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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, and 3) 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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  • Availability to  participate in spring training during Spring Break with specific dates and times TBD
  • 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
  • Develop relationships with campus-based partners, such as RPS and student organizations
  • Collaborate with campus partners to strategize on both new and existing efforts
  • Lead sustainability lessons and workshops weekly
  • Answer questions submitted via email or social media
  • Represent SPEP and IUOS at public events
  • Track and report on your impact, progress, and challenges
  • Assist SPEP Coordinator in reviewing relevant literature and producing new program materials
Required Qualifications

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  • 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, resolve problens, and ask for help if you need it
  • Ability to articulate complex issues, moderate nuanced conversations, and advise accordingly
  • Flexible schedule, availability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Availability for 5 hours per week between later March and end of April that will serve as Peer Educator Training
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.