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Sustainability Intern - (Watsonville, CA)

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General Summary

This position is responsible for assisting the Sustainability Lead in the implementation of the Sustainability Plan and leveraging the value it creates through an effective communication strategy.


Essential Job Accountabilities

  • Conduct research, perform analysis, and deliver reports on findings on sustainability-related topics as assigned. Examples include researching sustainability in different infrastructure end-markets, conducting peer benchmarking, and gathering information on support programs and financial incentives for renewable energy transitions.  
  • Develop plans for the Company’s Sustainability Week, including creative ways to engage employees with the Company’s mission for sustainability. 
  • Monitor, facilitate and communicate progress of the Company’s sustainability programs and ensure program objectives are consistent with strategies, goals, measurements, and reporting standards.
  • Work with internal and external resources to coordinate the writing, layout, approval and publishing of sustainability reports to support the company branding as and industry sustainability leader. 
  • Coordinate with the Sustainability Objective Owners and business operations to ensure relevant data is collected, properly documented, and available to support reporting and company communications.
  • Monitor renewable resources, sustainable work processes, and environmental science trends to ensure proper sustainability benchmarks are established to support management’s strategies in maintaining the Company’s industry leadership role.
  • Provide administration to the Sustainability Council to support it as a Center of Excellence by facilitating knowledge sharing and development of best practices.
  • Assist with project proposals and expediting owner acceptance and implementation of sustainability initiatives that differentiate the company from its competition.



  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or graduate-level program


Work Experience

  • 0-2 years related work experience preferred


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated time management skills, along with a high level of proficiency with MS Office Suite and the ability to learn new software quickly
  • Strong problem-solving skills, with demonstrated ability to provide creative solutions to real-time challenges with consistent follow through
  • Attention to detail/accuracy, quick learner and internally motivated to seek out answers, generate ideas, and develop new skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to effectively disseminate information and convey concepts, ideas and information
  • Ability to set priorities, organize work, and work in high production environment while responding quickly and effectively under pressure, changing priorities and tight timelines/deadlines
  • Team player who can operate effectively within a matrix management environment
  • Ability and willingness to abide by Granite’s Code of Conduct daily
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive for extended periods of time


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit and use hands to operate a computer keyboard. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Additional Requirements/Skills

  • Comply, understand, and support corporate safety initiatives to ensure a safe work environment
  • Ability and willingness to abide by the Company’s Code of Conduct
  • Valid driver’s license


Our Benefits at a Glance:

In addition to building the next generation of builders, Granite invests in its interns by providing them access to a broad benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible spending plans, as well as special programs for musculoskeletal health, mental wellness, and more.


Interns may choose from two PPO medical plans through Anthem BlueCross, including our most popular plan, for which 100% of the premium is paid by Granite for eligible interns. 

We invest in the future of our interns by providing them with access to Granite’s 401(k) plan where they are eligible for Granite’s 100% employer match on the first 6% of eligible compensation that they defer into their 401(k) plan.


Benefits may vary for positions located outside of the continental United States.

Base Hourly Wage Range :

Pay may vary based upon relevant experience, skills, location, and education among other factors. 


About Granite Construction Incorporated

Granite Construction Incorporated is a member of the S&P 400 Index and is the parent company of Granite Construction Company, one of the nation's largest heavy civil contractors and construction materials producers. Granite Construction is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, Individuals with Disabilities and a Drug-Free Workplace. For additional information on applicant/employee rights please click here.


Notice to Staffing Agencies

Granite Construction, Inc. and its subsidiaries ("Granite") will not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from a candidate. Any unsolicited resumes sent to Granite, including unsolicited resumes sent to a Granite mailing address, fax machine or email address, directly to Granite employees, or to Granite's resume database will be considered Granite property. Granite will NOT pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume. Granite will consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume to have been referred by the Agency free of any charges or fees. Agencies must obtain advance written approval from Granite's recruiting function to submit resumes, and then only in conjunction with a valid fully-executed contract for service and in response to a specific job opening. Granite will not pay a fee to any Agency that does not have such agreement in place. Agency agreements will only be valid if in writing and signed by Granite's Human Resources Representative or his/ her designee. No other Granite employee is authorized to bind Granite to any agreement regarding the placement of candidates by Agencies.