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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.

The Humber Arboretum Ambassadors Go Virtual for 2020/21 

How can the Humber Arboretum continue to connect people with nature and support healthy communities using only virtual tools? This year, the Arboretum Ambassadors will take on the challenge of helping us answer that question! 

Expand your post-secondary experience by taking part in this two-semester, fully remote service learning experience, where as a team you will: 

  • Learn about the Humber Arboretum and its many projects and initiatives, along with local ecology and issues of environmental sustainability
  • Take part in online training to develop a variety of skills in areas such as leadership, critical thinking, resourcefulness, and professionalism
  • Research and evaluate virtual tools and some of the online nature-connected programming which has sprung up in recent months
  • Connect with other student-oriented groups at Humber College and UofGH to explore needs and interests related to supporting nature and nature connection
  • Design and facilitate online events for your college peers and the broader community    

The Arb Ambassadors are part of Learning by Leading™ at the Humber Arboretum, a program in which students move from learning, to participating, to leading others in a laddered approach. Joining Learning by Leading™ will help you build knowledge and skills in a supportive team environment. 

Eligibility & Requirements 

  • Students from any program or year of study at Humber College or UofGH may apply
  • The experience is fully remote; students will not be required to be on campus to participate
  • Selected students are required to commit to both the Fall and Winter semester, with the Fall semester focused on learning and the Winter semester focused on putting what you’ve learned into action
  • Time commitment will vary, but an average minimum of 2 hours per week is a good estimate, with the opportunity to engage in many other non-mandatory activities if desired
  • The schedule will consist of a mix of self-paced activities to be completed independently and real-time sessions with the team 

 

Applications for 2020/2021 are now being accepted -  training begins in October 

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
  • What interests you about being an Arboretum Ambassador?
  • Are there certain things you'd like to learn about as an Ambassador?

 

 

Not quite right for you?

You may also want to read about the Arb Creatives, another branch of Learning by Leading™ which will have some crossover activities with the Ambassadors. Because both experiences are fully remote this year, there is the opportunity for students on either team to take part in some of the activities of the other.

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:

  • learn about the natural world 
  • meet new people in a fun and supportive online 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?

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.