Paddle the Rouge: 2016 Volunteers

TorontoCPAWS Wildlands League is recruiting a large team of volunteers for Paddle the Rouge.

Whatever your skill level, there is a job for you! On SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016, make it a fun-filled day for conservation at Rouge Park! Below, find a comprehensive listing of potential volunteer roles.

To apply for these opportunities, please complete the Volunteer Form.
Questions? Contact Jennifer: 416-971-9453 x46 /


•PRE-EVENT PROMOTIONS; online, in the local community, in the park
•PRE-EVENT LOGISTICS; assistance in the office; preparing registration packages, SWAG bags
•SET UP; for early risers! Help us get the park ready to receive our paddlers and their families
•VOLUNTEER MANAGER – to oversee the coordination of the volunteers, in advance and onsite.
•PARKING MARSHALL – to oversee the safe and happy shuttling of all park users from all parking lots (because we are closing the main gate), liaise with shuttle operator and Lot Liaisons.
•PARKING LOT LIAISONS – stationary at each parking lot, with signage. Will liaise with shuttle operator to advise of users awaiting pick up. Have one extra to rotate and provide relief to others. Paddletherougeprint-13
•SHUTTLE OPERATOR – will operate the shuttle (Van or mini bus), from parking lot to parking lot, and into the park, shuttling both event participants and park users wishing to have a ride.
•PADDLER REGISTRATION TEAM – will ensure the smooth registration of all paddlers
•PADDLER SWAG DISTRIBUTION – will distribute paddler thank you bags at the event
•PADDLER MARSHALLING – will accompany paddlers from registration to beach, helping guide their path and ensure the smooth flow of people
• LIFE JACKET AND PADDLE PICK UP – will help paddlers suit up with the appropriate life jacket and paddle
•RENTAL BOAT SIGN-IN – will assist Toronto Adventures in checking out boats to paddlers, and checking in boats as they return.
•RIVER GUIDES AND SAFETY SPOTTERS – must be strong paddlers, quick thinking and able to handle a variety of situations. Will spot for paddlers in distress, enact safety plan as needed, act as guides along the river, encouragement for paddlers, reminders to hydrate and more.
•TOP OF COURSE TEAM – meet paddlers at the top of our course, Glen Rouge Campground, where they can disembark, relax and enjoy refreshments before paddling back down to the beach. This team will be responsible for helping paddlers out of boats, greeting park users at an information table, distributing food and water.
•LEARN TO PADDLE INSTRUCTORS – one of the areas we will need the most support! We want to have 50 kids in the water for this year’s Learn to Paddle. That means we need about 20 experienced instructors who can help teach the basics of paddling and water safety to our 18 and under paddlers. Most will be first time paddlers.
•PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOGRAPHY & LIVE SOCIAL MEDIA – there will be SO many opportunities to catch an amazing shot. We want to capture as many as possible, from as many perspectives a possible! This year we will be offering a “photo booth” at the water’s edge to get a picturesque shot with sponsors, corporations, individuals, our Youth and VIPs in attendance. Also, we would like to collaborate with a student crew who would like to produce a video for us. And finally, no event would be complete without social media! Help us tell our story online with real-time posts Paddletherougeprint-52
•INFO TABLES – there will be information tables stationed in the park, to help park users understand who we are, the purpose of our event, and why we are taking over their park for the day.
•RUNNERS (with own vehicle a plus) – to assist with any type of last minute detail that might come up. We’ve run out of something! We need to get something up to the top of the course! Whatever might come up, we’ll call on you to give a hand.
•LITTER PICK UP – to assist our Sustainability Team in making sure Rouge Beach Park is returned to even better condition than before we arrived!
•TEAR DOWN – to assist our team in taking everything down and packing it up!

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