February 4, 2016

Career Tip of the Week

7 Go-To People To Get You Through Your Job Search

By Victoria Crispo on January 26, 2016

When you’re focusing on your career, it’s natural to seek comfort from people who are encouraging and helpful. Whether you are a job seeker, aspiring leader, or you’re putting the focus on your professional development, secure the support of different people who can “stand in your corner.” As advisors or “go-to” people, these individuals can help as you shape your course towards success. Look out for folks like these to add to your support team:

The Connector

A “Connector” is someone with a strong, current, and bustling network that they reach out to and nurture regularly. They will enthusiastically introduce others to you or locate resources that make what you are working on easier. This person effortlessly makes connections between needs and resources, and matches them together. If you are lucky to find a Connector who can identify mutually beneficial scenarios, even better! Any time you can give as well as receive is a bonus, so jump on opportunities where you can gain a resource and give one in return. Sometimes this can even lead to another new connection or opportunity for collaboration, so don’t let it pass you by!

The Grammar Snob (and the Spelling Stickler)

Before you send out one more resume, grant proposal, or press release, implore the most grammatically correct friend you have to read over your documents. Also shoot over a copy to a Spelling Stickler for a review so that your document is free from misspellings. You might even want to sit down with them during the review and ask them to point out every change they are making and why. This serves as a mini-crash course so you can avoid making the same mistakes again.

The Wordsmith

If you’re ever feeling like you’re fumbling for the right words or just want to refresh your vocabulary, seek out a Wordsmith. Perhaps you feel you’re being repetitive with how you deliver your messages or just want to breathe some life into the way you use words. Seek out your best example of a Human Thesaurus, someone prolific with words. Set up an informal coffee chat and expose yourself to the words in your Wordsmith’s vocabulary.

This happened to me several months ago when a friend used the word “oomph”. It gave me an instant mental picture. It stuck as one of my go-to words to describe something with a certain exciting energy to it.

If you’re looking to find ways to better connect with others or add a little “oomph” to your messaging, sometimes it’s a simple matter of changing up the words that you use. Immerse yourself in your Wordsmith’s arsenal and give a few of the words a “test drive” by incorporating them into your own speech. See what feels authentic and add it to your word bank.

The Marketing Wiz

If you’ve decided to jump on the “personal website” bandwagon or are engaging in any other medium to make a name for yourself, you definitely want this person on your team! This savvy individual knows can help you clarify and define your “unique selling proposition”- what distinguishes you from the competition and makes you authentically YOU.

Does this person actually have to have “marketing” or “branding” in his job title? Absolutely not! Think of your friends with the most social clout and online influence. Who really gets the conversations started and keeps them going? Who knows where to go for the most popular news and features? Maybe you know someone who always gets the best (and most) comments on their blog posts. Find out what they are doing to gain traction and get attention. Incorporate it into your own promotional blitz.

The Idea Bouncer

This person is someone who can support you as you brainstorm ideas or formulate ways for executing projects or goals.  While you may want someone to just sit and listen intently (that’s a different type of go-to person- see below), your Idea Bouncer will take in what you share, quickly reflect on it, and bounce back some questions for you to consider as you make plans. For example, let’s say you want to organize take-home meals for children in a nonprofit after-school program. Your Idea Bouncer may ask you: what credentials do you need to safely assemble and distribute food and how will you get them if you don’t already have them? How will you identify funding sources for the program?  What other permissions do you need? Who else do you need in your corner?

Select someone who is highly inquisitive as your Idea Bouncer. You want someone who can help you look at the angles you may have missed in your excitement to get started on your goal. As your Idea Bouncer presents questions, take notes that will help you determine whether you are taking the “right” course of action for you at this time, and what you can do to help you get there.

The Listener

This individual will listen intently to your ideas, thoughts, and concerns. Unlike the Idea Bouncer, the Listener won’t necessarily play devil’s advocate on your behalf. Rather, they will provide a safe, supportive space for you to think “out loud”.

The Insightful Observer

Looking to finesse your leadership style or interview approach? You’ll want to ask an Insightful Observer, “tell me what you see.” Insightful Observers take note not only of what they physically see with their eyes (eg, “your shirt is yellow”) but what you might be saying without even using a word. This individual might assess your body language; for example, “when you sit hunched over, you give the impression that you’re not confident with the idea you just presented.”

This can pack a real punch- if you were unaware that you were slouching, you likely were not paying attention to the impression it can give. It may even spur you on to reflect on how confident you truly feel about your idea. Spend time with your Insightful Observer to learn more about the cues you may be giving others- whether they be interviewers or coworkers you manage and lead- and what you can do about it.

Which of these go-to people have you enlisted to help you in your current career aspirations? What are you learning as you go from your go-to people?

Note from Kathy – Don’t forget your VLS resources – especially the Office of Career Services and your dedicated masters counselor – me!

Job / Externship Postings of the Week

 2016 Cuba/Vermont Agriculture and Food Systems Fellowship

Application Information

Deadline: February 15th, 2016

Sponsored by Vermont Community Law Center’s Cuban American Friendship Society and CAFS


Cuba is a leader in sustainable agriculture, practicing agroecology practices country-wide.  In light of Vermont’s leadership in sustainable agriculture and food systems, we are uniquely positioned to engage with our Cuban counterparts to further knowledge about generative agriculture.  The recent improvement in U.S./Cuba relations provides a unique and important opportunity to learn from each other about the ways in which we can produce food for a growing global population while conserving the Earth’s limited resources.

Vermont and Cuba have pioneered sustainable food systems despite the challenges of a powerful industrial food system, which prioritizes large scale production above community and sustainable growth.  In the United States, federal laws and policies have resulted in a “get big or get out” approach to agriculture.  Rather than attempting to compete with large scale agriculture, Vermont has bucked the national trend by developing a “Third Way.” That “Third Way” is meant to harness the creativity and ingenuity of small scale farmers and food entrepreneurs while focusing on making communities stronger.

As Cuba and the United States move toward a more open relationship, there may be pressure on Cuba to adopt an industrial, input intensive agriculture system.  Vermont has faced many of these pressures – and yet is fostering a vibrant agricultural community.  The goal of this scholarship project is to develop a rich dialog between Vermont and Cuba regarding the legal and policy frameworks that underlie the food and agricultural systems in both places, creating an important knowledge base and fertile cross-cultural exchange at a time when such information and dissemination is crucial.

Eligibility and Expectations : 2L, 3L, and masters Vermont Law School students are eligible to apply for this fellowship.  The fellowship covers the costs of traveling to Cuba for one week for field research under the supervision of VLS faculty during the Fall 2016 semester, with exact dates to be determined.  The student selected for the fellowship (Cuba Fellow) will be required to produce at least one publication-quality article as an Independent Research Project (IRP) focused on comparative food or agriculture law and policy analysis.   In addition, the Cuba Fellow will present their research to students and faculty at Vermont Law School.

First drafts of projects will be due in the fall 2016 semester. The final paper will be due in the spring semester of  2017.

Students with a record of high academic achievement and demonstrated interest in food and agriculture are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please submit a one page research proposal focused on comparing a specific aspect of food and agricultural systems law in Cuba and Vermont.  In addition, please submit a writing sample, resume or CV and list of three references.  Application materials must be emailed to Professor Jared Carter at jcarter@vermontlaw.edu and CAFS Fellow Carrie Scrufari at carriescrufari@vermontlaw.edu.   The deadline to apply is midnight February 15, 2016.

Executive Director

Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) is seeking a new Executive Director (E.D.) to lead the organization into its third decade. Working from the Portland headquarters, the E.D. partners with the Board to set direction and is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the organization and its activities, as well as developing new member services and programming.

NEBC is a dynamic 20-year-old regional trade association representing 260 Northwest companies working in the environmental and energy industry, including engineering, consulting, finance, and law firms; manufacturers and vendors; and others supportive of its mission. It serves its members primarily through education, networking, and business development, plus some advocacy. NEBC is event-driven, annually producing six conferences and several dozen luncheons, forums, and mixers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Events are responsible for over half of its net operating income (approximately $500,000) with the balance coming from company memberships. NEBC accomplishes this high level of activity though a dedicated and productive six-person staff. See www.nebc.org.

Manager, Clean Energy 

Edison Electric Institute, one of the nation’s premier trade associations, has an outstanding opportunity for a Manager, Clean Energy.  The Manager will be responsible for programs and activities relating to clean energy options including renewable energy and energy storage.  The tasks include developing best-in-class studies, products and data.  The Manager will also work with EEI staff to develop and implement targeted generation policy advocacy, engage EEI members in a range of policy and commercial issues, and serve as a spokesperson on clean energy, power generation, and energy storage.  The job requires a degree in economics, business, engineering or a related field.  A master’s degree in a related area is a plus.  The successful applicant will have five or more years of related professional experience focusing on industry energy supply issues, energy storage, and/or clean energy.  Effective oral communication skills and superior writing abilities are essential.  Applicants should have outstanding interpersonal and analytical skills, with experience in project management and business process improvement

– See more at: http://www.eei.org/about/careers/Pages/default.aspx#sthash.F06y6GXR.dpuf

To Apply: All applications must include a cover letter and a résumé. Please indicate the job title you are applying for, as well as your salary requirements. Our e-mail address is hrweb@eei.org. Our fax number is 202-508-5503. You can also mail your information to:

Edison Electric Institute
Attention: Recruiting Department
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004-2696


Intern – Southeast Asia Programs

Internship posted by: Blacksmith Institute

Posted on: February 4, 2016

Internship description

Internship in Southeast Asia Programs


Pure Earth (formerly the Blacksmith Institute) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to solving life-threatening pollution problems in low and middle-income countries. A global leader in this field, Pure Earth addresses a critical need to identify and clean up the world’s worst polluted places, focusing on places where human health is most at risk. Based in New York, Pure Earth works cooperatively in partnerships that include governments, the international community, NGOs and local communities to design and implement innovative, low-cost solutions to save lives.


Pure Earth seeks a qualified intern to assist with a range of programmatic and administrative duties for ongoing projects in Southeast Asia. The position is based in Pure Earth’s headquarters in New York City. Interns can expect to perform the following tasks:

  • Assist in the preparation of reports and summaries related to polluted sites, cleanup projects and environmental health issues
  • Review database of polluted sites to ensure quality of site assessment data
  • Research potential funding opportunities
  • Coordinate with staff in international offices
  • Perform other programmatic and administrative tasks as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g. international development, public health, environmental science)
  • Experience with scientific research preferred
  • Strong academic record and excellent English writing/editing skills
  • Available for a minimum of 16 hours/week
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and online research tools
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, or Vietnamese a plus

This is a paid internship at a rate of $12/hour, 16-20 hours a week.

How to apply

Email résumé and cover letter as a single attachment to Anthony Rivera atanthony@pureearth.org. The subject line of your email should read: SE Asia Internship

In the cover letter, please summarize your interest, applicable skills/experience and relevant course work.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.


Ocean Conservation Program Intern

Internship posted by: The Conservation Law Foundation

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Internship description

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking an Ocean Conservation Program Summer Intern to conduct a variety of research, writing, and administrative tasks to enrich and promote the advocacy work of its Ocean Conservation program. The Ocean Conservation Program Intern will primarily assist with creating original content and conducting social media outreach for blogs managed by the Ocean Conservation Program that foster informed discussion about New England ocean issues. He or she will also be expected to complete a variety of other tasks, including research projects of interest to the Ocean Conservation Program initiatives and occasional administrative tasks to increase the organization and efficiency of the Ocean Conservation team.

The Ocean Conservation Program intern will be based in CLF’s Boston office and will report to the Ocean Conservation Program Assistant.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Preferred major in ocean or marine studies
  • Exceptional research, analytical, organizational, and writing skills;
  • A strong and demonstrated interest in environmental advocacy and policy, preferably including a basic understanding of fisheries management and ocean conservation issues;
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite and social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter; knowledge of WordPress content management system and Adobe Photoshop is a plus, but not required;
  • The ability to work independently and take initiative;
  • A strong commitment to CLF’s mission, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude.

General Responsibilities:

  • Research and draft blog posts for publication on New England Ocean Odyssey,TalkingFish.org, and the CLF Scoop;
  • Use social media tools to market blog content and track views and sharing;
  • Assist with research on a variety of ocean-related topics that are of mutual interest to the Ocean Conservation Program staff and the Ocean Program intern;
  • Assist with administrative tasks, including indexing press clips and documents and assisting with file organization.

The Ocean Conservation Program Internship is an unpaid summer internship and requires a minimum commitment of three days a week. Interested candidates should to send a cover letter (e.g. “SMITH J COVER), resume (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME), and a writing sample to Human Resources at internships@clf.org. Application materials must be received no later than March 4, 2016.


Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Interested candidates should to send a cover letter (e.g. “SMITH J COVER), resume (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME), and a writing sample to Human Resources atinternships@clf.org. Application materials must be received no later than March 4, 2016.


Communications & Policy Internship

Internship posted by: Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Internship description

Please note that this position is unpaid. Application deadline is March 4, 2016.

Applications for the Summer 2016 semester will be considered on a rolling basis. Early applications will therefore have an advantage!

Intern Responsibilities

  • Handle EESI’s social media outreach, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts
  • Research and write articles on a broad range of energy, environment, and policy issues for[[http:org|EESI.org]].
  • Topics include: climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable buildings, sustainable communities, sustainable transportation…
  • Research and write articles for our weekly newsletter, Climate Change News
  • Assist with the outreach for and execution of Congressional briefings and events
  • Explore creative ways to engage and expand EESI’s network
  • Research congressional information: bills, current issues, legislation, policy
  • Attend Congressional hearings and other events and brief staff on material covered
  • Data entry and other administrative duties
  • Other responsibilities as required, based on interest areas and Executive Director’s needs. In particular, interns are invited to research and draft fact sheets and issue briefs that will be distributed to the policymaking community

Intern Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree (or degree in progress) in communications, journalism, political science, environmental studies, or a related field. Applicants with media experience or education are preferred. EESI also offers policy-focused internships
  • Interest in environmental and energy issues, with particular enthusiasm for the communication of pertinent information to policymakers and other interested parties
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Ability to represent EESI professionally at events on Capitol Hill
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-starter, flexible and able to manage multiple tasks
  • Open to feedback, with strong desire to develop professional skills
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Photoshop, database, layout and web software, video editing and/or online social media a plus

How to apply

Internship Application Requirements

This internship requires a commitment of 25-40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks (1 semester), with extensions possible. We prefer full-time commitments. Citizens of any nation may apply, but EESI does not sponsor visas. We offer a friendly, informal and progressive work environment.

To apply please include your name in the subject line of the e-mail. Please submit the following to Amaury Laporte at alaporte [at] eesi.org:

  • Cover letter explaining your interests, what you hope to gain, and what you can contribute.
  • Please specify when you would be available for the internship and how many hours you could work per week.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample in a journalistic style, 1 page maximum.
  • Please avoid submitting an academic paper: we are seeking interns with an engaging, reader-friendly style to help get EESI’s message across.
  • Optional: unofficial transcript
  • Optional: list of references

Please remember to include your name in the subject line of the e-mail. The position will be open until filled. Application deadline is March 4, 2016. This position is unpaid, however we do offer transportation benefits.


U.S. Fuels Internship, Summer 2016

Internship posted by: International Council on Clean Transportation

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Internship description

The ICCT has an internship opportunity in its Washington, DC office to work on U.S. biofuel policy and sustainability. The successful applicant will support the Fuels team in its research projects on issues such as biofuel feedstock availability, sustainable biofuel production, biofuel market impacts, and indirect land use change in the context of policies including the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and state Low Carbon Fuel Standards.

Position Description

This position will be attractive for students and graduates interested in biofuels and bioenergy, land use and agricultural sustainability, and technology commercialization. The main project for the internship will likely focus on updating an analysis of biodiesel feedstock availability in the U.S. Each year, the EPA sets volume requirements for biofuel categories, including biodiesel, based in part on how much biodiesel can be produced. Biodiesel made from virgin vegetable oils carries sustainability concerns because it may be substituted in non-fuel markets with palm oil, which contributes to deforestation and high CO2 emissions in Southeast Asia. This internship project will involve researching production, uses, and availability of vegetable oils and other biodiesel feedstocks such as used cooking oil and tallow in the U.S., and projecting availability of these feedstocks for future years of the RFS.

We generally expect that applicants will have or be pursuing one or more degrees in technical disciplines such as environmental science, engineering, economics, or the pure sciences, but will consider highly numerate candidates with other backgrounds. The successful candidate will need to display excellent personal organizational and communication skills, as well as strong numeracy and analytical ability. The role will include the following tasks:

  • Contributing to technical research projects
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Writing short papers

Our Fuels Program is actively engaged globally in the development of policies to promote the use of cleaner fuels in transport. The successful applicant may also be asked to contribute to other projects that work toward the broader mission of the ICCT.


  • Proficiency in English
  • Strong quantitative, analytical, and written and verbal communication skills
  • A high level of competence with MS Excel (or comparable analytical tools), and proficiency with MS Word and PowerPoint
  • Strong project/task management and organization skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • A degree in a technical discipline or current enrollment in a technical program. Candidates with a graduate degree or equivalent experience or that are currently enrolled in a graduate program will be at an advantage.
  • A commitment to delivering environmental progress through effective policy.

Position Details

The intern is expected to work full-time for three months over the summer of 2016. The location of the internship is the ICCT office in Washington, D.C. The internship will be paid commensurate with experience.

How to apply

Please send your resume, a cover letter, a short writing or project sample (all as attachments), along with name and contact information of three references (letters not necessary) to internships@theicct.org with “U.S. Fuels Summer Internship” as your message’s subject heading. Preference will be given to candidates whose cover letters directly respond to the position being offered and include all materials requested in their initial e-mail. Applicants without the supplemental materials will receive less consideration. Candidates will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and the position will remain open until filled. No calls and no recruiters, please; the ICCT will contact directly candidates that are deemed qualified. Equal opportunity employer.


Electric Vehicle Fellow

Internship posted by: International Council on Clean Transportation

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Internship description

Position Description

The ICCT seeks a highly self-motivated, enthusiastic person to contribute to a wide range of research on electric vehicle technology and policies to promote advanced efficiency and plug-in electric vehicles. This position will be located in our San Francisco, California office; the length of the Fellowship is negotiable – anywhere from 3 to 12 months.

Position Responsibilities

  • Analyze best practices to promote the deployment of electric vehicles, critically assessing the role of regulations, incentives, fueling infrastructure, and consumer outreach programs;
  • Quantify energy-saving, emission-reduction, and cost implications of electric and other advanced efficiency vehicle technologies;
  • Collect data and maintain databases on vehicle technology data;
  • Help facilitate policy and technical exchanges for policymakers;
  • Develop relationships with other international experts, government officials, and local organizations;
  • Represent the ICCT and present research at technical conferences and workshops in the US and internationally;
  • Collaborate with ICCT staff on emerging projects based on need; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, economics, or related field;
  • Demonstrated interest in vehicle technology, climate change, air quality, energy, environment, public health, or related topics; familiarity with environmental and energy challenges in the transportation sector preferred;
  • Excellent and demonstrated quantitative, analytical, and research skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and English communication skills, both written and verbal, plus reading and writing proficiency in a second language strongly preferred; and
  • Great organization and collaboration skills, combined with flexibility and a positive attitude.

Position Details

The ICCT offers a mission-driven, egalitarian, culturally diverse workplace where intelligence, flexibility, transparency, and good humor are highly valued. Fellows are eligible for health and certain other benefits, including a commuting subsidy.

How to apply

Please send resume, a cover letter with salary expectations, writing samples, and three references (all as attachments) to internships@theicct.org (subject line: “EV Fellow – CA”). Salary to be determined based on experience and education. Preference will be given to candidates whose cover letters directly address the position being offered. This is an immediate opening and the position will remain open until filled. Applicants without the supplemental materials will receive less consideration. No calls and no recruiters, please. Equal opportunity employer.


Summer 2016 Internships

Internship posted by: Ceres

Posted on: February 2, 2016


Ceres is a national coalition of investors, environmentalists, labor unions and public interest groups, dedicated to increasing corporate sustainability and responsibility. Our mission is to move businesses, capital, and markets to advance lasting prosperity by valuing the health of the planet and its people.

Ceres plays a unique role in the national sustainability movement by bringing the perspective and power of investors to environmental issues and specifically to the practices of corporations and the regulation of financial markets. Today Ceres is a growing organization with expanding influence in the investment, environmental, and public policy arenas. Our program activities seek to foster greater public disclosure of environmental and social impacts by corporations, encourage engagement between companies and their stakeholders, and create opportunities for collaborative dialogue leading to positive change on key sustainability issues. For more information about Ceres, please visit our web site (www.ceres.org).

We are seeking dynamic, committed interns who would find it exciting to join the Ceres team!


Ceres’ interns support Program, Communications, and Development staff working with a wide variety of constituents within the Ceres network: environmental activists, investors, funders, and corporations. While providing some administrative support, interns will primarily work in one of the following areas using skills in research, project coordination, IT and communications. Detailed descriptions of each available position can be found below.

Each February, Ceres advertises for our summer program. During March we conduct interviews and make placements. Our Summer Intern Program is held during the months of June and July, and runs for an 8-week period. The work hours are Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. We pay a stipend of $3500 for the eight weeks and provide a pass on the MBTA systems for June and July. We typically hire 8-10 interns, who are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students.

Below you will find a more detailed description of each program team that is seeking a summer intern. Please read details of each position and clearly specify which you are applying for when submitting your materials. Please note: Only the Program Teams listed below are seeking an intern for Summer 2016.


The Corporate Program works with the 65+ members of the Ceres Company Network to help them develop sustainable business strategies that address key challenges like climate change. Ceres focuses its engagement around four areas, which are laid out in The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability; corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure, and sustainability performance, which includes topics such as supply chains, operations and products. The Corporate Program hopes to hire two summer interns who will support our corporate engagement work through:

  • Researching and analyzing the sustainability performance of a company and/or sector against the expectations laid forth in The Ceres Roadmap, using publicly available disclosure (primarily corporate sustainability reports)
  • Providing research support for ad hoc projects on key topics such as executive compensation, sustainable supply chains, and stakeholder engagement
  • Researching, compiling and presenting industry trends and leading practices

We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with how environmental and social sustainability issues apply to businesses. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.

Development INTERN

The Development Intern will work closely with many members of Ceres’ small and active development team. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly organized and motivated individual to gain hands-on experience and specific training in many aspects of nonprofit development, including foundations, major gifts, annual fundraising programs and special events. Projects will include researching foundation and individual supporters, assisting with management of the organization’s donor databases, and tracking and evaluating fundraising efforts. Skills should include strong research and spreadsheet experience. The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current student with strong interest in pursuing a career in the nonprofit development field.

Electric power INTERN

The Electric Power Program at Ceres seeks to encourage electric utilities to adopt modern 21st century sustainable practices and technologies, which will result in a future of more renewable electric generation and less carbon based electric generation. The Electric Power Program is seeking an intern for the Summer 2016 period to assist the Program in the completion and release of the 3rd publication of our Benchmarking Utility Clean Energy Report, and other relevant research tasks. The Report seeks to benchmark the largest electric utility holding companies in the US on their deployment of clean energy. The benchmarking effort will assist utilities, shareholders, regulators and customers in understanding the utilization of clean energy by the largest electric utilities in the U.S. and assisting the utilities in making sustainable energy decisions for their customers. We are seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with interest in the area of energy and who has excellent research, writing, Excel and database skills.

Insurance INTERN

The Insurance Program at Ceres works with (re) insurance companies and (re) insurance regulators within the broader context of climate and clean energy, focused on issues such as risk management in the face of climate change, sustainable investment strategies, and how regulation can aid in ensuring future insurance availability and affordability.

For the summer of 2016, the Insurance Program is looking for an intern to provide support in the following areas:

  • Contribute to a major research project on insurance companies’ climate risk management activities through data analysis, graphics development, assorted other tasks
  • Contribute to a high-profile climate risk disclosure project through environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure frameworks research and other ad hoc tasks as needed
  • Provide research support for ad hoc projects on key topics

Applicants should be comfortable with qualitative and quantitative research, have a general understanding of the insurance industry, and be very familiar with Microsoft Office Suite. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.


Ceres’ Investor Program is looking for an enthusiastic, sustainability-focused intern to work with our team tracking the progress of global stock exchanges on various sustainability metrics. The intern will be in charge of putting together our monthly IISE Newsletter, doing research on specific exchanges to prepare investors for meetings with them, and writing draft op-eds on related topics to the IISE initiative. Experience in Excel, database creation, communications, writing, journalism, research, or environmental subjects would be most useful for this position. This intern will be interacting with exchanges directly, interviewing exchange representatives for research memos, and working with the World Federation of Exchanges and our own investor members on sustainability matters. The ideal candidate will be highly interested in sustainability topics and have a major in one or more of the following areas: communications/sustainability/financial markets/research and/or experience in the area of sustainability, communications, or capital markets.

Policy Program INTERN

The Policy Program at Ceres works with companies through Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) and investors in our Investor Network on Climate Risk to advance climate and energy policies on the state and federal levels. The Policy Program is looking for two interns to assist in its work with companies on energy and climate policies. This position will support the Policy Team primarily through research and writing projects focused on key federal and state policies as well as help with the on-going Climate Declaration campaign. We are looking for candidates with solid research skills, an ability to work independently, and some familiarity with environmental and social sustainability policies.

Transportation, Oil & gas INTERN

This intern will work with both the Transportation and the Oil & Gas Program at Ceres.

A clean and efficient transportation system is critical to a strong economy; its benefits include saving consumers and businesses money as well as reducing our dependence on oil. Transportation is a significant contributor to carbon emissions; it accounts for 28% of US GHG emissions (more emissions than any other nation’s entire economy with the exception of China), and its emissions are growing faster than any other sector. In order to adequately reduce emissions associated with the sector, we need to focus on three components: vehicles, fuels and infrastructure. In the next year, Ceres Transportation Program’s primary focus will be on promoting clean fuels and vehicles and relevant policies. Summer 2016 projects will include advocating for Low Carbon Fuel Standards, analysis of the economic impacts of strong fuel economy standards, and promoting advanced technology vehicles. This intern will be asked to perform research on various transportation issues, draft educational materials and perform some administrative tasks. Link to Ceres’ transportation project:http://www.ceres.org/industry-initiatives/transportation. Graduate students preferred, but all will be considered.


Ceres is working with companies, investors, water providers, policy makers, environmental organizations and other stakeholders to improve water management and increase reporting on water issues that pose risks to businesses, communities, financial markets and the environment. The Water Program is seeking an intern to help us advance our work on analyzing and addressing water risks related to the food and beverage, oil & gas and water utility sectors. While providing some administrative support, this research assistant will primarily work in the following areas using skills ranging from research, quantitative analysis and writing:

  • Analyzing corporate water use and disclosure for certain business sectors, including shale gas, agriculture and other high-risk industries
  • Conducting research that will be used to encourage utilities in the Colorado River Basin, Utah and Texas to use financial tools that increase water conservation and reuse in their business models

How to apply


  • Review each program internship opportunity carefully and apply for the one you feel best fit
  • Send a resume, cover letter, and two (2) brief writing samples tocareers@ceres.org
  • Please identify which program position and which term you are applying for in the subject line of your email (i.e. Water Program- Summer Intern)
  • Ceres is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Address all correspondence to:

Ceres – Intern (please indicate which semester you are applying for: Fall, Spring or Summer)
99 Chauncy St., 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Email: careers@ceres.org


Agriculture Specialist/Outreach Coordinator

Job posted by: National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)

Posted on: February 4, 2016

Job description

Put your education and experience to work! The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking an Agriculture Specialist/Outreach Coordinator who can create and distribute outreach communications for communities in the Southeast and the Gulf States regions to assist them to be healthier and profitable by adopting sustainable agricultural practices, while helping to improve environmental conditions for all. NCAT is a private non-profit corporation whose work includes nationally recognized projects in food, agriculture, and energy such as ATTRA, the national sustainable agriculture information service and the LIHEAP Clearinghouse. The position may be located in either NCAT’s office in Jackson, Mississippi or the office in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Qualification, Skills and Abilities: This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who has a combination of education and experience in agriculture, communications, marketing, and food policy. The position requires the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree BA/BS in communications, marketing, agronomy, soils, sustainable agriculture or environmental studies plus a minimum of four years experience. The ideal candidate will be a self starter who can use creative means to advance NCAT’s mission of helping people by championing small-scale, local, and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources. The ideal candidate will have experience in leading collaborative efforts with diverse partners. Project development and project management experience would also be beneficial. Excellent communication skills, including public speaking, writing, editing and research skills are very important in this position. Some travel will be required.

The focus of NCAT’s Agriculture Specialist/Outreach Coordinator will be to:

  • Provide technical assistance to farmers and growers needing help with sustainable agriculture practices by responding to phone and email inquiries from farmers.
  • Increase the visibility and understanding of NCAT’s mission and work in ethnically diverse and underserved communities.
  • Strengthen relationships with current partners, and initiate new partnerships and/or projects around agriculture education and other issues of mutual interest.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct NCAT outreach activities with a goal of improving technical services to farmers and growers and increasing NCAT’s visibility. Outreach activities will include writing newsletters, press releases, workshop announcements, sustainable agriculture publications and providing workshops and trainings on sustainable agriculture topics at local and regional meetings and conferences.
  • Recruit non-profit collaborators and partners for NCAT.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable technical resource for farmers/growers and also NCAT agriculture specialists, program managers, and regional directors.
  • Seek out opportunities to create a connection between NCAT and family farmers with a concentration in the South.
  • Plan and execute outreach activities that support NCAT projects, objectives and mission.
  • Seek local, state and regional development opportunities.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary range is $30,000 to $50,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and holidays, health, life and disability insurance, a cafeteria and 401(k) plan and a pleasant, professional office environment.

How to apply

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2016 or until suitable candidates can be identified. Early applications are encouraged and applications will be considered as they are received. All persons interested in being considered for the position must submit a cover letter highlighting their experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, a current resume and a completed NCAT application form. Requests for an NCAT application form and inquires about the application process should be directed to Jerrid Burk. Incomplete applications or reference on the application to “see resume” will not be considered. Applicants can visit NCAT’s website at www.ncat.org for a gateway to websites and projects developed by NCAT staff. Send completed application materials to:

Jerrid Burk

NCAT Human Resource Specialist e-mail: jerridb@ncat.org

P.O. Box 3838

Butte, MT 59702

NCAT values diversity and encourages minority and women applicants to apply. For additional information about NCAT please visit our website at www.ncat.org.

It is NCAT’s policy and organizational philosophy to ensure that all of our employment practices, including recruitment and hiring, are administered for all individuals without regard to race, sex, creed, color, national origin, age, religion, marital or veterans status, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.


 Waste Reduction Outreach Assistant

Job posted by: City of Cambridge

Posted on: February 4, 2016

Job description

The City of Cambridge has a goal of reducing waste 30% by 2020, with 2008 as a baseline. In 2015, City Council passed the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) Ordinance. On March 31, 2016 the ordinance goes into effect. The goal of the ordinance is to increase reusable bag usage at retail establishments. The Waste Reduction Outreach Assistant will support business and resident/customer outreach. With more than 500 businesses required to comply with the ordinance, there is a great opportunity to engage businesses in the City’s waste reduction goals. The Assistant will help perform a detailed analysis of bag usage before and after the ordinance goes into effect.

  • Assist with outreach to businesses and residents
  • Plan and execute an assessment of the ordinance’s impact on solid waste from checkout bag usage in Cambridge
  • Coordinate volunteers to collect data on bag usage throughout Cambridge
  • Research various cities’ ordinances and the effects on waste reduction
  • Assist with reusable bag distribution to residents
  • Perform related duties as required

Minimum Requirements: Must be a quick learner, reliable, flexible, self-motivated, have excellent communication skills, pay attention to detail, and possess ability to follow instructions accurately.

Relevant community organizing experience and environmental education that involved communications and planning, including supervising are a plus. Must have experience working in an office environment and have excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills. Fluency in Microsoft Office. A current and valid Massachusetts Driver’s License Class D required.

Ability to communicate in a language other than English, such as Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, or Amharic preferred. InDesign experience is desired.

Rate: $16.63/hr


How to apply

Please submit your resume and letter of interest no later than 8pmon 3/7/16 via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312


Photojournalist- American Conservation Experience

Job posted by: American Conservation Experience

Posted on: February 4, 2016

Job description

Photojournalist: American Conservation Experience

Work Location(s): Photojournalist will be based in Flagstaff, AZ but will frequently travel to various offices and project sites to cover events and create content for the entire organization.

Start date: Monday, April 4th, 2016

Position Duration: Photojournalist will begin on a six-month probationary status with the opportunity for extension thereafter.

Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit conservation corps dedicated to providing professional development and outdoor job skills training to individuals (18-35) interested in careers related to conservation and land management. As a member organization of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), ACE is dedicated to developing present and future generations of environmental stewards while protecting and restoring public and tribal lands throughout the nation.

ACE is seeking a Photojournalist to capture the efforts and significant work being completed by our crews in some of the most beautiful public lands in the country!

The Photojournalist will travel into the field to prepare content for the entire organization, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Creating engaging written content for ACE’s monthly newsletter.
  • Engaging and working with crew members and leaders, as well as acquiring testimonials from the field.
  • Interviewing Corps Members, Interns, Partners and Staff to create full articles depicting the events, skills, and experiences of the organization for blog stories, Facebook posts, and other social media outlets.
  • Skillfully photographing the crews working in a safe, quality, and meaningful manner.
  • Creating video content for ACE’s reporting, social media, marketing, and outreach efforts.
  • Preparing and presenting a blog on ACE’s website regarding current events in the organization.
  • Capturing the beauty of the many places ACE crews work.


  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be adaptable
  • Ability to hike for several miles into various rugged work sites while carrying the necessary equipment
  • Ability to provide creative and unique multi-media content on a regular basis
  • Previous journalism and photography experience or coursework strongly preferred


Free food while visiting crews on project

How to Apply: Please send all required materials to volunteer@usaconservation.orgwith the title: “Photojournalist: American Conservation Experience”

  • Applications not containing all required documents will not be considered*
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) professional references
  • One-page writing sample
  • Photography sample

For more information please visit our website: http://www.usaconservation.org

How to apply

How to Apply: Please send all required materials to volunteer@usaconservation.orgwith the title: “Photojournalist: American Conservation Experience”

  • Applications not containing all required documents will not be considered*
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) professional references
  • One-page writing sample
  • Photography sample

For more information please visit our website: http://www.usaconservation.org


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