policy internship availability
- Greenbelt Alliance (www.greenbelt.org) seeks a motivated individual to provide policy research support for our campaigns for open space protection and better city planning throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Policy Intern will provide policy support to Greenbelt Alliance campaign leads. Tasks may include:
GIS-based research for example, what is the historic rate of urbanization of land in the Bay Area compared to population growth? What is the walking and bicycling distance from a proposed station? What are the open space values at risk of urbanization in the Bay Area?
Policy research for example, what new zoning tools could Sonoma County implement to prevent rural parcelization and sprawl development?
GIS system development updating and improving Greenbelt Alliance's GIS data layers
Emissions analysis using the URBEMIS software package to calculate estimated
greenhouse gas emissions from development proposals
Analysis of public documents for example, reviewing draft Specific Plans and
Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and drafting formal comment letters
The Policy Intern will report to the Policy Researcher, and will work with other staff in the Program Department as appropriate.
This position requires a 2 to 5 day a week commitment for at least three months starting immediately; a six-month commitment is strongly preferred. Interns are expected to adhere to a regular schedule, but working hours are flexible and interns can generally choose this schedule. Most work must be completed between 9am and 5pm weekdays in the Greenbelt Alliance main office in downtown San Francisco. This location is BART and MUNI accessible and public transportation is encouraged.
Greenbelt Alliance is seeking candidates with strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, strong writing skills, and a friendly and professional demeanor. Knowledge of urban planning or land use policies is highly desired. Ideal candidates should have strong organizational skills and an ability to work independently to meet deadlines. Excel and one year of GIS experience are required. Graduate students and recent college graduates are encouraged to apply, but advanced undergraduates will also be considered.
The position is unpaid. Travel reimbursement is available for interns working more than 30 hours a week who can demonstrate financial need.
This position is an excellent opportunity to have an impact on land use decisions throughout the Bay Area. The intern will meet professionals from around the region and will learn about environmental and urban planning issues while developing a network of contacts and references in the non-profit field. When applying for future jobs, interns will be able to point to tangible results from their work and describe discrete projects that they led.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Adam Garcia, Policy Researcher, at agarcia@.... Please include the date you would be available to start work. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive; the position is open until filled.