Campus Sustainability Job Openings

A sampling of current and past jobs available through iSEE for campus sustainability work and the SWATeams …

SPRING 2022: iSEE Communications Intern (Deadline May 15)

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) is seeking a Communications Intern to support its mission to bridge the gap between science and the public — a vital function of iSEE, its research teams, and individual scientists.

This undergraduate position would start in August 2022, with the potential for renewal each semester. A successful candidate will have strong communication skills and be interested in communicating science while also supporting iSEE’s educational and campus sustainability missions.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist iSEE and Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) researchers in reaching internal and external audiences — both scientific and nonscientific — with engaging articles that communicate the significance of research projects.
  • Contribute to communications about iSEE and CABBI educational missions
  • Contributed to communications about key campus sustainability goals and initiatives from the Illinois Climate Action Plan.
  • Attend and support in-person and digital events as needed
  • Help with assorted administrative and organizational duties as needed

Required qualifications:

  • Experience in writing about science, sustainability, and/or the environment, ideally “translating data into narrative”
  • Strong communications and teamworking skills
  • Independent, self-motivated work ethic
  • Interest in engaging with a variety of communications efforts and story-telling methods

Preferred qualifications:

  • Sophomore or junior standing entering the 2022-23 academic year
  • Experience using multimedia, photography, and videography, and social media to enhance communications

Details of position:

  • 5-15 hours/week
  • Remote work acceptable with routine check-ins
  • $12/hour
  • Duration of job is for Fall semester (August-December) with potential for renewal each semester
  • Comfortable onboarding process to help new employees acclimate to iSEE, CABBI, and their missions

To apply:

  • Email a resume and two writing samples by May 15, 2022, to Communications & Public Affairs Director Tony Mancuso at Interviews will be conducted via Zoom during the summer.


Illini Lights Out

Once a month during the school year, students gather on a Friday night to turn off lights in campus buildings for the weekend. In 2016-17, students turned off more than 11,000 lights, saving more than $3,000 in energy costs, and keeping several hundred tons of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere.

Find the next event >>>

Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) Topical Teams

Seven topical sustainability teams examine broad themes of campus sustainability within the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) and recommend concrete steps the campus should take to meet its iCAP targets. Each year, iSEE seeks students to serve as team members (volunteers) or clerks (paid interns) for one-year terms beginning in the fall semester — though occasionally spots open midyear.

To learn more or volunteer, email iSEE >>>

Dump & Run Sale

Volunteer with the community’s largest waste-diversion event of the year! Each year, more than six semi-trailers worth of furniture, clothing, and home goods are collected from Illinois students and Chambana residents and sold at the sale to support the programs of the University YMCA. Why not share our surplus, rather than trash it?

Get more info >>>

Sustainable Student Farm

The Sustainable Student Farm is a production farm that supplies our residence halls with locally grown, low-input sustainable food and provides practical, hands on experience in small-scale sustainable agriculture. Volunteers are needed throughout the year as they are involved in all aspects of production cycles, including: seed-starting, transplanting, cultivation, high tunnel work, and harvesting.

Visit the Student Sustainable Farm Website >>>

University of Illinois Office of Volunteer Programs

The Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP) promotes service by encouraging students to donate their time and volunteer for the university and local communities. OVP pairs students with opportunities where they gain invaluable experience through public engagement.

Find a project or join the mailing list >>>

Campus Bike Center

The Campus Bike Center encourages people to ride bicycles, repair the bikes themselves with up-cycled parts, and provide low-cost bicycles to the community — creating an immediate impact by turning waste into emission free transportation. Volunteering at the Center means either getting your hands dirty working on bikes or meeting new people as register workers/greeters or a mix of both.

Information about volunteering at the Center >>>

More great places to volunteer:

The I.D.E.A. Store     |     Allerton Park     |     Champaign Park District     |     Urbana Park District     |     Solidarity Gardens C-U