Call for new members for the Board of Directors of OPIRG Kingston

OPIRG Kingston is looking for two to three new undergraduate or graduate students to join our volunteer Board of Directors.

OPIRG Kingston is non-profit organization and the Board of Directors is the highest and most important governing body of the organization – responsible for direction, governance, strategic planning, and overseeing the affairs of the organization.

Find our call for members here: OPIRG Kingston Volunteer Board of Directors Responsibilities and Expectations. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at info[at]

And that’s a wrap for Alt-Frosh 2015!

And with our last event just finishing Alt Frosh 2015 has come to a close. Through 22 events with 16 campus and community partners Alt Frosh this year touched on critical and important issues facing Queen’s University and the Kingston Community.

We would like to extend a thank you to the amazing team of workshop facilitators and volunteers – this year’s Alt-Frosh would not have been amazing without you. We would also like to extend our appreciation for all the amazing folks who attend the workshops, presentations, and screenings. More than 300 people signed up through these events for our listserv and more than 100 expressed interested in volunteering with us – an awesome turnout!

Check out Alt-Frosh 2015!

OPIRG Kingston is excited to announce and present 2015 Alt Frosh! Find the whole calendar here.

All this work has been made possible with an awesome group of volunteers and supporters (and in case you would like to also lend a hand we will be having another volunteer orientation session, find out the details here).

Further OPIRG would like to extend a huge thank you to all our partners for making this possible: Continue reading “Check out Alt-Frosh 2015!”

Last day to apply for OPIRG student summer jobs!

Today is the last day to apply for our two awesome student summer jobs! You can find the job descriptions here PHP Coordinator Job Description and here Orientation Planning Coordinator Job Description.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at info[at]

Nomadic Massive in Kingston! To support the People’s History Project!

Montreal’s Nomadic Massive is making a special stop in Kingston May 8 at the Grad Club along with some of Kingston’s own DJs from Soul Shakedown. Check out the facebook event here.

This multilingual, multicultural, super-group has become synonymous with energetic and crowd-moving live shows which can’t be missed.

Nomadic Massive has firmly established itself as a group of premier performers and skilled musicians in a genre that has evolved from its early days of two turntables and a microphone. These musical nomads represent an open-minded Hip-Hop which finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past; combining live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles in French, Spanish, Arabic, English, and Haitian Creole.

DJs Seditious and Bluestockings will start the night with hip hop, neo soul, funk, afrobeat and more.

Come out for OPIRG’s PUSH-IT concert $10 at the door, doors open @9 show starts @10. All proceeds from the event go to support OPIRG Kingston’s Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets Poster Series! This event is made possible with the help of CFRC 101.9, the City of Kingston and the City of Kingston Arts Fund.

OPIRG Is Hiring – Summer 2015 Student Jobs Descriptions

OPIRG Kingston is excited to announce that we will be hiring two students for the upcoming summer!

The first will be continuing the work on the Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets series, check out the People’s History Project Coordinator Job Description for more information. Check out here for more information about the Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets series.

The second will be laying the foundation and planning OPIRG Kingston’s Alt Frosh programming, check out the Orientation Planning Coordinator Job Description for more information.

As these positions are funded by the federal government they have certain eligibility requirements. The full list of requirements can be found at the bottom of each job description – we apologize to those who are ineligible.

Any applications, questions or concerns can be emailed to

Kingston Area Seed System Initiative is looking for Heritage Consultant

The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative is seeking a Seed Bank Consultant to help them lay the administrative foundation for Kingston’s first Community Seed Bank.
The applications for this position are due April 30 at, any questions about the project or process can also be sent to

Kingston Area Seed System Initiative is Hiring!

One of our awesome working groups is hiring a part-time position for the upcoming growing season. Find more information about KASSI at  and find more details below:

Part-time Seed Gardener-Coordinator

April 13 to October 9, 2015

10 hours/week @ $15/hr


Kingston and Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) is starting a new public seed garden at the Lakeside Community Garden (LCG) in Kingston. This one-acre garden will grow agricultural vegetable seed for a community seed centre yet to be established. This garden is a significant first step in increasing public accessibility to open-pollinated heirloom varieties in the area.

Job Description:

The Garden Coordinator is the central, part-time position, for the creation, care and maintenance of the new-to-be-established seed garden. Layout, soil improvement, and preparation of the area will be key to the successful start of this project. The Gardener will be responsible for all aspects of monitoring, caring for and reporting on the implementation of the Garden Plan.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee preparation of seed garden plot for spring planting; i.e. application of compost, and wood chips for pathways,
  2. Transplant, plant and maintain a diverse planting of plant species for soil improvement and seed; i.e. cultivate, weed, water, and harvest seed according to the garden plan (with the help of KASSI and volunteers),
  3. Represent KASSI and promote their mission,
  4. Coordinate volunteer work bees as required,
  5. Maintain good relations with LCG,
  6. Maintain equipment stored at LCG,
  7. Document activity including work record, photos, plant variety descriptors and final report (lessons learned and recommendations),
  8. Harvest, label, clean and inventory seed, and
  9. Assist with training and supporting seasonal gardeners and interns.


  1. Two or more years of horticultural experience (i.e. backyard gardener, community garden experience, farming, or professional practice)
  2. Experience coordinating group activity.
  3. Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  4. Physically fit.
  5. Knowledge of seed saving techniques.
  6. Flexibility in work hours.

To apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume to by March 15, 2015.

OPIRG Winter 2015 Research Grants

In the continuation of a long tradition OPIRG Kingston is excited to announce the topics, and release of our call for research proposals, for our Winter 2015 Research Grants.

This year OPIRG will award two research grants, each of a value of $1000, in the areas of:
1. Challenging Rape Culture through Education and Prevention in University Communities, and
2. Assessing the Impact and Role of Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture and other Community Greening Initiatives in Kingston Ontario

Applications for these grants are due 4pm March 6, 2015.

A key component to our mandate is to facilitate and inspire community and campus based research that expands and explores issues of social and environmental justice. Our Board of Directors selected these themes as the result of significant opportunities to use this research to inform our education and action initiatives in the upcoming future.

For more information regarding these grants, the application process, or the work we intend to inspire, feel free to contact us at info[at]