City Of Abbotsford  


How to Apply

To volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, complete the on-line volunteer application or download and submit the paper application form

If you have any questions please email the Volunteer Coordinator or contact Parks, Recreation and Culture at 604-859-3134. Please note that the length of the application process may vary depending on the volunteer program area and their specific application requirements. 

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Effective March 17th 2020, the City has closed all city recreation centres and civic-facilities to curb the spread of COVID-19 and focus on providing essential city services. Therefore Recreation Volunteer shifts and opportunities will be on hiatus until further notice.

Residents are encouraged to stay up to date on current City service level information or follow@City_Abbotsford on Twitter

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Adopt a Park, Street and Trail and Beautifications

With over 157 parks in Abbotsford, there are plenty to choose from. Volunteers may pick up litter, remove invasive plants and report on vandalism or maintenance problems. This opportunity is perfect for individuals, clubs and schools. It may be where you live, work or play – there is a street out there that could use your help. Volunteers adopt a length of roadway, and keep it free of litter and other garbage.

  • Volunteer Application
  • Parks - minimum age of 14 years; unless with an organized group/company or with parent/guardian and under supervision
  • Pick a site
  • Register for a Parks Orientation meeting

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Community Clean Up Week

April 2021 is Community Clean Up Month 

This year Community Clean-up week is expanding to include the whole month of APRIL. We are excited to expand our time frame to allow for more options for social distanced supply pick-ups, for increased spacing in our park and trail locations, and more days to plan your family or small group community clean-up. This is a great way to safely get involved in volunteering,  contribute to environmental stewardship in our community, encourage social responsibility and it helps beautify our neighbourhoods as a way to celebrate Earth day, April 22nd .

  • Individuals and group leaders should register to join us. Sign up here
  • Connect with our team to pick a location.
  • Register for a Community Clean-up supply meeting to collect clean up supplies; bags, pickers and gloves.


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Volunteers are needed at our Recreation Centres to assist program staff in leading games, crafts and other activities in our Arenas, Aquatics, Fitness, Day Camps and Art, Recreation and Sport Program divisions.

Recreation Buddy Program provides support for special needs children aged 3-12 years participating in recreation programming at ARC and MRC. Volunteers receive training on clarification of instructions, social interactions, focusing to complete tasks and basic problem solving which may be helpful for working with children of diverse needs.

  • Volunteer Application
  • Minimum age 14 years
  • A Criminal Record Check and two Reference forms
  • Attend a Recreation Orientation meeting
  • Some programs require specialized training specific to their program area

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Culture-Special Events

We’re always looking for volunteers to assist with Special Events throughout the city. Roles could include assisting with set-up, tear-down, activities, crafts, registration, food handling and much more. Volunteer opportunities include events such as Arbour Day, Canada Day, Communities in Bloom and many more community events.

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Pedestrian Traffic Control Persons

Traffic Control Personnel (TCP) are needed to assist with parade routes and general flow of pedestrian traffic when events are near roadways.  We invite individuals who currently have a TCP license to join us. 

Various events year-round.

If you do not hold a TCP certificate but are interested in this opportunity, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Subsidized training classes may be an option.

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Emergency Support Services (ESS)

Throughout the province, thousands of Emergency Support Services (ESS) volunteers are provided response training so that when an emergency or disaster strikes in their community, they are ready to help. ESS volunteers are trained to provide for the immediate needs of evacuees and the emergency responders affected by an emergency or disaster.  

The Abbotsford Emergency Program ESS Team is actively looking for 10 energetic and enthusiastic individuals who are committed to volunteering in their community.  The qualities necessary in an ESS volunteer include:

  • Ability to empathize
  • Effective communication skills
  • Productive Team Player

If you are interested in joining the ESS Team email Craig Leighton or call 604-853-3566 to request an application form.

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City Wide Opportunities

Storm Drain Troopers

This program will provide kits to volunteers who can now with the stroke of a paint brush help protect City of Abbotsford rivers and streams by reminding folks with a bright yellow fish at each drain that what goes in to their storm drain matters.

Go Green Team

Special events are so much fun but they can produce a lot of waste. Abbotsford residents do a great job of sorting their compost, recycling and garbage at home but we all seem to get confused when we are away from home. The Go Green Team monitors specially designed garbage, compost and recycling bins through public education at special events. Customer Service and Waste disposal training is provided in our Go Green orientation so volunteers can feel confident with assisting the public with answers to their waste sorting questions.

  • Volunteer Application
  • Minimum age is 14 years; unless with an organized group/company or with parent/guardian and under supervision
  • Attend a Go Green Orientation meeting and Safety brochure

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