Jobs

Please see below for Yale Office of Sustainability student job opening(s).

Professional School Sustainability Action Plan Research Assistant

SSC Energy Squad Member

SSC Innovation & Initiatives Team Member

SSC Materials Management Team Member

Water Research Assistant  


Professional School Sustainability Action Plan Research Assistant

The Yale Office of Sustainability is collaborating with professional schools and academic departments around campus to develop sustainability action plans to support the Yale Sustainability Strategic Plan. The Office is seeking a student to help coordinate the planning process, convene students from the various schools, and assist with programming and research related to the various disciplines. This position will start in the fall ‘16 semester, but hours in spring ’16 are also possible. The student will work 5-10 hours per week throughout the academic year.

The Yale Office of Sustainability is collaborating with professional schools and academic departments around campus to develop sustainability action plans to support the Yale Sustainability Strategic Plan. The Office is seeking a student to help coordinate the planning process, convene students from the various schools, and assist with programming and research related to the various disciplines. This position will start in the fall ‘16 semester, but hours in spring ’16 are also possible. The student will work 5-10 hours per week throughout the academic year. Send cover letter and resume to melissa.goodall@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 team of 29 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 College Sustainability Coordinators 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.

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 sarah.compton@yale.edu with “SSC Energy Squad Member” in the subject line. 


SSC Innovation & Initiatives 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 16 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 two team leaders and four members. While everyone works together on every project, each of the 4 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. 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 sarah.compton@yale.edu.  


SSC Materials Management Team Member

The Yale Office of Sustainability is seeking a team of students to provide logistical and support to enhance food waste management and separation at Yale events, and establish and conduct waste stream analyses of Yale facilities in the interest of improving waste management in support of the Yale Sustainability Goals.This team will be part of the Sustainability Service Corps (SSC) - a group of 29 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, and will support events and educational opportunities identified by Facilities, Yale Hospitality and the Office of Sustainability.

Responsibilities will include:

  • 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
  • Ensuring proper signage for organics & recycling bins is in place at events
  • Working with Dining Hall managers to reduce food waste from Dining Halls
  • Engaging in small waste management projects as determined by the team each semester
  • 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.        


Water Research Assistant

Reporting to the Director of Energy Management at Facilities Utilities & Engineering, this position will be tasked with:

  • Compiling and analyzing water data from approximately 2500 quarterly water bills associated with 300 RWA meters for FY15 and FY16, as well as internal metering systems within the central plants.
  • Updating approximately 24 graphs, tables, and campus water profile included in the Water Management Plan 2013-2016 document.
  • Coordinating with Yale Staff and RWA and WPCA administrators to clarify water and sewer billing inconsistencies.
  • Interviewing Yale Staff to create a minimum of 3 case studies of completed projects from past three fiscal years with narratives and photographs.
  • Interviewing Yale students and faculty to create a minimum of 2 case studies profiling water related research happening on campus.

The work products will be incorporated into an updated Water Management Plan in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability.

The ideal candidate will have basic understanding of water issues and units of measure, and be a self-starter and independent worker. The candidate will also have excellent writing and communication skills. 

Please send cover letter and resume to julie.paquette@yale.edu.