College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Jobs and Internships

September 17, 2012

Fall 2012 | Organizer Positions with CALPIRG
Internships with the US Forest Service
Fall 2012 | Internship with Take Back the Tap UC Berkeley
Sept 24-25 | Field Technicians for UC Berkeley Wetland Field Ecology Project
Urban Sustainability Internship with the Asia Society Northern California
Spring 2013 | Marine Conservation Internship with Reef Environmental Education Foundation
Mentorships with Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Fall 2012 | Organizer Positions with CALPIRG

Want a meaningful job that makes a difference?

Consider taking on a term of service with CALPIRG Energy Service Corps after graduation - and learn what it takes to get things done!

Energy Service Corps Campus Organizer:

Energy Service Corps is a joint project of the California Public Interest Research Group
Foundation (CALPIRG) and AmeriCorps that works to improve energy efficiency in
California. This year we are hiring graduating college students to join our program and
work to tackle one of the most pressing environmental issues in California: energy
efficiency. We organize service projects that bring together the community, educate local
youth in classrooms about the importance of environmental stewardship, and provide our
community members with energy assessments and home weatherization.

Apply online at

CALPIRG Campus Organizer

Students have stood on the front lines of important social movements, from civil rights to gay rights to antiwar efforts. CALPIRG campus organizers tap student idealism and energy, and help student volunteers and activists turn their concerns into effective action. Campus organizers work on three to six campaigns in a term, which could include: working to pass a clean energy bill in the legislature; increasing youth voter turnout in an upcoming election; or fighting hunger and homelessness in the local community.

The role of a campus organizer is two-fold: to achieve concrete social change and to develop the next generation of leaders. Through this approach, campus organizers build the kind of power it takes to solve our country’s current problems while ensuring that their legacy continues well into the future.

Campus organizers make a one-year commitment.

Apply online at

Internships with the US Forest Service

The US Forest Service will be conducting interviews for students to place in our Pathways Internship and Recent Graduate Programs at the 2012 Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention held October 25-28th in Spokane, Washington. Unlike previous years, students must apply for these positions prior to the convention in order to obtain an interview spot at the Convention, so make sure to have resumes and transcripts ready. Over 30 positions for foresters, natural resource specialists, biological technicians, and hydrologists will be posted on USAJOBS approximately 2-3 weeks before the convention (the last week in September or first week in October) and remain open for a week. Applications must be submitted through USAJOBS during this one-week time period. Onsite applications will not be accepted.

For more information regarding the available positions and how to apply for the Forest Service’s Pathways Internship and Recent Graduates Programs please see:

Fall 2012 | Internship with Take Back the Tap UC Berkeley

Take Back the Tap UC Berkeley (TbtT) is an initiative to end the sale of plastic water bottles on the UCB campus by 2014 while generating awareness of the social and environmental impacts of the plastic water bottle industry. TBtT was created by the ASUC Senate in response to the “End the Sale of Water Bottles Referendum” Senate Bill that passed by a 5:1 margin in the Spring 2011 campus election. Why should water be privatized in the form of single-use plastic that will spend millions of years in a landfill when water is a basic human right that is accessible all around campus? Help UC Berkeley achieve its Zero Waste and Water Bottle Free Initiatives by becoming a part of the Take Back the Tap initiative!

Who we work with:
Take Back the Tap works in close partnership with many groups including the ASUC President and Senate, the UCB Graduate Assembly, ASUC's Sustainability team (STeam) and ASUC’s S.T.O.P (student towards zero plastic), Residential Hall Association, Residential Sustainability Program, I Heart Tap, Food and Water Watch, Cal Student Store, campus businesses, Academic Senate and many other campus groups and organizations.

Take Back the Tap Intern Description:
TBtT Intern will assist student senators and TBtT Campus coordinator to develop campaign strategies, TBtT education materials, schedule events, and attend meetings with Campus Coordinator for various campaign purposes. Meetings include planning events with various partners and planning collaborations with student government, campus administration, city council, etc. Must be confident and professional.

Time Duration:
Intern (unpaid) will work fall semester with possibility to continue with training as Campus Coordinator (paid position) in the future.

Questions? email

Complete the application here:

Sept 24-25 | Field Technicians for UC Berkeley Wetland Field Ecology Project

Position Available: Field Technicians

Dates: Sept 24th- 25th (Monday and Tuesday); Additional field work may be available in subsequent weeks.

PAY: $10/hr

DUTIES: Field help is needed to assist with a UC Berkeley wetland field ecology project. Work is in the Delta region of California’s Central Valley. Our project assesses plant growth and other wetland variables. Field work will be physical and involves walking through marshy, muddy terrain, using root corers to excavate intact roots and collecting other environmental data as needed. Potential candidates need a willingness to preform physical work outdoors. Must be able to travel to field sites, between Antioch and Rio Vista, CA. No experience is necessary. This is an excellent opportunity for resume building and to gain valuable field ecology skills.

CONTACT: Jessica O’Connell,, PH: 405-334-6072, Office: 122 Mulford, UC Berkeley.

Urban Sustainability Internship with the Asia Society Northern California

The Asia Society’s Northern California Center is seeking an intern with a demonstrated interest in sustainability challenges facing urban centers in Asia and the United States. This is an exciting opportunity for the selected intern to be involved in all aspects of researching, developing, and implementing Asia Society’s Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI), which aims to promote sustainability best practices, encourage cross-disciplinary dialogue, and catalyze behavioral change among cities in North America and Asia. We are currently seeking an intern with strong research/writing and administrative skills as well as demonstrated interest in urban sustainability.

16 hrs/week, 12 weeks, unpaid

For more information go to

Spring 2013 | Marine Conservation Internship with Reef Environmental Education Foundation

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is now accepting
applications for the Spring 2013 Marine Conservation Internship. The
internship is designed to provide in-depth experience in marine
conservation and non-profit organizations. The program is geared to
college-age individuals (Juniors, Seniors, recent graduates & graduate
students). REEF Interns gain experience in community outreach,
education programs, and field work including lionfish
handling/collection and reef fish identification. Interns also have
opportunities to scuba dive and volunteer with other marine
conservation and non-profit organizations. The internship is unpaid,
but a housing stipend is sometimes available. The internship is based
out of REEF Headquarters in Key Largo, Florida.

Applications for internships starting in January of 2013 are due by
November 1st.

Please visit for
more information on the internship and how to apply.

Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D.
Director of Science
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

Mentorships with Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Would like to be paired with a graduate student in an area that interests you?
What would it be like to sit down for coffee with an MBA student at one of the top business schools in the country? What would it be like to get advice from Graduate students doing cutting edge research at the number one public university in the world.... Well its pretty awesome. It's the BERC Connect undergraduate mentorship program!

Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative ( is a multidisciplinary graduate and undergraduate group that spans all of the schools and colleges at UC Berkeley.

The Goal: to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the industries that you plan to enter, help you understand what graduate school is and connect you with new resources(pun intended).

Respond to the survey ( so that we can match you to a graduate student!!!

Thank You!

BERC Connect Team