Here at the Compost Project, we are a family. Everyone involved in the Project is devoted to bringing and promoting sustainability on the Truman Campus. Though it might be a small project, it has grown, and it continues to grow every year as more students become interested in our work. While most people don’t think the ideal Friday afternoon is spent shoveling food scraps and organic waste into heaping piles of decomposition, the dedicated members of the Project show up with smiling faces, ready to work. And of course, volunteers are always welcome!
Compost Project Employees:
The Compost Project offers Institutional, Work Study and Scholarship jobs. Students who work for the CP aim to help live up to the Truman State Sustainability Initiative by collecting campus compost and encouraging members of the Truman community to act sustainability as well. If you are interested in working with Project, follow the link on the bottom leftside of the page to the TruPositions form. Follow instructions from there.
Compost Project Intern:
Each year, the Compost Project, which was founded by Michael Kelrick and student collaborators, employs an intern to oversee its day-to-day operations. The position lasts for a spring and subsequent fall semester and requires that the intern not only supervise students and engage with Sodexo staff, but also implement some sort of internship project to propel the Compost Project forward, consistently growing and evolving. Below are the duties and responsibilities of my internship with the Compost Project as well as my proposed project for evaluation and analysis.
The four credit hour portion of the internship covers the actual time on task (160 hours during the semester). My work here comprises the following:
- Creating work schedules for roughly three dozen employees
- Planning and organizing events
- Training new employees
- Learning and meeting the needs and concerns of Sodexo managers and staff
- Conducting biweekly meetings
- Allocating student labor to meet budget constraints
- Ensuring appropriate work materials are available and accessible
- Assisting with ‘pile building’ at the University Farm
- Advertising and promoting the project
- Day-to-day troubleshooting
- Maintaining ongoing communication with project workers, Sodexo staff, and university personnel
Compost Project Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Michael Kelrick is the Faculty Advisor to the Compost Project. Dr. Kelrick received his B.A. from Harvard University and his PhD from Utah State University. As the Faculty Advisor, Dr. Kelrick maintains contact with the Compost Project Intern and aids them in whatever way he can.