Sustainability Internships

The Sustainability Section is seeking three motivated student interns for summer 2020.

Our summer intern positions are:
   - Community Resilience Intern
   - Greenhouse Gas and Energy Intern, and
   - Materials Management Outreach intern.

If any of these positions spark your interest, please apply! DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 6th, 2020 at 9:00 am.

Apply in one of two ways:

- If you are an NAU student, apply via the NAU Handshake site.
- If you are a CCC student or a student at another school, apply via email: send a cover letter and resume to Scott Payne at Scott.Payne@FlagstaffAZ.gov.

If you have any questions please contact Scott Payne at scott.payne@flagstaffaz.gov.

Note: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, City staff will work with students to determine the most appropriate format of the internships, either remote or in-person, based on circumstances at the time. We encourage students to continue to apply to the internships despite the current uncertainty; in general, remote and in-person internships will work on similar projects.

Interviews will likely be conducted remotely, depending on the circumstances in mid-April. The interview process will include a discussion of the most appropriate internship format based on necessary health precautions and City operations at the time. We are committed to working with the selected candidate to craft a rewarding internship experience.

Summer 2020 Intern Positions:

Community Resilience Intern

Primarily, the intern will be responsible for catalyzing community resilience and adaptation actions through outreach, program development and training, as part of implementing the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP).

  • Duties include assisting in the implementation and expansion of Flagstaff’s Resilient Neighborhoods Network, which is currently under development.
  • The Intern will also assist with equity analysis of programs using an equity checklist, evaluation and development of climate adaptation initiatives, and communication campaigns on both individual climate action and the CAAP.
  • Other duties may include facilitating climate and equity working groups, the Climate Ambassador program, and organizing Community Workshops covering adaptation and resiliency.

The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a motivated student to gain experience working in a professional sustainability office on climate adaptation, climate equity and resilience initiatives. The Sustainability Section will support the student in building relevant, climate-related skillsets, independently managing projects, and developing community contacts. This internship is an unpaid internship, completed for academic credit through Northern Arizona University.

More information about this position, including job responsibilities, can be found here.


Greenhouse Gas and Energy Intern

The Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Energy intern will be responsible for analyzing greenhouse gas emissions data and for evaluating and communicating trends in the data to government leaders, City staff, and members of the public.

  • The Intern will utilize the ICLEI ClearPath greenhouse gas inventory tool, while also considering alternative methodologies and collaborative opportunities to improve the inventory and move toward a more consumption-based model.
  • The Intern will collect and organize community emissions data and connect the findings to the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
  • The intern will also assist with the upstart RentLab project, which aims to use information and transparency to improve energy efficiency in the rental housing sector.
  • The intern will assist with outreach and data gathering efforts (in person, social media, etc.).
  • The intern will also have other opportunities to contribute to various other climate action, energy, and data management projects.

The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a motivated student to gain experience working in a professional sustainability office, collecting and managing emissions related data and developing outreach and communication skills. The Sustainability Section will support the student in building relevant, climate-related skillsets, independently managing projects, and developing community contacts. This internship is an unpaid internship, completed for academic credit through Northern Arizona University.

More information about the position, including job responsibilities, can be found here.


Materials Management Outreach Intern

The City of Flagstaff’s Materials Management Program focuses on waste diversion through outreach and education.

  • Primarily, the intern will be responsible for developing and implementing outreach material for the transition to volumetric garbage pricing (Pay-As-You-Throw).
  • Additional duties may include collaborating with the Materials Management Coordinator to expand community-wide education efforts on available services, incentives, and facilities as well as proper recycling/composting/source reduction methods.
  • Intern may also assist the Materials Management Coordinator in evaluating and improving public event waste diversion, coordinating volunteer events, and collaborating on other recycling education materials and events.

The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a motivated student to gain experience working in a professional sustainability office on waste diversion, recycling and public outreach and education. The Sustainability Section will support the student in building relevant, materials management-related skillsets, independently managing projects, and developing community contacts. This internship is an unpaid internship, completed for academic credit through Northern Arizona University.

More information about the position, including job responsibilities, can be found here.