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.
2019 MARCH BREAK Junior Leader Registration is NOW OPEN for returning volunteers! Registration is available until March 1. The program is available to students from age 13 to 17 years old who have previously volunteered at our summer camp program. All volunteers for March Break must commit to a minimum of 3 days.
2019 SUMMER Junior Leader Registration OPENS February 1, 2019! Registration is available until May 3. The program is available to students from age 13 to 17 years old. STUDENTS MUST BE ENTERING Grade 9 in September 2018 or older to apply. The Pawsitively Pets Junior Leader Program helps youth to develop leadership skills, animal handling skills and will contribute to their mandatory hours of volunteer time for graduation. All volunteers must be available to attend a mandatory training session at our Leaside site on either Sunday, June 9 or Saturday, June 15 – time will be confirmed in late May.
Volunteers are also needed at our York Region locations – Learn-to-Ride (must have horse experience) in Newmarket & our Junior Dog Trainer Camp in Markham location. Hours meet the criteria with the York Region School Board. Learn-to-Ride volunteer opportunities can be found in the registration under the Leaside site. Busing is available for Volunteers 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.
To register to volunteer for the 2018 summer, please click the REGISTER button on the top right corner of the website. We are on a NEW system, so even returning campers/volunteers will need to set up a new username and password and profile.
If you are interested in volunteering at a camp program:
We accept volunteers for our summer camp programs. Returning volunteers (who have been with us before can inquire about volunteering on PA Days, March Break or Winter Break.) Summer Camp Volunteer applications open February 1 each year and close April 30th.
Registration can be completed online. There is a $50 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 March 31, we can rarely accomodate a session change, but will do our best.
All volunteers will be contacted by mid-May with information on the volunteer training dates and orientation. 2018 Summer Training dates are tentatively set for June 10 & 16 in Toronto.) all volunteers will have to attend 1 session. 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.
The cost of the Junior Leader Program is $50 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.