Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the helping hands of our organization and their efforts enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors. As a volunteer, you develop new and valuable skills, meet new people, contribute to the community, gain experience and build positive self-esteem.

Volunteer with Parks and Open Space!

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! Help keep our parklands and trails tidy, and ensure our forests stay healthy!

We need your help! Thanks to the devastating effect of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on our woodlands, most, if not all, of the Town of Oakville's woodland ash trees are now dead or dying.

In partnership with its consultant, BioForest Technologies Inc., the Town of Oakville works with residents in the Forest Health Ambassador Program to help monitor neighbourhood street trees for invasive insects, disease, and other issues related to forest health.

High school students! Earn volunteer hours while learning about the urban forest and the Town of Oakville's Woodland Hazard Abatement efforts.

Located at 1100 Cornwall Road, the Oakville Municipal Greenhouse and Conservatory is the perfect all-season setting for special occasion photographs, small wedding ceremonies, gardening seminars and group tours.

Greenhouse volunteers assist staff in transplanting and placing trays of small plants in to designated areas, carrying potted plants, and assisting in the Door’s Open event to show visitors around. Assistance is needed from February to May on weekdays mornings and afternoons. No volunteers are needed on weekends.

Send an email to inquire about volunteer opportunities at the greenhouse. Opportunities for spring 2018 are currently unavailable as our volunteer listing is full. 

Help keep our parklands and trails tidy. You or your organization can participate in a one-time clean-up or make your pledge to care for a specific park or trail year-round for a minimum two-year period.

With more than 340 active parks, playgrounds and sports fields; two harbours; and 280 woodland parks and trails, there are plenty of opportunities for citizens, schools, youth groups and corporations to get involved and lend a helping hand.

For more information visit the Park Ambassador Program page.

Volunteer with Recreation and Culture!

Support your community and earn volunteer hours by helping the Town of Oakville with supervision and programming activities, facility maintenance, and more! Volunteering is a great way to gain valuable work experience as well as complete your high school community service hours. There are so many ways to get involved:

  • Check out our Pool Pals aquatic volunteer program where you provide support to swimming instructors on deck and in the water.
  • Join our Youth Services Crew! Have a voice about our youth centres and events within Youth Services while collecting volunteer hours.
  • Meet new people and have fun volunteering at our seniors centres!
  • Volunteers are needed for various special events throughout the year. Check back periodically for updates.

The Recreation and Culture department operates four community centres: Glen Abbey, Iroquois Ridge, Queen Elizabeth Park (QEPCCC), and River Oaks.

Volunteers assist centre staff with recreation programs, equipment cleaning and occasional special events.

Please call the centres directly for more information about how you can help:

  • Glen Abbey – 905-815-5950
  • Iroquois Ridge – 905-338-4255
  • QEPCCC – 905-815-5979
  • River Oaks – 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.

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.

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.

Summer Camp Volunteers

Summer Camp volunteers provide support to our day camp programs.

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and successfully complete a Learn to Lead Workshop that includes an interview and introduction to volunteering at summer camp.

Details regarding the next Learn to Lead workshop can be found in the Parks, Recreation and Culture Brochure or our online registration system.

Culture Days

Volunteers (ages 14+) play an important role in the success of our annual weekend of Culture Days events!

If you are enthusiastic and committed to assisting with an activity-filled day, support your local community and earn volunteer hours by helping out on Saturday, September 29 and/or Sunday, September 30 at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.

Volunteers will greet visitors, provide directions to activity rooms, and assist with monitoring doors/attendance numbers.

Register to volunteer online for Culture Days using the Volunteer Opportunities Tool today!

Family Day

Volunteers (ages 14+) play an important role in the success of our annual Family Day event!

If you are enthusiastic and committed to helping families enjoy an activity-filled day in our community centres, support your local community and earn volunteer hours by helping out on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the following locations:

Volunteers will greet visitors, provide directions to activity rooms, and assist with monitoring doors/attendance numbers. There are also opportunities at some locations to volunteer in costume as a mascot!

Register to volunteer online for Family Day using the Volunteer Opportunities Tool today!

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.

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.

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. Please contact Jason Schildroth at jason.schildroth@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 3156 for more information.

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.

Youth volunteer program

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

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.

Oakville Youth Centres

Oakville has two designated youth centres—designed specifically for youth aged 12 to18 years as a safe place to socialize. We also operate mobile centres that pop-up in locaitons across town.

Volunteers assist centre staff with supervision and programming activities, facility maintenance, our STAR program for teens iwth special needs, 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 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.