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Zero Waste Operations Assistant
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Job ID 5617
Job Type On-Campus Jobs (FWS) Tier 2
Employer Office of Sustainability
Date Posted Aug 07, 2023
Category Outreach
Job Description

The Zero Waste Assistant will be expected to assist with Zero Waste Events, football game-days, implementation of My Tiny Trash, the Green Office program, bin and signage standardization, and waste audits. This position will involve communication skills, some physical labor, and occasionally digging through trash. Zero waste efforts are an integral part of reaching UTK’s goal of reaching a 50% diversion rate by 2030.



  • Ability to effectively communicate information about our projects

  • Ability to work independently with direction as needed

  • Motivated to promote sustainability and encourage sustainable habits to others

  • Willingness to learn all about recycling and trash (what can go where)

  • Ready to lift, move, carry, and wash bins (ability to lift 30lbs)

  • Not afraid to get dirty

  • Required to work some football games in the fall.

  • Willing to help with events, posters, & computer work

  • Positive attitude!


  • Can work 10+ hours a week

  • Availability in mornings/ early afternoons on a routine schedule

Schedule: Flexible, 10-20 hours per week for the entirety of the academic school year including the summer sessions, if available. Typically, these hours will be Monday-Friday between 8am-5pm, but our department will occasionally work special events late at night or weekends (e.g., during UT football games) 

Job Requirements
  • Ready to lift, move, carry, and wash bins (ability to lift 30lbs)
  • Not afraid to get dirty
  • Positive attitude!
  • Avaialblity to work some Zero-Waste Game Days in the fall. 
  • Willing and able to do computer work: excel, word, powerpoint
  • Understand how to design in Canva or willing to learn
Evaluation Procedure

Regular meetings with supervisor to review job performance. 

Available Openings 2
Hours 20.0 hours per week
Hourly Rate $11.50/hour
Time Frame All Year
Contact Name Matthew Bradley Moats
Contact Email
Work Location 2121 Stephenson Drive, Knoxville, TN
Phone 8656038047
Fax N/A

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