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Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2022

Cornell Affiliations:

Campus Sustainability Office


Opportunity Description

Applications due Monday, May 23rd at 12:00pm EST. 

The Cornell University Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator for Waste Management who wants to gain real world experience with waste management initiatives. This includes coordinating large-scale events, leading sustainability sustainability outreach & engagement campaigns, 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 2022, continuing at 10hrs/week through the 2022-2023 academic year.

This position will work with many dynamic teams, including CSOR5 Operations, Cornell Compost, SNRC, and several student organizations focused on campus waste management initiatives. The Sustainability Coordinator for Waste Management will develop programs aimed to educate, engage, and empower the campus community around a variety of issues, including creating a circular economy, supply chain issues, life-cycle analysis, consumer purchasing behavior, materials management, waste diversion & minimization, and fostering sustainable behaviors. This includes assisting with organizing the campus-wide Beyond Waste campaign (part of the nationwide Campus Race to Zero Waste competition), managing the Residential Compost Program, collaborating on special projects with student organizations, faculty & staff, campus departments, and working groups of the Sustainable Cornell Council.

To apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and at least 2 writing samples (links to online writing OK) to See requirements link here for more information. Applications due Monday, May 23rd 2022 at 12:00pm EST. 

Position Details

  • Manage the Residential Compost Program, including training volunteer Compost Managers (CMs), supporting CMs throughout the year, and tracking metrics

  • Organize Cornell's campus-wide Beyond Waste Campaign in partnership with the CSO and R5 Operations, and coordinate sustainability-focused events focused on transforming the campus community's relationship with waste and materials management

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

  • Collaborate on special projects focused on materials management with student organizations, faculty & staff, campus departments, and working groups of the 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, advertisements, graphics, and blog posts 

  • Partner with Cornell Compost to support the Book a Compost Crew program, enabling more sustainable campus events

  • Assist in creating opportunities to encourage sustainability leadership, innovation, and collaboration across campus
  • Research innovative waste management solutions, outreach and impact strategies, and new technology to enhance sustainability engagement, learning, and culture at Cornell University 

  • Assist with training and leadership development for Cornell students and employees

  • Serve as a liaison between the Campus Sustainability Office and student organizations

  • Support Campus Sustainability Office staff with various projects as needed

Required Skills

  • 1-2 years 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, 9-5pm. 

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