Sustainability at Tufts

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Middlesex Fells Outreach Opportunity, CCEP (Middlesex County, MA)

On June 10th, the students and teachers of Medford High School will be participating in a stewardship event organized by the Community Conservation Education Partnership (CCEP) from 10 am -12 pm with lunch and music to follow.  The CCEP is a committee of local organizations including Medford High School, Eagle Eye Institute, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA DCR, USDA Forest Service, US EPA, and Tufts University.  The CCEPaims to connect the entire Medford High School community (students, teachers, and parents alike) to the Middlesex Fells Reservation through innovative in-school and after-school outdoor education, field research, and enrichment activities.  If you are a supporter of outdoor education, please consider participating in this outreach event to show your support.

Volunteers can simply agree to assist a teacher with a small group of approximately 20 students on a specific task in the Fells, such as identifying different plant species in the area or removing an invasive plant species in a designated area.  Volunteers are also welcome to lead a group of students in an activity such as reading Thoreau in the Lawrence Woods or guiding a group of students to a location to capture the scene with photography, poetry, or any form of art.

Any idea for a project is welcome; the CCEP wants these projects to be diverse in content to pique the interest of all of the community members of Medford High School!

Application Deadline:  Any suggestion for a project will need prior approval by the CCEP and Headmaster of Medford High School preferably by May 21st.  

Application Details: If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Karen O’Hagan at karen.ohagan[at] with a short description of your project idea or just your willingness to assist a Medford High School teacher by spending 2 hours outside along a trail with a group of high school students.



AmeriCorps Education & Outreach Coordinator (Raleigh, NC)

This position is based at the NC State University Sustainability Office in Raleigh, NC. The University Sustainability Office’s mission is to equip the NC State community for a leaner, smarter, stronger future. Our vision is to build a culture that creates leaders and sustainable solutions for global challenges.

Purpose of the position

The purpose of this position is to:

  • Build strong connections across campus
  • Promote environmental education through service learning
  • Create concrete ways sustainability programs can connect with underserved populations
  • Help define and articulate the interconnectedness of sustainability and diversity on campus
  • Infuse cultural competence into sustainability programs
  • Create network and programs that can be carried forward
  • Determine a focus for NC State’s sustainability and diversity focus
  • Use environmental education as a connector for the local solutions that support all people
  • Provide environmental educational training and resources to diverse audiences on campus

Position responsibilities

Position responsibilities and duties will include the following:

  • Outreach: workshops, presentations
  • Planning: events, service projects
  • Build relationships: connect departments, student groups, community groups
  • Set the direction, identify priorities
  • Be a catalyst to join movements
  • Program development: create presentations tailored to  specific audiences


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Interest in sustainability and/or environmental education
  • Organizational skills
  • Interest in learning about and working with diverse populations
  • Planning skills

Essential Functions/physical demands

The member will primarily work in an office space.

Preferred schedule

Monday- Friday 8 am – 5pm (but flexible)

Some after hours (only when necessary)


Second Nature Internship (Boston, MA)


Location: Boston, MA, USA

Second Nature is a Boston-based non-profit organization working to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education. Accomplished through a variety of initiatives including the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) a program with over 680 colleges and universities where the presidents have committed to carbon neutrality and climate action on their campuses.

Second Nature is seeking applicants for internships that may focus on any of the following tasks based on the applicant’s area of interest:

  • Support member institutions with meeting their sustainability and resilience goals, with a focus on programs with minority-serving institutions
  • Assist with recruitment activities for new and existing members
  • Perform research and analysis of current programs to optimize member services and develop new resources for member institutions, utilizing our unique datasets
  • Assist with communications and outreach
  • Provide support for grant submission and corporate engagement initiatives
  • CRM database management and data entry

Knowledge of sustainability and resilience issues, a passion for supporting under-resourced organizations and the ability to contribute to the growth of the organization through new skills, insights, and creative ideas are musts. Outstanding candidates may possess some of the following: research and data analysis skills; excellent writing and communication skills; knowledge of Salesforce or other customer management software; experience developing corporate relationships and external fundraising; an advanced understanding of the ACUPCC (including experience with greenhouse gas inventories and/or climate action planning); and in-depth knowledge and passion for climate leadership issues relevant to higher education.

Position Details: Second Nature offers a dynamic and creative work environment with a customized experience for each intern designed to be challenging and build desired skill-sets. These positions have a flexible work schedule with approximately a 4-5 month, 15-20 hour a week commitment. Interns will have direct supervision from Second Nature staff beginning in Jan/February 2015 and ending April/May 2015, both local and remote options are available. This is a paid internship, and can also be completed for credit.

Who Should Apply: Students at all post-secondary institutions– including graduate level, bachelor’s and associates students– are invited to apply. Women and minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Faculty & Staff: Please forward this application to students that may be a good fit for this experience.

How to Apply: Please fill out the form below.  Upload a Resume & Cover Letter. Direct your cover letter to: Janna Cohen-Rosenthal, Director of ACUPCC Inititaitves. In your cover letter please address what you hope to gain from an internship with Second Nature, your primary interest areas, and what relevant experiences you may have.


About Employment with Second Nature

Second Nature’s mission is to accelerate movement toward a sustainable future by serving and supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.  We believe that in order for society to move in a sustainable direction, higher education must develop a new framework in which the sector and individual institutions operate as a fully integrated communities that teach, research, and model social and ecological sustainability.

Second Nature is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on any of the following: race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or gender characteristics, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.

Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Conservation Vision Program Coordinator (San Francisco, CA)

Position Summary

We are seeking a full time Program Coordinator for our Conservation Vision Program. Through this program, The Trust for Public Land helps agencies and communities define open space and recreation priorities, identify lands to be protected, and plan networks of parks and other conserved lands that meet public need. The position is responsible for supporting the Director of Planning, based in San Francisco with research, writing and a variety of other Conservation Vision programmatic activities.

Essential Functions

  • Supports Conservation Vision program in research and writing on the following types of programs and initiatives: park, trail and open space planning; park and park system evaluations; green infrastructure; ecosystem services; and land and water connections.
  • Conducts research and writes reports related to communities with whom we are working. Besides doing internet research, this often includes collecting information via telephone interviews.
  • Manages community survey and park evaluation projects.
  • Supports teams in completing project work plans, including scheduling calls, site visits, and internet-based meetings.
  • Oversees the maintenance of databases and other information retrieval systems to help track program work. This includes conducting an annual evaluation of TPL’s 50+ completed conservation planning projects.
  • Assists in developing outreach materials, including factsheets, presentations, exhibit materials, and reports.
  • Assists in preparing grant proposals and reports; assists in meeting reporting deadlines.
  • Perform other relevant duties, including some administrative tasks, as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 4 years related work experience or graduate degree in related field with some related professional work experience.
  • Course work in environmental studies/science, statistics, urban planning, public policy, or economics.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong academic research and analytic skills. Experience summarizing data, policy papers and research.
  • Experience conducting evaluations, preferably park evaluations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficient with software tools for surveying, data analysis, and report design, such as Survey Monkey, Excel, R, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated commitment to parks, open space and land preservation.
  • Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and problem solve.
  • Available for regular travel.
How to Apply:

Please apply online.