Why Should I Apply to be a CAHNR College Ambassador?


Ambassadors are undergraduate students majoring in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture (RHSA) that assume a position of leadership and serve as advocates for the college. These individuals work closely with the Associate Dean and staff of the Office of Academic Programs to represent CAHNR/RHSA to different audiences. This can include serving as a tour guide, providing recruitment presentations to local high schools, assisting with co-curricular activities, and participating in alumni events. These activities and events may take place during weekdays, evenings, and/or weekends. Ambassadors also have a voice with CAHNR administration by providing input and contributing to discussions regarding issues that impact students in

The College Ambassador position provides students opportunities for networking, professional development, career development, public speaking, teamwork and leadership skills, and application of classroom learning. Individuals that satisfactorily complete the expectations of this responsibility will receive a $400 stipend at the end of the academic year. One individual from the College Ambassadors group will be chosen for the role of Student Manager, a position that involves additional leadership and responsibilities. It is an honor to be selected as a College Ambassador. Ambassadors are selected through a competitive process that starts with a student completing the following application.CAHNR and RHSA.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate student enrolled in CAHNR/RHSA
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Have a minimum of 2 semesters remaining at the time of application
  • Be enthusiastic about representing all majors/programs in the College
  • Be willing to meet minimum expectations (see below)

Minimum Expectations:

Ambassadors are required to fulfill the following minimum expectations:

  • Ambassador Orientation (half-day training on 8/27/15, full-day training on 8/28/15)
  • Ambassador monthly meetings (average of 3-4 per semester)
  • Open House (one of three)
  • One blog post
  • Two leadership trainings (1 per semester)
  • One community service activity
  • Two activities over 3 hours (such as high school visits, committee work, Commencement)
  • Four activities less than 3 hours (such as majors fair, phone calls to prospective students)

Application Timeline:

Qualified candidates are invited for an in-person interview. The number of applicants accepted is dependent upon the number of positions available.

  • Deadline: March 2nd
  • Review: March 3rd – 11th
  • Initial Notification: Before Spring Break
  • Interviews: March 23rd – 26th
  • Final Notification: March 31st

How to Apply:

Interested students are asked to complete an online application that includes the following items:

  • Basic demographic information
  • Academic information
  • 4 essay questions
  • Resume (pdf format only)



By Paul Gagnon
Paul Gagnon Career Consultant, College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources Paul Gagnon