Volunteer

Volunteer

Are you passionate about gender, LGBTTQIA* communities, intersectionality, and creating anti-oppressive spaces? Volunteer with us!

Volunteers at The Landing operate drop-in hours, help plan events, keep resources and social media up to date, run peer facilitated groups, and more. Commitment is 3-5 hours/week throughout the school year.

Undergraduate, graduate & doctoral U of A students, as well as recent alumni from all programs are invited to apply.

Applications will remain open throughout September.

Applications available here!

What is the Landing?

The Landing is a supportive space for gender and sexual diversity at the University of Alberta. We offer:

  • Drop-in hours (Fall/Winter) on Monday to Wednesday from 10am-3pm and on Thursday from 10am-6pm
  • Peer mentorship, support, resources, and referrals for students and community members working through issues around gender and sexual identity and related stressors
  • Education sessions for campus community members of all genders and sexualities
  • Awareness campaigns, advocacy, outreach, and events
  • Volunteer opportunities

Our Values

The Landing exists as an inclusive, welcoming space for all campus community members. We believe in creating an environment that is:

  • Respectful of confidential and/or personal information
  • Inclusive of all genders and sexualities
  • Welcoming of all definitions of family
  • Trans inclusive
  • Body positive
  • Pro-feminism
  • Anti-oppressive
  • Sex positive

Volunteers must be comfortable providing friendly and non-judgmental services to people of all sexualities, genders, and romantic or relational orientations; all ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds; and all physical and mental abilities.

The Landing and its volunteers actively endeavour to identify and address intersecting systems of oppression, including but not limited to homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, racism, colonization, xenophobia, ableism, sexism, classism, and sizeism.

We respectfully recognize that the University of Alberta, and therefore The Landing, is located on the traditional territory of First Nations (Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Nakota Sioux) and Métis people. The U of A is on Papaschase Cree territory, Treaty 6, and we honour that land.

Volunteer Expectations & Roles

All volunteer must:

  • Agree to The Landing’s policies and guiding values
  • Attend all mandatory volunteer training (The last week of August)
  • Attend a monthly Professional Development session (avg. 2 hours)
  • Commit an average of approximately 3-5 hours per week of volunteer time (varies by time of year and role)
  • Choose one of 5 specialized volunteer roles and complete additional tasks and training as needed to fulfill responsibilities
  • Identify within the broad umbrella of LGGBTTQQUIPAN+ (Lesbian, Gay, Genderqueer, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Unlabelled or Unidentified, Intersex, Pansexual, Asexual, Non-Binary, and much more)
    AND / OR demonstrate an earnest and ongoing commitment to working in solidarity with these communities

Specialized Roles

Support Volunteers

Drop-In Peer Support

  • Provide peer support during Drop-in hours (practice active listening, provide referrals, and provide support)
  • Attend up to 15 hours of additional training on peer support skills (training to be held in September)
  • The majority of the Landing’s volunteers are on the Drop-in Peer Support Team

Spectrum (Peer Mentorship Group Facilitation)

  • Requires the greatest level of time commitment (approximately 5 hours a week)
  • Attend up to 15 hours of additional training on peer support skills (training to be held in September)
  • Co-facilitate weekly small group support sessions for individuals wanting additional peer mentorship support

Outreach

Communications

  • Assist in maintaining website
  • Ensure the Landing has a social media presence by running various social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr)
  • Advertise our events and our service in various social platforms

Events 

Assist in strategic planning to increase awareness of the Landing in on and off campus communities

  • Help plan events and implement campaigns and projects
  • Assist in strategic planning to increase awareness of the Landing in on and off campus communities
  • Develop awareness campaigns 

Education

  • Deliver education sessions on LGBTQ* related topics to on and off campus communities
  • Help facilitate Landing Ambassador Trainings to community organizations
  • Represent the Landing as symposiums, conferences and other educational spaces
  • Develop LGBTQ* related resources (handouts, zines, podcasts, blog posts, referral sheets) to be used at the Landing
  • Collect and maintain external resources for the drop-in space (e.g. book library, zines, service referrals, pamphlets, etc)

Volunteer Time Commitment

Volunteering with The Landing requires a significant time commitment. Mandatory training will take place in October.

Drop-in Shifts

All individuals on the Drop-in Peer Support Team are required to be on shift for a minimum of 3 hours per week. One volunteer must be on shift at all times during drop-in hours. Individuals on other teams are able to be on shift for drop-in shifts if they would like.

The Landings drop-in hours will be announced in late August.

Volunteers are responsible for scheduling their own shift times, and for tracking and submitting their volunteer hours on a weekly basis.

During shifts, volunteers will be available to provide informal support to visitors who drop in by creating a friendly, welcoming environment. This can include having a casual conversation, offering a cup of tea, making a referral to a Landing group or other services on or off campus, offering resources, or simply keeping them company in the space. If there are no visitors in The Landing, volunteers will complete tasks to maintain the drop-in space or work on projects related to their team.