Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Sustainable Operations Intern

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(9/25/2018 10:54 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Facilities [202000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 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 500 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 experienced intern for our Sustainable Operations team housed within our Facilities department. The intern will work with the Sustainable Operations team to help with sustainable construction and operations across numerous offices. Tasks may relate to green building certification (Living Building Challenge, WELL, etc), refinement and tracking of operations procedures, and construction project coordination. The intern will work with the Sustainability Manager, Construction Manager, and Facilities Managers in all offices in addition to the Facilities & Workplace Wellness Manager in Chicago.


    The internship is for Fall/Winter 2018 through Spring 2019, for up to 35 hours a week between 9 am to 5 pm. Start and end dates and other scheduling details are negotiable.


    This position is based in Chicago.


    • Assist with coordination and documentation of green building certifications, such as Living Building Challenge and the WELL Building Standard
    • Support wellness initiatives within institutional construction projects and established workplace operations
    • Assist in reviewing and editing internal reports and plans
    • Support various projects related to construction and operations, including workplace updates, waste reduction, procurement, etc.
    • Research benchmarks and best practices as needed
    • Perform various administrative, coordination, and other tasks


    • Excellent communications skills (both written and verbal)
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills; attention to detail
    • Solid knowledge of sustainability strategies and green building certifications
    • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and be proactive
    • Creative thinker and strategic problem solver
    • Excellent analytical skills
    • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle numerous assignments simultaneously, working both independently and as a member of a team
    • Current enrollment in or recent graduate of a master’s degree program focused on sustainability, sustainability management, architecture, engineering or similar preferred. (Graduation date between December 2018 and December 2019 preferred, if applicable.)
    • Bachelor’s degree in sustainability, architecture, engineering/energy, construction management, design, communication or similar a plus


    • Cover letter and resume
    • Portfolio or work samples (optional but preferred)

    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.


    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. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. 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.


    If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-866-803-9663.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit



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