Student Conservation Intern

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Sierra Club

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Akron, OH, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Student Conservation Intern
Department: Ohio Chapter
Location: Flexible- Akron area preferred
Reports to: Chapter Steering Committee Chair
Duration: 4 hours/week x 4 months


Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.


Scope: The Sierra Club has a history of mentoring young people to lead the environmental movement. This position will support conservation efforts under the supervision of the Portage Trail Group. As we take on a project to introduce food forests and NatureScapes in at least one urban school and community, we look to create a position to get youth involved in that project, and in more of our group activities. We are looking for someone who is excited to instruct a group of high school students on the importance of food forests and natural plantings. As an intern, you will help design, plan and install one or more Food Forest / NatureScape projects while working under the direction of the Portage Trail Group project manager. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in an environmental group, sharing leadership and activity as you grow into roles that fit you.


Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Acquire a thorough knowledge of NatureScapes and Food Forests.
  • Help design, implement and manage a NatureScape and Food Forest at a local urban school and community, while working with an experienced consultant, high school students and faculty.
  • Report to our Portage Trail Group executive committee, present project results at our annual Portage Trail Group Sierra Club fundraiser, and share in PTGSC programs to keep us considering youth and the future in more ways than we currently do.
  • Participate in at least one Earth Day event – probably “tabling” with the Portage Trail Group Sierra Club at an Earth Day festival.
  • Talk with others – in classes, environmental or other clubs, or in other creative ways - of the Sierra Club’s goals to explore, enjoy and protect the earth.
  • Suggest to the Portage Trail Group or others ways to create coalitions to uphold those and other environmental goals, within or even among universities and other institutions of learning.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Major in environmental science at a local university
  • Desire and ability to communicate with and lead high school students.
  • Knowledge and experience with growing and cultivating plants.
  • Desire and ability to communicate with Sierra Club members, mostly elderly.
  • Desire and ability to cultivate younger Sierra Club members.
  • Equity Analysis and Practice. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You have an analysis of how racism and other forms of oppression in society impact relationships, systems and culture. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across group identities and position/role

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $15.00/hour.

This is a category 99 non-exempt, non-represented, temporary position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee's manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.


To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., "B.A. Philosophy"), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.