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Volunteer Opportunities

Children's Program Helper
The Library is seeking volunteers (13+) to help with Children’s Programs. Applications must be received by October 31. Be advised that police checks must be received by Friday, November 17 at 5:00 pm. Volunteer shifts are available at the Central Library and the George Ashe Library. Potential shifts could be days, evenings, and weekends.

We are looking for people who:

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Are enthusiastic team players
  • Will actively participate in assigned programs and complete tasks

Volunteers may perform a combination of the following tasks under the direction of Children's Staff:

  • Decorating for programs
  • Preparing and organizing crafts and supplies for programs.
  • Program room set-up and take down
  • Crowd control, client seating
  • Hands on support help with crafts, games and other activities
  • Cleaning program areas and supplies

This volunteer opportunity is available to youths in Grade 8 to 12 and to adults. Any hours completed in this role will be credited as valid hours to count towards the youth’s high school community service requirement. Interested applicants must apply and complete an interview process.

Teen Advisor
Teen Advisors are individual members of the Teen Advisory Group. The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) has declared 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.

Volunteers will be asked to attend monthly TAG meetings at the Central Library. These are normally held on Mondays. At the meetings volunteers will be expected to participate in staff-led discussions about programs and service developments for teens, facilitate discussions and attend a certain number of teen programs.

This volunteer opportunity is available to teens in Grade 8 to 12. Any hours committed in this role will be credited as valid hours to count towards the youth’s high school community service requirement.
Interested applicants must apply and complete an interview process.

Applications are being accepted between October 1 and October 31, 2017. Interested applicants must complete the online volunteer application form (open October 1), and a criminal records check, VSS (Vulnerable Sector Search) must be submitted by Friday, November 17 at 5:00 pm. We appreciate all applications but due to volume, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email.

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer FAQ Sheet

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?
The online digital application will become available October 1st.

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.

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.