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).

Board Treasurer

The Treasurer is a key member of the financial team at the Ecology Action Centre. The Treasurer works closely with the Financial Director (FD) to ensure responsible and transparent financial management of the Centre.  The Treasurer is responsible for:

  • Advising Board and Financial Director on financial matters
  • Reviewing draft of the annual EAC budget (prepared by FD)
  • Reviewing and signing off on the annual charitable return (prepared by FD) and being aware of the annual audit process (all audit back-up completed by FD)
  • Participating in risk management discussions and processes
  • Coordinating annual review of the FD’s position
  • Attending monthly board meetings (held fourth Monday of each month at 7 pm) and monthly Executive meetings
  • Participating in Board activities such as annual EAC retreat

Qualifications:

  • Member of Ecology Action Centre
  • An accounting designation
  • Familiarity with non-profit accounting an asset
  • Interest in being an active member of a team
  • Previous experience serving on a board an asset

Time Commitment: 5 - 8 hours per month         

Term:  Three or six years, beginning September 2018  

Contact:  Carla Vandenberg, Financial Director - eac@ecologyaction.ca, 902-442-0254

Please email Carla expressing your interest in the position and include a brief summary of your background and qualifications.

The Ecology Action Centre is committed to equity and encourages applications from individuals in traditionally marginalized groups such as: racialized people, Indigenous people, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer people, and persons with disabilities. We encourage applicants to self-identify if they are a member of a marginalized community. Diversity is a stated value of the Ecology Action Centre. Moreover, diversity in the EAC community is a strength that we seek to cultivate.

Tactical Urbanism for SWITCH Open Streets Halifax

On Sunday, September 23rd, EAC will be participating in SWITCH! Open Streets Halifax. Agricola street will be closed to motor traffic and there will be lots of fun installations and interventions on the street that help us re-imagine the way we use our urban spaces.

Our Built Environment Committee will be creating a tactical urbanism intervention at the corner of Agricola & Charles Streets, just outside Smith's Bakery. We're creating a sidewalk bump-out with benches and chalk paint to take back some of the space for car parking and give it to people! We need your help to make this happen.

  • We need volunteers!
    • We will have one hour to build and install our bump-out. Meet us at the corner of Agricola and Charles Streets at 9:45am on Sunday, September 23rd to lend your hands and brains to make it happen!
    • We would also love to document this project well so if you love taking photos, let us know.
  • We need materials! We are creating this project on a very small budget, so any donations of materials are welcome! Please let us know if you can offer any of the following:
    • Milk crates, burlap, or outdoor planters
    • Soil or plants
    • Outdoor benches, haybales or lumber
    • Chalk or chalk paint

Email David at davidstonham@gmail.com to RSVP for volunteering, or to let us know if you have any materials we can use. Thank you!

Help us create an Art Forest for Nocturne!

Nocturne is Halifax's annual nighttime public art extravaganza, happening on Saturday October 13th from 6pm-12am, and this year EAC is participating with an installation here in our headquarters at Fern Lane. Our artist-in-residence Marie Koehler will be creating a replica of the Acadian Forest here in our boardroom, complete with all the critters that live among the trees. It will spark people's imagination about the forest that used to exist right where our building exists now, and to think of all the species and creatures that live in our forest now, who need to be protected and respected. It's going to be beautiful! Here's how you can be part of it:

  • Art Prep Parties
    • If you're the artistic type and love to paint, please join us at one or more of our art prep parties! Activities will include painting small forest creatures, and possibly also painting tree trunks. The dates are: 
      • Tuesday, September 25th from 5pm-8pm
      • Thursday, October 4th from 5pm-8pm
      • Saturday, October 6th from 2pm-5pm
      • Tuesday, October 9th from 2pm-5pm​​​​​​​
  • Materials
    • ​​​​​​​Once again, we would love any donations of materials that you happen to have available. We are looking specifically for:
      • Artificial branches, ferns, or leaves
      • Stick-on Velcro
      • Charcoal or soft pastels
      • Any colour of acrylic or tempera paint
  • Installation
    • ​​​​​​​We're going to need many hands on the day of Nocturne itself to help install the trees and creatures, and get ready for the public in the evening. This will be an all-day endeavor on Saturday, October 13th, from about 10am til about 5pm. 
  • The Night Itself!
    • ​​​​​​​We'll need a handful of folks to help work the event and welcome people to the space on Nocturne night. There will be an early shift and a later shift, so you can still go and enjoy the rest of what Nocturne has to offer.

Let us know what you would like to get involved with Email Joanna at joanna@ecologyaction.ca. Thanks!

Seeking friendly thank-you caller

Do you love talking on the phone? Chatting with fellow EAC members? 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 hopeperez@ecologyaction.ca if you are interested!

Rep EAC at the Dalhousie Volunteer Fair

Thanks to everyone who's signed up for helping at the volunteer fairs next week! We are looking for 2 more volunteers to go to the Dalhousie Society & Volunteer Expo next Thursday, September 20th, from 11:00am-3:00pm.

It can be helpful if you've been involved for a while and are familiar with the EAC. However if you're a quick learner, outgoing, and love talking to people, that's all we really need! I can give you a quick orientation and training on how to talk about EAC to the people who visit your booth, and we'll send you with written materials as well. 

Contact Joanna at joanna@ecologyaction.ca or 902-454-5226 if you're available and interested in helping out! Thanks!

Transcribe Green Job Hero stories

The EAC’s Energy Action Team is creating a Green Jobs Calendar for 2019!

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

We're looking for a few more volunteers to help us transcribe audio recordings of interviews conducted with the green jobs heroes in our calendar to help us share these inspiring stories widely.

This volunteer opportunity can be undertaken from any location that is convenient and has internet access. Please contact Laura Cutmore at laura.cutmore@ecologyaction.ca if you can help transcribe one or more interviews.

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 deathmattersns@gmail.com for more information.

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!

Front Desk Volunteers needed

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 two more weekly shifts:

  • Monday mornings from 9am-1pm
  • Friday mornings from 9am-1pm

We generally ask for a minimum 4-month commitment to the position. Contact Joanna by next Wednesday, August 29th if you're interested, at 902-454-5226 or joanna@ecologyaction.ca.

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!

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