Zero Waste & Litter Intern

City of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

Job Description

This research position would assist in compiling data regarding current rates of disposal, recycling, and donation of waste and identifying new opportunities for diverting waste from landfills.

Specific tasks will include:
Reaching out to local waste hauling, recycling, and donation entities to acquire waste diversion data
Compiling and managing waste diversion data in Microsoft Excel
Calculating the most accurate rates of waste diversion
Providing other data management and analysis in support of the Cabinet’s work
Additional duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Able to work independently on multiple projects with minimal supervision
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), with especially strong Excel skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Comfortable reaching out to local waste and recycling companies to collect data
Ability to work independently and as a part of team in a fast-paced environment
Data management experience
Possess a positive, energetic, and self-starting attitude
Personal commitment to sustainability and the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet’s mission
GIS experience is a plus, but not required


Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (Required)
Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program focusing on data, environmental science/studies, sustainability, policy, or related field (Preferred)

Additional Information

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.


This position will report to the Zero Waste and Litter Director.

Skill Areas

The selected candidate will work with the Zero Waste and Litter Director and staff to help achieve the Cabinet’s goals. Specific learning outcomes will include developing an understanding of City government sustainability programs and how to build a data program for a public amenity on behalf of a municipal agency.

Pay: $13.25

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