EarthLab Student Program Lead

$4,700 monthly
  • University of Washington, EarthLab
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Mar 18, 2022
Part time / Adjunct Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture Anthropology & Sociology Environmental Studies Sciences and Technology: other Student Affairs

Job Description


EarthLab is seeking a part-time (.75) Program Lead to manage and grow our Student Experience Program.

EarthLab is a visionary institute that pushes boundaries to address our most pressing environmental challenges, with a focus on climate and its intersection with social justice. EarthLab does this by connecting faculty, students and researchers at the University of Washington (UW) to community collaborators in businesses, non-profits, public agencies, Tribal nations and others to co-produce actionable research that generates solutions and strategies for local and global impact. EarthLab’s vision, an equitable, just and sustainable world where people and planet thrive, supports one of the University’s biggest goals. As a Carnegie-classified Community Engagement University, the UW aspires to be the #1 university in the world as measured by impact. EarthLab is inspired by and committed to this challenge.

The EarthLab Student Program Lead will report to the EarthLab Executive Director to develop and manage the day-to-day operations of our brand new EarthLab Student Experience Programs. This is a unique opportunity to help us expand connections with UW students and to build a new program from the ground up. 

The first project this role will lead is launching new EarthLab summer internships within our member organizations. The internship program will be a robust, cohort-based paid internship program for University of Washington undergraduate students who want to develop interdisciplinary, applied research and community engagement skills and build capacity to address pressing environmental issues. The EarthLab Student Program Lead will combine program coordination experience with a passion for mentoring and engaging students. The Lead will work closely with the EarthLab team and member organization sponsors to ensure internship projects serve both the student and the host organizations. You will also have the opportunity to develop training sessions on professional development and challenge days to discuss and dismantle issues related to climate change and social justice. This role will also support two new EarthLab-community collaborations engaging students this year.

This position is 30 hours per week, year-round, with expectations that this will grow to full time (40 hour/week) within 18 months as we build out the EarthLab Student Experience Program with additional projects and student engagements. The position qualifies for full UW benefits. 

Job Duties:

  • (50%) Lead and manage EarthLab summer internships, engaging UW undergraduate students from different disciplines and across UW campuses, including but not limited to: 
    • Support annual processes including developing cohort programming, application cycles, offers, intern and mentor onboarding, host socials, mentor and check-in meetings, exit interviews, etc.
    • Provide proactive student support towards successful internship completion including; liaison between site supervisors, students and EarthLab; facilitate the resolution of concerns brought forward by hosts, students and/or faculty
    • Assemble and maintain files for each participating student including documentation of progress and related paperwork such as resumes, agreement forms, assignments and evaluations
  • (20%) Work with the EarthLab leadership team and program leads to develop and implement new student programming and additional student cohort activities, including trainings, student spotlights and other events
  • (20%) Manage current EarthLab-community collaborations that engage students
  • (5%) Organize and deliver presentations related to EarthLab student programming; Track effort and progress and share success stories about the impact students have had on host organizations and how students have benefited from real-world work experience
  • (5%) Benchmark and collaborate with other student programs at UW and at other universities with similar programs. 

Diversity Equity and Inclusion:

EarthLab acknowledges the systemic racism that exists in the environmental sector and within environmentalism. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. We are seeking candidates who are committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment where all voices are considered and valued.

About UW: 

The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from more than 70 countries. As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, in a related field
  • At least 4 years of program coordination experience, to include event planning and interacting with students at undergraduate level and above
  • Demonstrated aptitude and comfort for public speaking to both small and large groups
  • Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment 
  • Demonstrated experience using tele- and web conferencing applications and intranets
  • Demonstrated experience in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated experience with writing, proofreading and editing
  • Passion for building diverse teams and contributing to a culture of inclusion

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Application Details

To apply for this position, please apply through the UW Jobs portal.  At EARTHLAB we focus on equity and justice in all that we do.  In your cover letter, please include your experience, lived or professional, in the area of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.


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Application Deadline

The position is open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications as they come in.