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Campus opportunities

Sustainable Skidmore offers several job opportunities for students, including paid, credit-earning and volunteer positions. Continuing with Sustainable Skidmore's mission, most positions offer experiential learning opportunities so students can gain hands-on skills and apply the knowledge they are learning in the classroom to real-world projects.

 compost manager  |  North Woods steward  |  Bikemore manager 
Student Garden manager  |  S-Rep manager  |  S-Rep


  Compost Student Manager

Description: There are two compost manager positions, each requiring three to four hours of work per week, based at Skidmore College. Primary responsibilities of the compost manager will be to work with the Sustainable Skidmore office, the Environmental Action Club and students living in the Northwoods Village Apartments to promote and increase involvement in the Skidmore compost program. The manager will manage the distribution of buckets at the beginning of the academic year; collect and clean compost buckets at the end of the academic year; transport compost from the apartment buildings to the compost bin; turn compost piles; collect, input and analyze data; develop education and outreach programs; coordinate student volunteers; and conduct an annual survey to assess awareness and overall perspective on the composting program.

Duties

  • Coordinate closely with the Sustainable Skidmore Office and the Environmental Action Club regarding the composting program to assess the current state of the program and address any challenges, ideas and feedback from the campus community.
  • Train and manage volunteers who are interested in supporting the composting program in the apartments.
  • Set specific weekly collection and maintenance schedules and advertise to the campus community.
  • Maintain compost buckets to ensure that odors are managed as effectively as possible.
  • Manage data collection (weight by apartment building, weight/volume of finished compost, temperature readings) and ensure that it is done consistently each week during pickup and is entered into a spreadsheet.
  • Turn compost piles each week to ensure the quality of the compost and work with Sustainable Skidmore to make sure there is enough carbon (leaves, manure) near the pile for proper carbon-to-nitrogen ratios.
  • Use the bike composting system to handle the transportation of food waste to the bin and provide feedback to Sustainable Skidmore on how it is working and put any equipment such as bikes and bike trailers back into the storage shed when finished.
  • Administer a spring-semester survey to all Northwoods residents in conjunction with Sustainable Skidmore to gather data on the changes over time from residents in the apartments in regards to the program.
  • Propose programming ideas or workshops and educational materials that can be used to approach Residential Life staff to help engage their residents who may not all be participating.

 

North Woods Steward

Description: Sustainable Skidmore is looking for creative, organized, self-directed, responsible applicants who have some existing skills related to trail maintenance, outdoor education, communication and related areas. The successful applicant will have good public relations skills and be comfortable interacting with visitors in the North Woods. CPR and first aid certification as well as GIS knowledge and website development are desirable skills.

Duties

  • Monitoring physical condition of North Woods.
  • Maintain, monitor and record physical appearance/health of the woods, including litter removal and trail maintenance.
  • Keep records of visitor use.

Information

  • Inform visitors about the details and goals of the stewardship program.
  • Maintain kiosks, trail markers and signage so that visitors and campus safety know the woods layout.
  • Work with the GIS lab to continue to update and create data points and maps of the North Woods.
  • Continue to interview campus and community stakeholders about their relationship to and knowledge of the North Woods.
  • Create short videos from the interviews.
  • Compile the interview information and other research about the woods into a usable format for future North Woods stewards and others.
  • Help maintain Sustainable Skidmore and North Woods websites, manage the North Woods blog.

Reach out to Saratoga community

  • Build Friends of the Skidmore North Woods membership.
  • Conduct public outreach, such as lectures and guided hikes for community groups and others.

Skidmore Student Garden support

  • Help plant, maintain and harvest the Skidmore Community Garden.
  • On average, stewards will spend about 12–15 hours per week working on garden tasks.
  • Task will include planting, making garden beds, weeding, harvesting, delivering food to the dining hall, campus outreach about the garden and any other duties the garden may require.

Independent research project

  • Outline a proposed research project linked to the North Woods and complete the work as well as a summary of your research question, methods and results by August 2.

Documentation

  • Write a report summarizing the summer North Woods / sustainability activities, due August 2.
  • Include a section on recommendations for future stewardship and sustainability.

 

Bikemore Student Manager

Description: The Skidmore Bike Share (ThoroughTreds) student manager position offered by Sustainable Skidmore requires 2–4 hours of work per week, based on campus. Primary responsibilities of the ThoroughTreds manager will be to work with Sustainable Skidmore, the Environmental Action Club, Lucy Scribner Library and students of Skidmore College to ensure the campus bike-share program is functioning properly and efficiently. The manager will regularly check in with library staff and Sustainable Skidmore to analyze the state of the bike-share program, take inventory of the bicycles, evaluate bicycles to ensure they are in proper working order and repair, maintain and keep detailed account of all bicycles in the program. Additionally, because this program is relatively new to the college, the manager will work closely with Sustainable Skidmore and the library to adapt the ThoroughTreds program and checkout process, and market the program to increase campus awareness to ensure the sustainability of the program.

Duties

  • Coordinate closely with the Sustainable Skidmore Office, the Environmental Action Club and library staff regarding the bike-share program and to address the current state of the program.
  • Receive new program ideas, suggestions and feedback from the campus community.
  • Work closely with the library to train staff on bicycle checkout procedure.
  • Take regular inventory of bicycles to ensure that all bicycles are accounted for.
  • Ensure that all bicycles in circulation are in proper working condition and safe for use. This includes developing a detailed maintenance schedule for each bicycle.
  • Receive damage reports from the library and respond in a timely manner.
  • Remove damaged bicycles from circulation and repair the bicycles in a timely manner.
  • Maintain a detailed record of bicycle maintenance.
  • Promote the ThoroughTreds program on campus.
  • Keep the maintenance shop and tools clean and organized.
  • Keep record of supplies used and prioritize list of supply needs.

 

Skidmore Community Garden Manager

Description: The primary responsibilities of the Student Garden manager will be to work with Sustainable Skidmore and garden volunteers to maintain the Skidmore Community Garden. The manager is responsible for managing planting, maintenance and harvest of vegetables; finding and retaining volunteers; recording harvest yields; creating invoices and recording financial transactions; maintaining the garden blog and Facebook page; and reaching out to the Saratoga community. The manager will work the 10-week period stated above for regularly scheduled hours.

Duties

  • Oversee planting, ongoing maintenance and harvesting of vegetables in the garden/
  • Design a plan for plantings in the Skidmore Community Garden and the herb garden based on the needs of the students involved and Dining Services management.
  • Carry out the purchasing of seeds and transplants and then planting with the North Woods Stewards.
  • Manage the ongoing weeding, watering and maintenance of the garden and herb garden throughout the summer.
  • Harvest vegetables and herbs, carefully document the produce weights by vegetable/herb and deliver them to Dining Services management.

General administrative tasks

  • Keep track of how many visitors/volunteers you have in the garden.
  • Do regular updates to a Google Doc produce spreadsheet that shows the weights and types of produce harvested and share with North Woods stewards and Sustainable Skidmore.
  • Create an invoice process with Sustainable Skidmore and Dining Services to keep track of the financial transactions with the dining hall.
  • Log hours and tasks in the garden for Sustainable Skidmore.
  • Attend regular meetings with the sustainability fellow and North Woods stewards.

Information and documentation

  • Write blog posts about what is happening with the garden for Sustainable Skidmore.
  • Update the Commmunity Garden Facebook page with information over the summer.
  • Help to think about updates and new ideas for the garden website.
  • Continue to update the garden brochure in conjunction with Sustainable Skidmore and EAC for the dining hall, Admissions Office, alumni and generally help in spreading the word about the garden.
  • Create videos and other educational materials for use in social media to promote the garden
  • Document work (successes and challenges) over the course of the summer and then organize it into a summary report during the final week so that it can be used to create a garden annual report after the fall events.

Reach out to the Saratoga and the Skidmore community

  • Reach out to local organizations for potential collaborations (Community Gardens of Saratoga, Sustainable Saratoga, the farmers market).
  • Plan children’s activities with Camp North Woods counselors and North Woods Stewards one to three times over the course of the summer.
  • Think about other possible ways to engage students who are interested in the garden in other educational or interesting opportunities in the community related to local foods and sustainable agriculture.

 

Sustainability Representative (S-Rep) Manager

Description: S-Rep student managers help to manage the Sustainable Skidmore S-Rep Program. This program is designed to increase the awareness of sustainability and inspire behavior change in the residence halls. S-Reps offer information on sustainability topics, serve as a sounding board for sustainability concerns in the residence halls and offer activities surrounding sustainability.

The S-Rep managers will assist Sustainable Skidmore with the agenda for the fall training during the prior spring semester and possibly over the summer (this is done as a volunteer in preparation for the paid position that begins in the fall), set the agendas for weekly group meetings sometimes in conjunction with Sustainable Skidmore, coordinate the planning of events and activities, check in with the S-Reps, hold them accountable to the expectations of the program and assist in brainstorming programs or other outreach ideas for the residence halls and on campus related to sustainability. Overall the managers will need to ensure that the S-Rep group feels cohesive and functions as a team and that S-Reps have someone to come to with questions and concerns, to work on ideas with, to better understand college policies or practices and event planning, and to better clarify expectations. Additionally, the S-Rep managers will maintain a formal connection and regular communication with the Sustainability Committee of SGA.

The Sustainable Skidmore Office is looking for creative, enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about sustainability. Additionally, the S-Rep managers will develop a wide variety of skills that include leadership, peer education, management, and effective communication skills. Ideally the applicant would have previously held an S-Rep position.

Duties

  • S-Rep managers must attend fall training in late August and early September.
  • Organize and run weekly planning meetings with the S-Reps.
  • Stay in close contact with the Sustainable Skidmore Office via weekly meetings separate from the S-Rep meetings.
  • Help in carrying out programs or campus-wide events such as Skidmore Orientation, Skidmore Unplugged, Big Green Scream, the Give+Go, etc.
  • Attend SuCo weekly meetings and maintain a regular connection with the group.
  • Assist with gathering feedback and conducting evaluations with the S-Reps at the end of each semester, along with the Sustainable Skidmore Office.

 

Sustainability Representative (S-Rep)

Description: Sustainable Skidmore’s student S-Rep Program is designed to increase the awareness of sustainability and inspire behavior change in the residence halls. S-Reps offer information on sustainability topics, serve as a sounding board for sustainability concerns in the residence halls, and offer activities surrounding sustainability. They educate their residence hallmates about sustainability issues such as energy conservation and waste reduction and will help plan related activities in their residence halls.

S-Reps must attend fall training in late August and early September and weekly training and planning meetings. Group meetings allow S-Reps time to plan activities and brainstorm actions to be taken in the residence halls throughout the year. Other duties include group activities, collaborative projects and opportunities to represent the S-Rep Program at various campus events. All S-Reps will be housed in the halls where they will work. In addition to these more general activities, each S-Rep will also take on one focus area for the fall semester. This should be a topic that they already have interest or experience in, or where the person wants to further develop their skills and knowledge. The topic areas which will be represented by the S-Reps include environmental health and justice, energy and climate, transportation, waste and recycling, food and sustainable agriculture, composting, North Woods and land management, green building, education and awareness and marketing and communication.

The Sustainable Skidmore Office is looking for creative, enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about sustainability. As an S-Rep you will develop a wide variety of skills, including leadership and peer education, effective communication skills and experience of working with other passionate students.

Duties

  • Attend fall training in late August and early September.
  • Attend weekly group meetings to plan activities and brainstorm ideas for action in the residence halls.
  • Help in carrying out programs or campuswide events such as Skidmore Orientation, Skidmore Unplugged, Big Green Scream, the Give+Go, etc.
  • Plan two hall activities per semester, often in collaboration with resident advisors and peer health educators.
  • Maintain and update a bulletin board each month depending on a sustainability theme.