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.

Job duties regularly performed by Sustainability Fellows, Interns, and Assistants include:

Sustainability Assistants:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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.)

What does the Thrive Team do?

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

Can I join the Thrive Team?

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.

Meet the Thrive Team

Alana Crawford


Anika Duckwall


Lisette Guzman


Karl Hahn


Hayden Hayes


Taryn Leonard


Amanda Libby


Lydia Meier


Sydney Ruble


Maddie Swanson