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.


ClimateActionWR Community Relations Lead

ClimateActionWR Website Coordinator

Communications Specialist

Web and IT Manager

Web Developer


ClimateActionWR Community Relations Lead

Job Purpose:

The ClimateActionWR Community Relations Lead is responsible for managing ClimateActionWR’s public relations, social media presence, as well as oversight of lead partner recognition.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Contributing to the SWR team blog, SWR monthly community update & REEP community newsletters by coordinating ClimateActionWR related content
  • Monitor trends and applications in social media tools
  • Support the ClimateAcitonWR Plan Manager in the process of identifying Lead Partners for recognition and facilitating the process of recognition
  • Develop an annual social media strategy
  • Build, maintain, and grow ClimateActionWR’s relationships through the Twitter and Facebook communities, including acting as primary tweeter for @ClimateActionWR and curating the ClimateActionWR Facebook page

Key Skills Required:

  • Strong communication skills and creativity
  • Conscientiousness
  • Self-starter, comfortable working independently
  • Interest in public relations and sustainability
  • Skilled in strategic use of social media to share the work an organization or project, and to actively engage community stakeholders

Time Commitment:

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


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.


Communications Specialist

Job Purpose:

The Communications Specialist is responsible for ensuring the use of appropriate and consistent external messaging and developing content for organizational print and online communications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Utilize organizational standard messaging to ensure consistent delivery across all mediums (web, email, event presentations, signage, etc.)
  • Create content for website, print communications, and ongoing collateral needs that effectively reaches identified target audiences
  • Work with functional area leads to develop messaging for events, member engagement, and business development efforts
  • Edit external-facing content created across the organization, as needed (i.e. grant applications, technical GHG-related resources, event-specific blurbs, year-end report)

Key Skills Required:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Marketing and/or Communications experience an asset
  • Post-secondary degree in English or related field an asset
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Strong organizational skills

Time commitment: Approximately 4 hrs per week, plus weekly team meeting.


Web and IT Manager

Job Purpose:
The Web and IT Manager is responsible for ensuring the Sustainable Waterloo Region team is effectively employing web & IT solutions; focuses of the role include overseeing the web & IT strategy, and managing the web team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee implementation of overall Web & IT strategy
  • Lead the ongoing streamlining of processes & procedures
  • Management of the web team, including:
    • Ensuring web team volunteers are engaged and enjoying their experience
    • Prioritizing web team projects
    • Assigning people to projects to meet overarching strategy
    • Leading team communication
  • Fill gaps in responsibilities where required
  • Ongoing communication with Executive Director & other functional area leads to align web strategy & priorities with that of the organization

Key Skills Required:

  • Strong interest in working with and managing volunteers
  • Superior knowledge of web programming, with a strong understanding of HTML, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, CSS
  • General IT background and knowledge. Some experience in helpdesk environments is preferred.
  • Some experience in user administration, especially using cPanel is preferred.

 Time commitment:
Approximately 5  hrs per week, plus weekly team meeting


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.