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Current Opportunities

Graduate Research Assistant: First Stop Portland 

First Stop Portland is hiring a program assistant, a part-time, three-month position with the opportunity to extend based on position review. The program assistant will provide study tour program support, sustainability research, outreach assistance, and program administration services. The ideal candidate will have a related bachelor’s degree, experience working with high-level officials, and event planning experience. Application deadline is August 29. Learn more »

Paid Internship: Sustainability Project Intern for Beaverton

The City of Beaverton has won many national awards and accolades related to sustainability, including the prestigious US Mayor’s Climate Protection Award, EPA Green Power Community of the Year, designated a Smarter City by Natural Resource Defense Council, Recycler of the Year by Oregon Association of Recyclers, among others. The Sustainability Division hopes to build on this reputation and become a STAR certified community. STAR stands for Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating Communities and is the nation’s first comprehensive framework and certification program for measuring local sustainability. We are looking for a qualified intern to assist us in our community-level sustainability efforts by helping the city use the STAR rating system. Application deadline is August 18.  Learn more »

Solid Waste and Recycling Program Educator, Washington County

This position will provide education and information on Washington County's recycling programs; provide targeted waste reduction outreach and technical assistance to commercial businesses and local governments; and develop and implement specialized informational programs through presentations and other outreach techniques. Application deadline is Friday, August 8. Learn more »

Work Study Position in the Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion

 The Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) is seeking self-directed federal work-study eligible student office assistants to help assist the office operations and its staff.  Basic office skills are required as well as basic knowledge of campus resources. The GDI is a professional work environment that also provides students opportunities to be innovative and have input into GDI’s office procedures. Compensation is $10/hour. Application deadline is August 15.  Learn more »

Paid student positions with the Sustainability Leadership Center:

Volunteer Coordinator, Sustainability Leadership Center

The Volunteer Coordinator will work as part of the Sustainability Leadership Center team within the Institute for Sustainable Solutions to offer hands on engagement and learning opportunities through the Sustainability Volunteer Program. The Volunteer Coordinator will hold primary responsibility for placing volunteers, planning and facilitating orientations, and organizing regular community building sessions and workshops. The job is 15 hrs/week (work study and internship credit options available but not required) through June 2015 with option to re­apply for 2015­-16 academic year. Compensation is $12/hour. Application deadline is July 31. Learn more »

Garden Coordinator, Sustainability Leadership Center

The Garden Coordinator will work as part of the Sustainability Leadership Center team within the Institute for Sustainable Solutions to maintain and enhance student-focused educational gardens on the PSU campus. The coordinator will accomplish these goals by designing hands-on learning opportunities and strengthening partnerships between students, departments, and administration. The job is 15 hrs/week (work study and internship credit options available but not required) through June 2015 with option to re­apply for 2015­-16 academic year. Compensation is $12/hour. Application deadline is July 31. Learn more »

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Sustainability Leadership Center

The Marketing and Outreach Coordinator will work as part of the Sustainability Leadership Center team within the Institute for Sustainable Solutions to promote sustainability within the student body at PSU. The coordinator will design and distribute creative outreach materials, host the sustainability table at campus events, and help recruit students for programs and opportunities.The job is 15 hrs/week (work study and internship credit options available but not required) through June 2015 with option to re­apply for 2015­-16 academic year. Compensation is $12/hour. Application deadline is July 31. Learn more »

North American Riverprize Coordinator Internship

 The North American Riverprize Coordinator will oversee logistics related to the promotion, review, selection and recognition of the 2015 North American Riverprize. The Coordinator will work closely with River Network staff to ensure an efficient and timely process, cumulating with the awards gala in May 2015. This is a volunteer position and located at River Network’s headquarters in Portland, Oregon. This opportunity may also qualify for academic credit. Application deadline is September 1. Learn more »

Job: Assistant Recycling Supervisor with Exceed Enterprises 

Exceed Enterprises is a non-profit organization that provides vocational and personal development services for adults with disabilities. The Assistant Recycling Supervisor will: Supervise a crew of disabled workers in the completion of assigned tasks; In association with Vocational Service Specialist, provide vocational training on job site; Ensure that workers have sufficient supplies to complete work; Maintain daily records on workers; Organize and supervise work to meet customer's deadlines and specifications, as assigned by the Vocational Service Specialist; Interact with customers, as needed; Submit information and written reports on workers progress to Vocational Service Specialist; Remove saleable items from dry waste system and load recovered materials into trailer; Deconstruct mattress and recycle materials. Read more about the job here, and download the application here. Interested candidates should contact Debra Taevs at or 503-652-9036.

Intertwine Photo Contest

Encourage others to explore the outdoors by snapping photos of your favorite places in the Intertwine region: from Cascade Locks in the Gorge to the western edge of Tillamook State Forest, and from Mount St Helens up north to south of Woodburn and Molalla. Each month of the competition, July-October, has a different theme—make sure your photo submission fits the monthly theme to be qualified to win! Five winners will be chosen at the end of each month based on the number of Facebook likes the photos receive. All winners receive a free pair of KEEN footwear! Learn more »

Social Entrepreneurship Fieldwork Opportunity 

Earn 4 credits in an exciting two-week intensive this September by working in the field with Portland’s leading social entrepreneurs! Students will tour the offices and meet with the leadership of innovative organizations including Sustainable Harvest, Central City Concern, My Street Grocery, Vocoform, Hatch, and others. Students will also prepare a business plan for an existing social venture or their own social venture, and create a personalized career and leadership plan. This course meets the field study/practicum requirement for the new Business of Social Innovation certificate. Learn more »

Outreach and Marketing Intern with Grow Portland (unpaid)

Hone outreach, communications, and research skills while working with a nonprofit group focused on urban gardening and urban agriculture. Unpaid undergraduate internship for 12- 16 hours per week this summer with transportation reimbursement and surplus produce available. Learn more and apply »

Jobs: Part-Time Field Sales Agent with Green Mountain Energy

Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s largest retail provider of cleaner electricity. We are looking for motivated part-time Sales Agents to help drive our grassroots marketing/promotions campaign in the Portland metro area. This job involves either canvassing neighborhoods in our courtesy knock program, or tabling at storefronts, festivals, trade shows, concerts, and sporting events. You are not just selling renewable energy plans — you are making people aware of the fact that they have a choice, and you are educating people about the importance of renewable energy and the need for its growth. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis until positions are filled. Learn more »

Help Capture Stories about the Willamette River

Are you interested in learning stories about the Oregon’s largest river?  Are you passionate about sharing the river’s story with other watershed inhabitants?  Volunteers of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group helps to provide community input on the current superfund cleanup on the lower 11 miles of the Willamette River. With the help of a grant from Metro, we are sponsoring The Willamette Speaks: an Oral History, and are currently looking for volunteers to help with outreach (social media), event planning, and collecting and presenting individual stories, until January 2015, when the grant ends. The project will include community storytelling events as well as walking tours of the river. Interested volunteers should contact Laura Feldman and Barbara Quinn at with your name, phone number, and a brief description of how your skills and interests would align with the goals of the project.  

Volunteer Opportunity: Chavez Food Pantry

The nonprofit organization Neighborhood House, in conjunction with Multnomah County and SUN Schools, recently opened a food pantry at Chavez K-8 School in North Portland. The food pantry is modeled on Neighborhood House’s Emergency Food Box program that allows families to “shop” through the pantry at no cost. The Chavez Food pantry is in need of volunteers. We are offering several shifts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information please contact Siobhan McGowan at or 503-916-5260 ex71430.

Internships: Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living & Education

Intern at one of the most extensive organic permaculture farms in Costa Rica. Located on the Southern Caribbean coast, we have 85 beach front acres of primary, secondary and established food forests. We grow over 200 species of exotic fruits trees, we have identified over 125 medicinal plants and have numerous food, construction and ornamental species. Our beach is one of the prime nesting zones for the leatherback and green turtles and we have 3 species of dolphins offshore. Over the past 18 years we have hosted thousands of students, from junior high school through graduate levels as well as all kinds of adult learners who come to Punta Mona to be immersed in off-the grid, environmentally conscious living. Learn more »

Paid Internships: Bureau of Environmental Services

The Bureau of Environmental Services offers paid internship opportunities to students enrolled in university undergraduate or graduate programs, preferably in a field related to the mission and scope of the bureau's work. Internships for students in engineering, environmental, or wastewater programs may be available in the following areas: Engineering Design and Construction, Watershed Services, Modeling and GIS, Industrial Source Control, Coordinated Site Assessment and Brownfields Program, and Wastewater. Learn more »

Essay contest for $1,000 scholarship from PlushBeds

Beyond selling earth-friendly products, PlushBed's mission is to also support individuals who believe in taking care of the fragile ecosystem and leaving their corner of the world a better place than they found it. Enter an essay contest on the advantages of living a "green" lifestyle and the steps to get there and vie for a $1,000 scholarship. Submission deadline is August 15, 2014. Learn more »

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. Learn more »

Volunteer opportunities with Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Help kids experience the wonder of the outdoors! Get involved with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. Check out the council's Volunteer PageWant to get your hands dirty for a good cause? Check out upcoming restoration events with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council!

Opportunities at Zenger Farm

Zenger Farm is a working urban farm in Portland, OR, that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all.  Zenger Farm offers field trip programs to people of all ages, preschool to adult, and Farm Camp programs for youth. Visit for more information.

Field Trip Leader Volunteer

  • Seasonal commitment of at least 3 months at a time
  • 5 to 20 hours a week
  • Weekly time commitment and schedule will be discussed with each applicant to meet the needs of the Volunteer and Zenger Farm

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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