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NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: April 12, 2022
RESUME AND COVER LETTER REQUESTED BY: 05/19/22 POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Community Development Department
Job Title: Green Building Zoning Intern
Job Code: X201
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: up to 19 hours/week

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Community Development Department (CDD) is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge. Encompassing the Housing, Economic Development, Community Planning, Zoning and Development, and Environmental and Transportation Planning divisions, CDD's mission is to foster a livable, sustainable, just, and equitable community. CDD engages and collaborates with community partners, other government agencies, and residents to make Cambridge a desirable place to live, work, learn, play, and innovate.

The Zoning and Development (Z&D) Division of CDD is responsible for work in the areas of land use planning and urban development, including reviewing major development projects by the Planning Board and studying zoning strategies to advance the City's planning and policy goals.

Part of Z&D's responsibilities include the administration of the Green Building requirements set forth in Article 22 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance. These standards promote sustainable design that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves natural resources. Buildings above a certain scale are required to meet minimum green building standards using USGBC LEED, Passive House, or Enterprise Green Communities rating program.

This position is a great professional opportunity for someone with a strong interest in sustainable development and green building design background to apply their knowledge and skills in a municipal planning office that engages with a wide range of contemporary urban design and development issues.  More information about the Article 22 Green Building Requirements is available on the CDD webpage at https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/zoninganddevelopment/sustainabledevelopment/article22greenbldgrequirements.

Under the supervision of the Senior Manager for Zoning and Development, specific activities of the Green Building Intern include:

  • Assisting in the review of development projects that are subject to the Green Building Requirements in Section 22.20 of the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams, which may include planners specializing in urban design, transportation, environmental sustainability, housing, and economic development, as well as staff in other City departments, to review and advance sustainable building design strategies for applicable development projects.
  • Additional projects based on the applicant's skills and interests and the division's needs.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Academic or professional experience in urban planning, architecture, engineering, or related field with a specialty focus on green building technology and sustainable development.
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting, or administering zoning and/or building regulations.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with applicable green building certification programs, such as LEED, Passive House (PHIUS), and Enterprise Green Communities.
  • Experience working with energy modeling and reporting preferred.
  • Overall computer proficiency including general office applications (Microsoft Office suite) and advanced applications (e.g., Adobe Acrobat).
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse range of Department staff and other City employees in a courteous and professional manner.
  • High level of motivation and detail-oriented nature.
  • Ability to prioritize variable workloads, multitask and meet deadlines while working with a broad range of individuals in a fast-paced environment.
  • The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse. Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

Desired:

  • Graduate-level or professional experience related specifically to green building and/or sustainable development technology.
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting, or administering zoning and/or building regulations.
  • In depth knowledge and familiarity with current best practices in sustainability, green building design, and green infrastructure.
  • Public sector experience administering or enforcing regulations related to green building and resilient design and practices.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Standard office environment. Fluorescent lighting and air conditioning. Moderate noise level.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer. Answer telephones and maintain multiple files. May require minimal lifting up to 10 pounds. Work involves travel to and through the city to project locations. Please note, City of Cambridge employees are currently fully working on-site.

 

RATE: $17.19 per hour

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit both your resume and cover letter and a written sample or excerpt from a work product related to issues of green building (professional, academic, or volunteer; no more than four pages including any charts, images or diagrams), accompanied by a brief statement explaining why the material was prepared and your role in its preparation via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and cover letter requested by 05/19/22. Position will remain open until filled.

 

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED CATEGORY. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES, WRITTEN MATERIALS IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS, AND REASONABLE MODIFICATIONS IN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE PROVIDED TO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FREE OF CHARGE, UPON REQUEST. The City is committed to advancing a workforce culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

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