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Volunteer Opportunities

Applications for the following volunteer position will now be accepted until Friday, May 3rd 2019:

Maker Space Volunteer
The Library is seeking an adult volunteer with interest in technology to assist with basic administrative activities in support of our newly created Maker Space. The Maker Space offers technology and tools that allow our clients to create, make, and collaborate to bring unique ideas to life. Clients have access to 3D Printers, Recording Booth, Hot Press and button maker to name just a few.

The Maker Space Assistant (MSA) will be interested in technology, knowledgeable of computers and have great organizational skills. The volunteer will work with staff in the Technology department. The MSA volunteer will be a conscientious and dedicated individual who performs the following duties for the Technology department:
• List equipment supplies
• Basic equipment cleaning
• Program room set-up and take down
• Crowd control, client seating
• Alphabetizing of Maker Space waivers
• Charge equipment as needed
Hours: two to four hours per week
Commitment: Minimum six month commitment to a maximum of one year.
Shifts: The volunteer would work one or two shifts of their choice per week.

Volunteer Benefits: Gain experience around cutting edge technology equipment and increase knowledge of technology services available for the Pickering community.

Applicants who apply to this volunteer position and are selected for consideration will be required to complete a screening process which will include an interview and if selected, the successful applicant must obtain a satisfactory criminal records check for vulnerable sector from their local police department prior to the start date. Training will be provided.

Interested applicants must email [email protected] with a resume and cover letter. Indicate Maker Space Assistant in the subject line of the email. We appreciate all applications but due to volume, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email.

Applications for the following volunteer positions will now be accepted from March 18th to April 15th in 2019:

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 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. TAG members are required to attend at least 9 of 12 meetings per year and attend a minimum of 3 programs. It is necessary for members to be active in our Group’s Subcommittees – leading to extra meeting times during the month.

Some of the benefits for joining TAG:

  • Community service hours
  • Volunteer experience
  • Networking opportunities
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Knowledge of job opportunities within the library
  • Being able to give back to a community you care about
  • Hands on experience working with teens
  • Having a say in the programs and changes at the library YOU want to see!

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.

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 if we are moving forward with your application.

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. – You will be interviewed, then if you are accepted will need to get the 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. Applicants will only be accepted in one position because we have so many volunteers already.

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.