2020 Transitions Lab

Student Engagement

Sustainability Peer Educator Program

SPEP: Learn about the Program
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela
Job Description

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The Sustainability Peer Educator Program (SPEP) trains undergraduate student leaders to deliver sustainability lessons and workshops to their peers. This program is intended to improve sustainability literacy, increase the adoption of sustainable behaviors, and foster a culture of sustainability among students. Peer educators work with their peers in the areas of  environmental justice, energy, water, and resource use. The primary audience will be students in residence halls. Peer educators will support sustainability education in three ways:1)By drawing on student feedback to design and teach lessons and workshops that provide peers a basic understanding of sustainability and its importance as well as tools for adopting sustainable behaviors,2)By coordinating with peers and campus partners to identify and remove barriers to adopting sustainable behaviors, and3)By connecting students to other sustainability initiatives on campus.

We are currently seeking 2-3 undergraduate students for the full 2016-2017 academic year. The compensation will be $10 per hour, and peer educators will work 8-10 hours per week.

Duties & Responsibilities

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  • Attend training and planning meetings as designated by the Office of Sustainability (IUOS)
  • Set a good example and mentor peers informally by adopting and promoting a sustainable lifestyle
  • Lead sustainability lessons and workshops weekly as requested
  • Answer questions submitted via email or social media
  • Represent SPEP and IUOS at related events
  • Collaborate with campus partners to strategize on both new and existing efforts
  • Track and report on your impact, progress, and challenges
  • Assist SPEP Coordinator in reviewing relevant literature and producing new program materials
  • Develop relationships with campus-based partners, such as RPS and student organizations
Required Qualifications

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  • Availability for 5 hours per week in between late March and end of April  that will serve as Peer Educator Training
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 maintained throughout the course of employment
  • Strong interest in sustainability and education
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong self-management and social awareness
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others and work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt quickly and resolve problems
  • Ability to articulate complex issues, moderate nuanced conversations, and advise accordingly
  • Flexible schedule, availability to work some evenings and weekends
Preferred Qualifications

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  • Background in education, social psychology, environmental studies, or sustainability
  • Experience collaborating with diverse groups of individuals at the college level
  • Good management skills and confidence guiding others
Application Details

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If you are interested in this position, please fill out the application found HERE. Details on application provided at link. All application materials should be submitted by February 19, 2016. 

Indiana University’s Office of Sustainability (IUOS) is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are evaluated without regard to sex, religion, age, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, physical appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, veteran status, or other unlawful factors. If an applicant with a disability requires assistance during the application process, IUOS will provide assistance upon request. No applicant who makes such a request will be penalized.

A diverse staff is a singular strength of any organization. IUOS strives to create a vibrant workplace comprised of people from many backgrounds and with a variety of life experiences. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.