E&E frequently receives opportunities for internships, professional development, and employment, both for graduating seniors and for positions for current students within department labs. Check out the recent postings!
Energy Markets Analyst
September 23, 2020
KeyLogic Systems has an exciting opportunity for an Energy Markets and Economic Impacts Analyst. KeyLogic supports the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). This position will support the Energy Markets Analysis Team (EMAT) under the Systems Engineering Analysis Directorate (SEAD) of the National Energy Technology Lab (NETL).
Additional details and instructions on how to apply can be found here.
PhD and Master’s students are encouraged to apply.
Septic System Test Center Operator
September 16, 2020
Barnstable County, Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center (MASSTC), a division of the Department of Health & Environment, is accepting applications for the full time Septic System Test Center Operator.
Use your diverse skillset and join a team of dedicated professionals as a full-time Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center. Located in the heart of Cape Cod, our unique organization is the nation’s premier third-party testing and research facility for cutting-edge innovative/alternative (I/A) onsite septic treatment technologies. You will be called upon to do everything from pump and treatment system operation and maintenance to taking samples daily to grounds maintenance to construction of research projects. Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, biology or other natural science or four years of wastewater treatment syste operation experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and have or be able to obtain within six months a Massachusetts Grade 4 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator’s License.
Regional Planning Analyst
September 4, 2020
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council seeks an innovative and technically-skilled Research Analyst to conduct policy-oriented research in support of equitable and sustainable regional planning. The Analyst will help to design, manage, and execute mixed-methods research to advance MAPC’s policy and planning initiatives. Research will encompass topics such as housing and economic development, public health, arts and culture, clean energy and the environment, land use, municipal governance, demographics, transportation, and others. Examples of recent projects include Climate Vulnerability mapping, analysis of the housing impacts of COVID-19, and analysis of the diversity of the municipal workforce in Metro Boston.
Applicants must be proficient in quantitative and spatial analysis, possess strong communication and data storytelling skills, and be familiar with issues and topics relevant to regional planning. This is an ideal position for someone excited about applying state-of-the-art modeling tools and analytical methods to real-world applications in a large metropolitan region with a variety of social, environmental, and transportation challenges. We seek an individual who is innovative, mission-driven, and committed to advancing sustainability and equity through just, inclusive, empowering, and data-informed public processes.
- Design and implement policy-oriented quantitative and mixed methods research addressing local, regional, and statewide issues impacting Metro Boston.
- Summarize and communicate research results in narrative, visual, and digital formats for use in planning reports, policy briefs, public presentations, and other MAPC communications. Present findings to team members, stakeholders, and the general public in a variety of settings.
- Research and obtain updates to MAPC’s existing datasets as they are released from public agencies, the private sector, and other MAPC departments.
- Contribute to the collection and analysis of novel and non-traditional datasets, such as online rental listings or job advertisements. Help determine whether and how such datasets could be used in research activities.
- Recommend research projects and data analyses to advance MAPC’s mission and to address concerns in the region.
- Collaborate with colleagues to develop tools and web platforms for communication of research, including development of automated data cleaning and analysis scripts and production of digital, interactive data visualizations.
- Provide on-demand data analysis for MAPC’s Executive Director and other MAPC departments, municipal staff, the press, and other constituents. Quickly identify relevant datasets and provide summary statistics, maps, and key findings as requested.
- Build relationships with other agencies and allied organizations to support ongoing collaboration and data-sharing.
The successful candidate will demonstrate most or all of the following:
- A Bachelor’s degree in planning, statistics, sociology, economics, public health, or a related field, and at least 2 years of experience in a related field, or a Master’s degree or higher in a related field.
- A high proficiency with managing, analyzing, and visualizing both spatial and tabular data. Proficiency in R, Python, PostgresSQL or other statistical and data management tools. Experience using GIS for mapping and spatial analysis.
- Demonstrated experience in research design, methods, and interpretation.
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral) with experience in giving presentations and writing research reports with detailed technical documentation. Ability to translate findings into compelling, data-driven narratives and visual presentations.
- Demonstrated knowledge of regional planning topics, and experience with the planning and policy context of a metropolitan region, Metro Boston preferred.
- Proficiency with diverse datasets from federal, state, and local agencies including the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and others.
- Successful experience working in interdisciplinary teams with colleagues from various topical backgrounds.
- A commitment to advancing smart growth, regional collaboration, and equity in Metro Boston. Fluency discussing various types of diversity (racial, ethnic, linguistic, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, and more), as they relate to data interpretation, policy, and research.
- Self-motivated and goal oriented with the ability to take an innovative, strategic, and analytical approach to research and collaboration.
Climate Resilience Analyst
September 4, 2020
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) seeks Climate Resilience Analyst to join the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis research team at EPRI. This Master’s-level position offers the opportunity for immediate impact, contributing to the modeling and analysis of climate impacts on the electricity and energy system, with implications for adaptation planning, risk management, and resilience strategies.
The ideal candidate will have experience working with spatial data, including gridded products for climate scenarios and impacts analysis, and a strong background in a relevant discipline such as earth sciences, geosciences, atmospheric science, civil and environmental engineering, applied mathematics, statistics, economics, or operations research.
For more information about our team, please see https://esca.epri.com/.
For access to the application, please see https://vhr-epri.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/epricareers/job/Washington-DC/Climate-Resilience-Analyst_REQ-1019.
Regional Planning GIS Intern
September 2, 2020
The Boston-based Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks a Regional Planning GIS Intern to support members of the Data Services Department on data analysis and mapping for local and regional planning projects. The ideal candidate will be an experienced Esri ArcMap user with a strong interest in planning, sustainability, and social equity. Our team works on projects stemming from departments across the agency. Candidates should also be excited to work on several projects at once in diverse topic areas.
This internship is a unique opportunity to work as part of a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary team focused on using data and technology to support informed regional planning. The Data Services Department is recognized as a national leader in data dissemination, regional indicators, scenario modeling, spatial analysis, and open source interactive websites. This position is part of the department’s Analytical Services team and will report to the manager of that group. To learn more about Data Services, visit www.mapc.org/our-work/expertise/data-services.
Full details and application instructions can be found at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mapc/jobs/2849574/regional-planning-and-gis-intern?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.
E&E Land Cover Mapping Researchers
August 5, 2020
The Department of Earth and Environment seeks Masters and undergraduate students for part-time research assistantship positions contributing to a NASA-funded land cover mapping project. The project, “A Moderate Spatial Resolution Data Record of 21st Century Global Land Cover, Land Use and Land Use Change,” aims to characterize global land cover and ecosystem properties for the past 20 years through classified maps; these maps will provide valuable information to the scientific community, informing fields such as climate science, biological conservation and natural resource management. Research assistants will help build a database of land cover that will be used to train classification models.
Responsibilities of the position include:
- Interpreting satellite imagery
- Analyzing time series of remotely sensed data
- Ability to work independently
- MA students: have experience with GIS / remote sensing software
- BA students: have completed GE 302 and GE 365
Funding is available to support several assistants for 5-10 hours/week the fall and spring semesters, with an opportunity to extend employment over winter break and into the summer.
Note: all aspects of this position (meetings, work, etc.) will be remote.
Please send inquiries about positions, including resumes, to Madison Berman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Water/Air Quality Intern
July 27, 2020
A research training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Policy (OP)/National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE), located at EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The participant will be involved with NCEE economists on research projects that will improve methodologies to assess the benefits and costs of environmental policies that improve water and air quality. The projects will involve significant data analysis and coding. One component of the water quality project is an evaluation of affordability metrics for costs of drinking and wastewater that are passed on to customers through water bills. With guidance and direction from an NCEE economist, the participant will review the literature on proposed affordability metrics (including those for similar services, such as electricity), apply these metrics to existing data, and evaluate their performance. The participant will also contribute to the evaluation of the effect of changes in water bills on outcomes such as household and government finances. Finally, the participant will engage in a study of the effectiveness of compliance assurance (inspections and enforcement) in the context of water quality. This project will involve the use of large, administrative data sets.
Additionally, to improve its ability to evaluate the contributions of voluntary programs, NCEE has a project underway to pursue case studies that examine the potential role that voluntary programs have played in participant actions to improve environmental outcomes. One potential case study involves assessing, in the supermarket industry, refrigerant gas emissions that have high global-warming-potential and that may deplete the ozone.
Allocation of time across the different components of the project is flexible. The participant will also have the opportunity to participate in additional research projects that are mutually beneficial.
Clean Energy Interns
July 27, 2020
Common Energy is a community solar provider in the Boston area. This means we help connect new clean energy projects to the electrical grid. These projects in turn lower emissions in the community. Our company has won a number of awards, has a national partnership with Microsoft, and has partnerships with local New York organizations such as the Saratoga Housing Authority and the Adirondack Mountain Club. We have recently expanded our services to Boston.
We are interested in engaging college students this summer and fall for paid, remote internships in clean energy. In this role they would join other talented college students on our Impact Team which is our community engagement team focused on bringing local, clean energy to the electrical grid.
Anyone interested can apply via this website. We are also hosting an information session tomorrow afternoon, July 22nd, at 5pm EST.
Here are the links for students to register:
Link to application:
Carbon Credit Statistician
July 23, 2020
What if nature could be harnessed to help farmers sustainably feed the planet? Since 2014, Indigo has questioned agriculture’s full value chain to improve grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health. The company’s scientific discoveries and digital innovations have amplified new value from soil to sale, benefiting more than 10,000 growers to date. Indigo is also the company behind The Terraton Initiative, a global effort to draw down one trillion tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide by unlocking the potential of agricultural soils. In 2019, Indigo was ranked #1 on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Indigo has additional offices in Memphis, TN; Research Triangle Park, NC; Sydney, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Basel, Switzerland; and São Paulo, Brazil.
The Soil Carbon Science team, an interdisciplinary group of scientists at the heart of Indigo’s carbon credit program, is looking to hire a statistician to quantify the climate benefits of adopting regenerative land-management practices. Crucial to Indigo’s program is creating a scalable way to measure changes in soil carbon and trace gas emissions across vast landscapes. To identify causal effects, these emissions must also be estimated in a counterfactual world where growers did not change their practices. This statistician will research and implement statistical tools across the entire carbon crediting pipeline. Solving climate change with nature-based solutions poses statistical challenges, and the Carbon Credit Statistician will advance Indigo’s solution as well as the public methodologies used by carbon credit projects across the globe.
- Research and implement the stratification of millions of acres based on characteristics of their environment and of their farming practices
- Contribute to forecasts of uncertainty and to recommendations of sample design
- Create tools to estimate the climate benefit using soil measurements, biogeochemical model predictions, and other datasets
- Develop the quantification of uncertainty arising from multiple sources (including measurement, model prediction, and sampling)
- Implement tools for handling missing data and for quality control
- Develop statistical models to assign climate benefit to small areas such as fields and farms (e.g., using multilevel regression and post-stratification)
- Contribute to writing monitoring reports submitted to carbon registries and to improving carbon methodologies
- Highly collaborative – ability to work across functions, enjoys working in interdisciplinary teams
- Comfortable working with large datasets
- Interested in and comfortable learning about other disciplines and domains (in this case, examples will include soil science and biogeochemistry)
- Creative problem solver; when faced with incomplete data or an obstacle to interpretation, able to find ways to generate insights
- Strong communication skills; able to communicate complex statistical concepts in simple language and with beautiful visualizations of data; able to communicate updates to leadership effectively; able to maintain clear and thorough documentation
- Can prioritize effectively among competing priorities
- Comfortable with ambiguity and creating clarity in ambiguous situations
- Able to complete all tasks, even menial ones, with a positive attitude
- Passionate about the mission here at Indigo
- 3+ years’ work experience with one or more of: survey statistics, environmental monitoring, Bayesian data analysis, spatial statistics, experimental design, or related areas of applied statistics required
- MS/PhD in statistics or related discipline (e.g., social sciences, environmental sciences)
- Proficient in programming in SQL, Git, and either Python or R required (Indigo mostly uses Python)
- Familiarity with carbon credit reporting and with developing sample designs for agriculture, forestry, and other land use is beneficial
- Experience working with geospatial data is nice to have
- This role is ideally based in Boston, MA (once our office moves back to normal working conditions post COVID-19), but permanently remote with occasional travel to Boston would also be considered
Indigo is committed to living our values, specifically “creating a work environment where everyone feels respected, connected, and has opportunities to learn and grow.” As part of living our values, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone feels they can be themselves and has an equal opportunity of succeeding.