Volunteer Opportunities

Heron Colony Exhibitor

After undergoing training with the Urban Wildlife Program Coordinator, the volunteer will man a display table once a week to provide live and in-person interpretation of the Stanley Park Great Blue Heron colony. You will be a knowledgeable facilitator of the public’s experience of the colony, informing first time visitors, updating regulars on the highlights of the breeding season, and inviting the public to watch the Vancouver Heron Cam and support SPES through the Adopt-A-Heron-Nest program. At your table, visitors have the chance to view a scope at the herons, handle taxidermy specimens, and take home information on how they can be part of the herons’ conservation.

There will also be opportunities to assist the Coordinator with community events, programs, and special project work if interested.

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Volunteer Web Master

Stanley Park Ecology Society is looking for a Web Developer experienced in WordPress to support and evolve our website and ensure technical standards are maintained. Design skills are not generally required, as a volunteer designer is accessible.

The outgoing developer will be available for consultation over the transition period.

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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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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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