Conservation area open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

Volunteer Program

Westfield Heritage Village and Conservation Area is “A Place Where You Belong”.  We have exciting volunteer opportunities for everyone.  Share our past and be a part of our future. We can offer you volunteer opportunities that are public facing or behind the scenes.  We have opportunities for single people, couples and families.  Youth, teens, adults and seniors all have a place at Westfield.  It’s a great place to be a part of history, meet new people and simply belong. At Westfield Heritage Village Conservation Area, we have a number of volunteer opportunities available. By volunteering with us, you will be able to put down your devices and …

  • Become a part of the past
  • Share aspects of our Ontario heritage with others
  • Share your skills or develop new ones
  • Make new friends
  • Volunteer in a natural setting
  • Have access to Westfield trails
  • Give back to your community
  • Volunteer on your own, with a friend or with your family – so many great opportunities
  • Get access to Hamilton Conservation Authority locations at a dramatically reduced price!

Are you curious about our current opportunities?  We have opportunities for people who are considered youth (0 – 17); adults (18+) and families.  We are looking for people who:

  • Have a passion for learning and sharing knowledge
  • Believe in delivering great visitor experience!
  • Work respectfully as part of a team
  • Believe that safety is key to any volunteer experience

A Place Where You Belong

Westfield offers volunteer opportunities with in the heritage village, as well as within our conservation area.

Current Opportunities

Please click below to see our available positions.

  • Collections Assistant – care of artifacts collection
  • Costume Committee – various levels of skills required from beginner to advanced with respect to costume design, sewing, repairing, knitting/crochet, hooking etc. If you have a skill, let us know
  • Driver Volunteer – driving the various site vehicles (golf cart, Kabota, tractor); must have a full G driver’s license
  • Family Craft and Children’s Activities – assemble and deliver craft programs to visitors during special events – great youth opportunity!
  • Garden Greeter – (Non-costumed opportunity) This activity is located in the Anniversary Garden.  With provided information, you will be describing the purpose of the garden and assisting visitors to participate in gardening activities.  No gardening experience necessary. 
  • Gardening Volunteer – planning and maintenance of several gardens located on the property
  • Historical Interpreter – (costumed position) educating visitors about southern Ontario history through program interpretation, demonstrations and storytelling; costuming supplied for this position
  • Maintenance Crew – ongoing site tasks, set up and take down of events, painting and much more – we accept all levels of expertise from just learning to skilled.
  • Parking Attendant – assist visitors in parking their vehicles during special events – 14 years and older
  • Restoration Volunteer – assist with the restoration of projects and buildings
  • Welcome Booth Volunteer – This is a non-costumed opportunity. You are welcoming our visitors, answering questions and providing great customer service.
  • Trail Maintenance – Help our Conservation Area visitors experience an awesome hiking experience by helping us keep our trails in top notch condition.
  • Invasive Plant Control – Work with us to control the invasive plants located in our conservation area.

Not sure which position is perfect for you?  As part of the process of on-boarding, as a volunteer with Westfield, we will hold an interview with you to figure out the best volunteer opportunity for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Please complete the on-line application here!
  • You will receive a welcome email from us describing the next steps. These steps include:
    • Holding an interview
    • Checking two character references – we will need their name and email address
    • You will need to attend the next mandatory orientation.
  • If all goes well, you will be considered a volunteer and you will start to receive specific training according to your position.

Yes, we do! Please contact us directly for more information. You can contact the Coordinator for Volunteer Services at westnote@conservationhamilton.ca or call at 519-621-8851.

We will look at everyone individually and strive to accommodate all requests. It would be best to contact the Coordinator for Volunteer Services to discuss individual accommodation requests at westnote@conservationhamilton.ca or call at 519-621-8851

No. The maintenance, parking and gardening positions do not require costuming.  Neither do our conservation volunteer opportunities. There will likely be other safety requirements you will need to adhere to when volunteering such as the wearing of safety boots. Sometimes there are additional non-costumed positions depending on the program being delivered. These are usually announced at the beginning of the specific program.

The majority of our programming requires quite a bit of training in order for you to become an effective volunteer. We expect you to provide at least 4 hours per month or a minimum of 45 hours per year.  We understand that “life happens” and we are more than willing to talk to you, individually, if you feel you are not able to make the minimum commitment in a given year.

Of course, for additional questions please contact the Coordinator for Volunteer Services at:  westnote@conservationhamilton.ca or call at 519-621-8851.

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