- Applications submitted by August 10 were given priority.
- There may be several new opportunities for Spring 2021 - watch for postings in November/December
If you would like to be considered in case any other openings become available for the current semester, please complete our online employment application, which also will gauge your interest in internships, volunteering, professional networking, and other ways of being involved.
The Environmental Center can only hire current students who are officially registered in a degree-seeking program at CU Boulder. Most positions begin as Student Assistant 1 ($12.32 - $17.13).
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 campus community and beyond. E-Center student-led programs and projects have pioneered sustainable improvements that other universities and communities are emulating.
Social justice is a key component of sustainability. The Environmental Center strives to create programs, activities and an organizational culture that embrace social justice, inclusivity and diversity. Applications are welcome from all students including but not limited to underrepresented students at CU: students of color, first-generation students, students with disabilities, LGBTQI students, low-income students and non-traditional students. Undergraduate and graduate students who work iwth the CU Environmental Center are engaged in a variety of majors such as (but not limited to) engineering, business, communication, political science, architecture, biology, education, and environmental studies.
Positions for the academic year are filled in August of each year, with a few openings at other times. Applications are accepted year round with most interviews held at the start of the Fall semester. Students are usually 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: 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.
- First, see Current Openings tab above to read through the current opening job descriptions, hours required, and desired start dates. You may apply for more than one position.
- Submit an online application by clicking the blue button below.
- We read a lot of applications (often 200+ in a semester) so make yours stand out. Include as much information as possible about your sustainability interests, experiences and goals, and why you want to work for the Environmental Center.
- If have a resume, you can supplement your online application by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Save as a Microsoft Word or PDF document, titled as your "First Name_Last Name.doc" or .pdf (example Alexandra_Verde.doc) Note that resumes alone are not considered -- you must also complete the online application. On the application, you can fill in “see resume” on applicable questions.
- Interviews will be scheduled with select applicants. Because of the number of applications we receive, we are unable to interview everyone who submits an application. Experience working with environmental and social issues, strong sustainability background and interests, skills specific to available positions, a financial aid work-study award, and date of application submission are all taken into account to decide who to interview. At the end of each application period, every applicant will be notified whether they will be interviewed or not.
The following is a list of Environmental Center student jobs that are currently filled or anticipated to be filled based on the current applicant pool. 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 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 This team does behind-the-scenes work to encourage and provide sustainable transportation options such as bike and transit for CU affiliates, making the magic happen and empowering tens of thousands of bike and bus users. Duties are a mix of computer use in the office (database reports, analysis of large spreadsheets, e-mails) and physical outside work (positive reinforcement outreach events, removal of illegally parked bikes, flagging and notifying owners of improperly locked bikes, bike rack surveys). Skills and requirements: Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Google docs, Strong attention to details, ability to lift 50 lbs, working with powertools while maintaining safety protocols for cutting bike locks and installing/removing bike racks, ability to ride various types of bicycles and/or electric bike, solving complex problems on a regular basis. Work at least 10 hrs/week throughout the fall and spring semesters and preferably the summer.
Position Filled: Bike Mechanics
Student Assistant I - II On-campus work with PPE and safety training provided. Perform bike maintanance, register bikes, and check in and out rental bikes. Attend in-person trainings and complete online bike mechanic lessons. Be welcoming and friendly to all bike station visitors. Answer bike-related emails. Staffing depends on open hours and student schedules. Pay begins at $13/hour, $14 upon completion of Level 2 Bike Mechanic training.
Position Filled: Campus Sustainability Assistant
Student Assistant I - II to start Duties: Organize logistics of campus sustainabilty events, from conferences and concerts to speakers and slideshows. 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. (Formerly Green Office Assistant and Sustainabilty Summit Event Assistant.)
Communications and Marketing: Assignment Writer
Duties: contribute reporting on campus sustainability programs, initiatives, and accomplishments, interviews with sustainability practitioners, sustainable lifestyle pieces, and additional pieces as assigned. Pieces are published on our blog and website, in campus-wide publications, and occasional larger media outlets. This position works directly with the communications team under the Communications Coordinator. Preferred qualifications: Interest in sustainable lifestyle choice and environmental issues; Familiarity with cause marketing/community based social marketing; Experience writing for a variety of audiences; Independently motivated, thorough, and detail-oriented.
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 Assistant
Student Assistant I - II Work as a team with the graphic designer and outreach staff to create communications materials, including tabling materials, event booths, displays, and more. Basic skill or better helpful in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, but not required. Self-identified "artist", playful, visual intelligence, interest in branding, and confident in creating and staging spaces for others to connect to the values and mission of sustainability at CU.
Communications and Marketing: Digital Engagement Assistant
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 Assistant
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
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 Assistant
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: Student Residential Outreach
Student Assistant II Provide sustainable living information and kits to students on and off campus. The green teams and eco-visits programs are currently being restructured to best serve student needs and work with COVID-19 restrictions. Track participation in self-assessments, provide virtual or in-person support as feasible, provide tools for checkout, organize kits and supplies that support students' sustainable habits. Looking for students who enjoy doing outreach, have a passion for sustainable lifestyle, and have solid organizational and communications skills.
Position Filled: ECO-Visits Coordinator
Student Assistant II - III Duties: Assist the Energy & Climate Justice Program Manager with management of the ECO-Visits program (Energy Conservation Outreach Visits) and associated energy, water, and climate justice efforts and campaigns. This coordinator will oversee ECO-Visits staff, maintain and track inventory, help coordinate outreach and communications efforts, work to expand the program, and assist the program manager as needed. Approximately 5 hours per week (during the school year).
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.
Positions Filled: Eco-Social Justice Events Coordinators
Student Assistant II Organize events that offer students applied learning opportunites and feature community leaders. Programming in fall 2020 will center on the equity and justice connections with climate and sustainability. Events will feature a weekly eco-social solutions series, small group trainings, monthly workshops on justice, health and sustainability. Excellent organizational, administrative and communications skills. Events will be held virtually, with small group in-person options as feasible.
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 - but almost always accepting new applicants: Environmental Board members (non-paid)
Non-paid, volunteer positions with the CU Student Government Environmental Board. Advocate for campus environmental policy, determine funding for the Environmental Center and innovative sustainability projects, get practical leadership experience working with professional staff and fellow students, and meet environmentally concerned peers. Read more about the E-Board, time requirements, roles and the application process at the Environmental Board website.
Position Filled: Events Assistant
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
Student Assistant II The Foundation for Leaders Organizing for Water and Sustainability (FLOWS) technicians will work with community members to provide sustainability information and support residents in low-income communities in making sustainable, equitable shifts in their daily habits, in addition to learning about sustainability issues from a social justice perspective. 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: Graphic Designer
Student Assistant II TAM, Art, Communications, and Marketing majors preferred. Must have proficiency with Adobe Suite, especially Adobe Illustrator. This position will create a variety of digital and print brochures, postcards, posters, logos, and other design materials for any or all of the Environmental Center's programs and initiatives. Work can be done remotely.
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 is responsible for recruiting representatives from each Greek House, leading bi-weekly meetings with reps, and spearheading the creation and implementation of effective zero waste and energy/water reduction strategies in Greek houses. The Greek Sustainability Coordinator also coordinates zero waste audits and energy/water use assessments of the Greek houses in coordination with Reps/Chairs, Zero Waste Green Team, and ECO-Visits team members. A key role of this position is to ensure that sustainability initiatives are integrated into Greek Week each spring. Required skills: knowledge and experience working within the Greek community, strong communication skills, desire to help the Greek community be leaders in sustainability. Preferred skills: previous knowledge or experience with Green Greeks, sustainability behaviors, self-starter that can lead innovation, and comfortable speaking in front of groups.
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. 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.
Intern: Assignment Writer
The Assignment Writer contributes reporting on campus sustainability programs, initiatives, and accomplishments, interviews with sustainability practitioners, sustainable lifestyle pieces, and additional pieces as assigned. Pieces are published on our blog and website, in campus-wide publications, and occasional larger media outlets. The Assignment Writer works directly with the communications team under the Communications Coordinator. Preferred qualifications: Interest in sustainable lifestyle choice and environmental issues; Familiarity with cause marketing/community based social marketing; Experience writing for a variety of audiences; Independently motivated, thorough, and detail-oriented. To apply: please send two relevant writing samples, résumé, and 3 references to Julie Hayes, Communications Coordinator, CU Environmental Center - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. Fill out the Special Zero Waste internship application online.
Position Filled: Multimedia Assistant - 1 position
Student Assistant II Duties: 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. Required skills: 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 Promotions 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: Ralphie's Green Stampede Sports Sustainability and Fan Engagement Assistant
Student Assistant I - II 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. Duties: 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: 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: 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: Social Media & Events Coordinator
Student Assistant II Communications, Mass Media, Marketing and TAM majors encouraged to apply. This position will coordinate the posting of student-generated content on the Environmental Center's Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts. Strong interest in social media and Instagram user preferred. Please include links to your social media accounts with your application. This position will also be responsible for listing events online and sending regular emails through our website. Must be familiar with WebExpress or willing to learn new software interfaces.
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.
Positions Filled: Sustainable Buffs Peer Mentors
Student Assistant II Provide administrative and student support for the Sustainable Buffs Community. Work will entail moderating canvas-based engagement, tracking participation, facilitating group discussions, supporting events and engagement opportunities. Help develop online learning modules. Organize service projects and volunteer opportunities. Programming for Sustainable Buffs Community will be offered in small groups as feasible and virtually. Excellent communications skills required including experience with facilitation and presentations. Familiarity with Canvas platform.
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
Student Assistant I - II. Assist Sustainable Transportation Program staff with a variety of tasks including: update databases, communicate with staff and students about bus pass waivers, education campaigns, and hands-on bike program work. Must have very good attention to detail and excellent written communication skills.
Position Filled: Videographer
Student Assistant II Upper division Film majors preferred. This position will edit and/or produce educational and inspirational videos about sustainability and Environmental Center programs. Must be familiar with video editing software - DaVinci, Final Cut, or Premiere. Access to video editing software not required. Please include links to sample work in your application. Most work will be remote.
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
Student Assistant I Work-study applicants only! 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. As a partnership with the City of Boulder, the ZW Green Teams visit off-campus students through face-to-face interactions 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 Universal Zero Waste Ordinace 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 4 - 8 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)
Temporary position 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.
For a list of current openings, see the separate tab titled "Current Openings"
Careers in Sustainability
The Environmental Center is one of the most active student environmental communities in the country - our graduates often go on to distinguished careers in sustainability. The E-Center provides access to sustainability knowledge and resources; fosters leadership and action through meaningful volunteer, internship and job opportunities; and creates funding and mentoring for student-developed programs and projects.
CU students have led environmental efforts to launch the nation's first collegiate recycling program, first student-purchased wind energy program, first student government carbon neutrality pledge, zero-waste for athletic events, earth education, environmental justice, numerous groundbreaking conferences and 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 campus programs is carried out by paid student employees. See our Current Openings to explore student jobs that can help you build skills while getting paid to further CU's sustainability efforts.
Find an Internship or Career in a Sustainability Field
Explore these other campus resources for internships and careers 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 their online jobs board that you can access for free!
Explore the links for "Environment and Sciences" and other majors and careers through Career Services Resources for information about various industries, non-profit organizations, and job boards.
CU Career Services can also assist you with discovering strengths, resume writing and interviewing, events and fairs, graduate school preparation and much more.