College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Jobs and Internships

April 22, 2013

Apply Now | Internship with The Alliance to Save Energy
Apply Now | UC Outdoor Science Camp Educator
Apply Now | Field assistants (2) Summer Sierra chipmunk project on physiology, ecology and behavior
April 26 | Fresh Approach Summer Internship
May 6 | Internship - Spartina Treatment Monitor
May 30 | Palo Alto Zero Waste Intern

Apply Now | Internship with The Alliance to Save Energy

The Alliance to Save Energy (The Alliance) is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education, and advocacy. We encourage business, government, and environmental, and consumer leaders to use energy efficiency as a means to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.

The Alliance’s California Education Team, based out of our downtown Oakland office, seeks a part-time (8-12 hours/week) Education Intern to support the California PowerSave Campus and PowerSave Schools Programs through the 2013/2014 school year. Starting in May 2013, the Education Intern will contribute administrative and programmatic support to two dynamic programs designed to 1) engage K-16 students in innovative projects that reduce energy consumption in schools, 2) build awareness about the role of energy efficiency in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, and 3) promote pathways to green careers.

Click here for a full description and information on how to apply.

Apply Now | UC Outdoor Science Camp Educator

Spend this summer at the UC Botanical Garden, sharing the excitement of nature explorations with children.

Under direction, plan, organize, and conduct a variety of educational walks and hands-on activities for children that will teach about and build upon their knowledge and love of plants and the environment. Prepare daily schedules and lesson plans for a week-long day camp (9am–2pm), structuring activities such as basic botany, arts and crafts, stories, explorations in the garden, and nature studies for groups of twelve 5-7 yr olds and 8- 10 yr olds. With co-counselor, assume responsibility for the safety, comfort, and fun educational activities of the children at all times.

Enjoy teaching young children and have experience planning and directing children's activities in a group setting. Knowledge of plants, botany, ecology and/or gardening preferred. Excellent organizational and communication skills, highly motivated, responsible and dependable.

Part time, May 2013
Full time, June - August 16, 2013

Botanical Garden Education Assistant
We will also have an opening Fall Semester for a part-time Education Assistant, for those looking for continued engagement in Education at the Botanical Garden. Please inquire.

Contact or send resume to:
Christine Manoux, Education Program Coordinator
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
(510) 643-4832,

Apply Now | Field assistants (2) Summer Sierra chipmunk project on physiology, ecology and behavior

Description: I am seeking two field assistants for fieldwork at various sites in Yosemite and the Eastern Sierras taking place from approximately early June through as late as early October 2013. I am a PhD student at University of California, Berkeley studying how two species of Sierra chipmunks are responding to climate change ecologically, behaviorally and physiologically. This research is a new component of the Grinnell Resurvey Project (

>From early June to late August, we will visit approximately five backcountry sites for 10-14 days each. At each site we will trap chipmunks, collect fecal samples, and conduct various environmental surveys. From late August to early October (at the latest), we will stay at a field station (SNARL in Mammoth Lakes) where we will work with temporarily captive chipmunks. During this time we will also be trapping.

The field assistants will help with live-trapping, behavioral, and hormonal research on chipmunks, including animal handling, biological sample collection, animal care, and vegetation surveys. The assistants will also be responsible for helping with food preparation, gear transportation, and other logistical tasks associated with the project.

-Absolutely required: enjoy being outdoors, have some experience and comfort with camping, have an interest in ecology/animal behavior/climate change biology, be comfortable handling and collecting biological samples from animals, have health insurance.

-Also useful but not required: previous experience conducting field-work or being outdoors for long periods of time (eg. backpacking), experience conducting research on and handling live animals, experience using a GPS, working towards or in possession of a degree relating to biology.

-Field assistants must be able to get themselves to the bay area (or to Yosemite, whichever is easiest) at the start of the field season.

-Those available for the entire duration of the field season (~June 10-Oct 1) will be given top priority.

Compensation: I will provide food while you are in the field with me and will pay for campsite/field station housing fees. I will also provide a $100-$150/month. When we are "in civilization" (at a field station or on days off in town) field assistants will be responsible for purchasing their own food.

Warning: This is tough and unpredictable work! Dates/sites are uncertain and dependent on weather. There will be lots of hiking, long hours, and little and irregular time off (we try to work 5 days on, one day off, but that doesn't always happen). We will be backcountry camping for most of the field season (this means no real showers for as long as two weeks and a lot of freeze-dried food). It will be rewarding work in a beautiful setting with fascinating animals, but it won't be easy!

Application Instructions: If interested and if you meet the above required qualifications, please email with "[full name] field assistant 2013 application" in the email header. Attach your CV, an unofficial copy of your transcript, and contact information for 1-2 references. Please use the following format for the body of the email:



Year in school (or graduation date):


Summer Availability (please be very specific about the dates between ~June 10-Oct 1 that you will be available):

Brief statement of interest and relevant experience (backpacking/camping experience is relevant!) (1-2 paragraphs)

April 26 | Fresh Approach Summer Internship

Fresh Approach is a 501c3 organization located in Concord that provides a variety of educational and outreach programs throughout the Bay Area. The mission of Fresh Approach is to encourage healthier children, families and communities through community education, innovative programming and novel partnerships that promote a stronger local food system and better-informed choices about food and nutrition. Fresh Approach partners with community-based organizations and clinics to encourage local communities to eat fresh and healthy foods by offering nutrition education classes, cooking demonstrations, and by providing vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetable purchases at local farmers' markets for program participants. We are currently trying to fill two summer internship positions: Nutrition Programs Intern and Community Outreach Intern.

Both opportunities can be found on our website here:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

May 6 | Internship - Spartina Treatment Monitor

Spartina Treatment Monitor interns will assist the San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project (ISP) in conducting field monitoring of non-native Spartina (cordgrass) treatment activities. Interns will be trained in the identification of native and invasive Spartina species and their hybrids. Interns will be trained in the use of ArcPad software on Trimble GPS units to relocate invasive Spartina patches previously-mapped by ISP biologists and to record treatment of these patches. Interns will also be trained in the use of desktop-computer based ArcPad and/or ArcGIS to edit field-collected data.

Work will begin June 15 and will continue through mid to late November. Position averages 30 to 35 hours/week. Hours will vary during the field season depending on tides, weather and treatment schedule; some weeks may have little to no work and other weeks may require >40 hours. Work may start as early as 5 am and end as late as 8 pm depending on tides and weather conditions.

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May 30 | Palo Alto Zero Waste Intern

The department is seeking one intern to work with the Public Works Zero Waste Group on tasks such as: 1) evaluation, management and outreach associated with the City’s compostables collection pilot; 2) analyzing composting and recycling data in multi family complexes; and 3) auditing and reconciliation of the City’s Refuse Account information with the collection hauler’s information. The ideal candidate would be an undergraduate working towards a degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geography or related field, be proficient with MS Excel, and be familiar with sustainable practices and resource management.

Job Title: Zero Waste Intern
Closing Date/Time: Thu. 05/30/13 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $15.00 - $18.00 Hourly
Job Type: Internship
Location: Municipal Services Center, 3201 East Bayshore, Palo Alto, California
Department: Public Works Department

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