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Become a Humber Arboretum Ambassador

Do you love gardens and nature? Would you like to contribute to the goals of the Humber Arboretum while learning and connecting with others? As a student of Humber College or University of Guelph-Humber, you have the opportunity to take part in a service learning experience as a Humber Arboretum Ambassador and have your participation acknowledged on the formal CCR transcript provided by your school. The Humber Arboretum Ambassadors are part of the Arboretum's Learning by Leading™ program.

What Does an Arb Ambassador Do?

Arb Ambassadors are the student face of the Humber Arboretum's community engagement activities, working to connect their peers with the exciting 250 acre urban greenspace on Humber College's North Campus. Specializing in face-to-face interaction, the Arb Ambassador role will suit outgoing individuals who are eager to be part of social settings, learn new things, and share their knowledge. Arb Ambassadors first engage with and learn about the Arboretum and topics related to local ecology, then share their knowledge with others. 

(Please note, plans for the 2019/2020 school year are still being finalized. The specifics outlined below may be subject to change.)

HAAs are asked to commit to the program for the Fall and Winter semesters. The fall will focus on learning about the Arboretum and local ecology, then the winter will focus on sharing your knowledge by participating in, planning, and hosting events and activities.

 

Ambassadors from 2018/2019 facilitated "Building Biodiversity", a free workshop which was supported by a World Wildlife Fund Canada Go Wild at School grant.

Requirements

At the start of the program, all HAAs are required to take a tour of the grounds, participate in an Arboretum Orientation session and sign a pledge promising to treat the space and the people, plants, and wildlife they encounter within it with respect.

During the school year, all HAAs are also required to attend regularly scheduled meetings, and: 

Learn

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All HAAs must attend a minimum of three (3) free educational workshops or events hosted by the Humber Arboretum, which could include Lunch and Learns or activities run in partnership with Bird Studies Canada, Etobicoke Master Gardeners, or Toronto and Region Conservation.

There may also be special workshop opportunities available only to students in the Learning by Leading™ program.

Explore

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During the year all HAAs must complete a minimum of four (4) hands-on assignments that directly support the Arb's conservation, horticultural, or educational goals. These activities will be available after an HAA can demonstrate a solid understanding of the Arboretum and its offerings.

Sample Assignments:

  • Running the Arboretum’s booth at on-campus and community events
  • Hosting an outreach table at the Arboretum’s bi-annual Plant Sales
  • Assisting with Arboretum-run community events
  • Preparing giveaways such as seed packets and informational packages
  • Participating in stewardship activities such as tree plantings, litter clean-ups, or habitat building projects

Enjoy

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And help others to enjoy the Arb, too!

All HAAs will be required to demonstrate that they have spread the word about the Arboretum throughout their time as an Ambassador. This could include sharing all Arboretum events on social media, having your instructor email us to confirm that you got permission to speak to your class about the Arb, or sending us photos of the friends you've brought to visit.

During the Winter Semester, the Arboretum Ambassadors will work together to develop and present programming or assist with events directed at other students. 

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How to Get Involved

A limited number of Arb Ambassador positions will be available each year. Application to be an HAA is open to any current student of Humber College or the University of Guelph-Humber, no matter what your program of study.

Applications for the 2019/2020 school year are not yet available. Look for updates in mid- to late-August. If you would like to be notified when applications open, send an to email Marilyn Campbell, Communications Assistant at the Humber Arboretum, and ask to be put on the notification list - marilyn.campbell@humber.ca  

In the meantime, you may also be interested in subscribing to the Humber Arboretum's Events Bulletin and seasonal newsletter to learn about other opportunities to get involved at the Arboretum.

Benefits

HAAs who complete all of the requirements will be able to apply to have their experience formally recognized on their Co-Curricular Record and will be welcome to list the position on the Volunteer section of their resume. Other benefits include:

  • spending time outside and learning about the natural world 
  • meeting new people in a fun and supportive setting
  • improving professional skills in areas such as communication, leadership, critical thinking, resourcefulness, and responsibility
  • gaining specific experience relevant to future employment at the Arboretum or other similar organizations
  • acquiring a foundation in sustainable living and engaged citizenship
  • forming a deeper connection to your post-secondary community
  • supporting the Arboretum!

HAAs who are involved for multiple semesters will be able to take on more advanced roles and responsibilities, including proposing projects even more closely tailored to their interests and skill development goals. 

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What is a Co-Curricular Record?

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Provided to students by Humber College or the University of Guelph-Humber, the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is a formal record of a student's skill development that has taken place outside of the classroom. This additional transcript is intended to support the student's future applications for employment or other opportunities.