Volunteering

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Get Involved With Your Community

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! We are excited to work with you to find a suitable fit for your interests. Please see below for the types of volunteer opportunities we offer. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or above and some positions require older minimum age requirements and/or certifications. Please note that opportunities and placements available are subject to change without notice.

Volunteers may be placed in the following areas:

Summer Camps

We are now accepting applications for summer camps!  Summer camp volunteer opportunities require a lot of energy.  Volunteers have fun, meet friends and have amazing experiences. Are you positive, have lots of energy and relish new experiences. If this sounds like you, look no further because volunteering with our summer camps is the opportunity for you! 

To apply to be a summer camp volunteer, please follow the three steps below:

Step 1
Fill out the application package. There are seven (7) forms that need to be completed:

Online Application: Apply Now 

Two References (Please print two)
Volunteer Agreement Form 
Day camp Preferences Form
Police Information Check
Police Information Check Application
Photo/video release form

Scan (please do not send pictures of your forms) and email the full-completed application package to volunteer@nvrc.ca with the subject line: Volunteer Forms for “your name”.  

Please note the following times for volunteer training this year. Training is mandatory for volunteering with summer camps.  You must complete training prior to your first day of volunteering.  (No exceptions).  Volunteer Resources Staff will sign you up for the appropriate training session after your placement interview.  

Step 2
You will need to attend a training session. Training sessions for NEW summer camp volunteers take place on the following days:
Saturday June 18            10:00 am-1:00 pm          
Saturday June 18             2:00 pm -5:00 pm           
Thursday July 14              5:00 pm-8:00 pm            

If you are a returning volunteer from summer 2021, then you can attend the shortened training session:   

Returning Volunteer Orientation 
Tuesday June 14th          3:30 pm -5:30 pm           Course Number 150925
If you are a returning volunteer and cannot make this session, you will need to attend one of the new volunteer training sessions.  Please contact volunteer resources at volunteer@nvrc.ca to register.

Step 3
For any questions about your volunteer experience, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section below. Do not hesitate to contact volunteer@nvrc.ca for any further questions or support.

We will contact you to set up an appointment with volunteer resources to discuss placement. Appointments will be available in late May and early June.  Please come prepared for the interview with your day camp preferences form.

Frequently Asked Questions
What happens after I submit my application?

Complete the rest of the application package (refer to the welcome letter) located on the website and once they are completed; scan the entire package and send it to volunteer@nvrc.ca with the subject line “Volunteer forms for Your Name”.  We will contact you for a placement conversation to match your interests, goals, and availability with your summer camp offerings.

I have not volunteered in summer camps before; how will I know what to do?

We’ve got you! Training is mandatory for all volunteers (even if you have volunteered before). We know you will have a successful experience understanding and practicing those skills you will need at camp. Training will cover expectations, what to bring and not bring, and opportunities to practice leadership skills you will use at camp. You will also meet other amazing volunteers like you!

What is the minimum requirement to volunteer for summer camps?

We ask for a minimum of 2 weeks (do not have to be consecutive weeks) if you are volunteering in full-day camps (8:30am-4:30pm) or 3 weeks for part-day camps (half-day or less). 

My child would like to volunteer; how do I get them involved?

The best way to support your child is to coach them through the application process (not do it for them). Help them identify and state their interests. Ensure they understand the role and can meet their commitment. If they have questions, encourage them to call us. Help them advocate on their own behalf and practice their communication and leadership skills. Give them the opportunity to shine by encouraging their independence and limiting your role to providing support behind the scenes. We are a great place for them to practice their skills!

What happens if my schedule changes and I can no longer make my commitment?

Our summer placements do fill up quickly; while we will do our best to accommodate changes we cannot guarantee a change to your placement. 

If I volunteer this year, can I get a job as a leader next summer?

Volunteering is a great way to see if we are a good fit for you for employment!  While volunteering is not a guarantee of employment, being able to practice the skills you will need as an employee means many of our volunteers are hired!  

General volunteer opportunities

Please note: during the summer months some of our general opportunities are limited. 

Aquatics

Qualified volunteers assist staff during swim lessons and may provide 1:1 support for participants who require additional support. Must be 15 years of age and have completed the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course.

Early Years 

Help our very young ones (2-6 years), build their independence, develop their social skills and practice some skills. From finger painting, to playing in the outdoors, see the wonder of the world through a little one’s eyes again. Most programs are daytime and require a 4-month commitment. 

Fitness

Volunteers assist with specialty fitness classes (includes both dryland ad aquatic fitness classes.  Examples of the type of classes volunteers participate in include: Stroke Rehabilitation Classes, Cardiac ad Specialty Health Conditions, and Dance with Parkinsons.  (Opportunities may vary).  This is an ideal position for someone with a background in or interested in the field of rehabilitation therapy. (Must be 17 or over).

General Recreation

Art, basketball, soccer, skating, out of school programs and so much more.  If you have a skill or a passion that is related to a recreation program we offer, connect with us and we will work with you to try and find a suitable fit!

Special Events

Volunteers are an integral part of our special events.  From holiday celebrations, to youth events to North Van Strong.  If you love special events, get connected with us. 

Youth Advisory Committee

We are seeking youth leaders in Grades 8 to 12 looking to build their leadership skills and to make a positive difference in the community. One-hour meetings will be weekly or every 2 weeks with expected attendance at Committee planned youth programs or special events throughout the school year.  You will build your skills in event planning, leadership, public speaking, team work and time management. 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Our operating partners, North Shore Neighbourhood House and Parkgate Community Services Society, also provide a range of volunteer opportunities at John Braithwaite Community Centre and Parkgate Community Centre. Visit their websites below for more information.

North Shore Neighbourhood House
Parkgate Community Services Society*

*Links to external sites are provided for your convenience only. The North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission is not responsible for the accuracy and/or completeness of the information provided on these external sites, nor for the security and privacy policies of the linked sites.

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