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Sustainability Ambassadors

California State University, East Bay

Office of Financial Aid/Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs

On Campus Job Listing for FY 2017/2018

DEPARTMENT: Academic Affairs/Sustainability

ADDRESS: 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward, CA, 94542

CONTACT PERSON: Jillian Buckholz


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


DATE JOB(S) AVAILABLE: 9/19/17 – 6/30/18

PHONE: 510.885.3709


Sustainability 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 15 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 CSUEB students who are passionate about sustainability and are committed to enhancing existing, or creating new, on-campus sustainability 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 sustainability staff retreat,
  • Participate in regular sustainability-related trainings and staff meetings,
  • Participate in and staff Office of Sustainability events,
  • Design a new, or enhance an existing, on-campus sustainability 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 such as Earth Week,
  • 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.


In AY17/18, Sustainability Ambassador positions will be organized in teams with specific focus areas, including: 

  • Events & Education: Coordinate Earth Week and other Office of Sustainability events. Raise awareness about sustainability issues to the campus and community through outreach campaigns, such as tabling at events, and giving presentations. Serve as student lead(s) for the SustainEastBay student club. Requires passion for educating others about sustainability, ability to speak in public, creativity, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Graphic Design & Social Media: Promotional material design and maintenance of Office of Sustainability social media platforms (website, BaySync, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Requires creativity and understanding of various social media platforms. Experience creating videos is a plus.
  • HOPE/DISC Liaison: Connect the Office of Sustainability with the Helping Our Pioneers Excel (HOPE) program and the Diversity & Inclusion Student Center (DISC). Sit on various committees, conduct research on topics related to HOPE/DISC, organize and support events for each program through the lens of sustainability. Requires strong research skills, desire for event planning, and interest in social justice issues.  
  • Reporting & Assessments: Conduct research and work with campus stakeholders to collect data for the annual CSUEB greenhouse gas inventory and STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). Requires data analysis skills, strong organization, 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.
  • Transportation: Liaise with Parking & Transportation Services to improve alternative transit options to and from CSUEB through surveys and envisioning new programming. Requires knowledge and interest in alternative transportation options and the ability to creatively design new, or improve existing, transit programs.
  • 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 2.75 gpa required; 3.0 desired)


If interested please submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line ‘SUSTAINABILITY INTERNSHIP’ no later than Friday, April 14, 2017. Cover letter should clearly indicate which focus area(s) the applicant is interested in pursuing. 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

Sustainability Ambassadors AY 14/15

Left to right: Mercedes Ruiz, Undeclared; Brittney Wallace, English; Ryan Tayahua, Political Science; Megan McAndrews, Economics and Statistics; Geneva Easton, Communications; Ainsley Shallcross, Recreation; Fahimeh Hooshmand, Geography.


  • Energy Efficiency - Assess the amount of light in the hallways of the Residence Halls and Science building. The goal is to implement a de-lamping project in these buildings, which would remove light bulbs, reduce energy use, and save money.
  • Revising Waste Management - Outline the major trends and challenges that CSUEB is facing when it comes to how campus waste is currently handled, while suggesting revisions and improvements to the campus waste management system.
  • Take Back the Tap - Promote tap water as a more sustainable option than bottled water through educational campaigns to the campus community. The goals of this project include reducing the amount of plastic water bottles on campus and increasing water bottle friendly filling stations.
  • The Pioneer Water Pledge - A campus wide campaign to promote and educate the importance of water conservation through art and unified action.
  • The Sustainable Food Resolution - Improve the university’s food system by becoming a fair trade campus, formalizing a campus-to-community prepared food donation system, and assessing the food purchasing decisions using the Real Food Calculator.
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