Join our seedy team today!

The Toronto Seed Library (TSL) is a community labour of love & depends on the voluntary participation & cooperation of many. Listed below are diverse opportunities for engagement & we invite you to share your unique gifts!

We encourage anybody interested in volunteering to first read thoroughly through the following list of volunteer role descriptions. If you think you’d be a good fit for one (or more) of them please click here to fill out our brief volunteer form! (note: clicking this link will open the form in a new window)

Outreach Worker Bee  (i.e. tabling)

Key skills: being friendly and welcoming, talking to people, answering questions, multitasking, getting people’s attention, accounting, racial/cultural/gender sensitivity~anti-oppressive language, being organized and punctual, ability to work independently and as part of a team

Knowledge: how to put together a complete tabling kit, background of TSL, basic seed politics, basic seed saving

Duties: put together/pick up tabling kit at office prior to the event, print out/photocopy relevant handouts, arrive 30 mins before event to set up table, engage passerby and those who come up to the table, answer questions, refer to specific resources, sell fundraising materials, keep track of poster sales, take donations, take down the table at the end of the event, drop tabling kit back off at office (not necessarily the same day).

Thyme commitment: 4-8 hours/ 2 months minimum

Seed Processor

Key skills: attention to detail, reasonably steady hands, ability to concentrate on one task

Knowledge: No previous knowledge necessary. Background on the TSL, basic seed politics and basic seed saving are recommended.

Duties: stamping envelopes, writing labels on seed packets, cleaning, sorting and measuring out seeds, taping up envelopes, organizing seed packages into larger groupings, general tidying

Thyme commitment: 2 hours/2 months minimum (can also be done remotely!)

Branch Liaison

Key skills: talking to people, being organized and punctual,racial/cultural/gender sensitivity~anti-oppressive language

Knowledge: background of TSL, basic seed politics, ability to work independently

Duties: regular communication with designated branch host(s?), picking up seeds at the office, delivering seeds to the branch, picking up, printing/photocopying and delivering handouts to designated branch(es)

Thyme commitment: 1-4 hours/month maximum

Assistant Seedy Zine designer/curator/producer

Key skills: attention to detail, communications, formatting, copy editing, stick-to-it-iveness, meeting deadlines

Knowledge: background of TSL, ability to work independently, printing properties

Duties:  communicating with article contributors and TSL cultivators, arranging sequence of material, checking for typos/grammatical errors/accuracy of information, carefully resizing and placing images, ensuring consistency of font sizes, making it look slick, printing, folding, stapling, flattening

Thyme commitment:  3 hours/week minimum

Volunteer Coordinator

Key skills: being friendly and welcoming, talking to people, answering questions, matching people’s skills and interests with specific volunteer roles, logistics, communications, multitasking, racial/cultural/gender sensitivity~anti-oppressive language, being organized and punctual, ability to work independently and as part of a team

Knowledge: background of TSL, basic seed politics

Duties:  collect contacts and follow through with potential volunteers, respond to volunteer inquiries to the email, organize volunteer orientation sessions, match new volunteers with experienced volunteers for events, ongoing communications with potential and current volunteers as well as with Cultivators.  

Thyme commitment: 1-2 hours/week minimum

For more information on how to bee involved don’t hesitate to contact us at volunteerwithtsl@gmail.com!