Volunteer

Volunteer With Us

If you’d like to run your own event at the oven and/or become a volunteer, you need to first learn the basics. We’re eager to teach those who want to learn to use the oven from start to finish: how to open the shed, build the fire, ready the oven for cooking and close it all up at the end of the day.

At the bottom of this page you can sign up to receive additional information and updates about volunteering at the Park Oven.

Why Volunteer?

As a Park Oven volunteer, you help bring the Dartmouth Common and Park Oven life! You can feel good in knowing that once the oven is at cooking temperatures, the heat from your fire will provides hours of outdoors enjoyment for local groups and members of the community. Your volunteered time is helping to transform the Dartmouth Commons in a positive way.

2017 Volunteer Training & Orientation

We are excited to kick-off the 2017 season with a series of sessions available for new volunteers aimed at ensuring a positive volunteer experience at the community oven.

Requirements: To be fully trained as a volunteer (or to use the oven without volunteer assistance), you must attend two sessions – “Learn to Light” and “Learn to Host”. Following the completion of training, you will also have the opportunity to shadow an existing volunteer for both lighting and hosting shifts.

Learn to Light – 3 Hours

Agenda:

  • Building the fire;
  • Maintaining fire;
  • Opening the oven shed;
  • Prepping the oven shed for visitors;
  • How to know when the oven is hot enough to cook;
  • Prepping the oven surface to cook;
  • What to do when supplies are low;
  • The scheduling process; and
  • Volunteer expectations.

Dates Available:

  • Saturday, May 6th (9am-12pm) Cancelled due to weather
  • Saturday, May 13th (9am-12pm)
  • Saturday, May 20th (9am-12pm)
  • Saturday, May 27th (9am-12pm)
  • Sunday, May 28th (10am-1pm) *NEW* Combined All-In-One Light & Host session

Learn to Host – 3 Hours

Agenda:

  • What can be cooked in the oven;
  • How to cook in the oven;
  • Measuring & maintaining oven temperature;
  • About the oven (questions you will get asked by visitors);
  • About the Dartmouth Common;
  • Booking process (payment & receipts);
  • What a host should and should not do; and
  • Closing up.

Dates Available:

  • Saturday, May 6th (12pm-3pm) Cancelled due to weather
  • Saturday, May 13th (12pm-3pm)
  • Saturday, May 20th (12pm-3pm)
  • Saturday, May 27th (12pm-3pm)
  • Sunday, May 28th (10am-1pm) *NEW* Combined All-In-One Light & Host session

RSVP not required but you may do so by completing the form below and indicate in the comments field which session(s) you plan to attend.

Note: Sessions are held outdoors and near a lit fire. Please dress for the environment.

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