Environmental Center student jobs
Openings for student jobs will be posted below. Complete an online employment application to be considered for any position listed, for any openings in Summer 2023 or Academic Year 2023-24.
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 that may become available, when you click on any of the “Apply Here” links below.
Most Environmental Center 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 ($15.30 to start). Student specialist or lead positions will begin at Student Assistant III ($16.60 to start).
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.
EcoRep Directors in Residence Halls
2023-2024 EcoRep Director
Job Dates: Summer 2023 through May 10, 2024; application deadline May 30, 2023
This position is not through the Environmental Center, but through Residence Life. More information and application at cuboulder.erezlife.com (choose log in with school account, then use identikey, then click on Job Openings)
The Residential Leadership Programs Board of Director (BOD) leadership position is a live-in position responsible for fostering and facilitating a community among on-campus residents, promoting a safe and comfortable living environment, and serving as a departmental and university representative and role model, all while living within a department assigned space within our community. Directors are responsible for developing and facilitating campus wide initiatives focused on the values of their organization. Directors are responsible for facilitating weekly meetings of residential student leaders and empowering them to make an impact to the residential campus community. Directors are also responsible for sitting on various committees across the university and interacting with administrators to ensure the voices of residential students are heard across campus.
Directors receive a credit equal to room and board charges. Directors residing in traditional residence halls receive a room accommodation and can choose between 19 meals a week and $150 “Munch Money” or 15 meals a week and $200 “Munch Money”. Directors residing in Bear Creek receive a room accommodation and can choose between 19 meals a week and $150 “Munch Money” or 15 meals a week and $200 “Munch Money”.
Bike Warehouse Mechanic
Hiring for Summer 2023, continuing into 2023-24 Academic Year
Must have summer availabiltiy. Student Assistant I Perform bike maintenance and repair, assist in bike rack removal/install projects, provide lock cut services and assist in campus abandoned bikes impound program. 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. Pay begins at $15/hour, with pay increase upon completion of level 2 bike mechanic training.
Climate Justice Team
Hiring for Summer 2023, continuing into 2023-24 Academic Year
Student Assistant I - II Coordinate and collaborate to create Climate Justice initiatives and projects 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 2023-24 Academic Year
Student Assistant I - II 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.
Food Justice Coordinator
Hiring for Summer 2023, continuing into 2023-2024 Academic Year
Student Assistant II Coordinate volunteers and couriers for Boulder Food Rescue (BFR) food distribution sites on campus - in Graduate and Family Housing on Tuesdays from 11 am -12 pm and at the UMC on Saturdays from 1-2 pm. Educate Buffs on our partnership with BFR and Feed the Stampede and why we do this; integrate themes of food justice, food waste, and the connection to the climate crisis. Ideal candidate has the ability to work on Saturdays and Tuesdays, has a license to drive (from their country of origin) to pick up large donations up to 350 pounds, is detail oriented, and has experience building community. $15.30 to start.
Graduate and Family Housing Sustainability Liaison
One opening available now
Student Assistant II - III. 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’ energy, recycling and transportation programs. Position will work with Graduate and Family Housing residents, resident managers and Environmental Center to support opportunities that engage residents in sustainability programs. Position will organize a network of court eco-leaders, facilitate meetings and schedule trainings. Position will be responsible for programs geared towards reducing waste in the community, tackling food insecurity and engaging residents with the sustainability plans of the bigger Boulder community. Current resident of Graduate and Family Housing is preferred but not required.
Green Greek Fraternity Coordinator
Hiring for 2023-24 Academic Year
Fraternity Representative Student Assistant I - II. Greek Sustainability Coordinators work in a team - join one sitting sorority representative and one fraternity representative. 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. Support zero waste audits and energy/water assessments of the Greek houses in coordination with Reps/Chairs, 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: self-starter that can lead innovation, and comfortable speaking in front of groups. Availability required is a minimum of 2 hours a week, up to 7 hours. $15/hr to start. Start date flexible - training required before Fall semester classes start, accomodations are made for recruitment.
Outreach and Engagement Promotions Assistant
Hiring an incoming Freshman for the team, to start Fall 2023 semester
Student Assistant I $15 to start, about 10 hours a week. Formulate and coordinate outreach activities to promote general Environmental Center resources and services, working within a team and across E-Center programs. Table, poster, chalk; give presentations and campus tours; attend and support events including Ralphie's Green Stampede and other zero waste efforts, new student welcome events, residence hall move in and move out, Campus Sustainability Summit, BikeFest and more. Occasional evening and weekend work required. 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; has an eye for detail; can withhold judgement and criticism while educating others on sustainable behaviors; takes and considers leadership seriously and as a priority, even amongst balancing school (which always comes first) and personal interests. 10 hours per week expected in Summer 2023, continuing work into Fall 2023.
Ralphie's Green Stampede Sports Sustainability and Fan Engagement Assistant
Hiring for Summer 2023 and 2023-2024 Academic Year
Student Assistant I - II Pay starts at $15/hour. RGS works with CU Athletics and Buffalo Sports Properties to leverage the power of sport, focusing on the intersection of sports and sustainability to create sustainable behavior change for the betterment of the local community. Duties: Assist with the development and implementation of community-based social marketing programs to promote sustainable actions. Help organize and implement ongling elements of the program such as zero waste preactices, promotions, event planning, marketing, climate action, social media and communications. Required: a strong interest in sports and sustainability; attention to detail and a passion for planning and promotions; ability to interact with campus 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. Fall 2023 Football game dates: Sept 9, Sept 16, Sept 30, Oct 13, Nov 4, and Nov 11.
Ralphie's Green Stampede Volunteer Coordinator
Hiring for Summer 2023 and 2023-24 Academic Year
Student Assistant I $15 to start (during training period, then will be promoted to Student Assistant II) Train to coordinate, lead and empower volunteers for Ralphie's Green Stampede, a nationally recognized Zero Waste program focusing efforts at CU home football and basketball games. Will work closely with the RGS Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator to manage volunteers during events, including sending pre-shift communications, signing off on hours, training, and answering questions. Leadership skills are needed for training and monitoring the volunteers to effectively encourage fans to compost and recycle during home games. Must be available to work at least one night of summer Dead and Company Concerts from July 1 - July 3, 2023; at least five CU football games in the fall semester on Sept 9, Sept 16, Sept 30, Oct 13, Nov 4 and Nov 11; and some home basketball games in Spring 2024.
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. Access to video editing sofware is not required. Please include links to sample work in your application. Preferred qualifications: Experience with Adobe Premiere, Premiere Rush or Final Cut.
Zero Waste Outreach Team
Hiring for Summer and 2023-24 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. This position involves face-to-face interactions with students, faculty, and staff, collaboration with team members and Environmental Center staff, individual projects that require self-direction and strong time management skills. The Zero Waste Outreach Team also supports zero waste events on campus on both an outreach and operational level. Creativity, artistic skills, graphic design, and social media experience are very helpful, but not necessary. 10-20 hours per week, with occasional evening and weekend work required. Team members are required to work at the ROC (Recycling Operations Center) for at least one semester to gain an understanding of our campus' waste system through hands-on experience. Pay starts at $15/hr.
Zero Waste Event Assistant
Hiring now for work in May and Summer 2023, and 2023-24 Academic Year
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. Work is hands-on and requires exposure to rain, sun, snow and the handling of waste. Pay starts at $15/hour but some events pay higher. Working staff can earn free tickets to concerts and football games. Upcoming large events include: Residence Hall Move Out from May 7 - May 16; Graduation ceremonies on May 11, 12 and 13; BoulderBoulder 10k race on Memorial Day May 29; Dead and Company concerts July 1,2 and 3; Residence Hall Move In from August 21 - 26; Fall 2023 football games Sept 9, Sept 16, Sept 30, Oct 13, Nov 4, and Nov 11.
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.
Sick leave benefits: All CU 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.