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EcoAmbassadors 

Role Description 

Howard EcoWorks has recruited nine students from Howard County high school  to act as paid EcoAmbassadors for their local community. These influential individuals will support the organization's mission to empower communities and diverse workforces to respect and restore the natural world.

Each EcoAmbassador will receive a stipend, training, and support from EcoWorks so that they may:

  • Assess the current level of pollution in their community

  • Coordinate clean-up events

  • Educate the public on ecofriendly practices, and

  • Collaborate with community members to instill sustainable change in Howard County

The EcoAmbassador program will run from October 1st, 2021 to May 1st, 2022

Please note that this program and initiative is funded by the local plastic bag fee!

 

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Why Become an EcoAmbassador?

  • Build Your Resume and Boost Your Career

    • This impressive role will set you up for success in the environmental field and place you in Howard EcoWork's green job pipeline

    • You will gain preferential hiring for the summer READY program based on performance

  • Make a Difference

    • With guidance from the EcoWorks team, you will establish and achieve benchmarks to reduce litter and pollution in local communities

    • You will be physically involved in cleaning our streams and motivating others to do the same

  • Flexible Hours

    • This role is meant to work around your school and extracurricular schedule

  • Gain Valuable Skills and Knowledge...

    • in project management, communication, organization, environmental stewardship, Howard County legislation, and behavior change principles 

  • Be a Leader in Your Community

    • This role will require you to exercise self-leadership and to lead members of your community

  • Learn from the Best

    • You will meet industry professionals and receive one on one mentorship 

  • Get Paid 

    • ​You will receive a $500 stipend based on milestone achievement

Role Responsibilities

Each EcoAmbassador will be expected to complete the following tasks with support from the EcoWorks team:

  1. Complete one community garbage and litter assessment to produce a community action plan

  2. Communicate with three local partner organizations

  3. Coordinate two clean-up events in the community

  4. Lead one environmental education event

  5. Collaborate with Outreach and Education Specialist to achieve milestones

  6. Manage stipend to obtain promotional and operational materials

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Who can Become an EcoAmbassador?

EcoWorks is looking for movers and shakers who are self-motivated, environmentally conscious, and community oriented.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years or older

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

  • Experience working with student organizations

  • Experience in leadership roles

  • Occasional weekend availability

  • Internet connectivity

 

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for environmental stewardship

  • Afterschool availability

  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written

Applications are closed for Fall 2021

Meet the Team

Schools Represented:
                                                 Atholton
Centennial                                                                       Wilde Lake    
                                                 
                                            Oakland Mills
EcoAmbassadors will engage with community partners including their sister schools to create diverse and well-connected relationships throughout Howard County
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Becca

Becca is a high school senior and an ambassador for the Global Co Lab Zero Hunger Hub. She has been a Girl Scout since she was six and is now an ambassador. Rebecca is also the president of Centennial’s Green Club for which she coordinates events, oversees long-term projects, and educates her peers on environmental issues in Howard County. In addition to her studies as an aspiring engineer, Rebecca enjoys the outdoors, reading, and playing volleyball. EcoWorks is enthusiastic about the experiences that Rebecca brings to the table and we are happy to be collaborating with her!

Faith

Faith is a high school junior and is an AP and honors student. Faith has a passion for creativity and the environment, she exhibits that through her sewing and Green Team participation among other things. She commits time to the Black Student Union, Sister to Sister, Student Government, and French Honors Society. Faith has a knack for creativity and is a valuable member of her organizations, we will value her experience and skills here at EcoWorks and we see great possibilities in her time with us!

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Brian

Brian is a high school junior and is an AP student and athlete. In his spare time, Brian enjoys volunteering at a local farm to educate community members about the animals. He also commits his time to Tae Kwon Do and has earned a black belt and continues to teach children in this discipline. As an honors student, a member of Oakland Mills’ baseball team and trumpeter in his school marching band, Brian shows his ability to commit and achieve his goals and EcoWorks has high hopes for his time with us and in his career!

Thomas

Thomas is a junior in high school and a hard-working and dedicated member of multiple clubs and honor societies, including the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. Thomas is devoted to teaching others and engaging with the environment all while practicing piano and maintaining good health through distance running and swimming. We are so glad to have Thomas on the team and we are excited to see his ideas come into fruition!

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Lindsey

Lindsey is a junior in high school and a custom shoe designer. Her experience as the president of the Wilde Lake’s Environmental Club and as a member of the Sunrise Movement of Howard County are just two examples of her commitment to the environment and making positive change. With aspirations in environmental engineering, Lindsey will be an excellent addition to the EcoWorks team and is expected to do great things in the future!

Colson

Colson is a high school senior and is an honors student and a musician. Colson commits his time to volunteering in food distribution and craft making in his community. As a member of the National Honors Society and French Honors Society, he excels in his work and sets an example for his peers. As a previous member of the READY team, Colson aims to take his environmental involvement to the next level as an EcoAmbassador and we are here to support him along the way!

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Hailey

Hailey is a Junior in high school, is an honors student, and is an avid participant in Speech and Debate. Hailey has exhibited her commitment to the environment and community through her work in her school’s Green Club, HCASC Environmental Affairs Committee, and tutoring. She also works with Empire Mock Trial and was a Metropolitan Qualifier for Speech and Debate for Declamation. We are excited to see how Hailey puts her skills to work as an EcoAmbassador and are glad to support her along the way!

Rachel

Rachel is a junior in high school and is the co-founder of the Centennial Clothing Collective. Rachel spends her time involved in the arts as a pianist, vocalist, and thespian, but still finds time to tutor and attend work. She is an AP student and works with Active Minds as a National Ambassador to create solutions to mental health issues for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC students. With lots of involvement with her school and activities, Rachel shows how committed she is to serving others and innovating solutions to complex problems. These skills will help her to excel as an EcoAmbassador and we look forward to working with her.

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Yan

Yan is a senior in high school and an honors student involved in many extracurricular activities. Yan is president of the Current Events Club and vice president of the Make-A-Wish Centennial chapter, and she added to her leadership experience as captain of her volleyball team. She is also a former READY crew member! As a senior intern coordinator at the Community Ecology Institute and as a research intern at the Center for Watershed Protection, Yan has exhibited great dedication to the environment and has great potential for work as an EcoAmbassador!