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Sustainability Employment

The Sustainability Coordinator will accept requests from faculty, staff, and administration for assistance with sustainability projects. Requests will be posted in the office of the Sustainability Coordinator. Bemidji State University students can browse the requests and be assigned regular payroll to assist the faculty, staff, and/or administration.


The primary purpose of Sustainability Employment is to provide student employment for Bemidji State University students to assist faculty, staff, and administration to promote sustainability on campus.


  • Only students of Bemidji State University are eligible
  • Must meet all of the guidelines for student employment

Student Guidelines

  • Projects will be posted in the Sustainability Coordinator office. Students can come in during open hours.
  • Students will be placed on the wage scale based upon their hours of employment at Bemidji State University.
  • The Project Supervisor will receive the timecard, and must complete and sign when required.
  • Employment hours of students must follow the Federal and State labor agreement rules and laws. Students may not volunteer “extra hours” while employed in a department or be asked to put in more time than what they can be legally paid. A student may not work more than 20 hours in one week (combined with other campus employment).

Faculty/Staff/Administration Guidelines

  • Faculty/Staff/Administration will send requests for Student Employment to the Sustainability Coordinator on an ongoing basis.
  • Faculty/Staff/Administration will be the “Project Supervisor”.
  • Sustainability Coordinator will inform the Project Supervisor when a student applies for their project.
  • Project Supervisor will receive the timecard for the student and must fill in the hours worked by the student, sign at the end of the pay period, and return to the Sustainability Coordinator. Another timecard will be issued if needed.
  • Projects should promote sustainability on campus. Example projects:
    • Environmentally responsible disposal of unwanted materials
    • Cost/benefit calculations of renewable energy
    • Waste audit of an academic building
    • Feasibility of composting
    • Research into sustainable office supplies
  • Project Supervisors can request no more than three projects per semester. Special circumstances may be considered.

"I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I have no lived."
~ Henry David Thoreau (American essayist, poet and philosopher, 1817–1862)