Volunteer Coordinator



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Evenings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


3435 Main Street
New York
United States


Science Demands Action (SDA) seeks an Erie County based volunteer to be our Volunteer Coordinator for approximately 2 - 4 hours a week starting in 2018.

SDA is a newly incorporated volunteer run non-profit created by the planning committees of the first annual Buffalo March for Science that took place on April 22nd, 2017 in Delaware Park.

The March for Science movement stands for cutting edge science education, consistent research funding, benefits of science that are accessible to women and underrepresented minorities, environmental protections, and evidence based public policy.

SDA’s mission is to guide communities in using science for social good. Our core values are listed below.

SDA has hosted discussions and community actions on vaccination, the opioid epidemic, the Paris Climate Accord, innovation and immigration, net neutrality, and the impact of tax reform on academic research since its founding. SDA maintains a consistent presence at science education fairs and events throughout the region including scouting events and events hosted by science and environmental education groups.

The responsibilities of the Volunteer Coordinator include:

  • Effectively managing the time of volunteers who contribute time to the organization irregularly or less than approximately 2 hours a week between projects they would be interested in on the different committees
  • Being the contact person for all volunteers
  • Onboarding new volunteers
  • Conducting bi-annual half hour one-on-one or small group meetings with volunteers to ensure they feel their time is well spent with the organization and that their ideas are heard
  • Scheduling one-on-one or small group meetings conducted by board members or committee chairs when unavailable for said meetings
  • Regularly communicating with the Board of Directors and committee chairs about volunteer availability and feedback
  • Attending weekly planning meetings where some meetings can be attended electronically
  • Staying in communication electronically in between meetings responding to matters labeled as time sensitive within 48hrs during the work week and within the 48hr period following weekends, holidays, or travel
  • A capacity to adhere to and uphold the core values of SDA

Core Values:

Scientific Literacy: We know that a practical knowledge of the scientific process helps communities make better personal and political choices.

Evidence-Based Policy: We know that the best policies are not created by political ideologies or media talking points. We advocate for legislation that successfully utilizes relevant information across fields.

Diversity: We know that diverse voices working together create better strategies, policies, and action. Inclusion makes us all stronger.

Grassroots Community Organizing: We know that amplifying community voices encourages participation in all levels of government.

Integrated Disciplines: We know that collaboration over competition allows us to learn from one another and devise creative solutions.

True Dialogue: We know that the practice of science should be accessible, transparent, and accountable to communities. This means active listening, accurate reporting, and responsive research.

Nonpartisanship: We know that strong policy decisions transcend political parties. We seek to speak meaningfully to influence policy, rather than politics.

How To Apply


An ideal candidate could come from a number of different backgrounds. Experience being a volunteer and grassroots community organizing are highly valued. Passionate students and community members are encouraged to apply. All applicants will be encouraged to volunteer with SDA regardless of whether or not they are the best candidate for the Volunteer Coordinator Chair position.

Please send your CV, resume, linkedin, or short bio to sciencedemandsaction@gmail.com with a 150 word description of your experiences with SDA’s core values.

Thank you for taking the time to consider joining SDA to fight for a world where communities use science to inform policy decisions.

In Solidarity,

Science Demands Action Executive Director

Elizabeth Schiavoni