Environmental Intern to work in Environmental Justice
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Deadline to Apply:
Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 11:45pm
The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is looking to hire a full-time Environmental Intern to work in DEEP's Environmental Justice Program.
This is a full-time, 35 hour-per-week position on first shift (Monday-Friday). The length of this position (training period) will be determined by your degree (2 years for a Bachelor's Degree, 1 year for a Master's Degree). You will be automatically promoted to the target class Environmental Analyst 1 upon successful completion of the training period.
DEEP’s Environmental Justice Program is one of the oldest environmental justice programs in the nation. Since its’ creation in 1993, it has developed policy, strategies, and law in response to the needs identified by BIPOC communities and residents or urban areas. The policy of this department is that no segment of the population should, because of its racial, ethnic, or economic makeup, bear a disproportionate share of the risks and consequences of environmental pollution or be denied equal access to environmental benefits. The Department is committed to incorporating environmental justice and equity into its program development and implementation, its policy making and its regulatory activities.
The Selected candidate for this Environmental Intern position will have responsibilities to:
- Collaborate on the development and maintenance of a statewide Environmental Justice Mapping Tool using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze the DEEP permitting and enforcement programs. This includes geographic analysis of environmental pollution, emissions, enforcement, health disparities and socioeconomic indicators that may impact the health of a community.
- Provide technical and administrative support and interpretation to multiple stakeholders including but not limited to neighborhood groups, academia, local and state government agencies, and the business communities.
- Facilitate outreach and engagement activities to raise awareness and generate interest among EJ community partners and reporting on outcomes.
- Review and assess the impacts of and opportunities provided by its activities with regard to racial and ethnic minority groups and lower income residents.
- Engage with community organizations focusing on addressing environmental justice, disparities in health outcomes, inequities in living condition for communities of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Americans, immigrants, other People of Color (“BIPOC”), low-income communities, people with disabilities, and other historically disadvantaged people.
- Plan and facilitate meetings and workshops both virtual and in-person.
- Travel to work locations throughout the state and region and participate in occasional evening and weekend meetings.
- Perform administrative duties as directed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
- A Bachelor's or Master's degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to the environmental field including but not limited to the biological, earth, or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; environmental or natural sciences; or natural resources.
- Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in geography, statistics, Geographic Information Systems, public health, natural science, engineering, or related discipline in Information Systems, environmental science, or related discipline
- Experience in or course work related to environmental justice and health disparities
- Experience performing geospatial analysis, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS module “Parcel Fabric”, GIS mapping and BI tools such as ArcGIS Online, Microsoft Excel, SAS programming, Statistical computing
- Understand concepts and applicable software tools and analytical methodologies for visualizing different types of spatial data
- Experience automating data pipelines using open source like R/Python or proprietary tools
- Experience working with data collection software, including mapping projects and exporting data
- Experience showing critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and interpreting data in a manner that the public understands
- Experience in community engagement and working with communities that have been historically underserved and overburdened by environmental pollution
- Experience disseminating information to coworkers or the public
- Facilitation and collaboration experience
- Bilingual or proficiency speaking Spanish
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
How to Apply:
Salary: $43,856/year (Bachelor's) or $45,438/year (Master's)
We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year!