Apply to be a Sustainability Intern

Head’s up! Sustainability interns Ali San Roman ’11 and Nora Christiani ’11 inform us that the Intern position is opening up for next year. If you’re interested in campus sustainability issues, this is a really great way to get involved. Speaking from personal experience, this job gets you right in the thick of things. Lots of great things have been happening in the last four years or so, but Wesleyan still has a long way to go. With this job, there’s huge potential to enact real change.

An Ideal Candidate:

We are looking for someone with a high level of organizational skills and a deep and demonstrated dedication to improving sustainability at Wesleyan.

Position Details

The work study/intern(s) position will require fifteen (15) hours of paid time per week shared by multiple students. This position will be filled by students regardless of their work-study eligibility but will be restricted by the 5 hour per week maximum. Pay is $8.10/hour, 12 weeks/semester.

The work study/intern will report to William S. Nelligan Director Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability; the intern will need to be self-directed and able to manage multiple ongoing projects, and be proficient with a computer.

Interested parties should provide William S. Nelligan (wnelligan at wesleyan.edu) with a resume and statement of interest by Sunday, January 24, 2010.  Interviews will be held Thursday January 28 and Friday January 29.

Beyond coordinating Waste Not!, interns do a ton more. See behind the cut for more info on the position…

Responsibilities

Assist in the implementation of energy efficiency improvements suggested by the Energy Subcommittee under the direction of Peter Staye Associate Director of Utility Management to include:

  1. Collaborate and communicate with primary users and operators of campus buildings (i.e. department administrators, dorm resident advisors, library and computer lab administrators, etc) to determine current energy use practices
  2. Identify those practices that are wasteful and, where possible, implement improved practices and technologies
  3. Serve as a liaison between student groups, the Wesleyan Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES), and the primary users and administrators of campus buildings.
  4. Work closely with EON (Environmental Organizer’s Network) to aid them in implementation of programs.
  5. Attend monthly SAGES meetings and join at least one subcommittee (Energy, Transportation, Recycling and Waste, Procurement, etc).
  6. Coordinate the following programs:
    1. Coordinate and execute the woodframe “Do It In the Dark” monthly competition
      1. Publicize the competition
      2. Create and distribute educational pamphlet about energy efficient practices for woodframe houses
      3. Announce winners and inform woodframe community of the individual energy status of each house
    2. Design an educational program to familiarize students with energy efficiency at Wesleyan
      1. Inform new students about Wesleyan’s current energy status (i.e.  President’s Climate Commitment, institutional goals, etc.)
      2. Present tips and personal practices so that each student can contribute to overall campus energy efficiency
      3. Introduce available campus resources, such as Project Save
    3. Coordinate and execute the Recyclemania competition
      1. Publicize the competition at Wesleyan
      2. Create and distribute educational material about Recyclmania to the Wesleyan Community
      3. Work with Jeff Miller Associate Director Facility Management and the Recycling Subcommittee to audit recycling programs on campus
      4. Publish Weekly results through the website
      5. Oversee the implementation of programs in Usdan
      6. Provide content for ResLife training
    4. Coordinate and execute the Waste Not! Item Collection and Tag Sale
      1. Plan for the collection phase during the spring semester
      2. Secure a volunteer workforce
      3. Organize materials for storage over the summer
      4. Execute the sale in the beginning of the fall semester
  7. Help coordinate the composting program with EON
    1. Make sure infrastructure (buckets, drivers, volunteers) is in place so the program can be implemented as soon as the semester commences
    2. Develop educational and promotional campaigns to inform students and staff of the program
  8. Design and maintain waste and recycling education programs
    1. Coordinate with Bon Appetit to execute Waste Awareness Wednesdays (WAW)
    2. Coordinate with ResLife to integrate waste and recycling education into RA program

2 thoughts on “Apply to be a Sustainability Intern

  1. Lesley LEED AP

    This sounds like a great program for students. The green movement is very popular. You should send your intern to a LEED course to learn about the growing industry standard. This will enable the student to understand green building better and speak eloquently about it. I can definitely see this as a benefit to the student.

  2. Lesley LEED AP

    This sounds like a great program for students. The green movement is very popular. You should send your intern to a LEED course to learn about the growing industry standard. This will enable the student to understand green building better and speak eloquently about it. I can definitely see this as a benefit to the student.

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