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Volunteer Opportunities

Applications for volunteers will now be accepted from March 18th to April 15th in 2019 for the volunteer opportunities below:

Fill out the application form.

Children's Program Assistant
The Library is seeking volunteers (13+) to assist with Children’s Programs and events. Applications must be received by April 18th. Volunteer shifts are available at the Central Library, George Ashe branch and Claremont branch. Potential shifts could be days, evenings, and weekends.

We are looking for volunteers who
• Enjoy working with young children and families
• Are enthusiastic and dynamic in their problem solving
• Will eagerly collaborate with staff and fellow volunteers and actively participate in assigned programs

Volunteers must be willing to support any of the following:

Preparation for programs
• Organizing art supplies and various materials for programs
• Set-up and take-down of event spaces

Event and programming support
• Crowd control, client seating and direction
• Hands on support for young children with art projects, games and other activities

Teen Advisor
Teen Advisors are individual members of the Teen Advisory Group. The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) has identified their role as individuals who “will help to create a welcoming atmosphere that encourages teens to become life-long library users, while providing library-related services to youth in a fun and friendly environment”.

The Teen Advisory Group has distinct roles (Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Ambassador), and responsibilities (participating in Subcommittees to plan programs and events). Volunteers will be asked to facilitate discussions around programming and services the Library offers youth, and is required to attend meetings and programs, monthly.

Additional Information
• Any hours committed in these roles will be credited as valid hours to count towards the youth’s high school community service requirement. This volunteer opportunity is available to teens in grade 8 to 12 for TAG, and Ages 13+ for Children’s Program Assistant.
• Interested applicants must apply and complete an interview and screening process.
• Interested applicants must complete the online volunteer application form, and due to volume, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email.

Please note: There will be a mandatory criminal records check, VSS (Vulnerable Sector Search) for those applicants who are accepted after the interview process.

Please see below for a list of Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer FAQs

Answers to questions commonly asked about our volunteer opportunities.
*All volunteer hours can be credited to high school community service hours.

1. Where do I send my application?
Applications will be accepted from March 18th to April 15th for the volunteer opportunities listed above.

2. How long after I submit my application until I hear from someone?
Someone will get in touch with you within 7 business days.

3. How long does it take to get a police check?
Approximately two weeks if you visit the Pickering police station. There is same-day service at Whitby Regional Police Headquarters (inside the Region of Durham Building), 605 Rossland Road East, Whitby, third floor. Open weekdays from 8-5pm. Durham Regional Police Services

4. Do I need to get a police check before sending my application?
No, fill out the application first. You will then be sent a letter for a discounted police check.

5. How much does it cost to get a police check?
$20 with the letter for a discount

6. Can I apply to more than one position?
Yes! Please apply to as many as you want.

7. Is there an age restriction for volunteering?
All volunteers must be at least 13 years old. For the Teen Advisory Group, volunteers must be between grades 8-12.

8. I don’t live in Pickering, am I still eligible to apply to volunteer at the library?
Due to the popularity of the program and the volume of applications we receive, as of January 2017 our volunteer program only supports applications from residents of Durham Region. Applications from individuals outside of Durham will not be reviewed or considered.