Coffee House: Sustainability Intern

Contact Information

Name: Susan Houlden

Phone: 530-752-6622


You can visit the Coffee House website to learn more about them.


Payrate: $11.00/ hr

Payrate Stipend: No

Work Study: Yes

Resume Required: Yes

Options: n/a


Hours per Week: 10 hours/week

Start Date: June 20, 2016

End Date: Indefinite


Job Number: 0014-1724-2016

Last Date to Apply: June 22, 2016


Associated Students Dining Services (comprised of the ASUCD Coffee House and the CoHo South Café) is looking for a motivated, qualified student to take on the role of Sustainability Intern.  AS Dining Services is a unique, primarily student-staffed food service operation focused on offering sustainable, made-from-scratch menu items to the UC Davis community.  

The student selected for this internship should be prepared to work independently to set and achieve goals and to also communicate effectively with the AS Dining Services management team (specifically the Coffee House Sustainability Coordinator)  and Director as needed to foster a collaborative process.  The student selected will finish the internship having gained broad experience in operational analysis with a focus on sustainability, data collection & evaluation and various components of sustainable retail food service.


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1.      Conduct periodic sustainability audits of all AS Dining Service facilities in order to pinpoint potential areas for growth
Offer recommendations to the AS Dining Services management team on ways to become a more sustainable operation

Maintain records of sustainable food purchases

Act as a liaison between AS Dining Services and the UC Davis Waste Reduction and Recycling department

5.      Develop and implement programming relating to sustainable initiatives, including Meatless Monday, Food Day, etc.
Coordinate customer outreach to “tell the story” of AS Dining Services’ sustainable practices


1.      Must be a UC Davis student
Able to work at least 10 hours per week,
starting Summer Session 1 2016
3.      Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

Knowledge of AS Dining Service operations a plus

Personal laptop for on-site work a plus
7.      Existing knowledge of and/or relationship with UCD Student Farms a plus
Sustainability-based experience not required but will be considered when choosing the best applicant for this position

Supplemental Questions

  1. Describe why you are qualified for this position and how it relates to your interests.
  2. Please list previous work history and volunteer experience.
  3. Please briefly discuss the role of the UC Davis Principles of Community in the workplace and your understanding of diversity and cultural competency

Approved ___________________________________________________________________________ Date ____________________________

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