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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

Internship Opportunity: Electric Vehicle Education and Outreach Intern (paid)
Posted: February 4, 2021
Applications due: Until position is filled

About the Community Environmental Council

CEC is a fast-paced nonprofit based in Santa Barbara and serving the California Central Coast, with a reputation for positive social change and community engagement. Since 1970, CEC has been a leader in creative solutions to tough environmental problems. The CEC team is a highly committed and energetic group, with an internal culture that values collaboration, ongoing learning, and innovation.

With its current focus in the tri-county region to promote rapid and equitable solutions to the climate crisis, CEC is known for organizing the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, advancing 100% renewable energy goals, and developing campaigns to #gosolar, #driveless, #driveclean #ditchplastic, and #rethinkfood. CEC’s primary objectives are to: 1) Achieve Carbon Zero Communities; 2) Promote nature-based solutions to draw down excess carbon emissions; and 3) Protect against unavoidable climate impacts. Visit www.CECSB.org and www.facebook.com/cecsb to learn more about our work and history.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Project Internship Opportunity

Our Ideal Candidate Is

  • Passionate about CEC’s mission and programs, and eager to learn about electric vehicles (EVs) and connect low-to-moderate income community members with grants and incentives that make EVs more accessible.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred but not required.
  • Able to support the recruitment and coordination of volunteers with team leads.
  • Connections to community groups and network in Ventura County, particularly Oxnard or Ventura, is preferred but not required.
  • Comfortable calling community members to answer their EV questions and guide them through the various incentive programs.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Excel. Experience with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint preferred but not required.
  • Able to provide outstanding client service and support on the phone, in emails, and via text messages.
  • Is highly collaborative and able to work cooperatively with team leads and volunteers.

Intern Functions & Responsibilities

Become knowledgeable about EVs

  • Complete training and research on EV technologies and grant/incentive programs.
  • Become comfortable with discussing: pure electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, hybrid vehicles, charging stations, benefits and limitations of EVs, and grant/incentive programs.
  • Purchase guidance volunteer support

  • Help recruit and onboard current EV drivers as volunteers, so they can assist low- and moderate-income households with their EV purchases.
  • Track and support data collection on volunteer outreach for project reporting.
  • Provide guidance and support to our EV Purchase Guidance volunteers as needed.
  • EV purchase guidance support:

  • Call leads, collect data, and input data using Microsoft Excel, Teams, and Sharepoint.
  • Provide EV education and guide clients through the EV purchasing process.
  • Direct clients to the appropriate resources and relevant information that will help them with their EV purchase.
  • Attend/Assist with EV virtual workshops

  • Attend virtual EV 101, financing, and other workshops to learn the program details, become comfortable with EV basics, assist with workshop implementation, and build knowledge to answer client questions.
  • Assist with bilingual marketing of EV workshops to reach diverse audiences.
  • Support planning Spanish- and English-language virtual EV workshops and other bilingual outreach events/activities.
  • Develop content for CEC publications, blogs, posts, press releases, and reports

  • Draft blog and social media posts to highlight Energy Program activities and events.
  • Support the development, editing, proofing, and translation process for reports, publications, press releases, and other materials.
  • Provide research and administrative support as needed

  • Research and track relevant EV policies and programs at the local, state, and national level that will influence EV purchases or adoption.
  • Track progress towards our EV project goals and provide information for reports as needed.
  • Job Status

    Forecasted hours: 10-15 hrs/week. 500 hours total in 2021. All work will comply with COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines that are in effect. We anticipate that most work will be remote. Intern preferably will supply their own workspace, including computer, stable internet access, and cell phone, though CEC may be able to provide a computer if needed. Intern will report to Energy Program staff.

    Compensation & Benefits

    $15/hour, no benefits.

    To apply

    email resume and cover letter to Cameron Gray at [email protected]

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