Job Application


The UO Zero Waste Program provides student jobs as Zero Waste Operations Assistants performing service and administrative duties. ZWOA's do a variety of tasks including: warehouse functions, collection routes, education, zero waste events, administrative, Housing routes.

Individual students at the University of Oregon are prohibited from working more than 25 hours per week while attending school (although they can work up to 40 hours and beyond over breaks, including summer). the UO Zero Waste Program requires a minimum of 6 and hours per week for student employment.

Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 8 credit hours to be eligible to work in the UO Zero Waste Program. Students from any accredited community or 4 year institution are eligible for employment. Students with work study funding (part of financial aid package) are given preference in hiring. Students with no work study funding are still eligible to apply. Summer employment is offered by program seniority as staff is reduced in the summer. Employment is offered year round.

Students are scheduled for any number of areas throughout the week: processing, van routes, monitoring, housing routes, outside collection routes, compost crew and maintenance. Some students are assigned as area coordinators for the EMU, walking routes and the architecture studios. Weekend routes are available for Housing routes, zero waste events and other projects as needed. The Program operates out of 3 separate locations and students will be required to show up at area designated on the schedule.

The Program also offers positions performing administrative, educational, zero waste events and other special project areas. For more information on program employment, email Recycling Operations Supervisor at: recycle@uoregon.edu


Zero Waste Program Job Application

If you are here, you have shown interest in working with the UO Zero Waste Program
or have seen a job posting on Duck Connect.

To apply for a position with the UO Zero Waste Program, please fill out the job application
and send it to: campusopsjobs@uoregon.edu
For further inquiries, email: recycle@uoregon.edu

There are two formats for the application to work with the UO Zero Waste Program. 
The MS Word Document is preferred. 
If you choose to utilize the PDF version, please open it with Adobe PDF reader,
fill out the application and save it with your name in the file name. 
Then attach the document to an email and send it to: campusopsjobs@uoregon.edu
Put “Application for Zero Waste Program” in the subject line.

Here are two formats for the employment application (please choose one format):

MS Word Document
and a
PDF Document
Updated 11-1-17


Position Information



*Position ID:


*Position Title:

Zero Waste Operations Assistant 2

Organization Name:

Finance & Administration Shared Services

*Number of Openings:


Work Schedule:


*Hours per Week:






*Employment Start Date:


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*Position Description:

***Applicants with Work Study will be given priority***

These are student positions to perform operational and educational duties for the Zero Waste Program. Position includes extensive training in labor duties for operations and educational program assistant duties.

Position performs all work of Zero Waste Operations Assistant 2 as follows:

• Moving loaded material barrels, bags, boxes and other containers with or without handtrucks.
• Loading and unloading material into and out of program step-vans
• Grading, sorting, cleaning and loading Zero Waste Program materials including: paper, glass, plastic, steel, cardboard, other recyclables, compostables, and re-usables in accordance with established market and program guidelines
• Driving a variety of program vehicles (electric truck, large step vans, biodiesel step vans) in accordance with State of Oregon Rules of the Road, University and Facilities Services driving regulations, and Zero Waste Program guidelines
• Maintaining Zero Waste sites in accordance with program signage and cleanliness guidelines
• Maintaining records of work completed and problems encountered on route slips
• Tracking all material collected by location
• Interacting with the campus community in a professional and helpful manner
• Reporting needed maintenance on vehicles, equipment, service
• Demonstrating knowledge of and adherence to established safety guidelines and policies,
including the use of Personal Protective Equipment and safe lifting techniques
• Work weekends and evenings for routes and other events
• Support Program Coordinators and Zero Waste staff with Zero Waste events, educational and promotional activities.

• Work independently performing regular operational duties including the servicing of satellite areas:
o Outside PDO’s (public drop-offs)
o Lawrence Hall
o Zero Waste events
o Educational activities including staffing events
o Bike Route
o Electric Truck Tiger Route
o Walking Routes

• Assist Coordinators in operational logistics for Zero Waste events, educational and promotional activities, and other non-daily special projects such as Move-Outs
• Work weekends and evenings without direct supervision for routes and other events
• Work Zero Waste Program events as availability allows including: independent work doing set-up, operations, education, tracking, clean-up, vehicle operation and reporting

Zero Waste Operations Assistant 2 work both indoors and outdoors with no direct supervision in program operations or on satellite routes. Zero Waste Operations Assistant 2 work both indoors and outdoors in weather that may be inclement or extreme, and may work in an industrial setting where temperatures, lighting, noise levels and air quality may vary. The position requires the ability to lift up to 25 pounds, push, pull, bend, stoop, climb stairs and use handtrucks.

o Must be available for 3-hour blocks of time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
o Commit to a regular weekly schedule for the duration of each 10-week academic term including finals week, Move-outs and Move-ins.
o Weekend and evening work as available.
o Work at large events and educational events upon request.


Driver’s license, ability to perform all operational duties (including lifting, collection, processing, driving vehicles), good work ethic, ability to meet work schedule

*How to Apply:

Please follow this link to the employment application:

***Please use the Word document application form***


Fill out the form, sign it, and return via email to campusopsjobs@uoregon.edu.

Please title subject line, "Your Name-Student Recycler". If you need accommodations with submitting your application, please contact us via the email above.

*Incomplete applications and/or those not submitted correctly will not be reviewed.

Academic Credit and Volunteer Opportunities (unpaid)


More and more University academic programs are requiring or encouraging students to complete internships or applied/practicum credits. Many classes encourage students to do projects with the UO Zero Waste Program for part of their course grade. Additionally, independent study credit in PPPM and Environmental Studies is available for students to do projects with the program. Student internships are available as there is a long list of projects available for internships for academic credit.

For more information on potential projects and credits, contact the Program Manager at:

Following is a sample list of projects and internships available through the Program:
•  Performing waste audits
•  Planning Earthweek events
•  Staffing promotional tables
•  Creating displays and educational events
•  Creating brochures
•  Conducting paper making and reuse demonstrations
•  Generating website topics
•  Participating in a resource conservation campaign
•  Participating a “buy recycled” campaign
•  Researching uses for recycled paper
•  Researching grants and funding
•  Creating proposals for waste reduction projects, such as in-room bins for all residence hall students
•  Coordinating a yard sale for residence halls
•  The possibilities are endless


Volunteers are a great asset to the Program – we couldn't provide many of our services without them. Volunteer opportunities abound at the UO Zero Waste Program. For more information, email us at: knowaste@uoregon.edu .