Jobs and Fellowships

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Join our team of creative individuals working towards a more sustainable MIT. As our role on campus continues to grow and evolve, we'll post both full-time and student fellowship positions to meet our goals.

Full-time Positions

There are currently no full-time positions open at MITOS.

Student Fellowships

The MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is currently seeking student applicants for 4 full-time paid Sustainability Fellowships for Summer 2019. Join a dynamic, collaborative office that is developing MIT’s next generation vision of campus sustainability. Read below for descriptions of each position and an overview of the details and qualifications.


Details (for all positions):

  • Hours and eligibility:

    • Full time, 35-40 hour/week for Summer (10 weeks, June-August), open to all current students from MIT and other higher education institutions

  • Pay Range: $15-$18

  • Open to: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students


Qualifications (for all positions):

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in sustainability 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.


To apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to mitosjobs@mit.edu with the name of the position in the subject line.

See below for descriptions of each positions and associated qualifications.


 

Summer 2019 - Open Positions
Analytics and Visualization

MIT’s Office of Sustainability (MITOS) is seeking a student fellow to scale its analytics and visualization practice. The fellow will use open source data science programs, such as R and Spark, and visualization programs, such as tableau, to process MIT campus sustainability data into information that can support administrative decision-making.

MITOS works closely with MIT operations departments across the Institute to enhance and accelerate campus sustainability. Analytics are fundamental to MITOS’ approach. The fellow will work across several sustainability topic areas, which may include energy, waste, water, transportation, buildings, and more.

Tasks Include:

  • Code open source programs to analyze and automate campus sustainability data flows

  • Develop metrics, graphics, and web-based visualizations designed for particular stakeholders, the MIT community, or the public

  • Work with stakeholders to understand the scope and complexity of campus datasets

  • Support ad hoc administrative tasks as necessary, such as spreadsheet work, presentation development, and website maintenance

Qualifications

An ideal candidate has many of the following skills/traits:

  • An eagerness to learn

  • Self-motivated

  • Experience with data analytics programs; R and/or Spark preferred

  • Experience developing graphics, dashboards, and interactive visualizations; Tableau preferred

  • Strong communications skills and comfortable working with diverse stakeholders

  • Comfortable asking clarifying questions and seeking help when needed

  • Interest in improving campus sustainability

  • Willingness to take ownership of work

  • Ability to independently problem solve analytics tasks

  • Experience working with website development, design, or content management is a plus

 

Climate Resiliency

The MIT Office of Sustainability and MIT Emergency Management are seeking to hire a student Climate Resiliency Fellow to support the planning needs of MIT’s campus-based climate preparedness, business continuity and adaptation efforts. The Fellow will support MIT’s climate resiliency activities at campus and city scales through mapping, analyzing and communicating about MIT’s climate vulnerability, risk assessment and preparedness planning.
The Fellow’s efforts will build upon emerging mapping outputs from the MIT Flood Vulnerability Study, a dynamic 2D modelling of current and future campus flood risks conducted in partnership with the MIT Joint Program for Science and Policy of Global Change.  A key outcome of the Fellow’s activities would be a refined understanding of priority locations and community functions for immediate and near term preparedness and adaptation.

Duties will include:

  • Prepare GIS Mapping analysis about flood risk for community assets, including  integration of mapping of campus building, community functions and financial risk locations;

  • Develop prioritization criteria for evaluating preparedness and business continuity planning needs;

  • Communicate findings through summary presentation of maps, synthesis of community impacts based on flood risks, summary of top tier priorities for preparedness and business continuity

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;

  • GIS analysis skillset;

  • Graphic design skillset (though not required for applicants) to convey ideas visually

  • Desire to impact the future of MIT

Communications, Design, and Digital Outreach

The Communications, Design, and Digital Outreach Fellow will develop dynamic written and visual materials that empower MIT and the broader community to learn and take action on a range of important sustainability issues, from climate resilience to sustainable mobility. This position requires a creative communicator who is passionate about social, scientific, and environmental change as well as values the importance of using digital platforms for communication, storytelling, and learning. This position will work closely with MITOS project managers on an array of communications platforms, including sustainability.mit.edu, datapool.mit.edu, and climate.mit.edu. The ideal candidate will have experience with Drupal, graphic design, video, social media, and strong written and interpersonal skills.
 

Duties will include:

  • Creation and management of strategic communications materials, including news stories, infographics, videos, audio stories, and various web content;

  • Assist in reporting and analysis of web and social media performance;

  • Provide additional support to Office of Sustainability projects as needed

 

Sustainable Food Systems Fellow (new!)

MIT Dining, in partnership with the MIT Office of Sustainability, is seeking a student fellow to work collaboratively over the summer to advance a sustainable campus food system, focusing on procurement, waste, and education at MIT.
 
Tasks:

  • Work closely with MIT Dining partners and the Office of Sustainability;
  • Assist in developing more efficient data collection and tracking methods for sustainable food purchases. This may involve: acquiring invoices, inputting data into a workable format, categorizing each product based on specific guidelines;
  • Assist in reviewing and analyzing campus food purchases, including the analysis of product categories associated with high sustainability impact;
  • Identify points of leverage, potential product shifts, and innovations;
  • Assist with materials management education efforts (trash, recycling, compost)
  • Review recycling signage (i.e. readability, missing locations, languages)
  • Investigate cross-contamination incidents, conduct audits
  • Collaborate with Recycling and Materials Management staff on training program for dining vendors
  • Develop outreach and education materials (website updates, news stories).

Additional Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working with large amounts of data
  • Passion for food systems and understanding of current issues, including fair trade, organic, humane, local, and sustainable seafood principals
     
Sustainable Procurement (no longer hiring)

This position has been filled.

The Sustainable Procurement Fellow will work with the MIT Office of Sustainability (MITOS) and partner offices to help launch MIT into a pilot implementation phase promoting more sustainable consumption.  This Fellowship will help MIT move the needle by leveraging procurement activities (material inputs) to “design out waste” (material outputs) from MIT.

Building upon MIT’s materials management initiative and its work with the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), this position will work with the MIT community and its preferred vendors to refine and prioritize actionable pilot strategies including packaging reduction, take-back opportunities, material surplus re-use and sharing, etc.  A key outcome of the Fellowship will be a framework of specific actions to be implemented in partnership with key MIT vendors and the MIT community. 

Duties will include:

  • Engage with MIT preferred vendors to explore and prioritize feasible strategies that utilize procurement to design out waste;

  • Develop frameworks for pilot activities that can test implementation of prioritized strategies;

  • Create synthesized presentations of proposed activities for the MIT community

Qualifications:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in sustainability, materials management procurement and waste 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 for MIT students, staff and faculty

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated coursework in environmental policy, business, materials, waste, procurement and/or related topics.