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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.

Campus Environmental Center

UT Microfarm Team Leader

Number of openings: 1-3 for Fall 2013

Hours and wage: Varies based on availability, unpaid

Contact: Apply at http://utmicrofarm.wordpress.com/student-leaders/

Description: MicroFarm team leaders work in a variety of areas to bring the farm to its fullest potential. Team leaders guide other volunteers in helping in areas like composting, education, publicity, and events.

Tasks:

  • Tasks vary with each Team Leader role, see website above for details.

Landscape Services, Facilities Services

Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation Intern

Number of openings: 1 for Spring

Hours and wage: 8 hours per week, can vary; unpaid

Description: Understanding the impacts of irrigating in an urban environment in order to establish and maintain landscape. During this process the interns will learn of water efficient techniques being implemented by the landscape services department and learn about alternative sources of water for irrigation.

Projects and fieldwork will consist of:

  • Mapping out the locations of the valves in the field and shut off points for buildings
  • Performing irrigation audits of high irrigation use systems
  • Describing zone characteristics: Full sun, half sun, plant materials, root depths, slopes, etc
  • Performing zone mapping – utilize GIS to locate and map backflow devices, hose bibs, etc
  • Locating manual systems and assess for system conversion
  • Other landscape duties as assigned
  • Attending design meetings with General Contractors

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.

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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