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Research Intern (part time or full time): Sustainability Roundtable Inc. (Boston)

Research Intern

Type: Part-Time or Full-Time

Position Description

Interns contribute to multiple aspects of SR Inc’s business from database management to content delivery to client process research on topics within the Sustainable Business & Enterprise Roundtable (SBER) research agenda.

SBER Research and Executive Guidance is based on Member-Client interviews, case studies, secondary resources, and discussions with sector experts and vendors. Research reports always include actionable guidance for executives who manage real estate portfolios. The published reports are continuously enhanced through Member-Client feedback; they are updated regularly as market conditions, technologies, and practices evolve. Research findings are presented at Client meetings throughout the U.S.

Responsibilities

  • Perform secondary research and analysis on an array of topics relating to management best practices in greater sustainability in real estate portfolios.
  • Contribute to written reports, briefings, and advisories for Members-Clients.
  • Track existing and anticipated government policies and regulations, including financial incentives, related to sustainability.

Qualifications

  • Junior, senior, or recent college graduate.
  • Individuals with an course work in architecture, building science, mechanical engineering, real estate, environmental science, energy, or urban planning, with a focus on sustainability preferred.

Requirements

  • Experience in business or academic research, preferably in a field related to sustainability.
  • A developed interest in the key global sustainability issues and major sustainability initiatives by the private, nonprofit, and public sectors both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Excellent and written communication skills.
  • The ability to efficiently contribute to publication quality written documents.
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, especially PowerPoint.

Additional Information

  • Location in Greater Boston.

Please send cover letter, resume, and short writing sample in electronic format (PDF or MS Word) to careers@sustainround.com.

Community Planner – Boston Redevelopment Authority (Boston, MA)

Under the direction of Senior Planners / Community Planning, support public outreach and its internal coordination. Assist with workshops, as well as planning, zoning and land use regulation initiatives. Prepare meeting minutes and conduct research. Provide assistance on the following neighborhood planning projects:

  • Urban Agriculture Initiative
  • Roxbury Strategic Master Plan implementation
  • Fairmount Line Planning Process
  • Downtown Crossing Economic Improvement Initiative
  • Downtown Crossing arts initiatives.

For more information and to apply, click here or contact: hr.bra@cityofboston.gov

Community Engagement Associate – Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance (Jackson, WY)

The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance is dedicated to responsible land stewardship in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to ensure that human activities are in harmony with the area’s irreplaceable wildlife, scenic and other natural resources. The Community Planning Intern assists the Community Planning Director with Alliance research and advocacy efforts on issues regarding private land development, particularly as it relates to impacts on wildlife, scenery, and community character. Flexible start & end dates with a duration of 10-12 weeks. Full-time 40 hours per week. Possible evening and weekend work required. Stipend depending upon experience paid twice per month.

To apply, contact: Mr. Amy St. Pierre, Community Engagement Associate, jobs@jhalliance.org.

Conservation Finance Research and GIS Associate – The Trust for Public Land (Boston, MA)

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

The Conservation Finance Research Associate will conduct or assist in research, writing, technical analysis, and presentations of reports and data management for a national team of conservation finance experts.  This person will be responsible for the following primary tasks: 1) research for the Conservation Almanac, a comprehensive database of public land conservation activities, programs and policies on a state-by-state basis; 2) research for the National Conservation Easement Database, a comprehensive database to track conservation easements in the United States; 3) GIS support for both the Conservation Almanac and National Conservation Easement Database projects; and 4) research and written reports for the Conservation Finance Program.  These reports will evaluate the potential of state and local governments to design public funding programs for land conservation.

Essential Functions 

  • Research and summarize information on state land conservation activities for the Conservation Almanac
  • Contact government agencies to assemble acquisition data, including GIS shape files on local, state and federal land conservation programs nationwide, as well as developing a list of contacts in those states.
  • Overall support for TPL’s Conservation Almanac and NCED team in these database building efforts by collecting, creating, managing and serving out GIS data for protected lands in the United States.
  • Functions include supporting the Conservation Finance team with viewing of GIS data, responding to questions about the data and the creation of maps and other presentation products.
  •  Work with GIS analysts to build the spatial components of the  Conservation Almanac and National Conservation Easement Database databases
  • Identify and collect information from stakeholders through email and phone contacts; gathering data and qualitative information from existing materials (e.g. journal articles, government reports, legal statutes).  Also to manage project relationships and project documentation.

Other Responsibilities 

  • Assists in the development of GIS program standards, systems and protocol for workflow, system design, implementation, management and quality control standards.
  • Assist with the creation of presentation materials such as but not limited to PowerPoint presentations and report statistics and maps.
  • Convey complex, technical project components to non-technical/non-GIS staff and partners

 Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis on environmental policy/natural resources and use of GIS technology such as Geography, Urban Planning, Ecology, Engineering, GIS, Landscape Architecture, Remote Sensing or a directly related field.
  • Two years of hands-on professional experience working with geographical or land information systems to input and present data, including project management experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of ESRI software ArcGIS 10.0 including: ArcView, ArcInfo, Model Builder, Geoprocessing tools, MAPLEX, Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, Geodatabase and file-based database design and management.

Salary and Benefits: This position is expected to be offered in the range of $18-20/hr. Benefits are offered.

How to Apply:

Please apply online. For more information, please click here.

Summer Fellowship – Breakthrough Institute (Oakland, CA)

Applications for Breakthrough Generation 2013 are now open — deadline March 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.

The Breakthrough Institute is seeking five to ten outstanding young analysts, writers, and thought leaders for a paid fellowship in summer 2013 as part of their young leaders initiative, Breakthrough Generation. Fellows will contribute writing and research to one of three policy programs at the Breakthrough Institute: Energy and Climate, Conservation and Development, or Economic Growth and Innovation. Fellowships are highly competitive — only 5-10 percent of applicants are generally accepted — and involve cutting-edge writing, research, and public policy analysis.

The fellowship runs for ten weeks between June and August 2013 and pays $500 per week. The exact dates will be set in March. Fellows work 40 hours per week, and may be considered for full-time employment at the end of the fellowship. Breakthrough does not provide housing.

Who Can Apply?

Final-year undergraduates, college graduates, and postgraduates are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Fellowships are open to applicants from any country.

The Application

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume or CV, and three writing samples to generation [at] thebreakthrough.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must reach Breakthrough Institute by March 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST.

For more information, please click here.

Research Associate – NMR Group (Somerville, MA)

NMR is currently seeking candidates for a Research Associate position. We are a small but expanding consulting firm specializing in the evaluation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Efficiency and renewables are burgeoning, providing excellent career opportunities for social scientists in a field that makes a difference.

NMR currently seeks to hire individuals possessing the knowledge, skills, and abilities typically gained through master’s level graduate education or prior work in policy, economics, sociology, or other social science programs. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing, implementing, and analyzing survey data
  • Conducting semi-structured interviews
  • Performing descriptive quantitative analyses using SPSS or similar data analysis packages
  • Writing clear and concise research summaries, memoranda, and reports

The ideal candidate has recently completed or will soon complete a master’s degree in policy, economics, sociology, or another social science field. We will also consider candidates with bachelor’s degrees who have relevant work experience. Successful employees should have strong expectations of rapid advancement in this growing company and field.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to openings@nmrgroupinc.com. For more information, please click here.

European Forest Institute (Barcelona, Spain; Joensuu, Finland)

Applications are due February 17, 2013.

EFI is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to lead Forest for Society Research Programme. Among the core duties of the Head of Programme are managing and coordinating the Forest for Society Programme accordance to EFI strategy. She/he should proactively initiate new (externally funded) projects, promote and coordinate Pan-European research network activities involving EFI member organizations and relevant forest stakeholders on topics significant to the programme.The position is based at the EFI Headquarters in Joensuu, Finland. Two other posts, Head of EFIMED Regional Office and Senior Researcher are also opened. These posts are located in Barcelona, Spain. Visit EFI¹s careers webpage (http://www.efi.int/portal/careers/open_jobs/ ) further details of the positions and application instructions.

Office Assistant – Tufts Institute of the Environment (Medford, MA)

The Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) is the focal cross-school environmental program of Tufts University. TIE initiates, facilitates, and promotes academic environmental education, research, and outreach towards a sustainable future. We are supporting and enhancing existing environmental educational programs such as the Environmental Studies undergraduate concentration, the Water: Systems, Science, and Society graduate certificate program, and the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute for faculty development and help create new programs when needed.

The Office Assistant position will be expected to work with team members to provide general administrative support to TIE and limited support to TIE’s resident partners. The position will provide assistance to the Administrative Director and provide office support to staff who are developing programs and managing fundraising efforts. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Acting as the first point or initial contact person for customers by greeting visitors and answering questions and providing information
• Keeping the office environment organized
• Responding to routine correspondence or draft responses for program staff to review
• Scheduling meetings and appointments and maintaining calendar for the Administrative Director
• As needed, taking and preparing meeting minutes, preparing documents and reports, and helping in the assembly of funding proposals and syllabi
• Supporting TIE programs by preparing business reimbursements, making travel arrangements, managing calendar and office hours, organizing files, ordering office supplies, assisting with and arranging catering and event management
• Helping prepare brochures or other materials for TIE programs, using word processing software
• Updating TIE website using content management software; updating and managing TIE’s online networks
• Organizing and assisting with special programs, grants, conferences, lectures and/or events; and interfacing with guests, students and outside organizations as required
• Maintaining and balancing accounts, monitoring expenses, and may make budget projections using Excel; may produce expense reports

Preferred Qualifications:
Three (3) years of previous work experience is preferred. Knowledge of HTML, Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop is a plus. Knowledge of or experience in environment and environmental studies is valued. Basic Mac OS experience is beneficial.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

GIS Research Assistant (Norwood, MA)

Position Detail

Organization: FirstSearch Environmental
Title: GIS Research Assistant
Location: Norwood, MA USA

Position Description:

FirstSearch Environmental, a leading supplier of online access to environmental information, has an immediate opening for an entry level GIS RESEARCH ASSISTANT. Duties include organizing and updating database info, mapping site locations, and tech support. Requirements include experience with MS Windows, Access, and MapInfo (ArcGIS experience is acceptable as well). We offer a competitive salary & benefits package. Please email your resume to gisjobs@efirstsearch.com. Only candidates in the Eastern Massachusetts/ RI area will be considered. No calls please.

Clean Air Task Force Intern (Boston)

INTERNSHIP – THE CLEAN AIR TASK FORCE, BOSTON, MA

The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is hiring an intern during the spring 2013 semester to support its Land Use and Bioenergy Project. Key responsibilities will include: Tracking, collecting, and summarizing emerging research on climate-related impacts of biofuels production and biomass-based power generation. Analyzing state, federal, and international policy developments. Reviewing and summarizing long-term projections about biomass availability.

Duration: January – May 2013 Time: 5-10 hours/week, Stipend: $12/hour. Website: http://www.catf.us/climate/land_use_and_bioenergy/

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