Current Volunteer Opportunities | Ecology Action Centre

Current Volunteer Opportunities

We're still finding our way out of the other side of the pandemic, so we have limited volunteer opportunities available at this time. However, there are generally several opportunities that come up each month. The best way to find out about them is to fill out a volunteer profile here. Then you'll be added to our volunteer database, and you'll get a biweekly email with all the latest ways to get involved. 

New volunteers are always welcome! Have a look through the postings below and let us know if there's something you can help with.

Magazine Editorial Committee seeking Co-chairs

Are you creative and passionate about telling stories that matter? Do you enjoy working collaboratively with a team of people? Are you looking for a unique leadership experience?

EAC publishes a magazine called Ecology & Action 2-3 times per year. The articles are written and edited by an established committee of volunteers, and sometimes by EAC staff, with final editorial oversight provided by our Strategic Communications Manager. We are looking for a new volunteer committee chair or co-chairs to help lead and coordinate the committee and the production of the magazine! Could this be you?

In this role, you would be responsible for:

  • Establishing a timeline of tasks for each issue
  • Coordinating and chairing editorial committee meetings, where issue themes and article ideas are chosen
  • Assigning writers and critical editors for each article
  • Supporting volunteers through the writing and editing process, including deadline reminders and editorial guidance as needed
  • Coordinating copy editors
  • Liaising between the committee and the Strategic Communications Manager

 

There is also a good deal of scope for creative leadership around the magazine, so if you had ideas to bring to the table around different approaches or voices we could incorporate into the publication, that would be welcome too (though not necessarily a requirement). 

Experience with writing, editing, storytelling, facilitating meetings, and managing deadlines will all be helpful. Good organization and communication skills will also be important. We are hoping for a commitment of at least one year, which would cover 2 or 3 issues of the magazine. 

Please contact Joanna at joanna@ecologyaction.ca by Tuesday, June 7th if you're interested or if you'd like to know more. Thanks!

Urban Development Advocacy Team

Calling all policy-lovers, planners, designers, and passionate citizens! You’ve seen all of the developments getting approved, we know Halifax is growing – quick. The Urban Development Advocacy Team is a working group of the Ecology Action Centre that takes leadership on the plans, policies, and developments that shape our city. UDAT is the place where you can be a voice for a sustainably and equitably planned Halifax.

UDAT meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Please email Kortney Dunsby at kortney.dunsby@ecologyaction.ca with any questions or to RSVP for the next meeting. Thanks!

Volunteer with Bike Again!

Bike Again! is a volunteer-run, do-it-yourself bike shop, and a project of the Ecology Action Centre. We provide the space, tools, and some know-how, you do the work. Bike Again! aims to get more people on bikes, promote cycling, increase bike literacy, and build a stronger cycling community. 

We Need Volunteers! Bike Again! is looking for new volunteers to join our ranks. We are open three evenings a week: Tuesday (women and trans folks only), Wednesday (open to all), and Thursday (volunteer bike-building night). We are mainly looking for volunteers to help run these open nights, and we are especially looking for women, trans, and non-binary folk interested in getting involved, to share their bike repair skills or to learn some new skills - no prior experience is necessary :)

If you are interested and available once a week, great! If you’re willing to commit to just one night per month, that’s great too. No experience or bike skills are necessary – you’ll learn as you go. We are also looking for people who want to help out at events from time to time.

You can contact us directly at bikeagainvolunteer@ecologyaction.ca  or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BikeAgain/

Here are the specific volunteer roles we are looking to fill:

General Volunteer

Time Commitment: 3-6 hours a week, or every two weeks, or once a month
Requirements: No experience necessary
Duties: Greeting and interacting with members of the public, tidying around the shop, light paperwork. Opportunity to be part of mentorship program to learn bike repair skills.

Bike repair enthusiast

Time Commitment: 3-6 hours a week, or every two weeks, or once a month
Requirements: Bike repair skills, at any level
Duties: helping strip and build bikes, can be a source of information for others interested in learning about bikes

Social media Volunteer

Time Commitment: 1-3 hours a week
Requirements: No experience necessary, knowledge of and interest in social media a plus
Duties: come into the shop weekly (as needed) to share with the online community what is happening at Bike again. Volunteer will take pictures, post stories, and post bikes for sale, using our different platforms

Thanks! Hope to see you at the shop soon!

Write for our magazine

Do you love to write? Are you interested in environmental issues? Our magazine, "Ecology & Action," is looking for proficient and creative volunteer writers to contribute to the publication. Our dynamic team publishes three issues a year, which are distributed to the EAC’s 4000+ members, as well as businesses and libraries across the province. We expect writers to commit to a one-year term (three issues). If you think you might be a good fit for the team, check out some of our previous issues online (https://ecologyaction.ca/membership-magazine) and contact Anna (info@ecologyaction.ca / 429-2202).

THANK YOU!