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Sustainability EcoRep Leader

Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

About the Department/Unit

American University is proud to be a leader in sustainability. Sustainability is a culture that's visible the moment you step onto campus. Green buildings incorporate energy efficient technologies and a focus on human health. Environmentally conscious grounds management means we plant local and adaptive species. We use solar energy, strive for zero waste, and work with community partners to offer sustainable transportation. The culture of sustainability is evident through faculty research efforts, student involvement, and staff practices. These are just some of the elements that contribute to American University's commitment to having a small footprint. 


EcoRep Leaders are part-time, paid student interns in the Office of Sustainability, hired to support the new EcoRep Program. The EcoRep Program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to gain leadership and outreach skills while engaging the AU community in learning about and taking action for sustainability. EcoRep Leaders will work with Office of Sustainability staff to oversee this volunteer program, including:
  1. Assisting with strategic planning for the program including attending planning meetings.
  2. Monitoring volunteer sign-ups for events.
  3. Coordinating and staffing outreach events (setting up tables and displays, making sure volunteers arrive on time, organizing materials in advance, etc.).
  4. Modeling positive leadership and effective outreach skills.
  5. Assisting with creating communications content to promote the program and events.
  6. Disseminating information to EcoReps via GroupMe, email, or in-person conversations.


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • EcoRep Leaders will work approximately 10 hours per week. As paid employees, unexcused absences are considered grounds for termination. This position will begin in August 2022 and lasts the duration of the academic year, with the potential opportunity for continuation.

Salary Range

  • $16.50/hour.

Required Education and Experience

  • Applicants must be current American University students.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Outgoing personality and willingness to serve as a leader.
  • Passion for social responsibility and environmental sustainability.
  • A self-starter able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong communications skills.
  • Demonstrated record of reliability.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams.
  • An open mind and a willingness to express new ideas.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • In your cover letter, please describe 1) why you want to be an EcoRep Leader, 2) why you think you would be a good candidate for this position, and 3) your greatest sustainability concern.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC