2023 Energy & Environment Intern: Bennington County Regional Commission

The Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC) seeks a motivated, hard-working individual who is interested in energy and the environment for a summer intern position supported by the Williams College CES intern program. BCRC is a regional planning commission that serves seventeen municipalities in the Bennington County region of Southwestern Vermont.

The intern will primarily work on three projects related to energy, the environment, and sustainable transportation. The specific projects are detailed below:

Bennington Bicycle Parking Project

The intern will assist with getting bicycle parking installed at key commercial and public locations in Bennington. Tasks include:

  • Researching bike parking best practices
  • Approaching property managers about installing bike parking
  • Researching grant opportunities for bike parking and assisting with grant applications
  • Identifying bike parking suppliers

Municipal Energy Resilience Program

The intern will assist with outreach and education about the new statewide Municipal Energy Resilience Program which was designed to help Vermont municipalities improve the energy efficiency of town buildings. The intern will assist with data collection and help towns apply for and implement $4,000 “mini-grants” to educate residents about energy efficiency and resiliency.

Culvert Inventory

The intern will work with BCRC’s Environmental Planner to do an inventory of culverts in Bennington County using a data collection app. The Environmental Planner will identify participating towns, develop a schedule, and train the intern on use of the data collection app and conducting the inventory.

The successful candidate will have strong research, and writing skills and be comfortable with self-directed work. GIS skills a plus.

The position is full time (35 hours/week) for eight weeks beginning in mid-June. Work can be done remotely, in-person at the BCRC office in Bennington, or hybrid depending on the intern’s preference, although some tasks will require in-person work. Housing is not currently available, though Williams College campus housing may be available subject to confirmation by the intern. Funding is dependent upon Williams College CES funding availability. If the intern wishes to work out of the Bennington office, and is based out of Williamstown without a vehicle, transportation between Williamstown and Bennington is available through the Green Mountain Express. The intern will have use of BCRC’s company vehicle for any business-related travel.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Callie Fishburn at [email protected]. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and the position will be open until filled.