Volunteer Opportunity: Great Meals for a Change

The Western Environment Centre is seeking volunteers to help with our upcoming Great Meals for a Change fundraiser to be held in November. Great Meals for a Change involves a delicious dining experience created from local and ethically sourced ingredients as well as interesting conversation about sustainable food choices in a relaxed atmosphere. Tickets are sold in advance of the event.

Please contact info@wecnl.ca for more info!

For more background on the origins of Great Meals for a Change see:

Volunteer Opportunity: Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

The Petty Habour Mini Aquarium is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering curiosity about marine life. 

Are you interested in joining the Mini Aquarium volunteer team for fall 2014? If you are chatty, enthusiastic, positive, reliable and team-oriented, we are looking for you to join our team!

• Engage and excite kids of all ages about local marine life
• Assist with our programming for schools, birthdays and other groups
• Assist in maintaining exhibits with live specimens 
• Inspire guests to conserve our marine ecosystems through education and sustainable 
• Communicate animal handling protocols to guests 
• Maintain appearance of building, interpretive panels, props and materials 
• Learn and help with tank cleaning (siphoning, acrylic cleaning, etc)

Must be available for a three hour training on Wednesday September 3rd at 6pm.

Interested? Contact maggie@miniaqua.org or see our webpage http://www.miniaqua.org/jump-in.html.

Volunteer Opportunity: Canadian Environment Network


Position: Special Project Volunteers
Organization: Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) http://rcen.ca
Locations: anywhere in Canada


The Canadian Environmental Network was founded in 1977, as a non-profit, non-partisan environmental network that links environmental organizations from across Canada. After loss of federal funding, the organization has become totally volunteer based and is going through a period of renewal to rebuild its membership base, extend its networking capability and re-examine its services and programs.

The Canadian Environmental Network is looking for additional volunteers to help build the new virtual organization through work on a number of projects and programs. As a volunteer you will have a very direct role, working with Board members and other volunteers in determining the future of the organization and will be able to network with individuals and environmental organizations from across Canada. It will also provide you with an opportunity to put into practice your knowledge, expertise and skills.

For more information about the Canadian Environmental Network please see our website at rcen.ca .

What areas are we seeking volunteer help?

We are looking for creative enthusiastic volunteers that can either act as team members or take an active leadership role. More specifically, at this moment, RCEN is seeking volunteers with a knowledge, interest and preferably experience in Canadian environmental issues and/or the specific areas below.

  • Website Management (knowledge of the Drupal website content management system and website development would be highly desireable);
  • Media Services (including writing / editing; experience using internet media for social marketing highly desirable);
  • Membership Development and Services (developing a strategy to build a new membership base and identifying and building programs to serve them;
  • Support in Material Translation (English-French);
  • Support for RCEN Caucus Activities (e.g., the Health Caucus); and
  • A Co-ordinator for the Biodiversity Caucus (training will be available for this position)

Applications will be held for a year and applicants will be considered for other volunteer positions, as the need arises.


Suggested commitment is at least 1-3 volunteer hours per week. Volunteers should also attend a monthly 1 hour conference call.

As RCEN has become a totally volunteer based virtual organization “without walls”, it makes extensive use of teleconferencing to link members and volunteers together. Consequently, as previously noted, volunteers should have access to a computer and the internet. You must be at least 18 years old. Please also indicate whether you will be available for volunteer activities over the summer period and/or available to start volunteering in September 2014.

If you are interested please send an email to us including your resume and indicating positions of interest to:

Port au Port Fishery Committee – Assistance Required

The Port au Port Fishery Committee has  recently been formed, as they have concerns regarding their local environment. Specifically, they are looking for research into the below three topics, all of which are related. More information on these issues can be heard during a Fisheries Broadcast interview here (March 12th, 10 minutes to the end of broadcast), during another CBC interview here, in the attached media releases, and in photos here.


  1. The Collapse of the Scallop Fishery in Port au Port Bay.  The objective of the research project would be to investigate and research  the causes for this collapse and recommend any possible remediation. Potential factors may be climate change (warmer water temperatures, carbon dioxide absorption and acidification of ocean, etc.), pollution,  human waste, petroleum and pathogens. One aspect of this would be scientific testing on the scallops to check for contaminants.


  1. Pollution Risks  to the Marine Environment of Port au Port Bay . The objective of the research project would be to identify and quantify sources of pollution in the Port au Port Bay area and determine the degree of risk they propose to the marine ecosystem and recommend  any possible remediation.  There are at least thirteen and possibly more abandoned oil drilling sites on Shoal Point. Some of these sites were once on land but now due to coastal erosion are now located offshore in the coastal waters and some are leaking oily substances – probably petroleum. There are also other abandoned dump and oil tank sites around the coast of the bay that appear to  be leaking toxic substances into the environment on land as well as into the bay.


  1. Climate Change Impacts on the Marine and Coastal Ecosystem of Port au Port Bay.  Coastal erosion, tidal surges and extreme weather associated with climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity in the Port au Port Bay Area.  There has been  some relatively recent research done focusing on climate change impacts on communities in the Port au Port region (Norm R. Catto, Memorial University, Department of Geography).  Additional more site specific research is needed  on  vulnerable geographic locations in the Port au Port Bay area such as Shoal Point and the coast from Port au Port East to Fox Island River where significant, rapid coastal erosion is happening.  More site specific information and baseline data is required pertaining to the rate and extent of coastal erosion that has occurred and  can be anticipated to occur in these sites. Possible remedial strategies also need to be researched.


The committee has approached numerous government departments and agencies that would have an interest in these issues; however, there has been little uptake so far. It would be great if you could share this information with your networks, to see if anyone would like to help the committee try to address any of these issues through collaboration and research. If anyone has any questions, they can contact me and I’ll put them in touch with the committee (at amy.tucker@mun.ca or 709-864-6115)

Volunteer Opportunity with CPAWS

Looking for some valuable volunteer experience for your resume?
CPAWS-NL is currently looking for volunteers to survey sites for shorebirds from mid July to late October. Volunteers will survey a local site once every ten days and gather information on shorebirds in the area. Training is provided (if required). Please contact nlmarine@cpaws.org if interested in this valuable volunteer opportunity and find out if there is a site near you.

The beaches we need covered are:
1. Baie Verte
2. Bellevue Beach
3. Big and Little Barasway
4. Black Duck Brook
5. Cape Freels
6. Cape Race Road
7. Carmanville
8. Chance Cove
9. Sandy Cove Beach, Eastport
10. Eddies Cove East
11. Flat Bay Peninsula aka Jento’s Island
12. Garnish
13. Harbour Grace
14. Hawke’s Bay
15. JT Cheeseman Provincial Park
16. LaManche Provincial Park
17. Long Beach, Cape Race
18. Mobile Point
19. Portugal Cove South
20. Pouch Cove
21. Renews Beach
22. Sandy Point, Flat Bay
23. Second Pond, Goulds
24. Shoal Cove West
25. Spaniard’s Bay
26. St. Paul’s Inlet/Bay/Flats
27. St. Shott’s Sod Farm
28. St. Shott’s Beach
29. Stephenville Crossing
30. Swift Current

Call for Nominations: NLEN Board of Directors

In preparation for our AGM on March 4th, the Newfoundland and Labrador is asking for nominations for new board members. Read below for more info or contact us at nlen.ed@gmail.com

The Steering Committee shall be composed of between six and twelve people, each from different member organizations, with every effort to have regional representation, gender parity and other such considerations as determined by members. The committee meets every 6-8 weeks via teleconference.

The mandate of the Steering Committee is:

to organize provincial Network Meeting(s);

to designate one Provincial Network Meeting annually as the Annual General Meeting;

to hire and supervise Network staff, and to enforce personnel policies;

to develop policies, bylaws and budgets for approval by the membership of the Network;

to carry out activities which are consistent with the purpose and objectives of the Network; and

to negotiate proposals for funding on behalf of the Network.

Volunteer Opportunity: Ducks Unlimited

We have a fundraising event Dinner/ Auction set for Saturday, April 12, 2014 in St. John’s and we would welcome new volunteers.  For further information please call, Steve Martin at 709 727 7136, stevemartin373@gmail.com  or Paul Wood at 709 486 7674 , email p_wood@ducks.ca

We are Canada’s largest Conservation Organization

Conserving Wetlands  for Waterfowl, Wildlife and People. We have 15 active Chapters in NL.

Volunteer Opportunity: Graphic Designer


October 9, 2013

Volunteer Position: Graphic Designer                                                                                                                                  

The Social Justice Co-operative of Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking a volunteer graphic designer to assist with the development of the organization’s logo, brochure and other promotional materials.


Organization:  Social Justice Co-operative of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Social Justice Co-operative of Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit co-operative with close to one hundred members, formally incorporated during the winter of 2013.

The Social Justice Co-operative of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to raising awareness and speaking out on issues of social justice that impact our community and our world at large. We will bring a critical yet constructive voice to social justice issues and will engage with like-minded individuals and organisations to advocate for social change.

Title:  Graphic Designer


Duties and Responsibilities :

·         Design of Social Justice Co-op logo.

·         Design Social Justice Co-operative brochure and banner.

Position may also include one or both of the following:

·         Designing Social Justice Co-op newsletter

·         Updating design of and posting content for Social Justice Coop website

·         Design of letterhead and/or business cards


Times Needed and Work Location:

·         Volunteer will work from home on his/her own time schedule. Minimum 6 months commitment.

·         Logo requested as soon as feasibly possible, in order that we may include it in our brochure and banner during events planned for the weekend of November 30, 2013

·         Brochure and banner to be completed by November 30, 2013

·         Newsletter emailed to co-op members on a monthly basis. Occasional website updates (ie. events) as needed.


Qualifications and Requirements :

·         The successful candidate should have experience working with digital design software.

·         S/he should have experience working in the non-profit sector and demonstrate a knowledge of and commitment to social justice issues.


Lines of Communication :  

Volunteer will report to and receive guidance from and the Board of Directors during regular meetings.


·         Volunteer will have the satisfaction of creating the overall look for a brand new local Social Justice group using an innovative, grassroots organizational model, in its formative stage.

·         A great addition to your portfolio and reference for future employment


Submission deadline:

Candidate will supply CV along with samples of previous graphic design projects by Wednesday, Oct. 30.


Contact: Please submit to Lori Heath at rootconnection@gmail.com and cc Jenne Nolan at jenne.maclean@gmail.com. For more information, call Lori Heath at 709-753-3594.

Volunteer Opportunity: TD Tree Days

Now in its fourth year, TD Tree Days invites Canadians to plant trees at local events across the country. In 2013, volunteers will plant over 45,000 trees in 143 communities nationwide.
We are excited about our planting  in the following locations:
·         Rotary Sunshine Park in St. John’s on September 22nd, where we will be planting 145 tree- http://www.tdtreedays.com/en-ca/sites/265-Rotary_Sunshine_Park
·         Thomas Howe Demonstration Forest in Gander on September 28th, where we will be planting 550 trees- http://www.tdtreedays.com/en-ca/sites/264-Thomas_Howe_Demonstration_Forest
·         Manuels River Park in Conception Bay South on October 6th, where we will be planting 145 trees- http://www.tdtreedays.com/en-ca/sites/263-Manuels_River_Park

We are currently looking for volunteers to help on the day. Register today at tdtreedays.com