Volunteer Opportunities

Who are the Waste Watchers?

Waste Watchers conducting a waste auditWaste Watchers is a joint group between Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative whose mission is to engage students and the community in waste reduction at OSU by providing educational programming, meaningful opportunities for action, and empowerment of future leaders.

You can become a Waste Watcher too by volunteering with us (see opportunities below)! Meet some of our volunteers in this video and see group leaders on our chair positions page.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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Waste Watchers Fall 2017 Meetings

  • Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • 206 Student Experience Center (SEC)
  • Become a hero and join the league of the Waste Watchers! Using our knowledge of recycling and sustainability we can educate others and fight the scourge of waste! Join us this term at our Repair Fairs and for America Recycles Day, or help kick off our new Food Waste Campaign! This club is free and open to all. 

Wasted Food Campaign Committee

  • Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • 254 Student Experience Center (SEC)
  • We are launching a new campaign this year focused on reducing wasted food at OSU! This will include trialing new tactics in MarketPlace West Dining Hall and conducting new and creative outreach to the student body. If you want to lend skills you have and hone ones you don't, serving on the committee is a great way to gain experience in reducing wasted food, project management, designing experiments, conducting outreach, facilitating meetings, and more.

For More Information

If you have questions about the Waste Watchers or volunteer opportunities, please contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398.

Chair Positions with the Waste Watchers

Waste Watchers team with the RecycleMania trophyIf you are interested in exercising and expanding your leadership abilities, then you might be interested in one of the lead positions offered to Waste Watchers. Read on to find your best fit!

Positions open for the 2017-18 school year:

Membership Chair

Responsible for maintaining the Waste Watcher database on Google Drive. This includes entering new people (at least names and email) into the database at weekly meetings and updating meeting attendance twice per term. The chair is also encouraged to record additional contact and personal information (phone number, skills, interests, etc.). This chair is expected to miss no more than three meetings per term and have another member cover for them during absence.

Recruitment Chair

Responsible for recruiting new volunteers to join the team and/or fill specific volunteer needs. This includes being provided and/or setting recruitment goals to reach each term, implementing tactics to reach the goals, and staying current on the involvement opportunities with the group. This chair is expected to miss no more than three meetings per term and have another member cover for them during absence.

Social Chair

Responsible for planning and coordinating funsies (i.e. fun group activities) for the team. Includes planning funsies after most weekly meetings as well as three outside-of-meeting gatherings per term. This chair is expected to miss no more than three meetings per term and have another member cover for them during absence.

Repair Fair Chair

Responsible for taking a lead role in planning Repair Fairs throughout the year, including recruiting support volunteers, coordinating demos and marketing for the event. The Repair Fair Chair may choose to alternate between each of these lead roles, or retain the same role throughout the year. This role will work with Waste Watcher members and coordinators, and will attend a portion of weekly coordinator meetings. This chair is expected to miss no more than three Waste Watchers weekly meetings per term and have another member cover for them during absence.

Program Leader

Responsible for serving as the main coordinator of a program or event, or an aspect of either. These roles are typically announced at the beginning of each term; the duties and duration varies. Speak to a Waste Watcher coordinator to learn what is currently available.

2016-17 Leaders:

Emily Skelton

Emily Skelton, Membership Chair

Responsible for maintaining the Waste Watcher database - at minimum of every other week - by tracking meeting attendance, personal information and contact info, and greeting new members who attend meetings after beginning of Fall term.

Callie Limbaugh

Callie Limbaugh, Recruitment Chair

Responsible for recruiting new volunteers to join the team and/or fill specific volunteer needs. This role will bring a recruitment perspective to WW meetings, be provided and/or set recruitment goals to reach each term, and maintain familiarity with general and current involvement opportunities with the group.

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Jean McKnight, Social Chair

Responsible for planning and coordinating funsies (i.e. fun group activities) for the team. Includes planning funsies after most weekly meetings as well as three outside-of-meeting gatherings per term.

Shannon Ritz

Shannon Ritz, Repair Fair Chair

Responsible for taking a lead role in planning Repair Fairs throughout the year, including recruiting repair and support volunteers, determining demos, and coordinating marketing for the event. The Repair Fair Chair may choose to alternate between each of these lead roles, or retain the same role throughout the year. This role will work with WW members and coordinators, and will attend a portion of the coordinator meeting prior to each weekly meeting.

Waste Watcher Coordinators

Kaya Reed ("Reedcycler"), Jasen Phillips ("JPhill") and Andrea Norris ("Dre")

Coordinators Kyle Reed, Jasen Phillips, and Andrea Norris

 Contact the coordinators via email.

Have an idea?

If you are interested in leadership, but would like to focus on a different facet of waste reduction or group dynamics, then talk to us about creating a new position in the Waste Watchers!

How to Sign-Up:

Stop by during one of our weekly meetings and speak with a Waste Watcher coordinator, or email Andrea Norris with information on which role you would like to fill.

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