Volunteer Opportunities

Cob House Volunteer

Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) is seeking energetic volunteers to support our Popcorn Stand 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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Nature House Host

The Stanley Park Nature House is Vancouver's only ecology centre.  Visitors come in to explore our displays and chat with our knowledgeable staff and hosts about Stanley Park.  Nature House hosts are there to welcome visitors to the Nature House and provide information about Stanley Park in an informative and engaging way.

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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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Mapping Invasive Plants Crew Member

SPES is seeking knowledgeable, passionate, and self-motivated individuals to work as a team to support the invasive species mapping project in Stanley Park. Please note that this is an ongoing project. If you are interested in this project, or would like to learn more about future opportunities, please email Tobias Jones, Volunteer Coordinator at: vols@stanleyparkecology.ca.

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Co-Existing with Coyotes Volunteer

The longest running coyote co-existence program in North America needs your help. Coyotes are very adaptable and thrive in urban environments. Co-Existing with Coyotes works to raise awareness of these wild urban canids and to reduce conflict between people, pets, and coyotes.

That’s where you come in! We need your help responding to reports from the public and educating them about how to live peacefully with coyotes in our community.

 

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EcoStewards Team Leader

The Eco Stewards Team Leader provides essential support to the running of customized and regular stewardship programs in Stanley Park, specifically the EcoStewards volunteer program. The Team Leader assists the program leader by preparing and cleaning tools, setting up the event room, gathering safety equipment and tools, helping to transport supplies to the work site, and providing support during the event to the program leader and volunteers.

 

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Creatures of the Night Volunteers

Interested in nature, acting, or education? Join SPES’ Creatures of the Night team and use your creative skills to connect people with nature in Stanley Park.

Help the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) create  an entertaining and educational nature program that includes a creature feature and light pollution information stations to take place  in partnership with the Halloween Ghost Train in Stanley Park.

Available Positions:

Information Station Attendants

  • Educating visitors about wildlife using different animal props
  • Educating visitors about light pollution through interactive displays

Animal actors 

  • Interacting, in character and costume, with children and families in the Ghost Train plaza to educate them about nocturnal animals and direct them towards the Creatures of the Night tents – character training will be provided.

 

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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 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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