Environmental Center


Environmental Center Assistant Coordinator (9 month, FT Exempt Position):

The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center (EC) is seeking an organized and energetic individual to assist with the EC’s programmatic, operational and administrative functions. The EC is a dynamic student organization that provides various environmental services to the campus, implements campus and community programs highlighting environmental and social justice issues, and supports 20-30 student staff through training and mentorship. The EC is committed to: 1) Cultivating and empowering environmental leaders who create social change, 2) Implementing meaningful environmental initiatives that advance regional sustainability and shift our collective paradigm, 3) Engaging in campus and community partnerships to amplify our collective environmental impact and strengthen a culture of sustainability in our region and 4) Enhancing student success by complementing academic learning with applied research, valuable internships, and relevant hands-on projects.

The Assistant Coordinator position will play an integral role in training and supporting our student leaders, overseeing office operations, spearheading projects/programs in our focus areas, and coordinating various operations. The latter includes work with both our in-vessel compost system and our campus garden. The ideal candidate will be approachable, enjoy working with students in both a supervisory and educational capacity, and excited to work in a collaborative environment. The Assistant Coordinator reports directly to the Environmental Center Coordinator. This is a 40-hour/week, 9-month permanent exempt staff position.

A complete job description can be found here.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to EC Coordinator, Rachel Landis at rllandis[at]fortlewis.edu. Applications Applications received by June 8, 2015 will be given full consideration.  Position will remain open until filled.

Environmental Center Student Project Staff (Fall 2015/Spring 2016):

The Environmental Center promotes sustainability and social justice on our campus and in our community while providing students with professional skills training, personal development, and the opportunity to create meaningful and lasting change. We are currently looking for passionate individuals excited to gain professional skills, be part of an amazing crew of folks, and work towards creating positive environmental and social change in our campus/community.

Student staff are asked to work between 6-10 hours per week, which includes team meetings, project work, office hours, and attending occasional all-hands-on-deck events such as our all-staff retreat in late September.  Weekly schedules are flexible to cater to school/life commitments.

Pay Scale: $8.50/hour-$11.00/hour depending on experience and whether or not you qualify for Work Study funds through your financial aid package. To learn if you qualify, please contact the Financial Aid office at (970) 247-7102.

Start Date: Student work study will begin working regular office hours the 2nd week of September. All staff are asked to attend a paid, all-day orientation retreat the third weekend of September. 

To apply, please complete an application and send an email with your resume and 3 references attached to EC Coordinator, Rachel Landis, at rllandis [at] fortlewis.edu. We will accept applications until September 4th.   

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Environmental Center Local Food Fellowship (Please check back in in February 2016)

What: A fellowship program for two Fort Lewis College students with an interest in food security, community gardens, sustainable agriculture, orchards, and healthy eating.  Fellows work approximately 20 hours per week from May 1st through August 29th overseeing and managing our on-campus garden and orchard, while also connecting with local organizations to learn more about our local food system. Additionally, fellows will work approximately 5 hours/week in April to get the garden set up, as well as, September and October to wrap up of the garden season and offer educational garden workshops to our campus community.  Fellows register to take ENVS 393: Environmental Agriculture (4 credits) during the first summer session (May 3rd -June 5th). Students who have previously taken this course or who can demonstrate equivalent experience are welcome to apply and request exemption from this course. To capture the knowledge and insights gained during the fellowship, Fellows will be asked to design a Capstone project that directly benefits our campus or community.



          Manage the Environmental Center organic garden, greenhouse, orchard, and compost program

          Develop and execute a Capstone Project that directly relates to your Local Food Fellowship’s area of focus

          Provide 3 on-campus garden-oriented workshops during the Fall 2014 semester

          Participate on the Environmental Center Local Food Team during September & October of the Fall Semester.



          Enrollment in (or audit of) ENVS 393: Environmental Agriculture and good academic standing

          Experience with sustainable agriculture, horticulture, and greenhouse management

          Knowledge of community food security issues in La Plata County

          Experience with education or facilitating groups

          Attention to detail and strong recordkeeping skills

          Ability to work independently, take initiative, and solve problems

          Good communication skills and a positive attitude

Term: April 1st- – October 31st (20 hours/week in summer; 1-4 hours/week during school year) 

To apply:  Please check back in in early February 2016 for an updated application. Until then, happy growing!

 For more information: Contact Rachel Landis at (970) 247-7091 or email rllandis@fortlewis.edu


Other Internships

The Environmental Center offers internship opportunities for undergraduate students at Fort Lewis.  If you have an interest in one of our program areas and would like to complete an internship, please contact the Coordinator at rllandis [at] fortlewis.edu.