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Get Involved: Utilities

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Utilities Department. Volunteer today!

Community Engagement


Description:

JOB DESCRIPTION
Community Engagement (CE) is the Utilities division responsible for engaging stakeholders in programs and services through several strategies, including program management, customer education, public participation and community partnerships. The CE intern will complete a range of tasks, including direct to customer outreach and education, event and program logistical support, research and strategic development support.

 

PRIMARY ACTIVITIES
• Engage directly with community members to share information and resources that empower them to make informed decision about utilities.
• Conduct outreach activities such as tracking progress and sharing program related information.
• Participate in community organization meetings.
• Assist with data collection, documentation and analysis.
• Provide logistical support for stakeholder relationship development strategies.
• Assist with large- and small-scale event logistics and implementation.
• Assist with youth school program and field trip education logistics and implementation.
• Conduct research on best practices and strategic opportunities.
• Additional tasks as assigned.

 

BENEFITS TO INTERN
• Helping people make informed decisions that help them save money and reduce their impact on Fort Collins, the region, and the world.
• Opportunity to learn and practically apply customer service, community engagement and program management skills.

• Professionalism development opportunity in a highly respected municipal organization.
• Academic and community service credit available when all criteria are met.
• Partial access to the suite of employee personal and professional development opportunities
• Access to City job application system and select opportunities not available to the public.
• Access to City volunteer benefits such as a free transit pass.

Time Commitment:

TIME COMMITMENT AND AVAILABILITY
• Spring Semester (based on CSU calendar) with an opportunity to continue as appropriate.
• Typical assignments occur Monday-Friday between 8a-5p
• Night and weekend event support common.
• 10-20 hours per week.


Energy Conservation Volunteers


Description:

Description of Event
Interested in building the Fort Collins community and advancing sustainable energy practices? We need your help! We’re seeking energetic and passionate individuals to serve as energy ambassadors in the community. Ambassadors will volunteer at local multifamily properties to educate residents on the importance of energy conservation and easy ways to conserve.

You will interact directly with residents, talking with them about easy ways to save energy in their residences, while also saving money on their energy bills and contributing to a greener community. This is a great opportunity to put your passion for sustainability to practice by supporting the City of Fort Collins and its climate action plan.

This project is associated with the City of Fort Collins’ voluntary Multifamily Building Energy Challenge, which the Institute for the Built Environment is managing.

Volunteer Role
This opportunity begins in early January and ends in late February. If you are unable to begin until mid- to late January, we still encourage you to apply. Applicants who can begin in early January will be selected first.

This volunteer role will kick off with a one-hour training that overviews the City’s Multifamily Building Energy Challenge, and messaging and strategies for engaging with community members regarding energy conservation. The training will take place at IBE’s office on the CSU campus, and IBE will provide you with all necessary outreach materials for the duration of your participation.

After training, IBE will pair you with one or more multifamily residences in the community. Your role will be to visit the property and directly engage residents on-site in conversations regarding energy conservation. Depending on the property, you may talk with residents passing through the lobby, go door-to-door, host educational events, and/or implement other education and outreach strategies.

Time Commitment:

2 hours/week

Ready to get involved?

Contact Hellen Castro, Hellen.Castro@colostate.edu, or apply online to become a volunteer.


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