District of Saanich


Volunteer Opportunities

Park Ambassador - PKOLS

Recruitment closed until spring 2024. In the meantime, you are still welcome to apply; we will make note of your interest and contact you when recruitment reopens.

Park Ambassadors are volunteers who walk in the park on a regular basis with the purpose of greeting park visitors, offering information and answering questions about the park and helping visitors understand their role in helping to protect the park. They also provide helpful feedback to Saanich Parks by observing, recording and reporting on defined issues and by recording their activities. Park Ambassadors are expected to maintain a high level of service in parks, trails and open spaces. They foster positive relationships with park visitors through information, education and role modeling, and record and report concerns to Saanich Parks.


  • reliable transportation to and from the park
  • able to make a minimum commitment of one season (May - September 2023) (Longer term opportunities may be available)
  • able to commit to visiting the park once per week (1-2 hours each visit)
  • support the goals of the project 
  • agree to adhere to Saanich polices, guidelines and direction 
  • access to a personal cell phone is recommended

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities

  • visit PKOLS (Mount Douglas Park) once a week for approximately 1-2 hours at varying times from dawn to dusk, to interact with a range of park visitors
  • answer questions from visitors regarding PKOLS and other Saanich parks and trails
  • give directions and provide information about natural and cultural history
  • educate visitors about park etiquette and bylaws with the goal of voluntary compliance
  • observe, record and submit observations and interactions on a monthly basis.
  • report any defined serious matters (i.e. incidents) to Saanich Parks immediately
  • report volunteer hours to Saanich Parks 
  • attend meetings and/or training as required

Optional Responsibilities

  • collect small amounts of garbage and deposit into garbage cans (larger or hazardous items are reported to Parks) 
  • assist in training new volunteers
  • assist Saanich Parks with special events, community events or permitted activities in the park

Skills and Requirements

  • resourceful, reliable and responsible with an ability to work alone
  • willing to learn 
  • strong and diplomatic interpersonal skills with an ability to comfortably relay information to others and to diffuse conflicts
  • a minimum of 19 years of age (unless accompanied by parent or guardian) 
  • good physical and mental health
  • ability to use sound judgement
  • some natural and/or cultural history knowledge an asset 
  • ability to provide two personal references
  • willingness to:
    • follow the guidelines, decisions and direction of Saanich Parks
    • wear Park Ambassador volunteer identification while on duty
    • undertake and pass a Criminal Record Check
    • work in varied weather conditions

Training and Benefits

  • training about PKOLS, Saanich Parks and some natural and cultural history 
  • a letter of recognition verifying your volunteer hours and role 
  • training and recognition
  • opportunity to:
    • help to improve the visitor experience
    • contribute to your community  
    • share your knowledge and experience with park visitors
    •  meet like-minded people and share your love of the park  
    • maintain and build fitness
    • be part of a larger plan to protect park values

Getting Involved

  • Please Note: Our next intake of Park Ambassador Volunteers for PKOLS ( Mount Douglas Park) will be spring 2024. Please connect back with us then.
  • Please join us in the meantime as a Drop-in volunteer with our Pulling Together Program. Opportunities are found can be found on our webiste: Saanich Parks Pulling Together Volunteer Events | District of Saanich  No registration needed, just meet at the start time and location provided!
  • complete an application by clicking on the blue "Fill in an Application" button, creating an account, and completing the application form

Recreation, Community Services, & Special Events

Volunteer Opportunities

Shadow Swim Instructor

The Shadow Swim Instructor is responsible for observing and assisting the instruction of general recreational aquatics programs.  For those who have certification or are in progress of completing co-teach hours.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

•    Assist Swim Instructor with aquatics activities when required
•    Welcome, engage and interact with participants
•    Interact cooperatively with Instructors
•    Ensure participants are acting in accordance with facility rules
•    Ensure the facility and equipment is in safe, working condition. 
Knowledge, Skill and Qualification Requirements:  
•    15 years or older
•    Proficient in the English language.
•    Clear current Criminal Records Check or Police Information Check
•    Current Lifesaving Society Swim For Life Instructor
•    Excellent communication
•    Enjoy working with children and hold appropriate boundaries when interacting with them
•    Enthusiastic, well organized, willing to learn


Commitment and schedule: Dependent on swimming lessons schedule

Working Conditions:  Indoor pool facility.  On dryland and in pool.  Staff supervised throughout.

Contact and communication:

Gordon Head: Tyler Smith, Programmer 1, Aquatics     email: Tyler.Smith@saanich.ca

Saanich Commonwealth Place: Kris Arklie, Programmer 1, Aquatics Lessons     email: Kristine.Arklie@saanich.ca

Shadow Lifeguard

Volunteer Shadow Lifeguards gain meaningful experience supervising the pool deck, assisting with first aids, learning about equipment and deck set ups, meeting facility specific needs, working on activities to improve their skills as Lifeguards, and getting to be a part of a dynamic team. 

In Aquatics, Lifeguards have the opportunity to become employed as Lifeguards with Saanich Recreation as our Supervisors mentor and evaluate their voluntary contribution.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Commit to attending volunteer shifts
  • Attend an orientation session
  • Assist with first aids
  • Welcome, engage, and interact with patrons and staff
  • Supervise water and pool deck

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualification Requirements

  • 15 years or older
  • Proficient in the English Language
  • Clear current Criminal Records Check or Police Information Check
  • Current NL - Pool and Waterpark Option Awards
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR-C; AMOA
  • Excellent communication
  • Enjoy working with children and hold appropriate boundaries when interacting with them
  • Enthusiastic, well organized, willing to learn


Commitment and Schedule:

  • One Fun Swim shift per week, 2-3 hours in length


Contact and Communication:

  • Saanich Commonwealth Place:
    • Connor Reiter, Program Technician
    • Connor.Reiter@saanich.ca
    • 250-475-3502

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