EcoVillage Mentors

EcoVillage mentors

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Location: Bragaw Hall

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An EcoVillage Mentor is a student staff position, requiring the mentor to live in Bragaw Hall with EcoVillage participants. EcoVillage Mentors collaborate with the EcoVillage Director and residence hall staff members to support students' transitions at the university and develop a community conducive to student success dedicated to:

  • Engaging in dialogues on national and international environmental issues such as global climate change, sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, and life-cycle assessment
  • Assessing personal environment footprints
  • Contributing to leading initiatives designed to engage the campus on sustainability theories and practices
  • Supporting and appreciating diversity and various perspectives among EcoVillage participants

About the Village

EcoVillage provides unique experiences for students to lead, serve, create, problem-solve and engage in complex issues facing the energy and environmental challenges of society. Beyond the classroom, members of EcoVillage will engage with faculty members to explore local, regional and global approaches to advance sustainability.

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled as a full-time student
  • Completed a minimum of 29 credit hours prior to the start of employment
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 at the time of application and appointment to position; maintain a 2.7 GPA throughout employment
  • No active record or University disciplinary action at the time of application, appointment to position, and during employment as an EcoVillage Mentor
  • Completed a minimum of one (1) semester of on-campus living
  • Expressed commitment to sustainable education and a sustainable lifestyle

Preferred Qualifications

  • Declared major or academic degree plans related to: agriculture; agroecology; environmental science; engineering, design, architecture or management; food systems; sustainability; natural resources; sciences; or science education
  • Previous participation in internship, co-operative studies, student organization, or research projects related to sustainability

Responsibilities

Committment to Sustainability

  • Support EcoVillage Director in development of programming initiatives supporting sustainability
  • Provide direct support and mentorship for transitions associated with orientation to the university, resources for academic success and learning about various opportunities provided in college degree programs
  • Raise awareness about ecological issues and encourage environmentally responsible behavior
  • Serve as a role-model for EcoVillage's sustainability efforts through personal conduct and behavior
  • Inspire Village participants to pursue creative ways of incorporating sustainable living practices into the residence hall community

Academic Support

  • Create and plan initial Mentor Welcome events to develop participant familiarity with University resources
  • Assist in forming and encouraging peer study groups within the Village community
  • Plan and coordinate monthly Faculty Hot Topics programs

Mentoring, Role-Modeling, and Peer Education

  • Assist with the coordination, planning, and implementation of all Village activities including: Welcome/Orientation, Capstone project, Educational Sessions, Faculty Hot Topics and Service Projects
  • Serve as project advisor supporting EcoVillage participants with University sustainability outreach projects
  • Plan monthly social/networking opportunities for assigned Mentor group

Time Committment

  • Attend weekly EcoVillage staff member meetings and curricular activities including: classes, lectures, faculty dinners, seminars, film series, and other community events
  • Maintain two office hours per week in the EcoVillage office
  • Attend and participate in bi-weekly mentor meetings
  • Participate in training prior to arrival of EcoVillage participants

Remuneration and Benefits

  • $1,800 annual stipend ($900 per semester)
  • $250 meal allowance ($125.00 per semester)
  • ResNet services ($110 per semester)

Application Timeline

  • Submit Online Application: Application available November 2014
  • Participate in a 40-minute interview (sign-up for interview time as application is completed): February and March