Student Opportunities 

Be part of a small team of students working in the Office of Sustainability to contribute to a more sustainable Elon. Whether you simply have a passion for sustainability or want to develop skills, such as communiation, teaching or data collection, the Office has a variety of positions available.

The Office of Sustainability is accepting applications for student positions. All positions are listed in the On Campus Student Employment Job Network.

Applicants must have plans to be enrolled in the 2015 - 2016 academic year at Elon University to apply.

The following positions are available:

May 2015

Summer 2015

2015-2016 Academic Year

 Application DEADLINE FOR ALL POSITIONS IS WEDNESDAY APRIL 1 BY 5pm.

You may apply to more than one position. Indicate for which position you are applying in your cover letter. If you wish to be considered for more than one, indicate that, as well as your position preference in your cover letter. Please send one email with attachments that have your last name in the file name for each of the documents.See below for position details and specific application instructions.

MAY 2015

Don't Trash It! Coordinator

Strengthen your leadership skills and gain the satisfaction of knowing you helped divert thousands of pounds of usable items from a landfill. Don’t Trash It! is the campaign to salvage useful items from the trash stream and donate them to partner organizations such as Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and Allied Churches. The campaign begins on reading day, May 13th and lasts through move out, May 27. This is a 6-week paid position supervised by the Office of Sustainability. The coordinator is expected to work a total of 30 – 60 hours from April 20 through May 31. Start and end dates are flexible and hours depend on the number of coordinators hired. The primary responsibilities of Don’t Trash It! coordinators are:

  • Recruit volunteers to help with collection May 13 – 31
  • Contact residential neighborhood program assistants to communicate collection and pick up protocol
  • Create a pick up schedule
  • Coordinate volunteers
  • Obtain and distribute collection bins from Environmental Services
  • Monitor bins to ensure they are well labeled and not overflowing
  • Regularly collect items from residential bins and drive to necessary locations
  • Ensure that collection areas remain organized
  • Lock/open collection trucks

The successful candidate will have the following qualities:

  • Experience coordinating a program or volunteers is desirable but not required
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all involved parties – supervisor, volunteers, residents, residence life staff
  • Ability to design and coordinate schedules
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Self-directed
  • Ability and willingness to perform physical labor such as lifting and carrying donated items
  • Certified or ability to get certified to drive an Elon van is preferred

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Submit a cover letter and resume to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu by 5 PM on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1.

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SUMMER 2015

These positions begin June 1, 2015 and end mid-August 2015. They are paid hourly positions. You will be expected to work 20 to 30 hours a week (depending on class schedule) during normal business hours. Specific daily work hours will be flexible.

Sustainability Metrics Intern

This intern will assist with projects related to Elon’s climate neutrality goal, specifically Elon’s next GHG inventory, and Elon's STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) report. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Review previous year’s GHG inventory data and transfer it to new GHG inventory tool (online and excel format)
  • Collect and analyze all relevant data for FY 2015 from university departments and input into GHG inventory tool
  • Draft FY 2015 GHG inventory report
  • Update the standard operation procedure (SOP) for conducting the GHG inventory, as needed
  • Generate a report identifying the pros and cons of the two inventory tool formats (online and excel)
  • Review the STARS Technical Manual and become familiar with the system and credits
  • Review and become familiar with Elon’s previous STARS Reports
  • Assist with STARS data collection and documentation for STARS credits
  • Research strategies and programs which could advance Elon’s sustainability initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned

Sustainability Projects Intern - Educational Communications

This intern will develop and implement outreach materials that enhance the Office of Sustainability's education and outreach efforts. The intern will be responsible for researching, designing and implementing innovative and engaging communication strategies and materials related to specific sustainability projects.

In summer 2015, the Projects Intern focusing on Educational Communications will be responsible for updating existing Sustainability Tour materials. Additional responsibilities may include creating education online materials which communicate how Elon community members can contribute to select sustainability initiatives. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Use InDesign or Photoshop, to update the Sustainability Tour materials: pdf file, script, audio files and printed map
  • Research options for creating a more interactive Sustainability Tour
  • Update content and format of the Green Guide for Student Organizations
  • Create educational online materials for behaviors such as starting compost collection in a residence hall or specific energy conservation behaviors
  • Other duties as assigned

Sustainability Projects Intern - Carbon Conversions

This intern will develop and implement outreach materials that enhance the Office of Sustainability's education and outreach efforts. The intern will be responsible for researching and developing innovative and engaging communication strategies and materials related to specific sustainability projects.

In summer 2015, the Projects Intern for Carbon Conversions will research and develop impact metrics for personal behaviors, those in the Sustainability Pledge and others. The research and results must be thoroughly documented and include sources. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Identify carbon conversion factors for various activities (e.g., electricity use, transportation methods, water use, etc.)
  • Identify reliable carbon calculators for personal behaviors
  • Create a detailed report (with sources) of the conducted research
  • Develop impact metrics for selected personal behaviors in the Sustainability Pledge and others
  • Develop strategies for communicating the impact metrics to the campus community (this may be done in collaboration with other interns)
  • Other duties as assigned

The successful candidate for these summer positions will have the following qualities:

  • Excellent mathematical ability (for Metrics and Carbon Conversions)
  • Attention to detail (for Metrics and Carbon Conversions)
  • Ability to conduct and document thorough research (for Metrics and Carbon Conversions)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office applications (for Metrics and Carbon Conversions)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint is desirable but not required (for Metrics)
  • Proficiency with graphic design programs such as InDesign and Photoshop (for Educational Communications)
  • Operating knowledge of GIS or interactive media may be helpful but is not required (for Educational Communications)
  • Excellent oral, written and visual communication skills
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Self-directed
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks, use good time management skills
  • Ability to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to be held accountable for own work 
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and positive attitude
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Maintain eligibility to hold a leadership position

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUMMER POSITIONS:

ALL applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, April 1.

All Positions: Indicate for which position you are applying in your cover letter. If you wish to be considered for more than one, indicate that, as well as your position preference in your cover letter. Please send one email with attachments that have your last name in the file name for each of the documents.

Metrics Position: submit a cover letter and current resume to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu

Projects - Educational Position: submit a cover letter, current resume and promotional sample (flyer, brochure, etc.) to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu

Projects - Carbon Position: submit a cover letter, current resume and research sample (research paper or lab report) to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu

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2015-2016 ACADEMIC YEAR

These positions are for the 2015-2016 academic year. Each intern will be expected to work 10 to 15 hours a week. Specific daily work hours will be flexible. Each position is paid with a per semester stipend. Academic credit may be available, depending upon degree program requirements. All interns will work closely with the Director of Sustainability, the Education and Outreach Coordinator, each other and the Eco-Reps (student peer educators for sustainability).

Sustainability Intern, Student Coordinator for the Eco-Reps Program

The primary responsibility of this intern is to serve as the Student Coordinator for the Eco-Reps Program. The Eco-Reps program is a peer education program dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible behaviors. He/she will help manage the program including 8 student peer educators (Eco-Reps) and must be comfortable in a leadership role. The intern will also assist with designing, promoting and implementing sustainability initiatives and events. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Serve as the student coordinator for the Eco-Reps program, i.e., help manage the program including 8 student peer educators (Eco-Reps)
  • Develop weekly meeting agendas and facilitate the meetings
  • Implement the Eco-Reps disciplinary policy based on a three strike system
  • Keep Eco-Reps up-to-date on upcoming events, required tasks and other relevant information through meetings and a weekly email
  • Organize and schedule the Sustainable Living lessons provided by the Eco-Reps
  • Provide Sustainable Living lessons with Eco-Reps to classes as requested by faculty and staff 
  • Serve as a resource for a residential neighborhood to assist with programs and activities related to sustainability, if an Eco-Rep needs help
  • Work closely with other student groups as well as faculty and staff to assist with promoting sustainability initiatives and events
  • Help design and lead Eco-Rep training
  • Help research and implement sustainability initiatives and events on topics such as energy conservation, alternative transportation, recycling and green building among others
  • Others duties as assigned

Communications Intern

This intern will help foster a culture of sustainability at Elon University through the development and implementation of outreach designed to increase awareness of sustainability practices, encourage their implementation and increase awareness of campus sustainability initiatives and accomplishments. He/she will develop graphic and written communications and contribute to social media. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Design and produce visually stimulating promotional materials such as digital signs, flyers, Facebook cover photos, etc. for sustainability education and outreach programs on campus including but not limited to events and competitions
  • Construct and disseminate sustainability information to the campus community through various media including table tents, E-Net, digital signage, the Office newsletter, Facebook and Twitter
  • Coordinate the design and content submission for the Office's newsletter
  • Photograph Office activities such as college coffee and speaker events
  • Collaborate with fellow interns to plan, promote and implement campus sustainability education and outreach programs
  • Other duties as assigned

Sustainability Project Database Intern

This intern will recruit, enter, review and organize submissions to the Student Sustainability Project Database. The purpose of the database is to move sustainability forward on campus by showcasing past student projects, current and ongoing student projects, serving as a place to propose new projects and facilitating completion of, and improvement on, projects from year to year. The Database Intern will be responsible for researching and contacting faculty/staff and students working on sustainability projects, inside and outside the classroom, and increasing the number of submissions in the database and awareness of the database. To assist students who would like to work on a sustainability-related project that is not associated with a class, the Database Intern will also be responsible for creating resources to help students develop more effective project proposals. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Research faculty/staff and students working on sustainability projects
  • Inform those identified about the Sustainability Project Database and encourage them to submit their work to the database
  • As necessary, gather the necessary data (including photos, spreadsheets, reports, etc.) from those identified to make a submission to the Database on their behalf
  • Review submissions made to the Database for relevance and completeness and follow-up with the appropriate contact to obtain any missing information
  • Organize submissions made to the Database to ensure it is easy to navigate for users
  • Increase awareness of the database among faculty,  staff and students through formal and informal communication
  • Develop online resources to guide students through the process of creating an effective project proposal for a sustainability-related project at Elon
  • Collaborate with fellow interns to plan and implement campus sustainability education and outreach programs/events
  • Other duties as assigned

Behavior Change Intern

This intern will develop, implement and document results of a campaign potentially promoting one of the following actions: using reusable water bottles or mugs, air drying clothes, conserving water or decreasing landfill waste. Campaigns are based on Community Based Social Marketing. The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Become familiar with the principles of Community Based Social Marketing
  • Use Community Based Social Marketing strategies to design a campaign promoting a specific behavior
  • Coordinate, promote, pilot and track the campaign
  • Document campaign results (written report and electronic files of editable promotional materials)
  • Collaborate with fellow interns and Eco-Reps to plan, promote and implement campus sustainability education and outreach programs/events
  • Other duties as assigned

The successful candidate for these academic year positions will have the following qualities:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (for Database)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint is desirable but not required (for Database)
  • Operating knowledge of graphic design programs such as InDesign and Photoshop may be helpful but is not required (for Behavior Change)
  • Strong leadership skills (for Sustainability Intern)
  • Strong publication design skills (for Communications)
  • Proficiency with InDesign and PhotoShop (for Communications)
  • Previous campaign, education and/or outreach experience (or related course work) is desired but not required (for Sustainability Intern and Behavior Change)
  • Self-motivated and ability to motivate others
  • Excellent oral, written and visual communication skills
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively 
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks, use good time management skills
  • Ability to see projects through to completion
  • Ability to be held accountable for own work
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and positive attitude
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Maintain eligibility to hold a leadership position

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

ALL applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, April 1.

All Positions: Indicate for which position you are applying in your cover letter. If you wish to be considered for more than one, indicate that, as well as your position preference in your cover letter. Please send one email with attachments that have your last name in the file name for each of the documents.

Sustainability Intern Position: submit a cover letter and current resume to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu

Communications Position: submit a cover letter, current resume and promotional sample (digital sign, flyer, brochure, fact sheet, etc.) to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu

Database Position: submit a cover letter and current resume to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu

Behavior Change Position: submit a cover letter, current resume and proposal (2 pages or less) detailing steps you would take to encourage the campus community to use reusable mugs (example to use for application purposes) and how you would measure whether or not the campaign was effect to the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@elon.edu

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