Volunteering with the City of Cambridge

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the City of Cambridge. Volunteers are an important part of developing the Cambridge community. We support, facilitate and value the efforts of all our volunteers. There are many volunteer opportunities in the City of Cambridge, including one-time two-hour commitments and weekly commitments on a year-round basis.

Volunteer Application Process

  • Please review the volunteer opportunities below. 
  • Complete a volunteer application.  Ensure you include on the volunteer application which role you are applying for. If you select more than one role on the application form, that indicates you are applying for multiple roles and will be contacted by multiple staff. 
  • Once applications are reviewed, applicants will be contacted by a staff person to discuss the next steps. 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Please review the current list of volunteer roles currently available. If you have questions about a particular role, contact information is included with each listing. This webpage is updated as new volunteer roles become available, so please check back often. 

50+ Programs and Services

50+ Recreation Centres

Our four 50+ Recreation Centres offer numerous recreation programs, clubs and special services. Below is a list of volunteer roles our centres offer:

  • Activity Conveners
  • Host/Hostess/Ambassador Program
  • Tuck Shop/Kitchen Volunteers
  • Board Members (various roles)
  • Programming
  • Special Event Committee
  • Woodworkers
  • Travel Club
  • Ancient Mariners Canoe Club

For more information on the above roles, please email our 50+ recreation staff. If you do not see a role you are interested in please email the 50+ recreation staff to discuss other roles that may be of interest.  

Apply now

Friendly Visiting Program Volunteer

The Friendly Visiting program matches a volunteer with a socially isolated older adult, or an adult living with a physical disability, for regularly scheduled social and recreational visits. By volunteering for Friendly Visiting, you can bring joy to an older adult in just a few hours a week. Learn more about getting involved.

Special Events 

Cambridge Celebrates Canada Day  

Cambridge Celebrates Canada Day is currently recruiting volunteers to assist on event day on July 1.  To learn more about the event, visit the Cambridge Celebrates Canada Day website. Many positions are available including; parade, general park volunteer, 50/50 tickets, donation collection and more! 

Apply now

Hespeler Village Music Festival

The Hespeler Village Music Festival is looking for volunteers to help with this year's Festival on July 6th in Forbes Park. The Hespeler Village Music Festival is a non-profit, community-driven event coordinated by volunteers. It is a celebration of community!

For more information or to apply please email hespelermusicfestival@gmail.com

Youth, Aquatics and Leisure

Aquatic Assistant

W.G. Johnson Centre or John Dolson Centre

Volunteers are partnered up with a Lifesaving Swim Instructor to provide support to preschoolers, children, and youth in swimming lessons. This is a great opportunity to start gaining experience for future employment and in preparation for your leadership courses.  You must be pursuing your Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR ‘C’ certification, proof of registration in the course and be 12 years of age.  For more information, please email the Recreation Programmer or call 519-623-1340 ext. 4455.

Apply now

 Summer Camp Volunteers - ages 13+
Sign up for a week or more of summer fun with our City of Cambridge Summer Camps.  Volunteers will assist with running games and crafts in an engaging way.  

Volunteers can sign up at one of our locations around the City. Training will be provided.   For more information please reach out to Youth@cambridge.ca.

Apply now

Youth Program Volunteer (13 to 21 years old)

Youth helping to run a child or youth weekly program as well as PD day programs or March Break.

Youth will help City of Cambridge Instructors to lead, art, sport or general interest programs.  You will help with engaging children and youth in the program encouraging them to participate.  

For more information connect with youth@cambridge.ca 

Apply now

Corporate and Group Volunteering

  • Corporate and group volunteer opportunities are possible
  • Recognize your staff team, while giving back to the community
  • Show your organization’s commitment to the community by volunteering
  • Volunteering is a great opportunity for team building
  • Email the Volunteer Coordinator for more information, to discuss possible opportunities and how to get started

Cambridge City Green

Cambridge City Green is a group of volunteers who encourage and coordinate community projects that benefit our local environment. The group leverages the enthusiasm and effort of thousands of volunteers. Cambridge City Green is a subcommittee of the Cambridge Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC). Projects led by Cambridge City Green volunteers include the Cambridge Community Clean Up, walks (e.g. TREEmendous Cambridge, Jane's Walk, etc.) and planting projects (e.g. Cambridge Pollinator Preserve, seed balls, etc.).  For more information contact CambridgeCityGreen@Cambridge.ca or sign up to get notification of upcoming events at www.CambridgeCityGreen.ca

Volunteer Waterloo Region

Not finding a volunteer role with the City of Cambridge?  Visit the Volunteer Waterloo Region's website for a database of region-wide volunteer opportunities with local agencies. 

Advisory Committees and Boards

More information can be found on the Advisory Committees and Boards webpage

Why volunteer for the City of Cambridge

We encourage citizens to get involved and volunteer in our community. There are many benefits to becoming a volunteer, including: 

  • Gaining personal satisfaction
  • Working with the City to offer great recreation and leisure programs and services
  • Contributing your knowledge and skills in a valuable and meaningful way
  • Developing new knowledge and skills such as leadership, event management, fund-raising, public speaking, media relations, book keeping and interpersonal relations
  • Meeting new people and building friendships in your community
  • Having fun
  • Enjoying a sense of accomplishment from setting and meeting goals

The City of Cambridge is a proud member of Volunteer Canada

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Contact Us

For more information on volunteering with the City of Cambridge please contact the Volunteer Coordinator