Jobs & Internships

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Internship Opportunities

Internship Overview

We seek interns to help with our organizing, community-based research, and development. All internships include some operations and administrative work. The Clean Air Coalition’s internships are ideal for highly motivated individuals looking to deepen and practice their skills engaging community leaders in solving environmental health and justice organizations.

Current Internship Needs 2019-2020

Job Title: Environmental Science Internship

Reports to: Co-managed by Clean Air’s Executive Director and an Environmental Professional with the mgroup

Description:

We seek an intern to work with a New York State Professional Geologist to conduct a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment on an actual site in the Western New York area. This internship will offer students hands-on experience under professional supervision, and hone their job skills. The Environmental Science Intern will learn from an Environmental Professional on state and federal standards, and industry standards and conduct an actual Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), or Phase 1 Site Assessment to support an ongoing community organizing campaign.

A Phase 1 ESA is completed to research the current and historical uses of a property as part of a commercial real estate transaction.  The intent of the report is to assess if current or historical property uses have impacted the soil or groundwater beneath the property and could pose a threat to the environment and/or human health.

Environmental consultants generally conduct an ESA according to a standard practice known as ASTM-E1527. The standard requires that the ESA be conducted by an Environmental Professional with specific education and experience, notably by geologists, engineers and environmental scientists. The ability to conduct an ESA is a foundational skill that many career consultants must master.

This internship will cover all the important aspects of the ESA process from significance and use though mechanics and reporting. Applicants do not need to know about ESAs prior to this internship. This internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate level students. The internship is developed and delivered by a licensed New York State Professional Geologist, and will be held in collaboration with the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York, a community based organization.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Familiarize yourself with state and federal requirements and the ASTM Phase 1 ESA standard, how to apply the standard.
  • Familiarize yourself with Clean Air’s theory of change to ground yourself in organizational values and principles.
  • Learn how to work with historical records, conduct interviews, and perform site reconnaissance.
  • Draft required reports to complete Phase 1 ESA.
  • Conduct an ESA on an actual site in the role of an environmental consultant working under an Environmental Professional.
  • Engage with Clean Air members and support ongoing organizing campaign efforts.

Education, Experience & Skills:

  • Applicants enrolled in chemistry, geology, earth and environmental science programs, or a related field of study preferred.
  • Must be detail oriented with the ability to multi-task with attention to accuracy
  • Accomplished written and verbal skills
  • Data management skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Must work well collaboratively as part of a team, yet be highly independent and self-directed to take initiative

Our Hiring Process & Timeline:

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until January 11th 2020.
  • We will begin scheduling interviews the week of January 14th 2020.
  • If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for contact information for three references.
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start the week of January 28th. The internship will end in May 2020.

Background on mgroup

mgroup provides expert support to engineers, lawyers, businesses and communities with environmental, health and safety challenges. Our services include site assessment, characterization, forensics, engineering support and regulatory compliance as well as transactional due diligence. Our current projects include remedial system optimization for groundwater control at a chemical facility, litigation support to apportion historic discharge responsibilities, and community support for a proposed land transaction of a former demolition debris facility. In conjunction with New York State Professional Geological Services PLLC, mgroup’s newest project is the development of a Learning Center to prepare aspiring professionals for careers in environmental consulting.

Background on Clean Air Coalition:

The Clean Air Coalition was founded in 2007 by Western New York residents concerned about the environmental health in their neighborhoods. They demanded an active role in the decisions that impact their communities. Today, Clean Air organizes multiple Western New York communities around environmental health and justice issues. Clean Air makes this region a healthier and more equitable place to live by developing grassroots leadership, particularly among working class people and people of color. Clean Air facilitates and supports campaigns that members lead, by building and aligning shared interest to advance equity and community well-being, and by taking collective action.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • This internship will total 60 hours. This includes 20 hours of direct instruction, and 40 hours to conduct the site assessment.
  • This is a part-time paid internship position and pays $20 an hour.
  • This job offers an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of equity and community engagement work. You will learn, be challenged a lot, have fun, and be inspired.

Clean Air is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, those with poor and working-class backgrounds, LGBTQIA individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to (jobs@cacwny.org.) Describe in your cover letter why you are interested in working with us and how your experience matches with our needs. If you would like to speak with someone regarding the internship position, please call Rebecca at 716-852-3813 or email jobs@cacwny.org.