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).

Put your camera to work at the #NoPipe rally

On Friday, July 6th, we are part of planning a massive rally in opposition to Northern Pulp’s outrageous plan to pump up to 90 million liters of toxic effluent PER DAY into the Northumberland Strait and straight into the heart of our seafood industry and a way of life for hundreds of Maritime families. Together, from across the province, we will stand with the fishermen and the people of Pictou County and say enough is enough.

We need your help to document this massive and historic action! We are working with a professional filmmaker to make a documentary about the grassroots resistance to the pipe, and we need camera-happy volunteers to help shoot some B-roll. We would welcome all skill levels, from professionals, amateur pros, and cell-phone camera shooters, to help capture some footage of all the various pieces of the day. You would work alongside the filmmaker we have hired, with direction from the members of the organizing committee.

The rally takes place in the town of Pictou on July 6th. The rally itself runs from 11:30-2:00pm, but you could expect to be on-site from earlier in the morning (probably 8:30 or 9:00ish) in order to set up and get some prep shots. We may be able to help with transportation if you are coming from Halifax, as there will be many people driving up from the city.

Contact Serenity Mollins at serenitymollins@gmail.com if you would like to help out! Please include information about what kind of camera you have, and any experience you have with video shooting or production. Thank you!

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. 

Help us make a few videos this summer

Our Energy Team is going to be interviewing some interesting folks this summer, and we'd like to find a volunteer with good basic video editing skills to help us share the interviews on social media. We would love for you to make short 1.5 minute videos from each interview, with closed captions and logos added. We are estimating about 2 interviews per month over the summer, and they will be short interviews to begin with - just a couple of questions per person. 

There is also another opportunity to help us record the Net Zero Speaker Series when it starts up again in the Fall. You take on one or both of these jobs, depending on your interest and availability!

Email Emma at efficiency@ecologyaction.ca if you're interested or if you have any questions.

Join the Portable Solar Generator Team

We’re looking for people to help us solar-power events using our portable solar generator. If you’re interested, we will get you all trained up on our solar equipment, and give you everything you need to solar-power concerts, speaking events, film screenings and more! No experience required, access to a car is preferred but not necessary. Thank you!

Time: 1.5hr ‘training’ and discussion + flexible time and hours depending on the solar-powered event and duration.

Contact Stephen Thomas at stephen@ecologyaction.ca if you'd like to join the team!

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 Hannah Bentzen, MAC chair, at hannahbentzen@hotmail.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