Careers in Sustainability

The University of Virginia Career Center now offers a comprehensive guide for exploring careers in sustainability. Visit their page to learn how to get started on your career path.

Office for Sustainability Jobs

Interested in joining our team? Check here for internships, student employee, and staff positions.

Energy & Sustainability Engineering Specialist

Job Description: The UVA Office for Sustainability is seeking an Energy and Sustainability Engineering Specialist to contribute to developing solutions to meet university-wide goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and overall environmental stewardship. The incumbent focuses on supporting innovative projects that incorporate best practices in sustainability and conservation in the use of energy, water, and other resources through retro-commissioning, energy audits and technical analyses. The incumbent supports the goals of providing consistent, cost-effective, and efficient use of energy and other natural resources by applying expertise and knowledge of building systems to inspect, evaluate, analyze, and solve complex building mechanical, electrical, controls, and plumbing deficiencies. The Energy and Sustainability Engineering Specialist will also support new construction and major renovations as a project stakeholder for sustainability. Apply at Jobs@UVA. Posting Number 0623310.

Sustainability Student Employees

5-20 hours/week, $9/hour
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Basic qualifications: Sustainability Student Employees are committed to making sustainability part of the UVA community. The students work in teams to address four key areas of sustainability: Recycling, Energy & Water, Student Outreach and UVA Sustainability Promotion. Through various events and programs, the student employees coordinate & communicate the University’s sustainability efforts and educate their peers on ways to be more sustainable. Student employees will work to support the Office for Sustainability’s Outreach, Engagement and Communications’ programs and report to the Sustainability Outreach Program Manager.

Several positions will become open for Fall 2018, with minimum work-time dedicated to be no less than four hours per week. In addition, a required, weekly one-hour meeting will be scheduled during normal business hours. Student Employees can work up to 20 hours a week.

Student employees work in teams to coordinate major university-wide outreach events and identify new and creative programming to increase sustainability awareness.

Professional skill development opportunities include: event planning and promotion, social media writing, blog writing, marketing, team building, volunteer coordination, program development, research and communication.

Student employees should feel comfortable standing out and reaching out to others. Most of the work involves public advocacy for sustainability and working with departments and individuals at UVA. Ideal candidates will be responsible time managers with a passion for sustainability outreach and leadership. Positive, excited attitude a must!

Current Programs include:

  • Sustainability Advocates Program
  • UVA Sustainability Day
  • Game Day Recycling Challenge- Football & Basketball
  • Energize UVA
  • RecycleMania
  • World Water Events
  • Earth Week
  • Hoos Reuse
  • SustainaMonday
  • Student Voices Blog
  • UVA Sustainability Instagram
  • Posting closes April 22nd at 11:55PM