Jobs

Please see below for sustainability-related job openings at Yale University.


Student Positions

Bulldog Sustainability Project Coordinator

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 Project Coordinators 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 as a platform for environmental education and outreach. This year, team members will have the opportunity to conduct outreach to teams and fans, and to embark on “Zero Waste Game Day” programming. Other examples of projects include: developing our Green Team Certification program; coordinating a shoe and sportswear donation program; and promoting our group and advertising our goals using our website and social media.

Athletes and non-athletes will be considered for positions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement sustainability initiatives with help of Bulldog Sustainability Program Managers and fellow Project Coordinators
  • Attend regular meetings with Bulldog Sustainability Program Manager and fellow Coordinators
  • Routinely collect data, track progress, write reports, and present results to Bulldog Sustainability team and other key stakeholders
  • Assist with social media and communication initiatives as needed
  • Serve as a resource on sustainability issues related to athletics at Yale. Athletes are expected to communicate regularly with varsity teams about sustainability initiatives.

Job Requirements and Expectations:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, strong communications skills, interest in sustainability and athletics.
  • Previous experience in sustainability preferred but not required.
  • Hours: 2.0 to 6.0 hours per week; Athletes expected to work 2-4 hours per week

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send an up-to-date resume to lindsay.crum@yale.edu

Graphic Design Assistant

The Yale Office of Sustainability seeks an graphic design assistant to develop a wide range of Office of Sustainability materials. This includes designing or updating sustainability infographics, fact sheets, interactive tutorials, graphs and charts. Template design for publications may also be required. Candidates with experience in designing infographics and web design are preferred. The ability and interest to create engaging educational videos is not required but appreciated. The intended audiences for these materials will include staff, faculty, students, alumni, and the community at large.

The ideal candidate for this position is a self- starter with proven design skills and comfort with graphic design programs. Proven advanced understanding using programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign strongly preferred. The ideal candidate is also a clear communicator and attentive to deadlines. Please send a portfolio, cover letter and resume to sarahjane.compton@yale.edu.


Resilient Campus and Landscapes Research Assistant

The Resilient Campus and Landscapes Research Assistant will support two goals of the Yale Sustainability Plan 2025:

  • Climate Action: Create a campus resilience plan that aligns with local and regional adaptation approaches for resiliency.
  • Stewardship: Define standards for innovative landscape management to enhance care and use of Yale land inside and outside of New Haven.

The Office of Sustainability is seeking a student assistant to support research for the development of a campus resilience plan. This project will explore university, local, and regional approaches to adaptation and resilience. Responsibilities will include academic research and interviews with relevant stakeholders: 1) to identify areas of alignment, or potential alignment, between Yale’s campus resilience efforts and local (New Haven and West Haven) climate adaptation plans and projects; and, 2) to identify opportunities for Yale’s resilience planning and research efforts to enhance those at the state and regional levels, and vice versa.

In addition, the assistant will review existing resources and best practices for the development of sustainable campus landscape standards. Responsibilities will include background research and review of past projects, existing plans, external plans and other resources, as well as interviews with relevant stakeholders. Depending on interest and capacity, the assistant may also help facilitate and develop materials for the Yale Landscape Advisory Committee.

The ideal candidate for this position is a graduate student and self-starter with the ability to work independently while also providing frequent updates on progress. The ideal candidate is also organized, a clear communicator, with some experience in resilience and/or landscape planning a plus. This position is for the fall 2017 term, with the possibility of extending into the spring.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to brianne.mullen@yale.edu and beata.fiszer@yale.edu


SSC Materials Management Team Member

The Yale Office of Sustainability is seeking a team of students to provide logistical support to enhance food waste management and separation at Yale events, conduct waste stream analyses of Yale facilities in the interest of improving waste management, and initiate creative projects to raise awareness about materials use on campus. This team will be part of the Sustainability Service Corps (SSC) - a group of 15 undergraduate students who are trained to implement sustainability initiatives on the Yale Campus. These positions will work to improve understanding of resource recovery amongst Yale students and staff. Students will be trained on proper diversion procedures for organics and recycling.

Responsibilities will include the following: 

  • Conducting waste stream analyses of waste streams on campus.
  • Attending events on campus to set up and break down food waste management systems.
  • Providing quality control/education at events that request organics collection.
  • Working with Dining Hall managers to reduce food waste from Dining Halls.
  • Creating, manifesting, and staffing creative projects to raise awareness about materials use.
  • Attending monthly SSC meetings, providing support and collaborating with members from other SSC teams.

Ideal candidates will be passionate about waste diversion and not afraid to get their hands dirty! Candidates should care about the food system and be committed to finding creative solutions to problems associated with food waste. This is an active position; candidates must be willing to work outside, be able to lift 50 lbs., and be responsible for attending events throughout the academic year. Familiarity with sustainability – particularly at Yale – preferred but not necessary. Applicants should submit a resume and brief cover letter to sarah.compton@yale.edu with “SSC Materials Management Team Member” in the subject line.


SSC Campaigns Team Member

The Yale Office of Sustainability is seeking undergraduate students to plan and run innovative campaigns that improve awareness of sustainability on campus. This team will be part of the Sustainability Service Corps (SSC) - a group of 15 undergraduate students who are trained to implement sustainability initiatives on the Yale Campus. Students on this team will work closely with the Energy Squad and the Materials Management Team to turn their results and observations into actions and educational campaigns. The students will have creative control to implement diverse initiatives ranging from campaigns and events to tangible projects. Responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and running one event (e.g. study break) every month.
  • Organizing (at minimum) one campaign per semester.
  • Running educational workshops for undergraduate leaders on how to make their groups sustainable.
  • Replicating a sustainability initiative from another university at Yale.
  • Door-to-door outreach.
  • Updating SSC social media
  • Attending monthly SSC meetings, providing support and collaborating with members from other SSC teams.

This team is composed of one team leader and five members. While everyone works together on every project, each of the five members has a slightly specialized role:

  1. Energy expert: takes the lead on campaigns coming out of the Energy Squad team.
  2. Materials master: takes the lead on campaigns coming out of the Materials Management Team
  3. Freshmen outreach coordinator: plans campaigns and events specifically targeting freshmen.
  4. Student group liaison: in charge of connecting extracurricular student groups with sustainability efforts.
  5. PR star: point-person for social media updates and designing communications. Previous graphic design experience is preferred but not necessary.

Ideal candidates will be passionate about spreading sustainability on campus and getting their peers engaged with the issues at hand. Candidates should be energetic and creative, have strong communication skills, and be able to work well independently and as part of a team. Familiarity with sustainability – particularly at Yale – preferred but not necessary. Applicants should submit a resume and brief (1 page max) cover letter that describes qualifications for the position and includes one innovative campaign idea about any area of sustainability on campus to sarahjane.compton@yale.edu.


SSC Energy Squad Member 

The Yale Office of Sustainability seeks a team of students to promote responsible energy use at Yale. This team will be part of the Sustainability Service Corps (SSC) - a group of 15 undergraduate students who are trained to implement sustainability initiatives on the Yale Campus. Students will be trained in energy management at Yale, including assessment of energy use and strategies to improve energy efficiency. The Energy Squad will be responsible for special projects identified by Facilities and by students that will result in energy savings for the university. Facilities trainings will be mandatory. Responsibilities will include:

  • Attending training sessions on energy management at Yale (1-2/semester)
  • Working with Campaign Team on outreach for energy programs.
  • Attending monthly SSC meetings, providing support and collaborating with members from other SSC teams.
  • Work on special projects related to energy, identified by Facilities, including energy surveys of campus spaces and Energy Star Portfolio Manager Benchmarking. 

Ideal candidates will have an interest in community-scale energy management and energy efficiency. Candidates should have strong communication skills and be able to work well independently and as part of a team. Familiarity with sustainability – particularly at Yale – preferred but not necessary. Applicants should submit a resume and brief (1 page max) cover letter that describes qualifications for the position, current perception of energy management at Yale, and one innovative idea about improving energy management at Yale to sarahjane.compton@yale.edu with “SSC Energy Squad Member” in the subject line.


Sustainable Development Goal Program

The Yale Office of Sustainability is forming a multidisciplinary team of students to assist with a set of projects related to global policy and local action. At the heart of this work will be an analysis of Yale University faculty foci and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Each student will be assigned a set of departments for data collection, and then a set of departmental case studies to develop. Additional projects related to multidisciplinary sustainability scholarship may be assigned. 

This position is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. The ideal candidates for these positions are detail-oriented self- starters with excellent writing skills and comfort with online platforms. Experience with data analysis and visualization will also be valued.

Students will be expected to work 5-10 hours per week throughout the academic year. Send cover letter and résumé to melissa.goodall@yale.edu.