Job Announcement: Volunteer Smart Growth Intern

We are seeking a motivated individual to provide policy research and analysis for our smart growth and open space protection campaigns throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  

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
  • Gather critical facts and background information to inform our advocacy campaigns
  • Research relevant projects and emerging smart growth policies at the state and local level
  • Analysis of public documents – for example, reviewing draft Specific Plans, Transit Area Plans and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs)
  • Draft public comment letters and attend occasional public meetings and other events
  • Contribute to the development and outreach for the Bay Area Greenprint
  • Support program staff as needed
  • 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 & 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 Please include your name and “Smart Growth Internship” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive; the position is open until filled.


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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