Policy Research and GIS Internship with Greenbelt Alliance
- Policy Volunteer Internship
Greenbelt Alliance seeks a motivated individual to provide policy research
and GIS (geographic
information systems)support for our campaigns for open space protection and
better city planning
throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The 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.
Between 2005 and 2035, the Bay Area will grow by two million people. This
growth could make the
Bay Area a better place to live, or it could hurt the region. Will people
be able to find homes they can
afford? Will they be able to walk or bike to work, or will they have to pay
for gasoline, whatever it
costs? Will natural areas and working farms continue to provide clean air,
clean water, and fresh food?
Greenbelt Alliance�s Grow Smart Bay Area vision and research shows that by
directing growth to
existing cities and towns, protecting the region�s natural areas and
working farms, and making sure this
growth happens in an equitable way that benefits everyone, the Bay Area
will remain a great place to
Greenbelt Alliance staff are engaged in multiple land-use planning
campaigns to carry out the Grow
Smart Bay Area vision. Examples include:
� Exploring new policy pathways to protect farms, ranches and landscapes in
Sonoma County and
East Contra Costa County.
� Creating vibrant, walkable neighborhoods in and around San Jose�s Diridon
Transit Center that
includes homes affordable to all income levels and focuses mobility on
people, not cars.
� Pushing development of new online platforms for civic engagement,
greenbelt land mapping, as
well as sharing and harnessing smart growth information in the Bay Area
� Engaging in the implementation of Plan Bay Area to support development of
conservation strategies and tools for the region�s the open spaces
� Asking planners, policy makers and developers in the areas largest cities
the main barriers to
equitable infill development, and seeking potential solutions.
The Policy Volunteer Intern will provide policy support to Greenbelt
Alliance campaign leads and
projects by answering a spectrum of land use research questions and
performing various planning related tasks.
Efforts will be made to match the volunteer intern�s interest with current
� GIS research and display � What is the walking and bicycling distance
from a proposed station
or the collision rate along a corridor? What are the open space values at
risk of urbanization in
the Bay Area? How can maps tell the compelling stories of the land?
� Policy research � What new zoning tools could Sonoma County implement to
parcelization and sprawl development? How can cities improve the
development process for
infill housing? Where are the critical components of county food systems?
� GIS system development � updating and improving Greenbelt Alliance�s GIS
� Emissions analysis � using the URBEMIS software package to calculate
gas emissions and new vehicle trips produced from development proposals
� Analysis of public documents � for example, reviewing draft Specific
Plans, Transit Area Plans
and Environmental Impact Reports(EIRs) and drafting formal comment letters.
The Policy Volunteer 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. Volunteer interns are expected
to adhere to a regular
schedule, but working hours are flexible and volunteer 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
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
The position is unpaid. Travel reimbursement is available for volunteer
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 volunteer 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, volunteer interns will be
able to point to tangible results
from their work and describe discrete projects that they led.
Greenbelt Alliance is the San Francisco Bay Area�s advocate for open spaces
and vibrant places.
Founded in 1958, we work to make the Bay Area a better place to live by
protecting the region�s
greenbelt and improving the livability of our cities and towns. We have
helped protect over 1.1 million
acres of farmlands, parks, watersheds and other open space. We are also a
leading advocate for the
creation of livable communities: walkable neighborhoods near transit,
shops, and jobs, with homes
people can afford.
With a committed staff of 20-plus, there is strong team spirit and sense of
fun at our organization. We
are headquartered in San Francisco with offices in San Jose, Santa Rosa,
and Walnut Creek. Greenbelt
Alliance values a diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.
People of color, women,
people of all sexual orientation, trans and gender non-conforming people,
and individuals of diverse
backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Adam Garcia, Policy
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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