Rouge National Urban Park
Immerse yourself in a wide variety of opportunities that may not be available to a regular visitor, such as leading guided walks, restoring ecosystems, photographing wildlife, cleaning up litter, attending community events and so much more.
Commitment: One year
As a Parka Mascot, you help animate Parka and engage young children, families and the general public through non-verbal communication. You would also be helping create a fun, welcoming and lively environment where people feel content and accepted.
Commitment: Six times per year
Our team of volunteer photographers are always on the lookout for the best nature, agriculture, landscape and visitor shots. Volunteers are encouraged to develop their photography portfolios, and will be provided with opportunities to document a variety of park subjects, including people, nature and wildlife. Volunteer photographers take photographs at Parks Canada events, out on the trails, or anywhere in the park they can get good photos to capture what it means to be in Canada's first national urban park! Volunteer photographs may be used to help support online and print publications, as well as outreach exhibits and display materials.
Commitment: Once a month, year-round
Get out in the community and share your passion for the Rouge! This team of volunteers attends a variety of community events and festivals throughout the Greater Toronto Area to promote Parks Canada and Rouge National Urban Park. Meet people in your local community and get them excited about the Rouge's natural, agricultural, cultural history and more!
Volunteer guided walk leader
Commitment: Once a month, year round
Rouge National Urban Park's guided walk leaders are Ontario Heritage Trust award winners and consistently garner tremendous visitor feedback. Walk leaders take on the dual task of practically leading visitors on park trails while applying a specific interpretive theme to the outing. Walk leaders lead one guided walk a month (a one year commitment is required), on their own or with a co-leader on a 1.5 to 2.5 hour walk. Walk leaders pick a theme and discuss this theme throughout their walk (eg. biodiversity, history of the Rouge, farming, etc.)
Volunteer Environmental Monitor
Work with our team of ecologists and help survey a variety of plants and animals that call Rouge National Urban Park home. Volunteer duties include various activities such as monitoring for birds and frogs during the early morning hours to observing bat roosts at sundown to record population estimates. Candidates with a background and/or interest in environmental sciences and biology or natural history are welcome to apply.
Volunteer Park Host
Commitment: Once a month, year-round
The Volunteer Park Host team is often the first ‘face' of Rouge National Urban Park a visitor will meet. This team is outgoing, welcoming, friendly and sets the stage for a visitor to have a fun and rewarding time during their park visit. Volunteer hosts rove around the trails of Rouge National Urban Park, greeting visitors and providing information. Kind, welcoming and warm individuals are encouraged to apply.
Commitment: Once a month
Are you looking for an opportunity to nurture nature, get outdoors and make a difference in the park? Consider joining the Stewardship Squad! You’ll get the chance to clean-up the park, remove harmful invasive plants and create wildlife habitat through tree and shrub plantings. Become a member and celebrate your accomplishments with your squad! Candidates that enjoy working as part of a team and being active are encouraged to apply.
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