Tuesday October 21, 2014
Outdoor Action Sustainability Internship Program
Start date: Summer 2008
Hours/week:Â 40 hours a week for 8 weeks
Pay: $9.70 â€“ 13.20 per hour, depending on experience
The Outdoor Action Program, with support from the High Meadows fund, will be offering 1-2 summer internship positions.Â This is a fully-funded eight-week program to research all aspects of the Outdoor Action Program to determine what is necessary to make the program a model for sustainable outdoor education programs. The following areas will be the prime research targets.
- Revising the menu for the trips to be based on local and/or sustainable products and collecting data on where the food comes from to provide this as part of an education curriculum on the trip.
- Bus Transportation â€“ use of alternative fuel buses
- Vehicle Rental â€“ use of hybrid or alternative fuel cars
- Researching biodiesel vehicles and generating our own biodiesel fuel from Dining Services waste cooking oil.
- Identifying and purchasing alternative water purification methods that do not use toxic chemicals.
- Purchasing alternative fuel cooking stoves (potentially bio-diesel) and generating the fuel from Dining Services waste cooking oil.
- Develop a green purchasing plan for equipment (backpacks, sleeping bags, etc.) including using our purchasing power and influence to encourage manufacturers to develop environmentally sustainable products.
- Expanding the training of Outdoor Action Leaders in Leave No Trace practices and developing an integrated curriculum
- Bringing faculty members out to trips to talk about sustainability
- Reducing packaging through bulk food purchasing
- Enhancing recycling of trip waste through the use of biodegradable plastics
- Sponsoring outdoor trips during the academic year that focus on issues of climate change and sustainability (e.g. Earthwatch)
- Annual Speakers Series â€“ that brings prominent figures in outdoor leadership and sustainability to campus
- Developing educational programs and resources around human-powered commuting alternatives for University staff.
The student research will form the basis for implementing changes to the operation of this fallâ€™s Frosh Trip Program including the development of a new curriculum on sustainability for OA Leaders to teach to incoming freshmen.
Application Deadline â€“ Rolling Applications starting April 8
Download the Word Application and send it to oa@.