[Currently Closed] ReStore: Scrap Metal Deconstructionist | Volunteer Position

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Who We Are

Founded in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. We work to bring our community together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, donors and community partners, we provide a solid foundation for low-income families in Waterloo Region.

Role Description

Position Title

Scrap Metal Deconstructionist


120 Northfield Drive East, Waterloo – ReStore

200 Preston parkway, Cambridge - ReStore


4 or 8 hour shifts – During ReStore Hours

Time Commitment

Volunteer 1-2 shifts. After this time, a commitment of 10 shifts over 3 months is required.

Our Mission

To build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.


To carry out the stated mission of Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region. Scrap Metal Deconstructionists assist in sorting scrap metal materials to support the ReStore’s focus of promoting socially and environmentally conscious activities.

Reports to

ReStore and Volunteer Services staff


  • Deconstruct items into base components
  • Differentiate between ferrous and non-ferrous materials
  • Sort scrap metals into specific bins
  • Ensure safety at all times
  • Answer receiving door and help with customer service when needed

Qualifications and/or Skills

  • Understanding of the Habitat for Humanity philosophy and the desire to promote it
  • Good ability to sort and categorize
  • Dexterous
  • Knowledge of small hand and power tools (magnets, drills, cutters, screwdrivers, hammers, hacksaws, grinders)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Patience
  • Basic Health and Safety knowledge
  • Willingness to learn
  • Must be at least 16 years of age

Orientation and Training

  • Habitat Waterloo Region ReStore Volunteer Orientation
  • ReStore Safety Training
  • Site tour

Working Conditions

    •  Dry dusty warehouse
    • Cool/hot temperature, dependent on time of year
    • Prolonged periods of standing


  • Gain satisfaction helping local families in need, purchase safe, decent, affordable housing
  • Contribute to practices that are environmentally sustainable
  • Develop skills
  • Build community relations

Health & Safety

  • Green patch CSA-approved footwear (available to borrow)
  • No excessively loose clothing
  • No dangling jewelry


  • Accurately sort scrap materials
  • Maintain a minimum level of completion
  • Tidy the workspace prior to the end of the shift
  • Create a safe workspace by following all safety protocols

Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region supports diversity, inclusion and representation of the people, organizations, and communities we work with and serve.

How to Volunteer

This is not an entry level position. We ask you to begin by volunteering in the ReStore where you can learn about the unique training process for this position.

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