Building Services Now Hiring Recycling Intern

Posted on April 7, 2017

Internship Summary

Intern will assist the Recycling & Solid Waste Manager with a variety of functions related to the campus recycling program and operations. In this position, the intern will assist with a diverse array of programmatic, research, field work and outreach projects that will  develop skills in program and project management, data collection and analysis, report writing, policy development, and in-person outreach. You’ll gain practical working knowledge of recycling systems, policies and procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Duties vary and may include: Recycling and compost database management; Recycling research; Waste audit organizational efforts; Outreach to Administration, Faculty, and Staff; Creation of recycling-related content for Communication Department and social media, Implement new desk-side recycling initiative, Coordination with recycling vendors and recyclers; Review recycling contracts; Assist with training Building Services staff, etc.

Projects with which you will assist range widely in terms of duration and complexity, and may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Improve awareness of recycling efforts on campus and beyond in collaboration with relevant administrative units (e.g. the Office of Sustainability, Campus Dining, etc.);
  • Ensure distribution of revised recycling guideline posters throughout campus;
  • Create original content promoting Princeton recycling and compost efforts for social media and business platforms and work closely with the Communications Department to distribute those articles/notifications;
  • Work with the Office of Information Technology and others to update and change content of Princeton webpages relating to recycling, chiefly the revamped Surplus program;
  • Create great PowerPoint and video presentations for variety of recycling-related topics.

Recycling Systems

  • Support and implement pilot project to ensure desk-side recycling;
  • Conduct small waste audits as needed to determine effectiveness of recycling on campus and record data;
  • Evaluate P-rade waste recovery efforts and gather data pertaining to waste generated / collected.

Data Management

  • Analyze recycling, reuse, and compost data in order better understand recycling rates at Princeton

Recycling Center

  • Research recycling centers on other university campuses focusing on services offered, capacity of recycling efforts, and developing recommendations for creation of a Princeton Recycling Center.

Policies and Procedures

  • Create onboarding recycling guideline for new Janitorial staff.


  • Coordination with recycling vendors and recyclers;
  • Review recycling vendor contracts analyzing costs, fees, and other services;
  • Work with the Purchasing Department to ensure all Building Services’ recycling contracts are up to date and meet university standards.



  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Enjoys diversity of tasks
  • Enjoys engaging with others
  • Creative problem solver
  • Plans use of time well
  • Detailed oriented

Required Skills

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Basic statistical analysis and diversion rate calculations
  • Organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently

What will you get out of this experience?

  • Assist with advancing recycling efforts and success on campus
  • Expand the recycling brand of Princeton nationwide
  • Help move Princeton campus to Zero Waste
  • Improve recycling systems, chiefly single-stream collection


Hours varies per week depending on availability of student and project needs. This position is paid.

Please direct all applications, including resume, to David Oettinger.

Applications are due by Saturday, April 15.

Topics: waste reduction