Since SPEC began in 1969, passionate volunteers have been the most valuable part of our identity. Volunteers like you play an important role in our accomplishments.

We offer a variety of opportunities ranging from project research and planning, fundraising, assisting at special events, garden plantings, cleanups, and community outreach. 

Please note at this time, we have limited volunteer opportunities due to COVID-19. 

Read through the Quick Guide for Volunteers for more information about volunteering with SPEC.

Volunteer Perks

A Home for New Vancouverites

We welcome volunteers from all corners of the globe and are proud to have many cultures, traditions and languages represented. Volunteers are often new to Vancouver and report that SPEC helped them connect with like-minded folks in a new city.

Flexible and Supportive

Fighting for the safety and security of our planet requires flexibility and innovation, and we’re proud to support volunteer projects and ideas on timelines that work with their busy schedules.

Team Meetings

Team meetings are one of the easiest ways to start contributing your knowledge and skills to SPEC. Our teams help develop many of SPEC’s programs and projects and are always looking for feedback and fresh ideas. Our teams are mostly volunteer-run and occur once a month in the evenings. Meetings are free and open to the public, and we always encourage new community members to join. 

Meetings are available for the following teams:

First Tues of the Month
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Third Wed of the Month
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Second Wed of the Month
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Meeting dates vary, please email to join.

Meetings are held online due to the pandemic. Please email Communications@spec.bc.ca to join us online. Find out when the next team meeting is happening by checking our events page.

Open Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Opportunities with SPEC and our Community

SPEC 2023 Garden Compost Survey

The SPEC Food Team is seeking volunteers for the SPEC 2023 Garden Compost Survey, a project aimed at creating a free guide to bagged composts available in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.  Volunteers will conduct a survey and analysis of locally available bagged compost products, with the support and expertise of the SPEC Food Team.  The time commitment is estimated to be 20 hours,with a team of 3 to 4 volunteers working collaboratively on the project, starting as soon as possible and aiming to complete by mid-May. Volunteers will gain knowledge of compost types and quality, be recognized as authors of the guide, and can use this experience in future career development. Interested applicants can send their resume and a short cover letter to teresa@spec.bc.ca in one PDF document. 

For more information and to volunteer, click the link here

  SPEC Board Member

The SPEC Board is currently looking for new board members to assist in organizational planning and decision making, project development, fundraising and community outreach. We estimate 8-10 hours/month are required for the volunteer position which includes meeting times, emailing, outreach and planning work. Bring your passion and skills to an energetic and dedicated team.

For more information and to register, click the link here

Check back regularly as we update our volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer E-Blast

Interested in hearing about volunteer opportunities? Send us an email to be added to our volunteer e-blast list.

Track Volunteer Hours

Already a volunteer with SPEC? Use this form to track/update your volunteer hours.