Residential Sustainability Mentor Program

"I learned how to do programming, and I improved my leadership and communication skills… My participation in this program helped me stick to my sustainable lifestyle.”

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Starting Fall 2017, the EcoRep program is undergoing restructuring, including new positions and new position titles. Click on each section below to learn more. The responsibilities for the peer educator position will remain the same and provides the opportunity for NAU students to:

  • Learn about sustainability issues
  • Gain leadership skills
  • Develop skills for communicating about sustainability to their peers.
  • Provide relevant and easy strategies for living sustainably through educational programming in the halls
  • Facilitate in-hall waste minimization programs
  • Serve as a resource that role models and promotes environmentally sustainably behaviors in their residential community/area.
  • Create awareness for peers about everyday lifestyle choices and their effect on the environment

Program Structure Overview
Each residential community will have a Sustainability Mentor (formerly EcoReps) that is a paid peer educator position. Each Community Council will also have an appointed Sustainability Liaison. This will be an unpaid leadership position that is intended to provide additional in hall support, as well as prepare participants for Sustainability Mentor positions.

There are 5 Senior Sustainability Mentors who have previous experience in the program. Each Senior Sustainability Mentor will serve as a peer supervisor for a small team of Sustainability Mentors and Sustainability Liaisons.

Please click on each section to learn more about the expectations, eligibility requirements, and responsibilities of each position.

Sustainability Mentors

This is our primary peer educator position with one assigned to each residential community. Priority consideration will be given in the following order:

  1. Applicants who have satisfactorily completed a year as an EcoRep, Sustainability Mentor, or Sustainability Liaison. 
  2. Upper Division student applicants (Sophomore and beyond)
  3. Freshman students are eligible to apply, but are encouraged to be a Sustainability Liaison first.

Participants are paid $8.05/hour and must be available to work 8 - 10 hours a week.
This is a Federal Work Study eligible position.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Other employment and extracurricular activities are limited to 10 hours a week. 
  • Should be available for the full academic year.
  • Should be available to return by August 21 for training and community set up (Must be available 5 - 8 hours a day that week)
  • Must be available to attend:
    • Weekly Team Meetings (Time and day to be set by your Senior Sustainability Mentor)
    • Monthly All Staff Meetings (Fridays, 2 – 4 pm). The dates are: September 29; October 27; December 1; January 19; February 23; March 30; April 4.

Desired Qualities

This position is very self-directed and requires excellent planning and organizational skills. Staff members must have the ability to take a list of assigned responsibilities and set a regular schedule and establish realistic deadlines to complete within the expected timeline. Sustainability Mentors should also have:

  • A willingness to be visible, available and approachable
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to complete projects and meet administrative deadlines
  • Creativity and enthusiasm
  • Outgoing and good communication skills
  • An interest in sustainability and a willingness to learn
  • A commitment to engage peers on issues of conservation, pro-environmental behavior change, and a sense of environmental responsibility
  • Flexibility and adaptability
What would be my responsibilities?
  • Be a resource and support to your community, the Hall staff (RAs and Residence Hall Directors), and Hall Association. Will be required to alternate attending Community Council and RA staff meetings on a weekly basis.
  • Complete required reports and paperwork, including weekly time log, monthly reports, and evaluations
  • Provide monthly passive and active educational programming within your residential community
  • Promote waste minimization/recycling efforts and facilitate weekly collections. These include:
    • Used Battery and ink cartridge recycling
    • Terracycle bins (link)
    • Computer lab recycle bin
  • Maintain an updated community bulletin board
  • Assist with tabling and promotions for in hall events and programs, such as the No Impact Jack Sustainable Living certificate and Caught Green Handed
  • Participate in quarterly community service projects (Final dates TBD: September; November; January; March)
  • Assist with tabling and promotions for campus-wide events and programs
  • Other duties as assigned
Sustainability Liaison

This is a new position for the 2017-18 academic year. The Sustainability Liaison is an appointed member of the Community Council. The purpose of this position is to provide information and education about sustainable living to other residents in your residential community. Additionally, you will also help Community Council members make planning decisions for more sustainable hall programs. This position will also collaborate and work closely with the Sustainability Mentor assigned to your residential community. This position is designed to prepare students for the Sustainability Mentor role and gain the skills and knowledge needed to be a competitive candidate for open positions the following year. New freshman students are encouraged to apply for this position.

Requirements and Responsibilities

  • The anticipated time commitment is 2 – 4 hours a week.
  • Must live on campus – position is for your assigned community
  • Attend weekly team meetings (Time and day to be set by your Senior Sustainability Mentor)
  • Attend monthly all staff meetings. (Fridays, 2 – 4 pm). The dates are: September 29; October 27; December 1; January 19; February 23; March 30; April 4.
  • Help Sustainability Mentor with monthly program
  • Attend Community Council meetings 
  • Regular informal interaction with residents in the community
Desired Qualities
  • Creativity and enthusiasm
  • Outgoing and good communication skills
  • An interest in sustainability and a willingness to learn
  • A commitment to engage peers on issues of conservation, pro-environmental behavior change, and a sense of environmental responsibility
Application Process and Timeline

  • Priority deadline for first consideration of application is Monday, April 24
  • Phone Interviews will be conducted through May 4
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by May 10. 
  • Applications received after the priority deadline of April 24 as well as applicants not selected for a position during Spring Recruitment will be reviewed on an ongoing basis for any remaining or unanticipated openings.
  • The application will remain open through early September (Date TBD)

We have openings for the following communities:
Openings have not yet been determined

Have questions? e-mail Cori.Cusker@nau.edu

Apply to be a Sustainability Mentor

What will I gain from being a Sustainability Mentor or Sustainability Liaison?
  • Leadership, communication, and peer education skills
  • Increased knowledge of environmental and sustainability topics
  • The ability to plan and implement programs and large scale events
  • Developing friendships with a group of like-minded students
  • How to encourage and facilitate positive behavior change in your peers
  • Helping NAU achieve the goal of carbon neutrality
  • Networking and interaction with a variety of NAU resources