Team Lead - Talk Climate to Me

(Volunteer Position)

About Us

Project Neutral is a project on MakeWay’s shared platform, and is an environmental initiative that exists to help Ontarians measure their household carbon footprints. Our mission is to help people start their journeys toward low-carbon lifestyles. We do this through a blend of data-driven insights, respectful dialogue and friendly encouragement. In addition, we offer various online workshops, including Talk Climate to Me, a climate education experience for women!
MakeWay is a national charity and public foundation with a goal to enable nature and communities to thrive together. We do this by building partnerships, providing solutions, grants, and services for the charitable sector across the country.

About the Role

Employment Type:

  • Volunteer

Commitment:

  • Must be able to attend 4-5 sessions:
    • two 60-minute training sessions,
    • two 90-minute TCTM course sessions,
    • and one 60-minute follow-up sharing session
  • In addition, some outreach is required before and between classes (no more than 1 hour/ week)
  • Time commitment is approximately 12 hours total

Anticipated start date:

  • Sept 20, 2022

Session Dates

Must be able to attend ONE of the following sets of sessions:

Tuesday Lunch Sessions (12:00 pm EDT to 1:30 pm EDT):
Training sessions - September 20th & October 4th
Course sessions - October 18th & November 1st
Sharing session - November 15th

Wednesday Evening Sessions (8:00 pm EDT to 9:30 pm EDT):
Training sessions - September 21st & October 5th
Course sessions - October 19th & November 2nd
Sharing session - November 16th

Weekend Intensive Session (10:30 am - 2:00 pm EDT):
Training sessions - Choose either option above
Course session - November 5th
Sharing session - Choose either option above

Location:

  • Remote (Please note: the Talk Climate to Me course is developed for a Canadian audience. However applicants from outside of Canada are welcome.)

What is Talk Climate to Me:

Talk Climate to Me is a fun, free, unscary, online, team-based climate education experience for women in Canada! It is a space for women* who want to learn more about the climate crisis in an accessible, supportive and non-judgy environment. TCTM is all about creating a friendly and fun space in which to learn about this wildly important issue. Each session is made up of multiple teams with their own Team Lead. Team Leads will facilitate discussion during break-out times and provide support outside of course sessions. This is where you come in…

The Team Lead Role

As a Team Lead, you will play an essential role in the TCTM experience. You will be a point of contact, a support and guide for your team as they navigate through the (sometimes scary) topic of climate change. Team Leads will help with recruitment and communication outside of sessions, and facilitate discussion during sessions. Don’t worry, no climate expertise is required! All you need is an eagerness to learn about the climate crisis and share that experience with others. In this role, you will have the opportunity to hone your facilitation skills, expand your network with other veteran and emerging climate leaders, build up your climate-related work experience, and make a meaningful contribution towards reversing climate change.

Key Responsibilities:

As a Team Lead, you will have three main responsibilities:
  1. Recruit your team
    Reach out to your network and invite them to join your team! In the first training course we will provide resources and advice on outreach strategies for team gathering. We hope that each Team Lead can invite five (or more!) of their friends, family, or colleagues to join the experience.
  2. Facilitate discussions
    Each TCTM session consists of two 90-minute episodes and one follow-up sharing session. For the first 60 minutes of each episode, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy learning alongside your team members. For the final 30 minutes, you and your team will be sent to a break-out room. Here you will ask questions, facilitate discussion and foster a comfortable and positive space for your group to share about climate change.
  3. Provide support and additional materials
    You will also be the point of contact for your team members outside of TCTM sessions. You will be responsible for emailing reminders to team members before each class, and following up with additional resources after sessions (we will provide you with all the email templates and resources you will need!)

All Team Leads will be required to attend two training sessions in September. These sessions will provide you with guidance and resources for recruitment, facilitation, and talking climate!

About You

You enjoy gathering with others for thoughtful discussion, respectful sharing and collaboration in service of the greater good. You are a good communicator and a great listener. You DO NOT need to be a climate change expert, you just need to have a genuine interest in people and helping them become part of the climate solution. For this role, some experience with outreach and light networking would be an asset.

So, interested in becoming a Team Lead?

If you are interested in volunteering as a Talk Climate to Me Team Lead, please sign up to be a team lead!

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More Questions?

If you have any additional questions about this role or the Talk Climate to Me program, please reach out to us at hello@talkclimatetome.ca


* We recognize that gender is not a binary and our use of ‘women’ is open and inclusive of trans women, Two Spirit people, non-binary people and gender minorities.