District of Saanich


Volunteer Opportunities

Pulling Together - Drop-In Volunteer

Drop-In Volunteering is a great way to try the Pulling Together Program. Drop-in volunteers do not need to apply online but must sign a liability waiver at each event. There are teams of active Pulling Together volunteers in more than 40 different parks and natural areas, so there are many opportunities to try. Volunteers work on high rocky outcrops, creek side forests, wetlands, wildflower meadows and waterways. Drop-In Volunteers work alongside and under the supervision of Lead Stewards and Saanich Staff to ensure that volunteer work is done in accordance with the restoration work plan and adheres to relevant Saanich polices and restoration Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Time Commitment

  • work parties usually run for 2 hours on various days of the week. Drop-in during a work party to help out.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • perform restoration activities in compliance with restoration work plan and Best Management Practices (BMPs), including invasive species removal, planting of native species, spreading mulch, watering, care of trees, etc.
  • follow all Saanich policies and procedures, particularly safety, and share in ensuring safety procedures are followed
  • consult Lead Steward or Staff on new approaches or ideas

Skills and Requirements

  • A love of the outdoors and supporter of parks
  • Willingness to work in various weather conditions and get dirty
  • Physical fitness and ability to work on uneven terrain
  • Ability to work well with others and at ease taking direction
  • Sign a liability waiver each time you attend an event

Training and Benefits

  • No application needed!
  • Check out our calendar of events(parks) to find an upcoming work  party to attend. Click on the name of the event to get more information on the volunteer meeting location for that event
  • On the day of the event,
    • please wear sturdy, closed toed footwear, and old clothes that can get dirty.
    • bring water to drink, work gloves, and loppers or pruners, if you have them.
  • Note: Events may be cancelled due to snow, extreme rain, high winds, or unforeseen circumstances.
  • If you would like to bring a group (four or more) to participate in our events, please contact us in advance to ensure we have enough tools.

Parks Seeking Volunteers

Events Calendar for Current Opportunities

Arbutus Cove Knockan Hill 
Beckwith  Konukson
Braefoot Lohbrunner
Bruce Hutchinson Marigold
Bow/Brodick  Margaret Wright
Boulderwood   Mount Tolmie
Browning Outerbridge
Camrose Peacock Hill
Chatterton Hill  Phyllis
Cedar Hill  PKOLS (Mount Douglas)
Cuthbert Holmes Playfair 
 Colquitz River Rithet's Bog
Doris Page Sayward Hill
Emily Carr Shadywood
Feltham Wetland  South Valley
Falaise  Swan Creek 
Ferndale Forest    Vantreight
Gorge Vic Derman 
Goward Walter
Haro Woods Whitehead


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

Recreation, Community Services, & Special Events

Volunteer Opportunities

Preschool Program Assistant

The Preschool Program Assistant enhances the delivery of our quality preschool programs that run weekly in the mornings by offering additional relationships, supervision, role-modeling and assistance.  Ideal for those who love working with very young children. Your positivity, encouraging attitude, patience, and joyful approach to discovery and play is a resource for the instructor and participants.

Note: Various themes and areas of focus depending on specific program (eg. French language-learning, cooking, arts and crafts, nature-based, etc).


Potential Program Opportunities:

  • Educating Children Outdoors Nature Preschool         8:45am - 12:15pm           Thurs    @ Swan Lake
  • Variety of Programs                    approx 8:45am - 11:00am       Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, OR Fri     @ Saanich Commonwealth Place


Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Model safe behavior
•    Use positive, encouraging language
•    Assist preschool staff with activities and games 
•    Help with set up and clean up
•    Report to the program instructor
•    Greet children and parents and make them feel comfortable
•    Help track attendance
•    Initiate play with the children
•    Maintain a fun, safe and clean classroom environment
•    Establish a fair play atmosphere
•    Must wear appropriate clothing including close-toed shoes, and be comfortable getting messy. 

Knowledge, Skill and Qualification Requirements:  
•    16 yrs+
•    Experience working with children aged 3 to 5 years in a related setting is an asset
•    Ability to speak languages other than English is an asset
•    Patient and supportive approach working with children
•    Friendly personality and one who uses their initiative
•    Proficient in the English language
•    Clear current Criminal Records Check or Police Information Check

Orientation and Training (provided):  
•    Volunteer Application (Liability Waiver, Code of Conduct, Policies for Volunteers and Contractors)
•    Child Protection/Vulnerable Persons Training
•    Supervisor Meet and Match Interview
•    Site and Role Orientation

Commitment and schedule: At least one regular weekly shift for a minimum of 3 months.  

Working Conditions:  

  • Mostly indoors but can go outdoors.  
  • Sitting, standing, moving throughout a multi-purpose space.  
  • Able to lift 40 lbs.  
  • Staff supervised.

Contact and communication: 

Gordon Head (including Swan Lake)     Kathryn Allan,  250-475-7113, kathryn.allan@saanich.ca

Saanich Commonwealth Place               Ruth Smith, 250-475-7603, ruth.smith@saanich.ca 

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

Special Events Assistant

A group of volunteers from the UVic English Language Centre smile and pose in front of the Family Arts Festival banner.


Throughout the year, Saanich hosts a variety of special events in the community. Whether you're preparing decorations for Autumn Lantern Fest, leading crafts at Family Arts Fest, or serving up ice cream at Strawberry Fest, you are bound to have a memorable volunteer experience at these vibrant community gatherings.


Apply today to be added to our interest list for 2024! You will be notified as soon as recruitment opens for each special event. 



  • 15+ years old
  • Friendly and responsible
  • Follows direction
  • Enjoys working with all ages
  • Comfortable with crowds

Application Process:

  • Create volunteer profile online
  • Submit paperwork: Waiver, Code of Conduct, and (optional) Photo/Video Release 
  • Receive an email when recruitment opens for each event
  • Sign up for shifts

Questions? Contact:
Lindsay Mackas-Burns

Programmer 1: Events, Volunteers & Film


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