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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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Teach for the Watershed (T4W)  Seasonal Educator  (Open for Fall 2022)

Position Timeframe

Seasonal Educator Staff Members are expected to work between 10 to 15 hours per week for the Spring and/or Fall T4W Seasons as listed below: 

Spring Season Prep.

Spring T4W Programming

Fall Season Prep.

Fall T4W Programming

March

March  – June 8th

August

Sept. – Oct. 31st

Compensation

This position will be paid biweekly at an hourly rate of $17/hour. Mileage costs to and from events will be reimbursed biweekly at the 2022 federal rate of $0.585 per mile. The payment of this contract rate is not meant to constitute the payment of employee wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The term of this contract is limited to the period of time outlined in this agreement, and there is no expectation or insinuation of employment upon completion of this contract. The parties acknowledge that this contract may be extended or terminated upon agreement of both parties.

Position Summary

Below are the key, overarching responsibilities of the Seasonal Educator Staff members:

  • Provide support to the classroom and field portions of the Teach for the Watershed (T4W) program. More information can be found at wmeac.org/education/teachforthewatershed
  • Provide support for equipment inventory and management between field work
  • Other tasks as requested by the Education Programs Manager

Required Availability

  • Available for 10 to 15 hours a week during the school day from 8am to 3pm
  • Reliable personal transportation (mileage for programs will be reimbursed)
  • Located primarily within the Grand Rapids metro area
  • Clear a background and felony records check

Preferred Skills and Experiences

  • General knowledge OR willingness to learn about: 
    • Our local watersheds, effects of stormwater runoff and common water pollutants, freshwater macroinvertebrates, and invasive species
  • Enthusiasm for working with K-8 students
  • Classroom management skills or experience with teaching outdoors
  • Ability to work outside for extended periods of time
  • Capacity to lift at least 20 lbs

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

Seasonal Educator Staff Members will attend T4W programs as coordinated by the Education Programs Manager. These programs include classroom visits to Grand Rapids Public Schools as well as field trips to local Grand Rapids Parks. Occasional visits to the WMEAC office will be expected for planning meetings, equipment management and inventory, and other tasks as requested by the Education Programs Manager.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Due to the increases in infection rates as a result of the Delta Variant, masks will be required while in the office and at indoor meetings and events. All WMEAC staff are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Seasonal Educator Staff Members will be required to sign an acknowledgement of this policy. Any staff member or intern that fails to comply with this policy may seek employment at another agency.

To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to wmeac.org/careers. 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.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until all available positions have been filled.

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.

Director of Development 

Reports to: Executive Director

FTE: 1.0
Pay Scale: Salaried/Exempt; total annual compensation including benefits $60,000 – $70,000 commensurate with experience

Position Summary

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.

WMEAC’s Director of Development will work collaboratively with the organization’s staff, board, volunteers, partners, and stakeholders (organizations, members, businesses, interested community members, and more) to support WMEAC’s mission by building relationships and by inviting people to share our passion for environmental advocacy and education, social justice, and to create climate solutions.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Designs, develops and executes annual fund development plan including but not limited to:
    • annual appeals
    • giving day(s)
    • membership drives
    • monthly (recurring) donor program
  • Works with executive director and board members to identify, steward and solicit major gifts
  • Collaborates with and supports program team members to identify, prioritize, and write grant proposals
  • Develops and manages fundraising events and supports program events with sponsorship solicitation
  • Creates and manages 3 x year print donor-focused newsletter
  • Develops and manages initiatives to achieve WMEAC’s strategic goals
  • Manages donor database (Salesforce), project management platform Smartsheet and events platform GiveSmart.
  • Works as a team player to ensure the continued success of WMEAC and its programs by assisting program, communications and administrative staff to support grants management as well as to develop communications strategies for events and appeals

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum 4-6 years with experience in fund development, grant writing, events planning; additional experience will be considered in lieu of formal education
  • Working knowledge of environmental principles
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication, research, and writing skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office and donor software. Salesforce experience a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Experience in customer service and public speaking to small and large groups
  • Self-motivated, independent worker
  • Knowledge of local or regional environmental issues a plus
  • Ability to manage a flexible schedule that can accommodate occasional evenings and weekends

Work Hours and Location

Full time staff are expected to work 35 hours per week, based out of WMEAC’s office in Grand Rapids. However, we do recognize hybrid work schedules where employees may choose to work from home or from our Grand Rapids office 3 days per week.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Currently masks are optional while in the office and at indoor meetings and events. All staff and interns are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Directions to Apply

Applicants must submit resume and cover letter online at wmeac.org/careers. The position will remain open until filled. 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.

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Apply to be an 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

WMEAC also has two longer positions available that require a two-semester commitment – the Women, Community & the Environment internship and the Water Fellowship. 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 April 28, 2022.

WMEAC Fund Development and Events Intern

 

Internship Timeframes

Intern is expected to work for a period of 14 weeks.

Winter/Spring

Summer

Fall

January – May*

May – August*

September – December*

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 the Director of Development to implement fund development projects and tasks including membership management, campaign development and implementation, donor stewardship and donor data management. In addition, the intern may work closely with various committees participating in the development, planning and implementation of WMEAC fundraising and program events. Tasks will include committee support, event planning and day of show event management.   Attendance of WMEAC events is also expected, when the intern’s schedule permits.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Integrity
  • Respect and appreciation for volunteers and colleagues
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Docs
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Ability to work occasional nights or weekends
  • Ability to keep meeting notes

Preferred:

  • Experience coordinating events, either on campus of in the community
  • A basic understanding of fund development principles and processes
  • A basic understanding of community partnerships and sponsorship models
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Potential leadership capacities
  • Ability to obtain pricing quotes on event items i.e. centerpieces, linens, high-tops, chairs
  • Willingness to distribute fliers and posters to local hotspots 
  • Basic knowledge of common 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 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. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Due to the increases in infection rates as a result of the Delta Variant, masks will be required while in the office and at indoor meetings and events. All staff and interns are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Interns will be required to sign an acknowledgement of this policy. Any staff member or intern that fails to comply with this policy can choose to work remotely, or may seek employment at another agency.

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 KCDPW

 

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.

Position Breakdown by Season:

Winter/Spring

  • Emphasis on attending community events and outreach opportunities.
    • These include Imagine Craft Mondays at the KCREC from 1pm to 5pm.
  • Executing WMEAC/KCDPW events such as workshops, recycle drives, and facility tours.
  • Assisting with K-12 education opportunities about recycling, composting, and living sustainably.

Summer

  • Emphasis on attending community events and outreach opportunities.
    • These include Imagine Craft Mondays at the KCREC from 1pm to 5pm.
  • Executing WMEAC/KCDPW events such as workshops, recycle drives, and facility tours.

Fall

  • Emphasis on updating and maintaining KCDPW’s Recycling and Waste Directory which assists Kent County residents in finding the proper method of disposal for their municipal waste.
  • Planning WMEAC/KCDPW events such as workshops, recycle drives, and facility tours.
  • Assisting with K-12 education opportunities about recycling, composting, and living sustainably.

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 15-25 hours per week, at times to be arranged by intern and staff at WMEAC and Kent County. Intern will receive a $500 stipend at the conclusion of the internship.

Kent County’s Recycling & Education Center (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 Resource Recovery Specialists 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. This intern will support staff members and also provide tours at the Recycling & Education Center and other solid waste facilities.

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. Occasional evenings and weekends should be expected for community outreach events. A resident of Kent County preferred, but not required if applicant has access to reliable transportation. The 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 workshops.
  • Reliable personal transportation, and flexible availability. A mileage reimbursement will be provided at the federal rate of $0.560 per mile 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/or 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. 

Organization(s) Background

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. We seek to engage with our community members, schools, and businesses to increase awareness about what exactly happens when you throw something “away.”

Kent County’s Recycling & Education Center serves as the primary materials recovery facility for residential recyclables generated in homes throughout West Michigan. A materials recovery facility, or MRF (murf), is a processing facility where recycling from curbside bins and recycling drop-off stations is sorted and prepared to be sold to processors and end-users. Nearly 58 million pounds of recyclables were delivered to the facility in 2017. These materials were put back into our economy as feedstock for new products like cereal boxes, glass bottles, toys, packaging, clothing, park benches and more.

Kent County DPW has education staff that promote recycling and activities that minimize waste. Resource Recovery Specialists 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. These staff members also provide tours at the Recycling & Education Center and other solid waste facilities operated by the Kent County Department of Public Works.

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.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Due to the increases in infection rates as a result of the Delta Variant, masks will be required while in the office and at indoor meetings and events. All staff and interns are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Interns will be required to sign an acknowledgement of this policy. Any staff member or intern that fails to comply with this policy can choose to work remotely, or may seek employment at another agency.

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.

Environmental Education Internship Position Summary

Position Summary:

Enjoy being outside? Want to gain experience educating others about the environment? Apply today to WMEAC’s education team!

We are seeking individuals that are passionate about working outdoors, teaching students from all backgrounds, and protecting the environment. They care deeply about community, hands-on science learning, and promoting positive solutions to environmental problems.

This intern will support WMEAC’s Environmental Education (EE) programs such as Teach for the Watershed (T4W) and other community education and outreach opportunities.

Hours will be flexible and will average between 15 to 25 hours per week with occasional evenings and weekends for special events. Expect off-site hours between 8am and 3pm facilitating outdoor, K-12 education programs throughout West Michigan green spaces.

This internship is separated into three (3) semester long periods. Current enrollment in college is not required.

  • Spring (March 1st through June 1st)
  • Summer (May 1st through August 1st)
  • Fall (September 1st through December 1st)

Responsibilities:

The primary responsibilities of an EE intern will be assisting with lessons and activities relating to environmental science topics such as water-quality testing, stormwater management, climate resiliency, and other topics as assigned.

We hold our staff responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe learning environment and facilitating positive learning experiences in nature. Our education team serves as mentors and role models for students interested in STEM careers.

Qualifications:

EE interns are enthusiastic about outdoor learning, organized, punctual, and can meet the needs of a high-impact, nonprofit organization providing quality, science-based programs.

Required:

  • Evident dedication to or passion for protecting the environment and natural resources
  • Consistent access to personal transportation
  • Residency in West Michigan for the duration of the position
  • Equipped for working outside for extended periods of time during all weather conditions
  • Successfully clear a background and felony records check
  • Willingness to represent WMEAC and its programs to creatively discuss environmental issues with a variety of public audiences
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Docs
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs. or more

Preferred:

  • Experience working with K-12 youth in any capacity
  • Relevant degree (or current enrollment) in environmental science, biology, resource management, sustainability, or K-12 education
  • Basic understanding of West Michigan’s natural resources and environmental challenges
  • Familiarity with or interest in fundamental environmental science vocabulary

 

Hours and Compensation:

A flexible schedule of 15 to 25 hours per week will be agreed upon between the intern and staff. EE interns will be expected to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the position description and other duties as assigned by WMEAC staff.

The intern will receive a $500 stipend at the end of the internship contract agreement as determined at the point of hire.

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 50 years.

To Apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and application wmeac.org/internships.

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.

WMEAC Community Outreach & Inclusion

 

Community Outreach & Inclusion Internship

 

Internship Timeframe

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

Winter/Spring

Summer

Fall

April – July*

July – October*

N/A

*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 Inclusion committee (IDEAL 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.

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:

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.

Water Outreach Programs

  • Assist with WMEAC’s Rain Barrel Workshops including planning workshop logistics, communicating with partners, maintaining an inventory of supplies, preparing materials and barrels, and leading workshops.
  • Support the Rainy Day Project, which is focused on the development of a strategy for community engagement and implementation of water conservation and stormwater green infrastructure practices in underserved communities within the City.

Inclusion

  • Attend WMEAC’s IDEAL committee meetings and provide support as needed for committee projects.

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
  • Basic knowledge of environmental and/or social justice issues is helpful

Preferred: 

  • Interest and/or experience in environmental justice, equity, inclusion, and collaboration
  • Community activism and organizing experience

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. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Due to the increases in infection rates as a result of the Delta Variant, masks will be required while in the office and at indoor meetings and events. All staff and interns are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Interns will be required to sign an acknowledgement of this policy. Any staff member or intern that fails to comply with this policy can choose to work remotely, or may seek employment at another agency.

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.

Marketing & Climate 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 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 Inclusion committee (IDEAL committee). This internship will focus on climate communications and organizational marketing through social media, digital newsletters and membership communications, website and press materials. Intern will support inclusion, diversity and equity in an environmental nonprofit. This internship is intended for a student or community member who is passionate about communications, marketing, and community engagement.

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

Communications

  • Create social media content and manage social media accounts
  • Create regular digital newsletters for WMEAC audience
  • Manage the WMEAC Intern Alumni Facebook Group.

Marketing

  • Promote the organization and events through social media and digital communications tools.
  • Develop marketing campaigns for special events and fundraising campaigns
  • Share organizational announcements by sending out press releases as needed.
  • Support WMEAC operations, development and programming by promoting programs, workshops and volunteer opportunities

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 and/or ability and willingness to learn
  • 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 maintain 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
  • Awareness of social, economic and/or environmental justice issues
  • 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 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 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. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Due to the increases in infection rates as a result of the Delta Variant, masks will be required while in the office and at indoor meetings and events. All staff and interns are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Interns will be required to sign an acknowledgement of this policy. Any staff member or intern that fails to comply with this policy can choose to work remotely, or may seek employment at another agency.

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.

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

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
  • Basic knowledge of common environmental issues

Preferred: The best candidate will be an upper-level university student, graduate, or emerging professional with education, experience, or training in the field of journalism or professional writing.  

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. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Due to the increases in infection rates as a result of the Delta Variant, masks will be required while in the office and at indoor meetings and events. All staff and interns are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Interns will be required to sign an acknowledgement of this policy. Any staff member or intern that fails to comply with this policy can choose to work remotely, or may seek employment at another agency.

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

  • Research and summarize policy issues and environmental questions
  • Track media coverage, public and private remediation and testing, ongoing research and assist with planning and implementation efforts for the Wolverine Community Advisory Group (CAG) regarding PFAS contamination in Northern Kent County
  • Identify, track, and analyze important environmental legislation

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 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 policy 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 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. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Due to the increases in infection rates as a result of the Delta Variant, masks will be required while in the office and at indoor meetings and events. All staff and interns are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Interns will be required to sign an acknowledgement of this policy. Any staff member or intern that fails to comply with this policy can choose to work remotely, or may seek employment at another agency.

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.

Lakeshore Fellowship

 

Fellowship Timeframe

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

Winter/Spring

Summer

Fall

April – December

 

Compensation

Fellowships are not paid on an hourly basis. Fellow will receive a $4,000 stipend, payable in two installments, in August and 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 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.

The Lakeshore Fellow will serve as program support for WMEAC’s lakeshore programming, including the Muskegon County recycling project, the White Lake septics and water quality project, 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 or upper-level undergraduate 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

Most work will be done virtually or potentially at in person locations in the Muskegon area (a physical office in Muskegon is anticipated in 2022), per COVID safety guidelines. Fellow may chose to work from WMEAC’s Grand Rapids office for interaction with other staff members. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Due to the increases in infection rates as a result of the Delta Variant, masks will be required while at indoor meetings and events, including the Muskegon office when opened. All staff and interns are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Interns will be required to sign an acknowledgement of this policy. Any staff member or intern that fails to comply with this policy can choose to work remotely or may seek employment at another agency.

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.

Crane Foundation Endowed Water Fellow Opportunity

Fall 2022 – Spring 2023

Internship Timeframe

The Water Fellow is expected to work for 32 weeks (the academic year), beginning in September and ending in May.

Compensation

Internships will not be paid on an hourly basis. Intern will receive a $4,000 stipend at the conclusion of each semester. We will work with your academic institution if you will be taking this internship 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.

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

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. WMEAC staff will work with Intern to determine a flexible schedule to accomplish the internship goals and tasks.

COVID Vaccination and Mask Requirements

Due to the increases in infection rates as a result of the Delta Variant, masks will be required while in the office and at indoor meetings and events. All staff and interns are required to be current on their COVID vaccinations, including any boosters as they become available and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Interns will be required to sign an acknowledgement of this policy. Any staff member or intern that fails to comply with this policy can choose to work remotely, or may seek employment at another agency.

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.

Women, Community & the Environment Internship

Position summary:

The WMEAC Women, Community & the Environment Intern will support WMEAC staff and Women, Community & Environment Series Planning Committee to assist in organizing and implementing the Women, Community & Environment Series, a multi-day series of events.

The Women, Community & the Environment Series centers the voices and concerns of women as caregivers, community activists, and students while providing content, tools and opportunities for everyone in our community.

Intern goals will also include implementing strategy to engage diverse and strategic West Michigan constituencies in WMEAC’s continuum of environmental education, behavior change, and policy program.  This internship is intended for a student or recent graduate interested in acquiring experience within a professional setting and developing relationships within the West Michigan business and non-profit community.


Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • A basic understanding of community partnerships and sponsorship models
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Google Docs
  • Basic knowledge of common environmental issues
  • Ability to work with database management
  • Ability to speak to a group of members
  • Ability to conduct accurate research to support grant initiatives
  • Basic knowledge of Social media writing and development
  • Respect and appreciation for volunteers and colleagues

Hours & Compensation:

A flexible schedule of 10-15 hours per week, to be arranged by intern and staff.  Some work can be done independently.  Intern needs to be employed from approximately May 15 – November 15 due to the dates of the event.

 

Organization Background:

WMEAC (West Michigan Environmental Action Council) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1968 that has been active in issues ranging from banning DDT, critical dunes preservation and the Michigan bottle bill, to contemporary issues such as water quality and community sustainability.

To Apply:

Interested persons should submit a resume, cover letter, and application online at wmeac.org/internships.

 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.

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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.