Jobs & Internships

Employment Opportunities:

We have no employment opportunities at this time.

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

Job Title: Membership Team Intern

Reports to: Organizer for Grassroots Development and Membership Team

Background: 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.

Clean Air’s membership model ensures the communities we work with are in control of the organization and the campaigns we choose, run and win. A Membership Team was established in 2018 to develop grassroots resources that align with the organization’s mission, vision and values. The Membership Team is committed to continuing to develop a resource base that is secure, diversified, reflective of our constituency, and most importantly, a tool for building grassroots power. The fundraising team has intentionally shifted the way in which we fundraise to not just name the “wins” and “ask for money,” but to build relationships with friends and neighbors and invite them into our movement for justice.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Familiarize yourself with Clean Air’s strategic plan/theory of change to ground yourself in organizational values and principles
  • Work with Organizer for Grassroots Development and staff to support Membership Team and their efforts
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with members of the Membership Team and attend monthly Membership Team meetings
  • Review/edit membership handbook text and images created by the Membership Team
  • Support and collaborate with Membership Team in the creation of a Membership Handbook
  • Work with the Membership Team to help “brand” membership as a core organizational component
  • Interview Clean Air members to obtain membership testimonials to be used in the handbook

Education, Experience & Skills:

  • Has a sense of humor and likes talking to people!
  • Ability to generatively listen to members’ values and vision, and document those in compelling written text and graphics
  • Creative person with design skills – Ability to create visually appealing graphic and design work in Adobe/Publisher or other design programs
  • Accomplished written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates the ability to work across lines of differences (class, gender, race, culture, etc.)
  • Must work well collaboratively as part of a team, yet be highly independent and self-directed to take initiative
  • Flexibility to attend some evening meetings/workshops
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite necessary

Our Hiring Process & Timeline:

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until May 24th
  • We will begin scheduling interviews the week of May 27th
  • If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for work samples relevant to this position (a graphic design sample and a writing sample, as well as other relevant materials) and contact information for three references (one supervisory reference and two person references)
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start in in the beginning to middle of June 2019 and continue through the end of August 2019

Compensation & Benefits:

  • This is a part-time paid internship position, working 10-15 hours per week at $15 an hour
  • This job offers an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of equity and community engagement work. You will be challenged, learn a lot, have fun, be inspired, and at times, be frustrated.

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

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 Julia at 716-852-3813.