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Employment

Below is a list of current sustainability-related jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities.

Office of Sustainability Employment

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The Office of Sustainability employs skilled students who help make Western a leader in campus sustainability. The office looks for people who:

  • Are committed to the pursuit of campus sustainability,
  • Can work for at least one year, and
  • If applying for a work-study funded position, have been awarded work study funds. See WWU Work Study Jobs (On-Campus)


Available Positions:

Residents' Resource Awareness Program Coordinator

Residents’ Resource Awareness Program Assistant

Sustainable Action Fund Outreach Coordinator

Campus Outreach & Engagement Program Assistant

Zero Waste Coordinator

Zero Waste Assistant

Graphic Designer

Media Manager

Office Coordinator

Research Assistant


Residents’ Resource Awareness Program Coordinator

The Residents’ Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP) Coordinator works to increase knowledge of and activities in support of sustainability among WWU’s 4,200 on-campus residents. The ResRAP Coordinator acts as both an educator and program manager to increase conservation in residence halls and help residents take a lead role in the movement towards a Zero Waste Western. The ResRAP Coordinator works closely with Eco Reps, motivated student volunteers working to further sustainability and resource awareness in their own residence hall. The ResRAP Coordinator works out of the WWU Office of Sustainability and reports to the WWU Sustainability Manager. The ResRAP Coordinator manages two addition staff members, both the ResRAP Assistant and GRC Assistant.

Complete Description here

 

 


Residents’ Resource Awareness Program Assistant

The Residents’ Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP) Assistant works with the ResRAP Coordinator to increase knowledge of and activities in support of sustainability among WWU’s 4,000 on-campus residents. The ResRAP Assistant works with the ResRAP Coordinator to increase conservation in residence halls and help residents take a lead role in the movement towards a Zero Waste campus. The ResRAP Assistant works closely with Eco Reps, motivated student volunteers working to further sustainability and resource awareness in their own residence hall. The ResRAP Program Assistant works out of the WWU Office of Sustainability and reports to the ResRAP Coordinator.

Complete Description here

 

 


Sustainable Action Fund Outreach Coordinator

The Sustainable Action Fund Outreach Coordinator works to educate and engage the campus community around the Sustainable Action Fund (formerly known as the Green Energy Fee).

Complete Description here

 

 


Campus Outreach & Engagement Program Assistant

The Campus Outreach and Engagement Program Assistant supports the Campus Conservation Program Manager. Position responsibilities include marketing, communications, program development, record-keeping and event production. The position acts as a direct contact with students, staff faculty on campus, providing public information and personalized customer service, performing research, conducting energy inventories, assisting staff in offices throughout campus to achieve Sustainable Office Certification.

Complete Description here

 

 


Zero Waste Coordinator

The Zero Waste Coordinator actively engages the WWU community in responsible waste sorting behavior through education and collaborative efforts to promote sustainability and reduce the amount of waste produced on the WWU campus. The Zero Waste Coordinator works in partnership with various organizations to reduce the amount of waste produced on and off campus through engaged collaboration and peer education. By increasing awareness to the environmental and social impacts of improper waste sorting, the Zero Waste Coordinator performs a wide variety of multidisciplinary tasks to educate the Western community on the benefits of responsible waste reduction behavior. Such tasks include data analysis, report writing and educational class room presentations. This position works with a variety of organizations from University Dining Services to the City of Bellingham.

Complete Description here

 

 


Zero Waste Assistant

The Zero Waste Assistant assists the Zero Waste Coordinator in actively engaging the WWU community in responsible waste sorting behavior through education and collaborative efforts to promote sustainability and reduce the amount of waste produced on the WWU campus. The Zero Waste Assistant works in partnership with various organizations to reduce the amount of waste produced on and off campus through engaged collaboration and peer education. By increasing awareness to the environmental and social impacts of improper waste sorting, the Zero Waste Assistant performs a wide variety of multidisciplinary tasks to educate the Western community on the benefits of responsible waste reduction behavior. Such tasks include data analysis, report writing and educational class room presentations. This position works with a variety of organizations from University Dining Services to the City of Bellingham.

Complete Description here

 

 


Graphic Designer

This position is involved in creating design solutions for the Office of Sustainability that have a high visual impact. The Graphic Designer is expected to create various digital and print designs while maintaining an appealing ‘sustainability brand’ for Western Washington University. Other duties include assisting in communicating with other staff to interpret their visual needs; develop creative ideas and concepts, and choose an appropriate style that is agreed upon and meets their objectives; report back to staff with updates on the progress of a design project; coordinate print projects with Print & Copy Services; help create print-ready layouts for easy printing and cropping when appropriate; may help produce digital graphics for the web.

Complete Description here

 

 


Media Manager

This position provides assistance for the maintenance and support of Office of Sustainability website operations. The Media Manager is expected to assist in technical and creative functions in the management of our comprehensive sustainability website and supplementary websites. Other duties include assisting with website update requests; debugging/troubleshooting issues that may arise with the performance of the website; monitor website analytics; evaluate operations and recommend improvements and modifications of the website; help maintain social media including Twitter and multiple Facebook pages; direct the flow of news to local media outlets by strategically and efficiently creating comprehensive media plans with other staff and help supervise them until completion; distribute well-written and visually-pleasing emails to large on-campus distribution lists; analyze results of media efforts and develop measures of success; may assist in the execution of comprehensive media plans; may help produce digital graphics for the web.

Complete Description here

 

 


Office Coordinator

Under general supervision, the OS Office Assistant performs various program support services for the Office of Sustainability. This position is responsible for performing a diverse set of duties relating to program assistance for the Office of Sustainability (OS). This assistance could be directed at several OS programs or events, and occurs with general direction from the Sustainability Manager. Position is responsible for assessing the steps necessary to complete goals as they relate to assisting programs or event, executing those steps to completion, and adjusting strategy along the way to meet goals. This may include email correspondence, phone conversations, or in-person meetings. This position may assist with budgetary or logistical details to accomplish goals, and works with departments across campus. Position will be responsible for organizing Sustainability Committee meetings, taking notes, and distributing information to Committee members. Position will also be responsible for organizing events for the annual Sustainability Week and Sustainability Awards. The position may train and supervise other student employees.

Complete Description here

 

 


Research Assistant

The Research Assistant is responsible for performing a diverse set of duties relating to research for the Office of Sustainability (OS). This research could be directed at several OS programs, and occurs with general direction from the Sustainability Manager. The position is responsible for assessing the steps necessary to attain needed information, executing those steps to completion, and adjusting strategy along the way to meet goals. This may include email correspondence, phone conversations, in-person meetings, or survey of online information. The Research Assistant provides reports on sustainability efforts of others schools including, but not limited to, logistical and budgetary details. The position may be responsible for collecting information from individuals and departments across campus and entering pertinent information into the online AASHE STARS sustainability tracking system. The position may also be responsible for updating STARS information as new data becomes available. The Research Assistant may provide periodic reports on STARS including written and graphical information, and may provide public presentations. Position may also be involved in coordinating execution of steps necessary to increase standing within the STARS system.

Complete Description here

 

 

Off-Campus Employment

ReUse Works

ReUse Works is seeking a part-time media specialist to manage its websites, issue news releases, maintain social media presence, produce print materials, and create E-newsletters. Candidates must have bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of three years’ experience in all aspects of the position. Flexible 20 hours per week. $13 per hour. Position has potential to grow.


Media Specialist Position: Job Description


ReUse Works

ReUse Works is also seeking a part-time textile worker to help receive, weigh, and sort textile donations, stock merchandise, and assist customers. The pay is $12 per hour and the hours range from 20-25 per week, Tuesday through Saturday.


Textile Worker: Job Description


Student PIRGs

Student PIRGs was founded over 40 years ago, based upon the simple idea that America has more problems than we should tolerate, and more solutions than we use. They are hiring organizers who recognize we are inheriting a country that is facing some real challenges – we’re losing time to combat climate, big money and corporate contributions are corroding our democracy, and the cost of higher education continues to increase and bury graduates in debt.


Student PIRGs Organizer: Job Description


FHWA

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is offering multiple paid summer internships positions this year. The focus of each public health related internship will be variable, involving bicycle and pedestrian traffic safety, a program evaluation of the Federal Bike-To-Work Challenge, or another highway safety focus area of mutual interest agreed upon between NHTSA and each intern.

The 2015 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) Program will run from June 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015. Applications are still being accepted, but only through January 16, 2015.


Internships

ASE

Alliance to Save Energy is seeking people interested in energy efficiency. Although the Alliance is headquartered in Washington, D.C., they have staff and offices around the globe, including Seattle, California, India and Ukraine. The non-profit Alliance to Save Energy (www.ase.org) promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.


Industry Jobs

RESources

RE Sources is a non-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. Their mission is to promote sustainable communities through recycling, education, advocacy, and the conservation of natural resources. As part of their mission, RE Sources operates a variety of education and advocacy programs in addition to two retail stores that collect and sell used building materials. They offers internship opportunities on a quarterly basis. Internships vary from season to season, but usually include a combination of office, education and advocacy work.


RE Sources Internships | Re Sources Employment

Sustainable Bellingham

Sustainable Bellingham is a 501(c)3 organization with a history of over six years in Bellingham. They have a loose organizational hierarchy and put every effort into maximizing our participation in action-oriented events in the community. They are 100% volunteer. Projects center around community-building and low-impact lifestyles, and include re-localization, urban gardening, permaculture, alternative transportation, social justice, etc. Projects are usually comprised of 2-3 leads who organize the events. To volunteer on a project, email Sara Charette at volunteer@sustainablebellingham.org.


Sustainable Bellingham Projects and Getting Involved

Cloud Mountain Farm Center

Cloud Mountain Farm Center is a working farm located in Everson, WA, with rich learning opportunities for beginning and experienced farmers and gardeners. They offer paid internships for those wanting to learn the business of farming, and many learning opportunities for gardeners wanting to expand their knowledge. For decades they've run trials of fruit, ornamental, and, more recently, vegetable plants for suitability to Northwest gardens and farms. They also test growing systems to extend the seasons and push the boundaries of the possibilities for growing in our maritime climate.


Academic Internships | Farmer Internships


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