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Eco Rep-Tufts Office of Sustainability (Medford, MA)

Apply now to be an Eco Rep for the Spring 2013 Semester!

The Tufts Eco-Representatives (Eco-Reps) are a group of residential students who help to raise awareness about ecological issues, encourage environmentally responsible behavior in their hall-mates and peers, and plan related events and activities. They also organize group activities, collaborative projects, and represent the Eco-Reps Program at various campus events. Eco-Reps attend a training retreat at the beginning of the semester as well as weekly meetings. For more information about the program, visit our website.

The application process is rolling, so apply today! Contact with questions.

Student Projects Database Intern – Office of Sustainability (Medford, MA)

This position has been filled.

The Office of Sustainability (OOS) seeks an intern to create a database of student class projects related to environmental sustainability. The intern will be responsible for transforming this information into a searchable database for the OOS website. The intern will also be tasked with organizing a symposium for current sustainability research projects, to be held at the end of the semester or the academic year. This is a great opportunity for a student with experience in computer science to be involved with sustainability efforts at Tufts!

Requirements: Applicants must be highly capable in database design, as well as organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated. Written and event organization skills are also imperative. Previous experience with sustainability projects on Tufts campus preferred. This position is open to Tufts students who are studying at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Work-study or non-work-study students are welcome to apply. 5 hours per week anticipated. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

Position to be filled as soon as possible. Applicants should apply early.

Campus Sustainability Council Administrative Intern – Office of Sustainability (Medford, MA)

This position has been filled.

Last year, President Monaco formed a President’s Campus Sustainability Council to assess the goals and aspirations for next level of campus sustainability at Tufts. The council is made up of a small group of faculty, staff and students. In addition, there are three working groups consisting of experts in the field: one each for water, waste and energy.

The intern will work with  the Sustainability Council and working groups to set up meetings and reserve rooms, send out meeting reminders and follow-ups, take and write up meeting minutes, maintain a Trunk site and webpage, and conduct research.The Intern may also work with the Eco-Ambassadors, a staff program designed to promote sustainability in the department and administrative offices at Tufts. This is a great opportunity to see the inner workings of sustainability action!

Requirements: Applicants must be reliable, courteous, responsive and very professional. Organizational skills, excellent note-taking and event organizational skills are imperative. This position is only open to Tufts students who are studying at the graduate level. Work-study or non-work-study students are welcome. 15 hours per week anticipated. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

Position to be filled as soon as possible. Applicants should apply early.

Jun 26: Walking Tour of Blueback Herring River Route (Somerville, MA)

In collaboration with the Inner Core Committee, MetroFuture Walks & Talks will be hosting an afternoon walk from 3-4:30 pm on June 26 along the Blueback Herring River Route in Somerville. In the fall of 2009 the City of Somerville was awarded a grant by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust to create new opportunities for the community to access and enjoy the Mystic River. One component was to develop a safe pedestrian route from Foss Park to the Blessing of the Bay boathouse called the Blueback Herring River Route. We will gather at the Mystic Activity Center for a brief overview of the project and then we will walk along the 0.6 mile route and back (a total of 1.2 miles). Each participant will receive a copy of the Blueback Herring River Route map as well as a copy of the publication “How to Develop Walking Routes to the Lower Mystic River and its Tributaries: A Tool Kit”. Please note that portions of the sidewalks along the route are rough and uneven and may be difficult to navigate in a wheelchair or for people with other mobility difficulties. This event is made possible with funding provided by the Sustainable Communities grant and will take place rain or shine. RSVP here.

Jun 9: New England Environmental Justice Summit (Worcester, MA)

The EJ Summit, held from 9AM-6PM at Higgins University Center on the Clark University campus, is a unique, daylong event designed to connect community advocates, citizens, lawyers, and policymakers who are interested in the environment and its impacts on low income people and people of color. This event is geared to people in New England concerned with: reducing toxins in food, consumer goods, homes and buildings; improving environmental health for urban residents; ensuring justice for laborers and low-income users of public transit; building the strength of grassroots environmental groups; securing laws to safeguard health for low-income people and people of color. Summit workshops will cover toxics and women’s health, energy justice, urban and rural environmental issues, food justice, and more. To register and for more information, click here.

Program Officer, MA Green Retrofit Initiative (Boston, MA)

Apply by June 18, 2012. The Program Officer will work closely with the Massachusetts Green Retrofit Initiative staff, both at Boston LISC and New Ecology. The Program Officer will be responsible for matching retrofit projects with funding and financing from a variety of sources, including LISC loan funds, statewide financing agencies, property reserves, owner contributions, utility ratepayer-funded programs, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, local governments, and others. The Program Officer will then submit applications for funding and financing on behalf of property owners. The position requires in-depth knowledge of affordable housing finance for both non-profit and for-profit owners across Massachusetts. Applications will be considered as received. Qualified applicants should forward cover letter and resume no later than June 18, 2012, preferably via e-mail, to: Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn, Local Initiatives Support Corporation at

GIS Lab Assistant, Tufts UIT (Medford, MA)

Tufts University Information Technology group is seeking responsible students who would like to help support the GIS Center. We are hiring for two positions: Summer 2012, approximately 20 hours of work per week, between 9 am and 5 pm and Fall 2012 semester, 8-15 hours of work per week, between 10am and 9pm. Pay: $12 per hour. The job will entail keeping the GIS lab operational, assisting students with GIS projects, and providing project support for on-going research projects at the GIS Center. Preference will be given to students with the following skills: Working knowledge of ArcGIS and willingness to learn more about ArcGIS, ENVI, IDRISI, ERDAS Imagine, Google Earth, GeoDa, Adobe products, and other computer mapping, desktop publishing, and statistical software. Must enjoy working with others and helping students learn more about GIS. Please send resume and brief description of your GIS experience to

Summer Food Policy and Advocacy Intern, Community Servings (Jamaica Plain, MA)

Apply by May 31, 2012. Seeking a Summer Food Policy and Advocacy Intern to work directly with our CEO and Advocacy Committee to lay the groundwork for Community Servings’ emerging policy and advocacy work. This position is an ideal opportunity for an individual wanting to gain solid professional skills and experience for a career in politics, public policy, nonprofit management or communications. For details, see here.

Summer Food System Intern, Office of Food Initiatives (Boston, MA)

This internship will focus on Boston’s sustainable food community in the broadest sense, from production to waste management. The food systems intern will be tasked with conducting an assessment of the activities and actors that comprise Boston’s sustainable food system, identifying strengths and weakness, and most importantly, opportunities for impact. The Office of Food Initiatives will serve as a liaison and enable this intern to meet and interface with a diverse group, from the urban farmer to the small-­-scale food vendor to local representatives of national businesses. Specific projects include an assessment of Boston’s food landscape (from large scale groceries and corner stores to community gardens and public orchards) and advancing a conversation around subsidized Community Supported Agriculture models. Contact: Edith Murnane

Energy Retrofit Data Analysis Intern, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Boston, MA)

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) seeks a detail-oriented, self-motivated individual for the position of Energy Retrofit Data Analysis Intern in Boston, Massachusetts. The Intern will provide data analysis and research support to assist in analyzing the achievements of the Boston LISC Green Retrofit Initiative, and the LEAN Multifamily utility funded energy conservation program, and provide other data analysis support.  Other tasks may include troubleshooting data problems in WegoWise, a residential energy use tracking database, and following up with building owners to ensure proper documentation of the energy upgrades to the properties. The intern will compile the results into a final report and presentation to be delivered by the end of the summer. LISC will provide training on the WegoWise database, types of data available, and the overall retrofit initiative, but the Intern will be expected to work independently on the data analysis and must have prior database, research and analysis experience. The retrofit data project, will be the Intern’s primary responsibility, but if time allows, the intern may be able to engaged in other LISC work. To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn at