ALL Positions Hiring Spring Quarter 2017

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Hey Gauchos!

Many of our Worm Wranglers and Student coordinators are graduating this year, and we’re looking for some amazing applicants to join our team!

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 a rich soil amendment. 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 distribute to students at no cost through the AS Food Bank.

DPW students are also crucial partners in establishing UCSB’s new off-site compost program that will divert tons of waste from the landfill each year.

The Department of Public Worms Operations Coordinator manages daily operations for food waste collection, processing, and harvesting, as well as leading other student workers on projects to  expand the program as needed.

To qualify, you must be enrolled as a full-time student at UCSB and possess a valid Driver’s License. All job postings are accessible on GauchoLink.

Positions Available:

Operations Coordinator Duties

The Operations Coordinator runs all compost operations, scheduling, and maintenance. In this position, the ideal candidate with effectively direct daily activities, resolve problems, source solutions, keep the team on track, and make sure all operations are being executed according to our procedures. Duties are split between administrative and operational tasks.

12-15 hours/week


Key Skills:

  • 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 and interacting with students, staff and community members.
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to maintain clear, accurate record-keeping.
  • Must possess strong team leadership skills and experience.
  • Must be willing to work up close and hands on with pre- and post-consumer food scraps, large volumes of green waste, manure, worm castings, and smelly conditions.

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Worm Wrangler

Worm Wranglers are team members performing compost and garden related tasks. Primary duties include collecting and sorting food scraps, maintaining aerobic compost piles, feeding and caring for worms, and performing all the necessary tasks that accompany garden maintenance such as weeding, fertilizing, planting, transplanting, and harvesting. Work generally takes place outside in all weather conditions.

We are seriously looking for individuals that can commit to working over the summer.

8-10 hours/week, but possibly more during summer


Key Skills:

  • Must be willing to work up close and hands on with pre- and post-consumer food scraps, large volumes of green waste, manure, worm castings, and smelly conditions.
  • Must be familiar with and have an interest in environmental issues, waste management, composting, vermicomposting, and gardening.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to work individually as well as in a team environment.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.

More information can be found on GauchoLink

Outreach Coordinator

The Outreach Coordinator manages all marketing related tasks as well as additional departmental administrative duties. This position manages all outreach and educational related activities such as tabling, events, workshops, and media. This position also requires occasional weekend work for special events.

12-15 hours/week


Key Skills:

  • Must be able to work independently on quarter long projects and plan for multiple events.
  • 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.
  • Event planning, creative table displays, photo-documentation, and content development.
  • Design or work with design team to develop advertising and digital media, flyers, stickers, etc.
  • Website and/or blog management and content development
  • Manage Social Media
  • Develop new and creative ways to connect with students at UCSB

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