Job Announcement: Development Endorsement Program Volunteer Intern

We are seeking a motivated individual to provide policy research, technical, and outreach support for our Development Endorsement Program (DEP). This program works with housing developers to support high-quality affordable housing in Bay Area neighborhoods.

About Greenbelt Alliance

Greenbelt Alliance addresses a single challenge: how the Bay Area handles growth. We shape the rules that govern growth to protect the region’s open spaces and to ensure neighborhoods within our cities and towns are amazing places for everyone.

Intern Responsibilities
  • Support the needs of Greenbelt Alliance’s Development Endorsement Program (DEP)
  • Gather critical facts and background information on development projects submitted to the DEP
  • Review and process applications submitted to the DEP
  • Analysis of public documents – for example, reviewing draft Specific Plans, Transit Area Plans and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs)
  • Draft endorsement letters to city planning bodies and attend occasional public meetings to provide public comment supporting endorsed projects
Qualifications
  • Knowledge of urban planning and land use issues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with people from varied backgrounds in a professional manner on the phone, via email, and in person
  • Ability to plan and prioritize workflow, meet deadlines, work independently, and take initiative
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills specifically in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook)
Schedule and Compensation

This is a volunteer position that will require an average of 15 – 40 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months.

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to internships@greenbelt.org. Please include your name and “Development Endorsement Program Intern” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive; the position is open until filled.

Benefits

The position is unpaid. Travel reimbursement is available for volunteer interns working more than 30 hours a week who can demonstrate financial need.

This position is an excellent opportunity to have an impact on land use decisions throughout the Bay Area.  The volunteer intern will meet professionals from around the region and will learn about environmental and urban planning issues while developing a network of contacts and references in the planning field. When applying for future jobs, volunteer interns will be able to point to tangible results from their work and describe discrete projects that they led.

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