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Careers / Volunteer/ Before You Apply

Before You Apply

Volunteering at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is a commitment. Before you apply, we want to make sure that you understand the volunteer role and the requirements of volunteering.

  • We look for individuals who share in the values of St. Joseph's: Dignity, Respect, Service, Justice, Responsibility, and Enquiry.
  • A typical volunteer is available 2-4 hours per week, for a minimum commitment of 75 hours. Volunteer Resources Coordinators are unable to sign off on hours or complete verification letters until the volunteer has reached the 75 hour requirement.
  • Minimum age to volunteer is 15 years old, with the exception of the West 5th Campus where the minimum age for volunteers must be 18 years old.
  • Volunteers must have excellent communication skills, including fluency in oral and written English. Knowledge of a second language may be an asset.
  • The volunteer role has certain boundaries and does not include any tasks that can only legally be performed by a healthcare professional (such as a physician, pharmacist, physiotherapist, laboratory technician, etc.) Such tasks are not included in any volunteer roles. Volunteering will not provide you the opportunity to practice or develop clinical or technical skills.
  • Applicants are accepted into the Volunteer Program based on the successful completion of the screening process and availability of a position that matches the applicant's skills and abilities. Completion of the application process does not guarantee placement at St. Joseph's.
  • Upon a successful interview and offer of placement, volunteers will complete an on-boarding process that can take up to several weeks. Please ensure you can make the commitment to follow through with the required paperwork.
  • Volunteers are asked to purchase their uniform ($20-$30) before they begin volunteering
  • A Communicable Disease Form must be completed in order to volunteer at any Campus

A Police Clearance Check is required for all volunteer positions at the West 5th Campus and select programs at the Charlton Campus. If interested in volunteering at the Charlton Campus, please consult with the Volunteer Resources Coordinator prior to obtaining a Police Clearance Check. Any costs acquired for these documents are the sole responsibility of the volunteer.