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Green Fellows Leadership and Development Program

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DOEE is the leading authority on energy and environmental issues affecting the District of Columbia. Using a combination of regulations, outreach, education, and incentives, our agency administers programs and services to fulfill our mission. We work collaboratively with other government agencies, residents, businesses, and institutions to promote environmentally responsible behavior that will lead to a more sustainable urban environment.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents and natural inhabitants of the nation’s capital by protecting and restoring the environment, conserving our natural resources, mitigating pollution, increasing access to clean and renewable energy, and educating the public on ways to secure a sustainable future. The agency’s core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, enforcing environmental regulations; monitoring and assessing environmental risks; developing energy and environmental policies; issuing permits; and providing residents and local businesses with funding, technical assistance, and information on initiatives designed to ensure a more resilient and sustainable city. We perform all agency mission activities with the highest integrity to uphold the public trust. Learn more about DOEE.

In Fall 2015, DOEE proudly launched the Green Fellows Leadership and Development Program in the fields of energy and environment. This Fellowship is a competitive paid opportunity designed for graduate-level students who are currently enrolled in a graduate study program. Candidates must either attend a local-area higher education institutions and/or be a District resident. The Program is both a career exploration and pipeline program for students interested in job placement at DOEE, however, placement opportunities are not guaranteed. DOEE offers a flexible Fellowship and Fellows may work up to 36 hours per week/ 72 hours per pay period. Fellowship opportunities may be available in DOEE's five administrations and the front office:

  • Energy Administration (EA)
  • Environmental Services Administration (ESA)
  • Natural Resources Administration (NRA)
  • Operations Support Administration (OSA)
  • Urban Sustainability Administration (USA)
  • Office of the Director
  • Office of the Chief of Staff

DOEE recruits applicants pursuing studies in public policy administration, urban planning, energy and environment, sustainability or related fields to apply. Green Fellows’ responsibilities include research and policy development, act as project management leads on high-profile agency projects, and perform a variety of assignments designed specifically to enhance their public service values, environmental knowledge, critical leadership skills, and project management abilities. Fellows have opportunities to come together with their cohort to participate in cross-disciplinary trainings, collaborative projects, field work, volunteerism, and field trips. Fellows are connected to a program area which matches their unique skill-set, background, expertise and interests. All Fellows participate in technical trainings, professional development, mentorship, volunteerism and other opportunities.

Read more about DOEE' s Agency Offices and Divisions. Inquiries may be sent to the Program Coordinator, Larissa Etwaroo-Bako, at [email protected]. Applications for Green Fellows will open in late August 2021.

DOEE encourages applicants pursuing studies in public policy, public administration, urban planning, sustainability, energy or related fields to apply. Green Fellows are responsible for research and policy development, and act as project leads on high-profile agency projects. Green Fellows perform a variety of assignments designed specifically to enhance their public service values, environmental knowledge, critical leadership skills, and project management abilities. Fellows will have several opportunities to come together with their cohort to participate in cross-disciplinary trainings, collaborative group projects, field work, volunteerism, and special events. Fellows are connected to a program area which matches their unique skill-set, background, expertise and interests. Upon successful completion of requirements, Fellows receive a completion certificate and critical industry trainings.

Program Requirements

  • Be able to commit to a fellowship period of up to 10 months
  • Complete a 3 day orientation (1 day with DCHR; 2 days with DOEE)
  • Attend training, networking and professional and development opportunities
  • Participate in volunteer opportunities and support DOEE flagship events 
  • Work with the cohort on a collaborative project which will result in a final presentation
  • Attend 80% of DOEE educational sessions
  • Successful performance reviews (mid-year and end-of-year)

Fellows are expected to spend approximately 5-10 hours per month on Green Fellows Program activities outside of their core program duties, which include educational sessions, professional development opportunities, field trips, volunteerism, etc. Fellows are recruited at a Grade 7/ Step 1 and participation in the Program is considered a temporary “time-limited” appointment in the Career Service position. The fellowship begins in December 7, 2020. For more information or if you would like to speak to the Program Coordinator directly, please email Larissa Etwaroo at [email protected]. Join us on  twitter and facebook for updates.