The City of Toronto owns and operates 10 Toronto History Museums. Need volunteer hours for high school? Looking for new experiences? Want to get employable skills? There are many volunteer opportunities available for the public to get involved with a Toronto History Museum in their community.

 

Garden Volunteer Positions

Opportunity Details

Colborne Lodge Museum is looking for volunteers to join the Friends of Colborne Lodge Gardens group. The group plants and maintains the heritage gardens at the Lodge. We are looking for those who enjoy being in a garden and are open to learning about heritage plantings in a cultural environment. We work with both native and non-native plant material. Experienced and novice gardeners are welcome as the gardens offer opportunities for a range of skills and learning new things

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Should have some experience working in ground bed gardens.
  • Volunteers are required to report their hours.
  • Must have access to email.
  • Tools are provided but gardeners should provide their own gloves.

Location

Colborne Lodge Museum
Colborne Lodge Drive (south end of High Park)

Date & Time

2020 season begins in mid to late April (depends on when the last frost occurs). The volunteers are in the gardens every week – days vary according to the weather.

Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of two hours twice a month during the season which runs from mid to late April until late October. Emails go out stating when the next day in the gardens will be and a range of tasks we aim to work on. Volunteers then respond by email as to whether they can make it on that occasion. All volunteers will receive an update as to what is happening in the gardens on a regular basis.

How to Apply

Please contact the Museum Coordinator at clodge@toronto.ca or 416-392-6916.

Culinary Arts Project Volunteer

Opportunity Details

Montgomery’s Inn is looking for volunteers to join the Montgomery’s Inn Culinary Arts Project (MICAP). MICAP is a hands-on program that educates and empowers youth to learn about food production, preparation and consumption while developing culinary skills and giving back to their community. Participation in the program counts towards community hours. Participants will be involved in food safety/handling, unique workshops from special guests, community excursions, baking in the outdoor wood fired oven, cooking and, of course, eating! Each week, youth will make a meal to eat and enjoy at the end of the session (does not apply to excursions). Kitchen clean-up is included in the program as part of sanitation training.

Requirements

  • We are looking for youth in grades 9-12 (aged 14 – 17) who are committed in joining us for a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • The 2019/2020 MICAP session will be comprised of two 6 week terms for a total of 12 weeks.
  • The 2019 term will begin Friday, November 1 and run until December 6.
  • The 2020 term will begin Friday, January 10 and run until February 14.
  • Attendance at the November 1 orientation is mandatory.

Location

Montgomery’s Inn
4709 Dundas St. W.

Date & Time

Our 2019/2020 session begins on November 1, 2019 and is held each Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm (times may be adjusted to allow for field trips and/or special guests on P.A. Days).

How to Apply

Please contact Kate Hill by October 16, 2019 at kate.hill@toronto.ca or 416-394-6025. In the email, please use the heading MICAP 2019/2020, and provide your full name, age, school and a phone number where you can be reached. On Friday October 18 we will contact the youth interested in joining us for this session, confirm your spot in the MICAP program and answer any questions you may have.

Youth Volunteer

Opportunity Details

Join the Scarborough Museum Youth Collective! Learn about local history as you try your hand at historic cooking/baking, photography, visual arts, camps, exhibit and event planning, gardening and more. Youth Volunteers must be between the ages of 14 and 18.

No experience necessary! All are welcome.

Location

Scarborough Museum
1007 Brimley Rd.

Date & Time

Year-round recruitment.

Time Commitment

Varies, but generally a three month period where volunteers will have opportunity to assist with all aspect of the museum’s public programming.

How to Apply

Please contact shm@toronto.ca for additional information or apply online.