Opportunity of the Week – EcoDistrict Intern at Community Roots Housing

Opportunity of the Week features paid internships at small- to medium-sized organizations in Washington State. This week’s feature: Ecodistrict Intern at Community Roots Housing! Details can be found below. Apply in Handshake by May 28!

Company Summary
Everyone has the right to a quality, affordable home. At Community Roots Housing, this truth drives our work. By embracing community-led development and engaging in deep-rooted partnerships, we’re fostering vibrant, equitable communities where everyone has access to safe, affordable and welcoming homes. Today, nearly 50 apartment buildings – over 2,000 residents — we continue our commitment to build community with and for people. We are a top performing, high-capacity not-for-profit corporation with an innovative portfolio throughout the Seattle area. Our buildings have won numerous awards from HUD, Urban Land Institute, Affordable Housing Finance Magazine, Future wise and other community development awards.

The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict is a community-driven effort that promotes a socially equitable, environmentally resilient, and culturally vibrant neighborhood. We are committed to creating and maintaining a neighborhood rich in cultural identity that promotes climate justice, inclusive and diverse with accessible open space offering healthy, safe, and liberated engagement to all who reside or pass through Capitol Hill. Supported by Community Roots Housing, EcoDistrict focuses on making the most densely populated urban village in the Pacific Northwest livable and sustainable for all people by piloting new and innovative ideas at the neighborhood level that can then be scaled to city or regional levels.

We are intentional in our hiring processes, seeing it as a chance to interrupt the cycle of racial and economic injustice that limits communities from accessing employment, building skills and investing in their own leadership development. We prioritize applicants who have firsthand experience in navigating the many systems that our residents face which impede their opportunities for success, as majority low-income, LGBTQ, and people of color.

Job Summary
Community Roots Housing is looking for a paid intern that will be tasked with supporting Capitol Hill EcoDistrict staff on a range of projects, which may include:

  • Public Life Planning
  • Pesticide Reduction and Habitat Planning
  • Arts and Cultural Preservation and Programming
  • School-based Health Center

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research
  • Survey design
  • Data analysis
  • Event Support
  • Grant-writing
  • Other tasks as needed or determined by staff

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Comfort engaging with racially and economically diverse community members
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • Some experience with qualitative data collection and analysis
  • A basic understanding of land use, housing, public health, and transportation policy and/or the ability to quickly learn about policy issues in new areas
  • The flexibility to attend virtual evening meetings
  • Community Roots Housing centers residents and racial equity. We seek team members who embody these values.
By Jessie Smith (She/Her)
Jessie Smith (She/Her) Assistant Director of Employer & Student Engagement Jessie Smith (She/Her)