Job Details

City of San Jose
  • Position Number: 5134558
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry

We are hiring a Climate Smart Intern!

LOCATION: San José City Hall 200 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113.

TERM OF ASSIGNMENT: June 2024 to approximately June 2025

HOURS PER WEEK: Up to 20 hours per week during the school year and up to 35-40 hours per week during school breaks. Occasional evening/weekend hours may be needed. (part-time)


Undergraduate Salary Range is $14.58 - $20.83/hr. part-time and unbenefited.

Graduate Salary Range is $18.87 - $27.87/hr. part-time and unbenefited.

These Salary Ranges include an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable pay. Actual salary shall be determined by the final candidates' qualifications and experience.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, April 15, 2024, at 11:59 P.M.

About the Internship

The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business. Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region. The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration.

The Environmental Services Department's (ESD) Climate Smart division was adopted by the San José City Council in 2018. Climate Smart lays out how the City of San José is doing its part to address climate change. It's a community wide initiative to reduce air pollution, save water, and improve quality of life.

The Climate Smart Team is seeking one (1) undergraduate or graduate student intern to help support many of the sustainability focused projects undertaken by the City of San José. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Building Performance Ordinance Support: monitoring and responding to communications from customers, evaluating participation and compliance of covered buildings, updating, and developing educational collateral and training documents, data entry and management through spreadsheets and the program's Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System, assessing the program and making suggestions for improvement/streamlining of procedures.

  • Community Engagement and Outreach Support: staffing events and/or tables at community sites (e.g., libraries or community centers) to promote City programs and available incentives (e.g., DIY toolkit, induction cooktops, GoGreen Teams, rebates, the Accelerator program).

  • Data Compilation & Analysis: in support of City initiatives including the communitywide greenhouse gas inventory and American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) reporting.

  • Desktop and Field Research, which may include:

    • Conducting research and gathering data to support Climate Smart initiative evaluation, process improvements, and/or policy development.

    • Traveling in-person to neighborhoods and/or buildings to gather detailed building inventory and equipment data to inform the City's Climate Smart outreach and programming.

    • Conducting interviews with various community members (e.g., residents, community-based organizations, contractors) to inform future programming and outreach needs.

  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated interest in environmental work either through their major, classes taken, or extracurricular activities.

  • This position is anticipated to work in a hybrid telework schedule - working remotely and onsite at San Jose City Hall. This work schedule can change based on supervisory approval and/or City policy.

Minimum Qualifications

Undergraduate: Current enrollment in an accredited college or university in an undergraduate program.

Graduate: Completion of a Bachelor's Degree and current enrollment in a Master's Degree program from an accredited college or university.

Experience: None.

Licenses & Certificates: Possession of a valid driver's license authorizing the operation of a motor vehicle in the State of California may be required for some positions.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

How to Apply

To be considered for this internship, please follow the instructions below by 11:59pm on Monday, April 15, 2024.

  • Email:

  • Subject Line: "Climate Smart Internship"

  • Body:

    • Attach your updated resume.

    • Include responses to the following questions in the body of the email:

  1. Are you currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program? If yes, what accredited college or university are you enrolled in?

  2. Students must remain enrolled for the duration of the assignment (June 2024 to approximately June 2025). What is your anticipated graduation date?

  3. What is your area of study (Major/Minor)?

  4. Are you able to work onsite at San José City Hall located at 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113?

  5. Do you have a valid California driver's license authorizing the operation of a motor vehicle?

  6. Describe a school or work-related project where you conducted any of the following: community engagement, research, and/or data analysis.

  7. Describe your interest in environmental work and provide examples of when you completed environmental work in school or at work.

You must complete the steps above to be considered or your submission may be deemed incomplete.

If you have questions about the position, please contact

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