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Volunteering

Looking to share your volunteer time with Saskatoon’s orchestra? There are many ways to support the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra! 

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS

Not only is volunteering beneficial to the SSO, it’s beneficial to volunteers! Volunteer benefits include:

  • Complimentary tickets to SSO concerts.
  • Invitations to Volunteer Appreciation Events.
  • Invitations to other special events.

  All volunteers are required to:

  • Complete an application form.
  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Attend a personal interview.
  • Read, understand, sign a form for, and adhere to the SSO’s confidentiality policy.
  • Possess excellent communication skills.
  • Have a professional demeanor and appearance as dictated by the volunteer role and activity.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Act as an ambassador of the SSO.
  • Have their own transportation to and from volunteer activities.
  • Have a willingness to perform a variety of tasks.
  • Be available to volunteer for at least two activities during a season.
  • Be punctual.

Opportunities for volunteers are provided without regard to religion, creed, race, national origin, age, sex, disability or sexual orientation. Please read the volunteer role descriptions and then complete the form.

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Volunteer Roles

  • Concert/Event Greeters – one or more positions per event
    • Stationed at the Information Desk set up just inside the venue, greeters will welcome guests and help them pre- and post-event and during intermission.
    • Interact with patrons in a warm, welcoming way as they arrive at the event or approach the Information Desk.
    • Arrive at the venue 65 minutes prior to the start of the concert and check in at the Information Desk with the supervisor.
    • Assist patrons as needed, particularly directing them to the various facilities or stations set up at the venue.
    • Handout special materials for the SSO, and be familiar with the information contained therein. (Saskatoon Youth Orchestra members and parents are ushers at TCU Place events and hand out the concert programs.)
    • Concert/Event Greeters are expected to adhere to the list of requirements for all volunteers.
  • Information Desk Supervisor – one position per concert
    • Lead activities pre- and post-concert and during intermission at the information table set up at the entrance to concerts.
    • Perform the same duties as and supervise the activities of the Concert Greeters.
    • Be knowledgeable of the types of questions expected from and answers to give to patrons and advise Concert Greeters of that information.
    • Monitor the need for materials to be handed out.
    • Liase with SSO and TCU Place (or other venue) staff as needed.
    • Arrive at the venue 75 minutes prior to the start of the concert to set-up the information table.
    • In addition to the requirements of all volunteers, Information Desk Supervisors are expected to have the interest and ability to monitor/supervise other volunteers.
  • Boutique Assistants – one or more positions per event
    • Stationed at the Boutique tables, help to sell SSO items and tickets/subscriptions pre- and post-concert and during intermission.
    • Interact with patrons in a warm, welcoming way as they shop the Boutique.
    • Arrive at the venue 75 minutes prior to the start of the concert and check in at the Boutique table with the supervisor.
    • Assist patrons with their shopping and purchases.
    • Have experience handling money. Experience with cash registers, POS machines a plus.
    • Boutique Assistants are expected to adhere to the list of requirements for all volunteers.
  • Boutique Supervisor – one position per event
    • Lead activities pre- and post-concert and during intermission at the boutique table.
    • Supervise the activities of Boutique Assistants.
    • Help to sell boutique items, visiting vendors’ items as needed, and/or SSO event tickets and subscriptions.
    • Have experience handling money.
    • Have experience processing transactions on a cash register, POS machine, and/or online payment system.
    • Have retail sales experience and great customer service.
    • Liase with SSO, TCU Place (or other venue), and visiting vendors’ staff as needed.
    • Arrive at the venue 90 minutes prior to the start of the concert to help set-up the Boutique tables.
    • In addition to the requirements of all volunteers, Boutique Supervisors are expected to have the interest and ability to monitor/supervise other volunteers.
  • Fundraising Assistants – one or more per concert or event
    • Stationed at/near the Boutique tables, help to sell SSO take and answer questions about donations pre- and post-concert and during intermission.
    • Arrive at the venue 65 minutes prior to the start of the concert and check in at the Boutique table with the supervisor.Interact with patrons in a warm, welcoming way.
    • Assist patrons with their donations including completing paper and online forms.
    • Have experience handling money. Experience with POS machines and completing online forms a plus.
    • Fundraising Assistants are expected to adhere to the list of requirements for all volunteers.
  • Special Event Assistants – one or more per event
    • Duties will vary by event, but could include greeting/registering guests, serving food or beverages, selling tickets or other items, taking donations, etc.
    • Interact with guests in a warm, welcoming way.
    • Arrive at the venue prior to the event as requested and check in with SSO staff.
    • Assist guests as needed, particularly directing them to the various facilities or stations set up at the venue.
    • Have a willingness to help solve problems quickly and maintain a professional demeanor during event emergencies.
    • Understand the role of volunteering as event helper and not patron/guest/attendee.
    • Special events volunteers are expected to adhere to the list of requirements for all volunteers as well as any additional requirements of the event at which they are volunteering.
  • Poster distribution/hanging – multiple volunteers needed throughout the season
    • Pick up a stack of posters from the SSO office and distribute them in areas of Saskatoon as mutually agreed upon with the SSO office staff.
    • Volunteers will be provided with a packet of supplies for hanging posters. This must be returned with any leftover posters within 48 hours of receipt from the SSO office.
    • In addition to the requirements of all volunteers, poster distribution/hanging volunteers are expected to
      • have their own transportation to access the SSO office and the location of poster distribution.
      • be knowledgeable of the area of town in which they will be distributing posters.
      • have attention to detail.
      • communicate well with supervisors/owners of businesses where posters will be distributed.
      • make sure that posters are well-placed and visible.
  • Office Assistants
    • From time to time, the SSO needs extra assistance performing light clerical activities in the office. There are no set times, but schedules will be arranged with those expressing interest in volunteering in this way.
    • Activities could include:
      • updating electronic and paper files
      • database entry
      • mailings (sorting, stuffing, and stamping)
      • photocopying
      • answering phones
      • assisting with donations to the Book and Music Sale
      • assisting patrons visiting the office as needed
    • Office Assistants are expected to adhere to the list of requirements for all volunteers.
  • Special Projects/committees
    • Some special events or projects require additional planning and committee work.
    • Serving on such a committee may involve working with SSO staff, members of the Board of Directors, SSO musicians, members of the public, or others.
    • Volunteers for special projects will be invited to participate based on their indication of interest in the area of the project and their availability.
    • Volunteering for a special project or committee will require a longer commitment than volunteer shift work.
    • Special Project/Committee volunteers are expected to adhere to the list of requirements for all volunteers as well as any additional responsibilities required of the project.
  • Book and Music Sale
    • Volunteer positions and assignments are made by the Book and Music Sale leadership.