Working for the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with Facilities Services – Campus Services, the Recycling & Waste Reduction Fellow would be responsible for helping Tufts University meet its goal of reducing waste by 3% each year. This fellowship is designed to provide significant work experience to a recent graduate who does not already have a professional background in the field of waste management but is interested in exploring it as a potential career path. Generally, fellows are provided with unique leadership opportunities that are not typically available to someone starting out in an entry-level position. The Fellow would help manage student waste interns and respond to waste and recycling related requests from the campus community as well as manage other waste related projects. Although projects vary each year, in general during the fall semester the focus is on move-in, recycling education and outreach, and the spring semester focuses on planning for move out. Other potential responsibilities and projects could be:
Investigate and respond to customer recycling requests for furniture, labels, lids, trash & recycling containers, desk side trash or recycling bins, etc.
Submit work orders as needed
Support the Office of Sustainability's university-wide sustainability initiatives
Identify new waste streams for diversion (e.g. books, disposable gloves, furniture) and develop ways to divert them from the waste stream.
Identify opportunities to prevent wasteful purchases (e.g. desk top printers) and work to promote alternatives.
Develop effective and creative ways to change behaviors to reduce, reuse and recycle items no longer needed by Tufts community members.
Supervise student labor, with the opportunity to participate in the hiring process if desired.
Deliver training seminars to employees and students.
Track volumes and weights of waste streams in coordination with our haulers
Create monthly and annual waste data reports for all campuses
Coordinate waste audits
Organize and run meetings
Manage compost and recycling at zero-waste events
Recent graduate of an undergraduate college or university
Familiarity with Microsoft Office software
Ability to navigate stairs and uneven terrain; lift up to 35 pounds; and walk around the 150 acre property.
Ability to send and receive professional emails, phone calls, and maintain good customer service interactions
Able to work a minimum of 32-40 hours per week
Willing to work events that may occur on a weekend or weekday evening
Great organizational skills and attention to detail
Self-directed and self-motivated
Excellent time management skills
Execute effective and reasonable delegation when necessary
Ability to learn quickly and maintain enthusiasm for learning and developing new skills
Familiar with how to work in a professional setting and be accountable to others
Comfortable creating connections with vendors, and groups on/off campus.
Comfortable working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
Proactive about finding solutions to problems when presented with a time sensitive issue
Familiarity with Asana project management software
Proficiency with Excel
Comfortable reading site plans and floor plans
Interest in the environment and/or sustainability issues
Experience with waste reduction and diversion initiatives
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Occasionally some travel may be required to the Boston campuses as well as the Grafton campus. The role and responsibilities will primarily be based on the Medford/Somerville campus.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Administrative Support
Organization: Office of Sustainability
Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Mar 25, 2019, 1:50:44 PM
Internal Number: 96360
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