Documentation and Social Media Volunteer

Client group: Children and youth between the ages of 6 and 22 in programs primarily in school gardens

Location: Various school sites and greenhouses located in the downtown east communities of Regent Park, St. James Town and Cabbagetown.

Purpose of position: To assist with documenting program activities and activate organizational presence on
social media.

Time commitment: minimum 4 hours per week, for 8 weeks with option to extend. Urban roots youth
program runs Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 3:30-5:30 + time at home uploading photos, video,
etc; school program times vary and will be scheduled with the program coordinator

Reports to: Program Coordinators

Boundaries: Is not expected to run programs without staff supervision; IS expected to work
independently, ask questions to clarify project and approve your direction, seek editing and critique
before publishing.

  • Document programs we run with children, youth and families through skilled photography and videography (for grant reporting, community outreach and other promotional materials)
  • Assist to activate social media spaces – strengthen our presence with relevant links to urban ag projects, photo updates, blog posts, youtube videos etc.
  • Gather photo releases from youth and parents as needed in various program situations
  • Support GTGK in developing systems for managing photos and postings for all programs; help update an in-house guide for future interns, staff and volunteers
  • Consult with staff and interested youth about best practices for social media use; share expertise regarding social media with staff and youth as needed
  • Support the creation of teaching materials related to documenting programs and creating social media buzz for green thumbs volunteers (ie. a one-pager with tips for our volunteers)
  • Photograph and or video programs (with signed media releases in place) on an ongoing basis every season to document activities.
  • Interesting in working with high school age youth and school children from diverse backgrounds
  • Highly skilled and passionate about using social media platforms: facebook, twitter, instagram, flicker, blogging
  • Love photography or videography—as documentary and art; developed eye and ability to translate your style to meet desired objectives/ aesthetic needs of the organization
  • Be willing to get your hands dirty; participate in programs in order to better understand and document programs
  • Have a personal interest in urban agriculture, gardening and cooking, &/or food/environmental movements
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Design skills and general computer literacy an asset, your own equipment an asset
Potential Volunteer Benefits
  • Gain work experience using documentation and social media
  • Develop a body of photographic work that documents garden programs
  • Take an active role in developing the project and objectives for your internship
  • Gain a deeper understanding of urban agriculture and school gardens in Toronto
  • Committed volunteers earn an honoraria in appreciation for their work
  • Certificate of accomplishment

To register or for more information, contact:
Volunteer Co-ordinator