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
Work study and non-work study applications are being accepted for all positions.
WWU Office of Sustainability Position Opening
Zero Waste Assistant
About the Position:
The Zero Waste Assistant assists the Zero Waste Coordinator in actively engaging the WWU community in responsible waste sorting behavior through education and collaborative efforts to promote sustainability and reduce the amount of waste produced on the WWU campus. The Zero Waste Assistant works in partnership with various organizations to reduce the amount of waste produced on and off campus through engaged collaboration and peer education. By increasing awareness to the environmental and social impacts of improper waste sorting, the Zero Waste Assistant performs a wide variety of multidisciplinary tasks to educate the Western community on the benefits of responsible waste reduction behavior. Such tasks include data analysis, report writing and educational class room presentations. This position works with a variety of organizations from University Dining Services to the City of Bellingham.
About the Office:
The Office of Sustainability is Western’s hub for campus sustainability. The “OS” is dedicated to helping WWU achieve its strategic goal of campus sustainability by integrating sustainability into operations, academics, research, and outreach through its programs and initiatives.
Position Classification and Salary:
Classification: Program Support Staff 2
Salary: 12.65 – 16.45/hour DOE
Terms of Position:
• Position runs beginning of winter quarter 2019 through end of spring quarter 2020 with potential extension for several years. Must be able to commit to entire period to be considered. May extend through all or part of summer quarter depending on office need, but is not required.
• Accepting work study and non-work study applications.
• Works an average of 12-15 hours per week, depending on office need and is not to exceed 19. Work schedule is flexible around academic needs.
• The position holder is not expected to work during intersession, winter break, or spring break.
• Must be an enrolled Western student
• Maintain a minimum credit load throughout term of position of 6 credits for undergraduates and 4 credits for graduates.
• Maintain a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
• Basic Microsoft Office Skills
• Basic mathematics skills
• Ability to coordinate events and host
• Ability to present in front of classes/ large groups
• Passionate about sustainability
• Background in sorting education
• Demonstrated time management skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Weekly meetings with the Zero Waste Coordinator to prioritize weekly goals
• Coordinating efforts with the AS Recycle Center
• Familiarization with the Coordinator’s tasks and responsibilities
• Education presentation at large-scale waste audits
• Promotion of Zero Waste Western to sustainability clubs
• Various waste reduction projects with sustainability supporters
• Class Presentations, at least one per month
• Proposals of innovative new Zero Waste strategies
• Interviews with campus media
• This position will learn skills in the areas of writing, communication, and program coordination.
• Position will also learn about organizational management and organizational change.
Submitting an Application & Deadline:
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About the Position
This position is responsible for maintaining and developing the Office of Sustainability (OS) website along with other smaller sites/projects within the office. The Web Developer keeps the OS website up-to-date on the technical side and works with the OS Media Coordinator/Graphic Designer(s) to keep content updated. The website is required to be professional and accessible to all users and serve content in an efficient manner. The Web Developer will update the code behind the site as needed and develop new functionality as requested. Other duties may include helping the Media Coordinator with outreach planning and assisting other OS employees in a technical manner. The Web Developer is expected to fulfill job responsibilities in ways that support an equitable and inclusive environment for students, staff, and faculty.
About the Program
The media team is comprised of two graphic designers, one web developer, and one social media coordinator. Together, this team promotes Western’s sustainability efforts.
Terms of Position:
- Paid job training period near the end of winter quarter 2019, flexible around academic and work schedules.
- Position runs March 2019 through the end of spring quarter 2019. Must be able to commit to entire period to be considered. May extend through all or part of summer quarter depending on office need, but is not required.
- Mandatory staff training (paid) begins Monday, September 9 and runs through Tuesday, September 24. Must be able to commit to job training to be considered.
- Work an average of 12-15 hours per week, depending on office need. Work schedule is flexible around academic needs.
- The position holder is not expected to work during intersession periods, such as summer break, winter break, or spring break.
- Must be an enrolled Western student.
- Maintain a minimum credit load of 6 credits for undergraduates and 4 credits for graduates.
- Maintain a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
Required Qualifications and Experience
- Ability to work under broad goals with minimal supervision
- Comfortable in HTML/CSS
- Experience with content management systems (specifically WordPress/CampusPress)
- Some experience with Drupal (or strong willingness to learn)
- Highly organized and detail-oriented
- Ability to explain technical topics to non-technical OS employees
- Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse populations
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
- Interest in social, economic, or environmental sustainability topics
- Some experience with Photoshop/Gimp/other photo editor (or strong willingness to learn)
- Knowledgeable of Server Side Development (specifically PHP/MySQL)
- Experience managing and developing a WordPress/CampusPress website
- Working knowledge of Version Control Systems (e.g. Git)
- Passion for quality written and designed code with ample documentation
- Able to manage multiple projects
Bonus Qualifications and Experience
- Current Computer Science Major/Pre-Major
- Working on a program within Western’s Internet Studies Center
This position will learn skills in the areas of web design/development, communication, and organizational management.
Submitting an application
- Please submit the following documents to Hamilton@wwu.edu and fill out this employment survey by February 1 at 8:00 a.m.
- Cover letter
- Portfolio of your website design and development work creations.
- Provide screen shots of all web design, redacting all personal identifiers, including your name.
- DO NOT provide links (we will request/review live websites after interviews are conducted).
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