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Carbon Credit and Purchasing Program Internship, Second Nature (Boston, MA)

Second Nature is a Boston-based non-profit organization working to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education through a variety of initiatives including the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a program which supports nearly 700 colleges and universities committed to carbon neutrality and climate action. Second Nature is seeking applicants for an internship that may focus on the following tasks:

  • Support the research & development of a large-scale Carbon Credit and Purchasing Program (C2P2)
  • Assist with communications and outreach between existing carbon market participants and with the broader ACUPCC network of potential participants
  • Assist with Second Nature’s carbon registry account setup and management
  • Provide technical support and assistance for new and existing C2P2 program participants
  • Research and data analysis of program outcomes
  • Other ad-hoc tasks as assigned and dependent on applicants skills and interest

Knowledge of sustainability issues, including an understanding of carbon offset markets, and sustainability financing are musts. Outstanding candidates will possess: data analysis skills and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, an advanced understanding of the ACUPCC including experience with greenhouse gas inventories and/or climate action planning, in-depth knowledge and passion for climate leadership issues relevant to higher education, and the ability to contribute to the growth of the organization and program through new skills, insights, and ideas.

Position Details: This position requires a 6 month, 10-20 hour week commitment with some working presence in the Second Nature office in downtown Boston during business hours (9am-5pm), beginning in July/August 2015 and ending January/February 2016. This is a competitively paid internship and can be also completed for credit.

Who Should Apply: Graduate students, highly motivated undergraduates, and recent graduates are invited to apply. Women and people of color applicants are strongly encouraged to apply[1].

Application Deadline: n/a

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Assistant Director of Sustainability, Pomona College (Claremont, CA)

Pomona College is seeking a talented, energetic, dedicated, and well-organized professional to serve as the Assistant Director, Sustainability. The candidate must be detailed-oriented and comfortable working in a relaxed but busy environment.

The successful candidate will provide leadership to the College’s sustainability programs and will develop, implement, and assess efforts for the integration of sustainability throughout campus operations and programs. This position will develop, enhance, and maintain environmental stewardship within the campus community and among its constituencies as well as develop strategies for: energy and resource conservation and efficiency, building performance and retro-commissioning, cost forecasting, community engagement and outreach, and strategic planning for sustainability. This position oversees the various programs of the Sustainability Integration Office. This position is an ex-officio member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability.

Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies or other related field of study required; Master’s Degree preferred; Five years of hands-on experience implementing environmental or sustainability programs is required.  LEED level accreditation preferred or the ability to obtain within 18 months.

Application Deadline: n/a

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Sustainability Program Coordinator, Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA)

Reporting to the Director of Facilities, the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator works in the Office of Sustainability (OS) and has overall responsibility for updating, strategizing on, reporting on, and working with Ursinus College employees to implement the College’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan (CSAP) in compliance with our commitment to the ACUPCC. Tasks performed with a high level of autonomy include:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
*   Must be able to communicate in English, including the ability to speak in public.
*   Must be able to work collaboratively with staff, faculty, and students.

ATTENDANCE
·      This position is a full time position with flexible work hours to accommodate evening and weekend events.
·      Reports for work shifts in a dependable and timely fashion, in order to minimize the interruption or delay of regular output for the department.
·      As needed, works outside the framework of a normal work schedule in order to complete projects of heavy demand or to meet student schedules.

RECORDS MAINTENANCE
·      Maintains Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reports.
·      Maintains CSAP database.
·      Writes, with the Sustainability Outreach Coordinator , the OS Annual Sustainability Report.

TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
·      Demonstrates and maintains technical knowledge of the job and of related procedures and policies in order to provide quality support to the department and its constituents.
·      Begins assignments without prompting, maintains productivity in both quantity and quality of work, and appropriately plans, organizes and prioritizes work in order to maximize the use of department resources.
·      Independently contributes ideas and process improvements, and looks for creative solutions and better ways of doing things, in order to meet the goals of continuous improvement.
·      Identifies, analyzes and addresses problems in order to resolve issues whenever possible in a way that minimizes the negative impact on the organization.
·      Makes appropriate, timely, and effective decisions in order to support the work of the department.
·      Manages budget for areas related to Sustainability.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

·      Advanced degree in environmental studies, sustainability, or related field required, or Bachelor degree in environmental studies, sustainability, or related field and 2-3 years related work experience.
·      Must have working knowledge of social media; website programming capabilities a plus.
·      Must have knowledge of computer operations and programs sufficient to coordinate all record keeping requirements with vision sufficient to read computer screen and printed materials.
·      Must have excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills and the demonstrated ability to manage timetables and detailed paper work.
·      Must possess physical mobility sufficient to tour campus, work on the organic farm, carry materials for events, etc. Must have good hearing and speaking skills.
·      A record of organizational leadership, and familiarity with institutional operations in higher education. The candidate will have strong written and oral communication and interpersonal and skills and a demonstrated ability to coordinate activities within a community of diverse participants. Grant writing experience desirable.

INTERACTIVE SKILLS
·      Adapts to new work situations, people, ideas, procedures, and organizational structures, in order to accommodate an evolving work environment.
·      Builds successful relationships with constituents and coworkers. Communicates and works effectively as a team member, in order to maximize the effectiveness of the office.
·      Exhibits maturity, reliability, composure, and stability under pressure in order to handle on-the-job challenges.
·      Understands and abides by a high standard of professional ethics in order to ensure the integrity of the organization.
·      Works successfully with diverse others and upholds the College’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, in order to help the organization realize its commitment to excellence through diversity.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

To apply: Please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three references via email to: hr[at]ursinus.edu (Human Resources Office).  We will review applications as received and will continue to do so until the position is filled.

 

Campaign Organizing Internship, Corporate Accountability International (Boston, MA)

For 38 years, Corporate Accountability International has successfully challenged corporations like Nestlé, General Electric, and Philip Morris to halt abusive practices that threaten human rights, public health, the environment and our democracy. The organization is leading campaigns challenging some of the world’s most powerful industries in food and agriculture, water and tobacco. Our internships are a unique opportunity to gain valuable organizing and non-profit experience. This is a hands-on program, designed to mentor and cultivate students interested in social justice, strengthen their understanding of a fast-paced campaign organization and prepare them with the skills and experience necessary to challenge corporate abuse.

The Campaign Organizing Internship is a skills-building internship in which interns will take on significant projects to advance Corporate Accountability International’s mission in one of the three campaign areas.  Interns will participate in organizing efforts of the Think Outside the Bottle and Public Water Works! Campaigns to challenge corporate control of water, the Value [the] Meal campaign to challenge corporate abuse of our food, or the campaign to Challenge Big Tobacco.  The projects will be coupled with training sessions on  action planning, campaign research, media outreach, fundraising, and many other topics.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with the National Organizers and Campaign Directors to organize activists at the local, regional, national or international level;
  • Outreach targeted constituencies to get people involved in the Think Outside the Bottle Campaign, the Value [the] Meal campaign, or the campaign to Challenge Big Tobacco to develop Corporate Accountability International’s core of activists;
  • Recruit activists by organizing and participating in campaign actions and organizing events;
  • Respond to requests for information and management of campaign materials;
  • Design and layout organizing materials for different constituencies;
  • Provide administrative support to National Organizers on short term campaign projects;
  • Participate in organizational building activities.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated commitment to corporate accountability and progressive social change;
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills;
  • Organizational skills and the ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines;
  • Experience in a high-energy campaign or non-profit setting preferable;
  • Commitment to bringing the campaign back to your campus or community;
  • For candidates interested in the Challenge Big Tobacco internship, fluency in Spanish or French is preferred
Application Deadline: n/a

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Clean Energy Intern, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) (Boston, MA)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks a clean energy intern to work in its office in Boston starting in July 2015. MAPC is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in Metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional cooperation, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities.

The clean energy intern will have significant research responsibilities and will work directly with the Clean Energy Division team to develop and implement MAPC’s energy projects throughout the MAPC region. The intern will provide direct support to MAPC’s regional energy projects, as well as municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. This work will include but is not limited to research and drafting memoranda on energy technologies and MAPC energy projects, researching utility programs, organizing stakeholder meetings, and researching innovative opportunities for community energy programs in the Greater Boston region.

The intern must be willing to commit 15 to 20 hours per week and be enrolled as a student at the time of the internship. This is a paid position. This position is non-exempt under the guidelines of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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