Office of Sustainability Employment
The Office of Sustainability employs skilled students who help make Western a leader in campus sustainability. The office looks for people who:
Are committed to the pursuit of campus sustainability,
Can work for at least one year, and
If applying for a work-study funded position, have been awarded work study funds. See WWU Work Study Jobs (On-Campus)
Sustainable Communities Partnership Coordinator Position Opening
The Sustainable Communities Program (SCP) is an innovative community-engagement program that coordinates existing courses throughout the university and across disciplines to serve a single city during an entire academic year. The goals of the SCP are to (1) provide students with a real world project to investigate; (2) apply concepts learned in the classroom to solutions; and (3) provide valuable service to a local city. This model was created by the University of Oregon and has since been adopted by several universities in the US. For the 2016-17 academic year, Western is partnering with the City of Edmonds http://www.wwu.edu/scp/ . 2017 will mark the second year of this type of program at Western Washington University. For more information on the general model, please see https://sci.uoregon.edu/sustainable-city-year-program.
About the Position: The SCP Coordinator will coordinate, organize, and manage the activity related to matching academic opportunities with city (or other entity) partners. The Program Coordinator must ensure that students maximize their educational experience resulting in high-quality written deliverables to the city. The position reports to the Campus Sustainability Manager and Academic Program Director. This position will require a self-motivated person with an energetic, passionate, and professional work style. Position holder will need to be able to work well independently as well as part of a team and will require travel within 2 – 3 hours of Bellingham several times a year as well as some overnight and weekend work.
For more information and application instructions see: https://jobs.wwu.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=7542
Alliance to Save Energy is seeking people interested in energy efficiency. Although the Alliance is headquartered in Washington, D.C., they have staff and offices around the globe, including Seattle, California, India and Ukraine. The non-profit Alliance to Save Energy (www.ase.org) promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.
RE Sources is a non-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. Their mission is to promote sustainable communities through recycling, education, advocacy, and the conservation of natural resources. As part of their mission, RE Sources operates a variety of education and advocacy programs in addition to two retail stores that collect and sell used building materials. They offers internship opportunities on a quarterly basis. Internships vary from season to season, but usually include a combination of office, education and advocacy work.
Sustainable Bellingham is a 501(c)3 organization with a history of over six years in Bellingham. They have a loose organizational hierarchy and put every effort into maximizing our participation in action-oriented events in the community. They are 100% volunteer. Projects center around community-building and low-impact lifestyles, and include re-localization, urban gardening, permaculture, alternative transportation, social justice, etc. Projects are usually comprised of 2-3 leads who organize the events. To volunteer on a project, email Sara Charette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cloud Mountain Farm Center is a working farm located in Everson, WA, with rich learning opportunities for beginning and experienced farmers and gardeners. They offer paid internships for those wanting to learn the business of farming, and many learning opportunities for gardeners wanting to expand their knowledge. For decades they’ve run trials of fruit, ornamental, and, more recently, vegetable plants for suitability to Northwest gardens and farms. They also test growing systems to extend the seasons and push the boundaries of the possibilities for growing in our maritime climate.