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Transportation Options Coordinator at OSU

Deadline: Sept. 9

The Oregon State University Corvallis campus welcomes qualified applicants for the position of Transportation Options Coordinator in the Transportation Services department.  The full-time, 12-month position coordinates transportation options programs that seek to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips associated with OSU. Application information, the full position description and a detailed explanation of job duties and qualifications can be found by visiting  Posting # 0015719. 

Student Graphic Designer for Sustainability at PSU (PDF)

Deadline: Sept. 10

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions is a hub for sustainability at Portland State, supporting interdisciplinary research, curriculum development, student leadership, and meaningful community partnerships that contribute to a just, prosperous, and vibrant future for our region and the world. ISS works closely with the Campus Sustainability Office, the Student Sustainability Center, and other units to advance sustainability efforts on campus and beyond. We are seeking a student with exceptional graphic design skills to create visual outreach materials that support our programs and initiatives, and, ultimately, help tell our story.

Unpaid Student Fellowship with Oregon Climate

Deadline: Sept. 10, positions filled on a rollig basis 

Oregon Climate, a grassroots campaign to hold polluters accountable for climate change, is offering up to eight unpaid fall fellowship positions. Fellows will work closely with Field and Communications teams to conduct outreach on the local and state level, that will culminate in a collaborate art project: a giant mosaic of 10,000 Oregonians’ individual artistic expressions of readiness for climate action.

Apply now for a Graduate Scholar Award for the On Sustainability Conference

Deadline: September 21

The 12th International On Sustainability Conference, happening January 21-23, 2016 at Portland State University, seeks applicants for Graduate Scholar Awards, which are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference topic areas. Graduate Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, participating in talking circles, and presenting their own research papers. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities, provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. Meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and friendships are all additional benefits of this Award. Graduate Scholars are entitled to a waived conference registration fee and are given special recognition during the conference proceedings. Recipients must be available on-site the day prior to the conference (for orientation and training) and throughout the conference. 

Nonprofit Development Internship with ROSE Community Developmen (PDF)

Open until filled. Posted Aug. 19.

ROSE Community Development is focused on the Revitalization of Outer SouthEast Portland, through the development of affordable housing, community programs, and local economic development initiatives.  We are looking for a Nonprofit Development Intern, with interests and skills in fundraising, nonprofits, outreach, connecting people with causes, and who is passionate about creating better neighborhoods and opportunities for low-income communities in outer SE Portland. The position will assist with: creating and promoting ROSE Fundraising campaigns (such as the Willamette Week Give Guide!, appeal mailings, helping prepare for fundraising events  (such as ROSE’s annual Donor Breakfast), researching prospective donors, data entry into Donor database, a special project focused on reaching Millenials and college students with ROSE fundraising campaigns.

Digital Communications Intern with Our Oregon (PDF)

Open until filled. Posted Aug. 19.

As a Digital Communications Intern, you will assist the Communications and Digital departments
of Our Oregon through a number of responsibilities that help fulfill campaign objectives and are
tailored to the skills you’d like to develop. This position has 10 hour a week minimum commitment, and for those who are interested, interns can work up to 20 hours a week. We are flexible in how those hours are distributed. This is a great opportunity to learn about the innerworkings of a political campaign while gaining valuable skills and supporting great causes in the process. This is an unpaid internship.

Wege Prize 2016, Student Design Compeition 

Tem registrations due Oct. 1, Final presentations May, 2016

The Wege Prize is a yearly student design competition that gives teams of five the chance to collaborate across institutional and disciplinary boundaries, use design thinking principles, and contend for $30,000 in total cash prizes, all while helping to show the world what the future of problem solving looks like. This year’s wicked problem: How can we create a circular economy? 

Back of House Manager, Green Roots Café

Deadline: Priority review begins August 19

Green Roots Cafe is an inclusive and educational student-operated café that provides our campus community with food choices that are good for both people and planet.  The café’s mission is informed by four guiding principles:  1) Inclusive – to serve a diverse customer base reflective of the campus community, 2) Affordable – to maintain prices that are lower than elsewhere in the Portland area for similar value, 3) Educational – to provide educational opportunities that align with the mission, and 4) Sustainable Sourcing and Practices – to source goods and supplies that meet the established sourcing criteria and maintain practices that contribute to social, ecological, and economic sustainability.

Internship Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project

Deadline: September 3

Portland Fruit Tree Project is a nonprofit that empowers neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees. Our mission is to increase equitable access to healthy food in our community. We work with fruit tree owners interested in donating their harvest to those in need by organizing trained work groups to harvest on site and distribute fruit to local food banks.  We are currently recruiting for three internship positions: Fall Program Internship, Community Harvest & Tree Care Internship, and Development Intern.

“TAP Potential” Video Contest

Submission deadline: Sept. 30

Are you a budding filmmaker with an interest in climate change and the environment? Are you passionate about cities and how they can tap their potential to tackle climate change? If so, enter the TAP Potential Video Contest for a chance to win a cash prize of 500 euro and a social reporting gig at COP21 this December. The TAP Video Contest invites you to show off your videography talent, and share your ideas on how to tap the potential for climate action.

Science Communications Fellowship with OMSI

Deadline: September 14

OMSI Science Communication Fellows are researchers or science professionals—including faculty, graduate students, technicians or other individuals in science, health or technology related positions. After participating in specialized training, Fellows are certified by OMSI as current science ambassadors and skilled communicators. Fellows join OMSI in helping public audiences engage with science in meaningful and relevant ways.

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. 

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

Volunteer with Oregon Climate 

Oregon Climate, a volunteer organization focused on climate policy in Oregon hosts regular volunteer evenings on Tuesday's from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at their office on the second floor of 333 SE 2nd Ave. in Portland. Typical activities iinclude phone banking for event turnout, lobbying, miscellaneous activity, and always a bit of strategizing and planning with the crew. Follow the link above to learn more about Oregon Climate. 

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).

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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