A variety of student employment opportunities are available for Princeton undergraduate and graduate students with the Office of Sustainability, which are listed below.
To apply, unless otherwise indicated, please fill out the online webform, found under Application Instructions, below.
Questions? Please contact Lisa Nicolaison.
Summer Student Employment Opportunities:
Campus SCRAP LAB Operational Assistants
Duration: June-August; Approximately 12-15 hours per week
Seeking two summer assistants who wish to gain hands-on experience in sustainable food scraps recovery and repurposing by helping with the day-to-day operations of the SCRAP Lab, the campus composting system that converts campus food scraps into a nutrient-rich soil amendment for University grounds. SCRAP Lab Operational Assistants will be tasked with recording/analyzing food waste data, operating equipment to load totes of food scraps and wood shavings into the system, raking finished compost into a trailer bed, and cleaning duties. Additional responsibilities could also include creating content and media for weekly blog posts on project updates. Assistants will also have an opportunity to learn about on-going research and efforts in applying compost to University soils to achieve a myriad of sustainability goals. Students must be willing and able to engage in physical labor. No other skills or knowledge is necessary but interest in sustainable food systems is a plus. Students will be supervised during the assigned tasks by a University staff member and will receive the necessary equipment and safety and operational training needed for the position. Positions are currently filled.
- Garden Project Assistants
Duration: June-August; Approximately 20 hours per week
Seeking two summer Garden Project Assistants who wish to gain hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture by tending the organic garden at Forbes College. The garden requires daily weeding, watering, planting and harvesting. Garden Assistants will be expected to track production yield, and communicate available produce to campus chefs. Additional responsibilities include carrying out community outreach projects, and hosting a harvest event at the end of the summer. Students will also have an opportunity to learn about the regional food system through visits to local farms and food-related organizations. Experience is a plus but not required. Positions are currently filled.
Move-In Resale Assistant
Duration: June-August; Approximately 2-5 hours per week
Seeking 1-2 summer assistants to help organize year-end move out donations to be sold at the Move-In Resale in September. The role involves sorting and categorizing donations, assigning costs to the items, and creating a database of all donations. Position includes lifting of heavy materials. Applications are currently being accepted; to apply, please see link to application below.
Duration: June-August; Part-time flexible hours are available
Seeking an assistant to help track the University's progress toward our sustainability goals, and to support the development of the next Sustainability Plan. The role involves compiling, analyzing, researching and reporting on sustainability data collected from internal and external partners. Additional responsibilities include supporting communication efforts to promote a campus culture of sustainability. Applications are currently being accepted; to apply, please see link to application below.
Fall & Spring Student Employment Opportunities
- Campus SCRAP Lab Operational Assistant
The Office of Sustainability is seeking several assistants to help with the day-to-day operations of the campus SCRAP Lab, a composting system that will convert a portion of campus food waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment for University grounds. Job responsibilities include recording, tracking, and analyzing food waste data; material loading/off-loading; and cleaning duties. Positions are available each day, Monday – Friday. Shifts are between 1-2 hours on each day. You may sign-up to work just one day or up to all five days. Students will be supervised during the assigned tasks by a University staff member and will receive the necessary equipment and safety and operational training needed for the position. Applications are currently being accepted; to express interest, please email Gina Talt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Communications Assistant
Seeking an assistant(s) to help with ongoing communication and outreach efforts involving the campus and greater community. Areas of responsibility may include developing content and graphics for the sustainability website, social media, high-profile campus sustainability communication monitors, photography, radio show programming, and other communication channels. Prospective candidates should have prior communications experience. Positions are currently filled.
- EcoReps Leaders
Seeking collaborative student leaders to run the Princeton Ecology Representatives (EcoReps) program. The program supports the University's goal to integrate sustainability into campus culture through various initiatives, including Residential College and dormitory programs; resource conservation competitions, Greening Reunions; Move-Out collection, and more. The EcoReps act as an extension to and are supervised by the Office of Sustainability. Positions are currently filled.
- Graphic Designers
Seeking graphic designers to illustrate the high-profile GreenSpace Kiosk chalk board located in the Frist Campus Center. The position also includes graphic work for the office including infographics, artwork for publications, website, social media, and other communications channels. Prospective candidates should have prior artistic experience, especially in creating art for specific audiences. Positions are currently filled.
- Green Tour Leaders
Seeking guides to lead Green Tours that will be offered through the academic year on an as-needed basis. The guides will be expected to train other tour leaders. Familiarity with sustainability efforts on campus and experience giving Orange Key tours is desirable but not required. Applications are currently being accepted; to apply, please see link to application below.
- Solar Tour Assistant
Seeking several students to assist with sporadic tours of the campus solar field and sheep. Campus Vehicle Driver Certification or ability to obtain one is required. Approximately 5 tours of the solar field and sheep are offered per semester; drivers' responsibilities include 1) checking in for tours half an hour early, 2) providing safe and courteous round-trip transportation for tour participants from a main campus location to and from the solar field (approx. 1 mile from campus). Shift opportunities will be available at various times; sign-up options will be available 2 weeks in advance of tours. Applications are currently being accepted; to apply, please see link to application below.
- Video Production Leaders
The Office of Sustainability is seeking motivated and creative video production leaders to produce Princeton’s sustainability stories. Projects include, but are not limited to, short-format videos to enhance our online Green Campus Tour, video features of academic research projects using the campus as a living laboratory for sustainability, and creative storytelling to help enhance awareness about important sustainability issues. The student video production leaders will work in partnership with Office of Sustainability staff and high quality video projects will be promoted across multiple media platforms including the PU Homepage, the Office of Sustainability Homepage, the Frist GreenSpace exhibit, e-newsletters, and social media outlets. Applications are currently being accepted; to apply, please see link to application below.
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Other Employment Opportunities
Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) provides Princeton students with the opportunity to intern at non-profits all across the country. Several internships offered are in the Energy/Environment arena. For more information, visit the PICS website and search the PICS internship database for Energy/Environment internships.
Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) Research Internships challenge students to apply their academic skills to the information needs of a local nonprofit organization. For more information, visit the ProCES internship website.
Search for internships and job openings off-campus:
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- Sustainability Career/Job Resources list
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