Thank you for your interest in working with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition!
CEC relies on board members, volunteers, interns, and workstudy students to accomplish our mission. Read more about opportunities, including basic job descriptions for Communications and Marketing, Policy & Government Relations, Publications/Journalism, Digital Media, Development, Event Coordination, Bookkeeping, Custom.
Board of Directors, Committee Members
The CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2020 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). Our Governance Committee will be hosting informational meet and greets for potential board members March 25, May 28, July 22, September 24, and October 14, 2019. If you are interested and would like more information about these meetings and the board application process, please send an email with your résumé to [email protected]
Internships: volunteer, academic, and workstudy students
Many of our interns volunteer to help with projects, gain experience, and develop professional competencies. We are happy to work with students to accommodate requirements for academic credit. We currently host paid workstudy students from the University of Houston, University of Houston/Downtown, Texas Southern University, Houston Community College, and University of St. Thomas, and are pursuing opportunities with other colleges. In addition to the possibilities listed below, we offer opportunities to participate as committee and board members.
Job Descriptions: Communications and Marketing, Policy & Government Relations, Publications/Journalism, Digital Media, Development, Event Coordination, Business Development & Bookkeeping, Custom
Communications & Marketing Intern
Work on a variety of communications projects. technical writing, and publications depending on skills and interests of student. Projects might include constituent relationship management, website development, web content development, graphic design, newsletter article writing, enewsletter production, letter writing, administration of verbal surveys and focus groups, etc.
Policy & Government Relations
Local, state, and national governments have a great deal of influence on the environment and environmental policy. Unfortunately, it is often difficult for nonprofits—especially small nonprofits—to keep tabs on all relevant activity. The Government Relations Intern’s job will be to track the environmental activities of one or more governing or administrative agencies and provide reports of both actions and opportunities to provide input. Analysis is needed at all levels: national, state, region, county, city, and special districts, among others. The intern will communicate the activities of the government agency with reports such as fact sheets, results of votes, progress of bills through legislature, etc.
The Publications and Journalism intern will have the opportunity to help with CEC publications, including its weekly newsletter, the Environmental Resource Guide, a State of the Environment Report, and an annual report. Tasks might include drafting content for any of these publications, researching topics for articles in the newsletter and Sate of the Environment Report, identifying and managing guest contributors for the publications, working with digital and print publishers, working with a professional editor, writing and sending press releases, and tracking environmental stories in local media sources.
The internship will provide exposure to various aspects of marketing and digital media including but not limited to communications strategy development, social media, email marketing, digital graphics, video and photography, websites, and marketing material design and production.
The development intern will help develop and implement a fundraising plan, with a focus on support from individuals, corporate sponsorships, and foundation grants.
In general, the student will coordinate events on behalf of the CEC, including the following events:
- Earth Day Houston in April
- Greater Houston Environmental Summit in August
- Houston Green Films, including the monthly Houston Green Film Series, the Wild About Houston Green Film Festival in October, and Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour in January
Bookkeeping & Business Development
While the CEC works with professional bookkeepers and accountants, the CEC can provide volunteers with opportunities to learn about nonprofit accounting, including bookkeeping, reporting, budgeting, and preparing taxes and periodic reports.
Custom Internship Opportunities
The CEC is happy to work with interns to develop a custom internship to meet academic or professional goals. We are also willing to consult with students to refer them to opportunities with other environmental organizations in the region.
If you are an established volunteer and wish to track your hours, please visit trackitforward.com.
Our Volunteer Handbooks and Policy Manual (PDF) is available for reference by volunteers, and potential volunteers.
If you are with a nonprofit organization and are interested in adapting the Manual for your use, that’s great! Send an email to [email protected] and we’ll send an editable version to you.