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Job Announcement: Greenbelt Alliance - Policy Intern

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  • Dayana Salazar
    Greenbelt Alliance – Policy Intern*Location*: San Francisco, CA *Job Description:* Greenbelt Alliance seeks a motivated individual to provide policy research
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 29, 2013
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      Greenbelt Alliance � Policy Intern*Location*:

      San Francisco, CA
      *Job Description:*

      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
      Area vision.
      - 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
      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.

      *Commitment*
      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.

      *Talents/Skills desired*
      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.

      *Benefits*
      The position is unpaid. Travel reimbursement is available for interns
      working more than 30 hours a week who can demonstrate financial need.

      *To apply*
      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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