Job Opportunities

Now Hiring Summer 2015 Sustainability Fellows

The MIT Office of Sustainability is seeking to hire four full-time student Sustainability Fellows for the summer of 2015 to support and drive innovation around the work of MIT’s campus sustainability efforts. Please review the fellowship information, qualifications, and job descriptions below. The four positions are:

  1. Climate Change Vulnerability Fellow
  2. Communications and Outreach Fellow
  3. Sustainable Mobility Fellow
  4. Sustainable Working Group Research Fellow

Fellowship Information:

Fellows will work 40 hours per week during the summer of 2015 (May-August). Pay ranges from $15-$18/hour depending on student level and ability. Open to both upper-level undergraduate and graduate, MIT and non-MIT students. Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu. Applications must be received by: April 10, 2015.

Qualifications for all Candidates:

  • 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;
  • Excellent written, visual and oral communication skills, including presentation of complex data;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including an interest and ability to conduct face-to-face research interviews
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as needed
  • Graduate student preferred, but will consider strong undergraduate candidates (open to both MIT and non-MIT)

MIT Sustainability Fellow: Climate Change Vulnerability

The MIT Office of Sustainability is seeking to hire a student Climate Change Vulnerability Fellow to support the research and planning needs of MIT’s climate preparedness efforts. The Fellow will assist in synthesizing and launching climate change related activities managed by the Office of Sustainability, primarily through research, writing, and implementation planning for a climate vulnerability assessment and preparedness planning for the MIT campus.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Provide research and implementation planning for a climate vulnerability assessment of the MIT campus
  • Conduct literature review and assessment of adaptation planning needs to minimize disruption to campus as a result of extreme weather events, heat, and flooding from storm surge
  • Assist in preparing a formal RFP for a climate vulnerability assessment
  • Ensure alignment between the Climate Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Cambridge and the needs and priorities of the MIT campus
  • Research and consider approaches for engaging individuals and departments across campus in the implementation of the assessment
  • Assist in developing preparedness and planning materials to ensure climate change risk is incorporated into emergency management processes
  • Perform data analysis and data collection
  • Research best practices for climate vulnerability assessment and climate preparedness, as applies to urban institutions
  • Provide support for documentation, outreach, and implementation as needed

Additional Qualifications
In addition to those listed at the top of the page, we seek candidates that have:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in climate change risk, climate change adaptation, and climate change vulnerability in urban and institutional contexts
  • Experience and/or strong interest in climate change impacts in urban environments
  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, and analysis, including proficiency in Excel

To Apply

To apply, send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with Climate Change Vulnerability Fellow in the subject line. Applications must be received by: April 10th.


MIT Sustainability Fellow: Communications and Outreach

MIT’s Office of Sustainability (OFS) is seeking a full-time summer Sustainability Fellow to develop dynamic communications and outreach materials that empower the MIT community to learn, interact, and take action on sustainability-related issues at MIT. This position requires a creative, design-oriented thinker who is passionate about social and environmental change.

Basic Responsibilities
The fellow will assist in all aspects of the:

  • Creation and management of strategic communications materials, including news stories, audio stories, and various web content
  • Development and launch of social media on sustainability at MIT (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others)
  • Assist in reporting and analysis of web and social media performance
  • Development of visual branding, messaging, and graphic storytelling tools (i.e. info graphics)
  • Development and management of outreach programs designed to promote a sustainable culture at MIT, including a sustainable event and office certification tools
  • Provide additional support to Office of Sustainability projects as needed

Additional Qualifications
In addition to those listed at the top of the page, we seek candidates that have:

  • Experience coordinating outreach programs with diverse groups of people around social or environmental issues;
  • Proven experience in developing text and graphic content for effective communication materials including digital media (websites and social media), online and print (posters, infogrpahics, and reports) using Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Familiarity with Drupal and Google Analytics preferred
  • Multimedia experience a plus (i.e. video, audio)

To Apply

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu. Specify “Summer Communications Fellow” in your email subject line.


MIT Sustainability Fellow: Sustainable Mobility

The Sustainable Mobility Fellow will work jointly with the MIT Office of Sustainability and the MIT Parking and Transportation Office to support the development of a sustainable transportation proposal for the campus. The fellow will research the latest research, trends, and innovative possibilities for moving people and goods to, from and around the MIT campus by exploring the future of urban mobility.

  • The role of emerging mobility technologies
  • The sharing economy, i.e. car-sharing, bike-sharing, etc.
  • Walking and cycling infrastructure
  • Clean and energy-efficient vehicles, self-driving vehicles, and multimodal innovations
  • Transportation demand management
  • Smart infrastructure (i.e. use of sensors and communications technology)
  • Environmental, public health, and behavioral challenges associated with mobility and transportation
  • Policies, regulation and safety
  • Model urban and campus mobility strategic plans

Basic Responsibilities

  • Data collection and analysis;
  • Development sustainable transportation scenarios via quantitative modeling
  • 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 group

Additional Qualifications
In addition to those listed at the top of the page, we seek candidates that have:

  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, and analysis, including proficiency in Excel

To Apply

To apply, send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with Sustainable Mobility Fellow in the subject line. Applications must be received by: April 10th.


MIT Sustainability Fellow: Sustainable Working Group Research

MIT’s Office of Sustainability (OFS) is seeking a full-time summer Sustainability Fellow to actively support and drive the research and writing needs of its current and future sets of Sustainability Working Groups. The current set of groups is: Stormwater and Land Management; Sustainable Design and Construction; Materials and Waste Management; and Green Labs. These working groups have met regularly since the fall of 2014 and include staff and faculty representatives from MIT administrative and academic departments. The aim of the Working Groups is to assess current conditions, identify best practices and cutting edge models, and develop a set of recommendations for integrating sustainability into campus operations, while enhancing the core academic mission of MIT. In addition, a new set of working groups will be launched in the fall of 2015. The purpose of this position is to support the processes for both the existing and new working groups.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Conduct research, perform data collection and analysis
  • Synthesize research, analysis, and recommendations into a report
  • Draft, review, and present written, quantitative, and visual material for MIT students, staff, and faculty groups
  • Conduct literature reviews and assessments of best practices and innovative technology & policy solutions
  • Develop and maintain professional collaboration with MIT Working Group members and other institutional partners

Additional Qualifications
In addition to those listed at the top of the page, we seek candidates that have:

  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, and analysis, including proficiency in Excel
  • 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

To Apply

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu. Specify “Summer Working Group Research Fellow” in your email subject line. Applications must be received by: April 10, 2015.


About the Office

The Office of Sustainability, which reports directly to MIT’s Executive Vice President and Treasurer, is currently developing a next generation approach to campus sustainability, working collaboratively across MIT and beyond to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus operations and learning, creating a model sustainable campus that serves the world.