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Thursday, October 2, 2014

October 2014: Internships, Employment, & Volunteering


The Provost's Sustainability Internship Program is still seeking a Transportation & Parking Services intern to coordinate the second annual Walk to Class Challenge! If you are interested in applying for this year-long internship, receive 12 units for the year, and a $1500 scholarship, please email Melissa at mott [at] ucsc [dot] edu. Information about the position is available here.

Are you looking for a sustainability internship this year? Check out the Student Environmental Center, an organization where students can grow as individuals, learn leadership skills, and gain invaluable work experience. Interns with the Student Environmental Center learn about current campus projects and policies and have the opportunity to participate or take on leadership roles in many topic areas. They have 2-unit and 5-unit opportunities available for the following positions:
  • Blueprint and Earth Summit Intern - The Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus is a multi-use, living document that strives to encompass the current visions of students, faculty, staff, and community members that have come together to share their ideas and goals for the future of UCSC. The Earth Summit is an event held in Winter quarter to celebrate sustainability on campus. A year-long commitment preferred.
  • College Eight Garden Intern - Every quarter SEC interns facilitate a gardening class. The campaign coordinators create a syllabus, organize the class, and oversee maintenance of the garden. Interns are needed to assist the campaign coordinators in these tasks. They need 2-unit or 5-unit interns to help maintain the garden this quarter. No gardening experience necessary!
  • Outreach and Media Intern - The Student Environmental Center is seeking a student to serve as a Outreach & Media Intern who will work directly with the Outreach and Media Coordinator, staff advisor, and SEC leadership. The intern will gain knowledge in the sustainability organizations on campus, media, and outreach. 
To apply, attend their General Gathering on Wednesday, October 8 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the College 8 Red Room. Free vegetarian dinner will be served. Details can be found here. You can also email seccochair [at] ucsc [dot] edu to apply.

Food Systems Internships Available
The Food Systems Working Group has an exciting new cadre of student leaders working across their partnerships with Dining, the Farm, and Garden efforts. Are YOU looking for an internship to join them? Email ucscfswg [at] gmail [dot] com if you'd like to find out more!

Environmental Studies Internships (2 or 5 units!): Deadline October 9
Looking for an environmentally related internship for fall? You do not have to be an Environmental Studies major to get an internship through the program! Internships allow students to apply the concepts and theories they learn about in academic settings to workplace settings. As an intern, you can see how people relate with one another, test out theories learned in classes, and observe the inner workings of the work environment in a myriad of different fields and disciplines. Deadline for learning contracts is October 9--view a list of available positions here and contact Chris Krohn at ckrohn [at] ucsc [dot] edu for more information.

The Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) is looking for outgoing, organized and intelligent students who want to create, innovate and teach their own class in sustainability in Winter Training Seminar in 2015. Students will create their own syllabus, lesson plans, learn to lead and facilitate a class, and prepare to teach their own class in Spring 2015. Interested students can email ESLP [at] ucsc [dot] edu or visit their website.

Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA) is hiring five new interns to commit for the full academic year in the following positions:
  • PICA Garden Assistant II (ER # 6573)the Main Garden Coordinator position.
  • PICA Program Assistant (ER #6769), the Administrative Assistant position.
  • PICA Program Assistant II (ER # 3372), which has three open positions: the Community Meals Coordinator, the Compost Coordinator, and the A-Quad Garden Coordinator 
If you would like to apply, please visit the UCSC Employee Request (ER) system and type in the ER number for the position you're seeking. On the ER system application, please include a cover letter, a resume and two professional references to be considered for the position.


Sprout Up provides free, youth-led environmental education programs to 1st and 2nd grade classrooms in Santa Cruz. Their college student-instructors teach children vital concepts in environmental science and sustainability during the earliest stages of their educational development, cultivating the next generation of passionate caretakers of the earth. Through activities, experiments, and discussions, they get kids thinking in new ways about the world that surrounds them, inspiring them to bring the message of environmental stewardship home to their families and friends. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them at directorsc [at] sprout up [dot] org, and feel free to visit their website at

Get Involved with Integrated Climate & Energy Study
Interested in climate and energy sustainability? Want to get hands-on experience exploring these topics in relation to our campus? Chrissy Thomure, Climate Action Manager in the Sustainability Office, is coordinating an Integrated Climate & Energy Study with key stakeholders and a consultant. The study launches this year, and students are encouraged to participate! Email Chrissy at cthomure [at] ucsc [dot] edu to find out more.

Want to get your hands dirty and enjoy this sunny weather? Volunteer for the first PICA garden workday of the quarter on Saturday, October 18 from 10 AM - 2 PM. Everyone is invited and a free garden grown lunch will be served. They will be planting veggie starts, digging garden beds, making compost and harvesting from the garden. Come learn about where your food comes from! Meet at the entrance to the A-quad by the Village at UCSC. Check out this website for more information.

Arboretum Volunteer Gardening Opportunities
The Arboretum also has volunteer gardening hours throughout the week! Visit their website for details.

Volunteer for Sea Slugs!

Sea Slugs is a UCSC student-based organization built around environmental activism and community evolvement. The organization has ties with many local organizations including the Save the Waves Coalition and the Surfrider Foundation. For information about meeting times or any other oceanic shenanigans, contact Sea Slugs at seaslug.ucsc [at] gmail [dot] com or visit their website.

Local Bike Clubs Seeking UCSC Volunteers
Want to join Green Ways to School as a volunteer for local middle school Bike Club rides? They are seeking dedicated interns who are available Wednesdays from 1 - 3 PM. Below are some of their upcoming activities:
  • 10/8: Bike Skills presentation and practice at school
  • 10/15: Mountain Biking practice
  • Mountain Bike at DeLaveaga or Emma McCrary trails
  • Visit HUB/Bike Church
  • Cyclocross Ride
  • Intro to Bike Polo
  • and more to be determined!
If you're interested in volunteering, please email Tawn at cyclerevolution [at] gmail [dot] com

Come by the beautiful Stevenson Garden from 1-2 PM on Fridays to help plant seeds, harvest, and have fun in the sun!

Find or Upload Projects to Sustainability Project Clearinghouse

Interested in getting involved in a campus sustainability project, but don't know how? Are you looking for partners for your current project? Have you completed a project that you would like others to learn from? Visit the Sustainability Project Clearinghouse, a centralized database of UCSC sustainability projects, today! You can view published projects or upload your own projects and ideas. For training on how to upload a project, please contact Shauna Casey at scasey [at] ucsc [dot] edu.

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