerville, MA, to start mid-August in preparation for the 2013-2014 school year. This is an hourly position with the potential to transition to a full-time, salaried Gardens Coordinator position, pending funding. We’re seeking applicants with 2-4 years of program coordination experience, experience teaching students in elementary and middle school, and strong vegetable gardening or farming experience. The primary roles of the Lead Gardens Educator are to manage and run Groundwork Somerville’s garden- and nature-based after school programming in the nine schoolyard gardens located across Somerville, to update existing club lesson plans and develop new ones, and to recruit, train, and coordinate volunteer club assistants to help lead those clubs.


  • Garden-based After-School Clubs (50%)
  • School Garden Development and Care (30%)
  • Program Sustainability, Evaluation, and Assessment (10%)
  • Administrative and Management (5%)
  • Meeting Attendance (5%)


  • Must be able to work at school sites in Somerville on weekdays between 2:15-5:45 from October through mid-December, and a few weekday morning hours based on staff schedule timing and planning time (can be flexible). Applicants should preferably be available to start work in mid-August to early September for orientation, training, planning, outreach, and recruiting volunteers.
  • 2-4 years experience in teaching, running after-school programs, and delivering curricula; must have experience working with and managing behaviors of elementary students (K-5) in large groups
  • 1-2 years of experience growing organic veggies and herbs, maintaining gardens, and/or farming
  • Must be able to pass a CORI background check; first aid/CPR training a plus, but not required
  • Experience recruiting, training, supervising, scheduling, and coordinating volunteers and interns
  • Must have demonstrated outstanding skills in organization, oral and written communication, leadership, and balancing multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously
  • Must have basic computer skills (Microsoft Office); social media and graphic design skills a plus
  • Be a self-starter and work well independently, yet able to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Familiarity with Somerville and comfort riding a bicycle in urban environment (in all weather) a plus
  • Subject expertise in environmental/ecological studies, urban agriculture, teaching, and/or related fields
  • Must be experienced working in multi-cultural, inclusive settings; fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Haitian Creole is a strong plus
  • Must share a passion for Groundwork’s values and vision, and for environmental/social justice issues; must be excited about teaching kids, getting your hands dirty, and working outside!

To apply:

  • Send a cover letter and resume addressed to Marga Hutcheson, at by August 5, 2013. This position will start on or around August 15, 2013. PDF files are preferred. Please do not send hard-copy applications.

To learn more details about this exciting position, please click here.