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CEA Program: Environmental Science Community Engagement Associate

DUE is home to IEL which is sponsoring these types of positions across campus. This specific position is part of the Community Engagement Associates program in which students work in a specific department on campus to support campus and community engagement initiatives. You will see more information on the specific job and department below.

Overview of department:
IUPUI's Center for Earth and Environmental Science is associated with the Department of Earth Sciences. The core mission of the Center consists of three components: research, education outreach, and environmental stewardship.

Project summary:
CEAs will play an integral role in the implementation of CEES's environmental stewardship program, assisting with service project logistics and serving as peer mentors to participating student volunteers. Service projects will include invasive species removal, trash clean-up, native seed harvesting, tree surveys, etc. CEAs may also assist with research at the Center, primarily the Edge of Field project, which examines the impacts of various agricultural practices on sediment- and nutrient-loading of streams. Research related tasks may include collection of field samples and laboratory processing of samples.

Specific tasks that the community engagement associate will complete: 
Duties of the position typically include the following:

During environmental service learning events, CEAs will assist in a variety of ways: handle event paperwork (sign in/out student volunteers, collect student waivers, distribute/collect reflection papers, scan/email reflection papers to student volunteers); distribute, collect, and clean tools used during a project; demonstrate proper use/handling of tools; assist student volunteers with correct identification of invasive species to be removed. CEAs may accompany a CEES staff member to the Edge of Field site to collect water samples. In the lab, CEAs may filter water samples, prepare and weigh sediment samples, and clean glassware. In the lab, CEAs will also assist with basic laboratory upkeep (cleaning bench tops, etc.).

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the project coordinator to have:
An ability to identify Indiana plants is helpful, but not necessary. CEES will train students in what they need to know (if students do not already have the necessary skill set). First year or second year students preferred. Environmental Science, Geology, or Biology majors preferred. Availability to attend Friday morning and Saturday morning service learning events (approximate time frame 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) required.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives

  1. The CEA values collaborating with others, especially those individuals representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints.
  2. The CEA feels a sense of responsibility and commitment to use the knowledge gained in their higher education experiences to serve others.