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Internship Opportunity: Climate Action Program

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), is seeking a Community Service Aide (CSA) to assist the Climate Action program. CSAs are typically graduate students or recent graduates seeking entry-level work in the field of public administration or sustainability. CSAs work under the guidance of professional staff on a variety of assignments. Job duties for CSAs typically span a broad spectrum and may vary by assignment and based on individual skills and project needs.

The CSA would support work on implementation and tracking of Portland’s 2015 Climate Action Plan. Under supervision of program staff, the CSA will be responsible for updating Portland’s annual carbon emissions inventory, including collection and processing of data for input to ClearPath, an online database. The project presents an opportunity for the CSA to learn about regional and international practices and methods for public sector carbon accounting. Visit for more information.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Refining methodology for Portland’s carbon emissions inventory
  • Ensuring compliance with international protocols
  • Collecting data and updating Portland’s carbon emissions inventory from 2005-2016
  • Research and analysis
  • Assistance with meeting coordination and note taking

Basic qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the science of climate change and principles of climate planning
  • Ability to manage excel spreadsheets, complex data sets, and web-based database software
  • Ability to work with partners and other public agencies for data collection
  • Clear and concise writing
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to keep data organized and clearly document methods, assumptions and findings
  • Flexibility, initiative, and ability to work as part of a team

Desired skills and experience:

  • Experience with research and data collection, organization and analysis
  • Experience with accounting or finance
  • Experience with use of demographic data, particularly data from the U.S. Census Bureau 

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. We are committed to advancing equity as a means of achieving prosperous, healthy, resilient communities. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. BPS encourages candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. Although not required, BPS encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language to include that information in your resume.

Start date: January 2018 (specific date to be determined).

Hours: Approximately 10 hours per week.

Duration: Through June 30, 2018, but that could be extended. There is a limit of 1400 hours per calendar year. 

Compensation: $15/hour.

Benefits: City Sick Time and may be eligible for holiday pay. No vacation leave.  

Application: Please submit a cover letter and resume describing your qualifications to Kyle Diesner, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100, Portland, OR 97201;

Application Deadline:  Friday, December 27, 2017.

If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, include a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration letter stating your disability with your resume and cover letter. 

Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted no later than the closing of this recruitment.