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Sustainability Coordinator–Full-Time, University of Southern California

Sustainability Coordinator
University of Southern California – Los Angeles, CA

USC Auxiliary Services, one of the largest divisions at The University of Southern California, is a dynamic organization comprised of six integral business units: USC Bookstores, USC Hospitality, USC Housing, USC Transportation, Radisson Hotel and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena. At USC Auxiliary Services, we strive “to create the best USC experience” with quality products and services that anchor our Los Angeles campuses. Whether you come to USC for a day’s visit, a world-class education, or a rewarding career, there’s a good chance you’ll be shopping, dining, riding, or staying with us!

USC Auxiliary Services is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator to join its USC Housing team.

USC Housing manages more than 50 properties, hosting over 7,600 undergraduate, professional and graduate students each year. USC’s Residential College experience includes trained student and faculty residential advisors, weekly programming and events, and numerous special interest communities.

The Sustainability Coordinator will develop, plan, coordinate and implement activities and programs related to sustainability for USC Housing.

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Environment Initiatives Coordinator–Berkeley

Environment Initiatives Coordinator – Job # 19541

This position reports to the Executive Director for Cal Dining. The person in this position will be the liaison on all initiatives related to health, wellness and sustainability, including but not limited to:
  • Food Security
  • Global Food Initiative
  • Sustainability Policy Group
  • Small Farm procurement
  • Menus of Change
  • Sustainability Sourcing
  • Organic Certification
  • Buy California
  • Dining Sustainability Team Lead
To apply, candidates will need to go to the Berkeley Jobs website to apply.  The site is and the job number is 19541. Questions about this position should be directed to Michael Laux, Associate Director for Cal Dining,

Information on Cal Dining sustainability:

Tip: Apply as soon as possible!

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Notebaert Nature Museum–TEENS Education Intern (Paid)

Position: Education Intern, Teen Programs
Background: The Nature Museum seeks Education Interns with a background in environmental science, ecology, environmental education, and/or youth development to assist with the Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science (TEENS) summer program. This six-week program engages a cohort of thirty Chicago high school students in a detailed study of ecosystems found in the city’s parks and neighborhoods. Youth contribute data to existing local, regional and global research projects, and develop their own research questions to investigate. TEENS participants learn how to perform a wide range of environmental science field and laboratory methods, and investigate the living and non-living components of urban ecosystems. Students also learn to use global positioning system (GPS) enabled tablets to collect spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) software to analyze data and create maps and other visualizations of project data. Education Interns will assist with the implementation of TEENS summer program curriculum and mentor youth as they develop field-based research projects.

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Development Assistant–Full Time Position, Wetlands Initiative

Hello all, we are filling a new full-time salaried position of Development Assistant. This would be a good first job for a recent college graduate who’s interested in the conservation/environment sector or in the non-profit sector generally. Some full-time work experience would of course be welcome as well but it’s not a requirement, we intend for this to be an entry-level position suitable for someone just starting out.

Summary: The Development Assistant will be part of a small, collaborative fundraising and communications team that supports TWI’s regional ecological restoration projects. This new full-time position with benefits includes a range of functions related to the nonprofit’s fundraising activities (about 70% of time) and online/social media presence (20% of time), as well as some general administrative support for the organization’s 8-person downtown Chicago office (10% of time). The ideal candidate will have an engaging personality for interactions with donors, sponsors, and other contributors.​ He/​she should be highly skilled at multitasking and managing priorities independently; will have strong computer skills including familiarity with database software, website software, and social media platforms; will possess strong communications skills both verbal and written; and will demonstrate consistent and strong attention to detail. These functions will be carried out mostly during normal office hours and mostly at the Chicago office; some in-state travel and evening/weekend hours will be required, particularly in summer and fall. The Development Assistant will report to the Director of Development and Communications and work closely with the Development Associate/Grants Manager.

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Forest Preserve–Youth Outdoor Ambassador Intern


Seasonal Youth Outdoor Ambassador Intern

Organization:  Forest Preserve District

Work Locations:

536 N. Harlem

Job Posting:  May 11, 2015   Closing Date:  May 24, 2015

Job Summary

This position will support the operations of the Department of Conservation and Experiential Programming (CEP). Interns will assist all CEP staff and could work in all/any CEP locations including, but not limited to, General Office, Nature Centers, Campgrounds and Aquatic Centers. Interns will provide support in a variety of administrative tasks, assignments, programs and operational functions, and will performs other duties as required or assigned.  This is a seasonal position and the duration of this position is flexible.

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2nd Annual “Students for Zero Waste” Conference–Call for presenters and attendee information

2nd Annual “Students for Zero Waste” Conference

Durham, NH
October 9-10, 2015
In 2014, the 1st annual #SZW14 Conference was a resounding success, bringing together over 160 students from 50 campuses across the country!
This year, we are projecting over 350 students to come together for a weekend of discussions and workshops about the global waste crisis, zero waste solutions, and campus skill building case studies of zero waste initiatives.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Max Liboiron; “WASTE: Problem, Solution, Scale and Action”

Assistant Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Max’s research and activism focuses on how harmful, usually invisible, phenomena such as disasters, toxicants, and marine plastics become manifest in science and advocacy, and how this relates to action. Founder of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) and re-designer of New York University’s Green Grants program, Max has experience in campus and community organizing. For more on Max check out her website and the Discard Studies Blog, of which she is managing editor.

More information about the conference including photos and testimonials from last year, a call for workshops, and information on overnight lodging and how to register is available on our website.
Travel Scholarships!
The Post-Landfill Action Network is committed to making this conference accessible to all who wish to attend. Registration is very low cost compared to most national student conferences, and included in the cost is all meals during the duration of the conference, and free overnight housing in local churches. Last year, PLAN offered over $5,000 in travel scholarships to students traveling long distances. If you will be applying for a travel scholarship this year, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We will open the application for travel scholarships in July.
Deadline Friday June 5th
Workshop presenters get free registration to the conference and will get top priority for travel scholarships.
Check out conference structure and example submissions below. Please feel free to submit proposals that are not on this list!
Rough Conference Outline:
Plenary: The Global Waste Crisis
Seeking 10-15 min presentations on the following topics:
  • Over-consumption
  • Social, economic and environmental injustice
  • Plastic pollution and toxicity
  • Debunking false solutions and greenwashing
Workshops: Skills Building for Zero Waste
Seeking 90 min workshops:
  • Leadership and student turnover
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Management
  • Grant-Writing 101
  • Maintaining Work-Life Balance (How to not get burnt out)
  • Creating Management Hierarchy for Internships or Work-Study positions
  • Storytelling
  • Power-Mapping
Plenary: Solutions for Zero Waste
Seeking 10-15 min presentations for 4 different plenary sessions:
  • Personal: Zero Waste Lifestyle, Community Organizing…
  • Campus: Campus Wide Zero Waste Projects, Industrial Composting, etc….
  • Industrial Recycling: Carpet, Textile, Electronic Waste, & other Hard to Recycle Materials.
  • For-Profit Zero Waste: Extended Producer Responsibility, Business solutions for zero waste, pre-cycling, upcycling, etc..
Workshops: Action & Implementation: Campus Zero Waste Solutions:
Seeking 90 min workshops:
  • Setting up an Industrial Compost Program
  • Improving Recycling and Composting Rates
  • Campus Waste Audits
  • Bin Design for Zero Waste
  • Zero Waste Stadiums
  • Zero Waste Events
  • Zero Waste Tailgating
  • Campus Procurement for Zero Waste
  • Banning Plastic Bags, Styrofoam, or Plastic Bottles
  • Institutionalizing Zero Waste – How to set campus-wide goals
  • Campus Thrift Stores
  • Campus Free Stores
  • Students for Zero Waste Clubs

We want to accommodate you! If your idea does not fit within our structure just fill out as much as you can and we will do what we can to fit you in!

For more information about the conference including: logistics planning, overnight information for students, or other opportunities to present, table, or sponsor the conference, please feel free to contact at any time!

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Second Nature–Entry Level position open, Apps due May 29

Second Nature has an opening for a Membership Assistant. This is an excellent opportunity for a recent graduate. Applications will be accepted until May 29, 2015
Please pass along the opportunity to a qualified candidate or share with your networks.
Position Description below – Link to apply

Membership Assistant | Second Nature

Second Nature is a Boston based non-profit organization working to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education through a variety of initiatives including the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a program which supports over 680 institutions in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education and provides a framework for implementing comprehensive plans in pursuit of climate change action and carbon neutrality.

Second Nature seeks the services of a Membership Assistant to support the recruitment, implementation, and outreach related to the Second Nature’s membership programs. This position places a strong emphasis on supporting the capacity of colleges and universities to advance comprehensive sustainability education and climate initiatives on campus. The Membership Assistant will work with Second Nature staff in support of the ACUPCC by assisting signatories in meeting reporting deadlines and recruitment of new signatories. The Membership Assistant may also support Second Nature’s Resilience program.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • communicating with ACUPCC signatories in support of their implementation goals
  • database maintenance, including identifying database management improvements
  • providing resources for campuses to reach carbon neutrality goals
  • conducting market-research of the U.S. higher education sector to identify potential ACUPCC recruitment targets
  • preparation of data for internal tracking and external grant reports
  • ad hoc tasks (such as editing program documents and/or grant reports, blogging, etc.)
  • contribute creative thinking on how to most effectively develop and implement program activities and actively participate in Second Nature staff meetings and activities


We seek an energetic, organized, go-getter who enjoys interacting with people and team collaboration. An ideal candidate is passionate about supporting the sustainability efforts of higher education institutions including a focus on supporting minority serving institutions. Other qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s required in sustainability, organizational management, environmental studies, marketing, or related fields
  • Strong interest in energy, climate change or sustainability issues, and general knowledge of the ACUPCC, greenhouse gas accounting, and sustainability in higher education
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to creating and continually improving systems
  • Experience with database management and customer relationship management software, preferably Salesforce
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including professional telephone communications and good writing and data analysis ability
  • Women and/or minority candidates are encouraged to apply
  • Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or resident alien to apply

Position Classification

This is an entry-level, full-time position with pay and benefits commensurate with experience. This position is based at the Second Nature office in downtown Boston, with some remote work and occasional travel. Preferred start date is June 15, 2015.