Environmental Center 2021-2022 opportunities
The Environmental Center is accepting applications for student assistants for the 2021-2022 academic year. We are seeking students with a passion for sustainability, climate action and social justice. Students with experience or interest in hands on work, peer outreach, or community organizing should apply. Openings are anticipated with the bike program, promotions and outreach, eco-buffs peer outreach, zero waste, green labs, climate justice, energy, communications, events and more.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through the end of July. Priority deadline is July 30th, 2021. We will continue to accept applications through August for positions that remain available.
Most positions begin at Student Assistant I ($15 to start). Some positions that require more specific experience and skills, for example Videographer or Graphic Designer, begin at Student Assistant II ($16 to start). Student specialist or lead positions will begin at Student Assistant III ($17.50 to start).
Sick leave benefits: All student employees accrue sick leave at the rate of 0.034 hours for every 1 hour worked. For example, after a student works 30 hours, they earn 1.02 hours of paid sick leave. Sick leave balances remain with student employees as long as they are continuously employed at CU, and during breaks of no longer than 6 months.
The Environmental Center can only hire current students who are officially registered in a degree-seeking program at CU Boulder. More information about jobs and hiring can be read at our Hiring Information link.
You can apply for multiple positions at a time with just one application, or submit an open application to be considered for any open positions, when you click on any of the Apply Here links below.
Zero Waste Assistant
Hiring for Late Summer and 2021-22 Academic Year
Student Assistant I Work-study applicants strongly preferred! 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 sort/process/upstream recycling in the one-of-a-kind Recycling Operations Center located on campus. Staff will gain practical knowledge on solid waste management, recycling markets, and warehouse operations management. Additional opportunities for extra hours will be offered throughout the year including zero waste support at special events such as football/basketball games, campus events, and concerts. See more info at www.colorado.edu/ecenter/recycling/recycling-center/grounds-recycling-operations-center-groc. Starting pay $15 an hour with many advancement opportunities.
Temporary Move-In Recycler
Temporary position beginning mid-August and ending early September 2021
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. Additional oppontunties include zero waste event support at CU Fall Welcome events. Job is phycial and most work will be done outside.. High heat and rain are both common. Several shift times available between 9am-7pm, 10-25 hours/week. $15 an hour.
Environmental Board Communications
Desired start date is late June 2021, or no later than August 1, 2021.
Student Assistant I - II, starting at $15. Seeking a journalist looking for a beat! Cover regular weekly Environmental Board meetings and create weekly E-Board recap for social media and student and staff colleagues. Live tweeting and blog style recap is the format to be used. Conduct interviews with the leadership team and help get the stories republished in student platforms. Increase participation and awareness for climate justice, campus policy on sustainability including CU Student Government legislation, and student fee spending for Sustainable CU funds.
Bike Warehouse Mechanic
Hiring for Summer and 2021-22 Academic Year
Student Assistant I $15/hr to start. Conduct bike maintenance and repairs, assist in bike rack removal/install projects, provide lock cut services, assist in campus abandoned bikes impound program and participate in outreach/ambassador programming. Attend in-person trainings and complete online lessons. Maintain semester rental bike inventory and maintain the fleet. Must be willing to work outside and in adverse conditions. Increase in pay upon completion of Level 2 Mechanic certification (training provided). To apply, send a cover letter and resume to the Bike Program Manager Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike Station Mechanic
Student Assistant I $15/hr to start. Perform bike repair and teach maintenance skills. Attend in-person trainings and complete online lessons. Check out rental bikes and maintain fleet. Answer general questions and assist in bike registration. Be welcoming and friendly to all bike station visitors. Experience is not required. Bike Mechanics 101 certification is a desired prequalification. Bike Mechanics 101 is an online self-paced Canvas course available to CU students and staff. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to the Bike Programs Coordinator at email@example.com.
Climate and Energy Outreach Team
Hiring for 2021-22 Academic Year
Student Assistant I - II , starting at $15/hr. Seeking creative thinkers to design and implement innovative communications and outreach campaigns on climate change and energy efficiency geared to students as well as faculty and staff. Campaign strategies include creative marketing and awareness events, information displays, website and peer presentations. Required skills: ability to develop ideas and execute plans with a group, confidence speaking on energy and climate change to groups of students, good presentation and writing skills, ability to complete projects and maintain deadines with minimal supervision. Seeking a combination of the following skills: graphic design, knowledge of or desire to learn to maintain website, knowledge of social marketing techniques, and experience with event planning.
Climate Justice Team
Hiring for 2021-22 Academic Year
Student Assistant I - II Coordinate and collaborate to create Climate Justice initiatives and projects for both on campus and in local communities. Promote sustainability and social justice through communications, service projects, trainings and outreach campaigns. Knowledge of social and environmental justice issues, ability to work collaboratively with a group to create and implement programs, and good presentation and writing skills required. Connections and networks with diverse student groups or desire to create these connections, experience working with volunteer groups, and experience with planning events preferred. $15 to start.
Hiring for the Academic Year 2021-2022
Student Assistant I - II. $15/hr to start. 5-15 hours per week, depending on availability and time of year. The EcoBuffs Team is a group of students dedicated to improving sustainability lifestyle habits among their fellow college students. Through peer to peer education, the EcoBuffs team provides education and tools to help others immediately reduce their environmental impact!
Along with providing the tools within a Free EcoKit (compost/recycle bin, reusable utensil kit/bag, LED light bulbs, bike lights, etc), the Eco Buffs also deliver a virtual or in-person EcoVisit to provide tips and discussion around sustainability lifestyle habits that students can implement in their lives! The EcoVisit will include discussion around topics like energy consumption, water use, zero waste practices, sustainable transportation, eco social justice, any sustainability topics YOU want to talk about! You can expect team work and peer to peer interactions with your fellow students who live on and off campus!
Hiring for 2021-22 Academic Year
Student Assistant I - II , starting at $15/hr. Organize logistics of campus environmental events, from tours and trainings, 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.
Green Labs Assistant
Hiring for 2021-22 Academic Year
Student Assistant I - II. Freshmen and sophomores preferred. Laboratories are energy and resource-intensive spaces. If you want to have real impact on energy conservation and other resource savings on campus and be part of work that is influencing efficiency efforts in laboratories nationwide, then this is the job for you. Assistants are needed to help build a culture of efficient science by working on educational campaigns, posters and signage specific to laboratory environments, contests, lab-specific recycling and other items to 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. $15 to start.
Hiring for Academic Year 2021-22, may start in summer 2021 if available
Student Assistant II - III, starting at $16/hr. This position will create a variety of digital and print brochures, postcards, posters, logos, displays, and other design materials for any or all of the Environmental Center's programs and initiatives. Must have proficiency with Adobe Suite, especially Adobe Illustrator. TAM, Art, Communications, and Marketing majors preferred.
Outreach and Engagement Promotions Assistant
Hiring for Academic Year 2021-22. Some assistants may start in summer if available.
Student Assistant I $15 to start. Work in a team to manage outreach activities to promote general Environmental Center resources and services. Using communications materials and public relations initiatives, staff give presentations and promote awareness of events, campaigns, and sustainability resources. 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 withhold 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.
Zero Waste Outreach Team
Hiring for 2021-22 Academic Year
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. Pay starts at $15/hr.
Zero Waste Event Lead Worker
Hiring for 2021-22 Academic Year
Student Assistant II - III Serve as Lead Worker for zero waste events to ensure that waste is minimized and properly sorted, possible driver responsibilities. Work at athletic games, concerts, special events, residence hall move-in and move-out, and other busy times on the Boulder campus. Weekend and late night work often required. Must be able to work at least 5 home football games (2021 schedule: Sept 3, Sept 18, Oct 2, Oct 16, Nov 6, Nov 20) and a few basketball games (November through March). May also include summer events such as the Boulder Bolder race over Memorial Day weekend and summer concerts in Folsom Field. ***A current CO driver license is a plus, we will need a few memebers on the team trained to operate a small vehicle. This will require passing a defensive driving test and taking an electric vehicle training. $16/hr to start.
FLOWS Water Leader Technicians
Supplemental Hours for Student Staff
Student Assistant I - II, $15 to start. Occasional weekend hours; work schedule is not anticipated to offer enough regular hours to be a stand-alone student job, but can supplement work in another Environmental Center or campus student job. Foundations for Leaders Organizing for Water and Sustainability (FLOWS) technicians provide sustainability information and consel residents in low-income communities in making sustainable, equitable shifts in their daily habits, in addition to learning about climate justice and its intersection with social justice issues. The FLOWS program serves mostly BIPOC, immigrant, and low-income communities so we especially seek student staff who reflect these diverse populations and who are bilingual and multi-cultural. See more info at the FLOWS Water Leaders Program webpage.
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.
Sports Sustainability Duties: Assist in the development and implementation of community-based social marketing programs to promote sustainable action and help organize and implement ongoing elements of the program. Position will focus on sustainable waste practices, promotions, event planning, marketing, communications, and 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 least (5) home football games and a few home basketball games. Football home games for 2021: Sept 3, Sept 18, Oct 2, Oct 16, Nov 6, Nov 20.
When no positions are posted here, you can still be considered in case openings become available during the current semester. Please complete our online student employment application, which also will gauge your interest in internships, volunteering, professional networking, and other ways of being involved.
Students are the heart and soul of the Environmental Center, where innovative ideas and action are harnessed to create sustainable campus programs and behavior change, making a positive impact on the campus community and beyond. Environmental Center student-led projects and ideas have bloomed into sustainable improvements at CU that have been recognized with a Gold STARS rating for the Boulder campus, and that other universities and communities are emulating.
Social justice initiatives are key components of sustainability. The Environmental Center strives to create programs, activities and an organizational culture that embrace social justice, inclusivity and diversity, empowering students with the knowledge and skills to advance social justice efforts as part of sustainability work.
Undergraduate and graduate students who work with 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. Applications are sought 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.