Find out more about your responsibilities and commitments, the skills we’re looking for, the training we provide, and the benefits of becoming a Sustainability Ambassador. Applications for the 2020/21 cohort are now closed.

Sustainability Ambassadors

The Sustainability Ambassadors program is an immersive leadership experience for UBC students interested in personal, collaborative, and community engaged learning. The program offers opportunities for critical and creative engagement, and experiences for students to practice their leadership skills and sustainability competencies through learning, planning, and idea implementation.

Program Goals

Participant-Focused Goals
  • Develop competencies and skills to foster innovation, equity, and mutual respect
  • Translate sustainability ideas into action
Community-Focused Goals
  • Increase awareness of sustainability issues on and off campus
  • Get students involved in sustainability through interdisciplinary programming and engagement with multiple stakeholders


1. Review the responsibilities and time commitment

Read all the information on this page to make sure you understand the responsibilities and can commit the time required to participate.

2. Prepare your application

Our online application will ask you some questions about why you want to be a Sustainability Ambassador, what you hope to learn, and to describe key strengths or qualities you will bring to the role.

3. Update your resume

You will need a current resume. This must be provided in PDF format, using the following name convention: Firstname_Lastname.pdf (e.g., Priyanka_Chopra.pdf).

4. Submit your application online.

5. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview between February 25-28.



Time Commitments

An average contribution of 4-5 hours per week is expected from volunteers as follows:

  • 1.5 hrs/week (Tuesdays 3:30-5pm): Ambassadors team meetings and training 
  • 1 hr/week: Project team meetings (for planning projects and events with project teams)
  • 1 hr/week: Sustainability Consulting or Rep position
  • 1 hr/week: Outreach (depending on the time of year)

Position Term

Successful candidates must commit to an 8-month period (September 2020 – April 2021).

Training and Commitment

As a Sustainability Ambassador, you'll develop key sustainability competencies and be trained in leadership and professional development skills from the UBC Sustainability Initiative’s (USI) Teaching, Learning & Student Engagement (TLSE) office. Workshops will be held during meetings and on key training days. On-going discussions on sustainability issues and topics take place during weekly meetings to ensure baseline knowledge about UBC Sustainability resources.

Training sessions and meetings are mandatory – successful applicants are asked to clear their schedules of classes and other commitments during these times; please build your course schedule and enrol in other activities accordingly.

  • April 9, 2020: Spring Welcome event (note that exams begin April 14)
  • September 12, 2020 (8:45am-4:30pm): Sustainability Ambassadors Orientation
  • September 8 – December, 2020 / January 5 — April, 2021 (Tuesdays 3:30-5pm): Weekly team meetings (meetings are on Tuesday unless discussed otherwise; no meetings during exam period; Manager, Sustainability Student Engagement reserves the right to change the meeting time after consultation) 
  • TBD 2021: Spring Welcome event (to welcome new Ambassadors)

Additional/Optional Commitment

A select group of Ambassadors may opt to work over the summer (May-August) to develop the program’s annual goals, commitments, and plans with the Manager, Sustainability Student Engagement and other UBC Sustainability staff. Please email if you are interested.

Desired Skills and Experiences

  • UBC undergraduate and graduate students in any faculty
  • Positive attitude
  • Enthusiasm for sustainability and leadership responsibilities at UBC
  • Willingness to learn and share information with peers
  • Interest in speaking with others and leading workshops
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to take the lead and work cooperatively in small and large teams
  • Committed to learning about sustainability
  • Committed to ongoing learning and education
  • Professional and reliable as a Sustainability Ambassador and Peer educator

Benefits of Participating

  • Sponsorship to attend the annual UBC Student Leadership Conference
  • Connection to UBC Sustainability – learn more about UBC initiatives
  • Be a UBC sustainability leader
  • Develop a set of professional and sustainability competencies
  • Assist and learn from UBC Communications with marketing and promotions
  • Increase your knowledge about specific sustainability issues
  • Meet other leaders who are interested in promoting sustainability education
  • Gain job-related skills and experience
  • Make new friends and be better connected to the UBC community

Sustainability Ambassador Testimonials