Green Schools Initiative – Green Star Schools Intern 2012-2013
Green Schools Initiative’s mission is to improve the environmental health and ecological sustainability of the K-12
education sector. We are a non-profit located in the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. GSI works to catalyze
and support “green” actions by kids, teachers, parents, and policymakers to: eliminate toxics, use resources sustainably,
create green spaces and buildings, serve healthy food, and teach stewardship. We have a new partnership with Berkeley
Unified School District to reduce the environmental footprint of Berkeley schools, focusing this year specifically on waste
reduction and recycling.
We are seeking an intern to assist with establishing and supporting Green Teams at Berkeley schools, organizing and
delivering a training for school Green Teams, supporting environmental audits and student action projects at the school
sites, and documenting and evaluating project outcomes.
Specific tasks include:
Assist Project Coordinator and Executive Director in organizing a training workshop for Berkeley Unified School
Green Teams in October 2012, including developing workshop materials
Assist with improving the recycling systems and infrastructure at BUSD schools, including signs & bins
Support the Project Coordinator and Green Teams in doing waste and environmental audits at school sites
Support student action projects at school sites, including activities like student skits, recycled art projects, student
writing and science projects about waste reduction, and student estimates of carbon footprint reductions of their
Document and photograph project activities, and draft articles for Green Schools Initiative and Berkeley Unified
Contribute to project evaluation, including focus groups with students, parents, and teachers, as well as online
Generally support Project Coordinator to ensure the project’s success.
Knowledge of sustainability principles, conservation strategies, and environmental education
Strong initiative with solid organizational and project management skills
Sophisticated communications, writing and interpersonal skills
A relevant undergraduate or graduate field of study (e.g. environment, health, policy, education fields)
Ideally, some experience working with children and/or working in a related field of environmental conservation
Passionate about environmental conservation, equity, and diversity.
Timeline and compensation:
September 2012 through May 2013, approximately 4 - 6 hours per week, on average
Applications are due by Wednesday, August 29, 2012 – Finalist interviews September 4 - 7, 2012
To submit an application, please email a resume, letter of interest (1 page max), which includes your interest in the
project, relevant research, and/or work experience, and a short writing sample to: Susan Silber, Project Cordinator @
Learn more about Green Schools Initiative: www.greenschools.net