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Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2023
    June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024

Cornell Affiliations:

Campus Sustainability Office


Opportunity Description

Applications due Friday, April 7th at 12:00pm EST. 

The Cornell University Campus Sustainability Office  (CSO) is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator for Campus Operations who wants to gain real world experience with sustainability project management, data analysis, and business integration across a wide range of fields, including energy conservation, carbon sinks & sequestration, renewable energy development, policy analysis, and change management.

This position is open to Cornell graduate students or highly qualified undergraduate students for 20hrs/week during Summer 2023, continuing at 10hrs/week through the 2023-2024 academic year.

The Sustainability Coordinator for Campus Operations will support Cornell University's campus sustainability initiatives to advance sustainability in campus operations throughout the year. This includes research and strategic planning, data analysis and recommendations, stakeholder engagement, supporting campus sustainability committees, and more.

To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to See requirements link here for more information. Applications due Friday, April 7th 2023 at 12:00pm EST. 

Position Details

  • Research and develop recommendations for project managers across a wide range of sustainability projects 

  • Analyze impact and effectiveness of sustainability programs to inform goal-setting and on-going planning

  • Assist with coordinating campus sustainability initiatives, including carbon neutrality, campus operations, and education & engagement efforts

  • Assist with integrating sustainability into campus business practices

  • Support work of the Campus Sustainability Office and Sustainable Cornell Council

Additionally, you will:

  • Work with committed, talented team members to create opportunities promoted to tens of thousands of Cornellians
  • Create communications materials, including emails and website updates
  • Assist in creating opportunities to encourage sustainability leadership, innovation, and collaboration across campus
  • Research innovative engagement solutions, outreach and impact strategies, and new technology to enhance sustainability engagement, learning, and culture at Cornell University
  • Support Campus Sustainability Office staff with various projects as needed

Required Skills

  • Research, data analysis, and/or project management experience
  • Experience with data analysis tools, including Excel, Tableau, and/or meta-analysis (using R)
  • Knowledge of campus sustainability initiatives
  • Knowledge of Cornell's organizational structure
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Self-directed learner and worker
  • Team-player
  • Desire to network with students, staff, and faculty across the university
  • Ability to manage competing priorities, synthesize multiple ideas, and drive teams to action
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with short deadlines
  • Ability to work occasional night and weekend shifts to support CSO events
  • Ability to be inclusive and build productive professional relationships
  • Ability to be resourceful
  • Ability to translate goals into deliverable action steps

Work Details

Pay: $15/hour for 20 hours/week during the summer, 10 hours/week during the academic year. Includes paid time for professional development and team building.

Location: The Campus Sustainability Office is located on Cornell's Ithaca campus. During the summer, this position can be fully remote with flexible hours. During the academic year, this position will be hybrid with both in-person and remote work. Meetings will be scheduled during business hours: M-F, 8am-5pm. 

About the Campus Sustainability Office & Sustainable Campus 

The Campus Sustainability Office works with all 30,000+ Cornell students, faculty and staff to empower, equip, and engage the campus community in creating the solutions necessary for a healthy sustainable campus, community, and world. 

Our team is collaborative and inspired – we believe in supporting whole person leadership, including work-life balance, professional development, and a collaborative approach for collective success.  More information on how we are creating one of the leading sustainable campuses and other initiatives visit