2023 Charlotte Energy Climate Steward


Williams Summer Internship
Job title: Climate Steward
Organization: Charlotte Energy Committee (www.CharlotteEnergy.org)
Location: Charlotte, Vermont
Dates: Flexible, to be determined with intern
Contact: Rebecca Foster, [email protected]
Housing/Transportation: Although we do not have either to offer outright, we commit to
working with a student wishing to live locally to find transportation and suitable low- to no-cost
Application: Apply to the contact with a resume, statement of interest, and any questions
Position Description:
The Town of Charlotte Energy Committee (CEC) is comprised of volunteers who advise and
guide the community and the Selectboard on resiliency in the use and production of energy and
its related climate change implications. The summer intern will support and advance the work of
the volunteers. Anticipated projects include but are not limited to:
• Solarize Charlotte: The CEC is undertaking a town-wide campaign to encourage new
residential solar installation and lay the groundwork for both town-owned and community
solar projects. The intern will coordinate with the CEC, town officials, and solar installers to
assist in extensive outreach and promotion of solar energy and the current opportunities to help
reach the town’s ambitious renewable energy generation goals.
• Transportation/Mobility Study: The CEC has submitted a grant proposal to conduct a public
outreach study into transportation needs, interests, and concerns among townspeople,
businesses, and organizations. With the grant, an extensive public outreach and community
education campaign will begin on July 1. The intern will lend significant support to this work.
• Communications: Development of a communications plan directed toward various
stakeholders, from residents in general to local organizations to members of the town’s
governance, that will enable the CEC to pursue its goals with more support and less friction.
Tasks will include, learning the dynamics of public opinion and communication in this
particular setting, selecting strategies and messages to best communicate the CEC’s goals, and
devising a realistic implementation plan.
The ideal candidate is able to work independently and collaboratively, is a quick learner and
creative problem-solver, is comfortable interviewing local stakeholders, and is excited to play a
crucial role in advancing Vermont’s resiliency by working at a tangible, local level.