Climate Justice Intern (Part-time, Temporary)

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Sierra Club

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Title: Climate Justice Intern (Part-time, Temporary)
Department: North Star Chapter
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Report to: Chapter Engagement Manager
Duration: about 20 hrs/week for at least 12 weeks from early June through August (flexible schedule is possible)

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 North Star Chapter is the local Minnesota chapter of the Sierra Club, which is a staff team of 10 people, supporting a powerful volunteer base of 100s, and uplifting the voices of our 50,000 supporters across the state. Our office is in Saint Paul and interns should expect to work some in the office and out around the metro. Most work hours will be spent at community events primarily in the evenings and weekends. Flexible schedule available to fit other work or school needs.

Movement building is a key part of how we will win the climate movement. We are looking for a Climate Justice Intern to increase our supporter base in key geographies and groups in the metro. This position will work directly with our staff and volunteer teams and include assisting in public outreach, public education, organizing efforts, outdoor events, and data entry.

The intern will develop their own skills and expertise as an organizer. Depending on the intern's interest and skill set, they will be paired with environmental justice organizers and/or BIPOC/outdoors for all programming. Programming work will include assisting with environmental and climate justice campaigns, such as the campaign to shut down the HERC trash burner and supporting an just transition to renewable energy.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Assists with public outreach efforts
  • Works with Sierra Club organizers and volunteers to collect public comments on environmental & climate justice issues
  • Assists with the planning, setting up for, and facilitating of volunteer and community meetings and events as needed to engage supporters
  • Completes administrative tasks including data entry and updating spreadsheets, as needed
  • May assist in managing social media posts or other campaign needs
  • May support outdoor recreation events for target populations such as BIPOC, youth or veterans

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following skills, experience and competencies:

  • Interest in community outreach to diverse populations
  • Interest in grassroots campaign tactics to support climate and environmental justice solutions
  • 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 skills, experience and competencies:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Interest in data management (may use Salesforce)
  • Interest in outdoor programs
  • Proficiency in a language other than English


The hourly rate for this position is $20 / 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. Sierra Club does not sponsor H1B visas. 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.

The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply by May 7 for priority consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

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