Service Canada Internship Application 2009

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Internship job postings can be found here:


To complete your application you will need the following information:

  ♣   the legal name of your organization;

Free Geek Community Technology Centre Society

  ♣   the common name of your organization, if different from the legal name;

Free Geek Vancouver

  ♣   your Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) registration number;

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  ♣   your Workers’ Compensation account and/or other applicable liability insurance account number;

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  ♣ your mailing address, complete with postal code;

1820 pandora st. vancouver bc, v5l 1m5

  ♣ the number of employees you have (private sector employers must have 50 or fewer full-time 6 employees across Canada to be eligible); and

3 full time, 1 part time

  ♣ the date your organization began operations.

dec 6 2006

  • While completing your application, be prepared to answer several questions and to provide details about the job(s) being created, such as:
  ♣ the number and titles of the jobs for which you are requesting assistance;

3 jobs

  ♣ a full description of tasks, responsibilities, plans for supervision and mentoring, and health
      and safety measures (whether in place or planned);
  ♣ the hourly wage you will pay to the student(s); and,

minimum

  ♣ the portion of the hourly rate that you are requesting from the Government of Canada.

100% $8.00 an hour

  • What is the main product or service of your organization?

Briefly describe your organization’s primary business focus or mandate, and provide a summary of your main products and/or services.

Mission: Free Geek is a not for profit community organisation that recycles used technology to provide computers, education, Internet access and job skills training to those in need, in exchange for community service. In addition to providing access to technology, we strive to reduce the environmental impacts of computer waste.


  • 1. Ethical reuse/recycling
       Activities: 
       * Free Geek receives approximately 40 tonnes of unwanted computer donations each month, from individuals, schools and businesses.
       * Strict adherence to ethical recycling principles, in particular a strong emphasis on reuse as the highest form of recycling,
   
       * Recycling stream is designed to reduce consumption of raw materials and environmental degradation, while recycling regionally, transparently and in the interests of community health. Approximately 100,000kg of ewaste have been recycled in this manner since January 1, 2008.
       * Full transparency in recycling: All downstream end-of-life recyclers are listed on Free Geek's website; mailing list archives and meetings are open to the public. 
  • 1. Free and low-cost computers
       Activities: 
       * Computer Adoption Program - Anyone who donates 24 hours of time to Free Geek receives a free refurbished computer, a class on how to use it, and free technical support. No computer experience is required to volunteer; volunteers spend their time testing, dismantling and refurbishing computer equipment.
       * Hardware Grant Foundation - Non-profits and organisations of social change receive grants of free refurbished computer equipment.
       * Computer Thrift Store - Consistent with our commitment to reuse, surplus equipment is sold through our thrift store at low cost. This enables the public to upgrade a computer with components, or buy an inexpensive refurbished one, rather than purchasing a new system at greater cost both to themselves and the environment. 
  • 1. Free software, workshops and classes
       Activities: 
       * Free weekly computer workshops and skill-sharing events: Staff and volunteers offer free classes on everything from basic computer usage to programming.
       * Free computer lab available to the public and volunteers during operating hours.
       * Free and open source software distribution, installation and support. It offers affordability, flexibility, freedom from viruses and more sustainable software options to users. It also increases the longevity of computers. 


  • Will your organization make special efforts to hire or have you already identified priority

student(s)?

yes

The following organizations will be sent job postings. All of these organizations are directed at or inclusive to students with disabilities, Aboriginal students, women, LGTB students and students who are members of visible minority groups.

Native Education College
285 East 5th Ave,
Vancouver, B.C. V5T 1H2
Phone: 604-873-3772
Fax: 604 873-9152
Langara College
Aborginal Services
Disibility Services
100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Canada V5Y 2Z6
Tel: (604) 323.5511
Fax: (604) 323.5555
Capilano University
Disibility Services
First Nations Student Services
2055 Purcell Way,
North Vancouver,
British Columbia,
Canada V7J 3H5
Simon Fraser University
First Nations Student Centre
1500 Maggie Benston
Student Services Centre, SFU
Phone: 778.782.6929
Fax: 778.782.5682
Centre for Students with Disabilities
1250 Maggie Benston Centre
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6
Email: csdo@sfu.ca
Phone: 778.782.3112
Secure Fax: 778.782.4384
Women's Center
Room: TC 3013 c/o SFSS,
MBC 2250 Simon Fraser University,
8888 University Drive, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6
Phone Number: (778)782-3670
E-mail Address: womenctr(at)sfu (dot) ca
Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
TC326, Simon Fraser University,
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Coast Salish Territory
Phone: 778-782-4360
Fax: 778-782-5338
E-mail: sfpirg(at)sfu.ca
University of British Columbia
Disability Resource Centre
Access & Diversity
Student Development & Services
The University of British Columbia
Brock Hall, Room 1203
1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604.822.5844
TTY: 604.822.9049
Fax: 604.822.6655
First Nations House of Learning
1985 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604-822-8940
Fax: 604-822-8944
AMS Womyn's Centre
Office: SUB 245H
Women's Only Space: SUB 245 G
Phone: 822-2163
womencentre@gmail.com
British Columbia Insitute of Technology
-Aboriginal Services
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2
phone:(604) 432-8474
fax:(604) 431-0724
aboriginalservices@bcit.ca
Disability Resource Centre
Tel: 604-451-6963
Fax: 604-431-0724
E-mail: drc@bcit.ca
Vancouver Community College
1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 4V5
Switchboard: 604.871.7000
Fax: 604.871.7100
The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
1607 E. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC
V5L 1S7
Ph. (604)251-4844
Fx. (604)251-1986,
Urban Native Youth Association
1618 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 1S6
Phone: (604) 254-7732
Fax: (604) 254-7811
Email: info@unya.bc.ca
Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association
200-2019 Dundas Street
Vancouver, BC
V5L 2B6
604-254-5513
Fax: 604-254-5538
Gab Youth Services @ The Centre
1170 Bute Street
Vancouver B.C. V6E 1Z6
Canada
YWCA Career Zone
535 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8
tel 604 895 5800
Fax 604 684 9171
Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC)
691 East Broadway St.
Vancouver, BC V5T 1X7
Phone: (604) 709-5720
Fax: (604) 709-5721
Check Your Head
#605 - 207 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
(604) 685-6631 Tel
(604) 608-6736 Fax
Kinex
306-1212 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
V6H 3V1
604-733-6186
Fax: 604-730-1015
E-mail: kinex@telus.net
Filipino-Canadian Youth Alliance
451 Powell Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1G7
604-215-1103
Fax: 604-215-1905
E-mail: ukpc_fcyakalayaancentre.net
Directions Youth Services Centre
1134 Burrard St,
Vancouver
p. 604.731.4951
f. 604.733.7009
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
218 & 214 - 181 Keefer Place
Vancouver
BC,Canada
V6B 6C1
604-608-1636/604-683-8966
Trans Alliance Society,
1170 Bute Street,
Vancouver, BC, Canada,
V6E 1Z6
chair@transalliancesociety.org
604-255-0551
MOSAIC North
1720 Grant St., 2nd floor
Vancouver, B.C.
V5L 2Y7
Tel.: (604) 254-9626
Fax: (604) 254-3932


  • Do the duties of this job support the provision of services in the local community?


♣ to persons with disabilities ♣ to newcomers to Canada ♣ to Aboriginal people ♣ to members of visible minorities ♣ to other groups with social or employment barriers including literacy/numeracy ♣ to seniors ♣ related to environmental protection ♣ related to public health and/or safety


  • Does the job support a local priority?
   * Not-for-profit sector
   * Community development activities with clear community benefit 
   * Leadership opportunities especially for youth at risk, those living in poverty and aboriginal students
If you select “yes,” please indicate which

local priority(ies) the job supports and ensure that the description of work tasks and responsibilities for this job highlights how it supports the priority(ies).

  • Anticipated Start Date

2009 may 15th

  • Advance payment needed:

yes 90%


Title: “Computer Reuse Lead”

Free Geek is an Affirmative Action employer, students with disabilities, Aboriginal students, women, LGTB students and students who are members of visible minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Start date: May 15th 2009 16 Weeks 40 hours per week $8.00 hourly

Responsibilities:

Computer Education Support:

  • Improve documentation at volunteer work stations for teaching purposes for those unfamiliar with computers and computer equipment (ie. Seniors, new immigrants, low income persons)
  • Assist in improving teaching mechanisms at work stations to appeal to audio, visual & kinesthetic learning styles, directed at persons with disabilities & persons with literacy barriers
  • Survey volunteers regarding the types of educational workshops they would benefit from
  • Assist in recording and compiling technical support inquiries from our thrift store and monthly computer support drop in sessions
  • Work in the computer thrift store assisting with customer inquiries & create task systems to better utilize volunteers in the thrift store
  • With the Store Coordinator, develop a training manual for volunteering in our thrift store

General Free Geek Support:

  • Respond to inquiries about our Volunteer Program & Orientations (phone, email, in person)
  • Create and utilize form responses to requests for Free Geek information
  • Input data related to volunteer programs
  • Lead regular tours of the computer recycling facility: introducing computer recycling principles & e-waste impacts

Benefits

This is a Post Secondary Career Related position. This position provides skills relevant for any:

  • Computer Science or Technology related programs

The student will learn: The process of computer recycling Computer hardware and accessories How to solve common technical support questions

*Environmental Studies programs or Health Sciences program

The student will learn: The environmental impacts of e-waste Environmental activism and globalization

  • Sociology programs, Womyn's Studies programs, any program related to Accessibility & Social Work, any Social Science program

The student will learn: The social benefits to computer recycling Methods towards abolishing barriers to accessing technology

  • Education studies programs

The student will learn: Teaching mechanisms for beginners Developing curricula and educational training

  • Business related programs

The student will learn: Time management skills and office related skills Generating revenue and coordinating a store

The student will be given: A supportive learning environment. A possible reference letter for future employment. Free access to the educational workshops open to volunteers at Free Geek

Plan for Supervision and Mentoring

  • The student in this position will be paired with two full-time permanent staff members to provide support and guidance. The student will be paired with our Store Coordinator & our Education Coordinator. The delegated permanent staff members will provide a 'buddy system' approach to training in the hopes of fostering leadership and creativity. Three days a week the student will be working directly alongside our Store Coordinator. Two days a week the student will work under the guidance of our Education Coordinator.

Mentoring Career Skills Plan:

1) Data Analysis:

  • Learn to locate, gather and organize information using appropriate technology information systems

This will be achieved through conducting surveys and questionnaires and then analysing and categorizing this information with the Education Coordinator.

2) Problem Solving:

  • Learn to identify the root cause of a problem, be creative and innovative in exploring possible solutions, recognize the human & technical dimensions of a problem

This will be done while working alongside the store coordinator in documentating and assisting with technical support inquiries within our thrift store.

3) Social Responsibility

  • Discover the realities of waste and economic inequity, understand how personal actions contribute to systemic issues.

This will be done through understanding the general work of Free Geek and e-waste recycling. The student will also be required to research, understand and explain e-waste issues to the public through informational tours with the assistance of our Outreach Coordinator.

Check points:

  • The student will attend weekly meetings to check in with all other staff and give a verbal report of progress and activity. At this point additional suggestions and direction will be offered by permanent staff members other than the Education and Store Coordinators.
  • Every 3 weeks the student will meet with the Education Coordinator and the Store Coordinator to evaluate the students progress and experience and develop an 'Action Plan' for the next 3 weeks.

Safety

  • The student will be given steal toe boot caps while in our warehouse
  • The student will be required to wear gloves & saftey glasses if using tools
  • The student will be required to use safe lifting techniques
  • The student will be required to follow on site safety policy including; keeping all walkways clear; and safe stacking procedures
  • The student wil be advised of all safety policies and procedures while on site including: fire evacuation; the location of fire extinguishers; earthquake procedures; the location of earthquake kits; the location of first aide kits; the names and work spaces of staff that are certified to give first aide;

Title: Policy & Governance Lead

Free Geek is an Affirmative Action employer, students with disabilities, Aboriginal students, women, LGTB students and students who are members of visible minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Start date: May 15th 2009 16 Weeks 40 hours per week $8.00 hourly

Responsibilities:

Policy & Governance Support

  • Research similar non profit policies & procedures and compare them to Free Geek's structure
  • Research Free Geek policy and make recommendations for improvements
  • Write & expand missing and flawed policy
  • Focus on writing policy that aims to promote inclusivity to persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, women, LGTB folks, seniors & youth, and people who are members of visible minority groups

General Free Geek Support:

  • Respond to inquiries about our Volunteer Program & Orientations (phone, email, in person)
  • Create and utilize form responses to requests for Free Geek information
  • Input data related to volunteer programs
  • Lead regular tours of the computer recycling facility: introducing computer recycling principles & e-waste impacts

Benefits

This is a Post Secondary Career Related position. This position provides skills relevant for any:

  • Environmental Studies, Technology or Health Sciences program

The student will learn: The environmental impacts of e-waste Environmental activism and globalization The process of computer recycling

  • Sociology programs, Womyn's Studies programs, any program related to Accessibility & Social Work, any Social Science program

The student will learn: The social benefits to computer recycling Methods towards abolishing barriers to accessing technology Alternative and different forms of governance Equity & Affirmative action Extensive knowledge of local not for profit practices

  • Education studies programs

The student will learn: Teaching mechanisms for beginners Developing curricula and educational training

  • English or Business related programs

The student will learn: Time management skills and office related skills Governance & policy related to not for profit organizations How to write policy documents

The student will be given: A supportive learning environment. A possible reference letter for future employment. Free access to the educational workshops open to volunteers at Free Geek

Plan for Supervision and Mentoring

  • The student in this position will be paired with two full-time permanent staff members to provide support and guidance. The student will be paired with our Volunteer Coordinator & our Outreach Coordinator. The delegated permanent staff members will provide a 'buddy system' approach to training in the hopes of fostering leadership and creativity. Three days a week the student will be working directly alongside our Volunteer Coordinator. Two days a week the student will work under the guidance of our Outreach Coordinator.

Mentoring Career Skills Plan: 1) Communication

  • Learn to listen and ask questions to understand
and appreciate the points of view of others
  • Share information using a range of
information and communications technologies (e.g., voice, e-mail, computers)

This will be done through networking with local not for profit organizatons and interpretting their governance policies. The Volunteer Coordinator will act as a bridge between the student and the community.

2) Project Management

  • Learn to plan, design and carry out a project from start to finish with well-defined objectives and outcomes.

This skill will be obtained by helping to design a policy manual for our organization and then contributing to it through modifying policies from similar organizations. The Volunteer Coordinator will assist with this process in providing guidance and direction.

3) Social Responsibility

  • Discover the realities of waste and economic inequity, understand how personal actions contribute to systemic issues.

This will be done through understanding the general work of Free Geek and e-waste recycling. The student will be required to research, understand and explain e-waste issues to the public through informational tours with the assistance of our Outreach Coordinator.

Check points:

  • The student will attend weekly meetings to check in with all other staff and give a verbal report of progress and activity. At this point additional suggestions and direction will be offered by permanent staff members other than the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinators.
  • Every 3 weeks the student will meet with the Volunteer Coordinator and the Outreach Coordinator to evaluate the students progress and experience and develop an 'Action Plan' for the next 3 weeks.

Safety

  • The student will be given steal toe boot caps if in our warehouse
  • The student will be required to wear gloves & saftey glasses if using tools
  • The student will be required to use safe lifting techniques
  • The student will be required to follow on site safety policy including; keeping all walkways clear; and safe stacking procedures
  • The student wil be advised of all safety policies and procedures while on site including: fire evacuation; the location of fire extinguishers; earthquake procedures; the location of earthquake kits; the location of first aide kits; the names and work spaces of staff that are certified to give first aide;

Title: E-Waste Recycling Lead

Free Geek is an Affirmative Action employer, students with disabilities, Aboriginal students, women, LGTB students and students who are members of visible minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Start date: May 15th 2009 16 Weeks 40 hours per week $8.00 hourly

Responsibilities:

E-Waste Recycling Support

  • Research e-waste impacts and create information pamphlets for the public, focus on the public health and environmental impacts e-waste disposal has on developing countries
  • Research raw metal prices and submit reports to the recycling coordinator
  • Work in the recyling warehouse & improve the documentation of recycling practices for community transparency and volunteer support
  • Research safety practices related to shipping and receiving industry standards, compare research to Free Geek practices

General Free Geek Support:

  • Respond to inquiries about our Volunteer Program & Orientations (phone, email, in person)
  • Create and utilize form responses to requests for Free Geek information
  • Input data related to volunteer programs
  • Lead regular tours of the computer recycling facility: introducing computer recycling principles & e-waste impacts

Benefits

This is a Post Secondary Career Related position. This position provides skills relevant for any:

  • Computer Science or Technology related programs

The process of computer recycling Computer hardware and accessories

  • Environmental Studies programs or Health Sciences program

The environmental impacts of e-waste Environmental activism and globalization The logistics and process of scrap metal recycling

  • Sociology programs, Womyn's Studies programs, any program related to Accessibility & Social Work, any Social Science program

The social benefits to computer recycling Methods towards abolishing barriers to accessing technology Computer recycling principles of accountability

  • Education studies programs

Teaching mechanisms for beginners Developing curricula and educational training

  • Trade & Business related programs

Time management skills and office related skills The logistics and process of scrap metal recycling Production management skills Safety procedures and practices within heavy industry

The student will be given: A supportive learning environment. A possible reference letter for future employment. Free access to the educational workshops open to volunteers at Free Geek

Plan for Supervision and Mentoring

  • The student in this position will be paired with two full-time permanent staff members to provide support and guidance. The student will be paired with our Recycling Coordinator & our Outreach Coordinator. The delegated permanent staff members will provide a 'buddy system' approach to training in the hopes of fostering leadership and creativity. Four days a week the student will be working directly alongside our Recycling Coordinator. One day a week the student will work under the guidance of our Outreach Coordinator.

Mentoring Career Skills Plan: 1) Communication

  • Share information using a range of
information and communications technologies (e.g., voice, e-mail, computers)

This will be done through researching safety practices and surveying the Recycling Coordinator for Free Geek recycling practices. This skill will also be obtained through creating E-Waste informational pamphlets with the assistance of the Outreach Coordinator.

2) Innovation

  • Learn to be innovative and resourceful. Identify and suggest alternative ways to achieve goals and get the job done.

This will be achieved while working alongside the Recycling Coordinator and documenting recycling practices for teaching purposes.

3) Social Responsibility

  • Discover the realities of waste and economic inequity, understand how personal actions contribute to systemic issues.

This will be done through understanding the general work of Free Geek and e-waste recycling. The student will be required to research, understand and explain e-waste issues to the public through informational tours with the assistance of our Outreach Coordinator.

Check points:

  • The student will attend weekly meetings to check in with all other staff and give a verbal report of progress and activity. At this point additional suggestions and direction will be offered by permanent staff members other than the Recycling and Outreach Coordinators.
  • Every 3 weeks the student will meet with the Recycling Coordinator and the Outreach Coordinator to evaluate the students progress and experience and develop an 'Action Plan' for the next 3 weeks.

Safety

  • The student will be given steal toe boot caps while in our warehouse
  • The student will be required to wear gloves & safety glasses if using tools
  • The student will be required to use safe lifting techniques
  • The student will be required to follow on site safety policy including; keeping all walkways clear; and safe stacking procedures
  • The student wil be advised of all safety policies and procedures while on site including: fire evacuation; the location of fire extinguishers; earthquake procedures; the location of earthquake kits; the location of first aide kits; the names and work spaces of staff that are certified to give first aide;