Sustainability Intern

Job Details

Company Name

City of Eden Prairie


Eden Prairie, MN

Expiration Date

Friday, December 29, 2017

Interest Area

Advocacy/Outreach, Communication, Project Management

Position Type


Position Level

Entry level

Minimum Degree Requirements

High School

Job Posting URL

Position Profile


Status: Part-time/Temporary/Seasonal (PTS) position, non-exempt


Salary: Starts at $14.00 per hour (Depending on Qualifications)


Location: City Center


Duration of Assignment: Position begins in January 2018, 2-5 days per week (negotiable depending on school schedule) through June. Position could be extended into summer or through the end of the year, depending on funding.


Hours: Morning, afternoon and evening shifts between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Evening, weekend and holiday hours may be required. Position will likely average 15-20/hours a week.


Reporting Relationship: Reports to City Manager; receives work direction from the Energy Action Plan team.


Position Details


The Sustainability Intern's Primary Responsibilities Include


The Sustainability Intern's primary role is to support the implementation of the City's Energy Action Plan.


  • Engage community stakeholders to raise awareness about the Energy Action Plan and available programs
  • Conduct targeted outreach to individual businesses and public/nonprofit/service organizations to garner support of stated energy goals and encourage participation in energy-conservation programs
  • Assist in organizing and preparing content for workshops, lunch & learn, and other events for multi-family properties, commercial/industrial users and public/nonprofit/service organizations
  • Assist in development and implementation of community-wide residential energy challenge
  • Assist planning of a behavior change campaign at Eden Prairie Schools
  • Engage local service providers and contractors to share information about available rebate programs, including coordination with other Xcel Energy Partners in Energy communities
  • Participate in bi-weekly check-in calls with City and Xcel Energy Partners in Energy staff

While these areas are the primary focus, we believe strongly in teamwork and employees will be called upon to perform a variety of duties as a part of their role with the City. The Sustainability Intern will collaborate with City Staff from multiple departments and with our Conservation Commission to ensure success of the Energy Action Plan and other Sustainable Eden Prairie initiatives.


Position Requirements


Education: High school diploma required; must be pursuing or have recently completed a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field such as environmental science, sustainability, environmental policy, or similar.


Work Experience: Previous internship experience preferred. Must have experience working independently with minimal supervision in a busy environment.


Technical Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook); data processing skills required. A valid Minnesota Class D Driver's License is required for this position.


City Expectations


All employees are expected to contribute to the success of our organization by demonstrating the shared expectations: Customer Focus, Flexibility, Initiative, Results Orientation, Public Stewardship, and Teamwork.


Position Specific Expectations


Communication: Able to convey a message to get a point across; communicates in a clear and concise manner; able to write clearly and succinctly; tailors message to a variety of communication settings and styles.


Attention to Detail: Able to find errors in work and solve problems; anticipates issues and performs at a high level of accuracy; sets up systems to ensure errors are not repeated.


Accountability: Follows through on commitments; focuses on appropriate tasks throughout the shift; takes responsibilities for actions both as an individual and on behalf of the organization; actions and words are in sync; follows all policies and procedures; maintains confidentiality; is prepared and punctual to all scheduled shifts.


Problem Solving: Uses judgment to solve difficult problems in a timely manner; compares possible options; uses reasoning to explain necessary next steps; looks beyond the obvious; challenges the first answer and seeks alternatives; probes several resources to obtain relevant information.


Pre-employment Process


The City of Eden Prairie conducts professional reference, education and a criminal history check including a driver's license check (must have excellent driving record) for this position. All final candidates must successfully complete and pass the City's evaluation of the pre-employment process before their first day of employment.


Application Process


Please complete an application profile by going to and selecting the employment link at the top of the website.


Application Deadline: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:00pm


Review of Applications: January 2-5, 2018


Interviews: January 8-20, 2018


Expected Start Date: Flexible depending on school schedule