EcoVillage Mentors

An EcoVillage Mentor is a paid student staff position, requiring the Mentor to live in Bragaw Hall to support EcoVillage participants. Mentors collaborate with the EcoVillage Director, Graduate Assistant, and residence hall staff to support students’ transitions at the University and develop a community conducive to student success associated with:

  • 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

 

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled as a full-time student
  • Completed a minimum of 29 credit hours prior to the start of employment
  • Completed a minimum of one semester of on-campus living
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 at the time of application and appointment to position; must 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
  • Expressed commitment to sustainability education and a personal sustainable lifestyle
  • Total on-campus part-time positions must not surpass 20 combined hours per week

Preferred Qualifications

  • Major or academic degree plan: All degree programs will be considered
  • Previous participation in internship, co-operative studies, student organization, or research projects related to sustainability
  • Previous experience planning events or programs
  • Previous mentoring experience or work in student life/student development

Responsibilities

  • Serve as a role-model for EcoVillage’s freshman residents and sustainability efforts through personal conduct and behavior
  • Facilitate the building of a feeling of community within the village
  • Support EcoVillage staff in development of programming initiatives supporting sustainability and the student learning outcomes of the village
  • Provide direct support and mentorship for transitions associated with orientation to the university, resources for academic success, and the various opportunities provided in the college degree programs
  • Raise awareness about environmental, social, and economic issues and encourage sustainability-minded behavior
  • Inspire village participants to pursue creative ways of incorporating sustainable living practices into the residence hall community
  • 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
  • Assist with the planning, implementation, and assessment of most signature village events
  • Individual mentor programming requirements

Time Commitment

  • EcoVillage Mentors can expect to spend approximately ten hours per week on Mentor duties
  • EcoVillage Mentors commit to the same village expectations as any other EcoVillager
  • Maintain one office hour per week in the EcoVillage office suite
  • Weekly staff meeting (one hour)
  • Scheduled one-on-one check-ins with village staff every other week (45 minutes)
  • Individual planning time for programs and implementation of minimum programming requirements for Mentors per semester
  • Mentors MUST be able to move-in and attend all required training days prior to village early move-In, as well as be available for Wolfpack Welcome Week events through University Convocation and the first week of classes

Compensation and Benefits

  • $1,800 annual stipend ($900 per semester)
  • $250 in Dining Dollars from University Housing ($125.00 per semester)
  • ResNet services paid for by University Housing ($140 per semester)
  • Professional development and experience in a leadership role

Application Timeline

  • The EcoVillage Mentor application window opens in October
  • Candidates should plan to participate in a one hour interview in November
  • Decisions are emailed to applicants after fall semester GPAs have been posted and checked in December