What You Need to Know When Becoming a Volunteer


After this busy, fun year, we imagine some of you are singing the lyrics “wake me up when September ends” but there’s no sleeping when it comes to keeping the Students’ Union running! From fulfilling food bank requests to providing safe walks home, our volunteers work exceptionally hard to keep our motto alive: Driven By Students.

In order to do that, we need your help: the Students’ Union’s departments, committees, programs and services are operated by student volunteers, made up of coordinators, executives and general volunteers. We are currently seeking volunteers for the 2017-18 year, and if you’re asking yourself “What does each position do and how much time do I need to commit?” then look no further. Before you get started, read about the different roles, the interview process and where to submit your application below:



Your president, Kanwar Brar, got his start as a volunteer in his first year!

What does a coordinator do? 

  • Coordinators oversee the daily operations of a committee, including creating and managing an operating budget for the year, managing volunteers, and planning events to engage students with his or her committee’s initiatives; plan and chair meetings to assist in the planning process; provide guidance to volunteers, and meet regularly with the vice president or associate vice president of his or her department.

How much time do I need to commit as a coordinator? 

  • 10 to 20 hours a week


What does an executive do?

  • Executives assist the coordinator with the logistic planning of upcoming events and marketing activities; participate in meetings with his or her coordinator, committee members, and the Students’ Union marketing team; plan interactive activities for campaigns and events.

How much time do I need to commit as an executive? 

  • 5 to 10 hours a week


What does a general volunteer do?

  • General volunteers assist in the planning, implementation and promotion of committee events; attend meetings scheduled by the coordinators; attend shifts for committee events.

How much time do I need to commit as a general volunteer?

  • Based on the necessities of the committee


Hiring.yourstudentsunion.ca is the place to go if you want to get involved with the Students’ Union! Our hiring & recruitment team update the website and their Facebook pages (click for Waterloo or Brantford) with new positions regularly.


That’s right – we interview our volunteers! It’s a great way for you to show your level of interest and gives you the chance to practice professional skills. We use the STARR system, a behavioural interview technique, and highly recommend you review it before you head into an interview.

Have more questions about the interview process, a specific role or your application process? Visit e-mail hiring@wlu.ca.

See why your fellow Golden Hawks volunteer at Hiring & Recruitment’s Facebook page!