Monday, September 24, 2012

October 2012: Internships, Employment, & Volunteering

Are you interested in gaining professional experience in a fun and engaging environment where you can build connections with fellow students interested in sustainability? The Sustainability Office is currently hiring for the 2012-2013 academic year, and we are looking for talented individuals with a passion for sustainability to join our team. You do not need to be an Environmental Studies or sciences major to work here! Check out our current list of opportunities, including both internships and paid positions! If you have any questions, please contact Shauna Casey.

An IDEASS Sustainability Program project that you can find out more about on the Project Clearinghouse website
Are you a staff, student or faculty member 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 today! The Clearinghouse is a database of sustainability projects designed to help students, staff and faculty get involved in the campus sustainability movement. The database provides a centralized place to learn about campus needs; identify ways to get involved; and serves asa reference for understanding the successes and challenges previous projects have faced. Visit our website to view published projects or create a user account and  upload your own projects and sustainability ideas. If you or your group is interested in receiving a training on how to upload your project to the database, please contact Shauna Casey.

Green Office Certification Program Seeks Student Staff
As a member of our Green Office Certification program you’ll learn how to conduct energy and waste assessments of campus offices, write reports and present recommendations to participating office staff to empower them to improve their environmental performance. As a member of the green office certification team, you’ll attend weekly meetings and work closely with campus staff and other stakeholders to reduce waste and increase conservation in campus offices. Ideal candidates will demonstrate interest in sustainability, initiative, excellent organizational, communication and writing skills. Find out more about the program here, and for a list of available positions, click here. Send your resume and letter of interest to Shauna Casey. Be sure to note the position title you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Student Job Opening: Zero Waste Team Seeking Program Associate
UCSC has a goal of reaching Zero Waste by the year 2020! As of 2011-12, UCSC successfully diverted 63% of waste from the landfill. There is still a large amount of landfill waste that could be reduced, reused, repaired, recycled or composted instead. With the mission of advancing UCSC’s progress towards its Zero Waste goals, the students on the Zero Waste Team focus on working collaboratively to reduce waste on campus, help develop and implement pilot projects campuswide, work with other student organizations and stakeholders on campus, and serve as a resource to the greater campus community. Contact Sustainability Coordinator Elida Erickson for more info! APPLY TO ER# 6236 here.

UCSC PowerSave Green Campus Program seeks motivated candidates to be For-Credit Interns 
For-credit interns will work with other interns focusing on energy conservation projects in the state-owned housing & dining facilities. Program interns are responsible for the successful implementation of the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Green Campus Program, an education and outreach program that seeks energy savings on the UC Santa Cruz campus, primarily through low-cost technology adoption and no-cost behavior changes. For more information about the PowerSave Green Campus program please visit the website. To apply please send a resume and cover letter to UCSC PowerSave Green Campus.

Student Environmental Center 2 and 5 Unit Internships Available for Fall
The Student Environmental Center (SEC) has 2 and 5 unit internships available for this fall! If you are interested in getting involved with SEC's sustainability efforts, please visit their webpage here. Examples of past internships include Publicity Intern, Transportation Rock the Bike Intern, Food Sourcing Intern, College Eight Garden Intern, and Waste Prevention Intern! SEC will also be hosting a General Gathering on October 3rd in the College Eight Red Room from  6:30 to 8:30 PM with fun activities, free home-cooked dinner, interesting people, and anyone and everyone is welcome to come for the evening!

The Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) is accepting new members for the 2012-13 school year!
The role of the Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) is to provide funding to registered UCSC student organizations for programs and events that create, implement, and monitor environmentally sound practices on campus as established through the protocol outlined in the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus. These organizations additionally facilitate greater collaboration between students, the administration, staff, faculty, and the community. There are spots open for new council members to join the CSC leadership team! They hope to have the council formed by the 4th week of fall quarter. Gain valuable skills in leadership, grant-writing, networking, and much more by participating. For more information and dates of CSC membership orientation meetings, please email or visit the website.

Environmental Education for the Next Generation Seeking Instructors
Environmental Education for the Next Generation (EENG) provides free, youth-led environmental education programs to 1st and 2nd grade classrooms in public schools throughout California. EENG 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. In this way, they strive to promote sustainability throughout our many communities, from the youngest members of society up. For more information, please visit

Bike Smart Seeking Cyclists for School Bicycle Rodeo Events
Love cycling? Come share your passion with the youth of Santa Cruz County. Bike Smart, an Ecology Action Bicycle Program, is seeking enthusiastic cyclists of all abilities to assist with their school bicycle rodeo events. The goal is to engage students and empower them to ride by teaching safe cycling techniques (shoulder checks, turn signals, handling skills, and more!) Rodeos last for only two hours. Kira Ticus will email you as rodeos are scheduled and you can sign up as convenient. For more information, please contact Kira Ticus and visit the website.

Capitola Commission on the Environment Seeking Youth Member
The City of Capitola Commission on the Environment (COE) is seeking one youth member, aged 18-30, to represent the youth voice of our community. Meeting once per month, the COE advances sustainable planning, policy, and projects in the Capitola community. The youth representative can expect to gain experience in municipal government planning and policy formation, engage in public service projects, and participate in networking opportunities with local government leaders. Interested individuals must be residents of Santa Cruz County and be able to commit to a minimum of one year term. Please contact Susan Westman, Interim Community Development Director at for more information and to apply.

Get Involved with the Campus Sustainability Plan
Since 2010, working groups of staff and students have been making progress on environmental performance targets for UCSC in eight topic areas: Buildings & Facilities, Energy, Food, Land & Habitat, Procurement & Business Contracts, Transportation, Waste, and Water. Now, it's time for UCSC to create a new Campus Sustainability Plan 2.0 for the years 2013-16! If you'd like to check out the original Campus Sustainability Plan, click here. To get involved in the planning process and help create the next set of environmental performance targets for UCSC, please email Elida Erickson.

Design Your Own Course or Become a Community Outreach or Graphic Design Intern with ESLP
Interested in experiential education and student empowerment? UCSC's Education for Sustainable Living Program is a student-run organization which offers an accredited student-led course - CLEI 161 & 61- every spring quarter. ESLP is currently seeking students with the desire to design their own courses ranging from environmental to social justice issues. They are also looking for 2-unit or 5-unit interns interested in doing community outreach and graphic design. For more information and ways to get involved visit the or send an email.

Help UCSC Take Back the Tap
Take Back the Tap is working hard to eliminate the sale of single use water bottles on the UCSC campus. We are trying to combat the private industry, so everyone has access to water. As well as, reduce waste in order to make our campus a more sustainable institute. If you're interested in getting involved or have any questions please log onto the website for more information, visit the Facebook page, or send an email.

Volunteers Needed for Santa Cruz Open Streets - Sunday, Oct. 7
Santa Cruz Open Streets is a free community event happening Sunday, October 7 from 9 AM - 1 PM on West Cliff Drive. The idea is to create a 2-mile temporary street park for people to bike, walk, and recreate in a safe, fun, festive, and traffic-free environment. Lots of volunteers are needed to bring this exciting new event to the community. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Event Founder/Director Saskia Lucas with your name, phone number, and email address. A mandatory volunteer meeting is on Tuesday, October 2, from 6-7 PM, at Ecology Action. Pizza and snacks will be provided, and they will be providing training as well as giving out volunteer t-shirts. For more information about SCOS, visit the website. Like the Facebook page to receive all the latest event updates!

Call for Volunteers: Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, and it is coming back to San Francisco November 14-16. If you are a full-time student or professional age 25 and under, volunteer and attend for free! For more information visit the website. For questions, click here to send an email.

Volunteer at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Interested in gardening, habitat restoration, tidepooling, maintaining exhibits and helping at events for the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History? Volunteer today! Find out more and fill out an application here or email Matt.

Know about other internship, employment, or volunteering opportunities related to sustainability around Santa Cruz or the campus? Post in the comments or send us an email

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