Climate Leadership Intern

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Sierra Club

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Boston, MA, United States

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25 days ago

Job Title: Climate Leadership Intern
Department: Massachusetts Chapter
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Reports to: State Director
Duration: 10-15 hours/week for 20-22 weeks

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 volunteer leaders and 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 Climate Leadership Intern will help build and maintain a database of municipal clean energy and environmental accomplishments. They will also provide support to the climate research volunteer team and coordinate semi-regular events with local leaders and public officials. The Climate Leadership Intern will have opportunities to learn about equitable municipal climate policies and implementation and to gain skills related to volunteer organizing and supporting volunteer teams.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Work with staff to maintain online database of municipal clean energy accomplishments
  • Research local initiatives, record summaries of local clean energy efforts for database
  • Update database records, as needed
  • Help revise content/layout for municipal clean energy website (
  • Attend weekly Climate Research Team meetings
  • Provide tech and logistical support for semi-regular clean energy educational events
  • As time permits, prepare written project deliverables, including articles for Sierra Club’s monthly’s local climate newsletter and social media posts

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills. You pay good attention to detail, and are able to communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Capacity and willingness to learn about technical and municipal programs. You are excited to dive into the wonky land of Massachusetts municipal climate action, particularly (but not limited to) local energy, buildings, and transportation programs.
  • Self-starter, motivated, and capable of working independently. You are able to work with little to no daily supervision, and you are comfortable seeking help and resources when needed. You are able to maintain and prioritize short- and long-term projects appropriately.
  • Proficient computer skills, especially a capacity to learn new software. You are comfortable working with different computer systems and programs, and able to learn new programs quickly.
  • Ability to work closely in small groups with colleagues, volunteers, community members, and representatives from other organizations. You have demonstrated the ability to work with others, especially across different identities and roles.
  • 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.

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience, skills and competencies:

  • Web development experience and skills
  • Bilingual or multilingual skills
  • Existing knowledge of Massachusetts municipal climate action programs
  • Graphic design experience and skills
  • Previous experience with grassroots organizing and/or communications
  • Experience working with outside media, writing LTEs or Op-eds, or press releases


The hourly rate for this position is $20/hour.

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

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