Department of Public Worms: Outreach Coordinator
Posted: April 17, 2017
The Department of Public Worms (DPW) runs UCSB’s student-funded on-site composting programs. Students collect pre-consumer food waste from the UCSB dining commons and use vermicompost bins to process food waste into rich soil amendments. Additional aerobic compost is managed on campus and both the family student housing apartment complexes. The resulting compost and worm castings are used to educate students and as a soil amendment in the Edible Campus Program, where our team will be growing produce to redistribute to students at no cost through the AS Food Bank.
DPW has also played a crucial as a partner in establishing UCSB’s off-site organics composting program that diverts many tons of food waste from our landfill every year.
The DPW Outreach Coordinator conducts the DPW outreach program. He or she develops DPW’s informational resources, website, and social media content; coordinates quarterly events including tabling and workshops; and works with the Program Coordinator and Student Operations Coordinator with the ultimate goal of expanding the program, reducing UCSB’s waste, and encouraging others to compost. This growing department plays a major role in UCSB’s effort to achieve zero waste by 2020 and addressing food insecurity on campus, so committed and enthusiastic students are a must!
This position consists of primarily office oriented work, combined with public interactions and representing the team in various meetings on campus.
– Under the direction of career staff conducts and organizes all DPW outreach efforts for the year
– Utilize research and knowledge of composting, vermicomposting, environmental impact of food waste, local waste systems, and small-scale organic gardening to develop DPW’s informational resources.
– Write content for the website creates brochures, flyers, logos, stickers, advertisements, and event materials, working with the Associated Students Graphic artists when needed.
– Incorporate ideas of zero waste, repurposing, and reclaiming materials into interactive displays and giveaways
– Maintains and expands DPW’s social media presence including Facebook and Instagram
– Photo document departmental activities and events to be used on media
– Tables at events to promote DPW’s activities and connect with campus outside of environmental campus organizations
– Design, organize, schedule, and execute workshops centered around composting, small-scale food production, and closed loop food cycles
– Works with the DPW Student Operations Coordinator to schedule, develop and promote educational workshops
– Maintain frequent and regular communication with Program Coordinator on DPW progress and needs. Must be able to attend a weekly meeting with the Program Coordinator and a weekly meeting for DPW Student Coordinators to discuss project progress and needs.
– Must attend quarterly meetings with other groups on campus as a team representative for workshops, Associated Students, and others.
– Other duties as assigned
– Must have a strong interest in and knowledge of composting, vermicomposting, gardening and environmental issues related to food waste
– Must be comfortable with public speaking, presenting, and interacting with the student population
– Must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Public Speaking experience preferred.
– Must have a passion for environmental issues and a willingness to share.
– Must be interested in event planning and creating exciting, engaging table displays
-Must be extremely organized.
– Must be able to work events on weekends and evenings
– Must be able to balance and alter your schedule quarterly to accommodate for events in the academic year, or seasonal events such as Week of Welcome or Earth Day
– Must be able to work independently on multiple projects each quarter
– Must be willing to get a bit dirty.
– Must possess a valid driver’s license.
– Adobe Design Suite, social media, photography and WordPress skills are beneficial, but not required
TO APPLY: Apply on Gaucholink and you must attach a resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Please indicate on your cover letter your availability for Summer Sessions A and B. Please label your cover letter and resume with your first and last name (ex. FirstnameLastnameResume and FirstnameLastnameCoverLetter).
For questions, contact Jessie Schmitt at email@example.com
Hours Per Week: ~13
Location: Facilities/all campus