Clean Energy Outreach Intern

Internship — posted December 20, 2013

The Sierra Club’s North Star Chapter seeks a Clean Energy Intern.

Minnesota is on the road to a clean energy future. Our state is on track to get 25% of our energy from renewable energy by 2025, and this year Minnesota established a solar energy standard along with measures promoting community solar gardens and making solar energy cheaper and more accessible for consumers that will mean 35 times more solar in 2020 than today. Increasing wind, solar and energy efficiency helps protect our climate, our health, and our economy while creating good paying jobs in our state.

However, our work is not done! The majority of Minnesota’s electricity still comes from burning coal, polluting our air and water and sending billions of dollars out of state. We need to continue down the path of replacing our old, dirty coal plants with clean energy.

This year, Xcel Energy is looking at the future of its Sherco coal plant, Minnesota’s largest polluter of greenhouse gases and other air pollution. We need to urge Xcel to invest in clean energy instead of spending millions on an old coal plant to ensure cleaner air to breathe, cleaner water to drink, and a healthy great outdoors for the next generation.

This internship will involve outreach to Sierra Club supporters, community organizations and the general public to call on Xcel and Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission to replace coal with clean energy. Activities will include research, mobilization, getting petitions signed, and coordinating events, in an effort to engage the public and influence decision-makers to move beyond coal and towards clean energy solutions.


  • Develop and implement grassroots strategies to recruit new volunteers, generate public comments, and demonstrate support for moving beyond coal to clean energy
  • Coordinate monthly Beyond Coal campaign events
  • Recruit volunteers and event attendees through e-mails, calls and mailings
  • Track information in the Sierra Club database (training provided.)
  • Other responsibilities to be arranged with supervisor based on intern interest

Required Skills:

  • Interest in environmental issues and grassroots activism
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with staff and volunteers
  • Commitment of 10 or more hours per week. Hours flexible

For more information or to apply, contact:
Jessica Tritsch, Senior Organizing Representative, Beyond Coal Campaign
612-659-9124 (p), .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer