Volunteer Opportunity – Join our board!

Volunteer opportunity

Become a board member

Our Board of Directors is in need of new members! We’re looking for a new Youth Member as well as two new Members-at-Large to join our board. If you’re interested in getting more involved with the local food movement, are passionate about sustainable practices, and have experience or interests relevant to HR, administration, and policy development, we encourage you to apply.

As a registered non-profit society, our operations are overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who ensure that the organization is upholding its mission and is accountable to the needs and interests of the community it serves. The Board plays a crucial role by contributing unique ideas and vision, supporting staff, taking on special projects or organizing events, and helping shape the future of LifeCycles. 

We are currently accepting applications for the Youth Member (ages 25 and under) and Member at Large positions (2 positions available). The time commitment required of Board members is estimated to be 7 hours per month. Board members are expected to serve for at least one year.

A detailed list of monthly and yearly responsibilities can be found here: Board Member Call-out Full Description

We’re interested in people who may have the following relevant interests, attributes, and experience:

  • Knowledge of and interest in topics related to sustainable food systems, including food security, agriculture, Indigenous food sovereignty, decolonization, youth food literacy, and how food-related issues intersect with race, class, gender, ability, and other aspects of social identity.
  • Experience working or volunteering in the non-profit sector, or previous Board membership experience. 
  • An understanding of food and environment-related issues on Lekwungen territories. 
  • Self-reflexivity, compassion, authenticity, and openness to change.
  • Experience in policy development, human resources, and administration.
  • Skills related to financial management and budgeting.
  • Clear written and verbal communication.
  • Event planning, public speaking, and group facilitation. 
  • Ability to make decisions cooperatively, using a consensus-based model. 
  • Strong leadership skills and ambitious vision for the future of LifeCycles.

To apply: Please email your statement of interest to Jess Gunnarson, Nomination Committee Chair by June 5, 2021.

We welcome and support applications from people of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities.

Our Commitment to Equity and Diversity:
LifeCycles operates on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen peoples, namely the Esquimalt, Songhees, WSÁNEĆ, and T’Sou-Ke nations. As a settler-led organization, we are constantly working through the harms that have been inflicted by colonial food systems and trying to discern what our roles must be in dismantling the systems of oppression that underpin food (in)security. Many of our practices, including our organizational structure, the seeds we plant, the trees we harvest, the ways we educate, and our methods of growing food, came to these lands through the ongoing processes of settler colonialism and Indigenous dispossession. We seek to hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people. 

We welcome and celebrate applications from individuals of diverse and marginalized identities, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, LGBTQS2+ folks, disabled and neuro-divergent people, youth, and anyone with lived experiences of poverty, food insecurity, or homelessness. We strongly value the perspectives, voices, and experiences of everyone in our community and hope to include these voices in all the work that we do. We recognize that there can be many significant barriers to participating in un-paid Board work, especially for individuals of marginalized identities. If you would like to apply but are concerned about any barriers you may face, we encourage you to reach out to us to discuss how we might be able to facilitate your participation in our organization. The LifeCycles Board is currently engaged in a process of reviewing and building upon the organization’s equity, diversity, and inclusion.