Employment Opportunities

Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program Assistant

OVERVIEW:
Exciting opportunity to help a national multi-disciplinary, 501(c)3 non-profit organization increase its profile and reach. Based in Washington, DC, the Children’s Environmental Health Network’s (CEHN) mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and to promote a healthy environment. CEHN  has been the leading voice for children’s environmental health for 30 years.

Eco-Healthy Child Care® Overview:
CEHN’s Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) program strives to make child care facilities as safe and healthy as possible by supporting child care professionals in identifying and reducing environmental hazards within child care settings, both center-based and family child care. This work is accomplished via professional development and training, and embedding environmental best practices into national and state child care systems. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES :

  • Support the EHCC National Director and EHCC Program Manager in the continued expansion of the Eco-Healthy Child Care® program
  • Lead the EHCC endorsement process for child care providers
  • Develop and manage monthly EHCC emails and EHCC’s social media postings on Facebook and Instagram; collect social media analytics 
  • Support the management of EHCC webpages and support further development
  • Conduct program outreach, and distribute materials as needed 
  • Follow children’s environmental health research and ensure EHCC program materials are reflective of current best practices
  • Collect and analyze data to assess program effectiveness 
  • Support EHCC Program Manager with intern screenings, interviews, and onboarding
  • Conduct routine EHCC site assessments and offer virtual technical assistance 
  • Event coordination, including:
    • Developing conference applications/proposals
    • Conducting conference presentations and trainings in person and via webinars

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree required; Masters degree preferred. Preference for candidates with degrees in public health or environmental health. 
  • Competent with:
    • Marketing automation platforms (MailChimp/Later)
    • CMS (WordPress), HTML, CSS
    • Webinar platforms (Zoom, GoToWebinar)
    • Online graphic design software (Canva)
    • MS Office applications, especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Google applications (Drive, Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides)
  • Thorough understanding and use of social media strategy, metrics, and analytics
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • U.S. citizenship or legal right to work in the U.S.

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Bilingual desirable: English & Spanish 
  • Eager to support child care professionals in identifying and reducing children’s potential exposures to environmental health hazards. Knowledge of child care/early care and education programs and issues is not necessary but a definite plus
  • Enjoy collaborative work - both within the organization and with external partners 
  • Comfort with learning new technologies, platforms, and software
  • Strategic thinker and hands-on executor. The ideal candidate will be able to see the big picture but also get into the weeds of execution, including researching and selecting key platforms
  • Detail-oriented, with proven dedication to the production of quality work
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time well with strong organizing and planning skills
  • Self-starter with a proactive attitude who can anticipate needs and is willing to assist in other projects as needed

DETAILS:
The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. A candidate in the Washington, DC area is required. Interviews will begin on May 20, 2024.

Travel: Up to 8 trips annually to conduct presentations, training sessions, or deliver technical assistance on site to child care facilities.
Location: Primarily remote, with 1-2 in-office days each week
Salary:$50,000 annual (final salary dependent on experience)
Time Commitment: Full-time
Benefits: Health Care, Dental, 403b Contribution
Remote eligible: Yes 

Apply Now: Please send cover letter describing your interest in this position, resume with salary requirements, a writing example pertaining to environmental or public health, child care, or health equity as examples (maximum 5 pages), and 3 references to Rose Correa (rosec@cehn.org).

The Children’s Environmental Health Network is an equal opportunity employer.

Internship Opportunities

Children’s Environmental Health Network has spent over thirty years as a leader for children’s environmental health in the nation’s capital. Interns gain experience with leading one or more projects related to children’s environmental health, networking with and being mentored by leaders in the field of environmental health with extensive experience and connections, and gaining valuable insight into the role of national nonprofits in public health and the environment. 

We accept interns each fall and spring semester, as well as over the summer. CEHN offers the following internships, although they may not all be available every semester: 1) Communications, Marketing, and Design Internship, 2) Carol Stroebel Policy and Health Education Internship,  and 3) Eco-Healthy Child Care® Internship.

Fall 2024 Internship Opportunities:
Communications, Design, and Marketing Outreach Internship
Carol Stroebel Policy and Health Education Internship
Eco-Healthy Child Care® Internship
Apply by 11:59 pm ET on July 31, 2024 

How to Apply
Submit resume, cover letter, and completed questionnaire to internships@cehn.org with the internship position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Applications are accepted year-round.

School credit, stipends, and practicums: Students will need to contact their school with regard to receiving credits. Interns are generally entitled to either school credit or a stipend from CEHN, although extenuating circumstances may exist. To receive a stipend, interns must be eligible to work and be paid in the US. These internships may be used as a practicum experience for some graduate schools. CEHN asks that any practicum hopefuls apply for the internship that best aligns with their work and interests. Please complete all required components of the internship application.

Remote work: All internships are at least primarily remote, if not fully remote. Some internships may allow occasional in-office work when their CEHN supervisor is in the Washington, DC office.

About the Internships:

Communications, Marketing, and Design Internship:
Communications is a cornerstone of all of the work we do at CEHN. It helps us promote the development of sound national policy, educate health professionals, policymakers and community members in preventive strategies, and elevate public awareness of environmental hazards to children. CEHN is looking for applicants who want to hone skills in effective,  equity-minded, non-profit digital communications. Interns will gain skills and confidence with basic graphic design, social media strategy, and digital communications tools. Any creatively minded candidates may apply, but this position is designed for individuals studying or with a background in communications, digital strategy or design, journalism, public health, environmental studies, public or nonprofit administration, public policy, or health sciences. A creative spirit, interest in children’s health and the environment, experience with creating graphics (Canva) and posting on social media, and strong writing skills are encouraged. 

What do these interns do? There is ample room for intern-driven projects in this internship. Interns may assist with every-day and campaign-based social media analysis, research, and asset creation, community cultivation with key partners in public health and environmental education and advocacy. Interns may also assist with managing CEHN’s Google Adwords grant, website development, improvement, and maintenance, as well as digital newsletter content creation and design.

Carol Stroebel Policy and Health Education Internship:
Carol Stroebel, former Director of Training and Policy at CEHN, was a long time champion for children's environmental health who dedicated her career to promoting public health and public interest policies.  Carol's invaluable contributions to the field included not only policy work but also leadership in education and practice. This is not a government relations or legislative position. For instance, we do not organize or participate in many direct visits with congressional offices, but we do occasionally organize Hill briefings.This internship will focus on public health and children's environmental health policy. Individuals studying or with a background in public health, environmental studies, public or nonprofit administration, public policy, communication/journalism or health sciences are welcome to apply. The position requires very strong written communication skills and proven leadership experience. 

What do these interns do? Interns will assist with drafting The Patron, a monthly newsletter dedicated to children’s environmental health policy at the federal level. Interns may also be invited to draft policy-related website and social media content. Interns may lead advocacy outreach to child health champions in states and cities with Children's Environmental Health Day Proclamations. Interns may also assist with policy and advocacy-related events like webinars and briefings. There are rare opportunities to draft or edit policy statements. 

Eco-Healthy Child Care® Internship:
CEHN’s national Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) program strives to make child care facilities as environmentally healthy as possible by educating and empowering child care professionals to reduce toxicants within their child care facilities using free or low-cost measures. Those passionate about protecting our nation’s youngest from exposures to common environmental health hazards, and those interested in early education and care settings, training and educating programs, and initiatives that seek to effect change via the marketplace, will find this internship rewarding. Individuals studying or with a background in public health, environmental studies, public or nonprofit administration, public policy, communication/journalism or health sciences are welcome to apply. The position requires strong research, organization, and communication skills, attention to detail, and social media/social marketing experience. Creativity and graphic design skills are a plus. 


 

 Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are welcome! Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering with CEHN.


 

 Children’s Environmental Health and Healthy Housing Summer Fellowship

The Summer 2023 application period is until March 9, 2023.. 

The environments where we live, learn, work, and play have a profound impact on our health. This paid summer fellowship program will give two students with an interest in environmental health an opportunity to intern with the National Center for Healthy Housing and the Children’s Environmental Health Network, two national organizations leading the fight for healthier environments. This opportunity is reserved for people of color, or those who identify as such.

The people selected as this year’s fellows will be invited to choose from a range of projects and/or submit their own ideas for projects related to a broad array of children’s environmental health and healthy housing topics and may take a variety of different approaches to addressing public health challenges (e.g., research, policy, training, awareness building, communications, capacity building).

Fellows are asked to commit to 320 hours of work (spread over 8-15 weeks) and will be compensated $7,500 ($15 per hour plus a $2,700 fellowship stipend to be paid in two $1,350 installments). For more information, please see: https://nchh.org/who-we-are/employment-opportunities/internships/childrens-environmental-health-and-healthy-housing-summer-fellowship/

As a fellow, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to or lead one or more projects related to healthy housing and children’s environmental health.
  • Network with executive directors from two national organizations. Nse Obot Witherspoon and Amanda Reddy are both established leaders in the field of environmental health and healthy housing, with extensive experience and connections they are eager to share with the next generation of leaders!
  • Receive mentorship from a Black nonprofit leader. Nse Obot Witherspoon has over two decades of experience leading a national nonprofit and is regarded as the nation’s key spokesperson for children’s environmental health.
  • Gain valuable insight into the role of national nonprofits in the fields of environmental health and healthy housing and learn whether a future in nonprofit work is right for you.
  • Contribute to concrete deliverables that both organizations will put into action and that will serve as examples of your work that you can highlight on your résumé.
  • Present your work to other professionals.
  • Gain work experiences with two national organizations for the time investment of one fellowship.

Depending on your individual interests and skill sets, you may be invited to work on projects related to policy, research, communications, training, awareness building, or community capacity building).
Examples of previous internship projects include:

  • Drafting policy statements.
  • Helping to organize a Hill Day.
  • Developing an advocacy toolkit, promotional campaign, and webpages.
  • Being a key member of a team convening other organizations to develop a national policy agenda on a specific topic area.
  • Helping to shape and launch a policy-focused e-newsletter.
  • Completing a literature review to brief the organization on the health effects of wildfire smoke and presenting findings with staff members at an environmental health conference.
  • Developing a concept brief to present to funders for a new project.

 Click here for more information and instructions on how to apply.