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AS Outback Engagement Coordinator

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Student Employee

Position Title AS Outback Engagement Coordinator
About the Department

The AS Environmental & Sustainability Programs (ESP) offers the education and resources necessary to promote environmentalism and provides opportunities to become actively involved in sustainable practices through events, volunteering, and student activism.  

The Outback OELP, a joint program of the Associated Students and Fairhaven College, is a 5-acre farm and wetland restoration site. The purpose of the Outback is to coordinate a wide range of opportunities for students to learn about, develop, and implement sustainable land use practices. These opportunities include events and projects involving habitat restoration, organic gardening, green building, academic partnerships, independent study projects (ISPs), workshops, lectures and classes. The Outback also provides job-related skill building and community networking opportunities for students. These include serving on the Outback Advisory Council, volunteering, and participating in work-study or salaried employment.  

About the Position

The AS Outback Engagement Coordinator generates student and community engagement in the farm. They coordinate the community garden, plan events and workshops for students, promote farm activities, recruit volunteers, manage communication and outreach, and foster a connection between the farm, the university and the broader community. This position is programming and outreach based.

Terms of Position This is a four-quarter position. This position starts at the beginning of finals week of spring quarter and ends the Friday of finals week the following spring quarter. This position works between 15-19 hours per week and no more than 750 hours over the entire term of position. The position holder may be scheduled hours during intersession, winter break or spring break depending on the needs of the farm. The position holder is required to work during summer quarter.
Required Qualifications
  • Maintain a minimum credit load throughout term of position of 6 credits for undergraduates and 4 credits for graduates.
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  • Ability to complete the entire term of the position.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of environmental and sustainability issues. 

  • Familiarity with organic gardening and other sustainable gardening practices. 

  • Physical ability to work outdoors during any time of the year, including during inclement weather. 

  • Knowledge and experience related to event planning. 

  • Familiarity or experience with the Outback site and program. 

  • Basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Publisher, Teams, and email 

  • Effective organizational and time management skills. 

  • Ability to work independently and responsibly. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions.  

  • Ability to work within deadlines and problem solve. 

  • Ability to communicate in an effective manner that is welcoming to wide variety of people. 

  • Knowledge or experience with Budget Management. 

  • Knowledge of department and the position’s responsibilities. 

AS Employment Responsibilities
  • Serve the membership of the Associated Students in a professional and ethical manner by:
    • Being familiar with and upholding the AS Charter, all WWU policies, and all AS policies including the Personnel Policy, Code of Conduct, and Program Standards.
    • Attending all AS staff development events including pre-fall orientation, pre-winter, pre-spring, and mid-quarter staff developments.
    • Being knowledgeable of the AS organization and its general operations.
    • Serving on search committees as designated by the AS Personnel Director.
  • Ensure the legacy of this position by:
    • Working with supervisor and Personnel Director to revise and update position job description.
    • Working with the previous position holder to complete a minimum of 15 hours of unpaid internship as well as providing a 15 hour internship to the incoming position holder.
    • Developing and maintaining a legacy document as required by the AS Employment Policy.
Position Responsibilities

This position works closely and in tandem with the Outback Farm Manager and Outback staff. The position holder is required to maintain a weekly schedule that include attending staff meetings, work parties and 5 hours a week of office hours. This position also maintains hours working on the farm, attends the Outback Advisory Council meetings, and meets with the ESP Director.  This position’s primary duties are to:  

  • Serve as the main engagement coordinator for the farm:

    • Coordinate campus-wide publicity and social media. 

    • Plan and publicize workshops and engagement programs (2-4 each quarter). 

    • Recruit volunteers for work parties to maintain and promote the Outback. 

    • Pursue new and dynamic programming ideas while maintaining the intended vision of the AS ESP. 

    • Co-sponsor programs as appropriate with AS clubs, programs and organizations, and other campus resources. 

    • Plan informational tables to increase student outreach in Red Square, VU Lobby, Vendors Row, etc.  

    • Maintain list of Outback email subscribers and conduct outreach, including a quarterly newsletter. 

    • Direct or schedule other student employees in assisting with communication and engagement efforts. 

    • Coordinate the development and maintenance of the Outback web page with Fairhaven College and the AS.    

  • Support farm logistics:

    • Manage the community garden program including plot assignments, contact list, and communication. 

    • Recruit and communicate with potential new gardeners. 

    • Orient new users to the farm, use of tools, and codes of conduct. 

    • Monitor the program budget and help other staff with their paperwork. 

    • Regularly perform farm related tasks such as weeding, mulching, planting, and basic chicken care. 

    • Work with the Advisory Council and the ESP Director to present any major proposed changes to policies and standards to the AS Board of Directors and the Dean of Fairhaven for approval. 

    • Contribute to the mapping and strategic planning of the future of the farm. 

    • Provide training for work-study students, summer apprenticeship positions and volunteers, and incoming staff member. 

      Participate in planning for the future: 

      • Help with the development and review of Outback policies and standards. 

        • Help with the development and review of Outback policies and standards. 

        • Work with the Advisory Council and the ESP Director to present any major proposed changes to policies and standards to the AS Board of Directors and the Dean of Fairhaven for approval. 

        • Contribute to the mapping and strategic planning of the future of the farm. 

        • Provide training for work-study students, summer apprenticeship positions and volunteers, and incoming staff member. 


Academic Emphasis All majors are encouraged to apply. 

Starting hourly wage of $15.15.

Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications. In your cover letter please also specifically address the following questions: 

1. Why are you interested in working for the Associated Students? 
2. Why are you interested in working in this position? 
3. What specific skills, knowledge, and/or experience (paid and volunteer) do you have that would help you be successful in this position? 
4. Will you be available for all mandatory AS Staff Development trainings (this will not conflict with school) including Summer Training on June 22nd, Fall Training between September 7th – 18th, Winter training on Jan 4th, and Spring training on March 29th
5. What is your schedule of availability for a job interview? 

Closing Date Notes Application open until April 10th.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.


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