Eco Volunteer


Eco Volunteers assist the UC Sustainability Office to increase and promote campus sustainability. Activities include assisting with sustainability events, communications, Fair Trade, waste minimisation and management, sustainable transport, community gardens, sustainable living and supporting Eco Club activities.

Hours involved in the activity

12 hours minimum. For every 12 hours of active learning you can claim recognition for one skill and one attribute. NB: opportunities only exist to develop the skills and attributes specified for this activity in the grey areas of the table below. For this activity you can claim a maximum of one learning and development outcome.

Eligibility/Selection Criteria

A genuine enthusiasm and passion for sustainability and environmental issues is fundamental, but, subject knowledge is not required. However, the ability to follow through on instructions, take initiative, and suggest improvements is essential. 


Chloe Wium
UC Sustainability Office
Facilities Management Building, Level 2


Work readiness skill/Graduate attribute

By actively engaging in this activity, you can claim against one of the pre-determined intersection points detailed below. You should reflect on your experience and select the WRS/GA intersection point that best represents your learning outcome.

A4 - Learning - Eco Volunteers learn that sustainability issues can be expressed in culturally different ways. In this role they identify opportunities to learn about sustainability from a mana whenua perspective and find appropriate ways to express key concepts. 

  • B1 - Communication - Eco Volunteers effectively engage with UC staff and students promoting events and talking to them about particular issues (e.g. Fair Trade).
  • B2 - Initiative and learning - Eco Volunteers identify their own community-based sustainability project to pursue and submit an informed proposal and project plan to the Sustainability Office for consideration.
  • B3 - Leadership - Eco Volunteers demonstrate effective leadership when bringing together and directing groups of people to engage in, or address sustainability issues. 
  • B5 - Planning and organising - Eco volunteers are actively involved in planning for and organising significant sustainability-related events.
  • B6 - Problem solving - Eco Volunteers identify and efficiently implement appropriate solutions to immediate problems.
  • B7 - Self-Management - Eco Volunteers effectively balance these volunteering responsibilities with their work, study and family schedules, including being punctual and completing tasks as instructed.
  • B8 - Teamwork - Eco Volunteers effectively collaborate with staff and other Eco Volunteers as part of a team to deliver successful events from start to finish.
  • C1 - Communication - Eco Volunteers communication with students and staff is professional and meets UC standards.
  • C3 - Leadership - Eco Volunteers identify a novel approach to a sustainability issue and take the lead in working with other people to address that problem.
  • C4 - Learning - Eco Volunteers critically reflect on their experience in this role and the feedback of participants to offer suggested enhancements to Sustainability Office activities.  
  • C5 - Planning and organising - Eco Volunteers identify their own sustainability project to pursue and submit an informed proposal and project plan to the Sustainability Office for consideration.
  • C6 - Problem solving - Eco Volunteers identify an appropriate solution to a sustainability issue, and actively engage in addressing the issue.
  • C7 - Self-managementEco Volunteers behave professionally and balance their studies with the needs of their volunteer responsibilities. They understand and comply with all Health and Safety requirements.  
  • C8 - Teamwork - Eco Volunteers work as part of a team to deliver successful events; they follow instructions, anticipate what needs to be done, and effectively collaborate with staff and other Eco Volunteers.
  • D1 - Communication - Eco Volunteers effectively communicate with a range of people from different nationalities and backgrounds.
  • D4 - Learning - Eco Volunteers gain an understanding of global sustainability issues, and corresponding sensitivity towards cultural differences in how these are issues are prioritised, expressed and addressed. 
  • D5 - Planning & Organising - Eco Volunteers identify their own project or campaign tackling a global issue (ie. during Fair Trade Fortnight) and manage this project with the approval and support of the Sustainability Office.
Matrix intersection points for Eco Volunteer (highlighted in grey)
Co-curricular Record (CCR)

UC Graduate Attributes (GAs)

Bicultural Competence & Confidence Community Engagement Employability Innovation & Enterprise Global Awareness
Work Readiness Skills (WRS) Communication A1 B1 C1 D1
Initiative and enterprise A2 B2 C2 D2
Leadership A3 B3 C3 D3
Learning A4 B4 C4 D4
Planning and organising A5 B5 C5 D5
Problem solving A6 B6 C6 D6
Self-management A7 B7 C7 D7
Teamwork A8 B8 C8 D8
Technology A9 B9 C9 D9

CCR criteria

  • UC affiliated
  • Not an academic prerequisite
  • Not for academic credit

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