Eliza Miller

Eliza Miller

Major: Anthropology
Hometown: Chico, CA
Class: Junior
Program Position: AS Recycling Safety and Operations Supervisor

How did you first get connected with AS Recycling?
I was looking for a job on the AS website and saw one posted for recycling. At home we’re big on recycling. My mom composts EVERYTHING. I wanted to know how you tackled that on a large scale at a college campus. My first day at work was on St. Patrick’s Day in 2011, and it was a busy one!

How would you describe your current position with AS Recycling?
Initially I started out as a recycling assistant and now I’m the safety and operations supervisor. I collect and sort materials from bins to deliver to the appropriate processing destination. I assign special pick-ups, work with clients who have special needs for events, relocations, missed pick-ups, etc. I insure that we have a safe working environment in the warehouse. It must be clean and organized so that staff can find what they need. All vehicles have to be maintained and first aid kits must be stocked and readily available. I also assist with hiring and am responsible for much of the training.

What does working for the Associated Students do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
I’m an anthropology major and hope to be an archaeologist. Finding a garbage dump is like hitting the jackpot for an archaeologist! As we sort through stuff we try to recover whatever is still usable – folders, notebooks, pens, pencils and all kinds of office supplies which we then offer free to students. It can be a stressful job. There are only 15-20 student employees who do all the recycling for this campus. Being efficient and learning to deal with the unexpected are skills I’ve learned that will help in any career.

What do YOU bring to the table in your position at AS Recycling?
I’m driven! I get a lot done and I do it well. I want to be proud of what I’ve done at the end of the day. I’m doing a job that gives back to the community so all of my efforts make a difference.

What are your career plans & how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I’d like to go into cultural resource management perhaps with a state or federal agency. All of the skills I’m using in this job are relevant.