Skidmore Compost Outreach, Education and Marketing Intern

Location: Skidmore College
Dates: Spring Semester 2013, approximately 6-10 hours/week

Description:
The internship requires 6-10 hours per week, based at Skidmore College. Primary responsibilities of the intern will be to work with Sustainable Skidmore and the Composting Group of EAC to improve student awareness and participation in the Northwoods Apartment Village composting program. The apartment compost initiative began in Spring 2011 as a student internship project in Sustainable Skidmore and sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program. The Environmental Action Club then took it over in the following semesters, and as of Fall 2012, Compost Managers are hired by Sustainable Skidmore to carry out the labor and manage volunteers for the composting process. This includes distribution of buckets to residents, education and outreach, volunteer management, picking up the food scraps weekly from the apartments using the bikes and bike trailers, picking up coffee grounds from the Dining Hall to include in the compost, turning the compost piles, adding carbon sources to the piles, and cleaning and returning the buckets. Although there is reasonable participation, we hope to improve the program’s education and outreach initiatives to ultimately increase student participation. We would therefore like to have a student develop an outreach, education, and marketing plan that can be used by the composting program to better serve the Northwoods Apartment community.

Duties:
• Attend the weekly composting pickup and turning of the piles with students and Sustainable Skidmore a few times early on in the semester in order to understand the current process and have a baseline for moving forward
• Review existing surveys of Northwoods Apartment residents conducted by Sustainable Skidmore. Develop and administer additional surveys as needed early on in the semester to assess current participation, and further identify any limitations in the Northwoods Apartment Village composting program which have not already been identified in previous surveys. This will likely include going door to door in the apartments, in addition to utilizing means of communication such as email, and volunteers from EAC as well as the Compost Managers could potentially help with such efforts as well.
• Develop an outreach and education strategy and distribute alternative composting resources (bokashi and/or compostable bags) by midway through the Spring Semester with the assistance of EAC and the Compost Managers.
• Conduct a follow-up survey by the end of the semester that measures the success of the pilot programs utilizing the new composting resources, assesses participation to compare to the initial survey, and identifies remaining limitations or concerns that students have as related to the program.
• Develop an outreach and education action plan aimed at increasing student awareness and involvement in the Northwoods Apartment Village composting program
• Produce a final marketing report that includes objectives, initiatives, and tactics that will improve education an increase student participation in the campus composting program

Requirements:
• Experience with outreach, education, or marketing preferred
• Self-starter
• Submission of interest letter, resume, and references.

Please send materials to Levi Rogers at lrogers@skidmore.edu

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