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How do I become an Eco-Rep?

Fall semester Eco-Rep applications become available around spring break.  Occasionally, some positions become available for the spring around November. Eco-Reps serve all 20 residence halls, including the apartment style dorms (Latin Way, Hillsides, and Sophia Gordon) and Blakeley Hall at the Fletcher School. A parallel SIECO Rep program serves the Special Interest Housing community.

What can I expect?

Eco-Reps 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 residence hall. Eco-Reps are paid $14.25/hour, and area leaders paid $15.25/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, and other topics of interest.

Eco-Reps run events individually and together, plan and lead behavior change campaigns in the residence halls, maintain compost bins and bulletin boards in their residence halls, collaborate with FYA/CDAs 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, 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 residence hall to get an idea of what is involved. Your Eco-Rep can also provide a recommendation for you. If your residence hall does not have an Eco-Rep, contact the Eco-Rep Coordinators for next year at or talk to any of the current or past Eco-Reps listed on our website. The application for Spring 2021 can be found 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
  • Residence hall
  • Ability to communicate effectively and get along with others
  • Past history of taking initiative
  • Creativity
  • Amount of time they are able to commit to the program
  • Environmental knowledge (not required, but a plus!)
  • Charisma

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 residence hall's culture.

Residence halls that currently have Eco-Reps are Beacon St. Dorms (2), Blakeley, Bush, Carmichael (2), Carpenter House, Haskell, Hill, Hodgdon, Houston, Lewis (2), Metcalf, Miller, Posner (Boston Campus) Richardson, Harleston (2), Stratton, Tilton, West, Wilson, and Wren.  In addition, there is a SIECO Rep Coordinator.

Eco-Reps are not required to live in the residence hall 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 residence hall 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!

Sign-up for the Office of Sustainability newsletter to stay up-to-date on Eco-Reps information throughout the semester.