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Policy Intern for Ocean Advocacy

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Clean Ocean Action | Long Branch, NJ
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Clean Ocean Action


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Published 12 days ago

$750 per month, if working full time
The internship can be part time or full time. Office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday–Friday. However, advocacy work is often longer and applicant should be available for meetings/events on weekends and evenings.

This internship position with Clean Ocean Action (COA) is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience in marine policy research and programs. The intern will become an integral part of the COA staff, help develop strategies, and participate in field activities. Water quality and offshore protection are two key focuses of COA’s work. The Policy Intern will be at the forefront of this work through advocating for the most protective standards available to ensure healthy water for citizens and ecosystems.

The main purpose and strategic role of the Policy Intern is to assist the Policy Attorney and Executive Director in achieving Clean Ocean Action’s mission “to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters off the New Jersey/New York coast.” Specific program areas include: (1) Offshore Wind Development, (2) Stormwater Management, (3) Municipal Blue Star Program, and (4) Plastic Pollution Reductions/Improved Recycling.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assist in evaluating applications for the Municipal Blue Star Program.
  • Assist in outreach and grassroots campaigning for COA priority projects.
  • Draft summaries of reports and proposed projects/legislations for Policy Attorney.
  • Assist in the review of offshore wind project permits and in the development of policy recommendations for the development of offshore wind to federal and state agencies.
  • Attend tabling events on behalf of Clean Ocean Action.
  • Develop fact sheets and talking points for public hearings and events.

By the end of the internship, the Policy Intern will have participated in a rewarding summer helping to reduce marine pollution by working as a team. Accomplishments will include:

  • Successful evaluation and award of Blue Star Certification to qualified municipalities.
  • Development of clear, accurate, motivating, and visually appealing factsheets, memorandum and policy briefs.
  • Documented, successful outreach efforts for COA policy priorities, such as the NESE Pipeline and Offshore Wind.
  • Engagement and education of the public on key issues facing marine and coastal environments.
  • Learning to navigate federal and state regulatory systems.

General Program Coordination

·        Represent COA in a positive, professional and friendly manner

·        Maintain focus and message on pollution prevention

·        Stay conversant and current on COA priorities and programs

·        Update relevant COA materials, fact sheets, and write monthly newsletter articles

·        Be flexible to help on any project at any time, as needed

Time and Location Requirements

The summer internship can be part time or full time (dependent on applicant’s availability) and is located at COA’s office in Long Branch, NJ. It is essential to the success of the program and the overall internship that the applicant lives within close proximity to the office. No housing or transportation is provided. Office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday. However, advocacy work is often longer and applicant should be available for meetings/events on weekends and evenings.

Business casual attire is expected and can vary depending on activities. Monthly stipend and travel expenses (excluding commuting) are paid. College credit (arranged by the student with the university/college) is available. Start date is as early in May as possible and end date is as late in August as possible.

Interested applicants should demonstrate enthusiasm and basic knowledge of environmental issues, organizational and communication skills, creativity, and willingness to work hard, as well as live within close proximity to the COA office. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

This internship position with Clean Ocean Action (COA) is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience in marine policy research and programs. The intern will become an integral part of the COA staff, help develop strategies, and…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Academic Credits
  • Paid

Benefits

About COA

Clean Ocean Action is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to protecting marine water quality in the New York Bight (those waters between Montauk Point, NY, and Cape May, NJ, and to the continental shelf). COA is a broad-based coalition of over 115 active boating, business, community, conservation, diving, environmental, fishing, religious, service, student, surfing, and women’s groups. COA identifies sources of pollution and takes actions to stop them using research, education, and citizen action. For more information about COA visit www.cleanoceanaction.org.

About COA

Clean Ocean Action is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to protecting marine water quality in the New York Bight (those waters between Montauk Point, NY, and Cape…

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of 3 references with affiliations and contact information to: business@cleanoceanaction.org with “Policy Internship_ YOUR NAME” as the subject line. 

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of 3 references with affiliations and contact information to: business@cleanoceanaction.org with “Policy…

Location

49 Avenel Boulevard, Long Branch, NJ 07740

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