Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are valued members of the WinSport team, providing essential support to various departments and activities. There are currently more than 580 volunteers at WinSport helping to promote sport, to develop Canadian athletes and to introduce children to active living. If you have a passion for sport, leadership or community, we are looking for you! Volunteers are recruited on an ongoing basis for a wide variety of programs – both seasonal and year-round. Winter season positions are posted by September. Summer volunteer positions are posted by March. Opportunities are available to volunteer as an individual, family or with friends. Some opportunities may have limited availability, dependant on program needs.

For additional information please email volunteers@winsport.ca or call 403-247-5409.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
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If you are interested in joining the WinSport team as a volunteer, please read through the available opportunities below and fill out the online volunteer application form. Some opportunities may have limited availability, dependant on program needs.
Administrative Support - Fundraising »  Event Team » Facilitator »  PTC Attendant (18+) »     Volunteer Resources Support »  Junior Instructor - Ringette » Junior Instructor - Mountain Bike » Junior Instructor - Hockey » Junior Instructor - Summer Camp »

Administrative Support - Fundraising



The Administrative Support - Fundraising role provides support to the Manager, Fund Development, through various administrative tasks.
You are someone who
  • Someone who has great attention to detail
  • Experienced in the fundraising field or interested in learning more about it
  • Able to take direction and work independently
  • Someone with superb Internet search skills who loves to do research
  • Willing to learn the eTapestry database
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point
  • Available on a weekly basis Monday-Friday, three to four hour shifts (flexible)
  Your role
  • File paperwork and enter data (eTapestry database), run reports ensuring accuracy and confidentiality
  • Assisting Manager, Fund Development, in identifying new sources of funding e.g.; grants and foundations
  • Supporting Manager, Fund Development, in preparation of new grant applications
  • Compiling information packages for send outs to potential donors and prospects
  • Assisting Manager, Fund Development, in managing supplies of all fundraising materials
  • Interact with guests, staff and fellow volunteers in a respectful and supportive manner
  • Attend training sessions, orientations and committee meetings as required
    Physical Demands
  • Fast paced indoor environment
  • Computer usage
  • Shifts of four hours
  • Weekday shifts
Volunteers are required to go through a screening process which includes an application, resume, and interview. All volunteers attend an orientation and training session(s).

By applying for this position, you consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of the personal information provided during the application and selection process. All applications will be kept on file for three months.

Facilitator



WinSport provides additional training to volunteers ages 14-17 through the WinSport Youth Leadership Program. There are 9 modules including: Leadership, Communication, Personal Wellness, Teamwork, Diversity, Conflict Management, Problem Solving, Planning and Organization and Leisure Education. Facilitators work as a team to deliver the program to small learning groups of 15 youth volunteers. The program takes place over the course of four week day evenings. If you have a passion for leadership and inspiring youth then we'd love to talk to you!
Responsibilities
  • Plan and facilitate the training sessions based on the guidelines of WinSport and the LEAD program
  • Utilize the available space effectively during training
  • Establish positive relationships with the participants and act as a role model, demonstrating maturity and compassion at all times
  • Coordinate with the Human Resources Advisor, Volunteers to ensure supplies needed are available
  • Ensure a strong understanding of the LEAD program’s nine modules and how they relate to WinSport
  • Work with co-facilitators to ensure a positive delivery of the content
  • Redirect activities as needed, based on the needs of the group
  • Debrief with the Human Resources Advisor, Volunteers and facilitators, providing feedback and ideas to strengthening the program
  • Interact with guests, staff and fellow volunteers in a respectful and supportive manner
  • Attend training sessions, orientations and meetings as required
  • Demonstrate a safe work practice at all times by adhering to  all  WinSport safety policy and procedures and ensuring one’s own  safety is  preserved along with the safety of co-workers and WinSport guests
  • Be mindful of all safety hazards/concerns within the work environment and ensure all safety issues are reported to the appropriate individuals
  • Review all OH & S notices/meeting minutes as they are distributed or posted on OH & S boards located within each department

  Qualifications
  • Friendly and approachable personality
  • Demonstrated effective facilitation skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience managing conflict
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and flexibility
  • Ability to take direction and work independently
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience coaching others an asset
  • Experience working with youth an asset
Physical Demands
  • Fast paced indoor and outdoor environment
  • Standing for long periods will be required
  • Transporting of equipment for the training
  • Evening and weekend shifts
Volunteers are required to go through a screening process which includes an application, resume, and interview. All volunteers attend an orientation and training session(s).

By applying for this position, you consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of the personal information provided during the application and selection process. All applications will be kept on file for three months.

Volunteer Resources Support



The Volunteer Resources Support volunteer provides administrative support to Volunteer Resources and the Human Resources Advisor, Volunteers through managing day to day tasks and special projects.
Your Role
  • Support various Volunteer Resources initiatives including recruitment, scheduling,  recruitment initiatives: attend volunteer fairs, process mail outs and engage with community partners
  • Support the on boarding process for volunteers: participate in interviews and collecting paperwork
  • Support the Volunteer Resources department with various administrative tasks as assigned
  • Provide backup coverage for the Front Reception desk, as needed
  • Maintain up-to-date information regarding WinSport
  • Opportunities to engage in various Volunteer Resources projects and initiatives, including the Youth Leadership Program, Performance Management, Risk Management and Recognition
  You are someone who
  • Is outgoing with a friendly personality
  • Has strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Is willing to learn
  • Is able to take direction and work independently
  • Has a proven ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment
  • Has excellent problem solving skills
  • Has strong computer skills, including MS Office products
Physical Demands
  • Fast paced indoor and outdoor environment (dependant on project)
  • Computer usage
    Weekday shifts
  • Weekday, weekend and holiday shifts
  • Possible colder than normal working conditions
Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview. All successful applicants must attend WinSport Orientation and training.

By applying for this position, you consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of your personal information provided during the application and selection process. All applications will be kept on file for three months.

Event Team



Event Team volunteers provides event day support to Catering, Sales and Events. Events vary in sizes and can include holiday parties, concerts, sporting events and corporate picnics.
Your Role
  • Direct guests to activities and seating
  • Host activities including bocce ball, bouncy house, arts and crafts, dunk tank, ball pit, sumo wrestling, horseshoes, video games, face painting
  • Assist with clearing tables,
  • Support set up and take down process
  • Other duties as assigned
  You are someone who
  • Is outgoing with a friendly personality
  • Has strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Is willing to learn
  • Is able to take direction and work independently
  • Has a proven ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment
  • Has excellent problem solving skills
Physical Demands
  • Fast paced indoor and outdoor environment (dependant on event)
  • Standing or walking for long periods of time
  • Weekend and holidays hours
Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview. All successful applicants must attend WinSport Orientation and training.

By applying for this position, you consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of your personal information provided during the application and selection process. All applications will be kept on file for three months.

PTC Attendant (18+)



The PTC Attendant plays an active role in the back ground of the customer service experience of the Performance Training Centre at WinSport.
Your Role
  • Support the ongoing clean up of the weight room
  • Provide attendant support to the change rooms, ensuring they are tidy and shampoo and conditioner containers are full
  • Ensure towels are stocked, washing and folding as needed
  • Opportunity to learn the inner workings of behind the scenes at a Performance Training Centre
  • Interact with guests, staff, and fellow volunteers in a respectful and supportive manner
  • Maintain a safe environment for all participants by modeling safe behavior
  • Provide additional assistance as required
  • Read and abide by all information provided at orientations and trainings
  • Attend training sessions, orientations and meetings as required
  • Demonstrate a safe work practice at all times by adhering to all WinSport safety policy and procedures and ensuring one’s own safety is preserved along with the safety of co-workers and WinSport guests
  • Be mindful of all safety hazards/concerns within the work environment and ensure all safety issues are reported to the appropriate individuals
  • Review all OH & S notices/meeting minutes as they are distrusted or posted on OH & S boards located within each department
  You are someone who
  • Is 18 years of age or older
  • Possesses strong interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated maturity
  • Is able to lift up to 50lbs
  • Experience working within a sport or training environment an asset
  • Completion of standard first aid training is an asset
Physical Demands
  • Shifts times range from 3-4 hour shifts
  • Week day mornings or evenings
  • Indoors
  • Standing for long periods, bending, folding
  • Lifting up to 50lbs
Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview. All successful applicants must attend WinSport Orientation and training.

By applying for this position, you consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of your personal information provided during the application and selection process. All applications will be kept on file for three months.

Junior Instructor - Ringette



Junior Instructors support the Ringette instructors through leading games, activities and assisting with class management. Volunteers who are passionate about ringette and want to share their enthusiasm with kids are welcome to apply.
Your role will include (but is not limited to)
  • Acting as a mentor, encouraging camp participants, and sharing your passion for ringette
  • Supporting the Instructors with group supervision, equipment setup and leading games
  • Assisting with circuits, drills and group activities both on and off the ice
  • Providing excellent customer service to guests
  • Actively participating as a member of an awesome team
  • Maintaining a safe environment through modeling safe behaviour
  • Attending all orientations and trainings
  You are someone who
  • Is 13 years of age or older
  • Possesses strong ringette and skating ability
  • Has your own equipment (helmet mandatory)
  • Are able to commit to a minimum of two weeks of camp (attending all days in the camp week)
  • Enjoys working with kids
  • Has energy, enthusiasm and wants to have fun!
Physical Demands
  • Fast paced indoor and outdoor environment
  • Approximately two hours per day on the ice rink
  • 8 hour shifts on weekdays
Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview. All successful applicants must attend WinSport Orientation and training.

By applying for this position, you consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of your personal information provided during the application and selection process. All applications will be kept on file for three months.

Junior Instructor - Mountain Bike



Junior Instructors support the Mountain Bike camp Instructors through leading games, activities and assisting with class management. Volunteers who are passionate about mountain biking and want to share their enthusiasm with kids learning how to mountain bike are welcome to apply.
Your role will include (but is not limited to)
  • Acting as a mentor, encouraging camp participants, and sharing your passion for mountain biking
  • Supporting the Instructors with group supervision, leading games and participating in activities
  • Providing excellent customer service to guests
  • Actively participating as a member of an awesome team
  • Maintaining a safe environment through modeling safe behaviour
  • Attending all orientations and trainings
  You are someone who
  • Is 13 years of age or older
  • Possesses confident mountain biking skills
  • Has your own equipment (helmet mandatory)
  • Are able to commit to a minimum of two weeks of camp (attending all days in the camp week)
  • Enjoys working with kids
  • Has energy, enthusiasm and wants to have fun!
Physical Demands
  • Fast paced outdoor environment
  • Biking for long periods in the beginner’s area
  • 8 hour shifts on weekdays
Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview. All successful applicants must attend WinSport Orientation and training.

By applying for this position, you consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of your personal information provided during the application and selection process. All applications will be kept on file for three months.

Junior Instructor - Hockey



Junior Instructors support the Hockey Camp Instructors through leading games, activities and assisting with class management. How many skates can you tie up in a minute!?! Volunteers who are passionate about hockey and want to share their enthusiasm with kids are welcome to apply.
Your role will include (but is not limited to)
  • Acting as a mentor, encouraging camp participants, and sharing your passion for hockey
  • Supporting the Instructors with group supervision, equipment setup and leading games
  • Assisting with circuits, drills and group activities both on and off the ice
  • Providing excellent customer service to guests
  • Actively participating as a member of an awesome team
  • Maintaining a safe environment through modeling safe behaviour
  • Attending all orientations and trainings
  You are someone who
  • Is 13 years of age or older
  • Possesses strong hockey and skating ability
  • Has your own equipment (helmet mandatory)
  • Are able to commit to a minimum of two weeks of camp (attending all days in the camp week)
  • Enjoys working with kids
  • Has energy, enthusiasm and wants to have fun!
Physical Demands
  • Fast paced indoor and outdoor environment
  • Approximately two hours per day on the ice rink
  • 8 hour shifts on weekdays
Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview. All successful applicants must attend WinSport Orientation and training.

By applying for this position, you consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of your personal information provided during the application and selection process. All applications will be kept on file for three months.

Junior Instructor - Summer Camp



Junior Instructors support the Summer Camp Instructors through leading games, activities and assisting with class management. Volunteers who are passionate about leadership, working with kids and have a sense of adventure are welcome to apply.
Your Role
  • Acting as a mentor, encouraging camp participants, and sharing your passion for leadership and adventure
  • Supporting the Instructors with group supervision, leading games and participating in activities
  • Providing excellent customer service to guests
  • Actively participating as a member of an awesome team
  • Maintaining a safe environment through modeling safe behaviour
  • Attending all orientations and trainings
  You are someone who
  • Is 13 years of age or older
  • Has diverse interests and willing to try new things
  • Are able to commit to a minimum of two weeks of camp (attending all days in the camp week)
  • Enjoys working with kids
  • Has energy, enthusiasm and wants to have fun!
Physical Demands
  • Fast paced outdoor environment
  • Long periods of standing, hiking, walking
  • 8 hour shifts on weekdays
Qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview. All successful applicants must attend WinSport Orientation and training.

By applying for this position, you consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of your personal information provided during the application and selection process. All applications will be kept on file for three months.

Leadership Program

WinSport recognizes leadership as a valuable component of the youth volunteer experience and positive youth development, and encourages youth to participate as active team members and leaders at WinSport. The Youth Leadership Program promotes growth and skill development necessary for successful youth leaders and ensures they are given the tools to succeed as volunteers at WinSport and as community members.

WinSport’s Youth Leadership Program includes leadership training (based on the City of Calgary’s LEAD program), the Youth Leadership Committee and junior facilitators.

Youth Leadership Training
The Youth Leadership Training is based on the City of Calgary’s LEAD program and has been adapted for the WinSport volunteer program. The training is held on site throughout the year and is offered free of charge. Volunteer Facilitators support the youth participants as they navigate through the nine modules of LEAD: Leadership, Communication, Conflict Management, Diversity, Leisure Education, Personal Wellness, Planning & Organizing, Problem Solving & Decision Making and Teamwork. Upon completion of the training component and 20 volunteer hours with a satisfactory evaluation, participants receive a LEAD Leadership Training certificate.

Volunteers between the ages of 14 -17 years of age are required to complete the Youth Leadership Training as a condition of volunteering. Thirteen year olds are welcome to participate as well. Upon completion of this program, youth are able to recognize the impact they can make as leaders and the difference they can make in their community.

Spring 2017 Youth Leadership Training Sessions:
  • Session #1: Thursdays  April 6, 13, 20 and 27
  • Session #2: Mondays  April 17, 24, May 1 and 8
  • Session #3:Wednesdays May 17, 24, 31 and June 7
  • Session #4: Thursdays June 8, 15, 22 and 29

Youth Leadership Committee
Youth volunteers who have completed the Youth Leadership Training have volunteered within WinSport’s programs. Those who have shown strong leadership capabilities may be asked to sit on the Youth Leadership Committee. The committee works with the Team & Culture, Advisor Volunteers on volunteer recruitment, screening and recognition, supporting the leadership training, all while advising on volunteer programs at WinSport. Youth can do amazing things and WinSport wants to help them grow.

Junior Facilitators
Junior Facilitators have completed the Youth Leadership Training, sat on the Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) and are now approaching or are already enrolled in post-secondary education. The Junior Facilitators support the leadership training and support youth volunteers.