Waste Reduction Projects Intern

The SSI is searching for a new Waste Reduction Projects Intern for the upcoming winter and spring terms. This individual will have the opportunity to develop and coordinate a sustainability and waste reduction themed project, campaign or pilot program. The goal of this internship is to help the individual cultivate and foster a desire to build upon their organizational and leadership qualities while providing an excellent new and educational resources for students of Oregon State University.  The Intern will have the ability to create a new area of focus for the SSI’s department of waste reduction and as such the individual will have great influence on coordinating planning and executing the newly designed program. Possible project may include workshops, seminars, presentations, coordinating the work of volunteers and facilitating meetings.


● Assist with the overall planning, advertising, and executing of various waste reduction and sustainability-related projects.

●Directly plan, advertise, and execute either entire projects, or portions of projects.

●Conduct research, engage in networking, and facilitate discussion on the feasibility of projects being considered or pursued.

●Recruit and coordinate volunteers.

● Perform outreach; assist with marketing and publicity efforts surrounding the projects.

●Meet regularly with the SSI Waste Reduction Projects Coordinator to plan activities and brainstorm ways to improve the mechanisms and resources facilitating those activities.

●Work at least 2-5 hours/week for the duration of the internship. (Additional hours may be negotiated.)

Required Qualifications: 

●Some understanding of, and interest in, waste reduction.

●General project management experience.

●Experience working with volunteers.

●Specialization in a certain type of project (e.g. legislative, event, policy and operations, resource development).

●Ability to work individually and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications: 

●Event and campaign planning experience.

● Understanding of different ways to make food systems local, organic, environmentally responsible, and socially beneficial.

●Great people skills.

●Interest in contributing to improving both the activities and mechanisms of the SSI.


Open to Applications
Employment Dates and Hours: 

1-5 hrs per week 

The SSI will work with the student to secure credit for the internship.
Terms and Conditions: 
Applications are open to students and non-students, but preference will be given to students. In order to be considered a student, the applicant must be enrolled in at least 6 credits at OSU during the internship, during the term prior to the internship, or during the term following the internship. Interns, like all staff, are expected to affirm and uphold University policies that help create and mainatin a welcoming and equal opportunity campus. OSU and the SSI do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.
Application Instructions: 

Submit a cover letter and resume to the Waste Reduction Project Coordinator (ssi.wastereduction@oregonstate.edu).

Additional Information: 
For more information about the SSI, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/ssi. The AY12 projects being pursued by the SSI Waste Reduction Group include: Composting in the Dorms Pilot, Zero-Waste Events, and In-House Composting Trial. Together, applicants and SSI staff will negotiate an appropriate length for the internship. Recommended lengths include: (a) 10 weeks, (b) 21-24 weeks, and (c) 35 weeks.