Stewardship Opportunity

ACES Internship Opportunities – College/University

To complete research, marketing, communications, project management, etc. activities required to complete tasks and/or projects in an orderly and efficient manner.‍

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The ALLIANCE OF CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS, Inc. (ACES) is a 501C3 organization devoted to building an alliance of collaborating organizations, businesses, NGOs, governmental bodies, educational institutions and individuals committed to foster effective actions to address climate change and environmental degradation.

Our Purpose is:

To foster stewardship and motivate local and regional action towards positively impacting the planet’s
climate and our environment’s health.

Collectively, as an alliance, we nurture and promote stewards of our environment, fostering collaboration
directed at building a resilient, sustainable, healthy and prosperous future for the Greater Newburyport, MA
area (initially as a model) and then beyond.  We honor the axiom of “THINK GLOBALLY, WORK LOCALLY, AND ACT PERSONALLY,”

The organization is committed to personal growth and the evolution of a proactive, can-do culture in which
each team member enthusiastically supports and works collaboratively on the key initiatives that are

In building this organization, we are committed to providing qualified college students with the opportunity to
explore their career interests and engage in important environmental stewardship oriented internship
learning experiences. We look forward to the contributions of each student in our win-win-win-win
working/learning environment.‍


Goal: To contribute to the growth and success of the organization by serving on a team of leaders supporting
selected stewardship initiatives as a relevant and meaningful, learning experience. ‍

Objective: To complete research, marketing, communications, project management, etc. activities required to
complete tasks and/or projects in an orderly and efficient manner.‍

Scope: Through participation with a school’s internship program, we interview and select motivated, positive
students who are interested in a variety of applied learning experiences. We expect that the overall
experience will contribute building blocks to a student’s envisioned career track. The work encompasses a
variety of activities in working with and/or supporting other team members that relate to a student’s learning
experience objectives. This could include working on specific projects noted below or supporting such allied
organizations as: the Gulf of Maine Institute, the Merrimack River Watershed Coalition, Coastal Trails and MA
Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center.‍

Responsibilities: The specific responsibilities and project will depend upon the student’s interests and focus.‍

Fields of Study/Projects: The nature of the project will be designed around the student’s pursuits. This will
reflect whether he/she is exploring a sustainability leadership, environmental science, environmental
engineering, business management, information technology, administrative services, accounting, or
marketing/communications career track.‍


1) ‍‍Attitude - A positive attitude toward life and learning and a personal interest in being an
environmental steward.

2) Personal Growth - An interest in understanding more about the work associated with a specific career
track and the skills to make a contribution given the priorities and activities of the organization or one
of its Allies.

3) Communications -Strong verbal and written communication skills and a high degree of comfort with
the world of social media. Proven competency in writing reports and developing presentations.

4) IT Competency -Strong computer skills using Microsoft’s Office Suite and Google’s G Suite supported
systems. Specific software competency related to one’s career track may include Photoshop, Sketch
Up, Illustrator or Quick books.

5) Accuracy -An interest in details and accuracy as well as being orderly and organized.

6) Relationships -Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain open communications, a close working
relationship with and the confidence of a variety of individual personalities.

7) Time Management - Ability to manage time and accomplish tasks as agreed.‍
Examples of Opportunities for Environmental Stewardship Internships that connect with the building of

ACES and its Initiatives:

1) Planning and Organizational Development – Work with BOD and key Advisors to contribute to the
development of the 2023 Alignment Plan and selected specific program plans.

2) Administration/ Systems/Operations Development – Serve on a project team to enhance to existing
database and establish a system to easily connect and communicate with members of all publics.

3) Funding and Fundraising – Serve on a project team to identify, evaluate, and interact with targeted
sources of funding and grants.

4) Marketing/Communications – Serve on this team to enhance the position and presentation of ACES
via its web site, social media campaign and targeted communications.

5) Outreach – Alliance Building – Connect and interact with existing and new Allies to uncover potential
new initiatives where collaboration is essential.

6) Waste Reduction Initiative – Serve on a team to research the overall marketplace and alternative
programs to reduce and minimize waste. Evaluate the options for the city of Newburyport in concert
with the city’s Toward Zero Waste program.

7) Our Waters Initiative - Work with a project leader on the development and execution of a general
survey among all recreational users of the river about their experiences. This survey will provide the

data to develop a comprehensive report which will be used broadly. Initial work will include research
to identify the contacts among all stakeholder groups.

8) Youth Leadership Initiative – Serve on this team to help build programs to expand environmental
stewardship internship opportunities in regional schools. Work with youth leaders to help them build
plans to effect desired programs; such as, the plan to eliminate single use plastic bottle in the schools.
Contribute to the development of a recognition program for accomplishments of both youth and adult

9) Public Awareness Initiative – Work with members of the marketing/ communications team on specific
publicity opportunities and activities. Contribute to coordinating a Guest Opinion Column for use with
local media.

Contact: Art Currier at or call 508-243-5273 to set a time for a conversation about
any questions, your interests, the current initiatives and what internship experiences could be meaningful for

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Arthur Currier

As the Principal of Currier & Associates, Art guides individuals and organizations to have clarity about their PURPOSE and the actions needed to be aligned. Concerned about the well-being of youth and future generations, he is leading ACES to fulfill its purpose and goals to foster stewardship and motivate positive actions for our environment.

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