California Community and Programs Outreach Intern
The Climate Initiative
Remote
Job description

Job Description for The Climate Initiative Community and Programs Outreach Intern

Location: Flexible remote work for candidates in California, strong desire for individuals in Central Valley, Imperial Valley, or San Diego County

Status: Part-time, compensation $20, 20 hours per week

Duration: 3.5 months

The Climate Initiative (TCI) is a scientifically-based education organization aimed to help solve the climate crisis. The uniqueness of TCI’s approach is its focus on educating and empowering youth. We believe that the generation most at risk (the youth) will shift politics, stimulate solutions, and ultimately be agents of change. We also believe it is important to educate about climate change in a nonpartisan way. Our vision is to create a cohesive voice at the grassroots level to push for climate-friendly policy and action in this time of crisis.

The Climate Initiative is seeking a part-time, paid Community and Programs Outreach Intern passionate about climate action with experience in fostering connections, building relationships, and program implementation. This role is meant to connect and build relationships with environmental organizations, land trusts, schools, clubs, community members, stakeholders, and youth to bring their knowledge and lived experiences into the climate change conversation. The Community and Programs Intern is part of the Programs and Outreach Team and will be responsible for implementing programming within their community. Programming objectives focus on hosting in-person and virtual TCI events, co-leading Community Conversations, and researching and developing strategic connections in relation to TCI’s air quality action project program. The Community and Programs Intern will report to TCI’s Western US Regional Coordinator with oversight from TCI’s Director of Programs and Outreach.

The ideal candidate for this position is highly collaborative and passionate about preserving our natural environment, engaging with community members, and activating youth voices across the nation. S/he/they is/are also an effective communicator and has a good understanding of their community needs and resources that will enable TCI to engage their community and youth in meaningful climate conversations that lead to action and positive change.

Key responsibilities:

  • Promote and grow awareness of TCI’s mission and programming
  • Engage with community members, stakeholders, and youth to expand TCI’s reach and work towards our goal of educating and empowering youth to become agents of change
  • Collaborate with community partners and youth leaders to implement TCI’s programming
  • Represent TCI at community events through tabling events, presentations, and/or workshops

As the IPCC notes, ‘Impacts of climate change are like to be felt most acutely not only by the poor, but also by certain segments of the population, such as the elderly, the very young, the powerless, Indigenous peoples, and recent immigrants, particularly if they are linguistically isolated.’ TCI values diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice, and we greatly value our workforce reflecting the communities we are activating.

Success metrics for this role:

  • Advance TCI’s mission of educating, empowering, and activating youth in local communities by connecting with at minimum twelve organizations, land trusts, schools, and/or community groups
  • Expand TCI’s presence in schools, communities, and local organizations
  • Host two TCI wide events targeting youth through fun and interactive ways, building the foundations for community relations and brand recognition
  • Engage community members in climate change conversations through at least one Community Conversation
  • Connect at minimum ten educators and communities with TCI’s air quality action project program
  • Develop high-level agents of change seeking to start or continue climate action in their communities by signing on ten or more youth to TCI’s Ambassador Program

Desired qualifications and skills:

  • Passion for tackling the climate crisis and the mission of the initiative
  • Deep understanding of community challenges and values
  • Commitment to centering and amplifying marginalized voices
  • Dedication to empowering youth voices and agency
  • Experience in effective community engagement
  • Design knowledge and capabilities
  • Proficient in Google Suite and Zoom
  • Solid leadership and teamwork skills
  • Highly collaborative and flexible
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills
  • Desire to be part of an entrepreneurial team
  • Self-driven and motivated

TCI Disclosure Statement: The Climate Initiative understands and acknowledges that systems of oppression and societal inequities shape the lived experiences of individuals. In particular, affecting BIPOC, low-income, disabled, LGBTQIA+, and other historically excluded identities. Many of whom will experience imposter syndrome and doubt their qualifications. The manifestation of imposter syndrome leads candidates to be the first to say no to themselves. At The Climate Initiative, we want our workforce to represent the communities we are activating. Therefore, we encourage you not to be the first to say no to yourself and apply because your identities and experiences hold power to enact change and inspire your communities to take action.

Job Types: Part-time, Internship

Pay: $20.00 per hour

Work Location: Remote

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