How do I become an Eco-Rep?
Eco-Rep’s applications for the fall semester become available around spring break. Occasionally, some positions become available at the end of the fall semester (around November) for the spring.
There are currently 19 undergraduate Eco-Reps, 4 of which are Area Leaders, one graduate Eco-Rep, who represents Blakeley Hall at the Fletcher School, and 2 Greek house advisers.
What can I expect?
Eco-Reps are participate in a week-long training during new student orientation, come to 1.25 hour weekly meetings throughout the academic year (on Wednesdays during open block from noon-1:15pm), and work 3-5 hours per week in their dorm. Eco-Reps are paid $10/hour, and area leaders paid $10.25/hour.
At the weekly meetings, the Eco-Reps learn about environmental issues, how Tufts and other entities try to combat these issues, general event planning techniques, community-based social marketing strategies, and other topics of interest.
Eco-Reps run events individually and together, plan and lead behavior change campaigns in the dorms, maintain compost bins and bulletin boards in their dorms, collaborate with RAs and student groups, write weekly blog updates, participate in personal challenges, go on field trips, learn about sustainability and environmental issues, put up posters and signs, go to hall snacks, meet with duty teams, send out e-newsletters, make friends and generally have a lot of fun!
We encourage all interested students to talk to the Eco-Rep in your dorm to get an idea of what is involved. Your Eco-Rep can also provide a recommendation for you. If your dorm does not have an Eco-Rep, contact the Eco-Rep Coordinators for next year at email@example.com or talk to any of the current or past Eco-Reps listed on our website. You may also view the job description here.
How are Eco-Reps selected?
Eco-Rep selections are made at the end of the Spring semester for the following year and are based on a written application and an interview. Recommendations are occasionally requested. Additional Eco-Reps may be hired during the last month of the Fall semester to replace Eco-Reps who will not be returning for the Spring semester.
Applicants are evaluated on their:
- Level of enthusiasm for the program
- Dorm of residence
- Ability to communicate effectively and get along with others
- Past history of taking initiative
- Amount of time they are able to commit to the program
- Environmental knowledge (not required, but a plus!)
Applicants who are self-starters, outgoing, eager to learn, comfortable teaching others and not over committed in other areas of their lives do well in the Eco-Reps program and can make a big difference in their dorms’ culture.
Dorms that currently have Eco-Reps are Blakeley, Bush, Carmichael (2), Carpenter House, Haskell, Hill, Hodgdon, Houston, Lewis (2), Metcalf, Miller, Richardson, South (2), Tilton, West, Wilson, and Wren. In addition, there are two Greek Life Advisors.
Eco-Reps are not required to live in the dorm that they work in, but it is strongly preferred.
Returning Eco-Reps may live off campus, but first year Eco-Reps must live in on-campus housing. Every effort is made to assign Eco-Reps a dorm that is close to their own residence.
Preference is given to students who will be on campus for the entire year, but individuals going abroad for one semester are also encouraged to apply.
Students from all majors, interests, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. You do not need to be an Environmental Studies major.
Why should I become an Eco-Rep?
As an individual in the Eco-Rep program, you will grow as a leader and as an environmental citizen. With each week in the program, you will develop your communication skills as well as your knowledge and understanding of your own impact on the environment and how you can train yourself, as well as those around them, to change their behaviors. This fulfilling and engaging job enables you to promote a sustainable future and will equip you with many of the leadership and practical skills necessary to become a sought after job candidate in the future.
If you are passionate about the environment, the Tufts community, creating change, and working with a great group of new friends you can make a difference as an Eco-Rep! Apply now, or sign-up for the Office of Sustainability newsletter to stay up-to-date on Eco-Reps information throughout the semester.