Student Workers

At Luther we provide students the opportunity to be sustainability leaders through a variety of work-study positions. Students work in close collaboration with staff, faculty and students across campus, as well as community members. There are three roles that student workers can take on: project managers, gardeners, and recyclers.

Project Managers

Sustainability student workers take on a variety of projects, from website management and marketing to implementing sustainability initiatives such as Residence Hall Composting, Zero Waste Initiatives, Shopping Shuttle, Cafeteria to Community, and working as Sustainability Educators in the Residence Halls. Project managers help run and organize these initiatives.


Gardeners are responsible for the planting, harvesting, and general upkeep of the Luther gardens and greenhouse, which provide produce to Luther Dining Services. The addition of a moveable high tunnel has allowed the students more opportunities to grow food earlier in the spring and later into the fall.


No matter the weather conditions, recyclers make daily rounds to residence halls and academic building to collect recyclables, redeemables, and compost. Recyclables, such as paper, plastic, metal, and carboard, are dropped off at a Winneshiek County Recycling collection site by facilities. Redeemables are kept in the garage of the sustainability house until sorted and collected. Collected compost is added to the Luther compost pile, to later be used as fertilizer for the Luther Gardens.

Are you a first-year student interested in working with us? Fill out an application form today or learn more about sustainability work study during the academic year.

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