Office for Sustainability full-time positions

Financial & Administrative Associate

The Financial & Administrative Associate will provide executive-level administration for the members of the OFS, including management of OFS finances and budget oversight. They will serve as the principal administrative contact for internal and external constituencies and manage planning of events.  Communicates and interacts regularly with University officials, faculty, staff and students, external organizations, and the public on a wide variety of matters, including providing information and specific responses to urgent and sensitive issues.   Works in a highly independent manner to evaluate situations, resolve problems, and implement solutions.  Provides a high level of customer service in all aspects of work.  

The Financial & Administrative Associate will be part of the Core Team at the Office for Sustainability (OFS) and will work on a variety of university-wide sustainability initiatives aimed at achieving the University’s sustainability goals and commitments as envisioned in the Harvard Sustainability Plan.  This position will work with a range of stakeholders across the university, especially including facilities leaders, senior administrators, faculty, and students.

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Student internships and fellowships

Harvard Sustainability Plan Internship

The Harvard University Office for Sustainability (OFS) is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic student who is interested in a paid administrative support position for the academic year (2017-2018). In this paid internship you will have the opportunity to gain experience in sustainability and environmental topics; hone project management skills; and network with the Harvard sustainability community at large. Reporting directly to a Sustainability Manager in the Office, the Intern assists in the organization of the Office’s implementation and reporting of the Sustainability Plan, and other strategic priorities as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support for OFS programs and projects related to the Sustainability Plan.
  • Support the Council of Student Sustainability Leaders (CSSL) and the Green Teams staff network.
  • Develop educational and website content.
  • Event planning and implementation in collaboration with Sustainability Manager.
  • Research in connection with the Sustainability Plan.
  • Participate as a member of the OFS team, generally contributing to the mission of the organization.

Hours: ~10 hours/week

Pay: $12-18/hour (commensurate with experience)

Apply by: Friday, September 22, 2017

Open to: Undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University

Location: 14 Story Street, Cambridge, MA


  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to manage projects from inception through completion.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, continually adapting professional work environment.
  • Attention to detail and excellent presentation, writing and editing skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is preferred.
  • Graphic design experience is preferred.
  • Experience planning and executing events is preferred.

To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to (Harvard students) with “Sustainability Plan Intern” in the subject line.

Energy Storage and Renewable Energy Procurement Research Student Internship(s)

In 2013, the City of Cambridge, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future. Today, the Compact counts nearly 20 member organizations in Cambridge’s biotech, real estate, tech, and institutional sectors, with plans to keep growing. Compact members seek to make larger, more meaningful contributions to combat climate change, and collaborate to create a more healthy, livable, and sustainable Cambridge.

Research Question 1: What are the best opportunities for piloting energy storage for Compact members’ buildings?

Research Question 2: How can Compact members use group purchasing to purchase renewable energy?

Number of Hours Per Week: Part-time, Approximately 10 hours/week

Pay: $12/hr undergraduate, $15-18/hr graduate

Apply by: Friday, September 22, 2017

Open to: Undergraduate or graduate students

To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to (Harvard students) with “Renewable energy and storage internship” in the subject line, and indicate which research question you are interested in pursuing.

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Net Zero Building: Market Based Incentive Research Fellowship

The City of Cambridge, in collaboration with the Harvard Office for Sustainability and the MIT Office of Sustainability, is currently seeking student applicants for a part-time paid Market Incentive Program Research Internship for the fall 2017 semester.

The goal of this research project is to identify potential market-based incentive approaches to encourage increased building energy performance for new buildings in Cambridge beyond the required minimum. The researcher will conduct a literature review to identify potential approaches and analyze how these approaches might apply to the Cambridge building pipeline. Specific research questions could include: How have other municipal jurisdictions provided innovative market-related incentives to increase new building energy performance? What opportunities are there in the Cambridge zoning, permitting, and assessment process to provide appropriate incentives? What level and what type of incentive is needed to drive energy performance beyond that required by code and the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance?

The expected outcome is a report that synthesizes market research, assesses incentive opportunities in context of Cambridge, and conducts preliminarily analysis of the impact of possible incentives on new building energy performance in Cambridge. 

Project supervision will be provided through biweekly meetings with the Net Zero Energy Planner for the City of Cambridge Community Development Department, and supported by the Harvard and MIT Offices for Sustainability.

Number of Hours Per Week: Ten

Pay: $15-18/hour

Apply by: Friday, September 22, 2017

Open to: Graduate students

To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to (Harvard students) with “Cambridge Market Incentive Fellowship” in the subject line.

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Student green living positions

Harvard Business School Student Sustainability Associates

The HBS SSA Program, now in its 12th year, is the school’s peer-to-peer education program that promotes sustainable living and working on campus. Ten SSAs (one per RC section) are hired each year to connect with their peers and engage them in conserving energy and water, reducing waste and promoting health and well-being through activities and information sharing. They also suggest and pursue infrastructure and policy improvements that would remove barriers to student sustainability. SSAs will also serve as advisers to the HBS Business & Environment Initiative (BEI), participating at BEI/SSA meetings twice a year.

Be part of a team of 10 Student Sustainability Associates (SSAs) working to encourage sustainable behaviors through activities, campaigns and information sharing throughout their sections. You’ll have a chance to inform and inspire your peers, test your leadership skills and make an impact here at HBS, all while earning some cash. 

SSA Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the go-to sustainability resource in your section.
  • Organize sustainability challenges and awareness campaigns for the sections to enjoy. Past SSA events include:
  • Lead a sustainability project (team or individual effort). See past SSA project write-ups here.
    • Fall semester: focus on project research/stakeholder meetings. Spring semester: finalize project recommendations/findings and present to HBS senior leadership and faculty in April.
  • Serve as advisers to the HBS Business & Environment Initiative (BEI).
  • Partner with Clubs and the Student Association to integrate more sustainability into student life.

Commitment through May 2018

Number of hours per week: 2-4 hrs/wk (flexible); ​Required attendance at regular team meetings (once every two weeks) and BEI Student Advisory Board Meeting twice a year

Pay: $18/hr

Open to: Must be an HBS RC student

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Harvard Law School Student sustainability associates

The Harvard Law School (HLS) Green Living Program is a platform for students to engage the HLS community in Harvard’s commitment to climate change and sustainability. The peer-to-peer education program, now in its 13th year, promotes sustainable living in the HLS dorms and community.

Green Living Representatives connect with fellow residents, students, faculty, and staff about sustainability through activities and information sharing. Key focus areas include energy and water conservation, recycling, and waste reduction, but topics and activities range from year to year. Students also suggest infrastructure and policy improvements that will remove barriers to sustainable living in the community.

Number of Hours Per Week: Three (on average)

Pay: $18/hour

Apply by: Friday, September 22, 2017.

Contact Jennifer_Bowe@Harvard.Edu with questions.

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Q: What do Reps do?

A: Life as a Rep varies a lot from week to week. Activities include hosting study breaks and other events (film screenings, workshops, etc.), developing and sending e-mails to residents, tabling in the Hark, attending bi-weekly meetings, postering, meeting with members of the HLS administration, and developing materials for campaigns or administrative projects. Reps take part in move-in events, conduct semi-annual Waste Audits, and run the HLS Earth Day Fair. There will also be opportunities for Reps to develop and implement independent dorm or HLS wide sustainability projects on particular topics of interest.

Q: What if I am not sure if I can always devote 3 hours a week to Green Living work?

A: Workloads vary from week to week; there may be weeks were you do not need to work the full 3 hours, but there are opportunities to work more if hours are wanted, specifically in preparation for large events such as Earth Day. Outside of a biweekly hourly meeting, much of the work of being a Rep is done on a Rep’s own time and hours are flexible.

Q: What are start and end dates for this job?

A: Work typically begins during student move-in in the fall, and is mostly completed by the beginning of exam period, although a few move-out efforts continue through spring move-out.