EcoRanger

Number of volunteers required: 30

Application closing date: June 21, 2019

Description

Looking for a great place to volunteer in the beautiful outdoors this summer? Want to spruce up your knowledge of local plants and animals? Want to learn interesting new skills and help with an important cause? 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. Be trained by experts on Stanley Park’s wildlife, plants and natural history, as well as in interpretive and public engagement skills. Stanley Park Ecology Society is a community-based, not for profit organization dedicated to encouraging stewardship of our natural world through environmental education and action. Volunteering as an EcoRanger is a great way to get valuable hands on experience in beautiful Stanley Park, learn more about nature and make new friends!    

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

Thorough training provided by SPES’ expert guides on the ecology of Stanley Park, local natural history, as well as interpretation techniques. Training to be provided over five sessions in June.    

Benefits

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

Requirements

  • Have a passion for ecology
  • Love meeting and interacting with people in an engaging way
  • Excellent communication skills
  • 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 Coulter, Outreach Coordinator at: outreach@stanleyparkecology.ca Your email should include:
  1. A subject heading as follows:EcoRanger – your FirstName LastName Eg. EcoRanger – Sandy Smith
  2. One attached Word or PDF file named as follows: FirstNameLastNameEg. SandySmith.doc or SandySmith.pdf
This file should contain:
  • A short cover letter outlining why you would like to be part of this program