Join the team

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 certain 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 over your own projects and you will spend about 8 hours per week on 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 in which you can get involved with the Green Office as a volunteer. We are always looking for sustainably minded people with some free time to spent. The number of hours that you spent per week differs depending on the activity and on how much input you want to give. Since we have worked with students for a long time and are students ourselves, we know that your study sometimes requires full focus and/or a lot of energy. Therefore, we always have understanding if there are times that 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, you can always ask us what roles are possible to combine.

These are the volunteer positions within the Green Office team (more detailed description of the positions bellow):

  • Social Media – Team Members [volunteers wanted]
  • Sustainability Blog – Writers [volunteers wanted]
  • Green Impact – Project Assistants (GIPA) [volunteers wanted]
  • Green Impact – Auditors [starting in September]
  • Student Cooking Corner – Project Leaders [currently filled]
  • Sustainability Blog – Editors [currently filled]
  • Seriously Sustainable Week – Support Team [starting in September]
  • Circular Farming Platform Wageningen (CFPW) – Team Members [project on hold]

Since we enjoy coming together, exchanging our experience with our projects and get to know each other, we have one volunteer get together with food and drinks per month. Due to corona, we have limited spots and we also plan everything very well. So if you want to join the next one, please send us an email (greenoffice@wur.nl) so we can send you the sign up form.

Social Media – Team Members

Our work as Green Office depends to a large part on our presence and activity on social media (Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn) since this is the way we can spread knowledge about sustainability to the students and staff of WUR. In order to increase our number of followers and keep everyone informed we are looking for support from volunteers.

What will be your responsibilities?
As a social media volunteer, you will work closely with the Communication & Outreach Coordinator and a team of other social media volunteers. You will come up with a social media plan which includes how often you will post and about what. There is space for your idea input regarding anything related to sustainability that you would like to inform our followers about. Besides that, you will become part of our volunteer team and are welcome to join our monthly get togethers as well as group bonding activities and workshops.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a passionate social media person who will help us make our social media accounts a fun way of staying informed about our activities and sustainability.

What will you learn?

  • The ins and outs about sustainability at WUR.
  • Communication and organisation skills.
  • Running social media platforms with multiple people.

How to apply?

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl and we will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂

Sustainability Blog – Writers

The Green Office is starting a blog on its website concerning all things related to sustainability at WUR. Think about waste on campus, sustainable education, energy consumption and the amount of food waste in the canteens. But also, about this one little initiative that nobody knows about yet!

What will be your responsibilities? 
As a blog writer, you are free to investigate, interview and share your opinion in your own blog. Or 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 the two Sustainability Blog Editors. Besides that, you will become part of our volunteer team and you are welcome to join our monthly get togethers as well as group bonding activities and workshops.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for passionate writers that wants to help us fill up the blog and make it a success! You should be curious to learn more about sustainability at WUR and be a critical and catching writer. As a writer, you are not responsible for running or promoting the blog, so you can also do it if you have a limited amount of time.

What will you learn?

  • The ins and outs about sustainability at WUR and beyond.
  • Communication skills, both verbal and on paper.
  • 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 and we will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂

Green Impact – Project Assistants (GIPA)

One of the projects we run is Green Impact. Green Impact is a change and engagement programme to encourage staff and students to form a team and implement actions around environmental and socio-economic issues in their workplace and beyond. Besides joining one of the existing teams as their assistant you will become part of our Green Office volunteer team and are welcome to join our monthly get togethers as well as group bonding activities and workshops.

What will be your responsibilities? 

  • Support teams of WUR staff members in performing sustainability actions
  • Create workshops on sustainability to stimulate behavioural 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. We are convinced that many small actions can sum up to a bigger impact and are looking for someone who is excited about running a new and innovative project.

What will you learn?

  • Develop communication, leadership, and professional skills.
  • Improve your understanding of sustainability and behavioural 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 and we will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂

Green Impact – Auditors

One of the projects we run is Green Impact. Green Impact is a change and engagement programme to encourage staff and students to form a team and implement actions around environmental and socio-economic issues in their workplace and beyond. At the end of each Green Impact year (September 2020) we are looking for people who help us audit the different teams of Green Impact so we can determine their progress and know who the winner of the year is. Besides being an auditor, you will become part of our Green Office volunteer team and are welcome to join our monthly get togethers as well as group bonding activities and workshops.

What will be your responsibilities?

  • Follow one auditing workshop
  • Audit one Green Impact team (checking the actions they did, if proof was uploaded and how many points they get)
  • Meeting with the Green Impact team to hear what their experience was

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for multiple students that are enthusiastic about sustainability. The auditing position if only a short-term position which means you don’t have to have a lot of time to spare.

What will you learn?

  • How to do an audit + official certificate from Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS) that you joined the workshop
  • More about the exciting things Green Impact teams do for sustainability on Campus
  • You will also get in touch with staff members working on sustainability

How to apply?

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl and we will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂

Student Cooking Corner – Project Leaders

We have a good relationship with the caterers in Forum, Orion, Leeuwenborch and Impulse and we collaborate with them on sustainability projects like Meatless Monday and the Student Cooking Corner. The last one is in collaboration with the Forum caterer and provides a platform for international dishes with a sustainable character. Every Wednesday, a student can sell a homemade dish and inspire other students to adopt sustainable diet.

What will be your responsibilities?
You will be in charge of managing the reservation requests of the Student Cooking Corner. Furthermore, you will have to regularly contact the forum catering and be creative with promoting the Student Cooking Corner among the student community in Wageningen. Besides that, you will become part of our volunteer team and are welcome to join our monthly get togethers as well as group bonding activities and workshops.

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

What will you learn?

  • Develop communication skills suitable to students and staff members.
  • Get a valuable insight of the catering services on campus.
  • Encourage students to make homemade (international) and sustainable dishes.

How to apply?

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl and we will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂

Sustainability Blog – Editors

The Green Office is starting a blog on its website concerning all things related to sustainability at WUR. Think about waste on campus, sustainable education, energy consumption and the amount of food waste in the canteens. But also, about this one little initiative that nobody knows about yet!

What will be your responsibilities? 
As a blog editor, you are free to investigate, interview and share your opinion in your own blog. Or 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 blog writers. Besides that, you will become part of our volunteer team and are welcome to join our monthly get togethers as well as group bonding activities and workshops.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for passionate editors that wants to help us run the blog and make it a success! You should be curious to learn more about sustainability at WUR, be a critical and catching writer and be able to give constructive feedback on the articles of other writers.

What will you learn?

  • The ins and outs about sustainability at WUR and beyond.
  • Communication skills, both verbal and on paper.
  • 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 and we will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂

Seriously Sustainable Week – Support Team

Each year in October we organize in cooperation with the other green organisations of Wageningen a week full of activities such as workshops, talks, discussions and many more on sustainability. This years addition will be especially big because we are organizing the week in close cooperation with Thuis Wageningen. The week will take place from the 3rd to the 10th of October. In order to have everything prepared and run smoothly we need lots of helping hands. Besides supporting us for the week you will become part of our Green Office volunteer team and are welcome to join our monthly get togethers as well as group bonding activities and workshops.

What will be your responsibilities? 

  • Help with all sorts of preparations
  • Be present during the week on some of the activities and help out with what is needed

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for multiple students that are enthusiastic about sustainability and good at motivating themselves and others. This week is always lots of fun to be involved with!

What will you learn?

  • Develop organisational skills
  • 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 and we will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂

Circular Farming Platform Wageningen (CFPW) – Team Members

The Circular Farming Platform Wageningen (www.circularfarming.nl/platformwageningen.php) was founded on October 1, 2018 in response to the call for action made by the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Safety as well as the chairman of Wageningen University & Research. The platform is a joint initiative of Green Office Wageningen, Wageningen Environmental Platform, Boerengroep and Network Smart Fertilization. The mission of the platform is to support the current paradigm shift in agricultural sciences from improvement of productivity towards improvement of circularity. The platform organizes monthly meetings in Impulse to confront theory with practice, evening meetings to discuss ideas on curriculum development as well as a conference on circular farming on the day of sustainability (10th of October). As a participant of the CFPW, the Green Office seeks volunteers interested in supporting the platform. Besides that, you will become part of our volunteer team and are welcome to join our monthly get togethers as well as group bonding activities and workshops.

What will be your responsibilities? 

  • Supporting the organisation behind regular events on campus.
  • Contribute to organizing the conference for the day of sustainability (October).
  • Help out in any other way that you can contribute (to be discussed with CFPW team).

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for multiple students that are enthusiastic about circular farming and sustainability. Preferably with good organisational skills and who find it easy to motivate themselves and others.

What will you learn?

  • Knowledge about circular farming practices and the transition from one system to another.
  • How to work in a multi-organisational team and set up events together.
  • What people are part of the circular farming network in the Netherlands and beyond.

How to apply?

Are you interested in this position? Send an email with a short motivation to greenoffice@wur.nl and we will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂