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. This could include your original Social Security Card (not a copy) or passport. Students working away from home for the first time: bring these 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 (scroll to page 9 to view list of acceptable documents). 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 they were enrolled in the Spring AND are enrolled for Fall semester classes.
Assembly for Sustainability and Equity - Graphics and Communications Staff
Student Assistant 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 Graphics and Communications staffer promotes sustainability and social justice through poster designs, blogs, newsletters, mailing lists, education campaigns and campus events. Required skills: graphic design experience, 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.
Greek Sustainability Coordinator - Fraternity Representative
Student Assistant II to start. The Greek Sustainability Coordinator Fraternity representative works in coordination with the Sorority reprentative 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 Sustainability Chairs to conduct energy and water assessments of the Greek houses with the aid of other trained energy technicians from the SCORE/ ECO-Visit 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.
SCORE (ECO-Visits) 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.
Zero Waste Assistant
Student Assistant I starting pay rate at $9.30/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
Intern: Zero Waste Research - non paid, for credit
2-3 upper division students are needed to advance the national agenda for zero waste. Duties include researching best practices, networking with campus and industry leaders, and updating CU and national websites. Approximately 8-12 hours per week. Flexible hours . Intern Manual available. Credit to be arranged with/ determined by your academic department.
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 give an idea of the breadth of student involvement and programs at the Environmental Center.
TO SEE A LIST OF OPEN POSITIONS FOR WHICH WE ARE CURRENTLY HIRING, SEE THE SEPARATE TAB "CURRENT OPENINGS".
POSITION FILLED: Assembly for Sustainability and Equity Staff
2 openings, Student Assistant 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: Audio Visual Support Student Assistant II. Create a training video for staff at new campus recycling facility. May also be needed to document campus sustainability events and activities, produce video content for web, presentations and courses, or provide a/v support for events sponsored by the Environmental Center. Photography and film production and editing skills and experience required.
POSITION FILLED: Bike and Bus Ambassadors Student Assistant 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: Bioneers Conference Event Support
Student Assistant II.
POSITION FILLED: Communications Coordinator
One opening. 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.
POSITION FILLED: Communications Support - Campus Sustainability
One opening. Student Assistant 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: Communications Support - Events
One opening. Student Assistant II. Promote the Environmental Center and its programs on campus, in the community and across the nation. Publish weekly events newsletter. Post event listings to online and print calendars. Generate social media posts. Creativity and excellent written and oral communications skills needed.
POSITION FILLED: Compost Lead Worker for Ralphie’s Green Stampede
One opening. Student Assistant I while training. 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: 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 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: Events and Skills Trainings Coordinator
One opening. 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.
POSITION FILLED: FLOWS Water Leaders Program
3 - 4 openings. 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. To apply for this position, see additional information and fill out a separate employment form that can be found here: www.colorado.edu/ecenter/FLOWS
POSITION FILLED: Graduate and Family Housing Sustainability Assistant
One opening. Student Assistant II. Communicate with Family Housing residents, managers and staff to provide outreach and organize events/activities supporting the campus's energy, recycling and transportation programs. Must be a current Family Housing resident. Student status preferred.
POSITION FILLED: Graphics Designer
One opening. 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: Graphics Designer - Recycling Program
One opening. 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: Greek Sustainability Coordinator
2 openings, 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: Green Labs Assistant
3 openings. 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 and/or graphic skills would be a real benefit. Work study preferred, but not required.
POSITION FILLED: Green Labs Program Team Leads
3 openings. 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.
POSITION FILLED: Green Office Coordinator
One opening. 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: Bioneers - non paid, for credit
Two openings. 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.
One opening. 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.
One opening. 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.
2-3 upper division students are needed to advance the national agenda for zero waste. Duties include researching best practices, networking with campus and industry leaders, and updating CU and national websites. Approximately 8-12 hours per week. Flexible hours . Intern Manual available. Credit to be arranged with/ determined by your academic department.
POSITION FILLED: Office Assistant
Work study required. 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. This position could be combined with another position for additional hours.
POSITION FILLED: Operations Manager at Recycling Center
Student Assistant III starting pay rate at $11.50/hr. Work at the campus Recycling Operations Center and assist with operations quality control, maintenance, training, special events, and driving. Requires excellent knowledge of CU Recycling or similar recycling programs, material processing, and equipment. Daily cleaning of equipment, litter control around site, snow and ice removal, regular preventative maintenance and safety checks of equipment. Show demonstrated experience working in landscaping/grounds or other related manual labor and basic knowledge of power tools. Minimum 6 hours a week, but 10-12 hours a week preferred, with up to 20 hours a week available.
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: Outreach and Engagement Assistant
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.
POSITIONS FILLED: Residence Hall Eco-Leaders
30 - 35 openings. 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 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 Green Teams
One opening, 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
1 -2 openings. 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: Recycling Special Events Assistant for Home Football Games
2 - 4 openings, Student Assistant I to start. Join the CU Recycling Team to make recycling happen at campus special events. Position will mainly support home football games and will require a commitment to attend all or most home games during the football season. Dates for 2015 are Sat, Sept 12; Sat, Sept 26, Sat, Oct 3; Sat, Oct 17; Sat, Nov 7; Sat, Nov 13. Assistance for recycling at other special events on campus will be needed on an as needed basis. Main duties include working with the CU Recycling team to set up recycling/composting bins before events and break down after events.
POSITION FILLED: Recycling Student Operations Assistant
Student Assistant II, Wage dependent on experience, generally starting at $10.50/hr. Work-study preferred. Responsibilities: Daily cleaning/washing of sorting equipment and litter control around temporary recycling facility site; Snow and ice removal around work site; Conduct regular monthly preventative maintenance and safety checks on recycling processing equipment; Uphold functionality of non-electrical equipment including tipcarts, enzyme dispenser, squeegees, brooms. Requirements: Show demonstrated experience working in landscaping/ grounds or other related field requiring manual labor; basic knowledge of power tools. Required time availability MWF 3 - 5 pm and preferably TR 8 - 9:30 am, 7-10 hours per week. Must be available to work in position through July 2015, with potential for continued work.
POSITION FILLED: Recycling Special Events Coordinator
One opening. Student Assistant II-III. Train in fall 2014 and work as coordinator in following years, coordinating zero waste stations and recycling at special events ranging from home football games, concerts, conferences, fairs, and races. This position requires a strong commitment to zero waste and representing the recycling program in public, as well as a commitment to working weekends, long shifts and often late nights after all or most home games during the football season. Must have valid driver’s license and be willing to be trained and drive a small truck. Work as recycling assistant processing collected recyclables will also be required.
POSITION FILLED: SCORE (Student and Community Outreach for Renters Efficiency) Energy Assessment Technicians
5 - 6 openings, 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 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.
POSITION FILLED 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.
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
2 - 3 openings. 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 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
One opening. Student Assistant III-V, 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: Sustainability Outreach Liaison - Family Housing / Bear Creek Green Apartments
Student Assistant II position available within Residence Life. Student employees will be trained to conduct energy and resource assessments for residents in Bear Creek and Graduate Family Housing, to teach students and their families 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 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 teaching others.
POSITION FILLED: Sustainability Outreach Liaison – Residence Life
Three Student Assistant 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: Sustainable Foods Support
One opening. 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.
POSITION FILLED: Sustainable Living Education and One Million Acts of Green Support Staff
One opening. 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.
POSITION FILLED 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 mostly independently and at direction of SPP Manager and course instructors to assist with online Seminar development, program administration, and other tasks as assigned. 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 an independent self starter with attention to detail, able to undertake tasks with minimum supervision and willing to offer suggestions while taking direction and feedback. Limited hours needed for the spring semester (typically fewer than 10 hours per week). Read more about the Sustainable Practices Program at sustainable.colorado.edu.
POSITION FILLED 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.
POSITION FILLED Sustainable Transportation Assistant
Student Assistant II.
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 August 19-25, 2014. Flatten boxes, empty containers, and direct students to recycling bins. Physical outdoor labor. Several shift times available between 7am-10pm, 10-40 hours/week.
POSITION FILLED: UMC Zero Waste Lead Worker
Student Assistant 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
One opening, Student Assistant II to train. 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: Web Support
One opening. Student Assistant II to start. Update and create web pages in Drupal WebExpress Content Management System. Job description coming soon.
POSITION FILLED: Zero Waste Assistant
3 - 5 openings. Work-study required. Student Assistant I $9 per hour to start.
Work you can feel good about with an award-winning recycling program. Hands-on operational sorting work at our new campus recycling facility, coming online this summer, and recycling at athletics and special events. May be otential for outreach assistance, and waste reduction and research projects.
POSITION FILLED: Zero Waste Outreach Team
Student Assistant II. Educate the campus community about zero waste: recycling, composting and waste reduction. Develop and distribute information, conduct visits to campus offices, and give presentations to students, faculty and staff.
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, 10-40 hours/week.
FOR A LIST OF CURRENT OPENINGS, SEE THE SEPARATE TAB TITLED "CURRENT OPENINGS"
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
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 their online jobs board that you can access for free!
Click the links for "Energy" and "Green Environment" through Career Services Resources for information about various industries, organizations, and opportunities.
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. http://careerservices.colorado.edu/public/