The Yale Office of Sustainability is currently seeking applicants for the following student positions:

Bulldog Sustainability Project Coordinator

Campus Tree Management Research Assistant

IARU Sustainability Fellowship

Spring Salvage Program Assistant  

Sustainability Planning 


Bulldog Sustainability Project Coordinator

At Yale, our athletic programs and facilities are among the University’s main attractions. Yale’s athletic programs present incredible opportunities for the practice and promotion of sustainability. Bulldog Sustainability, a group of students that works jointly with the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Athletics to make athletics at Yale more sustainable, is looking for a Project Coordinator to join our team. We are looking for a motivated, task-oriented, and innovative person who is excited about sustainability and athletics at Yale. Bulldog Sustainability serves primarily as an effective platform for environmental education, and secondarily as an ‘in-the-field’ operations team. This year’s ‘Game Plan’ for Bulldog Sustainability will afford team members with opportunities to conduct outreach to teams and fans, to crunch numbers and run other analytics related to our team’s sustainability initiatives, and to get their hands dirty conducting waste audits.

Examples of projects for this upcoming academic year include: working with athletic teams to help them obtain Green Team Certification; finalizing and possibly expanding a paper towel composting pilot project in our athletic facilities; coordinating a shoe and sportswear donation program; conducting day-to-day and game day waste audits; hosting a panel on sustainability and athletics; promoting our group and advertising our goals using our website and social media. We are looking for someone who can help us execute these plans while also suggesting new ways we can make Yale Athletics more sustainable.


  • Attend regular meetings with Bulldog Sustainability Program Manager and Project Managers
  • Implement sustainability initiatives organized by the Bulldog Sustainability Project Managers
  • Routinely track progress, write reports, and present results to Bulldog Sustainability team and other key stakeholders
  • Serve as a resource on sustainability issues related to athletics at Yale

Knowledge of Microsoft Office, interest in sustainability and athletics. Previous experience in sustainability and other technical skills, e.g. Adobe Suite or HTML coding, preferred but not required.

Please send a cover letter and resume to

Campus Tree Management Research Assistant

Reporting to the Director of Facilities Grounds and with consultation and guidance from Walter Debboli (Facilities Grounds) and Colleen Murphy-Dunning (URI), this position will be tasked with completing the Campus Tree Management Plan for Yale University.  Using a GIS based survey of campus trees completed in the Fall of 2012 by URI, land management studies completed in 2013, the campus tree assessment by Bartlett Tree Experts, and work completed for Science Hill in 2014-15, the completed Campus Tree Management Plan will provide tree planting guidance to Yale Facilities Grounds for all campus planning precincts (except Science Hill which has already been completed). The plan will provide, based on research into the many aspects of the land (history, current use, soils, hydrology, and the existing tree species distribution and size classes), a set of recommended locations and species of trees for future planting sites. The plan will be organized by the eight Yale campus planning precincts.

The ideal candidate will have GIS skills, strong knowledge of trees including an understanding of growing conditions, landscape design background, and be a self-starter and an independent worker. The candidate will also have excellent writing and communication skills. 

Please send a cover letter and resume to  

IARU Sustainability Fellowship

Become a 2015 International Sustainability Research Fellow and spend the summer working overseas. The Yale Office of Sustainability in partnership with the International Alliance of Research Universities will select two fellows who will be placed with either Peking University or Cambridge University for a six to eight week period between June 1st and August 15th, (different dates may be arranged under special circumstances, ideal dates for Cambridge are July 10 – August 21). Students will be hosted by the Office of Sustainability or equivalent. Students with interests in urban design (Peking) and sustainability communication and outreach (Cambridge) are encouraged to apply. Upon their return, students will be hired to work with the Yale Office of Sustainability for the academic year 2015-16.

Fellows must be returning Yale undergraduate or graduate students of any major. Interested applicants must submit a resume, cover letter and one page essay describing how this opportunity fits into their studies and professional interests by close of business on Friday, March 6th, 2015 to   

Spring Salvage Program Assistant

Yale Recycling and the Office of Sustainability are seeking undergraduate and graduate students to serve as Program Assistants leading up to and during Spring Salvage in May 2015.

Spring Salvage is an annual resource recovery program coordinated by Yale Recycling and the Office of Sustainability during undergraduate move-out. The program is run in Yale’s twelve undergraduate dorms and collects donations of soft items (e.g. clothes, shoes, towels and bedding) and hard items (e.g. chairs, bookshelves, beds, futon frames, and other large items). In 2014, over 60,000 lbs. of material were collected and donated to Easter Seals Goodwill Industries.

Program Assistants will play critical roles in Spring Salvage by hauling donated and recyclable items from student residences at the end of the semester and facilitating dormitory move-out operations.

Work will consist primarily of hauling furniture, room furnishings and other items discarded by students to specified locations for donation, recycling, and trash. Program Assistants will be expected to serve as liaisons between Facilities/Recycling and key personnel in their work zones: custodial staff, hired contractors, masters, deans, dining services, and students.

Spring Salvage will take place over two phases in May:

Phase 1: Underclass Move-Out, April 27-May 9

Phase 2: Senior Move-Out, May 18-May 21

In April, work will consist mostly of meetings for training and preparation, with work transitioning to the description provided above in May.

Spring Salvage Program Assistants will be managed by Facilities/Recycling and the Office of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability will work with students to obtain post-term housing as needed.

Candidates must submit a resume and one-paragraph statement of interest and qualifications to with the subject line “Spring Salvage Program Assistant” by Friday March 6, 2015 (Student Employment Ref# 15779). Interviews will be conducted the week after spring break (i.e. March 23-March 27).

Sustainability Planning

The School of Engineering & Applied Science seeks to hire a student assistant to support the development and execution of a Sustainability Action Plan. This Plan, which will support the Yale Sustainability Strategic Plan 2013-2016, will both highlight Yale’s institutional sustainability priorities and contain a set of sustainability priorities and projects that reflect the culture of School of Engineering & Applied Science.  Reporting to Isabella Quagliato at the Dean’s Office and consulting with the Yale Office of Sustainability, the student assistant would work between 5 and 7 hours per week throughout the academic year. Duties and responsibilities will include: 

  • Consult with the Yale Office of Sustainability and collaborate with the School of Engineering & Applied Science staff and students to develop a Sustainability Action Plan
  • Liaise with students from other professional schools and departments around campus
  • Launch and support programs and outreach throughout the year based on the School of Engineering & Applied Science Action Plan and on the campaigns from the Yale Office of Sustainability
  • Create mechanisms to collect data and measure success
  • Establish a student interest group to support on-going student-oriented projects
  • Represent the student body on the School of Engineering & Applied Science green team
  • Help to develop systems to identify opportunities for academic integration


  • Proficiency in writing
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Background and/or interest in Environmental Studies, and Sustainability preferred

This is a Level 5 position for the full academic year. Interested applicants should send a CV and brief cover letter to Isabella Quagliato at (Student Employment Ref#17012).