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Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20

Cornell Affiliations:

Campus Sustainability Office


Opportunity Description

Compost Managers (CMs)

Volunteer position for 2019-2020 academic year. Open to all students.

Compost Managers (CMs) is a program for students who want to reduce food waste on campus by educating their peers and managing compost buckets in residential communities. By serving as a CM, you are ensuring that you and your neighbors have the ability to compost food scraps and napkins where you live. Buildings with multiple Compost Managers will have more kitchen compost locations spread throughout the community, as each CM oversees one kitchen compost bucket. Responsibilities include: emptying and rinsing out compost buckets weekly, ensuring zero contamination, and communicating with residential staff and the Campus Sustainability Office when needed.

Last year, Compost Managers diverted over 10,000 lbs of food waste from the landfill by sending the food scraps and napkins to the university's compost facility

How to Sign-up

Sign-up today to serve as a Compost Manager (CM) for your residential community. Deadline: Wednesday, February 5th at 12:00pm EST.

Compost Managers must attend one training session to learn their role and pick up their compost bucket. Training will occur on:

  • Friday, February 7th from 4:00-5:00pm (RPCC Multipurpose Room)


If you have any questions, please contact us at

About Our Office: The Campus Sustainability Office is a fun, close-knit community where interns and fellows are true members of a team.  Time for professional development, team-building, and campus exploration are a part of our working hours.  Our interns have gone on to work for Google, marketing companies, energy consulting firms, and more. Learn about our team.