The association membership is grouped into 15 geographical areas with a local branch in each of these regions. Each local branch has its own branch executive that is comprised of volunteer members. Branches act as the community-level (grass roots) connection of the association and are of great importance because each local branch is heavily relied on to help the association and council achieve its goals and mandate.
The branches of Engineers and Geoscientists BC exist to support the association and council in its effort to facilitate meaningful communication and knowledge-sharing between members, council, students, the public, and the association. Much of this is achieved by organizing various events and activities for members and the public to attend.
This is an entry level role that will allow you to gain experience with your local branch. Other roles that you can move into include branch event coordinator (team lead), career outreach coordinator, communications coordinator and more. This provides the necessary experience required to move into executive roles such as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair of the branch.
Committee members report to Branch Chair
Duties and Expectations
- Assist with event planning;
- Coordinate event volunteers;
- Provide assistance as necessary for branch events (breakfast seminars, tours, dinners), goals, or initiatives (career awareness activities, president’s awards, etc.); and
- Play a lead role in coordinating events and activities as necessary.
Skills and Qualifications
- Registered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC in one of the following capacities: Professional Engineer, Professional Geoscientist, Member- in -Training (EIT/GIT), or Engineers and Geoscientists BC Licensee;
- Ability to work well individually and as part of a team;
- Possess a pleasant, polite, and friendly demeanour;
- Ability to plan events;
- An organized, team player that interacts well with others; and
- Ability to run meetings and lead teams is an asset.
Term of Office
Average Time Commitment
- A few hours a month to a few hours per week depending on the time of year and assistance needed;
- Attendance at branch executive meetings or teleconferences 3-7 times per year; and
- Attendance at branch events as necessary.
Please note: Time commitment depends on the level of assistance required by the branch and is primarily driven by the number of events and the frequency of events that the branch is hosting. There will also be an added requirement during peak months when branches hold various events and activities (e.g., National Engineering and Geoscience Month which happens during the month of March every year).
During peak periods, this may be as much as 5-10 hours per week for 2-3 weeks straight. During regular periods, you may only be required for as few as 5-10 hours in total for assistance with a particular event.
Measures of Success
The successful volunteer will:
- Provide support and assistance where needed to gain experience that will allow you to potentially move into a lead role as an event coordinator or other executive role.
- Opportunity to advance the professions of engineering and geoscience by sharing your knowledge and experience;
- Learn new skills;
- Expand your business network;
- Earn credits for CPD and Engineers and Geoscientists BC service awards; and
- Volunteer appreciation.
Note: Please specify in your application the top 3 branches that you are interested in volunteering with. (Some branches have a higher demand for volunteers than others).
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment that values and respects diversity, both within our organization and in our larger community.