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Sustainability Service Interns

Are you a current University of Leeds undergraduate student excited about trying out new ideas and making a positive difference? Would you like to join a dynamic and committed team and gain valuable experience, by supporting projects which drive sustainability within the University and the wider community?

Sustainability has a high profile at the University of Leeds, and it is being embedded throughout the organisation through our ambitious Sustainability Strategy.  This sets out a vision for the University, and realises exciting initiatives that underpin our student recruitment, learning and teaching, research and innovation and operational performance.

We are looking for two student interns to join our team for 11 months from September 2019, supporting our work in achieving the Sustainability Strategy through engagement and delivery. We are looking for a proactive and creative individuals to support us in delivering key projects to embed sustainability across the University. Both roles will engage with staff, students and the wider community to raise awareness of sustainability initiatives across a wide range of issues. 

Each role will focus on supporting a number of key sustainability service priority projects, which may include supporting engagement programmes, helping to organise and coordinate our annual sustainability awards event, helping to drive a sustainable approach in labs, supporting the University’s single-use plastic commitments or supporting the development of our sustainability curriculum, amongst other project areas.

This is a unique opportunity to work within a large institution at an exciting time of change, where sustainability plays a key strategic role. For example, we have recently launched major Institutional projects such as #2023PlasticFree which will require collaboration across the University and beyond. You will gain insights into how to implement and embed sustainability into a complex institution, develop contacts throughout the University and have an opportunity to influence change on many levels.

You will be a current undergraduate student at the University of Leeds (at the time of application). You will have a passion and enthusiasm for sustainability, experience of project delivery, an ability to work independently and as part of a team, with excellent communication skills.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Thom Cooper
Sustainability Programme Officer
Tel: (0113) 343 0508, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Facilities Directorate
School/Institute:  Sustainability
Category:  Administrative and Clerical Support
Grade:  Grade 3
Salary:  £17,079 to £18,688 p.a.
Working Time:  35 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 11 months)
Release Date:  Friday 03 May 2019
Closing Date:  Tuesday 28 May 2019
Reference:  FDSUS1017
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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