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.
Dear WWU Students,
We are delighted to invite you to apply for a paid summer/fall internship as a Sustainability Ambassador to support community-based sustainability programs in Bellingham and the Salish Sea Region!
Eight students will be hired, and will work in teams at several community organizations, including York Community Farm, Sustainable Connections, and the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center.
During the summer (June 25-September 15), students will work approximately 8-10 hours per week, mostly at their host site.
In the fall (September 15-December 1), students will work approximately 5 hours per week, mostly on campus, focusing on translating their work and learning to the broader campus community.
Interns will be paid $14/hour.
The work at each site will vary, but all positions will be hands-on and interactive, and are designed to foster stronger relationships between sustainability efforts at WWU and in the broader community. We will determine site placements after the interns are selected.
Interns will be supported by a site host who will work alongside them, and a WWU staff member who will meet with them regularly. Interns will also meet with the four Western staff leads and other interns every two weeks to learn from each other on the topics of social justice, sustainability, and community engagement, as experienced and understood within their work.
This opportunity is brought to you by a grant from the WWU Sustainability Action Fund. It is supported by staff at the Campus Community Coalition, Salish Sea Institute at Canada House, Office of Sustainability, and Center for Community Learning.
To apply, please fill out this brief Google Form. The application is short and simple (we know it’s the end of the quarter): Sustainability Ambassador Application
Thank you for considering this exciting opportunity! Application review will begin on Wednesday, June 13.
This opportunity is open to all current WWU students.
If you have questions, please contact Lindsey MacDonald of the Office of Sustainability at Lindsey.MacDonald@wwu.edu.
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.
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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.