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Project Manager/Analyst for the Energy Program – Downstream Strategies (Morgantown, WV)

Downstream Strategies offers environmental consulting services that combine sound interdisciplinary skills with a belief in the importance of protecting the environment and linking economic development with a natural resource stewardship. Our program areas include Energy, Water, and Land and our toolkits include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Monitoring and Remediation, and Stakeholder Involvement and Perspectives.

We seek a Project Manager/Analyst to lead, participate in, and develop a range of projects related to energy and the environment, with an initial focus on assisting with the development of a greenhouse gas inventory for a West Virginia city. The successful candidate will bring multiple skills and will be a key team member on projects in Appalachia and beyond. This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary and responsibilities will be based on education and experience. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance and a flexible policy for paid time off. Future benefits may also include a share of company ownership.

Duties and Responsibilities
Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Participate on a project team to develop a greenhouse gas inventory for a West Virginia city. This will involve collecting data, performing calculations, involving stakeholders, and writing a final report that is accessible to a non-technical audience as well as municipal leaders across the state.
  • Work in collaboration with a nonprofit organization to help develop solar photovoltaic projects across West Virginia
  • Develop new projects within the Energy program that fit within our general program vision but can be tailored to the successful candidate’s particular skills and interests. These will include research projects as well as on-the ground renewable energy development
  • Help with other science and policy projects related to natural resources with a primary focus on our Energy program
  • Analyze data and create charts and tables using tools such as Excel
  • Write technical and summary supports
  • Help foster an interdisciplinary atmosphere at Downstream Strategies

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a program related to environmental science, energy resources, or related field
  • One of more years’ experience working in a related field
  • Knowledge of greenhouse gases and methods for creating a community inventory
  • Aptitude for data synthesis and presentation
  • Proficiency with software tools including Excel and Word
  • Experience with technical writing

Preferred additional skills and characteristics:

  • Graduate degree
  • Experience creating a greenhouse gas inventory for a city, country, or state
  • Other direct experience related to greenhouse gas accounting
  • Knowledge of energy and environmental issues related to West Virginia and Appalachia, including coal mining, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, and renewable energy
  • Familiarity with federal energy datasets, including those from the Energy Information Administration
  • Familiarity with federal and state laws and policies related to energy resources
  • Interest in helping develop Downstream Strategies’ program areas

To Apply

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible. The position will begin on or about June 1, 2013 or as soon as a candidate is selected and able. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and two references to Tara Steed at tsteed@downstreamstrategies.com.

Staff Organizer for US Campaigns – ForestEthics (Bellingham, WA & San Francisco, CA)

The Staff Organizer for US Campaigns will work primarily with the US Tar Sands and Stop SFI Greenwash Campaigns to build field capacity and implement field tactics such as protests, petitions, rallies, and educational events. The Staff Organizer will recruit, train and develop teams of activists in strategic regions to carry out this work. In addition, the Staff Organizer will provide support as needed to other campaigns, and grow the overall field presence of the organization. The Staff Organizer is responsible for promoting and protecting ForestEthics’ brand in field events the organization endorses. Reporting to the Director of US Campaigns, this is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an excellent package of employee and health benefits. This position provides an exciting opportunity to join a world-class team of environmental leaders.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
US Campaigns

  • Design powerful, innovative and effective field tactics for the US Tar Sands and Stop SFI Greenwash campaigns in consultation with US campaigners and the outreach team.
  • Recruit, train and develop teams of activists in strategically selected US cities.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with coalition partners who can provide field support to US campaigns.
  • Represent the campaigns and act as on-the-ground spokesperson at conferences, events, trainings etc. as needed.
  • Assist in the creation of campaign materials such as factsheets, postcards and activist toolkits.
  • Work with outreach and development departments to effectively recruit online support (including monetary donations) for US campaigns and to develop effective campaign messaging in ForestEthics social media.
  • Recruit, train and develop grassroots leadership for US campaigns.
  • Identify and work with existing networks to support turnout at US campaign events.
  • Create compelling report backs of field activities including: high-quality photos, high-quality video, direct stories from activists in the field, and assist in the creation of blogs.

Organizational

  • Grow and maintain a base of field activists for all ForestEthics campaigns.
  • Maintain and manage relevant databases and ensure that activist information is kept updated, and campaigners have access to field networks as needed.
  • Assist in the development of organizational policies such as campaign list-sharing and standard contact databasing.
  • Support, as needed, the growth and development of a comprehensive program for organizing work that supports ForestEthics campaigns.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3-5 years organizing experience, with experience in markets campaigns strongly preferred;
  • Independent, self-motivated with a desire to advance ForestEthics’ mission;
  • Enthusiasm and passion for campaign organizing;
  • Demonstrated success managing volunteers, identifying organizational needs, and problem solving with minimal supervision;
  • Highly organized, flexible, creative, able to prioritize multiple tasks, and able to thrive in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment;
  • Knowledge of SalesForce (or similar relationship management database) a plus;
  • Excellent project management, follow-through, and time management skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to travel regionally;
  • Experience with media and fundraising a plus.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Talk, hear
  • Clear vision at 25 inches or less to view computer screen and read documents
  • Must be able to sit at desk and work on a computer for long periods of time
  • May have to climb stairs to reach office
  • Working conditions typical of an office environment
  • Exposure to moderate levels of noise such as computers, printers, light traffic

TO APPLY
Please send cover letter with resume to usorganizer@forestethics.org with your name in the subject line. No phone calls please. We thank you for your application, but only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

Director of Tar Sands Free West Coast Campaign – ForestEthics (Bellingham, WA)

ForestEthics is leading a bold campaign to stop Big Oil’s plans to bring a major tar sands pipeline – and  ensuing oil tankers – to North America’s West Coast. Reporting to the US Campaigns Director, Tte Director of the Tar Sands Free West Coast (TSFWC) Campaign will provide leadership, vision, and direction for this campaign while coordinating a united front with partners and activists along the west coast of the United States. Our team in Canada has already developed a wall of opposition in British Columbia. We will now bring that on the ground campaign effort to the US in full coordination with our Canadian team. This expansion of our US tar sands work will compliment our ongoing and extremely successful corporate campaigning. Extensive travel in the US and Canada will be required. This is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience and an excellent package of employee and health benefits. This position provides an exciting opportunity to join a world-class team of environmental leaders.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Design powerful, innovative and effective campaign strategies and tactics for the Tar Sands Free West Coast campaign
  • Coordinate closely with our US and Canadian Tar Sands Campaign leaders
  • Develop a strong US coalition focused on stopping tar sands pipelines, tankers, and rails proposals
  • Work with tar sands campaign team and digital communications department to identify and implement opportunities for online action and engagement.
  • Lead efforts to Identify and expand networks to recruit strong activists for campaign actions, events, and activities
  • Cultivate a deeply engaged activist base in the Pacific Northwest with a special focus in Seattle
  • Develop and maintain strong and functional relationships with coalition partners that will provide field support for US campaign work
  • Represent the TSFWC campaign and act as ForestEthics’ spokesperson at conferences, events, and trainings
  • Work with Outreach and Development departments to create campaign materials for media, fundraising, and events to effectively recruit support for the campaign, both online and on the ground
  • Create and curate content for blogs and social media on a regular basis. Engage online communities through daily social media communication
  • Create compelling regular reports and updates on campaign activities including: high-quality photos, high-quality video, and direct stories from activists in the field

QUALIFICATIONS & CHARACTERISTICS

  • 5+ years organizing/campaigning experience, with experience in markets campaigns strongly preferred
  • Independent, self-motivated with a desire to advance ForestEthics’ mission
  • Enthusiasm and passion for environmental campaigning
  • Experience with media and fundraising
  • Demonstrated success managing volunteers, identifying organizational needs, and problem solving with minimal supervision
  • Maturity of judgment and operating talent to achieve credibility and influence with senior management, staff members, and peer organizations
  • Committed to the values of diversity, open communication and inclusiveness
  • Highly organized, flexible, creative, able to prioritize multiple tasks, and able to thrive in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment
  • Excellent project management, follow-through, and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to travel internationally

TO APPLY
Please send a resume and cover letter to TSFWCdirector@forestethics.org with your name in the subject line and on each attachment. No phone calls, please. Only those who will be interviewed will be contacted.

Administrative Fellowship – Center for Whole Communities (Fayston, VT)

Center for Whole Communities (CWC) is seeking a dynamic and detail-oriented individual who is committed to our mission and values to serve as Administrative Fellow. This is an entry-level 6  month fellowship suited to someone interested in pursuing a career in the non-profit field. The fellowship responsibilities call for strong organizational, relational, and project management skills. Center for Whole Communities is specifically seeking to enhance its organizational diversity within the make-up of our staff. Therefore, we encourage candidates who identify as a person of color, or from a non-dominant background to apply for this position

Visit here for more information.

Operations Assistant (part-time) – Center for Diversity & the Environment (Portland, OR)

The Operations Assistant will work directly with the executive director and will play a unique and critical role in the overall administrative duties for CDE. The Operations Assistant will provide overall support to ensure administrative and operational duties within the organization remain on track for timely delivery. He or she needs to be comfortable and have the flexibility to work effectively in an entrepreneurial setting for a growing organization. Primary duties will be assisting with financial management, fundraising administration, database management, meeting preparation, and client communications. The Operations Assistant will also manage independent projects as needed.

The Operations Assistant will work in a dynamic office environment that requires creativity, initiative, flexibility, and the ability to work both independently and in a team setting. CDE is a Mac-based office with the Executive Director’s home office as the primary work setting. The Operations Assistant will need to have the technological expertise and flexibility to work and manage operations from various locations.

The Operations Assistant will:

Administrative
• Communicate in a professional and effective manner both verbally and in writing using tact, discretion, and courtesy.
• Represent the organization in a professional manner.
• Build and maintain relationships with CDE support services representatives, partners, and associates.
• Complete incoming and routine administrative work to meet program and organization timelines and deadlines, including package delivery, mail sorting, and filing.
• Assist with meeting arrangements: schedule meetings, secure meeting locations, take meeting notes and distribute to meeting participants, arrange conference calls as needed.
• Assist Executive Director with board meetings and retreats: meeting packet development,facility arrangements, food procurement, identify and procure materials/supplies.
• Event coordination and management: Provide support services for conference andworkshop activities, such as creating and sending invitations, identifying locations,caterers, and other vendors, and coordinating planning meetings.
• Travel: Research and identify lodging and transportation, develop an itinerary, secure andconfirm reservations, and administer reimbursements.
• Prepare and maintain cloud-based and hard copy files and records.
• Conduct research that supports organization decision-making.

To learn more details about the Center for Diversity & the Environment and the position, click here.

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

Required:

  • 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

Desired:

  • 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.

Duties/Responsibilities:

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.

Qualifications:
• 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
employment@nlc.org

Internship – Cape Cod Commission/Scott Horsely (Cape Cod, MA)

Internship available working with Cape Cod Commission and Scott Horsley assisting in the development of a database for on-site septic systems on Cape Cod. Cape Cod Commission is beginning the development of a 208 wastewater plan for Cape Cod. The majority of residents on the Cape will remain on these on-site septic’s indefinitely. Innovative and alternative technologies are needed to treat nitrogen at these homes. The first step is to develop a database of existing septic systems. This will be accomplished by working with the 15 towns including boards of health and the county health department. The internship will begin this summer and can be extended into the fall semester. It can be full time during the summer months and part time in the fall. The project could also lead into a practicum associated with WSSS that will be developed during the fall semester. Moderate compensation in the neighborhood of $10-$15 per hour is available for the internship.

Contact: Scott Horsley shorsley@horsleywitten.com