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.

Graphic Designer

Do you have a passion for design? Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute your time and talents in marketing & communications?   This is a great opportunity for a candidate looking to sharpen skills and grow professionally by contributing to the creation of new design content in line with our brand, and maintain a consistent visual identity across a diverse range of print and web projects. We provide a supportive environment with mentoring and guidance as this role works directly with the Communications Manager and/or Executive Director.

As a Graphic Designer you will:

  • 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, etc.

As a strong candidate you have:

  • Interest in being part of a collaborative team, but with the ability to work independently and remain self-motivated
  • Passion for environmental sustainability
  • Knowledge and experience in, and access to Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop; willingness to work in Canva on select projects
  • Ability to work 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

Time Commitment:

  • This is a project-based role and as such time commitment will vary with the complexity of the project. As a starting point, the role will require approximately five hours per week (including bi-monthly SWR Team meeting Tuesday evenings and Marketing & Communications team/1:1 meetings) for a 12 month minimum.

Government Relations Manager

The Government Relations Manager role increases the visibility and exposure of Sustainable Waterloo Region to all levels of government; working collaboratively with other members of the Government Relations team to deliver on the government relations strategy.

As the Government Relations Manager You Would: 

  • Develop annual Government Relations strategy that supports the new program development and existing program and network needs
  • Maintain a database of government contacts at the provincial and federal levels
  • Stay up to date on government programs, funding opportunities, priorities that relate to the work of SWR to ensure we are well positioned to leverage these.
  • Help to plan and schedule annual government relations trips to Ottawa and Toronto for the ED
  • Contact government officials by phone and/or email
  • Track correspondence with government officials 
  • Coordinate logistics for online and in-person meetings
  • Prepare briefing materials and agendas for meetings
  • Support Government Relations team members

As a strong candidate for this role you bring:

  • Passion for environmental sustainability
  • Experienced in or a strong desire to gain further experience in policy and/or government relations 
  • Self-driven and motivated to achieve results
  • Excellent communication, both oral and written
  • Relationship management experience
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong attention to detail

Time commitment:

  • Approximately 5 hours per week
  • Regular attendance and participation in several recurring meetings including bi-monthly BD Team meetings, bi-monthly SWR Team meetings, monthly 1:1 meetings with ED, monthly program manager meetings, monthly FAM meetings, monthly 1:1 meetings with volunteer team of BD Generalists, and optional weekly Impact Network meetings.
  • One year time commitment

Business Development Manager

Do you have experience in Business Development (BD) or Sales and are looking for an opportunity to develop your management skills? The Business Development Manager oversees the existing sales pipeline and develops new business opportunities related to the member programs of TravelWise and Impact Network.

Working with the Executive Director, and Programs Division Manager the BD Manager develops and implements the strategy for long-term growth and membership opportunities. As a Functional Area Manager (FAM), the BD Manager manages a team of up to 4 BD Generalist volunteers; motivating the team, tracking performance and reporting key metrics.

As a Business Development Manager you would:

  • Develop and evolve business development strategy process
  • Work with Executive Director and Program Managers on membership growth
  • Generate new leads, identify and contact potential leads, screen potential business opportunities, select leads that are inline with strategies, and support and facilitate pitch logistics
  • Assist in the coordination and implementation of marketing strategies for membership growth
  • Manage BD department team communications (e.g. email, phone inquiries, and marketing collateral)
  • Coordinate BD team meetings
  • Train and onboard volunteers and supporting their leadership development 
  • Develop yearly goals that support SWR objectives
  • Work with other FAMs as needed

As a strong candidate for this role you bring:

  • Passion for environmental sustainability
  • Management skills 
  • Analytical with strong attention to detail
  • Self-driven and motivated to achieve results
  • Experienced in or a strong desire to gain additional experience in business development/sales 
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent communication, both oral and written
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Relationship management experience
  • Interest in merging business and environment
  • Experience and interest in delivering presentations
  • Salesforce experience an asset

Time commitment:

  • Approximately 10+ hours per week
  • Regular attendance and participation in several recurring meetings including bi-monthly BD Team meetings, bi-monthly SWR Team meetings, monthly 1:1 meetings with ED, monthly program manager meetings, monthly FAM meetings, monthly 1:1 meetings with volunteer team of BD Generalists, and optional weekly Impact Network meetings.
  • One year time commitment.