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).

Ocean Protection Campaign - Info Sessions next week!

Have you ever dreamt about the weird and wonderful creatures you might encounter in the sea? You’re not alone.

To give these creatures some much needed space, and some protection from all of things we humans like to do beneath the surface, Canada has developed a series of protected areas in all three of our bordering oceans.

But not all protected areas are created equal. Some still allow for harmful industrial activities like oil and gas exploration and development, seabed mining, bottom-trawling and pollutive forms of fish farming, among others.

If you think that’s ridiculous, like we do here at the EAC, click here to add your voice and demand full protection in marine protected areas!

We have a goal to get 10,000 letters sent in the next 6 months, so we can let the government know how much our oceans mean to Canadians. We need your help to make it happen! There will be lots of ways to volunteer and get involved, from working a table at the farmers' market, to phone calling, to door-knocking, to distributing postcards, and more.

Join us @ the Ecology Action Centre on Tuesday, April 9, 6:30pm for an info session to learn more about the campaign, and how you can get involved! This event will also eature some stunning marine photography from our partner, Nick Hawkins, and also SNACKS!

Contact Simon at sryderburbidge@ecologyaction.ca for more information and to RSVP. Thanks for adding your energy to make a positive change for the special creatures in Canadian waters!

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.

**Volunteer Orientation: If you are interested in volunteering, or just want to learn more, please come to our volunteer orientation on Monday April 8 from 7-8:30pm at Bike Again! (5664 Charles Street in Halifax). Please let us know if you can make it via our facebook page or through our email account.

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!

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.

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.

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