Sustainability Fellowships

Sustainability Fellows will support ongoing institutional and regional sustainability projects in Winter and Spring quarters of 2019.


Graduate Students interested in sustainability are encouraged to apply for the 2018-19 Sustainability Fellowships.  These project-based fellowships offer students an opportunity to engage with on-going sustainability projects while gaining real-world experience in a variety of key skills.  This year's Fellows will work with either the Office of Sustainability or the Sustainability in Prisons Project.


  • Positions are open to any student enrolled in graduate studies at The Evergreen State College (at least half-time) during winter and spring of 2019.
  • Should be available to work 20 hours a week, mainly during office hours Monday-Friday (some hours may be flexible)
  • Subject-matter and technical expertise are desirable, but can be taught on the job and are not as critical as excellent social and communication skills.

To Apply: please submit the following documents, electronically, to by 10pm November 11, 2018:

  1. Cover Letter (1 page)  - Identify the position(s) you are interested in, why you are interested and what knowledge or skills you offer
  2. Resume/Curriculum - Please include pertinent academic work
  3. Two references and their contact information


  • November 11: Applications Due
  • November 26 - December 7: Applicant Interviews
  • December 12: Hiring Announcements
  • January 7: Fellowships Begin

2018-19 Fellowship Positions

Graduate Sustainability Fellows are supported through a small endowment.
Each position is:

  • $16.39 per hour
  • 20 hours per week
  • January 7 to June 15 (not including spring break, 22 weeks total)


SPP Curriculum & Certification Developer

(Reports to the SPP Project Manager)

This fellowship will facilitate certification and curriculum development for various Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) programs; these are well-established programs, currently offering substantial informal education. Most would benefit enormously from added educational resources and structured tracking and certification of student progress and achievement. Development of added educational resources and improved program structure is already underway, but currently under-resourced.

For each SPP certificate program, the fellow would review progress to date, and then coordinate continued development to encompass:

  • identifying program learning objectives (referencing current certification when possible)
  • compiling/inventorying existing educational resources to meet program learning objectives
  • seeking out educational resources to satisfy unmet objectives and/or enhance the program 
  • creating a flexible and achievable curriculum, i.e., recommending modes and order of delivery.

Curriculum and Certification Development

  • Coordinate development of two or more new certification programs for SPP programs: likely candidates are statewide gardening and composting programs, and sheep program at Washington State Penitentiary.
  • Participate in updates and enhancements to existing certification programs: likely to include ecological conservation and biology programs at Cedar Creek and Larch Corrections Center.
  • Support tracking and administration of personnel paperwork and data for incarcerated technicians in SPP ecological conservation programs; include recommendations for tracking participants of new certificate programs in developments.

Reporting, Accountability, and Advancing SPP

  • Provide weekly updates to supervisor and to the team every two weeks at SPP staff meetings.
  • Monitor and safeguard health of SPP programs; participate in ongoing program improvement and problem solving.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with all program partners (e.g. guest experts and their organizations) and DOC staff at host prisons.
  • Visit host facilities and SPP programs as needed to attain subject matter expertise, cultivate partnerships, deliver supplies, and be able to represent SPP programming overall.

Administrative Operations

  • Track and administer systems essential to SPP program operations, such as: recording new contacts, maintaining shared files, and checking out electronic equipment (cameras, laptops, clickers).
  • Researching and compiling program and fellowship data, accomplishments and results into tables and summaries for reports for the benefit of SPP and as required by funding source.
  • Other duties as needed, including printing, copying, mailing, scheduling, honoraria and mileage forms, etc.

Educational Opportunities

  • Work in a collaborative, engaged community of corrections professionals, scientists, researchers, technicians, faculty, staff, and students.
  • As time allows, respond to SPP staff requests for review, research, and co-authoring
  • As time and resources allow, present on SPP and fellowship activities at conferences, publish articles, and actively share knowledge with other groups about engaging the incarcerated community in conservation and education.

Required Qualifications

  • Available to work mainly during office hours Monday-Friday (some hours may be flexible)
  • Subject-matter and technical expertise are desirable, but can be taught on the job and are not as critical as excellent social and communication skills.
  • Current driver’s license and available and reliable vehicle for trips to prisons in western Washington (mileage will be reimbursed)
  • Willingness and ability to work safely in a correctional setting and to communicate and collaborate with Corrections staff and supervisors to address concerns and respond to inmate requests; employment contingent on successful Correction’s security clearance (so program access is possible!)
  • Willingness and ability to follow directions, collaborate on projects, and give and hear feedback


Communication and Outreach Fellow

(Reports to the Assistant Director of Sustainability)

Work with the Assistant Director of Sustainability to enhance, update, and maintain educational outreach content for use in classrooms and online. Collaborate with campus partners promoting social media to create sustainability content for the greater Evergreen community. The collection and distribution of stories, materials, and information is crucial for this position. This position will be focused on creating, expanding, and integrating sustainability content on Evergreen’s canvas site, social media, and communications within on-campus offices.

Expectations and Deliverables

  • Complete the development and publish educational modules in Canvas that describe and   highlight sustainability projects and practices on campus. Including partnerships on and off campus, related offices, and the greater Olympia community.
  • Modules will address the College’s sustainability-related practices. Topics include: LEED Buildings, Transportation, Heating, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Food, Waste, Community Connections, Student Originated Projects, and other subject areas seen fit.
  • Support a sustainability speakers series with event planning, coordination, and execution.
  • Meet weekly with Assistant Director of Sustainability. (1 hour/week)
  • Meet with Director of Sustainability as needed.
  • Maintain an activity log and track hours daily.


Sustainability Analyst Fellow

(Reports to the Assistant Director of Sustainability)

A program of The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Reporting includes conducting a greenhouse gas emissions inventory encompassing Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions at a minimum. The Sustainability Analyst will work with the Assistant Director of Sustainability to complete the College’s most recent greenhouse gas inventory and update a broad and extensive sustainability assessment of College practices (AASHE STARS). This position will focus heavily on performing GHG calculations and models, as well as performing sustainability reporting tools.

Expectations and Deliverables

  • Collect campus data and calculate Evergreen’s FY 17-18 GHG inventory.
  • Assist with the update and submission of STARS.
  • Prepare a report summarizing the College’s historical record and actions taken, for sharing broadly with the campus community.
  • Meet weekly with Assistant Director of Sustainability. (1 hour/week)
  • Meet with Director of Sustainability as needed.
  • Maintain activity log and track hours daily.



Evergreen Director of Sustainability, Scott Morgan, (360) 867-6913.