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Announcements

SOCIAL IMPACT EMPLOYMENT GRADUATE ASSISTANT – MIT PRISCILLA KING GRAY PUBLIC SERVICE CENTER
The MIT Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG Center) seeks a graduate assistant to support the Social Impact Employment program during Spring 2021, with the possibility of extension into Summer 2021 and the following year for students in multi-year programs. The PKG Center taps and expands MIT students’ unique skills and interests to explore and address complex social and environmental challenges. We educate students to collaborate ethically and effectively with community partners to engage in meaningful public service, today and in their lives beyond MIT.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR MEDFORD TREE INVENTORY PROJECT – TREESMEDFORD
We are looking for a student or group to propose a system to manage tree inventory data. The work would involve examining existing city resources, and proposing a system for adding new data and maintaining the data as trees/stumps are added or removed. Project deliverables include a proposed system and budget that we could take to the City and advocate for. Our challenge is identifying a sustainable system that city workers will be able to maintain. We don’t know what software program would be best for the city, which city department should manage the system, how the Tree Warden would contribute new data as new trees are planted or trees are chopped down. We also need to be able to log tree stump removals, which would involve the DPW staff accessing mobile devices and knowing how to use the system. There are new costs that would be involved and so a draft budget would be useful. Timeframe flexible. Contact: Kim DeAndrade

OPENING FOR ANTHROPOLOGY COURSE ASSISTANT – TUFTS UNIVERSITY
The Course Assistant (CA) position for Anth 20: Global Cities (Spring 2021) is paid $3,000 for the semester and is entirely remote/online. The CA will attend synchronous online classes (9-10:15am Mondays and Wednesdays), grade, hold online office hours around the time assignments are due, and generally help monitor online discussions/help with some of the technology for class. Total 5-10 hours per week of work on average. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact the instructor for the course Sarah Lebaron Von Baeyer.

ULI/RANDALL LEWIS HEALTH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN – URBAN LAND INSTITUTE (ULI)
The Urban Land Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative is excited to announce that applications for the fourth cohort of the ULI/Randall Lewis Health Mentorship Program are now being accepted! This program is an opportunity for graduate students in architecture, urban planning, real estate, or a related field to engage with ULI, develop professional networks, and deepen their understanding of how the built environment shapes and influences human health. The program will pair selected students with a ULI member working at the intersection of health and the built environment to serve as a mentor during the meetings and beyond, as well as connect students with program alumni.

Applications are being accepted through Friday, February 19, 2021. For more information on program details, eligibility, to apply, and to read reflections from the first three cohorts of mentees, please visit uli.org/healthmentors.

FELLOWSHIPS FOR SCIENCE, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS – HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL BELFER CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offers research fellowships during the academic year to individuals who wish to devote their time to research and writing in the fields of science and international affairs. The fellowship application period opened on December 18, 2020.

SCHOLARSHIPS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND RELATED FIELDS – THE GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA
Since 1928 when the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture was established, The Garden Club of America has funded more than 1,400 recipients. The GCA offers 29 merit-based scholarships in 12 areas: Botany, Coastal Wetland Studies, Conservation & Ecological Restoration, Desert Studies, Garden History & Design, Horticulture & Related Fields, International Work & Study, Landscape Architecture, Native Bird Habitat, Pollinator Research, Summer Environmental Study, and Urban Forestry.

CLEAN ENERGY PROFESSIONALS DATABASE FOR BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION – CLEAN ENERGY FOR BIDEN (CE4B)
Clean Energy for Biden (CE4B) has launched a screening committee to identify, vet and endorse highly qualified clean energy professionals to potentially serve in a Biden – Harris administration. Vice President Biden and Senator Harris have committed to starting day one of their Administration by leading by example, making sure political appointees, including their Cabinet, and our entire federal workforce looks like the country they serve.

CE4B is not part of the official Biden-Harris campaign, but we are gathering names of clean energy leaders for all levels of clean energy positions within a Biden-Harris administration. If you or someone you know would make a good addition to government clean energy leadership, please submit an application to the database.

NEW REPORT SHOWS LOCAL COMMUTER TRENDS DURING COVID-19 – A BETTER CITY, CITY OF BOSTON
Looking for insights on how transportation trends have shifted during the pandemic? Business organization A Better City conducted a survey of metro-Boston commuters in partnership with the City of Boston’s Transportation department. Their findings were released earlier this month, and can be viewed by clicking the link above.

LIGHTS ON WOMEN ENERGY EXPERT LIST – FLORENCE SCHOOL OF REGULATION (FSR)
In 2017, the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) launched the Lights on Women initiative to further enhance economically and socially inclusive energy policy and regulation. The Lights on Women Energy Expert List will serve as a tool to foster gender diversity and inclusion in the Florence School of Regulation’s activities and aims to inspire the wider energy sector to do the same. The Energy Expert List will not only enable our network to increase the opportunities it extends to women in energy, but it will also help us to address the information imbalance about the range of occupations, specializations and fields within the energy sector, which draws upon expertise and skills from diverse backgrounds.

URBAN PLANNING PHD PROGRAM OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS – ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
We are excited to share information about the PhD in Urban Planning program at Arizona State University. Our program produces innovative planners, sought by esteemed educational institutions, government agencies and private industries to tackle some of the most pressing environmental and societal challenges facing our world today. In addition to working with stellar faculty, selected applicants receive generous 4-year funding packages along with financial support toward travel, data purchases, and other resources. Learn more at the link above.

NEW NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION-FUNDED PHD PROGRAM – UMASS AMHERST
Researching PhD programs in Anthropology, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Conservation, Geosciences, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Resource Economics, or others? ELEVATE is a new PhD program funded by the National Science Foundation that will train students to solve the technical, equity, and climate challenges in the energy transition. The program will welcome its first cohort in fall 2021. Learn more here.

TRANSPORTATION BLOG SEEKS ARTICLE PITCHES – STREETSBLOG MASS
Streetsblog MASS is interested in your pitches for stories about public transit/walking/biking/mobility/safer streets. They pay $0.50 per word for reported pieces, and are especially keen to have more bylines from women and people of color. Please spread the word, and send pitches to christian@streetsblog.org.

UPLOAD YOUR SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT TO TUFTS’ DATABASE – TUFTS OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY
Did you submit a mid-term or final paper on a sustainability project idea for Tufts or its surrounding communities?  If you have a report written on Tufts sustainability project ideas, please upload your reports to the Office of Sustainability Student Project Database, housed within the Tufts Digital Library. This database helps the Office of Sustainability and future Tufts students learn from previous research and build off it for future sustainability projects. Instructions to upload your projects are here.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR ANIMALS/POLICY MASTERS PROGRAM – TUFTS UNIVERSITY CUMMINGS SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Students in the MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program develop research, analytical, and communications skills that empower them to promote the status and welfare of animals and deepen public understanding of the role of animals in society. The program seeks students of diverse academic, career, and professional experiences who share an interest in human-animal relationships. Enrolling students may be looking to begin a career related to animals, chart a new direction or deepen their knowledge in their current careers, or pursue another advanced degree, such as the DVM, Law, or PhD.

TUFTS INTELLECTUAL COMMONS LAUNCHES – TUFTS OFFICE OF SCHOLAR DEVELOPMENT
The Tufts Office of Scholar Development has created a site Intellectual Commons, that will hopefully create a space for the Tufts community to share ideas and resources, and to celebrate themselves and each other. The website features a few main areas:

  • A landing page featuring essays by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates exploring how their research/intellectual work helps them understand the current crisis.
  • A “research” section that will feature student research, including the online version of the Undergraduate Research Symposium, as well as links to other symposia and research events at Tufts.
  • An “events” section hosting links to different Tufts events: virtual talks, roundtables, etc., as well as social events like Netflix group watches, online discussion groups, etc.
  • A “shared resources” section with links to different campus resources offering support in this time
  • A section called “joy” where we are sharing memes, TV recommendations—anything that’s helping us get by and find joy

Events

Off Campus Events

REAL ORGANIC PROJECT VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM – IRVING INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY AND SOCIETY
January 3-31 (Sundays), Virtual

Prominent organic farmers and experts discuss the question: “Can real organic farming be saved?” Speakers include Al Gore, Leah Penniman, Vandana Shiva, Dan Barber, Alice Waters, Jean-Martin Fortier, and over 60 more! One ticket gets you access to five sessions, Sundays in January from 3-5pm EST. Go to https://realorganicsymposium.org (Half-price tickets available for the live package for students and the recorded pass is free!).


Internships, Fellowships, Grants

DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN  – MASSACHUSETTS RIVERS ALLIANCE
Remote work/Cambridge, MA

Development and Communications Interns play a key role in creating new content to reach a varied audience about the work of Mass Rivers. Projects may include website updating, social media outreach, event planning, fundraising campaign development and general administration. An ideal applicant will have strong writing and organizational skills, experience with social media and web design, and an interest in fundraising and event planning. To apply, please submit a PDF with a one-page cover letter and one-page resume to katharinelange@massriversalliance.org. Please address your cover letter to the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance. The cover letter should note which internship you are applying for, why you are interested in interning at Mass Rivers, the skills you will be able to contribute, and your availability.

CAMPUS ORGANIZING FELLOWSHIP – STUDENT PIRGS
Various locations

The Student PIRGs have been working for 50 years to amplify the power of student activism, and help students make real change, right now. By recruiting, training and working alongside student activists on campaigns that get results, our organizers are helping to build a greener and healthier future. And as the nation has struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made sure that our crucial organizing work can happen digitally — and launched campaigns to advocate for policies that will keep people healthy and safe during the crisis. Our organizers provide students the training and resources needed to become movement leaders by recruiting volunteers, training potential leaders to take on more responsibility and doing campaign work themselves.

HOUSING, ORGANIZING, AND POLICY FELLOW (TISCH SUMMER PROGRAM) – FENWAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Boston, MA/Remote Work
Since its founding in 1973, Fenway CDC has worked tirelessly to preserve the Fenway as a vibrant and diverse neighborhood by developing affordable housing, providing programs that enrich lives, and strengthening community voices. In addition to owning and managing more than 400 affordable housing units we provide a range of social service programs and organize neighborhood residents for a variety of social and political causes. Fenway CDC seeks a graduate student Tisch Summer Fellow to support our Housing Department and Community Planning and Organizing Department. This position will split time among these two departments in line with the Fellow’s interest and skills. The exact projects and responsibilities will depend on the Fellow’s abilities and our needs during the summer.

INTERNSHIP FOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT – CARBON TRUST
Beijing, China

Created in 2001, we have developed into a world-leading and trusted expert in low carbon issues and sustainable strategies. We offer more than 16 years of unparalleled experience in the low carbon sector. Internship scope of work:

  • Assist research on policy, technologies, market development of Low Carbon/Energy Efficiency development and Green Finance in China and other countries in Asia
  • Translate Chinese or English documents and presentations
  • Participate in project meetings, prepare for meeting materials and take notes
  • Provide administrative assistance as necessary
  • Assist edit and produce content for company Chinese website and WeChat account

INTERNSHIP: SALMON, WATER, AND PEOPLE ON THE KENAI PENINSULA – TUFTS FLETCHER SCHOOL, WOODWELL CLIMATE RESEARCH CENTER (WCRC)
Remote work

Climate warming in Alaska is increasing stream temperatures to levels that now commonly reach and exceed survival thresholds (18°C) for migrating Chinook salmon. The lack of basic knowledge of the climate-water-salmon-people system endangers the economy of the Kenai Peninsula where salmon serve as an economic pillar through sport- and commercial fishing. Working with Kachemak Bay Conservation Society (KBCS), local communities and decision-makers, this project will make a preliminary assessment of the scope and nature of present benefits from the fishery and key impacts of climate change on the decline of the fisheries total economic value and apply cost benefit analysis to identify cost effective, socially equitable policy responses.

INTERNSHIP: NORTH AMERICAN ARCTIC-BOREAL CARBON SYNTHESIS – TUFTS FLETCHER SCHOOL, WOODWELL CLIMATE RESEARCH CENTER (WCRC)
Remote work

As the Arctic warms, large amounts of carbon stored in permafrost soils are expected to be released as carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) and methane (CH 4 ). Woodwell Climate Research Center is currently partnering with scientists at NASA, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins and Montana State University in an Arctic-Boreal Carbon Synthesis activity that brings together information from in situ monitoring networks, satellites, and models to provide best estimates of CO 2 and CH 4 budgets for tundra and boreal forests in North America. The outcomes of this synthesis project will include a publication in a peer-reviewed journal and science presentations at NASA meetings. We also aim to share these findings with policymakers and the general public.

INTERNSHIP – ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & ENGINEERING, INC.
Newton, MA

The analytics department at Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E) is looking for an intern for 10 to 20 hours per week. The intern will support data processing, and design and deployment of dashboards for multiple environmental health projects. The ideal candidate will be proficient in Tableau and R, and have experience building interactive visualizations. Hourly compensation rates will be based on level of experience. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Tania M. Alarcon Falconi.

SYSTEMS & ANALYTICS INTERN – ENEL X
Boston, MA

Enel X, part of Enel Group, is a global business leading the transformation of the energy sector. The Systems and Analytics team, which sits within the Energy Markets group, contributes to Enel X’s mission by building scalable tools supporting Demand Response (DR) and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) customer qualification, performance evaluation, financial reporting, risk management, and energy market strategy, as well as by performing strategic analyses. The ideal candidate will have mastery of at least one major programing language, strong problem-solving and analytical capabilities as well as passion for advanced energy technologies. Please send resume to Catherine Yang.

INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE PROTECTION FELLOWSHIP – ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT FOUNDATION
Germany

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s fellowship programme allows future leaders to spend 12-24 months in Germany working on a research-based project of their own choice in the field of climate protection. Fellows are free to choose their own hosts. Submit an application if you come from a non-European transition or developing country and are active in any of the following areas: scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change. Up to 15 fellowships to prospective leaders and up to five to postdoctoral researchers will be granted, funded under the Federal Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative.

CLEAN ENERGY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM – NYSERDA
Albany, NY

Up to $9 million is being made available over approximately 6 to 7 years to enhance the talent pipeline through meaningful clean energy internships to students or as described above. Funding is allocated on a first-come first-served basis to businesses that register, perform eligibility checks, and get all completed materials in to NYSERDA. Funding will be allocated until it is exhausted or until the submission deadline. Interns can work a maximum of 18 hours per week for any time the students are attending school full time. Intern wages that will be reimbursed can range from the NYS minimum wage at the time of hire to up to $17.00 per hour. Eligible businesses can hire as many interns as they can use in a meaningful internship experience, but each internship will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

PROJECT SHEPHERD – COGDESIGN
Boston, MA

COGdesign seeks urban planners, landscape architects/designers, retired or practicing – anyone with some experience developing open space – to take on the role of ‘shepherd’ or project liaison for pro bono, community-initiated, community green space projects in Boston. Teams of two volunteer landscape architects/designers work with the community groups whose proposals COG has accepted to develop schematic drawings based on community input. Delivery of those drawings or a masterplan fulfills our contractual obligation to community clients, who go on to use the drawings to fundraise. Most projects last 4-6 months, but have three community meetings which the shepherd attends to support the designers if needed. Shepherds also document these meetings, taking notes and photos.

CAMPUS COORDINATOR – ENVIRONMENTAL VOTER PROJECT (EVP)
Various locations

EVP is seeking applicants for its selective Campus Coordinator Program for the 2020 calendar year – although semester-long commits are also welcome. Each Campus Coordinator will work closely with EVP’s Organizing Director to build a campus-specific organizing plan and then oversee all organizing and voter contact for that designated college campus. EVP’s Campus Coordinator positions are unpaid, volunteer roles similar to campaign internships. Coordinators will be expected to work anywhere from 1–5 hours per week, according to a flexible schedule that takes exams and other student responsibilities into account. Phone interviews are being scheduled on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Shannon Seigal, Organizing Director, at shannon@environmentalvoter.org.


Employment Opportunities

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – COMMUNITY ACTION WORKS
Boston, MA/Various locations

Deadline to apply is February 10

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – U.S. PIRG (PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP)

$28,000-$30,000

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – ENVIRONMENT AMERICA
Various locations

$28,000-$30,000

SENIOR ASSOCIATE  – TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE COLLABORATIVE (TAC)
Boston, MA/Various locations

Contact: Mayra Pabon

DIRECTOR OF IT, DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT – CITY OF BOSTON DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Boston, MA
$87,000 – $125,000
Contact: Marcy Ostberg

SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR – TOWN OF WESTON
Weston, MA

$58,192 – $68,379

PROJECT MANAGER – PLANNING OFFICE FOR URBAN AFFAIRS
Boston, MA

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR – TOWN OF WALPOLE
Walpole, MA

$72,777-$96,028

SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNER – MASCO (MEDICAL ACADEMIC AND SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION)
Boston, MA

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – NEW ENERGY RISK
San Francisco

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (PART-TIME) – GROUNDWORK SOMERVILLE
Somerville, MA

$45,000-$52,000

DIRECTOR OF POLICY REFORM AND ADVOCACY – ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION
Baltimore, MD

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
Boston, MA

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – EMERALD CITIES BAY AREA
San Francisco, CA/Remote work

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER – ENEL GROUP
Boston, MA

ENVIRONMENTAL/URBAN PLANNER – FORT POINT ASSOCIATES/TETRA TECH
Andover, MA

CORE TEAM ORGANIZER, ANCHORS IN ACTION STANDARDS (PART-TIME) – REAL FOOD GENERATION
Remote work

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PLANNER – TOWN OF NATICK
Natick, MA
$60,000 to $72,000

REGIONAL PLANNER II – MAPC
Boston, MA

$60,000 – $70,000

LAUNCH CUSTOMER SUCCESS STRATEGIST & MANAGER – HOUSING NAVIGATOR MASSACHUSETTS, INC. (HNMI)
Remote work/Cambridge, MA

RETAIL NETWORK OUTREACH SPECIALIST, FARE TRANSFORMATION PROJECT – MBTA
Boston, MA

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – DUDLEY STREET NEIGHBORHOOD INITIATIVE (DSNI)
Boston, MA

ECONOMIC INTEGRATION SPECIALIST – MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR IMMIGRANT ADVANCEMENT, CITY OF BOSTON
Boston, MA
$55,676.36 – $77,397.89

SENIOR PLANNER ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING – BERKSHIRE REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
Pittsfield, MA
$58,115 – $68,123

RECORDING SECRETARY, PLANNING, ENVIRONMENTAL & PERMITTING DEPT (PART-TIME) – TOWN OF CARVER
Carver, MA

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – STRATEGEN
Various locations, Remote work

VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT – BOSTON HARBOR NOW
Boston, MA

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
Boston, MA

Contact: Johanna Zabriskie

DIRECTOR OF MEASUREMENT AND IMPACT – CLIMATE NEUTRAL
Remote work

EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS GROWTH COORDINATOR (PART-TIME) – EXTINCTION REBELLION BOSTON
Remote/Eastern MA

$21.15 hourly

CLEAN ENERGY AND CLIMATE SPECIALIST/PLANNER II – METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COUNCIL (MAPC)
Remote/Boston, MA

$60,000 – $75,000

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – BUILD IT GREEN
Oakland, CA

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – NATEL ENERGY, INC.
Remote/San Francisco Bay Area, CA 

DIRECTOR OF LEARNING – THE GRASSROOTS FUND
Newmarket, NH/Burlington, VT/Remote work

$55,000 – $70,000

INCUBATOR FARM MANAGER – TUFTS NEW ENTRY SUSTAINABLE FARMIMG PROJECT
Beverly, MA

MULTIPLE POSITIONS – ASCEND ANALYTICS, LLC
Boulder, CO

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE 1, ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY – YALE UNIVERSITY
New Haven, CT

TRANSPORTATION PLANNER – METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COUNCIL (MAPC)
Boston, MA

$52,000.00 – $62,000.00

PROGRAM MANAGER – DOWNTOWN FRAMINGHAM’S MAIN STREETS PROGRAM
Framingham, MA

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – PEOPLE UNITED FOR SUSTAINABLE HOUSING (PUSH BUFFALO)
Buffalo, New York

ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY SENIOR PLANNER – BERKSHIRE REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
Pittsfield, MA

$58,115 – $68,123

SUSTAINABILITY ANALYST – HANCOCK NATURAL RESOURCE GROUP (HNRG)
Boston, MA/Remote work

TRANSPORTATION PLANNER – MAPC
Boston, MA/Remote
$52,000 – $62,000
Contact: Marah Holland

POLICY AND PROGRAMS MANAGER – MASSACHUSETTS DEPT. OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Boston, MA
$35,247.68 – $80,000

GIS TECHNICIAN – MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY SERVICES AND SECURITY
Boston, MA
58,390.54 – 83,591.56

SENIOR OFFICER, PLANNING, STRATEGY – PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS