Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2023-24

Cornell Affiliations:

Campus Sustainability Office


Opportunity Description

Compost Managers (CMs)

Volunteer position for 2023-2024 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 Compost Manager, 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, tracking composting rates, and communicating with residential staff and the Campus Sustainability Office when needed.

Each year, Compost Managers divert about 10,000 lbs of food waste from the landfill by sending the food scraps and napkins to the university's compost facility. Learn more about our Residential Compost Program.

How to Sign-up

Sign-up today to serve as a Compost Manager (CM) for your residential community. 
Deadline: Friday, September 1st at 11:59pm EST

Training & Supply Distribution

Compost Managers must attend one training session on Saturday, Sept 2nd to learn their role: 

  • Saturday, September 2nd from 11:00am-12:00pm EST (via Zoom)
  • Saturday, September 2nd from 1:00pm-2:00pm EST (via Zoom)

Compost Managers must pick up a compost bucket and cleaning supplies from one of the following locations:

  • Sunday, September 3rd from 11:00am-12:00pm EST (RPCC parking lot)
  • Sunday, September 3rd from 1:00pm-2:00pm EST (Alice Cook House parking lot)

Compost Managers are active throughout the year when residential communities are open. CMs will install buckets and signage within their assigned kitchen. Community reminders will be sent by residential staff the same week. 


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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.