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City of Surrey - Adult and Senior Services

The Adult/55+ Services offers a wide range of opportunities for volunteers of all ages to engage older adults in the community and in turn, enrich each other’s lives.

Adult/55+ Recreation Activity Assistant


The City of Surrey provides a variety of volunteer-led drop-in activities, events and clubs for adult/55+ members. Volunteer Recreation Activity Assistants are instrumental in supporting staff in offering these services; in turn, they contribute to the health and wellbeing of participants and the community.


English Conversation Program

The English Conversation Program offers a positive and welcoming environment for people from diverse culture and background to practice English and meet others in the community. With the support from the Diversity and Inclusion staff team, volunteers design program materials and facilitate learning and interactions.

Food Services Assistant

The provision of food services is an integral part of seniors programs at recreation centres. Food Service Assistants play an important role in the operation and delivery of this service.

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City of Surrey - Age Friendly

Age Friendly Event Assistant

Make a positive impact in your community by volunteering at an upcoming Age Friendly event. Assist staff at various events throughout the year, including the 55+ Forums and other special events. Meet new people and gain volunteer experience by volunteering as an Age Friendly Event Assistant.

Try It 55+ Sports and Games

Try It: 55+ Sports and Games are FREE activities that encourage physical activity, maintain mobility and support social and health benefits.

The Try It 55+ Sports and Games Assistants play a significant role in facilitating a positive learning experience to participants who are new to the activities of their choice. 

WALKit Activity

The WALKit Activity Program offers weekly walk on Wednesday at various locations. Age friendly walking routes are planned using the WALKit Web Map to explore different neighborhoods in the city.

As WALKit Activity Assistant, volunteers support the program by engaging community members on the walk, meet new people, and get some exercise! 

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City of Surrey - Aquatics

The City of Surrey Aquatics Programs offer valuable opportunities for people to learn and enjoy swimming. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for community members to become comfortable in the water and develop confidence to meet individual goals. We welcome citizens to engage with their communities through volunteering.  

Public Swim Assistant

The City of Surrey welcomes citizens interested in volunteering their time, expertise and creativity. This is a great opportunity for individuals to engage with their community during public swims. Volunteers will be promoting safe aquatic activities while having fun! Invest in your community and gain skills, knowledge and experience working with a great team of people! 

Swim Instructor Assistant

Expand your experience in Learn to Swim lessons by being partnered with a City of Surrey instructor! Have fun promoting water safety and skills with our participants. Help lead activities and stroke correction with the instructor in the class.

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City of Surrey - Arts - Surrey Art Gallery


Do you find art captivating? Why not try something new! Volunteering at Surrey Art Gallery is a great way to have fun, learn about art, and make friends in the process.

Docents (Tour Guides)

Lead tours of the Gallery's exhibitions to school children and community groups as a Docent. You'll use hands-on activities and questioning techniques in tours, helping students enhance their visual literacy and critical thinking skills as they respond to the artworks. We train our volunteer docents throughout the school year. In docent training, you'll attend tours and talks by curators, exhibiting artists, education staff, and guest speakers.

Gallery Event Volunteers

Work with the public and assist at events like exhibition openings and artist talks as a Gallery Event Volunteer. You'll help the public interact with artists and engage with contemporary art and ideas. You'll also assist activities at Family Sundays where you'll help families explore, enjoy, and create art together.

Children's Art Program Assistants

Share your passion for art with eager young minds! Help out with children's art classes and week-long art day camps as a CAPA where you'll develop leadership skills, organize studios, work with children, and assist the instructor.

Youth Docents (Gallery Educators)

Discover contemporary art and ideas, develop public speaking skills, and gain leadership experience. Become a Youth Docent and enhance exhibitions through activities that are equal parts fun and educational.

Library Volunteers

Do you have training as a library technician or librarian? We could use your help and expertise with accessioning and cataloging in the Gallery's research collection. 

How to Apply:

  • Complete an online profile for the Surrey Art Gallery at app.betterimpact.com
  • Upload 2 written references to your online profile
  • Once you've uploaded your references, arrange for an interview with our Volunteer Program Coordinator: artsvolunteer@surrey.ca
  • After the interview, you may be asked to provide a Police Information Check. Should this be the case, we will provide you with the forms you will need to complete and have processed by the RCMP. 

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at the Gallery!



Surrey Art Gallery Children's Art Program Assistants

Surrey Art Gallery Docent Program

Surrey Art Gallery Events

Surrey Art Gallery Youth Docents

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City of Surrey - City-Wide Special Events

City-Wide Special Events

Event volunteers assist our events team with the preparation and execution of programming at our major events throughout the year.

City Wide Special Events include: Party for the Planet, SPARK, Surrey Canada DayFusion FestivalTree Lighting Festival

Community Events

vent volunteers assist our community events team with the preparation and execution of programming at various community events throughout the year.

Community events include: Fleetwood Festival, South Surrey Festival, Family Day, Halloween, Breakfast with Santa and many more!

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City of Surrey - Emergency Support Services (ESS)

Emergency Social Services

Emergency Social Services volunteers work at Reception Centres and provide referral services such as shelter, food, clothing, comfort and support. You will receive an orientation, free ongoing training and have the opportunity to take part in practice drills. Under the provincial program, volunteers have Worksafe BC and personal liability coverage if they are registered as a provincial volunteer and are responding on behalf of ESS. This is an on-call position.

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City of Surrey - Fire Service

Interested in volunteering with Surrey Fire Service and the Surrey Emergency Program? 

It's easy! Only one application is necessary.


Below you can read about Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Support Services Level 1 (ESS 1), and HomeSafe. Learn about the opportunities available to you as a volunteer!


Once you fill in an application, you will receive a reply email that outlines the steps to volunteer. When you have completed the process, you can see all the opportunities. And for ESS 1 you just need to email us and we will guide you through the steps.


Thank you for your interest!





City of Surrey - Fire Services

Volunteers who donate their time to the Surrey Fire Service participate in opportunities designed to reduce community risk by delivering life safety messages. Our goal is to educate the public and support their ability to be resilient by knowing more about their risks and what they can do to protect themselves, their family, and their neighbours.

Emergency Preparedness (Ages 18+)

Emergency Preparedness

When large disasters occur, the public needs to be prepared and become self-sufficient during the time it takes government and community services to become operational.  Depending on the disaster, services have the potential to be impacted from a few hours to months such as in the event of an earthquake.  Volunteers can educate the public on how to prepare themselves and their families during festivals at booths or through presentations.

These events run at any time of year when there is a festival or large gathering or when a member of the public requests a presentation.

Click Emergency Preparedness below to get started!

Emergency Support Services Level 1 (Ages 18+)

This is a program that provides short-term basic support to people who have been displaced from the home due to a disaster.  For level 1, this often occurs during events such as house fires where the resident does not have insurance to cover their losses.  ESS provides 3 days of support in the form of housing, food and clothing.  Volunteers respond any time of day or night when the event occurs to help people in their worst hour.

These events run at any time of year and any time of day or night when an event occurs that evacuates approximately 1-12 people from their place of residence.

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HomeSafe (Ages 18+)

The HomeSafe program reduces public risk of becoming injured in a house fire by educating the public on the importance of having a working smoke alarm.  Working smoke alarms have been proven to save lives but are often disconnected or eventually stop working.  Volunteers conducting HomeSafe go door to door to remind residents to check the working condition of existing smoke alarms. This program began in 2009 and has been proven to reduce the number of house fires and save lives.

This event runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm and Saturdays from 12:30-3:30.

Click HomeSafe below to get started!

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City of Surrey - Friends of the Forest

Nature Work Parties (All ages)


Join others in caring for Surrey's unique urban forest by removing invasive plants and litter from our parks. Everyone is welcome to participate - no experience is required. Tools and training provided.

There are usually 2-4 activities per month throughout the year. 

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Surrey Nature Centre Day Camp Assistant (14+)

We are currently accepting volunteer applications for Spring Break Day Camp Assistants until June 7th. Please apply using link below.

Do you enjoy interacting with children? Could you inspire them to love nature? Help Day Camp Leaders with nature games, crafts, outings and other activities at the Surrey Nature Centre.

Click Surrey Nature Centre Day Camp Assistant below to find out more!

Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad (SYSS) (Ages 13-18)


Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad (SYSS) is a platform for youth to take action on environmental issues. We restore and enhance our urban forest, advocate for our environment at community events, and grow a community of young leaders who care for nature.

There are usually 2-4 activities per month throughout the year.

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Urban Forestry Leader (Ages 18+)

Urban Forestry Leaders lead other volunteers in hands-on park and tree stewardship projects, and host nature activities at environmental events around Surrey. Recruitment is currently on hold. 

Receive training in urban ecology, plant identification, ecological restoration, nature interpretation and group instruction and supervision.

Click Urban Forestry Leader below to create a profile.

Please note, in order to participate in this activity, you may be required to obtain a new Police Information Check. Further information will be provided. 

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City of Surrey - Partners in Parks

Garden Work Parties (Ages 16+)

Join our Head Gardeners in the care and maintenance of Surrey's beautiful feature gardens. Learn various skills including pruning, weeding, labelling, and more! Everyone is welcome to participate - no experience is required. Tools and training provided.

Garden Work Parties generally take place twice a month.

Click on Garden Work Party Member below to get started!

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City of Surrey - SPIRIT

The Support Participation and Inclusion: Reach-out, Involve, and Transform (SPIRIT) Volunteer Program aims to:

  • Increase involvement and access for individuals with disabilities in our community in recreation activities
  • Offer valuable and rewarding volunteer experience
  • Provide opportunities to cultivate personal development and education
  • Advocate and foster opportunities for inclusion for all members of our diverse community

Adapted Social Recreation - SPIRIT Volunteer

Volunteer in a supported social recreation program for children with disabilities. Activities include crafts, painting, games in the gymnasium and much more. Learn new skills in communicating visually and verbally to provide the best experience for participants. 

Adapted Sports – SPIRIT Volunteer

Volunteer in adapted sports the City of Surrey provides! The sports include boccia, para ice hockey, wheelchair basketball, and power soccer. Learn new physical skills while having fun with trained staff and learning support strategies along the way.

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