Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with our team! New volunteer opportunities are constantly being posted, so please continue to check back if there isn’t anything here that fits your interests today.

To apply to a role, please checkout our recruitment process here.

If you have any questions about volunteering with us, please don’t hesitate to email Yvonne.

Photographer

Public Relations Generalist

Business Development Generalist

Graphic Designer

Photographer

Do you love digital photography and have access to a semi-professional to professional grade digital camera (DLSR or Mirrrorless)? Do you have flexibility to attend morning and evening events?

As the SWR Photographer, you will pride yourself on taking high-quality photos for use in our external facing communications and promotional material. Your subject matter will cover events, the SWR Team and various elements relating to SWR’s programs.

As a Photographer you would:

  • Define key deliverables with our Events Team prior to an event, whether they be key individuals or groups to photograph; posed, candid or compositional styles
  • Attend monthly morning/evening events, arriving at sites with sufficient time for equipment prep and scheduling
  • Take high-quality images that meet the specifications outlined with the Events Team
  • Provide other photos of Waterloo Region with a sustainability perspective
  • Coordinate SWR full team photos every couple months and manager headshots as required
  • Think critically and creatively to achieve vision in taking images
  • Edit photos professionally and to a consistent and timely standard

As a strong candidate for this role you bring:

  • Passion for environmental sustainability
  • Knowledge of digital photography and access to a semi-professional to professional grade digital camera (DLSR or Mirrrorless)
  • Experience using photo-editing software
  • Experience using Photobucket or a willingness to learn

Time commitment:

  • Approximately 5 hours per week with a one year time commitment.
  • Regular attendance and participation in several recurring meetings (including monthly 1:1’s with Communications Manager, Communications team meetings, bi-monthly SWR Team meetings (third Tuesday evening of every second month), SWR team socials, etc.

To apply check out our recruitment process here

Public Relations Generalist

Do you have a background in Public Relations or are interested in furthering your skills in this area? Our Communications team has an opening for a PR Generalist to support a wide variety of areas within the PR team.

As a Public Relations Generalist would:

  • Support media relations activities, including internal record keeping of media hits and contacts, write and distribute media releases and advisories, and update media and news content on the SWR website
  • Research, write, edit and coordinate submission of award applications
  • Write content for the SWR blog in partnership with the Community Relations Coordinator
  • Curate social media content on Twitter and Facebook
  • Plan and execute overall PR Support for program campaigns and events

As a strong candidate for this role you bring:

  • Passion for environmental sustainability
  • Strong written and verbal communicating skills
  • Flexible nature with openness to move between projects
  • An interest in written content generation
  • An interest in public relations; formal training in PR an asset

Time commitment:

  • Approximately 5 hours per week with a one year time commitment.
  • Regular attendance and participation in several recurring meetings (including monthly 1:1’s with Communications Manager, Communications team meetings, bi-monthly SWR Team meetings (third Tuesday evening of every second month), SWR team socials, etc.

To apply check out our recruitment process here

Business Development Generalist

Do you have experience in Business Development (BD) or Sales and are looking for an opportunity to contribute your time and talents to your community? The Business Development (BD) Generalist is a key contributor to driving the growth of Sustainable Waterloo Region’s new memberships in the Regional Sustainability Initiative and TravelWise programs. The BD team members conduct business research, work collaboratively to develop an outreach strategy, communicate with businesses and create business materials to support the achievement of their goals.

As a Business Development Generalist you would:

  • Research companies, formulate profiles, and develop recommendations
    of potential leads for SWR Regional Sustainability Initiative and
    TravelWise program membership.
  • Assist in the preparation of slideshow presentations and materials for
    external meetings with potential leads
  • Compile industry and program research for potential business
    development outreach campaigns.
  • Provide insight and support towards the decision making and
    coordination involved in the business development strategy process.
  • Support the initiation, planning, and execution of projects related to
    improving the overall business development strategy.
  • Communicate with companies through email, phone and in-person meetings.

As a strong candidate for this role you bring:

  • At least one year of business development or sales experience
  • Passion for environmental sustainability
  • Self-driven and motivated to achieve results
  • Project Management skills
  • Excellent Communication, both oral and written
  • Relationship management experience
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Interest in merging business and environment
  • Salesforce experience an asset

Time commitment:

  • Approximately 5 hours per week with a one year time commitment.
  • Regular attendance and participation in several recurring meetings (including monthly 1:1’s with Business Development Manager, internal Business Development team meetings every three weeks on Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 8:00pm, bi-monthly SWR Team meetings (third Tuesday evening of every second month), SWR team socials, etc.

To apply check out our recruitment process here

Graphic Designer

Do you have graphic design skills, are passionate about environmental sustainability and are looking for an opportunity to volunteer your skills and make a difference in your local community?

Sustainable Waterloo Region is growing our team of “on-call” Graphic Designer volunteers to complete various projects. You will create new design content in line with our brand, and  support the organization to maintain a consistent visual identity across a diverse range of print and web projects.

As a Graphic Designer you would:

  • Work with the Marketing Manager to maintain consistency in Sustainable Waterloo Region’s brand identity, logo and professional templates
  • Assist with the ongoing graphic design needs of Sustainable Waterloo Region, including the revision and creation of print materials, signage, web design, corporate slide decks, and year-end report

As a strong candidate for this role, you have:

  • Knowledge and experience in, and access to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team that provides and receives feedback on creative concepts
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Post-secondary education in a graphic design related discipline or relevant experience an asset

This is a project-based role and the time commitment will vary with the type and complexity of the project

Please include samples of your work with your application

To apply check out our recruitment process here