Author: Alfonso Martin M. Syquia (page 1 of 8)

Internship: North American Arctic-Boreal Carbon Synthesis, Tufts Fletcher School, Woodwell Climate Research Center (Remote)

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: Salmon, Water, and People on the Kenai Peninsula, Tufts Fletcher School, Woodwell Climate Research Center (Remote)

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.

Core Team Organizer, Anchors in Action Standards

The AiA Standards Core Team Organizer (CTO) is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a student or recent graduate who will be bridging food sovereignty, racial equity, and climate justice with institutional values-based food procurement. The CTO plays a crucial role in coordinating the AiA Standards Revision project and supporting the project management team, with a focus on engaging university stakeholders and supporting the research. In addition, the CTO supports the communications of the Standards to AiA’s audience and the development of tools and resources for institutions to adopt the Standards.

The CTO will work up to 12 hours a week and will be paid $15.50/hour. The position will last through December 2021 and requires some weekend and evening work. This position is worked remotely and the CTO must have reliable access to a computer and a stable internet connection.

Capital Renewal Program Manager, Tufts University Operations Division (Medford, MA)

The “Capital Renewal Manager” will lead long-range capital renewal planning and provide oversight of funds allocated to address Deferred Maintenance (DM) projects.   Working in close collaboration with key colleagues in Operations (Engineering, Facilities, Capital Projects & Campus Planning), Schools/Division Leadership, and the Finance Division this position will identify, prioritize and address the most critical Deferred maintenance (DM) work across all campuses that meets the objectives of the campus academic, research and clinic missions. 

This position will build upon existing systems of tracking, reporting and assessment of building systems, and develop new planning tools for management of campus horizontal infrastructure including integration of the capital renewal plan with the University’s carbon neutral goals. Reporting to the Director of Campus & Capital Renewal Planning, this position is expected to operate with a high degree of independence and initiative.   In the future, this role may supervise 1 – 2 full-time academic professional personnel and/or part-time students.

Ruby on Rails Programmer: Adopt-A-Storm Drain Website, City of Medford Office of Energy & Environment (Medford, MA / Remote)

The City of Medford’s Office of Energy & Environment is looking to hire a programmer for a short-term project to create an interactive web map for the launch of the City’s new Adopt-A-Storm Drain Program. Adopt-a-Drain programs are volunteer efforts run by municipalities around the country to help keep drains free of debris which can clog them and cause flooding, or end up in nearby rivers and lakes. These programs also help enhance civic engagement, educate the community about environmental issues, and cultivate a sense of stewardship for the local environment.

We are looking for someone who will adapt existing open source code written in Ruby on Rails. The work will involve “forking” open source code via GitHub for San Francisco’s Adopt-A-Drain program, which is the most up-to-date version of this project, and adapting it for Medford. This will entail replacing the drain data and web text with Medford’s data and information, and deploying the site. A stipend of $500 will be provided, and the project is expected to take about 20-30 hours of work, possibly less. This task may also make a good final project for a computer science or web mapping class. This project requires proven experience in Ruby on Rails. Other required technical experience includes:

  • Website deployment
  • Github
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter describing your applicable experience to Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy & Environment, along with one or two references who can speak to Ruby on Rails projects that you have completed. These can be references for unpaid work such as school projects. We are looking to have this project completed as soon as possible.

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