Jobs & Internships

2020 Energy Code Instructors and Speakers

The 2020 Energy Code will go into effect on March 1, 2020. Urban Green is seeking passionate and qualified speakers and instructors who are interested in sharing their knowledge and advancing the industry towards a more sustainable future. 

Since 2010, Urban Green Council’s Energy Code courses have reached more than 6700 design professionals representing over 1700 organizations in a range of market sectors. Starting in 2020, we will launch three new courses to further increase awareness and improve code compliance. 

These courses will be marketed to architects, engineers, code enforcement officials, contractors, construction managers, and design students throughout New York State, and all offer CE credits. 

COURSES:
Our new courses are based on the 2020 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (NYSECCC), the 2020 NYStretch Energy Code, and ASHRAE 90.1 (2016): 

Full-Day Courses (8 hours; to be offered by qualified instructors)
These full-day courses demystify the Energy Code. Our curriculum uses innovative approaches to engage students, including a mix of media and hands-on activities and demonstrations. The program is more dynamic than a typical PowerPoint lecture-style presentation and focuses on active ways that industry professionals can incorporate the energy code into their practice. 

  • Crushing the Stretch Code: Commercial and residential versions will be offered in New York City and select downstate locations.
  • Crushing the Code (ECCCNYS): Commercial and residential versions will be offered throughout New York State

What’s New in the Code (90-minute sessions; to be offered by qualified speakers)
These short courses will explain the major updates in the new Stretch Code and how the energy code fits in the context of NYC’s Local Law 97. Speakers will present to groups ranging from 15-100 attendees. Presentations will take place in the New York City metro region. 

  • Technical version for architects and engineers
  • General version for industry stakeholders

QUALIFICATIONS:
All speakers and/or instructors must meet the following criteria:

  • Prior experience delivering presentations to high-level audiences
  • At least 7 years experience in architecture, engineering, contracting, code enforcement or sustainability consultancy, with experience with commercial and/or residential buildings that exceed energy code requirements
  • A passion for sustainability, knowledge of green building practices, and willingness to further your expertise in the field of sustainability
  • Familiarity with energy codes
  • A commitment to mastering the presentation, preparing for classes, and continually improving the training experience for Energy Code students
  • Proficiency with standard Microsoft Office and Google products (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, Google Slides)
  • A recommendation from an appropriate individual familiar with your presentation skills
  • Ability to travel within designated region
  • Note: speakers selected for the 90-minute sessions are allowed to mention their firm at the beginning of the presentation, and hand out their business cards at the end. They may also identify groups or firms that they think should receive the presentation. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:
All speakers and/or instructors will be responsible for:

  • Creating an engaging and dynamic experience for participants 
  • Teaching approved curriculum materials, including course slides and customized classroom exercises as applicable
  • Delivering full training in line with established training standards
  • Motivating students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process and responding to questions throughout the duration of the course
  • Providing feedback to Urban Green about any classroom events that may require immediate action 
  • Check-in all students who attend and ensure they complete the course evaluation

Please note speakers serve on a provisional basis until speaking ability and familiarity with the presentation are confirmed by observation and feedback.

TRAINING SESSIONS:
Speakers and instructors must attend an instructor training session and receive certification from Urban Green Council in order to qualify for these positions. Attendance at an instructor training session does not guarantee selection.

HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, fill out the application form available at this link (https://bit.ly/2KmnvBq). You will need to provide a short cover letter, resume and a reference. 

COMPENSATION:
Instructors will be compensated at a competitive hourly rate for the daylong code training. Speakers delivering the 90-minute sessions will receive a flat fee per session.

GPRO O&M INSTRUCTORS

Are you an experienced building operations professional? Are you passionate about reducing energy use in buildings and addressing climate change head-on? Then becoming a GPRO Operations & Maintenance Instructor could be a great fit.

Using Urban Green’s proven curriculum and training materials, GPRO instructors help operations staff think differently about their day-to-day work, with the goal of making buildings healthier and more sustainable for tenants and building staff. These are part-time contractor positions paid on a per-class basis.

About the Course
GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials provides building operations professionals with strategies to reduce energy use while improving tenant comfort and health. Students leave with immediately actionable measures and the next steps needed to implement them. Participants also learn how to take a systemic approach to operating and maintaining buildings and how to evaluate building performance in the process. The course is designed for current building operations staff who need to bridge the “green gap” between conventional and sustainable, high-performance operations practices.

INSTRUCTOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Create an engaging and dynamic classroom experience
  • Teach material from approved curriculum, including course PowerPoint slides, workbooks, and customized classroom exercises
  • Prepare for, and deliver, GPRO O&M training in line with established training standards while being mindful of different learning styles, making adjustments when needed
  • Motivate students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process and answer questions throughout the course
  • Debrief with Urban Green following each course to provide feedback on training sessions
  • Participate in annual instructor recertification webinars to stay up-to-date with curriculum
  • Stay current and continually improve knowledge and understanding of the field
  • Prepare and submit required documentation following courses, including, but not limited to, sign-in sheets and student evaluations

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Five years minimum professional and practical experience working in building operations and maintenance or equivalent. Relevant jobs include: building superintendents, operators, facilties and property managers, operating engineers, and stationary engineers. 
  • A passion for sustainability, knowledge of high-performance building practices, and willingness to learn more about the latest sustainability trends
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and a sensitivity to student needs and interests
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Proactive, diligent, flexible, enthusiastic and creative
  • Detail-oriented and able to work independently
  • Able to teach using ample real-world experience
  • Available to work Monday-Friday during business hours
  • Able to travel throughout NYC to teach, and ideally north of NYC as required from time to time
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google products (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel; Google Slides)

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience as a trainer or in presenting technical information in a group setting
  • Experience teaching adults

 

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter in a single PDF to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org.

If your application is selected, you will be required to participate in GPRO O&M Instructor Training at no cost to you, but not paid. You must first pass the Instructor Training in order to become certified. This is a part-time contractor position that is available based on Urban Green’s training needs.

About GPRO
GPRO is a comprehensive national training and certificate program that teaches the people who maintain, build, and renovate buildings the principles of sustainability combined with job-specific high-performance construction knowledge. Since its inception in 2010, over 14,000 building operators and tradespeople across the country have become GPRO Certificate Holders. www.gpro.org

About Urban Green
Urban Green’s mission is to transform buildings for a sustainable future in New York City and around the world. We help develop cutting-edge policy, we educate a broad range of professionals, and we research solutions that drive policy and best practices nationally and globally. By working with both the public and private sectors, we leverage our effectiveness. www.urbangreencouncil.org.

Education Program Intern: Spring 2020

Urban Green Council, a non-profit organization working to advance sustainability in the urban built environment, has an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual passionate about contributing to the growing green building movement. 

Urban Green is seeking an Education Program Intern to assist with administration, outreach, and delivery for its flagship education program, Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO). GPRO is a national certificate program that teaches tradespeople about high performance building. For more information, please visit gpro.org. Candidates should be able to take on multiple projects and work independently with flexibility, enthusiasm, and good humor.                                                                                     

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Organize and maintain data, including entry, auditing, and reporting
  • Help with course delivery mailings and exam grading
  • Respond to student inquiries in a professional and timely manner
  • Draft and design marketing materials with the help of the Communications Department
  • Assist with outreach and social media content creation
  • Aid with curriculum development and/or administrative tasks as needed

Required Qualifications/Skills:

  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Proactive with a strong work ethic
  • Strong attention to detail; design experience is a plus
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • MUST be currently enrolled in a degree program (graduate or undergraduate); environmental or building-related field of study preferred

Additional Skills (optional but preferred):

  • Familiarity with the Adobe design suite
  • Competence in HTML
  • Familiarity with CRM Software (Salesforce preferred)

Compensation
Interns are expected to work approximately 20 hours a week and are paid a stipend of $400 per month. All Urban Green interns are extended complimentary invitations to Urban Green educational programs and events. They will also receive a one-year Urban Green membership upon completion of their internship. 

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter as a single PDF titled “Education Program Intern_[Name]” with “Education Program Intern - [Name]” in the subject line to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org. Please tell us where you found our posting in your cover letter. Interns must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Operations Intern: Spring 2020

Urban Green Council is an environmental non-profit dedicated to transforming buildings for a sustainable future in New York City and around the world. We focus our efforts to improve the energy efficiency of buildings because we believe the critical issue facing the world today is climate change.

The Operations Intern supports the core business functions of the organization by assisting  with projects in the areas of HR, Finance, IT, and Office Management. Candidates should be able to take on multiple projects and work independently with flexibility, enthusiasm, and good humor.                                                                                                          

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support finance processes such as expense reporting and invoicing
  • Assist with internal IT initiatives including staff education, computer maintenance, and upgrade planning
  • Help to maintain our donor database (Salesforce)
  • Support the recruitment of staff and interns by assisting with job postings and university outreach, as well as attending external recruitment events  
  • Conduct research on best operational practices and propose ways to improve upon existing processes
  • Assist with various office management tasks 
  • Help coordinate logistics of internal meetings and events
  • Assist with special projects as needed

Required Qualifications/Skills:

  • Currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Interest in green building and environmental issues
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Proactive with a strong work ethic
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Proficiency in Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides)

Additional Skills (optional but preferred):

  • Interest in organizational operations
  • Experience in an administrative role
  • Familiarity with CRM Software (Salesforce preferred)

Compensation:

Interns are expected to work approximately 15-20 hours a week and are paid a stipend of $400 per month. All Urban Green interns are extended complimentary invitations to Urban Green educational programs and events. They will also receive a one-year Urban Green membership upon completion of their internship.

How to Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter as a single PDF titled “Operations Internship_[LastName]” with “Operations Internship - [LastName]” in the subject line. Please tell us where you found our posting in your cover letter. Interns must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Policy Intern: Spring 2020

Urban Green Council is seeking a proficient and determined part-time Policy Intern for the spring semester. In this role, you will help the Policy team tackle NYC’s most pressing green building, energy efficiency and climate change challenges.

Urban Green is NYCʼs go-to nonprofit for sustainable building policy. We recently convened the 80x50 Buildings Partnership and released the Blueprint for Efficiency, which shaped many aspects of the city’s major new building emissions law. We’ve also twice managed blue ribbon commissions for the city on green codes and building resiliency.

As Policy Intern, you will support our policy development and advocacy, including our efforts to advance building electrification in NYC’s multifamily buildings and to help shape an energy efficiency or carbon credit trading program for buildings. Your tasks will include research and writing, data analysis, and supporting meetings and presentations. The successful candidate will be able to balance multiple projects and work independently with enthusiasm, creativity, and attention to detail. The position will provide exposure to leading thinking in urban sustainability and the opportunity to positively impact the future of New York City.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research and analyze issues affecting Urban Green’s policy initiatives, including building retrofits, building electrification and carbon trading
  • Conduct literature reviews and write summaries/policy memos
  • Draft presentations, issue briefs and meeting minutes
  • Examine raw data and perform spreadsheet analyses
  • Communicate findings simply and effectively
  • Perform administrative tasks as required

Required Qualifications/Skills

  • Master’s degree (in process) or Bachelor’s Degree (last two years of study), with environmental, law/policy or building-related focus preferred
  • Strong interest in and understanding of green building, energy efficiency, climate change and urban environmental issues
  • Diligent, detail-oriented and proactive
  • Excellent communication, writing, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Able to work independently on multiple tasks
  • Proficient with MS Office including Excel

Additional Skills (optional but preferred):

  • Background in public policy, real estate, architecture or engineering
  • Experience with law, policy analysis, statistics and data management

Compensation:

Interns are expected to work approximately 20 hours a week and are paid a stipend of $400 per month. All Urban Green interns are extended complimentary invitations to Urban Green educational programs and events. They will also receive a one-year Urban Green membership upon completion of their internship. 

How to Apply:

Please email your resume, cover letter and a writing sample (2 to 5 pages) in a single PDF document titled “PolicyIntern_[Your Name] with “Policy Internship – [Your Name]” in the subject line to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org. Please list your availability in your cover letter. Please tell us where you found our posting in your cover letter. Interns must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Programs Intern: Spring 2020

Urban Green Council has an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic student­ who is passionate about contributing to the growing green building movement.

Working directly with the Programs Department, the Programs Intern will assist with administration and outreach for Urban Green’s educational events. This position offers the unique opportunity to learn from leaders across the green building industry while executing interesting and timely educational programs. Candidates should be able to take on multiple projects and work independently with flexibility, enthusiasm, and good humor.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with logistical planning and administrative tasks for public educational programs
  • Provide on-site assistance during events (attendance at majority of evening and early morning events is expected- approximately 3 per month)
  • Assist with registering programs for continuing education credit
  • Assist with processing continuing education credit requests and coordinate certificate mailings
  • Assist with tracking program statistics and assist in attendee data entry
  • Assist in the drafting of webpage content to promote events

Required Qualifications/Skills:

  • Interest in and understanding of green building and environmental issues
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Proactive and detail-oriented with a strong work ethic
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Enrolled in a degree granting program
  • Ability to supply your own laptop

Additional Skills (optional but preferred):

  • Background in architecture, design, engineering or construction
  • Familiarity with CRM Software (Salesforce preferred)

Compensation:

Interns are expected to work approximately 20 hours a week and are paid a stipend of $400 per month. All Urban Green interns are extended complimentary invitations to Urban Green educational programs and events. They will also receive a one-year Urban Green membership upon completion of their internship. 

How to Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter as a single PDF titled “PublicProgramsIntern_[Name]” with “Public Programs Internship - [Name]” in the subject line to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org. Please list your availability in your cover letter. Please tell us where you found our posting in your cover letter. Interns must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Research Intern: Spring 2020

Urban Green Council is seeking a self-motivated and highly capable, part-time or full-time Research Intern for the spring to help the Research Department tackle climate change by driving green building progress in New York. Urban Green Council is working at the front-edge of building sustainability and energy efficiency research in New York City. We are focused on re-envisioning sustainability in NYC to develop the energy efficiency research needed to dramatically cut carbon emissions now.

Urban Green’s Research Department helps shape industry and government policy by framing discourse on essential elements of deep carbon reduction and other key green building issues. Examples include our reports Demystifying Steam and the annual NYC Energy and Water Use Report on LL84 and LL87.

The Research Intern will support the Research Department’s ongoing projects with tasks related to report production, data analysis and visualization and administrative and communications support. Candidates should be able to take on multiple projects and work independently with flexibility, enthusiasm, and creativity. The position will provide broad exposure to leading thinking in urban sustainability and the opportunity to positively impact the future of New York City.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research and analyze issues related to Urban Green’s research initiatives, including energy benchmarking, energy retrofits, building electrification and indoor air quality.
  • Examine raw data and perform spreadsheet analysis.
  • Attend meetings and take notes to distill key takeaways.
  • Communicate ideas simply and effectively.
  • Perform administrative tasks as required.
  • Volunteer at Urban Green events. 

Required Qualifications/Skills:

  • Master’s Degree (in process) or Bachelor’s Degree (in last two years of study); technical fields of study preferred.
  • Strong interest in and understanding of green building, energy efficiency, climate change and environmental issues.
  • Proactive with a strong work ethic.
  •  Detail-oriented, able to work independently on multiple tasks.
  • Proficient with MS Office, with an emphasis on Excel. 

Additional Skills (optional but preferred):

  • Background in architecture, economics, engineering or construction
  • Experience with research, analysis, statistics, and data management (in R or Python) 

Compensation:

Interns are expected to work approximately 20 hours a week and are paid a stipend of $400 per month. All Urban Green interns are extended complimentary invitations to Urban Green educational programs and events. They will also receive a one-year Urban Green membership upon completion of their internship. 

How to Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter as a single PDF titled “ResearchIntern_[Your Name]” with “Research Internship - [Your Name]” in the subject line to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org. Please provide your availability in your cover letter. Please tell us where you found our posting in your cover letter. Interns must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. 

Social Media and Marketing Intern: Spring 2020

Urban Green Council has an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about contributing to the green building movement in New York City.

The Social Media and Marketing Intern will assist with communications and design projects as part of Urban Green’s external relations. Candidates should be able to take on multiple projects and work independently with flexibility, enthusiasm and good humor.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Curate content for social media and the Urban Green website.
  • Provide minor updates and maintenance to the Urban Green website.
  • Assist with graphic design projects.
  • Assist with web analytics and tracking.
  • Work on special projects as required.

Required Qualifications/Skills:

  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Currently enrolled in a degree program (graduate or undergraduate); communications, marketing, design and/or environmental field of study preferred.
  • Interest in and understanding of green building and environmental issues.
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Proactive with a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Additional Skills (optional but preferred):

  • Background in communications or fundraising.
  • Advanced Proficiency in Adobe Suites (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)
  • Experience with HTML.
  • Familiarity with Hootsuite.

Compensation:

Interns are expected to work approximately 20 hours a week and are paid a stipend of $400 per month. All Urban Green interns are extended complimentary invitations to Urban Green educational programs and events. They will also receive a one-year Urban Green membership upon completion of their internship. 

How to Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter as a single PDF titled “Social Media and Marketing Intern_[Name]” with “Social Media and Marketing Internship - [Name]” in the subject line to jobs@urbangreencouncil.org. Please tell us where you found our posting in your cover letter. Interns must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program.