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Park Ambassador Volunteers


  • WHERE
    toronto, ON
  • WHEN
    Ongoing

COVID-19 notes:

  • We have relaxed criteria for posting volunteer opportunities due to the urgent need for COVID-19 Response. Volunteers are responsible for confirming the legitimacy of the group or organization(s) they are working with. Never hand over money or confidential information to groups looking for volunteers.
  • Please confirm that the organization you want to volunteer with can ensure your safety.

DESCRIPTION

PURPOSE OF ROLE
Work with the Downsview Park Education team and other volunteer ambassadors to welcome members of the public to the park and support a safe and inclusive community. Inform members of the public about park programs, events, amenities, volunteer opportunities, rules and provide directions and assistance as needed. Gather and share information with park staff regarding park usage and park visitors. This role will be primarily evenings on weekends.

COMPETENCIES
• Adaptability
• Communication
• Interpersonal savvy
• Networking and relationship building
• Service excellence

KEY FUNCTIONS
• Interact with members of the public and assist visitors as needed.
• Take direction from and provide advice to the Education Manager and/or Education
staff as it relates to the role as a park ambassador.
• Promote park initiatives, programs and events.
• Support building and maintaining relationships with the park community.

BENEFITS FOR VOLUNTEER
• Meet new people and gain new skills.
• Increase knowledge of the outdoors and local environment.
• Contribute to the community.
• Gain volunteer hours for Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
BENEFITS FOR DOWNSVIEW PARK
• Create meaningful connections between community and Downsview Park.
• Learn from and with volunteers relating to the environment, community and more.
• A safer and more inclusive park.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• Clear criminal background check.
• Interpersonal skills and comfort interacting with new people.
• Ability to represent the Park in a friendly and professional manner.
• Comfort with being outdoors for prolonged period in all weather conditions.
• First Aid and CPR certification is an asset.
• Bilingualism (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Tagalog, Vietnamese) is an asset.
• The Downsview Park community is at the heart of what we do. We strongly encourage community members, especially those from typically underrepresented groups to apply to represent the park.

HEALTH AND SAFETY
• Volunteer in compliance with the provisions of the applicable provincial health and safety legislation(s), regulations, and internal policies and procedures
• Wear all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when required.
• Appropriate outdoor attire to protect against weather.
o I.e., hat, sunscreen, long pants, closed-toe shoes.
• Adhere to all public health directives.
WORKING CONDITIONS
• Able to volunteer at agreed upon times, including evenings and weekends on a consistent basis. Minimum of 11 hours per month (two, 5.5-hour shifts) June to September.
• Volunteer environment is outdoors; must be comfortable working outdoors in varying weather conditions while walking or standing for long periods of time.
• Must be friendly and willing to engage with new people from diverse backgrounds.

Who You'll be Assisting

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Allison Best

Downsview Park, a federal Crown Corporation, is a 118 hectare park located near Keele and Sheppard in Toronto. The Park offers a number of passive and active activities and aims to be a gathering place for the community.


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