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Agriculture Ambassador Program

Agriculture Ambassadors are spokespeople for the agriculture industry who teach others about agriculture and food production. Four Agriculture Ambassadors will be selected from Saskatchewan post-secondary campuses in October 2015. From November 2015 through March 2016, the Ambassadors will dispel myths, initiate on-campus awareness efforts, promote agricultural careers and identify opportunities to provide campus communities with agricultural training and experiences.


Why you should be an Agriculture Ambassador

Have you ever heard someone making false statements about agriculture? Have your friends been sharing food production myths on social media? Agriculture Ambassadors will be paid $2,000 per academic year to passionately communicate the real story of Saskatchewan agriculture to their peers. As on-campus AGvocates, Agriculture Ambassadors will play an important role in building understanding and trust in agriculture.

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1. Eligibility

Students enrolled in any post-secondary program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan are eligible to apply. Students must be able to demonstrate their leadership capacity, basic agricultural knowledge and passion for the industry.

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2. How To Apply

To apply, candidates must submit the following items by Sept. 30, 2015:

  • Application form
  • Proof of post-secondary enrollment; and
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor, previous employer or industry representative.

Applications will be assessed based on the candidate’s experience, professionalism, understanding of current industry opportunities and challenges, and their plan to engage peers on their post-secondary campuses. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of October.

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3. Apply

Download Application Form 

Please submit all items to thinkag@gov.sk.ca by Sept. 30, 2015.

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4. Further Information

What is the commitment?

Upon naming the 2015-16 Agriculture Ambassadors, Ambassadors will sign a five-month contract with the Ministry, participate in an orientation and develop a work plan. Ambassadors will be required to commit to approximately 20 hours of AGvocating per month, participate in meetings and provide regular updates on their activities.

Ambassadors will be paid $500 per month (excluding December), upon completion of a monthly progress report and compliance with other contractual obligations. Ambassadors will also have access to additional Ministry resources to support on-campus initiatives, such as:

  • Participation at career fairs and expos;
  • Organizing speaking and networking events;
  • Encouraging fellow AGvocates;
  • Promoting industry events and programming;
  • Social media posts;
  • Development of articles and other communications; and
  • Advancing the inclusion of agriculture courses and curriculum resources.

Why is this program important?

The Agriculture Ambassador Program Pilot is a new initiative designed to support the Ministry’s thinkAG campaign and Agriculture Awareness Strategy. This program is funded through Growing Forward 2, a cost-shared partnership between federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments designed to support an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.

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