Job Announcement: Greenbelt Alliance - Policy Intern
- Greenbelt Alliance � Policy Intern*Location*:
San Francisco, CA
Greenbelt Alliance seeks a motivated individual to provide policy research
and geographic information system (GIS) support for our campaigns for open
space protection and good city planning throughout the San Francisco Bay
Area. The unpaid position requires a 2-5 days/week commitment for at least
three months (six month commitment preferred). Working hours are flexible,
but most work must be completed between 9am and 5pm weekdays.
Greenbelt Alliance staff are engaged in multiple land-use planning
campaigns to carry out the Grow Smart Bay Area vision. Examples include:
- Developing an innovative plan to protect and enhance farmland in the
Bay Area, using both traditional and new policy tools.
- Creating a vibrant, walkable neighborhood around San Jose�s Diridon
Transit Center that includes homes affordable to all income levels and
focuses mobility on people, not cars.
- Engaging in the region�s implementation of SB375 to ensure that the
Bay Area�s Sustainable Communities Strategy reflects the Grow Smart Bay
- Developing and producing a report and interactive website identifying
land in the Bay Area at risk for development, the natural value and the
policy measures in place to protect the land.
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
- Analysis of public documents � for example, reviewing draft Specific
Plans and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and drafting formal comment
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.
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. Proficiency in
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.
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.
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