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 to create programs, activities and an organizational culture that embrace diversity, inclusivity, and social justice. 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 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 on the tab above.
The first time you are hired to work in a campus job, you must show documents that will satisfy the required Form I-9 Employment Verification Eligibility form. Students working away from home for the first time: bring original documents to Boulder with you or arrange their delivery to you to avoid delay of your starting work. More info about required employment documentation can be found on the CU Student Employment Office website, or on the I-9 form. The Environmental Center can only hire current students who are officially registered in a degree-seeking program at the University of Colorado at Boulder (or CU Boulder students in the official Leave of Absence program). For summer positions, student employees do not have to be taking summer classes if enrolled in Spring AND Fall semester classes.
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. See Current Openings tab above for anticipated intern needs and job descriptions.
Academic credit for an internsihp must be facilitated and approved by your academic major department.
To apply, Click on How to Apply and complete our online employment application as if you were applying for a paid job, and select "non-paid for-credit internship" as the position you are applying for. You may complete a single application form to be considered for internships and paid positions.
The following is a list of the student jobs that are currently filled at the Environmental Center. These filled positions are posted here to give an idea of the breadth of student involvement, learning and programs at the Environmental Center. Since all positions are held by students (who will graduate!) they are also posted for your consideration for future involvement.
To see a list of positions for which we are currently hiring, see the separate tab "Current Openings".
Position Filled: Applied Learning Programs Student Assistant
Student Assistant I - II: Assist with the Environmental Center's new Sustainability Skills Workshops and Eco-Engage Events programs. Assist in organizing details of multiple Applied Learning workshops and events, including developing host sites to visit, promotion, and managing event communications and logistics. Great career experience, while also learning about a variety of sustainability topics and meeting a wide array of regional sustainability experts and innovators! Organized and detail-oriented highly desired, with good self-direction and follow through also desired. A driver's license and some weekend work (scheduled ahead) may be required.
Position Filled: Bike and Bus Ambassadors Student Assistant I - II. The Environmental Center's Bike Programs are hiring for a new outreach position. Engage with students to promote safe cycling practices on campus and encourage using public transit through incentives and positive reinforcement. We are looking for current students who have a passion for cycling/transit and desire to spread the bike/bus love to fill this position.
Position Filled: Communications and Marketing: Communications Coordinator
Student Assistant II - 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.
Position Filled: Communications and Marketing: Creative Director
Student Assistant I - II Work as a team with the graphic designer and outreach staff to create communications materials, including tabling materials, event booths, advertisements, presentations, website aesthetics, meme generators and more. Basic skill or better required in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator. Self-identified "artist", playful, visual intelligence, interest in advertising and marketing, and confident in creating and staging spaces for others to connect to the values and mission of sustainability at CU.
Position Filled: Communications and Marketing: Digital Engagement Coordinator
Student Assistant I - II. Responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating marketing strategies for several social media sites, including driving attention to the Environmental Center blog, managing social media profiles and regular posts, responding to followers, and learning and managing reports for website analytics. Ideal candidate has strong customer service, savvy writing skills, and is comfortable working with data and trends. This position is trained, no prior experience necessary.
Position Filled: Communications and Marketing: Event Communications Coordinator
Student Assistant I - II. Help promote the events of the Environmental Center and its programs on campus and in the community. Maintain contact lists and submissions of events. Post event listings to online and print calendars. Generate social media posts.Creativilty and excellent written and oral communications skills needed. Most of this work is done online, averaging between 3 - 5 hours a week.
Position Filled: Communications and Marketing: Graphics Designer (possible opening beginning in Spring semester and continuing through next academic year)
Student Assistant II - 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: Communications and Marketing: Weekly News Editor and Content Manager
Student Assistant I - II. Compile program events and communications into weekly newsletter. Manage content, aesthetics, meet deadlines, and collect and share data with team. Some blogging and social media will be included. Must have excellent writing and editing skills. Will be trained to use Constant Contact.
Position Filled: Communications Support - Campus Sustainability
Student Assistant II - III . Develop messaging and content for campus sustainability initiatives. Write articles, blogs, update website, design displays and collateral. Summer start date preferred, but will be hired in Fall if not filled in Summer.
Position Filled: Compost Lead Worker for Ralphie’s Green Stampede
Student Assistant I - 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. Assistance for recycling at other special events on campus may be available on an as needed basis. Commitment required through at least Fall 2017.
Position Filled: ECO-Visits Energy Assessment Technicians
Student Assistant I - II. 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: Eco-Social Justice Staff
Student Assistant I - II. 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.Position Filled: Energy Green Teams
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 Green Teams
Student Assistant I - II 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 I - II 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: Events Coordinator
Student Assistant I - 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.
Position Filled: FLOWS Water Leaders Program (possible opening for summer, to be determined)
Student Assistant I - II Foundations for Leaders Organizing for Water and Sustainability (FLOWS) technicians will provide sustainability information and counsel residents in low-income communities in making sustainable, equitable shifts in their daily habits, in addition to learning how to install water and energy upgrades. For more information, see our FLOWS Water Leaders Program webpage.
Position Filled: Graduate and Family Housing Sustainability Assistant
Student Assistant I - II Graduate and Family Housing is home to residents from over 70 nations. This position is responsible for communications and programming on sustainability initiatives and will provide outreach and organize events/activities supporting the campus's energy, recycling and transportation programs. Position will work with Family Housing residents, resident managers and Environmental Center to support opportunities that engage residents in sustainability programs. Position will organize network of court eco-leaders, facilitate meetings and schedule trainings. Current resident of Graduate and Family Housing is preferred but not required.
Position Filled: Graphics Designer - Recycling Program
Student Assistant II - 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: Greek Sustainability Coordinator
One Sorority Representative and one Fraternity Representative – Student Assistant I - II. 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: Green Labs Assistant
Student Assistant I - II. Freshmen and sophomores preferred. Laboratories are energy and resource-intensive spaces. 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 and/or graphic skills would be a real benefit. Work study preferred, but not required.
Position Filled: Green Labs Program Team Leads
Student Assistant I - 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 email@example.com. Pay rate $10/hour for up to 10 hours/month. Separate Employment Application: Apply Here for Green Labs Team Lead.
Position Filled: Green Office Coordinator
Student Assistant I - 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: Bioneers - non paid, for credit
Front Range Bioneers Conference is an annual event hosted by the Environmental Center in partnership with other organizations and community leaders. Interns choose a special project according to their strengths and interests, but also can expect to support outreach, special events, networking, and promotions. Past interns have created our artwork/logo, did a special outreach campaign to faculty, hosted series of events, and managed the artists for the conference. The events registration included 1100 people from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and covered topics such as, mycology, permaculture, food as medicine, building social movements, restoring relations between communities, indigenous rights, knowledge, and leadership, and much much more. The event started 25 years ago in California, and our local event has been produced for 12 years. Credit to be arranged with/ determined by your academic department.
Position Filled: Intern: iLaunch Marketing and Promotions - non paid, for credit. May be a paid position for the right applicant.
iLaunch is a cross-community idea incubator powered by the Deming Center, Spark Boulder, the CU Environmental Center and other cross-campus partnerships. Our mission is to help students start up businesses, communities and build an entrepreneurial toolset that will serve them in all their future career endeavors. Interns support connecting students to mentors, community, and resources for mobilizing their ideas and opportunities to explore possibilities in entrepreneurship. The program helps students from all disciplines see themselves as problem solvers and to find the right teams to do the work they envision. Interns manage administrative work, such as, writing a weekly newsletter, updating social media (facebook, twitter, and blog writing), hosting events and attending events to promote our program, ideating creative ways to deliver promotions and marketing. Intern’s build networking experience to help source new mentors in fields of sustainability leadership/management is expected- attending conferences and events, cold calling certain professionals. New programming ideas and development of the program is possible, and the highest form of achievement for an intern. Credit to be arranged with/ determined by your academic department.
Position Filled: Intern: Population Conversation Student Assistant - non paid, for credit.
Help plan a day-long Population Training: research materials for the training content, help contact and book keynote speakers, and general event planning.
Also responsible for leading a campus wide campaign to encourage discourse about population issues by creating educational materials, holding events on campus, and writing blogs and newsletters. Credit to be arranged with/ determined by your academic department.
Position Filled: Intern: Zero Waste Research - non paid, for credit.
This position advances a multi-year project to create better linkages between higher education and the sustainable materials management (SMM) industry- consisting of reuse, recycling, composting companies and organizations. Interns will work a total of 150 hours (or approximately twelve hours per week), advancing several initiatives. Specific duties will range from researching and cataloging resources and best practices, conducting professional level communication with organizations and individuals, and updating databases and websites. Outcomes expected for the interns include a high-level exposure to SMM concepts and practices, along with introductions to professionals and their companies and organizations. The University will benefit from a new set of resources and opportunities for the CU Environmental Center and CU’s faculty and students. Interns will meet with CU’s Recycling Program Development Director weekly. In addition, regular office hours at the Environmental Center will be required. Google Documents will be used to maintain regular workplans with individual tasks and time reporting. Final Deliverables will be accessible on the CU Recycling website and promoted through the National Recycling Coalition. Fieldtrips to local processing facilities will be conducted. A final reflection paper summarizing work over the Semester will be required. A written evaluation will be provided that details the intern's performance and activities. Credit to be arranged with/ determined by your academic department.
Position Filled: Multimedia Assistant
Student Assistant II. Provide a/v support for events sponsored by the Environmental Center, document campus sustainability events and activities, and produce and edit multi-media content for web, presentations and courses. Photography and film production and editing skills and experience required.
Position Filled: Office Assistant
Work study required. Student Assistant I. 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. This position could be combined with another position for additional hours.
Position Filled: Outreach and Engagement Assistant
Student Assistant I. Formulate, self-direct and coordinate outreach activities to promote general Environmental Center resources and services, working within a team and across E-Center programs. Using communications materials, giving presentations, and public relations initiatives staff promote awareness of events, campaigns, and sustainabilty resources. Support the training and supervision of volunteers assisting on projects/ campaigns. Participate in events, while supporting in various capacities, including Ralphie's Green Stampede and other zero waste efforts, new student welcome events, residence hall move in and move out, Front Range Eco-Social Solutions conference, Bike to Work Day and more. 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; takes and considers leadership seriously and as a priority, even amongst balancing school (which always comes first!) and personal interests.
Position Filled: Ralphie's Green Stampede Volunteer Coordinator
Student Assistant I during training period, then Student Assistant II. 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: Residence Hall Eco-Leaders
Eco-Reps are first year CU peer educators who live in the residence halls and are trained in skills and knowledge needed to promote sustainable responsible behavior, creating an engaged and environmentally active on-campus community. EcoRep trainings are similar to a RAP class experience, and require a full academic year commitment with classes on Tuesdays 6 - 8 pm. For more information, visit http://housing.colorado.edu/residences/ecoreps. Applications accepted before July 15.
Position Filled: Residence Life Sustainability Outreach Liaison
Three Student Assistant I - II positions available within Residence Life. Student employees will work as a team to conduct assessments for students living in the residence halls, in order to track behavior and teach residents how to save energy and live a more sustainable life at CU. We cover heating and resource use, as well as sustainable behaviors like local purchasing, alternative transportation, and recycling. Students will complete certifications with residents every week, as well as design and run any outreach needed to get residents involved in the program. All needed training is provided. Ideal candidate is comfortable approaching and speaking to strangers, has strong communication skills, and is enthusiastic about programming as well as teaching others.
Position Filled: ECO-Visits Coordinator of Operations and Scheduling
Student Assistant II. 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.
Position Filled: ECO-Visits Coordinator of Data Management and Reporting
Student Assistant II. 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.
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: 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- Ralphie’s Green Stampede (RGS). RGS works with CU Athletics and Learfield Sports to leverage the power of sport and the Buffs brand to create sustainable behavior change in fans at home, work, and play. Help with the development and implementation of community-based social marketing programs meant to promote sustainable actions, and help organize and implement ongoing elements of the program such as zero waste practices, promotions, event planning, marketing and communications, social media. Required: a strong interest in sports and sustainability; attention to detail and a passion for planning and promotions; ability to reach out to partners, fans, and other stakeholders in a supportive and sincere manner; a creative and visionary approach; self-starting students with strong writing, creative marketing and/or social media skills. Must be able to work at most home football games and some home basketball games.
Position Filled: STARS Assistant
Student Assistant II - 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: Student Research Assistant
Student Assistant II - II depending on experience. Research and develop methods and measurements of activities that enhance undergraduate student retention through programming, teaching, and innovative engagement activities that feature strong environmental or sustainability content. Compile and review related literature, compile examples of strong environmental and sustainability-related programming from exemplary campuses, compile and/or develop metrics by which retention efficacy can be assayed, and help create a coherent approach to student retention assessment of environmental and sustainability content efficacy at CU. Applicants must have strong research interest and some experience extracting literature from online libraries; functional knowledge of campus sustainability and environmental programming; strong organizational skills; a high degree of personal initiative, innovation, and interest; and be reliable/available for 8-14 hours/week of research.
Position Filled: Sustainable Living Education and CU Buffs Live Green Support Staff
Student Assistant I - 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 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.
Position Filled: Sustainable Transportation Assistant
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Position Filled: UMC Zero Waste Lead Worker
Student Assistant I - II starting pay rate at $10.50/hr. Coordinate and perform recycling collections/outreach in the busy University Memorial Center (UMC) student building. Help staff the recycling collection schedule while performing at least 2 weekly collections shifts. Weekly cleaning of recycling bins, cabinets, and stations. Conduct outreach and give presentations to building tenants and staff, as needed. Help the UMC grill and vendors be compliant with zero waste practices on campus.
Position Filled: Volunteer Coordinator
Student Assistant II . The Volunteer Coordinator serves as a nexus between students, student groups, the campus community, and Environmental Center programs. Their job is to recruit, train, and track the progress of volunteers for E-Center activities. The Volunteer Coordinator shall engage the community in E-Center efforts to improve campus sustainability through tabling events, publishing a weekly Volunteer Opportunities Newsletter, and relationships established and maintained with student groups and other university centers. The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the enriching and educational nature of volunteer experiences, and checking in with volunteers for feedback. The Volunteer Coordinator is also responsible for managing several email accounts and google documents, as well as holding weekly office hours. 10 to 20 hours/wk. Flexible hours, though some weekends and evenings are necessary for events.
Position Filled: Zero Waste Assistant
Work-study applicants only! Student Assistant I starting pay rate $9.50/hr. Work you can feel good about by helping the CU Boulder campus reach its zero waste goals! Learn the business of recycling through hands on work as you process/sort/handle recycling and composting in the newly built Recycling Operations Center located on campus. Also provide zero waste support at special events such as home football games and concerts. See more info at www.colorado.edu/ecenter/recycling/recycling-center
Position Filled: Zero Waste Event Assistant
Student Assistant I - II. Work at athletic games, concerts, special events and busy times on the Boulder campus, to ensure that waste is minimized and compost and recycling are properly separated. Weekend and late night work often required. Availability needed for work at home football games during the fall semester, and for some home bastketball games November through March. Some other special events will include residence hall move-in in late August, move-out in late April and early May, the Boulder Bolder race over Memorial Day weekend, summer concerts at Folsom Field.
Position Filled: Zero Waste Event Lead Worker
Student Assistant II - III Serve as Lead Worker, driver and member of the team of student zero waste event assistants (see description above). Must be able to work all or most events listed above. Must hold a Colorado Driver License, be able to pass a defensive driving class and test, and be able and willing to safely drive a large truck. Weekend and late night work often required.
Position Filled: Zero Waste Green Teams
Student Assistant I - II. The Zero Waste Green Teams assist off-campus students to recycle/compost correctly through face-to-face contact at their homes on the Hill and other student areas. Trained in zero waste best practices, team members expand the participation in the City of Boulder's Universial Zero Waste Ordinnace through distribution of zero waste tool kits (bins, reusable bags, literature, etc) and answer student resident questions related to recycling/composting in their home. All team members need excellent communication skills and enthusiasm to educate peers. Minimal time commitment needed; hours vary 3 - 6 hours per week. Late afternoon/evening availability required.
Position Filled: Zero Waste Outreach Team
Student Assistant I - II. Educate the campus community about all zero waste best practices, including waste reduction, reuse, composting, and recycling. Develop and distribute information, conduct visits to campus offices, and give presentations to students, faculty and staff. Involves face-to-face interactions and teamwork, along with individual time management. Support zero waste events on campus on both an outreach and operational level. Creativity, artistic skills, and graphic design experience are very helpful, but not necessary. 10-20 hours per week, depending on the week and your availabilty.
Position Filled: Temporary Move-In Recycler (mid-August to early September)
6 -10 temporary positions 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, starting the week before the start of the fall semester and continuing through the second week of classes. Most work will be scheduled in late August. Flatten boxes, empty containers, and direct students to recycling bins. Physical outdoor labor. Several shift times available between 7am-10pm, 10-25 hours/week.
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 the Current Openings tab above 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 a Sustainability Field
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