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Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in building your network of professionals, strengthening your leadership skills, and implementing new ideas within the planning community? If so, CIP has some incredible opportunities for you.


Student Volunteer Opportunities at Building Resilience 2017

Building Resilience 2017 is looking for student volunteers to perform a variety of tasks during the national planning conference in Calgary in June. 

Opportunities exist for 15 to 20 students to partcipate directly in on-site activities at the conference. We will be seeking student members who are capable, energetic and reliable. Scheduling is flexible and according to the availabilities of the volunteers. We want to work with our volunteers to ensure they enjoy volunteering with the conference as much as possible. The final number of volunteers required and the activities in which you will be participating in will depend in part on the scale and scope of the conference activities.

Partial rebates on your conference registration fee will be given post-conference based on the amount of time volunteered.
This is a great opportunity to get involved with APPI and CIP while learning about planning, networking, and showcasing all Calgary and the entire Province has to offer.

What can you anticipate? Volunteer assignments will include

  • The registration/information desk
  • Scanning delegates into sessions
  • Workshop and mobile tour coordination 
  • Assembling documentation for the conference 
  • Acting as speaker guides 
  • Assisting with wayfinding and direction

What's the fine print?

  • Preference will be given to student members of CIP
  • Volunteer opportunities will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis with regard for interests and abilities
  • Volunteers will not be formally placed until their conference registration and fee payment is complete
  • For all students who volunteer a minimum of eight hours, CIP will refund half of the registration fee paid. Volunteers must register for the full conference to be eligible for the refund.

Click here to fill out the form and apply - Deadline: May 5, 2017 EST                                                                                                                                                                                              

Learn more about Building Resilience 2017 here.

The volunteer opportunities listed below are now closed. We are not accepting new applications at this time. New opportunities are coming soon! Please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for up to date information. 

Click here to see the organizational committee structure. 

CIP Volunteer Opportunities 2017


Position Type and Vacancies



Term and Time Commitment


Vice-President, Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP), representing CIP CIP External Representative
(one position)
CIP is seeking a full member to represent CIP on the CAP Executive Committee. The CIP Representative will work collaboratively with CIP Staff and Board members, CAP and regional planners across the Commonwealth, to address urbanization and the sustainable development of human settlements.  CIP Full Member  Term: 2 year
Time: 5 hour/month
Council Member, Central Experimental Farm Advisory Council (CEFAC) CIP External Representative
(one position)
The CEFAC serves as an important means of obtaining public input, advice and recommendations in order to assist Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in its stewardship role.
In this position, the CIP Representative provides a planning perspective and engages the CIP membership on behalf of the CEFAC.
CIP member
(all categories)
Live in National Capital Area or ability to travel to Ottawa for in-person meetings
Term: 2 year
Time: 1-2 hour/month
Committee member, CIP Indigenous Community Planning Committee (ICPC) CIP committee member
(6-10 positions)
The ICPC supports the practice of community and regional planning through solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. ICPC focuses on issues of strong governance, land stewardship, economic prosperity, self-reliance, social justice, health and well-being, and sustainable infrastructure. CIP member
(all categories) (6)
Non-members (4) representing Indigenous communities
Term: 2 year
Time: 8-12 hours/month
Committee member, CIP Climate Change Committee (CCC) CIP committee member
(3 positions)
The role of CCC assists with identifying and developing resource materials that promote awareness and understanding of CIP’s Climate Change Policy. The committee also supports and encourages climate change policy dialogue on a national and international scale. CIP member
(all categories)
Term: 2 year
Time: 8-12 hours/month
Committee member, Healthy Communities Committee (HCC) CIP committee member
(5 positions)
The HCC mandate promotes the planning and development of healthy communities across Canada, where a strong positive relationship is established between human health and the built and natural environments. This includes, but is not limited to transportation, infrastructure, social planning, community design, and the development of sustainable communities. CIP member
(all categories)
Term: 2 year
Time: 8-12 hours/month
Committee member, International Relations and Initiatives Committee (IRIC) CIP committee
(6-8 positions) 
New Committee: The IRIC leads the coordination and strategy of CIP’s participation and membership in international groups and initiatives. The committee identifies opportunities for CIP to share resources with international planning agencies and partners and will address issues related to international reciprocity agreements (i.e., shared resources), membership qualification, and training. CIP member
(all categories)
Term: 1 or 2 year
Time: 6-8 hours/month
Committee member,  Nominations Sub-Committee CIP Sub-Committee of the Governance Standing  Committee (2 positions) The Nominations Sub-Committee oversees the nominations and elections process of the Board of Directors. CIP member
(all categories)
Term: until AGM (June 2017)
Time: 4 hours/month

*Unless stated, applicants must be CIP members in good standing (see Qualifications).