Volunteering Opportunities and Descriptions
Description: Create or gather, edit, and submit multimedia or social media contributions such as podcasts, blogs, photos, videos, and/or written articles to the PERC website and/or E-PEN newsletter. (May be combined with Roving Reporters.)
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a week
The Peace and Environment Resource Centre does an annual call for applications to participate on the Board of Directors. Board Members must display a commitment to the mission and mandate of the PERC, be prepared to serve in a voluntary leadership capacity, and must be elected by the membership. Skills, experience, and interest we look for include financial and administrative experience, journalism and communications expertise and/or education, and event management and volunteer coordination interest.
Time committment: Approximately 5 hours per month for meetings, committees, and support.
Website Redesign and Maintenance
Description: Assist with moving content from the PERC archives to the new site; help upload and configure embedded social media onto site.
Time Commitment: 3-10 hours a month
Writers & Photographers
Description: Contribute articles and/or photos on environmental, peace, or social justice issues for the electronic newsletter or the print publication of the PEN (Peace & Environment News) (May be combined with Roving Reporters).
Time Commitment: 2-5 hours a month
Resource Librarian (virtual or on-site)
Virtual – Work with other local environmental groups to gather useful links and electronic resources on environmental issues to add to the online resource library. May optionally include contacting publishers of periodicals to enquire as to whether any of our “real” collections are online.
On-Site – Catalog new donations to the PERC “real” resource library; assist with evaluating current materials for relevance and/or researching whether any of our collections are duplicated elsewhere. This job requires someone who is detail-oriented and careful.
Time Commitment: 5-15 hours a month
PERC Roving Reporters and Reps
Description: Go to various community events (river cleanups, tree plantings) to gather pictures, videos, interviews, etc for the PEN, E-PEN, and/or website. This is also an opportunity to tell people about the PERC, ask people to sign up for the E-PEN, recruit volunteers, and distribute the PEN.
Time Commitment: varies, about 15 hours a month
Description: Bring packages of the Peace & Environment News to libraries, businesses, etc throughout the city for distribution. Research places willing to carry the PEN.
Time Commitment: a few hours every two months
Description: We always require volunteers to represent PERC at various events around the city. This is an opportunity to engage citizens and talk to them about environmental and social justice issues in the city, and have them sign up for our E-PEN list.
Time Commitment: Usually one or more four hour shifts per event. We generally staff about one-two events in a month.
The PERC Website Committee is working on a complete site redesign to provide an enhanced online presence, with the aim of creating a web portal to environmental information in the National Capital Region. The site will include an online resource library.
The PEN is looking for members for two committees:
Editorial Committee: Assists with writing, editing, and planning for the PEN publications. Time Commitment: approx 12 hours/issue (bimonthly) – two meetings – editorial and editing so one meeting per month
Support Committee: Takes care of distribution, mailing, advertising, and publicity for the PEN Time Commitment: 5 hours per issue (bimonthly); varies
These are skills that may not be listed above, but that we generally will need help with at some point (though maybe not right away). Let us know if you do have skills/interest in the areas listed below:
- Data Entry
- Administrative tasks
- Illustration & Graphic design (please provide us with examples of your work)
- Photography (let us know if you have professional experience)
- Youth representatives
- Writing (newspaper articles, website articles, writing for reports)
The PERC thanks the Community Foundation of Ottawa
and the Ottawa Sustainability Fund for their support
of our Practical Environmentalism: Energy Conservation for Low-Income Populations project
Offered in partnership with EnviroCentre