Internship in Sustainability Opportunity

Internship Opportunity

Position Title: Living Lab/Sustainability Internship/Part Time
Time Commitment: 25-30 hours/week in three months increments (late August to early Dec; mid-Jan to early May; and/or mid-May to mid-August)
Pay Status: $12.50/hour. No benefits.
Location: On site at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center, 39042 Highway 82, Snowmass Village, CO

Pitkin County Landfill MISSION STATEMENT
We at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center seek to conserve our environment and extend the life of our landfill by reducing source generation through public education, appropriately reusing materials through aggregate and compost diversion and sales, and recycling and reusing valuable commodities with state of the art collection programs. We provide safe and ethical material disposal for all other materials with no recycling or reuse value.

Pitkin County Landfill Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Policy
We at the Pitkin County Landfill seek to conserve our environment and extend the life of our landfill by reducing waste generation at the source through public education, appropriately reusing materials through aggregate and compost diversion and sales, and by recycling and reusing valuable commodities with state of the art collection programs. We provide safe and ethical material disposal for all other materials with little or no recycling or reuse value.

In keeping with that mission we are committed to:
● Monitoring and making improvements to our integrated solid waste, employee health and safety, educational, compostable, recyclable and hazardous material disposal programs.
● Establishing rigorous review of the environmental aspects and impacts of our programs and operations to ensure we are in the forefront of our industry when setting and reviewing objectives and targets.
● Minimizing the impacts to the land, water and air by monitoring the effects of our operations and taking corrective actions to correct any situation that may compromise the environment.
● Creating new and responsive programs to improve our environment.
● Maintaining compliance with all Federal, State and Local environmental laws and regulations. We seek to exceed minimum requirements of our regulating bodies.
● Requiring our employees holding themselves to rigorous ethical standards for site operations and taking ownership of their work on the site.
● Embracing a culture where employees and citizens can be proud of our and their efforts.

Program Overview and Position Summary
Intern would work on,.for example, the SCRAPS program, a local food waste diversion project between the city of Aspen and Pitkin county and the Living Lab Workshops series. The workshops are a series of presentations about home gardening, alternative composting methods, and other topics of interest to the home gardener. The website includes information about the series. Interns would work to develop upcoming workshops and assist w/ Field Day, a day of programming on topics of interest to those engaged in small acreage management. Interns will also assist with our demonstration projects at the landfill—vegetable gardens, xeriscape garden and permaculture projects. We are engaged in a long term effort to demonstrate how cast off materials can be repurposed for gardening and how our soil products can be effectively used to amend poor local soils.

We offer a part time paid internship for a commitment of between 25-30 hours a week. We are in the process of using our landfill and our programs as a case study for what a sustainable course for integrated waste management might look like. Interns will assist in the design, construction and documentation of these efforts.

Our internship period is for three month increments and may be extended no longer than for a nine month period depending upon mutual agreement. We are located on a RFTA bus line so applicants needn’t have cars but can if they choose. There is no housing provided.

Candidate Requirements:
Applicants must be either enrolled in an accredited program, be between semesters or recent graduates of an accredited program.  Independent, self-starter, able to work well with minimal oversight. Applicants should be interested in describing and implementing their own ideas that fit with our mission. A background or interest in simple carpentry, gardening, permaculture, or a strong DIY ethos would distinguish those applying. Applicants must be able and willing to shovel, move rocks, dig in the dirt, move compost and hay bales short distances and lift up to 50 lbs. Facility with simple carpentry tools and power tools would be helpful.

Applicants must also have familiarity with the internet, videotaping equipment, camera equipment (or IPhone), Word etc. Applicants familiar with video editing programs, Publisher, WordPress etc. should mention such knowledge/skills.

Training Provided:
We provide training in integrated solid waste management, state of the art municipal recycling, and commercial scale composting and soil amendment programs. We also offer interns the opportunity, encouragement and resources to design and implement their own projects that fit our mission and to document our case study and be included in the project as a participating member.

Applicant Procedure:
Applicants should send resumes and/or CVs, a letter of support from a faculty member, supervisor or advisor, and a letter stating why they are interested in the internship, what the applicant hopes to learn and any project ideas they might have to work on. Send the material to Jack Johnson’s attention.
Email of contact person:
jack.johnson@pitkincounty.com
Phone of contact person:
970-429-2885