Watershed Management Summer Intern

Boston, MA, US

CLF Ventures seeks a Watershed Management Summer Intern to participate in research related to project development in a unique, small-team environment. The Intern will be expected to work mostly independently, reporting to staff on a weekly basis. The focus of the work will be to identify and create an inventory of municipal water supply sources across New England with municipal-owned land in the surrounding watershed of the water supply, and to investigate details about the watershed property (including acreage, forest density, current usage, etc.). Additionally, the work will include research to identify if a municipality has a Municipal Planning Strategy and/or Municipal Watershed Management Strategy, and related details. This information will help determine potential pipeline for an impact investment fund which aims to secure permanent conservation of municipal water supply watersheds, and generate a profit for municipalities who partner with the impact fund to monetize their land assets while also conserving them. There may also be an opportunity to work on additional research related to other impact fund projects under development.

The position is part-time, for 8 weeks (ideally May through July). Applicants should be available to work between 15 and 20 hours/week. The Intern will research how best to locate the target information in each New England state, collect data, including maps if possible, and conduct any phone research and/or interviews necessary. The catalog of information will be used to develop pipeline and partnerships for an impact investment fund, with an experienced and well regarded sustainable timber management fund operator.

Candidates who are eligible for work study are encouraged to apply. When contacting us, please indicate your stipend needs and eligibility for Federal work study or other supplemental funding. (Note: Without such supplemental funding, we are able to offer only a small stipend).

Candidate Education and Skills

  • Current graduate-level study in environmental science/studies, urban planning, environmental/public policy/planning, business/finance or environmental/resource management.
  • Top-notch organizational and task management skills, oral and written communication and analytical skills; understanding of the impact investing sector preferable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications including Word, Power Point, and Excel. Knowledge of GIS a plus.
  • Creativity, tenacity, good humor, and ability to be a self-starter and to work independently.

Organizational Overview

CLF Ventures (CLFV) is a non-profit affiliate of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s most influential environmental advocacy organization which protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. CLFV works to develop market-oriented strategies that help solve environmental and related public health problems, by unlocking both public and private capital through innovative partnerships, financing mechanisms, and the use of innovative impact metrics. CLFV works in collaboration with public and private organizations to advance sustainable innovation and bring about positive environmental change.

CLF and CLFV work with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

Applicant Information

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume stating your stipend needs, dates/times of availability, and work study eligibility if applicable to [email protected]. Deadline: May 1, 2017