Saturday, February 5, 2011


The Union of Concerned Scientists would like to invite applications for our paid internship position from the BERC community.  Please see the position description below.


California Clean Vehicles Intern – Union of Concerned Scientists
Location: Berkeley, CA Office
The California Clean Vehicles Intern will work with Clean Vehicles program staff to organize support for strong California transportation policies. Intern's duties include but are not limited to engaging UCS members and activists in our campaigns; helping to load email alerts and other online activism; maintaining/updating our web pages; providing support for outreach efforts to experts such as engineers, economists, and scientists; event coordination; and database management.

The Clean Vehicles Intern may also have the opportunity to participate in related California campaigns with the UCS Western States Climate and Energy Program.

                        Engaging UCS members and activists in our campaigns;
                        Providing assistance with administration of online communications and web content management;
                        Providing support for outreach efforts to scientists and other experts, coalition partners and the general public;
                        Volunteer recruitment for special campaign activities in the Berkeley office;
                        Providing logistics support for campaign event planning;
                        Participate in regular campaign and program meetings with Clean Vehicles staff;
                        Assist with scheduling meetings with agency and legislative officials;
                        Occasionally providing support for projects as needed by the Berkeley Office Manager; and
                        Assist with maintenance of departmental databases, publications, reprints, electronic and paper files, subscriptions, staff calendar, dissemination of CV reports and other materials to targeted recipients. Schedule campaign meetings and other internal and external meetings for department staff as needed.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in outreach and organizing, as well as vehicle, climate and energy policy. Candidates interested in public policy, transportation, energy and environmental issues are encouraged to apply.

Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook; Google Docs; as well as database and graphic manipulation software strongly preferred. Familiarity with Convio or website content management systems and online action tools a plus, but not required. Also needed are excellent personal relation skills including an ability to work both independently and in teams, and to interact professionally with individuals with a wide range of skills and responsibilities. Knowledge of transportation issues, experience working in non‐profit environment, and Spanish language proficiency are pluses.

The Union of Concerned Scientists provides a monthly stipend to interns based on academic and employment experience. This position is a full‐time internship. The duration of this internship will be a minimum of 6 months with the possibility of extension.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume by February 15 via email to and include “CA CV Outreach Intern” in the subject line. Email materials by Word doc only. No phone calls.

Miriam Swaffer
California Program & Outreach Associate
Sustainability Coordinator
Union of Concerned Scientists
2397 Shattuck Ave., Suite 203
Berkeley, CA 94704
phone: 510-809-1564
fax: 510-843-3785

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