Volunteer Opportunities

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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EcoRanger

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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Nature Ninjas Urban Camp Assistant

Like working with young people? Like working with nature? Tap into your passion and help connect young people with nature through Stanley Park Ecology Society’s active, hands-on camping program. The School Programs department of Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) connects over 6,000 students in grades K-12 to nature each year. One of our most innovative programs is the Nature Ninjas Urban Camping, a two-day, overnight nature immersion for Grades 4 to 7 students in Stanley Park. It’s the only program within the city limits where kids get to camp in tents under the stars. This program is led by qualified SPES staff, and teaches students about forest, wetland and intertidal ecology, in addition to skills like cooking food, teamwork, and camping outdoors. For more information about the program, please see: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/education/school-programs/nature-ninjas/ We are looking for dynamic volunteers to help with daytime and evening programming for the Urban Camping season. This is an incredible learning opportunity for those wanting to boost their ecology knowledge or those wanting experience working with children. As a Nature Ninjas Camp Assistant, you will directly help connect young people to nature in a meaningful way.  
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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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