Volunteer Opportunities

If interested in a particular position, please send an email with a current resume and cover letter to Naudia Banton, HR Manager, with the job title and your name clearly marked in the subject line.


Policy Engagement Manager

Public Relations Manager

ClimateActionWR Website Coordinator

Web Developer


Policy Engagement Manager

Job Description:
The Policy Engagement Manager is responsible for the oversight, planning, resourcing, and execution of policy-related activities. At Sustainable Waterloo Region, policy work includes not only the drafting of opinion papers on issues that affect our local communities, it also includes doing foundational research and enabling local leadership to have the knowledge, support and resources needed to implement change in how the community operates. To be successful in this role, the Policy Engagement Manager should have a strong pulse on the local, provincial, and national environmental policy happenings and inform functional areas how it may impact their program.

The Policy Engagement Manager supports the Policy Engagement volunteer team in their work to provide research and advice for other functional areas, and in taking positions on issues that directly impact organizational sustainability in Waterloo Region. They will support the policy team to enable their success and development. This position works closely with the Executive Director, Policy Advisory Committee, and the Function Area Management team.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of the strategic direction/plan for the Policy Engagement functional area
  • Proactively ensure ongoing progress is made in terms of selecting and advancing policy initiatives that align with SWR’s unique approach
  • Work with the Executive Director and the Policy Advisory Committee to evaluate and refine policy activities
  • Support the creation of reports, statements, and briefs.
  • Lead and support volunteers, ensuring that they are engaged and working on projects they enjoy
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key community leaders and supporters


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent volunteer management/support, teamwork, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong relationship building and networking skills
  • Strong knowledge of environmental affairs, organizational sustainability, and the vision for a more sustainable Waterloo Region
  • Strong research skills and ability to clearly communicate findings in an accessible format. This includes interviews and working groups to leverage community knowledge and ownership
  • Demonstrated project management abilities
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to stay self-motivated & demonstrate initiative
  • Experience in a multi-stakeholder and policy-related environment
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, creative problem solving, and effective judgement
  • Passion for transformative change towards environmental sustainability

Time commitment:
Approximately 5-7 hrs per week, including weekly team meeting, and regular meetings with volunteer team and Executive Director. Policy Engagement Manager is expected to provide flexibility to meet occasional periods of increased activity.


Public Relations Manager

Job Purpose: 

The Public Relations Manager sets the direction and strategy for Sustainable Waterloo Region’s public relations activities, including media relations, social media, blog, community events and speaking engagements. The PR Manager oversees a team of 3 – 4 team leads and generalists to implement PR tactics. The PR Manager works closely with the Executive Director, Marketing Manager and staff program leads to ensure an integrated PR approach across the organization.

Candidate Profile:

This role is well suited to a young professional interested in gaining experience in strategy creation and implementation, and people management. This role will help to grow your professional network and raise your visibility in the community by working with a well-connected and highly regarded organization. You have good foundational knowledge of public relations, but are excited to continue learning, try new strategies and build your portfolio in a low-risk environment. You’re excited about sustainability, and are a strategic thinker who will breathe new life into an established, high-functioning team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain an annual public relations plan strategy, and year-end report plan
  • Manage a team of 3 – 5 volunteers; ensuring your team is resourced to execute the PR strategy and that team members are engaged in activities they enjoy
  • Collaborating with other functional areas to ensure the PR team is meeting the needs of the wider organization
  • Supporting focus areas of the PR strategy as needed (social media, media relations, blog, community events, speaking engagements and award submissions)

Key Skills Required:

  • Strategic thinker, able to realize opportunities across the organization and community
  • Skilled communicator, both written and verbal
  • Able to build and maintain a strong team
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Time management
  • Interest in public relations; formal training in PR an asset

 Time Commitment:

6 hours per week plus weekly team meeting and bi-weekly PR team meeting.


ClimateActionWR Website Coordinator

Job Purpose:

The ClimateActionWR Website Coordinator’s focus is on maintaining and improving the content and capabilities of ClimateActionWR’s external website.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete and suggest internal requests for web content updates to the website
  • Process external requests and feedback received from the ClimateActionWR website
  • Work to improve or create new tools for web content generation
  • Work with the partner organizations Web & IT teams to propose improvements or solutions to existing web solutions
  • Conduct backups as needed on website
  • Manage relationships and web accounts with domain and website providers
  • Generate, analyze, and communicate learnings from monthly website reports

Key Skills Required:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of WordPress
  • Knowledge of PHP, Javascript (including jQuery), and MySQL an asset
  • Graphic design skills an asset
  • Experience in web database management
  • A passion for linking your web expertise to improving local sustainability efforts

Time Commitment:

Approximately 5 hours per week, plus partner organization volunteer meetings and events. On occasion, attend the larger SWR Web & IT team meetings.


Web Developer

Job Purpose: 

Do you have a passion for solving web issues?  Are you interested in developing your web expertise within an innovative sustainability network?  The SWR Web Developer will be our go-to for all things web related!  This position will help the rest of the web team with troubleshooting, coding support, and project support as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as a resource for debugging web-related issues
  • Monitor and maintain SWR’s website
  • Turn ideas into reality by helping the web team with coding of custom PHP pages
  • Support web team members on larger projects as necessary
  • Coordinate with other team members and functional areas on projects

Key Skills Required:

  • Thorough knowledge of PHP
  • Excellent database management knowledge using MySQL
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Strong communications skills
  • A passion for linking your web expertise to improving local sustainability efforts

 Time Commitment:

Approximately 5 hours per week, including bi-weekly team meeting. Timing may alter slightly on a project by project basis.