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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Popcorn Stand Assistant

Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) is seeking energetic volunteers to support our Popcorn Stand in the busy and festive Easter Train season at the Miniature Train in Stanley Park. 100% of proceeds from the sale of popcorn support SPES’ conservation and education initiatives.

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Assistant to the Public Education and Outreach Manager

SPES is currently looking for a volunteer who can assist with projects and programs over a minimum 3 month period, starting mid-February. The ideal candidate would be available 20 to 30 hours per week over a 3 to 5 day work week. Some weekend work may be required occasionally. SPES works with volunteers to build a mutually beneficial schedule. Orientation and training will be provided to support the profession growth of the successful applicant.

Note: The Stanley Park Ecology Society cannot provide any payment, stipend, travel expense reimbursement or other form of compensation. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel and living arrangements. Volunteers are also responsible for acquiring all necessary travel documents if arriving from another country.

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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 6000 students in grades K-7 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.


This program, which is led by qualified SPES staff, teaches students about forest, wetland and intertidal ecology, in addition to skills like cooking food, teamwork, and camping out. For more information about the program, please see: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/education/school-programs/nature-ninjas/


We are looking for six to twelve 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 Eco-Stewards Program

The Stanley Park Eco-Stewards 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 Eco-Stewards 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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