Volunteer with the Wye Marsh
Do you want to help preserve our wetlands? Or assist with educating our youth about the environment? Do you love to interact with nature and wildlife?
Become a Wye Marsh Volunteer!
As a non-profit, charitable organization, the Friends of the Wye Marsh Inc. relies on volunteers to provide many of the services that make a visit to the marsh such an enjoyable and educational experience. We truly could not operate without our dedicated volunteers!
Volunteers work either with the public or behind the scenes while gaining experience and knowledge about wetlands, woodlands and wildlife. If you would like to become a volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Application (pdf format) or contact us directly to speak to our Volunteer Coordinator & learn more about the many opportunities to choose from.
We are currently recruiting volunteers. There are opportunities available year round in the maintenance department, ski program, assisting with environmental education, for special events and festivals, committee membership, fundraising, charity bingo and so much more.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Guided Canoe Volunteers
Guide canoe tours through Wye Marsh for the public, private groups, or school programming. Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayaking Association (ORCKA) training provided, as well as training provided by Wye Marsh staff on specific routes. This role is best for someone with experience canoeing, but you don't need to be an expert - just enjoy people and the outdoors! Time commitment is on call, roughly 4-6 hours a week from May-September.
Guided Walk/ Hike Volunteers
Guide guests through Wye Marsh's trails on roughly 1 hour hikes/walks. Provide insight into the Wye Marsh, and the various flora and fauna which inhabit the area. Training will be provided. You don't need to be an expert - just enjoy people and the outdoors! Time commitment is roughly 2-4 hours per week from May-September.
Front Desk Respresentative
Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones and processing admission and gift store purchases. We are currently in need of on-call volunteers to fill in as needed for 4 hour shifts. Training is provided.
Charity Bingo Hall Representative
Represent Wye Marsh at the Boardwalk Gaming Centre, in the Angel Gate Plaza. This opportunity allows Wye Marsh to receive proceeds from gaming activities. Commitment of 2 hours once a month. No experience needed, and training required.
Outdoor Education Program Assistance
Duties include assisting and/or leading environmental education programs to school and community groups. Commitment is on call basis, year-round.
Wye March Outreach Team
Wye Marsh’s Outreach Committee is a fun, social opportunity for volunteers to engage with the public at events throughout the year. Join our booth at events such as Canada Day Celebrations or the Fall Fair to generate awareness and interest in the Wye Marsh. Time commitment of approximately 4 hours per month April-October.
Stewardship Monitoring Task Force
Depending on your species you would be asked to visit your monitoring site (s) once a week for the duration of the survey period, and log species specific information to be entered into the Wye Marsh database. Species to be monitored range. Time commitment of roughly 2 hours per week for 3 months.
Assist staff with our PD Day Camps, and Summer Day camp. Roles include learning activities, setup and tear down, and supervision of campers. This is a great role for students who would like to get exprience with counselling onto their resume! Commitment of either 4 or 8 hours (with a break for lunch).