Careers

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council is an organization that puts people first. From our beneficiaries to our employees, WMEAC wants to ensure a high quality of life for everyone we impact. We offer competitive compensation, as well as a flexible schedule and a relaxed work environment where you can mix your passion for environmental protection together with your skills.

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Apply for a Career at WMEAC!

Please see below to apply for current openings at WMEAC. This page was last updated July 2024.

Applications for all manager positions are due by august 12th, 2024

Title: Communications and Marketing Manager

 
Reports to: Director of Development
FTE: 0.71 FTE (25 hours per week)
Compensation: $26.00 per hour, non-exempt
Benefits: Employee benefits are offered to part-time employees, pro-rated to reflect FTE of 35 hours per week – Hybrid work environment; ample Paid Time Office, including 10 holidays and bereavement, jury duty, and parental leave; stipends for a health care plan and home office technology; group dental and vision policies; group life insurance and long-term disability insurance; savings match for SIMPLE IRA after 3 years

 

About the Organization

West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s (WMEAC’s) mission is to work collaboratively alongside our diverse community to educate, engage, and advocate for environmental values, environmental and climate justice, and a healthy and resilient community for all. WMEAC has been a key environmental education, engagement, and advocacy organization since 1968, and is a registered 501c3 nonprofit. We serve West Michigan communities, with primary emphasis on the Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon metropolitan areas.

The Communications and Marketing Manager leads a robust communications strategy that primarily includes WMEAC’s e-news, print news, website, and social media. They will oversee and maintain the organization’s website, create collateral materials that help promote WMEAC’s mission, and will design and copy edit WMEAC communications. This role often involves close collaboration with other WMEAC staff to bring timely, relevant, and informative communications to a diverse array of constituents.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage and maintain WMEAC’s digital communications (e-news, social media, and web content)
  • Collaborate with Director of Development to design and execute print news, annual reports, and appeals
  • Manage and maintain content on the WMEAC website
  • Design and maintain on-brand, engaging collateral materials to share at events and with supporters
  • Copy-edit as needed
  • Evaluate success of various communications strategies and provide recommendations for improvement
  • Along with other WMEAC staff, occasionally table on behalf of the organization at community events, and assist with 2-3 signature events per year

Qualifications

  • B.A. in Communications, Marketing, or a related field, or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience managing newsletter, website, and social media content
  • Graphic design experience (Canva or Adobe Illustrator preferred)
  • Proficiency with WordPress, Mailchimp, Canva, Microsoft Office, and Google Drive, or equivalent software
  • Self-starter able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Highly organized, strong attention to detail, creative flair, and strong written communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in the environment and sustainability

Work Hours and Location

The Communications and Marketing Manager is expected to work out of WMEAC’s office in Grand Rapids. Our staff works a hybrid schedule where full-time staff members work 2-3 days per week in the office and 2-3 days per week at home. The Communications and Marketing Manager may also work a hybrid schedule, but is expected to work from the office at least 1 day per week. Our Grand Rapids office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays, and in-office hybrid days are Tuesday – Thursday. We also have a Muskegon work space that can be utilized.

Deadline to Apply

August 12, 2024

Directions to Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter online at wmeac.org/careers. The position will remain open until filled. If you are a job seeker with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, contact admin@wmeac.org. Otherwise please refrain from contacting WMEAC staff members for more information about this position.

WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. West Michigan Environmental Action Council is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at WMEAC are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Title: Education Programs Manager

Reports to: Director of Environmental Programs
FTE: 1.00 (35 hours per week)
Compensation: $45,000 – $50,000 per year, salaried/exempt
Benefits: Hybrid work environment; ample Paid Time Office, including 10 holidays and bereavement, jury duty, and parental leave; stipends for a health care plan and home office technology; group dental and vision policies; group life insurance and long-term disability insurance; savings match for SIMPLE IRA after 3 years

About the Organization

West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s (WMEAC’s) mission is to work collaboratively alongside our diverse community to educate, engage, and advocate for environmental values, environmental and climate justice, and a healthy and resilient community for all. WMEAC has been a key environmental education, engagement, and advocacy organization since 1968, and is a registered 501c3 nonprofit. We serve West Michigan communities, with primary emphasis on the Grand Rapids, Holland, and Muskegon metropolitan areas.

Position Overview

WMEAC’s Education Programs Manager will deliver place-based, environmental education programs and teach a variety of topics such as climate change, freshwater biology, geology, forestry, and the history of resource management in West Michigan to a diverse audience including public and private schools, businesses, higher learning institutions, and local community organizations in West Michigan. WMEAC environmental education programming will be delivered across the organization’s eight-county area of service with a strong focus on serving 4th – 8th grade scholars in the metropolitan areas of Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develops and manages initiatives to achieve WMEAC’s strategic goals for environmental education about nonpoint source pollution, green stormwater infrastructure, climate change resiliency, and municipal solid waste reduction measures such as composting and recycling
  • Supports fund development activities for Environmental Education Programs including grant writing to local, state, and federal funders, earned income opportunities, and sponsor recruitment for workshops and events
  • Manages all aspects of WMEAC’s Teach for the Watershed (T4W) outdoor education program
    • Liaison to Grand Rapids and Godfrey Lee Public Schools to deliver T4W programming
    • Manages the rental and sharing of Environmental Education equipment for T4W programs with local educators and organizations for fee-for-service programs
  • Manages all aspects of WMEAC’s Zero Waste in Landfill (ZWIL) waste reduction education program
    • Liaison to Kent County Department of Public Works (KCDPW) to facilitate WMEAC’s Recycling and Zero Waste Internship and collaborates on strategies to improve participation and product quality for recycling in Grand Rapids and Kent County
    • Delivers K-12 curricula about recycling, composting, and living sustainably to scholars in West Michigan
    • Manages WMEAC’s office vermicompost bin which includes weekly maintenance
    • Manages and supports implementation and growth of WMEAC’s Green Infrastructure Education Program activities, including, but not necessarily limited to:
      • Rain Barrel and Green Infrastructure Workshops: Delivers educational programming to workshop participants; liaises with community and corporate partners and sponsors; manages inventory of materials and supplies; recruits and directs volunteers and interns to prepare and build rain barrels and green infrastructure stations, and to assist with workshops
      • Rain Gardens, Rainscaping, and Green Infrastructure Maintenance and Implementation: Assists with development and implementation of DIY rain garden education and programming in West Michigan; conducts Grand River Rainscaping assessments and assists with consultation for implementation of green stormwater infrastructure practices on private properties; manages volunteers and interns to plant, tend, and maintain WMEAC’s on-site rain garden, native plantings, and green roof
  • Supports WMEAC’s Adopt-A-Stream and BID credit program
  • Evaluates the scalability of T4W and ZWIL components to continue to grow the number of scholars who participate in this programming with grant-funded opportunities or fee-for-service programs
  • Hires and supervises a team of 2 – 4 Seasonal Environmental Educators to support the development and execution of Environmental Education programs, public outreach events and workshops, and professional development opportunities for educators.
  • Oversees the purchasing, management, and inventory of Environmental Education materials and tools (such as waders, nets, educational models, microscopes, power tools, and other scientific equipment) both at the WMEAC office and off-site storage unit
  • Oversees all data tracking and reporting for EE programs including grant deliverables and expenses
  • Liaison to school administration, teachers, and students, and community education organizations
    to solicit WMEAC-branded EE experiences and curricula
  • Supports the management of the WMEAC van
  • Works as a team player to ensure the continued success of WMEAC and its programs by assisting program and administrative staff with special projects, as requested and assigned

Work Hours and Location

The Director of Environmental Programs is expected to work out of WMEAC’s office in Grand Rapids. Our staff works a hybrid schedule where full-time staff members work 2-3 days per week in the office and 2-3 days per week at home. Our Grand Rapids office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays, and in-office hybrid days are Tuesday – Thursday. We also have a Muskegon work space that can be utilized.

Deadline to Apply: August 12, 2024

Directions to Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter online at wmeac.org/careers. The position will remain open until filled. If you are a job seeker with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, contact admin@wmeac.org. Otherwise please refrain from contacting WMEAC staff members for more information about this position.

WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
West Michigan Environmental Action Council is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at WMEAC are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Title: Operations Manager

 
Reports to: Executive Director
FTE: 0.60 (21 hours per week)
Compensation: $29.00 per hour, non-exempt
Benefits: Employee benefits are offered to part-time employees, pro-rated to reflect FTE of 35 hours per week – Hybrid work environment; ample Paid Time Office, including 10 holidays and bereavement, jury duty, and parental leave; stipends for a health care plan and home office technology; group dental and vision policies; group life insurance and long-term disability insurance; savings match for SIMPLE IRA after 3 years

About the Organization


West Michigan Environmental Action Council’s (WMEAC’s) mission is to work collaboratively alongside our diverse community to educate, engage, and advocate for environmental values, environmental and climate justice, and a healthy and resilient community for all. WMEAC has been a key environmental education, engagement, and advocacy organization since 1968, and is a registered 501c3 nonprofit. We serve West Michigan communities, with primary emphasis on the Grand Rapids, Holland, and Muskegon metropolitan areas.

Position Overview

WMEAC’s Operations Manager will develop and implement operational strategies to meet organizational objectives. The Operations Manager handles WMEAC’s financial operations, allowing WMEAC program staff to focus on achieving the mission of the organization.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manages budgets and resources, monitoring and analyzing the effectiveness of existing operations and suggesting improvements
    Manages and tracks accounts receivables and payables, including third-party contractual accounting services
  • Manages WMEAC’s internal policies and procedures, including financial, human resources, office maintenance, supplies tracking and ordering, technology/IT/equipment maintenance and upgrades, and weekly chores
  • Manages WMEAC’s annual third-party audit
  • Reports on operational performance and provides insights for strategic decision making
  • Manages the Board of Directors finance committee, setting meeting dates and ensuring delivery of financial reports and other data
  • Ensures financial procedures are regularly followed and updated according to audit and Board of Directors finance committee recommendations
  • Supports the Executive Director and Board of Directors by developing monthly meeting packets (financial reports, membership reports, fund development reports, meeting minutes)
  • Supports Executive Director with human resource management
    • Posting jobs on website and on third-party apps
    • Tracking internship applications and distributing to appropriate staff
    • Conducting orientations for new staff and interns
    • Maintaining employee documents and benefits packages
    • Manages staff timekeeping and runs by-weekly payroll
  • Maintains up-to-date central files, archives, library and Board of Directors’ contacts and documents
  • Manages general inquiries that come in via phone, mail, email, and in-person
  • Supports management of grounds (lots, sidewalks, windows, doors, rain garden, and green rooftop)
  • Supports maintenance on WMEAC van
  • Supports condominium management and represents WMEAC in neighborhood/business district meetings
  • Other duties, as assigned

Qualifications

  • Associates Degree in business management or accounting, or two or more years of professional experience
  • Familiarity with budget management and financial analysis
  • Self-motivated, independent worker
  • Must be highly organized and detail oriented
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking
  • Strong customer service and communication skills
  • Experience in a non-profit, professional work environment a plus
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel; Google Suite; Quickbooks Nonprofit
  • Operations Manager will shape an efficient, positive, friendly, and fun work environment
  • Spanish language skills preferred, but not required

Work Hours and Location

The Director of Environmental Programs is expected to work out of WMEAC’s office in Grand Rapids. Our staff works a hybrid schedule where full-time staff members work 2-3 days per week in the office and 2-3 days per week at home. Our Grand Rapids office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays, and inoffice hybrid days are Tuesday – Thursday. It is the Operations Manager’s responsibility to ensure that there is someone in the office Tuesdays – Thursdays.

Deadline to Apply: August 12, 2024


Directions to Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter online at wmeac.org/careers. The position will remain open until filled. If you are a job seeker with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, contact admin@wmeac.org. Otherwise please refrain from contacting WMEAC staff members for more information about this position.

WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
West Michigan Environmental Action Council is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at WMEAC are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

There are currently no open positions, please check back again later.

Apply to be a wmeac intern!

WMEAC welcomes interns from a variety of backgrounds – both students and community members. All WMEAC internships include a one-time stipend, with all the benefits of hands-on experience in an environmental nonprofit. We have opportunities for those interested in journalism, social media & communications, business & marketing, biology and resource management, environmental education, fund development, event planning, sustainability, policy and more. WMEAC interns leave with new skills, a portfolio of work, professional connections and WMEAC’s appreciation.

Internship Semesters:

  • Winter/Spring Semester: January – April
  • Summer Semester: May – August
  • Fall Semester: September – December

PLEASE NOTE: The Crane Family Water Fellowship & Lakeshore Fellowship require a 32-week commitment or two semesters (typically during the academic year). These positions are posted when available and you must be available for both semesters to be eligible.

Available positions are updated throughout the year. Please continue to check this page! Page last updated June 2023

Eco-Journalism and Blogging Internship

Internship Timeframes

Intern is expected to work for a period of 15 weeks.

Winter/Spring

Summer

Fall

January – May*

May – August*

September – December*

*Timeframes are approximate.

Compensation

Internships will not be paid on an hourly basis. Intern will receive a $500 stipend, paid at the conclusion of the internship. We will work with your academic institution if you will be taking this internship for credit.

 

Position Summary

Intern will research, write, and/or produce content on identified West Michigan environmental issues for print and online publication, as well as for radio and cable TV broadcasts. Intern will support WMEAC’s various water quality, climate change, policy, environmental education and administrative programs and projects. Regular attendance at Communications Team meetings is required. Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when the intern’s schedule permits.  Intern is expected to work 10-15 hours per week, as arranged with their supervisor. Intern will report primarily to WMEAC’s Deputy Director.

 

Qualifications

Required:  

  • Documented journalism experience including published writing samples
  • Training or professional experience with social media
  • Experience doing interviews
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn digital content management systems
  • Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn basic photography and video skills

Preferred:

  • Upper-level university student, graduate, or emerging professional with education, experience, or training in the field of journalism or professional writing
  • Basic knowledge of common or local environmental issues

 

Organization Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s enviornment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for over 50 years.




Work Location

Intern will work out of the WMEAC office to the extent possible. However, our staff is currently working a hybrid schedule where staff members work 2-3 days per week in the office and 2-3 days per week at home. Our office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays; it is anticipated that intern hours will be virtual on those days unless other arrangements are made with staff. Regular, in-office days will primarily be Tuesday – Thursday. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

 

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and application to wmeac.org/internships. WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Climate Action Communications Internship

Internship Timeframe

Intern is expected to work for a period of 15 weeks.

Winter/Spring

Summer

Fall

January – May*

May – August*

September – December* 

*Time frame is approximate.

Compensation

Internships will not be paid on an hourly basis. Intern will receive a $500 stipend, paid at the conclusion of the internship. We will work with your academic institution if you will be taking this internship for credit.

 

Position Summary

Intern will work closely with WMEAC staff to support the Climate Action Campaign (CAC). This internship will focus on climate policy communications and marketing through social media, digital newsletters and membership communications, website and press materials. Intern will support climate policy; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and environmental justice efforts. This internship is intended for a student or community member who is passionate about communications, climate policy, marketing, and community engagement. Intern is expected to work 10-15 hours per week, as arranged with their supervisor. Intern will report primarily to WMEAC’s Director of Climate Solutions and Justice.

Although specific tasks will depend on WMEAC and CAC events, projects and opportunities that arise during the course of the internship, intern is expected to:

Communications

  • Create social media content regarding climate and environmental justice messaging
  • Create content for regular digital newsletters, social media stories, and blogs, for WMEAC audience, organizing and elected outreach efforts (as needed)

Marketing

  • Develop marketing and promotion for CAC campaign and associated events through social media and digital communications tools
  • Share organizational announcements for CAC campaign by sending out press releases as needed

Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when the intern’s schedule permits.

 

Qualifications

Required: 

  • Familiarity and experience managing social media platforms for an organization or business
  • Experience and/or ability to create and design content for e-newsletters, social media, and marketing campaigns; photography, video and/or creative design experience a plus
  • Highly organized and able to contribute to a complex, multi-faceted communications strategy
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience and/or willingness to learn to operate basic website tools
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Docs
  • Ability to speak to a group of community members and partners

 

Preferred: 

  • Detail-oriented and able to plan and execute logistics for multiple, concurrent event campaigns
  • Basic knowledge of climate policy, environmental and/or social justice issues is helpful

 

Organization Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s environment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for over 50 years.

 

Work Location

Intern will have the opportunity to work out of the WMEAC Grand Rapids Office and/or at a remote location in the Kalamazoo area. Fellow may work remotely for a portion of their responsibilities but is also expected to attend in-person events as directed. The Grand Rapids office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays; it is anticipated that intern hours will be virtual on those days unless other arrangements are made with staff. Regular, in-office days at the Grand Rapids office will primarily be Tuesday – Thursday. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible hybrid schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and application to wmeac.org/internships. WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Community Outreach & Inclusion Internship

Internship Timeframe*

Intern is expected to work for a period of 15 weeks.

Winter/Spring

Summer

Fall

January-May

May-August

September-December 

*Time frame is approximate.

Compensation

Internships will not be paid on an hourly basis. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship. We will work with your academic institution if you will be taking this internship for credit.

Position Summary

Intern will work closely with staff and the WMEAC IDEAL (Inclusion and Development of Environmental Allies and Leaders) committee. Intern will expand their skills in community engagement, volunteer management, and communications and deepen their understanding of inclusion and equity in a nonprofit environmental organization. This position is open to both students and non-students interested in engaging a diverse group of community members and organizations in environmental issues and action.  Intern is expected to work 10-15 hours per week, as arranged with their supervisor. Intern will report primarily to WMEAC’s Director of Engagement.

Although specific tasks will depend on the community events, committee projects, and opportunities that arise during the course of the internship, intern is expected to:

Inclusion

  • Attend WMEAC’s IDEAL committee meetings and provide support as needed for committee projects
  • Connect with community partners at community meetings and events

Volunteer Programs & Community Events

  • Respond to volunteer inquiries, plan and coordinate volunteer work days and other opportunities and promote the volunteer program through the volunteer e-newsletter, social media, and email.
  • Coordinate event tabling requests received from community and partner organizations, plan logistics and activities for events, and represent WMEAC and engage community members at events.

**Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when the intern’s schedule permits.

 

Qualifications

Required: 

  • Experience or strong interest in volunteer management, community outreach and inclusive practices
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with database management tools
  • Ability to speak to a group of community members, partners, and volunteers
  • Knowledge of social media writing and content development
  • Strong organization skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to plan and execute logistics for multiple, concurrent events
  • Ability to conduct accurate research to support grant initiatives
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Docs

Preferred: 

  • Interest and/or experience in environmental justice, equity, inclusion, and collaboration
  • Community activism and organizing experience
  • Basic knowledge of environmental and/or social justice issues

 

Organization Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s environment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for over 50 years.

 

Work Location

Intern will work out of the WMEAC office to the extent possible. However, our staff is currently working a hybrid schedule where staff members work 2-3 days per week in the office and 2-3 days per week at home. Our office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays; it is anticipated that intern hours will be virtual on those days unless other arrangements are made with staff. Regular, in-office days will primarily be Tuesday – Thursday. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

 

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and application to wmeac.org/internships. WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Crane Foundation Endowed Water Fellow Opportunity – filled through June 2024

Matilda M. and Harold D. Crane Foundation Endowed Water Fellow

Fellowship Timeframe

Fellow is expected to work for an academic year (Fall – Spring/32 weeks).

 

Compensation

Fellowships are not paid on an hourly basis. Fellow will receive a $4,000 stipend, payable in four quarterly installments. We will work with your academic institution if you will be taking this fellowship for credit.

 

Position Summary

Intern will serve as program support for WMEAC’s water research, education, behavior change, and action programs and initiatives. The primary role of the Water Fellow will be to participate in research and program development, and administrative activities to support WMEAC’s water programs, with the intended goal of providing learning and leadership opportunities that contribute to the professional development of the Water Fellow. Additional duties include serving the community by delivering presentations and interactive activities to interested student, faith based, and/or civic groups about water quality issues, with the goal of funneling new volunteers into opportunities for action for WMEAC’s water protection programs. Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected when the intern’s schedule permits. Fellow is expected to work 20-25 hours per week, as arranged with their supervisor.  Fellow will report primarily to WMEAC’s Director of Sustainable Community Development.

 

Qualifications

  • Current graduate or upper-level undergraduate student pursuing a degree in environmental science with a focus on aquatic sciences or water resources policy
  • Knowledge and passion for regional watershed, water quality, and/or stormwater policy issues
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including public speaking, with a mastery of environmental science vocabulary
  • Strong research skills, experience in collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Willingness to represent WMEAC and its Water Programs and to intelligently discuss environmental issues with a variety of community and professional audiences
  • Good organizational skills, self-starter; leadership experience a plus
  • Commitment to protecting the environment
  • Ability and willingness to commit to this position for the full academic year
  • Knowledge and experiences with geographic information systems (GIS) software
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher)

 

Organization Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s environment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for over 50 years.

 

Work Location

Fellow will work out of the WMEAC office to the extent possible. However, our staff is currently working a hybrid schedule where staff members work 2-3 days per week in the office and 2-3 days per week at home. Our office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays; it is anticipated that intern hours will be virtual on those days unless other arrangements are made with staff. Regular, in-office days will primarily be Tuesday – Thursday. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

 

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and application to wmeac.org/internships. WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Hope College Environmental Advocacy Fellowship

Internship Timeframe: Hiring for summer 2024. Intern is expected to work for a period of 14 weeks.

Compensation

The Environmental Advocacy Fellow will not be paid on an hourly basis. Fellow will receive a $4,500 stipend at the conclusion of the fellowship. We will work with your academic institution if you will be taking this internship for credit.

 

Position Summary

The Environmental Advocacy fellowship opportunity was established in partnership between Hope College and West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) to develop advocacy, education, and sustainability leadership skills related to water protection, climate change, and other environmental issues in West Michigan. The Environmental Advocacy Fellow will report primarily to WMEAC’s Deputy Director, but will also provide support as needed to other staff members.

Fellow will work closely with staff and WMEAC’s IDEAL (Inclusion and Development of Environmental Allies and Leaders) and ACT (Action, Coordination & Transformation) committees. Although specific tasks will depend on environmental policy issues that arise during the course of the fellowship, fellow is expected to:

  • Research and summarize policy issues and environmental questions
  • Program development and administrative activities to support WMEAC’s programs team
  • Identify, track, and analyze important environmental legislation
  • Additional duties include serving the community by delivering presentations and interactive activities to interested student, faith based, and/or civic groups about environmental issues
  • Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected when the fellow’s schedule permits.

 

Qualifications

Required:

  • Rising senior at Hope College pursuing a degree in environmental studies and/or environmental science.
  • Knowledge of and a strong interest in federal, state, and local political systems; environmental issues, especially water, energy, and climate resilience
  • Successful academic coursework in government and political science or environmental policy
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including public speaking, with a mastery of environmental science vocabulary
  • Strong research skills, experience in collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Willingness to represent WMEAC and its committees and programs and to intelligently discuss environmental issues with a variety of community and professional audiences
  • Good organizational skills, self-starter; leadership experience a plus
  • Demonstrated dedication to protecting the environment and a willingness to try new tasks and outreach opportunities
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher)
  • Reliable personal transportation, and flexible availability
  • Successfully clear a background and felony records check

Organization Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s environment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for over 50 years.

 

Work Location

Intern will work out of the WMEAC office to the extent possible. However, our staff is currently working a hybrid schedule where staff members work 2-3 days per week in the office and 2-3 days per week at home. Our office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays; it is anticipated that intern hours will be virtual on those days unless other arrangements are made with staff. Regular, in-office days will primarily be Tuesday – Thursday. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

 

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and application to wmeac.org/internships by January 22, 2024. WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Lakeshore Fellowship – filled through September 2024

Fellowship Timeframe: January – September

Lakeshore Fellow is expected to work for a period of 9 months.

Compensation

Fellowships are not paid on an hourly basis. Fellow will receive a $4,000 stipend, payable in four quarterly installments. We will work with your academic institution if you will be taking this fellowship for credit.

Position Summary

The Lakeshore fellowship opportunity was established to ensure WMEAC develops leadership to engage with community members in climate and other environmental issues in our lakeshore communities in Muskegon, Ottawa, Oceana, and Allegan counties, providing the opportunity to work alongside a 30-year veteran environmental advocate. This fellowship is intended to help develop a relationship between WMEAC and the fellow; commitment to the full nine months is key to the success of the fellowship. The Lakeshore Fellow will be a member of WMEAC’s lakeshore team, reporting primarily to the Lakeshore Outreach Organizer and providing support as needed to other staff members. Fellow is expected to work 20-25 hours per week, as arranged with their supervisor. 

The Lakeshore Fellow will serve as program support for WMEAC’s lakeshore programming, including but not limited to the Muskegon County recycling project, septics and water quality initiatives, and the lakeshore climate action education and advocacy initiatives. Fellow will work with elected and community leaders to strategize and support ways to improve coordination, information and educational messaging, and availability and access to environmental services. Work will be accomplished via policy and field research, writing and analysis, public engagement, and administrative coordination tasks. Attendance at WMEAC events is also expected when the intern’s schedule permits.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Current graduate, upper-level undergraduate, or recently-graduated student pursuing a degree in environmental science or comparable field
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including public speaking, with a familiarity of environmental science vocabulary
  • Strong research skills, experience in collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Willingness to represent WMEAC and it Lakeshore programming, and to intelligently discuss environmental issues with a variety of community and professional audiences
  • Good organizational skills, self-starter
  • Demonstrated dedication to protecting the environment and a willingness to try new tasks and outreach opportunities
  • Ability and willingness to commit to this position for nine months
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Docs
  • Successfully clear a background and felony records check
  • Reliable personal transportation, and flexible availability

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of basic climate science and climate change solutions and recycling, composting, waste reduction, and upcycling issues
  • Leadership experience a plus

Organization Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s environment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for over 50 years.

Work Location

Fellow will have the opportunity to work out of the WMEAC Grand Rapids Office and/or utilize the satellite office in the Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon. Fellow may work remotely for a portion of their responsibilities but is also expected to attend in-person events as directed. The Grand Rapids office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays; it is anticipated that intern hours will be virtual on those days unless other arrangements are made with staff. Regular, in-office days at the Grand Rapids office will primarily be Tuesday – Thursday. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible hybrid schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

  • WMEAC Grand Rapids Office: 1007 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute: 740 West Shoreline Dr, Muskegon, MI 49441

To Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and application to wmeac.org/internships. WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

WMEAC Policy Internship

Internship Timeframes

Intern is expected to work for a period of 15 weeks.

Winter/Spring

Summer

Fall

January – May*

May – August*

September – December*

*Timeframe is approximate.

Compensation

Internships will not be paid on an hourly basis. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship. We will work with your academic institution if you will be taking this internship for credit.

 

Position Summary

Intern will work closely with staff and the WMEAC Action, Coordination and Transformation (ACT) committee, reporting primarily to WMEAC’s Deputy Director.  Intern is expected to work 10-15 hours per week, as arranged with their supervisor. 

Although specific tasks will depend on environmental policy issues that arise during the course of the internship, intern is expected to:

  • Attendance at ACT Committee and agenda-setting meetings
  • Research and summarize policy issues and environmental questions
  • Identify, track, and analyze important environmental legislation
  • Respond to community-based inquiries on environmental concerns and actions to be taken
  • Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when the intern’s schedule permits.

 

Qualifications

Required:

  • Knowledge of and a strong interest in federal, state, and local political systems; environmental issues, especially water, energy, and climate resilience
  • Successful academic coursework in or experience with government and political science or environmental policy
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including public speaking, with a mastery of environmental science vocabulary
  • Strong research skills, experience in collecting and analyzing secondary qualitative and quantitative data
  • Willingness to represent WMEAC and its ACT committee and to intelligently discuss environmental issues with a variety of community and professional audiences
  • Good organizational skills, self-starter; leadership experience a plus
  • Commitment to protecting the environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher)

 

Organization Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s environment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for over 50 years.

 

Work Location

Intern will work out of the WMEAC office to the extent possible. However, our staff is currently working a hybrid schedule where staff members work 2-3 days per week in the office and 2-3 days per week at home. Our office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays; it is anticipated that intern hours will be virtual on those days unless other arrangements are made with staff. Regular, in-office days will primarily be Tuesday – Thursday. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

 

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and application to wmeac.org/internships. WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

WMEAC Recycling and Zero Waste Internship with Kent County Department of Public Works

Internship Timeframes

Intern is expected to work for a period of ~16 weeks.

Winter/Spring

Summer

Fall

January – April*

May – August*

September – December*

*These timeframes can be adjusted as appropriate for your internship and availability.

 

Compensation

Internships will not be paid on an hourly basis. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship. We will work with your academic institution if you will be taking this internship for credit.

 

Position Summary:

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and the Kent County Department of Public Works (KCDPW) are offering a joint internship opportunity for an individual to support the Zero Waste in Landfill (ZWIL) and recycling education programs. We are seeking an intern to support strategies to improve participation and product quality for recycling in Grand Rapids and Kent County. The intern will assist in providing education about recycling and waste management to our community. The intern may be assisting with community outreach, volunteer coordination, public speaking, research, data management and analysis. Intern is expected to complete 10-15 hours per week, at times to be arranged by intern and staff at WMEAC and Kent County. Occasional evenings and weekends should be expected for community outreach events. Intern will report primarily to WMEAC’s Education Programs Manager.

Although specific tasks may depend on seasonality, intern is expected to:

  • Attend community events and outreach opportunities, including Imagine Craft Mondays at Kent County Recycling Center (KCREC)
  • Plan and execute WMEAC/KCDPW events such as workshops, recycle drives, and facility tours
  • Assist with K-12 education opportunities about recycling, composting, and living sustainably
  • Update and maintain KCDPW’s Recycling and Waste Directory which assists Kent County residents in finding the proper method of disposal for their municipal waste
  • Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when the intern’s schedule permits.

 

Qualifications

Required:

  • Intern MUST be available Mondays from 1 – 5pm for the KCREC’s Imagine Craft Mondays workshops
  • Reliable personal transportation, and flexible availability; mileage reimbursement will be provided at the current federal rate for events attended outside of the expected workplace commute
  • Strong communication and writing skills to knowledgeably and professionally represent WMEAC and KCDPW and their programs in a variety of audiences and ages
  • Proficiency with Microsoft and Google Suite applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Basic knowledge of common recycling and materials management issues
  • Successfully clear a background and felony records check

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with the concepts of a circular economy, municipal solid waste, composting, and waste-to-energy
  • Familiarity with West Michigan’s current state of recycling/composting infrastructure and future plans for the Kent County Sustainable Business Park and waste reduction goals by 2030
  • Demonstrated dedication to protecting the environment and a willingness to try new tasks and outreach opportunities
  • Experience in planning and promoting community events such as workshops, recycle drives, facility tours, etc.
  • Experience working with K-12 students and/or developing lesson plans and activities
  • Kent County resident preferred, but not required if intern has access to reliable transportation

 

Organization(s) Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s environment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for over 50 years.

KCREC serves as the primary materials recovery facility for residential recyclables generated in homes throughout West Michigan. Nearly 58 million pounds of recyclables were delivered to the facility in 2017. Our ZWIL programs promote recycling and activities that minimize waste. KCDPW Waste Reduction Educators also educate residents about recycling and waste and offer resources that will assist residents in safe disposal options for discards that are mindful of environmental impacts.

 

Work Location

Intern will have the opportunity to work out of the KCREC and/or the WMEAC office to the extent possible. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks. However, our staff is currently working a hybrid schedule where staff members work 2-3 days per week in the office and 2-3 days per week at home. Our office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays; it is anticipated that intern hours will be virtual on those days unless other arrangements are made with staff. Regular, in-office days will primarily be Tuesday – Thursday. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

 

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and application to wmeac.org/internships. WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Wolverine Community Advisory Group (CAG) Communications Internship

Internship Timeframe

Intern is expected to work for a period of 15 weeks.

Winter/Spring

Summer

Fall

January – May*

May – August*

September – December*

*Timeframe is approximate.

 

Compensation

Internships will not be paid on an hourly basis. Intern will receive a $500 stipend, paid at the conclusion of the internship. We will work with your academic institution if you will be taking this internship for credit.

 

Position Summary

Intern will work closely with WMEAC staff and the Wolverine CAG Communications and Leadership Teams to expand and support the CAG’s communication platforms. This internship will focus on communications and marketing through social media, blog posts, and website maintenance. Intern will support PFAS and water quality policy efforts, locally and statewide. Intern is expected to work 10-15 hours per week, as arranged with their supervisor. Intern will report primarily to WMEAC’s Deputy Director.

Although specific tasks will depend on WMEAC and CAG needs that arise during the course of the internship, intern is expected to:

  • Track media coverage, public and private remediation and testing, ongoing research regarding PFAS contamination
  • Create content for social media, blog posts, and media releases, as directed by CAG membership
  • Update and maintain CAG website with updates, blog posts, meeting announcements and content
  • Update, post, and maintain CAG social media platform(s)
  • Attend meetings of the Wolverine CAG and Michigan Water Table each month
  • Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when the intern’s schedule permits

 

Qualifications

Required: 

  • Familiarity and experience managing social media platforms for an organization or business
  • Experience and/or ability to create and design content for blog posts and social media; photography, video and/or creative design experience a plus
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience and/or willingness to learn to operate basic website tools
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Docs
  • Ability to speak to a group of community members and partners

Preferred: 

  • Basic knowledge of PFAS contamination issues
  • Familiarity with Wolverine Worldwide legacy contamination issues in Northern Kent County

 

Organization Background

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s environment by translating the concerns of people into positive action. WMEAC has been delivering environmental education and advocacy to the West Michigan community for over 50 years.

 

Work Location

Intern will work out of the WMEAC office to the extent possible. However, our staff is currently working a hybrid schedule where staff members work 2-3 days per week in the office and 2-3 days per week at home. Our office is closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays; it is anticipated that intern hours will be virtual on those days unless other arrangements are made with staff. Regular, in-office days will primarily be Tuesday – Thursday. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

 

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and application to wmeac.org/internships. WMEAC is an equal opportunity employer. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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* West Michigan Environmental Action Council is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Our Board of Directors, staff, and interns are committed to enhancing and celebrating diversity in all its forms. All employment decisions at West Michigan Environmental Action Council are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.