Paid Internships

Sustainability Ambassadors Application Information

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: 510.885.3671

Hiring for Academic Year positions takes place the previous Spring.

Position Descriptions

Are you looking for an on-campus job where you’ll grow professionally, connect with like-minded students, make a difference, and have fun?! The Cal State East Bay Office of Sustainability is hiring student assistants for academic year 2020/2021 for the following positions:

Data Analysts

  • Passion for data and a desire to tell stories through numbers
  • Proficient in R and/or Python for data manipulation
  • Proficient in data visualization tools, like Tableau and/or Microsoft Power BI
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets
  • Ability to collect, analyze, create presentations, and publicly present data
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Compost Researchers

  • Passionate about seeing Cal State East Bay Hayward Campus compost all of its food waste on-site
  • Strong research and data analytics skills
  • Knowledge of, or desire to, learn about carbon farming and carbon offsets
  • Not afraid to get dirty and conduct waste audits of food and yard waste
  • Ability to create engaging visual presentations and present to campus stakeholders
  • Interest in grant writing and researching innovative options to fund program
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Event Planners

  • Passion for connecting with campus organizations to spread awareness of social justice and environmental issues
  • Ability to raise awareness to the campus community through passive programming and events
  • Coordinate all Office of Sustainability events, including Earth Week
  • Desire to promote Office of Sustainability efforts to the campus community through tabling events
  • Strengthen public awareness through public relations communication
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Graphic Designers

  • Passionate about art and creating
  • Enjoy designing fun and engaging educational messaging
  • Ability to strengthen public awareness through graphic design
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Ability to quickly and accurately design promotional materials for campus events, such as posters and flyers
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Public Relations/Social Media

  • Knowledge of the latest social media trends
  • Ability to attend various Office of Sustainability events and meetings and promote on social media
  • Maintain Office of Sustainability social media platforms (website, BaySync, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress)
  • Additional tasks as assigned

SustainEastBay Club Officers

  • Passion for sustainability activism and organizing
  • Willingness to serve as an officer in the Cal State East Bay SustainEastBay Student Club
  • Desire to design sustainability-related engagement activities for the campus and community
  • Willing to travel off-campus to promote the Club
  • Open-minded and interested in learning more about sustainability-related issues
  • Manage Club ASI funding, student club standing, and BaySync portal
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Sustainability Office Assessment Program (SOAP) Crew

  • Desire to help improve sustainability in campus offices practices
  • Comfortable marketing SOAP, conducting SOAP assessments, and following up with SOAP participants
  • Manage SOAP ASI funding, student club standing, and BaySync portal
  • Ability to design surveys and analyze survey results
  • Knowledge of website editing program Cascade
  • Additional tasks as assigned


  • Passionate about art, creativity, and design
  • Experience with Adobe Premiere, Audition, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • Design, film, edit and finalize videos
  • Develop new ideas for the “60 seconds for sustainability” video series and conduct all necessary actions to produce videos
  • Maintain the SustainEastBay YouTube Channel
  • Additional tasks as assigned.

Zero Waste

  • Passionate about educating others on issues of zero waste, social justice, and climate change
  • Not afraid to get hands dirty at work and conduct zero waste surveys and waste audits
  • Ability to design creative and engaging educational campaigns and events
  • Willing to enthusiastically dress up as a “Waste Wizard” at events and for trainings
  • Desire to keep up to date with changes in the waste industry
  • Comfortable communicating directly with Cal State East Bay Facilities staff
  • Ability to navigate challenging conversations
  • Additional tasks as assigned


Positions are expected to work up to 20 hours/week, with 10 hours/week in the Sustainability HUB (SF 331). All positions are expected to:

  • Participate at the beginning of the year two-day staff retreat;
  • Participate in regular training and staff meetings;
  • Participate in and staff Office of Sustainability events;
  • Design a new, or enhance an existing, on-campus project or program;
  • Develop a work plan and track progress in a weekly report;
  • Present final project at an end of the year Center for Student Research Symposium;
  • Submit project as a session proposal to the This Way to Sustainability annual conference, with the option to submit to the California Higher Sustainability Conference and Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference (all expenses paid);
  • Commit to one year with the program; and
  • Additional tasks as assigned.


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 presenting and 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 desirable, not required. Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (especially word processing and spreadsheets), Google Drive, and online research methods are desirable, but not required. Student assistants will be required to completed campus online training modules such as Safety Orientation, Sexual Harassment, and/or FERPA. The Office of Sustainability hires all students. Undergraduate and graduate students, DACA students, and International students are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one position. Supplemental information may be requested, depending on the position. Only complete applications will be considered. Application period for Academic Year 21/22 will open in Spring 2021. Eligible students will be contacted for an interview prior to the end of the Spring Semester. Questions? Contact


Left to right (top): Elijah Cohen, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Ankur Bhagwat, Masters of Data Analytics; Alexa Armamento, Graphic Design; T. Brooke Schuyler, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Luis Ledesma, International Studies; Karan Monga, Computer Science; Julie Shahan, Masters of Environmental Geosciences; Rahul Garg, Masters of Data Analytics

Left to right (bottom): Sandra Torres, Computer Science & Mathematics; Adrien van Dyke, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Patrick Murphy, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Benjamin Hawklyn, Multimedia


  • Transportation & Food Waste Survey Analysis
  • SustainEastBay Club
  • Zero Waste Trainings & Education
  • Sustainable Office Assessment Program (SOAP)
  • Public Relations & Social Media
  • Earth Week and other Events
  • 60 Seconds for Sustainability Video Series
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory


Left to right (top): Gabriel Del Castillo, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Jason Ross, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Melissa Szeto, Communications; Karan Monga, Computer Science; T. Brooke Schuyler, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Robyn Perry, History; Jonathan Tonel, Industrial Engineering

Left to right (bottom): Lulani Ritok, Math; Elijah Allen, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Gabriela Aguilar, Environmental Studies; Julie Shahan, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Pamela Vega, Masters of Business Administration, Patrick Murphy, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Adrien van Dyke, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Laura Greene, Media Arts; Sandra Torres, Computer Science; Timothy Bacon, Environmental Studies


  • Sustainable Office Assessment Program (SOAP)

  • Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)

  • Sustainability Social Media Plan

  • SustainEastBay Student Club

  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory

  • Graphic Design

  • Videography

  • Zero Waste Planning & Education

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


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

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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