The Recology internship program will take you outside the classroom and provide you with hands-on professional experience. During the 12-week paid summer internship, you will learn what resource recovery really means and have fun while doing it! You will see first-hand the many facets of our business, as well as lead a project and experience how our employee-owners help communities reach their sustainability goals.

As a Recology summer intern, you will manage a project requiring you to flex your analytical skills and use your business acumen. to work on optimizing and driving quality to solve a problem or improve an existing process. You will have the opportunity to network and interact with strong leaders, mentors and co-workers throughout the organization.  You will have multiple opportunities to innovate and solve real-world, complex business problems.

All Recology internship positions are full-time, paid positions. We appreciate intern candidates that are flexible on the *location of their internship. During your 12 weeks, you’ll have the chance to network with our management team, develop new skills, learn about our business, and experience what it’s like to work within an innovative company. Upon successful completion of the program, interns may be considered for regular full-time, paid positions at Recology. *At this time, housing allowance is unavailable.

Summer internships for 2017 will run from May 22nd to August 11th, and June 20th to September 8th

Applicants should:

  • Be in their senior year of undergraduate coursework or have recently graduated. Applications from graduate students are also encouraged.
  • Be self-motivated, have strong writing skills, enjoy working with a variety of people.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Feel passionate about our vision.
  • Students in all majors are welcome to apply.

Upload a resume and include a cover letter detailing:

  1. Your interest in interning at Recology;
  2. Why you think you would be a good fit for the internship program; and
  3. How you see a world without waste.
  4. Applications should be submitted no later than March 3rd.  Each application will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates will be contacted via phone or email for interviews.
  • San Francisco, CA
  • South Bay Area (San Mateo, San Bruno, Mountain View, Pacifica)
  • North Bay Area (Vacaville, Vallejo, Dixon, Auburn, Oroville, Marysville)
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
Operations – Organics
The organics group processes material that produce nutrient-rich compost, soil amendments and landscaping products. The feedstock includes food scraps and yard trimmings that are otherwise destined for landfill. Recology Organics produces soil amendments that are used to aid in sustainable farming, as well as natural bark and decorative mulch products that are used for various home and garden landscaping projects.Operations – Collections
The operations group supports a variety of collection services for organics, recyclables, and municipal solid waste materials. Operations works to ensure efficiency and quality of service to the residential, multi-family, and commercial customers we serve.Waste Zero/Sustainability
Recology sees communities as partners. If we don’t work together to determine how to reach zero waste, it simply won’t work. The Waste Zero Team works with our local communities and develops and delivers effective public education programs in franchise cities that support regional sustainability goals. Waste Zero Specialists coordinate recycling programs with local jurisdictions and educate existing and new customers on program elements and related Recology services.  The team also monitors and researches relevant public policy issues that may impact various operational and business practices. The Waste Zero team also offers consultation and waste audits to help businesses and organizations save money and conserve resources.

Environmental Compliance
The environmental compliance group supports the company by obtaining the necessary local, state, and federal permits required to operate solid waste facilities. Once these permits are obtained, the environmental team ensures permit compliance by conducting regular onsite inspections, including sampling water, soil, compost, and waste for laboratory analysis, and preparing and submitting reports to various enforcement agencies.

Human Resources
The human resources group promotes a culture of employee ownership and engagement by developing innovative solutions to enable all employees to contribute at optimum levels towards the success of Recology. Human Resources partners with management to find talent, train, develop and coach employees, facilitate change management, and ensure legal compliance.

The safety group provides training, departmental safety audits, claims management, and overall safety compliance to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

The accounting group gathers and produces monthly financial statements, and provides oversight to the accounts payable and account receivables processes. Accounting works with operations to set budgets and provides guidance, as well as oversight in collections, processing and organics.