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Join the Green Office team!

Want to become a coordinator?

The Green Office team consists of one general manager, five student coordinators, and an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Each coordinator is responsible for all the projects within a specific theme. Some of the projects are ongoing, but you also have a lot of freedom to come up with your own projects for making Wageningen University & Research more sustainable! As a coordinator, you will get a lot of responsibility for your own projects and you will spend about 8 hours per week in the Green Office.

These are the coordinator positions within the Green Office team:

  • Communication & Outreach Coordinator [currently filled]
  • Community & Network Coordinator [currently filled]
  • Food & Health Coordinator [currently filled]
  • Campus & Operations Coordinator [currently filled]
  • Education & Research Coordinator [currently filled]

Want to become a volunteer?

We would not be able to achieve many of the things that we do without the help of our great volunteers! There are many ways to join the Green Office as a volunteer. We are always looking for like-minded people, who are eager to work on sustainable projects in their free time. The number of hours that you work per week depends on the position you apply for, and on how actively you would like to be involved. Since we have worked with students for a long time- and we are students ourselves- we know that your study sometimes requires full focus and a lot of energy. Therefore, we understand if there are times when you will be less active or miss out on meetings for a while. Depending on your preference and availability, you can choose to take up one or more roles within the team. If you like multiple positions, you can always ask us which roles are possible to combine.

Our current volunteer positions:

  • Student Cooking Corner Project Leader [volunteers wanted]
  • Billie Cup Implementor [volunteers wanted]
  • LEAF Project Assistant [volunteers wanted]
  • ECOSIA on Campus project leader [volunteers wanted]
  • INEP project assistant (Imagining New Educational Paradigms) [volunteers wanted]
  • Green Office Sustainability Guide Developer [volunteers wanted]
  • Green Office Circularity Advocate [volunteers wanted]
  • Sustainability Blog Editor [volunteers wanted]
  • Sustainability Blog Writer [volunteers wanted]
  • Communication Assistant [volunteers wanted]
  • Green Office Event Organizer [volunteers wanted]
  • Green Impact Project Assistants (GIPA) [volunteers wanted]

You can find a detailed description of the positions below!

Student Cooking Corner Project Leader  

The Student Cooking Corner (SCC) is a weekly activity established by the Green Office. It brings together the student community at WUR by giving students the chance to sell a plant-based homecooked meal of their choice. The aim of the SCC is to give students a platform to showcase their cooking and to give others the opportunity to taste unique meals from around the world. 

What will be your responsibilities? 

  • You will be in charge of managing the reservation requests of the SCC 
  • Contact the forum catering to set up the SCC and  
  • Brainstorm ideas to promote the SCC among the student community in Wageningen.  

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for someone with a love for food, who can work and communicate well with others. Someone who can work independently and be proactive when needed.  

Volunteer period: 4 months (September – December) 

Time investment: 1-2 hours per week

What will you learn?  

  • Develop communication and organization skills   
  • Get an insight into the catering services on campus. 
  • Outreach to people (e.g., to the cooks and to students) 

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl. 

Billie Cup Implementor 

The implementation of the Billie Cup at WUR was an initiative from the Green Office to reduce the use of single-use plastic (SUP) cups on campus. In recent years, the caterers of the different buildings have introduced the Billie Cup and made it part of their regular services. At the same time, there is still room for improvement as not all the caterers are implementing it in the same ways. Essentially, the end goal is to have a SUP cup-free campus! 

What will be your responsibilities?    

  • Take part in meetings with the managers of the catering services. 
  • Get insight into students’ opinions on the Billie Cup system 
  • Be in touch with Billie Cup and work together to implement more products 

Who are we looking for?  

We are looking for someone who is eager to join us and oversee the implementation of the Billie Cup across the different WUR buildings. You would also serve as a   

mediator between the students and the caterers by gathering the students’ opinions to meet their needs and have a system that benefits everyone! 

Volunteer period: 4 months (September – December) 

Time investment: 1-2 hours per week
What will you learn?   

  • Get an insight into the behind the scenes of sustainable transitions 
  • Learn and apply negotiation skills  
  • Develop organization and communication skills  

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl.   

LEAF Project Assistant 

LEAF is an upcoming project from the Facilities and Services department of WUR. LEAF aims to promote sustainability in the research done at WUR, specifically, focusing on reducing the resource (Materials/Energy) usage of the different laboratories and the waste generated by them. 

What will be your responsibilities?    

  • Support teams of WUR staff members in making the different labs more sustainable 
  • Support the labs in achieving the targets/standards of the ‘LEAF’ system  
  • Assist in auditing the performance of labs (tentative, to be confirmed)  

Who are we looking for?   

We are looking for multiple students that are enthusiastic about sustainability and good at motivating others. To make this project a success, we all have to be convinced that many small actions can sum up to a bigger impact and get excited about running a new and innovative project. 

Volunteer period: TBA

Time investment: 1-2 hours a week  

What will you learn? 

  • Develop communication, leadership, and professional skills.   
  • Improve your understanding of sustainability and how to attain trackable and achievable results to increase the sustainability of labs 
  • Increase your network among students and staff  

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl. 

ECOSIA on Campus project leader 

It is a campaign to help students switch to more sustainable search engines on their laptops. Unlike Google, Ecosia uses the money they generate from clicks on the advertisement (around 0.5 cents per search) to plant trees. As of February 2022, the campaign was mostly online and focused more on tracking how many people have Ecosia in WUR through our link: https://ecosia.co/greenofficewageningen. Further, if enough users sign up, Ecosia may do a small promotional project for biodiversity on campus. 

What will be your responsibilities?    

  • Promote the switch to Ecosia among students/staff on campus 
  • Conduct tabling events – talks in Forum with students about the benefits of switching. 
  • Keep a monthly track of how many users are using Ecosia on campus (through our link) 

Who are we looking for?   

Currently, this project is mostly limited to online promotion (through social media posts). We are looking for a student that is enthusiastic about talking and promoting this initiative to a broader audience. You are free to be creative and bring your ideas and inspiration for promoting this initiative. 

Volunteer period: 2-3 months (can be longer)

Time investment: 1-2 hours a week   

What will you learn? 

  • Develop communication, leadership, and professional skills.   
  • Learn how to be effective in motivating people towards more sustainable choices 

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl. 

INEP project assistant (Imagining New Educational Paradigms) 

The project called Imagining New Educational Paradigms (INEP) is focused on discussing and rethinking our education at WUR. We aim to engage teachers, students, study advisors, and everyone else involved in teaching at WUR in a discussion about the sustainability of current educational practices. It is planned to be a collaboration between Green Office and a few other organizations, such as Boerengroep, Otherwise, and S&I Student Council Party. However, the core of the project is that the teacher and other staff can determine the course of action to some extent.

What will be your responsibilities?    

  • Network and collaborate with people from different organizations (student/staff) that may want to be involved 
  • Assist in organizing event(s). 
  • Try to work on assisting the establishment of a broader network of people working on education for sustainability 

Who are we looking for?   

We are looking for a student that is enthusiastic and self-motivated. A critical perspective and belief in the value of promoting a broader and more holistic view of sustainability is a plus. You will work with the E&R coordinator. This project is new, so you are also encouraged to bring in your own insights and inspiration, for example, ideas for events/seminars. Themes that are interesting for the new education paradigm are sustainability competencies, inner sustainability, and circularity. 

Volunteer period: TBA

Time investment: 1-2 hours a week 

What will you learn? 

  • Develop communication, leadership, and professional skills.   
  • Improve and broaden your perspective of sustainability, and how to communicate and inspire others to see sustainability more holistically 
  • Increase your network among students and staff  

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl. 

Green Office Sustainability Guide Developer  

What will be your responsibilities?    

A lot of students are making sustainable changes in life while studying in Wageningen. The Green Office tries to facilitate this process by providing a sustainability guide for WUR students. This guide contains all kinds of tips and life hacks to live a more sustainable lifestyle, both in general and more specific to life in Wageningen. The final goal is an updated version of the (digital) booklet that will be handed out to all AID participants. This way, students can learn from each other’s tips and tricks and start their sustainable student life from day one!  

Your tasks will include:  

  • Collecting sustainable tips and lifehacks for a sustainable lifestyle on different themes: food, waste, energy, transport, fashion, studying, organizations, etc.  
  • Collaborating with multiple sustainability organizations in Wageningen to include their initiatives in the booklet.   
  • Combining the sustainable tips and lifehacks into a small booklet with a nice layout.   

Who are we looking for?
A creative person with a drive to help people adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. A nice writing style and some designing skills would be nice but are not necessary.  

Volunteer period: 4 months (1st of September – 1st of January)  

Time investment: 2-3 hours a week 

What will you learn?   

  • Get experience in an organization that works on sustainability.  
  • Possibility to build a network of Green-minded people.   
  • A lot of new sustainability lifehacks   
  • Communication- and designing skills   

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl. 

Green Office Circularity Advocate 

What will be your responsibilities?    

During material flow analysis done on campus, we came to the conclusion that waste is often not separated correctly. Causes can be that students and staff members are not actively occupied with the correct separation of waste, lack the knowledge, or do not know the importance of this. Therefore, the Green Office Wageningen wants to promote knowledge on waste separation. In this role, you will, together with Pre-Zero (the waste collecting company) make plans for stimulating correct waste collection. Furthermore, raising awareness about this topic among students and promoting the decrease in resource usage are vital parts of circularity. 

Your tasks will include:  

  • Advocating correct waste separation on campus and in Wageningen 
  • Promote resource reduction and circularity 

Who are we looking for?
A person that is interested in sustainability, and more specifically in material flow management and waste separation.  

Time investment: 1-3 hours a week 

What will you learn?   

  • Get experience in an organization that works on sustainability.  
  • Possibility to build a network of Green-minded people.   
  • Communication and networking skills.

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl. 

Sustainability Blog Editor 

The Green Office Sustainability blog is a great platform to talk about sustainability at WUR, where we share ideas with students and staff members. Some topics that we explore are related to recycling on campus, sustainable education, energy consumption, and the amount of food waste in the canteens. But we are always open to new ideas if our volunteers have any cool projects in mind! 

What will be your responsibilities?   
As a blog editor, you are free to investigate, interview, and share your opinion in your own blog posts. Alternatively, you can also choose to just collect and edit the articles written by others. You will work closely together with the Communication & Outreach Coordinator and a small group of writers to manage the sustainability blog.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a passionate student who wants to help us run the blog and make it a success. You should be curious to learn more about sustainability at WUR, and eager to get involved in the Green Office’s projects. Being a critical and attentive writer is a plus!   

Time investment: 2-3 hours a week

What will you learn?   

  • Sustainability at WUR and beyond.   
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Running a blog with multiple people.  

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl. 

Sustainability Blog Writer 

The Green Office Sustainability blog is a great platform to talk about sustainability at WUR, where we share ideas with students and staff members. Some topics that we explore are related to recycling on campus, sustainable education, energy consumption, and the amount of food waste in the canteens. But we are always open to new ideas if our volunteers have any cool projects in mind! 

What will be your responsibilities?   

As a writer, your task is to write quality blog articles about a variety of topics related to sustainability. Sometimes you will be assigned to write about a specific event or project, but you are also free to share your own ideas! As a writer, you are not responsible for running or promoting the blog, so you can also join us if you have a limited amount of time

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about sharing and researching new ideas. Advanced written English skills and great attention to detail are necessary, in order to create high-quality posts. There is no minimum volunteer period, so you can work on as many articles as you’d like! 

Time investment: 1-2 hours a week 

What will you learn?   

  • Sustainability at WUR and beyond.   
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Running a blog with multiple people.  

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl. 

Communication Assistant 

The Green Office has countless ongoing projects and events that promote sustainability. However, to make sure students are informed about these, we have to reach them in an organized yet creative way. Instagram, posters, and narrowcasting are all important parts of our promotion strategy.  

What will be your responsibilities?   

As a communication assistant, you will take a major role in designing our social media posts, printed posters, and Instagram stories. You will be in touch with the Communication & Outreach coordinator to make sure that all projects and events are promoted on time. Therefore, you will be a bit involved in everything that is happening around the Green Office!

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for someone who enjoys communicating and sharing ideas with others. Having experience with visual arts is an advantage, but not a must. However, you should be eager to get to know our projects and create high-quality promotion material.  

Time investment: ~2 hours a week  

Minimum volunteer period: 3 months

What will you learn?   

  • Effective communication skills 
  • The ins and outs of Canva and Instagram 
  •  Different promotion strategies 

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl. 

Green Office Event Organizer 

What will be your responsibilities?    

Students in Wageningen are often interested in sustainable activities and are a valuable source of input for the Green Office. Therefore, we try to organize educative and fun activities, in order to contribute to their sustainable learning process, while at the same time connecting and getting ideas for new sustainable initiatives. You will be in charge of the organization and will be in contact with communication on how to promote the event. 

Your task will include:  

  • Organizing events related to all kinds of sustainable topics 
  • Collaborating with multiple sustainability organizations in Wageningen 
  • Promoting activities among students 

Who are we looking for?
A person that is interested in a wide variety of topics related to sustainability. Someone who knows/wants to learn how to organize events  

Time investment: 1-4 hours a week 

What will you learn?   

  • Get experience in an organization that works on sustainability
  • Possibility to build a network of Green-minded people
  • Organizing sustainable events 
  • Communication and networking skills   

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl. 

Green Impact Project Assistants (GIPA)  

What will be your responsibilities?    

  • Support teams of WUR staff members in performing sustainability actions  
  • Create workshops on sustainability to stimulate behavioral change in employees   
  • Help in the promotion of Green Impact  

Who are we looking for?   

We are looking for multiple students that are enthusiastic about sustainability and good at motivating others. To make this project a success, we all have to be convinced that many small actions can sum up to a bigger impact and get excited about running a new and innovative project. 

Volunteer period: Minimum 6 months (starting date is variable) 

Time investment: 1-2 hours a week  

What will you learn? 

  • Develop communication, leadership, and professional skills
  • Improve your understanding of sustainability and behavioral change  
  • Increase your network among students and staff  

How to apply?  

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl.