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Data Collection and Research Intern, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Boston, MA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Data Services Department seeks a summer intern to assist with the collection and analysis of MAPC’s “Most Wanted Datasets.” This initiative seeks to develop a more complete picture of the region’s existing conditions and likely future by compiling previously unavailable information and making it available to a wide variety of end users. Current activities are focused on data related to zoning districts, wastewater service areas, real estate development projects, and affordable housing developments. Once compiled, these datasets will be used for regional and local planning and will be made available to the public through MAPC’s online data viewer and web mapper, www.metrobostondatacommon.org. 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. Only candidates currently enrolled in an academic program will be considered for this position.

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

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation will be $15-$18 per hour, commensurate with experience.  Full time position (37.5 hours per week).  Internship period of at least 12 weeks between May and August 2012.  No benefits.


Visit this website to see more detailed information about the position and application instructions.

Position open until filled.  Review of applications will begin on April 23, 2012.

Summer Internship, Purpose NYC

We are seeking interns to work with our team to develop and execute Purpose movements, from strategy and ideation through testing and implementation. Fellows will work with our team of strategists, technologists and interaction designers through the summer on a full-time or near full-time basis.

Here are some examples of the type of work you may help undertake as an intern:

  • Helping to develop our incubator movements, e.g., a movement against global poverty
  • Working with teams to develop business plans for entrepreneurial ventures in the new social and green economy, e.g., sustainable food, electric vehicles, etc.
  • Serving as a supporting member of client engagement teams as a strategist, interaction designer, technologist, etc.
  • Developing cutting-edge thinking on behavioral change, community-building and social action – and how engaging people online can help facilitate change.

Prospective interns are:

  • Deeply committed to our mission of building movements to address the world’s biggest challenges
  • Flexible and entrepreneurial in the approach to working with our interdisciplinary team to build creative solutions to complex problems

How to Apply

The internship will begin on June 1 through August 15, though end dates are flexible with regard to academic schedules. Interns will receive a stipend. Purpose is located in Manhattan and the role is based here.

To apply, please email jobs@purpose.com with the following items and “Intern” in the subject line.

  • Cover letter: Overview of your professional self and why you want to work at Purpose
  • Resume: Education, experience, skills
  • Storytelling Exercise: We want to know more about YOU, your personality, the human side of things. In two pages or less, or in two minutes or less of video/interactive content, answer these three prompts: What is your purpose? Discuss one social issue/problem that most concerns you.  What is your superpower?

For more information on Purpose and a full internship position, click here.

May 15: Financing the Future of Energy Summit

Join the Sustainable Endowments Institute and our 15 partner institutions for the Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Summit at Harvard University on May 15, 2012.

This one-day gathering will bring together national leaders in sustainability and finance with presidents, trustees, and senior officials in finance, facilities and sustainability at colleges, universities, foundations and other nonprofit institutions.

The Summit’s theme is Transforming Energy Efficiency Upgrades from Expenses to High Return Investments; the focus is on colleges and universities as pivotal points to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to demonstrate the groundbreaking budget benefits of green revolving funds.

Please email conference@greenbillion.org with any questions or inquiries about how to register. Registration will be made available only to those that have been invited.

To see a full agenda and registration information, visit the website.

Sustainability and Food Sourcing Coordinator, Yale Univ (New Haven, CT)

This full-time position will support all aspects of Yale Dining sustainability initiatives including supplier management, product evaluation and external, interdepartmental and intradepartmental communications related to these initiatives. Successful candidates will have six years of related work experience or a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Required Education and Experience:
1. Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate’s degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Additional Education and Experience:
1. Preferred: Bachelor’s degree and 3 years experience in related field.
2. Preferred: experience in food service management, purchasing, and environmental programs.

Skills & Abilities:
1. Ability to coordinate multiple projects, set priorities and work independently.
2. Thoroughness, accuracy and attention to detail.
3. Flexible and adaptable.
4. Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
5. Strong Customer Service Skills.
6. Excellent interpersonal communications, writing and organization skills

For a full position description or to apply, click here.

Program Assistant, The Carrot Project (Boston, MA)

The Carrot Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating financing solutions for small and mid-sized farms and farm-related businesses. The Carrot Project was founded in 2005 and made its first microloans to farmers in Vermont and Massachusetts in 2009. Our program model is designed to incubate, learn from, and establish alternative financing programs in combination with business technical assistance. We work collaboratively with private investors, lenders and farm support organizations. We are helping to rebuild a farming system that offers stability to local farmers, provides healthful food for citizens, replenishes the environment, and is good for regional and local economies. We are currently active in New England and parts of New York.

Job Summary:
This is a new part-time position. The person who fills this varied role will work closely with The Carrot Project’s Executive Director to provide administrative support, coordinate our virtual office, and provide development and communications support. We seek a candidate who can thrive in a small dynamic organization, has excellent interpersonal skills, and office management experience.

Key Job Elements:

Administrative: schedule meetings and handle logistics, reply to routine inquires, coordinate database and virtual office, transcribe meeting notes

Development: prepare materials for appeals and acknowledgements, prepare budgets for proposals and other routine materials

Program/Communications: evaluate application process, support investor communications, up-date the website, conduct basic research

Required Skills

  • Office management experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability and enjoyment in attending to details, including follow up
  • Experience and interest in using databases
  • Experience supporting grants management and development
  • Excellent administrative skills
  • Proven ability to transcribe accurate meeting notes
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and manage workload
  • Proven drive to excel and meet challenges

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge and familiarity with sustainable agriculture and/or farming
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Special Requirements

  • Ability and willingness to work from a home office in Greater Boston
  • Occasional regional travel required.

To Apply
The application deadline is Friday, May 4th. We strongly encourage online applications. To apply, visit www.tsne.org/jobs — please include a resume and cover letter. We do accept applications by mail or fax. Send to: Third Sector New England; NonProfit Center, 7th floor; Attn: HR – 89 South Street; Boston, MA 02111 or Fax: 617.523.2070.

Research Intern, Center for Environmental Innovation (Prescott, AZ)

The Center for Environmental Innovation (CEI) is seeking interns to conduct research on a variety of cutting edge environmental, health, safety, sustainability and corporate social responsibility projects. Additional information can be found on the website.

The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to conduct literature searches and direct telephone and e-mail correspondence with major corporations, NGOs, and governmental agencies. Undergraduate and/or graduate studies in environmental policy, business, engineering, or science are preferred. A strong background and understanding of research methods and literature search techniques are required. Excellent verbal and written skills are essential.

Hours are flexible and the work may be conducted at candidate’s home office. This position is an internship, not an employee of CEI. Initial, part time assignments can begin in late April 2012 and vary according to the candidate’s course load. At the end of the 2011-2012 academic year the assignments would be up to 40 hours per week and would extend through the summer, as a minimum, and if mutually desirable, could extend part time on into next school year (2012-2013) for candidates returning to the university.

Initial compensation is up to $17 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.

To apply, send an e-mail cover note and attached resume (prefer MS Word) to:

Richard MacLean,  MacLean@Enviro-Innovate.org.

Center for Environmental Innovation, Inc.
350 Hidden Valley Drive
Prescott, AZ 86303


Aug 11-19: Suburban Permaculture Design & Leadership Course, Common Circle (Eugene, OR)

Join an unforgettable program in leadership, permaculture and sustainable design in Oregon with the world’s most renowned instructors and change your life, your community and your planet.  Not only do Common Circle Education courses offer the most complete curriculum of any similar program, but the people who come to the programs make this the most powerful training offered anywhere.

Gain cutting-edge skills in nature-inspired sustainable design that’s applicable virtually anywhere design is used — from green businesses to your own back yard.  Visit ecovillages, organic farms, the nation’s first biofuel station (ever seen a gas station with solar panels and a green roof selling kombucha? ;), while spending two weeks with some of the most inspiring people around!

During the workshop, we will talk about:

* Smart nature-inspired design principles
* Rainwater catchment and storage
* Greywater – smart water re-use with plant filters
* Food forests & garden design for food abundance
* Eco-psychology and Regenerative Leadership
* Intentional community design and dynamics
* Bio-remediation and toxic waste cleanup
* Natural building design – cob, strawbale and more
* Soil biology and regeneration
* Sustainable transportation and fuels
* Green business and sustainable economics
* Natural patterns and principles
* Everything you ever wanted to know about plants and soil!

We’re thrilled to announce the availability of a limited number of scholarships for our upcoming Urban Permaculture & Regenerative Leadership training in August.
Permaculture Design & Regenerative Leadership Course – Aug 11-19th
Tuition co-pay with scholarship:  $1000 (regular price: $3000!)
-> Discount code:  AUGUSTSCHOLARSHIP (only valid for august course)

We’re making ONLY TEN of these need-based scholarships available
first-come-first-serve.  Just sign up online, and if the system
accepts your credit card information with the code, you’re in.

Common Circle Education is the nation’s ecological design and
sustainable living school with courses in Oregon, Hawaii and
California; our instructors are some of the most well-known
leaders in sustainability, organics and permaculture design.

May 2-3: Community Visioning Workshops, Medford LEAP

Medford Local Energy Action Program – Community Visioning Workshops

The City of Medford and the Metropolitan Area  Planning Council (MAPC) are pleased to invite you to the Medford Local Energy Action Program Community Visioning Workshops. The Workshops are being held to solicit your input on how the City can best deliver and support energy reduction programs to Medford residents and businesses, as well as how the City can reduce its own energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Come give your opinion on how the City can help you.

There will be two workshops held, and each will have the same format and content.
1st Workshop Date: Wednesday, May 2, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

2nd Workshop Date: Thursday, May 3, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Location: Medford City Hall, Council Chambers, 85 George P. Hassett Drive

The Community Visioning Workshops are open to the public, and residents, local business owners, students, and community stakeholders are all encouraged to attend. The workshops will include:

- An introduction to the Local Energy Action Program
- An overview of Medford’s past energy accomplishments
- Brainstorming sessions focused on energy opportunities and interests in Medford

For more information or to request special accommodations, please contact Erin Brandt at (617) 451-2770 ext. 2044 or at ebrandt@mapc.org.

May 14-20: Bay State Bike Week, MassDOT and MassBike

May 14-20 is Bay State Bike Week, a week when Massachusetts celebrates bicycle transportation. Once again, MassDOT and the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) have collaborated to make Bay State Bike Week an exciting statewide happening, with events scheduled throughout Massachusetts.

Bay State Bike Week is an annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation. It is fitting that Massachusetts would be the only state in the nation with a truly statewide bike week, given our long history of biking. Bay State Bike Week has grown from a small crop of bike path coffee set-ups and organized rides to a cornucopia of film screenings, bike breakfasts, festivals and more. We certainly can’t plan all the events ourselves. We depend on thousands of hours of work from local advocates, bike shop owners, and just people who like seeing others go by bike to make this week work. Last year we had over 180 events, and we’re hoping for even more this year!

The 2012 Bay State Bike Week website is live!  Please visit the website to learn more about events that are already registered, how to participate in an existing event, or how to organize your own bicycling event for 2012. Also check Facebook and/or on Twitter for events.

If you are interested, you can also register for the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge through the Bay State Bike Week website.

Electronic Survey Intern, Department Public Works (Winchester, MA)

Seeking Surveymonkey Maven for Winchester Town Trash Pickers

This progressive town, Winchester, is assessing its trash management with goal of reducing trash and increasing recycling at least 100%. Winchester is running a town-wide electronic survey on trash issues, under the aegis of Winchester Waste Analysis Team (also called the Winchester Trash Pickers) and the Department of Public Works, with the help of a MassDEP recycling expert. They are anticipating 5,000-plus respondents.

Winchester Trash Pickers seek an enthusiastic person to set up the survey on SurveyMonkey GOLD; the survey has already been designed. Follow-up steps for the intern might include data analysis and changing Winchester’s trash management in light of survey results and the best practices. Knowledge of /experience with SurveyMonkey is crucial to this position. The survey must go up by May 1st, and the plan is to close it 5 weeks later.

Please send CV and/or interests to Prassede Calabi, who is heading the project, at calabi@mindfire.ws.

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