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!

Park Ambassador

Recruitment is currently closed. 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 PKOLS 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.

Commitment

  • 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 and Special Events

Volunteer Opportunities

55+ Social Drop-in Program


Help older adults enjoy regular social connections in our recreation centres! Duties include preparing light refreshments, sharing community resources, and facilitating games, activities, and conversations. There are two positions available: Social Program Host and Social Program Helper. Recruitment for the fall session (September-December) is open until July 25.

Responsibilities of Social Program Host:

  • Help other volunteers sign in and out for their shifts
  • Monitor use of program supplies and inform staff when inventory is low
  • Lead by example in creating an inclusive environment
  • Document and report conflicts/challenges/successes to staff in a timely manner
  • Other social program duties, as listed below

Responsibilities of Social Program Helper:

  • Prepare the program room by:
    • setting up tables and chairs
    • preparing coffee/tea/snacks
    • setting up activities
    • putting out attendance list and nametags
  • Greet participants by name as they arrive
  • Facilitate new participants by:
    • Introducing them to ongoing participants
    • Asking them questions
    • Exploring the activities together
    • Inviting them to come back
  • Promote a welcoming environment by:
    • Connecting with all participants equally
    • Ensuring the space remains accessible and welcoming to all
  • Relay feedback/questions to Social Program Host
  • Close the program room by:
    • putting away activities
    • put refreshments away
    • dispose of compost and garbage
    • wash dishes (dishwasher available)
    • wipe counters and tables after use

Qualifications:

  • 19 years old or older
  • Friendly, patient, and empathetic
  • Genuinely interested in interacting with older adults
  • Committed to creating a welcoming space for all
  • Able to work independently with limited on-site supervision
  • Proficient with spoken English (other language skills are an asset)
  • Willing to complete a Police Information Check

Commitment and schedule:

Social Program Hosts must commit for a minimum of one year. Social Program Helpers must commit for a minimum of four months. Consistent attendance is required, however we can accommodate appointments and vacations with advance notice. We are recruiting volunteers for the following programs:

  • Mondays from 9:45am – 11:45am at Saanich Commonwealth Place
  • Tuesdays from 12:45pm – 2:45pm at Gordon Head Recreation Centre
  • Fridays from 12:45pm – 3:15pm 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).

Application Process:  

  • Create a volunteer profile online (10-15 minutes)
  • Participate in an informal interview
  • Complete a free Police Information Check and online Child/Vulnerable Persons training module
  • Submit paperwork: Waiver, Code of Conduct, and (optional) Photo/Video Release 
  • Attend an onsite orientation (30 minutes) and Older Adults Programming orientation (3 hours)

Questions? Contact:

Lindsay Mackas-Burns
Programmer 1: Events, Volunteers & Film
volunteer@saanich.ca
250-475-5502

 

 

Tennis Programs


Support instructors in delivering fun tennis programs that help participants develop new skills. This role is ideal for those who enjoy working with children and youth, are patient with new learners, and have a love for tennis. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with program set-up and clean-up
  • Assist with transitions between activities
  • Assist participants with their skill development, as directed by staff 
  • Wear appropriate clothing (including athletic shoes)

Qualifications:

  • 16 years old or older
  • Friendly, outgoing, and patient
  • Prior experience in tennis
  • Able to lift up to 30lbs
  • Proficient in the English language
  • Tennis Canada Instructor Certification an asset

Commitment:

Minimum of one weekly shift for 6-8 weeks. 

Working Conditions: 

Indoors. Standing, moving, and playing throughout session. Lifting up to 30lbs may be required. Supervised by Saanich staff. 

Application Process:  

  • Create a volunteer profile online (5-10 minutes)
  • Participate in an informal interview
  • Complete a free Police Information Check and online Child Protection training module
  • Submit paperwork: Waiver, Code of Conduct, and (optional) Photo/Video Release 
  • Attend an onsite orientation

Questions? Contact:
Lindsay Mackas-Burns
Programmer 1: Events, Volunteers & Film
volunteer@saanich.ca
250-475-5502

 

 

Shadow Swim Instructor

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

Responsibilities:  

  • Assist Swim Instructor with activities, as directed
  • Welcome, engage and interact with participants
  • Interact cooperatively with instructors
  • Ensure participants are following the facility rules
  • Ensure the facility and equipment is in safe, working condition

Qualifications:

  • 15 years old or older
  • Current certification as a Swim For Life Instructor with the Livesaving Society
  • Enthusiastic, organized, and willing to learn
  • Excellent communicator
  • Enjoys working with children and able to hold appropriate boundaries when interacting with them
  • Proficient in the English Language
  • Willing to complete a Police Information Check

Commitment and Schedule:

Dependent on swimming lessons schedule.

Working Conditions:

Indoor pool facility. On dryland and in pool. Supervised by staff.

Contacts:

Gordon Head Recreation Centre

Tyler Smith
Programmer 1: Aquatics
Gordon Head Recreation Centre
tyler.smith@saanich.ca      

Shadow Lifeguard

Shadow Lifeguards gain meaningful experience supervising the pool deck, assisting with First Aid, learning about equipment and deck set ups, meeting facility specific needs, working on activities to improve their skills as Lifeguards, and being part of a dynamic team. As supervisors mentor and evaluate their contributions, volunteers in this role may have the opportunity to become employed as Lifeguards with Saanich Recreation.

Responsibilities:

  • Commit to regular shift attendance
  • Attend an orientation session
  • Assist with First Aid
  • Welcome, engage, and interact with patrons and staff
  • Supervise water and pool deck

Qualifications:

  • 15 years old or older
  • Current NL - Pool and Waterpark Option Awards
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR-C; AMOA
  • Excellent communicator
  • Enjoy working with children and able to hold appropriate boundaries when interacting with them
  • Enthusiastic, organized, and willing to learn
  • Proficient in the English Language
  • Willing to complete a Police Information Check

Commitment and Schedule:

One Fun Swim shift per week (2-3 hours)

Contact:

Connor Reiter
Program Technician: Aquatics
Saanich Commonwealth Place
connor.reiter@saanich.ca
250-475-3502

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