Legal Intern

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organization:Oregon Environmental Council
position summary:

Commitment: 3 months (June/July – August/September 2010) Hours: 15-20 hours/week (unpaid) Application Deadline: May 31, 2010

The Oregon Environmental Council’s is seeking applications for a Legal Intern to work with the Executive Director to assist in establishing the Oregon Carbon Reduction/Carbon Neutral Program, a first in the nation certification program for the wine industry to incorporate carbon reduction directly into business operations.

In 2007, the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) and the Oregon Wine Board (OWB) joined together to lead an initiative for Oregon wineries and vineyards to assess and reduce their carbon footprint, following national standards and best practices. In April 2010, fourteen wineries representing approximately 20 percent of Oregon’s wine production completed this program.

The pilot process highlighted the need for a third party certification program for carbon management practices so that participating wineries can have certified backing for their participation in the marketplace. Next year, the plan is to transition this program to become a stand-alone certification program in the wine industry through the most prevalent sustainability certification organization in Oregon, Low Input Viticulture and Enology (LIVE).

The legal intern will take the lead in writing the standards for this certification program, and ensure consistency with the International GHG Protocol, the requirements of The Climate Registry and emerging ISO standards addressing scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. The project will involve research, writing and codifying standards and process into an easy to understand format for the wine industry to follow.

Training and Supervision provided by OEC’s Executive Director. Please submit a letter of interest and your resume to Laura Rost [email protected] by May 31, 2010 for consideration.

Salary / Pay Rate:unpaid
Required Skills and Abilities:Qualifications •Current or recent law school student, with a focus and interest on environmental law, particularly climate change law. •Excellent research and writing skills. •Demonstrated ability to work well independently and in a team environment and meet goals in a timely manner. Strong written and verbal communication skills, an attention to detail, an aptitude for logical thinking and sound judgment, a commitment to professional ethics, and the ability to work with sensitive and confidential information.