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Research Intern

Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a research intern to assist our Deputy Director, Chris Hagerbaumer. Our internships consist of about 80% program-related work and 20% administrative work. They are unpaid positions unless otherwise indicated. OEC seeks interns who possess excellent research, writing and communication skills, and have the ability and motivation to work independently. We offer a fun, pleasant atmosphere, easy to reach by public transportation, and flexible schedules.

The intern will play a critical role in two projects and may take on other projects and tasks, as needed.


Project 1: Conduct research on communications tools designed to reduce idling by heavy trucks and buses and develop an internal report that outlines the most effective means of changing driver behavior.


Project 2: Conduct research to determine which cities and counties in Oregon have sustainability plans or are in the process of developing such plans. Produce an internal report that outlines the main elements of the plans, the progress cities and counties are making to date, and the key contacts for future follow-up.  


A qualified candidate will have excellent research and writing skills, an understanding of effective communication tools, proficiency in searching the Internet, the ability to “cold call” and glean pertinent information from phone interviews, an ability to deliver work-products in a timely manner, attention to detail, and a keen interest in environmental issues.


This internship position is unpaid and requires a minimum three-month commitment of at least one day a week. The schedule is flexible and allows for working off-site when doing research. 


If interested, please send resume and cover letter to Chris Hagerbaumer at [email protected]. The position will be open until filled.


About Oregon Environmental Council:


The Oregon Environmental Council safeguards what Oregonians love about Oregon – clean air and water, an unpolluted landscape and healthy food produced by local farmers. For more than 40 years we’ve been a champion for solutions to protect the health of every Oregonian and the health of the place we call home. We work to create innovative change on three levels: we help individuals live green; we help businesses, farmers and health providers thrive with sustainable practices; and we help elected officials create practical policy. Our vision for Oregon includes solving global warming, protecting kids from toxics, cleaning up our rivers, building sustainable economies, and ensuring healthy food and local farms.