Outreach Assistant Intern

  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • Apr 01, 2017
Temporary Advocacy Climate Change/GHG Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Protection

Job Description

The Outreach Assistant Intern will conduct the following activities in support of the Center for Science and Democracy ’s development of a suite of resources and trainings for scientists to engage in advocacy:

  • Build relationships with scientists, non-profit organizations, and communities to support the role of science in health, safety, and environmental protections
  • Cultivate scientists in our Science Network to engage them in advocacy efforts, opportunities to take action, and collaborations with partner organizations to defend science in policymaking
  • Think creatively to build relationships with The Center’s partners, including environmental and social justice groups, to help expand the reach and usefulness of the toolkit and related trainings
  • Identify opportunities and promote our science advocacy resources online and offline via social media, email, telephone, and in-person
  • Aide in the planning and execution of webinars, workshops, and in-person trainings and events
  • Provide logistical support for and attend the Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference in Portland, Oregon in August 6-11, 2017 to promote the Center and our science advocacy resources and to train scientists to utilize them
  • Maintain tracking and evaluating of our science advocacy resources
  • Work with our leadership, outreach, research, and legislative teams, and provide input in all areas of the Center’s work!

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal skills
  • Effective communication and relationship building
  • Experience in advocacy organizing is helpful
  • Self-motivated
  • Knowledge of office and administrative support procedures
  • MS Word and Excel proficiency
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A scientific background is helpful, though not required
  • Interest in science advocacy, and desire to learn about public interest/non-profit work
  • Willing to look at the work through a racial justice and equity lens and identify opportunities to connect with and engage environmental and social justice communities is crucial
  • Working towards a bachelor’s degree in social or physical sciences is helpful but not required

Little or no exertion; will require extended periods at a computer. Candidate will be required to travel occasionally to meetings (approximately 3-5 overnights).

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, 6 month, paid internship based in UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is the equivalent of 

Deadline: Monday, May 8, 2017 or until filled.

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Job Level

Entry-level, Intern (Paid)


Nonprofit- NGO


$15 per hour, $31,200 annually. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.