EcoRanger

Application closing date: May 26, 2017

Description

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.

Time commitment

The EcoRanger program runs 6 days a week throughout July and August. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 2 shifts (3.5 hours per shift) per week, for a total of 7 hours each week, for the duration of July and August.  Preference will be given to volunteers who can commit to multiple shifts per week. Volunteers must also commit to attend all of the training sessions in June. Please see "Training" below.

Duties

  • Roam Stanley Park in pairs and educate park visitors about natural and cultural history
  • Operate an outdoor interpretation station and educate visitors about a particular species or ecosystem
  • Provide directions to and answer questions from park visitors
  • May be required to lead short interpretive walks for members of the public

Training

MANDATORY TRAINING SESSIONS on Stanley Park ecology, local natural history, as well as interpretation techniques will be provided throughout five days in June.

Benefits

  • Gain valuable nature interpretation skills
  • Learn about the natural and cultural history of Stanley Park
  • Gain teaching experience
  • Spend time in beautiful Stanley Park
  • Connect people with nature
  • Meet new friends
  • Reference letter available after 30 hours of volunteer service

Requirements

  • Must have a passion for learning
  • Must love teaching, meeting, and interacting with people
  • Excellent communication skills - strong English speaking and comprehension skills mandatory
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic, and confident nature
  • High commitment level and reliable team player
  • Have a keen interest in nature and in Stanley Park; you don't need to know everything, just be willing to learn
  • 16 years or older

Application Procedure

Early application is highly recommended as these positions fill quickly.

To apply, please email Alyx Colter, Outreach Coordinator at: ecoranger@stanleyparkecology.ca

Your email should include:

  • A subject heading as follows:EcoRanger – your FirstName LastName

Eg. EcoRanger – Sandy Smith

  • One attached Word or PDF file named as follows: FirstNameLastName.

Eg. SandySmith.doc or SandySmith.pdf

This file should contain:

  • A short cover letter outlining why you would like to be part of this program
  • Your resume