Garden Ambassadors work with community, University, and Gardens stakeholders to create education and outreach-focused programs that carry out the Cornell Botanic Gardens mission. They are responsible for developing and carrying out programs that nurture the unique and personal connection that people have to plants, change viewpoints and inspire positive action, and connect to our diverse visitors. 

Position description

The Garden Ambassadors is a pilot LxL team dedicated to outreach, engagement, and informal education.  This semester in particular, Garden Ambassadors will have numerous opportunities to gain problem-solving and leadership skills as they deliver programming while working with the challenges posed by Covid-19.

Eligibility and Qualifications

  • Must be a full time, undergraduate Cornell University student. Preference for first- and second-year students 
  • Both local and remote students are eligible 
  • All majors and fields of study are encouraged to apply 
  • Experience with or interest in engaging with diverse audiences of youth, student, and adult learners 
  • Experience with or interest in environmental communication and/or environmental teaching and engagement in an informal setting 

Position details

  • The Garden Ambassadors team is composed of a Staff Mentor (Kevin Moss), two Student Team Leads (Jeannie Yamazaki and Nola Rettenmaier) and Team Members 
  • For this application cycle, we are looking for 3-4 Team Members 
  • This position is unpaid. Hours may count towards volunteer hours for Cornell Tradition, APO, etc. 
  • After completing two semesters as a Team Member, you may be eligible to apply for Team Lead, a paid position.  
  • The position is 3-5 hours/week. Hours will consist of weekly team meetings, reflection and time spent outside of meetings working on projects. 
  • The commitment for this role is two semesters. 
  • Specific projects and tasks will be determined by the Garden Ambassadors Team, though possible projects include:
    • Developing content for the Garden Stories project 
    • Maintaining and developing new installations for the Gratitude Project
    • Developing materials for engagement and informal education (e.g. themed tours, virtual tours, scavenger hunts, digital content)
    • Planning and executing virtual events
    • Greeting and assisting visitors in the Botanic Gardens
    • Long-term planning for future tours and events 

Further information on current projects

The Garden Stories project was created to showcase the experiences and perspectives of staff, faculty and students connected to Cornell Botanic Gardens.  By sharing these stories via digital media, we hope to highlight the role of the Gardens in promoting growthinspiration, and connection for the Cornell community. 

The Gratitude Project was envisioned as a temporary interactive installation aimed at encouraging reflection and expressions of gratitude during this time.  The project is still being conceptualized; we are interested in expanding the project to include multiple installations throughout the Botanic Gardens and Arboretum.  The installations are intended to be an extension of the landscape and the messages of gratitude that individuals leave behind (strips of paper/cloth) will develop a patina/fade over time. 

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