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WHAT IS AN ECOAMBASSADOR?

EcoAmbassadors are high school students who work with their local communities to address environmental concerns by implementing projects, organizing cleanups, and educating community members to promote sustainable change in Howard County. The program is funded by Live Green Howard through the plastic bag fee.


EcoAmbassadors receive a stipend, training, and support from Howard EcoWorks and the Smithsonian Institute's Earth Optimism Youth Action Leadership (EOYAL) so they can:​
 

  • Design and implement behavior change projects 
     

  • Conduct community outreach
     

  • Influence local legislation 
     

  • Develop professionalism and practical communication skills and,
     

  • Deepen their sense of environmental stewardship

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WHY BECOME AN ECOAMBASSADOR?
 

  • Research your interests in a supportive environment
     

  • Receive a stipend of ​$500
     

  • Learn more about your community and its needs
     

  • Flexible hours​ to complete projects
     

  • Gain valuable skills such as leadership and project management ​

In addition, EcoWorks' partnership with the Smithsonian Institute provides EcoAmbassadors with the opportunity to:
 

  • Participate in Smithsonian-sponsored field trips
     

  • Learn and network with professionals addressing climate change
     

  • Compete for student internships at the Smithsonian Institute, World Wildlife Fund, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
     

  • Receive a certificate of participation and project completion from the Smithsonian Institute and World Wildlife Fund

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ROLE RESPONSABILITIES:
 

EcoAmbassadors must have weekend availability to:
 

  • Attend meetings occurring on the first Saturday of the month from 1-3 pm
     

  • Participate in 2-3 fields trips in coordination with the Smithsonian Institute (dates TBD)
     

  • Please see this year's schedule for more details.

With support and training from the EcoWorks team, EcoAmbassadors will:

 

  1. Engage 2-3 local partners in their communities
     

  2. Lead one educational event or one cleanup event (individually or in pairs)
     

  3. Attend 2-3 webinars or presentations with conservation specialists
     

  4. Provide a Project Showcase and Celebration that highlights EA projects

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WHO CAN BECOME AN ECOAMBASSADOR?
 

Qualifications & Requirements:
 

  • Must be 16 years or older
     

  • Current student at one of Howard County’s high schools​

  • Experience working with student organizations
     

  • Can work independently to complete projects
     

  • Experience in leadership roles
     

  • Occasional weekend availability
     

  • Internet connectivity

 

Additional Preferred Qualifications:
 

  • Passion for environmental stewardship
     

  • After school availability
     

  • ​Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
     

MEET THE 2021-2022 ALUMNI
Representing Atholton, Centennial, Wild Lake and Oakland Mills