City of Boston

Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) Assistant

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Environment Department
Regular Full-Time
Environment Department
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Brief Job Description: 

The BERDO Assistant will support activities related to the Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), and other building decarbonization policies and programs of the Environment Department. BERDO requires buildings greater than 20,000 square feet or 15 units to report their annual energy usage to the City and to meet declining emissions standards, achieving net -zero emissions by 2050. The City makes the resulting metrics on energy and greenhouse emissions publicly available. The BERDO Assistant will work to support activities related to the BERDO ordinance, and other building decarbonization policies and programs of the Environment Department.



  • Becomes thoroughly familiar with the City of Boston’s climate and sustainability goals and the City’s administrative structure, programs, and staff responsibilities for climate action and BERDO implementation.
  • Supports building owners and managers throughout the BERDO reporting and compliance process by answering help desk calls and emails.
  • Works with BERDO’s data management system, organizes BERDO data, and conducts data analysis.
  • Updates website content and drafts outreach materials, mass mailers, slide decks, meeting notes, and other written materials to support the implementation of BERDO.
  • Conducts research and draft reports and memos on topics related to BERDO.
  • Supports stakeholder and community engagement and outreach related to BERDO.
  • Supports programs, projects, and policy development related to BERDO and building decarbonization.
  • Participates in Environment Department meetings and activities.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:


  • Two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in environmental policy, urban planning, energy, real estate or affordable housing, data analytics, or a related field. A bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred, and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. 
  • Strong interest in working to achieve Boston’s climate goals.
  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills for communicating with a diverse audience.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail, ability to handle multiple and diverse tasks, execute clerical assignments and independent field work, and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Energy, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications with an emphasis on Excel (or other spreadsheet tools) for data analysis and Google Suite
  • Experience with greenhouse gas accounting, energy data, ArcGIS, and data visualization is highly desirable.
  • Performs related work as required.


Boston Residency Required


Union/Salary Plan/Grade: MO-6/ Full time/ Non-union

Hours per week: 35


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