Youth

Animal Ambassador

The new Animal Ambassador Club is action-oriented: focused on humane education, youth leadership and community service – empowering youth to create positive changes in their communities with animal welfare in mind.

While working directly with shelter animals, participants will learn shelter procedures, policies and safety, and are introduced to many important issues such as breed research, animal protection, responsible pet ownership, and the importance of veterinary care.

This 6-week program provides youth with the tools they need to become agents of change, and save animal lives. During the session, participants will learn how animals end up in our Welfare Centre, and how to prevent it. They will work together to create a fund raising initiative, which will take place on the final day of program. They will tackle an issue they feel passionate about, advertise their event, and run their fundraiser from start to finish.

Animal Ambassadors will receive their own embroidered scrubs, and end the club with some community service hours!

Counselor in Training

The purpose of this volunteer position is to assist our camp staff with maintaining a welcoming and controlled camp environment. This position for youth ages 14 to 16 will contribute to the 40-hours worth of community involvement required for secondary school graduation. Counselors in training will gain experience in a fast-paced camp environment, working closely with children and some of our center animals!

This sort of experience will be an exceptional addition to your resume and also increase your chance for being hired as full-time camp councillor the following year.

If you have a positive, outgoing attitude and you want to gain experience in a leadership role, then apply to be a counselor in training for one of our camps! Counselor in training positions are offered for our March Break Animaniacs Day Camp, Holiday Camp and our Summer Animaniacs Day Camp.

To apply for an upcoming position as a CIT for camp, fill out an application below and send it to communityprograms@awasco.ca

Counselor in training duties:

  • Assist camp staff with the morning set-up and end-of-day cleaning
  • Responsible for supervising camp group when counselor is not present
  • Reporting to humane education coordinator/camp director about health or behavioral problems with campers
  • Responsible for assisting camp staff with maintaining a positive, energetic environment for all of the campers
  • Take part in games and activities, including set-up/take down
  • Ensure safety measures and humane society policies are implemented at all times

Counselor in training position requirements:

Applicants must be 14 to 16 years of age and must be able to commit to 35 hours a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.\

Applicants must:

  • be comfortable in a leadership role
  • be able to follow direction
  • possess an outgoing, positive attitude
  • be comfortable interacting with children and ensuring they are all treated equally
  • be comfortable supervising your camp group on your own periodically
  • be comfortable handling all types of animals

Student Coop Opportunities.

The Education Department is always on the lookout for passionate individuals with an interest in educating the community. For Co-op opportunities, please e-mail Education Manager Laura Sparks at education@awasco.ca