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At Center for Sustainable Economy, we seek talented individuals from diverse backgrounds to assist us with implementation of our core initiatives as well as expert support we provide to our partners. At this moment, we are offering two paid part-time internships in the summer of 2020. (Inquire with us if you are interested in an unpaid summer internship.) For all of these positions, if you apply, we ask that you PLEASE fill out this anonymous survey so we can determine whether we are meeting our targets of getting as diverse a pool of applicants as possible.


Campaign Manager

Wild and Working Forests Program

Status: Full time

Location: Portland, Oregon

Duration: Through May 31st, 2021 with the potential for renewal.

Salary: Salary $42,000 – $52,000 depending on benefit structure with opportunities to increase base pay as new funding is secured.

Benefits: Option for group health premium covered 100% by CSE. A retirement match of 3% is also available. Generous leave and work-at-home policies.

Title: Campaign Manager, Wild and Working Forests program

How to apply: Send email with attached letter of interest, CV or resume and writing sample to info@sustainable-economy.org no later than April 15th, 2020.

 About Center for Sustainable Economy

The Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE) is an environmental economics think tank based in Portland, Oregon. We work at the international, national, state and local levels to innovate and advance policies to expedite the transition to a sustainable society based on thriving native ecosystems, equitable distribution of wealth and opportunity, and governments free from the corrupting influence of large corporations.

About our Wild and Working Forests program

Our Wild and Working Forests program seeks protection and restoration of forests on public lands as forest carbon reserves and refugia for imperiled plants, fish and wildlife. Commercial resource extraction on these lands is incompatible with climate and biodiversity goals and must be phased out. On privately managed forestlands, we seek a rapid transition to climate smart forest practices to replace harmful corporate practices such as clearcutting, short rotation tree plantations, and spraying of toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. These practices are the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in many forested regions and are making the land more vulnerable to climate change by amplifying the threats associated with wildfires, droughts, storms, insects, disease, water shortages and harmful algae blooms.  Forests are nature’s most important natural solution to climate change, but only if well managed. Our goals for public and private forestlands are specifically tailored to achieving this end.

Position summary

 CSE is hiring a Campaign Manager for the Wild and Working Forests program to provide a mix of organizing, managerial, advocacy and research support for several existing projects at the national, state and local levels. The Campaign Manager will report to the Director of the Wild and Working Forest Program.

At the national level, the Campaign Manager will help in managing the Forest Carbon Coalition, an alliance of conservation and scientific organizations developing a forest carbon agenda for the next president and Congress. At the state level, the Campaign Manager will assist with community organizing to build public support for policies to expedite the transition to climate smart forest practices on private forestlands. The changes we seek include modernizing state forest practices laws and rules, reform of corporate land ownership laws, rescinding and redirecting environmentally harmful subsidies, and implementing ‘polluter pays’ policies to secure funds for ecological restoration of damaged lands and watersheds. Oregon, Washington, and North Carolina are states where we are currently most active.

The Campaign Manager will also help with forest defense, in particular, preparing and filing administrative-level challenges to harmful logging projects and land and resource management plans proposed by federal, state, and local public agencies. The bulk of forest defense work will be carried out in the Pacific Northwest.


  • Work with the Wild and Working Forests Program Director and other CSE staff to develop a strategic three-year plan for the program. Areas of emphasis will be legislation, administrative and legal advocacy, community organizing, media, fundraising, partnerships, research and publications.
  • Recruit new member organizations to the Forest Carbon Coalition (FCC). We seek a membership balanced across all US forested regions.
  • Engage existing FCC members. This will require developing and implementing a regular cycle of contacts with each organization and working with these organizations to identify how FCC can be of most help in addressing forest carbon issues in their regions. This will also include working with our Congressional Liaison in Washington, DC to coordinate outreach to members of Congress as needed.
  • Maintain and build out the FCC website. This will include regular blog posts, resources for members, and syntheses of key scientific publications.
  • Within Oregon and Washington, help plan and conduct community meetings to build support for legislative campaigns on corporate land reform, subsidy reform, polluter pays and whole watershed protection.
  • Within Oregon and Washington, prepare comments and administrative-level appeals and challenges to harmful logging proposals and other projects that will significantly degrade forest ecosystems.
  • Within Oregon and Washington, participate in formal decision-making processes affecting forests such as land use and forest plans as well as federal, state, and local rulemaking.
  • Provide research support for publications. These range from simple fact sheets for partners and the general public to co-authorship of submissions to peer reviewed journals.
  • Organize and participate in meetings with elected officials at the federal, state, county and city levels to discuss forest policy options.
  • Public speaking at community events.
  • Write op-eds, engage in social media outreach.
  • Oversee interns.

Desired qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Pacific Northwest forest ecosystems and threats posed by logging, road building, chemical sprays and short rotation timber plantations. If relevant, applicants should call attention to any research or advocacy projects they have completed that demonstrate ability to put this knowledge into action.
  • Basic understanding of natural forest carbon cycles and the impacts of industrial forest practices on greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration, carbon storage and resiliency to climate change.
  • Experience with organizing and managing coalitions of non-profits and other stakeholders including use of online tools and social media.
  • Basic understanding of the laws and regulations pertaining to management of forest ecosystems on federal, state, and private lands.
  • Experience with advocacy for environmental policy including legislation or administrative-level actions by relevant agencies.
  • Experience with administrative and/or legal challenges to projects that jeopardize forest ecosystems.
  • Knowledge of tribal rights and treaties as they relate to fisheries and forest ecosystems.
  • Excellent writing and research skills.
  • Excellent oral presentation skills, including use of Powerpoint.

CSE is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Applicants with lived experiences of climate and environmental injustices, such as people who identify as Black or African American, Native American or Indigenous, Immigrants or refugees, trans and gender nonconforming people, people experiencing houselessness, people from working-class backgrounds, and women are all encouraged to apply.


Position Title: Legal internship

Date Posted: Nov. 1, 2019

Application Deadline: open until filled

Start and End Hours Compensation
10-14 weeks during the summer 2020 depending on specific availability ~20-25 hours per week (project-based) $1,500 / Month

Position Description: In 2020, the Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE) is hiring up to three legal intern positions to support the Staff Attorney, Nicholas Caleb. The positions will be offered for Summer 2020, but opportunities to work during school semesters are available under the right circumstances.

The legal intern /externs will directly support CSE’s Staff Attorney in campaigns such as an Oregon Green New Deal, opposing the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export project, re-instating Portland’s Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments, pioneering a Fossil Fuel Risk Bond program for Multnomah County, and more. Internships are expected to be full time and the work can be done remotely or in our office in Portland, Oregon. Caleb supervises the interns, providing them with legal and policy research projects and holding regular meetings to review and discuss their work. In addition, interns will be invited to meet with decision makers and coalition partners when opportunities arise, providing important networking experiences and opportunities for meaningful contributions to ongoing campaigns.

Compensation: $1500 per month; CSE is willing to support law students in securing additional funding or academic credit for their work.

The Center for Sustainable Economy is a Portland, Oregon based non-profit organization that works with partners to accelerate the transition to a just and sustainable society. CSE is member of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance and works in coalition with grassroots organizations and advocates across the United States. CSE straddles the divide between a think tank and a ‘do tank’.

From 2014-2019, CSE helped design and steward a novel environmental agenda that has set a new bar for climate action in the United States. After a successful grassroots campaign to defeat the Pembina propane export facility at the Port of Portland in 2015, CSE helped design the nation’s first ‘No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure’ resolution in Portland, Oregon. This led to the development and unanimous city council adoption of the Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments (“FFTZA”) in 2016, the first attempt in the United States to utilize local health and safety authority to prohibit all new and expanded fossil fuel infrastructure through municipal code. CSE joined grassroots partners to intervene and defend the FFTZA against legal challenges, securing an important Oregon Court of Appeals ruling that the policy does not violate the Dormant Commerce Clause. With CSE’s help, Seattle, Tacoma, and Baltimore city governments adopted restrictions on new fossil fuel infrastructure, while other governments develop code.

In 2017, CSE’s Staff Attorney created the framework for Portland’s 100% Renewable Energy resolution, one of the most comprehensive, visionary, and equity-focused resolutions in the history of Portland City Council. Notably, the development of this policy coincided with a campaign at the Oregon Public Utility Commission to defeat Portland General Electric’s plans to build new gas-fired power plants to replace the retiring Boardman coal facility, demonstrating that even where local governments have limited direct authority, strong local policy combined with intelligent grassroots strategy can have large impacts. Portland’s 100% renewable policy is utilized as model policy by local governments across the country.

To Apply: Please fill out this anonymous diversity survey here. Then send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript (unofficial version OK), short writing sample (no more than 7 pages), and a list of three references (at least one legal) with email addresses and phone numbers to Nicholas Caleb at: nick.caleb@sustainable-economy.org. Please put “Legal Internship” in the subject line. We will consider applications during Spring 2020 until positions are filled.

Equal opportunity Employer Statement

Center for Sustainable Economy does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, national origin, disability, political belief, marital status, age, sexual orientation, class, housing status, veteran status, physical size, or other legally protected status.