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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 Student Engagement who wants to gain real world experience leading sustainability outreach & engagement, managing large-scale events, and coordinating collaborative efforts between students, student organizations, staff, and faculty.   

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.

This position will work with many campus teams, including CSO and ECO (Cornell Environmental Collaborative), supporting student sustainability engagement and leadership development initiatives. The Sustainability Coordinator for Student Engagement will develop programs aimed to educate and empower students, individually and collectively, to advance sustainability on campus throughout the year. This includes assisting with hosting orientation programs, organizing student sustainability events, supporting student sustainability organizations, coordinating the annual student sustainability awards, 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

  • Coordinate sustainability-focused Orientation events for graduate and undergraduate students

  • Serve as active support liaison between the CSO, ECO, and Cornell's 40+ student sustainability organizations

  • Organize campus-wide sustainability events & campaigns in collaboration with ECO and student sustainability organizations

  • Assist with coordinating leadership and professional development opportunities for students, including retreats, workshops, committee involvement, conference attendance, and the annual Student Sustainability Awards

  • Analyze impact and effectiveness of student engagement efforts to inform goal-setting and on-going planning

Additionally, you will:

  • Work with committed, talented team members to create opportunities promoted to tens of thousands of Cornellians
  • Create communications materials, including emails, advertisements, and graphics
  • 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

  • Event management experience, including organizing, advertising, and/or hosting events
  • Knowledge of campus resources, event management procedures, and student organizations
  • 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 large-scale 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