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Volunteer Opportunities

Day Camp Assistant

 

The Summer Day Camp Assistant will help staff provide a safe and fun environment for participants 5.5-12 years old in weeklong day camps this summer at Gordon Head Recreation Centre. This role is ideal for those who genuinely enjoy working with children, want to gain experience in recreation programming, and can commit to at least one full week during the summer.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Follow the direction of paid staff
  • Help set-up/clean-up activities and program space
  • Learn names of all participants
  • Model appropriate behaviour and language
  • Be attentive and present for the participants (no phones!)
  • Talk to and play with participants
  • Observe participant behaviour and help redirect, as needed
  • Report any concerns to staff

 

 Qualifications:

  • 14 years old or older
  • Enthusiastic, organized, and willing to learn
  • Strong communication skills
  • Love working with children
  • Able to hold appropriate personal boundaries with children
  • Proficient in the English Language
  • Willing to complete a Police Information Check

 

Commitment and Schedule:

Volunteers must commit for at least one full week (Monday to Friday, 8:45am – 4:00pm). Scheduling will be arranged between the volunteer and Programmer.

Working Conditions:

Indoors and outdoors. This is a high-energy role: volunteers will standing, moving around, and playing with kids for the majority of their shift. Supervised by staff.

 

Application Process:

  • Create a volunteer profile and apply online (30 minutes). To start, click the blue “Fill in an application” button on the righthand side of the page.
  • Participate in an informal interview
  • Complete a free Police Information Check and online Child Protection Training module
  • Submit paperwork: Waiver, Code of Conduct, and (optional) Photo/Video Release 
  • Attend an onsite orientation 

Volunteers are encouraged to apply independently, with their own email address (not their parent/guardian’s email address). It is expected that all communication during the application/scheduling process will be between the applicant and staff; this is an important part of the learning process for young volunteers!

Questions? Contact:
Lindsay Mackas-Burns

Programmer 1: Events, Volunteers & Film

volunteer@saanich.ca

250-475-5502

Outdoor Preschool Camp Assistant

The Outdoor Preschool Camp Assistant will help staff provide a safe and fun environment for participants 3-5 years old in weeklong, half-day camps this summer at Saanich Commonwealth Place or Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. This role is ideal for those who love working with young children and who can bring positivity, patience, and a joyful approach to nature discovery and play!

Responsibilities:

  • Follow the direction of paid staff
  • Help set-up and clean-up activities
  • Learn the names of all participants
  • Model safe, respectful, and responsible behaviour
  • Use positive and encouraging language
  • Be attentive and present for the participants (no phones!)
  • Establish a fair play atmosphere
  • Wear close-toed shoes and dress for the weather (including a hat)
  • Bring plenty of water and a portable snack
  • Report any concerns to staff

Qualifications:

  • 14 years old or older
  • Comfortable being outside in all conditions
  • Friendly, patient, and supportive
  • Able to take initiative
  • Proficient with spoken English (other language skills an asset)
  • Experience working with children ages 3-5 in a related setting an asset
  • Willing to complete a Police Information Check

Commitment and Schedule:

Volunteers must commit for at least one full week of camp. Scheduling will be arranged between the volunteer and Programmer. Camps run Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm. Some camps at Saanich Commonwealth Place also run 12:30pm – 2:30pm.

Working Conditions:

Outdoors in all weather conditions. Volunteers will be in close proximity with others and will need to sit, stand, and move around during their shift. Supervised by staff.

Application Process:  

  • Create a volunteer profile and apply online (30 minutes)
  • Participate in an informal interview
  • Complete a free Police Information Check and online Child Protection training module
  • Submit paperwork: Waiver, Code of Conduct, and (optional) Photo/Video Release 
  • Attend an onsite orientation

Note: Volunteers are encouraged to apply independently, with their own email address (not their parent/guardian’s email address). It is expected that all communication during the application/scheduling process will be between the applicant and staff; this is an important part of the learning process for young volunteers!

Questions? Contact:
Lindsay Mackas-Burns
Programmer 1: Events, Volunteers & Film
volunteer@saanich.ca
250-475-5502

Leisure Assistant

The Volunteer Leisure Assistant will assist paid staff delivering fitness programming at Gordon Head Recreation Centre by working one-on-one with an older adult participant who requires additional social support to participate in the program.

Responsibilities: 

  • Follow the direction of paid staff
  • Greet participant upon arrival at transport drop-off (eg. Handidart, taxi, or personal vehicle) or from the waiting area and accompany them into the program space
  • Repeat the instructor’s verbal directions for one participant, as needed
  • Provide encouragement for one participant, as needed
  • Alert instructor if participant requires additional “hands on” support
  • Ensure participant remains in the program space or ensure their safe return from other parts of the facility
  • At the end of class, accompany participant to transportation or family member/caregiver and see them off

Qualifications:

  • 19 years old or older
  • Understanding of dementia
  • Background in health and fitness 
  • Prior experience working with clients with dementia and/or mobility challenges an asset
  • Proficient in the English Language
  • Willing to complete a Police Information Check
  • Willing to complete Child Protection/Vulnerable Persons training

Commitment and Schedule:

Successful applicants will be added to a pool of volunteers, and will be contacted when a participant in need registers for a program matching their availability. Please provide the days and times you are available to volunteer and keep your supervisor up-to-date on any changes. 

Working Conditions:

Indoors. Volunteers will be in close proximity with others and will need to stand and move around during the program. Supervised by staff.

Application Process:

  • Create a volunteer profile online (5-10 minutes)
  • Participate in an informal interview
  • Complete a free Police Information Check and online Child/Vulnerable Persons training module
  • Submit paperwork: Waiver, Code of Conduct, and (optional) Photo/Video Release 
  • Attend an onsite orientation 
  • Receive notification when a participant in need registers for a program on the day/time you are available.

Questions? Contact:
Dan Atagi
Programmer II
Gordon Head Recreation Centre
dan.atagi@saanich.ca
250-475-7106

Shadow Swim Instructor

The Shadow Swim Instructor is responsible for observing and assisting the instruction of general recreational aquatics programs.  This volunteer position is intended for those who have certification or are in progress of completing co-teach hours.

Responsibilities:  

  • Assist Swim Instructor with activities, as directed
  • Welcome, engage and interact with participants
  • Interact cooperatively with instructors
  • Ensure participants are following the facility rules
  • Ensure the facility and equipment is in safe, working condition

Qualifications:

  • 15 years old or older
  • Current certification as a Swim For Life Instructor with the Livesaving Society
  • Enthusiastic, organized, and willing to learn
  • Excellent communicator
  • Enjoys working with children and able to hold appropriate boundaries when interacting with them
  • Proficient in the English Language
  • Willing to complete a Police Information Check

Commitment and Schedule:

Dependent on swimming lessons schedule.

Working Conditions:

Indoor pool facility. On dryland and in pool. Supervised by staff.

Contacts:

Gordon Head Recreation Centre

Tyler Smith
Programmer 1: Aquatics
Gordon Head Recreation Centre
tyler.smith@saanich.ca      

Saanich Commonwealth Place:

Kris Arklie
Programmer 1: Aquatics Lessons 
Saanich Commonwealth Place
kristine.arklie@saanich.ca

Shadow Lifeguard

Shadow Lifeguards gain meaningful experience supervising the pool deck, assisting with First Aid, learning about equipment and deck set ups, meeting facility specific needs, working on activities to improve their skills as Lifeguards, and being part of a dynamic team. As supervisors mentor and evaluate their contributions, volunteers in this role may have the opportunity to become employed as Lifeguards with Saanich Recreation.

Responsibilities:

  • Commit to regular shift attendance
  • Attend an orientation session
  • Assist with First Aid
  • Welcome, engage, and interact with patrons and staff
  • Supervise water and pool deck

Qualifications:

  • 15 years old or older
  • Current NL - Pool and Waterpark Option Awards
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR-C; AMOA
  • Excellent communicator
  • Enjoy working with children and able to hold appropriate boundaries when interacting with them
  • Enthusiastic, organized, and willing to learn
  • Proficient in the English Language
  • Willing to complete a Police Information Check

Commitment and Schedule:

One Fun Swim shift per week (2-3 hours)

Contact:

Connor Reiter
Program Technician: Aquatics
Saanich Commonwealth Place
connor.reiter@saanich.ca
250-475-3502

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