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: Arts and Music – including, but not limited to, visual arts (drawing and sketching) or musical arts (guitar and piano)


  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/guardians and patrons. Volunteers will assist students with honing artistic abilities and encouraging creative expressions.


  1. Tasks:
  • Greet participants as they enter the studio and ensure they put belongings in appropriate area
  • Engage and converse with participants while the staff speak with parent/guardians
  • Fine Arts: Demonstrate artistic techniques including, but not limited to, drawing, painting and sculpting
  • Music: Help participants learn how to read and perform sheet music
  • Assist in developing and advancing the basics of playing an instrument
  • Encourage and support participants during classes
  • Create a fun and inclusive environment for participants by reporting any bullying or harassment


  1. Time Commitment:  Arts and music programs are run out of many different 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 work with young children and youth
  • Experience in the activity. Example, must be able to play piano for piano lessons, or have experience in visual art for drawing or sketching activities
  • Regular attendance of all weekly classes
  • 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 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. Will be interacting mainly with children ages 3-13 years old, but may be placed in programs with older participants on occasion. Must be comfortable with standing and sitting for extended periods of time.


  1. Uniform Requirements:  Casual wear, no large logos 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 employment with the City of Brampton
  • Opportunity to improve visual arts or musical abilities  
  • 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