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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)

Nine New Positions are Available:


Green Energy Fee Grant Program Outreach Assistant
  • Must be eligible for WWU student employment.
  • Work study and non-work study students encouraged to apply.
  • Begins Fall 2014, hours flexible with class schedule.

About The Position:
The Green Energy Fee Grant Program Outreach Assistant works to educate and engage the campus community around the Green Energy Fee Grant Program.

Primary Duties:
Preparation of outreach materials and events

  • Customize classroom presentations for departments
  • Plan classroom visits
  • Contact university personnel and professors in person, via email, and phone
  • Schedule presentations
  • Schedule workshop locations
  • Prepare workshop materials
  • Prepare and edit workshop presentations
  • Create new educational opportunities
  • Create new interactive activities for tabling purposes
  • Plan special events

Providing outreach to campus community

  • Provide presentations to classrooms
  • Provide workshops to campus community
  • Host Green Energy Fee Grant Program table at various events

Program evaluation and upkeep

  • Plan workshop improvements for following academic year
  • Plan presentation improvements for following academic year
  • Track whether educational measures used were successful or not throughout academic year

Other program support

  • Attend Green Energy Fee Committee Meetings as applicable
  • Collaborate with Green Energy Fee Outreach Assistant and Green Energy Fee Program Coordinator
  • Attend weekly Green Energy Fee team meetings with GEF Outreach Assistant and GEF Program Coordinator
  • Other duties as assigned

Application Process:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to Regan.Clover@wwu.edu by April 24th @ 5pm.

For more information, see the full job description:Green Energy Fee Grant Program Outreach Assistant (pdf)



Campus Outreach & Engagement Program Assistant
  • Must be eligible for WWU student employment.
  • Work study and non-work study students encouraged to apply.
  • Begins Fall 2014, hours flexible with class schedule.

About The Position:
The Campus Outreach and Engagement Program Assistant provides assistance to the Campus Conservation Program Manager in support of Office of Sustainability resource conservation programs and campaigns, such as the Sustainable Office Certification program, Top 10 Actions, Sweater Days, and other sustainability programs and events. 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 offices throughout campus to achieve Sustainable Office Certification. The Assistant engages in development, promotion and improvement of relationships with campus sustainability partners, and identifies and supports relationships with new and potential collaborators.

Primary Duties:
Provide assistance to the Campus Conservation Program Manager through the following activities:

  • Learn and maintain knowledge of SOC tools and procedures.
  • Serve as a contact and resource for University office staff, providing information and support for sustainable office Practices, and SOC certification efforts.
  • Conduct personal or telephone interviews.
  • Perform or assist with office energy inventories.
  • Create, adapt and deliver/install print materials and other tools to participating offices.
  • Track questions and participation, providing reports to the Campus Conservation Program Manager and Campus Sustainability Director.
  • Develop promotional materials for students, staff, and faculty that highlight the benefits and opportunities of the SOC Program, and educational materials to accompany and highlight SOC projects.
  • Assist in development, scheduling, invitations and facilitation of sustainability conversations events and educational workshops.
  • Consult with SOC Program manager to share current, accurate updates on ongoing projects.
  • Support engagement, education and involvement of students, staff, and faculty at Western, as well as off-campus community members not directly connected with campus sustainability.
  • Ensure that promotion of opportunities for involvement and practice of sustainability actions is campus‐wide and distributed through multiple mechanisms.
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of related programs on campus and at other universities.
  • Attend scheduled meetings with Green Energy Fee, Transportation and ESP Staff.
  • Maintain and update a legacy document of position accomplishments and activities in order to ensure continuity in the position from year to year.

Application Process:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to Carol.Berry@wwu.edu by April 24th @ 5pm.

For more information, see the full job description: Campus Outreach & Engagement Program Assistant (pdf)



Office of Sustainability Office Assistant
  • Must be eligible for WWU student employment.
  • Work study and non-work study students encouraged to apply.
  • Begins Fall 2014, hours flexible with class schedule.

About The Position:
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.

Primary Duties:

  • Schedule meetings and rooms for OS staff
  • Schedule and transport equipment for OS staff
  • Plan events and provide support for office events
  • Prepare paperwork and reviews for completeness, posts and maintains records, assists in collecting, sorting, and compiling data
  • Answer phone calls, scans documents, and conducts web research.
  • Word processing and data entry

Application Process:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to sustain@wwu.edu by April 24th @ 5pm.

For more information, see the full job description: Office Assistant (pdf)



Office of Sustainability Research Assistant
  • Must be eligible for WWU student employment.
  • Work study and non-work study students encouraged to apply.
  • Begins Fall 2014, hours flexible with class schedule.

About The Position:
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.

Primary Duties:

  • Conduct research on the web, via phone, and in-person
  • Compile research information and present to OS staff
  • Track and update Western’s status within the AASHE Sustainability Tracking and Rating System
  • Plan and execute events related to campus sustainability

Application Process:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to sustain@wwu.edu by April 24th @ 5pm.

For more information, see the full job description: Research Assistant (pdf)



Zero Waste Program Coordinator
  • Must be eligible for WWU student employment.
  • Work study and non-work study students encouraged to apply.
  • Begins Fall 2014, hours flexible with class schedule.

About The Position:
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.

Primary Duties:

  • Weekly meetings with the campus sustainability manager to prioritize weekly goals
  • Coordinating activities with the AS Recycle Center
  • Early morning waste data collection to observe and record waste trends by dumpster
  • Coordinating large‐scale waste audits
  • Active collaboration with various campus organizations to increase zero waste education and responsible sorting behavior
  • Engaging in infrastructural changes to address proper waste reduction behavior
  • Revision and application of other institutions zero waste efforts
  • MGMT of the zero waste assistant and his/her weekly duties

Application Process:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to Jacob.DeGuzman@wwu.edu by April 24th @ 5pm.

For more information, see the full job description: Zero Waste Program Coordinator (pdf)



Zero Waste Program Assistant
  • Must be eligible for WWU student employment.
  • Work study and non-work study students encouraged to apply.
  • Begins Fall 2014, hours flexible with class schedule.

About The Position:
The Zero Waste Assistant offers critical support to the Zero Waste Western Program which is aimed at increasing campus recycling practices and moving the university toward achieving “Zero Waste”. The position works to enhance both physical recycling systems as well as educational efforts surrounding waste related issues on campus.

Primary Duties:

  • Weekly meetings with the Zero Waste Coordinator to prioritize weekly goals
  • Coordinating efforts with the AS Recycle Center
  • Early morning waste data collection to observe and record waste trends by dumpster
  • Familiarization with the Coordinator’s tasks and responsibilities
  • Education presentation at large‐scale waste audits
  • Promotion of Zero Waste Western to sustainability clubs
  • Various waste reduction projects with sustainability supporters

Application Process:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to Jacob.DeGuzman@wwu.edu by April 24th @ 5pm.

For more information, see the full job description: Zero Waste Program Assistant (pdf)



ResRAP Program Coordinator
  • Must be eligible for WWU student employment.
  • Work study and non-work study students encouraged to apply.
  • Begins Fall 2014, hours flexible with class schedule.

About The Position:
The Residents’ Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP) Coordinator works to increase knowledge of and activities in support of sustainability among WWU’s 4,000 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 staff members, both the ResRAP Assistant and GRC Assistant.

Primary Duties:

  • Recruit Eco Reps through Info Fairs, tabling, and Hall Council Info Nights.
  • Have a presence at Sustainability Week, Earth Week, and other campus events.
  • Work with Eco Reps to coordinate sustainability programs in their residence halls.
  • Meet regularly with Eco Reps to brainstorm, advise, and evaluate program progress.
  • Provide Eco Reps with educational materials on various aspects of sustainability through readings, discussions, facility tours, and guest speakers.
  • Provide professional development to Eco Reps through leadership training and group retreats.
  • Coordinate all aspects of the Go for the Green: Total Waste Reduction Challenge during Winter Quarter.
  • Coordinate ResRAP’s Green Residence Certification Program.
  • Plan and implement resource reduction pilot programs, e.g., Compost and Shower Timers.
  • Track and analyze the impact of these pilot programs in terms of resource and monetary savings and resident participation.
  • Provide feedback to residents on resource and monetary savings through the ResRAP and Office of Sustainability websites, social media, and printed publicity.
  • Ensure the ResRAP Newsletter is distributed on a regular basis.
  • Coordinate the activities of the ResRAP Assistant position.
  • Coordinate the activities of the GRC Assistant position.

Application Process:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to ResRAP@wwu.edu by April 24th @ 5pm.

For more information, see the full job description: ResRAP Program Coordinator (pdf)



ResRAP Program Assistant
  • Must be eligible for WWU student employment.
  • Work study and non-work study students encouraged to apply.
  • Begins Fall 2014, hours flexible with class schedule.

About The Position:
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.

Primary Duties:

  • Help recruit Eco Reps through Info Fairs, tabling, and Hall Council Info Nights, and other campus events.
  • Work with Eco Reps to coordinate sustainability programs in their residence halls.
  • Help organize and attend all Eco Rep meetings.
  • Contact sponsors and collect donations for the Go for the Green: Total Waste Reduction Challenge.
  • Coordinate the ResRAP website and social media pages, working with the Office of Sustainability Webmaster.
  • Assist ResRAP Coordinator in planning and implementing ResRAP’s involvement in and activities related to Sustainability Week, Waste Week, Earth Week, and pilot programs, e.g., Compost and Shower Timers
  • Write and distribute the ResRAP Newsletter on a regular basis.
  • Oversee the Sustainable Energy Efficient Dorm (SEED) room, a Green Energy Fee Grant Program project.
  • Assist ResRAP Coordinator in any other areas, as needed.

Application Process:
Please submit a résumé, cover letter and letter of recommendation (optional) to ResRAP@wwu.edu by April 24th @ 5pm.

For more information, see the full job description: ResRAP Program Assistant (pdf)



ResRAP Green Residence Certification Assistant
  • Must be eligible for WWU student employment.
  • Work study and non-work study students encouraged to apply.
  • Begins Fall 2014, hours flexible with class schedule.

About The Position:
The Resident Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP) Coordinator and the ResRAP Assistant work to increase knowledge of and activities in support of sustainability among WWU’s 4,000 on-campus residents. They primarily do this by working closely with Eco Reps, motivated student volunteers working to further sustainability and resource awareness in their own residence hall. The ResRAP staff has begun work on a certification process for “green” dorm rooms and the Green Residence Certification Assistant will be tasked with the continuation and growth of this project. This position works in coordination with ResRAP staff out of the Office of Sustainability.

Primary Duties:

  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data on the success of the Green Residence Certification pilot.
  • Work with ResRAP Assistant to coordinate publicity for the Green Residence Certification program on the ResRAP website, social media pages, and other forms of media.
  • Administer and assess surveys designed for students participating in the certification process.
  • Coordinate focus groups to determine how to improve the certification process.
  • Ensure that students participating in the Green Residence Certification pilot receive recognition for their effort.
  • Outreach to students to increase participation in Green Residence Certification program.

Application Process:
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to ResRAP@wwu.edu by April 24th @ 5pm.

For more information, see the full job description: GRC Assistant (pdf)


Off-Campus Employment

Skagit

Skagit County is hiring a Facilities/Sustainability Coordinator who oversees the administration, coordination and implementation of sustainability & facility projects and objectives. Duties, projects, and initiatives are provided at the direction of the Facilities Director.


Facilities/Sustainability Coordinator

ASE

Alliance to Save Energy is seeking a full-time Program Associate to assist with implementation of its PowerSave Campus Program. The Program Associate will work in the Alliance's Oakland, CA office. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy (www.ase.org) promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.


Program Associate

Appliance Depot

Appliance Depot is a project of ReUse Works, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and support worker training, job creation, and business development opportunities for low-income residents by using waste and discarded materials. They are in the process of hiring for two key positions:


Media Specialist | General Manager | Bookkeeping and Office Manager

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 Interships | 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 Interships | Farmer Internships


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