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Sustainability Ambassadors
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California State University, East Bay

DEPARTMENT: Academic Affairs/Sustainability

JOB TITLE: Student Assistant II or III [D.O.E.]



CONTACT PERSON: Jillian Buckholz, Director of Sustainability


PHONE: 510.885.3709

Student assistants (“Sustainability Ambassadors”) will work within Academic Affairs specifically in the Office of Sustainability under the direct supervision of the Director of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability hires up to 18 positions annually (dependent on funding). Each position, if hired, is expected to work 20 hours/week. Students that have been hired in this position previously and would like to return to the program must re-apply. Returning applicants are eligible to be hired at a higher salary level, which will be determined by the Director of Sustainability.

Sustainability Ambassadors are Cal State East Bay students who are committed to enhancing existing, or creating new, on-campus projects that contribute to the betterment of our campus environmentally, socially, and economically. These positions are expected to:

  • Participate in a beginning of the year full-day staff retreat
  • Participate in regular trainings and staff meetings
  • Participate in and staff events
  • Design a new, or enhance an existing, on-campus project or program
  • Create and present a formal proposal outlining project details
  • Implement the approved project with the support of the Director of Sustainability and other campus faculty/staff (as necessary)
  • Develop a work plan and track progress in a weekly report
  • Present final project at an end of the year symposium
  • Showcase project during campus events
  • Submit project as a session proposal to the This Way to Sustainability annual conference and the California Higher Sustainability Conference
  • Commit to one year with the program, and
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Sustainability Ambassador positions will be organized in five teams with specific focus areas, including:

Assessment & Analytics: The Office of Sustainability leads the Cal State East Bay effort to collect, analyze, and report sustainability-related data in order to identify successes and areas for improvement, while working towards climate neutrality. Requires data analysis skills, strong organization, and attention to detail.

Marketing, Events, & Communication: Office of Sustainability marketing, events, and communications focus on raising awareness about sustainability to the campus and community through passive programming and events by utilizing social media, video, and other creative outlets. Requires passion for educating others, ability to speak in public, creativity, strong organizational skills, understanding of various social media platforms, experience creating videos, and attention to detail.

#SustainEastBay: The premier student organization focused on engaging all Pioneers in sustainability, SustainEastBay SAs organize and facilitate club meetings, organize monthly events, give in-class presentations, and liaise with the Helping Our Pioneers Excel (HOPE) program and the Diversity & Inclusion Student Center (DISC). SustainEastBay Sustainability Ambassador positions require a passion for educating others, the ability to speak in public, creativity, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail.

Sustainable Office Assessment Program (SOAP): Organize and implement SOAP, a student-created on-campus sustainable office assessment program. Coordinate participants, evaluate involvement, organize quarterly recognition, and continuously improve content. Must have interest in starting a new campus program from the ground up and ability to work with a team.

Zero Waste: Conduct waste audits, create educational campaigns, and promote zero waste initiatives on campus, with a specific focus on Pioneer Heights, University Village, and the Dining Commons. Must be passionate about recycling, compost, and water conservation, and not be afraid to get dirty.

Must have excellent English and communication skills. Will be working on-campus with faculty, staff, and students. Must be able to work within a group, independently, and be comfortable speaking in public. Accuracy, attention to detail, meticulous record keeping skills, organizational skills, time-management capability and creativity are essential. Knowledge of sustainability issues and a passion for sustainability are strongly desired, but not required. Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (especially word processing and spreadsheets), Google Drive, and online research methods are highly desirable, but not required. Sustainability interns/student assistants will be required to completed campus online training modules such as Safety Orientation, Sexual Harassment, and/or FERPA.

Applicants must be an enrolled student at California State University, East Bay - freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student in good standing (minimum 2.5 gpa required; 2.75 desired).


All applications must be submitted through the Sustainability BaySync Page (see “Forms”). ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Eligible students will be contacted for an interview prior to the end of the Spring Quarter. Thank you.


2017-18 students

Left to right: Vanessa Pon Wong, Industrial Engineering; Laura Greene, Multimedia; Robyn Perry, History; TJ Butler, Public Administration; Sandra Torres, Computer Science; Adam Murphy, Kinesiology; Louis Ramos Casillos, Criminal Justice Administration; Cerys Evans, Environmental Science; Darnell Harper Jr., Business Administration; Luigi Madrid, Environmental Science; Dakota Saez, Environmental Studies; Glen Sulicipan, Art; Ashley Sweeny, Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism.


  • Zero Waste Planning & Education
  • Helping Our Pioneers Excel (HOPE) Food Pantry Support
  • Sustainable Office Assessment Program (SOAP)
  • Sustainable Events
  • Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)
  • Sustainability Social Media Plan
  • SustainEastBay Student Club
  • Alternative Transportation Education & Programming
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  • Graphic Design
  • Videography

Sustainability Ambassadors AY 16/17

Left to right (top row): Jericho Apo, Sociology; Geneva Easton, Communications; Carol Trost, Environmental Studies; Jonathan Villarreal, Business Administration; Pablo Narez, Construction Management and Environmental Studies; Luigi Madrid, Environmental Science; Vanessa Cha, Nursing. Left to right (bottom row): Jayshree Wasnik, Statistics; Robyn Perry, History; Brigette Tran, Business Administration and Political Science; John Zamora, Computer Science; Yvezee Lapada, Biological Sciences; Darnell Harper Jr., Business Administration; Logan Slattery, Business Administration; Cerys Evans, Environmental Science.


  • Zero Waste Education
  • Restroom Paper Towel Compost Program
  • General Compost Program
  • Helping Our Pioneers Excel (HOPE) Food Pantry Support
  • Sustainable Office Assessment Program (SOAP)
  • Sustainable Events
  • Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)
  • Sustainability Social Media Plan
  • Community Living Guide
  • SustainEastBay Student Club
  • Carpool Education & Programming
  • Sustainability 101 Education
  • Alternative Transportation Guide
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  • Take Back the Tap
  • Resident Hall Competitions

Sustainability Ambassadors AY 15/16

Left to right: Geneva Easton, Communications; Ariana Famosa Cortez, Environmental Studies; Jennifer Scarbrough, Math; Yvezee Lapada, Biology/Chemistry; Nova Pierce, Geography; Hugo Gregoire, Psychology and Environmental Studies; Teresa Gamber, Environmental Studies; Jacqueline Ortiz, Environmental Studies; Juliet Naishorua, Political Science; W.A., Geography.


  • Gooseneck Takeover (water refill stations on campus water fountains)
  • Elimination of plastic bag distribution on campus
  • Food waste awareness in the Dining Commons
  • Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System for CSUEB
  • Improving alternative transportation at CSUEB
  • CSUEB Sustainability Map
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