Leading Edge is a California based sustainability consultancy, specializing in green building certification and best practices. Originally grown out of building operations and energy assessments, our services have expanded over the past 15 years to include new building design and construction, as well as educational and ESG based services. We are 100% remote with built-in flexibility from the start. We believe in holistic growth, a company-wide ownership mentality, and client service driven by a passion for solving the worlds climate crisis and informed by value-based expertise 

We invest in you. We hold weekly LE EDU meetings where we learn from one another as well as our preferred partners in the business. Our leadership has a “YES” mentality, aimed at encouraging each team member’s personal and career growth. Team members are highly encouraged to get involved in their communities, participate in educational events and think like a trend-sustainability-setter. 

JOB TITLE: Sustainability Intern
PRIMARY REPORTING : Director,  Sustainability Design Manager
DATES: May – August

CONTACT: Katie Freeze-Becker


Intern’s primary responsibility will be to support the New Construction Team in completing an ILFI RedList project. Intern will be provided with an orientation and the resources needed to conduct research and utilize programs effectively. Prior experience with ILFI may be helpful, however is not necessary.   

Core Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

    • Input of product data into the Red2Green platform. 
    • Outreach to product vendors to request information unavailable online.  
    • Research to determine product/materials compliance with RedList criteria. 

Intern may also be requested to support additional project-based and operational efforts, depending on need. 

Secondary Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

    • Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) research 
    • Asset and portfolio data monitoring 
    • Support growing services through research 

Role Empowerment

We are seeking an assortment of talent to diversify our collective approach. Ideal skillsets include: 

    • A forward-thinking, ownership mentality 
    • Completed or pursuing Bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: Sustainability Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Engineering, Planning (urban/transportation/environmental planning, urban design), Building Operations (facility management, property management), or demonstrated competency through a combination of another degree not listed and years of experience with sustainable design 
    • Eager to learn and support LEED, WELL, ENERGY STAR, SITES, Fitwel, Living Building Challenge and/or other sustainability systems certification process(es) on commercial projects 
    • Excellent people skills and the ability to coordinate and collaborate with various disciplines and stakeholders. 
    • Strong writing skills, organizational skills and/or technical presentation ability. 
    • Sustainability credential(s) such as LEED Green Associate, LEED AP, WELL AP, SITES, Living Future Accreditation, or Fitwel Ambassador. 


  • Strong interpersonal skills that quickly build trust with team based on professional credibility, proactive listening, and friendliness. 
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to see trends and troubleshoot with limited information available, based on inherent knowledge, confidence, and expertise. 
  • Team player who is willing to engage in company activities, contribute to company culture and help develop the skills of junior staff. 
  • Must be highly motivated, proactive and willing to take on new challenges. 


The hourly rate for this job performed in California is $18$21 depending on applicant experience and credentials.Please note hiring ranges for candidates outside of California may vary due to cost-of-living differences. 


Flexible Working

We believe that flexible arrangements create a more inclusive way of working that supports our diversity and the wellbeing of our people. Leading Edge offers our employees the opportunity to work fully remotely. Team members are expected to have a dedicated workstation that is appropriate for completing their professional responsibilities and work 8 hours / day, preferably between 8am – 5pm (+/- 1 hr) in whatever time zone they are in. Schedule accommodations may be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

Staff are encouraged to leverage in person office set up – based in downtown Los Angeles, Oakland and Roseville. Optional, but not required.

Leading Edge Consulting Services is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Leading Edge Consulting Services makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.