Volunteer with Green Venture!

Green Venture offers an excellent opportunity for people of any age to get involved.  The benefits of volunteering with our community organization are:

  • Self-fulfillment!
  • Valuable experience to give your next resume or job interview a boost
  • Insight into the exciting and dynamic world of Environmental Education and non-profit organizations
  • Contribution to the community and to sustainable development in the Greater Hamilton Area
  • High School Students can gain your 40 hours of community service towards your Ontario Secondary School Diploma

Fill out our application form to volunteer with us here!

Green Venture Volunteer Opportunities:

Nature Ninjas Volunteer

Help support our educators in delivering a new after school program to children ages 6 to 12 called Nature Ninjas! Gain valuable teaching experience while supporting experienced educators in an outdoor setting as we get active through gardening and nature exploration. Nature Ninjas will take place bi-weekly for a total of 6 sessions per season at Green Venture’s EcoHouse. Our first session is ‘Wonders of Winter’ starting January 15th! Spring, Summer and Fall sessions will follow.

Winter Session Dates:

Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
January 15 & 29, February 12 & 26, March 11 & 25

Volunteer expectations:

  • Arrive at 3:30pm to help set up games, activities, and a snack for each session

  • Leave by 6:30pm after helping clean up the program materials

  • Assist in supervising the children while indoors and outdoors

  • Role model respect, kindness, and appreciation for nature and others

Additional duties could include:

  • Create a social media post after each club session

  • Write a blog post summarizing the winter activities

  • Lead a game or activity of your comfort level to club participants

What we require from you:

  • Attend a 2-hour volunteer orientation session (time is flexible)

  • Commit to being present for 3 hours for each of the 6 bi-weekly sessions

  • Comfortable and enthusiastic with children in an outdoor setting

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older and have a valid police record check

  • Able to work in all weather conditions (e.g. rain, snow, heat)

  • Gardening, nature, or physical activity knowledge is a bonus!

Green Gardening Volunteers

Looking for an opportunity to get outside, learn about gardening, or just try something new? Our EcoHouse is 2 acres of native plant gardens, rain gardens, a community vegetable garden, demonstration eco-lawn patches, permeable pavers and more. These grounds require a lot of maintenance and upkeep! Our green gardening volunteers assist in gardening or landscaping projects or other things at the EcoHouse education centre site. This work mostly takes place between April and October. Work includes weeding, watering, mulching, harvesting food from the community garden plots to donate to the food bank, planting, mowing, light carpentry, etc. Green Venture also runs a vegetable and herb seedling sale every Spring as a fundraiser that volunteers can assist with. Get in touch with us to learn about how to become a green gardening volunteer!

Social Media/Communications Volunteer

Are you a social media expert (or just know how to use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!?), familiar will MailChimp and other event/social networks such as Eventbrite and Bruha? Communicating with the community is an essential part of our not-for-profit success. The social media/communications guru would help to plan, write, create and post on our media channels to reach the Hamilton community. Opportunities include but are not limited to: creating blog posts, social media posts, graphic templates and promotional items for events and programs happening at Green Venture.

Special Event Volunteers

Special Event volunteers assist at various activities Green Venture is doing in the community and on-site. These are usually one-offs or other one-day-a-month volunteering. For example, we are always looking for volunteers to help at our Depave Paradise events, Seedy Saturday Hamilton in February or the Kids Water Festival in May. Green Venture also has a booth at many community events to promote our environmental education programming, including Art Crawl Night Market, Bike for Mike and at Farmers Markets. Special events volunteer opportunities can vary widely from month to month.

All of our volunteer work requires some paperwork (volunteer application, job description sign-off, training in Green Venture programs where applicable) and possibly such other requirements as a police check.

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Fill out our application form to volunteer with us here!

Board Member Opportunities:

Director/Secretary position

Green Venture’s Board of Directors is currently seeking a new member to help provide strategic and operational direction for the organization. For more information, see the position description on our Board of Directors page.