Volunteer At Ryerson Orientation

The goal of Orientation Week at Ryerson is to develop a sense of community and support the successful transition of new students living on and off campus. The Ryerson University community is conducive to the pursuit of personal development and academic success. Orientation is a time to discover what Ryerson University has to offer. Orientation is often the first interaction many incoming students have with the university campus and the individuals who actively make up its community. Our aim at Orientation is to welcome students to campus, introduce them to key resources, help them build a strong foundation to their start at Ryerson and, to have fun!

General Job Description

The primary function and goal of Ryerson Orientation Crew volunteers (ROCs) is to foster a welcoming environment for incoming students across campus (including within our residences) and to assist the Student Life Programs and Student Housing Services teams with the implementation and coordination of Orientation Week events. Volunteers are tasked with providing a seamless transition for all incoming students with a welcoming, enthusiastic attitude and an ability to disseminate relevant information and knowledge. They are also expected to assist with the running of orientation specific programming. There are many exciting and rewarding positions available to you as a Ryerson Orientation Crew member, each catering to a specific function within the team and all of them invaluable to the Orientation program!

Why should I volunteer?

There are many benefits to becoming a Ryerson Orientation Crew member. Below are just a few of the things you’ll gain from joining us!


  • Gain leadership experience through the successful completion of the Ryerson LEAD Blue Certification
  • Group management skills
  • Learn about equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Conflict management and crisis management skills
  • Event coordination skills
  • Strengthen communication and interpersonal skills
  • Network with other students and staff on campus
  • Participate in a variety of on-going training sessions to develop personally and professionally.
  • Enhance your resume with a valuable leadership experience
  • Bi-Weekly volunteer Socials, Post-Orientation volunteer Appreciation event and other social engagement over the Summer
  • Certificate of Participation at the conclusion of your role
  • Free food, volunteer T-Shirt and Swag during training sessions and Orientation Week

What Do Volunteers Do?

By being a Ryerson Orientation Crew member, volunteers will assist in various aspects of the orientation experience. Below are just a few of the tasks that you will assist with


  • Setup and teardown of events
  • Helping to run events (e.g. serving food, icebreakers, small group activities)
  • Welcoming and registering incoming students on a daily basis
  • Liaising with other faculty/group Orientation programs
  • Leading campus tours
  • Assisting with Residence Move-in Day  
  • Creating a safe, accepting, welcome community by leading icebreakers/activities
  • Encouraging participation during Orientation Week by guiding students to event
  • Directing new students and their guests around the campus
  • Explaining academic and social opportunities as well as services available for new students at Ryerson
  • Assist with Ryerson to the Core (Ryerson’s commuter program) to ensure commuter students are able to easily find and access campus facilities
    • In addition to the tasks above, Ryerson to the Core Ambassadors will staff welcome booth on gould street and local subway stations.

Who Are We Looking For?

Volunteering as a Ryerson Orientation Crew member requires a level of passion and positivity to ensure the successful transition for incoming students. There are many qualities we look for in our candidates and a few can be seen below.


  • Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Consent and Respect for Aboriginal Perspectives
  • Empathetic and supportive to incoming students
  • Kind and caring individuals
  • Able to work flexible hours and on a variety of tasks
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Able to function individually and apart of a team
  • Problem solve and adapt to unexpected situations
  • Be helpful and respectful

What is the Commitment?

  • Attend an info session in March (3-hour commitment).
  • Attend the All-Volunteers General Meeting on in April (Approximately 9:00am-5:00pm).
  • Attend Orientation Leaders Training Weekend in August.
  • Orientation Week from at the end of August through to Labor Day (one 8 hour shift per day for at least 5 days during the week in addition to Move-in Day on August 26th which is mandatory for all volunteers)
  • Pre-Shift briefs

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We'll update you on information about becoming a ROC as our plans for #RoadToRyerson 2018 develop. Thanks for your interest!