Student Job Opportunity: Zero Waste Fellow

The Office of Environmental Stewardship is seeking a Zero Waste Fellow to conduct research, interviews, and live observations to develop a student engagement program for proper waste segregation on campus.

September 21, 2022

Job Description:

Reporting to the Manager of Operations in the Environmental Stewardship office, the Zero Waste Fellow will oversee a variety of information-gathering tools such as existing research, conducting interviews, and making live observations on campus surrounding the waste management practices of students. Using the information gathered, the Fellow will develop an engagement program or campaign to boost student participation in proper waste segregation, including the development of metrics or benchmarks to track progress.


  • Research peer institutions' best practices for successful recycling programs, education/communications, and successful student volunteerism
  • Provide research on peer institutions' structure of reporting, support of waste and recycling management operations, and student/staff outreach
  • Research and update current active recognized student organizations that are sustainability-focused
  • Interview members of the Columbia community on recycling awareness. Provide data on how to strategize and launch recycling campaigns and support trainings to improve compliance
  • Audit undergraduate Residence Hall waste and recycling stations for consistency in setup, communications, signage, and waste management service
  • Prepare a comprehensive report of Morningside Campus Waste Management Operations
  • Develop a waste audit/engagement program based on Residence Hall waste observations
  • Perform waste audits with a focus on Undergraduate Residence halls and campus-operated concessions, providing data
  • Develop a comprehensive engagement program to boost student awareness of and participation in proper waste disposal practices on campus

Duration: Fall 2022 with the opportunity to extend through Spring 2023

Application instructions:

To apply please email your resume to Helen Bielak ([email protected]) and include a short paragraph stating your interest and approach to this work. What would make you the ideal candidate?