Volunteer Opportunities

Bird Monitor Volunteer Team Leader

Stanley Park Ecology Society’s monthly Bird Counts engage people in nature by using birds as a gateway to local biodiversity. We seek to increase awareness of birds and their environment and collect baseline data for Stanley Park while sharing bird watching and bird ID skills with the public. Volunteers of all birding skill levels are welcome to join, with more experienced volunteers helping to train beginners.


The Bird Monitor Volunteer Team Leader helps to prepare for each monthly bird count by sending emails to volunteers before and after the count, collating data, writing a monthly report and leading the survey. We are looking for a passionate volunteer to continue the legacy left by our long term Bird Monitor Volunteer Team Leader.


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Nature House Host

Are you passionate about ecology? Do you love sharing your passion with the public? Vancouver’s only ecology centre is looking for volunteers to engage with visitors to Stanley Park and enthuse them about the natural world.The Nature House is your gateway to nature and exploration!

Managed by Stanley Park Ecology Society, the Stanley Park Nature House offers interpretive displays, guest exhibitions and events to engage visitors with weird and wonderful facts about the animals and plants of Stanley Park.

Learn firsthand from our knowledgeable staff and deepen your existing curiosity for ecology. As the seasons change, you will witness firsthand the ever changing biodiversity of the Park as plant and wildlife species ebb and flow around you. 

As a Nature House Host you will welcome visitors to the Nature House and provide information about Stanley Park in an informative and engaging way. Join us in our quest to spread the joy of ecology!


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Special Invasive Plant Removal Team

Join this dedicated group of volunteers and help manage invasive plant species in Stanley Park. You will learn about local ecology and conservation issues and develop organizational and leadership skills, all while working in a beautiful outdoor setting. 

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Looking for a great place to volunteer in the beautiful outdoors this summer? Want to spruce up your knowledge of local plants and animals? Want to learn interesting new skills and help with an important cause?

EcoRangers work in pairs as roving naturalists in the park, answering visitors' questions about local animals and plants, and providing other important on-the-spot interpretation. Be trained by experts on Stanley Park’s wildlife, plants and natural history, as well as in interpretive and public engagement skills.

Stanley Park Ecology Society is a community-based, not for profit organization dedicated to encouraging stewardship of our natural world through environmental education and action.

Volunteering as an EcoRanger is a great way to get valuable hands on experience in beautiful Stanley Park, learn more about nature and make new friends!


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PEO Database Volunteer

Our Public Education and Outreach (PEO) Department is looking for a volunteer to support database management with regards to program tracking and analysis. This analysis will then be used to support future marking material and program development. 

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Stanley Park EcoCamp Volunteer

Like working with children? Like spending time in the woods? Tap into your passion and help connect young people with nature by being an EcoCamp Volunteer this summer!

This summer, Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) is running day camp for children ages 7 – 11 in Stanley Park. This is an incredible learning opportunity for volunteers to become more familiar with the Park, develop their skills working with children, and help empower children to connect with nature in meaningful ways.


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Bird Monitor

Bird counts are undertaken by SPES staff and volunteers on Lost Lagoon and Beaver Lake each month. A great volunteer position for all skill levels of birders. More experienced volunteers help beginners in a welcoming, team-training environment. Other bird monitoring programs, such as beached bird monitoring and point count surveys, become available seasonally and as positions open up.

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Stanley Park EcoStewards Program

The Stanley Park EcoStewards Program (previously called Ivy Busters) works hard to restore degraded habitats by removing invasive species, planting native species, decommissioning unsanctioned trails, and adding course woody debris and other enhancements in Stanley Park.

Enthusiastic volunteers gather for a fun-filled morning or afternoon to take part in various restoration projects in the Park where it is most needed. Together volunteers will work towards conserving biodiversity and restoring important habitat in Stanley Park. Stanley Park EcoStewards events are open to the public and are held twice per month on Saturday or Sunday. Please check our events calendar for upcoming dates.

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