The Environmental Center is accepting applications for Summer 2014 and 2014-15 Academic Year openings. Some positions are being filled now, and some positions will be filled in August. See details below under Current Openings.
Students are the heart and soul of the Environmental Center, creating a sustainable University of Colorado Boulder campus and making a positive impact on the community. E-Center student-led programs and projects have pioneered sustainable improvements that other universities and communities are emulating.
Diversity: Diversity and broader social justice initiatives are key components of sustainability. The Environmental Center strives for diversity, inclusivity, and social justice in our staff, programs and activities. Applications are sought from underrepresented students at CU: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students, students with disabilities, LGBTQI students, and non-traditional students. Undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of majors such as (but not limited to) engineering, business, communication, political science, architecture, biology, education, and environmental studies work with the CU Environmental Center.
Academic Year Openings: Positions for the academic year are filled in August of each year, with few openings at other times. Applications are accepted year round with interviews held at the start of the Fall semester. Students are hired for the full Fall to Spring academic year, with work commitment varying from 5 - 20 hours per week depending on position. All students who are interviewed each August will be asked to hold the date of a required-attendance staff work retreat in late September in case they are hired. Openings at other times: A few positions sometimes become available during the school year and are posted and filled quickly. Summer positions are usually filled in May. Current openings are posted below.
The Environmental Center can only hire students officially registered in a degree-seeking program at the University of Colorado at Boulder (or CU Boulder students in the official StayConnected or Timeoff programs). For summer positions, students do not have to be taking summer classes but must have been enrolled in the Spring AND be enrolled for Fall semester classes. Please be aware that if you are hired to work in a campus job you must show your original Social Security Card (not a copy) or an application for one. Students working away from home for the first time: bring your social security card to Boulder with you. Other required employment documentation can be found on the CU Student Employment Office website.
Students can apply for a semester-long for-credit internship or independent study project with the Environmental Center. Internships are available on a limited basis, depending on the priorities and projects of the current semester and skills and interests of applicants. Internship credit must be approved through your academic major department.
Complete the online application as if you were applying for employment, and select "non-paid for-credit internship" as the position you are applying for. You may apply for an internship or paid position at the same time using the same application form.
Apply now for summer 2014 and academic year 2014-15 openings.
Some positions are being hired now, and some positions will be filled in August.
--THIS INFO CURRENTLY IS BEING DRAFTED- The full list and application for these positions will be available Wed April 16th.
INTERVIEWING AND HIRING **NOW**
for these positions for summer and fall
Audio Visual Support
Student Assistant II. Document campus sustainability events and activities. Film production and editing skills required. Produce video content for web, presentations and courses. Provide a/v support for events sponsored by the EC. Photography and film production and editting experience required.
Student Assistant III. Promote the Environmental Center and its programs on campus, in the community and across the nation. Develop media contacts. Write press releases, environmental columns, letters to the editor, and blogs, and coordinate monthly newsletter. Post event listings to online and print calendars. Generate social media posts. Creativity and excellent written and oral communications skills needed.
Family Housing Promotions Assistant
Student Assistant II. Communicate with Family Housing residents, managers and staff to provide outreach and organize events/activities supporting the Environmental Center's energy, recycling and transportation programs. Must be a current Family Housing resident.
SCORE Coordinator of Operations and Scheduling
Student Assistant III. This student position is part of the SCORE leadership team that works collaboratively to ensure the success of the SCORE program. The Operations and Scheduling Coordinator will make initial contact with tenants, organize student technician and tenant schedules, inform technicians of their schedule at least one week in advance, prepare forms for technicians, and maintain communication with SCORE Outreach and Registration Coordinator. Required skills: knowledge of the SCORE program, previous experience working with the SCORE team or another energy assessment program, strong organizational and communication skills.
SCORE Coordinator of Data Management and Reporting
Student Assistant III. This student position is part of the SCORE leadership team that works collaboratively to ensure the success of the SCORE program. The Data Management and Reporting Coordinator maintain database, train student technicians on data energy and database function, inventory supplies, work with Energy Program Manager to order supplies, assist in the development of reports and grants for future funding. Required skills: knowledge of the SCORE program, previous experience working with the SCORE team or another energy assessment program, strong organizational skills.
Sports Sustainability and Fan Engagement Assistant
Student Assistant II. The CU Environmental Center is partnering with CU Athletics, Facilities Management and corporate entities to enhance our first in the nation sports sustainability program. We need a staffer to assist with this effort including: helping organize and implement ongoing elements of the program such as zero waste practices, promotions, and event planning. A strong interest in sports and sustainability is required. Attention to detail and a passion for planning and promotions is required. Ability to reach out to partners, fans, and other stakeholders in a supportive and sincere manner is key. A creative and visionary approach is strongly desired.
Sustainable Practices Program Videographer and Film Editor
Student Assistant III. The Sustainable Practices Program offers online Seminars leading to a professional non-credit certificate for participants seeking training in sustainability. This position works closely with, and at direction of SPP Manager and course instructors to edit and refine raw or edited footage into useable modules for creating online courses in Desire2Learn. Adjusting sound, integration of powerpoint slides, experience with transitions, and introductions in film and recommendations for final professional presentations are all expected. Understanding of, and interest in sustainability topics a definite plus. Occasional filming tasks, and supervision/assistance with on-line webinars are also expected. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Final Cut Pro or equivalent film editing software required. Demonstrated videographer experience required. Must be a self starter with attention to detail, able to undertake tasks with minimum supervision and willing to offer suggestions while taking direction and feedback. Read more about the Sustainable Practices Program at sustainable.colorado.edu.
Sustainable Practices Program Instructional Design Assistant
Student Assistant III. The Sustainable Practices Program offers online Seminars leading to a professional non-credit certificate for participants seeking training in sustainability. This position works closely with, and at direction of SPP Manager and course instructors to assist with online instructional design and development, program administration, and other tasks as assigned. Instructional design responsibilities involve developing discussion suggestions from assigned texts and lectures, video suggestions in support of overall educational goals and content, video content inventorying, exam question development, researching technical online learning details, and more. Administrative duties may involve participant record keeping, email and phone message monitoring and response, online course support and overall program management support. Experience in Desire2Learn online learning platform a definite plus. Willingness to learn D2L required. Interest in, and understanding of, sustainability topics required. Must be a self starter with attention to detail, able to undertake tasks with minimum supervision and willing to offer suggestions while taking direction and feedback. Read more about the Sustainable Practices Program at sustainable.colorado.edu.
INTERVIEWING AND HIRING **IN AUGUST**
for these fall openings
Events and Skills Trainings Coordinator
Student Assistant II. Organize logistics of campus environmental events, from conferences and concerts to speakers and slideshows. Involves developing program ideas and funding proposals, reserving locations and equipment, ensuring contracts are signed, serving as a liaison between speakers and the University, attending all events, etc. Develop and organize skills trainings for students, including confirming presenters/ facilitators, organizing content, registration and surveys. Requires excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Fan Engagement Specialist
Description coming soon
Green Labs Assistant
Student Assistant II. Laboratories are energy and resource-intensive spces. At CU-Boulder, labs occupy 20% of square footage of CU-Boulder but use 43% of the energy according to a study done in 2010-2011. If you want to have real impact on energy conservation and other resource savings on campus and be part of work that is influencing conservation efforts in laboratories nationwide, then this is job for you. Assistants are needed to help build an atmosphere of conservation by working on educational campaigns, posters and signage specific to laboratory environments, newsletters, social media, contests, metering of lab equipment, expansion of lab-specific recycling and much more as well as help run the day to day functions of the program. The program is looking for individuals who are dedicated, hard-working, highly motivated, detail-oriented, resourceful, responsible, good with people, and who work well on their own. Writing skills (especially for newsletters) and/or graphic skills would be a real benefit. Work study preferred, but not required.
Green Labs Program Team Leads
Student Assistant II. The CU Green Labs Program is seeking to hire three GRADUATE students who are presently working in labs in MCDB, Physics/JILA, LASP, IPhy, EBio, INSTAAR/USGS, or Engineering to join a group of three team leads who are already working and leading on energy conservation, water conservation and material waste reduction in their departments. Applicants must have PI approval before applying and CU Green Labs may also need to seek approval for the position with your department. Preferred qualifications: currently a Green Labs Eco-Leader, passion for conserving resources (energy, water, and material goods), experience working in a research laboratory, good interpersonal skills especially within lab environments. For a full position description, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay rate $10/hour for up to 10 hours/month. Separate Employment Application: Apply Here for Green Labs Team Lead.
Green Office Coordinator
Student Assistant II to start. Educate CU Faculty and Staff about sustainability issues. Coordinate a network of departmental eco-leaders; perform office visits; schedule trainings and presentations; manage green office certification program; send out regular email updates. Conduct research and produce educational materials on environmentally responsible purchasing for office staff. Requires excellent written and oral communication skills.
POSITION FILLED Intern
nLab Assistant - One or two non-paid, for-credit internship positions available for Spring and/or Fall 2014. The Environmental Center and Deming Center for Entrepreneurship's nLab is a one-stop shop for students with ideas. From projects to business ventures to campus sustainability ideas, the nLab helps students create plans, pursue funds, find mentors and turn ideas into real world solutions. nLab Intern applicants must be professional, interested in the business of sustainability, comfortable working with new ideas and entrepreneurship. Interns will promote, recruit, manage data and reports, write grants, host co-working sessions with mentors, and build relationships with students, mentors, and campus staff, while networking students to resources. Other internship opportunities with Environmental Justice, Recycling, Energy and STARS may become available.
Work study required, schedule dependent. Student Assistant I to start. Outgoing individuals with a knowledge and/or interest in the Environmental Center’s sustainability programs are sought to greet visitors, assist volunteers, answer phones, respond to requests for information, assist program staff, perform web updates and assist with other clerical duties as needed. Mid-day availability needed. This position could be combined with another position for additional hours.
Outreach and Engagement Assistant
Student Assistant II. Formulate, self-direct and coordinate outreach activities to promote general Environmental Center resources and services, working within a team and across E-Center programs. Develop communications materials, advertisements, presentations, or public relations initiatives to promote awareness of events, campaigns, and sustainabilty resources. Initiate, develop, document and evaluate outreach strategies on campus. Support the training and supervision of volunteers assisting on projects/ campaigns. Participate in events, while supporting in various capacities, including Green Stampede, move out, Bike to Work Day and more. Must be available for the weekend of Front Range Bioneers Conference, Nov. 7-9, 2014. Ideal candidate: loves initiating contact with all kinds of people, and is radically inclusive of other cultures and perspectives; is comfortable with self direction and taking action; can work evenings and weekends when occasionally needed; can withold judgement and criticism while educating others on sustainable behaviors; has an eye for detail, and if developing this skill is comfortable with constructive feedback; takes and considers leadership seriously and as a priority, even amongst balancing school (which always comes first!), hobbies, clubs, and personal interests.
Sustainable Foods Support
Student Assitant II. Collaborate on a number of new campus initiatives which engage students in sustainable food culture. Conduct research support on available products. Research feasibility and support implementation of campus greenhouse production facility, community garden installations, edible landscaping, and pollinator landscaping projects. Business and/or biology background/ experience preferred.
Sustainable Living Education and One Million Acts of Green Support Staff
Student Assistant II. Develop educational materials for CU-Boulder students on consumer education, healthy lifestyles, eco-friendly choices. Generate regular eco-tips and resources to be distributed to campus community via social media, newsletters, etc. This position will monitor the OMAOG platform, contact new and existing participants, run reports, track actions, issue reminders, conduct surveys and incentive programs. Support marketing and communications to increase participation. Support EcoStar Challenge resource use competition in the residence halls which uses the platform as its basis. Administrative experience including Excel is needed.
Temporary Move-In Recycler
Five to ten temporary positions for 10-40 hours/week beginning mid-August and ending early September. Student Assistant I. Start off your semester making a difference! Recycle cardboard at residence halls during move-in - mid-August through early September. Flatten boxes, empty containers, and direct students to recycling bins. Physical outdoor labor. Flexible shifts, 7am-10pm.
See CU Student Employment Student Assistant job class descriptions here.
POSITION FILLED Assembly for Sustainability and Equity Staff
Student Assistant II. Student employees will coordinate, create and collaborate with campus and community resources on Social and Environmental Justice projects based on EJ principles and ideals. Create EJ initiatives for both on campus and in local communities. This position is based on social justice, environmental protection and economic vitality - the three legs of sustainability. The EJ coordinator promotes sustainability and social justice through blogs, newsletters, mailing lists, education campaigns and campus events. Required skills: knowledge of social and environmental justice issues, ability to work collaboratively with a group to create and implement programs, good presentation and writing skills. Preferred skills: connections and network with diverse student groups or desire to create these connections, experience with planning events, experience working with volunteer groups. 5 to 10 hours per week.
POSITION FILLED Bike Station Staff
Student Assistant I. Interested applicants should have a basic understanding of bicycle maintenance techniques, and must be able to repair flat tires and adjust drivetrains. Seeking outgoing personalities who will communicate effectively with a variety of visitors. Knowledge of local transportation systems a plus. Station hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am - 5 pm March through November. Position is jointly managed by the Environmental Center and Parking and Transportation Services. Background check required.
POSITION FILLED Bioneers Conference Event Support
Student Assistant II. Organize logistics of annual Colorado Bioneers conference. Recruit sponsors and advertisers, confirm presenters, recruit partner groups, support marketing, support registration systems, perform copy-writing for program. Requires excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Fall semester only position, could continue through Spring semester to support other events
POSITION FILLED Compost Supervisor for Ralphie’s Green Stampede
Student Assistant II. Ensure the success of zero waste efforts in the CU Folsom Stadium by coordinating compost sorting following home football games. This position requires a strong commitment to removing contaminants from the compost stream, as well as a commitment to working long shifts and often late nights after all or most home games during the football season. Home game dates for 2013 are expected to be Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23. Assistance for recycling at other special events on campus may be available on an as needed basis.
POSITION FILLED Energy Green Teams
Student Assistant II. The Energy Green Teams help off-campus students save energy through direct contact with them in their homes on the Hill and other student areas. Teams of trained members distribute literature and answer students' questions about how to save energy and the benefits of doing so. Required skills: excellent communication skills and enthusiasm to educate peers on energy and climate change. Late afternoon/evening availability required.
POSITION FILLED Energy Outreach
Student Assistant II to start. Seeking creative thinkers to design and implement innovative campaigns on climate change and energy conservation. Campaign strategies include guerilla marketing and awareness-raising, public events, information displays, website, and peer presentations. Required skills: ability to develop ideas and execute plans with a group, confidence with speaking on energy and climate change to groups of students, good presentation and writing skills, ability to complete projects and maintain deadlines with minimal supervision. Seeking a combination of the following skills: graphic design, knowledge of or desire to learn Drupal to maintain website, knowledge of social marketing techniques, and experience with event planning.
POSITION FILLED Graphic Designer
Student Assistant III. Produce ads and posters for Environmental Center events and programs. Create marketing pieces such as displays and logos. Layout publications (brochures, conference programs). Experience with graphic design using InDesign, Photoshop and/or Illustrator necessary
POSITION FILLED Greek Sustainability Coordinator
One Sorority Representative and one Fraternity Representative – Student Assistant II to start. The Greek Sustainability Coordinator works with each house to find Greek Sustainability Chairs that meet regularly to discuss ways they can reduce energy and water use in their houses. The coordinator works with the chairs to identify areas where they could use help in meeting their sustainability goals. The Greek Sustainability Coordinator also works with the Sustainbility Chairs to conduct energy and water assessments of the Greek houses with the aid of other trained energy technicians from the SCORE team. This position is also responsible for leading the annual spring energy competition among the sororities. The majority of training is provided within the first few weeks of the fall semester. Required skills: knowledge and experience working within the Greek community, especially with fraternities; strong communication skills, desire to help Greek residents learn how they can reduce their energy and water use. Preferred skills: previous knowledge or experience with energy efficiency, self-starter that can identify new opportunities and ares for program improvement.
POSITION FILLED Orientation Ambassadors
Student Assistant II. Create, practice, schedule and produce sustainability programming for ten summer orientation sessions for incoming freshmen. Learn about CU’s sustainability heritage and the extraordinary opportunities for progressive and sustainable change through student leadership. Candidates must have early morning availability for orientation sessions between June 9 and July 18, as well as a large session the week of August 18 in Macky Auditorium. In addition, ambassadors will be scheduled to support outreach for Orientation Fairs, sharing information with students and parents at weekly orientation sessions between June and August. Summer position could lead to fall/spring promotions team position. Two lead positions start by May 1 to plan presentation content and production. Four to six support positions start June 1 for training and rehearsal.Required Qualifications: Ability to communicate with diverse groups of people, including a commitment to being helpful and courteous to the public. Ability and willingness to work as part of a team and to be reliable and effective with limited supervision. Punctual and reliable with a professional demeanor. Knowledge of sustainability, energy and climate is preferred.
POSITION FILLED Promotions staff
Student Assistant I. Be the active promoter of all Environmental Center programs. Must love to work with other people! Outreach includes postering, tabling, consumer education and helping expand the "One Million Acts of Green pledge campaign. Provide office and event support as needed. Ideal candidate is comfortable talking to anyone at a basic level of all things sustainability, and is radically inclusive of others' values and ideas. Occasional weekend and evening availability needed for event support. 7 - 10 hours a week availabilty needed.
POSITION FILLED Ralphie's Green Stampede Volunteer Coordinator
Student Assistant II during training period, then Student Assistant III. Train to coordinate and lead 50 - 100 volunteers for Ralphie's Green Stampede, a nationally recognized Zero Waste effort at home CU football and basketball games. Research and organization will be needed to gather volunteers as "Zero Waste Goalies". Leadership skills are needed for training and monitoring the volunteers to effectively compost and recycling during the home games. Work-study preferred but not necessary.
POSITION FILLED Recycling Assistant
Work-study required. Student Assistant I $8.75 per hour to start. Work you can feel good about with an award-winning recycling program. Learn the benefits and business of recycling through hands-on collection of materials, operational sorting work at our campus facility, and special events recycling. Potential for outreach assistance, and waste reduction and research projects. Priority given to students with a financial aid work-study award. See photos of the inner workings of the recycling facility by clicking here.
POSITION FILLED Recycling Graphics Designer
Student Assistant III. Coordinate the design and production of displays, ads, posters and brochures for CU Recycling. Creativity and a passion for recycling required! Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator necessary. Video and web experience beneficial. Must be able to multi task, meet deadlines, and work with a team. Please provide portfolio when applying.
POSITION FILLED Recycling Green Teams
Student Assistant II. The recycling Green Teams help off-campus students recycle through direct contact with them in their homes on the Hill and other student areas. Teams of trained members distribute literature and answer students' questions about how to recycle and the benefits of doing so. All team members need excellent communication skills and enthusiasm to educate peers. Minimal time commitment needed; hours vary 2 - 6 hours per week. Late afternoon/evening availability required.
POSITION FILLED Recycling Outreach Crew
Student Assistant II. Educate the campus community about recycling and waste reduction. Develop and distribute information, conduct visits to campus offices, and give presentations to students, faculty and staff.
POSITION FILLED SCORE (Student and Community Outreach for Renters Efficiency) Energy Assessment Technicians
Student Assistant II to start. Student employees will be trained to conduct in-home energy assessments of student rental properties and show students how to save energy and cut their energy bills. Assessors will also provide renters with free energy efficiency equipment such energy efficient light bulbs, weather stripping, and water-saving devices. All necessary training will be provided. Required skills: strong communication skills, comfortable speaking to strangers, capacity for physical labor, ability to work on the weekends. Desired skills: knowledge of energy and climate change, experience in reducing one’s energy in their home or helping others reduce their energy use.
POSITION FILLED Ski Bus Customer Service Represtentative
Student Assistant II. The Ski Bus is a weekend ski resort travel service for CU Boulder students, faculty and staff. The responsibility of the Ski Bus Manager is to prepare for the coming weekend on the Friday prior, then attend the bus loading process starting at 5:30 am on the specified date, offer customer service on-board, assist with deboarding and re-loading at the resort, departing promptly at 4 pm from the resort, and then assisting with de-boarding back on campus.
POSITION FILLED STARS Assistant
Student Assistant III. Along with other leading sustainability campuses across the nation, CU Boulder uses the STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) measurement tool to measure and report sustainability performance. This position will assist the Environmental Center Director with CU Boulder's STARS self-assessment process. In addition, the assistant may research sustainability policy with projects possibly including Carbon Neutrality research and recongizing social benefits of sustainability programs. A graduate student or undergraduate who is able to perform graduate level work is desired. Experience or aptitude with number crunching and/or spreadsheets is preferred.
POSITION FILLED Sustainable Transportation Promotions Assistant
Student Assistant II. Promote campaigns within the Sustainable Transportation program, such as Late Night Transit, or the Ski Bus, but also include advertisements of the behaviors and attitudes we hope to see in the University community, such as responsible bicycling, habitual walking, carpooling and more.
POSITION FILLED Sustainable Transportation Videographer and Film Editor
Student Assistant III. One task will be to create an entertaining and humorous new student orientation video that highlights all of the available programs offered to students by the Sustainable Transportation Program (Bus Pass, Late Night Transit, Ski Bus, Bike Stations, and CUcommute carpool matching). Other tasks include but are not limited to creating additional program videos and updating website. Knowledge of or desire to learn Drupal to maintain website is required. Must be creative and be able to multi task, meet deadlines, and coordinate with the Transportation Program Manager. Please provide portfolio when applying. This position could possibly be combined with another position.
POSITION FILLED STARS Student Assistant
Student Assistant III or above, based on experience. Along with many other leading sustainability campuses across the nation, the University of Colorado at Boulder uses the STARS measurement tool (the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) to assess sustainability performance. The STARS student assistant will assist the Environmental Center Director with CU Boulder's STARS assessment process. In addition, the assistant may research sustainability policy with projects possibly including Carbon Neutrality research and recognizing social benefits of sustainability programs. A graduate student or undergraduate who is able to perform graduate level work is desired. Experience or aptitude with number crunching and/or spreadsheets preferred.
The Environmental Center works with large numbers of students who are interested in sustainability and the environment, providing access to knowledge and resources, creating funding and mentoring for student-developed programs and projects, and fostering leadership and action through meaningful volunteer, internship and job opportunities. The result is one of the most active student environmental communities in the country and graduates who often go on to distinguished careers in sustainability.
CU students have led environmental efforts to launch the nation's first collegiate recycling program, first wind energy program, first student government carbon neutrality pledge, earth education, environmental justice, numerous groundbreaking conferences and events, zero-waste for athletic events, and a series of leadership initiatives that span the forty years of the Environmental Center's operations.
Much of the programmatic, research, and on the ground operations work for these programs is carried out by paid student employees. See Application and Hiring Information to find out more about the Environmental Center's current student job openings and getting paid to further CU's sustainability efforts.
Finding an Internship or Career in Sustainability
If you are a CU-Boulder student or alum seeking work in sustainability, we send all positions that come our way to the University of Colorado Boulder's Career Services. They post them on an online jobs board called CSO that you can access for free!
They have a special page for you to Go Green, be sure to check out their suggested search engines, websites, and resources for jobs in sustainabilty.
CU Career Services can also assist you with major and career exploration, resume writing and cover letters, events, jobs &internships, graduate school preparation and much more. Please see the Career Services website for details or create an account in CSO to seek positions: http://careerservices.colorado.edu/public/
If you are an employer and have opportunities for our students, contact Career Services to post your positions. Please view their website here or call Michael Deragisch, Assistant Director for Employer Relations, Career Services, to find out more details: 303-492-4123.