Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Sustainability Manager Position, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (Posted on 10/18/17)

Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is hiring a full-time, non-exempt Sustainability Manager within the Balboa Park Sustainability Program (BPSP). The Sustainability Manager is responsible for the effective communication and execution of existing BPSP initiatives, including support of the Balboa Park facility director affinity group, Green Team, Sustainability and Energy Management Action Plan, Green Impact Guide, education events and sustainable operations initiatives for BPCP member institutions. The manager is expected to bring skills that will enhance these existing programs and help to expand BPSP into viable new areas of sustainability.

Click here for more details and to apply.

San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network (Posted on 10/12/17)

The San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network is a free program for startups that are developing solutions to help California meet its energy goals. The program provides access to the resources and facilities of a number of regional partner organizations and connections with industry in order to accelerate the commercialization of emerging energy technologies.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Accepted companies receive access to: Industry Connections; Research and Testing Facilities; Pilot Project Opportunities; Regulatory and Policy Guidance; Market Intelligence; Mentoring; Workshops/Training; Marketing Support; Capital Providers; IP and Export Assistance; and more.

Eligible companies must: 

  • Have a registered business office in California and presence in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, or San Bernardino county
  • Have a breakthrough electric energy technology that ultimately delivers benefits to California ratepayers

Apply here.

River Blitz Field Survey, The San Diego River Park Foundation (posted on 10/12/17)

Twice a year, RiverBlitz volunteer teams use GPS tracking to document the presence of such things as trash, storm water debris, and invasive species on the San Diego River in Santee. This information is vital for planning the next six months of river clean ups and plant removal. It is a wonderful hands-on opportunity and a great way to make a difference for the future of the river and surrounding area. All data collected will be used to help in the effort to restore our river back to a healthy state!

There are three available shifts to volunteer this weekend:

  • Saturday October 14, 9am – noon
  • Saturday October 14, 1 -3pm
  • Sunday October 15, 9am – noon

We will be meeting at Mast Park for all three shifts, 9125 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee, CA 92071

If students are interested they can email volunteer@sandiegoriver.org or call (619) 297-7380 to sign up!

Inter-Sustainability Council Board Positions (posted on 10/09/17) 

ISC Mission: To unite the various organizations/departments of UC San Diego that promote sustainable development into a cohesive network. The Inter-Sustainability Council functions as an intermediary to improve coordination and outreach between these groups and the UCSD community.

Open Positions:

  • Social Events Chair
  • Professional Development Chair
  • ISC Certificate Chair
  • Sustainability Job Fair Director
  • Green Talks Director
  • Eco-Bazaar Director

Deadline: October 18th at 9pm PST.

Click here for more details and application.

GRID Alternatives Solar Spring Break (posted 10/5/17)

Are you a student interested in the intersection between renewable energy and social justice? Do you want hands-on experience installing solar? If so, GRID Alternatives’ Solar Spring Break program could be a great fit for you. GRID Alternatives is the nation’s largest solar construction nonprofit that is working to make solar technology and job training accessible to all individuals in the United States. Their Solar Spring Break program is a unique, service-learning opportunity where student teams from colleges and universities spend 5 days at one of GRID Alternatives’ regional offices installing solar for low-income households and learning about the nonprofit and solar industry at large. Students can choose to form a team or join our Intercollegiate Team where they would meet and learn alongside students from across the country!

Registration deadlines are below:

  • Intercollegiate Registration Deadline – Oct. 20, 2017
  • Solar Spring Break (winter trip) Deadline – Oct. 20, 2017
  • Solar Spring Break (spring or summer trip) Deadline – Nov. 17, 2017

If this program sounds of interest, contact Rachel McMahan at GRID Alternatives to learn more.

Government Relations Internship, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (posted 9/27/17)

An intern in this position will provide confidential administrative support for the Office of Government Relations, Research Development,  Strategic Partnerships, and Events. Assist Director of Government Relations in the establishment of a proactive government relations program for SIO. Provide research/administrative support for government relations professional. This includes; researching various topics, reviewing congressional testimony and government reports and preparing synopsis, and drafting correspondence via verbal rough draft. Participate in the planning and coordination of various events, briefings and tours. Position requires tact, independent judgment, flexibility, and strict confidentiality. It is preferred that interns have taken coursework in political science, policy, science, or journalism. This is an unpaid internship with 10-12 work hours per week.

Interested students should email their resume and cover letter to Matthew Calabrese at mrcalabrese@ucsd.edu

logoLEED Green Associate Training, Leading Green San Diego (posted 9/27/17)

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.

To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name!

This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!

Early-Bird Cost$300 ($200 for full time students)

This class will take place on November 2 from 6pm-10pm at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Register here.

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College Ambassadors, UC San Diego Tour Guide (posted 9/21/17)

Apply to be a tour guide – walk backwards, change lives, and get paid!

Are you passionate about UC San Diego? Join the College Ambassador team and share your student story with our 70,000+ visitors and prospective students! Join us at our information Sessions: Monday, October 16th and Tuesday, October 17th, 5-6pmin the Multipurpose Room (first floor of the Student Services Center)

Application is due October 27th!   Visit admissions.ucsd.edu/jobs to learn more!

Special Ticket Rates for UCSD Students, Food Waste Solution Summit III (posted 9/21/17)

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food is thrown away somewhere between farm to fork, equating to a $165 billion loss each year for the US in resources including energy, land and water. In San Diego County, over half a million tons (about 600k tons) of food waste is landfilled annually, where it decomposes anaerobically and emits methane. Simultaneously, close to half a million San Diegans are food insecure and don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Join us for an action-packed convening for multi-sector leaders and advocates committed to food waste, hunger, and climate change in San Diego County. UCSD students can get $20 off of their $30 ticket by using the PROMO CODE: UCSD when purchasing tickets. Find more information and purchase tickets here!

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California Ecology and Conservation Program and Scholarhsip, University of California (posted 9/20/17)

Applications are now open for the Spring 2018 offering of California Ecology and Conservation. This program brings together 27 students from across the UC system for seven weeks of intensive learning at NRS reserves. Guided by experienced field instructors, undergraduates transform into scientists by conducting independent research studies. Students learn to notice natural patterns, frame questions into feasible research projects, and practice standard techniques such as surveys of animal and plant populations. At the conclusion of each project, students analyze their data and present their findings to the class in oral presentations, posters, and reports. The deadline to submit your application is October 23, 2017.

Upon completing the Spring 2018 offering of California Ecology and Conservation, you may apply for the California Ecology and Conservation Scholarship. We anticipate awarding scholarships ranging from $1000 to $2000 per award.

Application forms can be found here.

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Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarships, UC San Diego (posted 9/20/17)

The UC San Diego Strategic Planning process has identified four research themes to focus on as we build the student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university of the future. These themes are:

  • Understanding and Protecting the Planet
  • Enriching Human Life and Society
  • Exploring the Basis of Human Knowledge, Learning and Creativity
  • Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society

To support these research priorities and continue the university’s investment in access and affordability for all students interested in an exceptional educational experience, in 2015 UC San Diego launched a pilot program known as the Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP). After three years of the successful pilot, the now-permanent funding opportunity will be known as the Chancellor’s Research Innovation Scholarships (CRES). Like FISP, this program will build the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to address society’s greatest challenges and forge new intellectual enterprises, which increasingly rely on the ability to work across diverse disciplines, either individually or as members of multidisciplinary teams.

Deadline: October 12, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PDT

Find additional information here.

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Nico Linesch Boundary Crossing Scholar’s Award, California Student Sustainability Coalition (posted 9/20/17)

The California Student Sustainability Coalition and the Linesch Family are pleased to announce the first annual Nico Linesch Boundary Crossing Scholar’s Award. Nico died in January 2017 just as he was finding himself professionally at the intersection between data informed urban planning and public health. He loved to engage communities for a safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable future, especially in marginalized areas of Los Angeles, the city where he was raised and which he loved.

The Nico Linesch Boundary Crossing Scholar’s Award will provide $4,000 stipends for students who design interdisciplinary internships in agencies whose budgets limit their capacity to offer compensation.

Click here to learn more about the award and apply.

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Triton Innovation Challenge, Rady School of Management (posted 9/20/17)

The Triton Innovation Challenge, now in its sixth year, is a business competition focused on fostering creativity and bringing to the spotlight commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies generated by the finest minds at UC San Diego. Supported through the generosity of The William and Kathryn Scripps Family Foundation Inc., the program is presented through a partnership of the Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Jacobs School of Engineering.

The competition awards cash prizes totaling $11,000 to support new and innovative ideas that relate to the environment (comes from, inspired by, or directly impacts nature.) Social innovation ideas and those with or without a prototype are encouraged to apply. All participants are also eligible to compete for up to $300,000 in investment funding from the Rady Venture Fund and Triton Technology Fund. Anyone (students, faculty and staff) affiliated with UC San Diego is invited to apply by October 16, 2017. Find the application here.

Student CEQA Workshop, 2017 AEP Fall Workshop Series (posted 9/20/17)

The CEQA Workshop will introduce students to how the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is used to assess potential impacts on the environment. The workshop will cover the CEQA process, environmental analysis under CEQA, and CEQA-related career opportunities. This workshop is being hosted at the Center for Sustainable Energy on October 14, from 9am-12pm. It is free for all students. Find more information here.

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Triton Food Pantry Intern, Associated Students (posted 9/20/17)

If you are interested in helping our community in solving food insecurity, here is a great opportunity to become an intern at Triton Food Pantry!

The Triton Food Pantry is a service provided by the Associated Students to help serve students of the University of California, San Diego who face food insecurity on campus. The goal of the Triton Food Pantry is to ensure equitable access to nutritious food resources. Our goals align with the A.S. Office of Housing and Food Resource which aims to help coordinate campus wide efforts to provide sustainable, accessible, and affordable food and housing to all.

More details found on application page. Deadline October 1st.


Sixth Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, US Environmental Protection Agency (posted 9/7/17)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching its sixth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition that is open to colleges and universities across the country. EPA seeks to engage with students to foster a dialogue about responsible stormwater management, and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices.

Registration for the 2017 Challenge is open from September 1st through the 30th. Student teams must register in order to submit their entries by December 15th. Winners will be announced in the Spring of 2018. Each first-place team will earn a student prize of $2,000 to be divided evenly among student team members and a faculty prize of $3,000 to support green infrastructure research or training. Second-place teams will win $1,000 for student teams and a $2,000 faculty prize.

Learn more and register here.

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AVP of Environmental Justice Affairs, Associated Students of UC San Diego (posted 8/29/17)

The Associated Students of UCSD (ASUCSD) works to promote student engagement through involvement in student government and the facilitation of a cohesive campus community. Within ASUCSD, the Office of Environmental Justice Affairs will focus on elements of environmental and social sustainability inherent in council decisions and at the university. To learn more about this position, please visit the ASUCSD website and application page.



Sustainability Ambassadors Program, UC San Diego Sustainability (posted 8/25/17)

The Sustainability Ambassadors Program is a peer education program that aims to raise awareness of UC San Diego’s efforts to reach carbon neutrality and encourage students to implement sustainable living methods. Ambassadors will be trained to educate other students on sustainability issues through workshops, projects and social media engagement activities at the Sustainability Resource Center. It is an awesome way to learn more about sustainability, gain leadership experience, and engage peers in sustainability efforts. If you are interested, the application for the program is open until September 23.

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Basic Needs Services Internship, The Hub at UC San Diego (posted 8/15/17)

The Hub is a new UC San Diego space that offers students the opportunity to engage in and link to Basic Needs resources. Basic Needs refers to the most essential resources required to thrive as a human being which includes access to nutritious food, stable housing, and financial resources. There are three available positions for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:

  • Basic Needs Student Services Assistant (2 available positions) – Students in this position will assist in managing daily organizational efforts, reception services, facility maintenance, and special events.
  • Basic Needs Marketing and communications Intern (1 available position) – Students in this position will  provide a wide variety of student services and graphic design support to The Hub, specifically interfacing with the website and creating social media outlets.

Candidates should have a strong interest in supporting food and social justice efforts within Basic Needs Services. Interested students can apply on Port Triton. Find the positions by entering “The Hub” into the search bar of Port Triton. The position closes on August 23, 2017.


Graphic Design Volunteer Opportunity, UC San Diego Sustainability (posted 8/14/17)

The UC San Diego Sustainability Resource Center is seeking a knowledgeable and creative graphic designer who can produce brochures, business cards, event flyers, and other marketing materials. Given the basic information and raw material, candidates should be able to independently create eye-catching content. This is a volunteer position that has potential to evolve into a part-time intern position. This opportunity is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved, meaning students can earn credit on their transcript for 30+ hours of work per quarter. Interested students should contact Jennifer Bowser at jbowser@ucsd.edu. Please include samples of your previous work.

Education and Outreach Intern, San Diego River Park Foundation (posted 8/8/17)


The San Diego River Park Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental organization dedicated to to the restoration of the San Diego River and creation of the San Diego River Park System.  The Education and Outreach Intern will be dedicated to engaging youth within the San Diego River watershed, with the purpose of teaching kids the importance and value of our local ecosystem through hands-on, citizen science projects. This person will help to plan and execute various field studies and raise awareness of the challenges urban rivers face. This intern will also be responsible for representing the San Diego River Park Foundation out in the community through outreach. This internship requires a 10-12 hours per week commitment.

For more information about duties, qualifications, and benefits please read the Education and Outreach Intern description.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Bob Forthun at bob@sandiegoriver.org.

Urban Restoration Field Intern, San Diego River Park Foundation (posted 8/8/17)


The San Diego River Park Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental organization dedicated to to the restoration of the San Diego River and creation of the San Diego River Park System.  The Urban Restoration Field Intern will assist in assessing, mapping and removing trash, storm water debris and other types of litter found within the sensitive habitats of the San Diego River watershed. They will also engage and lead volunteers at regular community events organized to accomplish these tasks. This internship requires a 8-10 hours per week time commitment, including Wednesday availability and two Saturdays per month.

For more information about duties, qualifications, and benefits please read the Urban Restoration Field Intern description.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Tiffany Swiderski at tiffany@sandiegoriver.org.

Campus Representative Internship, Global Student Embassy (posted 7/26/17)

Global Student Embassy (GSE) is a non-profit organization that envisions environmentally conscious leaders, skilled at taking action, and addressing local and global challenges. Apply to be a Campus Rep with GSE and cultivate your leadership and organizational experience by coordinating your peers to be a part of the global, environmental movement! Campus Reps bring GSE’s mission and trips to their Universities all over the country; this work gives you an integral part in the growth and development of our international programs. Reps are responsible for promoting GSE across campus with their peers, on-campus clubs, and professors.

For further details, please visit the 2018 Campus Rep Job Description.

Race to Zero Student Design Competition, U.S. Department of Energy (posted 7/25/17)

The competition challenges collegiate teams to apply sound building science principles to create cost-effective, market-ready designs that meet DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements and the Advanced Energy Design Guide For K-12 School Buildings–Achieving a Zero Energy Building.

The fifth annual Race to Zero competition includes a new commercial building design contest in addition to the residential building contests, giving teams many options of building types as the focus of their design challenge. Below are key dates for the next competition:

  • July 2017 – Race to Zero Competition Guide is released, and the team application opens.
  • November 2017 – All participating teams must complete the team application and are encouraged to submit a 3-page project introduction.
  • September 2017 to March 2018 – Webinars and building science training are offered.
  • April 2018 – Finalist teams complete their project submissions and compete with presentations to industry leaders.

Learn more here.


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Climate Survey, University of California (posted 7/24/17)

A research team comprised of UC faculty, staff and students is collecting data on UC San Diego’s energy future. And they want to hear from all of our students.

If you are a current UC San Diego undergraduate or graduate student and have a few minutes to spare, please click the link to take a short survey  and be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.


Distributed Energy Resources – Project Associate, Center for Sustainable Energy (posted 7/21/17)

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent, mission-driven nonprofit organization with offices in San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles and Boston. We accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient energy solutions via program administration, technical assistance, policy innovation, and other forms of market facilitation. The Project Associate plays a vital role in implementing a variety of projects administered by CSE’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Incentives & Operations (I&O) team. The position will focus on supporting program operations and providing information and outreach to interested customers and industry participants.

Learn more and apply here.

Public Relations and Social Media Internships, San Diego Coastkeeper (posted 7/21/17)

San Diego Coastkeeper, a non‐profit organization working to protect and restore swimmable, fishable and drinkable water in San Diego County, seeks two energetic, well‐organized and self‐motivated individuals to intern as public relations intern and social media intern under the director of marketing and communications. These two positions report to the communications director to help assist with specific communications projects that will expand our organizational capacity. Applicants should have experience with creating marketing and communications projects and an interest in environmental awareness campaigns. Candidates must have, or be in the process of obtaining, a university degree.

Learn more here. Interested students should send their resume and/or cover letter to jamie@sdcoastkeeper.org with the subject line either “Publlic Relations Internship” or “Social Media Internship”.

Environmental Education Intern, San Diego Coastkeeper (posted 7/21/17)

This position reports to the education coordinator and helps implement Project SWELL K-2 and 4-6 grade teacher curriculum with hands-on lessons about local habitats, water science, pollution prevention and the importance of protecting our waterways. Applicants must be enrolled in college and in the process of obtaining a degree in science and/or education fields, and highest priority will be given to those who must complete an internship for college credit, or have an equally decisive way of verifying a deep commitment to the success of their Coastkeeper internship. Prior to applying for this position, the applicant should familiarize themselves with Project SWELL by visiting the program website at www.projectswell.org.

Learn more here. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and short blog-like writing sample to the internship management team at volunteer@sdcoastkeeper.org.


Seaside Soiree Event Internship, San Diego Coastkeeper (posted 7/21/17)

San Diego Coastkeeper, a non-profit organization working to protect and restore fishable, swimmable, drinkable water in San Diego, seeks an energetic, self-motivated individual to support the planning and organizing of their annual fundraiser: the Seaside Soiree. This position reports to the development manager. Successful candidates will be excellent communicators, demonstrate attention to detail, and pride themselves on their organization skills. The intern must be comfortable working as part of a team, but also thrive in an autonomous, unsupervised environment. This is an excellent position for anyone looking to gain concrete experience with event planning and fundraising, or those interested in developing a better understanding of the inner workings of non-profit organizations.

Learn more here. Interested candidates should submit resumes and cover letters to the development team at development@sdcoastkeeper.org

Environmental Law & Policy Clinic Intern, San Diego Coastkeeper (posted 7/21/17)

San Diego Coastkeeper’s legal and policy interns play an invaluable role in fulfilling the organization’s mission. They conduct Coastkeeper’s advocacy work and expand our capacity to protect and restore fishable, swimmable, and drinkable waters across San Diego County.
Interns in our Environmental Law and Policy Clinic are given significant responsibility to solve pollution problems through a variety of channels, including reviewing proposed projects for impacts on our waters, initiating litigation, collaborating with regulators and polluters, empowering community members to take action, developing policy solutions, and working with media. In order to be eligible for our Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, applicants must currently be enrolled in law school, or be a graduate student currently studying Environmental Policy.

Learn more here.  Interested candidates should sent their resume and cover letter to waterkeeper@sdcoastkeeper.org.



Student Position Available, Sports Facilities (posted 7/19/17)


In an attempt to improve their cleaning policies, UCSD Sports Facilities is searching for a motivated and organized student who can take initiative in writing a standard for “green cleaning”. Such a student would work in collaboration with the Sports Facilities custodial crew to author and implement the policy and procedure. In addition, the student would also help with marketing and communication regarding Sports Facilities’ efforts to be green cleaning leaders on campus. This is a part-time position, requiring up to 20 hours a week. Interested students should email their resume to Michele Palmer at mlpalmer@ucsd.edu.



Put A Price On It Fellowship, Our Climate (posted 7/19/17)


Put A Price On It is a national campaign led by Our Climate and the Years of Living Dangerously, which mobilizes young people to advocate for strong and fair carbon pricing policies at the state and national level. By putting a price on carbon, we will hold polluters accountable and transition our economy to a clean energy future. Students will train and organize other students, rallying public support for carbon pricing policy, and engage directly with elected officials. Applications are currently being accepted for our Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 fellowship positions.

Fellows will work closely with Our Climate staff to achieve mutually agreed upon goals. This educational and supportive arrangement is designed to build a stronger and more diverse coalition of leaders needed to pass fair and effective climate policy. Fellows will be trained to conduct public outreach on the local, state, and national level, including but not limited to:

  • Seeking and securing campaign endorsements from businesses, cities, college and university presidents, organizations, and prominent individuals;
    Identifying and securing opportunities to attend and participate in community events
  • Participating in phone banks, door-to-door canvasses, and other list-building activities
  • Writing and submitting media materials, including letters to the editor, op-eds, and press releases
  • Helping to organize informational and community-building events (concerts, house parties, forums, etc.)

Put A Price On It Fellowship will be accepting applications for the Fall Fellowship until August 1. Students can apply here.

For further detail, please follow this link. Questions can be directed to the Program Director at cassidy@ourclimate.us.


Climate Corps Fellow (posted 7/10/17)

Climate Corps Fellows benefit from working alongside progressive nonprofits, local governments and businesses on climate resiliency programs and campaigns.  Fellows’ projects focus on: resource efficiency, solar/renewable energy, waste diversion, alternative transportation, sustainability education and/or outreach.

Climate Corps Fellows:

  1. Receive valuable experience leading climate resiliency (mitigation and adaptation) projects that have measureable outcomes and benefits.
  2. Build critical connections and networks with climate protection leaders.
  3. Learn from being part of a regional cohort of Fellows dedicated to implementing innovative approaches to our collective climate challenge.
  4. Participate in a comprehensive training and development program that culminates in a professional certificate issued by an accredited college program partner.

Partner Positions:

For the 2017-18 cycle, Climate Corps public and private sector partners offer a wide variety of fellowship placements. For a full list of placements, visit: www.climate-corps.org

Desired Qualifications:

This is a full-time, 10-month fellowship program.  Additional requirements may depend on the specific position placement sought.  While Climate Corps Fellow positions require a degree from a 4-year institution, Energize Colleges Fellow positions require an associate’s degree. We are looking for recent college graduates with:

  • An educational background in environmental policy, science, engineering, sustainable management or planning degrees (volunteer and internship experience will be considered).
  • An understanding of clean energy and environmental policy.
  • Community outreach and communications experience.
  • A connection to the placement location. This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place a candidate who already lives in the region being served.


  • Living allowance stipend of $1,750 per month (before taxes).  Select positions may offer an enhanced stipend.
  • Monthly health insurance premium reimbursement option.
  • Assistance with student loan deferments.
  • Extensive professional development and skill building. Upon program completion, Fellows are awarded a Climate Change Protection Professional certificate by Skyline College.
  • A modest financial award upon program completion.

Application Process:

To become a Fellow please submit an online application and resume through our website (www.climate-corps.org). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all placements are filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible in order to ensure the best chance of being placed within an organization that fits your needs and goals.  NOTE: We are adding new fellowship descriptions on a weekly basis!

Once the application is complete and has been reviewed, applicants who qualify will be contacted for an interview. Fellows need to be available and eligible to start by the last week of August 2017.

For more information, please contact climate.corps@gmail.com or visit our website: http://www.climate-corps.org


Community Outreach Intern, San Diego River Park Foundation (posted 5/22/17)




The San Diego River Park Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the restoration of the San Diego River and creation of the San Diego River Park System. They are currently seeking outgoing and hardworking interns who are passionate about environmental conservation and community building.

The Community Outreach Intern will be dedicated to connecting with community members of all ages. This person will attend public events to explain the work and mission of the San Diego River Park Foundation, lead youth activities at a booth, and work on an independent project to recruit organization volunteers.

To apply, please email the following materials together in one email:

  1. A resume (maximum of two pages)
  2. A cover letter stating why this internship is a good fit for you

Please send all application materials to Ally Welborn, Community Engagement Manager, at ally@sandiegoriver.org. If you have any questions regarding the application process or the internship please email the above address or call 610-297-7380.


EcoNaut Position, Job/Internship Opportunity (posted 5/19/17)

Looking for a job in sustainability? Under the general direction and supervision of the HDH Sustainability Manager, you can serve as a member of the EcoNaut team which supports environmental sustainability in Housing Dining Hospitality. EcoNauts will work to educate, advocate, promote and implement sustainability initiatives throughout HDH. As an EcoNaut, you will work with Residential Life staff on Eco-Programming and with college residents on eco-issues. You will also have the opportunity to work with student groups on college specific and campus wide events. Find out more here!

Scholarship to Attend Annual Conference, College and University Professional Association  for Human Resources (posted 5/9/17)

Interested in attending the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2017, but don’t have the means to get there?

Scholarships are available for those who want to experience all the conference has to offer — timely information on higher ed HR topics, opportunities to connect with higher ed HR professionals and more.

Although past recipients are not eligible, others from their institutions are welcome to apply.  The deadline to apply is May 25.

Outreach Assistant, I Love A Clean San Diego (posted 5/5/17)

ILACSD’s Outreach Assistant will support ILACSD’s Community Programs, Education, and Marketing departments to implement programs, events and activities. Duties will include attending events, booths, and cleanups throughout San Diego County. Click here for the job description.

Moveout Dumpster Guards, UC San Diego Housing*Dining*Hospitality EcoNauts (posted 5/5/17)

Every year during move outs residents fill over 14 forty yard dumpsters with items they’re trying to get rid of. We are looking for volunteers to join us to stand in front of the dumpsters and encourage students to put items in the recycling and donation bins instead of trashing them. Volunteers are needed Sunday June 11th until Saturday June 17th, from 10 am until 7 pm. Sign up at this link to join us in diverting move out waste for any amount of time you are able!

Sustainability Assistant – Food, UC San Diego University Centers (posted 5/5/17)

University Centers’ Sustainability Department is seeking a motivated individual who is passionate about sustainability and making our student union greener. This position was created to better address the University of California Policies in regards to sustainability and to provide a resource for retail vendors under the umbrella of University Centers to adopt green practices. You will work with a diverse group of students, staff and organizations to aid in the development of programming and opportunities in regards to sustainability at University Centers.  Apply here.

Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Training for UC San Diego Students, UC San Diego Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives (posted 5/5/17)

The Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives is excited to offer hands-on, instructor-led Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification training for UC San Diego students on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 from 8:00a – 4:30p! This training will take place in the Dugout Conference Room of the RIMAC Annex building on North Campus and is FREE for UC San Diego students.

This all-day interactive training, developed in conjunction with Rath & Strong Consulting LLC, uses a hands-on group experiential learning simulation to explore process improvement tools, including the DMAIC model, value stream mapping, Lean 5S, data analysis tools and process sigma, to apply the concepts of Lean Six Sigma in real-time while demonstrating real-life application in higher education.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt practitioners and prepared to share applicable tools and skills with their departments to advance strategic goals.

Topics Covered:

  • Understand the language and verbiage of process improvement and Lean Six Sigma
  • Obtain a working knowledge of the tools of process improvement/Lean Six Sigma and how to apply them specifically to a higher education setting
  • Gain the ability to identify “non-value added” activities
  • Discover how imprecise, ambiguous information can stall process improvement
  • Learn how to measure and analyze data from core processes in order to identify areas of improvement
  • Recognize the value of integrating the “voice of customer” into process improvement projects

Please note that this event is not catered. Trainees must be able to commit to one full day of training with minimal interruptions. Due to the interactive nature of the event, trainees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and footwear.

If you are interested in registering for the class, please contact Matthew Helton (mhelton@ucsd.edu, 858-822-5875) by Monday, May 22th. NO WALK-INS, PLEASE. 

Solid Waste & Recycling Part-Time Position, City of Oceanside Zero Waste Program and City’s Green Oceanside Campaign (posted 5/5/17)

The City of Oceanside is currently looking to hire a part time position with our Zero Waste Program and the City’s Green Oceanside Campaign. The position will help prepare and implement a wide variety of environmental program in areas of solid waste and recycling, zero waste, conservation, environmental advocacy, food systems and resource management. Please click here for the City of Oceanside Part Time Position description. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sara Davis or Colleen Foster. 

Member at Large, UC San Diego Sports Facilities Advisory Board (posted 5/5/17)

The Sports Facilities student board has an open position that they are looking to fill, called the Member at Large position. Students are encouraged to apply if they are interested in joining the Sports Facilities Advisory Board to get more involved in their sustainability measures.  Click here to apply online.   A subcommittee will review all applications and forward the best applicant for the Board’s approval.

Student Fellowship, UC Carbon Neutrality and Global Food Initiatives (posted 5/5/17)

The 2017-2018 UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) and Global Food Initiative (GFI) Student Fellowship application process is now open for all current UC San Diego graduate and undergraduate students. Up to 4 CNI and 4 GFI fellowships ($4,000 each dispersed over three quarters) will be awarded for fellowship work that will kick off with an orientation this coming June 26 at UC Santa Barbara but mainly occur next fall, winter and spring quarters. 

Applications are online at http://sustain.ucsd.edu/involve/fellowships.html and due Friday, May 19! 

If students have questions, they can contact the Financial Aid/Scholarship Office at (858) 534-1067 or scholarships@ucsd.edu.  

Volunteers Needed, UC San Diego Sustainability Lighting Inventory Program (posted 5/5/17) 

Check out UC San Diego Sustainability’s new Lighting Inventory Program! 

We are looking for volunteers this quarter to pilot our program with Lumeo LLC. Learn marketable analytical skills for today’s energy economy, conduct lighting audits on-campus, develop a financial proposal to Facilities, and work towards a paid internship next year in sustainability.  Our ambitious goal, shared by UC San Diego Facilities Management, is to be the first all LED campus in the UC System.  Come help us reach this goal as a volunteer!

Interest sessions are:

Monday, 5/6 @ 5pm in the Red Shoe Room, PC West – 2nd Flr (above the Sustainability Resource Center)

Thursday, 5/11 @ 5pm in the Revelle College Room in PC West – 2nd Flr (above Lemongrass).

If you’re unable to attend one of these sessions, but are interested in participating, please contact Will Landry at wlandry@ucsd.edu for more information.

LEED Green Associate Training, Leading Green San Diego (posted 4/23/17) 

Interested in getting involved in the Green Building and sustainability Industry? Opportunities are plentiful and passing your LEED professional designation is required to get involved!  Register here.

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

When: April 30, 2017 – 1:00PM to 5:00 PM

Where: NewSchool of Architecture & Design – The Auditorium

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system to certify a building’s sustainability. Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, students and professional can become LEED Accredited themselves.  The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only professional designation used to market yourself to employers and clients and show you have certified knowledge in the green building industry.

 To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 7000 students pass their exam at a 100% pass rate and does not require any specific background. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name and it never expires!

 Also, a new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced this year and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system to ensure your knowledge is up to date! This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. 

EcoLeaders, National Wildlife Federation (posted 4/23/17) 

National Wildlife Federation is currently seeking four graduate students to support our NWF EcoLeaders Program. Please review the request for proposals (RFPs) below for the following opportunities:

~ NWF EcoLeaders Community Management Assessment Fellow
~ NWF EcoLeaders Market Research Fellow
~ NWF EcoLeaders Career and Technical Education Fellow
~ NWF EcoLeaders Labor Economist Research Fellow

Each fellowship is for a term of 4 -6 months (based on student schedule), and while fellows spend various amounts of time on their projects each week, the average amount of time spent will be 40 hours monthly. The fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend, professional development assistance and networking opportunities, and the possibility of academic credit for successful completion of the project, as an independent study or integration of fellowship project into course curriculula.

Graduate students from any college or university within the U.S are applicable. Current and former employees of National Wildlife Federation and former NWF Campus Ecology Fellows are ineligible to apply. Former NWF interns are eligible to apply following one year from their final work date.

The deadline to submit applications is May 7, 2017.

River Assessment Field Team Volunteers, San Diego River Park Foundation (posted 4/22/17)

Mystery Shopper, UC San Diego University Centers (posted 4/22/17) 

UCEN is looking for sincere, objective and thoughtful Mystery Shoppers who seek to shape the direction of the campus community.  If chosen, your responsibility as a Mystery Shopper will be to patronize these retailers as any customer would in the ordinary course of business. However, you have an obligation to discreetly evaluate them. You will be assigned a retailer to patronize and receive either a $10 Triton Cash Card (dining) or a $25 gift card (hair salon) as a non-taxable reimbursement of expenses, to spend.  Then, objectively answer a brief on-line survey which best describes your shopping experience. Most surveys should not take more than 15 minutes to complete.  Students and staff are welcome to apply.

Best Drive EVer Ride & Drive Intern Assignment on April 24, Charge Across Town (posted 4/15/17)

Student interns needed to support Charge Across Town Staff as they promote the Best.Drive.EVer Campaign at UC San Diego’s Community Sustainability Showcase on Monday, April 24.  Interns can earn $20/hour by conducting iPad surveys, hand out promotion items, provide wristbands to 21 and over drivers (with a valid license) participating in the EV test drives.  Available shifts include 10:30am-1pm  at Town Square and 3:30-6pm at SIOParking Lot 001.  Interested students are encouraged to email sustain@ucsd.edu.

Wind Energy Engineer Intern, DNV-GL (posted on 4/13/17)

The Wind Energy Engineering Intern would work in the Due Diligence group to help improve our project databases and participate in critical R&D projects related to wind farm engineering and project financing. The goal is to help advance the thought leadership and technical quality of our wind power due diligence activities, by capitalizing more efficiently on the project information contained in our wind farm project databases. This internship is expected to last approximately 3-9 months with no additional benefits provided.  Click here to apply.  Click here to search for other DNV-GL positions worldwide.

Project Engineer Intern, Pomona College (posted on 4/13/17)

The Sustainability Office at Pomona College is hiring a student Project Engineer Intern. Experience/interest in engineering, project management, or field research is recommended, but not required. They are mostly looking for a smart, enthusiastic student to help with LEED projects over the summer. The student will work directly with their Project Manager and will receive a lot of valuable experience.

Position Details:

  • Description
  • Hours: Monday through Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Wage: $15 per hour (with on campus housing), $19 per hour (without housing)
  • Start Date: May 15-30; End Date: August 5-25
    • Campus housing is only available May 30 through August 5
    • Work period can be negotiated

Please email Alexis.Reyes@Pomona.edu with a letter of interest by 5pm on Monday, April 17th.

SoCal SWANA Chapter Workshop, June 8 @ Los Coyotes Country Club, Buena Park (posted on 4/13/17)

Each quarter, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Southern California chapter hosts workshops, which include topics related to solid waste and recycling. Their next workshop will be held on June 8, 2017 at the Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Park from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Students interested in the solid waste/recycling field are provided this opportunity to attend the workshop and meet solid waste professionals, including public works staff, consulting firms, engineering firms, and haulers. The first ten students who register will be free. After the first ten, the cost per student is only $25. (Regular registration costs are $100 per person!) Click here for the upcoming workshop topics.

Interested students can contact April Hilario at ahilario@hfh-consultants.com for more information on how to register.

2017-18 Fair Trade Campaigns Fellowship, Fair Trade Campaigns (posted on 4/11/17)

Are you passionate about Fair Trade and social justice? Are you a student or recent graduate looking for rewarding part-time work? Do you want to gain hands-on experience supporting grassroots organizers, developing leaders, building regional networks, and executing communications strategies?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on to find out more about the 2017-18 Fair Trade Campaigns Fellowship!  Learn more & apply here.

Systemwide Committee Representatives, UC Student Association (posted on 4/1/17)

As the official voice of the UC students, UCSA nominates students to sit on UC systemwide committees. Systemwide committees deal with critical policy issues that affect every student in the UC system (e.g. admissions policy, budget prioritization, and technology investments). It is vital that UC students have strong representatives on these committees. Descriptions for all of the committees may be found here.  UCSA accepts applications on a rolling deadline based on each committee’s meeting and recruitment schedule. If you apply for a committee that is currently not recruiting, we will hold your application until there is an opening.

Student Leader Needed for Summer 2017 Alternative Break to Nicaragua, Global Student Embassy (posted on 3/28/17)

Global Student Embassy is looking for a student leader interested in a job opportunity working with a grassroots non-profit this semester.

Global Student Embassy is a grassroots nonprofit that focuses on hands-on environmental action, youth empowerment, and cross-cultural exchange. In collaboration with our year-round projects running in California, Ecuador, and Nicaragua, we run alternative break volunteer trips to our locations for university students. This year so far we have successfully run trips partnered with UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and about a dozen more across the country.
We are running a UC San Diego based alternative summer break volunteer trip to Boaco, Nicaragua this summer. In Boaco, our program focuses on sustainable farming with the local community, and includes a 3 day bio-intensive farming course and certification.
We’re looking for a student enthusiastic about sustainability, traveling, and being a leader on campus. The campus rep’s job is to recruit participants, lead fundraising events, and prepare the participants for travel. Campus rep’s have the opportunity to earn a FULL Scholarship for this summer’s trip.
Any student interested in the UCSD Campus Rep job position should email Tessa Janicke at crc@globalstudentembassy.org,we are looking to fill the position ASAP.

Solar Ambassador Program with RE-volv (posted on 3/28/17)

The Solar Ambassador Program is a year-long fellowship for undergraduates offered by RE-volv, a clean energy nonprofit organization. We’re now accepting applications for next year and you can access the application here.

RE-volv’s Solar Ambassador Program is a unique opportunity for college students to develop key project management, outreach and communications skills while tangibly taking action on climate change through solar energy. Student teams will receive in-depth training in solar energy policy, financing, crowdfunding and community organizing while working in their community to deploy a solar energy project for a local nonprofit. Applications can be found at re-volv.org/apply-solar-ambassador/. Applications close on April 28th. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@re-volv.org.

Youth Conservation Corps Leader, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (posted on 3/28/17)

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) leader coordinates and leads the exciting summer-long YCC program.  The leader will be responsible for directing a group of six (6) YCC enrollees on specific work projects relating to fish and wildlife habitat management, species conservation and environmental education.  This is an eleven-week position from June to August 2017.  Application deadline is April 15, 2017.  Please refer to the  YCC Leader Recruitment Flyer 03.08.17 for more information.

Distributed Electricity & Storage Intern, EDF Renewable (posted on 3/28/17)

We are seeking a Graduate student to work in our Distributed Electricity and Solar team focusing on business development and sales. This internship will run for a minimum of 2 months and we are looking to hire someone ASAP. In this role you will identify and filter new customer contacts from existing resources and from the web. You will work in Salesforce to enter new contacts, accounts and opportunities as well as track and advance new opportunities.

To be considered you must be enrolled in a Graduate degree program with a focus in Business, Marketing, or other related field. We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic to work for the renewable energy industry and eager to get into Sales. You will need to have strong interpersonal and communication skills and be able to work with minimal supervision.  Submit your application here.

EDF Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, is a leading U.S. independent power producer boasting 30 years of experience across a broad spectrum of services. Our core competencies in Project Development, Operations and Maintenance, and Asset Management enable us to ensure each project we touch performs at the highest level possible. Our mission is turning innovative renewable energy ideas and long-term relationships into an ethical, high value sustainable business.