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Conservation Community Organizer Internship
Location San Diego, CA
Job Code 353-20CHP
# of Openings 1
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Job Title: Conservation Community Organizer Internship

Chapter: San Diego Chapter

Reports To: Chapter Director, Mentored by North County Group Conservation Committee Chair

Location: San Diego, CA

Duration: 15 hours/week for 4 months

Context: Under general supervision of the assigned supervisor and mentor, conducts research, participates in project assignments and programs; assists in carrying out campaign strategies that can build power for our movement, and interacts with volunteers, citizens, other organizations and other club staff. Serves as a Community Organizer Intern for north inland San Diego county and the cities of Escondido, San Marcos, and Vista with a focus on building community activists in target cities and developing relationships with city officials. Priority issues are the Escondido and Vista Climate Action Plan Updates, opposing Harvest Hills Development, and building support for transit-oriented development in north county region.

Scope & Limitations: This is a temporary internship position in the environmental and social justice organizing field for an individual who is Currently pursuing or already graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. High-school diploma or GED required.

Job Activities:

  1. The Conservation Organizer Intern is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating Club members and supporters, new people and organizations to take action in assigned areas which will further Sierra Club’s goals.
  2. Participates as part of a team in planning and carrying out plans or strategies on assigned environmental projects or campaigns, including public education, coalition building and grassroots organizing.
  3. Identifying and supporting organizations working for equitable implementation of Climate Action Plans, public transit development.
  4. Assists in the development of educational and campaign materials and training as needed to members and volunteer leaders in assigned areas. This may include writing and/or editing action alerts, fact sheets, letters to policy makers, newsletter articles, blogs, webinars and media communications documents as needed.
  5. Identifying and engaging groups and community leaders to support community goals in a way to facilitate long-term relationships with Sierra Club.
  6. Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.
  7. Identifies and helps Chapter/Group development of strong relationships with key people of influence including community leaders and public officials to influence positive program outcomes.
  8. Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and mentor to ensure progress towards the campaign goals.
  9. Adheres to Sierra Club’s values of equity and inclusion in all aspects of work in accordance with the Jemez principles for democratic organizing.
  10. Works independently on specific assigned projects.
  11. Works on specific committees, and task forces as needed.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Education required:

  • Currently pursuing or already graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. High-school diploma or GED required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking preferred
  • Ability to work well with diverse group, staff, volunteers and the public.
  • Research and analytical skills.
  • Proficient computer skills: word processing, spreadsheet, social media.

This is a category 99 non-exempt position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

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