Barter opportunity: Give us your time, we’ll give you a desk


Are you a student, writer, new freelancer? Are you interested in a barter opportunity that will give you an amazing opportunity to work in Vancouver’s coolest co-working space and to network with over 90 businesses and non-profits working in social and environmental sustainability? If yes, we have an amazing opportunity for you.

The HiVE Vancouver ( is launching a barter exchange program where in exchange for 2x 4.5 hour shifts per week as a greeter in our co-working space, we’ll give you a HiVE Unlimited package (24/7 access to the space – worth $350/month) and we’ll buy you lunch every week.

Your duties will consist of:

  • Giving tours of the space
  • Greeting visitors
  • Answering general phone/e-mail inquiries
  • Onboarding new members
  • Receiving debit payments from customers
  • Collecting the mail/receiving courier packages
  • Helping organize social events for the 90+ businesses in the HiVE
  • Taking out the garbage
  • Making sure the kitchen and common areas are tidy
  • Posting events on our social media channels
  • Booking event rentals

It’s a very easy role and you get the opportunity to meet amazing people every day. We’re looking for a 3 month commitment. You can schedule your shifts when it is convenient to you and use the space for your own projects/studies whenever you’re not working. Every week, we’ll give you a $10 voucher for one of many local amazing eateries.
If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Aaron Cruikshank at before April 25th. Note: We area a non-profit and this is not a volunteer opportunity – it’s a barter exchange. Your time in exchange for our services and lunch.

Check out HiVE Members

Buzzing with activityIf you haven’t noticed, we recently added a “Members” tab to our website menu. We have over 90 businesses, non-profits and other organizations that work out of the HiVE and we’d love for you to check some of them out. Just click on Members in the menu bar above to see who we work with.

The best part of working at the HiVE is the people you get to meet and potentially do business with. Many of our tenants have done business with one another and there’s a certain trust factor amongst members that makes doing business easier.

Meet the Bees – Nicholas Heap from Canadian Wind Energy Association

Nicholas Heap

Nicholas Heap, BC Regional Director of the Canadian Wind Energy Association has been a member of the HiVE since late 2012 and took the time to sit down with us to talk about his role and his time at the HiVE.

Tell me about CanWEA

CanWEA is the industry association for the wind energy sector in Canada. We have almost 400 companies representing all facets of the industry from the resource prospectors to the people who do the environmental assessments, the people who build the turbines, the owners/operators, the utilities – the whole suite of goods and services that are involved.

Our mission is to promote the sustainable and responsible development of wind energy in Canada. It’s something I take very seriously. My background is in municipal government as an air quality planner and with a number of organizations advocating for renewable energy and clean energy.

I think wind energy has tremendous potential for BC. It’s cost effective and done right, has very low environmental impacts and has tremendous benefits for the communities in which it operates – particularly, first nations.

BC is rapidly expanding energy intense industry and we need a lot more energy in this province quickly. BC places a high important on low-impact sources of energy. BC voters want cost-competitive sources of energy. There’s a recognition that development assists first nations and communities.

Why the HiVE?

I am the BC regional director for CanWEA out of a group of ~25 people but I am the only one in BC. My whole job is about working with people, building relationships so I enjoy the social nature of a workplace but I am a one-person office. This is a way for me to work as a one-person office in a larger office environment. I get to work with a lot of like-minded people working on clean energy and associated projects. This place is filled with people who care about the environment.

What do you like about the neighbourhood?

I started off as a City planner so I really enjoy the historic buildings and the historic district. It’s a diverse neighbourhood and there’s a lot of different things going on here. There’s a lot of different things going on in the HiVE as well. I love the diversity and the opportunities for spontaneous creation. This neighbourhood is in a state of change and dynamism. There’s also a lot of really great places to eat around here. The food trucks, T&T, the food court at International Village. Meat and Bread.

Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 20 duck size horses?

I would rather fight 20 … if you’re a horse-sized duck, the beak is going to be a major issue. The squashing effect of the feet is bad. The duck-sized horses – you could just grab them and throw them against a wall. You could also corral them.