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Community Environmental Council (CEC) is a Santa Barbara-based non-profit organization with a reputation for positive social change and community engagement. Since 1970, we have been a leader in creative solutions to our region’s toughest environmental problems. For more than a decade, we have focused on inspiring, innovating, and implementing regional solutions to climate change. Our programs lead to cleaner transportation, renewable energy, resilient food systems, and eliminating food waste and plastic pollution. CEC is committed to climate action that is centered on our most impacted communities, including low-income households, rural communities, and frontline communities of color that currently bear a disproportionate burden of both environmental pollution and climate change impacts. We have a vision for transformative action that will address complex issues of social, economic, and climate justice. Visit and our Facebook page to learn more about our organization’s work.

CEC Blum Center Internship Overview
The intern will have a special opportunity to support development of the Central Coast Climate Justice Network (CCCJN). The network is made up of more than 10 social justice and environmental organizations committed to collaborative climate action that advances social, economic, and environmental justice for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

  • For at least one 12-week internship period, the UCSB Blum Center intern will learn about and support CEC’s focus on climate action that advances Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI).
  • Help CEC build programs that facilitate climate action with our frontline communities, so they can define their path to a sustainable future, implement solutions to the climate crisis, and build local resilience to climate change impacts.
  • Support CEC’s series of Climate Resilience events, conduct outreach activities, and support Central Coast Climate Justice Network coordination
  • Support planning and coordination for CEC’s 50th Anniversary Earth Day event (April 18-19, 2020)

Internship Activities & Responsibilities
Support Climate Resilience Roundtable event planning, coordination, and activities

  • Provide logistical support in advance of and during Roundtable events
  • Help research climate impacts such as extreme heat and sea-level rise impacts to guide development of event programs
  • Attend Roundtable Steering Committee meetings (if schedule permits)
  • Support development and distribution of invitation, RSVP tracking, and event attendance

Outreach and engagement

  • Provide support with community engagement activities, such as community listening sessions
  • Review resources and develop capacity to discuss issues related to clean mobility equity, land use planning, and affordable housing development with community members
  • Track emerging policies, local government initiatives, and grassroots organizing on key issues
  • Share notifications about outreach and engagement opportunities with stakeholder groups
    Central Coast Climate Justice Network (CCCJN) administration and development
  • Learn about local and regional climate justice issues, related actions, and strategies/practices to support network development.
  • Build knowledge about climate justice and related issues, including environmental justice, language justice, and “green collar” workforce development
  • Compile, organize, and update shared resources that will inform network activities

General Support

  • Support the development and editing of reports, publications, and press releases
  • Promote and share information about CEC events with partners and community members
  • Support outreach and engagement impact tracking before, during, and after events
  • Conduct research on emerging issues and summarizing key information for CEC staff or partners
  • Provide assistance to develop communications, written event materials, web posting, and social media updates

Our Ideal Candidates Are:

  • Passionate about climate action, climate justice, and CEC’s mission and programs
  • Eager to learn about local and regional issues related to the climate crisis, community resilience, and climate justice (including environmental justice)
  • Excited to become more familiar with a wide range of climate change solutions, such as renewable energy, clean energy storage, electric vehicles, active transportation, and land use planning
  • Able to take initiative under general supervision, assume responsibility, prioritize tasks effectively, ask for support when needed, and resolve problems
  • Strong communicators, both written and verbal
  • Able to provide outstanding support to CEC’s staff and partners, with a strong motivation to work cooperatively with a diverse group of partners

Preferred Skills and Experience (not required to apply): familiarity working in MS Word/Google Docs and MS Excel/Google Sheets. Some outreach and engagement experience, such as calling and emailing people, developing or updating contact lists, and providing support at events. The ability to fluently write and speak both Spanish and English would be helpful.

Hours & Location: 15-20 hours per week, mostly based out of CEC’s office in downtown Santa Barbara. The intern is encouraged to attend CEC’s bi-weekly staff meetings if possible.

Internship Period: at least 12 weeks; preference for candidates who are open to a longer-term internship with CEC (6 to 9 months). Preferred state date on our near Monday, February 3, 2020.

Compensation & Benefits: $12 to $13 per hour, depending on experience.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume to Cameron Gray at [email protected] no later than January 15, 2019.

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