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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 can 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.

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

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. 

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.

 

Requirements

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

During the fall semester, HAAs are required to attend meetings which will take place approximately 3x per month. For the fall of 2019, Learning by Leading meetings will take place on Fridays from noon to 1pm. You must be available during this time to participate. 

During the Winter semester, HAAs must help plan and participate at least two Arboretum Ambassador run student engagement events.  

 

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.

To apply send an email to Jimmy Vincent, the Humber Arboretum's Coordinator of Education, Camps, and Community Outreach, at  jimmy.vincent@humber.ca and be sure to include:

  • Name, school/program, and year of study
  • confirmation that you are available to meet on Fridays from 12pm-1pm during the fall semester
  • What interests you about being an Arboretum Ambassador?
  • Are there certain things you'd like to learn about as an Ambassador?

The 2019/2020 Arb Ambassadors have been selected. Watch this space in the summer of 2020 for updates on applying to be part of the 2020/2021 Arb Ambassador team.

 

Info Sessions

Two info sessions were held in September 2019 for interested students. Watch this space for updates on Fall 2020 info sessions. 

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Arboretum Ambassadors may help:

  • Run the Arboretum’s booth at on-campus and community events
  • Plan and facilitate a stewardship activity for other students
  • Host an outreach table at the Arboretum’s bi-annual Plant Sales
  • Assist with Arboretum-run community events
  • Prepare giveaways such as seed packets and informational packages
  • Participate in stewardship activities such as tree plantings, litter clean-ups, or habitat building projects

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:

  • spend time outside and learning about the natural world 
  • meet new people in a fun and supportive setting
  • improve professional skills in areas such as communication, leadership, critical thinking, resourcefulness, and professionalism
  • apply your volunteer hours and event attendance to Humber Student Leadership Academy - My Leadership Journey experiences
  • gain specific experience relevant to future employment at the Arboretum or other similar organizations
  • acquire a foundation in sustainable living and engaged citizenship
  • form a deeper connection to your post-secondary community
  • support 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.