Vermont Clean Cities Intern Position Opening: Fall 2020 Apply Now!
At a Glance:
15 – 20 hours/week
$2,520 – $4,200 stipend, depending on academic level and hours assigned.
Applications due: August 21, 2020
The Vermont Clean Cities Coalition (VTCCC) is a statewide program that was designated in 2001. The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program is to advance the economic, environmental and energy security of the U.S. by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to reduced petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. The Vermont Clean Cities Coalition brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.
The VTCCC Clean Cities Intern works with VTCCC’s Coordinator in UVM’s Transportation Research Center to accomplish the goals of the coalition. The Intern helps plan and conduct local events, plan and conduct social media campaigns, and assists with projects to reduce petroleum usage across Vermont. This position is a paid, part-time, temporary (15 – 20 hours/week; approximately September 8, 2020 – December 21, 2020).
The VTCCC Fall 2020 Intern work plan includes a focus on developing education and outreach strategies to support VW Mitigation Fund spending and related-projects. The intern will be involved and have responsibilities in a variety of Coalition activities. The following are the deliverables they would complete over their internship:
- Update VTCCC’s database of stakeholder contacts
- Assist with Clean Cities outreach events, including a virtual site visits and demonstration events Assist with promotion and deployment of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) and advanced technology vehicles (ATVs) on college and school campuses.
- Assist with planning a Clean Cities stakeholder meeting
- Provide research support with Department of Energy calculators for an electric lawn equipment pilot at UVM.
- Provide ideas for and assist in promoting local idle reduction campaigns.
- Enhance the VTCCC social media efforts and website in a variety of the coalition’s outreach efforts including but not limited to: social media and website improvements; monthly newsletter production; assisting in general fleet manager’s outreach.
Work Environment during COVID-19
The internship activities are organized to be conducted remotely, with supervision from VT Clean Cities Coordinator through phone calls, email and MS Teams video calls. The Intern must have access to reliable internet and a computer. When the intern is working remotely, the VTCCC coordinator will support their work and ensure that they have the necessary access to shared electronic files. If the intern is working remotely, VTCCC coordinator and the intern will communicate via regularly scheduled Microsoft Teams video meetings and email. If at all possible and within the guidelines set by UVM and the State of Vermont, the VTCCC coordinator would be willing to meet in-person with the intern with 6’ of physical distance and with masks.
If the intern in on-campus during the fall semester, the intern will be given a dedicated work station, including a computer, internet and phone access, in an office at the Transportation Research Center in Mansfield House on The University of Vermont campus.
Through specific projects…
- Motivate coalition stakeholders to attend regular meetings, as well as participate in projects;
- Represent the Coalition, and communicate effectively in a variety of public and private forums, including meetings, events, and electronically;
- Assist in educating the public to promote fuel efficiency practices and influence current driver trends;
- Assist with educating stakeholders through e-newsletters and electronic messaging about related legislation and regulations, new technologies, etc.;
- Assist with generating positive, frequent media coverage;
- Maintain the Coalition stakeholder email distribution lists.
This position requires a basic understanding of the National Clean Cities Initiative as sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the development of a basic understanding of legislation, such as the Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act, which affect VTCCC’s efforts and allow the coalition to operate.
The Intern shall be an excellent communicator, motivated, creative, organized, and have a general understanding of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles (e.g., hybrid electric vehicles, AFVs, idle reduction, etc.). Candidates shall also have experience with the following:
- Planning, organizing, and managing multiple priorities (e.g. work, homework, and/or extra-curricular activities);
- Working with a minimal amount of supervision (e.g. reliable – can get things done and asks questions/communicates effectively with colleagues);
- Knowledge of environmental/ecological principles (e.g. cares about a healthy planet!);
- Research, evaluation and analytic skills (e.g. research papers, science projects, etc.);
- Ability to prepare and present technical materials to a wide variety of audiences (e.g. good at explaining things to others who may not be familiar with the topic(s) at hand);
- Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases and website development
Click on the “Apply Now!” button at the top of the page and complete the application on VBSR’s website. Please direct your cover letter and resume to Peggy O’Neill-Vivanco, Vermont Clean Cities Coordinator, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition, University of Vermont – Mansfield House, 25 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05405.