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Student Sustainability Hub

We’re all in this together

Explore sustainability, build community, and strengthen your skills with the Student Sustainability Hub. Our programs are designed for students who want to create positive change on campus and beyond. Choose your own adventure and thrive!

Sustainability Focus Award Winners

You belong! Join a club and to get in on sustainable actions across the district. Learn more about the Habitat Team, Cascade Environmental Justice Club, and more.

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Keep up with all the sustainability related events at PCC by adding our calendar to yours!

Students at farm stand

Learn about PCC’s Sustainability Focus Award or find green classes like HE264 Health, Food, and the Environment for the upcoming term.

learning garden in the spring

Come work with us! There are plenty of works study and part time jobs that involve sustainability at PCC!

Person building cob oven

Get outside and help our Learning Gardens thrive or help restore important wildlife habitat!

Person pulling english ivy in a forested area.

Learn more about sustainability related events around PCC under the Events tab below.

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Calendar

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Events

Green Team Winter MeetingPanther Pantry Fall 2021 Hours

Volunteer

Looking to join the team of students, staff, and faculty who are dedicated to creating sustainable solutions? Opportunities for volunteering on sustainability projects at PCC pop up regularly, so check here for regular updates!

Cascade Learning Garden Work Parties
  • PCC Cascade, Learning Garden
  • Date & Time TBA (Work parties are canceled until further notice)
  • Check the Sustainability Calendar for Virtual Lunch Bunches!

All gardening experience levels are welcome to join us for fun planting and harvesting projects. Please stop by for any amount of time and learn how you can become involved. Gardening tools, gloves, and guidance provided. Please wear clothes that can get dirty and be prepared for any weather. For more information please contact Jolie Donohue at jolie.donohue@pcc.edu.

Volunteer for Veggies at Newberg Center
  • Newberg Center, Learning Garden
  • Date & Time TBA (Work parties are canceled until further notice)

The Newberg Center Learning Garden would love for you to come and volunteer! Come for a half hour or longer. Meet great people, learn about growing food, pollinators, and what makes the learning garden special. We’ll provide gloves, tools, and snacks. Volunteers get to take home a portion of the day’s harvest! Contact Lynn at lmontoya@pcc.edu for more info.

Volunteer for Veggies at Rock Creek

 

Thanks for your interest in the Learning Garden! We are excited to welcome volunteers back beginning in Spring Term 2022! More information is available at the Learning Garden’s Get Involved page.

Sylvania Learning Garden Work Parties
  • PCC Sylvania, Learning Garden
  • Date & Time TBA (Work parties are canceled until further notice)

Take a break from classrooms and books and get your hands dirty! Join us in the Learning Garden (across from parking lots 13 and 14). Come for a few minutes or the whole time. Gloves and tools are provided. For more information, contact Catherine at catherine.horwitz@pcc.edu.

Classes

Sustainability Focus Award

The Sustainability Focus award recognizes students who have completed a broad range of sustainability-related courses. The award is designed to encourage students to learn to see environmental issues from multiple perspectives and to increase their experience in this multi-disciplinary topic. The earning of this focus award can demonstrate to potential employers and transfer colleges that the student has a deep and broad understanding of sustainability issues.

Fill out this application for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications for the current 2020-21 academic year are now closed.

PCC's 2020 Sustainability Focus Award Recipients

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Upcoming credit classes

The following classes in the Winter 2022 term include sustainability as a component of their curricula:

Jobs

We frequently have work-study positions available at the campus and district-level. Please see the PCC Work Study page for available positions or email sustainability@pcc.edu. Please note that not all positions may be available at this time.

District Sustainability Department
Sustainability Work Study Assistant

Assist the Sustainability Manager with a variety of tasks and projects to advance the college’s sustainability efforts. Potential tasks and projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating waste audits and recycling education
  • Conducting research on sustainability best practices
  • Data entry
  • Promoting sustainability awareness & outreach
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired qualifications:

  • Passion for sustainability and social justice
  • Dedication to promoting sustainable practices
  • Competency in Microsoft Office Suite & Adobe Suites
  • Skills in research, critical thinking, project management, and data entry
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Projects can be varied to align with student’s knowledge and experience.

Position open until filled. Must be work study approved through financial aid. Please contact briar.schoon@pcc.edu with any questions, and to apply for the position after accepting your work study award.

Graphic Design Associate

Work Study or Nonpaid Internship

The Sustainability Department is seeking a creative, fun, career-oriented person to join our dynamic and forward thinking team. Duties would include helping us to design, publicize and market our sustainability-related events, programs and Learning Garden activities. This will entail designing and revising educational materials, signage, marketing materials and website content. Job duties may include taking photos, short videos, and creating graphics for flyers, brochures, social media, PowerPoint presentations or information tables.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Interest in art, graphic or web design
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility
  • Strong work ethic
  • Dependable

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or other design software
  • Familiarity with sustainable practices at PCC such as the Rock Creek closed loop, composting facilities and Learning Garden
  • Detail-oriented
  • Welcomes collaboration and working across disciplines
  • Likes to think outside the box
  • A good time manger

Possible position duties include:

  • Website updating; work with the Sustainability Department team to revise content or photos
  • Social media posting on Instagram or Twitter
  • Graphic design for flyers, website, branding programs, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
  • Creation and distribution of materials for sustainability and Learning Garden events
  • Assisting in marketing materials for annual events, like Rock Creek’s annual Harvest Fest (October) and Earth Week celebrations (April)
  • Create infographics for reports or website
  • Helping with events and activities related to PCC Sustainability Department
  • Other office duties as needed

Federal work study details: $14/hour, ~10 hours/week and depends on your award amount.

We are flexible and will work with you to create a work schedule that meets your learning goals, classes and our work needs. Email one document that includes a cover letter and 1-2 page resume with two professional references to Elaine Cole, elaine.cole16@pcc.edu, 971-722-7635

Panther Works job ID #44331.  Want more student jobs?  See the Paying for College tab in MyPCC.

Web and Marketing Assistant

Work Study or Internship

The PCC Sustainability Department is seeking a career oriented person to join our fun and dynamic team. Duties would include helping us revise our website with content, photos, videos and design ideas. The position will help to publicize, inform and educate about sustainability-related events and Learning Garden activities. Possible tasks will entail designing and revising educational materials, signage, trainings, social media and website. Job duties may include taking photos, videos, and creating graphics for flyers, conferences or information tables.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Flexibility between office and various work spaces on campus
  • Express professional interest in art, graphic or web design
  • Ability to work independently on projects with deadlines
  • Strong work ethic
  • Dependable

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Canva, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and WordPress (website)
  • Familiarity with Rock Creek sustainability practices
  • Team player with friendly disposition
  • Detail-oriented
  • Likes to think outside the box

Possible position duties include:

  • Website maintenance and updating
  • Social media posting via Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Graphic design for flyers, website, conference presentations, Power Point presentations
  • Creation and distribution of flyers for Sustainability events on campus
  • Assisting in marketing materials for annual events, like Rock Creek’s annual Harvest Fest (October) and Earth Week celebrations (April)
  • Helping with events and activities related to PCC Sustainability Department
  • Other office duties as needed

Work study details: $14/hour, ~119 hours allotted per quarter, can work no more than 8 hours/day and 34 hours/week.

We are flexible and will work with you to create a work plan that meets your learning goals and our work needs. Email a cover letter, 1-2 page resume with 2-3 professional references to Elaine Cole, elaine.cole16@pcc.edu

Panther Works job ID #43378.  Want more student jobs?  See the Paying for College tab in MyPCC.

Sustainable Practices Educator

Work Schedule: flexible

Hours per Week: 5-11

Wage/Salary: $14/hr for Work-Study

The PCC Sustainability Department is looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and organized student to join our team to advance the college’s sustainability practices. Under direction of the District Sustainability Coordinator, the Sustainable Practices Educator will assist with new and current sustainability practices and initiatives as well as provide administrative support to the team.

Some duties may include:

  • Assist with the coordination and promotion of existing sustainability programs, such as the Green Office program and PowerShift.
  • Contribute to our sustainability online presence, including website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • Conduct research on potential new initiatives and opportunities that will contribute to the achievement of college-wide sustainability goals.
  • Assist with the implementation of new sustainability programs/initiatives and develop sustainability resources.
  • Conduct sustainability assessments and gather data for activities such as waste audits and energy conservation projects.
  • Support events and programs related to sustainability, such as Earth Week, Eco Challenge, Pollinator Week and Harvest Fest
  • Coordinate promotional activities and tabling during college events.
  • Develop educational materials for staff and students and coordinate outreach campaigns.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, including: note taking, writing document summaries, sending emails and returning phone calls.

Qualifications:

  • Passionate about sustainability or a related fields.
  • A basic understanding of sustainability and social justice.
  • Skills in data collection, critical thinking, project management, and data entry are a bonus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to effectively organize and meet established deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Comfortable using social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Application Details: Please email a resume, cover letter and two professional references to the Sustainability Coordinator. If you have any questions, please call 971-722-7635.

Bike Rental Program Coordinator

PCC Sustainability Department is looking for an enthusiastic student bike rental coordinator! This is a unique opportunity to help promote the bike rental program. The coordinator is a critical position that will work to service bikes and provide general support for the smooth functioning of the program.

Responsibilities:

  • Check, repair, and fix bikes
    • Take notes of all work done and update database record
  • Keep track of inventory (bike fleet, parts, repair equipment, etc.) – promptly commute any supply needs to transportation department
  • Keep track of bike rental program applications, returns, and services.
  • Customer service – assist with any bike related questions, collect feedback
  • Provide feedback and suggestions to the transportation demand manager on program
    expansion and improvement.

Required Skills:

  • Basic bike repair skills (changing a flat tire, basic maintenance, brake adjustments, etc.)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic computer proficiency
  • (Preferred but not required) Advanced bike repair skills (tune-ups, wheel truing, etc)

Compensation: Work-study rate

Application Details: Please email a resume, cover letter and two professional references to the Sustainability Coordinator. If you have any questions, please call 971-722-7635.

Panther Works Job ID 44744, Job Title Bike Rental Program Coordinator-Rock Creek.  Want more student jobs?  See the Paying for College tab in MyPCC.

Facilities Management Services
Energy Resource Manager

 

Class: Management | Exempt status: Exempt | Grade: M

Under the direction of management, the Energy Resource Manager oversees efforts to reduce energy consumption, manage utilities sustainably, and improve the interior space ambient air quality at campus facilities located throughout the College district. Leads and implements the College’s Energy Management program and participates in related strategic planning. Assists with the management of energy and sustainability projects; field adjustment; repair and change out of existing mechanical system controls; administration of campus energy management programs; and overall operation of the energy management system. Responsible for a preventive maintenance program relative to all facets of mechanical, HVAC, plumbing, Energy Management Systems and related electrical components. Supervises management, academic professionals, classified staff, technical/support, interns and/or student staff.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists management  in the development of a strategic plan to meet PCC Climate Action Plan commitments regarding building  and energy management, water consumption, and solid waste measures along with other related utilities to meet the Climate Action Plan’s objectives, goals, strategies and measures. Supports  the development of an operational strategic plan for energy management for Facilities Management Services.
  2. Establishes effective standards and procedures for operation of the heating, air handling, electrical and mechanical control systems, and annual review procedures to ensure adherence to safety regulations and energy conservation policy. Works with technicians to monitor and ensure safe and efficient operations.
  3. Works to support the development and reporting of annual greenhouse gas emissions and meet other regulatory reporting requirements. Collects current district water consumption data and compiles baseline information to reduce water consumption.  Partners with district committees to analyze recycle and refuse programs to increase recycling efforts and composting resulting in decreased waste tipping costs.
  4. Develops energy policy, goals, and operating procedures, and baseline, benchmarking, evaluation, and monitoring procedures.
  5. Leads PCCs Strategic Energy Management efforts. Conducts energy audits of district facilities with assistance of energy consultants to identify projects that will result in return on investment (ROI) and short payback to reduce energy costs. Conducts cyclical energy audit walkthroughs of each building to determine the existence of sources of high energy using devices. Collaborates with maintenance staff to implement effective corrective action.
  6. Provides oversight of co-generation and investigates incorporating renewable energy technologies into other district operations. Participates in the design and retrofit/replacement of present energy consuming equipment, including mechanical, electrical, and centralized computerized control as required. Participates in planning and design for new construction and remodeling projects to incorporate sustainability goals.
  7. Works with federal, state and local municipalities, as well as energy consultants (e.g Energy Trust), to seek funding and leverage resources to implement energy related projects that will benefit the College. Project work involves the use of private sector engineers and consultants in meeting the objectives of the Climate Action Plan and e6 Net Zero programs. Partners with the Planning and Capital Construction team to identify ways building system components can be maximized or utilized to achieve net zero facilities as well as LEED certification.
  8. Analyzes and makes  recommendations for retrofitting building controls in district facilities in order to decrease energy consumption and increase energy efficiency.
  9. Researches rebate and incentive programs to fund energy projects and renewable energy technology.  Investigates use of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), Energy Performance Service Contracts (EPSCs), and other agreements to fund retrofitting efforts. Investigates other funding sources, such as grants and contracts, to fund programs or projects and to find ways of growing revenue streams or reducing costs in electricity, natural gas, water and sewage charges.
  10. Negotiates EPSCs in terms of development and management of performance contract efforts.
  11. Collaborates and works with all utility service providers utilized by the district to optimize pricing plans and schedules with College sustainability goals.  Recommends changes to utility services to management.
  12. Performs monthly monitoring of data recorded including the status of operating capacities, service demands, fuel supplies, and progress in a preventative maintenance program.
  13. Works with Facilities Services management to reconcile and verify that all utility charges are accurate. Assist with preparation of utility budgets by projecting future utility usages and forecasting utility rate increases.
  14. Supervises management, academic professionals, classified staff, technical/support, interns and/or student staff. Hires, evaluates, trains, disciplines and recommends dismissal of staff as necessary. Oversees contractors hired to perform energy management system work, HVAC, plumbing and other mechanical work.
  15. Plans and presents workshops on energy conservation programs to faculty, staff, and/or maintenance personnel and provides annual reports.
  16. Maintains knowledge of existing vendors and vendor products; meets with sales staff and sales engineers to solicit most efficient and effective products needed.
  17. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Environment

Work is generally performed in both an office environment and an outdoor environment, with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Frequent walking, standing, climbing, lifting, stooping, or carrying of equipment and materials may be required. Incumbent may be exposed to extreme temperatures, close quarter situations, high and precarious places, moving mechanical parts, and vibrations.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Energy Management, Business,  or related field. Five (5) years of experience related to energy management with demonstrated ability to reduce energy costs through policy, programs and projects to avoid or reduce consumption and demand. Experience in the development, implementation, and management of ESCOs and/or ESPC agreements also required. Two (2) years of supervisory experience.

OR Associate’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Energy Management, Business,  or related field AND seven (7) years of experience related to energy management with demonstrated ability to reduce energy costs through policy, programs and projects to avoid or reduce consumption and demand. Experience in the development, implementation, and management of ESCOs and/or ESPC agreements also required. Two (2) years of supervisory experience.

OR nine (9) years of experience related to energy management with demonstrated ability to reduce energy costs through policy, programs and projects to avoid or reduce consumption and demand. Experience in the development, implementation, and management of ESCOs and/or ESPC agreements also required. Two (2) years of supervisory experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles and practices in the area of resource conservation;
  • Leadership and management principles;
  • Energy management and systems to achieve energy savings and sustainability goals;
  • Energy Services Performance Contracting (ESCOs) and/or Energy Performance Service Contracts (EPSCs) development, negotiation, and performance management;
  • Power or heat and cooling plant operations, including electrical, electronic, and pneumatic control equipment;
  • Centralized computer maintenance programs involving HVAC systems, database, spreadsheet and other software applications;
  • Statistical analysis and modeling techniques and supporting software;
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and/or statutes;
  • Utilities, facilities maintenance, and operations infrastructure;
  • Budget principles and practices;
  • Project management principles and practices;
  • Supervisory principles;
  • Strategic planning principles.

Skill in:

  • Championing effective and efficient energy management policies, processes, and projects;
  • Working from building drawings, architectural plans, operational and maintenance manuals common to the trade;
  • Analyzing data and performance of boiler, heating units, air conditioning machines and other mechanical equipment;
  • Directing and providing leadership to subordinate staff;
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, rules and regulations;
  • Managing complex, multi-disciplinary projects involving multiple locations;
  • Coordinating activities with internal and/or external groups and agencies;
  • Assembling and interpreting statistical data applicable to design and evaluation of energy conservation;
  • Public speaking and presentation;
  • Monitoring legal and regulatory changes;
  • Developing, recommending, implementing and monitoring policies and procedures;
  • Preparing a variety of reports in relation to operational activities, including statistical analysis;
  • Utilizing computer technology used for communication, data gathering and reporting.

Ability to:

  • Analyze problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, and making recommendations in support of goals;
  • Influence the behavior of others through persuasion and communication strategies;
  • Communicate effectively in both verbal and written form;
  • Manage healthy conflict to resolve issues in alignment with College mission and goals;
  • Work effectively with diverse academic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

The best consideration date is January 3rd. Go here to apply.

Plumber

CLASS: Classified

EXEMPT STATUS: Non-Exempt

GRADE: 23

NATURE AND SCOPE OF WORK:

Performs skilled plumbing work in the repair, maintenance, alteration and construction of College facilities; installs, repairs, services and maintains plumbing systems and equipment.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  1. Inspects, repairs, installs, services and maintains plumbing systems and sub-systems including pipes, fittings, fixtures, restroom fixtures, water fountains, fire-sprinkler systems, HVAC systems and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution in institutional buildings.  Performs similar work on non-wet systems such as gas and compressed air lines.  Works from plans, drawings, blue prints or specifications. Develops sketches or designs for work as appropriate.
  2. Repairs fixtures by repacking, reseating or repairing valves, cutting and threading pipe, bending pipe, flaring and brazing copper tubing, and testing valves and other equipment; cleans basins and unplugs pipes.
  3. Responds to plumbing emergencies and assists in the diagnosis of flooding and interruptions of service. Plans corrective measures and performs repairs.
  4. Diagnoses and resolves difficult plumbing problems; calls water utility as necessary; knows and understands all safety procedures of the College and observes safety of others and recommends precautionary action while repairs are in progress as necessary. Allows no work to be performed when conditions are considered unsafe.
  5. Performs record-keeping duties related to plumbing systems maintenance, repair and inspection.  Enters and tracks work orders in construction maintenance management system, including assigning work phases to larger plumbing projects.  Monitors on-going preventative maintenance needs and conducts annual inspection of backflow devices.  Maintains documentation as required by the College or outside agencies.
  6. Operates, cleans and maintains a variety of plumbing tools and equipment such as manual and power pipe cutting and threading machines, sewer cleaners, propane torches, and hand tools including drill motors, saws, chain pipe (snap) cutters; pipe, basin, strap and torque wrenches, and others, depending on piping materials.
  7. Coordinates the cleaning and maintenance of plumbing equipment and dedicated plumbing spaces. Maintains condition of dedicated plumbing spaces in a safe and legal condition. Coordinates the storage of plumbing supplies and equipment in legal areas.
  8. Prepares cost estimates for repairs and orders materials in accordance with established procedures.
  9. Observes and complies with federal, state and local plumbing codes.
  10. Provides work direction and guidance to other maintenance personnel as assigned to properly and safely complete orders.
  11. Assists in performing other maintenance duties such as assisting in air conditioning and electrical troubleshooting and repairs as it related to plumbing discipline.
  12. Responds to college emergencies and closures including adverse weather to be certain that all facilities are protected and remain operational. Assists with tasks required in preparing to open campuses after a closure including snow and ice removal, systems and equipment checks and start-up operations as assigned.
  13. Knows and understands all safety procedures of the College.
  14. Operates a college vehicle and is responsible for maintenance and the safe operation of that vehicle.
  15. Attends all regular staff meetings of the Facilities Management Services maintenance staff and participates in problem solving and discussions of systems and project related issues.
  16. May perform other related duties as assigned.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Work is performed primarily in the field at the site of the work. Working conditions may be somewhat disagreeable and involve potential exposure to safety hazards and noise. Regular travel between College facilities in a college vehicle is required.

Work requires the ability to lift moderately heavy equipment and materials, stand for extended periods of time. Extensive walking, climbing ladders and entering cramped and difficult locations may be part of the daily activities depending on work locations.  Must be able to use tools normally associated with plumbing work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

High school diploma or equivalent.  Valid Oregon Plumber, Journeyman (PJ) license is required. Four years of journey-level commercial/industrial plumbing maintenance and repair experience is required.  Must have a valid driver’s license for operation of a motor vehicle in Oregon and possess an acceptable driving record and State of Oregon Backflow Assembly Tester Certification or obtain with 90 days of joining.

Knowledge of: Principles, methods, equipment and tools used in the installation, maintenance and repair of plumbing systems and equipment; troubleshooting techniques; water supply layout, waste, venting and other piping systems; plumbing codes and their proper implementation; health and safety regulations and work practices; recordkeeping techniques; plumbing systems and repair of plumbing systems found in large commercial and public buildings.

Ability to: Repair, install and maintain a wide variety of plumbing systems and equipment; make arithmetic calculations related to specialty quickly and accurately; work from blue prints, shop drawings and sketches, technical diagrams and work orders; use and maintain a variety of hand and power tools and machines utilized in the; understand and follow oral and written directions; work independently with little direction; perform other skilled maintenance work as assigned; prepare cost estimates; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.

Landscape Technology
Instruction Support Tech IV (REQ 1042) 

Under the direction of the Landscape Technology (LAT) Program, the LAT Technician supports classroom instruction of hands-on laboratories and activities at the Rock Creek  Campus. A major component of this position is the ongoing maintenance of 4 acres of exterior grounds and facilities, including a 6,000 sq ft greenhouse, hoophouse, 2 buildings and general landscaped grounds. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

High School Diploma or equivalent 

Two years of post-secondary education in a specific technical discipline appropriate to the instructional support (relevant experience may substitute for the post-secondary education requirement on a year-for-year basis) Three years of experience involving: 

Scheduling, coordinating and performing general landscape maintenance Purchasing, operating, maintaining repairing gas-, diesel- and electric powered landscaping equipment including mowers, tractors, chainsaws, etc., Supporting teaching and training in the field in a hands-on setting 

Scheduling, coordinating, and managing the work of team members 

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM 

Some flexibility. After hours support for evening classes on occasion. APPLY ONLINE AT: www.pcc.edu/hr/jobs/ Landscape Technician

Various Instructors

Looking for industry professionals to join our team in the Landscape Technology program at Portland Community College to teach hands-on classes at Rock Creek campus. These are credit classes that run 3-5 hours/week for 8-10 weeks. Compensation varies with class – rates range from ~$50 – $65/hr. Multiple positions open for Spring, Summer and fall terms of 2022.

Beekeeping Instructor

  • Spring & Summer 2022
  • Bee biology & hive management with active hives

Water Gardens Instructor

  • Summer 2022
  • Design & construction of liner water features

Landscape Lighting Instructor

  • Fall 2022
  • Components, design & installation of low voltage lighting

Annual and Perennial ID Instructor

  • Summer 2022
  • Field ID, cultural reqs, & botanical characteristics

For more information, contact LAT Department Chair Jennifer Peters at jennifer.peters@pcc.edu or apply to the Part time Faculty Interest pool at https://www.pcc.edu/hr/jobs/. Instructors Wanted

Student Life & Leadership
Panther Pantry (Food Pantry) Service Representatives

Student Life & Leadership is hiring work study positions for the Panther Pantry (Food Pantry). Support the operation of the Panther Pantry (food pantry) operations at the individual campus locations of Portland Community College.

The position will:

– Track and maintain the inventory in the pantry.
– Work in the Panther Pantry 10-15 hours a week (It will fluctuate).
– Establish and maintain consistent and regular work hours.
– Attend all mandatory training.
– Other duties and tasks that enhance the student’s college experience as directed by leadership.

Start Date – As soon as possible
Pay Rate – $14/hr
Posting # 7005
Apply using this link.

Cascade Learning Garden
Learning Garden Assistants (On-Campus and Remote Work)

The PCC learning gardens are a beautiful and fun environment to work in. We are hiring learning garden assistants for on-campus work in both the Cascade and Southeast Learning Gardens. We are hiring for remote positions coordinating social media and outreach. And we can create a hybrid schedule of on-campus and remote work.

The learning garden assistant will work directly with the learning garden coordinator on a variety of year-round gardening projects. Work in the garden may include raised bed and in-ground preparation, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, tool and supply maintenance. The learning garden assistant will help implement equity, inclusion, and sustainability efforts in the garden. BIPOC and LGBTQAI+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

A full list of job duties and qualifications can be found here

Must be taking 6 credits/quarter and be approved for federal work study. Please confirm your eligibility for work study before applying. Work study positions pay $14/hour. Please email your cover letter and resume to jolie.donohue@pcc.edu.

Southeast Learning Garden
Learning Garden Assistants (On-Campus and Remote Work)

The PCC learning gardens are a beautiful and fun environment to work in. We are hiring learning garden assistants for on-campus work in both the Cascade and Southeast Learning Gardens. We are hiring for remote positions coordinating social media and outreach. And we can create a hybrid schedule of on-campus and remote work.

The learning garden assistant will work directly with the learning garden coordinator on a variety of year-round gardening projects. Work in the garden may include raised bed and in-ground preparation, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, tool and supply maintenance. The learning garden assistant will help implement equity, inclusion, and sustainability efforts in the garden. BIPOC and LGBTQAI+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

A full list of job duties and qualifications can be found here

Must be taking 6 credits/quarter and be approved for federal work study. Please confirm your eligibility for work study before applying. Work study positions pay $14/hour. Please email your cover letter and resume to jolie.donohue@pcc.edu.

Sylvania Environmental Center
Outreach Coordinator

As our Outreach Coordinator, you would:

Help with E-Center communications:

  • Update the our sustainability outreach materials
  • Creatively design new signage
  • Work on our Newsletter around events and education

Help with sustainability projects:

  • Plan events including Upcycling and Earth Week
  • Talk with fellow students at tabling events
  • Help with sustainability activities, like learning garden work parties
  • Help with composting and recycling programs
  • Keep up and organize the Environmental Center office.

We looking for team members who have skills, experience or wants to further develop in outreach, people skills, organization, and planning. This position is typically a work-study position and can be applied to through the work study page.

Contact Peter Ritson, Environmental Center Coordinator, peter.ritson@pcc.edu for more details.

Rock Creek Learning Garden
Rock Creek Learning Garden Assistant (In-Person Work Study Position)

The Learning Garden Assistant will mainly work in PCC Rock Creek’s 3.64 acre Learning Garden, a pesticide and herbicide-free food growing space. Work in the garden may include raised bed preparation, planting, weeding, irrigation maintenance. The Learning Garden Assistant will eventually have the opportunity to interact with volunteers and students in the garden and demonstrate best practices. This is an in-person work study position.

Job duties: Assisting with growing food and maintaining the garden.

Work Schedule: Flexible

*This is a paid position for Work Study students. Please verify your eligibility with Panther Works here before applying. Pay rate is $14.00/hr.

Directions on how to apply:

  1. Check out our website, here for more info on the RC Learning Garden.
  2. Email a letter of interest with attached resume to miriam.latzer@pcc.edu.

Clubs

Bee Campus USA Committee

Are you passionate about pollinators?  Are you interested in increasing pollinator habitat on our campuses? The PCC Bee Campus USA Committee is seeking new members.  Your commitment would be to participate in meetings 3-4 times/year, serve as an advisor and help educate the PCC community about the importance of pollinators and their habitat, our campus apiary, beekeeping classes, and our fundraising efforts (honey sales).  If you are interested in joining, please email Elaine Cole at elaine.cole16@pcc.edu.

Tree Campus Higher Education Committee

You have the opportunity to join forces with us to protect and promote trees, enhancing the natural environment in and around all of our campuses and centers
at PCC. The PCC Tree Campus Higher Education Committee welcomes students, faculty, staff and community members to help with this important college-wide effort.

We work together to:

  • Establish policies and guidelines for planting, maintaining, and removing trees
  • Ensure that adequate funding and staff time is provided in support of the program
  • Organize activities in observance of National Arbor Day
  • Create opportunities for students to participate in tree-related service learning projects
  • Educate the community about the important ecosystem benefits that trees provide

For more information or to join the committee, contact tree-campus-group@pcc.edu.

Cascade Green Team

Are you a student at Cascade and interested in getting involved in sustainability initiatives on campus? Join students, faculty, and staff in the Cascade Green Team! We like to find ways to advance sustainability at our campus through educational events and action projects. Some projects that we have worked on recently include efforts to reduce plastic bottle consumption on campus, supporting the learning garden and contributing to Earth Week activities. We always welcome new folks and ideas! If you are interested in learning more about the club or attending a meeting, contact Taryn Oakley at taryn.oakley@pcc.edu.

Southeast Food Justice Club
We are here to organize around personally-relevant issues of food justice, challenge systemic inequity, recreate and reclaim healthy community food-ways, increase access to food-growing knowledge within the community , and build awareness among students of the many resources on and off campus that relate to these issues. For more details, please contact selearninggarden@pcc.edu.
Southeast Green Team

Are you a student at Southeast and interested in getting involved in sustainability initiatives on campus? Join students, faculty, and staff in the Southeast Green Team! We are in the process of developing a learning garden that will be a comprehensive outdoor learning space for our students to learn, our faculty to teach in, and our Southeast Campus to enjoy. This will provide opportunities for students to work outside of the standard classroom and to connect sustainability and gardening with learning and everyday life. We promote a number of other green initiatives, like the Bike Rental Program and annual Earth Week events. If you are interested in learning more about the club or attending a meeting, contact Davida Jordan at davida.jordan@pcc.edu.

Sylvania Food Justice Club

The Sylvania Food Justice Club/Cohort is comprised of food justice champions from multiple Identity Based Equity Centers (IBEC) including the Queer Resource Center, Multicultural Center, Women’s Resource Center, and Veterans Resource Center. Collectively, the cohort organizes advocacy and education around food insecurity and how to help students in need. Our mission is to tackle the root cause that continues to perpetuate the same outcome. We stand by three fundamental strategies that can address systemic hunger by, teaching, connecting and advocating. This includes policies, practices, and norms here at PCC. At PCC Sylvania, we draw strength from all who support us on campus and in our community. We hope people across the city and state will see our efforts in taking the lead in addressing hunger here in Oregon. All are welcome. If you are interested in being a part of this cohort, email Catherine Horwitz at catherine.horwitz@pcc.edu.

Sylvania Garden Virtual Hangouts

Get a glimpse of what’s happening in the Sylvania Learning Garden, bring your gardening questions, share your garden skills and ideas with other PCC gardeners of all levels of experience. All are welcome! For more information, contact Catherine Horwitz at catherine.horwitz@pcc.edu.

Organic Garden Club

The purpose of the LAWNS club (Land Air Water Nutrients Space) is to make gardening accessible to all PCC students, staff and faculty and open the door to promote transformation of LAWNS into biodiverse environments that engage all plants and gardeners by bringing access to affordable, sustainable gardening and an awareness to food sovereignty.  To get involved, contact Peter Ritson at peter.ritson@pcc.edu.

Habitat Restoration Team at Sylvania

Would you like leadership and environmental field experiences? Come join the team! We don’t usually meet for two hours but sometimes we write grants, show movies, do a walkabout, or have a mini-work party. The Habitat Restoration Team, working with the Sylvania Grounds crew, PCC students and staff, and community members, works to remove invasive species, plant NW native plants, and help stabilize creek beds. To get involved, contact April Ann Fong at afong@pcc.edu.

Rock Creek Food Justice Club

Our main goal for this club is to bring awareness to food insecurity in college students and campuses. We want to do outreach to educate others on what the Food Justice Movement means and how they can help. As students and as human beings we have the right to fight for our right to have quality, healthy food for every meal.

Our main goals are:

  • Collaborate with local non-profits
  • Collaborate with resource centers that are stationed on the Rock Creek campus
  • Do service projects on and off campus
  • Create one event on campus to do outreach and promote resources that college students can use

To get involved, contact Kathryn Lopez at kathryn.lopez@pcc.edu.

Get involved with the garden and learn more about organic gardening, composting, and greenhouse production. Help host work parties and events in the Learning Garden. Now’s the time to get growing! For more information email Miriam Latzer at miriam.latzer@pcc.edu.

Rock Creek Green Team

Comprised of staff, students and faculty, this group of dedicated people are the champions of sustainability at the Rock Creek campus. Functionally serving as an advisory committee to the Sustainability Office, this group has strategic influence on department level sustainable practices, information dissemination and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), as well as serving as contacts for campus-wide initiatives and education.  It is this group of sustainability promoters that keep us going! We always welcome interested folks!  We usually meet once per quarter over lunch. The Green Team always has something going on. Please contact Elaine Cole at elaine.cole16@pcc.edu to learn more.

Sustainability Club

This is an organization of students from Portland Community College who believe that a collect effort can make a difference for a better world. Our mission is to build awareness about the issues of environmental degradation and environmental social justice, and to help the community adopt a sustainable lifestyle in their own lives and on campus. We have community outreach projects, volunteer opportunities, and outdoors activities.

Our current goals are:

  • To educate PCC community about the sustainable practices through presentations, exhibitions, events, and talks.
  • To build awareness about the pollution caused by single-use plastics.

Please contact Elaine Cole at elaine.cole16@pcc.edu with questions or concerns!

Thinking of starting a club?

First contact the district sustainability department, who can connect you with people and resources that you will need to know. Who knows – maybe there’s already a club that exists, waiting for someone like you to step into a leadership role!

Resources

Eco Social Justice Grant

Eco Social Justice GrantIssues of environmental degradation, inequality, and economic disparity impact us all. Here at PCC we value our students, staff, and faculty and their commitment to sustainability as well as their advocacy and efforts towards creating more equitable, diverse and inclusive spaces across the district.

We are supporting and fostering a culture of collaborative, innovative problem solving using environmental sustainability and social justice initiatives to accomplish these goals. From our learning gardens, water bottle fill stations, our great bike programs and farm stand, to our annual #EcoSocialJusticeEvent, we have been working together to address our community’s most pressing ecological and social challenges with fresh ideas. We also feel that it is important to both celebrate and give thanks and acknowledgement to the amount of time, money, and effort that students have put towards making Portland Community College a nationally and globally recognized higher education institution and leader in the sustainability movement.

In 2008 the Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC) District Student Council approved a ten cent addition to the student activity fee, creating The Green Initiative Fund. At the beginning of 2018, the ASPCC District Student Council unanimously agreed to change the name of this fund to the Eco Social Justice Grant (ESJG), this name change better reflects the broader scope of what these grants have been and will be dedicated to. This fund exists so that students, staff, and faculty can participate in our culture of innovation and contribute meaningful advances to sustainable practices. At PCC, our goal is to achieve sustainable excellence in all operations, to live our commitment to social justice, and to meet our targeted greenhouse gas reductions as detailed in the Climate Action Plan. If you have an idea for a project that moves PCC towards these outcomes, we want to hear from you!

Learn more and apply for the Eco Social Justice Grant!

Southeast Cycle Center

At PCC Southeast, the Student Life and Leadership Program provides alternative modes of transportation through the Southeast Cycle Center. Students and staff can rent a bike or bike locker on a term-by-term basis.

Bike Rentals cost $15 per-term. Students need to meet with an academic advisor to complete an academic plan. Once the application is completed and approved, students will meet with the Bike Coordinator and receive a bike, helmet, lights, and U-Lock. Participants must return the bike by the end of the term that they rented the bike. Students who do not return the bike and/or lose the bike will have a $400 hold placed on their student accounts.

Bike Lockers cost is free. Students and staff can turn in an application on a first come, first serve basis to utilize the lockers. 

Students can access our Cycle Center, by appointment only, to get free maintenance done on their personal bike!

Applications for Bike Rental and Bike lockers can be found on our Southeast Cycle Center page in PantherHub.

Student can also find this information here: https://hub.pcc.edu/organization/southeastcyclecenter

Rock Creek Garden Community Plots

Calling all gardeners! Interested in caring for a plot in the community beds at the Rock Creek Campus Learning Garden? Sign-ups begin soon. For more information, contact Elaine Cole at elaine.cole16@pcc.edu.

Climate Research Guides

An updated climate change research guide is now live on the PCC Library website. This updated guide has a tab highlighting the PCC Climate Action Plan, which is also profiled on the Actions and Solutions tab. One of the best ways to support students experiencing eco-anxiety and climate grief is to help them connect with a community doing meaningful climate justice work.

Also, there are two more guides in production focused on integrating climate change into classroom curriculum: Teaching Climate Change in the Community College and Climate Change Curriculum. Would you be able to contribute some PCC-specific content to help complete these additional guides?

Specifically, the guides would benefit from:
  • assignments and curriculum related to climate change created by PCC instructors
  • PCC instructors and staff willing to advise or support colleagues wanting to add a climate component to their courses

Please reach out to Roberta Richards at rrichard@pcc.edu if you have assignments to share or are willing to be listed as a support person.

Panther Pantries

We know that keeping students fed is imperative to equitable student success, that diverting food waste lowers PCC’s carbon impact, and that projects like the Learning Garden and Food Forests build community resilience to the impacts of Climate Change.

Panther Pantries are on all four comprehensive campuses and provide food for students in need: Cascade (Second Floor, Student Union Building); Rock Creek (Room 113, Building 5); Southeast (Room 100, Mt. Tabor Hall); and Sylvania (Room 221, College Center).

OPEN: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (10:00am-3:00pm)

Schedule subject to change. Visit food pantry website for current updates.

FIERCe

This resource center was created by PCC students for PCC students to combat food insecurity and hunger. It is loaded with tools and resources within PCC and around Portland, Oregon to educate and destigmatize food insecurity. Check out the site here.

Find more resources for students on PCC’s Student Life page.

The Menstrual Project

Cascade Women’s Resource Center is providing more FREE reusable menstrual products through the Eco Social Justice Grant to help students and PCC reduce their waste and lower the amount of money used on menstrual products.

Go to our Instagram @cascadewrc or to find more information on the products!

You can directly request products any time via The Menstrual Project. Fill out this form to request products!

GPSEN College Network of Environmentalists

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Stay in the loop of networking events in Portland, discuss goals and ideas for the future, and more!

Want to learn how to be more sustainable on the day-to-day?

Take the Sustainable Choices Pledge.

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PCC's 2020 Sustainability Focus Award Recipients

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