ECOLE is an intentional community on McGill campus and currently we have openings for the 2019-2020 year! ECOLE is a model of urban sustainable living and a physical hub for the McGill and Montreal sustainability communities.Our mandate, as defined in our constitution, is to “bring together McGill students, faculty and staff and Montreal community members in the pursuit of sustainable living by means of applied student research, alternative education, and community building. ECOLE is an ongoing experiment that strives to be a model of urban sustainable living.” ECOLE fulfills its mandate by building on these three values: Living, Learning, and Community Building.
We regret that ECOLE is not currently wheelchair accessible.
For more info: www.ecoleproject.com(We accept answers in both French and in English)
TO APPLY YOU MUST:+ Be an undergraduate or an graduate student at McGill.
POSITION SUMMARY: Each ECOLE facilitator will live in the ECOLE house communally and work to build and maintain a central space for people to come together, collaborate, research, and live in a way that continually strives to be more sustainable.
What is the role of a facilitator at ECOLE?
ECOLE is run by four non-hierarchical bodies:
- Board of Directors: 12 students, faculty, staff, and community members who ensure the fulfillment of ECOLE’s legal and financial obligations as a registered not-for-profit, as well as providing institutional support.- Collective: the dedicated group of folks who run the ECOLE project, from organizing events and coordinating outreach, to researching funding and visioning the future of ECOLE. - Coordinators: 2 paid staff who oversee the logistics of the ECOLE project. Coordinators ensure the effective, timely, and accessible execution of ECOLE’s activities and provide support to the Facilitators and Collective.- Facilitators (you!): Upper-year McGill students who live at ECOLE, explore questions of sustainability and test out different living practices with the guidance and input of other ECOLE community members. Their ongoing role is to shape a model of intentional urban sustainable living and to share lessons-learned with the McGill, Milton Parc, and Montreal communities. Each facilitator also undertakes an applied student research project on a topic of material and/or social sustainability (the format of which is flexible to facilitators’ interests, skills, hope & dreams, etc!)
The Facilitators will help uphold these following goals of the ECOLE community:
LEARNING: Creating opportunities for personal and collective growth, through applied student research, trainings, experiential learning, and new initiatives COMMUNITY BUILDING: Facilitating a space for educational workshops and community eventsLIVING: Enacting a participatory example of urban sustainable living
LivingEnsuring a clean, welcoming and engaging space for the communities at McGill and the Milton-Park community. This means after the day of move in assigned by SHHS, facilitators must participate in unpacking the collective spaces. Also, before summer facilitators must pack up collective spaces in an orderly fashion. Penalties may apply if failing to do so.Practicing economic, social and environmental sustainability through living practices in the houseContributing to logistical duties that may include space-booking, communications and marketing, planning meetings and surveys.Using commonly agreed upon communication tools to communicate with the coordinators, board and collective members
LearningLearning more about and practicing anti-oppression - priorities include nonviolent communication, egalitarianism, anti-colonialism, consensus-based decision making, sex positivity, choice positivity, consent orientation, LGBTQIA+ positivity, anti-racism, accessibility and Indigenous allyship.Attending and participating in all mandatory trainings to learn about economic, social and environmental sustainability. Contributing to Applied Student Research or Ecole Initiatives; taking ethics and community care into account An Applied Student Research project is mandatory for each Facilitator. There is significant leniency in what the deliverable is - it can be a presentation, in conjunction with an academic research project, a policy. The deliverable must be presented at the ASR Symposium.Facilitators will be required to attend mandatory training sessions on but not limited to the Milton Parc community, community living, anti-oppression, consensus building decision making, a blanket exercise, Indigenous Allyship, Applied Student Research, radical listening, conflict resolution. These mandatory training sessions may be held over weekends (chosen with the cohort’s consent), starting from the move in date.
Community BuildingConnecting multiple stakeholders of the university in the pursuit of sustainable livingLinking the McGill and Milton-Park communities through planned projects and events about economic, social and environmental sustainabilityWorking to improve ECOLE’s role and relationship with Indigenous communities, and following our Indigenous Allyship policies Providing opportunities for alternative education through workshops, skill shares, panel discussions, movie screenings
All Facilitators responsibilities should be viewed as communal goals, as opposed to individual actions. When evaluating the success of the project as a group, facilitators should consider the entire collective. Note: Collective living activities such as cooking, house cleaning and bonding should not count for more than 1-2 hours per week of the 10 hours expected from each facilitator.
LOGISTICS:+ The bedrooms are fully furnished+ Move-in date is at the end of August+ ECOLE facilitators sign a lease with McGill Student Housing and Hospitality Services from January to July. During the summer, there is a possibility of subletting. While you are not required or expected to remain at ECOLE over the summer, we are interested in exploring the potential for keeping the Project going over the summer+ The rent varies between 425$ and 481$ including all utilities (internet and electricity), and is subsidized by ECOLE.
For any question, email our coordinators: firstname.lastname@example.orgYou can also learn more about the space, the organization and what it's like to live at ECOLE if you come one of our potlucks!