Campus Sustainability Job Openings

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

SPRING 2021: Greener Campus Programs Intern (Deadline April 2)

The Certified Greener Campus Program, an initiative of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), enhances environmental stewardship on campus by providing opportunities for offices, events, and Greek chapters to certify as “green.” iSEE is hiring a Greener Campus Programs Intern to provide resources and guidance to these organizations as they implement sustainable practices in pursuit of certification, coordinating with other campus sustainability efforts as needed.

Internship/learning goals:

  • Gain hands-on experience with outreach, marketing, project management, networking, and sustainability advocacy
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders and navigate the complex structure of the university
  • Expand individual knowledge of sustainable practices in a collegiate setting
The role of the CGCP Intern requires excellent communication and organizational skills. Expect the following on a day-to-day basis:
  • Keep up to date on both your personal and Green Office email inboxes
  • Respond to questions and comments in a timely manner
  • Keep track of all running forms (such as elective actions forms or interest forms) and all information requests submitted to the email account/web signup forms, and follow up with submissions
  • Create promotional materials (such as designs in Canva) for certified groups, or short paragraphs to post online
  • Check in with your supervisor and other members of iSEE staff as needed

In this role, the CGCP Intern will promote, manage, and expand the Certified Greener Campus Programs by:

  • Providing consultation services as requested to help campus entities implement and expand their sustainable practices.
  • Creating and administering building-, department-, and college-wide competitions.
  • Expanding Greener Campus Programs

Other tasks:

  • Organize documentation from certified groups
  • Research content to add to elective actions to expand upon existing programs
  • Research content and write guidelines, find resources, pictures, and examples to create a foundation
  • Research potential partners, engagement opportunities, and other institutional programs
  • Identify sustainability-oriented groups (such as RSOs, campus offices, Illinois Extension, etc.) and brainstorm opportunities for collaboration
  • Plan and help run workshops, classroom talks, and other meetings with partners to promote the CGCP

Success for this position will be measured through:

  • Overall number of certifications achieved from each category (office, event, Greek chapter, etc.)
  • Achievement of iCAP objective 7.1 (Enhance the overall culture of sustainability on campus, and increase the number of certifications issued through the Certified Greener Campus Program by 20% each year from FY20 to FY24)

Preferred candidates will have:

  • Sophomore standing or above
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders
  • Highly organized, motivated self-starter with strong communication skills
  • A passion for sustainability and environmental stewardship

The student will report to iSEE Sustainability Programs Coordinator Meredith Moore.

Details of position:

  • 10 hours/week
  • $11/hour
  • Duration of job is for Fall 2021 semester (August-December) with possibility/expectation of extension into Spring 2022

Apply by April 2:

SPRING 2021: iSEE Communications Intern (Deadline April 6)

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 2021,  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 2021-22 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
  • $11/hour
  • Duration of job is for Fall 2021 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 April 6, 2021, to Communications & Public Affairs Director Tony Mancuso at


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 >>>

Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (SWATeams)

Six 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 SWATeam members (volunteers) or clerks (paid interns) for one-year terms on several different SWATeams 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