San Francisco Department of the Environment

Residential Zero Waste Internship

Appointment Type: Unpaid Internship. Academic credit and or career growth opportunity
Start Date: August or September 2019
Time Commitment: 4-6 months, 10-12hrs a week, flexible hours and days
Filing Deadline: Until filled

The Department of the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco (SF Environment) is seeking an intern for its Residential Zero Waste Program, which creates policies and programs that help residents participate in the City’s robust composting, recycling and re-use work.

SF Environment
The mission of SF Environment is to provide solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment works on policy and programming in areas such as Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Transportation, Climate Change, Energy, Green Building, and Urban Forest. SF Environment prioritizes the following values: credibility, innovation, collaboration, equity and impact. We pride ourselves in being a trusted source of environmental information. Working with a range of partners is essential to our success, as all our initiatives are underpinned by a commitment to equity, inclusiveness and accessibility. 

Program Background
The Zero Waste Program develops programs and policies to reduce waste and increase recycling and composting in San Francisco. The candidate will have the opportunity to make a real difference for the environment and be immersed in the Zero Waste program.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Gain knowledge and experience in community outreach and client relationship management.
  • Learn about the City’s environmental policies, and SF Environment's role in creating and enforcing these policies.
  • Access networking opportunities with other SF Environment program staff and partners.

Intern Duties:

  • Assist with admin, outreach and logistical tasks related to Zero Waste in San Francisco’s multifamily properties
  • Create outreach and communication tools that encourage recycling and reuse
  • Assist with quarterly Zero Waste Event Workshop and help events with their Zero Waste Event Plans
  • Research products
  • Assist with administering and tracking Zero Waste Grants to community-based organizations

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Passion for Zero Waste and the Environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • asic Knowledge of San Francisco’s Zero Waste Programs
  • Experience or high level of comfort meeting and interacting with new people
  • Demonstrated ability in taking initiative, paying attention to detail, multi-tasking, and active listening
  • Environmental Studies / Geography academic background or work experience

Application Procedure:

Submit a cover letter (1-page max.), and resume to:
Freddy Coronado
[email protected]
Subject line: Residential Zero Waste Intern

All applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience, education, training, license, etc. at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection process. A copy of a diploma or transcripts must be submitted to verify the education requirement when requested. Verification of experience, when requested, must be on the employer’s letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties, dates of service, and must be signed by the employer. City employment may be verified by submitting a performance evaluation in lieu of other verification.

Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will not automatically be granted but will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Participation in this program does not guarantee continued service with the City, nor any further employment with the San Francisco Department of the Environment or the City and County of San Francisco.

Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.