Monday, April 25, 2016

May 2016: Internships, Employment & Volunteering


Provost Sustainability Internship - $1500 + 12 units! Deadline Extended to May 4
Are you interested in working to make our campus more environmentally and socially sustainable? The PSI program is a great way to get involved! The program pairs students with staff and faculty mentors to plan and implement a year-long campus sustainability project. Students receive internship credit and a $1500 scholarship upon completion of the program. Environmental Studies Senior Exit credit can be fulfilled with this program. There are 12 internships available for next year, which are described on the website. Applications are due May 4 and there is a mandatory info session on May 4th from 4-6pm. Details and applications are on the website here.

The American Indian Resource Center and People of Color Sustainability Collective are hiring two interns each. Intern positions focus respectively on digital communication (PoCSC), event planning and outreach (PoCSC and AIRC), and coordinating a letter writing project between inmates and the AIRC (AIRC). For more information, see the the flyer here.

Climate Corps Bay Area’s Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for 40 opportunities in California with local governments and organizations including Capital Corridor, Kaiser Permanente, UCSF, and SunPower. As the host site with the largest cohort of fellows, Alameda County is recruiting 6 Climate Corps Bay Area Fellows to work in Oakland on exciting topics such as electric vehicle charging, engaging new audiences in composting, and greening preschools! Find more information about various openings in Alameda County here and apply online here.

Interns will teach 4th through 6th-grade students science concepts and lead team building activities in an outdoor setting in the Sierra Nevada foothills. This position involves leading small and large groups in day classes, field trips, and night program activities. For more information, click here

PolicyLink interns are highly qualified emerging professionals and leaders who are committed to racial equity and social justice and interested in our "lifting up what works" approach to policy change. Each intern plays an integral role in helping our organization further policy impact through a commitment to research, communications, capacity building, and advocacy. We rely on their research, writing, communications, and analytical skills to advance our policy work, and benefit tremendously from their contributions. More information is available here


The Sustainability Office will be hiring for a number of paid student positions on teams such as the Zero Waste Team, the Carbon Fund, the Education & Outreach Team, and the Green Office Certification Team. You can learn more about these opportunities on the website.

Kresge Garden Student Coordinator 
The Kresge Garden Co-op is looking for a new member interested in helping maintain the garden and undertake projects in service of the campus community. Gardening experience necessary, previous involvement with the Kresge Garden or other gardening groups on campus strongly encouraged. This position is open for both work-study and non-work study employment. Apply at the UCSC Career Center to ER#6756.

Take Back the Tap, a campaign working to end the sale of single use plastic water bottles on campus, is currently looking for new organizers and outreaching for candidates for a paid coordinator position for the 2016-2017 school year. Organizers and the coordinator will have the chance to work with outreach, event planning, fiscal, and community organizing projects. If you are interested in organizing with Take Back the Tap, contact us at tbttucsc-group[at]ucsc[dot]edu for more information about meeting time and place. 

The Sustainability Office in the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) is currently hiring for the positions of Associate Director of Sustainability (with more information about the position available here) and Sustainability Communications and Outreach Coordinator; application for this position will be conducted through the Climate Corps Bay Area Fellowship Program, found here

Avid4 Adventure is seeking applicants for the 2016 summer session who have a passion for working with kids and experience in some or all of the following activities: hiking, biking, rock climbing, paddling, and outdoor education. The ideal candidates are ready to inspire youth to live an active, outdoor lifestyle and have a summer full of fun! Find out more about the various positions available here

The Center for Biological Diversity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation organization with 991,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. They have more than 100 staff in offices in Arizona; California; Colorado; Florida;, New Mexico; Oregon; and Washington, D.C. The Center is hiring for 10 different positions throughout their offices. For more information, visit their website

High Country News is a nonprofit 501(c)3 independent media organization that covers the important issues and stories that define the American West. Its mission is to inform and inspire people – through in-depth journalism – to act on behalf of the West's diverse natural and human communities. Their website features an employment and education listing related to conservation, outdoor recreation, and more; visit the website here

SACNAS is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Santa Cruz and the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary diversity in STEM organization in the country. SACNAS has a database of professional job opportunities here

The Energy Manager provides leadership to the College’s energy program and utility systems and to advance Pomona’s Sustainability Action Plan. This position requires a Bachelors degree in a related technical or engineering discipline or equivalent career experience, Energy Manager Certification strongly preferred and LEED AP or ability to obtain within 18 months. For more information, see here

Positions include: Nursery Manager, Propagation and Production Specialist, Delivery and Installation Specialist. Find more information here; email resumes to gary[at]goldengatepalms[dot]com.

Research Opportunity at Northern Illinois University
A motivated Ph.D. student is wanted to develop a dissertation research project utilizing data from the Lake County Forest Preserve District (LCFPD) Long-Term Wildlife Monitoring Program to assess outcomes and identify successful strategies for meeting restoration and management targets. Click here for more information.


Support Zero Waste Commencement 2016
The Sustainability Office Zero Waste Team is coordinating a team of "trash talkers" for Commencement weekend. These "trash talkers" will interact with families and friends of graduates to educate them about how to properly dispose of waste in correct bins--compost, recycling, and landfill. Volunteers will sign up for 4-hour shifts and training will be provided in advance. All volunteers will receive a free sustainability t-shirt. To sign up, please email Alexis at anroney[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Opportunities with the Homeless Garden Project 
The Homeless Garden Project is seeking volunteers for the roles of Social Work Volunteer and Chef and Food Coordinator. To find out more about becoming a Social Work Volunteer, click here; click here to learn more about the position of Chef and Food Coordinator.

The SEC is a great way for students to grow as individuals, learn leadership skills, and gain invaluable work experience. Volunteers learn about current campus projects and policies and have the opportunity to participate or take on leadership roles in many topic areas. To get involved, please email seclead-group[at]ucsc[dot]edu, visit the website at, or attend General Gatherings to meet members and learn about specific volunteer opportunities.

Sea Slugs is an ocean-minded campus organization dedicated to environmental stewardship. It is an excellent opportunity for students (both undergrad and grad) to engage in the greater community through public service while making a positive impact on the local environment. For information about meeting times and opportunities, contact Sea Slugs at seaslug.ucsc[at]gmail[dot]com or visit their website

Banana Slugs for Animals welcomes all to their weekly meetings. During the meetings they discuss animal rights and plan events! If you would like to know more please email slugsforanimals[at]gmail[dot]com or visit their Facebook page

Sprout Up is environmental education for the next generation. Sprout Up is an organization that teaches environmental science and sustainability to 1st and 2nd grade students in elementary schools all around Santa Cruz. To learn about joining Sprout Up, email communitysc[at]sproutup[dot]org. 

The Arboretum has volunteer gardening hours throughout the week. Visit their website for details. 

Have a knack for cycling, biking and learning to maintain bikes? Interested in learning to divert bike parts from the waste stream? Then this is the opportunity for you! Click here for more information.

The Coastal Watershed Council invites you to join its efforts to protect and preserve local watersheds! If you are interested in volunteering on the San Lorenzo River, doing water quality monitoring through programs like Snapshot Day, First Flush, Urban Watch or any of CWC’s other events and programs, please visit their website

Sierra Youth Coalition is currently recruiting dedicated, empowered and proactive youth leaders for a seat on its Executive Committee. The official decision-making body, the committee is comprised of nine youth from across the U.S and is responsible for shaping the Sierra Youth Coalition's direction, organizational governance and supporting the staff team.

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