Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering and Job Opportunities with the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre

Employment Opportunities


Youth Program Facilitator and Youth Program Assistant

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre is looking for a Youth Program Facilitator and a Youth Program Assistant for a day program focused on programming activities for newcomer youth in Portage la Prairie and surrounding areas for the months of July and August.

Purpose and Objective:

Reporting to the Program Director, this position is responsible for the implementation and delivery of the Summer Youth Engagement Program. The successful candidate will work with a small team to develop activities while facilitating and supervising newcomer youth participants at the PLLC and various locations in the Portage la Prairie area.

Duration: 30 hours per week for 12 weeks, starting June 12 to September 1, 2017.  *Positions are subject to final approval of funding 


  • Youth-focused with commitment to assisting growth and development among children
  • Outgoing with ability to work unsupervised, take initiative, lead groups
  • Proven computer skills and ability to work with Microsoft Office
  • Detail oriented, self-starter
  • Excellent time management and teamwork abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge/awareness of the PLLC and its various programs
  • Experience with organizing and implementing various activities for youth
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, including a secure filing system
  • Physical ability to complete the tasks
  • Child Care First Aid/CPR certificate (or willing to obtain one immediately upon starting)
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License with a clear driver’s abstract
  • Clear Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Education in Child Care an asset
  • Experience working in child care an asset

 Wage Range: $12-15 per hour (30 hours/week for 12 weeks)

 Please submit a cover letter and resume to:  [email protected]

 Application deadline:  Friday, June 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.


Office & Events Assistant

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre is currently recruiting a student (full-time, high school or post-secondary) for a summer term position as Office & Events Assistant.  

This is a term position for nine weeks, from June 26 to August 25, 2017, at 37.5 hours per week.

As this position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program, the candidate MUST:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intends to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.


Under the supervision of Program Director and working in close collaboration with the Settlement Coordinator, Program Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator, the Office & Events Assistant will assist with: 1) the administrative operation of the office, including support for all programs of the organization, but primarily for the Settlement Program – Newcomer Settlement Services, and 2) event planning, logistics and communication, including for a summer festival in the community and an event, in collaboration with other community groups, to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.


  • Reception duties and administrative tasks, including greeting the public, answering phones, word processing, data entry, photocopying, faxing, drafting correspondence, and other duties related to office administration
  • Assisting with logistics, planning and implementing community activities for newcomers, including a summer festival for newcomers and the community and another event to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation
  • Assisting with planning of workshops for newcomers
  • Promoting and recruiting community volunteers to support our programming
  • Assisting with planning of orientation, training, and appreciation of volunteers
  • Maintaining accurate, up-to-date files, both hard copy and on computer database
  • Participating in regular staff meetings and relevant workshops and seminars

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge/awareness of the PLLC and its various programs
  • Familiar with office procedures and the needs of adults, including newcomers to Canada, jobseekers, and youth facing employment barriers
  • Fluent in the use of computers with Windows-based operating system and experience with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Capacity to work in a self-directed manner and collaborate with others in a team setting
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Experience with organizing and implementing events, and working with volunteers
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, including a secure filing system

Wage: $11 per hour (37.5 hours/week for 9 weeks)

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:  [email protected]

Application deadline: Monday, June 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre is currently looking for at least one more member of the community to join our Board of Directors.

Members of the Board of Directors

The Portage Learning and Literacy Centre is a not-for-profit organization providing individuals of the Central Plains region with opportunities to realize their literacy, educational, employment, and life goals through a positive and supportive environment. The affairs of the PLLC are governed by a Board of Directors.

Board members play a key role in setting the direction and priorities of the Centre—this is a great way to make a substantial contribution to the organization and the community.

The Board of Directors is the acknowledged final authority of PLLC.  Its objectives are as follows:  (1) To ensure that services provided are within the Objects of PLLC, Inc.;  (2) To ensure that the highest possible standards of service are offered and available to the community at reasonable cost; (3) To ensure the financial health of PLLC, Inc.

All interested individuals should apply to be a member of the Board of Directors by filling out our online volunteer application form found below.  If you prefer a paper copy or if you have any questions, please stop by our office at 110 Saskatchewan Ave. West, Portage la Prairie, or email [email protected]

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Program. As a volunteer, you may choose options that are most suitable to your personality and your schedule. We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to fill the following positions:

ESL Classroom Assistant is responsible for assisting the ESL Instructor with teaching English to newcomers in the classroom, as planned and directed by the ESL Instructor.

Language Tutor meets individually or in small group settings to help newcomers improve conversational English and gain confidence.

Settlement Partner meets individually with newcomers to offer friendship, support, community tours, and an opportunity to practice English.

Special Events Assistant provides support to our staff for organizing and implementing planned special events for newcomers to build connections in the community.

Career Mentor is responsible for providing the opportunity for internationally trained people to practice in their respective careers.

Conversation Club Facilitator leads a group discussion to allow newcomers to practice their English and learn about the community and all facets of living in Canada.

Literacy Classroom Support is responsible for assisting the instructor and students in the Literacy classroom during the day.

If you are interested in volunteering for us, please fill out and submit the application form below and we will follow up with you to discuss your interests and complete the following required documents:

  • Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement
  • Waiver of Claims & Release of Liability
  • Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Criminal Record Check