Under the direct supervision of a Program Manager and/or Program Coordinator, the Energy and Sustainability Intern will support efforts of the Department to meet targets set in the City’s Climate Action Plan while addressing historical disparities identified in the City’s Climate Equity Index. Specifically, the Intern will support efforts to achieve citywide building electrification and to accelerate electric vehicle adoption, with an emphasis on clean energy adoption in San Diego’s Communities of Concern. This person will play a role in the development of new programs and partnerships, and will have the opportunity to pursue innovative, creative solutions to achieve Department goals.
Key Areas of Responsibilities:
Support efforts of the Department to decarbonize existing and future buildings in San Diego including, assessing current and projected building stock, researching complimentary regional, utility, state and federal decarbonization programs, supporting the development of local building code enhancements (“reach codes”) by working with consultants, internal departments and regional agencies, and collaborating with utility providers to leverage resources and coordinate for electrification. Support efforts of the Department to increase electric vehicle (EV) adoption in San Diego, including, analyzing existing EV and EV charging station deployment, researching complimentary regional, utility, state and federal EV programs, reviewing possible City locations for EV charging station deployment, and engaging with EV charging vendors to explore EV charging station deployment. Research funding opportunities and support grant applications to fund electric vehicle, building electrification or other Department initiatives. Support community outreach to engage and inform residents. May include attendance at evening and weekend community events, in-person and remote. Assist in developing outreach materials, including updating department website and fact sheets, to better communicate Sustainability Department activities to residents and other stakeholders. Assist with tracking and analyzing data from pilot projects. Perform other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
· Excellent writing and communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills;
· Demonstrated knowledge and experience in sustainability and clean energy technology, applications, financing, and best practices
· Quantitative and qualitative analytic abilities, including, but not limited to, at least minimal familiarity with:
o Data analysis and visualization
o GIS and mapping;
· The ability the manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and quickly adapt to changing priorities in a dynamic environment;
· A strong desire to advance climate equity;
· A commitment to public service, fiscal responsibility, and innovation in government;
· A commitment to the team and to always being a team player;
· Collaborative skill in working with other City departments, businesses, elected officials, the public, and other government agencies.
Interns must be currently enrolled in an academic program. Please select school name in application. Please personalize your cover letter for the application (there is the capability to post three different letters if you are applying for multiple opportunities). You will need to provide proof of enrollment in an academic program if selected. To expedite the process you may attach proof in your application. Please allow for 6-8 weeks for the City of San Diego intern on-boarding process from posting date. If you have not received a response 8 weeks after your application, please contact Intern Supervisor Colin Santulli at email@example.com.