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 2021-22 cohort are closed; applications for the 2022-23 will open in January.

Sustainability Ambassadors

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

Program Goals

Participant-Focused Goals
  • Develop competencies and skills to foster innovation, equity, and mutual respect 
  • Facilitate sustainability ideas to 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 in February 2021.



Time Commitments

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

  • 1.5 hours per week: Ambassadors team meetings and on-going training (Tuesdays 3:30-5pm)
  • 1 hour per week: Project team meetings (separate meetings outside Ambassadors team meetings to meet with specific project team to plan events and projects)
  • 1 hour per week: Sustainability Consulting or Rep position
  • 1 hour per week: Outreach (depending on the time of year)

Position Term

Successful candidates will commit to 8 month period (September 2021-April 2022).

Training and Commitment

Students will develop key sustainability competencies and will 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 meeting times and on key training days. There will also be on-going discussions on sustainability issues and topics during the weekly meetings. This is to ensure baseline knowledge about different UBC Sustainability resources. 

Please note that these training sessions and meetings are mandatory – if you are a successful applicant, you will be asked to clear your schedule of classes or other commitments during these times; so please built your schedule of courses and other activities around these times.

  • Attend the Spring Welcome event— Friday, April 15, 2020 (please note that exams begin April 18)
  • Attend Sustainability Ambassadors Orientation—September 18, 2021 (8:45 am - 4:30 pm)
  • Weekly team meetings (these meetings will remain fixed on Tuesday unless discussed otherwise; Manager, Sustainability Student Engagement reserves the right to change the meeting time after consultation)
  • Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Sept. 7  – Dec, 2021 (no meetings during exam period)
  • Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Jan. 4 — Apr, 2022 (no meetings during exam period)
  • Attend the 2022 Spring Welcome event— to welcome new Ambassadors

Additional/Optional Commitment

A selected group of ambassadors may opt to work over the summer (May-August) to develop the program’s annual goals, commitments, and planning 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 as well as 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 also 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