Share your love of the outdoors by volunteering in Gatineau Park.

Our teams of volunteers patrol Gatineau Park trails, and offer first-line assistance, by providing visitor information and first aid.

Description

Title: Volunteer patroller
Location: 
Gatineau Park
Description of tasks:

Under the supervision of the volunteer team leader, the volunteer will patrol the trails, answer questions from the public and promote the rules in effect in Gatineau Park. Tasks include providing first aid, offering assistance to Park users, reporting on the condition of facilities and trails, and maintain contact with Park staff, as needed.

Tasks are performed outdoors and require the appropriate clothing and equipment. The NCC will provide the necessary tools: volunteer vest, radio, first aid kit, season pass and so on.

Conditions

Commitment and schedule

It is possible to join the patrol team for one or two seasons, as desired. Patrol shifts are usually for seven hours during the daytime, on Saturdays and Sundays.

The patrol schedule is established in advance by the NCC, in collaboration with the volunteers. Volunteers must also attend in the introductory meeting, take part in a preseason simulation exercise or training or both.

Trail patrols operate from early September to the end of November. Volunteers have to be available for at least five patrol shifts.
Trail patrols operate from early December to mid-April, depending on weather conditions. Volunteers have to be available for at least eight patrol shifts.

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Bilingual (English and French)
  • Have own transportation
  • Able to travel several kilometres on cross-country skis, snowshoes or fat bike, in winter, and hike or bike that distance in the fall.
  • Able to patrol the Park in varying weather conditions
  • Have a proof of complete vaccination
  • Have a first aid certificate (CPR, level C)

Assets

  • Knowledge of Gatineau Park’s mandate
  • Good knowledge of the Park’s trails and Park rules

Note: The NCC will provide development activities to volunteers.

Read our interview with Daniel Chamberlain, a Gatineau Park patroller.

To find out more, email volunteer.centre@ncc-ccn.ca.