City of Berkeley’s Office of Energy & Sustainable Development Fellowship  (Hybrid or Fully Remote Option)

City of Berkeley’s Office of Energy & Sustainable Development Fellowship

 (Hybrid or Fully Remote Option)

 The City of Berkeley Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD) is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Berkeley Climate Action Plan and other climate goals and initiatives. OESD is recruiting for a summer intern to assist with implementation of the Climate Action Plan, with a focus on reducing emissions from existing buildings.

Under supervision of the City’s Sustainability Program Coordinator and in close collaboration with OESD staff, the fellow will focus on a range of tasks related to the Building Emissions Saving Ordinance (BESO) and the expansion of Berkeley’s energy benchmarking requirement. Starting the summer of 2022, all buildings in Berkeley between 15,000 and 25,000 sq ft will be required to disclose annual energy consumption data to the city. The fellow will assist in the program’s expansion; duties include:

Provide technical assistance, customer service, and outreach to building owners and managers, over email and phone

  • Assist the development of new energy benchmark communication tools
  • Review and process energy benchmarks
  • Promote energy efficiency and emission reduction strategies to residents and businesses
  • Database maintenance, updating building information and processing building exemptions
  • Develop online visualization tools
  • Contribute to reports and presentations

Learning Objectives

The fellow will gain exposure to the unique role that local governments play to reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change, with particular emphasis on existing buildings and energy benchmarking. The fellow will gain experience implementing a local energy benchmarking program and learn the suite of US Department of Energy tools to review, collect, and communicate building energy data.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Outstanding written, verbal, and customer service skills
  • Organization and attention to detail
  • Strong ability to prioritize between multiple tasks and to meet deadlines
  • Highly self-directed to research, synthesize and communicate relevant information
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Excel
  • Familiarity with data visualization, Salesforce, or Energy Star Portfolio Manager


5-10 weeks with a flexible start date in June 2022


Hybrid in-office/remote preferred (located at 1947 Center St, Berkeley, CA) or fully remote (must be available during standard weekday working hours, Pacific time)


This is not a paid position. We strongly encourage applicants to apply for funding through Williams Center for Environmental Studies.

 Application Process

Please email a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document to Ammon Reagan at [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.