Volunteer or Intern

Volunteers and interns contribute greatly to the Ecology Center’s programs and services. If you are interested in volunteering with us, click here to complete the volunteer application or stop by the Ecology Center (2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA) to fill out a hard copy. Feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 510-548-2220 x235 or volunteer@ecologycenter.org with any questions.

Our support needs vary. Examples of volunteer activities include database updates, brochure folding, library maintenance, research, event support, workshop assistance, gardening at EcoHouse, farmers’ market set up and break down, materials distribution, photography, and cataloguing seeds for the seed library.

 
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DIY Body Care Workshop & Action to Ban Microbeads

Location: Ecology Center Classroom, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Event Time: Sunday, July 26th, 2015 ~ 1pm – 3pm
Volunteer Hours: 12pm – 4pm

Event Description: Learn to make your own Skin Cleansing Scrub and Toothpaste, with alternative ingredients to plastic microbeads. Ecology Center staffer Jeannie Pham will lead this workshop on making your own body care products, without the toxic microbeads found in many commercial products. We will also discuss current legislation to ban microbeads, and how you can get involved to help preserve the health of our oceans. Click here for our recent blog post on this subject. We will also introduce plastic-free body products from the Ecology Center Store.

This event is part of a series for Plastic-Free July. Visit ecologycenter.org/plastic-free-july for more events and resources.

We could use your help with:
  • Event set up and breakdown
  • Greeting event attendees
  • General event support

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From Here to China: Secrets of Plastic Recycling

Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
Event Time: Thursday, July 30th, 2015  ~ 7pm – 9pm
Volunteer Hours: 6pm – 10pm

Event Description:
Why do we send so much of our plastic waste to China for recycling? What actually happens to it once it’s there? Why don’t we handle our own plastic waste? With its “Green Fence” policy, China has become choosier about the plastic waste it accepts, while US residents are creating more plastic waste than ever. We’ll be screening a clip from Wang Jiuliang’s upcoming film “Plastic China” and hosting a panel discussion that pulls the curtain back on our ever-shifting plastics recycling system.

Panelists:
Moderator – Martin Bourque, Executive Director of the Ecology Center
Steve Lautze, CA Association of Recycling Market Development Zones, BIN
Patty Moore, President, Moore Recycling Associates
Peter Schultz-Allen, Former Zero Waste Commissioner, City of Berkeley

This event is part of a series for Plastic-Free July. Visit ecologycenter.org/plastic-free-july for more events and resources.

We could use your help with:
  • Event set up and break down
  • Greeting event attendees
  • General event support

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Plastic-Free July Show & Tell, Solutions Share & Picnic

Location: Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market ~ Center Street at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Event Time: Saturday, August 1st, 2015 ~ 1pm – 3pm
Volunteer Hours: 12pm – 4pm

Event Description: A casual get-together with Beth Terry and Ecology Center staff. Bring the disposable plastic items you collected during Plastic-Free July. What were the hardest items or categories to reduce your plastic consumption of? Share challenges and successes and help others reduce their use of disposable plastic — what alternatives to single-use plastic did you discover or create? What products and vendors were most helpful or responsive in your search for plastic-free packaging? What is on the frontier — products and packaging that are calling out to be re-designed without plastic? The Ecology Center’s Farmers’ Market staff will be on-hand to talk about the Zero Waste efforts at the markets. Shop at the market for picnic items, or bring your own lunch from home.

This event is part of a series for Plastic-Free July. Visit ecologycenter.org/plastic-free-july for more events and resources.

We could use your help with:
  • Setting up a picnic area
  • Communicating with staff, attendees, and possibly market vendors

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Berkeley Climate Action Dinner Convening

Location:
Calling ~ Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
All other volunteer activities ~ Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley
Event Time: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 ~ 6pm-9pm
Volunteer Hours:
Calling ~ Monday, August 3rd through Friday, August 7th, Flexible times
All other volunteer activities ~ Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, 5pm – 9:30pm

Event Description: The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition (BCAC) is a strong and growing network of local organizations and community members joining together to help implement the City of Berkeley’s ambitious, forty-year Climate Action Plan. The dinner convening will feature presentations and good conversation.

We could use your help with:
  • Calling BCAC members to promote the event and secure RSVP’s
  • Food pick up
  • Set-up & break down
  • A/V support

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Market Match Data Support

Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702 or Remotely
Event Time: Flexible
Note: Experience with Google docs and/or excel preferred but not necessary.

Project Description: On a monthly basis, partners of the Ecology Center offering Market Match, CA’s healthy food SNAP incentive program, report basic program metrics. This information will eventually be used as historical baseline data to show program growth and efficacy.

We could use your help with:
  • Data review and correction

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