Volunteer Center

Fight for clean air, gain experience, and support LABB!

To learn more about volunteering, call the Bucket Brigade office at 504-484-3433 or email evanmarie@labucketbrigade.org.


LABB is looking for individuals and groups of volunteers! Potential volunteer activities include:

  • flyering (for events like Earth Day)
  • crafting (art-to-action, event decorations, etc.)
  • and much more!

Call or email us for additional information!

Since our inception in 2000 our community partners have made it clear that accidents at these facilities – not just ongoing operations - release chemicals that harm people’s health. The area’s storms compound the risk and create cascading disasters. Hurricane Katrina is a good example. Murphy Oil Refinery failed to follow its own preparedness guidelines and spilled one million gallons of oil into the neighborhood.

The goal of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) is to quantify the impacts of petrochemical accidents and ensure that community members’ experiences are acknowledged, documented and integrated into prevention efforts. We do this by: 1) Conducting door to door surveys after accidents to document the health (including mental health) impacts; 2) Training impacted communities (in times of calm, before accidents strike) to document real time impacts of chemical emergencies using LABB’s crowdsourcing tool, the iWitness Pollution Map; 3) Increasing local knowledge of current emergencies and historical patterns of accidents.  This program collaborates with the U.S. Coast Guard to recruit/train the ERT and integrate ERT into Incident Command

LABB is looking for Emergency Responders for Chemical Emergencies.  This is an ongoing, long-term project.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Conduct door-to-door surveys after accidents to document impact
  • Train impacted communities (in times of calm) to document effects of chemical emergencies 
  • Utilize LABB's nationally recognized crowdsourcing tool iWitness Pollution Map to document effects of emergencies in real time;
  • Increase local knowledge of current emergencies and historical patterns of accidents;
  • Gain experience in community outreach, capacity building and emergency response

Please see the attached document for additional information about the nature of ERT work with LABB.

Emergency Response Team attachment.pdf

Emergency Response Team description.pdf

Get the best of both worlds by gaining experience in event planning work for an established festival, while also helping to guide the event as we take it in new directions for 2015.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is a 501(c)(3) environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor the state's oil refineries and chemical plants.

The New Orleans Earth Day Festival began in 2009 as a simple crawfish boil, and has since grown to be an established event that brings together New Orleans residents, local green businesses, nonprofits, craft and food vendors around environmental sustainability in New Orleans.  The free event is all-inclusive, with music, local food, kids’ activities, sustainable demonstrations, and prizes.

The Event Intern would assist with the planning and execution of this and other LABB events.  LABB events aim to engage our members, recruit new supporters of our cause, and raise funds to support the work that we do.  This internship is a great way to contribute to a worthy local cause while gaining experience and participating in a fun, vibrant event!

The event planning intern will gain experience in logistics, permit process, promotion, committee management, and expo vendor relations.

The Event Intern will help with many aspects of event planning and will need to be flexible in assisting with duties as needed.  These could include any number of the items listed below.  If you have a specific interest, please let us know in your cover letter.

  • Help brainstorm creative ways to integrate LABB messaging into events
  • Communicate with green business vendors
  • Assist with permit applications & follow-up
  • Recruit event volunteers to help plan and execute the festival 
  • Promote event via social media, flyers, and press
  • Solicit donations, i.e. silent auction items and food
  • Attend monthly planning meetings with other event coordinators
  • Participate in event during set up, break down, and throughout the day
  • Assist with logistics, including obtaining supplies, coordinating set up and break down
  • Pick up food or supplies during event


  • Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills
  • Comfortable soliciting donations over phone or in person a must
  • Detail-oriented
  • Professionalism, punctuality, and ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities
  • Self starter, problem solver
  • Commitment to environmental justice preferred
  • Previous event planning or fundraising experience a plus

Internship is 10-15 hours per week, for minimum 10 weeks leading up to Earth Day (first week of February), or could be extended as desired.   Office hours are M-F, 9-5 pm.  Internship hours will include some weekends.  Interns bring own computer if possible.  Internship is unpaid; class credit may be available.

ED Event Planning Intern description.pdf

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Louisiana Bucket Brigade
2803 Saint Phillip Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

 (504) 484-3433
 (504) 324-0332
 info (@) labucketbrigade.org