Toronto and Region Conservation Authority


TRCA- Education & Training

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer- Summer Camp at Tommy Thompson Park

Volunteers at Tommy Thompson Park

Volunteer Role Details:

Duration: Any week(s) between July 2nd and August 30th, 2024 

Volunteer Hours: 35 hrs/week (minimum 1 week commitment)

Work Location(s): Tommy Thompson Park

Number of Vacancies: Multiple

Division: Education and Training

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

High school students! Gain leadership experience and community service hours this summer by volunteering at Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) Summer Nature Day Camp. Spend your summer days exploring the meadows, forests, and wetlands of Toronto's urban wilderness.

As a summer camp volunteer, you will be assisting TRCA staff with the delivery of hands-on learning and play for campers age 6-12 that is centered around building a connection with the Land. We offer a variety of themes, such as Birds in the City, Art in Nature, Science on the Spit, and Wildlife Adventures. This position is ideal for those who love working with children, enjoy spending time in nature, and want to learn new skills in an outdoor education setting. 

What you will do as a volunteer: 

  • Assist with the set up and take down of games and activities
  • Organize and care for educational materials and resources
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and inclusive environment
  • Assist with the delivery of nature-based programming
  • Assist with leading guided hikes and ensure participant safety while outdoors
  • Engage campers with activities and make camp fun for kids!
  • Adhere to all TRCA safety policies and procedures

What will you need to succeed:

  • Comfortable working outdoors in diverse weather conditions
  • Strong communication skills and ability to take initiative in a team environment
  • Knowledge of or interest in environmental topics, with a focus on local wildlife, native plants, and environmental conservation
  • Experience working with children in a leadership position is an asset
  • Must be 14 years of age or older by the start of their first camp week
  • Successful volunteers aged 18 and above may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening, with the cost incurred by the volunteer

 

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.

TRCA- Restoration & Infrastructure

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer- Bird Monitoring at Tommy Thompson Park

Volunteer Role Details:

Duration: August 5 - November 12, 2024

Volunteer Hours: Arrive at location 45 minutes before dawn. 7-hour shifts for a minimum of 1 (ideally 2) days a week (weekdays and weekends)

Work Location(s): Tommy Thompson Park, 3 Leslie Street, Toronto

Number of Vacancies: 10

Division: Restoration & Infrastructure

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

Volunteers at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) play an important role assisting with passerine monitoring during spring and fall migration. The Migration Monitoring Program, which consists of a daily census and bird banding, runs in spring from April 1 to June 9 and fall from August 5 to November 12.

Volunteers will have a passion for birds and possess excellent visual and audio bird identification skills for species commonly found in southern Ontario.  Volunteers will enhance their ornithological skills including bird identification, working with mist nets, handling birds, conducting physical assessments, and recording data. 

What you will do as a volunteer:

  • Record all bird observations during shifts (casual observations)
  • Conduct census (standard observations)
  • Conduct net check and extract birds
  • Assist with the collection of scientific data: species identification, aging and sexing, morphometric measurements
  • Adhere to research protocol and ethical guidelines
  • Provide interpretation for park visitors
  • Daily housekeeping activities in TTPBRS

What will you need to succeed:

  • Previous animal handling experience (ideally wild animals) is required
  • Previous bird banding and extraction experience an asset
  • Able to commit to a weekly schedule for the migration season
  • Able to reliably arrive at TTP before transit operational hours
  • Excellent visual and auditory bird identification skills for birds of Eastern North America
  • Excellent interpersonal, organization and communication skills
  • Great team player
  • Weekday availability is preferred

*Please upload a resume to apply*

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, 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.