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Volunteer at Fort York
Helping Fort York visitors encounter the past through engaging experiences today.
Help history come to life!
Fort York National Historic Site offers a wide variety of special events and activities for the public, especially during the warmer months and volunteers play an important part in providing a great experience to visitors young and old. With Bicentennial Celebrations at Fort York in 2012 and beyond, there will be more activities, more visitors and more opportunities to volunteer than ever.
Other ways you can get involved at the Fort:
Joining the Fort York volunteer team is a great chance to:
- Learn more about the birthplace of Toronto and our shared heritage
- Be a part of a great team
- Gain experience & build your skills
- Share your passion with others & meet people from all over the world
- Be an active part of your community
What do volunteers do?
Most volunteers are involved in welcoming visitors, answering questions and getting people oriented. Other specialized opportunities may include team leader, historic cook, heritage gardener and more. Volunteers support the work of staff, re-enactors and program partners but are not involved in direct animation work.
Heritage Hosts help get site visitors oriented, direct them and provide information to enhance their experience of events and programs. They are adults who are committed to learning and sharing the story about the Fort, have strong people skills and solid command of English. Mostly weekends and evenings, at least 8 shifts over the season, mostly outside.
Garrison Greeters welcome site visitors at key special events, handing out information, directing people and helping as needed. These volunteers are the friendly face of the Fort. Youth aged 16 and older, as well as family groups are welcome, intermediate English. Mostly weekends and evenings, at least 2 shifts over the season, mostly outside.
Be a part of the action and join this engaging and growing team.
Complete an application form and e-mail it to
or send a paper version to Fort Volunteers, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON, M5V 3K9
Once you’ve applied, we’ll be in touch about current opportunities, orientation sessions and more. We’ll keep you informed about new opportunities and the latest news about the Fort. Fort York volunteers will get ongoing support, learning opportunities, a Fort York volunteer T-shirt and invites to special appreciation events.