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BurlingtonGreen offers a wide range of rewarding and fun volunteer opportunities for community members 14 years of age or older, to help create a cleaner, greener, more environmentally responsible Burlington.
Whether you have a little or a lot of time to give, we can find a role that meets your interests, skills, and abilities. Attend an Eco-Film Festival event to get to know us; try helping out at a hands-on eco-action event for a taste of how good making a difference feels; leverage your skills in an on-going key role and make a lasting impact in our organization and our community.
–Zofia Smeja, BG Youth Network alumna
Please select the titles below to learn more about our many rewarding volunteer opportunities and we hope you will become so inspired to get involved that you will choose to attend our next Volunteer Information event or go ahead and complete and submit a very brief Volunteer Application form here or you can click on the "Apply Today" green button below. We are excited to learn more about you and your interests and get you started in learning more about joining our team!
Please Note: we are sorry that we are unable to accommodate individual youth volunteers under the age of 14. However, families with younger children are invited to help the planet locally by participating in our city-wide Community Clean Up event held each year in April. Registration for this popular opportunity begins in mid March.
HELP US GROW TEAM
The work of the Help Us Grow Team is critically important as the funding and resources that the team generates allow us to do our important work to benefit the community and the environment. As the global community turns its attention to the growing challenges resulting from climate change, the local community is turning to BurlingtonGreen more than ever before to provide information and solution-focused opportunities to help residents lower their environmental footprint and make a positive difference.
Experience/requirements: If you are 18 years of age or older with fundraising, networking, or sales experience, we would love to learn more about you and how you can help us reach our goals.
Volunteer Activities include: The Help us Grow Team plans, coordinates, and delivers fundraising campaigns and membership drives, helps to source and prepare grant applications, while creating and fostering donor and partnership relationships.
Approximate time commitment: 10 hours per month participating at team meetings, working from home conducting research/on-line communications as well as occasional community outreach to support fundraising campaigns .
You can learn more about our Funders/Supporters to date here.
The Events Team is the driving force to help plan, organize and host a variety of inspiring, educational, eco-focused BurlingtonGreen events that engage and empower the community.
Our current event line-up includes the following:
- Eco-film festival (5 events scheduled throughout the year)
- Bi-annual Youth Environmental Summit & Eco-Awards Celebration (funding dependant)
- Annual General Meeting (AGM held in March)
- Community Clean up & Eco-Fair Celebration (city-wide litter clean up event held in April around Earth Day)
- Green Up (habitat restoration event typically held in May)
- Volunteer Information events ( a few times a year)
Experience/requirements: If you are 18 years of age or older with top notch customer service and organizational skills, who enjoys working on a team, then this might be the perfect 'fit' for you! Event planning experience is a definite asset for this volunteer opportunity.
Volunteer Activities include: Team members help with logistics, promotion, sponsorship, set up & execution of the event as well as post event evaluation.
Approximate time commitment: As a member of the Events Team, you can choose to participate in one or more aspects of as many events as your schedule allows. Those serving on our 'core' events planning team can generally expect to contribute a minimum of 8 hours a month, with some added time required closer to event date(s).
You can learn more about our popular Events here.
These energetic, hands-on team members enjoy working outdoors, making new friends and getting their hands dirty! Some members participate in just one activity or project during the year and others dig in and do them all. Lots of flexibility here while contributing to initiatives with immediate benefits to the environment. Team members actively participate in event waste sorting, habitat restoration activities, and in our Grow to Give gardening program. We are always in need of more team members for these areas so we hope you will consider getting involved today!
Learn more about the various activities that this team participates in here:
Event Greening: Sort waste at community events to divert compost and recyclable materials from the general garbage.
It doesn’t get more hands-on than this but the events are kept light and fun with real team spirit as we focus on getting the job done - and you can immediately see the difference you are making for our landfills, diverting as much as 90% or more waste for recycling and compost!
We provide a waste diversion service to roughly 5 public events in the city each year including the Canada Day Festival at Spencer Smith Park.
Experience/requirements: Age 15+. No experience required. Training is provided as well as refreshments, work gloves and a BG t-shirt to wear. Work is generally outdoors and volunteers can expect to get dirty!
Volunteer Activities include: gathering of waste bins at event, hand-sorting waste for separation into appropriate organics, recyclables, or waste streams.
Approximate time commitment: Volunteers are needed for various shifts generally from 3 to 6 hours (up to 8 hours depending on availability) and can participate in one or more events during the year.
More details about our Event Greening service are available here.
Habitat Restoration: BurlingtonGreen hosts a "green-up" restoration event each year, typically in May. Citizens from the community are invited to participate helping our Habitat Restoration team volunteers carry out the hands-on rewarding activities of removing invasive plants, shrubs and trees and planting new native stock in the area to strengthen local biodiversity. Our Eco-Action team volunteers also participate in habitat restoration projects hosted by various community partners in the Burlington/Halton area.
Experience/requirements: Age 16+. No experience required. Volunteers should be physically able to use a shovel or crouch down and use a garden trowel. Training and instruction is provided as well as refreshments, work gloves and a BG t-shirt to wear. Work is outdoors and volunteers can expect to get dirty!
Volunteer Activities include: working with and directing community volunteers with litter collection, invasive plant removal and plant, shrub and tree planting projects in Burlington.
Approximate time commitment: 10 hours for training, delivery and clean up at the May Green Up event with additional hours if also volunteering to participate at other habitat restoration community events during the year.
More details about our Green Up project and habitat restoration actvities can be found here.
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” –W. Buffett
Community Gardeners: BurlingtonGreen's impactful Grow To Give food donation program is all about the positivity of community action and giving. Here, our Eco-Action team volunteers come together to plant, grow, harvest and donate fresh, healthy, organic produce to local food banks. Our Grow to Give garden is located at Central Park (behind Central Library on New Street).
Experience/requirements: Age 16+. No experience required. Volunteers should be physically able to use a shovel or crouch down and use a garden trowel. Training and instruction is provided. Work is outdoors and volunteers can expect to get dirty!
Volunteer Activities include: planting vegetables in early spring at the community garden and maintaining, ( watering and weeding) and harvesting the produce through the growing season to early November to then help close up the garden for the winter months.
Approximate time commitment: Varies depending on the number of volunteers supporting the program at a given time. An estimated 3 hours per week during gardening season with a heavier concentration of hours during peak activity periods such as planting, summertime watering and at harvest times.
More details about our Grow to Give program can be found here.
Community Clean Ups: BurlingtonGreen hosts a major city-wide clean up event every April around Earth Day in partnership with the City of Burlington. The Community Clean Up action day offers a wonderful opportunity for families including CHILDREN, community and service groups, neighbours, and schools to get involved in taking action to help the planet locally. Our Eco-Action Team volunteers serve as community champions helping to spread the word on this great opportunity while encouraging clean-up activities within their own neighbourhoods, workplaces etc.
DIY Clean Up Green Ups: Of course we love it when anyone and everyone does their part to clean up litter from where they live, work and play or green up an identified location by removing invasive plant species and planting native plants, shrubs and trees helping to improve local biodiversity. Our Plan a Clean up Green up web page offers some handy step-by-steps tips!
As a volunteer with the Advocacy Team you will help effect policy and political change which is hugely important to ensure the short and long-term rights of the environment are respected. Team members help identify, research, and develop BurlingtonGreen positions on local environmental issues and on provincial, national, and global policy with local implications.
Advocacy Team members may also do outreach activities to inform the public and solicit input and feedback.
Experience/requirements: Age 16+. This role needs passionate, yet balanced and positive, informed individuals who want to be involved in changing local regulatory policies, procedures, bylaws, and approaches to planning and development. Experience gathering research and effective written and verbal skills are assets for volunteers serving on this team.
Volunteer Activities include: working independently conducting research, preparing position papers and campaign materials for various environmental issues. Also working collaboratively with the team to develop and advance strategies to support issues and campaigns.
Approximate time commitment: Varies depending on the number of volunteers supporting the program at a given time. Generally, research, regular meetings (minimum one in-person team meeting every month), and position development requires approximately 8-10 hours of contribution per month.
More details about BG Advocacy is available here and some of our Greenprint for the Future issue campaigns are here.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors: As a Director serving on our 'working' Board, you will be an ambassador of the organization collaborating with 9 to 12 other Directors to effectively advance the vision and goals of our organization. As a governing body, Directors develop and apply strategy, solution-focused decision making with financial and governance oversight to ensure our organization continues to operate and grow effectively, always with integrity and professionalism.
The Board meets monthly and each Director is required to serve on one of the 3 Standing Committees: Nominations & Governance, Fundraising, Finance & Audit. Required time commitment is 10 to 15 hours per month (sometimes more).
CHILDREN'S PROGRAM LEADERSHIP
Kid's Go Green Workshop Leader:
Do you enjoy and have experience working with children? Perhaps you are a substitute teacher looking to gain valuable experience leading engaging programming? We are looking for a few reliable, enthusiastic volunteers, preferably with some teaching experience, to lead our fun and educational Kids Go Green workshops. The workshops are provided to school and community group children, ages 4 to 12 (grades JK to 6). Training is provided as are travel expenses to and from the workshops (Burlington schools and community centres).
Experience/requirements: must have driver's license and vehicle to transport supplies to and from Burlington workshop locations. Verification of police background/vulnerable sector screening is required as well. A passion for engaging children, highly organized, punctual and reliable. Asset: teaching certificate/working with children.
Volunteer Activities include: preparation of program materials, lead informative and fun workshops, post workshop clean up, program evaluation with group leaders/teachers.
Approximate time commitment: 2.5 to 3 hours per workshop including travel time within Burlington. An estimated 1 to 2 workshops booked per month, fewer during summer months.
You can learn more about the popular and impactful Kids Go Green Program here.
BGYN (BurlingtonGreen Youth Network)Leadership:
Youth mentoring youth has proven to be a very successful model for our Provincially recognized Youth Network. If you are passionate about helping the environment and are in high-school or a recent University/College graduate, volunteering to support this dedicated team provides a multitude of benefits. Linking youth to environmental opportunities and hands-on eco-projects in the community is a direct way to improve the health of the environment while being at the forefront of inspiring our future environmental leaders.
Experience/requirements: availability to help organize and attend monthly Youth Network Meetings. Serve as responsible, reliable, positive ambassador of BurlingtonGreen. Verification of police background/vulnerable sector screening is required. Asset: teaching certificate/working with youth.
Volunteer Activities include: assist staff with preparing and hosting of monthly meetings including securing guest speakers, preparing agendas and meeting minutes, recruiting and promoting attendance. Helping youth with development and execution of eco- campaigns and their participation in local eco-action work ( i.e. habitat restoration, waste sorting at events, community gardening)
Approximate time commitment: minimum of 8 hours per month. Less hours required during summer months.
You can learn more about the innovative Youth Network Program here.
We welcome volunteers to fulfill leadership roles in our organization, contributing more substantial hours for a minimum term of 6 months. These opportunities are a great way to gain valuable work experience with our growing, environmental not-for-profit organization. We currently have the following volunteer leadership positions available: Communications Coordinator, Events Coordinator & Volunteer Co-ordinator.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” –M. Ali
Your gift of time, energy and commitment is welcomed and appreciated at BurlingtonGreen.
BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association, 3281 Myers Lane, Burlington, ON, L7N 1K6
Together we make a difference for a healthier, more environmentally responsible Burlington.