Love your work. Do something meaningful. Boost your wellbeing.

It’s no secret that having a sense of purpose is one of the best ways to enhance your overall wellbeing* and, if you have the time and the energy, volunteering can contribute greatly. But what to do, and where to start?

Inspired by NBC’s environmental awards last month, we’re listing some local volunteer jobs which you might LOVE. (Spoiler alert – some of them would really help us!)

  1. Beach clean ups. Look at all that rubbish. So rubbish. So satisfying.
  2. Strata Data. Put your research skills to work and help us put together a series of case studies on strata buildings in the area which have installed solar panels onsite. Full support provided, contact us here. A bit of detective work may be needed!
  3. Save our local wildlife. Train up to become a WIRES volunteer rescuer and learn about the care of native animals such as koalas, possums, snakes and bats.
  4. Photography and videography – if you are a student film-maker or building a show reel, we need your help making short documentary videos and taking fabulous images.
  5. Get into the garden. Mosman Community Gardeners are growing yummy things. This is volunteering with edible outcomes!
  6. Social Media Maven. Do you follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Think you could contribute? We’d love to hear from you.

You can find many more volunteering opportunities at Volunteering NSW. Alternatively, call us! 

*https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17439760.2019.1689417

Harriet here, aka hello@zeroemissionssolutions.org. Do you want to volunteer for Zero Emissions? I’ll be setting up a jobs page on this website as soon as I get the time but, for now, a quick blogpost about some specific roles we’re looking to fill in our brilliant Zero Emissions Solutions community.

I wish, I wish for…

1. Tent wrangler

What: Packing up our market stall and driving the kit to local storage.

How long: 1 hour

How often: Once a month

On the first Saturday of each month we have a stall at Mosman markets. We pack up around 2.30pm, and we are looking for someone to help. Ideally, you are handy, fit, don’t swear too much, and have the use of a car so that you can help our volunteers dismantle the tent, pack up the bits and pieces and drive them to our storage spot round the corner in Mosman.

Contact: hello@zeroemissionssolutions.org

2. Instagram star

What: Curate our instagram account with fun pictures, sassy comments and links to our events / programs

How long: A few minutes a day and a fortnightly meeting on zoom

How often: 4 or 5 times a week

Social media is central to how we keep in touch, network and promote our activities, and at the moment we use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Our brilliant insta curator, Camilla Tilly, has gone to Sweden to work with the groundbreaking agricultural cooperative Lantmannen. It’s a tough act to follow, but if you take good photos, want to make a difference, and don’t mind checking in with our comms manager (me) once a fortnight, please get in touch.

Contact: hello@zeroemissionssolutions.org 

3. Videographer and/or script writer

What: create video case studies to bring our solar stories to life

How long: Not gunna lie, I know this is very time-consuming. Every bit helps.

How often: completely up to you

Video case studies are incredibly useful for articulating how adding solar to your roof makes sense. We have some budget to pay for video services, but not nearly enough to create the five videos clips we are aiming in 2021. This is a big ask, but it also makes a big impact.

Contact: hello@zeroemissionssolutions.org

4. Trainee super hero

What: help out program leaders when they’re overwhelmed. Might be making cups of tea or picking up printing or sending some emails or walking a dog…

How long: how long is a piece of string?

How often: up to you, but a couple of hours a month would be great

If you’re between jobs, between uni studies, or just have a bit of time now and then and are happy to put your hand to anything, we’d love to hear from you.  Volunteer with Zero Emissions Solutions.