Volunteer Opportunities 

Updated 03/10/19: 

Berkeley Middle Schools: STEM Volunteers

The Community Resources for Science Be A Scientist (BAS) program is in need of STEM volunteer mentors for Spring 2019. As a volunteer scientist mentor, students will guide 7th graders through the process of designing and conducting their own scientific investigations in class over a 6-week period. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to serve as STEM role models while developing communication skills and gaining hands-on experience in important science outreach.


  • Mentors must commit to one mandatory 2-hour Training Session: on-campus trainings are offered in the weeks before the start of each session. Training dates/times/locations TBA.
  • Commit to attend one school lab period each week for the 6-week program (schedule program dates here)
  • Guide 4-6 student mentees through the process of developing a testable question, designing an appropriate experiment, and gathering and analyzing data. Each student in your group will have the opportunity to choose an independent scientific question based on their own interests.

This program will take place from March 14/15 – May 2/3 (with gap weeks for BSUD/UCB Spring Breaks March 28/April 4) at King Middle School.

For more information, please visit the Community Resources for Science website. To apply to volunteer, please click here.

Updated 2/24/19: 

The 7th Annual Zero Waste Youth Convergence: Calling for Speakers, Artists, and Volunteers

Laney College, Oakland

Zero Waste Youth Convergence would like to invite you and young professionals in your networks to attend the 2019 Zero Waste Youth Convergence for a day long conference empowering the next generation to create a zero waste future! For students who are participating in research projects concerning zero waste, this would be a great place for them to share their research.

Apply HERE to speak or table at the 2019 Zero Waste Youth Convergence on Saturday, March 16th! (Speakers receive free admission to the convergence)

REGISTER NOW to get your tickets to the convergence!

Sign up HERE to volunteer and receive free admission.

Get involved in the planning committee HERE and receive free admission.

WHEN: Saturday, March 16th 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

WHERE: Laney College (900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA 94607)

WHAT: “Downstream Pollution, Upstream Solutions”

Hear from inspiring young professionals and community leaders on critical zero waste issues and solutions.

*Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided!*

Please BYOE – Bring Your Own Essentials: reusable cup, plate/bowl, utensils, and handkerchief – our goal is to have a true Zero Waste eve

Updated 02/18/19:

Friends of Five Creeks: Volunteer Opportunities


Friends of Five Creeks, a 23-year-old, all-volunteer creek- and watershed-restoration organization working from Berkeley to Richmond, Bay to hills, is seeking a part-time, short-term intern to help with weekend work parties as well as some outreach events such as walks, tabling, and free Tuesday evening lectures.
This is an opportunity to get field experience in many areas: organization and leadership, working with volunteers, working with youth, working with native plants and harmful invasives, using tools safety and effectively, the physical and political realities of seeking to create and maintain nature in cities, working with local government, and public education about environmental issues including global warming.
Pay is $15 per hour, with a limit of $600. Work is occasional. Candidates must be reasonably able to commit to events on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with a few weeks’ notice.  Being available Tuesday mornings would be a plus.
Applicants also should be reasonably strong, willing to work outdoors in less than ideal weather, and comfortable with outdoor realities such as mud, tricky footing, spiders, and poison oak. Having a car or being a strong cyclist helps, although rides probably can be arranged.
The internship aims to give future professionals useful field experience and strong resumes. We hope to attract recent or upcoming graduates or grad students, and will work to integrate paid hours into, for example, “adopting” a project or site, creating outreach materials and otherwise engaging the public, or completing a thesis or other academic effort.
Application Details: If you are interested, contact Susan Schwartz, f5creeks@gmail.com, with a brief summary of your experience and situation. A formal CV  isn’t needed.
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