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Community Planning & Resilience Fellow - City of Boston

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

  • The Climate Ready Downtown Boston Coastal Resilience study kicked off in January 2019, and the Dorchester study will begin in the summer. For each neighborhood, the team aims to host multiple community open houses and workshops. Support will be needed in planning stakeholder, community engagement, and project management. 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:


         Design and develop a framework and recommended guidelines for equitable and accessible engagement, e.g. ensure translation and interpretation services are provided at events. Pilot strategies for the during the Downtown and Dorchester planning process.   

         Plan and coordinate the summer Downtown and Dorchester community engagement strategies with the Climate Ready Boston Coordinator on coastal resilience planning and education. 

         Facilitate and coordinate interagency efforts around green infrastructure planning in the City of Boston. 

Contact information for students to get more information:

      Alisha Pegan

      Climate Ready Boston Program Coordinator

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 
Requirement Details
Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets
● 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.
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