Humboldt State University

Co-Director Application

Now Hiring: CCAT Co-Directors!

CCAT is hiring three Co-Directors to serve one-year terms. Two Co-Directors will start in June 2014, and one will start in January 2015.

Application Deadline

UPDATE: Deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by 5:00pm!

Applications are due Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, by 11:59pm. Please be sure to read over this entire page before applying. You will need to provide a cover letter, a resume with at least 3 work-related references, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts. Be sure you plan ahead to have all these ready before the deadline. Apply below!

PS – If you are having any trouble with this form or any other part of the application process, please email us.

What’s a CCAT Co-Director?

Info Sessions & PowerPoint

For the best overview (and to speak to current co-directors), come to our info sessions at CCAT:

Thursday, March 13th, at 5pm
Monday, March 24th, at 5pm

We will be giving a brief presentation and then opening up the floor for questions. If you’d like, you can look at the PowerPoint for yourself or read on for more additional info, but the best information will be straight from the current co-directors, so come to a session or email/call us if you’d like to chat.

About CCAT

The Campus Center of Appropriate Technology (CCAT) is a student-run, student-funded, live-in laboratory for sustainable living located on the HSU campus.  Through a mixture of appropriate technologies and lifestyle choices, we seek to prove firsthand that living lightly on the earth can be both practical and rewarding.

We generate much of our own electrical power and hot water; use recycled, natural, and/or low-toxicity materials in much of our construction; grow some of our own food; and much more.  We regularly host educational tours and events to outreach to the public, and we offer a series of classes. As one of three Co-Directors, you will live in CCAT (see Benefits, below) and work with a team of 15-20 student employees to envision and enact CCAT’s future.


  • Passion and interest in Appropriate Technology
  • Must be an HSU student or grad student
  • Minimum 2.0 current and cumulative GPA
  • Enrolled in at least 6 units per semester of your term
  • Prior experience a plus, but not required
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • A tireless dedication towards building a better world


CCAT Co-Directors engage in many activities that will provide them with experience and knowledge on how to run non-profits. Some of these activities include: interpreting the mission of the program, making fundamental decisions of policy, setting annual goals, writing and executing budgets, supervising staff, volunteers and students, designing and implementing new projects, planning and running events, representing the organization within the University and the larger community, and doing the dishes at the end of the day.

CCAT is a public house and Co-Directors should be comfortable with consistent interactions with the public; in general, privacy is limited to the Co-Directors’ bedrooms and the rest of the house is usually open to visitors and employees.

Desired Skills

Verbal and written communication, leadership, exceptional organizational ability, understanding of appropriate technology principles, ability to work in cooperation with others, good interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic and the desire to learn!


The Co-Directorship is an UNPAID work-trade/internship position.  That said, there ARE amazing benefits…


Free rent for a year in Arcata’s most amazing house, no utility bills, food and herbs from the garden, being an integral part of the CCAT community, greatly increased confidence, experience teaching/facilitating courses, managing employees and running a non-profit.
CCAT is an amazing opportunity for anybody interested in leadership in sustainability; very few other organizations will give relatively inexperienced college students this kind of chance to manage and run a well-funded organization employing 15-20 students.
CCAT is a leadership & learning opportunity like no other… it also doesn’t look too shabby on a resume!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have little to no management experience!  There’s no way I know how do this!

As long as you’re seriously interested in the position and willing to dedicate the time and effort into building something amazing, we encourage you to apply.  You will be supported by your fellow Co-Directors and staff, along with the resources of the CCAT Steering Committee and several HSU departments.

The CCAT Co-Directorship is part leadership, part on-the-job training, and you’ll quickly learn to make up for your shortcomings and balance your strengths with others’.

All of CCAT’s Co-Directors in its 30-year history have been students just like you: young, relatively inexperienced, nervous, but passionate and dedicated to their goals.  CCAT will help you realize your potential just as you help CCAT realize its.

Q. I have no experience with CCAT.  Can I still apply?

Absolutely.  We deliberately open the application to all HSU students.  CCAT thrives on diversity and new ideas, and while being familiar with CCAT certainly helps, it’s not a prerequisite.  Many of our Co-Directors have had limited to no prior exposure to CCAT.

That said, we encourage you to at least familiarize yourself with CCAT’s mission and Appropriate Tech focus and think about how CCAT fits into the larger sustainability movement.  Spend a few minutes looking at our website and at our sister site Appropedia to get a better idea of what we do.

Q. How much time will I need to dedicate?

We estimate at least 30-40 hours a week.  We strongly recommend not taking more than 12 units, including no more than two academically-intensive courses — we can’t emphasize this enough!

Most CCAT Co-Directors have not held outside jobs, instead relying on personal savings, Financial Aid, and other sources of income — but remember that during your term, you won’t be paying rent or household utilities.

Apply Now

Ready to step up to the plate?  Submit your application below!


If you experience any trouble with this application form, please email us at or give us a call at (707) 826-3551.

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