Apply to Become a Sustainability Ambassador this fall!
The Office of Campus Sustainability is hiring a team of paid student Sustainability Ambassadors for the fall of 2018. The primary responsibilities of Sustainability Ambassadors are to connect students (especially incoming students) with the Sustainability Network on campus, to educate students about sustainability and to organize sustainability programs including the Repair Cafe, the Positive Futures Fair, a new 12-week long water conservation campaign this fall, New Paltz Unplugged, and Recyclemania. One student will also support the Sustainability Committee in engaging students in the sustainability planning process around for the college. The Sustainability Network includes all the students, faculty, and staff who forward sustainability on campus through teaching, research, engagement, and operational improvements.
Sustainability Ambassadors educate students about:
- Sustainability practices on campus (ie. the limited sales of bottled water on campus, no plastic bags, sustainable food and beverages in campus dining, solar photovoltaics with battery storage on campus, energy conservation and efficiency improvements on campus)
- Sustainability behaviors (ie. how to recycle and conserve energy in residence halls)
- Sustainability student organizations, the living learning community, and regional organizations
- Sustainability majors & minors
- Sustainability GE courses and upper division courses
- Sustainability events (ie. the Repair Café and the Positive Futures Fair)
If successful in the fall, students may be invited to continue their employment into the spring of 2019.
Responsibilities through the semester
- Summer Orientation – Students who are leaving near the college over the summer may begin duties early and work at transfer and first year orientation sessions. Exact dates and hours TBD.
- Training/Orientation – Sustainability Ambassadors attend a full two-day orientation/training prior to the start of the semester on August 23 and 24.
- Regular Meetings – Approximately every two weeks, Sustainability Ambassadors will attend a group meeting with the Campus Sustainability Coordinator to plan future events and brainstorm about how to most effectively do this work and connect with students.
- Farmers Market Tabling – The primary work hours during the Fall of 2017 are during the weekly farmers market on Thursdays from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Students will be assigned hours to work at the farmers market when they are not in class.
- Sustainability Ambassadors Specializations:
- Sustainability Planning Student Assistant – We will be launching a sustainability planning process this fall, probably starting with information gathering. This person will be responsible for engaging students in the sustainability planning process ((ie. organizing and facilitating focus groups around particular topics) so that the resulting plan is a reflection of student priorities and interests.
- Water Conservation Campaign Coordinator – One student will be responsible for implementing a new water conservation campaign. The Ashokan Reservoir, which supplies the Village of New Paltz and the College with domestic water is shutting down for 10 weeks this fall and the college will need to go into a water conservation mode. Basic excel skills, public speaking skills, written and verbal communication skills required. Experience with email list software (ie. Constant Contact, Mail Chip, MyEmma is a plus.
- Repair Cafe Coordinator – One student will be responsible for recruiting and coordinating repair coaches to work at the Repair Cafe on September 26 and April 17. Organizing, communications, and logistical skills required.
- Positive Future Fair Coordinator – One student will be responsible for recruiting student organizations, academic programs, off campus groups, etc to table at this fair on September 26. Organizing, communications, and logistical skills required.
- New Paltz Unplugged Coordinator – One student will be responsible for implementing the energy conservation competition in residence halls this October/November. Basic excel skills, public speaking skills, written and verbal communication skills required. Experience with email list software (ie. Constant Contact, Mail Chip, MyEmma is a plus.
- Recyclemania Coordinator – One student will be responsible for implementing the recycling competition in residence halls in February and March of 2019. Basic excel skills, public speaking skills, written and verbal communication skills required. Experience with email list software (ie. Constant Contact, Mail Chip, MyEmma is a plus).
- Social media coordinator – One student will be responsible for social media throughout the entire year. Photography and social media skills expected.
Sustainability Ambassadors will be employees of the Office of Campus Sustainability and will report to the Campus Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten. Student Ambassadors are paid $12/hour.
- Have an passion for sustainability
- Have experience with sustainability on campus, whether through student organizations, living learning communities, or academic programs
- Have excellent verbal communication skills, are enthusiastic, and are able to motivate and inspire other students
- Have other skills that directly relate to the job responsibilities described above
- A self-starter
- Able to work effectively in teams
- Able to develop agendas and run meetings
- Experience with making things happen at SUNY New Paltz (ie. logistics)
- Good at public speaking
- Effective at mobilizing volunteers
- Self-motivated and able to work independently (there is no office space for students)
Please note that this positions are very competitive. Last year, approximately 20 students applied for 6 positions. There are approximately 4 openings for positions for the fall. All students who applied last year were passionate about sustainability. It’s a given and is not what is going to get you hired. Your skills, experiences, and personal qualities will get you hired.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Apply ASAP. All interviews will take place by the end of exams. Hiring decisions will be made by June 1 for an August 23rd start date.
The application has two parts: a written application and a short video submission. Click below to download the application:
Email Campus Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten at email@example.com with any questions.