The Airmid Ambassador program is designed to bring together protectors of threatened medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), mammals, fungi and seaweed species used in aromatherapy, herbalism, perfumery, and cosmetics from around the world. Because these species exist in numerous countries, and predominantly essential and carrier oils are being utilized worldwide, it is imperative that we have well-connected advocates working on the ground to help preserve these species and to promote their use among Indigenous communities.
The Airmid Ambassador program plays an essential role in supporting and advancing the Airmid Institute’s mission. Ambassadors receive training and work closely with Dr. Kelly Ablard, Airmid Institute Directors, and other Airmid Ambassadors. They are encouraged to facilitate collaborative projects in their country that align with Airmid Institute’s mission, support the Institute through social networking and membership drives, share Airmid Institute educational material, and translate Airmid material into their native language. Ambassadors should naturally feel in alignment with the Institute’s mission, and any projects or work planned as an extension of, or connection to the Airmid Institute will initially need to be disclosed and agreed upon by the Board of Directors.
There is no required time commitment for Ambassador work; all we ask is for your support and promotion when it aligns with your personal and professional work. Ambassadors also will be invited to complete a 1-2 hour onboarding session, a compulsory 2-hour training session, and given the option to attend an annual online meeting to share their stories and work with other Ambassadors.
Ambassadors will already be working with essential oil- and/or carrier oil-bearing plants or with mammal, fungi, and seaweed species used in aromatherapy, perfumery, and aromatic herbalism. They will also be typically working within fields such as sustainability, conservation, aromatherapy, harvesting, cultivation, herbalism, species protection policy, botany, ecology, cosmetics, natural perfumery, academia, plant medicine, allopathic medicine, distillation, and ethnobotany.
There are benefits to becoming an Airmid Ambassador. Ambassadors pay no fees, receive free Airmid general membership, and with consent, are promoted through Airmid social networking channels, and featured on the Airmid Institute’s website. Ambassadors receive an Airmid Institute designated email address, may also be asked to co-host Airmid webinars, and/or to be featured in the Airmid Institute’s newsletter – Green Telegram.
The program is designed to limit one Ambassador per country. The US and Canada are not represented by Ambassadors, but rather are represented by the Executive Director and Directors.
As a representative of Airmid, we ask that Ambassadors exercise respect for the religious, political and social views and opinions of any individual irrespective of age, race, colour, creed, ethnicity, or sex, and mustn’t seek to impose their own beliefs. Ambassadors should represent themselves in an honorable and courteous manner and with due diligence in their social interactions with their peers and the public. Ambassadors should demonstrate respect, courtesy, dignity, discretion and tact, and convey a professional, competent, empathetic, and supportive attitude. This pertains to one’s conduct as an Ambassador, and her/his personal and professional conduct outside of the role as Ambassador.
Ambassadors are not entitled to vote, or to simultaneously hold elected office on the Board of Directors. We ask for a commitment of a minimum of two years, but Ambassadors are not held to this. The Institute will respectfully support and accept resignation at any time. Airmid’s Board retains the right to part ways with an Ambassador during her/his active time with Airmid Institute, if needed.
Applications can be submitted during the months of January and July. Please feel free to contact us in the interim with any questions at [email protected]
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Become an Airmid Ambassador
To apply to become an Airmid Ambassador, please email us at [email protected]. Those wishing to join us are asked to complete an application form and to meet for an interview.