Urban Forest Intern

Jun 18, 2018 Massachusetts

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking an intern to assist in the development of an Urban Forest Master Plan for the City of Cambridge. The intern will work with CLF’s Director of Environmental Planning to conduct regulatory and best practice research and help coordinate public engagement and survey activities for the development of the plan.

This position will involve a combination of remote and field work.

What you’ll do

CLF is working with the City of Cambridge to investigate ways to expand the urban tree canopy with the ultimate goal of enhancing the natural environment and protecting the city from the impacts of climate change including increases in air pollution and extreme heat.

You will help us by:

  • Conducting best practice research on programs and policies for urban tree planting and maintenance;
  • Conducting best practice research on the use of public-private partnerships to advance tree canopy expansion goals;
  • Helping to develop, distribute, and analyze surveys and data on public attitudes and interests relating to the urban forest;
  • Preparing reports, memos, and presentations;
  • Attending occasional day and/or evening meetings in Cambridge.

What you’ll need

We are looking for a motivated and mature self-starter that is able to work both independently and as a productive team member. To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • A current student enrolled in a relevant undergraduate or graduate program
  • A passion and commitment to environmental, public health, and/or social justice work;
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to put your analysis into writing that is easily understood;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience with survey data
  • High level of organization and attention to detail;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to take initiative and solve problems;
  • Ability to work remote and travel within the Cambridge/Boston area;
  • ArcGIS proficiency is a plus.

You might like to know

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 those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation.

To Apply

If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, please send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a thoughtful cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to dmoran@clf.org. Please make “CLF Urban Forest Intern” the subject of your e-mail. The Urban Forest Internship requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week for three months and comes with compensation in the form of a stipend. The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.

CLF embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.