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).
Water Not Gold rally - help us spread the word!
There’s a new gold rush happening in Nova Scotia. There’s already one big open-pit gold mine in Moose River, four more in the works along the Eastern Shore, and dozens more proposed across the province. Water bodies like the East and West Rivers in Sheet Harbour, the St. Mary’s River, and the French River are all at risk, as are the habitats of endangered species including the Atlantic Salmon and Wood Turtle. At open-pit mines, massive amounts of rock are mined to produce tiny amounts of gold. On average mining companies generate about 20 tons of toxic waste for every 0.333-ounce gold ring. There is already more than enough gold in the world for all of humankind’s technological needs. Most is simply stored in vaults. In the age of climate emergency and biosphere collapse, there is no good reason to mine gold any more. Nova Scotians do not want to sacrifice our small, precious landscape or our fresh, clean waters to the insanity of gold and global stock market. We say no!
Our provincial government, working hand-in-hand with the mining industry lobby group and without any public consultation, are aggressively promoting more gold mines at a private promotional “Gold Show” at the Alt Hotel on October 18th to hype the industry and investors, telling them Nova Scotia is “open for business.” But no one bothered to ask Nova Scotians if more gold mining is warranted. It isn’t. Open-pit gold mining is one of the most destructive and polluting industries in the world and produce significant amounts of greenhouse gases. And so a counter-rally outside the Alt Hotel is planned for October 18th, to protest the advancement of this destructive industry in Nova Scotia that enriches the few at the expense of the many (and our environment). We need help to get the word out about this rally.
In a related event on Saturday, Oct. 19, a book launch and panel discussion will address the question “if no to gold mining, then yes to what?” The talk and discussion will examine sustainable alternatives to mining for rural communities in Nova Scotia.
We need help promoting the events through posting posters around Halifax and Dartmouth. We are especially interested in having volunteers commit to postering in areas other than downtown Halifax. Can you commit to putting up 10 or more posters in places like Dartmouth, Bedford, Lower Sackville, or Cole Harbour and heading up the Eastern Shore? Posters will be provided, and staplers can be borrowed.
Please contact Karen McKendry at email@example.com if you can help with postering.
The event poster with further details is linked here. Please use it, and social media links, to help spread the word about the events.
- Instagram page: @flowingtogetherns
And most of all – please make plans to come, bring friends and stand with us – for water, for people, for life. The events will be conducted in a respectful, lawful manner, and are being planned and carried out through a partnership between Mi’kmaq individuals and settler allies.
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.
We are having our first meeting on Wednesday, October 9th from 6:30-8:00PM at the EAC and would love to have you there. Please email Meredith Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to RSVP. Thanks!
Front Desk Volunteer Opportunity
We're looking for friendly folks to volunteer at our front desk! You'll be responsible for duties like answering the phone, greeting visitors, making calls to members, responding to emails and helping out with ad hoc assignments. Basic computer skills and English language are required, and good problem-solving abilities are a plus. The front desk is a great way to learn more about what happens at the EAC, get to know the staff, and be part of our office!
We're currently looking to fill a weekly shift on Wednesdays from 1pm-5pm. We generally ask for a minimum 4-month commitment to the position, and we do a short informal interview as part of the recruitment process. Contact Joanna by next Monday, October 14th if you're interested, at 902-454-5226 or email@example.com.
Magazines to deliver!
Our latest issue of Ecology & Action is hot off the presses, and it's a beaut! We're looking for a few volunteers to help deliver copies of the magazine to various cafes and other locations around town. You'll be given a list of locations and a quantity for each one. Let us know if you can cover one of the following areas!
- Spring Garden
- Quinpool etc.
- Clayton Park
- South End
Contact Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out.
Seeking Friendly Thank-You Caller
Do you love talking on the phone? Chatting with fellow EAC supporters? Practicing gratitude? Well, we have the volunteer position for you! Our membership team is currently looking for an individual to thank our members for joining the Ecology Action Centre. We are asking for a commitment of 2-3 hours per week, with flexibility to fit with your schedule. This is a great student volunteer position, and an amazing opportunity to connect with our members and learn more about communications at the EAC! Please email Hope Perez at email@example.com if you are interested!
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.
Here are the specific volunteer roles we are looking to fill:
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!
Research for the Green Burial Working Group
Our Green Burials working group is looking for someone to research financial data for funeral costs, health care cost & burial costs in Nova Scotia in 2017, 2016 & 2015.
This will help to inform the upcoming launch of Green Burials Nova Scotia, which aims to provide education and information to people who want to have a lighter environmental impact at end-of-life.
Contact Dawn Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 Anna McCormick if you’re interested! email@example.com or 902-429-2202.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 Anna (firstname.lastname@example.org / 429-2202).
Volunteer and Events Coordinator