Job and Internships in Sustainability

UCLA interacts with thousands of organizations across the world to provide students with connections to meaningful work opportunities. Below are active job and internship listings in the sustainability field.

To see examples of past positions and get a sense of the types of opportunities available working in sustainability, please visit our Archived Jobs and Internships.


Ongoing Link: USGBC-LA Career Opportunities

Ongoing Link: TreePeople Jobs and Internships

Ongoing Link: Openings at the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and LACI Portfolio Companies


Active Opportunities

Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL) Internship

WELL is currently seeking Programs & Research Interns for the 2020–2021 academic year. These interns will receive a deep dive into water education, policy, social and environmental justice, and nonprofit management as they support WELL’s various programs. This includes WELL’s flagship program, UnTapped, which was created for local elected officials to engage with water issues through a comprehensive and active exploration of history, governance, public policy, geography, economics, climate change, and human rights. Additionally, WELL organizes water legislative workshops, online webinars, and statewide conferences that bring together local leaders around water issues facing California. The primary scope of the Programs and Research Intern position will be to assist in the design and implementation of these projects and support in educating public officials on water management, environmental justice, and leadership development. Note: This year’s program will be 100% remote until further notice due to state mandates in place from COVID-19.

Los Angeles Ecovillage Institute – Associate Director

We are looking for an interim Associate  Director to co-manage the day to day activities of the organization, including grant writing and fundraising; growing membership; managing grants, asset management for the organization’s loan fund; developing and executing projects; and building partnerships with community groups and various organizations. The candidate will be able to effectively communicate LAEVI’s mission and current projects to community members, governmental officials, media outlets, potential donors and foundations, and other stakeholders. Candidates should have knowledge of and experience with intentional communities, permaculture, urban planning, Los Angeles, environmental issues, project management, navigating local institutions, and have strong follow-thru ability while multi-tasking.  More info here: http://laecovillage.org/crsp/livelihood-opportunity-in-l-a-eco-village/

Prevention Institute – Program Assistant

The Program Assistant position supports projects, policy and systems change, and organizational operations. This position is ideal for people who are interested in exploring the field of public health, and particularly for those who are interested in supporting community-driven prevention efforts to advance health equity and racial justice. This support position has been designed for people early in their careers specifically to support the work of the organization while providing exposure to prevention practice, advocacy and policy, including the field of public health. The mix of topical and operational assignments also provides an opportunity to understand the range of elements that contribute to the effective functioning of a non-profit organization and to develop transferable job skills. Most previous program assistants have gone on to graduate school (in public health, social work, public policy, law or medicine), been promoted within the organization, or applied their newly developed skills in other non-profit or government settings that share a common vision.

Advancement Project California – Research and Policy Analyst

The primary goal of the Equity in Community Investments program is to support campaigns, led by community-based organizations, for more equitable policies and investments in high-need communities of color. We accomplish this through policy and budget analysis, advocacy, narrative development, and capacity-building efforts for our partners.

The Analyst will report to the Associate Director of Equity in Community Investments. The Analyst will work in partnership with community-based organizations to support local advocacy campaigns across the state that aim to provide equitable policies and investments of public resources to support community priorities.

Beneficial State Foundation – Data and Impact Manager, Clean Vehicle Assistance Program

The Data and Impact Manager will create reliable and scalable data management systems that enable data analysis, reporting, transparency initiatives, and program evaluation for the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program. As the go-to person for answering data and evaluation questions, the ideal candidate will enjoy working collaboratively and leveraging their analytical skills to support their team members, disadvantaged communities, and the program’s overall success. The CVA Program’s primary data is currently collected and stored in Salesforce, and Excel is used to aggregate data, clean data, and conduct data analysis.

The CVA Program data has the potential to answer important questions, such as: who is benefiting from clean vehicle grants, who isn’t, and what barriers are most prevalent for different demographics in clean vehicle adoption? The ideal candidate will recognize the significant opportunities to leverage our data and learnings to grow and improve the CVA Program and be a thought-leader in defining and measuring equity in clean vehicle incentive programs.

Applications are due by 8am PST on September 14th. Please submit a resume and answer our application questions through our job application form herehttps://beneficialstate.org/our-team/

Lettuce Grow – Supply Chain Manager

As a Public Benefit Corporation, The Farm Project and our initiative Lettuce Grow are working on creating a new food system. We believe that the future of food lies in empowering thriving, localized food economies that benefit the health of the people, the planet and the communities around us.

Lettuce Grow is looking for a Supply Chain Manager to oversee and manage overall supply chain and logistics operations within the organization. The Supply Chain Manager plays a major role in the product management process. impacts the company by lending expertise to the development of strategies to improve product flow efficiencies, product safety, and overall productivity.

CSUN Associated Students – Sustainability Coordinator

Under general supervision of the Senior Program Coordinator – Productions, the Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative and program leadership and ensures that the department upholds and works towards finding new, innovative and economically reductive ways to minimize waste and recycle whenever possible. The incumbent develops, implements and monitors waste reduction and educational strategies; identifies and undertakes necessary steps to apply for grant sources and incentives; is responsible for communicating plans to the Senior Program Coordinator – Productions; coordinates recycling and resource recovery educational and publicity efforts with Senior Program Coordinator – Productions and with AS Marketing; markets and promotes AS sustainability efforts through social media, website maintenance, brochures, newsletters, and other promotional materials; prepares the annual budget request and oversees all expenditures of the education and outreach aspects of the Sustainability and Recycling program; oversees waste and recycling audits, research and other special projects (e.g., waste audits, Sustainable Office Program) related to education-centered sustainability matters; oversees, maintains, and procures inventory of office supplies, equipment, and materials; and performs other duties as assigned.

Search the CSUN job listings for Sustainability Coordinator. Initial review begins September 2nd and will be open until filled.

Sustainable LA Grand Challenge – Digital Content Assistant

The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge seeks a Digital Content Assistant to create and curate content for our social media, websites, emails, newsletters, blogs and other channels. The ideal candidate understands social media, has creative ideas, and is a strong writer who can stay on top of current environment and sustainability news and events. Additionally, the ideal candidate can take complicated research findings and distill them for a general audience. We are looking for someone passionate about driving social and environmental change through the power of storytelling and digital communication.

Starting pay rate is $17/hour. The ideal candidate must be available to dedicate a minimum of 12-15 hours per week. Work study is not required. Initial appointment is through June 2021, but renewal is possible with satisfactory performance. The Digital Content Assistant will report to the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Communications and PR Manager.

Theodore Payne Foundation – Director of Communications and Events

The Director of Communications and Events (DOCE) will be responsible for overseeing all public communications from the Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF), including social media, website, email newsletters, print and video. Acting as the lead contact for media requests and outreach, they will coordinate requests and seek opportunities for TPF staff to connect with media. In addition to these typical communications roles, the DOCE will oversee the annual Native Plant Garden Tour and annual fundraising event with strong support from TPF staff and board. The Director of Communications and Events reports to the Executive Director, and forms part of the senior leadership team for the organization. This is a full time (40 hours per week), salaried position, with some evening and weekend work required.

Send cover letter, resume, references, salary requirements and examples of previous work (written and graphical) to jobs@theodorepayne.org with the subject heading of: Director of Communications and Events

LA City Sanitation & Environment – Student Professional Worker

LASAN is looking to hire 50 Student Engineers and Professional Workers to help us meet the Mayor’s targeted local hire and racial equity directives. We are focusing on sophomores and juniors (or graduate students who won’t be graduating for at least one year) so that we have time to develop their skills. Given the hiring freeze and the ongoing attrition rate, we need to continue to seek students to meet our growing needs.

Most of the positions will be (mostly) virtual as there are no immediate plans to bring them into the office given the public health crisis. One exception to this will be the 3 chemistry/biology majors that EMD is seeking to work in the Lab.  We also wish to bring in the students on occasion to meet some of their colleagues rather than be completely isolated from our facilities and operations. Thus we are only targeting universities and community colleges in the local area.  

Positions are open in the following areas:

  • Administration  (video production/editing, photography, clerical)
  • Customer Care Center  (call center operators)
  • DC Tillman Water Reclamation Plant (managing patrons and visitors at Garden/gift shop)
  • Environmental Monitoring  (chemistry and biology/water microbiology)
  • Financial Management  (AB939 compliance, water consumption studies/billing)
  • Info/Control Systems  (network and user support, information systems)
  • Regulatory Affairs  (biodiversity and healthy soils)
  • Solid Resources Citywide Recycling  (recycling program support)
  • Solid Resources Support Services – (geographic information and mapping – need 8)
  • Public Affairs – (communications support)

Deadline to apply is August 24.

Send resume and cover letter to san.personnel@lacity.org (Attn: SPW application) to apply!

UC Davis – Student Engagement Program Manager

The UC Davis Office of Sustainability seeks an experienced STUDENT ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM MANAGER for a 100% time, limited-term career position to oversee UC Davis’ student-funded internal sustainability grants program (50% time) and develop and manage Office of Sustainability student engagement programs (50% time). The successful incumbent will manage and coordinate The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) student-funded sustainability grant program by supporting the TGIF Committee; working collaboratively ensuring proper financial oversight of funds; and developing and managing proposal submission, review and award processes; and will also develop and manage Office of Sustainability student engagement programs to provide transformative learning and leadership experiences for UC Davis students; plan and offer orientation and networking activities; and engage the campus community with TGIF and student engagement programs and projects. The position reports to the Director of the Office of Sustainability, and works closely with The Green Initiative Fund Advisory Committee.

National Wildlife Federation – Manager of Equity and Justice Learning

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) believes that in order to save wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that all Americans have access to clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable access to nature, and protection from the ravages of climate change. These basic needs, equally necessary and urgent for all people, are foundational to bringing the conservation movement and ethos into the 21st century. We also believe that to achieve this vision, we must become an organization that actively challenges systemic racism and oppression. We are embarking on this journey and deepening our anti-racism work. The Manager of Equity and Justice Learning will join our team and support NWF to become a truly inclusive and anti-racist conservation organization and continue to build, expand, and deepen our Equity and Justice work.

This position sits on the Equity and Justice Team in the Office of the President working out of our office in Reston, VA or one of our regional centers across the country; (Washington DC; Seattle, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Missoula, Montana; Austin, Texas; Annapolis, Maryland; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Montpelier, Vermont.)  (Due to COVID-19 all employees are working remotely until we make return to work decisions). 

In collaboration with the Equity and Justice team, the Manager of Equity and Justice Learning will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the Equity and Justice Strategic Plan, furthering activities that drive culture change, and designing and delivering learning modules. 

Boston Public Schools – Water & Sustainability Project Manager

The Water & Sustainability Project Manager resides in the Facilities Management Department within the Operations Division of the Boston Public Schools, reporting to the Sustainability and Environmental Resources Manager. The Water & Sustainability Project Manager is responsible for all components of the BPS Drinking Water Program, and will support the BPS Sustainability and Environmental Resources team in other areas of environmental resource conservation and sustainability programming for Boston Public Schools.

The position will have a particular emphasis on developing and implementing the 3-5 year drinking water infrastructure implementation plan, which will install, test, and maintain new drinking water fountains across BPS schools. The Water & Sustainability Project Manager will serve in a Midlevel role within Facilities Management. The Water & Sustainability Project Manager will also be responsible for upholding all components of the BPS Drinking Water Access Policy and Circular, and for having knowledge and experience with regard to issues of sustainability and environmental resource conservation.

Community Climate Solutions – Community Organizer and Program Support Lead

The mission of our Community Organizer and Program Support Lead is to support our communities in using our platform and developing engagement programs to drive climate solutions engagement.  The Community Organizer and Program Support Lead works closely with our communities to discover their goals, needs and challenges and then coach them on the best ways to use our platform and run engagement in their communities.  You are part coach and part project manager, focused on helping our communities achieve their climate solution engagement goals with the CCS program.  In addition, this role will be responsible for leading direct, on the ground engagement in the City of Fremont.  This role reports to the CCS President.

Climate Solutions Net – Content Writer

We are looking for a Content Writer to take the lead on research, development, and creation of content for our action information pages.  Our action content is at the core of our value to users where we make it simple, easy and fun for users to learn about solutions and provide the information they need to be successful in taking action.  Our actions are practical, like smart thermostats, electric vehicles, home solar and composting.  The ideal candidate would have excellent research skills and excel at taking technical information and re-writing to make it simple, fun and easy to follow.  Examples of our current action content.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Chapter Intern

Internships with CCL are enriching learning experiences working with our expert staff and volunteer leaders. Our interns go on to top graduate schools and careers in environmental, political, or nonprofit fields. Internships are usually unpaid but receive free registration to CCL’s national conferences in Washington DC and access to CCL’s climate advocacy training.

Internships at CCL are extremely competitive; last year we only accepted 5% of those who applied. To increase your chances of acceptance and as an alternative, we strongly recommend that you participate in CCL’s Climate Advocacy Training Program the semester that you apply and also volunteer with alocal chapter.

We are seeking interns in the following positions in 2020 and 2021. Click on the title to read the job description and how to apply.