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Position Summary

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is seeking a diligent, passionate intern to support our forestry team in planning a virtual conference on sustainable forestry and climate change. This is a paid, part-time internship. Interns will have weekly staff supervision meetings, trainings, professional development, and networking opportunities. Interns will receive grounding in racial justice principles.

WEC’s forestry team hosts an annual conference on the intersection of sustainable forestry, carbon sequestration, and climate change. The Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference brings together diverse thinkers – policy makers, academics, conservationists, tribal representatives and staff, forest owners, business leaders, and more – to feature innovative strategies and opportunities for sustainable forest management that can create a stronger economy and healthier communities in a changing climate. More information about the conference can be found here.

Given continued uncertainty about hosting large in-person events, this year’s conference will take place in the fall as a virtual webinar series. The intern will be responsible for assisting the forest program manager in coordinating all aspects of the event, including attendee outreach, agenda planning, and day-of behind the scenes work to help run the event. The intern may also assist the forestry team on related projects, including research and content creation about forest carbon sequestration and sustainable forest management.

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization. For over 50 years, WEC has brought people together to solve Washington’s most critical environmental issues. WEC builds power for the environmental movement by building partnerships, mobilizing the public, connecting voters to decision makers, and taking legal action. Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.

We have a staff of 35 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. Given the current pandemic we are working remotely and foresee doing that for an extended period of time. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely. Our expectation is that we will eventually return to some schedule of safely working together in our downtown office.  

We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We continue to advance the application of a racial equity lens to our work, and are led by a CEO who is a woman of color.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary role of the intern will be to support the Forest Program Manager in planning, coordinating, and putting on the 5th annual virtual Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference—an event focused on sustainable forestry and climate change in West Coast working forests. The intern will also assist on associated research and communications related to carbon sequestration, forestry, and natural climate solutions.

  • Expand the outreach list for the conference, especially to include communities that have been previously underrepresented in the event’s audience
  • Help craft an inclusive and accessible program and virtual space
  • Work behind-the-scenes during the conference, helping run the virtual platform, answering attendee questions, and other duties as needed
  • Create social media materials and draft outreach emails to advertise the conference and communicate with attendees
  • Write pre- and post-event blog posts to introduce the event and share key takeaways from the conference
  • Research and create communications on climate-smart forestry and forest carbon sequestration
  • Support other forest team work as needed

Qualifications

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a team
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office applications, web searches, documents, and email
  • Ability to efficiently organize and prioritize work, meet deadlines, and make it to remote meetings in a timely manner
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity and environmental justice
  • Demonstrated reliability and accountability, particularly while working virtually
  • Able to attend virtual meetings on time

Desirable Skills

  • Experience with event planning
  • Knowledge of ecology, forestry, climate science and/or natural climate solutions

Internship Duration / Hours / Location / Stipend

Duration: 

Early August through end of November, with potential to extend into December upon mutual agreement

Hours:

15 hours a week with flexible scheduling. Interns will join 3-5 meetings per week via phone or video, including a weekly check-in with their supervisor.

Must be available all-day October 26th & 27th to help run the virtual conference. Expected 20 hours of work that week.

Location:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office is currently closed and interns will work remotely. Intern is not required to be based in Seattle, but should reside in Washington state.

Compensation:

A $400/mo stipend will be provided, totaling $1,600 for a 4-month internship. We offer a $100 wellness benefit and reimbursement for any work-related travel will be provided. We will also provide work-from-home technology such as a laptop, headset, etc. if needed.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and your typical availability here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4909715

Please submit applications by July 16th

WEC and WCV are an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC and WCV do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.