Posts Tagged ‘Sustainability’

Yale University’s Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce the availability of a Sustainability Fellow position for the 2013 spring semester. The Sustainability Fellow position is designed to provide hands-on experience for a recent college graduate with an interest in campus sustainability. The selected candidate will be offered a unique opportunity to work in an innovative, internationally recognized campus sustainability program with hands on, project based tasks. This position will be jointly based in the Office of Sustainability and the Facilities Department, and will support the initiatives of various campus departments working on collaborative projects.

In the Fall of 2010, Yale University released its Sustainability Strategic Plan, which contains a set of ambitious, yet achievable sustainability goals.  In support of this, the Office of Sustainability has a range of projects – some on-going, some in the pipeline – to engage all members of the university community in helping to reach those goals.  The Yale Sustainability Fellow will support the execution of this plan through two major projects:

1.      Overseeing the preparations for and implementation of Celebrate Sustainability, a week-long series of events in mid-April
2.      Managing Spring Salvage, Yale’s annual program to capture re-usable goods from students moving out of residential colleges

Other projects may be assigned by the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Facilities on an as-needed basis.

This position is open to college graduates who have been out of school for two years or less. It is open to Yale and non-Yale candidates.

Candidates must demonstrate solid research skills, a strong grasp of sustainability terms and concepts, the ability to work independently, exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to communicate his/her own ideas and proven leadership experience. Some projects will require supervising current students, so experience with managing student employees is a strongly preferred.

This position is paid and will provide the ambitious candidate with the opportunity to develop skills which will enable him/her to be an effective sustainability leader.

Date of Fellowship: February – June, 2013
Hours per week: 40
Hourly wage: $20

Please send resume and letter of interest to sustainability@yale.edu or call 203.436.3571.

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Th Environmental Law Institute (ELI) periodically hires recent college graduates to serve as Research Associates. Research Associates work directly with the 15–20 lawyers and scientists in the Research and Policy Division on projects addressing environmental and natural resource protection and pollution prevention. A typical workload combines research and administration.

The Research and Policy Division publishes research studies and conducts a variety of training courses and workshops. Specific subject areas include: air and water quality, climate change, renewable energy, hazardous waste and brownfields, international environmental policy, sustainable land use, biodiversity conservation, wetlands management, freshwater and ocean policy, public health, environmental enforcement, and mining law.

(1) Superior research, writing, and interpersonal communication skills, and
(2) Strong desire to gain knowledge in the environmental field. A background in environmental issues is preferred but not required. Research Associates are asked to stay for a minimum of two years. This entry-level position is designed for recent college graduates. Previous Research Associates have gone on to law school, graduate school, and other positions in the environmental field.

Salary: $29,000 with excellent benefits.

How to Apply:  Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system. 

Note that your submission must contain three uploaded documents (Word or PDF format), as follows:
(1) Cover letter
(2) Resume (must include overall undergraduate GPA)
(3) Analytical writing sample (preferably not scientific or narrative) of 3-5 pages in length

Please note that although the application requests three references, they will only be contacted in the event that you are invited to interview. We will notify you before contacting any references.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 15, 2013. You must use ELI’s online application system; ELI cannot accept applications submitted by email, USPS or other shipping service, or hand delivery. No phone calls, please. Please send an email to vanwyk@eli.org if you have any technical problems complying with these application instructions. Questions about the position can be sent to RAsearch@eli.org.

Click here for more information and to apply.

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Meridian Institute is pleased to announce position openings within the Meridian Institute Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent college graduates to work on varied and highly complex public policy issues, learn about the field of multi-party collaborative problem solving, and engage with leaders from a variety of sectors and interest groups. Meridian Institute has two offices (Washington DC and Dillon, CO). We currently anticipate the 2013 Fellows to be based in the Washington DC office, but will consider applicants for either location.

An announcement about the position and instructions for how to apply is attached and available here. The deadline to submit applications is 10 pm EST on February 15, 2013

Meridian Institute professionals combine extensive experience in collaborative process design, deep substantive knowledge, and proven mediation skills to help people engaged in society’s toughest issues solve problems and make informed decisions. At Meridian, we design collaborative approaches that bring together people who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution.

Meridian selects new Fellows for the program on an annual basis and offers significant personal and professional development opportunities.  Fellows will provide research, writing, logistical and other types of support for projects focusing on a wide variety of challenging substantive issue areas, such as agriculture and food security; climate change and energy; environment and natural resources; global stability and security; health; sustainability and resilience; and science and technology. 

Questions about the Fellowship or application process can be sent to apply@merid.org. For more information about the Meridian Institute, please visit www.merid.org.

Equal Opportunity Meridian Institute welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, creed, or ancestry.

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The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) conducts cutting-edge work on product stewardship and sustainability, and seeks interns who have energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Interns research, write and edit technical documents, summarize legislation, update PSI’s website, work with PSI members, assist in developing funding proposals, and organize national databases.
Time commitment: approximately 15-20 hours/week with a possibility of additional hours or a full-time opportunity during breaks and summer.
  • excellent organization, analytic, and communication skills
  • passionate about moving toward a more sustainable future
  • academic or professional experience or knowledge related to environmental advocacy and/or a sufficient background in environmental and public health
  • current or recent graduate in field related to environmental science, law, or policy
For more information, visit www.productstewardship.us
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (preferably one short and one long) electronically toamanda@productstewardship.us
Please address all of the following within your cover letter:
Are you able to reliably meet the minimum time requirement
Why are you interested in working on product stewardship issues?
Why are you interested in working for the Product Stewarship Institute?
What in your academic or professional experience makes you uniquely qualified for this position?
What do you hope to gain from this experience?

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Context is a corporate sustainability consultancy founded in 1997 and since then has helped multinational companies develop corporate sustainability strategies, engage with stakeholders and communicate with internal and external audiences. Context’s LA office is looking for an enthusiastic and self-driven intern with a passion for writing and sustainability issues. The intern will research and write reports, case studies, and presentations, write blog entries, take notes at meetings, update databases, and participate in meetings, brainstorming sessions, and events.
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter with the subject line “Sustainability Strategy/Communications Intern” to Bridgette Austin atbridgette@contextamerica.com. Deadline is December 7, 2012.

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The Small Planet Institute is currently seeking energetic and motivated interns to join our dynamic team. This is a unique opportunity to work directly with Frances Moore Lappé, author of 18 books, including best-selling Diet for a Small Planet, in a small organization doing groundbreaking work on hunger, agriculture, poverty, sustainability, and living democracy.

General duties may involve: 

  • Research assistance, including fact checking, citation management, and research for articles, blogs and publications;
  • Social networking activities (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and blogging).
  • Administrative and communications assistance, such as database management, correspondence, and website updates; and,
  • Assistance with academic and partner outreach campaigns

Depending on the skill set of the chosen interns, s/he may have the opportunity to co-manage a special project like,

  • Promotion of Frances’ newest book (paperback to be released around Earth Day 2013)
  • Graphic design
  • Website content management and Drupal module development

The ideal candidates have excellent verbal and written communication skills and superb research abilities. A passion for social democratic movements and the mission of the Small Planet Institute is required. To learn more about the Small Planet Institute, please visit our website at www.smallplanet.org.

This internship will formally begin in January. Scheduling is flexible, however, we ask for a minimum commitment of 15 set hours per week in our Harvard Square office. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so please apply early as our internships are usually competitive. Send a cover letter and your resume to natalie@smallplanet.org

For more information, please visit http://www.idealist.org/view/internship/327dmXG6PjHmD/

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Net Impact, based in San Francisco, CA, is the world’s leading organization for new leaders who are committed to changing the world through their careers. We help people transform their jobs into ones that make a ‘net impact’—benefiting not just the bottom line, but people and planet too. More than 30,000 students and professionals turn to Net Impact for learning, connections, and leadership opportunities. Net Impact’s 300+ chapters can be found in cities across the globe and on the world’s leading business school campuses. The organization recently launched an exciting new 10-year strategic plan that envisions millions more people using their careers to address the social and environmental problems of our time, and we are looking for outstanding talent to help us roll out our new programs and initiatives to get there. Join us!

The Environmental Sustainability Careers Associate will play a key role in developing Net Impact’s innovative career initiative, designed to connect emerging talent to opportunities to make a difference across sectors. The Environmental Sustainability Careers Associate will be responsible for a key component of the career initiative: developing a comprehensive online experiential learning marketplace that enables students to make a positive environmental impact while gaining applicable skills and experience.

The Environmental Sustainability Careers Associate is an exciting position with significant opportunity to deepen expertise in project and program management, marketing and communications, and business development. This position will be an integral part of the Career team, whose members are entrepreneurial, collaborative, and have a bias for action and results. Reporting to the Career Programs Manager, this individual will work closely with all members of the Net Impact team including senior leadership team members, associates, and managers. The ideal candidate is an effective, results-oriented communicator who is enthusiastic about helping students build their skills so they can land roles where they can advance environmental sustainability-related goals.


  • Support and maintain a groundbreaking online experiential learning portal
  • Create and implement a marketing and outreach plan for the portal to ensure there is a robust marketplace of environmentally-focused hosting organizations, universities, and student participants
  • Build, maintain, and grow relationships with environmental partners across sectors to source projects and grow the user base for the platform
  • Ensure environmental content on portal remains relevant; develop resources and supporting content as necessary
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for environmental stakeholders using Net Impact’s new online portal; proactively anticipate and resolve issues
  • Track, analyze, and communicate key quantitative metrics and trends as they relate to the portal; make recommendations to strengthen offerings based on these metrics and trends

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree and at least 1-2 years of professional experience
  • Outstanding communication skills (written and verbal); Demonstrated experience with marketing and outreach
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills
  • Demonstrated experience building and managing relationships with customers and other external stakeholders; comfort with warm, lukewarm, and cold outreach
  • High standards and exceptional attention to detail, especially in written communication
  • Strong customer service orientation. Track record of consistently going above and beyond to deliver excellence and results
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively; take initiative and risks; and approach problems creatively
  • Entrepreneurial drive and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, results-oriented, rapidly changing environment
  • Experience with and interest in online platforms and systems preferred
  • Enthusiastic commitment to Net Impact’s mission and environmental sustainability

To apply, please email the following application materials to Jaime Hiraishi, at:careers@netimpact.org. Please write your name and the title for this position (“Your name – Environmental Sustainability Careers Associate”) in the subject line of your email.

1) Thoughtful cover letter with availability and salary requirements that answers the following two questions in fewer than 300 words total:
Why are you excited about this opportunity and how are you qualified to excel at it? Why do you believe experiential learning opportunities are important for students?
2) Resume
3) Professional writing sample (no more than two pages)

Hours: Full-time
Location: Downtown San Francisco, CA USA
Compensation: Competitive compensation and benefits package
Start Date: January 1, 2013
Duration: Through June 2014, with extension depending on additional funding

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