Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers are the helping hands for our organization. Volunteer efforts ensure that the quality of life is enhanced for individuals and the community.

As a volunteer, you will develop new and valuable skills, meet new people, contribute to the community, gain field experience, and build positive self-esteem.

Volunteers are needed for various special events throughout the year. Check back periodically for updates.

Volunteer with the Parks and Open Space department!

Municipal Greenhouse

Greenhouse volunteers assist staff in transplanting and maintaining seedlings, take cuttings and repotting plants. Volunteers are especially needed during the peak season from February to May. Morning times are encouraged. For more information, please contact ServiceOakville at serviceoakville@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601.

Park Ambassador Program

Help keep our parklands and trails tidy. Participate in a one-time clean-up or make your pledge to care for a specific park or trail. For more information visit the Park Ambassador Program page.

Forest Health Ambassador

Are you interested in trees and the environment? Do you enjoy being outside in nature? Are you looking to learn new skills and volunteer in a meaningful way? Now is your chance! In partnership with its consultant, BioForest Technologies Inc., the Town of Oakville works with residents to help monitor neighbourhood street trees for invasive insects, disease and other issues related to forest health. High school students! You can earn volunteer hours while learning about the urban forest!

For more information visit the Forest Health Ambassador page at oakville.ca

Volunteer with the Recreation and Culture department!

Oakville Children’s Festival

The Oakville Children’s Festival is a one-day free family fun festival held in July at Coronation Park and planned by a committee of both town staff and community volunteers with the vision of introducing children and families to arts and culture in an engaging and interactive way. The festival committee is always looking to engage new volunteers, community partners and local groups and organizations to program, coordinate and execute the event offering high-quality, accessible, entertaining and educational recreational and cultural experiences. If you are interested in volunteering on the festival committee or at the event, please email ocfvolunteers@oakville.ca.

Youth volunteer program

This program is a great way to gain valuable work experience as well as complete your high school community service hours.

Volunteers for this program must be at least 14 years old and successfully complete a Learn to Lead workshop. This orientation session allows you to learn about the volunteer program and develop some basic leadership skills. Volunteer screening includes application submission, interviews and reference checks.

Details regarding the next Learn to Lead workshop can be found in the Parks, Recreation and Culture Brochure and our online registration system. For more information about the Youth Volunteer Program or other volunteer opportunities in the Oakville community, please contact Jennifer McPetrie at jennifer.mcpetrie@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 3624.

Youth Services Crew Meetings

We want to hear from YOU! Collect volunteer hours, have a voice about our youth centres and events within Youth Services. Snacks and drinks provided at all meetings. Pre-registration is preferred, but not mandatory. Visit the Youth Centres page for more information.

Volunteering in Seniors Centres

One sure way to meet new people, have fun and use your skills (whatever they are!) is by volunteering at our seniors centres. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities exist — from front desk reception to committee work; from the café and kitchen to greeting and driving at the Friendship Luncheon programs; from cooking at the barbecues to helping arrange for guest speakers — we can always use your help.

Visit the Seniors' Centres page for details.

Aquatic Volunteers (Pool Pals)

Aquatic volunteers provide support to swimming instructors on deck and in the water. They assist reluctant children, demonstrate skills, help with class control and provide one-on-one support for children with special needs or special needs classes, as well as helping with special events.

Pool Pal volunteers must be at least 13 years old and hold a Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Award and successfully complete a Pool Pal workshop that includes an interview and "hands on" pool training.

Details regarding the next Pool Pal workshop can be found in the Parks, Recreation and Culture Brochure or our online registration system. For more information, please contact Jen Fruscella at jfruscella@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 4670.

Fitness Centres

The Recreation and Culture department operates four fitness centres — Glen Abbey, Iroquois RidgeQueen Elizabeth Park (QEPCCC), and River Oaks. Volunteers assist fitness centre staff with recreation programs, equipment cleaning and occasional special events. For more information, please call Glen Abbey at 905-815-5950, Iroquois Ridge at 905-338-4255, QEPCCC at 905-815-5979 and River Oaks at 905-338-4186.

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts has launched a new volunteer program. We’re looking for enthusiastic people with a passion for the performing arts to volunteer in our front of house positions. We currently have two volunteer roles available; usher and coat check attendant.

Volunteers must:

  • Have the ability to climb stairs and stand for an extended period of time
  • Make a commitment of 3 shifts per month
  • Be a minimum age of 16 years (volunteers under 18 require written parent consent)

Visit the Oakville Centre website or use the Volunteer Opportunities Tool for more information.

Oakville Museum

The Oakville Museum preserves and interprets the town's history through the heritage and home of Oakville's founding family - the Chisholms. Volunteers assist museum staff with school programs, workshops and special events. Visit the museum page for more information or contact Susan Crane at susan.crane@oakville.ca or 905-845-6601, ext. 5019.

Oakville Youth Centres

Oakville has three designated youth centres—designed specifically for youth aged 12 to18 years as a safe place to socialize. Volunteers assist centre staff with supervision and programming activities, facility maintenance, Y.A.R.D. program, or could be part of our Youth Crew! For more information, email oakvilleyouth@oakville.ca or or use the Volunteer Opportunities Tool to apply and learn more about available volunteer opportunities.

Oakville Santa Claus Parade

The Oakville Santa Claus Parade is organized by a volunteer committee in conjunction with the Town of Oakville and the business community. Committee volunteers work year-round in areas including sponsorship, promotion and organizing volunteers. Adult volunteers assist the police and security officers at manned barricades during the parade. Marshals walk the parade to ensure steady movement. For more information, please contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@oakvillesantaclausparade.ca.

Support for Participants with Special Needs

Special Needs volunteers work one-on-one with special needs participants to ensure they have the same access to recreation opportunities and to make their involvement enjoyable. Volunteers for this program must be at least 16 years old. For more information, please contact Jennifer McPetrie at jennifer.mcpetrie@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 3624.

Sport Oakville

Sport Oakville is a partnership of community sport organizations that work cooperatively to provide a collective voice for sport in Oakville. The group acts
as a liaison between amateur sport, the Recreation and Culture department, and the Parks and Open Space department. Volunteers are needed on various Sport Oakville committees and on the Board of Directors. For more information, please contact Kerry Wakefield at kerry.wakefield@oakville.ca or call
905-845-6601, ext. 3156.

Summer Sizzlers

This outdoor recreation program is offered at a variety of locations throughout Oakville. It is a great way to build leadership skills. Volunteers must be available for a full day, one-week commitment. Pre-season training is provided. For more information, please contact Jennifer McPetrie at jennifer.mcpetrie@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 3624.

Oakville Public Library

Volunteers play an important role in many library programs. Through its six branches, Oakville Public Library strives to build community by connecting people and ideas. With innovative programs for all ages, expansive collections of books, ever-growing digital media offerings and town-wide outreach endeavours, OPL is committed to community development and providing learning opportunities for all. Visit  the Oakville Public Library website or use the Volunteer Opportunities Tool for more information.