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On-Campus Job: EcoReps Coordinator (PDF)

Deadline: August 7

The EcoReps Coordinator will work as part of the Student Sustainability Center (formerly the Sustainability Leadership Center) to integrate sustainability into PSU’s Residence Life experience. This work will be completed in partnership with the Campus Sustainability Office, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and University Housing and Residence Life (UHRL). 15-20 hrs/wk (work-study and internship options available but not required). $12.50/hour.

Paid Internship with PSU-AAUP

Deadline: August 7

During fall 2015, PSU-AAUP will offer a paid internship to a PSU student who’s passionate about higher education issues and interested in mobilizing fellow students. The intern will spend 10-15 hours per week coordinating a major fall term event (e.g., demonstration, teach-in, "day of action"). This event should engage a broad range of students and align with the vision of higher education that’s student-centered, educator-led and debt-free. In addition to a stipend up to $2,250, the intern can expect to gain project leadership experience, job shadowing opportunities and the chance to earn university credit.

Policy Communications Intern (PDF)

Open until filled. Posted July 20.

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) is a nonprofit organization based in NE Portland that serves 12 diverse neighborhood associations and over 62,000 people. The Coalition provides a range of services including training, orientation, information, consultation, and technical assistance to support residents, community organizations, and neighborhood associations of NE Portland. The purpose of this internship is to identify and research city of Portland’s planning projects and policies, and to simplify the materials so that lay constituents can easily understand them.

Business Intern for Schoolyard Farms

Open until filled. Posted July 13.

Short-term intern, preferably with a background in business, needed to assess costs of implementing the Schoolyard Farms (SYF) model at other schools. SYF has been approached by a high school and a middle school in the Clackamas County area that are interested in introducing a similar school-based farm program. This assessment must be completed by September 2015. SYF is interested in analyzing which of our fee-for-service programs (e.g., summer camp, CSA) make the most sense, the costs associated with each of our programs, and collaborating to produce recommendations for working with interested schools. Work is estimated at 2-5 hrs/week with a flexible schedule. Tasks include: Interviewing SYF's ED, researching similar models, working with interested schools to assess readiness and best fitting options. End product will be a draft proposal of what SYF can offer the schools (including total costs for SYF, and a suggestion for what the schools should pay for our services). Interestd applicants should contact Courtney Leeds at

Community Environmental Services: Materials Management Assistant (PDF) 

Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, July 24

Community Environmental Services (CES) in the Center for Urban Studies at PSU is recruiting applicants for Materials Management project support staff on the Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project. This position will support the Project Lead and the Materials Management Coordinator of the CES Port of Portland Technical Assistance Project to ensure the ongoing success of the Waste Minimization Program at the Portland International Airport (PDX). The position is compensated at $12.75 per hour to start with increases depending on experience and PSU status, 16 hours a week, start date to be determined upon hire. The preferred candidate will be familiar with recycling and solid waste systems and/or materials management/diversion and reuse programs, have experience working in a professional office environment, in the field, and interested in improving sustainability practices.

Cultural Resource Centers hiring Federal Work Study students for the 2015-2016 school year

Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, posted July 7

PSU Cultural Resource Centers are hiring for the following open positions: Native American Student and Community Center Student Programming Assistant; Native American Student and Community Center Indigenous Rooftop Gardener; Reception positions in all three Cultural Resource Centers Follow the link above to learn more about the Cultural Resource Centers application process. You must have Federal Work Study to apply. 

Garden Work Parties on Sauvie Island

Sauvie Island Center is hosting several garden work parties this summer to maintain our beautiful Grow Lunch Garden that is a learning garden on Sauvie Island for 1,700 children each year. We'd would love to have your help! Please join for the following dates: July 1 and July 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Snacks and tools will be provided. Please RSVP and direct questions to Julie at

Scholarship to attend Meeting of the Minds urban sustainability conference in October

Deadline: October 1

Now in its 9th year, the Meeting of the Minds annual summit brings together 400+ opinion-shapers, policy-makers, leading thinkers and innovators from all over the world for two and half days of intensive immersion in thought leadership and cross-sector development. Full and partial scholarships are available for college and graduate students and working professionals. 

Summer Service Opportunities

Looking for something to do with your long summer days? There are dozens of opportunities for volunteering in your community! Check out the list on the Student Community Engagement Center's website

Volunteer with Growing Gardens

Growing Gardens is a nonprofit in SE Portland that helps people grow food at homes, schools, and correctional facilities. We have three great volunteer opportunities this summer, including opportunities with Chef In My Garden, a series of incredible garden-to-table dinner experiences that help us fundraise the important work we doLearn more about these and other opportunities on the Growing Gardens website.

Part-time jobs with Green Mountain Energy

Posted: June 3

In Oregon we have partnered with PGE to offer customers 100% renewable electricity, derived exclusively from cleaner sources such as wind, geothermal, biomass and low impact hydro power. Our Green Power Program with PGE is the nation’s #1 ranked green pricing program among investor-owned utilities. We are looking for motivated part-time Sales Agents to help drive our grassroots marketing/promotions campaign in the Portland metro area

AmeriCorp positions with Oregon Campus Compact

Deadlines vary. Posted June 2.

Motivated by the belief that students have the power to change the world, ORCC activates higher education toward student participation in civic life. We're currently recruiting to fill over 40 full-time AmeriCorps positions for the 2015-2016 service year!! We're looking for passionate and motivated individuals who are interested in serving as AmeriCorps members to support equity and social justice in education.

Volunteer with the PSU Harvest Share

Harvest Share is a partnership between Portland State University and the Oregon Food Bank that brings free fresh fruits and vegetables to the students and the greater PSU community. This is an effort to reduce food insecurity among our students and increase access to healthy food choices. Join us on the second Monday of every month at outside Shattuck Hall in the Park Blocks to help distribute fresh food to PSU students and the broader community. Learn more about Harvest Share and other efforts of the Committee for Improving Student Food Security (CISFS).

Summer jobs with the Fund for the Public Interest

Deadline: Rolling. Posted April 1.

The Fund is hiring people to help tackle some of the country’s most pressing problems. We're a national non-profit that partners with leading environmental and public interest groups to make a real difference on critical issues. Right now Fund staff are working with Environment America to mobilize tens of thousands of citizens to take action on climate change, and building a national movement to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Just to name a few. We're hiring for a number of different positions. Apply today and help us make change happen.

Service-learning volunteer projects with Friends of Trees 

Friends of Trees is seeking volunteers to participate in planting events scheduled across the Portland metro area. We provide breakfast pastries, coffee and hot chocolate, gloves, tools, and trained volunteer guidance. Our plantings occur on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. Please arrive by 8:45am dressed appropriately for the weather and ready to have some fun! Check our online calendar for more information about any of our planting events. Please note our procedures for service learning hours

Volunteer with City Repair

City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists and now we are recruiting interns and volunteers. 

Find or post opportunities for the PSU community

Portland State Switchboard connects students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of the Portland State Community. It's a place where you can ASK for what you need and OFFER what you have. Anything from job or internship opportunities, to finding project collaborators, to buying or selling furniture, to meeting Portland State alumni around the world. 

Free Chinook Book mobile app for PSU students

Portland State University and Chinook Book have created an exciting new mobile app that is available for FREE to all PSU students, staff, and faculty. The app offers 50 free coupons from local merchants—including Ben & Jerry's, Hot Lips Pizza, co-op grocers, and coffee shops—as well as sustainability resources, such as bike maps, videos, and links to sustainability organizations on and off campus. Download to your mobile phone and start saving today! 

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