APPLY NOW! Paid Student Position: R5 Coordinator (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect, Rethink) with the Campus Sustainability Office

Applications Due September 18 2017 | Open to all current Cornell University students


The Cornell University Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) is seeking a part-time, paid intern to focus efforts on waste management education, campus-wide event planning, and residential leadership programs beginning Fall 2017. Federal Work Study NOT required, but preferred. Open to all majors. Pay: $11/hour. The position will begin at 10 hours a week and open to student available to work both Fall and Spring semesters, with the potential to continue paid for up to 20 hours a week during the summer. 

The Campus Sustainability Office works to empower, equip, and engage the campus community to model and invent solutions necessary for a healthy and resilient future.  Help create and implement key sustainability events, initiatives, and resources. Work with a dynamic team developing engagement projects which support the Climate Action Plan and goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2035. Help organize Cornell's campus-wide participation in the nationwide RecycleMania competition, oversee the Compost Program, and collaborate on projects with student, staff, and faculty teams of the President's Sustainable Campus Committee. Join us as we aim to transform the campus into a ‘living laboratory’ for sustainable solutions by creating dynamic and engaging events, and supporting critical waste management initiatives. More information on campus sustainability initiatives

Applications due September 18th 2017. 
Please indicate if you have Federal Work Study on your application.

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  • Help coordinate large-scale educational events, competitions, and initiatives to engage the entire campus community in mindful waste management practices
  • Oversee the Compost Managers program within on-campus residential communities, including training and managing Compost Leaders during New Student Orientation in August and January
  • Help plan and coordinate Cornell's participation in the nationwide RecycleMania competition alongside the CSO and R5 team
  • Create and update dynamic outreach materials including event advertisements, newsletter content, green guides, social media, and blog posts
  • Assist in recruiting and managing volunteers to support large-scale events
  • Monitor impact of waste-related programs by creating metrics and sharing data
  • Research cutting edge waste management solutions, outreach and impact strategies, and new technology to enhance sustainability engagement, learning, and culture at Cornell University
  • Present initiatives and metrics to students, staff, faculty, and the President's Sustainable Campus Committee (PSCC)
  • Help provide training and student leadership development for various student organizations and campus offices
  • Participate in working sessions for the new Campus Sustainability Plan 
  • Serve as a liaison between students, student organizations, and the Campus Sustainability Office
  • Support waste-related campus projects as needed, including student organization initiatives, PSCC focus teams, and university-sponsored programs

Required Skills

  • Passion for sustainability
  • Innovator and self-starter with the desire to perform consistent excellent work
  • Strong organizational and event planning skills
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with short deadlines
  • Ability to work occasional night and weekend shifts to support large-scale events
  • Ability to foster social networks and cross-campus relationships and comfortable attending various programs and initiatives across campus
  • Ability to be resourceful and inclusive
  • Interest in research, data gathering, and assessing impact of programs

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with volunteer management, event planning, and implementation
  • Background knowledge of the Cornell Climate Action Plan, environmental sciences, and/or sustainable development
  • Familiar with social media engagement strategies for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Hootsuite content management
  • Familiarity with Trello and Canva

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