30x30 Intern

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Sierra Club

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Portland, ME, United States

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17 days ago

Job Title: 30x30 Intern
Department: Maine Chapter
Location: Remote Based in Maine
Reports to: Maine Chapter Director
Duration: 10 hr/week, 5 months (January through May 2023)

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 30x30 Intern will be responsible for supporting the Chapter’s 30x30 campaign work, including coalition building, communications, and GIS mapping. This position will work with our national organizers, chapter staff, and chapter volunteers to ensure effective grassroots organizing strategy that is aligned with our campaign goals and values and that we practice the Jemez Principles and center organizational Equity Values within the organizing work.

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop GIS mapping and communications products for grassroots advocacy. Prototype interactive and static maps to communicate existing conservation achievements, visualize progress towards campaign goals, and assess against key metrics such as equity and access. These products will be designed specifically, though not exclusively, for use by non-technical, community-level organizers.
  • Support campaign staff and volunteers by gathering and synthesizing informational resources. This will include reading State publications, peer-reviewed scientific articles, and other related materials. The Intern will assemble resources and summarize where necessary to assist staff and volunteers with varied levels of technical expertise.
  • Assist with planning initial meetings of the emerging 30x30 coalition. This will include providing support in planning and coordinating meetings as well as providing logistical and technical support.
  • Support equity and access staff in related work. Throughout the above three activities, provide additional support as needed to the overlapping work of the equity and access staff.

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • 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.
  • Geospatial (GIS) Analysis and Software Development. You are proficient in GIS tools and have experience developing custom solutions to facilitate the use of geospatial data for non-technical audiences.
  • Reading and Writing Scientific and Governmental Reports. You have experience understanding and interpreting scientific language, including data products such as tables, charts, and maps. You have demonstrated an ability to synthesize technical information in the form of abstracts, summary reports, or other similar documents.
  • Maine Conservation Landscape. You have a deep understanding of the conservation movement in Maine and current work being done in Maine to equitable conserve land.
  • Group Facilitation and Organization. You have helped facilitate effective, equitable meetings, either in-person or via video conference. You are organized and able to manage event RSVPs including communicating with attendees before and after events.

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

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • The ability to think creatively and “outside the box,” to devise engaging campaign ideas
  • Basic design experience


The hourly rate for this position is $15/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.

We are accepting applications until December 1, 2022.

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