Environmental and Information Researcher (Recycling Revisited)

(Community Development Halton, Volunteer Halton)

Position ID: V-HVC0798 Last Full Update: 29 May 2019
Opportunity Details
CommentsRecycling Revisited is a registered not-for-profit environmental organization, with several different volunteer opportunities. If you have a special interest in Citizens' Committee for Pollution Control that initiated recycling in Burlington, between 1970 and 1983, you will find your volunteer work relevant to community history, environmental action & history, and citizen action initiatives. If you have no background information on CCPC, we will be happy to tell you that amazing story of citizen action. 
We are now registered in Ontario as Recycling Revisited Inc. We have a unique history which has been recognized by a Mayor's Proclamation, and registration as a historical organization in the National Trust collection of historical places and events. If you love history, you'll love being part of our organization!
ContactRoberta McGregor, President, Co-Founder and Volunteer Coordinator, Recycling Revisited; Phone: 905-318-9566; Email: rdqmcgregor@gmail.com
DutiesTo do information research in the area of recycling history in Ontario and Canada &/or information searches in support of a book about the CCPC 13-year citizen action (1970-1983), to inform the general public, researchers, teachers/professors, historians, and others, about this historical event. This could involve searching online or in publications and clipping files, making phone calls &/or sending emails under direction of the Volunteer Coordinator. 
- Following an established sequence in a historical research project, province by province 
- Literature Searcher in relevant journals and publications including government documents  
- There may be a request for assistance with some archival duties with materials from the 1970s/1980s.
More Info Linkhttps://recyclingrevisited.org
BenefitsThe discovery process in finding historical information; possibility of contributing to a reference book on the initiation of city-wide recycling in Canada; doing information searches in support of the functions of our Development Committee; and being a part of an active, forward-looking organization going beyond recycling. We are taking action on the climate change emergency in every way we can. Although you would likely be working alone, we welcome all volunteers to join our Development Committee when possible at our biweekly meetings. This is an invitation, not a requirement.
ClientsContacts would be with our Development Committee, the Board, librarians, governmental/organizational contacts and recycling pioneers when we can identify and contact them.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Highschool students ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with a physical disability
Areas of InterestHistorical / Archival Activities ; Nature / Environment ; Research / Evaluation ; Telephone Communication ; Volunteer from Home / Virtual
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; General Computer Skills ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Research ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; Web & IT ; - Interest in environmental history, using various information sources  
- Ability to organize and record information in forms that can be accessed easily
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; The volunteer in historical research would judge his or her length of involvement
Interaction LevelSolitary ; Virtual Volunteering ; The volunteer might interact by phone, email, or in person with the Development Committee, library staff, individual informants, or staff of government bodies/organizations. We would welcome you! 
You could choose to balance the solitary work with taking up our invitation to drop into our Development Committee meetings. Call Roberta for info about that (905-318-9566).
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesThe research activities can usually be done from the volunteer's home, therefore at any time. Volunteers are invited to attend Development Committee meetings on a drop-in or regular basis (biweekly on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m.). Please email or phone Roberta at 905-318-9566 or (rdqmcgregor@gmail.com) for the location.
SeasonsYear Round ; We have year-round activities. In the past, we did not hold meetings in the two summer months. Currently, we are in a transition period in our committee structure and activities, so we are meeting throughout the summer months. Members will attend as circumstances permit.
AccessibilityFully Accessible
LocationVolunteer's home, library, archival centre /our office on Plains Rd. E, Burlington for meetings.
Number of PositionsBurlington: 1 individual(s) 
1 individual(s) needed in total. 
The historical research is for the purpose of the book mentioned above. We occasionally need fact-checking and/or information searches.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; (1) Orientation is provided ; We will make new volunteers aware of the recycling history we are disseminating.  
(2) Clarification of search methods and organization of information.  
(3) Training in archival procedures if the volunteer is involved with these.
TransportationNear public transit - Nearest major intersection: Plains Rd. & Downsview (There is a bus stop at Downsview ; We meet at 376 Plains Rd. E. on the south side. For members depending on public transit, Burlington Transit provides travel from Hamilton at King St. and James St. For members from further away, the GO bus system and GO train system run close to our address. A car pickup at a GO station probably could be arranged. Call Roberta at 905-318-9566 for directions.
Police CheckNot Required
Start DateOn or after 13 May 2019
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Organization NameCommunity Development Halton, Volunteer Halton
Office Phone905-632-1975
Toll Free Phone1-855-395-8807
Address & Map
3350 South Service Rd
Burlington, ON L7N 3M6
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