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Current Opportunities

Environmental Education Instructor with Tualatin Hills Nature Center

Deadline: Feb. 15

The Environmental Education Instructor is responsible for planning, preparing, instructing and leading general and/or environmental education activities for program participants.

Workforce and Equity Intern with  Clackamas Workforce Partnership

Open until filled. Applications received by  5 p.m. on February 17 will be given first priority.

The Workforce and Equity Intern is responsible for assisting Clackamas Workforce Partnership with the start-up and implementation of an exciting project involving the formulation of an Equity Coalition and the development of an equity lens. Additionally, this position will guide organizational data analysis, research, and reporting. This is a part-time hourly position, averaging 12 hours per week at $15-16/hour.

Sustainable Communities Student Essay Contest

Deadline: February 27

The Sustainable Communities Division is welcoming submissions for its first ever student essay contest. The contest aims to recognize and foster the academic excellence of university students pursuing studies in fields related to sustainable community planning. One undergraduate student and one graduate student will receive an award of $250 each for essays on any subject that address items in the APA’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustainability Places through a planning perspective. Winners will be recognized at the APA conference in Phoenix.

Graphic Design Internship with ROSE Community Development

Posted: Jan. 27

ROSE Community Development is a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. ROSE connects our community to build good homes, healthy families and neighborhood opportunities in outer southeast Portland. We are focused on the revitalization of outer southeast Portland, through the development of affordable housing, community programs, and local economic development initiatives. ROSE Community Development is going through a major rebranding effort. The organization needs graphic design help with changes associated with efforts.

Curriculum Intern with Northwest Earth Institute

Posted: Jan. 27

The Northwest Earth Institute seeks a highly motivated and reliable individual for our internship program. The Curriculum Intern will work closely with the Director of Learning in publishing a revision of a course on Sustainable Systems at Work, as well as on other smaller curriculum-related projects. The internship will last three months, starting in January, 2016. The Intern is expected to work part-time (approximately 10 hours per week). Hours are flexible between 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday.

Seed sorting party and more: Volunteer with Growing Gardens

Growing Gardens is a nonprofit in SE Portland that helps people grow food at homes, schools, and correctional facilities. Upcoming opportunities include: 1) Seed sorting party: Wednesday, February 24, 1-4pm and Friday 26, 1-5pm at our office (2203 NE Oregon Street). Enjoy a hot beverage and fresh popcorn while we sort and package our seed donations! 2) Juniplanter tabling & FREE show ticket: Talk with Home and Garden show attendees about our programs Feb. 12-14 at the Portland Yard, Garden, and Patio Show. Learn more about these and other opportunities on the Growing Gardens website

Orchard Programs Coordinator with Portland Fruit Tree Project

Deadline: Feb. 17

Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical need: Access to healthful food. The Orchard Programs Coordinator (OPC) will enhance the capacity and impact of Portland Fruit Tree Project’s Community Orchards program. In collaboration with volunteers, partners and staff, the OPC will plan and facilitate Community Orchard events, providing learning opportunities for participants while maintaining and improving the orchards. The OPC will conduct outreach to recruit diverse participants and partners, and will build volunteer leadership for each orchard site. Additionally, the OPC will coordinate the Large Orchard Harvest program, in collaboration with the Program Manager.

Nature Educator with Metro

Deadline: Feb. 8

Are you an enthusiastic, creative nature educator with a passion for engaging new audiences? Metro's nature education team is looking for a new member to help open the doors to nature for communities who have historically faced barriers, including people of color and low-income communities. We'll count on you to develop innovative programming that responds to community needs, builds lasting connections and exposes young people to the outdoors. You will work collaboratively with community-based organizations in Metro's Partners in Nature program, which tailors nature experiences to diverse communities.

Schoolyard Farms hiring Volunteer Coordinator

Posted: Jan. 21

Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is a nonprofit that creates healthier communities by teaching about and growing food on underused schoolyards. Schoolyard Farms (SYF) is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator who will be hired as an independent contractor reporting to the Education Coordinator. The objective of the Volunteer Coordinator is to collaborate with SYF staff, SYF board members, local businesses and other partner organizations in recruiting, orienting, training and tracking volunteers for our educational programs. Specifically, the Volunteer Coordinator will help with volunteer coordination for our new Field Trip program and help SYF establish best practices around volunteer recruitment and retention.

On-farm Internships in Oregon with Rogue Farm Corp

Posted: Jan. 21

Rogue Farm Corps offers structured, entry-level and advanced sustainable agriculture education and training programs rooted in real-world farm businesses in Oregon. Our host farms are located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon and offer experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, and more.

Greenhouse Propagation Lead Volunteer with Oregon Food Bank

Deadline: Feb. 5

Oregon Food Bank’s Garden Education Program is recruiting a Greenhouse Propagation Lead Volunteer to assist with growing starts this spring at our Eastside Learning Garden (7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland 97217).  In our 20x32 greenhouse, we grow over 8500 starts annually for our gardens and for distributing to the community.  The Greenhouse Propagation Lead Volunteer will learn about all aspects of greenhouse growing, and then lead projects with garden volunteers during Dig In! shifts.  This is a great educational opportunity for a volunteer to learn about plant propagation as well as develop leadership skills.  As an immersive and dedicated volunteer project, the Propagation Lead Volunteer may have the potential to receive college credit for a school internship (check with your school).

Communications and Office Coordinator with Portland Fruit Tree Project (PDF)

Deadline: Jan. 26

Portland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides a community-based solution to a critical need: Access to healthful food. The Communications and Office Coordinator is responsible for marketing, media, and communications in order to promote the organization and its programs, support fund development efforts, and maintain and grow its positive public image. This position will work in collaboration with staff, board members, and interns to achieve brand consistency, coordination of messages, and compelling online and print communications of professional quality. This position will also provide administrative assistance to the Executive Director (ED), and will support the ED in coordinating office operations to ensure efficiency and function of office systems and equipment.

Garden & Village Building Convergence Internship with Student Sustainability Center (PDF)

Deadline: Jan. 6

The Garden & Village Building Convergence (VBC) Intern will work closely with PSU’s Garden Coordinator at the Student Sustainability Center to maintain and design student focused gardens and assist in the organization and facilitation PSU’s 2016 VBC project. The intern’s winter responsibilities will focus on garden maintenance and will phase into VBC work as the year progresses. Priority gardens will include the PSU Community Orchard, Grazing Gardens and Oak Savanna. Some combination of event organizing, hands-on, and administrative work will be required. Must be willing to commit to regular office work including responding to emails and other requests promptly.

Wildlife Monitoring Program Intern with Metro, unpaid (PDF)

Open until filled. Posted Dec. 23

The Wildlife Monitoring Program Interns help administer a volunteer-mediated wildlife monitoring program focused on pond-breeding amphibians. The data collected from this program helps Metro track key wildlife populations and evaluate the effectiveness of restoration at specific Metro natural areas. Interns will receive training related to monitoring techniques and data systems. They will obtain experience in field survey, scientific data collection and management, and citizen science volunteer coordination. Metro science staff support students seeking independent study credit through their academic institutions. We review papers, approve work, and complete regular progress reports required by universities. We also train students in use of ArcGIS.

Program Development Internship with The Intertwine Alliance (PDF)

Open until filled. Applications received by January 15 will be reviewed in the first round.

The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of more than 140 prominent private firms, public agencies and nonprofit organizations working together to integrate nature more deeply into the Portland-Vancouver region. The Intertwine Alliance is implementing a new program by which The Alliance will identify, support and connect a wide range of projects and programs in the Portland region. This position would assist with the launch of this new program. 

Outdoor Education Intern with KairosPDX (PDF)

Deadline: January 15 (open until filled; review of applications to begin January 6)

Kairos is creating a Learning and Exploration Garden, and we are seeking an intern to support curriculum development and garden maintenance!  Help our students develop environmental literacy and become conservation leaders through hands-on exploration in wild landscapes and cultivated spaces. KairosPDX is a non-profit organization focused on delivering excellent, equitable education to underserved children, their families and their communities. Through innovative pedagogy, community collaboration and family partnership we are closing Portland's persistent achievement gap in measurable, sustainable ways. 

Renewable Energy Outreach Associate with 3Degrees

Deadline: Rolling

At 3Degrees, our business is our mission. We believe in a world where it is universally more valuable to solve environmental problems than create them. Where the goal is not to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. We are here to connect people with cleaner energy on a massive scale. We are looking for outgoing, passionate and enthusiastic Outreach Associates to drive our community education and activation efforts through event promotion and outreach. You will be a stellar communicator, have a good sense of humor and share our vision for a sustainable world.

Youth Grow Classroom Internship with Growing Gardens

Deadline: Jan. 29

Growing Gardens is seeking interns who are available the beginning of March through the beginning of June, and are able to commit to assisting in-class garden lessons at our partner schools one day per week, 4-5 hours per day on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 8:00am-2:00pm, for a total of 12 days throughout the spring. The Intern will gain up to 50 hours of experience assisting and implementing garden-based education lessons.The intern will assist the lead Youth Grow Garden Educator in facilitating classroom garden lessons by: leading small groups of 10-12 students while implementing garden lessons together with the Youth Grow Garden Educator, helping with set-up and clean-up of activities, supporting classroom management, helping with garden maintenance, and documenting student experiences (i.e. quotes and photos).  

Greater Portland Sustainability College Network Internship with the Student Sustainability Center (PDF)

Deadline: January 6

The Greater Portland Sustainability College Network Intern will support the PSU Student Sustainability Center in connecting student-focused sustainability education efforts at colleges across the Portland region. The Intern will build bridges between the institutions to create a network of support and resource sharing. The Sustainability College Network aims to bring students, faculty and staff together in an effort to build a more sustainable future.

Program Assistant – Renewables/Commercial with Energy Trust of Oregon

Open until filled. Posted Dec. 18

The Program Assistant performs administrative and reporting tasks needed to support the operations of internally managed programs, including Solar and Strategic Energy Management (SEM). Duties will be specific to the Solar and SEM programs and will include records and database management, the review and processing of incentive payments to customers and contractors, and general program tracking. The Program Assistant will be assigned a variety of projects associated with the operations of the Solar and SEM programs which involve coordination and communication with trade allies, customers, program contractors and vendors.

Residential Real Estate Analyst Intern with Sean Z Becker Real Estate (PDF)

Posted Dec. 21

This position is a great opportunity to gain real life experience in the inner-city residential real estate market.  We are a boutique real estate brokerage located in South Waterfront and specialize in the urban market, with a strong emphasis on the PDX Condominium market. The primary focus of this position is to develop and perform ongoing reporting on the PDX Condominium market, i.e. collect market analytics and produce month over month reports. The position is somewhat flexible and will start with part-time, maybe 10-20 hours a week. This position has room to grow for the right person and has the potential to become full-time.

SoMa Energy Efficiency Intern (PDF)

Deadline: Friday, January 8

SoMa is a nonprofit that coordinates sustainability efforts and collaboration throughout Portland's South of Market EcoDistrict. One of SoMa’s major focus areas over the next few years is energy efficiency with a goal of reducing energy use in the district by 25 percent by 2020. This paid internship is a coordinating position to support the program by developing case studies that highlight best practices in district-scale energy efficiency that SoMa can learn from;  collecting baseline information (energy behavior/consumption) within the district; and developing partnerships with key organizations. You must be a PSU student to apply. 

Wild Salmon Center Communications Intern

Open until filled, posted Nov. 30

The Communications Intern will work under the direction of the Design Manager and Senior Communications Manager at the Wild Salmon Center to migrate and create content as part of the build-out of a new organizational website. The intern is expected to work 15 hours per week on a flexible schedule that will accommodate classwork and other jobs. This position will pay  $10/hour for a three month period starting in January 2016.

Science in the Learning Gardens: Garden Educator Internship (PDF)

Open until filled, posted Nov. 23

Science in the Learning Gardens, a National Science Foundation supported partnership project between Portland State University and Portland Public Schools, is seeking a garden educator intern to begin at the start of winter term and continue through spring 2106. The intern will be supervised by faculty or graduate program coordinator and will work together as part of a collaborative team of PSU graduate students, faculty, and staff, and teachers from Lent K-8. Primary responsibilities will be implementing weekly garden education sessions for middle school students that emphasize key scientific concepts and practices. 

Oregon BEST Media and Outreach Internship (PDF)

Open until filled, posted Nov. 18

Oregon BEST, the nexus for clean technology innovation, seeks to hire an intern to work closely with Oregon BEST’s Director of Collaborative Innovation in the execution of Oregon BEST’s communications plan. Work schedule to be negotiated during normal business hours.  12-15 hours per week.  Seeking an intern with video and communications skills who will be available through June 2016.

Oregon BEST Operations and Metrics Internship (PDF)

Open until filled, posted Nov. 18

Oregon BEST, the nexus for clean technology innovation, seeks to hire an intern who will work closely with the Oregon BEST Executive Director, Finance & Operations Manager, and other staff members in completing operations, organizational metrics tracking, Board of Directors support, and administrative activities. The position would be 12 to 15 hours per week, ideally through June 2017. 

Oregon BEST Database Administration Internship (PDF)

Open until filled—ideally in December—posted Nov. 18

Oregon BEST, the nexus for clean technology innovation, seeks to hire an intern to maintain and upgrade an existing database by identifying requirements, upgrading database tables and fields, loading data from various sources, and supporting users with reports and training. Position is 12 to 15 hours per week through June 2016.

Coalition of Communities of Color/OPAL Climate Justice Internships (PDF)

Open until filled

The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) and OPAL are two members of a broad collaborative of community-based organizations working together on a climate resiliency initiative for the Portland region. CCC and OPAL are seeking three interns to help further the collaborative’s work related to climate resiliency and climate justice issues. One intern will provide administrative support to the collaborative and its strategic initiatives, while two additional interns will support research, policy development, community organizing and advocacy. These paid positions are Climate Action Collaborative Internships and require enrollment as a PSU student. 

Wisdom of the Elders Wisdom Climate Intern (PDF)

Open until filled 

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) records, preserves and shares oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary Native elders and scientists in collaboration with environmental organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies. Wisdom is seeking an intern to work on lesson planning and documentary production foucsed on climate action and outdoor education. This paid position is a Climate Action Collaborative Internship and requires enrollment as a PSU student. 

Signature Events Intern, Halprin Landscape Conservancy (PDF)

Open until filled. For best consideration, apply by November 23.

The Signature Events Intern will be responsible for assisting Halpren Landscape Conservancy Executive Director Karen Whitman and Board of Directors (list on the website) in coordinating and planning special events and activities for the Portland Open Space Sequence’s 50th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for summer 2016. They will be involved in every aspect of event coordination from start to finish, including identifying and partnering with diverse stakeholders from within the district and region-wide. This paid internship requires enrollment as a PSU student. 

Volunteer for free admission to the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

The 15th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, happening February 11-13, 2016 in Portland, is providing opportunities for students to volunteer during the 3-day conference in lieu of paying a registration fee. We have worked with colleges and universities in each city/region this event has previously been held to provide this opportunity to grad students (and sometimes under-graduates studying the same issues) who would like to attend the event but would otherwise not be able to afford to. We usually get far more people interested in volunteering than we have a need for, but we give first priority to students when it comes to securing volunteers for the conference. Students should contact Kelsey Wolf-Cloud,, if they are interested in volunteering at this event.

Apply now to be a Peer Mentor with University Studies

Deadline: Jan. 15

The University Studies Peer Mentor Program is now accepting applications for students to become Peer Mentors for the 2016 - 2017 academic year. We are seeking academically successful, upper-division PSU undergraduate student or graduate students to apply for these excellent leadership and teaching opportunities. Peer Mentors are a vital part of success in UNST Freshman (FRINQ) and Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) courses. They collaborate with faculty and lead mentor sessions that support the curriculum. Mentors serve as colleagues and teachers, helping students learn the academic culture. All mentors receive a form of tuition remission and monetary remuneration.

National Parks Business Plan Internship

Deadline: Jan. 11

A highly selective summer program for graduate students, the National Parks Business Plan Internship (BPI) allows you to gain business, policy, and management skills you can't get in the classroom, all against some of the most beautiful backdrops and culturally significant sites in the world. The internship is an 11-week, paid, summer program for graduate students dedicated to applying their skills and experience to effect lasting change in America’s national parks.

Volunteer with KairosPDX

KairosPDX is a non-profit committed to closing the persistent achievement gap by cultivating confident, creative, compassionate leaders who exceed academic standards at each developmental milestone.  Our K-5 Public Learning Academy, Family Connections Programming, and Early Learning Network craft a new narrative around historically underserved children and families placing strength, excellence and achievement at the forefront. We are seeking motivated, responsible people who are passionate about our mission to help with lunch, snacks, playtime, gardening, and general support.  Prior experience teaching or working with kids is especially desired. Contact Lauren at today.

Unpaid Student Fellowship with Oregon Climate

Deadline: Positions filled on a rolling basis 

Oregon Climate, a grassroots campaign to hold polluters accountable for climate change, is offering up to eight unpaid fall fellowship positions. Fellows will work closely with Field and Communications teams to conduct outreach on the local and state level, that will culminate in a collaborate art project: a giant mosaic of 10,000 Oregonians’ individual artistic expressions of readiness for climate action.

Volunteer with the PSU Harvest Share

Harvest Share is a partnership between Portland State University and the Oregon Food Bank that brings free fresh fruits and vegetables to the students and the greater PSU community. This is an effort to reduce food insecurity among our students and increase access to healthy food choices. Join us on the second Monday of every month at outside Shattuck Hall in the Park Blocks to help distribute fresh food to PSU students and the broader community. Learn more about Harvest Share and other efforts of the Committee for Improving Student Food Security (CISFS).

Service-learning volunteer projects with Friends of Trees 

Friends of Trees is seeking volunteers to participate in planting events scheduled across the Portland metro area. We provide breakfast pastries, coffee and hot chocolate, gloves, tools, and trained volunteer guidance. Our plantings occur on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. Please arrive by 8:45am dressed appropriately for the weather and ready to have some fun! Check our online calendar for more information about any of our planting events. Please note our procedures for service learning hours

Volunteer with City Repair

City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists and now we are recruiting interns and volunteers. 

Find or post opportunities for the PSU community

Portland State Switchboard connects students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of the Portland State Community. It's a place where you can ASK for what you need and OFFER what you have. Anything from job or internship opportunities, to finding project collaborators, to buying or selling furniture, to meeting Portland State alumni around the world. 

Free Chinook Book mobile app for PSU students

Portland State University and Chinook Book have created an exciting new mobile app that is available for FREE to all PSU students, staff, and faculty. The app offers 50 free coupons from local merchants—including Ben & Jerry's, Hot Lips Pizza, co-op grocers, and coffee shops—as well as sustainability resources, such as bike maps, videos, and links to sustainability organizations on and off campus. Download to your mobile phone and start saving today! 

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