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Research Assistant – India Climate Policy , Center for International Environment & Resource Policy (Medford, MA)

The Climate Policy Lab at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) seeks a research assistant to help with a project analyzing India’s climate policy gap to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The tasks will involve 1) conducting a detailed review of government documents, think tank policy reports, and academic literature to 2) create a chronological inventory of direct and indirect greenhouse gas mitigation policies in India across different sectors including industry, electricity, transport, buildings, land-use change and forestry, and agriculture. Research assistant is also required to produce a bibliography of academic literature that has already studied policy gaps in climate change and other issue areas in general. Knowledge of climate and energy policy is required. Familiarity with policy and legal language is preferred. Familiarity with India’s policy landscape is helpful but not required.

This is a short-term position and immediate availability is required. Applicants must be current Fletcher students. Time commitment is approximately 10 hours/week for next 5 weeks. Payment is $17/hour. 

Learn more and apply here.

Identifying water quality risks in the Missouri River Bioregional watershed, Center for Health, Environment and Justice (Tufts University and Remote)

The Yankton Sioux tribe in South Dakota are developing a long-range project to define and understand water quality on their reservation, in partnership with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. The tribe wants to develop a co-management plan for the Missouri River Bioregional (MRB) watershed that will restore traditional Native practices of water and land management. To realize this goal, an inventory is needed of the plants, wildlife, water, aquatic life, and cultural and ceremonial sites. An important part of this effort is to define the water quality in the Missouri River Bioregion with an initial focus on the approximately 150 mile stretch of the Missouri River between Lower Brule Reservation and the city of Yankton.

We are looking for help with each of these steps – processing and cleaning existing water quality data and pollution sources including non-point pollution sources in the targeted region on both reservation and non-reservation land. This project can be part of a thesis or internship, please discuss with your advisor. Overall goal is to create an interactive map of the region across different databases at different sites. Skills in ArcMap/arcpy and R/RStudio desired but not required. Meetings are both remote and at Tufts University.

Interested applicants should reach out by February 25th, 2020. Please contact Kyle Monahan for more information and to get involved at Please send your resume and a short paragraph on your interest and background with the email subject titled “CHEJ Internship 2020.”

Graduate Position, Inclusive Sustainability Education, University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)

Sustainability is improving human and environmental wellbeing both now and into the future.  Sustainability as an academic field of study is relatively new and methods for teaching transformative sustainability are still being developed.  Just as the definition of sustainability includes improving human wellbeing, the way that we educate for sustainability should be grounded in inclusivity.  The University of South Dakota’s Department of Sustainability+Environment is seeking a graduate student to conduct research that evaluates best practices for inclusivity in sustainability education.

The Department is looking for a student to start in Fall 2020 (a start date in the summer is also possible) in the sustainability graduate program.  The research will be in collaboration with USD’s Inclusive Science Initiative.  They encourage students with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.  Two years of funding at $20,000/year are secured.

Have any questions? Email ( with questions or with a statement of research interests and experience.

GIS/Market Research Consultant, OPTIRTC (Boston, MA)

Want to join a company that’s changing the way cities work? Opti, a startup focused on accelerating water protection through transforming stormwater management, is seeking a GIS/Market Research Consultant to work with the Marketing team in developing a foundation for identifying and visualizing Opti’s target market segments. This is a short-term contract position and is open to start as soon as possible out of Opti’s headquarters in Boston, MA.

View the full post here.

GIS Research Assistant, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Medford, MA)

The Fletcher School is in need of a GIS-proficient research assistant for remote support to a research project in Kenya. The research is an investigation of the wages of digital drivers in Nairobi, who will be recruited by hailing a digital taxi from a set of random coordinates, weighted by the concentration of drivers in different wards of Nairobi county. The research assistant will support the project by:

  1. Generating a list of random coordinates within wards in Nairobi county to facilitate sampling (August 2019) 
  2. Produce a map of the final sample distribution after the sampling period (likely October 2019)
  3. Potentially troubleshoot other GIS-issues that arise during the course of the project (through January 2019)

This role pays $15 per hour for up to 20 hours total with a guarantee of at least 10 hours of work. Interested candidates should send an introductory note to Julie Zollman detailing their availability and GIS experience.

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