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UCSB Refuse & Recycling Research Center
University of California, Santa Barbara

Program Overview
The overarching purpose of the R3C is to provide recommendations to UCSB on how to target upstream materials and improve the University’s waste diversion rate, while striving to locally manage materials in an environmentally friendly manner. More information regarding the program can be found here: http://www.facilities.ucsb.edu/recycling/research_center

Student Researcher (there are currently two openings for this position)

Refuse, Recycling & Water Efficiency Manager, Facilities Management

10 hours/ week

$10/ hour, work-study is preferred, but not required.

The student researchers for this year will be tasked with rolling out UCSB’s Zero Waste Communications Campaign marketing plan. In addition to working with each other, Student Researchers will work with students, staff, and faculty, as well as colleagues at other campuses within the UC System to publicize and host waste management events in relation to the UC Zero Waste by 2020 Goal. Potential projects and tasks could include the development and execution of waste-related public outreach events with other groups like A.S. Recycling and the Zero Waste Committee, creating and formatting outreach material such as posters and other visual elements, collecting and analyzing data of current programs to determine efficacy, and providing general support to the waste management departments of Residential Services and Facilities Management.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Possess a broad in interest in using analytics to make informed waste management decisions
  • Independent thinker capable of collaborating to design and implement programs and practices
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Strong professional communication skills, both verbally and with visual elements
  • Must be able to work ~10 hours/ week
  • Familiarity with UCSB’s waste management system

Preferred, but Not Required or Expected

  • Proficiency in technical writing
  • Experience with branding marketing and event coordination (especially through social media)
  • Knowledge of sustainability and environmental studies, either academic or professional

Application Instructions
Please read these instructions carefully.  Any applicants that do not follow the instructions will not be eligible for the position. Interviews can be conducted via the phone or ReadyTalk for students that are not in Santa Barbara over the summer.

All applicants must submit the required three documents (see below) in order to be considered.  All documents must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF.  Documents in Google docs, pages, text, or any other format will not be considered. Documents should be sent to: matthew.ocarroll@ucsb.edu

The required three documents include:

UCSB Career Services offers support and advising in writing cover letters and résumés.  Please consider taking advantage of their generous services, especially if this is the first time you have written a résumé or cover letter.

Please ensure that when you submit your documents the subject line of your email and your email body indicate clearly that you are applying for the “Zero Waste Research Assistant” position.

If you have any questions about this position or application process, please contact Matthew O’Carroll at matthew.ocarroll@ucsb.edu or 805-893-5151.  Please make sure you have read through the posting thoroughly before contacting Matt.