Seattle Community Colleges
Sustainability Coordinator – Graduate Student Intern
This is a part-time temporary internship opportunity in support of the Seattle Community College
District’s Sustainability Initiative, (see http://www.seattlecolleges.edu/green/home/). The intern
will serve as lead coordinator for the development of a District-wide sustainability plan. To prepare
the plan, the intern will first assist and coordinate efforts on each campus to develop baseline
information on existing sustainability activities, using the AASHE STARS assessment system (see https://
stars.aashe.org/). The position is temporary and will run from the hiring date to the end of the academic
The intern will report to the Director for Research and Strategic Planning, and will participate on and
receive additional direction from the District-wide Sustainability Working Group.
• Work with the three Seattle Community College campus leads and members of the
Sustainability Work Group to assist and coordinate the completion of the AASHE STARS
assessment on each campus by March 1.
• Organize and lead students, serving as their capstone project student mentor, in the process of
collected and analyzing data in support of the sustainability plan development process.
• Identify common strengths and gaps in sustainability activities across the campuses, and
construct a gap analysis for consideration by the Sustainability Working Group.
• Research and identify remediation strategies, and associated costs and benefits, used by other
colleges and universities to address gap areas.
• Draft a District-wide sustainability plan that includes identification of current efforts, gaps that
need to be addressed, and a plan of action and timeline for improving sustainability practices.
• Update the sustainability website and develop other outreach and informational materials.
• Other duties may be assigned, including ad hoc reporting, committee assignments, special
projects, and communication and outreach for the Vice Chancellor’s Office.
Skills and Abilities
A Bachelor’s degree and at least one year’s experience working on institution sustainability issues and
practice. Master’s level coursework or a Master’s Degree in environmental science, sustainability, or
related field is preferred and can substitute for required experience.
Knowledge and Abilities
• Strong proficiency in MS Office software programs.
• Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to organize complex projects and meet
• Very strong writing and strong verbal communication skills.
• Excellent team-building and leadership skills and demonstrated professionalism and skill in
engaging busy professionals in team activities.
• Familiarity with sustainability issues and sustainability planning from the perspective of a large
Compensation and Benefits
The position pays $23.85 per hour for an average of 16 hours per week (may vary from week to week
depending on work load). The position is temporary and will run from the hiring date to the end of the
academic year in June. The intern position does not offer medical or pension benefits.