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EcoRangers

Application closing date: June 28, 2021

Description

Looking to develop your leadership skills? Curious about environmental education in Stanley Park? Want to spruce up your knowledge of local plants and animals? Apply to become an EcoRanger and spend the summer sharing your passion for ecology with the visitors of Stanley Park. 

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.  

“I learned a lot more about the work that SPES does, BC’s ecosystems, and had the awesome chance to meet new friends and interact with the public on a regular basis and share my knowledge and passion.  Volunteering with SPES was really the best part of my 2020.” EcoRanger Volunteer, 2020     

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! 

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 
  • Returning volunteers, or those with equivalent experience, will be encouraged to act as mentors for volunteers that are new to the program 
  • Respect and encourage social distancing between volunteers and when interacting with the public 

Volunteers must commit to at least one 3.5 hour shift each week throughout July and August and attend all of the training sessions in June. Please see "Training" below. 

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 throughout June either online or in small groups if the situation allows.

Benefits

  • Gain valuable nature interpretation and environmental education skills 
  • Learn about the natural history of Stanley Park 
  • Connect people with nature 
  • Make new friends 
  • Reference letter available after 30 hours of volunteer service 

Requirements

  • Have a passion for ecology 
  • Love meeting and interacting with people in an engaging way 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Passionate, 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

To apply, please fill our the application form found here: https://forms.gle/tz2PizW1YR3cu1Q68 

If you have any further questions about the program please email Alyx Coulter, Outreach Coordinator at: outreach@stanleyparkecology.ca 

Address: Stanley Park Ecology Society, PO Box 5167, Vancouver, BC V6B 4B2 

Address: Stanley Park Ecology Society, PO Box 5167, Vancouver, BC V6B 4B2