Volunteer with VHF

The Early Shift team at one of the Modern Homes on the 2016 Mid-Century Modern House Tour

Become a volunteer with VHF and help share Vancouver's stories

Volunteering for VHF is an opportunity to help VHF spread the message of the positive effects heritage conservation has on Vancouver while meeting new people and learning about our city’s history and unique architecture. VHF benefits from the skills and talents of a large and committed group of volunteers who are dedicated to the conservation of Vancouver’s built heritage. While some positions are continually seeking new volunteers, additional opportunities will appear on this page. Existing volunteers will occasionally receive invitations to volunteer for special events.

Please read the Volunteer Guidelines in full before applying to become a VHF volunteer. Every volunteer is required to sign off that they have read, understood and agree to abide by the Volunteer Guidelines. You will receive your own copy of the guidelines upon being invited to join our volunteer team. They will also remain posted here for reference.

Download the Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer Benefits

  • Personal access to events commensurate with volunteer hours
  • Additional opportunities to attend specific events throughout the year
  • Receive a VHF volunteer t-shirt to wear during events
  • Receive an invitation to our annual volunteer appreciation night
  • Be a part of a thriving community committed to the conservation of Vancouver’s built heritage

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Current Available Volunteer Opportunities

House Tour Event Staff

We are continually looking for volunteers who are outgoing and friendly, cooperative, and enjoy interacting with many different people. Our house tours are large events that require many volunteers, and take place two to three times a year. Volunteering at a VHF House Tour is a chance to learn about a home and share that knowledge with visitors, help look after the house, and share VHF's passion for heritage buildings. House Tour volunteers take direction from a house lead who coordinates with VHF staff. Tour day responsibilities can include checking tickets, welcoming guests, guiding them through the houses, enforcing visitor guidelines such as no photography, answering  questions and serving as an engaging ambassador of VHF and heritage conservation.

Volunteering during a house tour requires standing for long periods of time and the ability to navigate sometimes steep or narrow stairs. You may also need to attend a pre-site visit at the home where you'll be stationed. Your house captain will contact you to arrange this. In exchange for working half of the tour day, you will receive a ticket to visit other tour homes. Please note these tickets are not transferable to other persons.

If you are interested or have any questions, we would like to hear from you!

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Tell us a bit about yourself! Please copy and paste these questions into an email that will pop up when you click HERE.

Please provide your full name, preferred email address (if different), mailing address and a phone number (cell phone also if you can carry one during a volunteer event so we can reach you).

What interests you about volunteering for Vancouver Heritage Foundation?

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Junior Researchers

VHF has developed a Heritage Site Finder interactive map that lists buildings, sites and landmarks found on the Vancouver Heritage Register as well as sites with municipal or provincial designation. Currently included are nearly all of the over 2,300 sites listed on the register, and many now have a description and image. We are currently looking for volunteers who can help with research and data entry of the Heritage Site Finder interactive map.

If you are interested in contributing to help us complete the map, please contact our office at 604-264-9642 or email Jessica Quan, Special Projects Coordinator.