Become a campus club volunteer leader

We are looking for dynamic student volunteer leaders who are passionate about Canada's natural and cultural heritage and are seeking an opportunity to build or gain leadership skills. At the end of your academic year, you will also receive a Parks Canada Volunteer Certificate to recognize your involvement with us!

We want to continue to expand our Parks Canada Campus Club Volunteer Leaders Network and we need your leadership, your energy and your spirit! Each year, student volunteers are recruited as campus club leaders. Since the campus club leader is a volunteer role, we depend on their motivation, their organizational ability and commitment to the club and its members. 

How to get involved?

Just send all the following information to and a program facilitator will be in contact to provide you with more information:

  • Your picture (portrait format), so that we can introduce you to our internal network.
  • 3-5 lines max about you: why you would like to start a Campus Club at your school; if you have you ever worked for Parks Canada, tell us where and what your role was; which school you are attending; your field of study; and a funny thing about you!

Apply anytime! Due to the nature of the academic year we recommend starting the process in the summer, however, we are always interested in hearing from potential future volunteer leaders!

What are the requirements?
  • Full time or part-time enrolment at a post-secondary institution in Canada;
  • Passionate about Canada’s protected places;
  • Strong leadership, organizational and time management skills;
  • Creative and innovative thinking in order to engage your peers virtually and safely in-person; and
  • Able to create and expand social networks.
What does a Campus Club volunteer leader do?

As a campus club volunteer leader, you will have a few key responsibilities which include:

  • Participating in an orientation call with Parks Canada;
  • Participating in a Volunteer and Funding orientation session with Parks Canada;
  • Establishing a new campus club or maintaining an existing club and organizing activities on digital platforms;
  • Coordinating in-person activities on campus or at Parks Canada places provided that infectious disease protocols and local public health directives are observed;
  • Providing members with the information to make themselves aware of local public health regulations affecting their activities;
  • Commitment to practicing health and safety protocols (COVID-19);
  • Serving as the main contact for the Parks Canada Campus Club Volunteer Leaders Network and activities coordinator for your club;
  • Managing campus club finances and leading fundraising to help support your Campus Club activities;
  • Networking with other campus social organizations to create awareness of your club;
  • Creating and maintaining a strong social media presence to promote club activities to the broader student population;
  • Informing fellow students about amazing volunteer and job opportunities within Parks Canada;
  • Completing the annual questionnaire;
  • Providing feedback to Parks Canada;
  • Recruiting another volunteer leader before the end of the school year and facilitating a smooth transition;
  • The campus club volunteer leader is responsible for ensuring that the club complies with the rules and regulations of the Student Association/Student Union regarding the club’s constitution, access to a storage space, receiving donations from external sources, etc;
What do Campus Club volunteer leaders gain?

As a Campus Club volunteer leader, you stand to gain:

  • Gain valuable leadership, organizational skills and experience;
  • Formal volunteer recognition - Parks Canada Volunteer Certificate;
  • Strengthen your professional networks within Parks Canada and your post-secondary institution;
  • Plan and participate in your own activities;
  • Visit Parks Canada places;
  • Take part in Parks Canada decision making process;
  • Share your passion;
  • Make a difference by inspiring your generation to connect with and protect national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for the future;
  • Make new friends and have fun!
How does Parks Canada support Campus Clubs?
  • Welcomes volunteer leaders;
  • Provides specific training for the role;
  • Maintains a virtual network with all volunteer leaders;
  • Supports the planning of club activities (outings and local conservation efforts);
  • Manages the national promotion on social media and the web;
  • Supports some learning opportunities delivered by Parks Canada experts.
How does a Campus Club volunteer leader obtain “Official Club Status”?

Every post-secondary institution has a Students' Association. To be recognized as an official club at your campus, the club volunteer leader must contact the Students' Association and inquire about the process for registering their campus club (contact information can be found at any university or college official website). The Students' Association will provide the necessary information regarding rules, regulations and restrictions that may apply, as well as the relevant form(s) that must be completed. Student Association membership or recognition can also have its benefits, and member clubs may be entitled to the use of campus meetings rooms and facilities, club participation in special events/activities on campus, and even access to some funding to support club activities, among other things.

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