Rouge National Urban Park is looking for Guided Walk Leader volunteers with a passion for connecting our visitors to the Rouge’s amazing natural, cultural and agricultural heritage!

As a volunteer walk leader, you would be helping people in your community to get active and healthy and showing people that active living really can make a big difference in their lives. Volunteers accepted into the program will receive a range of training related to Parks Canada, Rouge National Urban Park, wildlife, hiking and group management, storytelling and interpretive techniques, first aid, and much more. Prospective volunteers must attend all training workshops in February and March and commit to the program for one year.

Guided Walk Leaders, are often the first point of contact for new visitors and must provide them a safe and enjoyable walking experience. There is a diversity of trails and people who use these trails. As such, volunteer GWLs should be open and willing to engage with people of different walks of life, abilities, and ages.

Guided Walk Leader Responsibilities:

  • Introduce yourself, Parks Canada and Rouge National Urban Park
  • Keep people safe while on park trails by explaining safe trail practises and hazard avoidance
  • Be able to speak in small group settings.
  • Openness to engage with people of different walks of life, abilities, and ages
  • Be able to engage the public on park topics that you choose (e.g. plants, birds, history, farming.)
  • Commit to leading 1 guided walk per month for at least a 1-year period
  • Willingness to wear a Parks Canada Volunteer uniform
  • Input availability to lead hikes 2 months in advance
  • Be reliable and accountable
  • Have a willingness to learn about Parks Canada and Rouge National Urban Park
  • Attend volunteer meetings and mandatory trainings as needed

Skills Needed:

  • A love of walking (past hiking experience is an asset but not mandatory)
  • Have a welcoming and engaging attitude
  • Access to proper walking equipment (shoes, rain gear, water bottle, clothing, etc.)
  • Ability to hike for 1.5 to 2.5 hours
  • Experience in leading groups is an asset
  • Knowledge of different languages is an asset

Benefits of Volunteering with Parks Canada

  • Many health benefits
  • Countless learning opportunities
  • Making new friends and acquaintances
  • Engaging with public members about a topic you enjoy
  • Meeting new people
  • Opportunity to develop leadership skills


If you are interested please respond to with your resume, one reference and a cover letter that answers the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Guided Walk Leader in Rouge National Urban Park with Parks Canada?
  2. What experiences, if any, do you have with walking and/or leading groups in an outdoor setting?
  3. Other than walking, what do you like to do in your spare time?
  4. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

We thank all who apply!

Info session

Please join us for an info session in the New Year!
Thursday January 11th from 7:30pm – 9pm
3600 Kingston Road Toronto  (Craft room)


Deadline for Applications:  Jan 22nd, 2018

Training for new leaders is mandatory and will start early February and will occur on weeknights and require some weekends