Job Opportunities

Open Positions

The MIT Office of Sustainability is currently seeking student applicants for five paid Sustainability Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year (8-12 hours/week). Join a dynamic office that is developing MIT’s next generation vision of campus sustainability. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until September 9, 2016. Read below for descriptions of each position and an overview of the details, qualifications, and application procedure.

Open Positions:

  1. Communications, Design, and Outreach
  2. Sustainable Food Systems
  3. Climate Change Resiliency
  4. Cambridge Community Innovation
  5. Sustainability Research Fellow

Overview:

Hours: 8-12 hours per week during academic year (September-May)
Pay Range: $12-$18 per hour
Open to: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate MIT students.

Qualifications:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in sustainability and climate-related issues as they relate to urban and/or campus sustainability as well as a desire to impact the future of MIT and sustainability in higher education and beyond;
  • Excellent written, visual and oral communication skills, including presentation of complex data
  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, and analysis, including proficiency in Excel;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated coursework in water, land, energy, materials, food systems, and/or building-related topics within the Departments of Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar

1. Communications, Design, and Outreach Fellow

The Communications, Design, and Outreach Fellow will develop dynamic written and visual materials that empower the MIT community to learn and take action on a range of important sustainability issues at MIT, from climate change to sustainable mobility. This position requires a creative communicator who is passionate about social and environmental change as well as values the importance of using digital platforms for communication and learning.

Duties will include:

  • Assist in the development and production of web, social media, and print content and strategy to support Office of Sustainability website and writing projects;
  • Write, edit, and post articles on the Office of Sustainability News and Events webpage
  • Provide additional support to Office of Sustainability projects as needed

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Strong written and interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage a variety of stakeholders and speak and listen to diverse viewpoints.
  • Basic knowledge of backend website function and/or familiarity with Drupal
  • Experience blogging and/or using social media in an organizational context highly desirable
  • Experience in graphic design, sound, and/or video editing highly desirable

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with “Communications Fellow” in the subject line. Applications must be received by: September 9th, 2016.


2. Sustainable Food Systems Fellow

How does MIT impact the environment and society through its food choices? How can MIT create a cutting edge sustainable food system on campus? The Sustainable Food Systems Fellow will work with the MIT Office of Sustainability and collaborate closely with Residential Life & Dining to continue to develop a comprehensive analysis of the MIT food system and begin to answer these questions. Building on the work of a summer fellow, this position will continue to collect and interpret data related to the MIT food system (i.e. dining halls, catering, food waste), research and analyze best practices, and shape a set of recommendations for the future.

Duties will include:

  • Assess current food systems at MIT, including an analysis of available data, existing resources (administrative and academic), current contracts, and
  • Continue to refine a set of recommendations for creating a more sustainable and healthy food systems on campus, including the procurement, production, consumption, and disposal of food

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in sustainability, food, and climate-related issues as they relate to urban and/or campus sustainability as well as a desire to impact the future of MIT;
  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, and analysis, including proficiency in Excel;

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with “Food Fellow” in the subject line. Applications must be received by: September 9th, 2016.


3.  Climate Change Resiliency Fellow

The MIT Office of Sustainability and the Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity is seeking to hire a student Climate Change Resiliency Fellow to support the research and planning needs of MIT’s campus-based climate preparedness and adaptation efforts. The Fellow will assist in synthesizing and launching climate activities primarily through research, writing, graphic support and implementation planning about climate vulnerability, risk assessment and preparedness planning.

Duties will include:

  • Research best practices for climate vulnerability assessment and climate preparedness, as applied to urban institutions;
  • Assist in developing emergency management plans and procedures that integrate climate change risks;
  • Prepare an inventory of existing, relevant plans and policies at MIT;
  • Prepare maps, info graphics and other compelling visuals that can raise awareness about future climate risks to the MIT campus, operations and community;
  • Inform alignment of MIT’s resiliency planning priorities and activities with resiliency studies from the region including the Climate Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Cambridge and Climate Ready Boston;

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in climate change risk, climate change adaptation, climate change vulnerability, and emergency preparedness in urban and institutional contexts;
  • Graphic design skillset to convey ideas visually;
  • Desire to impact the future of MIT;

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with “Climate Change Resiliency Fellow” in the subject line. Applications must be received by: September 9th, 2016.


4.  Cambridge Community Innovation Fellow

The MIT Office of Sustainability is seeking to hire a student Community Innovation Fellow to support the Office of Sustainability’s strategic partnerships with the City of Cambridge that advance innovative sustainability collaboration through research, program design and development, and facilitation. The Fellow will focus on supporting MIT’s engagement with the City on critical programs including the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future, Net Zero Action Plan, Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO), and Kendall Square Eco-District.

Duties will include:

  • Research, analysis, writing, program development, and project implementation in support of several key MIT/Cambridge collaborations including, but not limited to:
    • Assist in the design, development, and facilitation of a technical workshop on building energy efficiency or climate resiliency planning for members of the Cambridge Compact.
    • Collect, analyze, and synthesize MIT lab energy performance data and best practices to support MIT’s participation in the City of Cambridge’s Net Zero Action Plan laboratory energy initiatives,
    • Research, design, and develop community education material for the City’s energy use disclosure portal that explains MIT energy use in the context of advancing MIT’s mission through lab-intensive work.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in multi-stakeholder collaborative and collective action frameworks; university/municipal government partnerships; and sustainability program development and implementation.
  • Urban environmental planning and design experience a plus.
  • Interest in developing innovative approaches to collaboration preferred.

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with “Community Innovation Fellow” in the subject line. Applications must be received by: September 9th, 2016.


5.  Sustainability Research Fellow

The MIT Office of Sustainability is seeking to hire a student Sustainability Research Fellow to support the research and operational needs of the office. The Sustainability Research Fellow will work on a variety of research, reporting, and data-related tasks, which seek to identify and explore ways of improving campus sustainability. Research topics may include carbon pricing, renewable energy, commuting and transportation, institutional bench marking, materials management, or other topics related to higher education sustainability. The fellow will work with the office director, staff, and fellows to support operations, perform ad-hoc administrative tasks, and help inform the development of effective policies and programs. Applicants with an interest in scientific research and writing, and an interest in sustainability systems as they relate to planning, operations, and community engagement are encouraged to apply.

Duties will include:

  • Research and develop briefings on campus sustainability priority topic areas
  • Conduct literature reviews and assessments of best practices and innovative technology & policy solutions
  • Draft, review, and present written, quantitative, and visual materials for MIT students, staff, and faculty groups
  • Provide additional support to Office of Sustainability projects as needed

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience and/or strong interest in sustainability issues as they relate to campus sustainability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with meticulous attention to detail;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including an interest and ability to conduct face-to-face research interviews
  • Familiarity with data collection and data transformation practices in Excel or in a statistical program such as R, or Stata
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as needed
  • Graduate student preferred, but will consider strong undergraduate candidates

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with “Sustainability Research” in the subject line. Applications must be received by: September 9th, 2016.