Environmental Affairs Officer (EAO)

Hours: 10 hours (voluntary, but eligible for performance based-bonus)

Key Working Relationships:

  • AUSA Officers
  • AUSA Executive
  • Environment and Sustainability Clubs and external organisations
  • Environment and Sustainability focussed University staff and groups

SUMMARY/PURPOSE OF ROLE: The Environmental Affairs Officer takes concerns and ideas about environmental issues to students, the University and to AUSA. They are a channel for feedback on campus issues such as bike facilities, and lobby on issues such as animal cruelty, fossil fuel divestment, or AUSA’s purchasing policies. They also oversee environmental projects on campus, such as the AUSA worm farms and the Campus Dishcounts programme. They also maintain close links with environmental clubs and groups on campus, helping them access resources and communicate with students and each other.


Events and Projects

  • Plan and implement ‘AUSA EcoFest’
  • Organise a series of events, initiatives or other projects designed to raise student awareness and engagement with issues to do with sustainability and environmental protection, in Auckland and in New Zealand and overseas.
  • Collaborate with other AUSA Executive members to contribute environment and sustainability related events that relate to other portfolio’s themed ‘weeks’

Contacts and Relationships

  • Under supervision of the Administrative Vice President, build and maintain a network of relationships with:
    • Environmental clubs and associations at Auckland University
    • Any relevant staff or internal organisations at Auckland University
    • Any relevant environmental clubs and organisations in Auckland and New Zealand who may wish to collaborate with AUSA
  • Ensure that these contacts are appropriately maintained and filed for successive EAOs

General Executive duties

  • Contribute to AUSA decision making, both using good governance techniques and representing the perspective students
  • Provide advice and support regarding financial issues to the AUSA Executive
  • Attend and contribute to weekly AUSA Executive meetings
  • Provide support and assistance for other AUSA Executive members during their events and other initiatives
  • Report on progress on a fortnightly basis

Reporting Duties

  • Create and speak to the following reports for the AUSA Executive
  • An Annual Plan, which includes all planned events, projects, key contacts and other goals for the year
  • A Semester One Report, tracking progress against the Annual Plan and analysing success
  • An Annual Report, tracking progress throughout the year and reflecting on success
  • A transition document, containing all information necessary to ensure that successive EAOs are able to transition into the role smoothly and efficiently