Volunteer Opportunities

There’s something for everyone at OPIRG! If you’re interested in any of the following volunteer positions, please contact Natali (Volunteer Coordinator) at vpce@opirgguelph.org

Please note that while we are observing social distancing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, some of these volunteer opportunities are on hold.

Library volunteer

As a library volunteer, you would be reviewing books for our website and helping with the development of our zine library. You would also be staffing and maintaining the space, finding and ordering new materials, and promoting our library on campus and in the community. You can volunteer a little time or a lot, on a regular or ad hoc basis.

Office volunteer (on hold)

The OPIRG office can be a busy place! As an office volunteer, you would be greeting visitors, answering phones, helping people to use the library, and assisting staff with day-to-day tasks such as photocopying, filing, mailings, and keeping the information in our front office up-to-date. Being an office volunteer is a great way to get to know OPIRG better and to meet all the great activists and organizers coming in and out of the space.

Event volunteer

OPIRG organizes many events including: workshops, meetings, speakers, film screenings, demonstrations and so on. Volunteers are always needed to assist with planning, promoting, and running these events. If you’re interested in volunteering on an more ad-hoc basis, then this is a great way to get involved. Its also an excellent way to gain skills and experience in event planning and promotion.

RadiOPIRG volunteer

RadiOPIRG is our weekly radio show on CFRU 93.3FM where we showcase the exciting work OPIRG is doing, and talk about current issues in the community related to social and environmental justice. Generally the show consists of through recorded talks, live and pre- recorded interviews, spoken word pieces and music. We’re always looking for volunteers to help put shows together or to come on the air as a guest or as a co-host. You can be involved every week, once in a while, or even just once. No training or prior experience is necessary!

River health volunteer (on hold)

As a river health volunteers, you would be planting and maintaining trees and shrubs, and removing invasive species, and cleaning up the ecosystems along the banks of the Speed and Eramosa rivers. Our Community Tree Planting and Speed River Cleanup events are held in the spring and fall. No training is required and people of all ages are welcome. We also organize walking tours – in the past these have focused on the history and ecology of the rivers, and how they have changed over the years, native and invasive species, and edible and medicinal plants. Most opportunities to work on river health are single-day commitments, but if you’re interested in working throughout the year to help plan the events or to think up new ones, then we’d love to have you join us! If you are interested in becoming a river health volunteer, please contact Kiran Bhattarai (Speed River Project Coordinator) at speedriver@opirgguelph.org for more information.