Junior Leader Volunteer Program

For those who are passionate about pets and animals and like to have fun working with kids, we offer a Junior Leader Volunteer Program to assist our instructors in delivering exciting, quality pet and animal programs.

The Pawsitively Pets Junior Leader Volunteer Program runs through the summer, March Break and Christmas Break camps each year.  Registering to volunteer takes place online.

2021 MARCH BREAK Junior Leader – due to Covid-19 restrictions we will not be taking any registration for volunteers for March Break 2021. The program is available to students from age 13 to 17 who are currently in grade 8 or older. All volunteers for March Break must commit to a minimum of 3 days at either the Leaside or Swansea site.  Volunteer hours are 8:45am – 4:45pm each day of your scheduled volunteer time. Create a username and password to set-up an account to register online.  March Break volunteer registration is a non-refundable $50 + HST fee.  This will cover the uniform and training.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER:  https://ppkctoronto.campbrainregistration.com

2021 SUMMER Junior Leader Registration OPENS February 5, 2021!  Registration is available until May 25. The program is available to students from age 13 to 17 years old. STUDENTS MUST BE ENTERING Grade 9 in September 2021 or older to apply.  The Pawsitively Pets Junior Leader Program helps youth to develop leadership, teamwork, and job skills. Volunteering at Pawsitively Pets will also contribute to the mandatory volunteer hours of volunteer for graduation. All volunteers must be available to attend a mandatory training session at our Leaside site.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER:  https://ppkctoronto.campbrainregistration.com

Summer Camp 2021 Volunteers are needed at Central Toronto (Leaside,) Toronto West (Swansea) and our York Region locations – Learn-to-Ride (must have horse experience) in Uxbridge with busing from Toronto & Swansea locations.  Hours meet the criteria with the York Region School Board and can be signed through our registered charity. If you are in York Region student please email us for a letter to submit to your Guidance Department for approval prior to beginning your volunteer time with us.  Busing is available for all volunteers for Learn-to-ride from the noted bus stops.

What do Junior Leaders do at camp?  Junior Leaders work with camp groups to assist the counsellors and animal education staff with daily programming.  The main duties are to help implement the daily schedule, ensure campers overall well-being and engagement in activities and provide a positive role model to children at camp.  Junior Leaders will help with the set-up and clean-up of daily activities and all aspects of the daily schedule. Junior Leaders will be on-site each day from 8:45am – 4:45pm and must attend every day of the session they sign up for in order to complete their commitment and have their volunteer hours signed.  Make-up days are not available. We are a cell phone free environment and your phone is required to be left in our phone box for the entire day while at camp.

If you are interested in volunteering at our summer camp program:

Registration can be completed online.  There is a $75 fee to apply.  This will cover volunteer training days and uniforms.  Please ensure when choosing your weeks to volunteer you are sure these weeks will work, we only accept a certain number of volunteers each week, we can rarely accommodate session changes.

Volunteer application fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Changes can only be made if there is availability.  Summer Camp volunteer scheduling generally cannot be changed after May 30, we can rarely accommodate a session change, but will do our best.

Once you have registered you are confirmed for the sessions you have signed up for. At anytime you can login to your online account to check the dates. All volunteers will be contacted by the end of May with information on the volunteer training times and orientation.  2021 Summer Training dates are tentatively set for Sunday June 13 or Saturday June 19 in Toronto at our Leaside site.) all volunteers will have to attend 1 session. The time of these sessions will be confirmed by May 30, but will likely be between 2pm – 8pm.  All camp volunteers must commit to a minimum of two weeks Monday to Friday full days. (All appointments should be made outside of camp hours.) All Junior Leaders will be provided with orientation session and required training sessions that are mandatory.  All orientation and training sessions will take place in Toronto at our Leaside Location – 125 Brentcliffe Road and in Ottawa at our Osgoode location – 5721 Osgoode Main St.  Volunteers who work at our summer camp programs work primarily with the campers and enhancing their camp experience with the animals.  All volunteers will be required to bring a copy of their volunteer hour form with them to the training session.  At this time we are planning for in-person training with Covid guidelines in place and masking and social distancing as required.

The cost of the Junior Leader Program is $75 plus HST.  This will cover the cost of training, orientation and uniform.  Junior Leaders are required to be on-site each day of their commitment from 845am – 445pm.

If you are interested in volunteering throughout the year with the animals:

If you are interested in volunteering throughout the year with the animals you must be at least 12 years old or older and complete our Animal Attendant Program first.  Please check our Year Round Program schedule for courses available.  Once you have completed this program you can apply to volunteer with the animals.  All volunteers must commit to attending every other week on the same day/time.