Toronto and Region Conservation Authority


TRCA- Education & Training

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer- Community Events

 

Volunteer Role Details:

Duration: April 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024

Volunteer Hours: Variable

Work Location(s): Various locations across the GTA

Number of Vacancies: Unlimited

Division: Education and Training

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

As a Community Events Volunteer, you will be assisting TRCA staff with the delivery of community events that teach a greater appreciation of the environment and empower people to get outside and enjoy nature. TRCA's Community Outreach and Education Team develops and delivers numerous events across TRCA's jurisdiction that engage various audiences. Events include guided nature hikes, native tree and shrub plantings, litter cleanups, gardening or nature workshops, education booths at large festivals, community science events, and more.

What you will do as a volunteer: 

  • Assist with the set-up and take-down of tables, tents, and other event equipment
  • Greet participants, collect registration information, and answer questions regarding the event or program
  • Assist with nature interpretation at events
  • Engage event participants in interactive activities at events (training will be provided)
  • Adhere to all TRCA safety policies and procedures

What will you need to succeed: 

  • Passion for or knowledge of environmental topics, with a focus on local wildlife, native plants, and environmental conservation
  • Experience with community events or an interest in providing nature interpretation to the general public
  • Comfortable working outdoors in a team environment
  • Customer service experience is an asset
  • Familiarity with TRCA and its programs is an asset
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

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: Kortright Community Events

Volunteer Role Details:

Duration: Variable

Volunteer Hours: Variable

Work Location(s): Kortright Centre 

Number of Vacancies: Unlimited

Division: Education and Training

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

As a Kortright Volunteer, you will be assisting Kortright staff with the delivery of community events that celebrate the natural environment through seasonal festivals and events that encourage and empower people to get outside and enjoy nature. Kortright runs numerous events throughout the year including the Maple Syrup Festival, Magical Christmas Forest, interpretive hikes and workshops, and many more.  

What you will do as a volunteer:

  • Assist with the set-up and take-down of event equipment
  • Greet participants, collect registration information, and answer questions regarding the event or program
  • Engage event participants in interactive activities at events (training will be provided)
  • Adhere to all TRCA safety policies and procedures

What will you need to succeed: 

  • Passion for and interest in environmental topics including local wildlife, native plants and environmental conservation
  • Experience with community events or an interest in working with the public
  • Comfortable working in an outdoor setting
  • Customer service experience is an asset
  • Familiarity with TRCA and its programs is an asset
  • Must be at least 14 years old

[Please be advised that successful volunteers 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.

Volunteer- York Region Nature Collaborative

Volunteer Role Details:

Duration: Variable

Volunteer Hours: Variable

Work Location(s): Kortright Centre 

Number of Vacancies: Unlimited

Division: Education and Training

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

As a YRNC volunteer you will be assisting staff with the delivery of nature-based programming for families, children and educators, helping to build strong connections with nature from an early age. Events include a Family Adventure Walk in the Forest, a multi-day conference for educators, other professional development and more.

What you will do as a volunteer: 

  • Assist with the set-up and take-down of event equipment
  • Great participants, collect registration information, and answer questions regarding the event or program
  • Engage event participants in interactive activities at events
  • Adhere to all TRCA safety policies and procedures

 

What will you need to succeed: 

  • Passion for and interest in engaging children in the outdoors and nature-based play
  • Comfortable working in an outdoor setting
  • Experience working with children is an asset
  • Familiarity with YRNC and its programs is an asset
  • Must be at least 14 years old
  • Please be advised that successful volunteers 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.

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.

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.