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Compost Operations Assistant 1
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Job ID 4516
Job Type On-Campus Jobs (FWS) Tier 1
Employer Office of Sustainability
Date Posted Aug 10, 2023
Category Gardening/Maintenance
Job Description

Do you want to make a real world impact in the field of sustainability?

The UT Office of Sustainability operates one of the largest on-campus composting operations in the country. Composting diverts plant, agricultural and food waste away from the landfill, and is a vital component of sustainability at the University of Tennessee.


The Compost Operations Assistant 1 will be responsible for helping the Compost Supervisor maintain the daily operations of a two-acre Compost Facility. They will be expected to run and maintain heavy equipment, turn compost windrows, make compost deliveries as needed, and keep proper records of collected data. Students will gain experience with commercial-scale composting and learn the benefits of diverting organic material from landfills.


Experience in an outdoor industrial/construction/landscaping environment is preferred, but not required! We are willing to train you if you're willing to learn.

Reliable transportation is required, UT Compost Facility is not on main campus.

Job Requirements
  • Enjoys working outdoors and will work rain or shine
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Willing to learn how to operate various pieces of heavy equipment to cover, turn, screen and load compost
  • Able to work independently
  • Able to lift up to 50lbs
  • Excited to help make a real difference and to help Make Orange Green!
Evaluation Procedure

We maintain open communication and encourage regular feedback between the Work Study staff and their supervisors. 

Available Openings 2
Hours 10.0 to 29.5 hours per week
Hourly Rate $11.00/hour
Time Frame All Year
Contact Name David Byrne
Contact Email
Work Location 1657 Cherokee Trail Knoxville, Tennessee, 37920
Phone 7085574553
Fax N/A

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