NAU Residential 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.” 

2016 - Eco Rep Application Open Picture

The Eco-Rep peer educator position is an 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

Assist in promoting, planning, and implementing programs such as No Impact Jack, the Caught Green Handed recognition program, the annual Eco Fashion Show.

What are we looking for in Eco-Rep Candidates?



  • Students living on campus are preferred
  • Must be available for full academic year
  • Must be available for weekly 1.5 hour staff meeting
  • Must be able to work 8 – 10 hours a week.  Other employment and extracurricular activities are limited to 10 hours a week.

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.  Eco-Reps 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 will I gain from this role?
  • 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 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?
  • Attend Eco-Rep Training and Orientation in September
  • Attend weekly team meetings
  • 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 Hall Association 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
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of the annual Eco Fashion Show (April 2017)
  • Other duties as assigned
Application Process and Timeline
  • Priority deadline for consideration of applications is Friday, September 9
  • Must be available for phone interview, September 12 - 14
  • 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 15
  • Must be available for training on:
    • Friday, September 16 from 12:30 – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 17 from 10 – noon
    • Friday, September 23 from 12:30 – 5 p.m.
We have openings for the following communities:

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

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