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Internship at Coalition for a Livable Future: Research Assistant for the Climate Justice Initiative



This internship position serves in a research support capacity for the Climate Justice Initiative Project.


Project Description:


This project focuses on how cities and counties within the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region are developing Climate Action Plans and the extent to which these plans address equity or climate justice issues. Through this project, we will be surveying city and county leaders to determine which municipalities are undertaking the following climate change planning measures: goal-setting, policy creation and implementation, public participation, equity and climate justice. Once completed, this research will be used to create a regional climate change planning inventory and will serve as the basis for a climate justice advocacy framework (i.e., white paper) for CLF and member organizations.




This internship position is located in an office setting (CLF Office, located at 107 SE Washington St, Ste 239, Portland, OR) with telecommuting options if desired. However, there will be an occasional need for in-person or phone meetings (bi-monthly).


Key Responsibilities:


--Review climate change planning efforts (mitigation and adaptation) within the Portland Metro area


--Assist with the development of evaluation criteria used to evaluate current climate change planning efforts


--Compile research into a readable, easy to use document that can be used to support the development of a climate justice white paper


--Conduct climate change research on best planning practices among U.S. municipalities and community based organizations covering climate change mitigation and adaptation planning efforts that address climate justice issues


Reports to:


Nuin-Tara Key, Project Manager, Climate Justice Initiative


Time Commitment:


Hours for this internship position are flexible, but a minimum time commitment of 10 hours/week is expected. Research needs to be completed by February 2011. After completing initial research, there may be additional need for assistance with this project.




--Experience conducting public policy research


--Knowledge of climate change mitigation and preparedness strategies


--Proficiency with computer applications including word processing, database and spreadsheet management


--Ability to work independently


--Strong research and writing skills


--Previous experience conducting environmental and/or climate change research preferred, but not required




This is an unpaid internship


To apply:


Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]


For more information about Coalition for a Livable Future, please visit http://www.clfuture.org.