Thrive team

The Thrive Team: Resident Fellows, Interns, and Assistants in Sustainability

Resident Fellows, Interns, and Assistants in Sustainability report to the Director of Sustainability and work on ongoing sustainability initiatives on the Hamline Campus. Fellows and Interns also work with creative autonomy on their own projects and approaches to challenges identified by the Sustainability committee.

In 2016, community and campus Resident Fellows will work with the Thrive Team Materials, Food, and Access Advocates (including student fellows, interns, and assistants) to build programming around food, energy, and materials flows at Hamline. In addition, they will work on making our first approach to the AASHE STARS process meaningful on campus, and on improving the programmatic and web presence of existing and new sustainability work on campus.

The primary purpose of the Interns, Fellows, and Assistants in Sustainability are to support the work on ongoing sustainability initiatives on the Hamline Campus (such as the AASHE STARS assessment of Hamline’s sustainability impact) while also working with creative autonomy on approaches to challenges identified by the Sustainability committee.

DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES / COMPENSATION: job duties regularly performed by Sustainability Fellows, Interns, and Assistants include:
Sustainability Assistants (starting pay of $9/hour):

  • supporting the activities of the Sustainability office
  • training is provided, high levels of responsibility and good communications and time management skills are required
Sustainability Interns ($1000 stipend; for those who apply to be interns without being trained as assistants first, the stipend will be $750):
  • building programming around food, energy, access, and materials flows at Hamline – including posters, web content, events, and videos
  • improving the programmatic and web presence of existing and new sustainability work on campus
  • carrying out independent projects to engage students, staff, and faculty in sustainability
  • 10 hours per week for 12 weeks: 5 hours per week spent on training, orientation, and reflection; 5 hours per week spent on independent projects
Sustainability Fellows (hourly or contract pay as appropriate to qualifications and proposed project):
  • Fellows work on projects with interns and assistants, but have greater autonomy and are hired via the proposal of a particular project that supports the goals of sustainability at Hamline. (See here for more details.)
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: excellent organization and time management, communication skills, and creative and critical thinking skills are required; website building, infographics, information management, and video creation and editing skills are desirable but not required
TO APPLY: Please send to 
  • your name, 
  • student number (if appropriate), 
  • available schedule (how many hours you want to work, and which hours work best for you), 
  • resume, 
  • and a brief statement of interest or explanation of what kind of projects you can imagine participating in, or taking a leadership role in, over this coming term. 
Please also note if you are interested in working over the summer as well. We are accepting applications from people with all different skills – and who want to work a wide range of hours.

All three groups work together on:  
  • community engagement, 
  • integration of sustainability in research and teaching in an ongoing way,
  • and building sustainability leadership, through orientation, outreach, and mentor/educator training
Food Advocates

working on Food & Dining, Public Engagement, and Coordination & Planning
  • improving local food access and literacy around food and sustainability on campus (especially around carbon impact), 
  • encouraging the production and consumption of locally grown foods through implementation and improvements to campus-related community gardens, farm-to-school programs (reviving a garden-to-salad bar program), 
  • engaging in community education and co-learning processes around local foods initiatives.

Materials Advocates

working on Energy, Waste, Water, Grounds, Purchasing, and Investment
  • recycling and organics management (building on a Ramsey County recycling grant and the introduction of composting) 
  • waste and toxicity prevention and recycling / materials reuse (including reusable book rental bags) and sustainable procurement and consumption
  • energy conservation, water conservation, air quality improvement, pollution prevention, and carbon mitigation: exploring best practices that are low cost and reduce energy usage at home, work, and school
Access Advocates
working on Transportation, Wellbeing, and Affordability
  • encouraging green transportation: reduction of vehicle miles traveled and improved air quality through bicycle education and practices (including the broading of an existing bike repair program and practice programs for the Nice Ride bikes available on campus), safe routes to school initiatives, and education on multi-modal transportation, mobility options and active living approaches,
  • equitable access to resources and governance processes
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