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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Due to COVID-19, we have limited volunteer opportunities available at this time. However, there are various 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 monthly 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.

Many volunteers needed for Christmas Tree Pick-Up Day!

Our annual Christmas Tree fundraiser will look a little different this year because of you-know-what, but some things haven't changed: people are still looking forward to picking up their trees, we're still raising much needed funds for the EAC's work, it's still going to be a lot of fun - and we still need a solid crew of volunteers to help us pull it off! We will also still feed you tasty snacks and hot drinks to say thank you for your efforts :)

Pick up day is coming up soon on Saturday December 5th, happening at St. Margaret's of Scotland Anglican Church at 3751 Robie Street. Here are the shifts we need to fill:

Shift #1 - 6:00am-8:30am - 15 people

  • Early morning tree hauling - Strong and energetic volunteers who are able to carry large trees around the parking lot in pairs. Work to distribute 350-400 trees, untwine the trees and clean up all the twine and garbage in the parking lot before opening at 8:30am.

Shift #2 - 8:00am-11:30am - 14 people

Shift #3 - 11:00am-2:30pm - 11 people

The tasks and roles for shift #2 and shift #3 are the same.

As volunteers arrive for Shift #2, everyone will help set up the site in order to be ready for 8:30 when we open to the public.

As volunteers arrive for Shift #3, everyone will help restock the lot with the trees that have been kept aside for the afternoon time slot.

Then, for both shifts #2 and #3, volunteers will split into the following roles:

  • Tree Picker-Outers & Customer Service - 6 people morning, 4 people afternoon - Cheerful, outgoing and fast paced workers who can help people pick out their trees, hold them up, carry them to the sawing station, answer questions, and make sure all the customers are happy.
  • Tree Sawyers - 4 people morning, 4 people afternoon - Strong and sociable people that will saw the end off the trees for customers, and make sure that trees are re-twined if customers prefer, and then help people get trees to their vehicles.
  • Traffic Control - 1 person morning, 1 person afternoon - A confident and friendly volunteer to help show people where they can park, and make sure that bus stops & neighbour’s driveways are clear and unblocked.
  • Front Entrance Table - 3 people morning, 2 people afternoon - Friendly, patient, organized people with good attention to detail. Greet supporters as they arrive, cross their names off the list, direct them to the appropriate area of the lot, and troubleshoot any issues as they arise. Keep accurate numbers.

We are also looking for a volunteer photographer to join us for a two-hour block at any point during the day to take some photos. 

We will have a volunteer briefing session on Wednesday, December 2nd to go over the flow of the day and make sure you know what to expect. 

Please email Virginia Olsen at volsencat@gmail.com if you can help out for one or more of these shifts! Let us know which role you'd like to help with, which shift you're available for, and whether you are available for the volunteer briefing session. 

Thank you!

Green Burial NS seeking a Volunteer Coordinator

Are you a people person? Are you rewarded by being challenged? Do you love helping other people make a difference for the environment?

Green Burial Nova Scotia (GBNS), an Action Committee of the Ecology Action Centre, is looking for a competent and enthusiastic Volunteer Coordinator to source, recruit, organize, train and retain competent and enthusiastic volunteers to fulfill the organization's mission.

You should know how to distinguish talent and do everything possible to motivate and inspire. You must possess excellent organizational skills and ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Applications are particularly encouraged from African Nova Scotian, Mi'kmaq, and other racialized people, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities.

Please reply to Dawn Carson at deathmattersns@gmail.com including a cover letter and resume by November 27, 2020.

For more information about GBNS please visit https://ecologyaction.ca/greenburial

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 Meredith Baldwin at meredith.baldwin@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 (http://www.ecologyaction.ca/content/between-issues ) and contact Anna (info@ecologyaction.ca / 429-2202).

THANK YOU!