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.
Looking for a great place to volunteer this summer with a fun group of people? Want to learn interesting new skills and help with an important cause? Consider volunteering for EcoRangers, one of Stanley Park Ecology Society’s (SPES) most successful and enduring programs. SPES is a community-based, not for profit organization dedicated to encouraging stewardship of our natural world through environmental education and action.
EcoRangers is open to volunteers aged 16 and up. In the summer months, 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. These volunteers are intensively trained on the Park’s wildlife, plants and cultural history, as well as in interpretive skills. As Stanley Park guides, EcoRangers provide visitors with a more meaningful experience of the park.
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.
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.
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.