Volunteers

Volunteering is a wonderful way to share your enthusiasm and contribute to building an exceptional capital for all Canadians. We’re looking for dynamic volunteers to contribute to our goal of making Canada’s Capital Region a source of national pride and meaning for Canadians.

NCC volunteer programs

Explore each of our five volunteer programs, and find out more about how you can become more active in the Capital.

Gatineau Park

Share your love of the great outdoors by volunteering in Gatineau Park. Our teams of volunteers patrol the trails of Gatineau Park, providing information, first aid and general assistance.

Volunteer opportunities​

Winter

Description

  • Patrol the ski and/or snowshoe trails
  • Serve as information officers, and promote Park rules on trail use
  • Provide first aid to people in need of medical assistance
  • Offer assistance to visitors who experience problems
  • Monitor the conditions of ski and snowshoe trails, and produce patrol reports

Requirements

To be a ski or snowshoe patroller, you must be

  • 18 years of age or older
  • bilingual (English and French)
  • certified in first aid and CPR
  • available every second weekend, on Saturdays or Sundays, from 9 am to 5 pm
  • have your own means of transportation

Late August to late October

Description

  • Patrol the hiking trails and/or the mountain-biking trails
  • Serve as information officers, and promote Park rules on trail use
  • Provide first aid to people in need of medical assistance
  • Offer assistance to bikers who experience mechanical problems
  • Monitor the conditions of various trail-related facilities, and produce patrol reports

Requirements

To be a trail patroller, you must be

  • 18 years of age or older
  • bilingual (English and French)
  • certified in first aid and CPR
  • available for at least five days, Saturdays or Sundays, from 9 am to 5 pm
  • have your own means of transportation

You can also contribute to Gatineau Park by volunteering for the Friends of Gatineau Park.

Mackenzie King Estate

There’s so much to discover at the Mackenzie King Estate. Volunteering opportunities include leading guided tours of the gardens and telling the story of the Estate. If you like the outdoors and are comfortable working with the public, we’d love to have you at the Estate!

Volunteer opportunities

Description

  • Provide site orientation
  • Provide assistance to visitors with reduced mobility
  • Drive a golf cart on-site from time to time
  • Logistics support for events
  • Various other logistics-related tasks, as required

Requirements

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must be bilingual (English and French)
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Must be available on Saturdays or Sundays, from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Must have your own means of transportation

Assets

  • Knowledge of the story of the Mackenzie King Estate

Maplelawn Garden

Help maintain Maplelawn Garden, a haven of tranquility and a National Historic Site in Ottawa. Join the Friends of Maplelawn Garden, a group of volunteers who have been preserving and maintaining Maplelawn Garden since 1993.

Volunteer opportunity

April to October

Description

  • Work in flower beds, according to the established plan
  • Weeding, deadheading, replanting, etc.

On occasion, gardeners may also have the opportunity to offer interpretation and guided tours of the garden, if they wish to do so.

Requirements

To be a gardener, you must

  • be able to work in difficult conditions (i.e. heat)
  • be at least 16 years of age
  • have some knowledge of gardening or be willing to learn
  • be available on Sundays

Assets

  • Knowledge of the history and horticulture of the garden
  • Good communication skills

NOKIA Sunday Bikedays

Volunteers are the heart of NOKIA Sunday Bikedays.

Volunteer opportunity

Description

From Victoria Day Weekend to Labour Day Weekend

  • Patrol parkways by bike
  • Provide first aid
  • Offer technical support for minor repairs (repair tires, inflate tires, make minor adjustments of the derailleur, chain, etc.)

Requirements

To be a bike patroller, you must

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be bilingual (English and French)
  • be available for at least four Sundays, from 8 am to 1 pm
Volunteer

For more information

Call the NCC Volunteer Centre
at 613-239-5373.

Registration

Please select the volunteer program(s) that interest you