Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania

Status: Part-time, 15 hours per week

Duration: Summer (June-August)

The Climate Initiative (TCI) is a scientifically-based education organization that aims 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 fostering connections, building relationships, and program implementation. Within this role, interns will build relationships with local environmental organizations and connect with community members to understand what grassroots youth-led initiatives could initiate or support by TCI. 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 include but are not limited to connecting with teachers to share TCI’s Learning Labs curriculum, enacting and sharing toolkits with youth and partner organizations, and co-leading one Community Conversation. The Community and Programs Intern will report to TCI’s East Coast 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. It is essential that our team members commit to learning and building a sociocultural lens where they can understand the role that systemic environmental injustices have on communities, specifically BIPOC and economically marginalized communities. 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.

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, presentations, and workshops

Success metrics for this role:

  • Outreach to educators and schools in 4 local districts to share our Learning Lab modules in the region
  • Develop landscape analysis of potential partners and organizations focusing specifically on climate education in your local community
  • Engage in outreach and deep connection building with at least three local organizations
  • Implement at least one Community Conversation or one action toolkit within your region

Education and Experience

  • High school degree/GED equivalent
  • ​​Enrolled in 2 or 4 years higher learning institution or comparable life and work experience
  • Experience working in community/team settings

Desired qualifications and skills:

  • Passion for tackling the climate crisis
  • Understanding of climate challenges local community faces and willingness to learn from community members
  • Commitment to centering and amplifying the voices of frontline/fenceline communities
  • Dedication to empowering youth voices and agency in the climate space
  • Experience in community engagement
  • Proficient in Google Suite and Zoom
  • Organized and able to balance remote work with personal responsibilities
  • Highly collaborative and flexible
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills or a willingness to build these skills in the field
  • Self-driven and motivated
  • Creative ideas and positive growth-mindset

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

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience:

  • working in a community setting: 2 years (Preferred)

Work Location: Remote

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