NAU Residential 2015-2016 Student Eco-Rep 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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Eco-Reps are peer educators that will be trained through weekly team meetings to become sustainability change agents in their residence hall.  Eco-Reps provide their peers with relevant and approachable strategies for living more sustainably in NAU residential communities. Eco-Reps serve as a resource that role models and promotes environmentally sustainably behaviors in their residential community/area. They will assist students in becoming aware of their everyday lifestyle choices and understanding the effects an individual can have on the environment, specifically in their residence.

The Eco-Rep position is an opportunity for residential students to gain knowledge about sustainability issues and to develop their leadership skills and their ability to communicate about sustainability to their peers. 

What are we looking for in Eco-Rep Candidates?

Requirements

  • Must live on campus
  • Must be available for the full academic year
  • Must be available for weekly  meetings on Fridays from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Must be available to work up to 10 hours per week and not be overcommitted with other extracurricular activities and employment

Desired Qualities  

  • Self motivated with the ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Creativity and enthusiasm
  • Outgoing and good communication skills
  • A willingness to be very visible, available and approachable
  • 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
  • Demonstration of effective leadership skills
  • Ability to complete projects and meet deadlines
  • Flexibility and adaptability 
What will I gain from this role?
  • Leadership, communication, and peer education skills
  • Increased knowledge of environmental and sustainability topics
  • Helping NAU achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2020
  • Networking and interaction with a variety of NAU resources
  • Participants are paid $8.05/hour for up to 10 hours a week 
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 attend Hall Association and RA staff meetings on a weekly basis.
  • Attend weekly team meetings, Fridays 2:30 – 4
  • Attend Eco-Rep Training and Orientation
    • Friday, September 11 from 2 – 5:30 pm
    • Saturday, September 12 from 10 – noon
    • Sunday, September 13 from 1 – 4:30 pm
  • Participate in quarterly community service projects (Final dates TBD: September; November; January; March)
  • Provide monthly passive and active educational programming within your residential community
  • Promote and facilitate collections for waste minimization/recycling projects, which could include glass, battery/printer cartridges, composting, and other difficult to recycle items.
  • Will be responsible for monitoring and emptying the computer lab recycle bin on a weekly basis.
  • Assist with tabling and promotions for in hall events and programs, such as the No Impact Jack Sustainable Living certificate
  • Assist with tabling and promotions for campus-wide events and programs
  • Complete required reports and paperwork, including weekly time log, monthly reports, and evaluations
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of the annual Eco Fashion Show (April 2016)
  • Other duties as assigned
Application Process and Timeline
    • Priority Deadline for consideration of applications is Tuesday, September 8, 11:59 pm
    • Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on an ongoing basis for any remaining openings  
    • Successful applicants will be notified by noon on Thursday, September 10
    • Must be available for training on:
    • Friday, September 11 from 2 – 5:30 pm
    • Saturday, September 12 from 10 – noon
    • Sunday, September 13 from 1 – 4:30 pm
We have openings for the following communities:

Freshman Connections:  Allen, Ernest Calderón Learning Community, Cowden, Gabaldon, McConnell, Reilly, Sechrist, Tinsley, Morton/Campbell, Taylor, Wilson

Upper Division Suites:  Mountain View

Upper Division Apartments:  Gabaldon, Pine Ridge Village, Raymond, McDonald, Gillenwater, South Village

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

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