Current Volunteer Opportunities

New volunteers are always welcome! Have a look through the postings below and let us know if there's something you can help with. (If you fill out a volunteer profile, you'll be added to our volunteer database, and you'll get a weekly email with all the latest opportunities to volunteer).

Add your voice for Marine Protected Areas!

As part of our ongoing marine team work, we are running a collaborative campaign with partners at SeaBlue Canada to keep oil and gas exploration and bottom trawling out of marine protected areas by setting strong standards! Right now in Canada, each protected area has its own regulations, with no national prohibitions on extractive activities like seabed mining or drilling for fossil fuels.

We are asking Maritimers and other Canadians to create short, 30-60 second videos to tell the Canadian Government why you think strong protection is so important.

We’ve even got an app to help you make your video! StoryTap is a quick and easy video making service that will deliver prompts while it films you from your phone or webcam. You will get a chance to re-record anything you don’t like. Just include your name, and your place of residence. Beyond that, creative direction is all yours!

So far, we’ve received submissions from people and communities across the country. At the EAC, we would love your help in adding to the chorus of voices pushing for policy change in Canada’s oceans.

Have your say! Let the government know that marine species are important to you. Click the link below, input your name and email and watch the welcome video from SeaBlue Canada Program Manager, Simon Greenland-Smith, and make a video of your own!

Please find the video link here: https://app.storytap.com/63/signup?ref=MPA_standards

Remember to share with friends and family. If you know anybody else who would be willing to participate send them the link. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being an ocean protector and spreading the message about marine protection standards!!!

For more information, check out SeaBlue Canada or contact Simon Ryder-Burbidge at sryderburbidge@ecologyaction.ca.

Help make the Green Jobs Calendar a reality!

The EAC’s Energy Action Team is looking for volunteers to help with the 2019 Green Jobs Calendar.

The Green Jobs Calendar project gathers stories of inspiring people from across Nova Scotia who work in our growing green economy, in fields like renewable energy, sustainable food and fisheries, and energy efficiency, as well as naturally low-carbon jobs such as teaching and libraries.

You can read about our past Green Jobs Heroes here: https://ecologyaction.ca/greenjobscalendar

Here’s how you can help make this project happen!

  • Do you have a drivers’ license? We need your help to drive with other volunteers to various locations around Nova Scotia to conduct interviews with the awesome folks we’re featuring in the calendar. You’ll need access to a vehicle, and we’ll reimburse you for gas.
  • Do you have photography experience? We need your help to take photographs of our calendar subjects to help tell their story visually.

You could sign up to do just a few interviews, or all twelve – the commitment level is up to you. Please contact Laura at laura.cutmore@ecologyaction.ca for more information.

Technology Transition Assistance

Hello kind volunteers! I’m looking for someone with Digital Records Management experience for an informal chat on the topic of a large scale tech transition. If you’ve designed a file naming system or migrated years of data to the cloud and like free coffee or tea, we want to talk with you! Please email sam.fraser@ecologyaction.ca with your experience and availability. Thanks!

Help collect survey data on the recreational Atlantic mackerel fishery!

Our Marine team is looking for some data on the recreational fishery for Atlantic mackerel.

Why you may ask? One of our areas of work focus’ on the health of our forage fish species including Atlantic Mackerel and Herring. To date, Fisheries and Oceans does not regulate the recreational fishery which we believe is important especially as we watch the decline of these and other fish stocks throughout Atlantic Canada.

How can you help us? We’re looking for 6-8 volunteers to visit the wharves around the Halifax and Dartmouth area while the mackerel are in the area (happening as we speak), to conduct a simple survey with the general public who like to fish!

Time commitment would be for a couple of times a week in the afternoon and early evenings throughout July and then again in September. Here are the areas we’re hoping to cover in the Halifax/Dartmouth area:

  • Point Pleasant
  • Alderney Landing
  • Northwest arm 
  • Boardwalk areas on the Halifax waterfront

Contact Rebecca Brushett at rbrushett@ecologyaction.ca if you can help out! Thanks!

Welcoming Wheels is looking for volunteers!

Welcoming Wheels is a program partnership that enables new Canadians to enjoy the many benefits of cycling. The program collects donated bikes, repairs them and gifts them to new Canadians along with safe cycling training. 

There are two primary ways to volunteer with the program:

Friday Night Repair Nights 

Commitment: Weekly - Fridays from 5pm-9pm
What you'll be doing: Repair donated bikes for new Canadians! No bike mechanic experience necessary.

Gifting Sessions

Commitment: One Saturday per month from 10 am -3 pm
What you'll be doing: Assist with the gifting sessions where we give the bikes away! - there are multiple roles and tasks, which include: checking in new Canadians, fitting helmets and bikes, translating, taking photos, and assisting with safe cycling instruction (Making Tracks training is an asset, if you have it)

Perks of the job include learning more about cycling repairs & safe cycling, socialization with great people, and good vibes!

If you can only commit to a few hours we would still love to have you! Contact Anika Riopel at ww@ecologyaction.ca for more information. 

Bike Again at Bike Again!

Bike Again!, part of the Transportation action Area, is a volunteer-operated, non-profit, donations-supported bike workshop located in north-end Halifax where community members can come to learn how to repair, build, and maintain bicycles. Bike Again! aims to get more people on bikes, promote cycling, increase bike literacy, and build a stronger cycling community.

We are looking for volunteers to help run our Tuesday and Wednesday nights which are open to the public from 6pm-9pm. Tuesday is for woman and people who identify as transgender. Wednesday is for the general public. Thursday nights are for any volunteer who wants to learn how to build bikes, also from 6pm-9pm. We also have outside events like the upcoming Police Bike Auction, June 8-9. No experience is necessary, just a friendly attitude and a willingness to learn and help! If interested please drop an email to bikeagainvolunteer@ecologyaction.ca or drop by our shop at 6070 Almon St, #102 during open hours. 

The Maintenance Committee

Do you like to fix things around the house? Do you have a background in carpentry? Never leave home without duct tape? The Ecology Action Centre Maintenance and Safety Committee is starting up again, and we’re looking for some handy volunteers to join our hands-on team!

This group will be responsible for general maintenance of our Fern Lane home. We’ll have meetings four times a year, and as well as a rotating schedule for monthly Occupational Health and Safety walk-throughs. Between meetings, members of the committee will come in and take care of specific tasks related to maintaining and fixing up Fern Lane, and making sure our office continues to be a safe and healthy environment.

Some things you might help with include:

  • Painting, including working with natural paints
  • Back-yard clean up and light weeding
  • Small carpentry jobs, like installing curtain rods. small deck repairs, or building shelves

You might be a good fit for this committee if you have basic home repair skills, you like organizing and fixing things, you have an eye for detail and for safety, or you’re interested in green building techniques and materials.

Contact Cormekia Clayton if you’re interested! info@ecologyaction.ca or 902-429-2202.

Join our campaign against ocean plastics

Do you love the Oceans? Are you appalled by the plastic pollution that ends up in our Oceans? Our Marine Action Committee is starting a new volunteer campaign to reduce single-use-plastic consumption in Halifax, and we would love to have you on board. Email Meredith Bessey, MAC Co-chair, at marineactioncommittee@gmail.com if you're interested in being part of the campaign. 

Volunteer with the Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest!

Are you interested in sustainable forestry? Outdoor education? Ecological monitoring? Trail building? Otter Ponds Demonstration Forest (OPDF) is looking for volunteers!

Established in 2010, OPDF promotes and showcases ecologically, economically and socially responsible forestry practices and advocates for multi-use, uneven-aged woodlot management in the Acadian forest. Our goal is to show that timber production is compatible with protecting a full range of forest values and services such as wildlife, water quality, recreation, education, aesthetics, and non-timber forest products.

We are looking for volunteers to help out with public field days and workshops, visits from school groups, woodlot owners, and naturalists, and other exciting endeavours.  Our enthusiastic volunteers have already completed several fun projects that include building a visitors’ shelter, amphitheatre, fire pit, arboretum and composting toilet.  We have begun to develop an 8 km trail network to showcase our project - including access to an 8 km canoe route. 

OPDF is a partnership between four Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, Ecology Action Centre, Eastern Shore Forest Watch, and Mooseland and Area Community Association.  We manage a 646 hectare (1595 acres) parcel of crown land in Mooseland, along the eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. The OPDF property is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and is managed as a working demonstration woodlot.

For more information:

Contact Andy toll free at 1-855-NS-WOODS or Christie at earthscapeff@gmail.com. Visit us online at http://nswooa.ca/otter-ponds/, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OtterPonds/. Check out our photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dannyhutt/collections/72157631411846412/

Member Relations Standing Committee

Do you like making people's day? Are you the king or queen of thank-you cards? Are you all about bringing people together? We have just created the Member Relations Committee to improve our members' experience at the EAC! We are currently looking for members in good standing to join the committee. If you are interested in helping us plan events, conduct surveys, and thank our supporters, we want you! Meetings will be conducted once every month or two, as necessary, and we are looking for individuals to join with a commitment of 1 year!  For more information, check out the full terms of reference here. (MS Word Document)

If you're interested, please send an email to dana@ecologyaction.ca describing why you would like to join this group, and what skills you have to offer. (Resume optional).Contact Dana if you're curious and would like to know more at dana@ecologyaction.ca.

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 (http://www.ecologyaction.ca/content/between-issues ) and contact Cormekia (info@ecologyaction.ca / 429-2202).

THANK YOU!

Joanna Bull
Volunteer and Events Coordinator
902-454-5226
communications@ecologyaction.ca

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