Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

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Sustainability Intern

Sustainability Intern

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US-CA-San Francisco
US-CA-Santa Monica
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Facilities [202000]

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.   NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 430 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking an intern to work in our Administration/Facilities Department in our Santa Monica, San Francisco, New York or DC office. The intern will work with the Sustainability Manager, Project Coordinator and the Director of Facilities & Sustainability to help with tasks related to the sustainable operations strategy. These include staff engagement, various projects related to energy, water and waste reduction and researching best practices. Additionally, they will communicate NRDC’s initiatives both internally and externally. They will be responsible for drafting blogs, creating content for NRDC’s website and drafting lecture and presentation materials for the department’s external speaking engagements. The intern will help the Sustainability team effectively communicate sustainability strategies and successes. The candidate should be strong in project management and exhibit strong organizational, communication and analytical skills. The candidate will work with Facilities Managers in all seven offices and the Sustainability Manager. 


The internship is for Fall/Winter 2017. Hours are generally 9:30am to 5:30pm, start and end dates and other scheduling details are negotiable. 


  • Assist Sustainability Manager with carrying out the Sustainable Operations Plan
  • Assist Sustainability Manager with various tasks related to management of office renovations, including tasks related to the Living Building Challenge
  • Develop multi-media content (press releases, brochures, fact sheets, presentations etc.) for internal and external audiences
  • Compile and maintain confidential information and working knowledge of major concepts, assignments, projects, etc., directly related to our sustainable initiatives


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are required; timely completion and attention to detail.
  • Technologically savvy plus a proven mastery of Office applications including Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent knowledge of sustainability strategies
  • Knowledge of the Living Building Challenge & LEED requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and act proactively

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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