Job Opportunities

Open Positions

The MIT Office of Sustainability is currently seeking student applicants for one 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. Read below for description of the position and an overview of the details, qualifications, and application procedure.

Open Positions:

  1. Sustainable Procurement


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.


  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in sustainability and materials management 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. Sustainable Procurement

The Sustainable Procurement Fellow will work with the MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) and the Office of Procurement as a key resource to assist in evaluating and researching sustainable practices that can be integrated into procurement operations.  Key activities will include:

  1. Seek alignment between MITOS sustainable priorities and MIT procurement practices to identify those most relevant to procurement-related actions;
  2. Identify opportunities in which to integrate sustainability into MIT procurement policies, processes and procedures including;
    1. Develop sustainable behavior components for MIT’s e-catalogs;
    2. Draft language for RFPs and contracting to support the integration process;
    3. Engage existing vendors to identify range of vendor-driven opportunities
  3. Research, identify and recommend best practice for reporting and tracking of sustainable procurement performance;
  4. Identify and recommend best practices for evaluating, screening and promoting vendors according to sustainability criteria that satisfies sustainability aspirations across MIT office of sustainability focal areas (i.e. food, waste, climate resiliency, etc.).

This position is open immediately so applications will be reviewed and evaluated starting November 29, 2016.  Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to with “Sustainable Procurement Fellow” in the subject line.