The Resource Efficiency Program is now accepting applications to be a House Rep for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. 

We’re looking for outgoing, creative, and responsible individuals who are interested in engaging their peers on the environmental impact of resource use.

Open positions:

  • First-year REPs (3)
  • Adams

  • Currier

  • Kirkland

  • Mather

  • Winthrop

Applications due: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, by 5 pm. Please email: (see instructions below).

Job Description

The Resource Efficiency Program (REP), a program of the Office for Sustainability, employs undergraduate students to be representatives (REP Reps) to their peers in their dorms and houses. These students educate their peers on environmental issues while advocating for pragmatic environmental efforts, such as recycling, using (free) energy efficient light bulbs, and reducing food waste.  The program also works with the administration to make sustainable changes in their facilities and operations. The campaign schedule and materials are developed by the REP coordinator and Captains, and each campaign lasts about 2 weeks. At the end of two weeks, all the REPs get together to share ideas and feedback, and to receive the assignment for the next two weeks. The REP position is work study eligible.

As a REP you will:

  • host study breaks and other events where you will engage your peers on issues of conservation and personal environmental responsibility.
  • work with administrators to identify and execute conservation projects around campus.
  • act as a liaison between the students and administrators on issues of sustainability, comfort, health and efficiency.
  • develop creative outreach materials (posters, emails, eco boards, etc).
  • learn about the most up-to-date environmental and sustainability science.
  • receive updates about Harvard’s formulation of and progress toward sustainability goals and share the updates with your House/dorm.


On campus, primarily in your House.




Average 4 hours per week for 12 weeks each semester, including some required meetings and training. Unpaid field trips, trainings, and social activities are optional. 

Desired Student Outcomes

The mission of Harvard College is to educate the citizens and citizen-leaders for our society. In keeping with that mission, the REP Program believes this job should be a transformational experience, where students learn not only more about sustainability, but develop their own skills as leaders. Below are our goals for how we hope our student employees benefit from this position:

Our students will gain an understanding of what is expected of them in a professional environment.

This done successfully looks like:

  • REPs taking their jobs seriously as they would any professional position.
  • The coordinator, with help of the captains, engaging and assisting REPs in understanding what is expected of them and developing professional skills.
  • Students assess their level of comfort and ability in for variety of professional skills throughout the year to measure learning and development.

Our students will be taught how to engage with all students, including those who are not like-minded.

This done successfully looks like:

  • It is apparent to all that our group encourages learning and development over dogma.
  • The students will be confident in their knowledge and understanding of the topics we discuss.
  • We are reaching an audience that cuts across the entire spectrum of the student body.

Our students will have time for reflection and self-assessment.

This done successfully looks like:

  • Our students filling out “after action reports” that help them assess the success of their programs and reflect on improvements for next time.
  • Our students continually check in with their coordinator and captain on their own development throughout the year through regular check-ins and surveys.
  • Our students will finish the year with a clear understanding of the skills they have gained and what they accomplished.

How to Apply

1. Prepare a letter explaining your qualifications and why you want to be a REP. Be sure to discuss:

Two ideas for projects you'd like to work on to make Harvard more sustainable

  • House or yard-based projects are preferred
  • Example projects may involve innovative ways to communicate/advertise information and events, a specific infrastructural improvement, or a campaign targeting a specific behavioral change.

Experience you will bring to REP. In particular:

  • Leadership and followership
  • Teamwork

2. Prepare your resume. Make sure it includes your contact information.

3. Save the letter and resume as ONE WORD DOCUMENT entitled "(Your House) REP App (Your Name)."

Example: Pfoho REP App Brandon Geller.doc

4. Send the document via email to with the subject "(Your House or Dorm) REP App (Your Name)."


The REP Coordinator and the Captains will read the applications and interview all candidates who meet our requirements.


If you have any questions, please contact

The Ideal Candidate

Personal Qualities:

  • Interested in environmental issues and personal impact.
  • Flexible, good natured, and easy to work with.
  • Reliable and good at time management.
  • Proactive and independent.
  • Creative (campaign ideas, poster ideas, fun emails, etc).
  • Interested in being a part of House/Dorm Community
  • Not afraid to be a dorm personality or be visible.


  • Prioritize participation in REP events, including regularly scheduled meetings as well as campaign activities.
  • Responds to emails in a timely matter.
  • Able to commit extra time during the weeks of big events, such as Earth Day in April.
  • Not overcommitted to other extracurricular activities.