Employment Opportunities

RainReady Home Field Associate

CNT is seeking a smart, energetic Field Associate to join the RainReady Home team. We are looking for a technically-minded people person who enjoys field work, and has a passion for sustainable urban development.

The Field Associate will conduct site evaluations of properties, and create flood mitigation reports. Additionally, this role will also involve some research into new technologies and retrofit strategies for residential flood mitigation. The Field Associate will interface directly with homeowners, contractors, and lenders to help facilitate all aspects of flood mitigation projects. The position is based in Chicago but may involve driving to sites throughout Northeastern Illinois. 

While some prior knowledge of building systems or green infrastructure is a plus – smart, energetic individuals, who meet the basic requirements below, will be given strong consideration.


The RainReady Field Associate will report directly to the RainReady Home Program Manager and collaborate closely with other CNT staff on operations and production activities.


  • Conducts field assessments and writes assessment reports for residential flood mitigation projects.
  • Monitors project partners to oversee construction process and ensure excellent client service.
  • Provides technical support to project participants (homeowners and partners).
  • Contributes to RainReady customer service efforts, including client outreach, appointment scheduling, coordination of services, and monitoring service delivery.
  • Explains flood mitigation recommendations to homeowners, including high quality green infrastructure, and advocates for assessment recommendations.
  • Provides the day-to-day point of contact between clients, contractors and the RainReady team.
  • Communicates contractor and project progress to RainReady team members.
  • Identifies and coordinates with RainReady Home clients who participate in case studies, research and media opportunities.
  • Researches and communicates residential flood mitigation best practices to the RainReady team.
  • Participates in other CNT activities, from meeting with policy makers to attending community meetings and mapping workshops.

Skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in a related field. Degree in Building Sciences, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, or similar, preferred.
  • Exceptional documentation, writing, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Excellent client management and customer service skills. Demonstrated cultural competence with diverse populations.
  • Experience with field work, especially in an urban or residential setting. Ability to work in a variety of field conditions, including hot and cold weather, and carry field equipment.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within Northeastern Illinois. Valid driver’s license and legally able to drive in the state of Illinois. Company vehicle is provided for work-related travel.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Strong interest in sustainable community development and mission-based organizations.
  • Familiarity with flood mitigation, green infrastructure, building systems, and/or construction management strongly preferred.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, e.g., Salesforce, preferred.

This position requires considerable field work and high level of client contact with diverse populations. Some evening and weekend work may be necessary. Estimated travel: 80%, within Northeastern Illinois.

This is an Exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to:


Center for Neighborhood Technology
Human Resources - RRH FA
2125 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

No phone calls please.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Internship Opportunities

CNT welcomes interns as an expression of our educational mission.  Internships are designed to expose students to various aspects of urban sustainability:

  • Public policy, research, and advocacy
  • Data and information access
  • Demonstration projects

Internships are individually crafted to reflect the interests of the student.  Prospective interns should get to know CNT in depth through our website prior to contacting us so that you know what programs and/or roles meet your current educational and experiential needs.

CNT works closely with interns to ensure that they receive academic credit for internships, whenever possible. Interns should not expect a job at CNT at the end of their internship.

CNT offers periodic brown bag seminars for interns which focus on different aspects of urban sustainability.   Some seminars may include recommended reading materials. Participation is voluntary, but encouraged.

Specific internship opportunities are posted below; internships in other areas of CNT’s work are also possible.

Unless specified below, please contact Stephen Perkins at steve@cnt.orgto discuss opportunities.


Communications Intern

CNT seeks an intern to support the communications team.  Working with the Communications Director on projects that span internal and external communications, the Communications Intern will directly support CNT’s outreach efforts and contribute to CNT’s expansion of its influence.


As a Communications Intern, you will help CNT market its message, and help turn those interested into supporters of the organization.

  • Creating materials for outreach events and for online communications
  • Editing documents for funders and for media outlets
  • Provide social media support 
  • Supporting special events activities
  • Adding value to all our efforts based on your experience, desires, and skills

We are looking for a confident self-starter, with the ability to take direction, complete projects—and challenge our own assumptions and goals with bigger, better, brighter ideas. Interns should be comfortable working in a fast-moving, innovative, fun environment.  As a member of a small team, you will have the chance to experience and learn more about CNT’s efforts to create resilient cities and communities. You’ll be exposed to senior leadership, and exciting ideas. You will have the chance to join staff meetings and relevant external workshops and discussions.  This is a chance for you to learn, and to begin creating your career path.

Internships are unpaid.  We look for a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week – ideally longer.  Caffeine available in steady high doses as needed.

Contact Steve Perkins, Senior Vice President, CNT, at steve@cnt.org with inquiries.


RainReady Interns

CNT seeks interns to support our national RainReady initiative. Rain Ready helps individuals and communities work together to find solutions to the problems of too much or too little water within the context of global climate change. Launched in July 2014, the program is expanding rapidly to communities in the Chicago region and beyond.


We are looking for multiple interns who are confident self-starters. We particularly welcome skills in:

  • Community planning, facilitation and public engagement strategies
  • Economic analysis
  • Engineering and landscape design
  • Writing/photography/film
  • IT, including PowerPoint, Excel, photo editing, GIS, etc.
  • Work planning and project management


You will help us expand the program. Activities will be wide-ranging, including:

  • Creating online guidance and materials (such as factsheetsvideos and photos)
  • Carrying out economic analysis and developing risk models
  • Conducting online and telephone property surveys and analysis
  • Facilitating community events
  • Preparing community maps and other outreach materials
  • Expanding our social media outreach


Internships are unpaid and you would need to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week – ideally longer. We are looking for people who are available to start work immediately.


The work environment is fast-moving, innovative, and fun. As a member of a small and diverse team, you will have the chance to experience and learn about our innovative approach to promoting change – from legislation to tools and support to demonstration. You will be provided with a desk and computer and will have the chance to join staff meetings and relevant external workshops and discussions.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume to Harriet Festing, Director of CNT’s Water Program, at hfesting@cnt.org.



Transit Future Campaign Interns

CNT is looking for interns for its Transit Future Campaign aimed at dramatically expanding rail transit in the Chicago Region.  A description of the campaign can be found at transitfuture.org.


  • Research
  • Communications
  • Outreach to constituencies


  • Interest in sustainability and transit issues
  • Proactive nature
  • Skill at reaching out and enrolling diverse communities
  • Work well in a collaborative context

Terms of Service:

Start Date – ASAP. Internships at CNT are unpaid. The usual time commitment is 15 hours/week for 10 weeks, at a minimum.  CNT will assist the intern in acquiring course credit if possible.

How to Apply:

If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to Stephen Perkins, Senior Vice President, at steve@cnt.org.