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Opportunities

The Office of Sustainability collaborates with units across campus to post available sustainability-related student opportunities. Paid, for credit, and volunteer opportunities are often available and offer students a great way to get involved and build their resume. Check out the opportunities below to see if a position is right for you!

Internships

Internship opportunities are typically unpaid positions, but often can be used for academic credit in specific classes or academic programs. Be sure to check with your program advisor to determine if you are eligible to receive credit for a sustainability-related internship.

Jobs

Student job opportunities are typically paid positions hired by semester or academic year. The Campus Environmental Center, the Office of Sustainability, and other campus units are often looking for talented and creative student workers to help advance sustainability across campus.

Office of Sustainability

Interns Manager & Office Assistant

Start Date: January 15, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Posting Link: Hire a Longhorn #52133

Type: Part-time, 10-19 hrs/wk

Rate: $14/hr

Student Type: Graduate

Qualifications & Education Requirements: Qualified candidates will be proficient in Microsoft Office and other web-based scheduling and communications platforms, have a working understanding of the concepts of sustainability, maintain a passion for their work, and be able to represent the Office of Sustainability professionally.

Preferred Skills: Strong candidates will possess public outreach, policy analysis, or program development experience as well as have significant experience managing students.

Roles & Responsibilities: The Interns Manager and Office Assistant will manage student interns working for the Office of Sustainability by assisting the Director and Program Coordinators as needed. Specifically, the position will:

  • Serve as manager of 6-12 student workers, including facilitating team meetings, providing guidance on working in higher education, general communication, and scheduling and conflict management.
  • Coordinate and provide guidance to student workers on data and policy analysis methodology.
  • Assist the Director and Program Coordinators in developing a long-term vision for an internship program.
  • Recruit, interview and help decide on hiring undergraduate student workers as needed.
  • Lead trainings, monthly field trips, and guest speaker or other experiential learning opportunities.
  • Liaise with the greater UT and Austin community to raise awareness of the Office of Sustainability and learn about other ongoing and emergent sustainability efforts.
  • Research ways to improve the Office of Sustainability functions and general sustainability efforts on campus.
  • Maintain Sharepoint or Basecamp or similar site for internal communications.
  • Accommodate a flexible schedule including occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Assist with office tasks as needed.

Graphic Designer

Start Date: January 15, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Posting Link: Hire a Longhorn #52140

Type: Part-Time, up to 20hrs/wk

Rate: $14/hr

Student Type: Graduate

Description: The Office of Sustainability is currently hiring a part-time Graphic Designer to prepare visual presentations by designing art and copy layouts. The Graphic Designer will develop designs for events, logos, publication layouts, and programmatic branding. The Graphic Designer will work closely with Office of Sustainability staff in an iterative process to create design concepts and attain approval for final designs.

Strong candidates will be highly creative, pay close attention to detail, and work well independently in a deadline-oriented environment. Students pursuing a graduate degree in Studio Art, Design, or Architecture are preferred, and 1-2 years of related work experience is a plus. High proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite is required and candidates must submit 3 examples of their graphic design work for consideration.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Graphic design skills, layout skills, creative services, customer focus, creativity, flexibility, attention to detail, deadline-oriented, desktop publishing, acute vision, handles constructive criticism well

Volunteer

Sustainability-related volunteer activities are a great way to earn volunteer hours and make a positive contribution to campus. Check out our volunteer opportunities, which change throughout the year.

Bike Shop

Orange Bike Project Cage Hours

Number of openings: Unlimited

Times & Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; Full schedule and times are available on our website

Contact: orangebike@www.utexas.edu.

Description: The Cage is UT’s community bike shop where students can volunteer, learn, and work on their own bikes. The shop volunteers are always willing to answer questions or wield tools to get bikes up and ready to go. It is also the location for pick up and drop off for any rented bikes. Orange Bike runs a semester long bike rental and a daily bike rental program. Come get familiar with the operations and help out! Paid positions available annually for experienced volunteers. See our website, http://www.utexas.edu/parking/bike/orange.html, for more info.

Responsibilities:

  • Learn basic bike repair techniques
  • Get your bike fixed for free
  • Move up on the bike loan waiting list
  • Promote safe biking on campus

Sustainable Gardening

UT Microfarm Weekly Workdays

Number of openings: Up to 30/day

Times & Dates: During the academic long semester, Wednesdays 5-8pm and Saturdays 9am - 12pm

Contact: To sign up, email microfarm@utenvironment.org.

Description: The UT Micro Farm is the first student-run, sustainable farm on the University of Texas campus! We're growing good food for our local community. We hold regular weekly workdays and invite you to come lend a hand on the land! More at utmicrofarm.wordpress.com.

Benefits:

  • Learn planting schedules
  • Study irrigation and proper watering techniques
  • Learn about companion crops and plant life cycles
  • Promote gardening and organic techniques around campus

Concho Community Garden Weekly Workdays

Number of openings: Up to 30/day

Times & Dates: During the academic long semester, Thursdays 5-7pm and Sundays 9am - 12pm

Contact: To sign up, email gardening@utenvironment.org.

Description: The Concho Community Garden is UT’s first and only open community garden. Concho exists to support learning and community. The space is open to the whole UT community as well as the surrounding neighborhood. Come be a part of the garden by volunteering at our weekly workdays, renting a plot, coming out to an event, attending or teaching a class, conducting research, and much more. Check out utconchocommunitygarden.wordpress.com!

Benefits:

  • Learn planting schedules
  • Study irrigation and proper watering techniques
  • Learn about companion crops and plant life cycles
  • Promote gardening and organic techniques around campus

Recycling

Tailgate Recycling Program

Number of openings: Unlimited

Times & Dates: All UT Home Games, multiple shifts available

Contact: Send your name, email, phone number and number of volunteers available to tailgate@utenvironment.org. Indicate which game(s) you’d like to volunteer at.

Description: Help Office of Sustainability and the Campus Environmental Center divert thousands of pounds of recyclables away from the landfill during prime tailgate hours. Workload similar to a beach cleanup or street litter pickup – lots of walking, carrying light to moderate loads. Gloves and hand sanitizer provided!

Benefits:

  • Certified volunteer hours
  • Free T-shirts
  • UT-Austin organizations can receive money for their organizations
  • Dynamic and fun volunteer atmosphere at the stadium prior to games
  • Drawings for prizes
  • Learn about other sustainability initiatives on campus
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