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Buildings & Resilience Fellow - City of Boston

Saturday, June 1st to Saturday, August 31st, 2019 (ET)


Organization name

Climate Ready Boston, City of Boston Environment Department



Boston, MA



Our department’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Boston by protecting air, water, climate, and land resources, and by preserving and improving the integrity of Boston’s architectural and historic resources. Climate Ready Boston is an initiative to develop resilient solutions to prepare our City for climate change.


The Challenge

One of the City’s initiatives is to launch a Climate Ready Buildings Education Program for property owners and users. Support is needed for content design and development, project management, and stakeholder engagement. Working with the Climate Ready Boston Program Manager, the summer fellow will provide research and coordination for the City of Boston’s climate resilience activities, including:
  • Develop and design a resiliency audit checklist and guide for renters, homeowners, and small business owners.
  • Collaborate with the buildings team in the Environment Department to develop a program structure for a Climate Ready Buildings Education program and recommended roadmap.
  • Facilitate and coordinate interagency efforts around resilient buildings planning in the City of Boston.
Other information

This position is unpaid, but students may be able to secure funding to support their service work through the PKG Center or other MIT programs. Check possibilities through the PKG Fellowships program:

Dates are flexible - check with the posting agency 
● Interest, experience, and critical thinking on issues of sustainability, climate change and resilience planning in cities. Bachelor’s degree or graduate school coursework in planning, policy, urban studies, environmental studies and related fields recommended.
● Thoughtfulness and experience in developing community and stakeholder engagement activities.
● Strong written and verbal communications skills, with the ability to effectively translate technical information into actionable, tangible material and frameworks for stakeholders who don’t think about climate change all the time.
● Strong GIS and Adobe InDesign skills, and comfort updating websites.
● Strong project management and organizational tendencies.
CausesCivic Engagement Conservation Disaster Relief Emergency & Safety Environment Sustainability
Sustainable Development Goals