Volunteer with CPAWS Manitoba

You can help protect Manitoba’s wilderness by volunteering with CPAWS Manitoba or by checking out our Action Centre. If you have an idea about a way that you may be able to help and it is not described below, you are always welcome to contact us with an idea or a proposal for how you can bring your skills and interests to help us conserve wilderness and wildlife in Manitoba.

Why volunteer with CPAWS Manitoba?

Volunteers are highly valued members of the CPAWS-MB team and can make a significant difference in protecting wilderness in Manitoba for future generations, while increasing their knowledge of conservation campaigns. In addition, our volunteer positions are excellent experience for Environmental Studies, Non-Profit Management, Fundraising and/or Special Event Management students with an interest in working in an environmental field, as well as anyone with a passion for protecting wilderness in Manitoba.

Volunteer Positions

CPAWS Calendar Ambassador (Calendar Committee) (3 positions - open)

Description:

The annual CPAWS Boreal Wilderness Calendar serves as both an important educational and a fundraising tool. Calendar Ambassadors help us promote the calendar and encourage purchases at community events.

Qualifications:

• Marketing, sales, communications and/or public relations experience
• Excellent verbal communication skills
• Dynamic and outgoing
• Works well independently
• Enjoy meeting new people and inspiring them to protect our wild places

Time period:

September 1 to January 31st. Flexible. Events may be held during the daytime, evenings or weekends.

Community Outreach Team volunteers (open)

Description:

Help us spread the word about CPAWS Manitoba campaigns! Community Outreach Team Volunteers will assist CPAWS-MB by attending community events and festivals throughout the year. These activities increase the capacity of CPAWS-MB to protect wilderness in Manitoba.

Deliverables and Duties:

The Community Outreach Team volunteers will:
• Transport outreach materials to and from events
• Set up and take down information tables
• Hand out promotional materials
• Provide information on CPAWS-MB conservation campaigns
• Encourage people to sign up to receive our e-newsletter
• Encourage donations to support conservation efforts
• Help create interactive educational games for the outreach tables

Qualifications:

• Passion for protecting wilderness in Manitoba
• Enjoys meeting new people and conveying information
• Works well as part of a team as well as independently
• Reliable and dependable

Time period/commitment:

Ongoing. Events may be held during the daytime, evenings or weekends.
Outreach Volunteers are asked to commit to 3 months to the team and attend 1 community event per month. Time commitment: a few hours at events (once or twice a month).

Outreach Volunteer Leader – Autumn (open)

Description:

The Outreach Volunteer Leaders will assist CPAWS-MB by leading our Outreach Team who attend community events and festivals throughout the year. These activities increase the capacity of CPAWS-MB to protect wilderness in Manitoba.

Deliverables and Duties:

The Outreach Volunteer Leader must be able to attend 1 outreach event/month. He/she will be responsible for:
• Identifying and organizing potential events for CPAWS outreach activities (eg. outreach tables, collecting signatures/canvassing, etc.)
• Booking outreach tables at events
• Transport material to and from outreach events, or coordinate the transport of materials by volunteers
• Set up and take down information tables, or coordinate setting up and taking down information tables with volunteers
• Support volunteer team at event
• Help create interactive educational games for the outreach tables
And, when participating in an outreach event:
• Hand out promotional materials
• Provide information on CPAWS-MB conservation campaigns
• Encourage people to sign up to receive our e-newsletter
• Encourage donations to support conservation efforts

Qualifications:

• Experience working with a team of volunteers
• Passion for protecting wilderness in Manitoba
• Enjoy meeting new people and inspiring them to protect our wild places

Time period:

September 1st - December 31st, 2017
Events may be held during the daytime, evenings or weekends.

Volunteer and Outreach coordinator (open)

Description:

The volunteer and outreach coordinator will be the primary point of contact for new and existing outreach volunteers, and will support the implementation of the outreach volunteer program. The volunteer coordinator will directly contribute to increasing CPAWS MB’ capacity to protect wilderness in the province by increasing organizational resources and supporting on-the-ground conservation outreach programs.

Deliverables and Duties:

The volunteer coordinator will:
• Help recruit and train new volunteers for outreach events
• Respond to volunteer inquiries in timely manner
• Manage communications with outreach volunteers
• Maintain volunteer contact database
• Work with the Outreach Volunteer Leader to schedule volunteers for outreach events
• Plan volunteer recognition activities

Qualifications:

• Volunteer coordination/HR experience an asset
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Works well independently and as part of a team
• Experience working with a team of volunteers
• Passion for protecting wilderness in the province
• Enjoy meeting new people and inspiring them to protect our wild places

Time Period:

This position requires a minimum 6-month commitment for 4-8 hours per week during regular
business hours that can be completed from home or in the CPAWS office. The volunteer coordinator must also be available for occasional evening and weekend outreach events.

Community Liaison (Calendar Committee) (open)

Description:

The Community Liaison Coordinator helps us promote the annual CPAWS Boreal Wilderness Calendar to community partners, and seek new partnerships.

Deliverables and Duties:

• Help research and contact new potential community partners, including retailers and sponsors
• Help maintain relationships with current community partners

Qualifications:

• Marketing, communications, retail and/or public relations experience
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Available some week days during business hours
• Reliable, dependable
• Works well independently
• Able to respond to inquiries in a timely manner
• Access to a vehicle or other means of transportation method an asset

Time period:

Ongoing and flexible. Time commitment of a minimum of 3 months required. 2-3 hours a week. Work can be done mostly from home but a few hours in the office at regular intervals is preferred.

Runner (open)

Description:

The Runner helps pick up or drop off materials (newsletters, calendars, etc.) from/to community partners throughout Winnipeg.

Qualifications:

• Access to a vehicle or other means of transportation method required
• Flexible schedule
• Available some week days during business hours
• Reliable, dependable
• Able to respond to inquiries in a timely manner

Time period:

Ongoing. Time commitment varies greatly (most busy during the fall).

Special Event Organizer (open)

Description:

The Special Event Organizer works with the CPAWS Coordinator to identify a special project which would help increase CPAWS Manitoba’s visibility in the community and/or raise funds for CPAWS Manitoba’s campaigns. He/she then takes the lead to bring the project to fruition.

Qualifications:

• Excellent organization skills
• Dependable, reliable
• Works well independently and as part of a time
• Good interpersonal skills

Time period:

Flexible but volunteers should commit to complete the project they initiated. Preparatory work can be done from home. Volunteers are expected to be fully involved in the final event.

Administrative Assistant (filled)

Description:

CPAWS MB’s Administrative Assistant helps with various office tasks throughout the year.
Deliverables and Duties:
Tasks varies throughout the year but can include:
• Stuffing envelopes
• Typing data
• Sorting documents
• Researching information
• Making phone calls

Qualifications:

• Experience with Word, Excel and other office programs
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Works well independently and as part of a team

Time period:

Ongoing. Typically 3 hours a week in the CPAWS office.

Graphic Designer (3 positions - filled)

Description:

As a Volunteer Graphic Designer with CPAWS Manitoba, you will be helping us create educational and promotional materials, including flyers, posters, graphics for sponsorship packages, and visuals for our social media, outreach events and educational literature.

Qualifications:

• Good knowledge of In Design and Photoshop, or other similar softwares
• Work well independently

Time period:

Ongoing. Time requirement greatly fluctuates in function of evolving needs, but may be from 0 to 3-4 hours/week. Work can be done at home.

Environmental Research Assistant (filled)

Description:

The Environmental Research Assistant helps research information related to current or new campaigns CPAWS Manitoba develops.

Qualifications:

• Excellent research skills
• Access to one or more scientific databases an asset
• Works well independently
• Good writing skills
• Background in environment, conservation and/or science an asset

Time period:

On going. Flexible. Work can be done from home.

Translator (open)

Description:

As CPAWS-MB serves Anglophone and Francophone communities in Manitoba, we need volunteers to translate documents from English to French.

Deliverables and Duties:

• Translate various materials (news items, presentation materials, leaflets, website posts, etc.) from English to French
• Connect with linguistics, teachers, or any other identified contact to ensure proper translation of technical terms

Qualifications:

• Bilingual
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Works well independently

Time period:

Ongoing. Time commitment: 2-3 hours a week. Work can be done from home.

Board Member (open)

We are currently searching for board members with skills and experience in fundraising, organizational development, marketing and communications and Indigenous relations to assist with our operations. If you have these or other skills of relevance and the enthusiasm to make a difference, read this document to find out how to submit an expression of interest!

Professional Services

We are also looking for professionals to donate their services as in-kind. Please contact us at info@cpawsmb.org if you'd be willing to donate your professional skills to the protection of our wild places and wildlife.

We are currently looking for the following professional services:

  •     Translator (English to French)
  •     Fundraiser
  •     Graphic Designer