Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with the Parks and Open Space department!


Municipal Greenhouse

Greenhouse volunteers assist staff in transplanting and maintaining seedlings, take cuttings and repotting plants. Volunteers are especially needed during the peak season from February to May. Morning times are encouraged. For more information, please contact ServiceOakville at serviceoakville@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601. 

Adopt-a-Park/Adopt-a-Trail Programs

Help keep our parklands and trails tidy. Participate in a one-time clean-up or make your pledge to care for a specific park or trail. For more information visit the Adopt-a-Program page.

Volunteer with the Recreation and Culture department!

Recreation and Culture department volunteers are the helping hands for our organization. Volunteer efforts ensure that the quality of life is enhanced for individuals and the community. As a volunteer, you will develop new and valuable skills, meet new people, contribute to the community, gain field experience, and build positive self-esteem.

Youth volunteer program

This program is a great way to gain valuable work experience as well as complete your high school community service hours.

Volunteers for this program must be at least 14 years old and successfully complete a Learn to Lead workshop. This orientation session allows you to learn about the volunteer program and develop some basic leadership skills. Volunteer screening includes application submission, interviews and reference checks.  

Details regarding the next Learn to Lead workshop can be found on the Parks, Recreation and Culture Brochure page. For more information about the Youth Volunteer Program or other volunteer opportunities in the Oakville community, please contact Carol Gall at carol.gall@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 3153.

Volunteering in Seniors Centres

One sure way to meet new people, have fun and use your skills (whatever they are!) is by volunteering at our seniors centres. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities exist — from front desk reception to committee work; from the café and kitchen to greeting and driving at the Friendship Luncheon programs; from cooking at the barbecues to helping arrange for guest speakers — we can always use your help.

Visit the Seniors' Centres page for details.

Aquatic Volunteers (Pool Pals)

Aquatic volunteers provide support to swimming instructors on deck and in the water. They assist reluctant children, demonstrate skills, help with class control and provide one-on-one support for children with special needs or special needs classes, as well as helping with special events.  

Pool Pal volunteers must be at least 13 years old and hold a Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Award and successfully complete a Pool Pal workshop that includes an interview and "hands on" pool training. 

Details regarding the next Pool Pal workshop can be found on the Parks, Recreation and Culture Brochure page. For more information, please contact Jen Fruscella at jfruscella@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 4670.    

Fitness Centres

The Recreation and Culture department operates three fitness centres — Glen Abbey, Iroquois Ridge, and River Oaks. Volunteers assist fitness centre staff with recreation programs, equipment cleaning and occasional special events. For more information, please call Glen Abbey at 905-815-5950, Iroquois Ridge at 905-338-4255 and River Oaks at 905-338-4186. 

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts will be launching new volunteer opportunities this fall. As a volunteer at the Oakville Centre, you will:

  • Gain valuable customer service experience
  • Get access to the best live entertainment that Oakville has to offer
  • Work in a fun, dynamic environment
  • Team up with other likable, engaging staff

If you are interested in volunteering at the Oakville Centre, please contact Diana McCoy at diana.mccoy@oakville.ca or call 905-338-4161, ext. 3206 for updates on this project.  

Oakville Museum

The Oakville Museum preserves and interprets the town's history through the heritage and home of Oakville's founding family - the Chisholms. Volunteers assist museum staff with school programs, workshops and special events. Visit the museum page for more information or contact Susan Crane at susan.crane@oakville.ca or 905-845-6601, ext. 5019.  

Oakville Santa Claus Parade

The Oakville Santa Claus Parade is organized by a volunteer committee in conjunction with the Town of Oakville and the business community. Committee volunteers work year-round in areas including sponsorship, promotion and organizing volunteers. Adult volunteers assist the police and security officers at manned barricades during the parade. Marshals walk the parade to ensure steady movement. For more information, please contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@oakvillesantaclausparade.ca or call Jamie Angus at 905-845-6601, ext. 3152.

Oakville Youth Centres

Oakville has two youth centres - designated space specially designed for youth aged 13 to18 years a safe place to socialize. Volunteers assist centre staff with supervision and programming activities. For more information, email bronteyouth@oakville.ca or call 905-582-3592.  

Special Events

Volunteers are needed for various special events throughout the year. Check back periodically for updates.

Special Needs Program Assistant

Special Needs volunteers work one-on-one with special needs participants to ensure they have the same access to recreation opportunities and to make their involvement enjoyable. Volunteers for this program must be at least 16 years old. For more information, please contact Carol Gall at carol.gall@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 3153.

Sport Oakville

Sport Oakville is a partnership of community sport organizations that work cooperatively to provide a collective voice for sport in Oakville. The group acts as a liaison between amateur sport, the Recreation and Culture department, and the Parks and Open Space department. Volunteers are needed on various Sport Oakville committees and on the Board of Directors. For more information, please contact Patty Peebles at patty.peebles@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 3156.

Summer Sizzlers

This outdoor recreation program is offered at a variety of locations throughout Oakville. It is a great way to build leadership skills. Volunteers must be available for a full day, one-week commitment. Pre-season training is provided. For more information, please contact Carol Gall at carol.gall@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 3153.

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