Professional Sustainability Position Available

The Office of Sustainability is currently hiring a Food Team Associate. We are looking for an enthusiastic and hard-working graduate or undergraduate student who wants to be part of the movement to advance sustainability at Washington University. The Office of Sustainability is a dynamic team of 3.5 staff members and 15 student Associates with the charge of providing the vision, organizational strategy, and leadership for advancing operational and cultural sustainability efforts at the university. We are looking for an individual who is able to make a multi-semester commitment to be a part of our team, beginning in September 2016. The paid position requires a commitment of 5-10 hours/week. Undergraduate positions start at $10/hour; graduate positions start at $12/hour. Associates work collaboratively in groups on projects with oversight from the Office of Sustainability staff.


The Office of Sustainability (OOS) provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability (etc.). The OOS is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive team with the passion, skills, and knowledge to advance sustainability.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Carter, Sustainability Coordinator, by the end of the day Friday, May 6:

Tips for a strong application:

Cover letter – A cover letter should be 1 page and include the following information:

  • Why do you want to join the Office of Sustainability team?
  • What specific skills, experience, and perspective will you bring to the team?
  • What specific skills, experience, and perspective will you bring to the position for which you are applying?
  • Why is sustainability important to you, personally and/or professionally?
  • If there are relevant skills/experiences/activities that do not appear on your resume or would benefit from further explanation, include mention in your cover letter.
  • Cover letters may be addressed to the Office of Sustainability team.
  • Let your personality shine through! The cover letter provides the opportunity for your “voice” to come through as you introduce yourself to our team.

Resume – Polished, professional resumes should be tailored to include relevant activities that demonstrate leadership, content familiarity, and interest in the sustainability field.

Position Description

Food Associate

The Office of Sustainability seeks to foster a food system that advances environmental and public health while supporting a strong local economy. The Food Associate facilitates this process in partnership with Office of Sustainability staff, WashU Dining Services, and other campus stakeholders. Duties include helping with planning and marketing the Green Monday program, which asks students, faculty, and staff to eat plant-based, low-carbon meals at least one day per week. The Associate will research and write weekly educational messages, present to WashU departments and student groups, and organize events during Food Week in October. The Associate will also promote and expand a new Community Supported Agriculture pilot program at West Campus, with a focus on student engagement. The Associate will support other initiatives as outlined in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations, including the development of a sustainable eating guide and of reporting metrics that will improve transparency and accountability in the university food system. All associates promote the Office’s efforts through tabling, flyers, social media, and e-newsletter stories.

Skills / Qualifications: Proficiency with MS Word and Excel. Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to approach challenges creatively and problem solve. Experience with event planning and creating promotional materials (PowerPoints, graphics, flyers, etc.) are a plus. Commitment to supporting local and sustainable food options. Knowledge of and interest in the environmental and public health impacts of food choices. Ability to interact professionally and confidently with university staff members. Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.