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Community Organizing Intern

The Community Organizing Interns will undertake various tasks and projects that support the organization’s NeighborWoods initiative. NeighborWoods is the Sacramento Tree Foundation’s deep engagement process to connect with communities in Sacramento to improve public health and environmental sustainability through grassroots-level action. The internship will support one of two regional focus areas: South Sacramento and North/East Sacramento County.

Duration of internship

3-4 months

Number of hours/week

Weekly commitment of 10-15 hours. Most time will be dedicated to weekday, daytime work (days/times are flexible), though there will be some weekend events as well.

Approximate start date

January 2018

Position Summary

Primary Duties

  • Work closely with staff on various projects related to: asset mapping, community event preparation and support, volunteer event preparation and support, writing web and print materials, supporting evaluation of tree planting projects, and meeting support 
  • Participate in relevant meetings. Respond in a timely manner to email and phone inquiries
  • Support other tasks as needed

Position Requirements

  • Submit a resume and interview for the position
  • Establish a regular schedule with the internship supervisor and follow that schedule
  • Communicate any needed alterations to that schedule to the internship supervisor
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of community and staff members

Attitude, Abilities, and Skills

  • Interest in community organizing, social justice, and environmental sustainability
  • Skilled at research and sharing research
  • Interest in following structured systems and making improvements where needed
  • Able to drive/have own vehicle – helpful but not necessary
  • Flexibility, an interest in learning, and a willingness to share opinions
  • Bilingual (Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Laotian, Thai, or Vietnamese) – desired but not essential

Working Conditions

This is a volunteer, unpaid internship position based at the Sacramento Tree Foundation office (191 Lathrop Way, Suite D, Sacramento, CA 95815). Both outdoor and in office work is required for this position; therefore, the Community Organizing Intern may be exposed to extremes in weather including heat, rain, and freezing temperatures as well as extended periods of sitting and standing. Mileage will be reimbursed for travel to locations other than the Sacramento Tree Foundation office.

The Intern Will Receive

  • Orientation to the Sacramento Tree Foundation, non-profits, and the social sector
  • A personal learning plan designed to highlight personal and professional goals of the intern/volunteer and how those goals will be supported by the project
  • Certificate of Completion or Letter of Recommendation upon successful completion of the internship
  • Scholastic internship credits, as desired and approved by your school
  • Our gratitude and thanks!

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to volunteer@sactree.com with the subject line "Community Organizing Internship Application."

For more information, contact our Volunteer Specialist at 916-974-4310 or volunteer@sactree.com. Please include "Community Organizing Internship" in your subject line.