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Student DEED Funding Opportunities – American Public Power Association

How To Apply: To obtain login credentials for the application website, contact DEED@PublicPower.org 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 jobs@groundworksomerville.org 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.

Managing Director – Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA)

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is seeking a Managing Director to direct SBN’s daily operations and lead strategic development and growth of the organization and its core programs. The ideal candidate will be a passionate and motivated sustainability professional with experience in the following core areas:

  • organization and program management
  • event planning
  • fundraising
  • non-profit or business administration

Successful candidates will be resourceful self-starters and team players that thrive in dynamic and fast-paced work environments and enjoy taking on new challenges.

As Managing Director you will be responsible for directing the day-to-day operations and strategic development of SBN and its core programs and events including (but not limited to) the following specific responsibilities:


  • New member identification, recruitment, and engagement
  • Retention of existing members
  • Development and management of member networking and learning events including monthly B2B Networking Group Meetings, SBN onTours, technical assistance workshops, and new events


  • Grants: Identification of grant opportunities, grant writing, and management of awarded grants (meeting deliverables, invoicing, reporting, etc.)
  • Sponsorships: New sponsor development and existing sponsor management (SBN/SBLP & Special Events)
  • Foundations: Research appropriate foundations and develop strategic relationships for foundation support


  • Lead planning of SBN’s annual Sustainability Leadership Summit & Annual Holiday Party
  • Provide overall management and direction for the development, planning, and execution of SBN’s recurring and one-time small-scale events including monthly B2B Networking Group Meetings, SBN On Tours, ALLocal Dinners, Technical Assistance Workshops, documentary film screenings and more.
  • Provide guidance and direction for SBN’s large-scale local food events including the annual Boston Local Food Festival, Hyper Local Craft Brewfest, Local Craft Brewfest and Buy Local Trade Show planned in collaboration with partner organization The Williams Agency.

Staff Management:

  • Recruit, contract and manage SBN staff and interns
  • Ensure professional development of staff and interns
  • Provide day-to-day guidance & support
  • Support the Sustainable Business/Community Leader Program staff with new client development and engagement (particularly highprofile clients)


  • Invoicing and bill processing
  • Budgeting and budget management
  • Program and event accounting
  • Basic financial accounting: check/cash processing etc.

Office Management:

  • Manage office lease and tenant sub-leases
  • Act as primary liaison to landlord and sub-tenants
  • Manage office services including internet, phone, and cleaning
  • Ensure office runs smoothly


  • Must have strong writing skills. Will be responsible for editing and assisting staff in writing newsletter articles, blog posts, website updates and other outreach communications.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations at events and conferences


  • Work with the Executive Director to prepare board reports, attend board meetings and make presentations as needed
  • Represent SBN at internal and external conferences and events
  • Support special programs including the SBN Affinity Program, Worcester SBLP, and others as needed
  • Develop strategic & collaborative partnerships with businesses and organizations to grow the organization and achieve our mission


  • College degree required, graduate degree preferred
  • Professional experience in environmental sustainability, local business, or related field
  • Prior management experience (project/programs and staff) required
  • Fundraising experience & knowledge
  • Experience and ability to sell and market a product/service/idea
  • Budgeting/financial management experience and the ability to work with spreadsheets
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Confident presenting to members, clients, prospects–small and large groups
  • Strong organizational skills, strategic thinker, innovator, self starter
  • Entrepreneurial and able to work with minimal on-site supervision
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities, deadlines and frequent interruptions
  • High level of professionalism and strong attention to detail required
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional nights and weekends
  • Strong work ethic and a passion for SBN’s mission
  • Community connections and a substantial professional network in the Boston area is preferred

Contact Taryn Johnson at taryn@sbnmass.org with cover letter, resumé and references to apply.

GreenBean Ambassador – GreenBean Recycle

Is Recycling Important To You? Want to Make a Sustainable Impact on Campus? Enjoy Gaming and Competition?

Being a GreenBean Ambassador is an exciting opportunity to be part of growing start-up dedicated to sustainability, right on your campus!

GB Recycle revolutionizes recycling by digitizing the bottle deposit process and rewarding high usage rates. Help us generate creative content that engages a large student population and ‘does good’ by diverting thousands of pounds of recyclables from landfills.

What does a GreenBean Amabassador do?

With the support and guidance of GreenBean Recycle, assumes marketing and community outreach of on campus GreenBean Recycle Machine as well as provides leadership in the development and execution of recycling challenges. Focuses on building relationships with key stakeholders, including campus recycling and sustainability departments, student clubs and organizations, and the student population at large.

What do I learn?

GB Recycle provides ambassadors with a host of tools and resources to increase usage of GB machines. GB Ambassadors will also gain professional experience, including:

  • Learning to plan, write, and execute marketing campaigns.
  • Using BaseCamp and other industry-level project management software to collaborate with peers and increase their professional network.
  • Work with major brand sponsors relevant to student population.

How to Apply?
Respond to this email with a cover letter and resume!

For more information visit gbrecycle.com

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