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Student Opportunities

If you’re interested in advancing environmental, economic and social justice, then join our team of student stewards and fellows who work with campus Sustainability staff to promote UC San Diego and University of California sustainability goals and initiatives.

Volunteer Positions

Sustainability Ambassadors

The Sustainability Ambassadors Program is a registered campus student organization sponsored by the UC San Diego Sustainability Office and the UC Office of the President’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative. This program aims to educate and engage students through peer education and programming to raise awareness of UC San Diego’s efforts to reach carbon neutrality and encourage students to implement sustainable living methods. Volunteer ambassadors will work under the direction of the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Engagement Fellow and the Sustainability Program Office.

Ambassadors will be trained to educate other students on sustainability issues through workshops, projects and social media engagement activities at the Sustainability Resource Center. Each Sustainability Ambassador will become knowledgeable about the Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) and focus on informing and engaging students on personal, campus-wide and global changes that can be made to reach CNI goals. Four ambassador positions are available for the 2021–2022 academic year.

Benefits of being a Sustainability Ambassador include:

  • Enhancing communication, decision-making and leadership skills
  • Improved presentation, teaching and facilitation skills
  • Gaining extensive knowledge of an interdisciplinary model of sustainability education
  • Being part of a skilled, fun, diverse student team committed to educating their peers about sustainability
  • Creating, maintaining and enhancing relations with campus sustainability staff and faculty
  • Gaining valuable experience for future employment and academic endeavors

CCR Approved Volunteer Opportunity

CCR approvedCCR, or Co-Curricular Record, recognizes the work students do outside the classroom by recording the experience on an official document that accompanies the UC San Diego transcript. Students who volunteer for 30+ hours during the 2021–2022 academic year with UC San Diego Sustainability are eligible for this program. Learn more about CCR.

Position Description

Application: Apply online before October 8, 2021.

Location: Online

Number of positions: 4

Duration: Three academic quarters (Fall 2021 Winter and Spring 2022)

Hours: 5-6 hours per week

Duties include:

  • Attending:
    • Two training sessions a week during Fall Quarter from Week 4 through Week 9
    • Weekly team meetings with the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow
  • Assisting the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow in planning and hosting Green Talks, an annual climate change symposium during Spring Quarter 2022
  • Assisting as needed with implementing sustainability related events (UC San Diego’s Earth Month, Green Talks, department and student organization’s events, etc.)
  • Creating small- and large-scale presentations for various venues and campus groups
  • Coordinating do-it-yourself projects that help to reduce consumerism in our daily lives
  • Liaising with campus committees and stakeholders


  • Demonstrated understanding of sustainability concepts
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proven ability to independently manage projects
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Familiarity with Google Suite (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides)
  • Experience with recruiting, training and coordinating volunteers
  • Commitment to UC San Diego values of community, diversity and sustainability


If you have questions, contact UC San Diego Sustainability.


Bonnie Reiss Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellowship

The UC President’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellowship Program funds student-generated projects that support the UC system’s goal to produce zero-net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Students selected to serve as the campus CNI Student Engagement Fellow will work with campus Sustainability staff to communicate about campus and UC‐wide sustainability goals and programs, to assess existing programs and efforts, and to engage undergraduate and graduate students in those efforts. In addition, engagement and communication efforts should enable and empower students to provide feedback about campus and UC‐wide sustainability programs.

Application period is closed.

Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship

The UC President’s Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program funds student-generated research, related projects or internships that focus on food issues. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and is administered by campus Sustainability staff to ensure that student efforts align with local needs.

Application period is closed.