Jobs and Internships

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    Provost's Sustainability Internship Program

  • Develop competencies necessary to become effective environmental professionals and leaders. Students are paired with staff or faculty mentors and work closely with them on sustainability projects and research that help the campus reach its sustainability goals. Students receive internship credit and a $1500 scholarship upon completion of the program. Applications for the 2017-18 year are available now. Learn more here >>


  • Sustainability Office Jobs and Internships

  • Program Coordinator, Provost’s Sustainability Internship (PSI) Program

    The PSI Program Coordinator will be responsible for helping to oversee the 3-quarter Provost’s Sustainability Internship program and associated class in collaboration with the Sustainability Office, program interns and mentors. The incumbent will create and implement lesson plans; mentor peers on project management; and provide organization, recruitment and ongoing functioning of both the course and internship component of the program under supervision of the Campus Sustainability Office. The incumbent will gain experience in peer-to-peer leadership, teaching, project management, marketing, outreach, promotion and recruitment. The Program Coordinator will be required to attend weekly class meetings, hold regular office hours for students and mentors, and meet with Sustainability Office Program manager on a weekly basis. This position is for the entire 2017-18 academic year. To apply, visit the Career Center website and search for position # 5779.

    Start Date: Flexible; could be as early as May, 2017 or as late as September, 2017, depending on availability.

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Program Associate, Green Office Certification Program

    The Green Office Program Associate works with team members to help offices implement sustainable practices. The Associate will conduct energy, water, and waste assessments and consult with employees to identify and implement a plan to reduce waste, conserve resources and improve environmental performance. The incumbent will gain experience in marketing; outreach and communication; consulting; energy, water and waste auditing; delivering public presentations; report writing; and delivering education programs. The Program Associate will be required to attend weekly team meetings and hold regular office hours, the schedule of which is to be determined with the student based on their availability. This position is for the entire 2017-18 academic year. To apply, visit the Career Center website and search for position #6671.

    Start Date: Ideally summer, 2017 but could be as late as fall quarter, 2017

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Program Coordinator, Zero Waste Team

    The Zero Waste Team Coordinator will organize and coordinate the Zero Waste Team, which takes an active role in helping UCSC reach the Zero Waste goal by 2020 through developing and implementing best practices on campus.  The Team seeks to inspire the campus community to understand the local waste stream. The Team hosts the Annual Campus Clean Up event, provides outreach, education, resources, and training to the campus community on Zero Waste, conducts waste audits, and supports Zero Waste events and infrastructure on campus.  The Coordinator is responsible for helping to oversee two (2) Zero Waste Associates program; the Coordinator will gain experience in peer-to-peer leadership, project, event and volunteer management as well as marketing and outreach. The Program Coordinator will hold weekly team meetings and meet with Sustainability Office Program manager on a weekly basis. This position is for the entire 2017-18 academic year.  To apply, visit the Career Center website and search for position #8458.

    Start Date: Flexible; could be as early as May, 2017 or as late as September, 2017, depending on availability.

    End Date: June, 2018

     

     

    Program Associate, Zero Waste Team

    The Zero Waste Team Program Associates will develop and implement waste reduction educational and infrastructural efforts campus-wide through individual projects, including: facilitating peer-to-peer educational opportunities such as presentations and workshops and advancing recurring and new projects on waste reduction on campus. Existing projects include hosting Zero Waste Event trainings, greening on-campus venues, organizing the sister college cleanups and the 4th Annual Campus Clean Up Day, and assisting with the rollout of Zero Waste collection infrastructure (including compost) in campus food service, academic buildings, and event venues.  These positions are for the entire 2017-18 academic year. To apply, visit the Career Center website and search for position #8459.

    Start Date: Flexible; could be as early as May, 2017 or as late as September, 2017, depending on availability.

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Campaign Associate, Zero Waste Team

    The Zero Waste Team Campaign Associate will coordinate and organize the UC Santa Cruz #MyLastTrash campaign, which seeks to educate the campus community about the goal of Zero Waste by 2020 and provide tools and information to help members of our community reduce their waste.  The Associate will plan and roll out the 2017-8 campaign through utilizing multiple social media platforms and collaborating on monthly thematic events with campus partners.  This position is for the entire 2017-18 academic year. To apply, visit the Career Center website or SlugQuest.

    Start Date: Flexible; could be as early as May, 2017 or as late as September, 2017, depending on availability.

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Carbon Fund Program Coordinator (2 positions)

    The Carbon Fund student fee measure was established in 2010, providing over $100,000 in grant funding annually to support projects that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as supporting sustainability education and social justice initiatives on campus and in our local community. As a student Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to work with Sustainability Office staff to implement these projects, as well as gain valuable experience in organization and committee administration, reviewing grant proposals, campus operations, climate change mitigation efforts, and more! To apply, visit the Career Center website and search for position#7314.

    Start Date: Training in late May/early June, 2017; regular work schedule for 10-15 hours/week starts early-late September, 2017, depending on availability.

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Surplus Furniture Zero Waste Coordinator and Lab & Technology Equipment Surplus

    Coordinator, Ground Services (2 positions)

    Ground Services is seeking two student interns to develop and collaborate on an easy-to-use platform that will encourage campus departments and the UCSC community to better utilize campus surplus items, simultaneously modeling zero waste behavior. Intern tasks include researching current policies, practices, and areas for improvement, developing reports, and creating processes and procedures that can be implemented on campus. Interns will gain experience in collaborative project management and development; researching national, regional, local and private sector zero waste and surplus policies; education and outreach; writing reports, and giving presentations. Apply here.

    Start Date: Fall quarter, 2017

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Green Office Certification Program Coordinator, UCSC Sustainability Office

    The Program Coordinator’s primary role will be managing and collaborating with a team of students to help campus offices implement sustainable practices into their office and department culture. Typical tasks include conducting office assessments and developing sustainable action plans for participating offices. This year the coordinator will also collaborate with City of Santa Cruz Green Business Program to identify opportunities for intersection between campus and city programs. The intern will gain experience in conducting energy, water, and waste assessments; writing reports, giving presentations; conducting outreach; and managing, developing, and delivering educational programs. Apply here.

    Start Date: Fall quarter, 2017

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Green Business Program Coordinator, City of Santa Cruz Public Works

    The Program Coordinator’s primary role will be managing and collaborating with City of Santa Cruz Green Business team in order to help local businesses implement sustainability into their businesses practices. Typical tasks will include managing business recertification assessments, recruiting, and helping new businesses through the certification process. This year the coordinator will also collaborate with the UCSC Green Office Certification Program to identify opportunities for intersection between campus and city programs. The intern will gain experience working within city structure, understanding energy efficiency, outreach and communications, program management and administration, writing reports, and giving presentations. This project will include occasional off-campus meeting. Apply here.

    Start Date: Fall quarter, 2017

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Sustainable Transportation Planning Intern, Fleet Services & Sustainability Office

    Develop a Sustainable Fleet Implementation Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from campus-owned mobile sources. The intern is expected to research and report on strategies to reduce fleet emissions and improve fuel efficiency in coordination with campus-wide goals. Intern will gain experience in national and regional emissions policy research, introductory cost-benefit analysis, writing reports, giving presentations, conducting outreach, and compiling and analyzing data. If you are interested in climate change policy, this is the job for you! Apply here.

    Start Date: Fall quarter, 2017

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Sustainable Transportation Advisor Coordinator, Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS)

    Develop a Sustainable Transportation Advisor Program, a peer-to- peer program that will provide students advising on changing individual on and off campus travel behaviors. The intern is expected to work collaboratively with the TAPS team to research and develop a program model which would include: program structure, cost-benefit analysis, student advisor qualifications, training materials, methods of outreach and metrics to measure program success. The intern will gain experience in researching national, regional, and local sustainable transportation policy and strategies; researching effective strategies for education and advising programs; robust project development; writing reports, giving presentations, and conducting outreach. Apply here.

    Start Date: Fall quarter, 2017

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Sustainability Outreach Liaison, UCSC Sustainability Office

    The Sustainability Office is looking for an intern who has the ability to enhance the collaborative and inter-organizational processes of the office. The intern will develop education and outreach material, participate in inter-organizational event planning committees, coordinate and lead meetings, and foster Sustainability Office student team collaboration and communication. They will gain experience in management and event coordination including networking, writing reports, building organizational relationships; developing and administering education and outreach material; giving presentations, and measuring outreach success. Apply here.

    Compensation: $1500.00 scholarship, plus 12 academic credits

    Start Date: Fall quarter, 2017

    End Date: June, 2018

    Application due: April 27th

     

    Education & Outreach Intern, Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA)

    Enhance education and outreach strategies at PICA. Intern will specifically work on developing, managing and outreaching for quarterly PICA events that will engage the campus community in sustainability. Intern will gain experience in project management and event coordination, including budget management and logistics, developing and administering education and outreach material, giving presentations, and measuring outreach success.  Apply here.

    Start Date: Flexible; could be as early as May, 2017 or as late as September, 2017, depending on availability.

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Common Ground Intern, Kresge College

    Kresge College is seeking an intern to continue the college’s multi-year effort to place sustainability at the center of its social and academic goals. The intern will support the Common Ground Center in managing and developing initiatives that include: a social justice speaker series, workshops, a sustainability focused residence hall, undergraduate coursework, and more. Typical tasks will include managing education and outreach material and collaborating on inter-organizational event planning and project managing. The intern will gain skills in project management and event coordination, grant writing, education and outreach, peer mentoring, and leadership. Apply here.

    Start Date: Fall quarter, 2017

    End Date: June, 2018




    Rachel Carson College Sustainable Systems Intern, Rachel Carson College

    The intern’s primary role is to support management for both the Sustainability Minor and IDEASS program sponsored by Rachel Carson College. The intern will be responsible for organizing events, supporting class needs, researching funding possibilities, writing grant proposals, managing education and outreach material and coordinating alumni & donor outreach for the college. The intern will gain skills in programs management and event coordination, grant writing, education and outreach, writing reports, alumni relations, and administrative logistics. Apply here.

    Start Date: Fall quarter, 2017

    End Date: June, 2018

     

    Green Labs Associate

    The Green Labs Program empowers campus research labs to become more sustainable by incorporating resource saving practices into their everyday operations. Primarily, the Green Labs Program conducts energy audits, waste assessments, and green procurement. Through equipment retrofit funding as an incentive, The Green Labs Program helps laboratories enhance their sustainability efforts. Skills: Experience working in labs. Confidence interacting and articulately communicating with UC research faculty. Excellent command of Google apps. E-mail communication. A strong interest in sustainability!  The intern will be responsible for organizing events, supporting class needs, researching funding possibilities, writing grant proposals, managing education and outreach material and coordinating alumni & donor outreach for the college. The intern will gain skills in programs management and event coordination, grant writing, education and outreach, writing reports, alumni relations, and administrative logistics. For more information on this position, send an email inquiry to ssylavon@ucsc.edu.

     

    Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellowship (1-2 positions)

    Note Application Deadline: 05/18/17

    In 2013, President Napolitano created the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, challenging all UC campuses to become carbon neutral by 2025.  The UC Office of the President has provided funding to each campus for an Outreach Fellowship to support the Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI).  The Fellow will support the campus in achieving ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2025; lead student engagement and communications efforts on UCSC’s campus; plan and execute outreach events; coordinate efforts with UCOP and Fellows at other campuses; coordinate with peers across the UC system to engage the student body in holistic climate action, from academic and operational facets to co-curricular and professional organizing and provide input to the Global Climate Leadership Council (the UC governing body overseeing the initiative). Desired Skills include; passion about climate change and climate justice, creative and highly collaborative, motivated to work independently and with student peers to advance the goals of the CNI, ability to prioritize work in a fast-paced environment with pressures of deadlines, ability to creatively enhance and implement directives from UC administration with culturally-relevant impact on the student body.  For consideration of this position, please submit a brief cover letter and resume to Chrissy Thomure, Climate Action Manager, at cthomure@ucsc.edu.



     

    Sustainability Office Education and Outreach Associate (2 positions)

    The Education and Outreach Associate (E&O Associate) will provide leadership in a wide variety of areas related to coordination of campus sustainability efforts. With the Education and Outreach team the incumbent will develop educational materials including a monthly newsletter, social media, and our office website and conduct outreach through presentations and tabling events. The E&O Associate will also help plan events including the Inter-Org Retreat, Earth Day and sustainability related events. The incumbent will gain experience in peer-to-peer leadership, project management, marketing, event planning and outreach. This position is for the entire 2017-18 academic year. To apply, visit the Career Center website and search for position # 4289. Or submit a brief cover letter and resume to Genoa Faber, Office Manager/Event Coordinator, at gfaber@ucsc.edu.

    Start Date: Flexible; either May, 2017 or as late as September, 2017, depending on availability.

    End Date: June, 2018



    Sustainability Office Graphic Artist & Website Assistant

    The Graphic Artist will provide design skills in a wide variety of areas related to coordination of campus sustainability efforts. With the Education and Outreach team the incumbent will design educational materials including a monthly newsletter, social media, flyers and print materials and conduct outreach through presentations and tabling events. The Graphic Artist will also provide assistance to the Sustainability Office Website Assistant in graphic design related tasks for the website. The incumbent will gain experience in peer-to-peer leadership, project management, marketing, designing printed materials and outreach. This position is for the entire 2017-18 academic year. To apply, visit the Career Center website and search for position #8089. Or submit a brief cover letter and resume to Genoa Faber, Office Manager/Event Coordinator, at gfaber@ucsc.edu.

    Start Date: Flexible; either May, 2017 or as late as September, 2017, depending on availability.

    End Date: June, 2018

     

     

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  • Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service Internship

  • IDEASS students develop projects within their areas of interest cooperatively with community mentors and experts in the field. Projects usually focus on sustainable technologies and practices in the built environment, such as energy, water, food, transportation and waste. Depending on student experience and partners’ needs, projects may use any number of approaches to address environmental concerns, such as technological innovation, education & behavior change, participatory research & planning, and sustainable design. You can find out more information by visiting the IDEASS website or by emailing ideass@ucsc.edu.