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Straight from our Green Jobs Form:

  Part-Time:
  1. Green Team Associate (Outreach) at SERC!

The SERC Green Team Associate will work with the Zero Waste Research Center team on developing and expanding zero waste practices on campus and beyond, leading policy initiatives, zero waste education and programming, vendor/business sustainability, and collaborations with the broader environmental community at Cal.

View the Job Description and Application Process here!

  Full-Time:
  1. Education & Communications Fellowship at The Aldo Leopold Foundation.

The Education & Communications Fellowship is a unique opportunity to build upon your education and communications background through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Working side-by-side with experienced staff members, fellows will build a wide array of skills needed to contribute to, conduct, and manage education programs at non-profit conservation organizations through firsthand experience in visitor services, program planning, program marketing, and program delivery. Fellows will also gain experience in mission-based communications to a variety of strategic audiences both in-person and across digital platforms. Visitation and programming vary throughout the year, allowing for both periods of high visitor interaction and times of behind-the-scenes work in the office. Fellows will have opportunities to interact with both a diverse range of conservation professionals and the Leopold family, who play active roles in guiding and executing the foundation’s mission. The Aldo Leopold Foundation seeks applicants who have recently completed their bachelor’s degree in an environmental studies, marketing and communications, environmental education, or natural-resources related field. Applicants should have excellent communication skills, demonstrated leadership capabilities, and a passion for learning about and executing educational programs for non-profit conservation organizations. Applicants should also be willing and able to lead programs while hiking (1 mile plus) outdoors in all weather and insect conditions. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply and have a valid driver’s license. Fellows must commit full-time to the entire 12-month program. Virtual information sessions in December-January; register at https://www.crowdcast.io/c/futureleaders. Applications are due 2/1. More at: https://www.aldoleopold.org/join-support/employment/

2. Land Stewardship Fellowship at The Aldo Leopold Foundation.

The Land Stewardship Fellowship is a unique opportunity to work side by side with experienced staff applying your existing knowledge and skills while learning new ones, ultimately enhancing your own land ethic. Surrounding Aldo Leopold’s famous Shack, the property has both restored and remnant native Wisconsin habitat ranging from prairies to floodplain forests to sedge meadows to oak savannas. This diverse outdoor classroom provides opportunities to learn first-hand about native plant communities, identify threats to native landscapes, and gain effective tools and strategies to effectively manage a number of diverse ecosystems. As seasons change, management focuses on different activities including invasive species control, prescribed burning, monitoring, timber stand improvement, educational programming, prairie planting, and more. The Aldo Leopold Foundation seeks applicants who have recently completed a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, environmental sciences, or a natural resources-related field. Applicants should have an interest in and passion for learning about the complex and interdependent world of conservation. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership skills and be adaptable, energetic, and eager to learn. Fellows must be prepared for physically demanding work in a variety of conditions including extreme heat and cold, standing high water, and exposure to ticks and mosquitoes. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply, have a valid driver’s license and must commit full-time for the entire 12-month program. Virtual information sessions in December-January; register at https://www.crowdcast.io/c/futureleaders. Applications are due 2/1.

3. Population and Sustainability Associate at the Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time associate to join our team where we use creative media, outreach, organizing and advocacy to highlight and address the connections between human population pressure, reproductive freedom, unsustainable consumption and the extinction and climate crises. The associate will support and lead multiple organizing and outreach campaigns that address patriarchy, capitalism and other systems of oppression. Successful candidates will have a commitment to justice, advancing human rights and protecting biodiversity. Main duties: Event coordination, Volunteer training, Partnership building, Campaign creation including educational and outreach material, Spokesperson duties written and oral.

More info and application link: Population and Sustainability Associate  – https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/about/jobs/

4. Research Associate at CEA Consulting

CEA is looking for a Research Associate. The successful applicant will support the day-to-day management of complex consulting engagements for clients, including large environment-focused foundations, family foundations, NGOs, impact investors, and bilateral and multilateral agencies. Our work environment is collaborative, intensive, and likely to require some travel (if deemed safe). The position requires intellectual rigor, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, independence, attention to detail, and a passion for environmental issues. This exciting opportunity will provide opportunities for interaction with leaders in the environmental field and a wide range of critical environmental issues. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply here!

  Fellowships:
  1. UNH Sustainability Institute’s Sustainability Fellows

UNH Sustainability Fellowships pair exceptional students from colleges and universities across the nation with host organizations to work on transformative sustainability initiatives.  Each summer, Fellows undertake challenging sustainability projects that are designed to create an immediate impact, offer an extraordinary learning experience, and foster meaningful collaboration.

      Become a Fellow and join the next generation of sustainability leaders!

     Work with municipal, educational, corporate, and non-profit partners

     Connect with a growing network of sustainability leaders (mentors, advisors, alumni, and peers)

     Learn through hands-on experience and professional development

     Build resilience

     Earn $8,000 (post-baccalaureates)

Apply by February 10th 11:59 PM (EST)

2. Summer Fellowship Program at the UC Berkeley Othering & Belonging Institute

Remotely held, the Summer Fellowship Program is a paid research experience for individuals seeking to develop their research skills by engaging with the Institute’s multidisciplinary research, analysis, policy, and strategic narrative work. The purpose of the fellowship is to build the capacity and network of the next generation of researchers and community leaders who are committed to social and racial justice by providing mentorship and hands-on experience with social science research. In addition to working directly with their staff supervisor on an individual research project, fellows engage as a cohort in weekly meetings or workshops on Institute frameworks, research methodologies, and contemporary social justice issues throughout the summer. Applications are due January 22, 2023 @ 8pm PST.

3. Climate Corps Fellowship at the UCOP Sustainability Office

The UCOP Sustainability Office has a 6-month Climate Corps Fellowship position open. The Sustainability Reporting and Outreach Coordinator will work in the University of California’s Office of the President (UCOP) on projects that help advance UC locations’ (campuses and health systems) progress toward meeting their carbon neutrality and sustainability goals. The fellow will report to the Associate Director of Sustainability and will be part of UCOP’s Energy and Sustainability team. The position will focus on helping with data collection for the annual report, managing our newsletter, twitter account and other communications, and supporting other initiatives, like the resilience project and the working groups & task forces. Apply here!

  Volunteer:
Internship:
  1. Student Researcher at UC Berkeley and Nutrition Policy Institute

  UC Berkeley and the Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) are seeking students to support data collection for a research project studying how schools transitioning to scratch cooking and using reusable serviceware can impact dietary intake and environmental sustainability. If you are interested in schools transitioning from pre-prepared packaged meals to fresh locally-prepared meals and reducing food and solid waste, there will be a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience as a data collector to help evaluate the impact of this type of transition.

  Your role and things to consider:

  • Assist with in-field data collection at elementary schools in a school district in Alameda County 
  • This is a paid opportunity, and we will cover the cost of gas/transportation (students with a vehicle preferred)
  • Data collection will begin in the Spring 2023 and will continue in the Fall 2023/Spring 2024
  • Hours will be roughly from 10-2 pm during the week 
  • A 2-hour virtual data collection training is required before entering schools 
  • Background check is required since we will be on an elementary school campus 
  • CITI Basic Human Research Protections Training is required 
  • We are looking for at least one-semester commitment and being available at least one day (2-5 days preferred) a week for up to 4 weeks

  If you are interested or have questions, reach out to Celeste Felix at cmfelix@ucanr.edu

Upcoming:

Check out this link from the Berkeley Food Institute listing a whole bunch of local opportunities–full- and part-time, volunteer, general professional development, and more!

The US Forest Service has a number of openings at the moment. Take a look at what’s available on their ongoing opportunities are by clicking here.

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The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) is proud to launch Cal Alumni Mentors, a new mentorship program that matches alumni with undergraduate students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented. The program will equip students with career and professional skills to succeed at and after Cal.

Student mentees will:

  • Be paired with alumni mentors with similar career interests and identities
  • Connect with their mentors to learn from their Cal experiences and careers
  • Attend monthly workshops on topics including physical and mental well-being, campus resources, professional development, and networking
  • End the program applying to three internships or jobs with guidance from their mentor

Here’s the application link: https://alumni.berkeley.edu/get-involved/berkeley-network/berkeley-career-network. Email tbn@alumni.berkeley.edu with questions!

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CivicSpark is an AmeriCorps program that offers a unique opportunity for individuals passionate about environmental and community resilience to build professional experience in the public sector through national service. By building capacity for local public agencies to address emerging resilience challenges, Fellows create a lasting impact in local communities while building a robust statewide network of peers, and gaining technical and leadership skills. Our team is excited to announce that this year we will be hosting a 7.5-month fellowship for the 22-23 service year. This new group will join and engage with the existing 11-month cohort! We are now accepting applications for this 7.5 month fellowship, our priority application deadline is at 11:59PM PST on November 28th. We encourage interested candidates to submit before the priority deadline so they can be considered for their top project interests.

Application link: https://civicspark.civicwell.org/fellow/

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