World Juniors organizers looking for volunteers in Vancouver and Victoria

May 9 2018, 8:34 pm

The pay is crap, but the job sounds cool.

Hockey Canada is on the hunt for volunteers to work at the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, where the wildly popular international hockey tournament takes place this year.

While the jobs are unpaid, tournament organizers are promising some excellent perks. It’s also an excellent opportunity for young people to gain work experience.

“These positions offer an opportunity for behind-the-scenes access,” read a release from Hockey Canada. Volunteers will also be provided with Nike apparel, meals and snacks during their shifts, and entry to a post-event appreciation party.

Here’s a list of everything that volunteers will receive:

  • Nike apparel package with a retail value of $450
  • Meals and snacks during your shifts
  • Gifting and draws
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Unique work experience and volunteer hours
  • Volunteer schedules that suit your lifestyle and availability
  • Chance to experience an event with international athletes, officials, and sport leaders
  • Orientation and training specific to your volunteer role
  • An invitation to the event volunteer appreciation party

At the moment, Hockey Canada is looking for applications for supporting functions, such as team services, media services, and fan services, to name a few. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 24 hours in volunteer shifts over the course of the event.

“The contribution and dedication of volunteers throughout the country is invaluable to the success of Hockey Canada events,” said Dean McIntosh, vice president of events and properties for Hockey Canada. “The need for volunteers to represent in a wide variety of positions is even greater with large-scale events such as the IIHF World Junior Championship, all of which help provide a world-class experience for fans and participants alike.

“We recognize and appreciate the time and effort our volunteers dedicate to our events, and work hard to ensure a memorable volunteer experience.”

Vancouver is no stranger to volunteering, as the city needed 25,000 volunteers to pull off the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The World Juniors are on a much smaller scale, of course, with 10 countries participating in games at Rogers Arena in Vancouver as well as the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

The tournament begins on Boxing Day, with the gold medal game scheduled for January 5. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old as of September 1, 2018, and be able to attend training sessions in advance of the event.

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