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Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Positions Available:

Several new volunteer positions are now available. We are going to have a very busy year ahead of us and we could use the help! In addition to what we have advertised, we are also open to suggestions regarding other kinds of volunteer positions, and if you have a specific idea, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you would like to apply for any of the following positions, please forward your CV and a brief statement of intentions to [email protected].

Some of the benefits of volunteering include:

  • Getting to be actively involved in the development of a growing organization!
  • Acquiring a general membership in The Mars Society of Canada without having to pay membership fees.
  • Having a vote for board candidates at our Annual General Meetings.
  • Getting a free MSC t-shirt!
  • Having a 20% discount on all merchandise (except gift certificates) at MarsShop, our online store.

Some of the expectations of volunteering include:

  • Committing to an average of 2 – 3 hours of work per week.
  • Maintaining regular attendance at any committee meetings that you are a part of.
  • Adhering to our core values and principles.

Volunteer openings

Discord Server Manager

Background: MSC’s Discord server, although well-used by our volunteers, needs to be improved to ensure that we are adding intriguing, exclusive content for our members that is relevant and useful to them.

Specifics: Instigate conversations on Discord, identify and post interesting material on Discord, assist with internal announcements, and conduct membership polls.

Talent: Experience with Discord, and online moderation experience.

Fundraising Committee Member

Background: As we head into what’s shaping up to be an extremely busy year, it will be critical that we start generating the level of funding that’s going to be required to develop and complete our various projects and activities.

Specifics: Will identify potential funding and sponsorship opportunities, make initial contact, and assist with the development of funding strategies including crowdsourcing.

Talent: Experience with fundraising, knowledge of corporate sponsorships, writing skills for compelling introductions, and crowdsourcing knowledge.

Merchandising Manager

Background: MarsShop has been reinvigorated and we need is someone to take it even further. This is the fun position! This will help us to promote the MSC to the general public while offering meaningful discounts to our members and affiliates on merchandise that may be of interest to them.

Specifics: Manage, promote and process orders for MarsShop, and creatively source interesting products to add to the store.

Talent: Have some experience with online merchandising (knowledge of WooCommerce and PayPal is a bonus!), marketing, graphics applications, and high creativity & enthusiasm!

In-class Presenter – Mars Explorer Program

Background: The Mars Explorer Program consists of a series of online learning modules that are a teacher resources to inspire young students with Moon, Mars, and STEM-themed modules. Importantly, we have been presenting some of these modules at local schools and we need more presenters!

Specifics: Deliver the content of learning modules to young students in schools for one morning or afternoon per month.

Talent: Experience teaching young children, a strong interest in STEM, and an ability to pass a ‘vulnerable sector background check’.

Newsletter Editor

Background: We will be producing a quarterly newsletter to provide updates and announcements to our membership and any member of the public who has signed up for it through the MSC website.

Specifics: Develop a newsletter committee, produce quarterly editions, identify content, and conduct interviews that will be of interest to our membership.

Talent: Writing skills, experience with any publishing application, persistent, creative, and knowledge of MailChimp and any graphics applications are a bonus!

Mars Science Communicator

Background: We need someone to produce new content for MarsLog that will not only educate and intrigue the public, but also drive more traffic to our website.

Specifics: Produce one article or two detailed infographics per month, and assist with the development of a Science Communication Committee.

Talent: Demonstrated knowledge of Mars science and engineering, writing experience, knowledge of any graphics application (Canva would be a plus!), and an enthusiastic communicator.

Mars en français!

Contexte: Nous avons besoin de quelqu’un pour traduire nos documents et pages clés sur le site Web de l’anglais vers le français. En tant qu’organisation nationale, nous devons nous assurer que nos documents sont disponibles dans les deux langues officielle.

Détails: Traduira et republiera deux documents ou pages Web par mois.

Talent: Maîtrise du français et de l’anglais au niveau académique.

Social Media Assistant

Background: Our social media platforms are key to our success. Working with the Social Media Manager and the social media committee, you will assist with putting together intriguing posts on our platforms and engaging with our followers.

Specifics: Participate in bi-weekly social media committee meetings, brainstorm exciting ideas for posts, polls, contests, engage with our users, and work on special projects.

Talent: Experience managing a social media platform, knowledge of best practices, high creativity, and experience using graphics applications.

The Mars Society of Canada is committed to the principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates (including candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. ) and accommodations are available upon request.