The Climate Action team at Seaside Sustainability focuses on developing and implementing impactful climate adaptation and mitigation projects locally, nationally, and globally. Using the latest climate science and international sustainability guidelines, the department identifies crucial climate action strategies, and scale climate solutions to Seaside’s scope and potential impact. We are looking for hard working individuals with a passion for developing forward-thinking approaches to climate change. The ideal candidate will be organized, innovative and enjoy performing research and project development. The Climate Action team focuses their efforts on topics such as renewable energy, nature based solutions to climate change, community action efforts and The “C Change” newsletter. C Change is a monthly newsletter that is researched, written, edited and distributed by the Climate Change Newsletter sub-team which is a branch of the Climate Action team. If you are interested in collaborating on any of the aforementioned goals and projects, including contributing to our up-and-running climate change specific newsletter; please apply! We look forward to hearing from you.
General Desired Skills:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Organizational skills
- Strong research skills
- Analytical skills (qualitative and/or quantitative analysis)
- Problem-solving skills
- Curiosity/desire to learn
- Ability to collaborate
GIS Projects: Within each subteam, some interns will be working on ArcGIS projects. If you have any GIS experience, please apply! (but don’t worry if you don’t!)
Climate Change Newsletter: Researches, drafts, and publishes Seaside’s monthly climate change newsletter, C Change, that covers new and relevant topics regarding fossil fuels and the renewable energy transition, climate change mitigation, and ways individuals can get involved to take climate action
- Do not need previous experience with writing newsletters
- Excellent writing skills
- Experience with the drafting process (research, drafting, revising, editing) for publications of any size a plus
- Coursework/academics focused on renewable energy, sustainability, or climate change topics
- Any experience with Mailerlite or digital marketing a plus
Community Organizing: Connects with local coalition groups and national/international climate action groups and inspires communities to actively participate in the fight against climate change. Promotes and facilitates collective action locally and internationally through outreach, activism and external partnerships.
- Interns that are (or were previously) local to Gloucester/MA given first priority
- Experience with community outreach or organizing preferred but not required
- Interpersonal skills + the ability to engage and relate with communities and individuals of diverse backgrounds
- Highly organized and able to track and maintain various external contacts and partnerships
Nature-Based Solutions: Researches, plans, and executes natural climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Focuses on developing and implementing nature-based solutions in local communities and ensuring that natural climate solutions are pursued in tandem with sustainable development.
- Coursework/academics focused on environmental topics, ecology, conservation, sustainable agriculture and forest management, etc
- Experience collaborating with multiple teams on joint projects
- Strong research skills, and the ability to synthesize research into accessible terms that everyone can understand
- Prior experience with conservation or restoration fieldwork a plus
Renewable Energy: Focuses on facilitating and advancing the renewable energy transition through research and analysis projects and promoting and tracking renewable technology adoption.
- Cousework/academics focused on renewable energy, climate change, and decarbonization topics
- Quantitative analysis skills including managing/manipulating datasets a plus
- Strong research skills, and the ability to synthesize research into accessible terms that everyone can understand
- Highly organized and able to focus on multiple projects simultaneously
“Sustainability, Education, Action”
What is Seaside: Seaside Sustainability is a nationally recognized, award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to community engagement, public education, and environmental conservation. Seaside aims to be a leader in environmental and STEM educational programs and recognition initiatives. We help by promoting public awareness about the importance of environmental health, providing resources to develop problem-solving skills, and chances to get engaged as part of a community to take action. We organize our works and initiatives around these areas: plastic mitigation, marine citizen science, sustainability education, and solar energy in the community.
Why Intern at Seaside: Seaside’s internship program is hands-down one of the best in the area! With its roots firmly seated in education and hands-on learning, there is no doubt that that is why we have more than 50 interns at any given point throughout the year. Our programs and initiatives encourage members of the community, young and old, to build and nurture a relationship with local land and seascapes. An internship at Seaside allows you to explore a myriad of internship opportunities, relevant to almost any future interest. Join Seaside Sustainability for any season, or during breaks in your school schedule. We are looking for part-time interns in high school, college, and beyond to work on a diverse and challenging array of projects and initiatives. We are accepting applications for unpaid internships, with hours available any day of the week and practically any time of day: weekdays, weekends, and evenings included. We prefer to have our local interns work in person at the office in Gloucester, and we also invite interns from all over the United States and internationally to apply. Seaside Sustainability provides interns with real and meaningful work, and internships are available in any season with flexible time schedules.
Mission: Seaside Sustainability’s mission is to preserve and protect the world’s oceans, seas, wetlands, and estuaries by motivating citizens to evaluate the critical issues facing the water environment, educating the public on best practices for sustainability, and providing guidance for taking effective action. Among our most important areas of focus are the elimination of consumer plastics and the creation of educational programs for students of all ages. By partnering with diverse stakeholders, including educational institutions, environmental groups, and other organizations across the public and private sectors, Seaside Sustainability is committed to building an informed citizenry to address the sustainability of water-based ecosystems in communities around the world.
Vision Statement: Seaside’s programs and initiatives encourage members of the community, of all ages, to build and nurture a relationship with local land and seascapes. We believe that environmental challenges can be overcome by instilling ethical and social responsibility into our existence. And we address these challenges by illuminating the heavy costs of environmental degradation by providing resources to develop skills, solutions, and community involvement.
What Interns Do at Seaside Sustainability: Our interns are not limited to just one role; we encourage each intern to take advantage of the opportunity to explore a variety of roles and responsibilities. Our interns are never bored as they’re always given real and meaningful work that is essential to the day-to-day operation of the company. As an intern with Seaside Sustainability, you will be asked to perform a myriad of tasks, most of which can also be found at https://www.seasidesustainability.org/intern-details.
Market Research Weekly Work: In order to fulfill our mission, we need to communicate with educators who are passionate about sustainability. To meet our weekly goals of outreach to these educators, all interns are required to spend no more than 2-hours a week collecting this critical and game changing information. When you are researching these educators, you are literally selecting the people who will be changing the lives of their students by taking part in our programs. This role is one of the most important parts of working here at Seaside. You will gain so many useful skills such as how to be a more effective researcher and how to remain organized all while playing a key role in expanding the size and scale of Seaside. As Interns join Seaside’s leadership, they take on increasing responsibilities and are not required to do weekly information collection.
Course Credit: Students may receive course credit for this internship. Staff will work with the intern’s school/advisor on achieving desired learning outcomes and completing all necessary paperwork.
Check with your school’s Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting the hiring offer to determine if this position satisfies the criteria for receiving academic credit.
Requirements: Seaside Sustainability requires interns to work at least 15 hours per week.
President’s Volunteer Service Award: Seaside Sustainability is now certified to give out the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” to eligible interns. This award was created to, “recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.” This is a great achievement to put on your resume! What are the requirements for this award?
- Must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident
- All hours must be completed within a 12-month period to be counted towards the final total
- All hours must be tracked in Seaside’s weekly shift report to be counted
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement: Seaside recognizes that environmental issues are human issues, and therefore everyone has a right to be a part of the solution. Seaside is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment that welcomes all participants irrespective of their gender, race, sexuality, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, or socioeconomic status. The demographics of our internship program directly reflects the composition of our national outreach while the composition of our board more reflects the local composition of our communities. With the understanding that Environmental Issues disproportionately affect low income communities, minority communities, and communities of color, we are actively seeking to ensure that our environmental work, our projects, and programs are crafted in a way that both reflects and aids in combating the plight of minorities, of people of color, of economically challenged, and other disadvantaged individuals.
General Skills Needed:
- Passionate and dedicated to making a difference in the environment
- Good virtual communication skills
- Comfortable working in teams
- Good time management skills
- Willingness to learn and work outside of their comfort zone
- Basic knowledge of communication technology (G-Suite, Zoom, Email)
- Leadership skills
Seaside Sustainability’s rapid growth is requiring the organization to look for enthusiastic students who wish to take their passion for the environment to the next level. To promote this, Seaside will provide Project Managers with a professionally guided internship that assists with intern management strategies and supports their aspirations for career development. PMs take the lead on more than 20 Seaside projects ranging from 2-10 team members working virtually. Being a Project Manager is truly a win-win situation: the environment benefits, interns benefit, and project managers gain invaluable experience. We are actively seeking to recruit college students, graduate students, and those with leadership experience to fulfill the role of a project manager. Interns at Seaside Sustainability may be promoted to the position of a project manager by exemplifying the characteristics of a model intern. Skills Needed: Project development, Task delegation, Superior organizational and communication skills
Similar to the Project Manager position described above, a Fellow exemplifies organization, leadership, and communication skills and has the opportunity to lead a team of 3-10 interns in one of the teams above throughout their internship. This position is more demanding and requires someone with the ability to check emails and make phone calls outside of their regular working hours. The duties of this position include: interviewing applicants, onboarding new interns, meeting with interns 1:1 every other week, reporting to the Executive Director, and lastly, ensuring intern and project success. Skills Needed: Project development, Task delegation, Superior organizational and communication skills
Seaside Sustainability’s internship program has been growing steadily since its creation, and now has the capacity to offer another management position to exceptional interns. Similar to the Project Manager position described above, a Fellow exemplifies organization, leadership, and communication skills and has the opportunity to lead a team of 3-10 interns in one of the teams above throughout their internship. This position is more demanding and requires someone with the ability to check emails and make phone calls outside of their regular working hours. The duties of this position include: interviewing applicants, onboarding new interns, meeting with interns 1:1 every other week, reporting to the Executive Director, and lastly, ensuring intern and project success. Skills Needed: Project development, Task delegation, Superior organizational and communication skills.
Seaside Sustainability’s Community Advisory Team members work directly with our Executive Director, Eric Magers, and work alongside Board members, Intern Directors, Management Fellows, other Community Advisors and a large cadre of interns organized in teams to further advance the organization’s goals. Common Advisor duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Leading implementation of new management and organizational processes and procedures across the program. Delegating tasks to appropriate team members. Working closely with the Human Resources team to manage and oversee recruitment for future internship sessions. Collecting and analyzing feedback from interns throughout the program to gauge satisfaction and success. Skills Needed: Good communication with people of all walks of life, Leadership skills, Experience coordinating groups of people, A strong desire to facilitate a positive, hands-on internship experience.
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And remember to check out our partner organization National STEM Honor Society www.nstem.org for another great internship opportunity!