Applicant Process and How to Apply

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Volunteers at Niagara Health


How to Apply

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Adult Applicant Process

Volunteer Resources is committed to creating a safe and secure environment for our patients and their families. To achieve this goal, we use standardized screening that aims to successfully match an applicant’s skills and interest with the requirements of available positions.  

The following is the process for applying to a volunteer position. Through this process there will be some costs incurred by the applicant. Please note that a cost is associated and denoted by a $. The hospital does not reimburse any costs or fees associated in the process. 

  • Submit application form, including references, attached with resume to volunteer@niagarahealth.on.ca or mailed, dropped off at the hospital of your choice.
  • Applicants who possess availability and interest meeting our current vacancies will be contacted for an interview.
  • Reference Checks to be completed by Niagara Health
  • Medical Screening (Communicable Disease Surveillance Program ) ($) to be completed by your family doctor or walk-in clinic
  • Police Criminal Reference Check ($) to be completed at your local police station. Niagara Health has an expiry date on accepted forms so please refrain from completing yours until requested by a Niagara Health Coordinator.
  • Orientation
  • Position Specific Training
  • Probationary Period

Please note: The process may take up to 6-8 weeks depending on availability and immunization status

To access any forms please click HERE

Please send your applications and paperwork to volunteer@niagarahealth.on.ca 

High School Students

Please note our positions are a commitment to a weekly shift for the duration of the school year. This will exceed the 40 hours minimum required by the school.

Applications are ONLY accepted from May 1st to June 30th for a September to June placement.                 

High School students must be in Grade 11 or above.

Applications must include:

Incomplete application packages will not be contacted.

Successful Students must possess:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Previous experience in helping people
  • Demonstrate a professional appearance
  • An interest in healthcare
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Demonstrate via previous experiences our organization's Purpose, Vision and Values

Our Process:

  1. Interviews will be scheduled with those who submitted a complete application package prior to the deadline. These interviews will be held during the summer months.
  2. Students will be notified after their interview if they will progress to the next step.
  3. During the second week of September successful candidates will be asked for their availability.
  4. Successful students will be notified of acceptance and their permanent shift and department will be assigned.
  5. Students will be invited to attend a Saturday Orientation at the St. Catharines Site.
  6. Students will start in their volunteer placement the first week of October. 

High School Co-op Students

Thank you for your interest in a co-op placement at Niagara Health.

Secondary School Co-op Students must speak to your school co-op teacher or guidance counsellor about applying via the Central Placement Office.

Volunteer Resources provides the Central Placement Office with a list and description of co-op placements throughout Niagara Health.

Interviews are scheduled via the co-op teacher only.

Please note:

  • Students are interviewed based on a comprehensive cover letter, resume and application
  • Students are required to complete medical testing (Download Form) in order to complete a co-op placement
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age or older
  • Please contact your teacher or guidance counsellor with any questions

Post-Secondary Students

Applications are ONLY accepted from May 1 to June 30 for a September to May placement.

Applications are accepted from January 1 to February 29 for a May to August placement.

Clearly indicate which time of year you are applying for on your application.

Please send your information to volunteer@niagarahealth.on.ca

Applications must include:

Incomplete application packages will not be contacted.

Successful Students must possess:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Previous experience in helping people
  • Demonstrate a professional appearance
  • An interest in health care
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Demonstrate via previous experiences our Purpose, Vision and Values

Our Process:

  1. Interviews will be scheduled with those who submitted a complete application package prior to the deadline. These interviews will be held during the summer months.
  2. Students will be notified after their interview if they will progress to the next step.
  3. During the second week of September successful candidates will be asked for their availability.
  4. Successful student will be notified of acceptance and their permanent shift and department will be assigned.
  5. Students will be invited to attend a Saturday Orientation at the St. Catharines Hospital Site.
  6. Students will start in their volunteer placement the first week of October. 

Internships, Post-Secondary School Co-op, Post-Secondary Student Placements

Please visit Student Resources here

Job Shadows/ Post- Secondary School Internships

Please visit Student Resources here


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