Toronto and Region Conservation Authority


TRCA- Restoration & Infrastructure

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer- Citizen Science Volunteer Program, Event Support

Volunteer Role Details:

Duration:  April 2024 - November 2024

Work Location(s): Various locations across the GTA 

Volunteer Hours: Variable

Number of Vacancies: Unlimited

Division: Restoration and Infrastructure

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA Volunteer team:

The Citizen Science Volunteer Program provides volunteers with new skills that could be transferrable for future career opportunities in the environmental field or to provide unique and interesting learning activities for anyone who is passionate about the environment and would like to give back. Through the program, volunteers will help make areas more resilient and adaptable, increasing success and population growth. We train and mentor volunteers to assist TRCA staff with a variety of priority projects. 

What you will do as a volunteer: 

The spring and fall seasons are very busy with a variety of events and this opportunity is great for those that love interacting with the public. Tasks would include:

  • Helping to set up for events
  • Assisting with registration check-in
  • Helping participants with planting demonstrations
  • Going around and assisting participants while they are planting

What will you need to succeed:

  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Physically able to walk on uneven terrain a short distance from parking lot to planting sites.
  • Interest in environmental conservation.
  • Native plant identification skills is an asset
  • Willingness to learn
  • Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older
  • Experience with fieldwork and/or collecting data is an asset

While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all volunteer applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodations will be provided at any point throughout the volunteer selection process, provided the volunteer candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA.  We welcome volunteer applications from all qualified persons. 

Personal information you provide through the TRCA volunteer recruitment, selection, and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this volunteer recruitment process for volunteer opportunities with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any question regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Manager of Records and Information, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (437) 880 2308.

Volunteer- "Rooted in Hope" Project Monitoring and Maintenance

Volunteer Role Details:

Duration: April 2024 - November 2024

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Work Location(s): Gore Meadows Community Centre, 10150 The Gore Road, Brampton

Division: Restoration and Infrastructure

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA Volunteer team:

Volunteers will help TRCA staff identify native trees and shrubs and invasive species, collect data and record data on handheld Trimble units. The data collected will help determine what species work at the restoration site for future planting opportunities and to monitor the success rates of the planted material and restoration site. This volunteer opportunity also involves some general site and infrastructure maintenance and is an amazing way to get into nature while focusing on citizen science.

"Rooted in Hope" is a project that has been designed to align with the objectives identified in Brampton’s Urban Forest Management Plan and brings together seniors and high school students to work together to monitor the health of recently planted restoration sites as well the health of urban forests near local schools. 

The "Rooted in Hope" project is delivered by the Brampton Environmental Alliance (BEA), with financial support through the Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program and supported with in-kind support by City of Brampton and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

This opportunity is open to all interested volunteers and are not required to be an existing member of the "Rooted in Hope" project.

What you will do as a volunteer: 

  • Assist with the removal of invasive species to help native trees and shrubs thrive.
  • Monitor previously planted native trees and shrubs to record success rates of plantings.

What will you need to succeed:

  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Physically able to walk on uneven terrain a short distance from parking lot to planting sites.
  • Interest in environmental conservation
  • Native plant identification skills is an asset
  • Willingness to learn
  • Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older
  • Experience with fieldwork and/or collecting data is an asset

While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all volunteer applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. 

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code,  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the volunteer selection process, provided the volunteer candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome volunteer applications from all qualified persons. 

Personal information you provide through the TRCA volunteer recruitment, selection, and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this volunteer recruitment process for volunteer opportunities with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any question regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Manager of Records and Information, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (437) 880 2308.

Volunteer- West Bolton SNAP Adam Wallace Memorial Park Rain Garden Maintenance

Volunteer Role Details:

Duration: April 2024 - November 2024

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Work Location(s): Adam Wallace Memorial Park, 128 Cedargrove Rd, Bolton, ON L7E 2X1 - MAP LINK

Number of Vacancies: Unlimited

Division: Restoration and Infrastructure

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA Volunteer team:

In partnership with TRCA, and as part of the West Bolton SNAP project, the Town of Caledon implemented a rain garden at Adam Wallace Memorial Park in the fall of 2022.

This opportunity would predominately be maintaining the rain garden at Adam Wallace Memorial Park.  Volunteers will be trained by TRCA staff  on site about how to identify invasive plants and the best way to remove them so that the native plants in the garden will flourish. 

This volunteer opportunity is associated with the West Bolton SNAP neighbourhood. As such, living within or close to the West Bolton SNAP neighbourhood is considered an asset.

Volunteers will be provided with equipment but are encouraged to provide their own gloves to ensure proper fit.​

What you will do as a volunteer: 

  • Weed the removal of invasive plants from the garden so native plants can thrive

What will you need to succeed:

  • Passion for or knowledge of environmental topics, with a focus on local wildlife, native plants, and environmental conservation
  • Native plant identification skills is an asset
  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Willingness to learn
  • Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older
  • Experience with fieldwork and/or collecting data is an asset

While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all volunteer applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. 

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code,  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the volunteer selection process, provided the volunteer candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome volunteer applications from all qualified persons. 

Personal information you provide through the TRCA volunteer recruitment, selection, and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this volunteer recruitment process for volunteer opportunities with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any question regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Manager of Records and Information, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (437) 880 2308.