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Conservation Summer Internships

Conservation Summer Internships for both Idaho and Montana!



The Idaho Conservation League seeks an outgoing candidate for our Summer 2015 internship program based out of Sandpoint, Idaho. The intern will assist with public outreach to build support for conservation in North Idaho.

  • The Idaho Conservation League is Idaho’s leading voice for conservation, representing over 25,000 supporters.
  • Since 1973, the Idaho Conservation League has been Idaho’s voice for clean water, clean air and wilderness—values that are the foundation for Idaho’s extraordinary quality of life.
  • The Idaho Conservation League works to protect these values through public education, outreach, advocacy and policy development.
  • Our North Idaho field office is located in Sandpoint, Idaho, at the foot of the wild Selkirk Mountains and on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Sandpoint is known for its friendliness and passion for art, music and the outdoors.
  • Duties: The North Idaho Intern will administer the Idaho Conservation League’s summer outdoor adventure series, assist with volunteer recruitment and coordination for the Clark Fork River Delta restoration project and stewardships projects at Priest Lake and elsewhere, carry out a bike/pedestrian traffic count project to support a popular trail campaign, help organize and publicize outreach events, assist with
    research as needed, and help with data entry and other administrative duties.
  • Skills and Qualifications: The ideal intern candidate will enjoy working with others and be comfortable working independently; have strong writing, computer and research skills; strong organizational and people skills; and an ability to pay attention to details.
    Internship duration, hours and compensation: The internship is 10 weeks in length, June through August, for 20 hours per week, including some weekends and evenings. Stipend is available.
    To apply: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample by April 15, 2015, to:
    Susan Drumheller
    North Idaho Associate
    P.O. Box 2308, Sandpoint, ID 83864

ALSO!! Are You Interested in Montana Conservation?

Check these out:

Staff Leader: Historic Preservation for Montana Conservation Corps
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Location: Bozeman, MT
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Link: (

Staff Leader: Saw Crew for Montana Conservation Corps
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Location: Helena, MT
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Link: (

Staff Crew Leader: Invasive Strike Team for MT Conservation Corps
Job Type: Full-Time
Company / Organization:
Job Location: Bozeman, MT
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Link: (

Full-Time Position in Spokane!


Food System Capacity Coordinator

Catholic Charities’ Food For All (built out of the Vinegar Flats Community Farm), is hiring a new full-time, full-benefits position!

The position, the Food Systems Capacity Coordinator, will take a strong leadership role in facilitating our support of farmers markets as they work to enhance their performance as an affordable, healthy food resource. Much of this work – in particular our leadership in the Farmers Market Access Partnership and administering Fresh Bucks, the SNAP-incentive program – has been recognized for its innovation and role in moving our food system forward economically and socially.

The position’s expectations will be rigorous, and full of opportunity and challenge. We are looking for an innovative thinker who has experience and capacity in partnership-building and program management. We want a leader who can think outside of the box while staying focused on getting clear, sustainable results.

Our team works fast and hard, and is highly supportive while also encouraging autonomy and initiative. The pay is modest (in the ballpark of $30k a year), but has potential for an increased salary starting in 2015. In the meantime, the benefits (full medical, dental, employer contributions to retirement) are solid.

The electronic application (plus resume & cover letter) can be submitted here:

Job Duties/Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties/responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of this job.
1. Work with markets to offer enhanced food benefit programming, including SNAP, FMNP and Fresh Bucks. The coordinator will be responsible for helping markets administer these programs and track and assess the growth and impact of market sales and food access for all partner markets.
2. Coordinate the distribution of Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers in Spokane County. This will include working with DSHS and other community organizations to facilitate the promotion for and distribution of vouchers, and tracking of client participation and program outcomes.
3. Develop and implement vendor recruitment model for low-income area markets, including pilots of a vendor sales improvement training and a wholesale purchasing incentive initiative.
4. Coordinate with markets and social service agencies to implement a county-wide market promotion strategy as part of the Farmers Market Access Partnership (FMAP).
5. Participate in meetings & activities with FMAP partners state-wide to identify best-practices and resources available for partner markets.
6. Develop and implement family-outreach activities model for markets in low-income neighborhoods. Work with Liberty Park Child Development Center and the South Perry FM in 2014 in this work.
7. Assist in ensuring that the program is in compliance with all applicable contractual, licensing, staffing and safety mandates.
8. Report regularly to program coordinator on activities, outcomes and challenges.
9. Adhere to the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Doctrine.
10. Perform as a team member to assure that productivity outcome measures are achieved.
11. Perform related functions necessary to support the mission and core values of Catholic Charities.

Job Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications listed below. These qualifications are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform this job.

Education/Experience: to perform this job successfully, an individual must have a Bachelor of Arts degree. Experience in project management and inter-organizational collaboration essential. Experience in agricultural systems and food insecurity preferred. Experience working with diverse populations preferred.
Certificates/Licenses: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have a valid Driver’s License. Successfully pass background check applicable to position.
Physical Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:
• Regularly stand, walk, sit, hear/listen, talk
• Occasionally lift up to 40 pounds, pull/push, carry, grasp, reach, stoop, kneel
• Regularly work extended ours on a computer
• Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses, ability to focus Mental & Other Skills/Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the:
• Adaptability: ability to adapt to changes, delays or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.
• Analytical Ability: ability to maintain focus for extended periods of time; ability to complete research projects with resourcefulness and persistence; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; ability to use intuition and experience to complement existing data.
• Attendance: ability to consistently arrive and be able to work as scheduled.
• Computer/Technical Ability: working knowledge of: Word Processing software, Spreadsheet software, Internet software.
• Dependability: ability to follow instructions, both in written and verbal format; ability to respond to management direction; ability to complete tasks on time or notify the appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.
• Interpersonal Skills: ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations. Awareness of and sensitivity to the service population’s culture and socioeconomic characteristics.
• Judgment: ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.
• Language Ability: ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
• Mathematical Ability: ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
• Motor Coordination: the ability to coordinate eyes, hands, fingers, and feet accurately and handle precise movements.
• Problem Solving Ability: ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.
• Quality Management: ability to complete duties, on time and with absolute precision, at least 95% of the time; ability to edit the accuracy and thoroughness of one’s work as well as the work of others; ability to constructively apply feedback to improve performance, ability to generate ideas to improve
and promote quality in work.
• Reasoning Ability: ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
• Supervisory Skills: ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Company’s policies and applicable laws. Applicable supervisory responsibilities include: interviewing, hiring, training, and coaching employees, planning, assigning and directing work, reviewing performance,
appraising/disciplining employees when necessary, addressing complaints and questions and resolving problems.

Workplace Environmental Conditions

While performing the essential duties/responsibilities of this job, the employee will be:
• Noise Conditions: exposed during a shift to constant or intermittent sounds at moderate to loud levels of sound dependent upon the activities of the Shelter.
• Heat: subject to high temperatures
• Cold: exposed to low temperatures
• Atmospheric Exposures: exposed to dusts, fumes, vapors, or mists.
• Client Population may include persons involved in gangs, with substance abuse concerns, homelessness and/or tendencies towards violent behavior.

Job Title: Food System Capacity
Coordinator Reports To: Program Coordinator
Department: Food For All (Parish Social Ministry)
Supervises: n/a
FLSA Status: Exempt Dates Reviewed: May 2014

The electronic application (plus resume & cover letter) can be submitted here:

Seattle Entry Level Job!! Enviro Consulting Project Assistant

Project Assistant

Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc.


  • Founded in 1993, Cascadia Consulting Group provides sustainability and environmental consulting services to governments, utilities, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Our mission is to make a real, positive difference – for our clients and the environment – by delivering quality, objectivity, and results. We are dedicated to pioneering a sustainable future by helping clients minimize waste, reduce their environmental footprint, and devise enduring solutions to better manage scarce natural resources.
  • With offices in Seattle and San Jose, our staff specializes in recycling and materials management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy efficiency, sustainability, and natural resource planning. We provide clients with a range of services from research and analysis, to facilitation and strategic planning, to education and outreach, to program design, management and evaluation.
  • Cascadia hires individuals who value a collaborative, fast-paced work environment, who can think creatively and communicate effectively, and who will work hard to get the job done well. Consulting is about taking initiative, problem solving, and serving clients, so we seek staff with those skills.
  • Cascadia is currently hiring a Full Time Project Assistant for the Seattle, Washington office.
  • For this entry-level consulting position we are seeking a dynamic, “people-person”, who is able to work across all of our practice areas, with a particular focus supporting programs about energy efficiency and stormwater management.
  • Applications accepted until 5pm (Pacific), Friday, June 21, 2013.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with delivery of resource conservation programs, providing customer support, managing customer and contractor interactions using a customized IT platform
  • Assist with data collection, program analysis, and reporting
  • Answer programmatic questions, explain the benefits of resource conservation, and support technical experts
  • Assist with developing and presenting at trainings and orientations, help schedule and coordinate meetings and other support activities
  • Conduct social media posts building support for resource conservation programs
  • Assist with research, writing and producing memos, proposals, and reports.

Other duties may include:

  • Conduct out-of-office field work, conducting surveys and/or waste or recycling sorting. (some travel required)
  • Assist with office and administrative support functions.


Qualified candidates will possess the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in the liberal arts, sciences, or business
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal communication and outreach skills, including a high
  • level of comfort making cold calls
  • The demonstrated ability to take initiative and proactively solve problems
  • Strong critical thinking and research skills
  • Excellent attention to detail complemented by strong organizational skills
  • The ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and thrive in a flexible, fast-paced environment
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs
  • Initiative, energy, creativity, and a sense of humor


Other highly desired qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of waste education and recycling, natural yard care, climate change, energy efficiency, water conservation, green building, and/or hazardous waste management
  • Advanced skill in Microsoft Excel
  • Prior work experience
  • Demonstrated customer service skills and experience
  • This is a full time environmental consulting position.
  • Expected annual salary range is in the $30s, depending on experience and qualifications.
  • Benefits include health insurance, 401K, transportation assistance, and generous vacation.
  • Some evening and weekend work is required.
  • For the right candidate, this position has opportunities for growth and progressively increasing project responsibility.


Applications accepted until 5pm (Pacific), Friday, June 21, 2013.

Internships with the US Dept of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science


Are you interested in performing important work in a challenging environment? If you are, the Office of Science is involved in a variety of sciences, science education, and funding of science research.

We are the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of total funding for this vital area of national importance. We oversee and are the principal federal funding agency for our Nation’s research programs in high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and fusion energy sciences.

If this sounds interesting to you, we encourage you to apply for both summer and student internship opportunities with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science if you are at least 16 years of age, a US citizen and in high school or college. We have many locations across the United States where you would be part of the Career Pathways Internship Program from mid-May 2013 through September 30, 2013, with the opportunity to work part time throughout the year as well.


  • Major Duties: You will have an opportunity to work in areas related to your personal interests or fields of study under the supervision of scientists and other professionals within the agency.
  • Qualifications: You must be attending and/or enrolled to attend as a diploma/degree-seeking student taking at least half-time academic, technical, or vocational course-load in an accredited high school, technical, vocational, 2 or 4 year college or university, graduate, or professional school.
  • Benefits: Benefits include flexible work schedules, holidays and sick leave.
  • Open Application Period: March 13, 2013 – March 19, 2013
  • How to apply: Please apply online at for the specific vacancies listed below. You must also submit a resume, unofficial transcript, and a document from your school stating you are attending and/or enrolled to attend as a diploma/degree-seeking student. The following links will be available during open application period dates only.


Summer Internship Positions

DOE13-SC-ITRN-001 (General) DOE13-SC-ITRN-004 (General)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-001 (Human Resources) DOE13-SC-ITRN-004 (Human Resources)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-001 (Administrative/Office Support) DOE13-SC-ITRN-004 (Administrative/Office Support)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-001 (Information Technology Mgmt) DOE13-SC-ITRN-004 (Information Technology Mgmt)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-002 (Biological Sciences) DOE13-SC-ITRN-005 (Biological Sciences)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-002 (Physical Science) DOE13-SC-ITRN-005 (Physical Science)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-002 (Mathematics and Statistics) DOE13-SC-ITRN-005 (Mathematics and Statistics)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-002 (Engineering) DOE13-SC-ITRN-005 (Engineering)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-003 (Financial Management) DOE13-SC-ITRN-006 (Financial Management)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-003 (Legal) DOE13-SC-ITRN-006 (Legal)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-003 (Business/Industry) DOE13-SC-ITRN-006 (Business/Industry)
DOE13-SC-ITRN-003 (Copyright and Patent) DOE13-SC-ITRN-006 (Copyright and Patent)

If you have any questions, please contact Donell Dube ( | 865-576-2803.

Oct. 30 workforce summit: “Sustainable Skills–Building the 21st Century Workforce”

Clean-Tech Workforce Summit:

“Sustainable Skills–Building the 21st Century Workforce”

Hey Zags!  This is a fantastic opportunity!  Don’t miss it!  The Career Center & GAMP office received the following e-mail:


The following is an invitation to a workforce summit titled “Sustainable Skills – Building the 21st Century Workforce.”  Though it is focused on the Clean-Tech cluster of industries, most of the skills identified will be relevant for many industries.  This will be an action-oriented summit with future opportunities to build connections and skills.
In an effort to ensure that the future workforce is part of the conversation, I was able to arrange for a $500 scholarship to be awarded to one student in attendance .*  Your attendance and that of your colleagues is most welcome as well.
I would appreciate if you could please forward this to any students, educators and department heads of programs you believe would be interested.  Please contact me if you have any questions.
Rob Crow
Project Team Manager – CleanTech

An opportunity to learn about and connect with others involved in building the 21st century workforce


a chance to win a $500 scholarship* for attending!


Please join in a community conversation – Oct. 30th at the Lincoln Center.

3:30 – 5 p.m.


Click here to view flyer in web browser.


We want to hear from you; please help us start the conversation.  With your RSVP, include a response to the following to be included in the scholarship drawing:

  • What are the top 3 personal attributes that will be necessary for your success in your future career?
  • How do you incorporate sustainability in your personal, academic, and professional life?

Please be honest in your response as we want to know your thoughts, not what you believe we want to hear.

* $500 scholarship awarded randomly to one individual in attendance of the Clean-Tech Workforce Summit (advance RSVP and response to above questions required to be considered).  Must be currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited institution of higher education.  Payment will be made directly to qualified institution.

Spokane Area Workforce Development Council


Date: October 30, 2012

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
(doors open from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for informal conversation & networking)

Location: Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln, Spokane


Contact us for info on how you can join our Sustainable Skills Champions even if you are unable to attend!
Email: or call 509-533-8476.

HOT LEAD! Avista is seeking a GU student to work PT in Finance Dept (Spokane)

Hey Financial Wizards!

This is an outstanding opportunity to gain work experience and make money while attending classes at Gonzaga!

Avista Corporation is accepting applications for a student employee in the finance department. This employee will assist in the finalizing and implementation of the Capital Management review process.  The student will work with Avista leaders to complete the forms and processes. Must have exceptional Excel/computer skills and some business/accounting/finance/economics understanding.  Good interpersonal skills are required. Applicants should be able/willing to start right away and be able to work up to 20 hrs a week until the end of the year.


The job will pay $10-16/hr depending on qualifications.

Avista is looking to hire ASAP and reached out to the GU Career Center & GAMP office today asking us to please spread the word!


To apply: An Avista Corp. Application for Student Employment is required. Applications can be downloaded at We also encourage students to submit a resume, cover letter and an unofficial copy of transcripts. Applications may be faxed to 509-495-4922.

Clean-Tech Workforce Summit in Spokane 10/30/12

Clean-Tech Workforce Summit

SUSTAINABLE SKILLS – Building the 21st Century Workforce

A community conversation among

business leaders, educators, students, and champions of the emerging workforce.


Invitation and more details to follow

Date: October 30th

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.

Location: Lincoln Center

Brought to you by:
Spokane Area Workforce Development Council & CleenNW (Greater Spokane Incorporated)

Students: Attend Public Works Conference for FREE in Spokane

Attention All Students: We received an excellent opportunity from a Gonzaga alum, Caroline Barlow!  She is interested in connecting students with the public works industry.

The American Public Works Association

Washington Chapter Conference

The Davenport Hotel

October 10-12, 2012

Students can attend the workshops and booths free of charge, and if they RSVP before October 2nd their lunch will be paid for as well. They don’t have attend for the full three days, but can just pop over there as their schedules allow.

We will be forwarding a list of interested students to Caroline by October 2nd, so if you are interested, please contact Brittany Leland in our office:

Brittany Leland
Manager of Employer and Alumni Relations
Gonzaga University Career Center & GAMP