Volunteer Position Description


Volunteers are valued as an integral part of our team bringing a wealth of enthusiasm, skill and experience. We treat our Recreation volunteers as potential future part-time employees.  We provide them with the skills they need to assist us effectively in our public programming and in return, we offer workshops and coaching that will improve their likelihood for employability.


  1. Assignment: Baking and Cooking Volunteer



  1. Purpose of Assignment:  To create a positive learning space by ensuring the health, safety and fun of all participants. Continuously striving to deliver excellent customer service to all participants, parent/guradians and patrons. Volunteers will assist participants in learning the essentials of cooking, kitchen safety and clean up.


  1. Tasks:
  • Greet participants as they enter they room and ensuring they put belongings in appropriate area
  • Engage and converse with participants while the staff speaks to parents
  • Assist with the set up and clean up of cooking and baking supplies
  • Help with the maintenance cleanliness in the cooking areas
  • Keep an inventory of the ingredients and equipment
  • Help create grocery list for the upcoming classes
  • Demonstrate the do’s and don’ts of kitchen safety
  • Encourage and support participants during activities
  • Keep the participants engaged while the staff is transitioning to a new activity
  • Create a fun and inclusive environment for participants by reporting any bullying or harassment


  1. Time Commitment:  Culinary and baking program runs at many recreation centres across the city with varying times. Shifts usually have a duration of 1-2 hours. Activities run on a weekly basis for an entire session.


  1. Position Requirements:
  • Must be at least 14 years’ old
  • Must have attended a mandatory Volunteer Orientation/Training
  • Have the desire to teach young children
  • Have basic knowledge of kitchen safety, including good sanitation practices
  • Be interested in culinary arts
  • Regular attendance of all weekly games/lessons
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff and participants
  • Be a team player, able to work well with fellow volunteers and staff
  • Able to demonstrate patience when dealing with different participants


  1. Supervision: Staff will always be present. For program specific inquires (cancelled dates or missed shifts) report to the on-site contact. For any other volunteering concerns, report to the designated Volunteer Specialist.


  1. Working Conditions:  Indoor conditions. ill be interacting mainly with children ages 3-13 years old, but may be placed in programs with older participants on occassion. Space may be in the kitchen like environment. Must be comfortable with standing for long periods.


  1. Uniform Requirements:  Clean indoor only running shoes, plain jeans and t-shirt, preferably in dark colours. If provided by staff, volunteers must wear a singlet and/or name tag.


  1. Benefits:  The benefits of this position are:
  • Potential future opportunities for part-time in Culinary Arts
  • Development of customer service skills
  • Increased ability to communicate effectively with others
  • Improve interpersonal and people skills
  • Gather management and supervision experience
  • Develop a new level of professionalism