District of Saanich


Parks

Volunteer Opportunities

Pulling Together - Lead Steward

Lead Stewards play a key role in the Pulling Together Volunteer Program. This hands-on, inclusive, ecological restoration program has been in place since 1999. We have teams of active Pulling Together volunteers in more than 40 different parks and natural areas.

The Lead Steward is the project leader for a given restoration site and liaises with Saanich Parks staff on a regular basis. The Lead Steward welcomes, trains and supervises other volunteers and ensures all work is done in compliance with Saanich policies and guidelines. The Lead Steward plays a public role, acting as an ambassador for Saanich Parks at work parties, informing the public about restoration activities, park conservation and the Pulling Together Volunteer Program.

Parks Seeking Lead Stewards

  • Goward Park
  • PKOLS (Mount Douglas Park)

Time Commitment

A minimum of one year and preferably multiple years.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. General
  • work with staff to plan and schedule work parties and ensure all work has been approved by staff
  • perform restoration activities in compliance with the restoration work plan, including invasive species removal, planting of native species, spreading mulch/chips, watering, care of trees, etc.
  • welcome, train, supervise and mentor other volunteers
  • ensure all volunteers have signed a waiver and been trained in safe practices and are aware of risks before beginning work on site
  • display a sign in the work area during restoration activities, use cones or flagging tape to mark hazards to volunteers and park visitors
  • liaise with Saanich Parks staff to report debris piles for pick-up, coordinate the loan of special equipment (e.g. weed wrench)
  • engage with park visitors to educate about park conservation, ecological restoration, and the Pulling Together Volunteer Program

 

  1. Administrative:
  • work with staff to develop a restoration plan for the site
  • liaise with Saanich Parks staff to update restoration plans, discuss proposed changes to methods or new work, and for guidance on ecological and technical expertise
  • attend meetings and trainings with other Pulling Together volunteers
  • collect signed waiver forms and maintain in a secure place until submitted to staff
  • report volunteer hours

Skills and Requirements

  • well-developed leadership and organizational skills
  • good interpersonal skills – diplomatic, clear communicator, etc., willing to converse with park visitors and help educate them about park conservation
  • a love of the outdoors and supporter of parks
  • willingness to work in most weather conditions and get dirty
  • physical fitness and ability to work on uneven terrain
  • ability to take and give direction

Training and Benefits

  • Pulling Together Volunteer Program orientation and supplies
  • other training/workshops as required/available or requested
  • training and recognition events
  • ability to make a difference in your parks, work outdoors and network with others who care about parks and protecting at-risk species and ecosystems
  • opportunity to develop ecosystem restoration, leadership skills and fitness

Getting Involved

  • complete an application by clicking on the blue "Fill in an Application" button, creating an account, and completing the application form

 

We look forward to having you join our Parks Volunteer Team!

Recreation, Community Services, & Special Events

Volunteer Opportunities

55+ Social Drop-in Program Host

Social Program Hosts are reliable and welcoming additions to Saanich Recreation Centres who enable older adults to enjoy regular social connections in a public space. This role works in collaboration with the Programmer I Older Adults Services and other volunteers to facilitate older adults in using the space to play games, have conversations, and enjoy coffee/tea and light snacks.

 

Responsibilities of the Social Program Host:

  • Open the program room 
  • Prepare the space (prepare coffee/tea/snacks, set up games, put out attendance list and nametags)
  • Greet participants as they arrive, by name, and ask how they are
  • Facilitate new participants by:
    • Introducing them to ongoing participants
    • Asking them questions and getting to know them
    • Exploring the available activities together
    • Inviting them to come back next time
  • Promote a welcoming environment by:
    • Connecting with all participants (initiate conversation, offer food/beverage, play games, bring a book or photos to stimulate discussion)
    • Ensuring the space remains accessible and equitable to all participants
    • Communicate program feedback to the Programmer I 
    • Answer questions about this program and other social opportunities as you are able
    • Direct questions you can not answer to the right people (front desk staff, other staff in the room)
  • Close the program room (put away games/crafts, put refreshments back in cupboards/fridge/freezer, compost scraps, clean dishes by hand or load/turn on the dishwasher, wipe counters)
  • Interact with staff, instructors and other volunteers in a friendly, welcoming way


Application Process:  

  • Complete a Volunteer Application (Click the blue "Fill in an application" button to start)
  • Participate in a volunteer Meet and Match interview
  • Complete a Police Information Check (free of charge!) and other required paperwork (Liability Waiver, Code of Conduct, Child/Vulnerable Persons Training)
  • Attend an onsite orientation

 

Qualifications and Desired Traits:

  • 19 years old or older
  • Proficient in the English language (other language skills are an asset)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; pro-active, friendly, active listener, patient, empathetic 
  • Genuinely interested in interacting with those 55yrs+ and enhancing the welcoming feel of Saanich spaces to all cultural backgrounds, abilities, genders and ages
  • Able to work independently or with other volunteers with limited on-site supervision (staff is always available if needed)
  • Willing to learn about the District of Saanich, our Recreation Centres and other community services as well as program rooms (layout, entrances, and exits)

We welcome a diverse spectrum of cultural backgrounds, abilities, genders and ages! If you have a passion to better your community, please apply!

Schedule and Commitment:
This position requires a weekly commitment for a minimum of three monthsConsistent attendance is required, however we can accommodate appointments and vacations with advance notice. We are recruiting volunteers for the following shifts:

  • Mondays from 9:30am - 11:45am at Saanich Commonwealth Place
  • Mondays from 9:00am - 11:45am at G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre 
  • Tuesdays from 12:30pm - 2:45pm at Gordon Head Recreation Centre
  • Fridays from 12:00pm - 3:45pm at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

 

Working Conditions:  

This program occurs indoors. Volunteers will be in close proximity with others and will need to sit, stand, and move around during the program. This role may involve working independently or with another volunteer (staff is always available if needed).

 

Questions? Contact:
Lindsay Mackas-Burns

Programmer 1: Events, Volunteers & Film
volunteer@saanich.ca

250-475-5502

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