Employment Opportunities

RainReady Assistant

CNT is seeking an experienced and qualified administrative assistant to assist with our RainReady initiative. RainReady is a program that helps individual property owners and communities work together to find solutions to the problems of too much or too little water. We help people who find their lives disrupted by flooding or water shortages to come together to adopt RainReady practices and policies. Our current focus is on mitigating the impacts of urban flooding in the Chicago region.


The RainReady Assistant will report directly to the Director of the Water Program and collaborate closely with other CNT staff on operations and production activities.


The RainReady Assistant will work with the RainReady team to ensure that our clients – homeowners, businesses, municipalities and agencies – receive a high quality service, and that we expand our outreach and impact in the region and nationally. Specific roles include:

  • Customer services: helping pre-screen applicants for our RainReady projects, including scheduling appointments via the phone and email, sending out appointment reminders, etc.
  • Day to day administration of Salesforce, entering data and ensuring that other members of the team contribute to Salesforce
  • Receptionist: providing reception services to CNT up to two days a week
  • Office assistance: Microsoft Office, Google Suite, minor photo editing
  • Providing event support
  • Expanding our following on RainReady social media, including Facebook and Twitter, and updating the RainReady website
  • Helping prepare online guidance and materials (such as factsheets, videos and photos)

In addition to office-based work, the assistant will spend a significant amount of time in communities in the City of Chicago and wider Cook County. Evening and weekend work will sometimes be necessary.

Skills and qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Experience with Customer Management Systems, such as Salesforce
  • Managing clients, including telephone and email correspondence, scheduling appointments etc.
  • Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Arc GIS (or Google Maps)
  • Community engagement and events
  • Project management
  • An interest in mission-orientated organizations
  • Communications, in particular, working with clients, residents, public works officials, academics and other stakeholders. You must have good workshop presentation skills.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license and legally be able to drive in the state of Illinois. We use Enterprise car share for work-related activities that require you to use a car.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

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.

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 - RRA
2125 W. North Avenue Chicago, IL 60647

Email to: Careers@cnt.org

No phone calls please.


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 and Development Intern

CNT seeks an intern to support the communications and development team.  Working with both the Communications and Development Directors on projects that span both departments, the Communications and Development Intern will directly support CNT’s outreach and funding efforts and contribute to CNT’s expansion of its influence and donor base.


As a Communications and Development 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
  • 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.